Report Title: Maintaining NATO’s Technology Edge: Strategic Adaptation and Defence Research & Development
Rapporteur: Thomas MARINO (United States)
The transatlantic Alliance finds itself in a new and dynamic strategic reality that is markedly different from the post‑Cold War era. Russia has decided to position itself as a strategic competitor to NATO again. China is rising as a great power. And both are challenging the established international order in a number of ways. Moreover, other emerging economies are gaining greater clout, and the terrorist threat continues unabated. Global trends, such as demographic and economic shifts, the proliferation of advanced conventional and unconventional weapons, pressure on scarce resources and the changing nature of conflict, add to the complex geopolitical and operational environment for future NATO actions.