The NATO Communications and Information Agency (the NCI Agency) is NATO’s technology and cyber hub. It provides capabilities and services that are critical to NATO’s ability to fulfil its core tasks of consultation, collective defence, and crisis management for its 31 member states. TMI called into NATO’s Brussels headquarters to meet Deniz Ates, Head of Treasury, the NCI Agency, and his team to discuss the vital role that treasury plays in supporting this key NATO division.
For its 31 member states – 29 European and two North American – NATO is a vital collective military security system. Protecting the protectors on the cyber-security front – its electronic defence – is the NCI Agency.
The NCI Agency was formed in 2012, following a major restructure of NATO into four new agencies. Today, the NCI Agency is a team of 3,000 civilian and military personnel located in more than 30 locations in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. Its primary task is to help NATO and its member countries communicate and work together “to preserve peace and security for nearly one billion citizens”. As part of its remit, the NCI Agency provides C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, and Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) technology, including cyber and missile defence.
It’s vital work but without the funding of its members nothing would happen. The function that is charged with safeguarding and optimising the NCI Agency’s cash and liquidity assets, and supporting the business in this respect, is its treasury.