180711 summitA stronger and more agile Alliance

The Brussels Summit comes at a crucial moment for the security of the North Atlantic Alliance. It will be an important opportunity to chart NATO's path for the years ahead.

In a changing world, NATO is adapting to be a more agile, responsive and innovative Alliance, while defending all of its members against any threat.

NATO remains committed to fulfilling its three core tasks: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security. At the Brussels Summit, the Alliance will make important decisions to further boost security in and around Europe, including through strengthened deterrence and defence, projecting stability and fighting terrorism, enhancing its partnership with the European Union, modernising the Alliance and achieving fairer burden-sharing.

This Summit will be held in the new NATO Headquarters, a modern and sustainable home for a forward-looking Alliance.

It will be the third meeting of Allied Heads of State and Government chaired by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

To know more, click here to be redirected to NATO Headquarters website.

inclusive security logoNATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue

NATO Engages Event Aim. In July 2018, NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division and its partners will host ‘NATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue’ on the margins of the main NATO Summit in Brussels. The event will serve as an ideal platform to deepen and amplify the Summit’s core themes. It will do so by engaging a diverse range of opinion formers, policymakers, and multipliers, including younger audiences and digital influencers. The themes of the event seek to complement the main Summit agenda. One of the topics for the main plenary on-the-record sessions includes “Inclusive Security.”

Inclusive Security Aim. A topic of significant importance to the Alliance is that of Inclusive Security. All partners are keen to ensure that discussions on Women, Peace, and Security, Children and Armed Conflict, and the Protection of Civilians have a leading role in the ‘NATO Engages’ programme.

Inclusive Security Categories: The Inclusive Security collective includes Children and Armed Conflict, Cultural Property Protection, Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Protection of Civilians, and Women, Peace and Security. Each component has a bearing on the others.

Milestone Events. 12 July 2018, NATO HQ, Brussels, Belgium, NATO ENGAGES: The Brussels Summit Dialogue

Fact sheets:

Children and Armed Conflict

Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Cultural Property Protection

Protection of Civilians

Women, Peace, and Securit​y

Immersive Technology Event

resconf18 300pxThrough a close cooperation between NATO HQ International Staff, International Military Staff, the Strategic Commands, The Host Nation and the National Representatives, it has been decided that the NATO Resource Conference 2018 will be held in October 2018 in Paris, France.


This event will provide a unique opportunity for key national decision makers across all resource areas, to obtain valuable insight in work that is planned for and ongoing within the NATO Resource Communities. It will also provide an excellent opportunity for an exchange of views, clarification of positions and identification of challenges and risk that may lay ahead.

These exchanges will enable all participants to increase their awareness, obtain better understanding and to express their views, ideas and options to allow for those to be taken into consideration during future deliberations on these, whether at national level, within NATO HQ or at Command level.

The NATO Resource Conference is a recurring event that takes place every 18 months and aims at gathering key decision makers from the NATO Nations capitals and their representatives in Brussels to enhance understanding and directions on how to optimize the use of resources in order to fulfill requirements from the Military Commanders in countering threats (both present and future) and seek ways in obtaining the necessary capabilities.

The Heads of States and Government have endorsed the path of Adaptation of the Alliance to counter threats to our east and south, while safeguarding the protection of our populations, enhancing consultation and cooperation and partnerships.

A central thread throughout the conference will be an integrated approach to decision making taking into account all resources, their characteristics, their strength and weaknesses and how we best can utilized these in a manner that will create synergies, and enable us to maintain, enhance and obtain those capabilities required for today's and tomorrow's security environment, and securing the success of NATO's long term adaptation to a coherent and credible Alliance.

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Registration for the conference will be available shortly. Please check back regularly.

Once Registered, you will get a password to access the NATO Resource Conference 2018 Documents.

Click here to open the Resource Conference 2018 Documents page

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NATO Resource Conference 2018

viking logo300x250Viking, hosted by Sweden, a NATO Partner, is one of the world’s largest international staff exercises, jointly planned and carried out by staff from the United Nations, European Union, civilian authorities, police, military and representatives from humanitarian organizations. 

The aim of Viking 18 is to train and educate participants, civilian, military and police, to meet the challenges of current and future multinational crisis response and peace operation. The exercise has been arranged regularly every few years since 1999.

The next Viking exercise will take place 16 to 26 April 2018. Last time it was conducted in 2014 it gathered some 2,500 participants from around 50 countries, and participation is expected to be as high this time. There will be four sites to practice in Sweden. Brazil, Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland and Serbia also take part in the training and host one site each.

Many different actors are active in international crisis management and peace and crisis management operations. Intergovernmental organizations usually deploy field staff. Civil society organizations and humanitarian organizations second staff, as well as the Armed Forces and the Police. Viking provides an opportunity to familiarize with the complex and risky work before undertaking it.

