NATO CALS Handbook, Version 2, June 2000
The NATO CALS Office (NCO) published Draft 2 of the NATO CALS Handbook inJanuary 1996. That product has been circulated around the world and has been translated byother nations into their native language. This in itself shows the interest and desire by nationsand associated industry to learn and use the CALS concept. This version extends and updatesDraft 2.The NCO views this handbook as a living document. To meet that objective, the NCO hasmade this a Web-based product to be continuously updated as new information becomesavailable.A summary of the contents of the NATO CALS Handbook Draft 2 follows.
SECTION ONE: INTRODUCTION
This section sets the stage. It begins with a succinct definition and background for CALS andlooks at the challenges faced by decision-makers. The military, industry, and multinationalprogram perspective for CALS is addressed next.A basic tenet of CALS is that information is an asset. From the Defense System (DS)perspective, technical information is a vital asset required to support the DS across itslifecycle. Accordingly, this section closes with an overview of the Staged Process forThrough Life Information Management (TLIM), which is the central theme for the remainderof the handbook.
SECTION TWO: STAGE 1: DEVELOPING A THROUGH LIFE INFORMATIONMANAGEMENT STRATEGY
This section describes the process for developing a Through Life Information Management(TLIM) Strategy. A careful examination of the business and IT environment in which theprogram will operate is conducted and an assessment of the options for adding value from aShared Data Environment (SDE) is made. Alternative options are then examined in relationto their ability to contribute to achieving business goals and using cost/benefit and risk management techniques. The culmination of this process is the strategy for designing,developing and implementing TLIM within an organization.
SECTION THREE: STAGE 2: DEVELOPING A THROUGH LIFE INFORMATIONMANAGEMENT PLAN
The goal of this section is to provide the tools needed to build an Information ManagementPlan (IMP). The IMP is a comprehensive document used to support the intended programbusiness strategy as developed in Stage 1. The IMP should address both government andindustrial requirements and be under program management control throughout the life-cycle.All parties (NATO, nations, armed services, contractors, etc.) must agree to the IMP. Themethodology and content of the IMP is fully developed in this section.
SECTION FOUR: STAGE 3: IMPLEMENTING A SHARED DATA ENVIRONMENT
After the IMP is developed it is time to get physical. Today, most of the DS technicalinformation required to support program operations is created and managed within theindustrial infrastructure. In addition, a NATO/Multi-national infrastructure is needed tomanage this information throughout NATO and nations. TLIM using a Shared DataEnvironment (SDE) concept is designed to help address these problems.