Representatives of the 28 NATO Nations have selected Mr Kevin J. Scheid (United States) as the next General Manager of the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency. He will succeed the current General Manager, MGEN (ret) Koen Gijsbers, on 1 July 2017.
"It's truly an honour to be selected by the 28 NATO Nations to serve as the next General Manager of the NCI Agency. I look forward to joining and leading the talented and committed team of civilian and military professionals of the Agency next July," said Mr Scheid.
Mr Scheid is a US Department of Defense (DoD) senior executive who has served in a number of positions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. For the past two years, he has been on a special assignment from the US DoD with the MITRE Corporation where he served as the Special Advisor to the President and CEO. He previously served as Deputy Comptroller of the US Department of Defense; and acted as Deputy Chief Management Officer. From 2009 to 2013, Mr Scheid also served as the Deputy General Manager, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Acquisition of the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A).
Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mr Scheid served in the US Intelligence Community supporting the Director of Central Intelligence with budget and programmatic analysis of the Community's funding and resources. He began his professional career at the White House Office of Management and Budget where he oversaw the programmes of the Department of Commerce, the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense.
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Major investments ahead
The NCI Agency is responsible for operating and defending NATO's networks, as well as delivering advanced technology to support NATO missions, including air, missile and cyber defence.
Some 3 billion EUR worth of business opportunities are planned between now and 2019 in cyber, air and missile defence as well as advanced software. This includes a fundamental refresh of NATO's ICT infrastructure, satellite communication capabilities, as well as a 70 million EUR investment in cyber technology focused on secure mobility, multi-level authentication, and the secure use of public clouds.