Upcoming Events

  • Mon 13 .

    The ubiquitous application and pervasive use of Information Communications Technologies (ICT) and emerging web sciences is being driven by the so far insatiable commercial demand for global computing, telecommunications and multi-media services. These developments have had a profound impact on both the commercial and military sectors to the point where the majority – if not all – critical functions, networks and systems depend on ICT. Military staffs rely on these infrastructures as well as specialised critical infrastructures and CIS (Communication and Information Systems) to support operations and deliver network enabled capabilities (NEC). The common point, and weakness, is the functional space that such ICT-based infrastructure and systems operate in. Any vulnerability in this cyber space – regardless of its size – can be exposed and exploited.

    There is a worldwide lack of talent with respect to cyber security. This has become an issue facing national governments, and raises the question of how to reduce the shortage of cyber security experts and personnel.

    Several NATO member states have issued national cyber security strategies identifying the need to spot and develop cyber defence talent and to boost cyber security education. However, current practice of engineering cyber systems as well as techniques and tools for cyber operations are extremely ad hoc and not guided by a coherent body of knowledge comparable to older fields of engineering.

    The main objective of the proposed lecture series is to disseminate knowledge on Cyber Security Science, Cyber Security Architecture and Cyber Security Engineering among researchers and systems engineers in NATO’s member states. There are clear indications that such a series of lectures is timely and will be highly welcomed.




    Monday, 13. March 2017 till Tuesday, 14. March 2017 08:00 - 17:45
    IST-143 - LS on Cyber Security Science & Engineering in Talence - FRA
  • Thu 16 .


    Our modern society relies on the use of rare-earth elements – the “vitamins’ of the technological age. Rare earths are enablers – vital for the operation of numerous defense and commercial end-use applications. This lecture series will inform and educate the audience on the entire rare-earth supply chain, including issues relating to supply and demand, production, end-use applications, and efforts to reduce dependency on these elements.  

    Topics to be covered: 

    • Rare-earth supply and demand dynamics;

    • End-use applications for rare earths;
    • Rare-earth geology and mineral-resource development;
    • Mining, minerals processing and extractive metallurgy;
    • Separation, metal and alloy production;
    • Efforts to “reduce, re-use and recycle” rare earths;
    • Rare-earth materials engineering research and development.


    For detailed information on the lectures please refer to the Programme Announcement.

    Related Educational Notes can be found here on the STO-CSO Website (STO log-in credentials required).

    During the lecture week there will be a possibility to have lunch on site for a total fee of 35,00 €;  payments can be made in cash or by credit card. Payment details will be provided to registrated participants in due time before the event.


    Thursday, 16. March 2017 till Friday, 17. March 2017 09:00 - 17:30
    AVT-285-RLS- Rare Earths: Securing Supply Chains, Materials, and Technologies in Munich - DEU
  • Mon 20 .


    This Technical Course will address advances in aeromedical evacuation, human factors, clinical practice and emerging technology. The objective of this course is to provide state of the art knowledge and practices in aerospace medicine; sharing national practices; evaluate new, emerging and proposed technologies in order to optimise Aerospace Medicine in deployed area and multinational environments, focusing on Operational Aviation Medicine.

    Topics to be covered

    Multinational Operations - Cooperation and Partnerships - Interoperability - Operational Aviation Medicine - Aeromedical Evacuation - Human Factors - Situational Awareness - Psycho-physiological Enhancement - Mission Effectiveness - Clinical Practices - Selection and Training - Medical Standards


    Monday, 20. March 2017 till Friday, 24. March 2017 08:00 - 17:30
    RAMS/USAF & NATO STO HFM-280 Technical Course - Aerospace Medicine – One for All, and All for One! Ramstein - DEU
  • Mon 3 .

    HFM 39th Panel Business Meeting accessible only for HFM Panel and Associated Members.

    A. Meeting announcement Symposium on Military Suicide to download (see right hand side of this page, underneath the map)

    B. General Information Package to download after booking!

    Monday, 03. April 2017 till Thursday, 06. April 2017 08:00 - 16:30
    HFM 39th PBM Riga Latvia
  • Mon 3 .



    Monday, 3 April

    Session 1: How to understand threshold? What does it mean for a small country?

    1230-1330                 Lunch break

    Session 2: How have states with small forces approached the challenge?

    Session 3: Against what and how to measure effectiveness threshold and how much is enough?

    Tuesday, 4 April

    Session 4: Integrating the ideas

    Session 5: Agreeing upon results

    1230-1330                 Lunch break

    Session 6: Planning for the Fall WS

    Session 7: Time reserved to address any unfinished business


    General remarks:

    1. Each presentation has 20 minutes, each presenter should:

      1. For Brno meeting develop a presentation of about 10 substantive slides…

      2. …to be converted into a paper of about 3000 words to be submitted to co-chairs by NLT 90 days after the meeting

      3. provide the NATO STO form 13-3 giving approval to release the information
    2. Each participating (non-chairing) country should pick a topic

    3. There should be equal number of civilian and military presenters

    4. Devil’s Advocate / „Red Team“ should be idenitifed prior to launch of the workshop; suggestion is that BDCOL representative assumes this role

    5. Primary supporting reference documents could be:

      1. Bi-SC Directive 80-90, NATO Task List, 16 November 2007

      2. Bi-SC Agreed Capability Codes And Capability Statements. 5000 TSC FRX

        0030/TT-7673/Ser: NU0053; 14 October 2011

        Note: both documents are NATO UNCLAS and releasable to EU/PfP



        Expected deliverables could be:

    1. Agreed analytical framework, consisting of policy and operational parts

    2. Second-to-last draft policy part of the framework—possibly in the format of a quasi-planning guidance/planning directive—to be finalised via electronic coordination between the Spring and Fall Workshops

    3. Agreed format for the operational part of the framework—possibly that of a Capability Profile—to be further refined and filled with substance during the Fall Workshop

    Monday, 03. April 2017 till Tuesday, 04. April 2017 08:15 - 17:00
    SAS-131 - Research Work Shop on Threshold Concepts For and By Smaller Forces
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