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

Symposium on "Information Fusion (Hard and Soft) for ISR " (IST-SET-126 - 04/05/2015 to 05/05/2015 - United States)

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Future Internet Architectures for Military Networks  (IST-120 - 29/01/2014 to 30/01/2014 - Norway)

Symposium on "Integrating Modelling & Simulation in the Defence Acquisition Lifecycle and Military Training Curriculum" (MSG-126 - 23/10/2014 to 24/10/2014 - United States)

NATO News

  • 27 Nov. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - Statement by the Secretary General on the Ratification by the Afghan Parliament of Security Agreements with NATO and the United States
    I welcome the ratification, by an overwhelming majority in the Afghan Parliament, of the Status of Forces Agreement between Afghanistan and NATO and the Bilateral Security Agreement between Afghanistan and the United States. The Alliance now has the legal basis needed to move forward with our non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces from 1 January, as we agreed with the Afghan authorities.
  • 25 Nov. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - National Security Advisor from Iraq visits NATO
    Iraq’s National Security Advisor, Mr. Falih Al Fayyadh, visited NATO Headquarters on Tuesday, 25 November 2014. He met with the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, and briefed NATO Permanent Representatives during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council chaired by NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg.
  • 25 Nov. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - Secretary General’s monthly press conference
    NATO Headquarters (Luns room) – Monday 1st December 2014 – 10h00
  • 24 Nov. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Secretary General commends the Netherlands for its active role in NATO
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked the Dutch government for its continuing support to NATO operations in talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague on Monday (24 November). “The Netherlands has been for many years a valuable and reliable Ally”, the Secretary General said. “You have shown your commitment by contributing troops to our mission in Afghanistan and Kosovo. Fighter jets over the Baltic States. Patriot batteries in Turkey. And offering troops to our ‘Spearhead Force’ next year.”
  • 24 Nov. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - Statement by NATO Secretary General on the so-called treaty between the Abkhazia region of Georgia and Russia
    NATO fully supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders. Therefore, we do not recognise the so-called treaty on alliance and strategic partnership signed between the Georgian region of Abkhazia and Russia on 24 November.
  • 24 Nov. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - NATO Secretary General: Time has come to stop defence cuts
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Allies to invest more money on defence in a keynote speech at the 60th Plenary Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in The Hague on Monday (24 November). “In more peaceful times, it was right to reduce defence spending,” the Secretary General said, “but we do not live in peaceful times. So it is right to stop the cuts and to increase spending on our defence.”
  • 21 Nov. 2014 12:00:00 GMT - Secretary General stresses NATO's commitment to collective security in visit to Lithuania
    The Alliance’s Air Policing Mission over the three Baltic States was hailed as a concrete example of NATO solidarity in action by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a visit to the Karmelava Airspace Control Centre in Lithuania on Friday (21 November 2014). ''Collective defence is our core task,'' Mr Stoltenberg said, "NATO stands with Lithuania – as we do with each and every Ally.''
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