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.

35th AVT Panel Business Meeting Week, Spring 2015, Rzeszów, Poland

35th AVT Panel Business Meeting Week, Spring 2015, Rzeszów, PolandThe Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel held its Spring Panel Business Week (PBW) from 20th to 24th of April 2015 in Rzeszów, Poland. More than 430 engineers, scientists, industry and government representatives from 21 out of 28 NATO Nations, plus three Partner Nations, attended the 2015 Spring PBW of the AVT Panel.

Test Cell and Controls Instrumentation and EHM Technologies for Military Air, Land and Sea Turbine Engines

AVT-229 “Non-Contact Stress Measurement (NSMS) Probe Design & Installation”The AVT-229 Symposium on “Test Cell and Controls Instrumentation and Engine Health Management (EHM) Technologies for Military Air, Land and Sea Turbine Engines” was held from 20th to 23rd April 2015 during the 35th Panel Business Week in Rzeszów, Poland.

Advanced Aircraft Propulsion Systems

AVT-230 “Illustration of LEMCOTEC (Low Emission Core Technologies) Regional Turbofan RTF for target OPR (Overall Pressure Ratio) ~ 50”The AVT-230 Specialists Meeting on “Advanced Aircraft Propulsion Systems” was held from 20th to 22nd April 2015 during the 35th Panel Business Week in Rzeszów, Poland. Several research activities and technology studies have been launched within the NATO countries, providing a set of information, vision and targets. This knowledge was the starting point for the Specialists’ Meeting, the aim of which was to summarize and share the envisaged technology development steps to be introduced in the coming decades.

SCI-281 RTG on Solutions Advancing Next Generation Radar Electronic Attack

SCI-281 RTG Solutions Advancing Next Generation Radar Electronic AttackSCI-281 RTG Solutions Advancing Next Generation Radar Electronic Attack conducted their kick-off meeting at the Collaboration Support Office (CSO) facilities in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, on April 21-22 2015. This first gathering of SCI-281 focused on the following areas: (1) Reviewing the Technical Activity Proposal and the Terms of Reference; (2) Drafting a program of work, based on the participant’s interests and available assets and (3) Defining initial working packages for future trials and meetings.

2015 STO Scientific Achievement Awards

Executive Session of the Science and Technology Board meeting held at NATO HQ, Brussels on 25-26 March 2015During the Executive Session of the Science and Technology Board meeting held at NATO HQ, Brussels on 25-26 March 2015, the following teams were granted the 2015 STO Scientific Achievement Award:

-     AVT-179 on “Design for Disposal of Present and Future Munitions and Application of Greener Ammunition Technology”

-     IST-103 on “Selected Challenges for Protected Core Networking”

-     MSG-131 on “Modelling and Simulation as a Service: new concepts and service oriented architectures”

-     SCI-200 on “Mission Effectiveness of Denial and Deception (D&D) ”

-     SET-172 on “RADAR Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) and Non-Cooperative Target Recognition (NCTR) ”

The Executive Session was also the opportunity for the Board to award the 2014 Von Karman Medal, a selection of excellence within excellence. After a difficult selection, the Science and Technology Board decided to award the Von Karman Medal to Mr Jim MacLeod.

The Award Ceremony will take place during the 2015 Fall Science and Technology Board meeting to be held from 16-17 September in Tirana, Albania.

SCI-ET-017 Development of Methods for Measurements and Evaluation of Natural Background Colours

SCI-ET-017 Development of Methods for Measurements and Evaluation of Natural Background ColoursThe kickoff meeting for SCI-ET-017 was held on 9-10 March 2015 at the STO Collaboration Support Office facilities in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.  The objective of the ET is to investigate the possibilities in identifying methods for lab measurement and evaluation of natural background colours in spectral ranges 300 to 2500 nm and to begin building a database of natural colours and NATO nations’ camouflage colours for all military equipment (vehicles, canvas, tarpaulins, nets, screens, clothes).

SCI-ET-014 Requirements, Concepts and Challenges for Integrating Defense and Homeland Security Systems

SCI-ET-014 Requirements, Concepts and Challenges for Integrating Defense and Homeland Security SystemsThe kickoff meeting for SCI-ET-014 was held on 24-25 March 2015 at the STO Collaboration Support Office facilities in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.  The objective of the ET is to review methods and tools available for integrating homeland security and defense information systems.

SCI-275 RWS Maritime Situational Awareness Enabled by Space-Based Systems

SCI-275 RWS Maritime Situational Awareness Enabled by Space-Based Systems The SCI-275 Maritime Situational Awareness Enabled by Space-Based Systems Workshop was held 24-26 February 2015 at the NATO Science and Technology Organization Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (STO-CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy. The workshop was co-chaired by Dr. Paris Vachon of the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and Ms. Karna Bryan of the STO-CMRE.  The workshop featured participants from academia, industry and goverment. The workshop brought together researchers to exchange information on both currently available and future space-based capabilities to support Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA).

