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Oct 12 2021

NATO Agency to procure education and training services


The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) plans to release a formal Invitation for Bids (IFB) to procure commercially available education and training services for NATO.


The NCI Agency may award multiple contracts, based on nine training lots specifically set up in the IFB, which will be released in the coming weeks. The awards could be worth up to an estimated 10 million EUR total depending on the services offered. The agreements will include a base period of three years, followed by two optional years.

NATO Agency to procure education and training services

"We are teaming up with industry partners in the area of education and training to ensure that staff from NATO and the Nations have the skills and knowledge they need to support the Alliance's 2030 agenda," said Kamila Lenarczyk, Acting Head of Portfolio Management at the NATO Communications and Information Academy (NCI Academy).

These services will be managed by the Agency's NCI Academy, which delivers C4ISR and cyber training for NATO systems and services. Operators trained in the Academy will go on to operate and maintain NATO's information technology and communications systems, as well as its ballistic missile and cyber defences.

The NCI Academy is particularly interested in acquiring commercial-off-the-shelf training and consultancy services to meet growing requirements for skills and knowledge. The commercial training services covered under this IFB include:

  • Instructor-led training complemented by virtual training delivery capabilities;
  • Official examination and certification;
  • Online training subscriptions;
  • And training consultancy services.

This contract will help the NCI Agency ensure NATO remains up-to-date with the latest commercial education and training solutions. Working with industry, the NCI Academy will support NATO in attracting and maintaining a tech-savvy professional workforce that is prepared for the future.

The Agency plans to award a contract by the end of 2021.

About the NCI Academy: The NCI Academy delivers training on NATO systems that support operations and exercises. Operators trained in the Academy will go on to maintain NATO's IT and communications systems, as well as its ballistic missile and cyber defences. Click here for more on the Academy.