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SMPC16 CVENT headerCONTENT AREAS: SMPC 2016 will synthesise the latest thinking regarding the transformation of partnerships in the military domains across the global commons.

Day 1 (Subject Matter Expert Day): Discussions will focus on the domains in which forces of allied and partner nations are likely to operate together. It will also address the recent development on the Individually Tailored Roadmap Capstone Concept. Sessions on strategy/policy, capabilities and the road ahead for partnerships in the military domain will take place throughout the day and lead to a final plenary session offering experts the opportunity to share and discuss the main outcomes of the 5 syndicates.

0830 – 1630 SYNDICATE SESSIONS

  1. Maritime Syndicate:
    Context: Some of NATO’s most steadfast maritime partnerships involve nations well beyond Europe and North America. While geographically distant, the values, interests, and capabilities of these partners align with those of the Alliance. The rationale behind these partnerships is that NATO and its maritime partners have mutual interests in keeping the maritime commons open for the responsible exchange of goods, services, ideas, and people. This openness can be best realised through cooperation with partners throughout the world that depend on the maritime domain for security and prosperity.
     
    Confirmed Lead: Rear Admiral Pete Gumataotao, 
    Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Policy, NATO Allied Command Transformation
     
  2. AIR & SPACE SYNDICATE:
    Context: Cooperation with partners is expanding in air and space, driven by changes in the strategic environment. The opening of new air corridors internationally is connecting small and mid-sized cities to international destinations. Recent air disasters in Egypt, Ukraine and South East Asia remind all of us about the fragility of air traffic to terrorism. Ongoing concerns about the congestion of debris and traffic in low orbit and the unlimited potential for human endeavour in outer space demonstrate the immense potential for allies and partners to work together on shared challenges and opportunities that are likely to dominate security debates in the years to come.
     
    Lead: under coordination
     
  3. LAND SYNDICATE:
    Context: While the land domain is not part of the Global Commons of sea, air, space and cyber, it plays a central role in military partnership. It is self-evident to note that armies fight to seize and control territories—and the populations and resources within them. Throughout history, control of land was and remained a pre-requisite for amassing power. Allies and partners share the view that the trend over the medium term is one of destabilisation—with opportunities and requirements to engage land-based adversaries in ways unthinkable even a decade ago.
     
    Confirmed Lead: Mr Haluk Cetinkaya, Former Director of the NATO Military Partnership Directorate
     
  4. CYBER:
    Context: Cyber is a complex topic that spans across all military domains while dealing with its own characteristics and challenges. With a growing population of 7.4B people, 25 billion of devices connected to internet and each individual today owning three devices today and up to seven devices by 2020, there is no doubt that cyber is a priority now and its potential vulnerabilities assessed and resolved rapidly. Yet, cyber is a sensitive domain that has yet to reach a common definition and agreed terminology across the international community. Partners, allies, organizations recognize the importance of discussing cyber, to develop defensive capabilities but remain cautious and fearful to openly share vulnerabilities and talk about offensive actions. It is a fast evolving domain where forecasting beyond two years is irrelevant.
     
    Confirmed Lead: Mrs Anna Barcikowska, Principal Industry Relations Manager, NATO C&I Agency
     
  5. INDIVIDUALLY TAILORED ROADMAPS:
    Concept: The Individually Tailored Roadmap (ITR) concept recognises that future success in the cooperative security domain will require activities to be conducted more coherently and more effectively in a more complex and more collaborative environment. Conceptually, an ITR increases shared situational awareness, cooperation, and trust between NATO and a partner. Moreover, an ITR consolidates several partnership processes, focuses best use of existing resources, and improves clarity for allies and partners alike.
     
    Confirmed Lead: Major General Odd Egil Pederson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Partnerships, NATO Allied Commands Operations and Transformation

Day 2 (Chiefs of Defence Plenary Day): Discussions will focus on partnership in the Global Commons of sea, air, space, cyber, and the land domain. Focal areas will include issues that transcend all domains, e.g., defence innovation, autonomous systems, and special operations.

0840: HOST NATION WELCOME ADDRESS

0850: FINDINGS FROM SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS’ DISCUSSIONS
Rear Admiral Pete Gumataotao
Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Policy
NATO Allied Command Transformation

0920: KEYNOTE | PARTNERSHIP: A PILLAR OF SUCCESS, INNOVATION, AND STABILITY IN A WORLD OF CHANGE
General Denis Mercier
NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

0950: KEYNOTE | PARTNERSHIP POST-WARSAW SUMMIT: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
SPEAKER UNDER COORDINATION

1045-1200: DISCUSSION 1 | DAY 1 CONNECTIVITY: BETTER NETWORKING, CAPABILITIES, AND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Allies and partners confront new challenges in the development of capabilities that did not exist even a decade ago. How we coordinate efforts, remain inclusive, and learn from one another is central to continued operational success.

Moderator: Lt Gen Jeffrey Lofgren
Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development
NATO Allied Command Transformation

1330-1445: DISCUSSION 2 | PROJECTING STABILITY: PARTNERS AS ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS FOR CONTINUOUS STRATEGIC AWARENESS
Early warning, better analytical tools, and tried-and-true operational trust enable decision makers to get better information faster, which can mitigate risk and prevent disaster. Awareness in the 21st Century, however, is a moving target made more complex by the use of new technologies by more entities. How do allies and partners obtain, process, disseminate, and make use of information together?

Moderator: Air Marshal Graham Stacey CB MBE
NATO Allied Command Transformation Chief of Staff

1515-1630: DISCUSSION 3 | INDIVIDUALLY TAILORED ROADMAPS AND THE FUTURE OF PLANNING PARTNERSHIPS
Operational success tomorrow is based in part by how NATO and partners can plan today. With the input of partners, NATO is improving the way it plans with partners—taking a longer-term and holistic approach to military partnership.

Moderator: Rear Admiral Pete Gumataotao [TBC]
Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Policy
NATO Allied Command Transformation

1630: CONCLUSIONS AND WAY AHEAD
General Denis Mercier
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation