AVT-248 tours the Soils of Estonia

AVT-248 Members on Special Tour of Estonian SoilsThe mission of AVT-248 is to develop a Next-Generation NATO Reference Mobility Model (NRMM) to improve upon the NRMM developed in the 1970s.  NRMM provides an estimate of the mobility of military vehicles across various terrains. The tour was time well-spent for AVT-248 as it offered a vivid example of the variety of challenging terrains that face military vehicles in many parts of the globe.

The SCI Panel: Stretching its reach throughout NATO

The Systems Concepts and Integration (SCI) Panel held its semi-annual Panel Business Meeting (PBM) 16-20 May 2016 at Loughborough University, United Kingdom.  In addition to approving seven new Exploratory Teams, the panel made great strides in adding new NATO organizations to its list of participants.

Knowledge and Information Management Committee Meeting in Neuilly sur Seine, 17-18 May 2016

The Knowledge and Information Management Committee held meeting at the CSO Office in Neuilly sur Seine  from 17th to-19th  May 2016.The Knowledge and Information Management Committee held a meeting at the CSO Office in Neuilly sur Seine  from 17th to 18th May 2016. Representatives from Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Slovakia and United States met at the Collaboration Support Office, listened to presentations and participated in discussions focused on applied aspects of Knowledge and Information Management.

Passive Radar

Passive RadarSince its invention, pulsed or continuous waveforms are transmitted by radars to detect targets based on the time and/or the Doppler delay of the received target echoes. The growing of mobile communications drastically reduced the use of frequency bands for radars. The environment being nowadays saturated by signals transmitted from different kinds of broadcast services (like TV, terrestrial and satellite communication, etc.) that illuminate surrounding targets, a novel idea of passive radar was raised, essentially based on the detection of environmental signal target reflections.

37th AVT Panel Business Meeting Week, Spring 2016, Tallinn, Republic of Estonia

Opening Ceremony of the 37th Spring AVT Panel Meeting 2016; Republic of Estonia’s Minister of Defense during his speech.The Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel held its Fall Panel Business Week (PBW) from 25th to 29th of April 2016 in Tallinn, Republic of Estonia. With more than 440 engineers, scientists, industry and government representatives from 23 out of 28 NATO Nations, plus Australia, Finland, Japan, South Africa, Sweden and  Switzerland, attending the Spring PBW this was one of the biggest AVT Meeting Week of its kind.

2016 STO Scientific Achievement Award and Von Karman Medal

AVT-212 “Application of Integrated Munitions Health Management (IMHM): Demonstrating Methodologies for Implementation”During the Executive Session of the Science and Technology Board meeting held at NATO HQ, Brussels on 23-24 March 2016, the following teams were granted the 2016 STO Scientific Achievement Award. AVT-212, HFM-186, MSG-106, SAS-099, SCI-250, and SET-170. The Executive Session was also the opportunity for the Board to award the 2016 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 Daniel Chaumette (France).

Kick-off meeting of the HFM-137 Exploratory Team (ET) on Leveraging Technology in Military Mental Health

Kick-off meeting of the HFM-137 Exploratory Team (ET) on Leveraging Technology in Military Mental HealthThe HFM-137 ET conducted their first meeting in Neuilly-sur-Seine at the Collaboration Support Office (CSO) on 30-31 March and 01 April 2016.

Canada, The Netherlands, Germany and the United States are already contributing. During the three-days meeting, this ET was focused on exploring the topic and determining expectations for future progress.

STO System Analysis and Studies Panel 37th Panel Business Meeting

The STO System Analysis and Studies Panel held their 37th Panel Business Meeting in Tallinn, Estonia from 11-14 April 2016.The STO System Analysis and Studies Panel held their 37th Panel Business Meeting in Tallinn, Estonia from 11-14 April 2016.  Panel Representatives from 22 Nations as well as members from the Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation, Allied Command Transformation, the NATO Communications and Information Agencies and the Office of the Chief Scientist joined together.

IST-141 RTG-066 Exploratory Visual Analytics

IST-141 RTG-066 “Exploratory Visual Analytics”The Kick-off Meeting on “Exploratory Visual Analytics” will be held in Neuilly sur Seine, France, 26 – 28 April 2016.

Visual Analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces. The objective of the IST-141 Task Group is to investigate and foster collaboration in knowledge extraction and data understanding to provide timely situational awareness for effective decision making.

Mr Alan Shaffer, CSO Director, presented a briefing on Emerging Technologies in a Future/Hybrid Warfare Context

Mr Alan Shaffer, CSO Director, presented a briefing on “Emerging Technologies in a Future/Hybrid Warfare Context”Mr Alan Shaffer, CSO Director, presented a briefing on “Emerging Technologies in a Future/Hybrid Warfare Context” at the “International Conference on Military and Security Studies (ICMSS)” organized by the Turkish Army War College in Istanbul, Turkey on 15-16 March. The Keynote Address was given by The Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, 10th NATO Secretary General.

