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cotc18 300x250The 2018 Chiefs of Transformation Conference will take place from Tuesday 11 December to Thursday 13 December 2018 in Norfolk, Virginia.

"NATO Allied Command Transformation’s Principal Annual Conference"

The Chiefs of Transformation Conference is an annual event conducted by Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, directed primarily at national Flag/ General Officer level or civilian equivalent decision-makers, from NATO and Partner Nations, involved in national Transformation and longer-term military capability development. It remains the only venue that gathers the national Chiefs of Transformation, senior leaders from NATO, and Allied Command Transformation's leadership together for open interaction and discussion to inform and support Alliance and National thought - leadership.

Chiefs of Transformation Conference 2018 Theme: "DISRUPTIVE ADVANCES SHAPING WARFARE"

There will be four syndicate topics, each led by an Allied Command Transformation Flag/ General Officer with support from Nations, Industry, Academia and others, where the attending Chiefs of Transformation Conference Principals (national Chiefs of Transformation, NATO Senior flag level or civilian equivalent leaders, Centres of Excellence directors and other designated senior attendees from across industry or academia) will, in a facilitated round-table format, exchange information, views and opinions with the aim to identify follow on activities in specific areas of interest.

The four syndicate topics (with Allied Command Transformation and supporting National leads), as developed through the two workshops, are:

  1. Human Capital Development: “Enabling People through Disruptive Advances: Alternate Perspectives
    - Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Forces Directorate, United States of America, Canada -
  2. Emerging & Disruptive Technology: “Data Centricity in Command&Control and Decision Making
    - Deputy Chief of Staff Capability Development, United Kingdom -
  3. Future Partnerships: “How can NATO and Partners embrace and exploit Disruptive Advances to enhance collaboration and information sharing?
    - Deputy Chief of Staff Military Partnerships, Australia, Ireland, Israel -
  4. Defence Planning Policy Analysis / Strategic Futures: “Long Term Considerations from NATO's Strategic Foresight Analysis / Framework for Future Alliance Operations
    - Deputy Chief of Staff Strategic Plans & Policy, the Netherlands, Google -

A New Initiative “The Young Disruptors Forum”

The Young Disruptors forum is a new initiative developed in response to feedback from Chiefs of Transformation Conference 2017. This forum is intended to engage top-level young professionals from NATO and partner nations with NATO and Partner Chiefs of Transformation, senior decision-makers and thought leaders providing a unique opportunity to learn and understand NATO's transformation. The event will develop an alternative analysis, from a different age-group, on how disruptive technology and innovation can support and benefit NATO strategy, which will eventually feed into the Conference final report and help influence NATO's future transformation.

A New Inside Event “Chiefs of Transformation Conference Principals Offsite”

Another new initiative for 2018 is the Chiefs of Transformation Conference Principals Offsite that will take place during the afternoon / evening of Wednesday 12 December when the Chiefs of Transformation Conference Principals will be transported by buses (unaccompanied by personal staff) to the Lockheed Martin Center for Innovation in Suffolk, VA to witness innovative demonstrations and displays from 1600-1800, followed by an evening reception at the facility from 1800-2000 to allow Chiefs of Transformation Conference Principals the opportunity to socialize and re-visit the demonstrations.

“Industry Engagement”

On Thursday 13 December there will be an industry engagement period at the hotel where companies and academic institutions are invited to demonstrate future concepts and products, with an emphasis on Innovative Technology / Autonomy for Decision Support.

Click here for the Chiefs of Transformation Conference 2017 Analysis Report

Click here for the Official Invitation Letter & Draft Agenda of the Chiefs of Transformation Conference 2018

Click here to register for
the Chiefs of Transformation Conference 2018


Points of Contact

If you have any questions please contact one of the COTC Team listed below:

Mr. Bruce HUTCHISON
GBR NATO Civilian
Transformation Network Branch
Phone: +1 757 747-3706
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Mr. Chris MAYETTE
USA CTR
Transformation Network Branch
Phone: +1 757 747-3257
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Dr. Damlasu TEMIZEL
TUR CTR
Transformation Network Branch
Phone: +1 757 747-3390
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