Military Capabilities

NATO’s maritime research centre at risk for lack of stable funding model, says report

16 November 2018

NATO's structure, funding, and approach to science and technology (S&T) research activities need a fundamental rethink to maintain the alliance's technological edge for the future, according to a new draft report for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NPA). Of particular worry is NATO's Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), which the report says "cannot survive" without a change to its business model.

"The CMRE is the one institution in the NATO S&T community that almost every interviewee argued is under heavy strain," argues Canadian NPA member Leona Alleslev in her new 20-page report. "In a time when nations are increasingly worried about maritime situational awareness and anti-submarine warfare, making the CMRE fit for purpose must remain the goal.

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