General Kinder and his delegation met with the NAGSF Commander, Brigadier General Houston Cantwell and his team. During mission and capability briefings, he received first-hand impressions of the AGS system's mission and capabilities that immediately support the NATO MIC with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) products.
AGS is the utmost integral ISR collection capacity of the Alliance today
"We are pleased to showcase NAGSF development to such an important leader of the NATO Intelligence Community," said General Cantwell. "We remain busy with current operations as well as development of future capabilities. These personal interactions with senior leaders ensure they're aware of our challenges and successes, and that future development stays aligned with NATO priorities," he added.
The tour of the NAGSF facilities and a visit to the hangar with the heart of the Force - the RQ-4D unmanned aircraft - provided the visitors with an update of operational activities at the Main Operating Base in Sigonella.
"At this important moment for NAGSF, I wish to congratulate General Cantwell and his team on achieving an Initial Operational Capability and making great strides in
evolving and expanding their support to Alliance decision-makers," said General Kinder. "The AGS is the utmost integral ISR collection capacity of the Alliance today, and its integration in the Force structure warrants its regular inclusion in the agenda of the MIC conferences, which are regularly briefed by NATO's strategic intelligence bodies," he added. As the current MIC chairperson, General Kinder is personally and officially interested in visiting NAGSF
"The strategic political-military decision making process relies heavily on inputs from various intelligence providers among which the Strategic ISR assets such is the AGS are of superior importance. We need to find out how to support this capacity even better, and in parallel, to learn in which domains the Alliance and Nations can further benefit from this powerful capability," said General Kinder. "This capacity brings the Alliance Indications and Warnings process to a whole different level and it immensely supports the SACEUR's 360 degrees approach," he concluded.
The Military Intelligence Committee (MIC) is the Alliance's strategic governance body for all intelligence matters. It directly supports the Military Committee on all matters of Military Intelligence ensuring that proper and timely advice is given on issues that pertain to all aspects of military intelligence.