Saturday, November 25, 2017

$140m to ‘reshape NATO’s nervous system’

Alliance is moving towards the cloud in “the most significant upgrade to the organisation’s technical infrastructure in decades”.

NATO has entered a period of IT infrastructure modernisation and awarded General Dynamics Information Technology a contract with a potential value of $140m over five years to carry out the works.

The contract, signed by the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency), specifies the alliance’s need to upgrade its infrastructure in what the body has labelled as “the most significant upgrade to the organisation’s technical infrastructure in decades”.

General Dynamics has been tasked with to implementing a private cloud-based infrastructure in partnership with the NCI Agency.

The private cloud is expected to improve the operational efficiency and effectiveness of NATO’s IT enterprise.

This will be accomplished through a series of IT modernisation phases, including the updating obsolete IT infrastructure, implementing NATO-wide continuity and disaster recovery capabilities and clarifying service levels in cloud computing terms.

In addition, other works to be carried out include enhancing information security measures, increasing operational agility by enabling the dynamic reallocation of resources, and reducing O&M costs through the streamlining of management and operations.

Additionally, the General Dynamics will implement multiple Service Operations Centers that will enable real-time command and control of NATO-provided IT services.

NATO’s contract with General Dynamics will see the provider perform its tasks across many of the 28 NATO member nations with Belgium as the control centre.

Koen Gijsbers, NCI Agency General Manager, said: “This contract will fundamentally reshape NATO’s nervous system and allow us to reduce costs.

“In light of its importance to the Alliance’s cyber posture, it is paramount that the work is executed on time, in scope and in budget.”

Bernie Guerry, senior vice president of General Dynamics Information Technology’s Intelligence Solutions division, said: “This IT modernisation program comes at a critical juncture for the Alliance, and will be a significant contributor to delivering resilient and cutting-edge support to NATO at a time of unprecedented challenges on both the northern and southern flanks of the Alliance.”