Despite the pandemic that marked 2020 and will continue to challenge us in 2021, the NATO Science & Technology Organization (STO) and its network of over national 6,000 scientists, engineers and analysts delivered a tremendous programme of work (PoW). This programme demonstrates, once again, that the STO stays at the forefront of science & technology and remains committed to sustaining the Alliance’s technological advantage.
In March 2021, the STO issued three reports to introduce the general public to a selection of the impressive results achieved over the last year and to offer an overview of its future projects.
The STO provided advice to NATO leadership in crucial fields such as analysing science & technology trends 2020-2040; dealing with misinformation; addressing climate change; underpinning data policy; supporting nuclear verification; and conducting the multi-national experiment on chemical, biological, radiological defence. Furthermore, conscious of the need to seek out new ideas and to maintain the experts’ network vibrant and diverse, the STO developed a number of initiatives to welcome and integrate early career scientists.
As the NATO Chief Scientist, Dr Bryan Wells highlighted: “Supporting National and NATO priorities on delivering innovation for the Alliance has been a particular focus of the work of the STO in 2020”.
While the threats that existed before the pandemic have not diminished, the STO remains committed to supporting, advising and preparing Nations and NATO for the emerging technological environment and future challenges.