PNGDF - A First Time Host to MCIP

MCIP Workshop 1 held in Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea Defence Force on February this year played host to over 20 nation countries that came into Port Moresby to take part in a multinational communication Program. It was a first time experience for PNGDF. The program is called Multinational Communications Interoperability Program(MCIP).MCIP is a multilateral command, control, communication and cyber(c4) program for assured interoperability ,information sharing and capacity building that brings together governmental and none governmental organisation s (NGO,s) academia and industry under the context of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) response.
MCIP 2016 participants include military representatives from 20+ nations, key players from the International Humanitarian Community, various other non-governmental organizations, companies from the telecommunications industry, and academia. The 2016 events are planned to occur in Port Moresby, PNG (22-26 Feb 16), Hawaii, USA (4-8 Apr 16), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (6 - 10 Jun 16), and Brisbane, Australia (22 Aug – 2 Sep 16).
Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo officiated at their opening ceremony at Crown Plaza Conference room on Monday 22 of February in Downtown Port Moresby.
It was a three weeks workshop that was organised by the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Directorate of Communications with the support of United States Pacific Command (USPACOM)
The three workshops and capstone event are annually rotated amongst participating nations, thus enabling United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) to provide assistance to those nations while simultaneously increasing the collective understanding of the hosting nation’s unique culture and communications-related capabilities, processes and procedures. During PE16, the program will explore an array of options for multilateral information exchange and will seek new opportunities to incorporate operational planning and civilian humanitarian assistance communications amongst the many organizations participating.