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The 2018 iteration of the NATO-Industry Forum concluded today with contributions from NATO Permanent and Military Representatives, officials from NATO and European institutions, Chief Executive Officers and senior executives from the defence and security industry, and other decision makers. The NATO-Industry Forum 2018 focused on innovation and disruptive technologies and Trans-Atlantic policies and strategies for 21st century capabilities, as well as enhancing military “decision-making,” autonomous systems and logistics and sustainment. Discussions focussed on NATO’s ability to harness emerging and disruptive technologies for integration into NATO’s capability requirements and programs. In today’s complex security environment, NATO faces simultaneous challenges across all four of the Alliance’s recognized operational domains – land, air, maritime and cyberspace. Artificial Intelligence, quantum computing, block chain, autonomy, big data and other technologies will fundamentally change the way that NATO is conducting business.


Hosted by Germany, the NATO-Industry Forum 2018 took place in Berlin from 12 to 13 November 2018. 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.


“NATO must radically change its methods and its mind-sets, especially in domains where the commercial sector has taken a strong technology development lead. While large projects will remain important, we believe the traditional capability development model must also be complimented by a new, more flexible one.”

General André Lanata, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

“The security of our nations can only be provided with credible capabilities. For that, we need appropriate defence budgets, political support, and of course, industry able to deliver.”

Camille Grand, Assistant Secretary General, NATO Defence Investment Division


• Over 400 participants participated in the NATO-Industry Forum, including over 150 industry leaders representing 90 companies.
• 15 of the industrial representatives come from small to medium-sized corporations.
• The 2012 Chicago Summit Communique was the first to recognize industry as an essential element of NATO capability delivery. The 2018 Brussels Summit communique reiterates NATO’s commitment.
• In 2016, NATO nations have agreed to spend 2% of gross domestic product on defence. When that target is reached NATO will spend twenty billion dollars on capabilities and research and development annually.
• As announced previously this year, the European Defence Fund will dedicate 5% of funds between 2021 – 2027 to disruptive technology and innovation equipment.


NATO-Industry Forum 2018
ACT Fact Sheet
Electronic Press Kit