NATO is looking at working with startups to boost innovation and maintain its competitive edge as its adversaries have begun to close NATO's advantage due to easily accessible emerging technologies. NATO is currently working on innovative projects such as delivering 3-D printed weapon parts by drone and NATO's Head of Transformation Command, General Andre Lanata, has explained that NATO is focusing on other areas such as connectivity, big data, quantum computing, artificial intelligence and logistics.
General Andre Lanata's comments came during a conference in Berlin this week where he also urged traditional arms manufacturers and startups to work with NATO. His command also hosted an "innovation challenge" for the third time which brought 10 small firms and startups together to pitch ideas for defeating drones in the air and on the ground.
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