On 18 November 2015, the NCI Agency hosted the fourth annual Chief Information Officers' Conference (CIOC), open for the first time to participation from the seven Non-NATO Nations1.
Chaired by the NCI Agency General Manager, Mr Koen Gijsbers, the event gathered 27 NATO and 5 Partner Nations, with representatives from Allied Command Operations, Allied Command Transformation, International Staff (IS) and other NATO bodies (over 100 participants). Built around three sessions: share, implement and train, the conference was held in the context of the Readiness Action Plan (RAP) and the reinforcement of interoperability in NATO Force Structure (NFS) among NATO Nations and with partners as endorsed at the NATO Wales Summit. Held annually, the CIOC represents a unique opportunity to put into perspective the operational, resource, and political aspects of cooperation with NATO and Partner Nations by enabling dialogue, developing stronger partnerships and improving support in the area of C4ISR capability development and service provision. It addresses cooperation on a bilateral, multilateral and regional basis.
This year, the conference focused on the operational, resource, C3 Board, political, and NCI Agency perspectives, offered respectively by Allied Command Operations Deputy Chief of Staff CIS & Cyber Defence, MGEN Walter Huhn; Chairman Investment Committee, Mr Konstantin Nesterov; national Co-Vice-Chairman C3 Board, BGEN Enrico Bologna; Deputy Assistant Secretary General Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, Mr James Appathurai;and NCI Agency Director Demand Management, Dr Velizar Shalamanov.
Nations and Multinational entities provided feedback on the implementation of the NATO 1st Solution (N1S) in the Nations and the NATO Force Structure (NFS) as well as implementation of the Readiness Action Plan (RAP). Further, they provided their perspectives on the improved environment for information sharing, connected exercises and training.
Commander Cyber Defence Expertise Centre, Netherlands Ministry of Defence, LTC Paul 't Hoen, shared the progress on Multinational Cyber Defence Capability Development (MNCD2) and highlighted the opportunity to share information/knowledge on the development of capabilities and the way to acquire them. First German/Netherlands Corps (1 GNC) Assistant Chief of Staff G6, COL Hamelink, presented lessons learned on information sharing in the implementation of N1S for the NATO Force Structure. Following up on the plan introduced at the 2014 CIOC, Mr Pierre Calvez, NATO Distributed Networked Battle Labs (DNBL) Project Manager, provided a status update on the Community of Interest (CoI) cooperation platform, aimed at facilitating information exchange within communities of interest. The CoI cooperation platform is a proposed solution for sharing requirements, solutions, cooperation models and lessons learned between NATO, NATO Nations, Partner Nations and the NFS.