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FFCI Contact

act-ffciWithin HQ SACT, the OCAI (Office for Collaboration with Academia and Industry) is the main point of entry for all industry's and academia's requests.

OCAI's primary mission is to initiate and facilitate collaborations with Academia and Industry under the umbrella of FFCI.

As such, it will act as the repository of FFCI knowledge within ACT and safe-keeper of FFCI principles (transparency, fairness, positive partnering, etc.), providing required support to ACT staff officers and external partners wishing to engage in a collaborative project.

For all collaboration proposals stemming either from ACT or from industrial and academic partners, OCAI will also be the coordination body, in charge of identifying the appropriate actors to investigate and potentially pursue collaborative activities.

You can contact the OCAI at

What is FFCI?

The Framework For Collaborative Interaction (FFCI) is intended to encompass collaboration with both industry and academia. Engagements are focussed on solving a capability gap or problem of common interest during the non-procurement stages of capability development.

Benefits: For each of the collaborative activities, ACT and industry/academia should both contribute to and benefit from the collaboration. Actions that involve NATO procurement mechanisms lie outside FFCI. Click here (or "Benefits" on the right-side menu) to read more on the benefits of the FFCI framework.

Principles: NATO's interaction with industry is subject to legal as well as contracting rules and principles that prevent the preferential allocation of public funds. Click here (or "Principles" on the right-side menu) to read more on the principals in place to protect all collaborative parties involved.

Methods: Collaboration between NATO and Academia & Industry can take place at different levels of commitment. Click here (or "Methods" on the right-side menu) to read more on the different methods of interacting through the FFCI framework.

FFCI Essentials 1

ffci-circles All one needs to know about the FFCI framework in a nutshell. Click on the flyer.

ffci nutshell

NATO Model Event (NME)

The NME is a decision-making simulation modeled on the NAC format, carried out by the AcOR Team together with a partner Academic Institution. It serves as a primary engagement for current students, as well as a tool offered to reach out to new partners.

The NATO Model Simulation is designed to provide students with exposure to decision-making within NATO. Each student will play the part of a National Permanent Representative (Ambassador) known as Perm Reps (abbreviation for "Permanent Representatives"), representing his/her Nation in the North Atlantic Council or NAC. Additional staff, such as the Chairman of the Military Committee will be played by ACT to provide any specific military advice or guidance as it is called for. The NAC is the highest level of decision making in NATO. It is chaired by the Secretary General and is the arena in which ultimately all NATO actions and activities have to be agreed by a process of consensus. This process requires the consent of all 28 Allies to approve a motion.

Even a solitary dissenter is enough to prevent NATO action and hence, the importance of individual interventions by National Perm Reps to promote debate and craft proposals acceptable to all Allies cannot be overstated.

FFCI - Methods

Steps of collaborations

Collaboration through the FFCI framework typically happens through a number of logical steps:

  • The first step is the step of initial contact whereby industry/academia and ACT representatives identify a mutual desire to engage in collaborative activities. This first step is either led or supported by high-level management.
  • The second step consists of topics selection. This step is generally conducted at the mid-management level, sometimes with the support of experts. During a face-to-face meeting, a video-conference or an audio-conference, a number of pre-selected topics are discussed in details to identify which ones would be of interest to both parties and therefore be good candidates for collaboration.
  • During the third step, the subject matter experts of both parties are in charge of scoping specific projects for the earlier identified collaboration topics. This phase is often the longest of the process and generally comes with signing various legal documents (such as Non-Disclosure Agreements, Statements of Collaboration, Declarations of Mutual Collaboration) to protect all parties involved. It is to be emphasized that the use and signature of such documents is not a necessity of FFCI but is possible should any of the participating actors wish to use them.
  • Finally, once the project scope, schedule and resources are agreed upon, the project can be implemented and collaboration commences (step four).

Different forms of collaborations

ffci methodsThe figure to the left captures the different non-exclusive forms of FFCI collaborations.

ACT has identified five different FFCI engagement levels (Level 0 to Level 4) that represent the various types of interaction required to facilitate the industry contribution. The level primarily reflects two factors:

  • Complexity: Challenges to be faced in collaboration (For example: protection of proprietary information, risk to industry and potential costs).
  • Contribution: Potential benefits to NATO and National capability development.

Generally, a higher level of complexity correlates to a higher level of contribution, as illustrated in the figure to the right.

ffci collaborationsLevel 0:

  • Non-focused interaction (where there is no discussion about specific capability problems in any detail) between ACT personnel and industry representatives and where no commitment to proceed beyond this basic interaction is intended.
  • No special agreement is needed as it is clear there are implicit information exchange limitations (ex: no classified material, no Intellectual Property issues).
  • Typically, mechanisms at this level enable companies to receive general information about ACT core business while ACT receives broad information about the company's range of activities.
  • Examples of existing Level 0 mechanisms include introductory visits and informal meetings, as well as high level discussions, as presented at ACT Industry Day.

Level 1:

  • Exploration of specific capability problem areas or capability development projects to focus on what industry might be able to contribute to the capability development activities.
  • Some basic protection of background information will be needed.
  • At this level, the industry contribution could typically include identification of mature solutions available in industry and advice on their potential to develop a capability. Industry may also contribute through high-level advisory studies.
  • Several mechanisms at Level 1 exist, including: Request For Information (RFI), with associated clarifications and question & answer meetings; high-level study requests obtained through NIAG; and internet-based virtual forums (as used to prepare panel discussions at some previous ACT Industry Days).

Level 2:

  • Limited scope collaborative activities that address specific issues within a capability development effort.
  • Basic protection of background information will be needed and it may also be necessary to address protection of new information.
  • Industry contribution at this level could typically include: assessment of the range of potential solutions that could be developed to meet specific capability needs, assessment of interoperability shortfalls for potential concepts and solutions; and collaborative work to ensure interoperability of national systems with NATO systems such as national and NATO command and control systems, or data interoperability for multinational logistics systems.
  • Existing mechanisms at this level include: various types of collaborative studies that can be obtained through NIAG, NC3A and RTO; and workshop meetings, such as those used to prepare panel discussions for some previous ACT Industry Days.

