The annual Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E) Working Group (WG) will take place over the period 18-21 May 2015 at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA, USA. The date has slipped to the right slightly due to a conflict with our Annual NATO Day Festival in April.
This year the CD&E WG offers the Nations and other NATO Organisations a real opportunity to discuss and share thoughts and ideas on defence and capability challenges that NATO and Nations are facing that Concept Development and Experimentation can assist in helping to identify solutions. In doing so, the intention is to generate and maintain a strong and connected CD&E community that can find smarter ways of achieving common goals through comparison of CD&E Programmes of Work and where possible, integration national and ACT CD&E activities. The CD&E WG therefore provides a forum for Nations and the wider CD&E community to express their interests, shape and participate in discussion on possible future CD&E activities that could be of benefit to the Alliance. This, however can only be achieved through active participation and therefore the Working Group also relies on proposals for CD&E activity and for presentations/agenda suggestions from the CD&E community.
The CD&E WG also meets to provide technical validation of experimentation proposals as part of the annual review cycle leading to MC notation of the forthcoming year's CD&E Programme of Work. For 2015, in order to meet the MC submission timeframe and to take account of changes with the organisational structure of OPEX Branch, the technical validation of 2016 CD&E proposals will be conducted by electronic means under standard silence procedures.
The CD&E WG is targeted at national and NATO organisational representatives in the rank of NATO OF-5 and below, that have extensive knowledge of CD&E activities within their nation and/or NATO organisation. Go-To-Webinar web conferencing will be made available throughout the event for those unable to attend. This has proven particularly useful for those SMEs wishing to participate in specific agenda items. The Webinar function allows up to 100 people to access the CD&E WG Venue from external locations. This enables targeted sections of the Working Group to be seen by a wider audience and also enables the remote delivery of briefings by individuals/organisations unable to travel to the event.
Language and Classification:
The program is 'NATO UNCLASSIFIED RELEASABLE TO THE INTERNET' and presented and published in English. Translation services will not be available during the WG.
CD&E Working Group Calling Letter:
The calling letter is going through final approvals and will be released by the end of 2014. This calling letter will provide the event dates and a request for CD&E proposals/briefings using the forms shown here. You can also find the hotel registration on the Hotel Registration Tab on the upper right side of this page.
Read-ahead Packages, Presentations and other materials:
The read ahead material for the 2015 CD&E WG will be distributed in two parts; the first read-ahead package containing the majority of the CD&E elements for the 2016 CD&E POW will be distributed in Jan/Feb 2015 to enable e-technical validation; the second read-ahead package will be distributed in April 2015.
The WG presentations and other materials will be posted on the ACT CD&E internet portal (UNCLASS) shortly after the conclusion of the WG. Access to this portal requires individual registration here.
ACT 2015 CD&E WG Coordinators:
Mr. Michael Baynard, Tel +1 (757) 747-3620
Lt Col Andrew Atkinson, Tel +1 (757) 747-3886