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.