Level 3:

  • Collaborative projects between ACT and industry to facilitate concept development and enable both ACT and industry to benefit from practical testing, demonstration or experimentation of potential capability solutions.
  • Basic protection of background information will be needed. It is likely that protection of new information arising from the tests, demonstrations or experiments will need to be addressed.
  • In general, Level 3 mechanisms will enable industry to participate in collaborative assessments of capabilities to improve operational efficiency and coherence for military capabilities being developed, for short, medium and long term applications. Examples include: field trials of mature solutions, evaluation of operational effectiveness, derisking of solution concepts, and assessment of feasibility of prototype solutions. In particular, activities at this level can include collaborative work to ensure interoperability of national systems/solutions with NATO systems/solutions.
  • Some existing collaborative mechanisms are already available at this level, but these currently require industry to contribute through support from a Nation. For longer term developments, the RTO has a mechanism for conducting Cooperative Demonstrations of Technology (CDT), in which industry can contribute through support of a participating Nation. Similarly, NURC has a Joint Research Project mechanism where industry contributes through Nations collaborating on a project. ACT collaboration with industry on development of simulation capabilities to support NATO Live Virtual Constructive (NLVC) training is a current example where industry is contributing to an ACT-led capability development project through a Nation.

Level 4:

  • Collaborative projects, producing new "discovery" or assessment that is of significant value to industry or NATO.
  • Substantial protection of information will be needed for collaborative projects at this level and possible foreground IPR will need to be addressed.
  • Industry contribution at Level 4 is likely to include interactive development of capability solutions that reduce development risks or improve interoperability. It could include design or construction of simulation models and development of prototype solutions.

FFCI - Principles

Throughout all phases of the collaborative process, the highest standards of integrity must be maintained. Personnel setting up and executing collaboration with industry must maintain the highest degree of honesty, trust and an impeccable standard of conduct. The general rule must be to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest when promoting NATO-industry relationships. Collaboration must be conducted with the utmost professionalism and be in complete accord with current regulations.

Fairness and openness must be maintained for potential follow-on procurement competition. When collaborating with industry on a specific capability development issue, it is ACT's responsibility to ensure that potential future competition for capability procurement will not be biased toward a specific product, manufacturer or service provider and that no company will be disadvantaged in terms of knowledge and information.

The collaborative system will employ procedures that are openly advertised to prospective collaborative industry in advance of, and during, collaboration processes. ACT must provide industry with timely, accessible and accurate information. It must also keep the Nations and other relevant actors informed of the nature and content of the information it shares with industry and of the progress of the work being done.

"Costs lie where they fall."
In this respect ACT funding will be limited to requirements for appropriate FFCI-related contributions required for NATO entities participating in the specific FFCI activity. Industry needs to pay for its own costs of participating in FFCI activities, or have a customer (e.g. Nation or National entity) pay for its costs.

Mutual benefits
Throughout collaboration, it is paramount that both parties (ACT, NATO and Nations on one hand and industry/academia on the other hand) mutually benefit from the collaborative projects.

Officers setting up collaboration with industry should ensure that they obtain "value for effort". They should clearly define their needs, the kind of collaboration they are looking for and the resources such collaboration will require on ACT's part. The final decision to set up collaboration will be adopted when benefits and the level of effort have carefully been balanced.

Fair treatment and positive partnering.
Companies wishing to collaborate with ACT will be treated objectively and without discrimination. European and American industries, large and small, should be given the same opportunities to collaborate with ACT. Also, it is NATO's shared responsibility to ensure that industry's Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are protected throughout the collaboration.

Professional proficiency.
ACT staff must be qualified to perform their assigned functions and thus must be well informed on the different aspects of collaboration with industry.

All actions must be clear and auditable and must always consider ways to defend against or mitigate likely follow-on contractual risks.

Collaboration processes with the industry must be standardised to maintain coherence and fairness.

ACT's personnel must be as pro-active as possible in identifying potential areas for collaboration, reaching out to industry and setting up collaboration. Streamlined collaborative processes and guidance regarding the means and ways to collaborate with industry should help personnel achieve this goal.

Dissemination of NATO classified information must be closely monitored and secured. Such information must be accessible only to people with the required level of security clearance and on a "need to know" basis.

NATO must retain decision-making role throughout the collaborative process.

FFCI - Benefits

The Benefits of collaboration through the FFCI Framework for all parties involved are summarized in the figure below:

ffci benefits

Framework For Collaborative Interaction Homepage

act-ffciLeveraging industry's & academia's expertise and ACT's experience for mutual benefit

NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) is responsible for identifying and promoting the development of essential capabilities that are needed to meet future operational needs of the Alliance. To achieve this development of relevant future capabilities, ACT explores concepts, conducts experiments and supports research and acquisition processes of new technologies.

ACT realises that in complex topic areas where technology and knowledge advances fast, the staff from NATO and National Governments do not always possess all of the state-of-the-knowledge. Academia and Industry are obviously leaders in technology and knowledge. ACT has a key role in setting the requirements of NATO's future capabilities. It is recognized that engaging Academia and Industry as early as possible will reduce risk and increase cost-effectiveness of capability development efforts.

In that perspective, ACT has developed the Framework For Collaborative Interaction (FFCI), which aim is to enable collaborative work to be carried out in a non-procurement manner between ACT and industry.

CD&E Conference 2013 - Photos


Industry Forum 2013 Archive

131114nif-400The NATO Industry Forum 2013 concluded after a series of speeches and panel sessions discussing ways to improve NATO-Industry collaboration. The turnout this year was massive with almost 500 representatives from NATO and Industry attending.

This year's forum took place in Istanbul and was hosted by Turkey. Representing the NATO Headquarters, the Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, spoke about how Industry and NATO can better work together in areas such as Smart Defence. Ambassador Vershbow said, "we are promote a new level of cooperation between NATO and our defence industry. The key objective of our NATO-Industry Forum here this week is to bring us closer to such a mutually beneficial relationship. And I am confident we will get there."

Smart Defence and the Connected Forces Initiative were common themes among the numerous in-depth discussions. Since NATO has been working for some time to maximise efficiencies across the Alliance, ideas were tabled to examine how Industry can assist in that process. The senior host-nation official to attend, Turkish Undersecretary for Defence Industry, Mr. Murad Bayar, echoed this theme by saying, "I believe that this event will not only addresses a recognised need for more elevated dialogue between NATO and Industry to ensure the Alliance benefits from the best solutions to military requirements within expected budget and time constraints, but also let the participants come up with new thoughts which can result in more successful cooperation.

