NATO's Strategic Warfare Development Command

Layered Resilience: Civil and Military Readiness

This episode features Captain Jack Benfield, Team Lead for concept development at ACT, as well as Tony Icayan, a concept developer and experimenter at HUBZone HQ. Both SMEs are there to discuss the importance of Resilience, both for the military and civil sectors.

January 11, 2024 – 25 min

Strategic Foresight Analysis: a Product and a Function

This episode features Dr. Gergely Nemeth, Strategic Foresight Analysis Branch Head. This is a conversation where we explore different futures and how this horizon scanning should shape how we prepare for these possible scenarios.

January 10, 2024 – 27 min

Digital Transformation: A Game Changer

This episode features Jean-Rene Couture, NATO ACT Federated Interoperability Branch Head. This is a conversation that explores how digital transformation is reshaping the 21st century, changing the way we live and work, and leading to a boom in information-based industries and information-based threats.

January 09, 2024 – 30 min

The Space Domain: Risk or Opportunity

This episode features Colonel Christophe GrandClement, the head of the Space Branch at NATO ACT, Robert Kroeger, Space Integrator, and Dr. Orzuri Rique who is in Space Research and Development. This is a conversation about how Space figures into NATO’s collective defense efforts, and what risks and opportunities this new operational domain brings.

January 08, 2024 – 23 min

Podcast Texas

Multi-Domain Operations: The NATO Perspective

Today, NATO’s focus is not only towards threats emanating from the Maritime, Land and Air domains, but also on defending the Alliance across the Space and Cyberspace domains. Transforming to a Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) approach, in which the Alliance synchronizes capabilities across all 5 operational domains to achieve military objectives, will enhance deterrence and ensure NATO maintains a warfighting advantage over its adversaries. Join us for a discussion on MDO with Lt. General Dave Julazadeh, Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development at Allied Command Transformation.

December 22, 2022 – 19 min

Strategic Foresight: Trends and Adjacent Futures

In 2023, ACT’s Strategic Foresight Branch will publish a new Strategic Foresight Analysis that is designed to inform NATO’s long-term policy and capability development priorities. Strategic Foresight branch head Dr. Gergely Nemeth joins us for a discussion on current trends, trajectories, and underlying dynamics that could shape the future security environment.

December 20, 2022 – 31 min

Alliance Warfare Development Conference: Better Today, Stronger Tomorrow

From December 6th-8th, 2022, Allied Command Transformation hosted the Alliance Warfare Development Conference (AWDC) for more than 150 guests from 34 Allied and partner nations, including senior leadership from NATO commands. Today, Head of Strategic Issues and Engagements in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate at ACT, Dr. Vlasta Zekulic, joins us to discuss AWDC and its role in advancing the conversation regarding key trends and topics vital to NATO transformation.

December 20, 2022 – 24 min

Centers of Excellence: NATO’s Capacity Multipliers

With specialized subject matter expertise, NATO accredited Centers of Excellence (COEs) distribute their in-depth knowledge through concept development, training, doctrine, and lessons learned. Today, NATO benefits from 28 accredited COEs and will soon welcome two more: the NATO space COE and another COE focused on climate change security. In this episode, Rasa Pazarauskiene, ACT Staff Officer for COE Program Development Directorate, discusses COEs and their value to the Alliance as capacity multipliers.

December 09, 2022 – 25 min

NATO Digital Transformation

In Fall 2022, a vision for NATO Digital Transformation was endorsed by the Allied Defence Ministers to support Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). Today, we’re joined today by Mr. JR Couture, a digital evangelist at NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, to discuss the processes, policies, and procedures of Digital Transformation that will enhance connectivity for the Alliance between domains, commands, and nations.

November 23, 2022 – 25 min

Accession and Military Integration: Finland and Sweden

On July 5th, 2022, Finland and Sweden formally confirmed their willingness and ability to meet the political, legal and military obligations and commitments for NATO membership. Join Allied Command Transformation Staff Officer Bruce Hutchison for a conversation about the accession and military integration processes currently underway for both countries as they join the Alliance.

October 28, 2022 – 26 min

Situational Awareness Enhancer: AWARE

Marcus Gaul, Section Head for Analytics and Data Science at Allied Command Transformation and Lieutenant Commander James Carrick, project manager for AWARE, discuss the situational awareness enhancer which collects, processes, and visualizes multiple streams of open-source data to inform analysts and decision makers about patters of life in any operational environment.

June 17, 2022 – 18 min

Managing Innovation: Risk, Compliance & Governance

Robert “Butch” Bracknell, Staff Legal Advisor for International Law at Allied Command Transformation discusses the process and practice of managing innovation from a legal and compliance perspective.

April 13, 2022 – 22 min

Practical Applications for Machine Learning: AI FELIX (Part Two of Two)

Colonel Lewis, Lt. Colonel Dirk Mathes, and Deputy Branch Head Simon Purton continue to discuss AI Felix, its potential, and the value of AI to the future of the Alliance.

April 13, 2022 – 17 min

Practical Applications for Machine Learning: AI FELIX (Part One of Two)

Canadian Royal Air Force Colonel Sean Lewis, Lieutenant Colonel Dirk Mathes of the German Bundeswehr, and Simon Purton, the Deputy Branch Head for Allied Command Transformation’s Analysis of Alternatives Branch discuss the development of NATOs first machine-learning tool: Artificial Intelligence Front End Learning Information Execution, otherwise known as AI Felix.

April 13, 2022 – 16 min

Fit for Purpose: Creating an Innovative Alliance

The old model of top-heavy, gold-plated, committee-directed, sub-contracted military innovation is increasingly outmoded and outpaced by adversaries. The open innovation model emphasizes speed, agility, and collaboration. NATO Allied Command Transformation Chief of Staff Admiral Guy Robinson (UK Royal Navy) and Brigadier General Poul Primdahl (Royal Danish Army) talk about building an innovative Alliance through creativity, cooperation, and risk-taking.

December 14, 2021 – 33 min

Win as a Team: NATO’s Innovation Priorities

Former French Air Force Chief of Staff and new Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Gen. Philippe Lavigne talks about his policy agenda, the importance of innovation, and the strength of the Alliance.

December 1, 2021 – 20 min

Putting the Pieces Together: JIGSAW

Organizing and tasking air-to-air refueling aircraft are pieces to a puzzle that is critical to mission success. NATO’s Allied Command Transformation developed a user-friendly tool, JIGSAW, to manage these missions across several nations and vast territories. The NATO Innovation Podcast talks to Lieutenant Colonel Jon Clow of the Royal Canadian Air Force, about JIGSAW’s development and deployment.

October 8, 2021 – 25 min