Kick-off meeting HFM-259 Research Task Group Human Systems Integration Approach to Cyber Security

HFM-259 Research Task Group “Human Systems Integration Approach to Cyber Security”Our lives are being built around digital networks, with social media as a recent development. Interventions to these networks pose a real threat to the NATO nation’s security and to the Alliance. The challenge is to minimize the risks of cyber as a threat. For that reason we need to develop a better understanding what psychosocial, cultural, conceptual and organizational dimensions impact the cyber space as an Alliance-wide and common approach to cyber defense capability development.

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.

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.

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.

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

  • 25 Aug. 2015 12:00:00 GMT - NATO's New Chairman of the Military Committee Visits SHAPE
    General Petr Pavel, the new Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, paid his first visit to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Belgium on 24 August. Pavel, who has held the position since June 26, made the trip to meet with General Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command. During the visit, the leaders discussed the strategic role of NATO and its current and future operational importance.
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    The NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will visit Georgia on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 August 2015.
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    Students at Uzbekistan’s Academy of the Armed Forces now have access to the latest literature on regional and international security, thanks to the opening of a NATO Multimedia Corner – the first to be established in a military higher educational institution of a partner country.
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  • 18 Aug. 2015 12:00:00 GMT - Spain prepares for Exercise Trident Juncture 2015
    Zaragoza, Spain - Soldiers working 14 hour days, gusty winds and scorching sun... this is only a fraction of what is happening now in Zaragoza, Spain. Foreseen to be the hub of a Joint Task Force Headquarters manned by JFC Brunssum personnel, a tent city is rising from the ground in an extremely ambitious time schedule and equally demanding weather conditions.
  • 13 Aug. 2015 12:00:00 GMT - NATO’s history, told through posters
    Posters reflecting the spirit of NATO in the past have been published on the NATO website for the first time. This unique artwork collection includes posters created in-house and items donated to NATO by various organisations and private individuals. Gathered together in the History section of the NATO website, the five new galleries are titled ‘Paix et Liberté’, ‘How NATO Works’, ‘Uniforms’, ‘Anniversary’ and ‘Afghanistan’.
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    NATO military exercises are intended to enhance security and stability in Europe. All NATO military activities are proportionate, defensive, and fully in line with our international commitments.
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