New Leadership for Collaborative S&T in NATO

Mr. Alan Shaffer, Director, NATO Collaboration Support OfficeMr. Shaffer serves as the Director, NATO Collaboration Support Office in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.  In this role, he is responsible for coordinating and synchronizing the Science and Technology (S&T) collaboration between NATO member and partner Nations, comprising a network of more than 3000 scientists.

Intelligence and Autonomy in Robotics

IST-127-RSM (Research Specialists’ Meeting) on “Intelligence & Autonomy in Robotics” to be held in Bonn, Germany on 6-8 October 2015Over the last decade significant progress has been achieved in the autonomy of mobile robots and unmanned vehicles. Due to advances in 3D sensing, motion planning and navigation, safe and reliable operation of autonomous military trucks will very soon be possible. Current research on semantic environment perception, mobile manipulation, and mission planning will enable mobile robots to perform task autonomously in the future that can only be carried out using tele-operation today, like e.g. EOD and reconnaissance missions with robots.

Fuel Cells and other Emerging Man portable Power Technologies for the NATO Warfighter

Fuel Cells and other Emerging Man portable Power Technologies for the NATO WarfighterThe Warfighter of today has become increasingly dependent on electronics to achieve superiority on the battlefield, from small man wearable devices to unmanned vehicles to command centers at forward operating bases.  Currently the energy required to operate these electronic devices is provided by either a battery or an internal combustion engine.   However, reliance on these forms of power generation is becoming increasingly problematic. Use of batteries creates large and expensive logistical footprints while diesel generators are noisy, maintenance intensive, and consume large amounts of fossil fuels. Recent advances in fuel cell technology have made this form of energy a potential source for the generation of electricity.

AVT-241 Specialists Meeting on Technological and Operational Problems Connected with Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) Application for Future Military Operations

Unmanned Ground Vehicle taking an improvised explosive device (IED)In the near future more than 50% of population will live in urban areas. The development of military operation methods, especially in urban and asymmetric operations, will require new equipment and methods to reduce the loss of soldiers’ and civilians’ lives. These methods also relate to unmanned systems development by enabling the application of advanced technology for ISTAR (Information, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance), transportation, protection and precision strikes on enemy positions/objects.

SCI-272 COM Flight Testing Technical Team (FT3) semi-annual meeting

SCI-272 COM Flight Testing Technical Team (FT3) conducted their semi-annual meeting in Ottawa, Canada, on 14-15 May 2015.  SCI-272 COM Flight Testing Technical Team (FT3) conducted their semi-annual meeting in Ottawa, Canada, on 14-15 May 2015. FT3 held the two day meeting at the facilities at National Research Council – Canada (NRC-C). FT3 honored the departure of two members – Mr. Dennis Morley (GBR) and Lt. Alessandro DIArgenio (ITA). Additionally, the committee welcomed three new members who recently joined the team – Mr. Jeremy Newsome (GBR), Capt. Gian Luca Greco (ITA), and Mr. Bryan Carrothers (CAN).

SCI-269 RSY Flight Testing of Unmanned Aerial Systems

SCI-269 RSY Flight Testing of Unmanned Aerial Systems The SCI-269 Symposium on “Flight Testing of Unmanned Aerial Systems” was held at the John F. Diefenbaker Building in Ottawa, Canada on 12 and 13 May 2015.  Fourteen different NATO Nations and Partner for Peace Nation Sweden along with industry, government and academia representatives were present for the symposium.

Systems Concepts and Integration 35th Panel Business Meeting

Systems Concepts and Integration 35th Panel Business Meeting Systems Concepts and Integration (SCI) Panel conducted their 35th Panel Business Meeting in Ottawa, Canada from 11 – 15 May 2015. The meeting was attended by thirty-one Panel members, Mr. Rene LaRose, Collaboration Support Office (CSO) Director, Ms. Kelly Edwards, STO-CSO Editor and Publisher, Mr. Johannes De Nijs, ACT representative, representatives from SCI’s Flight Testing Technical Team (FT3) and Canadian SCI activity leaders.

Russell Cummings and Andreas Schuette Win AIAA 2015 International Cooperation Award

Russell Cummings and Andreas Schuette Win AIAA 2015 International Cooperation AwardHonored for Outstanding Leadership of an International Team within the NATO Science & Technology Organization Exploring Stability of Air and Sea Vehicles

March 9, 2015 – Reston, Va. – Dr. Russell Cummings, an AIAA Associate Fellow, and a professor of aeronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Andreas Schuette, an AIAA Senior Member, and research engineer at the Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology at the German Aerospace Center, have won the 2015 AIAA International Cooperation Award.

