NATO Agencies successfully deliver C-IED capabilities at HQ ISAF

18 July 2013

In a joint effort, the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) and the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) completed the installation of a large vehicle explosive detection system and an under vehicle inspection system (a set of explosive detection sensors) on 6 July.

This work was undertaken at the newly constructed ISAF HQ Rear gate entrance to enhance overall Force Protection and Security at the site. The collaboration and teamwork between both Agencies was excellent throughout the planning, construction and delivery process.

In the presence of the ISAF HQ Base Support Group Commander Colonel Scott Edwards, the relocation and installation of the explosive detection systems at the ISAF HQ rear gate was completed. "Despite the huge logistical challenges and difficult operational environment, the NSPA and NCIA teams worked closely together … to deliver the required capability on-time and within the authorized budget," said Dr. Franco Fiore from NCIA in a joint statement with Johan Stolk, from the Log Ops LR Programme Office, who supervised the contractors’ work and coordinated the NSPA project on-site at ISAF HQ.

This successful NCIA-NSPA collaboration on the new Counter IED capabilities that significantly enhances overall security at HQ ISAF follows a joint statement by the NSPA and NCIA General Managers that was issued 26 February 2013. In this statement the General Managers shared their vision of why the Agencies need to cooperate and provided the guiding principles.

The intent of these principles is for NSPA to lead on all logistics matters and for the NCIA to lead on all NATO communication and information related matters.