nif2019“We will further develop our partnership with industry and academia from all Allies
to keep pace with technological advances through innovation.”

Brussels Summit Declaration

Hosted by the United States of America, the NATO-Industry Forum 2019 will take place in Washington D.C. on 13 and 14 November.

Context of the 2019 NATO-Industry Forum

The NATO-Industry Forum 2019 takes place against the backdrop of a challenging, unpredictable and fluid security environment, in which an increasingly interconnected world facilitates the relentless evolution of, and global access to technology and information with tremendous impact on the global conversation. Decision makers at all levels have to understand the wider information landscape and build trust in the information they use in decision-making.

In the year marking NATO’s 70th anniversary, and less than a month before the Leader’s Summit in London, this edition of the NATO-Industry Forum will focus on Enhancing Decision Making. NATO, partner nations, international organizations and industry should reflect on their decision-making mechanisms to leverage innovative solutions. Participants will strategize on how to harness emerging and disruptive technologies to adapt their decision-making mechanisms, processes and procedures, allowing NATO to draw its own conclusions on solutions to further strengthen its deterrence and defence posture. The discussions will focus on interoperability, innovation and technology, NATO’s engagement with industry, and will aim to identify changes required to adapt and project the Alliance into the future.

On Day 1, participants will engage in round-table discussions centred on the following topics:

  1. Tasking, Collection, Processing, Exploitation, Dissemination of information
  2. Leveraging Big Data and analytics
  3. Operational Awareness and Anticipation
  4. Support to Human Decision Making

The day will conclude with a reception hosted by the Department of Defence.

Day 2 will include three plenary sessions featuring prominent leaders from industry, NATO and nations.

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 Forum welcomes prominent leadership from industries across the Alliance, as well as senior representatives from Allied nations and the European Union.

NATO Industry Forum 2019 Dress Code

Military: Service Dress | Civilian: Business Suit

Registration, Agenda, Reading Material

NATO Industry Forum 2019 Registration

The 2019 NATO-Industry Forum Agenda will be available HERE

To learn more about this year’s NATO-Industry Forum click HERE

Information about Washington, D.C. is available HERE, and the Allied Command Transformation Fact Sheet HERE.

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 International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference is a 3-day event hosting high profile speakers:

  • Rear Admiral John Tammen, Deputy Chief of Staff Strategis Plans and Policy, Allied Command Transformation;
  • Mr. John Kao, Author and Strategic Advisor;
  • Ms. Isabella Aguilera, Former Chief Executive Officer of Google and General Electric, Spain and Portugal;
  • Brigadier General Philip Van Impe, Chairman of the Belgian Defence Platform for Leadership;
  • Mr Julien Bourelle, Author and Cultural Expert;

in single events as well as in a panel discussion.

Furthermore, there are nine workshops on the agenda. Delegates can sign up for the following topics:

  • Military Capabilities for the Grey Zone Conflict;
  • Future Leadership;
  • Concept Development and Experimentation Toolkit;
  • Countering small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-sUAS) – Handbook refine experiment;
  • Wargaming the Future;
  • Military uses of Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Robotics;
  • Enabling coherent deterrence;
  • Artificial Intelligence in Education, Training, Exercise & Evaluation;
  • Human Security.

The International Concept Development and Experimentation conference will provide a great opportunity for information exchange and networking during these events and the Concept Development and Experimentation Exchange (Wednesday, October 30th).

More details will be released as soon as they are available.

Conference Coordinators and ACT Lead Planner:

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

International Concept Development
Experimentation Conference Fact Sheet
Concept Development
Experimentation Exchange Fact Sheet
icde cde exchange

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.

To register for the conference use or scan the QR-code on the right.cde2019reg

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.

core logo300x250Allied Command Transformation has taken forward several proposals from the Interdependency in Resilience Conference paper including the development of the Collaborative Resilience Concept.

This concept is included as part of the 2018-19 Commander Objectives for Allied Command Transformation. This concept focusses on the enablement and sustainment of military activity, with the aim to help to enhance Alliance Resilience, strengthening support to NATO Headquarters, the European Union, and the Nations.

Hosted by the Italian Defence General Staff, the third Collaborative Resilience workshop takes place May 06 -10 in Rome, Italy. All attendees will contribute to the Collaborative Resilience concept draft. Attendees will also attend a national demonstration of dual-use capabilities organized by the Italian Ministry of Defence in Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome. This event aims to develop the Collaborative Resilience draft concept for leadership approval (due by June 2019), consolidate the Collaborative Resilience community of interest, and recommend a way ahead.

Attendees from NATO Headquarters, NCS, NFS, and National Strategic joint organisations are encouraged to attend along with subject matter experts from public, military, and private sectors. Attendees should have specific subject matter expertise in one or more of the following: CIMIC, HADR, hybrid warfare, critical infrastructure assessment and protection, military engineering, EETE, medical, emergency & contingency planning, logistics, capability development, defence, and civil planning. This specified experience for this workshop is critical as to the development of the Collaborative Resilience concept.

If you are interested in attending, please send your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Points of Contact:

NATO Allied Command Transformation, Lt Col Enrico Cimaglia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1.757.747.3799;
NATO Allied Command Transformation, Mr Michael Ward, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +1.757.747.3799;
ltalian Ministry of Defence, Lt Col Salvatore Orlando, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., J3, +39.06.469.144.63.

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p360 logo 300x250The NATO Partnerships 360 Symposium is a contemporary and innovative venture, held for the first time last year in Berlin, Germany.

ora2019 300The Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the Science and Technology Organization will join in organising the 13th NATO Operations Research and Analysis (OR&A) Conference to be held in Ottawa, Canada, on 7-9 October 2019. The Conference is open to all NATO nations, Science and Technology Organization Enhanced Opportunity Partners (Australia, Finland and Sweden) and Partnership for Peace nations.

The 2019 theme is "Challenges for NATO OR&A in a Changing Global Security Environment". The conference will kick off with a number of keynote addresses and proceed through various streams. The Programme Committee welcomes papers that address the conference theme from different perspectives. Papers describing emerging techniques and approaches as well as case studies of analysis undertaken are equally welcome. Based on the submission of abstracts, the Programme Committee will group papers for the conduct of running parallel sessions.

As part of the continuous development of the NATO OR&A Community of Interest, the event builds on previous conferences and workshops, bringing together the analysis community from NATO commands and agencies, national defence analysis and research organisations, centres of excellence, academia, and industry. It is our goal to provide an exciting program with plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate as well as valuable training opportunities for young analysts and military.

The call for papers is listed here.

Should there be any questions, our point of contact for registration is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel. +33 (0) 1 55 61 22 77. For questions concerning the programme, presentations and training our point of contact is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: +1 757-747-3276.