Integrated Development Teams (IDTs) have a coordinating role and their role and function is also to contribute to the preparation of decisions to be taken in the Steering Board in Capabilities formation. IDTs coordinate the work of the Project Teams.
There are six IDTs covering the areas Inform, Command, Engage, Protect, Sustain and Deploy.
The IDTs are chaired by EDA Capability Managers and are made up of pMS representatives from Ministries of Defence Joint Staffs, reinforced by representatives of other EDA functional Directorates (R&T, Armaments, Industry & Market).
For capability development, work in the various actions fields of the Agency is done in Project Teams (PTs).
Project Teams (PTs) are made up of experts of pMS interested in or actively working on dedicated topics. A PT is normally chaired by a pMS representative who is supported in his duties by EDA staff. The PTs task is to prepare all required documents for a proper decision-making on the launch of a project, in most cases involving firm budget related commitments of pMS. In concrete terms, the PT works on conceptual issues related to the project, supporting activities such as designing and running pilot training courses or exercises.
In the case of equipment related projects, the PT will develop a “Common Staff Target” (CST) which expresses the harmonised military need.
On approval of a CST by pMS another decision will be taken as to whether the project should continue.
In the case of a positive decision, interested Member States can commit themselves to an ad hoc Category B project which then progresses work in more detail on a dedicated output. PTs are regularly supported by all relevant subject matter experts of pMS or EDA. Currently, some 23 PTs exist.