High Energy Laser Weapons: Tactical Employment in the Shared Battlespace

High Energy Laser Weapons: Tactical Employment in the Shared Battlespace Weapons based on High Energy Lasers (HEL) have made considerable progress in recent years and it is likely that one or more NATO countries will field such capabilities in the near future.  The NATO S&T board recently approved the standup of an SCI Task Group, SCI-264,  to examine the tactical implications of these next-generation weapons with a focus on issues associated with employment in the shared NATO battlespace.  The kickoff meeting for SCI-264 was held on 5-7 November 2014 at the STO Collaboration Support Office facilities in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

NATO SET-153 RTG on Multi-Sensor Integration for Urban Operations

SET-153 “Multi-Sensor Integration for Urban Operations” 2009-2013The objectives of SET-153 were to collect an international data set of varied sensors in a realistic urban environment, to demonstrate sensor/technology performance in urban terrain and study integration, data fusion and cooperation of sensors at the platoon tactical level.  Seven Nations participated in the Group:  Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the US.  

The Group evaluated multiple Urban training areas within NATO for suitability in conducting a field trial and selected Bonnland in Hammelburg, Germany based on the realism of this former German village.

M&S world is a boiling cauldron... But If not NMSG, then WHO?

During the last 30 days the M&S Community in NATO has been participating in numerous activities. This is hard evidence of the good health of NMSG and its promising short/medium-term future with a lot of new challenges.
Among them we cannot omit mentioning the 34th NMSG Fall BM and the MSG-126 Multi-Workshop held in Washington DC from 22nd to 26th October with the presence of CSO Director Mr René La Rose. Dr Walter Jones, of the Office of Naval Research and US representative to the STB gave welcome to the attendants and the Keynotes Speaker who spoke during BM was Mr Wayne Fujito (NDIA, former, and now honorary Chairman of NIAG).

The Impact of the Scarcity of Rare Earth Materials on Electrical Power Systems for NATO Applications

AVT-231 Specialists’ Meeting “Scarcity of Rare Earth Materials for Electrical Power Systems”The AVT-231 Specialists’ Meeting “Scarcity of Rare Earth Materials for Electrical Power Systems,” co-chaired by Rick Fingers (USA) and David Lecompte (BEL), brought together these experts from CAN, DEU, BEL, FRA, USA, GBR, AUS, GRC, EST, and NLD to discuss the issues associated with rare earth material and supply chain criticality.

IST-122 Symposium on Cyber Security Science and Engineering

Fall 2014 IST Panel Business Week in Tallinn, EstoniaFrom 13 to 17 October, the STO IST Panel Community gathered in Tallinn, Estonia for two important events.
 
First, on 13-14 October, the IST-122 Symposium on “Cyber Security Science and Engineering” was held under the chairmanship of MSc(Eng) Eric LUIIJF, NLD.

SAS-105 Symposium on Information Operations for Influence

SAS-105 Symposium on From 5 - 7 November 2014, the Systems Analysis and Studies Panel conducted its SAS-105 Symposium on "Information Operations for Influence" in Amersfoort, Netherlands at the Bernhard-Barracks, Netherlands Ministry of Defence.

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

SCI-272-COM Flight Testing Technical Team (FT3) conducted their semi-annual meetingSCI-272-COM Flight Testing Technical Team (FT3) conducted their semi-annual meeting in Madrid, Spain on 7-9 October, 2014.  FT3 was started in the late 1960’s with its primary product being the AGARDograph (AG).  AGARDographs are technical reports generated by the test flight scientists and engineers and pilots.

Systems Concepts and Integration (SCI) Panel conducted their 34th Panel Business Meeting

Systems Concepts and Integration (SCI) Panel conducted their 34th Panel Business Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, from 20 – 24 October 2014.Systems Concepts and Integration (SCI) Panel conducted their 34th Panel Business Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, from 20 – 24 October 2014.  The meeting was attended by Panel members, Dr. Susanne Wirwille,  Head, Strategy and Policy Section, Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS), Science and Technology Organization (STO) and Colonel James Greer, Collaboration Support Office (CSO) Assistant Director for Operations.