In his closing remarks, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros, talked about the need for greater cooperation with Industry across the full spectrum of readiness due to limited national resources.

SACT said that "a crucial extension of our collaboration with Industry revolves around innovation, to include better leveraging of joint research and technology development. Through this we must ensure that despite fiscal pressure, our militaries remain equipped with cutting-edge technology whenever and wherever necessary."

Next year's conference is expected to be held in Croatia during the country's 5th anniversary as member of NATO.

Click here to read NATO HQ article on the event, or here to read a comprehensive NATO Review issue on NATO-Industry relations, here for the Photo Gallery.

This page contains background information on the past NATO Industry Forum 2013, with the speeches of the main speakers. These videos do not contain the extended Q&A sessions following each panel.

On the right: biographies of the speakers as well as the read-ahead documents for the Forum.

NATO Industry Forum Opening
Please click here for the read ahead.

Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Vershbow opens the NIF 2013

Mr Murad Bayar welcomes the NIF 2013 attendants


Panel 1 NATO’s operational perspective
The first panel elaborates on NATO's operational perspective through the testimonies of senior NATO military leaders commanding NATO operations.
Please click here for the read ahead.

General Jean-Paul Palomeros sets the scene for panel 1


Major General Michael Kingsley delivers his speech for panel 1


Vice Admiral Peter Hudson delivers his speech for panel 1

Lieutenant General Ralph J. Jodice II (retired) delivers his speech for panel 1

General Frank Gorenc delivers his speech for panel 1
(poor audio quality)



Panel 2 Inspiring strategies from industry
In the context of managing change, industry representatives inspire NATO by sharing their own success stories and strategic approaches in this panel.
Please click here for the read ahead.

Mr Alberto de Benedictis sets the scene for panel 2

Mr William Schmieder delivers his speech for panel 2

Dr Richard Hooper delivers his speech for panel 2

Mr David Perry delivers his speech for panel 2




Panel 3 NATO-Industry Relations
This panel builds upon the recent ‘Framework for NATO-Industry Engagement’ that could bolster future capability development and delivery.
Please click here for the read ahead.

Mr Patrick Auroy sets the scene for panel 3

Mr Murad Bayar delivers his speech for panel 3

Mr Bernhard Gerwert delivers his speech for panel 3

Mr Robert Bell delivers his speech for panel 3 (poor audio quality)


NATO Industry Forum Closing

Mr Ernest J. Herold and Vice Admiral Bruce Grooms deliver the key take aways of the NIF



Training Synchronisation - Archive 2013

2013tslogo 200The 2013 Training Synchronisation Conference (TSC) took place in Riga, Latvia 22-24 January 2013.

The TSC has proven to be an effective means of coordinating E&T activity across NATO Commands, Nations and Partners. In-keeping with the spirit of the previous TSC (cost effectiveness and enhanced cooperation), a combined Education Forum/NATO Individual Training and Education Conference (NITEC) and the NATO Training and Exercise Conference (NTEC) will be co-located and take place during the same week. This TSC was an occasion to present the latest revisions to NATO's E&T Policy and provide details of all exercises. In addition, the TSC also provided an opportunity to offer a practical demonstration of electronic-Individual Training and Education Programme (e-ITEP).

Please contact one of the admins if you have any questions.


  • Training Synchronisation Conferences:
    • ACT
      Rudolfs Rudzuroga NCN: 555-3337
      Guillaume Ehrhart NCN: 555-4118
    • SHAPE
      Manuel Gonzalez Serrano NCN: 254-3816
  • NTEC
    Michael Wright NCN: 555-3343
    Uwe Willert NCN: 555-3437
  • Education Forum
    Philippe Plamondon NCN: 555-3602



The NTEC 13 provides a forum for discussion of the draft MTEP 2014-2018, in accordance with SACEUR's Annual Guidance on Education, Training, Exercises and Evaluation (SAGE): collecting endorsements and observations from Nations to ensure their views and comments are taken into consideration for the final MTEP. The NTEC will be used to introduce Nations and Partners training opportunities and solicit participation from across NATO. The key topics for discussion include:

  1. Endorsement of the draft MTEP.
  2. Offers of Host Nation Support for MTEP events.
  3. Offers for Live Exercises (LIVEX) hosting; either through extant multinational training events or as a unique NATO Response Force (NRF) training opportunity.
  4. Issues related to a nations contribution/participation as an NRF component and/or a Joint Command and Control Capability (J2C2) Headquarters.
  5. National training issues of interest to NATO.

Final Agenda NTEC 2013

Minutes (PDF Format)

act_logoNITEC & Education Forum

For 2013, the Education Forum and the NATO Individual Training and Education Conference (NITEC) will be combined into a single one and a half day event. Due to the electronic Individual Training and Education Programme (e-ITEP) not yet having achieved NATO software accreditation, the discussion and approval by national representatives of an ITEP for the following year will not be the main focus of NITEC as original envisioned. Considering that NITEC and the Education Forum are closely related, these two events will be combined for this iteration of the Training Synchronisation Conference. The formal presentations and discussion programme will be held in Riga, Latvia all day on 22 January 2013, and the morning of 23 January. In addition, opportunities for hands-on informal demos of Technology-Based Learning and e-ITEP will be available over the three days of the Training Synchronisation Conference.

Aim of the Combined Conference. This combined conference is an interactive platform for national representatives as well as delegates from training centers, training facilities and education institutions. Its aims is to provide updates on NATO Education and Individual Training policies, capabilities and management while collecting feedback to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and affordability of education and training.

Education Forum

Purpose: bring together NATO & partner education and training experts and representatives to further develop relationships between education and training facilities. Spread a uniform transformation message, avoid duplication of efforts, increase awareness and streamline resources ensuring they are informed and where appropriate streamlined with ACT Directives.
Target Audience: All NATO and NATIONAL (including partners) education and training facilities with an interest in joint work with NATO (approx 80-140 attendees)
Endstate: Enabler, ongoing event recommendations from syndicates and joint session passed to ACOS JETE (Chair)
Method: Annual Conference
Timeline: 1 day

Final Agenda NITEC 2013

Master Presentation NITEC 2013 - Day 1 (PDF Format, Approx. 20MB)

Master Presentation NITEC 2013 - Day 2 (PDF Format, Approx. 1MB)

 Training Synchronization Conference 2013 Photos
(Photos courtesy of Gatis Diezins and Normunds Mezins)


Operations Research and Analysis Conference 2013 - Available Material

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SFA Report

sfa report 2013

Operations Research and Analysis Conference 2013

2013oraThe seventh NATO Operations Research and Analysis (ORA) Conference took place in Rome, 2-4 October 2013. Organized by the HQ SACT Operational Analysis Branch and co-sponsored by the NATO Science and Technology Board, the conference was hosted at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.


