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A Conceptual framework for a Comprehensive National Defense System

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Planning for, and the conduct of, operations in a complex, multi-domain environment with involvement of different military, paramilitary and non-military organizations, to include countering hybrid threats, is difficult. It requires a coherent conceptual framework to ensure shared understanding of missions, tasks, capability requirements, and concepts of operation.

The Comprehensive Defence concept is seen as a tool for implementation of these requirements. There is an increasing importance of civilian resources and capabilities as enablers to military operations (e.g., strategic lift). In addition, the ability to support allies and partners with non-military capabilities can free up resources for additional military capabilities. Resilience is seen as corollary of deterrence and reassurance measures in the classical military sphere as part of the Comprehensive Security Strategy for the Alliance. NATO has established 7 baseline requirements to increase resilience which is a core element of collective defense, according to the Declaration of Warsaw Summit of 2016.

This week, a multi-national STO Research Task Group (reference SAS-152) held their kickoff meeting at the NATO STO Collaboration Support Office facilities in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and started their 3-year research project. The team, led by Estonia with members from Selcuk University in Turkey, National Defense Academy of Latvia, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Belgium Royal Military Academy, Swedish Defence Research Agency and Estonian Military Academy, aspires to bring together NATO Nations and Partner Nations to explore, examine and share concepts and frameworks supporting comprehensive defense, and to enable optimization of the existing capabilities and development of new capabilities in the future.

The activity is overseen by the System Analysis and Studies (SAS) Panel - NATO STO’s expert analytical advice panel – that develops and oversees studies, analysis and information exchange activities that explore how operational capability can best be provided and enhanced through the exploitation of new technologies, new forms of organization or new concepts of operation. It comprises of 43 senior scientific representatives from 23 NATO Nations, 2 Partnerships for Peace Nations, 1 Global Partner and 3 NATO organizations.

Please contact the SAS Panel Office​ if you need additional information or want to participate in this effort.​​​

Published 2019-11-05T23:00:00Z by SAS