Today, around 10 Agency staff members are deployed to Afghanistan to contribute to the RS Crisis Establishment (CE) operation covering areas such as Operational Analysis, Cyber Security, or contributing to the Signal Support Group. The Resolute Support Signal Support Group (RS SSG) was created in recent years to provide critical CIS services to forces in operational theatre and their partners.
The group is thus responsible for CIS support and the delivery of Command and Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) services. This team of experts, which is currently on its fifth rotation, was predominantly manned by members of the NATO CIS Group (NCISG) initially, but the support of embedded NCI Agency Experts was requested. And now, the incumbents of the posts of RS SSG Commander and Deputy Commander alternate between the NCISG and the Agency.
Mr Lesbaupin added: "Within the RS SSG, Agency personnel lead the Afghanistan Mission Network Operation Centre (AMNOC), coordinate the use and maintenance of all Functional Area Services (FAS), supervise CIS depot activities and support projects on site, including interfacing continuously with the outsourced CIS provider. So, although security responsibilities have been transferred to the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF), the mission continues to evolve and remains challenging.
The Warsaw Summit committed NATO Support to Afghanistan until at least 2020. This means that in comings years, the NCI Agency will have opportunity to continue to improve its staff's experience and knowledge through the support it provides to RS, and by deploying personnel to Afghanistan."