SMART MANAGEMENT OF MUNITIONS: AVT-212 Cooperative Demonstration of Technologies (CDT) for Integrated Munitions Health Management (IMHM) was held on October 15-16, 2014

Sketch of the MINERVE missile system demonstratorOn 15 and 16 October 2014 a Cooperative Demonstration of Technology (CDT) on Integrated Munitions Health Management (IMHM) was held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels sponsored by the NATO Science & Technology Organization (STO). The CDT was organised by the Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel being part of the Collaborative Support Office (CSO) and the Munitions Safety Information Analysis Centre (MSIAC) and supported by the NATO Chief Scientist, Major General Albert Husniaux.

34th AVT Panel Business Meeting Week, Fall 2014, Brussels, Belgium

Opening Ceremony of the 34th Fall AVT Panel Meeting 2014; AVT Chairman Dr.-Ing. Dennis Goege (right) presented the official NATO Trophy to Major General Marc Thys, the Director of the Systems Division of the Department of Material ResourcesThe Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel held its Spring Panel Business Week (PBW) from 13th to 17th of October 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. More than 490 engineers, scientists, industry and government representatives from 19 out of 28 NATO Nations, plus three Partner Nations, attended the 2014 Fall PBW of the AVT Panel.

Next Generation Greener Energetics and their Management

AVT-243 Specialists’ Meeting on “Generation Greener Energetics and their Management”Environmental concerns now affect everything even munitions!  AVT has been examining the impact on the munitions area for some time, trying to clarify the issue and provide NATO with an understanding of what it means for the armed forces in peace and war.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in a Military Operational Setting

Report of HFM-193-RTG on “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in a Military Operational Setting” Now Available (pre-released)Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), also known as concussion, as a consequence of battlefield blast exposure or blunt force trauma has been of increasing concern to militaries during recent conflicts. Consequently, the HFM-193 Research Task Group (RTG) was formed in 2009 with the objectives of providing some clarity to military medical leadership to inform their decisions in the management of deployment-related MTBI.

SET-196 Multichannel/Multistatic Radar Imaging of Non-cooperative Targets Joint Trials

29 September-03 October: SET-196 “Multichannel/Multistatic Radar Imaging of Non-cooperative Targets” Joint Trials  – Livorno (Italy).The NATO SET 196 RTG on Multichannel/Multistatic Radar Imaging of Non-Cooperative Targets ran a five-day joint trial in Livorno. The aim of SET-196 RTG (and of these trials) is to investigate the improvement brought by multichannel/multistatic radar imaging in terms of image characteristics and their use for Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) systems. The trials were hosted by the Istituto Vallauri of the Italian Navy located in Livorno (Italy), which provided the logistics support. Representatives from eight nations participated in the trials. Ten radar systems were deployed that simultaneously acquired data of a number of maritime and air targets.

SET-204 Specialists Meeting on Waveform Diversity and 34th SET Panel Business Meeting, Fall 2014

SET-204 Specialists’ Meeting on “Waveform Diversity” and 34th SET Panel Business Meeting, Fall 2014The Sensors and Electronics Technology (SET) Panel held its 2014 Fall business week from 29 Sep to 3 Oct 2014 at the Esplanade Grand Hotel in Berlin, Germany. The first two days of the week have been devoted the SET-204 Specialists’ Meeting (SM) on “Waveform Diversity”. The meeting was attended by 63 people (13 Nations), and presented contributions from 20 speakers  (9 Nations ).

The Panel Business Meeting was attended by 34 Panel Members from 20 Nations, 4 Member at Large and 10 guest-briefers. The session, open to Partners, was attended by representatives from Sweden and Finland.

5-7 November: SAS-105 Symposium on Information Operations for Influence and 1-9 December: SAS-103 Technical Courses titled Executive Seminar for Decision Makers in the Application of Operational Analysis

Amersfoort KoppelpoortFrom 5-7 November, SAS-105 will hold its Symposium on “Information Operations for Influence” at the Bernhard-Barracks, Netherlands Ministry of Defense, Amersfoort, Netherlands. Between 1-9 December, SAS will also conduct technical courses titled “Executive Seminar for Decision Makers in the Application of Operational Analysis”.