SCI-258 RTG Scientific Support to NNAG Above Water Warfare Capability Group (AWWCG)

SCI-258 RTG Scientific Support to NNAG Above Water Warfare Capability Group (AWWCG) SCI-258 RTG Scientific Support to NNAG Above Water Warfare Capability Group (AWWCG) conducted their spring meeting at the Hague, TNO in March. The meeting was conducted with members of SET-203 RTG Ship Radar Signature Management System Accuracy, Sensitivity and Confidence Level who continue to work closely with SCI on maritime activities.

NATO SET-198/RTG on Visible Laser Dazzle Effects and Protection

TV-camera viewing one of the test-charts, dazzled by laser light originating from the center of the scene.The purpose of this activity is to develop and validate models of laser dazzle to predict its impact upon target discrimination tasks for human vision and visible waveband sensors.

Here we report on a field trial, performed to gain data of dazzled sensors in order to evaluate recognition algorithms.

The growing proliferation of laser illumination events is generating concern for the protection of personnel and also sensors. In order to understand in detail the impact of laser dazzling, i.e. visual disability resulting in reduction of operational capability, it is crucial to have the capability to model such situations.

HFM-249 Symposium on Emerging Technological Advances in Tactical Casualty Care

Dr Maciej Jankowski, Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence Republic of Poland visited the HFM-249 SymposiumWe have gained a vast amount of knowledge from the operations of the last decade. Although the development of body armour dramatically has reduced the injuries to the torso, improvements in casualty care management has contributed to the reduction in fatalities. In a military setting, extremity injuries now dominate. The Survival from battlefield injury has increased to 90%. The majority of deaths occur before reaching a medical treatment facility. In accordance, most of the research and new technologies address the acute management of the casualties.

SCI-273 RTG Guidelines for Toxicity Testing of Smokes, Obscurants and Pyrotechnic Mixtures

SCI-273 RTG Guidelines for Toxicity Testing of Smokes, Obscurants and Pyrotechnic MixturesSCI-273 RTG Guidelines for Toxicity Testing of Smokes, Obscurants, and Pyrotechnic Mixtures conducted their fourth meeting in Neuilly-sur-Seine at the Collaboration Support Office (CSO) on 27-28 April 2015.  Five different nations from NATO (Estonia, France, Germany, United Kingdom and the United States) and Partnership for Peace Nation Finland were represented during the session.  During the two-day meeting, Task Group Chair Ms. Florence Fedou focused the participants on assessing on-going work and determining expectations for future progress.

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NATO News

  • 03 Jul. 2015 12:00:00 GMT - NATO welcomes activation of new Air Command and Control System
    On Friday (3 July 2015), NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Patrick Auroy welcomed the activation of NATO’s new Air Command and Control System (ACCS). Italy recently decided to declare the first ACCS site operational, with other NATO and national sites to follow in 2015 and subsequent years.
  • 02 Jul. 2015 12:00:00 GMT - Chairman of the NATO Military Committee delivers keynote address at MARCOMET
    General Petr Pavel, the recently appointed Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, participated at the NATO Maritime Commanders’ Meeting (MARCOMET) (1 – 2 July 2015) held in London, United Kingdom. The conference brought together maritime leadership of Allied and Partner Navies and Marine Forces as well as civilian experts to discuss topics such as NATO’s maritime posture, collective maritime responses to the multitude of threats and cooperation between NATO and partners.
  • 02 Jul. 2015 12:00:00 GMT - “Romania can count on NATO” says Secretary General in Bucharest
    In a visit to Bucharest on Thursday (2 July 2015), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Romania for its considerable contributions to Allied security. At a joint press conference with President Klaus Werner Iohannis, Mr. Stoltenberg described Romania as a “steadfast Ally,” stressing that “NATO counts on Romania, and Romania can count on NATO.”
  • 02 Jul. 2015 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Secretary General condemns Egypt attacks
    I extend my sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and government of Egypt after the terrorist attacks yesterday which I strongly condemn.
  • 01 Jul. 2015 12:00:00 GMT - Secretary General's 60th anniversary gifts to Germany
    On 30 June 2015, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg traveled to Berlin to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Germany’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty. During his official speech, the Secretary General presented German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier with two extraordinary gifts in honor of the occasion. Both gifts were specially produced by the NATO Archives in collaboration with the NATO Printing and Graphics Design Section.
  • 01 Jul. 2015 12:00:00 GMT - Heads of Navies meet for SEA SENSE 2015 Global Maritime Security Conference
    Today more than 160 NATO and partner nation military and civilian leaders are gathering in London for the two day NATO Maritime Commanders' Meeting (MARCOMET) to discuss current and future maritime security challenges. The theme for SEA SENSE 2015 is NATO's Future Maritime Posture - Readiness and Responsiveness for a New Era.
  • 01 Jul. 2015 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Secretary General to visit Romania
    NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will travel to Bucharest on Wednesday, 1 July and Thursday 2 July 2015.
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