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Aug 31 2020

NATO Agency appoints NCI Academy Director


Dr Garry Hargreaves has been appointed the new Director of the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Academy.


Run by the NCI Agency, the Academy provides education and training services to NATO and the Nations. Expert instructors deliver individual and collective training on NATO Communications and Information Systems (CIS), including air command and control. The training delivered supports the technical operation and maintenance of NATO commands, Military Training and Exercise Programme and assists NATO and national commands in preparing for NATO operations.
NATO Agency appoints NCI Academy Director

The NCI Academy, one of the Agency's nine service lines, was formed by combining the Education and Training Service Line and the NATO CIS School in Latina, Italy.

Dr Hargreaves will be responsible for the end-to-end delivery of world-class training to NCI Academy customers from NATO and the Nations.

NCI Agency General Manager Kevin J Scheid said: "I am pleased and proud to announce that Garry Hargreaves will be leading the NCI Academy to expand our training capabilities. Garry was instrumental to achieving the initial operating capability of the NCI Academy. His hands-on leadership skills, academic background and vision for implementing our strategy made him the right fit for the role."

The NCI Academy is a more than 140-member-strong team with staff in Oeiras, Portugal; The Hague, Netherlands; Mons, Belgium; and Stavanger, Norway.

Major General Göksel Sevindik, Chief of Staff and Senior Responsible Officer for the NCI Academy said: "We have big plans to become the point of reference for innovative education and training excellence in NATO community. I look forward working with Garry to finalize the structure of the Academy and start implementing our strategy."

Developing and delivering world-class CIS education and training services, including cyber, is one of the NCI Agency's highest priorities. "Smart training for smart defence" is the ethos of the Academy.

Dr Hargreaves said: "To say that it is a profound honour to be asked to lead the Academy would be a phenomenal understatement. The men and women of the NCI Academy have worked tirelessly over the last few years, and certainly deserve the attention and support of a leader worthy of them. We look forward to further collaboration with NATO and the Nations to deliver the education solutions that work best for their teams."