Initial DIANA Footprint. Photo: NATO
Leaders from the technology sector exchanged views on innovation and emerging and disruptive technologies with NATO Allies in the North Atlantic Council on September 14.
According to NATO, the Allies were joined by Brad Smith, President of Microsoft; Oliver Lewis, Co-Founder of Rebellion Defence; and Stefan Brieschenk, Co-Founder of Rocket Factory.
NATO says it continues to engage with the private sector to ensure the Alliance maintains its technological edge. It is increasing its focus on new technologies, including with a Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) and a multinational NATO Innovation Fund, to invest 1 billion euros in early-stage start-ups and other venture capital funds.
NATO’s new Strategic Concept sets out how Allies will work together to adopt and integrate new technologies, cooperate with the private sector, protect innovation ecosystems, shape standards and commit to principles of responsible use that reflect the Alliance’s democratic values and human rights.