Military Committee is briefed on technology behind Readiness Action Plan
NATO’s top military body visited the NATO Communications and Information Agency facilities in The Hague, Netherlands (21 October), for updates on missile defence, advanced NATO software, and the command and control aspects of the decisions made at NATO’s Wales Summit.
Members of the Committee had an opportunity to see live demonstrations of NATO’s command and control system for ballistic missile defence, new generation of software solutions for command and control of multinational operations, as well as technology that will enable NATO’s Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance initiative.
The Military Committee also discussed with Agency leadership the implications of NATO’s Readiness Action Plan for the Alliance’s communication and information capabilities. This included how Nations can re-use NATO software solutions to speed their readiness for the NATO Response Force and the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF).
“It is an excellent opportunity to discuss in detail critical capabilities and to find out even more how the Agency can support NATO’s operational community,” said the Dean of the Military Committee, Lieutenant General Mirko Sundov, “NCI Agency is leading the Alliance in many important technological developments to support operational priorities, and the solutions should be leveraged nationally to further promote interoperability.”
“We are your Agency,” said Koen Gijsbers, General Manager of the NCI Agency, “We live and breathe with the operational community.”
The Agency is responsible for operating and defending NATO’s networks 24/7, as well as delivering advanced technology in support of NATO missions and operations, including ballistic missile and air defence.
The Hague, Netherlands, is one of three principal locations of the Agency; the Agency also has points of presence at every NATO location and operation.