NATO to spend 930m euro on security


NATO plans to spend nearly a billion euros over the next few years on projects including cyber security, detection of improvised bombs and missile defence technology, the western alliance says.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation announced the plan at an industry seminar in Prague, saying it would seek technology suppliers for information sharing, satellite communication for the Afghan mission, maritime security information systems and logistics and missile defence. The conference was organised by NATO’s Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A), which is in charge of procuring advanced technologies, Reuters reports.
“The top priority right now is Afghanistan … but there are projects like missile defence that have wider range,” Kevin Scheid, deputy general manager of NC3A, told Reuters. Projects should start to be implemented in 2011 or 2012, provided they are approved by heads of state at a NATO summit in November.
“Pending political approval, NATO is looking at beginning to invest up to 930 million euros ($1.3 billion) in 2011 and 2012 in multi-year projects to address key security challenges, such as cyber defence, support to NATO’s Afghanistan effort and maritime security,” NC3A said in a statement.

One area where NC3A wants to increase spending is cyber defence, where the total value of orders might go up to 35 million euros in next several years. “The attacks are increasingly sophisticated,” said Brian Christiansen, NC3A’s chief for cyber defence.
“Earlier, the attacks were by individual hackers that wanted to show themselves. Now it’s by serious organisations and we are being probed constantly,” he told Reuters.