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NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency

nci agencyLocation: Brussels, Belgium


Type: International

NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has contributed, among other things, to NATO’s efforts to develop the necessary capabilities to counter the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat.

This process builds upon the scientific, technical, operational and procurement expertise available within the NCI Agency. This enables NATO to match military requirements to technologies developed by industry and deliver robust capabilities to troops in theatres of operations. The NCI Agency leads the procurement and deployment of C-IED and counter-terrorism capabilities for ISAF, such as explosive detection systems, jammers, information storage and sharing systems, and surveillance cameras.

The NCI Agency provides overall guidance in regard to of C-IED threats, technologies and doctrines to other NATO teams and states. The agency responds to NATO needs, acquiring and deploying C-IED capabilities, which continue to be monitored and evaluated in order to effectively improve.

The NCI Agency also develops the C-IED communication and information and offers operational and maintenance support to those on the ground.

As with many international C-IED units information-sharing and resource sharing is essential to ensure fast capability delivery through centralized acquisitions, and enhance interoperability through standardization of systems.

NATO promotes this joint procurement approach through the ‘Smart Defence’ concept.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.