Common vision of way ahead
A major theme of the conference was how to further strengthen the Alliance's ability to rapidly implement innovative technology.
"Technological innovation cuts both ways; it helps us but it is also exploited by cyber criminals and adversaries in the mission space. Our ability to implement innovation more rapidly is of strategic importance," said General Manager Koen Gijsbers in his closing remarks, "NATO will continue to streamline and speed its procedures and engage Industry early on in solution development, in order to fully leverage Industry innovation and creativity. However, Industry performance will also come under increasing scrutiny and we will work with the Nations and NATO committees to apply both incentives that reward good performance, as well as penalties."
"But my main take away is that lndustry, technological thinkers and NATO have a shared vision of what needs to be done to boost Alliance agility in implementing innovation and new capabilities. We also share a similar understanding and analysis of the key technological challenges and emerging issues. We know need to act on this," he said.
The conference also emphasized the importance of Education and Training in order to enable full exploitation of both existing and future capabilities. This included a briefing on the Agency's new full lifecycle based structure, including the new Education and Training service line.
At the conference, the Agency unveiled its new Web site, which includes easier access to information on contract opportunities.
To find out more about the opportunities that were briefed, please contact your National Delegation to NATO or National Technical Expert in the Agency, or the Agency's acquisition department.
The Agency's next flagship event will be the NIAS Cyber Security Symposium, 16-18 September 2014 in Mons.
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