2nd Meeting for MSG-SAS-178 on Using Simulation to Better Inform Decision Making for Warfare Development, Planning, Operations, and Assessment


Among the tools that allow successful representation of dynamic situations in warfighting, Modelling and Simulation (M&S) has advantages over other methods such as wargaming, live exercises, man-in-the-loop experiments and demonstrations. Currently, within the NATO Command Structure, the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) uses the Joint Theatre Level Simulation (JTLS) and the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) uses the Joint Combat And Tactics Simulation (JCATS) for training purposes. However, the simulations are often not used to their full capacity because they are focused on training and exercise objectives. Although M&S has been used within the NATO analytical community in the past, it has become less common for NATO to use simulation to support warfare development, defence and operations planning.

The evolving security environment has revived the need for better understanding of the outcomes of complex situations and this has created new demands on NATO’s M&S capabilities. Some of the most noteworthy characteristics of this evolution are these:

• Wargaming. Wargames are analytic events that simulate aspects of warfare at the tactical, operational, or strategic level. They are used to examine warfighting concepts, train and educate commanders and analysts, explore scenarios, and assess how force planning and posture choices affect campaign outcomes.

• Advance Planning. The Alliance conducts advance planning for potential situations that may arise.

• Operations in a more interconnected world. It is increasingly common for NATO planners to have to consider the entire range of Political, Military, Economic, Social, Information, and Infrastructure (PMESII) means in order to achieve NATO’s goals.

• Capabilities-based planning. Through the NATO Defence Planning Process, NATO plans for capabilities which it needs in the medium and long-range future. These capabilities are used to tackle emerging issues, M&S would assist to better understand the complexities and provide insights to planners.

• Capability Development. Emerging operational needs translated into capability requirements will need to be assessed on their operational effectiveness and risks, and proposed solutions will need to be analyzed to determine they meet requirements and are viable and feasible options for further development.


Modelling and Simulation fulfill a crucial need in the conduct of Operations Research and Analysis to support and enhance decision making. While NATO’s reliance on M&S in some form or another has been going on for the past decades, its M&S capabilities have not kept pace with the new demands arising from rapid changes in security environment.

Generally, an M&S capability comprises the model, data, and expertise. NATO recognizes that it is unlikely that it can develop a comprehensive M&S capability for all situations and questions, particularly given the likely resource implications. However, NATO nations have models, data, and expertise, so leveraging those would seem to be an effective mechanism for the organization to acquire these capabilities.


The key objectives and expected achievements are:

• Develop an action plan for NATO to identify solution across the DOTMLPFI spectrum to allow NATO to better support decision making.

• Identify what new activities other than training are taking place and need M&S support

• Identify use cases for the use of M&S in support of NATO these activities

• Build a catalogue of national/industry assets that can be used to address the new requirements

• Investigate the mechanisms necessary for nations to share their M&S capabilities.


The activity will produce a technical report that provides recommendations for how NATO should best use M&S to support decision making across its enterprise. These should be illuminated by example use cases. Furthermore, the study should identify appropriate mechanisms for NATO to access and employ national M&S capabilities.


The 2nd meeting of MSG-SAS-178 on “Using Simulation to Better Inform Decision Making for Warfare Development and Conduct of Operations” will take place on 18-19 December 2019 at the CMRE facilities, in La Spezia, Italy.

If you plan on attending, please confirm your attendance by sending your name, surname, nationality, affiliation and email address to your POCs: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 10th November 2019.

Wednesday, 18. December 2019 until Thursday, 19. December 2019 08:00 - 16:30

HFM-240 - Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Operational and Clinical Implications - London, UK

Lecture Series Lecture Series Office
Booked: 0 | Free Seats: 12

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as concussion, is a significant military operational and civilian medical problem. This lecture series will review state of medical knowledge and discuss medical treatment in the deployed as well as post-deployment settings. Participants will leave with increased ability to accurately diagnose mTBI/concussion and to treat patients appropriately.

The General Information Package will be available once your enrolment has been validated by the NATO CSO.

Thursday, 16. January 2020 until Friday, 17. January 2020

HFM-273 Multinational Exercise: Long Term Scientific Study on Chemical, Biological and Radiological Defence


HFM-273 Multinational Exercise: Long Term Scientific Study on Chemical, Biological and Radiological Defence

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 to Thursday, 30 January 2020

UPDATE 22 November 2019

  • The draft report is now available
  • The deadline for enrolment and comments has been extended until 13 December 2019
  • The restriction on the number of participants has been relaxed

NATO has since 1961 regularly conducted science and technology (S&T) studies in order to develop its chemical and biological defence capabilities. Relative to the previous study (AC/323(SAS-024)TP/30, May 2006), major geopolitical and security changes as well as significant technological advances have taken place. Several S&T areas continue to see rapid development that will influence the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threat, and consequently requirements for CBRN defence. The present LTSS study has a combined focus on chemical, biological and also radiological (CBR) aspects of CBRN defence. The aim is to identify existing and emerging CBR threat environments and understand how advances in S&T can be used to address these challenges and strengthen CBR defence. The LTSS will inform decision makers and focus capability developers and scientists in using S&T resources to obtain best overall defence effect. The draft study report is now available to NATO and other nations invited to HFM-273 (AUS, FIN, SWE) by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments to the LTSS draft report are encouraged from all interested parties by 13 December 2019, irrespective of whether they are able to attend the MNE or not.

