Multinational Experiment 7 (MNE 7) , Access to the Global Commons , is a large multinational concept development- and experimentation project. In MNE 7 the global commons are defined as the physical and geographical areas of sea, air and space domains, and the virtual cyber domain that no states have sovereignty over, and that are available to everyone. The global commons are essential for the modern global society as they facilitate international trade and security. Ensuring freedom and access to these areas is a key security challenge of the 21st century, and it is likely that these commons will be an arena where the current and future political, economic and military rivalry will be played out.
This multinational experiments (MNE) series was initiated by the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) in 2001 with five partner countries. After the closure of JFCOM it is currently the J7 in the Pentagon that has taken over management of the project. Seventeen countries, from America, Europe and Asia, plus NATO are participating in MNE 7. The Norwegian contribution is administered by the Norwegian Defence Information Infrastructure (INI), but the actual experiment is conducted by NUPI, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, and the Armed Forces Staff College (FSTS).
The project’s objective is to find good ways to coordinate political, economic and military measures that will contribute to the development of concepts and capabilities necessary to ensure access to the global commons for military, civilian and commercial use. Through scenario experimentation, the goal is to develop concepts and capabilities that can be used by policy makers and practitioners. The project runs from 2011 until the end of 2012.
Norway's contribution to MNE7 will focus on the maritime domain and the cyber domain as this is of high importance to Norwegian security policy.
For the first time in MNE history, the Norwegian contribution has taken lead on one of the objectives in the cyber domain that focuses on threat assessments and vulnerability analysis related to cyberspace. In addition to this, the Norwegian contribution will be heavily involved in the maritime domain.
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