SCI-267 Specialists Meeting on Future Electronic Warfare (EW) Concepts

Future Electronic Warfare (EW) ConceptsThe SCI-267 Specialists’ Meeting on “Future Electronic Warfare (EW) Concepts” was held at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) in Portsdown West, United Kingdom on 4 - 6 March 2014.  Nine different nations and two NATO agencies were represented during the Specialists’ Meeting to include Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, NATO Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff (JEWCS) and NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA).

MSG-086 Task Group on Simulation Interoperability

MSG-086 Task Group on “Simulation Interoperability”MSG-086 has completed its work just recently. Both the Technical Report along with the “Guideline on Scenario Development for (Distributed) Simulation Environments” have been pre-released on the CSO website. First steps towards transforming the Guideline into a SISO** standard document have been initiated.

Technical Course HFM-244 on The Future and Aerospace Medicine meeting the Challenge

Technical Course HFM-244 on “The Future and Aerospace Medicine meeting the Challenge” The event was hosted at Ramstein Air Force Base (Germany) from 12 to 14 March 2014 in conjunction with the Ramstein Air Medicine Summit (RAMS), formerly known as the European Flight Surgeons’ Conference (EFSC). About 170 participants from 15 countries participated in this event.

AVT-234 Lecture Series on Hypersonic Flight Testing

AVT-234 Lecture Series on Hypersonic Flight TestingThe Lecture Series AVT-234 on “Hypersonic Flight Testing” was held in Rhode-St-Genèse, near Brussels, Belgium from March 24th to 27, 2014. The aim of this Lecture Series was to  review the recent hypersonic flight research programs, address the fundamental differences between ground and in-sky testing, report on  the different mission design methodologies and the constraints associated with the realities of hypersonic flights.

The Commander of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory visited the CSO

The Commander of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) visited the CSOOn the 17th of March 2014, the NATO Collaboration Support Office (CSO) welcomed the Commander of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Major General Tom Masiello, as well as other officers and senior leaders from AFRL, the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD), and the US Embassy in Paris.

Lecture Series AVT-220 on Structural Health Monitoring of Military Vehicles

Structural Health Monitoring of Military Vehicles in actionThe first Lecture Series AVT-220 on “Structural Health Monitoring of Military Vehicles” was held in Berlin, Germany from the 11th to 12th of February. The objective of this Lecture Series was to gather experts from European and North American industries to design and manage structural health of engineering structures in the future.

IST-094-RTG-044 Framework for Semantic Interoperability

SILF phases (Source: [RTO IST-075 Final Report, 2009])The Semantic Interoperability Logical Framework (SILF) was originated by RTO IST-075 to explore technology solutions for NATO’s needs for ensuring semantically correct interoperability between C2 systems, as well as the need to adapt quickly to new missions and new combinations of coalition partners, and scale to the growing number of systems and connections. The current RTO IST-094 activity has brought the SILF concept to a higher maturity level by refining and elaborating the technology approach, and by defining organizational requirements for a costeffective and sustainable solution.

NATO SET-165 RTG on Adaptive Optics for Laser Beam Delivery and Passive and Active Imaging and Turbulence Mitigation

NATO SET-165 RTG on “Adaptive Optics for Laser Beam Delivery and Passive and Active Imaging and Turbulence Mitigation”High performance optical systems suffer from atmospheric turbulence effects, limiting range and resolution. The images are blurred and distorted. Laser beams wander and break up. The degradation is linked to the turbulence strength expressed by Cn2. Moreover, turbulence near the ground depends strongly on sunlight, soil nature, humidity of the air and over long distances, a great variability of environmental conditions can be found. SET 165 task group was formed to understand turbulence effects on system performance and propose appropriate mitigation techniques. It was composed of experts in the domain, began in 2010 and finished in 2013.

MSG-106 Task Group on "Enhanced Computer Assisted Exercises Architecture, Design and Methodology - SPHINX"

MSG-106 Task Group on "Enhanced Computer Assisted Exercises Architecture, Design and Methodology - SPHINX"The 10th meeting of the MSG-106 Task Group has just been held in Rome hosted by the NATO Modelling and Simulation Centre of Excellence. The main objective of the group is to provide efficient methodologies and tools to the various stakeholders involved in the preparation, execution and analysis of Computerized Assisted Exercises (CAXs).

