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NATO Deputy Secretary General opens “Defence Disrupted” innovation and technology conference
26 May. 2022

NATO Deputy Secretary General opens “Defence Disrupted” innovation and technology conference

Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană opened the “Defence Disrupted 2022” conference on Thursday (26 May 2022), stressing the importance of maintaining NATO’s technological edge, and remaining at the forefront of defence innovation. In a video address to participants gathered in London, he reflected on how innovation and technology have always been central to NATO’s mission of preventing war.

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