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International CD&E Conference

cde2015logo200The Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E) Conference is HQ SACT and US Joint Staff's (US JS) leading annual forum which provides a unique opportunity for the international CD&E community and stakeholders to discuss the most current issues of concept development and experimentation in the process of capability development.

The host for 2015 CD&E Conference will be the German Federal Ministry of Defence.

Swissotel, Berlin, Germany
Augsburger Strasse 44, 10789 Berlin - Germany
Tel. +49 (0) 30 220 10 0 - Fax +49 (0) 30 220 10 22 22

For the reservation in Swissotel Berlin use following e-mail: 
Please use the group code "NATO" for preferred reservation room price 149 EUR per night including VAT and breakfast. The negotiated room price is available prior to 16 Oct 2015.
Direct Reservation Phone number: +49 (0) 30 220 10 2260

NOTE: There is no more available rooms in Swissotel Berlin.
Please feel free to find the alternative hotel in close distance.

Dates: 16th to 18th November 2015

Theme: Accelerating Innovation Through CD&E


  • Create environment conducive to information sharing and networking.
  • Contribute to ongoing CD&E work in the Alliance and nations.
  • Share CD&E best practices and lessons learned to the benefit of the participants.

The Conference will feature:
CD&E Conference Keynote speaker:
Rear Admiral Thomas E. P. Jugel
Director, Bundeswehr Planning Office, Berlin


CD&E - DEU Best Practices not only for CD&E beginners, German-led Workshop
Counter Unmanned Autonomous Systems (CUAxS), ACT-led Seminar
Federated Mission Networking/Mission Partner Environment in Civilian-Military (FMCM), US Joint Staff led Workshop
Multinational Examination of the US Joint Concept for Robotic and Autonomous Systems (JCRAS), US Joint Staff led Workshop

CD&E Conference endnote speaker:
Major-General Jean-François Parlanti, French Army – Marines
Director of Centre for Concept Development, Doctrine and Experimentation (CICDE), Paris, France

The conference is focused at the Major General level and below, or the civilian equivalent. Attendance from the following fields, as applicable, are desired: CD&E, 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, a Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative nations or from specific nations who are partnering with the US Department of Defence.

Security Classification and Language:
The program is not classified and is releasable to the public, and is presented and published in English. There are no translation services available during the conference.

Dress Code:
The appropriate dress for the conference and reception is Service Dress uniform or the civilian equivalent (coat and tie).

Registration to the conference is available at the following link:

All attendees are required to prepay a registration fee of 50 EUR. This must be paid online via the registration portal using a major credit card. Registration will only be confirmed via email upon payment of the fee.

Cancellation policy - Cancellation of your attendance in the conference without penalty will be accepted through 10 November 2015.

Conference presentations and other materials:
The conference presentations and other materials will be available on the NATO CDE365 Event page.
(Registration on TRANSNET is necessary in order to access CDE365).

Conference Coordinators:

ACT Lead Planner
Lieutenant Colonel Nikolay Nikolov
SO Capability Engineering & Innovation Division
Concept Development Branch
Tel +1(757)747-4149

US Joint Staff J7 Lead Planner
Mr. Van Edelmann
Tel +1(757)203-6620