2013 conference consisted of plenary and breakout sessions based around a central theme of 'Planning for the Future'. The conference started off in plenary session on the Wednesday afternoon around the topic 'Strategic Forecasting'. On Thursday two topic streams, one on Capability Planning and another of Operations had presentations from NATO and national ORA practitioners. On Friday morning two keynote speakers discussed the theme in the context of how to conduct "Futures Analysis" and what is the "Future of Analysis".


The conference brought together the analysis community from NATO commands and agencies, national defence research organizations, academia and industry, as well as customers and stakeholders who rely on the products of analysis.

Language and Classification:

The program was "NATO/PfP Unclassified" and was presented and published in English during the conference.

Enrolment and Registration:

Participants enrol and register for the conference through the website of the Collaborative Support Office of the Science and Technology Organization using the following website: They should look for "Meeting Enrolments" and scroll to the ORA Conference 2013.

Conference Coordinators:

For the conference program and instructions for presenters: Mr Simon Purton, tel: +1 757 747 3681

For enrolment and registration: Ms Rina Tahar, tel: +33 1 55 61 22 77

The documents pertaining to the event are available to the participants only, therefore a password is required to access the reserved area.

If you have any questions regarding the 2013 Operational Analysis Workshop Available Material, please contact the Conference coordinators.

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NATO Operations Medical Conference Contents

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Innovation Hub Social Media Event – Brainstorming Finding

Opportunity Areas

1 - Support to existing Command and Control

2 - Alternative Command and Control

3 - Crisis prevention and resolution

4 - Corporate communication

5 - Strategic communication

6 - Measure of effectiveness

7 – Environment understanding

8 - Crisis mapping

9 - Language support

10 - Cultural Awareness

11 - Initial entry capability

12 - Education and training

13 - Small devices in operation

14 - Simulation with and of SM

15 - Key Leaders Engagement

16 - Collaboration protocols apps

17 - Cyber domain understanding

18 - Crowdsourcing of ACT business

19 - ACT project management

20 - Coordination in Comprehensive Approach

21 - Monitoring and Evaluation of reconstruction efforts


22 - Standardization and interoperability of SM tools

23 - Strategic framework for the use of SM

24 - Operators profile and skills

25 - Measure of effectiveness

26 - SM operators training

27 - Internet provision

28 - NATO narrative

29 - Cultural change


30 - SM Security issues

31 - Internet dependence

32 - Relationship vs. influence

Steadfast Pyramid & Pinnacle 2013

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Academic Conference 2012

acad outreach 350Dynamic Change: rethinking NATO Capabilities,
Operations and Partnerships

The Academic Conference is the climax of the Strategic Plans & Policy Division's annual Academic Outreach cycle, which aims to develop and foster ACT's relationships with universities and Think Tanks.

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Education and Training

NATO forces undergo pre-deployment training to prepare them for operations in an IED environment. They also receive further instruction in-theatre to update their training and deal with regional challenges. NATO, with SACT in the lead, also focuses on decreasing the gaps between countries in training, standardization and doctrine development regarding C-IED.

One of the most important aspects of C-IED training is being able to stop networks before emplacement of IEDs, recognize IEDs and safely disable them before they injure or kill troops and civilians. In line with this, SACT offers several C-IED training programmes executed by the C-IED Integrated Product Team, including a Staff Officer Awareness Course, an Attack the Network Tactical Awareness Course, a Weapons Intelligence Team Course and a C-IED Train the Trainer Course, in addition to utilizing the C-IED VNCF.

Several Centres of Excellence (COEs) also offer specialized courses and training useful for an IED environment. The principle aim of the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) COE in Madrid, Spain, for example, is to enhance the capabilities of participants to counter, reduce and eliminate threats from IEDs by offering multinational courses for C-IED experts. The C-IED COE, in concert with the private sector, also focuses on defeating the network.

The Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) COE in Trencín, Slovakia focuses on “defeating the device.” EOD COE improves the capabilities of EOD specialists called upon to neutralize IEDs by providing training and expertise in the field of explosive ordinance detection, neutralization and disposal. In addition to training, the EOD COE also focuses on standardization and doctrine development and developing capabilities for EOD and IED technology improvements.

Due to their related fields of specializations, the EOD COE and the C-IED COE will cooperate with each other. Additionally, the COEs have close links with others that specialize in areas that add to the field of countering IEDs, including the Military Engineering (MILENG) COE in Inglostadt, Germany, the Defence Against Terrorism (DAT) COE in Ankara, Turkey, the Military Medical (MILMED) COE in Budapest, Hungary, and the Human Intelligence (HUMINT) COE in Oradea, Romania.

Information Sharing and Intel

NATO's initial C-IED efforts focused on detecting and neutralizing IEDs. Now, however, C-IED work is not just about detection and neutralization, but instead must also focus on addressing the networks behind the IEDs. In line with this, NATO utilizes both military and civilian means in the fight against IEDs.

Information-sharing between international and national law enforcement agencies, as well as border and customs agencies, is instrumental in mapping insurgent networks. This helps to disrupt the operational IED chain. As such, NATO would like to promote cooperation with these various agencies and organizations.

NATO also trains its troops on how to interact with civilians during deployment. The information provided by civilians who know the area can be instrumental in preventing IED attacks.

Equipment and Technology

IEDs can be hidden anywhere: in animals, planted in roads or strapped to a person. They can be detonated via cell phones or trip wires, among other methods. They can be deployed everywhere: in a combat environment or in the middle of a busy city. The adaptability of IEDs to almost any situation makes them difficult to detect and stop, which is why NATO members and partners are using several methods to increase counter IED capabilities. For example, the Emerging Security Challenges (ESC) Division has several science initiatives that focus on developing sensors to detect explosive before they can claim lives.