STO's NMSG support to NATO CAX forum 2014

STO’s NMSG SUPPORT TO NATO CAX FORUM 2014NATO Modelling & Simulation Centre Of  Excellence newly organized the NATO Computer Assisted eXercise  (CAX) Forum in the premises of  the Turkish War Colleges Atatürk Wargaming and Convention Centre in Istanbul (TUR), 16-19 September 2014.

IST-131 Specialist Meeting on Distributed Data Analytics for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction

Distributed data analyticsThe IST-131 Specialist Meeting on Distributed Data Analytics for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction will be held from 15th to 17th October 2014 in Lorton, VA. Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) is an international military and civilian effort requiring a coordinated international and interdisciplinary effort. WMDs are a domestic threat to all NATO nations as well as in theaters of operation.  The most effective approach to CWMD is to detect and disrupt threats early in the threat cycle.

Applied Vehicle Technology Panel Lecture Series on Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Fluid Dynamics

AVT-235 lecture series on Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) in Computational Fluid DynamicsThe AVT-235 on "Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) in Computational Fluid Dynamics" was held at the von Karman Institute in Belgium from September 15-19, 2014. This lecture series covered topics from recent advances in efficient UQ algorithms, robust/reliable optimization and epistemic UQ to applications.

HFM RTG-226 Visits KFOR for Data Collection

HFM RTG-226 Visits KFOR for Data CollectionThe personnel compositions of defence organizations are unique – comprised of integrated military and civilian workforces who, although often working closely together (e.g., at headquarters, on bases, on operations, in military educational institutions), are governed by different personnel management systems and have very distinct cultures. These factors can affect the nature of collaboration between these two groups, and ultimately influence both employee well-being and organizational effectiveness.

3rd Meeting of IST-130-ST on Method for Architecture Definition and Evaluation in-line with NATO Architecture Framework

4-5 September: 3rd Meeting of IST-130-ST on Method for Architecture Definition and Evaluation in-line with NATO Architecture FrameworkThe IST-130 Specialist Team (ST) met on 4-5 September at the NATO Collaboration Support Office (CSO) in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, to hold their third official team meeting.

Cooperative Demonstration of Technology on Applications of Integrated Munitions Health Management by AVT-212 to be held in Brussels, Belgium from 15-16 October 2014

Applications of Integrated Munitions’ Health ManagementPrevious NATO STO activities conducted within Applied Vehicle Technology Panel (AVT-119, AVT-160 and AVT-176) successfully described technologies to enable munitions’ health management within NATO countries.  The current AVT-212 IMHM activity seeks to articulate the common elements and collaborative capabilities of integrated systems which operate both within and across NATO countries.

Novel infrared laser technology for modern battlefield requirements

Novel infrared laser technology for modern battlefield requirementsThe SET-210 specialist meeting on infrared laser technology for modern battlefield requirements was held on the 24th and 25th of July at the Defence CBRN Centre near Salisbury in the UK.  46 attendees from 7 nations enjoyed a stimulating, exciting and condensed couple of days exchanging ideas, concepts and information on the latest developments in laser technology and discussing the needs of emerging and enduring military laser requirements.

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Specialists Meeting on "Advanced Aircraft Propulsion Systems" (AVT-230 - 20/04/2015 to 22/04/2015 - Poland)

Symposium on "Test Cell and Controls Instrumentation and EHM Technologies for Military Air, Land and Sea Turbine Engines" (AVT-229 - 20/04/2015 to 23/04/2015 - Poland)

Spring 2015 AVT Panel Meeting Week for AVT Panel Members, Technical Team Members and Invited Guests to Technical Teams and Exploratory Teams  (AVT-35TH - 20/04/2015 to 24/04/2015 - Poland)

Technical Course on "Aerospace Medicine Going to extremes " (HFM-256 - 11/03/2015 to 13/03/2015 - Germany)

Lecture Series on "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Application in an Operational Military Setting " (HFM-245 - 19/03/2015 to 20/03/2015 - United States)

Subscription for the NATO Simulation Resource Library (NSRL) Prototype (MSG-NSRL - 01/11/2014 to 30/06/2015 - France)

