2021 - Resolute Support Mission concludes
In January 2015, NATO launched the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces and institutions to fight terrorism and secure their country. Following the withdrawal of all RSM forces in August 2021, the mission concluded in early September 2021. NCI Agency staff regularly deployed to Afghanistan to provide critical communications, cyber security, operational analysis and other services until the end of the mission.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, officially opened
the new NATO Communications and Information Academy (NCI Academy) on 26 May 2021, a world-class training
facility for NATO Allies and Partners in Oeiras, Portugal. The NCI Academy delivers individual and
collective training on NATO systems that support operations and exercises. Operators trained in the
Academy will go on to maintain NATO's IT and communications systems, as well as its ballistic missile
and cyber defences.