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International CD&E Conference 2014

cde logo 2014-250The 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 this year's conference is the Defence Staff, Hungarian Defence Forces.

Location and dates:

Venue in Budapest: The Hilton Budapest
Dates: Tuesday, 4th to Thursday, 6th November 2014


"The CD&E Journey - A Roadmap to the Future"


  • 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 Hungarian Defence Staff while providing a return on investment.


Tuesday 4th November: Keynote address, information sessions, afternoon address, information session and welcome reception with defence exhibits

Wednesday 5th November: Seminars/Workshops

Thursday 6th 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. 


Online registration is closed; however, you may register for the conference at the Hilton Budapest Hotel on 3 November 2014.

There will be a registration fee of 75 Euros per person for the three day conference. After registration closes on 28 Oct 2014, there will be no refunds if you cancel your participation or do not attend the conference.

Conference presentations and other materials:

The conference presentations and other materials are available below. They will also be posted on the NATO CD&E Webportal after the Conference.

Conference Coordinators:

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

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

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