March 1, 2018
By Paul D. Mehney
U.S. soldiers prepare for a convoy to a tactical operation center during a multinational exercise. Such exercises help the Army improve interoperability and other technology-related issues.  Spc. Randy Wren, USA

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.

December 20, 2017

Brig. Gen. Michael R. Fenzel, USA, has been assigned as director, CJ-5, Resolute Support Mission, NATO, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Afghanistan.

October 18, 2017
By Maj. Gen. Erich Staudacher, GEAF (Ret.)
AFCEA Regional Vice President Harri Larsson (l) speaks with Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist at TechNet Europe 2017 in Stockholm.

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.

December 6, 2017

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.

November 28, 2017

Brig. Gen. Andrew M. Rohling, USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff for operations, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, NATO, United Kingdom.

November 1, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
The Russian Krasukha-2 electronic warfare (EW) system is designed to jam airborne early warning aircraft radar from as far away as 250 kilometers (155 miles). Russia has committed billions of rubles to advancing its EW capabilities for use in conflicts against NATO nations, according to a recent think-tank report. Wikimedia Commons/Vitaly V. Kuzmin

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).

October 10, 2017

Rear Adm. Andrew C. Lennon, USN, will be assigned as deputy chief of staff, Submarines, Allied Maritime Command, Northwood, U.K.

October 1, 2017
By Gen. Artur Pina Monteiro, POA
Experts at a Portuguese cyber defense center monitor network activity as they guard against intrusions. Portugal leads the Multinational Cyber Defence Education and Training (MNCDE&T) project, which is designed to help bring together NATO and allied nations to combat cyber attacks.

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.

September 5, 2017

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.

August 1, 2017
By Maj. James Lacovara, USA, and Capt. Phil Gilchrist, USA
U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Theater Signal Brigade and Belgian soldiers from the 6th Communication and Information Systems (CIS) Group pass voice and data through a Belgian satellite terminal during Operation Combined Lightning last June.

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.

July 27, 2017

Brig. Gen. John E. Novalis II, USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff operations, Multinational Corps Northeast, NATO, Poland. 

July 20, 2017

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.

June 5, 2017

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.

June 5, 2017

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff, communications, Resolute Support Mission, NATO, Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Afghanistan.

June 5, 2017

Brig. Gen. Carl A. Alex, USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff operations, Headquarters Allied Joint Force Command-Brunssum, NATO, Netherlands.

May 25, 2017
The Internet of Things poses some risks to military forces, a draft report from NATO's Parliamentary Assembly points out. The report will be discussed at the assembly's spring session and will be updated over the summer.

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.

April 1, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. Marines conduct operations in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force. The NATO Secret-level network in Afghanistan, outsourced to private industry, serves as an example of how future NATO information technology might be acquired through outsourcing.

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.

March 27, 2017

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:

March 1, 2017
By George I. Seffers
A Marine participates in a field training exercise in Lithuania. NATO researchers are investigating potential military applications for Internet of Things technologies, including the possibility of increased situational awareness at the individual warfighter level.

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.

March 1, 2017
By George I. Seffers

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).