SET-179 Dynamic Waveform Diversity and Design

SET-179 “Dynamic Waveform Diversity and Design”

The recently completed NATO SET-179 RTG involved participation by eight countries to investigate new capabilities that could be achieved through the new design freedoms enabled by Waveform Diversity (WD), a rather broad term that encompassess waveform optimization, multi-dimensional coupling paradigms such as MIMO sensing, waveform-related adaptivity on transmit and receive, and bio-mimetic waveform attributes. Under this aegis, multiple topics were explored by the participants, with particular emphases on physically realizable radar emissions and the practical implications of WD so as ultimately to realize the experimental demonstration of several altogether new sensing strategies.

SAS-110's Research Task Group on Irregular Warfare and Operations Assessment met for the first time at the Collaboration Support Office in Paris

SAS-110’s Research Task Group on “Irregular Warfare and Operations Assessment” met for the first time at the Collaboration Support Office in Paris, FranceFrom 9 March to 11 March, SAS-110’s Research Task Group on “Irregular Warfare and Operations Assessment” met for the first time at the Collaboration Support Office in Paris, France.  The team included national representatives from the United States, Norway, Sweden and Germany.

Announcement of the SAS-112 Research Task Group Meeting on Comparative Analysis of Private-Public Partnership (PPP) in the Management of Military-Industry Activities

Announcement ofFrom 30 March to 1 April, SAS-112’s Research Task Group on, “Comparative Analysis of Private-Public Partnership (PPP) in the Management of Military-Industry Activities” will meet for the first time at the Collaboration Support Office in Paris, France.  This group will perform a comparative, qualitative study that may be the basis for establishing a framework defining the nature and utility of PPPs for adoption within NATO and NATO nations.

NATO STO's Modelling and Simulation Group at ITEC 2015

NATO STO’s Modelling and Simulation Group at ITEC 2015The NATO Modelling and Simulation Group (NMSG) will be present at the upcoming International Training and Education Conference (ITEC 2015) and exhibition to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, between 28th  and 30th of April 2015. A permanent NATO stand will be open on the exhibition floor while NMSG experts will present papers in the conference sessions.

Announcement of the second meeting of IST-ET-091 on Electromagnetic Environment Situational Awareness for NATO - 15 April 2015 in France

Announcement of the second meeting of IST-ET-091 on Electromagnetic Environment Situational Awareness for NATO - 15 April 2015 in FranceThe Electromagnetic Environment Situational Awareness under the name of Radio Environmental Map (REM) has recently attracted a lot of attention in the wireless communications research community. The REM can be viewed as rich hierarchical databases containing various types of static and dynamic radio environment information e.g. sensing information from Radios or EW sensors, raw spectrum measurements, terrain models, building plans, fixed transmitters, statistical propagation models, estimations of located transmitters and their configurations, estimations of radio propagation models etc.

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Lecture Series on "Structural Health Monitoring of Military Vehicles" (AVT-220 - 13/07/2015 to 14/07/2015 - Canada)

Lecture Series on "Horizon Scanning and Strategic Futures Analysis " (IST-135 - 08/06/2015 to 09/06/2015 - United Kingdom)

Specialists Meeting on "Defence Implications of Cloud Computing at Tactical Edge " (IST-125 - 11/06/2015 to 12/06/2015 - Turkey)

Lecture Series on "Horizon Scanning and Strategic Futures Analysis " (IST-135 - 11/06/2015 to 12/06/2015 - Canada)

Lecture Series on "Advanced Algorithms for Effectively Fusing Hard and Soft Information " (IST-134 - 12/10/2015 to 13/10/2015 - Germany)

Cyber Attack Detection, Forensics and Attribution for Assessment of Mission Impact  (IST-128 - 15/06/2015 to 17/06/2015 - Turkey)

Lecture Series on "Advanced Algorithms for Effectively Fusing Hard and Soft Information " (IST-134 - 15/10/2015 to 16/10/2015 - Spain)

Lecture Series on "Advanced Algorithms for Effectively Fusing Hard and Soft Information " (IST-134 - 16/11/2015 to 17/11/2015 - United States)

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Lecture Series on "Systems of Systems Engineering for NATO Defence Applications " (SCI-276 - 11/06/2015 to 12/06/2015 - Bulgaria)

Lecture Series on "Active Passive Electro-optic/Infrared (EO/IR) Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) " (SET-221 - 11/06/2015 to 12/06/2015 - United States)

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