Multinational Capability Development Campaign 2015-2016 – Multinational Defensive Cyber Operations Final Experiment Report


  1. Bernier, M.
  2. Enkvist, T.
  3. Ostensson, M.
  4. Roehrig, W.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC) series is a multinational solution development initiative led by the United States. MCDC is a new approach which follows the effort of the previous Multinational Experiment (MNE) campaign series. The MCDC 2015–16 program of work is categorized into ten distinct projects proposed and led by one or more of the contributing partners. This document focuses on the Limited Objective Experiment (LOE) for Multinational Defensive Cyber Operations (MDCO) project. The experiment was conducted at the Austrian National Defence Academy in Vienna from 09–13 May 2016 under the lead of the United States. The aim of the MDCO LOE was to assess and improve the MDCO Guidebook that was developed by the contributing nations in support of the mission analysis phase of the operational planning process. The LOE was designed as a discovery experiment and executed as a table-top game that focused on challenge and discussion of the conceptual document. Canada led the evaluation of the MDCO Guidebook; this report documents the experiment results. The LOE showed a need to further develop the MDCO Guidebook in order to achieve practicability and completeness. Overall, the participants found that the document did help in identifying cyber consideration for the mission analysis phase but that it was not easy to use and not aligned well with the planning process that was used for the LOE. However, the conclusions provide sufficient evidence that with

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Experiment;Capability Development;Cyber;Defensive Cyber Operations;Multinational
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-R210 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2016
Number of Pages
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