The CIS battalion (Communication & Information Systems battalion) is a dedicated binational element, stationed in Eibergen (NLD), Garderen (NLD) and Muenster (DEU). It consists of German and Dutch soldiers working together down to the squad level. The battalion is responsible for the CIS systems and services of the Corps and its subordinated units at the peacetime location as well as during deployments. Therefore, it is divided into a battalion staff, a staff company and two CIS companies. The battalion provides various services to the Corps, including the ability to interconnect to other partners systems. Specifically, the CISBn is capable of providing and supporting NATO services and supporting the comprehensive approach by providing a platform for information sharing with the non-military partners.
Deployed Corps personnel are interconnected with their key counterparts through the TITAAN (Theatre Independent Tactical Army and Air Force Network), a state-of-the-art communication system. The heart of this system is a Local Area Network (LAN) based on commercial off the shelf products (COTS). On computer workstations in the deployed LAN, TITAAN makes the same applications available that are used at the Corps peacetime locations in Germany and the Netherlands. By using COTS, the CIS Bn and the Corps can always adapt CIS assets to new circumstances anytime, anywhere.
HEROS is the Command & Control Information System (C2IS) that supports the Corps and its subordinate units with near real-time information about the mission area. Textual as well as imagery information can be displayed with this system. By using the flexible TITAAN infrastructure, HEROS provides the Corps and its subordinated units with a so-called common operational picture by a few mouse-clicks. The HEROS system will be replaced by the NATO standard, being LC2IS.
The TITAAN network also provides a telephone service using the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), Video Tele Conference (VTC) and approximately 40 other specific services. Fibre Optic Cables are used for transmissions internal the Corps Main Command Posts (CP). The CIS Bn may also use its assets for fixed lines, internet, radio, radio-relay or satellite links for longer distances or connections to remote Corps units in the mission area.
The CIS companies consist of Rapid CIS Elements (RACEs) that all have equipment at their disposal to provide command posts with CIS. In addition, a cable group and a generator group provide self-sustained power supplies. A RACE consists of 15-20 vehicles and 35-40 soldiers.
A highly skilled and trained Mobile CIS Control Centre supports the management of all the networks and services. This makes it possible to quickly adapt to new requirements in the mission area and to sustain the support independently.
Ten RACEs are available in parallel. Three Bigger Command Posts, four major subordinate units and up to 20 smaller elements can be supported with own means, including a rear link to Muenster.