NATO – News: Strengthening NATO’s technological leadership

Despite the impact of the pandemic, the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) continued to offer excellent work programs through its network of more than 5,000 scientists, engineers and analysts. Thus, STO remains at the forefront of science and technology, working to maintain the technological advantage of NATO, its allies and partners in an increasingly competitive world.

In 2022, the STO published three reports, in which it reports on its most outstanding achievements and sets out its future activities.

the HIGHLIGHTS REPORT 2021 (2021 STO HIGHLIGHTS) illustrates the impact and relevance for the work programs of the STO Alliance, including the Collaborative Work Program and the Work Program of the Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CEMR). More than 300 activities have been carried out, ranging from major research programs to prospective analyzes, to cycles of conferences and demonstrations of cooperative technology.

This report is a compilation of recently completed projects and results achieved in both the WRC Program of Work and the Collaborative Work Program for 2021. It also briefly describes the advice provided to senior NATO officials to inform the decision-making on key issues such as women in the armed forces, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats and risks (CBRN), emerging and disruptive technologies (TE / TR), science or technology change or trends (C&T) for the period 2020-2040.

CMRE’s mission is to organize and carry out scientific research and technological development activities focused on the maritime domain, and to offer innovative and proven scientific and technological solutions in the field to meet the needs of the Defense and Security Alliance.

the CMRE ANNUAL REPORT 2021 CMRE ANNUAL REPORT 2021, only in English) reflects on the projects that the Center has carried out in the framework of its work program for 2021 and its successes in providing high quality products and services to its clients , in particular in the Allied Command Transformation in the framework of the Maritime Science and Technology program. , focusing on autonomous marine mine countermeasure systems, autonomous anti-submarine warfare systems, data intelligence / awareness and operational environmental efficiency, and maritime drone facilitators.

This report provides an insight into how CEMR scientists, engineers, and technology experts use emerging and disruptive technologies in innovative ways to maintain NATO’s technological advantage.

The 2022 COLLABORATED WORK PROGRAM provides an overview of the research and technological development projects that the STO will carry out in 2022 in the fields of defense and security to contribute to the strengthening of military operational capabilities. of countries and NATO. It reports 283 technical research activities, ongoing or planned, with the participation of 49 exploratory teams.

The collaborative work program is a tool designed to meet national needs and NATO requirements. Consequently, its development is based on the strategic guidelines provided by the countries, by the various commissions or the Group during their working meetings, as well as by the high authorities of the Organization. But in the end, it is the nations, through the NATO Science and Technology Committee, that jointly decide the direction of the collaborative work program. The research projects carried out in this framework, which are managed by the Office of Collaboration Support (CSO) of the STO, located in the Paris region, will address all the topics that appear in the program, namely: vehicle technology (AVT); human factors and medicine (HFM); information systems technology (IST); systems studies and analysis (SAS); Concepts and systems integration (SCI); electronic sensor and device technology (SET); and Modeling and Simulation (NMSG).

In 2022, many projects will still focus on the applications and impacts of emerging and disruptive technologies of interest to NATO, namely artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, big data, biotechnology, hypersonic technologies, technologies quantum, space and innovative materials.

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