Ms Cummings mentioned the key role that NSPA has played for almost two years, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, in supporting Allies and Partners with key relief acquisition and logistics.
She also took the opportunity to highlight the demonstration of operational flexibility and adaptability that NSPA displayed managing Kabul's airport until the very last moments of the evacuation in Afghanistan. "Our Agents remained in HKIA past their planned departure date, until the very end of the aerial bridge. They guaranteed continuity of key services, such as food, sanitation and waste management but also ICT communications, whilst gradually transferring these to the United States.", she explained.
Ms Cummings further emphasized NSPA's multinational acquisition capabilities and the benefits it brings to nations leveraging its expertise to achieve economies of scale. She then mentioned flagship programmes managed by NSPA such as the Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS), the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) and the recently launched Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC), with NSPA entrusted by the nations to manage the concept stage.
"I am proud to lead the Agency and I am confident in its further potential: we can do even more. As I look into the future, I see NSPA contributing to multiple elements of the NATO 2030 initiative", she assured, confident in the expertise and capabilities that NSPA will display to contribute to NATO's ambitious 2030 agenda.