Harnessing Tools to Act in a Complex Environment
People need to feel safe. People need to feel protected. NATO is seized with ensuring this is the case for over 1 billion citizens. An increasingly complex and rapidly changing security environment requires that NATO continues to evolve its practices to deter all potential threats.
Potential adversaries to the Alliance are using increasingly sophisticated tools to challenge NATO. Renewed efforts to support and inform more capable intelligence gathering apparatus as well as forecasting tools and predictive capabilities are already affecting Allied defence structures: nuclear rearmament, cyberspace activity, information integrity and the speed to deliver conventional weaponry.
NATO is preparing for these eventualities. NATO is looking to reinforce political-military options faster in operational and crisis situations. NATO seeks to find opportunities to de-escalate security situations. NATO wants to ensure it can shape military events.
And part of that preparatory process requires equipping decision makers with as much information as possible in a timely manner; otherwise called Assisted Decision Making.
Nations declared their intent at the Brussels Summit:
“We will continue to actively and coherently manage the Alliance’s overall posture, and to enhance our intelligence, strategic awareness, advance planning and decision-making. To face evolving security challenges, we have taken steps to ensure that NATO can continue to act at the speed required.”
NATO is looking to gain stronger and more reliable global perspectives regarding security and military challenges, leverage the power of data science and machine learning, increase the breadth and depth of NATO’s partnership network and develop capabilities that continually innovate decision making. NATO will do so by strengthening modelling and simulation and visualizations.
Allied Command Transformation is beginning to experiment with various tools to assist decision making and ensure NATO can act at the speed of relevance.