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Sub-Committee on Technology Trends and Security (STCTTS)

From its origins in 1955, the Assembly recognised the central role of science and technology in maintaining both the security and prosperity of the nations of the Euro-Atlantic Community.  It considers both the challenges arising from science and technology, and the opportunities that science and technology offer to address the defence and security challenges faced by the Euro‑Atlantic area and beyond.

The areas covered by the Science and Technology Committee include: 

  1. Science and technology policies and activities of military and civil importance to the Euro‑Atlantic community;
  2. The security challenges posed by the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear material, technologies and expertise, as well as their methods of delivery, and the non-proliferation measures to address these challenges;
  3. The technological aspects of efforts to counter the proliferation of conventional weapons such as small arms, anti-personnel landmines, and cluster munitions, and the technological aspects of disposing safely of such munitions;
  4. The challenges and opportunities of new technologies for arms control, non-proliferation, disarmament and verification;
  5. Technology export controls;
  6. The impact of new military technologies on strategy and the conduct of military operations;
  7. Technology and terrorism, including the technologies with the potential for being exploited by terrorists, and the technologies which can be harnessed to counter terrorism;
  8. Civil and military space activities, including missile defence technological issues;
  9. The role of science and technology in international relations, including research and development collaboration, and cooperation in high technology;
  10. International environmental challenges, including climate change, ozone depletion, the protection of biodiversity, cross-border pollution, nuclear safety, and the disposal of nuclear waste;
  11. The mitigation and management of natural and technological disasters;
  12. Energy security in the Euro-Atlantic area;
  13. The challenges and opportunities of cyber space, including cyber security and defence, and the emergence of new social media;
  14. Policies to ensure the full participation of persons of all genders in defence and security science and technology workforce;
  15. The gender dimension in all of the areas covered by the Science and Technology Committee.
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