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Update on tenders and calls-for-proposals in EU security (18/09/2017)

1. Command, control and communication applied to multinational medical support The aim of this study is to provide an analysis of the requirements, capabilities and interoperability constraints driving military medical C4I decision-making structures in a multinational operational. It seeks recommendations for improving decision-making regarding medical C4I roles, responsibilities, authorities and their interaction at an operational…

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