The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has welcomed its new General Manager.
On 1 July 2017, former senior US Department of Defense official Kevin J Scheid officially took the helm of NATO's tech and cyber organization. He is the first US official to hold the post.
Mr Scheid will be leading NATO' 3 billion EUR technology and cyber refresh, besides ensuring that NATO's networks are secure and resilient.
Mr Scheid previously served the Alliance. Between 2009 through 2012, he held the joint titles of Deputy General Manager, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Acquisition of one of the Agency's predecessors, the NATO Consultation Command and Control Agency (NC3A).
Speaking about his new appointment, Mr Scheid commented: "At the core of the NCI Agency are not just big programmes or technology. At its core are its people – a tremendous collection of talented men and women from your Nations, personnel who work together daily to preserve peace and project stability."
He also remarked that the Agency would have a big role to play in future capability development for the Alliance.
"Nations are investing more in defence and expanding their capabilities in Information Technology, cyber security, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. These are the Agency's core capabilities," he noted.
Read our first interview with the new General Manager here.