Estonia Hopes to House NATO’s Cyber Training Ground ({{commentsTotal}})

Defense Forces Commander Riho Terras
Defense Forces Commander Riho Terras Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Commander in Chief of the Defense Forces Maj. Gen. Riho Terras said that NATO’s command supports Estonia’s suggestion to create a Tallinn-based training ground for cyber warfare.


According to Terras, funding has been allocated for the project, mainly aimed at building the infrastructure for information processing and Estonia is hoping that a decision will be made at the Wales summit that the training ground will be based in Estonia.

Estonia proposed using its cyber lab for the training ground last year, with the defense minister following up with NATO chief Anders Rasmussen in February in a letter on the subject: The ground would be used by NATO as a whole and individual member states for conducting cyber exercises and training.

Terras met with Jean-Paul Paloméros, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, on Wednesday and discussed the creation of the cyber training ground, as well as the situation in Ukraine and NATO’s permanent presence in the Baltic states.

The cyber lab of the Estonian Defense Forces was created in 2012 and has hosted several important NATO exercises, such as Cyber Coalition and Locked Shields in 2013.