C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

New NATO software interface to enable direct inter-ally tactical communications

18 September 2018

NATO is urging its members to ratify as quickly as possible a new software standard for secure encrypted communications between their armed forces. Once implemented, it would enable direct and interoperable tactical communications between allied forces in the field.

The new software, called Secure Tactical Interoperability Standard (STACIS), will function as the interface between the US Tactical Secure Voice Cryptographic Interoperability Specification (TSVCIS), widely used across the alliance, and NATO’s own set of communications standards known as Secure Communications Interoperability Protocols (SCIP).

The newly drafted STACIS standard was given to NATO in June 2018 after a year of technical consultations with the allies – exceptionally fast by NATO’s typical standardisation pace.

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