NCI Agency Industry Conference and AFCEA TechNet International NATO-EU-VN NATO Industry Conference and AFCEA TechNet International (NITEC) 2016 – the NCI Agency and AFCEA Europe on the big stage Wolfgang Taubert, NCI Agency Head of General Services and AFCEA International Director of the Board High-ranking panel speakers: Adm Michael Rogers, LtGen Jeff Lofgren, Mr. Kevin Mandia, AMB. Sorin Ducaru and Mrs. Hathaway. © NCI Agency state-of-the-art technology solutions from small business and academia in support of NATO C4ISR and cyber capabilities. 70 proposals were received – and 10 winners announced at NITEC. The conference also provided valuable networking opportunities, both formal and informal, for all participants. NITEC 2016 was a great success for the NCI Agency, allowing it to increase its visibility and understand its partners better. It was also a chance for industry to be informed first-hand about NATO’s upcoming business opportunities in the C4ISR domain. 33 Once a year, the NCI Agency showcases its business opportunities and NATO’s C4ISR policy matters at its flagship technology conference NITEC (NATO Industry Conference and TechNet International). For the fifth time in sequence run in partnership with AFCEA Europe‘s TechNet International, the political and policy discussions allow for putting the business aspects in the context of geopolitical and far-reaching technology challenges and highlighting the growing role of C4ISR for NATO as an organization, and for its member states. Between 7 June and 9 June 2016, around 550 government and military delegates from NATO nations, as well as industry representatives and executive staff from the NCI Agency gathered for NITEC 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia. After the opening of the conference by NCI Agency’s General Manager Koen Gijsbers, the President of Estonia, His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves gave a remarkable keynote speech reflecting the current security situation of his country. Senior officials from Estonia, NATO and NATO nations addressed the event, including LGEN Riho Terras, commander of the Estonian Defense Forces; Mr Terry Halverson, US Department of Defense Chief Information Officer; ADM Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, and Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. Also present and addressing NITEC were LtGen Jeffrey G. Lofgren, NATO ACT’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development and Dr. Katrin Suder, the State Secretary of the German Ministry of Defence, who completed the political and policy part of NITEC. Special emphasis was placed on Small and Medium Enterprises with over 40 Basic Ordering Agreements dedicated meetings and 30 NITEC Mentoring Programme sessions for SMEs and start-ups run over the three days. In a run-up to NITEC, the NCI Agency, together with ACT and NATO HQ launched Innovation Challenge Designed to accelerate transformational, Statement Jeff Lofgren, LtGen, United States Air Force, Deputy Chief of Staff, Capability Development, ACT The participation of the Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in NITEC provides us an opportunity to engage and establish networks with industry. Innovative ideas come from industry, especially the small non-defense companies, HHK 4/2016 Jeff Lofgren, LtGen, United States Air Force, Deputy Chief of Staff, Capability Development. ACT © HHK / JRosenthal to address the challenges we face in the cyber area. It also offers an opportunity to share some of the problems we need industry to address for NATO. Thanks to AFCEA and NCI Agency for such a great event.
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