On Friday 26 September 2014, the NCI Agency Chief of Staff, MGEN Luis Andrey, hosted the visit of the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Defence, Ms Desislava Yosifova.
The Deputy Minister provided a briefing on "Bulgaria in NATO and in European Defence 2020". The vision had been presented at the NATO Summit in Wales together with the Bulgarian National Programme entailing nine critical capability projects as specific deliverable. Further, the Deputy Minister underlined crucial upcoming activities with the NCI Agency that will support Bulgaria's achievement of their NATO 2020 strategy, with particular focus on Cyber Defence, Automated Information Services and procurement activities for essential military capabilities.
Extending the current C4ISR Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bulgaria and NCI Agency, a new version including terms and conditions for Multi-year Programme of Work will be proposed prior to the upcoming high level government/industry event in Sofia on the 9 and 10 October 2014. At the same time, discussions will take place on the implementation of a cooperation planning project addressing the critical capability shortfalls identified in Bulgaria's Vision 2020.
*The NCI Agency is the executive arm of the NATO Communication and Information Organisation (NCIO), which aims to achieve maximum effectiveness in delivering C3 capabilities to stakeholders, while ensuring their coherence and interoperability, and ensuring the provision of secure CIS services at minimum cost to Allies – individually and collectively.