NATO's Strategic Warfare Development Command

General Lanata Visits Luxembourg

October 29, 2020

General Lanata Visits Luxembourg

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General André Lanata, met met General Steve Thull, Defence chief of staff, during a country visit to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on October 27th.

Strategic thinking, capability development, education and training and cooperation with partners were the main topics of discussion. General Lanata also focused on the accomplished efforts within the NATO warfighting Capstone Concept and space environment.

Space capability and addressing the new domain’s security challenges has been a key discussion at the latest NATO Ministers of Defence meeting. As NATO’s agent for transformation, as well as the driver of NATO’s warfare development agenda, Allied Command Transformation ensures the interoperability needed by the Alliance to operate in this new domain.

“The Alliance must be prepared to operate in a disrupted, degraded and denied Space environment and face many upcoming challenges. […] Allied Command Transformation and Allied Command Operations, in coordination with NATO Headquarters, are currently proposing a phased approach for implementing the Space domain for the future”, said General Lanata.

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency was also part of the country visit. Since its establishment in 1958, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency acquires, operates, and maintains everything through an unbiased link between industry and the nations: from weapon systems to fuel delivery, port services, airfield logistics, medical and catering services or base support services for troops stationed across the world.

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency plays an important role in the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control program, which defines options for future NATO surveillance and control capabilities by evaluating new technologies and exploring a system of systems approach including potential combinations of air, ground, maritime, and space systems working together to collect and share information.

In this dynamic and uncertain security environment, in which new technologies impact our certainties, the Alliance needs to rely on capabilities delivered and adapted at the speed of mission relevance.

To allow Alliance and members nations to deliver, together, the best military instrument of power, Allied Command Transformation partners not only with civilian entities, to embrace these technological paradigm, but also primarily with NATO agencies, such as the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. Allied command Transformation’s teams work closely with their many counterparts to analyse Emerging and Disruptive Technologies and determine how they can best be used to maintain advantage of our Military Instrument of Power.

Together, we share the same vision of this new capability development approaches.