NATO agrees on framework to advance military innovation

  • Liis Einstein
  • 15.5.2017 11:05

During the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD), which was held in Brussels on 4 May, the senior NATO committee agreed on a framework for advancing innovation to promote military advantage and development of technology.

The CNAD meeting, which is held twice a year, brings together the top national officials in NATO member and partner countries. It is aimed at identifying and pursuing cooperation opportunities. NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller emphasised the importance of CNAD’s contributions to NATO through national, multinational and joint projects. The meeting called for effective use of additional resources and approved the rise in defence spending which increased 3.8 % in real terms in 2016. On 3 May NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also addressed the European Parliament stressing the progress in improving cooperation between NATO and the EU. In December 2016 High Representative Federica Mogherini and Jens Stoltenberg agreed on forty-two specific measures to strengthen the NATO-EU cooperation. NATO leaders will meet on 25 May to discuss burden sharing and NATO’s efforts to fight international terrorism. The next CNAD meeting is planned for autumn 2017.

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