Hosted by Germany, the NATO-Industry Forum 2018 took place in Berlin from 12 to 13 November 2018.
Context of the 2018 NATO-Industry Forum
The NATO-Industry Forum 2018 took place against the backdrop of an uncertain and complex security environment, in which rapid advancements in technology have revealed new security frontiers and exposed the Alliance to increased threats from state and non-state actors. The rapid pace at which technology is advancing and diversifying increases the Alliance’s demand on traditional and non-traditional defence industries for innovative solutions to multidimensional threats.
For industry to contribute effectively to NATO capabilities, they require an understanding of the Alliance’s plans and vision, an idea of the budget likely to be available and an indication of the commitment to pursue innovative solutions. The NATO-Industry Forum invited industry leadership from across the Alliance to engage in in-depth discussion about NATO’s capability requirements, the capability development process and overall adaptation of the Alliance to embrace innovation and meet the challenges of today’s world.
The 2018 NATO-Industry Forum
In the context of the growing number of capabilities that make it feasible for competitors to challenge the Alliance politically, militarily and technologically, this year’s NATO-Industry Forum focussed on Innovation and Emerging & Disruptive Technologies. Participants strategized on how to harness emerging and disruptive technologies for integration into NATO’s current capability requirements and programs. Discussions focussed on NATO’s business model for the engagement with industry, and aimed at identifying changes required to adapt and project the Alliance into the future.
On Day 1 of the 2018 NATO-Industry Forum, participants engaged in round-tables discussions of their choice on:
The day concluded with a reception hosted by the German Ministry of Defence.
Day 2 commenced with keynote remarks by:
The day continued with three plenary sessions, featuring prominent leaders in industry, and addressing:
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 18 Dress Code
Military: Service Dress | Civilian: Business Suit
Registration, Agenda, Reading Material
The 2018 NATO-Industry Forum Agenda can be found HERE
To learn more about this year’s NATO-Industry Forum click HERE
A stronger and more agile Alliance
The Brussels Summit comes at a crucial moment for the security of the North Atlantic Alliance. It will be an important opportunity to chart NATO's path for the years ahead.
In a changing world, NATO is adapting to be a more agile, responsive and innovative Alliance, while defending all of its members against any threat.
NATO remains committed to fulfilling its three core tasks: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security. At the Brussels Summit, the Alliance will make important decisions to further boost security in and around Europe, including through strengthened deterrence and defence, projecting stability and fighting terrorism, enhancing its partnership with the European Union, modernising the Alliance and achieving fairer burden-sharing.
This Summit will be held in the new NATO Headquarters, a modern and sustainable home for a forward-looking Alliance.
It will be the third meeting of Allied Heads of State and Government chaired by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
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NATO Engages Event Aim. In July 2018, NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division and its partners will host ‘NATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue’ on the margins of the main NATO Summit in Brussels. The event will serve as an ideal platform to deepen and amplify the Summit’s core themes. It will do so by engaging a diverse range of opinion formers, policymakers, and multipliers, including younger audiences and digital influencers. The themes of the event seek to complement the main Summit agenda. One of the topics for the main plenary on-the-record sessions includes “Inclusive Security.”
Inclusive Security Aim. A topic of significant importance to the Alliance is that of Inclusive Security. All partners are keen to ensure that discussions on Women, Peace, and Security, Children and Armed Conflict, and the Protection of Civilians have a leading role in the ‘NATO Engages’ programme.
Inclusive Security Categories: The Inclusive Security collective includes Children and Armed Conflict, Cultural Property Protection, Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Protection of Civilians, and Women, Peace and Security. Each component has a bearing on the others.
Milestone Events. 12 July 2018, NATO HQ, Brussels, Belgium, NATO ENGAGES: The Brussels Summit Dialogue https://nato-engages.org/
The Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the Science and Technology Organization joined in organising the 12th NATO Operations Research and Analysis (OR&A) Conference on the 15th-16th of October 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia.
As part of the continuous development of a NATO OR&A Community of Interest, the event built 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. The goal was to provide an exciting program with plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate.
The 2018 theme was “Tackling Complexity in NATO Operations in Contested and Degraded Environments”. The conference kicked off with a number of keynote addresses and continued in three streams:
The conference also included hands-on training workshops on SIMUL8 software and Alternative Analysis methods, where participants got acquainted with new methods and learned how to apply them to example problems.
Calling Notice and programme are available here.
Through a close cooperation between NATO HQ International Staff, International Military Staff, the Strategic Commands, The Host Nation and the National Representatives, it has been decided that the NATO Resource Conference 2018 will be held in October 2018 in Paris, France.
The theme of the conference is "RESOURCING A COHERENT AND CREDIBLE ALLIANCE"
This event will provide a unique opportunity for key national decision makers across all resource areas, to obtain valuable insight in work that is planned for and ongoing within the NATO Resource Communities. It will also provide an excellent opportunity for an exchange of views, clarification of positions and identification of challenges and risk that may lay ahead.
These exchanges will enable all participants to increase their awareness, obtain better understanding and to express their views, ideas and options to allow for those to be taken into consideration during future deliberations on these, whether at national level, within NATO HQ or at Command level.
The NATO Resource Conference is a recurring event that takes place every 18 months and aims at gathering key decision makers from the NATO Nations capitals and their representatives in Brussels to enhance understanding and directions on how to optimize the use of resources in order to fulfill requirements from the Military Commanders in countering threats (both present and future) and seek ways in obtaining the necessary capabilities.
The Heads of States and Government have endorsed the path of Adaptation of the Alliance to counter threats to our east and south, while safeguarding the protection of our populations, enhancing consultation and cooperation and partnerships.
A central thread throughout the conference will be an integrated approach to decision making taking into account all resources, their characteristics, their strength and weaknesses and how we best can utilized these in a manner that will create synergies, and enable us to maintain, enhance and obtain those capabilities required for today's and tomorrow's security environment, and securing the success of NATO's long term adaptation to a coherent and credible Alliance.
Registration for the conference is now open. Click here to initiate the registration process.
Once Registered, you will get a password to access the NATO Resource Conference 2018 Documents.