Chief of Defence says introducing innovations is a significant element of a fight against a quantitatively advantaged enemy

Chief of Defence says introducing innovations is a significant element of a fight against a...

On June 8 at a bilateral meeting in the United States NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Gen Philippe Lavigne and Chief of Defence Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys focussed on the security situation in the region, especially the threat of Russia and its potential to regenerate capabilities, as well as lessons taught by the war in Ukraine on how NATO should respond to threat in the longer term and become better prepared for future conflicts. Generals also discussed the directions of Alliance capability development, digitalization and integration of new technologies in force agenda.

“Force adaptation and transformation, development and introducing innovation is the strength of our small nations in the fight against a quantitatively advantaged adversary. We need preemption, to think several steps ahead. Which is exactly what we focused on in our discussion with SACT,” said Chief of Defence after the meeting.

According to Lt Gen V. Rupšys, NATO should particularly pay attention the development of systems for collecting and processing military surveillance and digital data. Work is underway to build a combined multidimensional network (land, maritime, air, space and cyber domains) to enable Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). The NATO Allied Command Transformation will reach the objectives by enhancing education across the Alliance by means of innovation, experiment and war-games thus developing means for a military and non-military capabilities to synchronize seamlessly in MDOs. This will be implemented in stages encompassing training and exercises, capability development and the NATO Defence Planning Process.

Earlier, on June 7, Chief of Defence attended events marking the 20th anniversary of the NATO Allied Command Transformation alongside Chair of the NATO Military Committee, SACT, other Chiefs of Defence. The NATO Allied Command Transformation oversees the transformation NATO institutions as the emerging hybrid warfare, cyberspace and climate change threats requires Alliance-wide innovation and synchronization.