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According to the JCBRN Defence COE Steering Committee previous meeting’s decision, the JCBRN Defence COE was tasked to conduct a 2 year experiment which aims to identity the requirements for implementing a NATO CBRN Reach Back and Fusion (RB&F) Element. Following this decision, JCBRN Defence COE hosted the RB&F Experimentation 'Kick-Off' Event from 6 December 2011 to 8 December 2011in Vyškov, Czech Republic.

Representatives from COE’s sponsoring nations (CZE, GER, GRC, HUN, ITA, and ROU), ACO, ACT (via VTC), IMS, JFC Brunsum, WMD Non-Proliferation Centre, Finish Defence Forces and Finish Defence Technical Research Centre, participated at this meeting which was chaired by LTC Rainer Schulte, TSD Director.

During this meeting, many important issues were firstly introduced or defined such as, operational, development and external support requirements, information exchange, basic organization / structure, possible bodies to be involved and possible involvement of non-NATO countries.

This experiment will include participation in the main Maritime Interdiction Operation Experimentation for CBRN Reach Back support, two Limited Objective Experiments (LOEs) – one Fusion LOE and one Reach Back LOE –, and one RB&F Main Objective Experiment (MOE).

All relevant experimentation activities are expected to be finalized by the end of September 2013.