NATO UK Industry Engagement Day

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) is leading NATO’s cyber technology refresh and has announced €3bn of business opportunities in the coming years. 

Some of the opportunities coming up in 2018 include:

Satellite Personal Communications Services for Operational Liaison and Reconnaissance Teams: €1.7m. The OLRTs are a key Command and Control enabler during the early phases of any mission. They must be prepared and equipped with deployable communications systems in order to deploy and operate quickly and support the Joint Task Force with their planning and decision-making process.

New NATO Messaging Service: €20m. NATO requires a new Messaging Service that can robustly deliver messages through the IT Modernisation (ITM) virtualised infrastructure. The aim of the project is to achieve this without any unnecessary risks associated with new design and development work. The project also aims to implement a messaging service that will be supported efficiently, effectively and economically throughout its operational life.

Service Oriented Architecture and Identity Management: €30m. The project will deliver the underlying SOA & IdM Platform that will enable NATO to more rapidly implement integrated information systems. The Platform will allow future projects to use consistent, coherent and proven solutions to common problems allowing them to focus on delivering business value. Together with the Infrastructure as a Service capability being delivered through ITM, the Platform will change the way NATO builds and procures Functional Service (FS) applications by allowing reuse of common functionality to reduce stovepipe solutions and more readily share data. Specifically, this project will provide: - A middleware platform in the form of a common set of Web Services that are responsible for security, integration, registry & repository, service management, information discovery and hosting. - Refined Identity Management (ldM) business processes. - Additional security services and control mechanisms. - lntegration with NPKI (NATO Public Key Infrastructure) to support strong authentication. - lnterfaces with other current and future IdM-related systems. - The Alliance Replication Hub (ARH) as the directory interface between NATO and Nations.

Other opportunities coming up in the longer term include:

Information Exchange Gateway CASE C (€9m) Functional Services for C2 of Combined Joint Operations (€8m) Unified Communication and Collaboration Services (€9m) Upgrade Information Portal Services (€9.8m) Education, Training, Exercises and Evaluation (ETEE) (€19m) CIS Security Enhancements (€20m) Cyber Security Technology Refresh (€70m) Territorial Ballistic Missile Defence (€300m) SATCOM Transmission Services (€1.2bn)

if you would be interested in attending please complete the attached template detailing your company’s capability by 1700 on Wednesday 2 May and return it to Andy Johnston at:  Andy.Johnston@adsgroup.org.uk. The event will be held following the NCI Agency’s NITEC conference taking place on 22-24 May.

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