The Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC) series is a follow-on to the Multinational Experiment (MNE) series initiated by United States Joint Forces Command in 2001. It is designed to develop and introduce new capabilities to enhance the coalition force’s operational effectiveness in joint, interagency, multinational, and coalition operations.
While it maintains the foundational blocks that made the MNE series successful, MCDC incorporates significant changes in scope, mission, and governance that improve responsiveness, agility, and relevance.
The theme of MCDC 2013-2014 is Combined Operational Access. While the last campaign of the MNE series was focused on ensuring access to and freedom of action within the Global Commons, MCDC 2013-2014 takes the next logical step in addressing the Operational Access challenge by focusing on the versatile, agile capabilities required to project combined forces into an operational area with sufficient freedom of action to accomplish their mission.
The European Defence Agency participates in the following focus areas:
- “Cyber Implications of Combined Operational Access” (contributor);
- “Strategic Communication in Combined Operational Access” (contributor);
- “Combined Operational Fires” (observer);
- “Maritime Approach to Combined Operational Access in the Littoral” (observer);
- “Role of Autonomous Systems in gaining Combined Operational Access” (observer).
In the frame of the Multinational Capability Development Campaign 2013-2014, the European Defence Agency will host the First Workshop of the “Cyber Implications of Combined Operational Access” (CICOA WS#1), from 1 to 3 October 2013. The Workshop will be co-chaired by Italy and Norway.
The Workshop is not open to the public. Access is on invitation only. For further questions, please contact the Capabilities Directorate at capabilities(a)eda.europa.eu.