Supporting the Defence and Security Post ure of the Alliance and its Partners
In the foreword to his 2014 Annual Report, the NATO Secretary General states his priorities are to keep NATO strong, to work with Partners to help keep our neighbourhood stable, and to keep the bond between Europe and North America rock-solid.
The NATO Science and Technology (S&T) community, and the Science and Technology Organization (STO) in particular, are very well positioned to support NATO and the Nations in this respect and deliver to expectation.
NATO S&T is instrumental in the strategic awareness of future challenges and the innovation that NATO and Nations need to enable Defence and Security, today and tomorrow.
The focus on supporting the Defence and Security posture of the Alliance and its Partners is reflected in the Collaborative Programme of Work (CPoW) growing by 15 percent; the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) customer-funded programme delivering on time and within budget; and the STO delivering S&T results with multiple exploitation paths, including supporting the Wales Summit taskings.
In 2014, the Science and Technology Board’s (STB) efforts toward overseeing the STO positioned the Executive Bodies to deliver the STO S&T Programme of Work (PoW), moving reform forward, including key dossiers such as defining the future of NATO’s Research Vessels (NRVs) at CMRE.
On issuing coherent guidance to NATO S&T, the STB matured the framework for strategic guidance, which now includes NATO S&T Priorities and S&T Strategic Initiatives, while continuing to strengthen the engagement of the S&T planning domain across all steps of the NATO Defence Planning Process (NDPP).
With respect to enhancing the co-ordination and synergy of NATO S&T across NATO S&T stakeholders, the STB, through the STO, conducted extensive outreach activities both within NATO and with external NATO bodies.
Last, through the NATO Chief Scientist, the NATO S&T community delivered knowledge, analysis and advice to NATO leadership on a variety of topics, such as unmanned aerial systems, Modelling & Simulation (M&S) in support of training, autonomous systems, and elements related to process and analysis with the goal of enhancing the NDPP.
We are pleased to present this 2014 Annual Report. We trust it will provide an appreciation for the results delivered by NATO S&T and the STO in particular, a view of leading-edge scientific and technical accomplishments, and that it will encourage supporting the generation of the STO PoW and participating to it. We hope you find it an interesting read.
Maj. Gen. (BE AF) Albert Husniaux, MSc (Eng.)
Chairman Science & Technology Board and NATO Chief Scientist
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