The STO is governed by the NATO Science and Technology Board (STB). The Board administers the STO’s scientific and technical committees and its three executive bodies: the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy; the Collaboration Support Office in Paris, France; and the Office of the Chief Scientist at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
The Chief Scientist is the chairman of the STB and the senior science advisor to the North Atlantic Council.
The scientific and technical committees, composed of members from national and NATO bodies, direct and execute NATO’s collaborative science and technology activities.
The CMRE organises and conducts scientific research and technology development, centred on the maritime domain, delivering innovative solutions to address the Alliance’s defence and security needs.
The CMRE conducts hands-on scientific and engineering research for the direct benefit of both NATO and such customers as research entities and industry. The Centre operates NATO’s two research vessels that enable science and technology solutions to be explored and developed at sea. This allows unique and specialised research to be conducted in core areas of interest for NATO. The CMRE’s engineering capability enables rapid exploitation of concept prototypes for use in trials and military experiments. The Centre also has a scientific and engineering knowledge base composed of a dedicated science platform and publications, for use across NATO.