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nif2016 logoChaired for the first time by the Secretary General, the NATO-Industry Forum 2016 will be held in the Palais d’Egmont, Brussels, Belgium, on November 9th 2016. This edition promises to be a high-level and engaging conference with the participation of senior executives from industry-leading companies, including Boeing, Airbus, Finmeccanica, Indra, Lockheed-Martin, MBDA and DCNS, as well as key policy-makers from the European Union, NATO and Nations.

Organised by Allied Command Transformation and the Defence Investment Division of the NATO Headquarters, these discussions ensure that NATO and Industry clearly understand each other’s needs and are better positioned to provide the necessary security to NATO citizens and contribute to international military missions of significance for the foreseeable future.

Drawing on key decisions taken at the Warsaw Summit, the NATO-Industry Forum will attempt to stimulate reinvestments in defence, identify new initiatives to support the optimal use of recovering defence budgets, particularly regarding command and control and other capability priorities, and invigorate the NATO-EU relationship.

The morning breakout sessions, co-chaired by Allied Command Transformation and the NATO Industrial Advisory Group, will examine current Alliance capability priorities and explore ways to improve joint NATO-Industry awareness of possible future needs and opportunities. The breakout sessions will also focus on the future of Alliance command and control (C2), particularly related to Federated Mission Networking and the C2 vision beyond 2030. These sessions will be interactive and offer attendees an opportunity to engage in the conversation.

The afternoon will start by the State of the NIF, delivered by Supreme Allied Commander transformation, General Denis Mercier. The following plenary sessions, moderated by Catherine Herridge, FOX News Chief Intelligence Correspondent, will offer participants an opportunity to hear more about the future of NATO capabilities directly from senior industry executives, with a focus on embracing change to identify new ‘out-of-the -box’ ideas and ways of working. The afternoon sessions will also explore the impact of defence investments, research and development cooperation, and closer engagement between NATO and Industry.

The afternoon will also include two keynote addresses by the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska.

Reinforced by the Framework for NATO Industry Engagement, NATO is engaged in a smart and open dialogue with Industry. This year’s NATO-Industry Forum will bring together top leaders form Industry, NATO and European institutions, and offer a unique environment to make the dialogue with industry a reality, while offering an opportunity to exchange new ideas and insights and revitalizing the EU-NATO relationship.

Registration to the NATO-Industry Forum is now open. Click on the "Registration" link on the right-side menu to be redirected to the event registration website. There is a reserved block of rooms available at "The HOTEL", adjacent to "Palais d'Egmont", the Conference Venue, until 30 October 2016. After this date there is no guarantee to be accommodated at "The HOTEL" as they will accept reservations only based on space availability.

The HOTEL Palais d'Egmont
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