The NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO)

Looking forward and staying ahead

MGen Albert Husniaux, NATO Chief Scientist

In the foreword to his 2013 Annual Report, the NATO Secretary General states it is necessary that NATO maintains the momentum of its transformation to meet the demands of a fastmoving security environment.

This is the foundation upon which the NATO Science and Technology (S&T) community, and the Science and Technology Organization (STO) in particular, undertake their activities; that is, to support NATO and the Nations to adapt and respond to unexpected and unforeseen challenges in a timely manner.

NATO S&T is the vector to deliver both strategic awareness of future challenges and the innovation that NATO and Nations need for looking forward and staying ahead. The year 2013 was the first full year of work for NATO’s STO, teaming up the Collaborative S&T network and its support structure, NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), and the newly established Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) in the NATO Headquarters (HQ). It was a productive year; the STO successfully met its 2013 transformation objectives, while continuing to deliver a Programme of Work (PoW) with increasing impact. The Nations tasked us to deliver a NATO-wide approach to S&T. In 2013, important milestones were met involving all NATO S&T stakeholders: the North Atlantic Council (NAC) approved the NATO S&T Strategy, stakeholder strategy implementation plans, and increased S&T programme co-ordination.

Our Collaborative Programme of Work (CPoW) was vibrant, with the level of activities at an all-time high. We are very pleased that the CPoW achieved recognition with the Nations as the preferred multi-national S&T framework, and that its business model, matching commonly identified needs with participants’ means (“smart defence”), is considered sound and cost-effective.

The CMRE had a successful year as well, delivering a high-quality Maritime S&T PoW. This was the first year it operated under a customer-funded business model, delivering its PoW to the satisfaction of its customers, meeting targets for quality, delivery schedule and cost.

We, Chair and Co-vice Chairs, are pleased to present this 2013 Annual Report. We trust it will provide an appreciation for the results delivered by the STO, a view of leading-edge scientific and technical accomplishments, and that it will encourage further participation in our PoW.

We wish you excellent reading.

Maj. Gen. (BE AF) Albert Husniaux, MSc (Eng.)

Chairman Science & Technology Board and NATO Chief Scientist

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