Kick-off meeting for SAS-119 Research Task Group on Energy and Defence: Reducing Dependencies & Vulnerabilities Enhancing Efficiency

Energy and Defence: Reducing Dependencies & Vulnerabilities – Enhancing EfficiencySAS-119, “Energy and Defence: Reducing Dependencies & Vulnerabilities – Enhancing Efficiency” conducted their first meeting in Neuilly-sur-Seine at the Collaboration Support Office (CSO) on 24-26 February 2016.  Members from USA, GBR, CZE and ITA along with representatives from ACT and the NATO COE for Energy Security joined together to look at making NATO more energy efficient and reducing their dependency on fossil fuels.

MSG-145 Operationalization of Standardized C2-Simulation Interoperability - kick-of meeting hosted by French MoD in Arcueil

Operationalization of Standardized C2-Simulation InteroperabilityThe MSG-145 Task Group on “Operationalization of Standardized C2-Simulation Interoperability” has been established to address these challenges under the co-chairmanship of France and United Kingdom. Hosted by the French MoD’s Direction générale de lIarmement, the representatives from seven participating nations met for the first time between 9 and 11 of March 2016 in Arcueil, FRA. In addition remote participants from both sides of the Atlantic joined the meeting via a videoconference facility.

The SCI-272 Flight Test Technical Team (FT3) met at the NATO Collaboration Support Office in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Minutes of the Flight Test Instrumentation first meeting in 1968From 15-16 March 2016, the SCI-272 Flight Test Technical Team (FT3) met at the NATO Collaboration Support Office in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.  FT3 is possibly the longest running effort within the CSO programe of work.  In fact, FT3 can trace its origins to its first meeting on 15 November 1968.  In addition, Mr Patrick Stoliker, the current Chairperson for FT3, is following in the footsteps of his father, Fred Stiliker who was Chairperson of FT3 from 1974-1980.

Battlefield Acoustic Sensing, Multi-modal Sensing & Networked Sensing for ISR Application [SET-189]

Battlefield Acoustic Sensing, Multi-modal Sensing & Networked Sensing for ISR Application [SET-189]SET-189 recently collaborated during an acoustic threat detection field experiment sponsored by the Serbian Military Technical Institute (MTI) and Ministry of Defence (MOD), September 16-18, 2015. The collaboration was conducted under the auspices of the SET-189 research group. MTI and MOD provided access to Nikinci test range, Soldiers, various foreign sniper weapons and 120mm HE mortar rounds.

Application of light-weight materials for ballistic protection (AVT/BGR-GBR/15-01)

Application of light-weight materials for ballistic protectionA joint study between scientists from Bulgaria and the UK, in which techniques for assessing lightweight materials for personal protection are examined, has just enriched the CSO project portfolio. It will use analytical capabilities in Edinburgh and testing capabilities in Sofia to provide improved understanding and materials to protect active servicemen.

Kick-off meeting HFM-262 Research Task Group Health Risk Assessment for Chemical Exposures of Military Interest

Health Risk Assessment for Chemical Exposures of Military InterestHealth Risk Assessment for Chemical Exposures of Military InterestHFM-262, “Health Risk Assessment for Chemical Exposures of Military Interest” conducted their first meeting in Neuilly-sur-Seine at the Collaboration Support Office (CSO) on 15-17 February 2016.

Five different nations from France, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United States are formally appointed. During the three-days meeting, this RTG were focused on assessing the Program of Work and determining expectations for future progress.

1-3 March 2016: Spring 2016 STO Plans & Programmes Event at the CSO in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

1-3 March 2016: Spring 2016 STO Plans & Programmes Event at the CSO in Neuilly-sur-Seine, FranceFrom 1 to 3March, the NATO STO Collaboration Support Office (CSO) hosted the 2nd Science & Technology Organization Plans & Programmes Event. 96 people attended that event.

22 out of 26 NATO Nations were represented and we were delighted to welcome, for the first time at such an event, representatives from two of the three Enhanced Opportunity Partners’ (EOP) Nations, i.e. Finland and Sweden.

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Cooperative Demonstration of Technology on Munitions Related Contamination – Military Live-Fire Range Characterization (AVT-249 - 02/10/2016 to 07/10/2016 - Cranfield University Shrivenham, United Kingdom)

Lecture Series on "Structural Health Monitoring of Military Vehicles" (AVT-220 - 03/07/2016 to 04/07/2016 - Bilbao, Spain)

Specialists Meeting on "Progress and Challenges in Validation Testing for Computational Fluid Dynamics" (AVT-246 - 26/09/2016 to 28/09/2016 - Avila, Spain)

Specialists Meeting on "Best Practices for Risk Reduction for Overall Space Systems" (AVT-257 - 26/09/2016 to 29/09/2016 - Avila, Spain)

Fall 2016 AVT Panel Meeting Week Enrolment Link for AVT Panel Members, Technical Team Members and Invited Guests to Technical Teams and Exploratory Teams (Separate enrolment links for the RSMs).  (AVT-38TH PMW - 26/09/2016 to 30/09/2016 - , Spain)

