General Frank Schlӧsser announced the successful closure of Exercise STEADFAST COBALT 21 in which almost 1000 participants took part and improved NATO interoperability in order to efficiently contribute to NRF22. More than 8,000 tests were conducted. The General underlined that NCISG was able to finalize over 90% of planned tests. The technical solution provided through the C4ISR Architecture was verified during STEADFAST COBALT 21 against a relevant number of tests developed by the Interoperability Team.
Together, we learnt how to respond more quickly to threats based on the same standards and multinational configurations. You have demonstrated and set the stage for a new level of cooperation between the NATO allies and partners that enable NRF22 units and headquarters to join the NTF Mission Network effectively with the latest network configurations standards that promulgate defence of data.
NCISG HQ, Mons, Belgium, 04/28/2021, left: CSEL, Peter Knoeringer, right: Major General, Frank Schlӧsser, DEU, Army
The General emphasized that participants were able to conduct a Technical Evaluation Team (TE-ET) led by the NCIA Interoperability Test Director and to develop the C4ISR Initial Evaluation Report with the CIS Matrix. Both reports deliver recommendations how to solve issues discovered during the Exercise.
NCISG HQ, Mons, Belgium, 04/28/2021, Steadfast Cobalt 2021 Exercise participants
General Schlӧsser concluded, saying how important this Exercise was for NATO and NRF. NATO NRF units increased their cyber planning and execution maturity in line with NATO's cyber domain maturity, by identifying interoperability gaps, resolving multiple IT issues, and integrating lessons learned immediately into the exercise.
In closing, General Schlӧsser wished to thank all those responsible for making Exercise STEADFAST COBALT 2021 a success and congratulated them for a job well done.