A Delegation from the German Embassy of Paris visited CSO

A Delegation from the German Embassy of Paris visited CSO On the 7th of February 2014, the CSO welcomed the German Military Attaché, Brigadier General Hans-Dieter Poth, the German Armament Attaché, Reinhard Faerber, as well as other members of the German Embassy in Paris.

First meeting of the SCI-273 Task Group on 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 first meeting in Neuilly-sur-Seine at the Collaboration Support Office (CSO) on 20-21 January 2014.  Seven different nations from NATO were represented during the session to include Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.

Smart Energy Team (SENT) visited the CSO

Smart Energy Team (SENT) group photoOn 13 February 2014, the CSO welcomed the Smart Energy Team (SENT) whose goals are “to identify and highlight the best opportunities and draft recommendations for multinational ‘smart energy’ activities within NATO’s Smart Defence framework and SPS (Science for Peace and Security) Programme, to prepare a comprehensive report on countries’ need for energy in military activities, as well as to contribute to NATO documents related to the topic”.

HFM-165 RTG on Improving Human Effectiveness Through Embedded Virtual Simulation

HFM-165 RTG on Improving Human Effectiveness Through Embedded Virtual SimulationThe use of Embedded Virtual Simulation (EVS), within a broader Embedded Training (ET) capability, is seen as a potential tool to provide more effective deployed training in order to prepare for these missions. HFM-165 looked to users for their requirements and experiences with embedded training.

IST-120 Workshop on Future Internet Architecture for Military Networks

The Workshop was held in the Akershus Fortress, Oslo, Norway 29th and 30th January 2014 under the auspices of the Information Systems and Technology Panel (IST) Research Workshop (RWS): IST-120-RWS-018.The Workshop was held in the Akershus Fortress, Oslo, Norway 29th and 30th January 2014 under the auspices of the Information Systems and Technology Panel (IST) Research Workshop (RWS): IST-120-RWS-018.

System and Analysis Studies (SAS) Task Group on Operations Research/Operations Analysis (OR/OA) Orientation Course Curriculum for NATO Nations

Operations Research/Operations Analysis (OR/OA) Orientation Course Curriculum for NATO NationsThe System and Analysis Studies (SAS) Panel’s Task Group on “Operations Research/Operations Analysis (OR/OA) Orientation Course Curriculum for NATO Nations” has recently completed their work, and their final report has been released to the CSO website in Pre-Release format.

NATO SET-170 RTG Mid-Infrared Fiber Lasers Demonstrates 4 µm Lasing in Novel Glass Material

NATO SET-170 RTG “Mid-Infrared Fiber Lasers” Demonstrates 4 µm Lasing in Novel Glass MaterialThe NATO SET-170 RTG entitled “Mid-Infrared Fiber Lasers” was formed to advance the state-of-the-art in fiber-based coherent sources operating at wavelengths longer than 3 µm.  A key accomplishment of its Programme of Work is demonstration of lasing at 4 µm in novel Ho3+-doped fluoroindate glass fabricated by Le Verre Fluoré (France), pumped by a Cr3+:LiSAF laser operating at 890 nm.  Results were modest, but promising.  Modelling supported by spectroscopic analysis indicates that efficient lasing is possible in Ho3:fluoroindate fiber given a suitable fiber design and dopant concentration.  A journal paper on these results is in preparation.

Workshop on Cyber Security Capabilities, The Hague, The Netherlands - Publication Announcement

Workshop on Cyber Security Capabilities, The HagueThe Industry Workshop on Cyber Security Capabilities was held in The Hague on 24th- 25th April 2012 under the auspices of the Information Systems Technology Panel (IST) Research Task Group (RTG): IST-096-RTG on “Information Assurance and Cyber Defence Research Framework”. The report entitled Proceedings of the Industry Workshop on Cyber Security Capabilities should be published soon on this website.

SCI-172-COM Flight Testing Technical Team (FT3) semi-annual meeting in Amsterdam

SCI-172-COM Flight Testing Technical Team (FT3) conducted their semi-annual meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on November 19-21 2013. SCI-172-COM Flight Testing Technical Team (FT3) conducted their semi-annual meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on November 19-21 2013.  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 to date FT3 has catalogued over fifty AGs.  The AGs remain relevant and science worthy to the aviation community.

