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Multi-Domain Operations: The NATO Perspective
Today, NATO’s focus is not only towards threats emanating from the Maritime, Land and Air domains, but also on defending the Alliance across the Space and Cyberspace domains. Transforming to a Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) approach, in which the Alliance synchronizes capabilities across all 5 operational domains to achieve military objectives, will enhance deterrence and ensure NATO maintains a warfighting advantage over its adversaries. Join us for a discussion on MDO with Lt. General Dave Julazadeh, Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development at Allied Command Transformation.
From December 6th-8th, 2022, Allied Command Transformation hosted the Alliance Warfare Development Conference (AWDC) for more than 150 guests from 34 Allied and partner nations, including senior leadership from NATO commands. Today, Head of Strategic Issues and Engagements in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate at ACT, Dr. Vlasta Zekulic, joins us to discuss AWDC and its role in advancing the conversation regarding key trends and topics vital to NATO transformation.
Strategic Foresight: Trends and Adjacent Futures
In 2023, ACT’s Strategic Foresight Branch will publish a new Strategic Foresight Analysis that is designed to inform NATO’s long-term policy and capability development priorities. Strategic Foresight branch head Dr. Gergely Nemeth joins us for a discussion on current trends, trajectories, and underlying dynamics that could shape the future security environment.
Centers of Excellence: NATO’s Capacity Multipliers
With specialized subject matter expertise, NATO accredited Centers of Excellence (COEs) distribute their in-depth knowledge through concept development, training, doctrine, and lessons learned. Today, NATO benefits from 28 accredited COEs and will soon welcome two more: the NATO space COE and another COE focused on climate change security. In this episode, Rasa Pazarauskiene, ACT Staff Officer for COE Program Development Directorate, discusses COEs and their value to the Alliance as capacity multipliers.
NATO Digital Transformation
In Fall 2022, a vision for NATO Digital Transformation was endorsed by the Allied Defence Ministers to support Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). Today, we’re joined today by Mr. JR Couture, a digital evangelist at NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, to discuss the processes, policies, and procedures of Digital Transformation that will enhance connectivity for the Alliance between domains, commands, and nations.
Accession and Military Integration: Finland and Sweden
On July 5th, 2022, Finland and Sweden formally confirmed their willingness and ability to meet the political, legal and military obligations and commitments for NATO membership. Join ACT Staff Officer Bruce Hutchison for a conversation about the accession and military integration processes currently underway for both countries as they join the Alliance.
Situational Awareness Enhancer: AWARE
Marcus Gaul, Section Head for Analytics and Data Science at Allied Command Transformation and Lieutenant Commander James Carrick, project manager for AWARE, discuss the situational awareness enhancer which collects, processes, and visualizes multiple streams of open-source data to inform analysts and decision makers about patters of life in any operational environment.
Managing Innovation: Risk, Compliance & Governance
Robert “Butch” Bracknell, Staff Legal Advisor for International Law at Supreme Allied Commander Transformation discusses the process and practice of managing innovation from a legal and compliance perspective.
Colonel Lewis, Lt. Colonel Dirk Mathes, and Deputy Branch Head Simon Purton continue to discuss AI Felix, its potential, and the value of AI to the future of the Alliance.
Canadian Royal Air Force Colonel Sean Lewis, Lieutenant Colonel Dirk Mathes of the German Bundeswehr, and Simon Purton, the Deputy Branch Head for ACT’s Analysis of Alternatives Branch discuss the development of NATOs first machine-learning tool: Artificial Intelligence Front End Learning Information Execution, otherwise known as AI Felix.
Fit for Purpose: Creating an Innovative Alliance
The old model of top-heavy, gold-plated, committee-directed, sub-contracted military innovation is increasingly outmoded and outpaced by adversaries. The open innovation model emphasizes speed, agility, and collaboration. NATO Allied Command Transformation Chief of Staff Admiral Guy Robinson (UK Royal Navy) and Brigadier General Poul Primdahl (Royal Danish Army) talk about building an innovative Alliance through creativity, cooperation, and risk-taking.
Win as a Team: NATO’s Innovation Priorities
Former French Air Force Chief of Staff and new Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Gen. Philippe Lavigne talks about his policy agenda, the importance of innovation, and the strength of the Alliance.
Putting the Pieces Together: JIGSAW
Organizing and tasking air-to-air refueling aircraft are pieces to a puzzle that is critical to mission success. NATO’s Allied Command Transformation developed a user-friendly tool, JIGSAW, to manage these missions across several nations and vast territories. The NATO Innovation Podcast talks to LTC Jon Clow of the Royal Canadian Air Force, about JIGSAW’s development and deployment.