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STM ThinkTech, Turkey's first technology-based think tank, has developed a Resilience Decision Support Model to assist NATO in its decision-making process when facing large-scale, complex problems.

Conducting significant engineering, technology and consultancy projects under the leadership of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Tic AŞ continues in its efforts to develop innovative, unique solutions. The Resilience Decision Support Model developed indigenously for NATO by ThinkTech – STM's technology-based think tank – has assumed an important role in accurate analysis of the effects of large-scale, complex problems and in determining the road maps to be drawn by decision-makers.

The model is based on the ‘System Dynamics’ approach and has been successfully completed and delivered to NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (ACT) under a project launched in October last year. The second phase, scheduled to last five months and in which the existing model will be upgraded, has just started under a new contract.

The Decision Support Model analyses which areas and infrastructures will be affected, and to what extent, in the event of various stimuli pre-determined by NATO, such as large migration movements, the build-up of a conflict environment, large-scale power outages and natural disasters. It provides significant support to decision-makers when deciding on the allocation of resources and investments, by showing them the strategic impacts of such events – including those with potential social and political effects –and the possible consequences on civil and military system elements, along with potential changes in the performance of such elements. The model, which also supports decisions regarding the initiation of appropriate recovery processes, facilitates the authorities’ decision-making processes in terms of actions and measures to be taken.

Emphasising that STM ThinkTech seeks to develop sustainable solutions in defence and security, Murat İkinci, General Manager, commented “ThinkTech has transformed STM's almost 30 years of know-how and competence into both intellectual and technological outputs and forecasts, and not only raises awareness in the local ecosystem in our country, but also undertakes a global mission to produce indigenous models that provide concrete outputs to critical organisations. The Resilience Model we have developed specifically to support NATO’s decision-making process makes an important contribution in this sense. We will continue to diversify our solutions to address situations that threaten national security, both in the national and international arena, and to cooperate with such prestigious institutions as NATO."

Adaptable to a variety of missions in line with the specific requirements of different institutions, the Resilience Decision Support Model constitutes a unique solution for sustainable security, both at home and abroad.

Some of the external stimuli the model displays for decision-makers. (Image via STM ThinkTech)

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