nif2018“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 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:

  1. Logistics & Sustainment
  2. Enhanced Military “Decision-Making”
  3. Disruptive Technologies
  4. Autonomy

The day concluded with a reception hosted by the German Ministry of Defence.

Day 2 commenced with keynote remarks by:

  1. H.E. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General
  2. Dr. Helge Braun, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks
  3. Gen. André Lanata, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

The day continued with three plenary sessions, featuring prominent leaders in industry, and addressing:

  1. Innovation and Disruptive Technologies
  2. Policies and strategies for 21st Century Capabilities
  3. NATO and Industry - Ready for Novel Challenges

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

Information on Berlin can be found HERE, and the ACT Fact Sheet HERE