The Concepts, Interoperability and Capabilities Branch (CIC) of the CCOE is to provide Subject matter expertise in the field of NATO Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) in order to support the transformational and operational requests of the Strategic Commands, the Sponsoring Nations and other Customers. This includes the contribution to the development of CIMIC-policy, -doctrine and -standards. In order to fulfil this mission CIC considers the activities of NATO, crucial non-NATO actors like International Organisations (IOs) particularly UN and EU, non- NATO Nations and essential Governmental Organisations (GOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations
Against this background CIC collects knowledge and experience by conducting and attending relevant seminars, workshops and conferences, by contributing to and participating in concept development and experimentation, exercises and studies. This knowledge and experience is reflected and analyzed within the branch. The result will be incorporated in the development of CIMIC policy, doctrine and standards, and influence the future NATO CIMIC education and all kinds of CIMIC trainings including experiments and operations between the military and civil institutions in any crisis management.
Being a part of the international network consisting of experts from GOs, IOs, NGOs, civilian universities, research institutes, military academies and other relevant actors is crucial for providing the state of the art knowledge on any CIMIC related subjects.