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NATO’s Largest Digital Transformation in Decades

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NCI Agency Brussels/Belgium, 15 May 2018An estimated 600 senior officials from NATO, European and North American companies will meet at NITEC18 next week in Berlin, Germany, to discuss NATO’s digital transformation. The high-profile conference will take place on 22-24 May and will also address the Alliance’s emerging technological and cyber needs and explain how companies can take part in NATO business.

“NITEC18 – NATO’s Digital Endeavour: Expanding the Ecosystem” will offer both a preview of specific business opportunities coming up in the next 18-24 months, and a strategic overview of NATO’s overall digital transformation to put these opportunities in a wider context. The Alliance is set to engage in a comprehensive refresh of its command and control capabilities, from core networks to advanced applications, and air and missile defence.

Specific business opportunities to be discussed include:

Satellite communications and networks – over 450 million EUR in upcoming contracts;

– NATO integrated air and missile defence – over 200 million EUR, including upgrades to NATO’s missile defence test and integration laboratory;

– New competition of advanced software to support NATO’s troop movements and logistics – up to 100 million EUR;

– Information and knowledge management, administration applications – over 70 million EUR;

– Countering small unmanned aerial systems – 10 million EUR;

– Education and training;

– Update on competition for NATO’s cyber shield;

Counter-IED technology for NATO’s Response Force.

The event will preview and discuss a new NATO architectural blueprint for deployable communication systems; this architecture will inform upcoming bids and the briefing is highly recommended for Industry partners interested in supplying NATO with deployable communication systems.

For a full list of keynote speakers, check the event’s website. The event will also see the new General Manager of the NATO Communications and Information Agency, responsible for NATO’s tech and cyber investments, outlining his vision for cooperation with Industry.

These ground-breaking advances will dramatically reduce the size, weight and preparation time of NATO’s deployable CIS, while at the same time increasing their resiliency. The blueprints are the result of a technology challenge launched at the NCI Agency’s flagship industry conference NITEC17 in Ottawa, Canada, in April 2017.

Today the Agency’s Industry partners – including HP, CGI, Microsoft, VMware and Cisco – will demonstrate solutions that are based on these radically new blueprints and architecture.

“The new architecture will deliver a number of benefits; an expected weight reduction of 1.8 tons, a 50% reduction in the size of the equipment and a reduction by half of the power consumption,” said Murray Davidson, NCI Agency Director for Service Strategy.

NITEC18, is organized under the auspices of the German Ministry of Defence. The three-day event is a collaborative venture between the NATO Communications and Information Agency and AFCEA Europe.

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