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General: NATO Cyber Defense Center Rapidly Developing

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The Tallinn-based NATO Cyber Defense Center is developing quickly, according to a top general. 

According to Gen. Stephane Abrial, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, eight countries are currently involved with the development of the center and in the future more resources will be used to ensure stronger cyber security for all NATO allies.

At a meeting with Commander-in-Chief of the Estonian Defense Forces, Lt. Gen. Ants Laaneots on May 12, the two discussed the options for resource effcient defense cooperation. Abrial noted that Baltic air policing is an excellent example of the expedient use of resources: "Estonian troops are operating in Afghanistan and allies who have fighter planes are guarding your airspace."

In turn, Laaneots confirmed that Estonia is ready to further increase backup effort for NATO air policing missions. "We are preparing Ämari air base so that it will be capable of receiving NATO air units," Laaneots said.

The commanders also discussed the issues related to the development of the curriculum at the Baltic Defense College and reviewed the Defense Forces short-term development plan.

Abrial also met with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Minister of Defense Mart Laar, visited the NATO Cyber Security Center, and participated in a seminar on "hybrid risks" of cyber security.


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