» Transport systems
» Space & satellite technologies
4. HORIZONTAL ACTIVITIES
» Navigation, guidance, control and tracking
» Scenario development and decision support
» Simulators, trainers and artificial environments
» Policy development
» Testing and validation
5. TECHNOLOGIES & MATERIALS
» Detection technologies
» Sensor equipment and technologies
6. INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
» ICT applications
» Communication equipment and technologies
» Intelligence systems
» Artificial intelligence/robotics
» Cyber security
» Software, Data Processing
» Network technologies
The Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) is an established, world-class
scientific research and experimentation facility that organizes and conducts scientific research and
technology development, centered on the maritime domain, delivering innovative and field tested
Science & Technology (S&T) solutions to address defense and security needs. It is an executive body of
NATOs Science and Technology Organization (STO).
Located in La Spezia (Italy), the CMRE is built on more than 50 years of experience and has produced
a cadre of leaders in ocean science, modeling and simulation, acoustics and other disciplines, as well
as producing critical results and understanding that have been built into the operational concepts of
NATO and the nations.
CMRE operates two research vessels that enable science and technology solutions to be explored and
developed at sea. The largest of these vessels, the NRV Alliance, is a global class vessel that is one of
the quietest vessels in its class, allowing for precision acoustic studies to be conducted at sea.
A leader in Smart Defense, CMRE is a working example of enabling Nations to work more effectively
and efficiently together by prioritizing national needs, focusing on research and technology
challenges, both in and out of the maritime environment, through the collective power of its world-
class scientists, engineers, and specialized laboratories in collaboration with the many partners in and
out of the scientific domain.
CMRE provides a science and technology framework through which NATO realizes the benefits of
ownership by enforcing the values of the Alliance while reducing risks, costs, and aligning national
interests and ambitions. The intellectual capital generated has enormous value in creating
operational advantage and equipping the future force, and belongs to NATO nations.
CMRE also significantly contributes towards member nation access to the global ocean and littoral
reaches. CMRE contributes new technologies enabling access to unmanned systems which have the
ability to sense, comprehend, predict, communicate, plan, make decisions and take appropriate
actions to achieve mission goals. This provides operators with new technologies across the spectrum of
expeditionary kinetic and non-kinetic capabilities required to defeat traditional threats decisively and
confront irregular challenges effectively. CMRE also provides Science & Technology enhancements to
unmanned vehicles and vessels, integrated defence systems, and autonomous intelligent systems
which better enable operators to complete missions in hostile environments by avoiding, defeating
and surviving attacks.