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NCI Agency announces qualifiers of 2020 Defence Innovation Challenge

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency announced on Wednesday (30 September) the top eight qualifiers of the 2020 NCI Agency Defence Innovation Challenge.
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Chairman of NATO Military Committee commends Lithuania's strong support of NATO

On 24-26 September, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, visited Vilnius, Lithuania. While in Lithuania, the Chairman met with Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupsys, Chief of Defence of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, held discussions with senior military representatives of Lithuania, visited the Lithuanian Parliament and met with His Excellency, Mr. Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Parliament. The Chairman also toured NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Energy Security before receiving a briefing on its latest projects. Topics of discussion during the visit focused on the Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic area, fair burden sharing, and increasing NATO and National resilience.
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NATO Deputy Secretary General: standardization makes interoperability amongst Allies possible

Today (29 September 2020), in an online event marking 70 years of NATO standardization, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană stressed the importance of standardization for NATO’s cohesion and effectiveness.
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NATO Secretary General welcomes Prime Minister Gakharia of Georgia at NATO Headquarters

Speaking after a meeting with Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Georgia is one of NATO’s most important partners, contributing to the Alliance’s shared security in many ways, including with troops in NATO’s training mission in Afghanistan. “We can all be proud of what we do together and you can be proud of your contributions to our shared security and contributions to our missions and operations”, he said.
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NATO must combat climate change – Op-ed article by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

This op-ed article was originally published by Die Welt am Zontag on 27 October 2020
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Deputy Secretary General at HumanAIze forum: we cannot fight tomorrow’s threats with yesterday’s tools

On 28 September 2020, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană, speaking at HumanAIze, an online forum on artificial intelligence (AI) and public-private sector collaboration, said that NATO needs to keep investing in modern technology to deter possible threats in the future. These threats include the misuse and abuse of new technologies, including AI, to destabilise, and to manipulate the free and democratic way of life.
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U.S. F-16 begin NATO air policing mission with Bulgarian air force

The United States Air Force will begin NATO air patrols over Bulgaria on September 28, 2020. The four-week long mission will involve the deployment of six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, which will fly alongside Bulgarian fighter aircraft.
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Alliance’s future innovation priorities discussed at high-level meeting

The Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies held its first meeting with NATO’s Innovation Board on Monday (28 September 2020). The group of 12 external experts presented their recommendations on innovative technologies that NATO should be pursuing as a priority. The experts focused on particular technology areas, such as data as a strategic resource and quantum technologies. The group suggested among others to reconsider how NATO engages with the non-defence private sector and underlined the importance of developing strong ethical principles.
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Deputy Secretary General at CYBERSEC: NATO is adapting to respond to cyber threats

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană, speaking at the online CYBERSEC public policy conference on Monday (28 September), emphasised the need to continue adapting to new threats arising from advances in technology, such as cyber threats.
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Secretary General: NATO must help to curb climate change

In a keynote speech on Monday (28 September 2020), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for the Alliance to take further action to address the threat of climate change. Speaking to students from 10 universities across the Alliance, he said: “NATO’s core task is to keep us all safe. Climate change is making the world more unsafe. So to fulfil our main responsibility, NATO must help to curb climate change.”

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