icde2019logo 300x250The International Concept Development and Experimentation (ICDE) Conference is NATO’s annual forum to provide a unique opportunity for the international concept development and experimentation community and stakeholders to discuss the most current issues of concept development and experimentation in the capability development process.

The 2019 International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference takes place in Madrid, Spain, 29-31 October 2019. It is hosted by Supreme Allied Command Transformation.


  • Champion Adaptation and Innovation through Concept Development & Experimentation work across the Alliance and Partner Nations
  • Advocate and enable a federated approach to concept development and innovation across the Alliance and with Partner Nations.
  • Engage with our partners; build relationships and trust, draw inspiration from our colleagues and promote a networked Concept Development & Experimentation environment that stimulates collaboration, information-sharing and mutual support.
  • Identify and exploit common areas of interest, building communities that can innovate with purpose and coherence.
  • Educate partners on Concept Development & Experimentation interests and processes; communicate Concept Development & Experimentation best practices and lessons learned for collective benefit.
  • Through Workshops and Seminars, progress individual work strands and concepts.


The ICDE Conference is a 3-day event, delivering a mix of plenary sessions, engaging speakers, workshops and networking opportunities.

Conference Coordinators and ACT Lead Planner:

Major Salvatore Falcone, Concept Development, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, HQ SACT, Email: , Phone:

Conference Coordinators and ACT Lead Planner:

Major Salvatore Falcone
Concept Development, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, HQ SACT
Phone: +1 (757) 747 4054

International Concept Development
Experimentation Conference Fact Sheet
Concept Development
Experimentation Exchange Fact Sheet
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The conference is focused at the Major General level and below, or the civilian equivalent. Attendance from the following fields, as applicable, are desired: Concept Development & Experimentation, Research and Development, Science and Technology, Doctrine Development, Military Transformation, Battle Laboratories, Centres of Excellence, Academia, the Defence Industry and Subject Matter Experts based on specific workshops/seminars. Attendees can be from a NATO nation/body, Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue or Istanbul Cooperation Initiative nations, or from nations collaborating with the US Department of Defence.

Security Classification and Language:
The program content is not classified and is releasable to the public. It will be presented and published in English; there are no translation services available during the conference.

2020 ICDE Conference:

The 2020 Conference location will be announced at the 2019 ICDE Conference. Further details will be posted as they become available.

International Concept Development & Experimentation Conference 2018 Photo Gallery


Previous Conferences:

2017 Conference Report.

2018 Conference Executive Summary.