Supporting NATO Core Tasks
It is my pleasure to introduce to you this Annual Report. It is a very particular one, since it addresses a year of transition and its associated structural changes. As a consequence, the report both addresses both the "old" organizations, the Research and Technology Organization (RTO) and the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC), and the new organization, the Science and Technology Organization (STO), which was stood up on 1 July 2012.
Under the STO umbrella, Nations, governments, industry and academia cooperate through and with NATO bodies to provide NATO Nations with a knowledge and technology advantage, supporting the core tasks of the Alliance: collective defence, crisis management and co-operative security.
That cooperation, in the true spirit of Smart Defence, is more relevant than ever. It enables Nations and NATO to focus on the future, on innovation and creativity, in times when the centre of gravity of NATO activities is shifting from the short-term to the medium- and long-term. It allows them to them to join forces and combine strengths, making the best use of the available resources, and to spread risk. Finally, it reinforces the Alliance: Nations share a common enterprise of benefit to all NATO Nations.
The past year was very productive for the RTO, the NURC and the STO. A very solid Programme of Work was delivered, which materialized in a wide variety of activities, all driven by Nations' and NATO priorities. Its leadership also continued to contribute to the definition of a way forward for the NATO Science and Technology Reform, and started, with the dedication of all involved, the implementation of that Reform, all of the targets of which were met in 2012.
Inside this Annual Report you will find an overview of what NATO S&T is (Part 1) and what the 2012 focus and achievements were (Part 2). Attention will be paid to the NATO S&T Strategy and its implementation.
You will also find an overview of the Programmes of Work that are delivered by the STO. You will find an overview of the Collaborative Programme of Work, inherited from the RTO (Part 3), introduced by the Director of the STO's Collaboration Support Office (Mr. René LaRose). Furthermore, you will find an overview of the Programme of Work of the NATO Undersea Research Centre/Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (Part 4), introduced by the Director of the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (Dr. Dirk Tielbürger). The Collaborative Programme of Work (CPoW) is the output of a unique and dynamic network, the largest of its kind in the world. Thousands of scientists, engineers, administrators and managers participate, taking advantage of this proven forum to leverage the Nations' and NATO S&T investments and to develop S&T capabilities in areas critical to the Nations and to NATO. The holistic character of this work is truly distinctive in terms of Technology Readiness Levels, of areas of scientific expertise, of phases of the life-cycle of materiel, and of elements of operational capabilities.
The NURC/CMRE Programme of Work is the output of an unparalleled world-class research and experimentation centre focusing on the maritime domain, and the undersea domain in particular. Its Programme of Work addresses improvements in the areas of submarine detection, naval mine counter-measures, maritime situational awareness, and harbour protection.
Excellence is also addressed in this report (Part 5). Personal achievements will be highlighted and results, of particular importance, will be described. Resources used are also summarised (Part 6).
I trust this report will clearly demonstrate that the Science and Technology Organization is more committed than ever to serving the Nations and NATO with a vibrant NATO S&T Programme and with superb S&T activities supporting them.
The report mentions only a part of the results and thus is inevitably merely a snapshot. I invite you to consult our websites (starting from www.sto.nato.int) to discover more.
I wish you a pleasant reading, and hope to have the pleasure of meeting you during one of our events.
Maj. Gen. (BE AF) Albert Husniaux, MSc (Eng.)
Chairman Science & Technology Board and NATO Chief Scientist
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