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Washington D.C. – The NATO-Industry Forum 2019 took place in Washington D.C., United States of America between 13 and 14 November, 2019.

The NATO-Industry Forum is the primary venue for strategic dialogue between NATO and the defence and security industry on capability planning and development.

Sponsored by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Forum is co-organised by Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General André Lanata, and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, Mr. Camille Grand. The Forum included contributions from NATO Permanent and Military Representatives, officials from NATO and European institutions, Chief Executive Officers and Senior Executives from the defence and security companies, and other decision makers.

The theme of the Forum was Enhancing Decision Making. NATO’s ability to make accurate, informed and timely decisions is crucial for a strong deterrence and defence posture. In order to align strategy and policies with new challenges, NATO is leveraging the expertise of defence and security companies. Three areas focused forum participants. First, discussions centred on the tasking, collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of information. The need for evidence based decision making is challenged when the volume increases and veracity of information is debatable. Second, the consumption and volume of information necessitates that NATO understand how potential adversaries can foster public distrust in liberal institutions. Third, harmonized decision making is necessary for both NATO and the European Union. This harmonization can have follow on effects on defence capabilities and investment.

Decision making processes and the information that informs those processes are the mechanisms by which strategic, political and economic decisions are made. The Forum successfully fostered the conversation between Alliance members, civil society and the private sector in order to identify the most stringent directions and actions that will secure a strong deterrence and defence posture for NATO.

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“I am honoured to attend the NATO-Industry Forum this week in Washington D.C. alongside my NATO colleagues and U.S. and European industry leaders. This week we will further bolster our vital transatlantic relationship, ensuring that NATO continues to protect our almost 1 billion citizens.” - Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

“Our security – our freedom – depends on having the sharpest minds, the best equipment and the latest technologies, and much of that comes from our men and women of the defence industry.” - Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

“This two-day event provides a unique opportunity to celebrate seven decades of the fruitful, special relationship, between NATO, our Nations, and industry. Most importantly, NATO Industry Forum provides us with an opportunity to elevate the continuous dialogue between industry and the Alliance at the highest leadership level.” - General Andre Lanata

“I also appreciated this year the combination of young startups, and well-established defence companies. Because we own a hammer, doesn’t mean all our problems are nails. We have to build on this momentum, and use what we’ve been told today to attract more innovation.” - Assistant Secretary General Camille Grand.

QUICK FACTS ON NATO’S WORK WITH INDUSTRY

  • NATO sets guidelines for how much Allies spend on defence.
  • Since 2016, the NATO Security Investment Programme has funded capability packages worth more than 5 billion dollars. This money includes 1.1 billion dollars for satellite time to enable NATO forces to communicate more securely and quickly.
  • NATO Allies have pledged to spend 20% of their defence budgets on research and development, and new equipment.
  • Allies have delivered five successive years of real growth in defence spending with European Allies and Canada spending 100 billion dollars more on defence by the end of next year.

The Forum was held in the city where the original North Atlantic Treaty was signed 70 years ago and less than a month before NATO Heads of State and Government are due to meet in London, U.K.