Peter Lenk, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist
NATO Communications and Information Agency


Since 1 June 2015 Dr Lenk holds the post of Chief of Service Strategy and Innovation in the NATO Communication and Information Agency. His responsibilities include developing internal Agency strategy as well as driving innovation activities, thus preparing the Agency for the future. Prior to this, he was in charge of two major programmes for NATO: IT Modernisation, which will put in place the foundation for the NATO Cloud by consolidating NATO’s distributed IT infrastructure to three resilient data centres; and the Active Network Infrastructure programme (ANWI) which delivered a modern IT infrastructure in NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels.

Prior to his return to NATO he worked in Cambridge, UK as the Manager of the Strategies and Analysis Division for SAIC Limited where he was also the Chief System Engineer for the NATO Missile Defence Feasibility Study. For two years prior to that he worked for two start-ups in London, managing software development efforts related to mobile internet technologies and speech recognition products. He also led a consortium formed to execute an EU funded research project involving multi-modal interface concepts.

From 1995 until 2001 Dr Lenk was with the SHAPE Technical Centre (later NC3A) where he established activities related to the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance programme, supported AGS assets in Kosovo and led a number of live-fly and simulated exercises and experiments. As Branch Chief of the Missile Defence C2 Branch, he helped define the Command and Control requirements for NATO’s Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence and established the Agency as the centre of missile defence activities in NATO.

Dr Lenk served for 21 years as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. He had varied and challenging assignments including managing the development of sonar equipment and associated high performance signal processors, participating in acoustic research efforts in the high arctic, managing the development of a large autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), and leading a department at sea in one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s destroyers. His final assignment was as the head of maintenance of all shipboard software for the RCN.

Dr Lenk holds a degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Military College of Canada and MSEE and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the US Naval Postgraduate School. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IET.


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