NATO Allied Command Transformation Experimenting in Exercises. The mission of Experimenting in Exercises is to plan, design, conduct, analyse, and report on experiments within exercises while avoiding any detriment to the training and certification objectives of the exercising commanders and their forces. Click here for fact sheet.

Protection of Civilians / Viking 18 Experiment Description. A limited objective discovery experiment with the intent to initiate and observe the dialogue between NATO, United Nations, and European Union representatives about Protection of Civilians issues. Click here for fact sheet.

Projecting Stability / Viking 18 Experiment Description. A limited objective discovery experiment exploring how exercises can support the Projecting Stability approach. Click here for fact sheet.

Stability Policing / Viking 18 Experiment Description. A Discovery Limited Objective Experiment that will assess the validity of the Command and Control and Coordination with External Actors aspects of the Stability Policing Concept. Click here for fact sheet.

Federated Mission Network – Civil Military . Viking 18 Experiment Description. Assessment of proposed Federated Mission Network - Civil Military tactics, techniques and procedures to support and improve Civilian-Military information sharing in a Peacekeeping and Stability Operations environment. Click here for fact sheet.

Read more on Viking 18 here.

Visit the Swedish Armed Forces Viking 18 website here.

Visit Folke Bernadotte Academy – Swedish agency for peace, security and development website here.

nif18Hosted by Germany, this edition of the NATO-Industry Forum will take place in Berlin, on 12 and 13 November 2018.

The 2018 edition of the NATO-Industry Forum will take place four months after the NATO’s Brussels Summit, a few months ahead of NATO’s 70th anniversary celebration.

The Defence Investment Pledge from the Wales Summit, reinforced at the Warsaw Summit two years later, is producing results – Allies have notably started to increase defence spending. More importantly, they are increasing capital investments and the budgets allocated to Research & Development.

Across European landscape, European Union developments have raised industry expectations for incentives to cooperation, primarily at the high-risk stages of prototype development.

NATO-Industry Forum 2018 takes place at a time when international crises require more political determination, military might, and support from technology than ever.

NATO-Industry Forum 2018 also occurs in the context of exponential development of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomy, additive manufacturing, 5G mobile communications, and quantum computing.

Technological advancements are felt primarily through industry advances, both within traditional industry but increasingly within non-traditional defence companies, as well. A dynamic and open dialogue with Industry, including non-defence companies, is critical to innovation. Innovation is expected to influence NATO’s defence and deterrence, logistics and sustainability, and overall adaptation.

The NATO-Industry Forum is sponsored by the NATO Secretary General, and co-organized by the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment. The NATO-Industry Forum has become the pinnacle of NATO events with industry where NATO leadership, national and European Union politicians meet with industry, academia and think-tanks to debate strategies and discuss multi-national, innovative approaches to NATO capability needs.

Registration to the NATO-Industry Forum will open in August 2018.

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msr rt 18The Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence in Norfolk is hosting its third Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 2018 at the Slover Library in downtown Norfolk from 24-25 April 2018.

This is a follow-up to the last event held in Norfolk in 2016, and as a result to the findings and recommendations in the Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 16 Report of Proceedings.

The theme of this year's multinational forum is "Exploiting Synergies to Improve Delivery of Global Maritime Situational Awareness."

The aim of Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 18 will be to shape an information sharing framework for the world's maritime security community to facilitate more effective maritime situational awareness information exchange.

Building on the findings and recommendations of Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 16, for the Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 18 we have defined these objectives:

  • Identify and share best practices and practical solutions to address identified challenges; and
  • Form the basis of an agreed framework for improved information sharing and collaboration among the Maritime Security Regimes from across the Global Maritime Community of Interest

The desired end state will be a self-sustained international structure linking maritime security regimes around the world.

The forum will be conducted at the unclassified level, and the empowered audience will be drawn from the international Maritime Situational Awareness community, representing a strong cross-section of government, non-government, military, academic, and industry stakeholders.

For Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 18, Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence will be using a panel format structured to balance geographic and institutional representation. There will be four panels, each one assigned one of 4 sub-themes: Law, Process, Shipping Industry and Regional perspective. Each panel will consist of 4 panelists, chosen as a result of their experience and/or current position in the field of Maritime Situational Awareness or maritime security. There will be an introductory presentation given by a panel chair, framing the subject of the panel discussion, followed by three panelist speakers who will each provide perspective on the sub-themes based on their background and experience. Each panel sub-theme and supporting presentations are designed to trigger questions and stimulate discussion amongst all the participants.

The invited panellists are all senior leaders in respective Maritime Security Regimes - both military and civilian. Consequently, Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 18 will have a good mix of both military and civilian participants and panelists.

For more information please visit

Go to the Home page and click on the Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 18. This will take you to the info and registration pages. Here you can review the agenda, welcome package, and background information. You will also be able to complete the online registration form.