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NCI Academy confirmed as a major contribution to NATO’s cyber defences

Stoltenberg confirms that NCI Academy will be one of NATO’s best weapons against hostile cyberwarfare

One of Alliance’s best weapons against hostile cyberwarfare will be the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Academy, which is being built in Oeiras. To confirm it’s importance, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, has just visited it during a mission in Portugal. The Academy, once up and running, will train thousands of personnel a year and make a major contribution to NATO’s cyber defences. The construction started on 23 May 2017, marked by a ceremony attended by Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa and NCI Agency General Manager, Koen Gijsbers. NCI Academy will provide expert training to civilian and military staff from NATO and its member countries on the Alliance’s advanced IT and cyber systems. Both software and hardware. Operators trained then will go on to manage Alliance’s IT and communications systems, as well as its air, ballistic and cyber defences.

The construction of the cyber Academy should be completed in October 2018

Construction of NCI cyber Academy works, worth around 20 million EUR and funded entirely by NATO’s Security Investment Programme (NSIP) – is reported on the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) website – are set to be completed in October 2018. The public tender, approved by the Portuguese Council of Ministers in June 2016, was won by Mota-Engil, Engenharia e Construção S.A, a major construction company in Portugal. Contract for the construction was signed in March 2017 by the Portuguese Ministry of Defence and the company. The contract foresees the construction of a 13,000sqm building. These facilities will be built within the scenic Compound Reduto Gomes Freire, in Oeiras, Portugal, the former home of Allied Joint Force Command Lisbon, which currently hosts NATO’s Naval Striking and Support Forces, a detachment of the Alliance’s Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre and a national Portuguese command.

The FOC of the NCI Academy should arrive in third quarter of 2019. Then it will be a state-of-the-art incubator for Industry, academia and vendors in training technology

“We are breaking ground on the construction of an Academy that will be a pillar of a modern, future-ready NATO – said the General Manager in his opening speech -. The Academy will be a hub and incubator for Industry, academia and vendors involved in training technology”. But the cyber facility itself will be state-of-the-art: with advanced technology connecting it to training locations in Nations, Industry and Academia. Once fully operational, in the third quarter of 2019, it will replace several Agency training facilities, including the NATO Communications and Information Systems School in Latina, Italy, and the Air Command and Control Training School in Glons, Belgium.

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