In coordination with the Defence Investment Division (DI), the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) helps to coordinate and execute the joint acquisition of C-IED equipment through a common funded system or nationally provided funds. NC3A conducts research and development on countering IEDs and works on developing in-house technologies and techniques, as part of the Defence Against Terrorism Programme of Work (DAT PoW), which is under the responsibility of ESC. NC3A also analyzes emerging technology in the area of countering IEDs and tests them, in an unbiased way, in an operational environment to ensure they fit with the Alliance’s needs.

In addition to the DAT PoW, a counter-measure programme designed to identify and deliver short-term capability solutions specifically includes a C-IED initiative. Spain is taking the lead on testing various stand-off detection technologies, while Slovakia is focusing on activities, technologies and procedures for IED "Render-Safe" operations in line with an Explosive Ordnance Disposal initiative.

In line with the NATO Secretary General's goal of promoting multinational cooperation in defence spending, the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) has identified 19 initiatives for multinational armaments cooperation in the fight against IEDs. These initiatives, such as joint acquisition of equipment, joint testing of new technology, technological research cooperation and development of common equipment standards, have been regrouped into a C-IED Materiel Roadmap.

The CNAD also developed a Voluntary National Contribution Fund (VNCF) to support multinational projects in the C-IED Action Plan, such as pre-deployment training of Weapon Intelligence Teams. NATO members also have access to a Clearing House database, established to facilitate information-sharing on current and future C-IED equipment programmes and to help identify possible areas of cooperation.

Counter-IED Action Plan

The C-IED Action Plan guides the Alliance's efforts to reduce the effects of IEDs and acts as an umbrella for the coordination of the various actors involved in C-IED. It covers all areas of countering improvised explosive devices, from the strategic to the tactical. It focuses on several areas of concern to the Alliance, including improving coordination and cooperation with the European Union and between Alliance members, developing and investing in equipment designed to reduce the risk of and damage caused by IEDs, and ensuring that troops in the field receive training for an IED environment.

The C-IED Action Plan is built around several different areas, including information-sharing, closer cooperation with other international organizations and law enforcement agencies, specialized training for troops deployed to areas where IEDs are widely used and improving equipment used to detect IEDs and protect troops.

Supreme Allied Command Transformation (SACT) in Norfolk, Virginia in the United Sates has the overall responsibility for implementing the different aspects of the Action Plan and leverages the NATO C-IED Task Force to coordinate and synchronize efforts across NATO HQ, Strategic Commands and other NATO bodies.

CD&E Conference 2013 - Read-Aheads

2103cde logo 250Unified Security Force Assistance (SFA)

Required Readings

Optional Readings

Combined Operational Fires

Required Readings:

Optional Readings

The Soldier of the Future

Required Readings

Optional Readings



Dutch Defence & Security Symposium

2013cde dssThis year's CD&E Conference coincides with the 25th Defence and Security Symposium and Exhibition that will be held on 21 November 2013 in AHOY Rotterdam. This annual symposium and exhibition is organized by the Nederlandse Industrie voor Defensie en Veiligheid (NIDV) or Netherlands Industries for Defence and Security. Participants to the CD&E Conference are offered the opportunity to participate in the Symposium and exhibition.

The theme for the combined Symposium and Exhibition is "Investing jointly in Security and Development", a subject that is closely related to the theme of CD&E Conference: "Connected Force Development in an Uncertain World".

Visitors are offered a special program of presentations and lectures and the opportunity to visit the Defence exhibition. The tentative program includes speeches by Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and Ms. Claude-France Arnould,  Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency. In addition (top) officials from Defence, the government and the political arena, a national or international industry or a relevant institute will be invited to provide an introduction. The Defence exhibition will present an overview of the latest technological developments in the area of defence and security to governments, defence organizations and the international business community.

CD&E Conference participants interested in participation in the Defence and Security Symposium and Exhibition can register here.

NATO and Government officials can participate free of charge. When registering at the link above, select "I am a Dutch government official, politician or NIDV member company and wish to register for this event free of charge." In the electronic registration form, under Company, type in "2013 International CD&E Conference Participant".

Futures Community

futures work logo250New documents from our first and second workshop, including the Final Report, are now available in the library.

Industry Day 2012 - Archive

id2012logo250The area below highlights the main topics of this year's Industry Day. The main titles link to a downloadable PDF with information about the Panel or Breakout Session, while the names of lecturers and titles of lectures (when in bold) link to the lecturer's biography or the presentation/summary of the lecture, when available.



Panel 1 – "A Dynamic Context"
Moderated by Mr Damon WILSON

Panel 2 – "Adapting to the game changers"
Moderated by Mr Damon WILSON

Panel 3 - Discussion on "Frameworks for engagement with Industry and actionable items to enhance NATO-Industry relationship"
Moderated by Mr Damon Wilson

Breakout session I "Technology Trends and Science Challenges"

Breakout session II "Framework for NATO engagement with Industry"

Breakout session III "Immersive Training Environments"

Breakout session IV "Joint ISR"

Brief on "Priority Shortfall Areas and Capability Packages"

CD&E Conference 2012 - Archive

cde 2012 logo250The Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E) Conference is HQ SACT and US Joint Staff's 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 2012 conference was the Republic of Lithuania. The Energy Security Centre under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs served as the Executive Agent for planning and hosting the conference in Vilnius.

Location and dates: The Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, Konstitucijos pr. 20, Lt-09308 Vilnius, Lithuania - 6th to 8th November 2012

Theme: "Optimizing Joint & Combined Forces For 2020 And Beyond"


  • Day 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;
  • Day 2 & partly day 3: Obtain perspectives on ideas, discuss relevant problems and challenges, and explore potential solutions to energy security from a military point of view and Maritime Security Operations; Combined Operational Access;
  • Day 3: Finalize the conference inputs focusing on optimizing the development of joint and combined forces.

Structure: Tuesday 06 November: Key note, Panel session, Information sharing sessions (plenary); Wednesday 07 November: Workshops (WS) and Limited Objective Experiment (LOE) (breakouts); Thursday 08 November: WS and LOE, results, conclusions and closure (breakouts and plenary). The final version of the program can be downloaded here.

invitationAttendance: 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 Joint Staff J7, Joint and Coalition Warfighting.

Language Format: The program was unclassified/releasable to the public and was presented and published in English. There were no translation services available during the conference.

