NATO's Strategic Warfare Development Command

Warfare Development with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

October 30, 2019

Warfare Development with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

NORFOLK, VA – Twenty-one members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly were hosted by Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Paolo Ruggiero, at the Command headquarters on October 28th, for a series of briefings.

The purpose of the visit was for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to better understand the vital role and impact that Allied Command Transformation plays in determining the strategic direction of the Alliance. Today’s rapidly evolving international security environment compelled a visit from both NATO Parliamentary Assembly committees (Sub-Committee on Technology Trends and Security and the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security cooperation) in order to garner a better understanding of Allied Command Transformation’s work with innovation and warfare development. General Ruggiero highlighted that, “Allied Command Transformation, as the Warfare Development Command, has a leading role in defining and developing capability requirements, now and in the foreseable future, coordination activities and monitoring the lifecycle developments […] We ensure that the Alliance can operate and adapt at the same time at the speed of relevance, in order to maintain our edge on potential adversaries.”

Throughout the visit, Allied Command Transformation’s efforts focused on providing the NATO Parliamentary Assembly with four key messages. First, that warfare Development in NATO is as critical as NATO’s Warfighting if we are to maintain the military edge and meet the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow. Second, that Allied Command Transformation is NATO’s only Warfare Development Command and has a leading role to ensure that the Alliance is able to face all new challenges. Third, that NATO maintains a contingency posture requiring ready, flexible, robust and interoperable NATO forces, which are fit to meet the challenges NATO faces. And last, that the nations are our foundation and the ultimate beneficiaries of Allied Command Transformation’s work.

Allied Command Transformation’s priorities foster Allied interoperability and capabilities in order to bolster cooperation with partners to deliver improved operational effectiveness. In line with the four key messages, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly received briefings on:

  • How Allied Command Transformation has realigned to better serve as NATO’s Warfare Development Command;
  • Strategic Foresight Analysis, Framework for Future Alliance Operations, near and long-term threats and the challenges they pose to alliance-wide security in the land, air, sea and space domains;
  • Innovation, maintaining the science and technology edge and enhancing alliance agility, discussion about artificial intelligence; and,
  • Cyber and the challenges and opportunities of cyber space, including cyber security and defence.

This important work will next be presented to Allied Command Transformation partners and nations at the upcoming NATO-Industry Forum where decision makers at all levels have to understand the wider information landscape and build trust in the information they use in decision-making.