Q1/2020 - NATO
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Speech at the European Parliament, Brussels, 21 January 2020
In a speech addressed to the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence (SEDE) of the European Parliament in Brussels on 21 January 2020, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed the cyber strategy of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in detail. Artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons systems and big data were topics NATO was dealing with, he informed. The new technologies were changing the nature of warfare. In view of the enormous progress China was making in this area, it was imperative that Europe and the USA cooperated closely.
NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoană, Speech at Hudson Institute, Washington, 7 February 2020
The new NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană also addressed this issue during his inaugural visit in Washington in a speech to the Hudson Institute on 7 February 2020. Like Stoltenberg, he referred to the changing nature of warfare as a result of the technological revolution. New, Internet-based services and applications opened up great opportunities, but also brought about dangers. A defence alliance such as NATO had to face up to this. For decades, the West's leading role in technical innovation (including military innovation) had been unchallenged. This was going to change with China's rise to a “cyber superpower”. The problem was that “algorithms” could not be counted like missiles or tanks. Therefore, more transparency and mutually agreed rules were needed (We cannot count algorithms in the same way we do with warheads, but we do need more transparency and predictability also in this field. We need, for example, new codes of conduct on the military application of these new technologies. We cannot have a system of global order without trying to have some norms).