Dr Dirk Tielbuerger completes his three year term of office as director of CMRE in La Spezia on 31 October 2013.
"I am really grateful to all those who have helped me to make the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation what it is today, a remarkable scientific tool in NATO, and STO's laboratory for cutting-edge experimentation at sea" declared Dr Tielbuerger. "I'm completely confident that, under the new leadership, the Centre will rise to the challenges, as it has done up to now, and will keep delivering crucial solutions to address the defence and security needs of the Alliance".
During Dr Tielbuerger's tenure, in 2012, the former NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC) transitioned from the chain of command under the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) to become the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation under the newly formed NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO). The new Centre has kept its focus on the maritime capability development, but has adopted a new customer funded business model, prioritising the requirements of NATO Nations and also including other clients on a case-by-case basis. Autonomous reconnaissance and intervention, robotic characterisation of the battle-space and the management of abundant information have been identified as the key areas of this new course. "CMRE supports the two NATO joint initiatives: Smart Defence and Connected Forces. Innovation, interoperability, speed-to-capability, and protection against technological surprise embody the three constituents of Smart Defence: specialization, prioritization and collaboration. In consequence CMRE is helping to close the capability gap to build allied modern, tightly connected forces" states Dr Tielbuerger.
Rear Admiral Hank Ort, Royal Netherlands Navy (Retired), succeeds as new Director on 1 November 2013.