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Oct 6 2021

NSPA General Manager addresses NATO's North Atlantic Council representatives

LUXEMBOURG - On 6 October 2021, NSPA General Manager, Ms Stacy Cummings, together with Major General Wolfgang Gäbelein, Chairperson of the NSPO Agency Supervisory Board (ASB), addressed the 30 NATO Allies representatives during a North Atlantic Council session at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, ahead of the meeting with the National Security Advisers on 7 October.  

Ms Cummings started her tenure as NSPA General Manager in September and this was her first opportunity to meet all the 30 North Atlantic Council representatives. Her speech focused on common priorities, NSPA's multinational acquisition capabilities and its growing role in support of NATO operations and exercises. 

My mission is to ensure NSPA is the Agency of choice, because we deliver the best value to our customers. I am going to leverage NSPAs know-how and its proven record of timely and cost effective delivery to ensure the Agency's capability portfolio continues to grow in a sustainable way

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.

NSPA General Manager addresses NATO's North Atlantic Council representatives

Story by NATO Support and Procurement Agency

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