Chiefs of Transformation Conference

The 2019 Chiefs of Transformation Conference took place from Tuesday, 10 December to Thursday, 12 December 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Conference is the only venue where national Chiefs of Transformation from the Alliance and the Partner Interoperability Advocacy Group have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with the senior leadership of Allied Command Transformation and many other senior leaders involved in innovation and transformation.

cotc2019logo-lowres.pngThe 2019 Chiefs of Transformation Conference sought to interconnect national transformation initiatives with those of Allied Command Transformation, particularly in the areas of innovation, longer-term capability development, and training.

The national Chiefs of Transformation, along with the other senior leaders from across NATO, the Partner Interoperability Advocacy Group, industry and academia, were invited to discuss and exchange innovative ideas and best practices, explore the potential of current and emerging technologies in support of assisted decision-making in NATO, and identify actionable outcomes towards improving interoperability, cooperation and partnership.

The Theme for the 2019 Chiefs of Transformation Conference was "NATO Warfare Development: Innovation & Interoperability- Winning Tomorrow’s War Today" and, with this in mind, the conference agenda has been developed to take into account national priorities, opportunities and concerns.

Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda is available here.

Topics, Syndicates and Reports

There were four syndicate topics, each led by an Allied Command Transformation's Flag Officer / General Officer with support from Nations, Industry, Academia and others, where attending Chiefs of Transformation Conference Principals shared best practices, views and opinions with the aim to identify follow on activities in specific areas of interest. Over the two-day conference, all attendees discussed each of the four topics.

View the consolidated Chiefs of Transformation Conference Report here.

Chiefs of Transformation Conference 2019 topics:

  • "Innovation" led by Lieutenant General Thomas Sharpy
    • Allied Command Transformation and a number of Nations are increasingly focusing on innovation. We need to identify what is the success strategy to foster innovation because technology is already here. Understanding how to build, fuel and drive innovation is the first step to bring all nations on board at the same speed. The NATO Innovation Network offers to nations the opportunity to share ideas, best practices, and combine efforts to tackle the future challenges together.

      View the Innovation Syndicate Report here
  • "Interoperability" led by Brigadier General Poul Primdahl
    • Interoperability is a mind-set that demands a shift in culture. We must not see interoperable capabilities as an afterthought, but think about "interoperability by design" at the very beginning of the capability development process.

      View the Interoperability Syndicate Report here
  • "Resilience" led by Rear Admiral John Tammen
    • NATO leveraging Collaborative Resilience to conduct and sustain operations by preparing for, absorbing, recovering and adapting to the surprise or strategic shock of Hybrid Attack and/or Terror through harmonized and resilient structures, systems and processes enabled by the persistent collaboration across public, military and private stakeholders.

      View the Resilience Syndicate Report here
  • "Human Capital" led by Vice Admiral Alfonso Fernandez De Cordoba
    • As the security landscape grows in complexity, it has never been as important for leadership to adapt their approach to decision making. Developing and enabling our Human Capital to leverage technological advances and innovative approaches to decision making is paramount.

      View the Human Capital Syndicate Report here
  • Command Senior Enlisted Leaders Program led by Sergeant Major Tibor Bogdán
    • NATO Nations’ Chiefs of Defence/Armed Forces level Command Senior Enlisted Leaders/Command Sergeant Majors participated in the 2019 Chiefs of Transformation Conference. The Command Senior Enlisted Leaders program was a new initiation and a disruptive way to deliver Allied Command Transformation’s message and achieve sweeping changes to the perception of the challenges of the Alliance.

      View the Command Senior Enlisted Leaders Program Report here
  • Young Disruptor Contributions
    • Additionally, “young disruptors” were invited to participate and were integrated into each of the syndicate session to share their vision and recognise best practices to identify possible common/shared efforts and to establish a robust network for cooperation in the area of innovation.

      View the Young Disruptors Report here
Video Gallery

Secretary General Opening Remarks

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Opening Remarks

Chief of Staff Opening Remarks

Scene Setter

Photo Gallery

Points of Contact

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

LTC Erik van den Berg (RNLA)
Staff Officer Strategic Engagements
Strategic Issues & Engagements Branch (SPP)
Phone: +1 757 747 4017