The Collaboration Support Office - CSO


NATO Collaboration Support Office

The Collaboration Support Office (CSO) supports the Collaborative business model whereby NATO Nations and partner Nations contribute their national resources to define, conduct and promote cooperative research and information exchange.

Technical Panels, Group and Committee

AVT Applied Vehicle Technology Panel
HFM  Human Factors and Medicine Panel
IST  Information Systems Technology Panel
SAS  System Analysis and Studies Panel
SCI Systems Concepts and Integration Panel
SET Sensors and Electronics Technology Panel
NMSG  NATO Modelling and Simulation Group

The total spectrum of this collaborative effort is addressed by six Technical Panels who manage a wide range of scientific research activities, a Group specialising in modelling and simulation, plus a Committee dedicated to supporting the information management needs of the organisation.

These Panels and Group are the power-house of the collaborative model and are made up of national representatives as well as recognised world-class scientists, engineers and information specialists. In addition to providing critical technical oversight, they also provide a communication link to military users and other NATO bodies.

The scientific and technological work is carried out by Technical Teams, created under one or more of these eight bodies, for specific research activities which have a defined duration. These research activities can take a variety of forms, including Task Groups, Workshops, Symposia, Specialists' Meetings, Lecture Series and Technical Courses.

In any given year, there are over 3500 Scientists and Engineers from NATO and its partners working on approximately 180 research activities being conducted by these Technical Teams. In all cases, these activities result in the publication of highly valued scientific literature published by the STO. The results of the this research can also be found in some specific peer-review journals.

An abstract of every publication can be viewed on this site. Depending on their classification, the full text of many of these reports can be downloaded. CD-ROM copies may also be obtained from one of the National Distribution Centres or can be purchased from one of the STO Sales Agencies, details of which can be found on the website.

The STO actively supports NATO's Partnership Programme and Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) participation. Each year, the STO seeks to increase the number of activities open to PfP and MD Nations, and additionally sponsors specific plenary sessions of Board and Panel meetings for these non-NATO Nations. For example, in the PoW, approximately 75% of the new activities are open to PfP Nations and 30% are open to MD Nations. The STO also extends opportunities for collaborative research to our Global Partners and has opened approximately 50% of the new 2011 activities to these Nations.

As mentioned before, facilitating the STO's collaborative effort is the job of the CSO. This small executive office, located near Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine (FRA), has approximately 35 NATO civilian staff, and in addition, 15 military and civilian personnel generously provided by Member Nations, who serve on limited duration rotations. In its role as facilitator, the CSO provides programme management assistance to the STO Panels, serves as an interface between the national scientific and NATO military communities and provides S&T knowledge management through its website and databases.

Dr. Pavel Zůna, Director, NATO Collaboration Support Office

Dr. Pavel Zůna, Director, NATO CSO

Dr. Pavel Zůna serves as the Director, NATO STO Collaboration Support Office (CSO) in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France since 1 July 2018. The CSO is the executive office of the NATO Science & Technology Organization (STO) responsible for coordinating, synchronizing and supporting defence and security science & technology (S&T) activities between NATO member and partner Nations, comprising a network of about 5000 scientists.

Dr. Zůna is a retired Colonel with a 30-year active military service career. He served in different staff and commanding positions in the Czech Republic Ground Forces up to the regiment level and was involved in military intelligence for 20 years. He retired as Deputy Director of the Military Counter-Intelligence and Military Intelligence Service in 2005.

During his military career, he served as the Head of the Military Diplomacy Branch and Assistant Defence Attaché to Belgium, as well as Defence Attaché to the United Kingdom. He also represented the Czech Republic at the NATO Intelligence Board, NATO Special Committee, EU Military Staff Intelligence Board, National Committee for the Coordination of the Foreign Security Policy and Allied Joint Operation Doctrine.

After retiring from active military service, he worked as analyst and Head of office at the Doctrine Institute, Training Command – Military Academy. From 2010 until 2018, he had several responsibilities:
He assumed the position of Head of the Life-Long Learning Department at the University of Defence in Brno. In this position, he was responsible for senior officers’ career education, and security and defence strategic and operational research and development.
He was academically active at various civilian universities, involved in both the NATO Education Enhancement Programme and the White Book on Defence Working Group, Vice-Chair of the National Armed Forces Development Concept Working Group, member of the University of Defence Scientific Committee, and Co-Director of the National Operational Concept Development Board.
He represented the Czech Republic Ministry of Defence on the NATO STO System Analysis and Studies (SAS) Panel where he served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman from 2014 to 2018.

Dr. Zůna earned a Master’s degree in Chemistry, specializing in CBRN, from the Ground Forces University of Vyškov in 1984, a post-graduate degree in Information Management and Intelligence from the Military Academy of Brno in 1990, a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College in 2006, and a Doctorate degree in Economics and Management from the Defence University of Brno in 2012.

Dr. Zůna is married to Svatava and they have two grown up sons. They are both interested in cycling, skiing, tourism, and cultural events.
CSO - July 2018

July 2016