Lecture Series on "Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Post Concussive Symptoms in a Deployed Setting " (HFM-240 - 08/09/2016 to 09/09/2016 - Memphis, TN, United States)

Specialists Meeting on "Intelligence & Autonomy (Robotics) " (IST-127 - 25/10/2016 to 27/10/2016 - Bonn, Germany)

Subscription for the NATO Simulation Resource Library (NSRL) Prototype (MSG-NSRL - 10/01/2016 to 30/06/2016 - CSO, France)

NMSG 37th Business Meeting - Spring 2016  (MSG-37THBM - 13/06/2016 to 17/06/2016 - Rome, Italy)

Lecture Series on "Space Domain Awareness Concepts and Approaches to Support NATO Operations " (SCI-292 - 04/07/2016 to 05/07/2016 - Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany)

Lecture Series on "Space Domain Awareness Concepts and Approaches to Support NATO Operations " (SCI-292 - 11/07/2016 to 12/07/2016 - Reston, VA, United States)

Lecture Series on "Space Domain Awareness Concepts and Approaches to Support NATO Operations " (SCI-292 - 27/06/2016 to 28/06/2016 - Ankara, Turkey)

Lecture Series on "Space Domain Awareness Concepts and Approaches to Support NATO Operations " (SCI-292 - 30/06/2016 to 01/07/2016 - Rome, Italy)

Lecture Series on "Lecture Series Radar and SAR Systems for Airborne and Space-Base Surveillance and Reconnaissance " (SET-235 - 03/11/2016 to 04/11/2016 - Warsaw, Poland)

Specialists Meeting on "Swarm centric solution for Intelligent Sensor Networks" (SET-222 - 07/06/2016 to 08/06/2016 - Rome, Italy)

Lecture Series on "Lecture Series Radar and SAR Systems for Airborne and Space-Base Surveillance and Reconnaissance " (SET-235 - 24/10/2016 to 25/10/2016 - Lisbon, Portugal)

Lecture Series on "Lecture Series Radar and SAR Systems for Airborne and Space-Base Surveillance and Reconnaissance " (SET-235 - 27/10/2016 to 28/10/2016 - Istanbul, Turkey)

Lecture Series on "Lecture Series Radar and SAR Systems for Airborne and Space-Base Surveillance and Reconnaissance " (SET-235 - 31/10/2016 to 01/11/2016 - Sofia, Bulgaria)

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NATO News

  • 27 May. 2016 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Secretary General to visit Poland
    NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will travel to Warsaw on Monday 30 May and Tuesday 31 May 2016.
  • 27 May. 2016 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Deputy Secretary General: North Atlantic Alliance is as important as it has ever been
    NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said in Prague that “our security cannot be taken for granted” and that the North Atlantic Alliance “is as important as it has ever been.” In a keynote speech at the Jagello 2000 Conference on Friday (27 May 2016) Ambassador Vershbow thanked the Czech Republic for its long involvement in Alliance operations in Afghanistan, its support for the NATO Response Force and its contributions of highly-skilled pilots and aircrews to NATO’s assurance measures. He also commended the Czech Republic for its leading role in the Alliance’s ability to respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards. “Together these are helping to make our Alliance stronger and more effective”, he said.
  • 27 May. 2016 12:00:00 GMT - Remediating a fuel polluted military site in Ukraine
    A military base in Ukraine established in 1975 serves as a fuel deposit, which supplies fuel to other military bases in its vicinity. This military base, located in the residential areas of Kyiv, has caused significant groundwater pollution and soil contamination. To help remedy this situation, an SPS flagship project-- The Remediation of Hydrocarbon Polluted Military Site in Ukraine – was launched in 2012, as a joint cooperative activity between experts from France and Ukraine. Modern equipment has been provided by NATO to help Ukraine remediate the pollution caused by this facility.
  • 27 May. 2016 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Deputy Secretary General to visit Albania
    On Monday 30 May 2016, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow will address the Spring session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Tirana.
  • 27 May. 2016 12:00:00 GMT - NATO supports humanitarian demining in Ukraine
    Explosive remnants of war pose a significant threat to local populations in eastern Ukraine, and the authorities are making a great effort to defuse them. To help counter this growing threat, on behalf of the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme and in close cooperation with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, transferred valuable equipment to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU).
  • 26 May. 2016 12:00:00 GMT - Removing barriers to women in the Ukrainian armed forces
    The NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, Marriëtt Schuurman, met the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lt Gen Viktor Muzhenko, on 18 May 2016. They discussed Ukraine’s recently adopted National Action Plan on implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, and how NATO could support this.
  • 26 May. 2016 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Deputy Secretary General to visit the Czech Republic
    On Friday 27 May 2016, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow will participate in Prague at the Jagello 2000 Conference entitled “Our security cannot be taken for granted” where he will deliver a keynote speech.
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