NATO's Strategic Warfare Development Command

NATO and Industry: Allied Command Transformation Provides Frameworks for Collaboration

May 17, 2023

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

NORFOLK, VA – Allied Command Transformation, NATO’s Strategic Warfare Development Command, continues military adaptation and transformation of the Alliance’s Military Instrument of Power, to contest, maintain, and improve the defensive edge over adversaries and competitors. Through principles of transparency, non-discrimination, fairness, openness, and self-covered costs, Allied Command Transformation continues to conduct collaborative work with industry and academia.

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Philippe Lavigne recently shared statements on NATO and industry relations: “The NATO-industry relationship is and must continue to be mutually beneficial in order to adapt industrial production capacity to high intensity and accompany NATO on digital transformation to multi-domain operations, continuing to ensure NATO’s edge. For that, we need both quality and quantity, for example: AI-enabled unmanned systems, and connectivity technologies, such as sensor-to-shooter and sensor-to-decision maker.”

Allied Command Transformation provides a Framework for Collaborative Interaction, enabling improved collaboration between the Command and industry, as well as academia. Academia and industry benefit from better awareness and understanding of military directions throughout the Alliance, while NATO benefits from increased access to the leading edge of innovation, production, and capability. This also enables collaborative work to be carried out in a non-procurement manner, which enables improved mutual benefit and trust at an earlier stage, without additional procurement pressure or unfair advantages.

Allied Command Transformation continues to lead Alliance-wide capability development, supporting a cost-effective and cost-efficient military transformation. Implementation of NATO’s collective deterrence and defence structure requires both competitive defence industries and innovative collaboration with academia, particularly for dual-use technologies. The Framework for Collaborative Interaction provides opportunities for a full spectrum of engagements, with a wide variety of approaches, including general information exchanges, collaborative panels and workshops, as well as integrative practical testing.