Lecture Series on "Systems of Systems Engineering for NATO Defence Applications " (SCI-276 - 08/06/2015 to 09/06/2015 - Germany)

Lecture Series on "Command and Reporting Standards and Associated Development Tools for UxS " (SCI-271 - 09/02/2015 to 10/02/2015 - Italy)

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

Lecture Series on "Command and Reporting Standards and Associated Development Tools for UxS " (SCI-271 - 12/02/2015 to 13/02/2015 - Belgium)

Lecture Series on "Command and Reporting Standards and Associated Development Tools for UxS " (SCI-271 - 26/01/2015 to 27/01/2015 - Portugal)

Lecture Series on "Systems of Systems Engineering for NATO Defence Applications " (SCI-276 - 30/01/2015 to 31/01/2015 - Portugal)

Lecture Series on "Navigation Sensors and Systems in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Denied Environments " (SET-214 - 12/01/2015 to 13/01/2015 - Spain)

Lecture Series on "Navigation Sensors and Systems in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Denied Environments " (SET-214 - 15/01/2015 to 08/01/2015 - Germany)

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Symposium on "Emerging Technological Advances in Tactical Casualty Care " (HFM-249 - 20/04/2015 to 22/04/2015 - Poland)

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NATO News

  • 19 Dec. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - NATO and Mongolia review cooperation through science
    Since Mongolia became a global partner of NATO less than two years ago, the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme has supported a number of projects in the field of science and innovation. An event to review these efforts and identify ways to further enhance collaboration took place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 27 November.
  • 18 Dec. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Secretary General sends season’s greetings to Allied troops
    Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Allied troops serving under the NATO flag in different missions in a video message released on Thursday (18 December 2014). Mr. Stoltenberg spoke of his admiration for the personnel serving the Alliance from Afghanistan to the Balkans, and from Turkey to the Baltics. “This holiday season, we reflect how fortunate we are to enjoy the benefits of peace and freedom,” the NATO Secretary General said. “We give our thanks to all those who keep us safe”, he added.
  • 18 Dec. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - 1990 Summit: a turning point in 'East-West' relations
    The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 led to radical changes to security in Europe. As early as July 1990, NATO leaders discussed the impact of this historic event at the London Summit, outlining proposals for developing cooperation with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. “(…) The Cold War belongs to history, our Alliance is moving from confrontation to co-operation” stated NATO Secretary General Manfred Wörner in his opening comments.
  • 17 Dec. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - NATO pays tribute to ISAF mission, as new chapter opens in relations with Afghanistan
    The North Atlantic Council met for the last time in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) format today (17 December). “For well over a decade, our nations stood shoulder to shoulder in the largest coalition for peace and stability in history. This has been a challenging mission, in many respects. Militarily. Politically. Economically,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. “But we have met these challenges. Together, we have done what we set out to do. With a clear United Nations mandate, we have denied safe haven to international terrorists. We have made Afghanistan stronger. And we have made our own nations safer”, Mr. Stoltenberg added. “Challenges still remain. But today, Afghanistan is more stable and prosperous than ever”.
  • 16 Dec. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - Meeting of the North Atlantic Council with past and current non-NATO ISAF Contributing Nations
    On Wednesday 17 December 2014, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will chair a meeting of the North Atlantic Council with past and current Non-NATO ISAF Contributing nations.
  • 16 Dec. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Assistant Secretary General Stamatopoulos meets with the Prime Minister of Mauritania
    The NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Ambassador Thrasyvoulos Terry Stamatopoulos met with the Prime Minister of Mauritania Yahya Ould Hademine in Nouakchott and discussed the partnership between NATO and Mauritania (15 December 2014). In Nouakchott Ambassador Stamatopoulos delivered a keynote speech at the NATO-Mauritania Conference to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Mediterranean Dialogue on 15 December 2014. Participants at the conference included Mauritanian parliamentarians, high level government officials, academics and media representatives.
  • 16 Dec. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - External Review Expresses Confidence in NATO Auditors
    An external peer evaluation of the International Board of Auditors for NATO (IBAN) has found that the Board adheres to high professional standards of efficiency and effectiveness.
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