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Alliance’s future innovation priorities discussed at high-level meeting
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Alliance’s future innovation priorities discussed at high-level meeting

The Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies held its first meeting with NATO’s Innovation Board on Monday (28 September 2020). The group of 12 external experts presented their recommendations on innovative technologies that NATO should be pursuing as a priority. The experts focused on particular technology areas, such as data as a strategic resource and quantum technologies. The group suggested among others to reconsider how NATO engages with the non-defence private sector and underlined the importance of developing strong ethical principles. “The way we tackle and adopt emerging and disruptive technologies will be crucial for the future of our Alliance”, said Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana, who chairs the Innovation Board. “The combination o...
NATO Deputy Secretary General: standardization makes interoperability amongst Allies possible
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NATO Deputy Secretary General: standardization makes interoperability amongst Allies possible

Today (29 September 2020), in an online event marking 70 years of NATO standardization, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană stressed the importance of standardization for NATO’s cohesion and effectiveness. “Without standardization, it is impossible to have interoperability across Allies, today 30 allies”, he said. “We need these common standards and common ways of working together. Standardization is part of NATO's DNA, and also is part of our brand, is part of our strength, is part of our identity”. Looking ahead, Mr. Geoană encouraged the pursuit of an ever more inclusive and cooperative approach to standardization to capitalize on technologies that are critical to the Alliance and its primary responsibility to preserve peace and keep its population safe. “We will continue t...
NATO Secretary General welcomes Prime Minister Gakharia of Georgia at NATO Headquarters
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NATO Secretary General welcomes Prime Minister Gakharia of Georgia at NATO Headquarters

Speaking after a meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia, the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Georgia is one of NATO’s most important partners, contributing to the Alliance’s shared security in many ways, including with troops in NATO’s training mission in Afghanistan. “We can all be proud of what we do together and you can be proud of your contributions to our shared security and contributions to our missions and operations”, he said. Mr. Stoltenberg highlighted that earlier this year, Allies agreed to strengthen the NATO-Georgia partnership even further. Speaking about NATO’s close cooperation with Georgia on Black Sea security, he said that Allies agreed to share more air traffic radar data, working jointly to address hybrid threats, as well as ...
Deputy Secretary General at CYBERSEC: NATO is adapting to respond to cyber threats
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Deputy Secretary General at CYBERSEC: NATO is adapting to respond to cyber threats

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană, speaking at the online CYBERSEC public policy conference on Monday (28 September), emphasised the need to continue adapting to new threats arising from advances in technology, such as cyber threats. The Deputy Secretary General said that NATO takes technological advances very seriously and has already made some important decisions in recent years to become more ‘cyber-ready’ and ‘cyber-secure’. As an example, he noted that NATO designated cyberspace as a separate military domain, alongside land, sea, air, and space. “We agreed that a cyber-attack could trigger Article 5 of our founding treaty where an attack against one Ally is treated as an attack against all,” Geoană said. Mr. Geoană stressed that NATO agreed to establish a Cyberspace Ope...
Statement by James Appathurai, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia
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Statement by James Appathurai, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia

NATO is deeply concerned by reports of large scale military hostilities along the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. The sides should immediately cease hostilities, which have already caused civilian casualties. There is no military solution to this conflict. The parties should resume negotiations towards a peaceful resolution. NATO supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group.
NATO Secretary General discusses security issues with French Foreign Minister Le Drian
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NATO Secretary General discusses security issues with French Foreign Minister Le Drian

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian at NATO Headquarters on Monday (21 September 2020) to discuss issues relevant to transatlantic security. The Secretary General and Minister Le Drian addressed developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and efforts to avoid incidents and accidents at sea and in the air. Mr. Stoltenberg updated the minister on the technical meetings, held at NATO Headquarters, to establish a military de-confliction mechanism between NATO Allies Greece and Turkey. He noted that NATO remains an important platform for consultations and the technical talks are meant to complement ongoing diplomatic efforts. They also discussed NATO’s relations with Russia, the poisoning of Russian opposition pol...
NATO Secretary General discusses security challenges with Swedish Foreign Minister
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NATO Secretary General discusses security challenges with Swedish Foreign Minister

In a face-to-face meeting on Tuesday (22 September), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde for Sweden’s contributions to international security and its long-standing partnership with NATO. The Secretary General also thanked Sweden for its participation in NATO exercises as well as missions in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq, and for its role in championing national resilience and strengthening ties between NATO and the European Union. Later in the day the Swedish Foreign Minister also joined a meeting of the North Atlantic Council.
NATO Secretary General discusses emerging technological challenges with European Commission Executive Vice President
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NATO Secretary General discusses emerging technological challenges with European Commission Executive Vice President

In a face-to-face meeting on Wednesday (23 September), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Executive Vice President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager stressed the importance of NATO-EU cooperation in addressing security challenges emerging from new technologies such as data, artificial intelligence and next generation networks. The Secretary General said that the COVID-19 pandemic has made NATO-EU partnership more relevant than ever, so enhancing resilience, including in the digital realm, is a priority for both NATO and the EU.  Ms. Vestager also joined the North Atlantic Council for further discussions on emerging technological challenges.  
Major NATO maritime exercise gets underway
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Major NATO maritime exercise gets underway

NATO launched one of its main maritime exercises on Friday (25 September 2020) with more than 30 ships conducting manoeuvres off the coast of France. Exercise Dynamic Mariner will run until 8 October and will feature surface ships, submarines, maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters from seven NATO countries.