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11 29 2021

NATO Agency supports participants of Exercise Steadfast Jackal 2021

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) is providing support for services and connectivity during a NATO exercise taking place from 30 November to 9 December 2021.

Exercise Steadfast Jackal 21 (STJA21) is an operational and tactical-level event that will ultimately contribute to NATO's deterrence and defence posture.

NATO Agency supports participants of Exercise Steadfast Jackal 2021

The exercise will demonstrate the ability to conduct a non-Article 5 small joint operation during a fictitious scenario. This year, the scenario involves a fictional but realistic opponent contesting the Alliance primarily in the land, air and cyber domains.

Directed by NATO's Joint Warfare Centre, the exercise trains the participating NATO Nations and Non-NATO Partners to ensure the Alliance maintains its readiness. This is a key exercise for the Alliance, as Nations will be trained and evaluated on their ability to successfully conduct joint NATO operations in the following year.

NCI Agency experts will be supporting the services and applications used in the exercise, which include network connectivity, communication services and a specially designed CloudApp solution to allow participants to access data. The Agency together with NATO CIS Group (NCISG) will be providing a mission network for participants by interconnecting some national networks to NATO via a deployable communications system called Dragonfly. Dragonfly is the biggest and most capable NATO deployable system.

"The versatility of the NATO Dragonfly system is critical to ensuring Allies can securely connect during operations and exercises, and whenever necessary," said Tomasz Galwa, Staff Officer in the Operations and Exercises Branch at NCI Agency.