ANNEX TO THE OPERATIONAL MATTERS AND EXERCISE PLANNING
REGARDING COMMUNICATIONS AND FREQUENCY MANAGEMENT
Pursuant to Article XXVIII of the “Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of the United States of America on Defense Cooperation”, signed in Sofia on April 28, 2006 (hereinafter “the Agreement”), it is agreed as follows:
1.In keeping with the alliance guidance established through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Frequency Management Sub Committee (FMSC), both Executive Agents shall conduct spectrum management actions in accordance with NATO guidance.
2.Spectrum management issues not covered by NATO guidance, or NATO guidance that has not been fully implemented by the Republic of Bulgaria, will be handled through the European Command (EUCOM)
3.Both Executive Agents shall operate in accordance with current established NATO procedures and policies when requesting and assigning frequencies, or when changing or withdrawing frequencies already assigned to the United States forces.
4.If for technical reasons, international obligations, international relations, or essential host country interests, the Bulgarian authorities deem it necessary to change or withdraw a frequency assignment, they shall, at a minimum, discuss and seek to resolve issues resulting from such actions with the appropriate United States forces prior to final implementation.
5.United States forces shall make every reasonable effort to coordinate the use of frequencies with the appropriate Bulgarian authority (NARFA) in order to avoid mutually disruptive interferences and assist the Bulgarian authorities in fulfilling their international obligations. Prior to deployment of any equipment, a frequency supportability request will be sent in accordance with NATO standards.
6.The Executive Agents shall coordinate frequency requests between EUCOM NISMO and the appropriate Bulgarian authority (NARFA) in accordance with the NATO standard.
7.The authorization for using specific frequencies other than those initially allocated, will be performed on request. The request in NATO standard format will be sent to the appropriate Bulgarian authority (NARFA).
8.Bulgarian authorities shall not charge for the use of the agreed frequencies within the electromagnetic spectrum by the United States forces.
9.The United States forces in the Republic of Bulgaria shall take every reasonable effort to prevent and eliminate harmful interference with any authorized telecommunications systems and services.
10.It is the objective of both Executive Agents to establish a secure communications network to be used by the United States and Bulgarian forces for Security Cooperation efforts. The objectives, technical means, and financial responsibilities for this coalition network will be addressed in a specific technical arrangement.
11.The Bulgarian authorities shall assist in the acquisition of rights of way for communications lines, and commercial communications services.
12.The United States forces may import, construct, use, maintain, and export, systems and facilities designed for communications and electronics at the agreed facilities for the use of United States forces in the Republic of Bulgaria in order to facilitate: