NATO's Strategic Warfare Development Command

Partnerships – Building Teams throughout the Alliance

May 1, 2023


Norfolk, Virginia is NATO’s home in North America, where Allied Command Transformation has collaborated extensively with partners in the United States. Looking ahead at emerging threat landscapes, improving and increasing these partnerships are key priorities for the transformation of the Military Instrument of Power.

Academic: New capabilities are born from innovative thinking and collaborative approaches. Exploring diverse pathways with students, research institutes, and interdisciplinary teams enables NATO to see beyond the military and political scope. Partnerships with Academia also bring unique developments: Johns Hopkins University engineering students worked with Allied Command Transformation’s Innovation Hub, developing a Digital Triage Assistant for combat medics to improve battlefield trauma management. Additional partnerships include Harvard University, University of Texas, George Washington University, William and Mary University, and Old Dominion University.

Industry: Alongside academic research and innovation, industry applications are also important. As the forefront of direct application, some of the newest technologies are born from industry necessity, which can have significant implication for military integration. Allied Command Transformation and International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) have over a decade of collaboration, as IBM’s experience with emerging information technologies support Alliance-wide digital transformation and modernization. Additional partnerships include Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing.

With Allied Command Transformation approaching its 20th anniversary in June, Allied Command Transformation will continue to out-partner adversaries, focusing on innovation, collaboration, and interoperability. As NATO’s Warfare Development Command, Allied Command Transformation maximizes these partnerships, and the benefit of research and development, experimentation, and training, to ensure NATO’s Military Instrument of Power is equipped with the latest technologies and adaptations for changing security challenges.