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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 nation for 2015 CD&E Conference will be Germany.

Location and dates:

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

Dates: 16th to 18th November 2015


The theme for the 2015 CD&E Conference will be available later in the year.


  • Objective 1: Create an environment conducive to information sharing and relationship building while highlighting the benefits of CD&E methodologies and practical applications in optimizing the development of joint and combined forces;
  • Objective 2: Obtain international perspectives on ideas, discuss relevant problems and challenges, and develop products to benefit ongoing CD&E work within HQ SACT, the US Joint Staff and the Host Nation while providing a return on investment.


Monday 16th November: Keynote address, information sessions, afternoon address, information session and welcome reception with defence exhibits

Tuesday 17th November: Seminars/Workshops

Wednesday 18th November: Seminars/Workshops, end note and closure


The conference is focused at the Major General level and below, or the civilian equivalent. Attendance from the following fields, as applicable, is 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. 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 is Service Dress uniform or the civilian equivalent (coat and tie). The dress for the reception is coat and tie. 


Details will be available at a later date.

Conference presentations and other materials:

The conference presentations and other materials will be available on the NATO CD&E Webportal.

Conference Coordinators:

ACT Lead Planner
Lieutenant Colonel Mihaly Juhasz
SO Capability Engineering & Innovation Division
Concept Development Branch
Tel +1(757)747-3223

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