At its inaugural meeting on 10 July at NATO HQ, the Agency Supervisory Board (ASB) endorsed the General Manager’s way forward for the build-up of the new Agency, his first leadership appointments, and two ‘spend to save’ investments.
Under the Charter of the NATO Communications and Information Organization (NCIO), the Agency Supervisory Board is responsible for the organisational governance of the Agency. Made up of senior representatives from the 28 NATO Nations, it will provide strategic direction and guidance to the Agency and oversee its activities and performance.
For full listing of the Board’s responsibilities, please see the Charter.
Brief summary of some of the key decisions:
• The Board endorsed the General Manager’s first A6 and A5 leadership appointments, pending confirmation by Turkey for two of the appointments as there are new contracts;
• The Board endorsed the high level design for the Agency outlined in Deliverable 2 as well as the General Manager’s way forward for building up the new Agency;
• The Board selected Mr Timothy J. Harp of the United States as its Chairman;
• The Board took notice of the financial status of the NCI Agency presented by the interim Financial Controller, Mr Paul Ballinger, who indicated that the financial situation of the NCI Agency is in line with estimations;
• The Board agreed that the General Manager contracts with the Industry the above mentioned two ‘spend to save’ initiatives. More specifically: with the Network-Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) for a study on IT modernisation in NATO (which will also be supported by internal Agency resources); and a study on the Agency’s function locations and geographic footprint which will be done via the existing support service contracts;
• The Board agreed that full customer-funding will be introduced for the 2014 fiscal year.