Integrated Development Team

The role of Integrated Development Teams (IDTs) is to identify options for collaboration through analysis across their section of the capability spectrum and to set the conditions for and facilitate subsequent development into concrete collaborative work.

IDTs translate Steering Board guidance into objectives, timelines and tasks for the Project Teams’ work. They also have to landscape within their capability area and highlight cross-cutting issues for wider consideration and development and manage the Strategic Context Cases (SCC) for key workstrands. 

Furthermore IDTs oversee and shape the work of the related PTs and Ad Hoc Working Groups by defining work programmes, formulating detailed tasks such as setting timelines, identifying and stating priorities, receiving and assessing regular updates and reports or adjusting PT work as required. 

To identify new workstrands and prepare for a Steering Board decision to initiate work are also important tasks of the IDTs. Other tasks are to make recommendations on chairmanship of PTs to SB, on the need to examine special interest areas for SB discussion, to initiate national approvals processes for PT work (Common Staff Targets, Memorandum of Understandings, etc...), to formulate plans and recommend budgetary allocations for PT work, to monitor PT budgetary matters including Operational Budget spend and provide recommendations.


The Engage capability development area is made up of two Integrated Development Teams: IDT Engage and IDT Protect.

IDT Engage

Ongoing and planned work in the Engage area focuses on the aspect of improving or developing new capabilities which render more precise and scalable effects while simultaneously minimising the risk for unwanted consequences of military action. Currently, a main effort is placed on the common soldier and his ability to accomplish his tasks successfully under adverse operational conditions.

IDT Protect

IDT Protect deals with a range of topics relevant for the protection of personnel, equipment and infrastructure against a variety of threats. As in the Engage area, the work entails the full range from conceptual aspects up to the development of tangible capabilities. A particular interesting aspect of ongoing work is the applicability of most of the results in a civil-military context.


Manoeuvre aims at ensuring strategic reach and freedom of movement as well as support and logistics for all types of EU operations. This encompasses: strategic transport, Air-to-Air Refuelling and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), including assets & infrastructure; logistic chain and movement & transport management; elaborating standards for transported personnel, equipment and supplies; developing multinational integrated or cooperative logistics, including all class of supplies, maintenance, repair, recovery, medical support and infrastructure. To do so, tasks are distributed to both the IDT Deploy and IDT Sustain.

IDT Deploy

Deployability is the precondition for CSDP operations, including reinforcement and (re)supply of the forces. Therefore Member States should have at their disposal viable means for inter- and intra-theatre air, sea and land transport capacities and procedures. Strategic deployment and tactical transport should be coordinated at a joint and multinational level, using all modes of transport and available civilian resources. Assured access to all these of types transport forms the basis for a rapid, credible expeditionary capability.

IDT Sustain

Sustainability required building sufficient capability/capacity into sustainment operations, and exercising sufficient control over the supply chain from end-to-end, to provide a high degree of certainty of supply to the forces in theatre. The results could provide a more timely and precise delivery of mission-ready forces, a reduced combat support and combat service support footprint in theatre and a more cost effective fighter-to-support ratio within overall force structures. Logistics supply and sustainment of an operation (see, air, and land) require a high degree of interoperability, co-ordination and use of agreed standards.

Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management could be defined as the set of activities aiming at assuring Information Superiority in regard of a particular operation. Knowledge Management addresses those capabilities (collecting, protecting, managing, sharing) considered essential for a particular “community” interested in receiving the right information, at the right time and at the right place.

In consideration of the broad definition of Knowledge Management, the different activities followed by EDA in this domain have been logically grouped into four main areas: Information Collection, Information Management, Information Protection and Information Exchange. These areas reflect the main capabilities on which Knowledge Management is based. They can be easily interconnected to form the unique and sequential effort aimed at providing the desired level of Information assurance to a particular community of end users in a particular operation.

Information Collection refers to the activities involved in acquiring the data and information needed to realize a sufficient picture of the environment in which an operation is to be conducted. The two EDA work strands referring to this particular activity are Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance and Space Situational Awareness.

Information Management refers to the need to assure rules and governance in the sharing of information, in order to provide end users (the community of interest) with the right information at the right time. The entirety of Knowledge Management is based on this capacity.

Network Enabled Capability is a key part of Information Management. It may be defined as the ability to establish a common shared environment, where interoperability and commonly recognised standards and rules will enhance the seamless conduct of military as well as civil operations. Network Enabled Capability addresses three dimensions: people (governance, rules, cultural changes), information (management, sharing) and technology (Systems & Sensors, Research & Technology, cooperation programmes) and allows sharing and exploitation of information for a more effective Command and Control capacities.


Information Protection has always been vital, but it is even more so in the modern, networked age. The internal information produced by the processes detailed above must be protected from outside efforts.

Information Exchange is equally important, in order to ensure that the results of Information Collection can be shared in a timely and secure manner.


Participating Member States

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Cyprus
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Hungary
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Austria
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Finland
  • Sweden