The U.S. Army has partnered with NATO and other coalition nations to enhance operational readiness in a series of multinational exercises this year focused on interoperability. The drills enable national militaries to assess and adjust the interoperability of their capabilities long before meeting adversaries in the battlespace.
Brig. Gen. Michael R. Fenzel, USA, has been assigned as director, CJ-5, Resolute Support Mission, NATO, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Afghanistan.
The increasing hybrid military threat in Europe is becoming more closely related to developments in cyber technology. Cyber can both favor hybrid warlike activities and bolster situational awareness and swift reaction. Defending a modern society, which depends heavily on social media and critical infrastructure, requires a well-trained and prepared cyber defense force.
Rear Adm. Richard Landolt, USN (Ret.), has been selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service and for assignment as the defense adviser to the NATO ambassador.
Brig. Gen. Andrew M. Rohling, USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff for operations, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, NATO, United Kingdom.
Russia has advanced the state of the art in electronic warfare capabilities to overcome and even overpower Western electronic systems, both military and commercial. And now the country’s military modernization plan extending to 2025 lays the groundwork for further advancement, according to a recent European think tank report.
Russia is developing a total package of electronic warfare (EW) systems covering a broad frequency range. The systems encompass traditional areas such as surveillance, protection and countermeasures, and they shield Russian use of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). These total package systems are designed to be highly mobile and include small units deployable by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Rear Adm. Andrew C. Lennon, USN, will be assigned as deputy chief of staff, Submarines, Allied Maritime Command, Northwood, U.K.
Cyberspace is often described as the fifth domain of military operations, as equally critical to national and international defense as the domains of land, sea, air and space. The success of military missions increasingly depends on the availability of cyberspace and freedom of action in it. Robust and resilient cyber defense capabilities are now required to support military structures, missions and operations. Although many nations have recently made great progress in developing their cyber defense capabilities, a consensus is growing that there is much room for improvement.
UltiSat Incorporated of Gaithersburg, Maryland announced that it has been awarded a NATO Framework Agreement, under which the company will provide consulting services in support of NATO's technical support program. The services include subject matter expert staffing in support of NATO missions. “UltiSat is honored to have been selected as a partner for this important project,” said M.G. Abutaleb, CEO of UltiSat. “We bring relevant past performance in the provision of high-touch professional services to mission-critical programs such as required under this Framework Agreement, including significant in-theater operations support.
Europe is nervous. A nationalistic and revanchist Russia threatens security, and post-Cold War downsizing of U.S. forces across the continent leaves it vulnerable. At one point, 300,000 soldiers stationed in Europe were tasked with the mission of deterring the Soviet Union. Today, that number hovers around 30,000. It is no surprise, then, that senior U.S. and allied military leaders have placed a renewed emphasis on strengthening NATO and improving its battlefield capabilities. One of the most effective ways to fortify the alliance is through unit-level partnerships.
Brig. Gen. John E. Novalis II, USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff operations, Multinational Corps Northeast, NATO, Poland.
Brig. Gen. Charles S. Corcoran, USAF, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff, operations, Headquarters Allied Air Command, Allied Command Operations, NATO, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Brig. Gen. Gary W. Johnston, USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff, intelligence, Resolute Support Mission, NATO; and director, J-2, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Afghanistan.
Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff, communications, Resolute Support Mission, NATO, Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Afghanistan.
Brig. Gen. Carl A. Alex, USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff operations, Headquarters Allied Joint Force Command-Brunssum, NATO, Netherlands.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly has published a draft report titled "The Internet of Things: Promises and Perils of a Disruptive Technology." The report urges governments to take a more proactive role in defining the future of the Internet of Things (IoT).
"Policy makers, including national parliamentarians, need to start to proactively shape an IoT environment that remains open, innovative and secure. We have to find the right balance," the document states.
The global onslaught of new information technology is forcing NATO members to find ways of helping the alliance build a supporting infostructure comprising innovative technologies and capabilities. But acquisition constraints, which can be serious barriers in individual countries, are even more complicated for a security alliance composed of 28 governments.
Partnering with industry has been a go-to method for NATO, but now it is heavily emphasizing this approach. Leaders of active member nations say it is the best hope for speeding up the acquisition of information technologies that serve both alliance and member needs.
The NATO Communications and Information Agency will preview details of 40 upcoming business opportunities at its annual industry conference NITEC17 to be held April 24-26 in Ottawa, Canada. Agency officials intend to put 40 contracts out to tender in the next 18 to 24 months as part of a €3 billion ($3.26 billion) technology refresh.
Various program officials will discuss tangible opportunities coming to market, including international competitive bids in the following areas:
Several nations are studying the potential military benefits of Internet of Things technologies, including a variety of inexpensive commercial sensors and smart city capabilities. Their investigation likely will include three proof-of-concept demonstrations, the first of which is planned for May in Finland.
NATO support for the ongoing study of military applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) falls under the auspices of the agency’s Science and Technology Organization (STO) and its Collaboration Support Office (CSO). The study is part of the Collaborative Program of Work of the Information Systems and Technology Panel.
Poland’s Military University of Technology leads the study. The country’s Research and Academic Computer Network (NASK), Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) and Gdansk University of Technology also are involved.
Other participants include:
• NATO’s Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) and the Allied Command Transformation (ACT).