Documents pertaining to the Conference can be found on the ACT CD&E Webportal (registration for this Portal can be obtained here).

2012 Conference Coordinators:

ACT Lead Planner - Lieutenant Colonel Soeren Soltau Petersen, SO Capability Engineering, Principles and Plans Branch, Tel +1(757)747-3682
US Joint Staff J7 Lead Planner - Mr. Van Edelmann, Tel +1(757)203-0502


Vice-Minister Evaldas Ignatavicius ~ Ambassador Audrius Brūzga ~ Major General Peter C. Bayer Jr. ~ Rear Admiral James Goldrick AM, CSC, RAN ~ Brigadier General Giovanni Fungo ~ Brigadier General Brian D. Beaudreault ~ Brigadier General Vilmantas Tamošaitis

Required and Optional Readings

Military Energy Efficiency Workshop (ESC) - Required Readings ~ Energy In The Military After The Nato Summit Meeting In Chicago ~ Fuel Supply For Military Missions And Operations – In Search For Solutions ~ Linking "Smart Defence" And Energy Security: The Chicago Summit And Beyond ~ Provision Of Resources For Military Operations: Key Challenges And Solutions ~ The Smart Energy Solution ~ Will Smart Defence Embrace Smart Energy?

Military Energy Efficiency Workshop (ESC) - Optional Readings ~ Closing The Gap Between Energy And National Security ~ Proposed Methodologies For Assessment Of Energy Security Level ~ Renewable Energies To Enhance Security In The Usa Military Environment: Solar Photovoltaic And Biomass ~ Renewable Energy For Sustainable Missions ~ Smart Defence: Towards A Limited, But Reinforced Energy Security Mandate

Implementation Concept for Maritime Security Operations (ACT) - Required Readings ~ Warm-Up Questions ~ Rationale, Concept and Implementation of MSO ~ There were no Optional Read-aheads for this workshop.

Combined Operational Access (US JS) - Required Readings ~ Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC) ~ Capstone Concept for Joint Operations (CCJO) ~ Decade of War, Vol. 1 ~ There were no Optional Read-aheads for this workshop.

CD&E 2012 Limited Objective Experiment - EXPERIMENTATION AT THE 2012 CD&E CONFERENCE
Discover the utility of selected tools in a CD&E Conference Environment

Objective #1: Increase the capture of conference delegates' opinions and ideas through the use of polling

Polling Provides:

  • Increased audience interest and participation.
  • Participant anonymity.
  • Democracy of input where everyone gets a say rather than a few vocal participants.
  • Increased productivity where substantial time savings can be accomplished.
  • Increased ownership of the conference products by all participants.
  • Requirements:
    • Prepared polling questions (ACT/OPEX in coordination with Conference and Workshop leaders)
    • Polling survey tools: paper or electronic (ACT/OPEX to provide)
    • Collation and analysis staff (ACT/OPEX) at the Conference
    • IT to provide survey feedback to plenary or workshops (ACT/OPEX in coordination with Conference planners)

Employ polling in two forms as follows:

  • Pre-conference: Include a simple online survey within the registration process. This initial survey will obtain information on what the delegates consider to be important aspects within each of the three workshop themes. Collated prior to the Conference, this information can be used to help prime the discussion in each workshop.
  • During each of the three workshops, a roving survey team provided by ACT Operational Experimentation (OPEX) Branch will assist workshop leaders in conducting polling to support workshop objectives and gather information about the perceptions of the workshop from the delegates.

(Note: in the event electronic polling cannot be accomplished, traditional paper polling will be employed.)

Objective #2: Help organize ideas in each of the three workshops through Affinity Diagramming

Affinity Diagramming provides:

  • A technique to obtain ideas and opinions from each participant.
  • Increased audience interest and participation.
  • Democracy of input where everyone can provide inputs without vocal participation.
  • A method of coherently organizing brainstormed ideas and opinions.
  • Requirements:
    • Three Affinity Diagramming facilitators (ACT/OPEX)
    • Prepared Affinity Diagramming topics/sub-topics related to the workshop
    • Post-It note pads
    • Black marking pens
    • Blank boards to stick the filled-out Post-It notes

Employ Affinity Diagramming in two forms as follows:

  • Workshop plenary: Upon completion of each workshop's opening presentations, 30 minutes prior to the first coffee break will be provide workshop participants the opportunity to brainstorm on a specific sub-topic significantly related to the workshop theme and objectives. ACT/OPEX will analyse the inputs to help provide additional value to the workshop discussions and outputs as well as achievement of the workshop objectives.
  • Workshop syndicates/breakout sessions: More detailed questions relating to specific areas of the workshop themes can benefit from further Affinity Diagramming activities to allow all participants to make inputs to the discussion process without the impact of vocal influence from a few. ACT/OPEX will help facilitate this additional Affinity Diagramming.

Objective #3: Using an "Idea Wall" in the lobby/breakout area to help capture Conference delegates' ideas on CD&E Community of Interest matters including organization, communication, and practical issues.

Employ the Idea Wall as follows:

  • Display the idea wall using a large display wall provided by ACT in the main conference lobby area.
  • Develop main themes and questions relevant to the CD&E Community of Interest.
  • Encourage participants to add their ideas during breaks and throughout the conference.
  • Update Idea Wall questions twice per day.
  • Requirements:
    • Mobile display wall (ACT/OPEX)
    • Prepared topics/sub-topics related to the CD&E Community of Interest
    • Post-It note pads
    • Black marking pens

Next Steps:

  • Develop pre-registration survey questions (Complete and in use)
  • Obtain electronic polling system from JWC (In progress)
  • Develop Affinity Diagramming questions for workshops (In progress)
  • Develop draft electronic polling questions (In progress and will update during conference)
  • Develop Idea Wall questions (In progress)

(Note: In the event electronic polling cannot be accomplished, traditional paper polling will be employed.)

Innovation Hub - Reference Documents

Innovation Hub - Archive 2012

innohub logo250Human Environment Capabilities Event

Supreme Allied Command Transformation
Human Environment Capabilities Event
Online 13-15 June 2012.

Join experts from governments, the military, NGOs, Industry and Academia to address NATO's challenges in interaction with the human environment in operations.

Recent evolutions have made the human aspects increasingly important in operations.