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Lecture Series on "Structural Health Monitoring of Military Vehicles" (AVT-220 - 10/11/2014 to 11/11/2014 - Spain)

Symposium on "Cognitive Radio and Future Networks " (IST-123 - 12/05/2014 to 13/05/2014 - Netherlands)

33rd IST Panel Business Meeting  (IST-33PBM - 13/05/2014 to 16/05/2014 - Netherlands)

Subscription for the NATO Simulation Resource Library (NSRL) Prototype (MSG-NSRL - 01/12/2013 to 30/06/2014 - France)

NMSG 33rd Business Meeting - Spring 2014  (MSG-33RDBM - 02/06/2014 to 06/06/2014 - Norway)

Lecture Series on "Application of Verification and Validation of Models, Simulations and Data" (MSG-123 - 05/05/2014 to 06/05/2014 - Canada)

Lecture Series on "Application of Verification and Validation of Models, Simulations and Data" (MSG-123 - 24/04/2014 to 25/04/2014 - Sweden)

Lecture Series on "Application of Verification and Validation of Models, Simulations and Data" (MSG-123 - 24/09/2014 to 25/09/2014 - Italy)

Symposium on "Analysis Support to Decision Making in Cyber Defence and Security " (SAS-106 - 09/06/2014 to 10/06/2014 - Estonia)

Specialists Meeting on "Systems Concepts and Integration Technical Programme" (SCI-265 - to - Bulgaria)

SCI-33rd PBM, Sofia, Bulgaria, 12-16 May 2014. (SCI-33RD PBM - 12/05/2014 to 16/05/2014 - Bulgaria)

Specialists Meeting on "NATO Space: S&T Developments to Enhance Resiliency and Effectiveness of NATO Operations" (SCI-268 - 17/06/2014 to 19/06/2014 - Italy)

Specialists Meeting on "Compressed Sensing for Radar/SAR and EO/IR imaging " (SET-213 - 12/05/2014 to 13/05/2014 - Estonia)

33rd Panel Business Meeting (SET-33RDPBM - 14/05/2014 to 16/05/2014 - Estonia)

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NATO News

  • 16 Apr. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - Doorstep statement by the NATO Secretary General
    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave a doorstep statement following the meeting of the North Atlantic Council
  • 15 Apr. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Secretary General says Ukraine crisis amplifies need to boost defence cooperation
    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday (15 April 2014) that the Ukraine crisis has amplified the need to strengthen cooperation between NATO, the European Union and with close partners. “We need to train and exercise more together, for instance the NATO Response Force and the EU Battlegroups, so that we stand ready for whatever the future may bring,” the Secretary General said arriving for EU Defence Ministers talks in Luxembourg.
  • 14 Apr. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Secretary General to attend European Union Foreign Affairs Council
    The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen will attend the European Union Foreign Affairs Council at the level of Defence Ministers in Luxembourg on Tuesday, 15 April 2014.
  • 13 Apr. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - Secretary General urges Russia to de-escalate
    If Russia is serious about its desire to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, it should stop blaming others for its own actions, pull back its troops, step back into line with its international obligations and start rebuilding trust, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen argues in an op-ed entitled “De-escalation starts on the ground”, published on Sunday (13 April).
  • 13 Apr. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Secretary General concerned about escalation in eastern Ukraine
    I am extremely concerned about the further escalation of tension in Eastern Ukraine. We see a concerted campaign of violence by pro-Russian separatists, aiming to destabilise Ukraine as a sovereign state. The reappearance of men with specialised Russian weapons and identical uniforms without insignia, as previously worn by Russian troops during Russia's illegal and illegitimate seizure of Crimea, is a grave development.
  • 11 Apr. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - NATO-Ukraine distinctive partnership under the emerging security challenges
    Air Marshal Sir Christopher Harper, Director General of NATO’s International Military Staff, delivered a keynote speech at the Ukrainian National Defence University in Kyiv, challenging to debate NATO, its future and its strong enduring relationship with Ukraine.
  • 11 Apr. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - Visiting Bulgaria, NATO Secretary General describes accession of new members as historic success
    The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Sofia on Friday (April 11) to congratulate Bulgaria on the tenth anniversary of its accession to the Alliance. After wide-ranging talks with President Rosen Plevneliev and Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, Mr Fogh Rasmussen said “at this time, more than ever, we realise that Bulgaria is stronger within NATO. And NATO is stronger with Bulgaria. You are making a valuable contribution to security in the vital Black Sea region, the Western Balkans, and as far as Afghanistan. And Bulgaria's membership of NATO has contributed to making our Open Door policy a success.”
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