Organization:Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center

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NATO Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center
Centre d'information et d'analyse sur la sécurité des munitions de l'OTAN
Formation1991 (1991)[1]
TypeNATO project
HeadquartersBruxelles, Belgium
Official language
MSIAC Steering Committee Chairman
Dr Brian Fuchs
MSIAC Project Manager
Charles Denham


Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center, also referred to as MSIAC, is a NATO project funded directly by its member nations, not all of which are NATO members. There are currently 15 member nations: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Poland and Republic of Korea.


Pilot-Nato Insensitive Munition Information Center (Pilot-NIMIC)

On May 26, 1988 the NATO nations France, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States based on a Memorandum of Understanding decided to create Pilot-NIMIC (NIMIC = NATO Insensitive Munitions Information Center). The organization was intended to assist national and international programs to develop insensitive munitions (IM).[2] The idea for NIMIC was born at the NATO AC/310 "Workshop on Insensitive Munitions Information Exchange" in 1986 and was actively supported by the Chairman of AC/310, IGA M. Thévenin and Principal US Member of AC/310, Dr. R. Derr.[3] The founding of this organization was promoted by former NATO Group AC/310 (Safety and Suitability for Service of Munitions and Explosives) in an effort to support munitions developers located in NATO countries. The PILOT-NIMIC office was located at Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) of Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USA. The initial team comprised a project manager and five technical specialists - basically the same structure MSIAC shows today (see below). Soon after its foundation Canada joined the project in late 1989.

History of MSIAC
MSIAC and АС/326 (CASG) experts on Celebrating 25 Years of MSIAC (15 december, 2016)
Celebrating 25 Years of MSIAC (15 december, 2016))

NIMIC Move to Brussels and Growth

After its first successful two years of operation the project moved to NATO Headquarters Brussels and officially became NIMIC on May 1, 1991. Spain and Australia entered the project in 1994, Portugal and Italy became members in 1995. In 1998 Portugal decided to leave NIMIC. Denmark entered the project 1999 but left soon after in 2004.

Merger of AC/258 and AC/310 and Transition to MSIAC

In May 2003 the Conference of National Armament Directors (CNAD) Ammunition Safety Group (AC/326) (CASG) was formed by a merger of former AC/258 Group of Experts on the Safety Aspects of Transportation and Storage of Military Ammunition and Explosives and the former AC/310 Group of Safety and Suitability for Service of Munitions and Explosives.[4] With a given broader emphasis on Munitions Safety it was decided to modify NIMIC's scope to take this change into account. Hence its transition to Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center (MSIAC) began with the Pilot MSIAC phase in Spring 2003. The successful transition was accomplished by late 2004 and MSIAC was officially operational on December 15, 2004. Germany finally entered the project in 2005. Belgium entered MSIAC in 2015, Poland - in 2017 and Republic of Korea - in 2018.


The MSIAC Project Office consists of a steering committee, National Focal Point Officers (NFPO) and an Information Analysis Center (MSIAC). The steering committee is made up of one voting representative from each member nation and an elected chairman. It is responsible for implementing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that established MSIAC and for developing its policy. This policy is carried out on a day-to-day basis by the MSIAC Project Manager[5].


The NATO Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center (MSIAC) (Centre d'information et d'analyse sur la sécurité des munitions de l'OTAN (CIASM) in French) provides technical consultancy services to its member nations in the area of munitions safety. Areas with which MSIAC is concerned include[6] :

  • Energetic materials - high explosives, gun propellants, rocket propellants and pyrotechnics;
  • Warhead Technology – design, production, testing, terminal effects, fuzing systems;
  • Propulsion Technology – design, production, testing, ignition/initiation systems;
  • Munitions Systems – weapon system integration, threat and hazard analysis, safety and suitability for service, demil and disposal;
  • Munitions Logistics – safety principles and regulations for transport and storage, hazard classification and risk analysis;
  • Material Sciences - understanding structural materials and their influence on safety and functionality of ammunition.

Within these areas, MSIAC performs the following functions:

  • Develop the MSIAC internal database of technical information;
  • Provide technical advice;
  • Respond to inquiries from governmental agencies and industry of member nations;
  • Anticipate inquiries and prepare state-of-the-art reports to deal with them;
  • Organize technical lectures[7]
  • Develop and distribute software tools and databases,;[8][9]
  • Organize Round Robin Tests;[10]
  • Develop and maintain networks of experts, through the sponsorship of workshops and seminars and the creation of e-Working Groups.

List of officials

Chairmen of the NIMIC & MSIAC Steering Committee
# Name Country Duration
1 Dr. Ron Derr  United States 1991–1998
2 Anthony Melita  United States 1998–2005
3 CPT RAN Jacqui King  Australia 2005–2008
4 Dr. Jerry Ward  United States 2009-2011
5 GPCPT Wade Evans OBE  Australia 2011–2014
6 LtCol Tony Heron  Canada 2014–2016
7 Dr Brian Fuchs  United States 2016–
PNIMIC, NIMIC, & MSIAC Project Manager
# Name Country Duration
1 Henry F. Hege  United States 1989
2 George M. Starken  United States 1989
3 Edward Daugherty  United States 1990–1991
4 GEN Marc Défourneaux  France 1992–1995
5 GEN Michel Thévenin  France 1995–1998
6 Dr. Peter Lee  United Kingdom 1998–2002
7 BGN Patrick Touzé  France 2002–2010
8 Roger L. Swanson  United States 2010–2013
9 Dr. Michael W. Sharp  United Kingdom 2013–2019
10 Charles Denham  United States 2019–


  1. [1] MSIAC homepage
  2. PNIMIC Newsletter 1989, 1, Johns Hopkins University Laurel Maryland, USA
  3. PNIMIC Newsletter 1989, 3, Johns Hopkins University Laurel Maryland, USA
  4. [2] CNAD Ammunition Safety Group (AC/326)Homepage
  6. MSIAC25: Celebrating 25 Years Helping Member Nations Improve Munitions Safety on YouTube
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-03-01.  MSIAC Newsletter 2 2008
  8. E.-C. Koch, EMC 3.8 - Energetic Materials Compendium - A Tool for Research, Development and Design, 40th International Annual Conference of ICT, 23–26 June, 2009, Karlsruhe, Germany, V-1.[3]
  9. E. Lapébie, F. Grannec, P.-F. Péron, Modelling of Warhaed Response to Projectile Impact with TEMPER Software, 40th International Annual Conference of ICT, 23–26 June, 2009, Karlsruhe, Germany, P-116.
  10. [4] R. M. Doherty, D. S. Watt, Relationship Between RDX Properties and Sensitivity, Propellants Explos. Pyrotech. 33 2008 4 - 13.

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