NATO military has taken on new missions to include contribution to stabilization, reconstruction and humanitarian relief. As a consequence, new objectives have been identified, namely to gain legitimacy among populations in theatre and among the global public opinion and to leverage non-military capabilities from other actors in theatre.

NATO Nations' public oversight on the military operations has increased.

The communication age has built a new social reality where military actions are presented to the whole world in a matter of minutes and almost immediately impact the global public opinion. High tech telecommunication has also a significant impact on the soldiers' behavior and opinion.

When these new challenges were first identified, NATO military responded with the development of new Human Environment Capabilities such as Strategic communication, Civil-military interaction, Psychological operations, Human Terrain Systems, Cultural Advisors, the Comprehensive Approach and the Knowledge Development concepts.

Today, after 10 years of intense NATO operations, one could question whether these new capabilities are sufficient, efficient or even needed.

To kickoff a study of NATO Human Environment Capabilities, Allied Command Transformation Future Solutions Branch is organising an online event aimed at improving the understanding of the issues at stake and identifying potential stakeholders for the following study campaign. This will be the opportunity to engage experts from the Military, Industry and Academia.

The web event will be held on June 13-15 2012.

Properly addressing the human environment could consist in a four steps process.

Understand - NATO operations need to achieve the desired effect within the given human environment. The first step is to understand that human environment through the systematic building and updating of a knowledge base about the people. In a first stage, this knowledge base would be built on second hand information. But since no one understands people only by reading books or listening to theories; as soon as possible, this knowledge base needs to be verified and complemented by direct contact with the people. One aspect that should not be forgotten is to know ourselves. As Sun Tsu wrote, military success depends on how well you now your enemies and yourself. Even if we must be prepared, at least at the start of an operation, to face an enemy we don't know yet we cannot afford not to perfectly know ourselves. Perceptions, needs, beliefs, values, languages, strengths and weaknesses of the NATO soldiers are part of what we need to understand.

Operationalize - means making military sense of the understanding; translating it into objectives to meet, decisions to take and actions to conduct.

Adapt - If the operationalize step is successful; the commander knows what to do. But the problem is not solved yet; since, in complex situations, the military tools might not be designed to perform all the required tasks. Adapting the processes and the capabilities to the specific situation should be systematically considered. Adaptation should be encouraged and facilitated by the hierarchy and the planning process.

Influence - is the application of actions to the human environment in order to achieve the desired non-kinetic effect. These actions and their effects need to be continuously monitored in order to ensure they are in line with the operational and strategic military objectives.


The human environment of an operation consists of all the people impacting the operation. It includes the local populations and authorities together with domestic and global public opinions, the blue and red forces.

The human environment capabilities consist of all the capabilities, functions, concepts and processes contributing to understand, operationalize, adapt to, and influence the human environment in operations.

This includes but is not limited to:

PSYOPS – Psychological Operations
CIMIC – Civil-Military Cooperation
HTS – Human Terrain System
ISTAR - Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance

INFO OPS – Information Operations
STRATCOM – Strategic Communication
Cultural Advisors
CCOMC – Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre

COIN Doctrine – Counterinsurgency Doctrine
CA – Comprehensive Approach
CMI – Civil-Military Interaction
JISR – Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Knowledge Development
COPD – Comprehensive Operational Planning Directive.

Reference Documents

The following links are provided as background information:

Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan
by Major General Michael T. Flynn, USA ~ Captain Matt Pottinger, USMC ~ Paul D. Batchelor, DIA


Multiple Futures Project Report

Mastering the Human Aspects in Operation (Food for Thought Paper)

Empowering Local Partners
(Released by the White House, August 2011)

COMISAF initial assessment (Aug 2009)


Insurgency and Counterinsurgency


CFC and CIMICWEB presentation

Innovation Hub New Homepage

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NATO Bi-SC Space WG - Formalization

NATO Operations Medical Conference Pictures


Long Term Requirements Workshop - Keynote Speaker

halalTechnology’s Promise

Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business and Society

William E. Halal

This authoritative and fascinating forecast of science and technology shows that relentless technological progress is driving the creative transformation of business, society, the entire world, and even what it means to be human. A “Technology Revolution” is accelerating today as an explosion of ever more sophisticated information systems creates unprecedented gains in knowledge, and producing breakthroughs everywhere.

Technology’s Promise draws on the work of TechCast Project at George Washington University to chart the terrain ahead. By pooling the knowledge of 100 experts around the world, the book offers the best forecast data ever assembled, covering the entire span of technological innovation. Provocative analyses of energy, the environment, robotics, artificial intelligence, biogenetics, transportation, space, and much more offer guidance on threats and opportunities in this high-tech future. The book then examines social impacts of the Tech Revolution on business and social institutions, globalization, intelligence and consciousness, and other pivotal issues of our time.

The forecasts are not speculative or optimistic, but conservative estimates based on empirical data. The author’s conclusions recognize that the world must mature if it is to survive, and the evidence presents the most likely outcome rather than mere possibilities. This intriguing book culminates with scenarios that “macro-forecast” the path of this historic trajectory, showing that the next decade may be most crucial.


Praise from government leaders, corporate executives, scientists, futurists, editors, and scholars around the world

  • The most defining book of our time. Brilliantly authoritative scenarios help you tap the staggering opportunities of coming technological breakthroughs. Written passionately with incredible clarity and convincing evidence, it dispels the current despair and provides hope for humanity's future.
    Madhav Mehra, CEO, World Council for Corporate Governance, London
  • A powerful system to prepare for the vast changes ahead. Readable, authoritative, optimistic, and exciting.
    Edward Cornish, Founder, World Future Society, Washington, DC
  • A must for any futurist, planner, or organization leader. No other book comes anywhere close. Michael Marien, Editor, Future Survey, Syracuse, New York
  • You must understand the technology revolution to understand the future.
    Halal gives you a passport to this new world. Richard Lamm, Former Governor of Colorado
  • A prescient masterpiece.
    Nate Allen, Lt. Colonel, US Army
  • Not since Megatrends have we been given such a clear view into the future of technology.
    Jim Blasingame, radio host, The Small Business Advocate Show
  • An indispensable guide to the future for entrepreneurs and a powerful tool for strategic planners and thinkers.
    John W. Rollins, IT Entrepreneur, Washington, DC
  • An antidote to doom and gloom, not by ignoring problems but by demonstrating that we are creating the technology to reach a new level of civilization.
    Harry Rothman, Editor, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, England
  • This passionate, enlightened book with its superlative expert forecasting will prime you for the staggering opportunities and demanding challenges of our times.
    John Smart, President, Acceleration Studies Foundation, Los Angeles
  • A breathtaking and immensely practical view of what the future holds for us all.
    Paul Saffo, Author and Forecaster, Silicon Valley

William E. Halal is Professor Emeritus of Management, Technology and Innovation at George Washington University, co-founder of the Institute for Knowledge & Innovation, and President of TechCast LLC. A respected scholar, consultant, and speaker, he has written five other books and hundreds of articles. Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of the Future rated Bill among “The World’s Most Influential Futurists,” including H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Alvin Toffler, and Daniel Bell.

