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05 12 2016

NITEC16: Building resilience through secure C4ISR

Taking place on 7-9 June in Tallinn, Estonia, the 2016 NCI Agency Industry Conference and AFCEA TechNet International (NITEC16) provides an excellent forum to discuss NATO-Industry collaboration in a new era of shared risks. Held in the run-up to the NATO Warsaw Summit, the event will look to building resilience by developing and delivering secure C4ISR and cyber capabilities as NATO increases its defence posture and continues to bolster the readiness and responsiveness of its forces.

President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves will attend the event that is bringing together over 500 senior government, military and industry leaders, as well as defence and security experts. NITEC16 is organized by the NCI Agency and the Association for Communications, Electronics and Information Systems (AFCEA), in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Defence.

On this occasion, the NCI Agency will introduce current and upcoming business opportunities of up to 3 billion EUR in the areas of Air Command and Control, Core Enterprise Services, Command and Control, Education and Training, Cyber Security and Network Infrastructure Services. For a full list of business opportunities, please click here. To register for NITEC16, follow this link.


NATO-Industry Collaboration in a New Era

In a changed security environment, adaptation and building resilience is key for the Alliance's continued relevance and ability to respond. NITEC16 will focus on new ways of engaging with industry, adapted to the diversity and simultaneity of threats and rapid technological developments. This flagship event will also provide concrete opportunities to connect, exchange views and lessons learned, and collaborate with industry partners to support NATO capability development.

During the first day of the conference – the 'NATO-Industry Strategic Dialogue Day' – high-level speakers will address the key challenges the Alliance faces today and is likely to meet in the future. The discussion will focus on how strategic partnerships with industry, including Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), can enable the enhancement of C4ISR capabilities through investment in innovative, state-of-the-art solutions against high-end threats.

The following two days, 8-9 June, NITEC16 will present opportunities for collaboration, offering a forum to discuss the latest technological developments and provide information on NATO Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) business opportunities and capability priorities.

NITEC16: Building resilience through secure C4ISR

Side Events and Activities for Industry and NATO

This year, a number of tailored initiatives will be offered in the margins of the event, including an interactive seminar on navigating the NATO-Industry collaborative platforms and business opportunities/contract portals.

Eligible industry participants will have the chance to engage one-on-one with NATO decision makers, programme managers and NCI Agency staff to discuss topics of interest, such as how to access NATO programmes and projects, build partnerships, and leverage innovative solutions.

Sessions showcasing how to develop a Basic Ordering Agreement with the NCI Agency will take place throughout 8 and 9 June, presenting business opportunities of up to 3 billion EUR.

To support industry, a mentoring programme for SMEs and start-ups will be offered, during which successful small businesses, primes and acquisition representatives will discuss the potential opportunities landscape, seed financing and best practices.

The conference will also feature the top ranked innovators of the NCI Agency's 2016 Innovation Challenge, who will have the opportunity to display their winning technology solutions focusing on cyber defence, the Internet of Things, military applications of blockchains, and computing and machine learning.

For the latest NITEC16 Programme, please click here.

To register and for further information, visit the NITEC16 website.