The MNE is the culmination of the LTSS work and will be organized as a workshop where the LTSS results will be presented, discussed and validated through peer review by CBR defence experts and decision and policy makers. Feedback sessions on the draft LTSS report will be held in order to review comments and propose revisions. CBR vignettes will be used to showcase the impact of the LTSS on NATO’s CBRN defence capabilities. Comments to the draft study report need to be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 13 December 2019. The LTSS report will be finalized after the MNE, incorporating proposed revisions and lessons from the MNE.

The invitation to participate at the MNE is extended to individuals from NATO nations, NATO commands and organisations and other nations invited to HFM-273 (AUS, FIN, SWE). Participation of qualified experts is encouraged in order to ensure that the study reflects the consensus input of the broader NATO CBR defence community.  Discussions will be held up to classification NATO CONFIDENTIAL Releasable to Australia, Finland and Sweden. Participants must have a valid up-to-date Personal Security Clearance (PSC) at the NATO Confidential level or above. The number of participants will, due to available seats, be limited and, if necessary, priority will be given to experts providing written feedback on the draft report. Enrolment needs to be completed via the STO Events website no later than 13 December 2019. Acceptance of enrolment will be forwarded within a week after that date. Updated agenda and other information pertaining to the meeting will be provided through the STO event website in the enrolment period.  

See the preliminary program below the Google Maps picture. After you enrol yourself and are validated by the staff, you will find also the General Information Package below the Google Maps picture.

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Tuesday, 28. January 2020 until Thursday, 30. January 2020

Ramstein Aerospace Medicine and NATO STO HFM-321 Technical Course (“NATO-RAMS”)

NATO-RAMS focuses on military flight medicine with an emphasis on the European region and is a unique forum to dialogue with professional colleagues. The objective of this Course is to provide state of the art knowledge and practices in aerospace medicine, share national practices and evaluate new and emerging technologies on the subject of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance in its broadest context to NATO Flight Surgeons, by a group of expert lecturers from NATO nations. The course will cover the current and future challenges in Aerospace Medicine in deployed area and multinational environments, focusing on Operational Aviation Medicine. Risks and advantages of various approaches will be compared with the aim of recommending best practices and thus improving interoperability.

The Ramstein Aerospace Medicine Summit and NATO Science & Technology Organization Technical Course, Forward Together, will take place 17-20 March 2020 at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

The theme for the 2020 Technical Course is “New Technologies-New Approach".

The Course Director for the RAMS portion is Lt Col Daniel Lamothe, US Air Forces in Europe-US Air Forces Africa, Aerospace Medicine Division Chief. The Course Director for the NATO STO Technical Course portion is Lt Col Odd-Ivar Lundseng, Norwegian Institute of Aviation Medicine. The academic director is Dr Ryan Mayes, USA Air Force of Aerospace Medicine.

Note: Participation is only assured after your enrolment and validation by the NATO HFM panel office. Please log in with your STO Events credentials, click book now and start your enrolment. If you do not have an account please go to the home page of this website, follow the guidelines, create an account, then come back to this page to book this event.

The program will be available from this page, below the Google map, as soon as possible .

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Tuesday, 17. March 2020 until Friday, 20. March 2020

NMSG/SAS combined Business Meeting

Business Meeting Systems Analysis and Studies (SAS) Panel Office The event is overbooked
Booked: 0 | Free Seats: 0


Participation is open to appointed MSG Group members, SAS Panel Members and Associate Members. Guests will be invited on behalf of the MSG Chair or SAS Panel Chair.

Meeting attendees are kindly requested to (create an account and) register no later than 15 April 2020 at 17:00 (CET). Please also indicate during registration interest in the social events and other arrangements.

The Read Ahead package and the Draft Agenda will be sent 30 days prior the meeting. This package will include a link to dedicated Science Connect workspaces where the available meeting material will be uploaded.

The General Information Package is available at this meeting announcement after your registration is validated and when you are logged in. This document contains all information to make travel arrangements and benefit from negotiated hotel rates.

Please note that the negotiated hotel rates will expire 31 January 2020.






Monday, 20. April 2020 until Friday, 24. April 2020 08:00 - 15:00
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