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NATO’S WARFARE DEVELOPMENT

Warfare Development is the modernisation of military structures, capabilities and doctrine to improve the military effectiveness of the Alliance today and into the future.

The following six strands of Warfare Development are driven by Innovation and Technology: An ongoing circle.

INNOVATION IS THE DRIVER OF WARFARE DEVELOPMENT. AN INNOVATIVE MIND-SET IS THE CATALYST FOR CHANGE.

UNDERSTAND & SHAPE THE FUTURE

Understanding the current and future security environment is required to prepare the Alliance to address emergent security challenges successfully.

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​EXPERIMENTATION & DEMONSTRATION

Experimentation streamlines the capability development process and shortens development cycles. Demonstrations bring military transformation alive and show tangible products of warfare development.

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​TRAINING, EXERCISE, & EDUCATION

An important element of Warfare Development is Education, Exercise and Training. It increases readiness and projects stability. Allied Command Transformation plans and executes training and exercises at the operational and tactical level.

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​CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT

Building capabilities that are both fit for purpose and provide lasting value require deep strategic foresight, research and an understanding of the future operating environment.

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​LESSONS & ANALYSIS

Lessons Learned capabilities reinforce the continuous transformation and modernization of NATO forces and military capabilities. Lessons identified are recorded and implemented for future missions and exercises.

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DOCTRINES & CONCEPTS

Doctrines and Concepts maximise coherence and interoperability between NATO Allies and partners. Concepts link to experimentation and develop new ways NATO may operate in the future.

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All of the six areas are linked through Interoperability, the ability for multinational units to act together coherently, effectively and efficiently to achieve allied objectives.

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One Vision:

From its inception in 2003, Allied Command Transformation demonstrated the importance placed by NATO Nations on the roles of transformation and development as continuous and essential drivers for change – drivers of change that will ensure the relevance of the Alliance in a rapidly evolving and complex global security environment.

One Mission:

To contribute to preserving the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states by leading the warfare development of military structures, forces, capabilities and doctrines. The mission must enable NATO to meet its level of ambition and core missions.

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