Contents * Discovering the Forces of Transformation * Manufacturing and Robotics * Energy and Environment * Information Technology * Medicine and Biogenetics * Transportation * Space * Social Systems * Beyond Knowledge * Scenarios – A Virtual trip Through Time.

183 pp / 0-230-01954-4 / $39.95 hardback. To obtain a review copy, commission an article or discuss interviews and extracts, contact Lisa Dunn: Tel 01256 302813 or email

Long Term Requirements Workshop - Programme

floorplanDATES: 8-9 September 2011

LOCATION: Sheraton Brussels Hotel, Place Rogier 3, Brussels 1210, Belgium

DRESS: Business Casual (open collar)

Thursday, 8 September – Permecke Room – Third Floor

  • 0830 Registration in the Third Floor Common Area

  • 0900 Administrative Remarks
    Cdr Paul Fotheringham
    Section Head – Long Term Requirements Analysis, Allied Command Transformation

  • 0910 Setting the Scene – NATO Defence Planning
    BGen Peter Bartram
    Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Requirements, Allied Command Transformation

  • 0930 Multiple Futures
    Mr. Mark Tocher
    Long Term Requirements Analyst, Allied Command Transformation

  • 1000 Long Term Requirements
    Cdr Paul Fotheringham
    Section Head – Long Term Requirements Analysis, Allied Command Transformation

  • 1030 Break in the Third Floor Common Area

  • 1100 Keynote Presentation: Technology’s Promise
    Dr. William Halal
    Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Innovation, George Washington University

  • 1230 Lunch – No-host lunch is available at the hotel restaurant or at several other restaurants in the immediate vicinity

  • 1400 Structure of Breakout Groups
    Cdr Paul Fotheringham
    Section Head – Long Term Requirements Analysis, Allied Command Transformation

  • 1415 Breakout Groups – Multidisciplinary Iteration
    Holbein, Turner, Willumsen and Rembrandt Rooms

  • 1515 Break in the Third Floor Common Area

  • 1545 Breakout Groups Multidisciplinary Iteration (continued)
    Holbein, Turner, Willumsen and Rembrandt Rooms

  • 1630 End of Day One Programme

Friday, 9 September – Permecke Room – Third Floor

  • 0900 Day Two Administrative Remarks
    Cdr Paul Fotheringham
    Section Head – Long Term Requirements Analysis, Allied Command Transformation
  • 0915 Breakout Groups Specialist Iteration
    Holbein, Turner, Willumsen and Rembrandt Rooms

  • 1030 Break in the Third Floor Common Area

  • 1100 Breakout Groups Specialist Iteration (continued)
    Holbein, Turner, Willumsen and Rembrandt Rooms

  • 1200 Lunch – No-host lunch is available at the hotel restaurant or at several other restaurants in the immediate vicinity

  • 1330 Breakout Groups Specialist Iteration (continued)
    Holbein, Turner, Willumsen and Rembrandt Rooms

  • 1500 Break in the Third Floor Common Area

  • 1530 Bringing It All Together (Permecke Room)
    Mr. Francois Vanzeebroeck
    Branch Head – Long Term Requirements, Allied Command Transformation

  • 1600 End of Programme

Long Term Requirements Workshop - Administrative

LTR - Admin

Long Term Requirements Workshop - Registration

Registration is now closed because the maximum number of participants has been reached.

Location and Accommodation:
The Long Term Requirements Workshop will be held at the Sheraton Brussels Hotel, located in the downtown business district at Place Rogier with numerous restaurants and shopping nearby. It is also within a very short distance to various means of public transit including metro, bus, tram and rail (Gare Nord). The hotel has offered accommodation for workshop attendees at a (NATO) rate of 150€/night (single).

Further information and reservations can be made by visiting the Sheraton Brussels Hotel website.

Business casual.

Conference Fee:
There will be no conference or administrative fees associated with this workshop. Coffee and light snacks will be provided at no cost to attendees however meals will not be provided. Attendees will be responsible for their own meal expenses during the workshop.

Workshop Coordinators:
Cdr Paul Fotheringham,, Tel +1(757) 747-3474
Mr. Mark Tocher,, Tel +1(757) 747-3275

Operational Analysis Workshop 2011 - Available Material

oa_wsThe documents pertaining to the event are restricted to the Workshop participants, therefore a password is required to access the reserved area.

If you have any questions regarding the 2011 Operational Analysis Workshop Available Material, please contact:

Mrs. Sue Collins
phone +1.757.747.3121

Mr. Han de Nijs (



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Operational Analysis Conference 2012 - Available Material

The sixth NATO Operational Analysis (OA) Conference took place 13-14 June 2012, hosted at the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A), in The Hague, Netherlands.


This year's conference consisted of plenary and breakout sessions based around a central theme of 'Evidence Based Support to Decision Makers.' The conference at times split into two sub-topic streams encompassing: "Support to Decision Makers in Operations and Assessment" and "Support to Decision Makers in Capability Development."


The Operational Analysis Conference brings together the analysis community from NATO commands and agencies, national defence research organizations, academia and industry.

Language and Classification:

The program is "NATO Unclassified" and is presented and published in English during the conference.

Conference Coordinator:

Mr. Han de Nijs (


Pre-Conference Workshop:
'Operational Analysis and Operational Research in a Restructured NATO'

This year, prior to the conference on 12 June, we also hosted a one-day workshop entitled "Operational Analysis in a restructured NATO." The aim of this workshop was to discuss a vision for the use of OA across NATO bodies and headquarters and identify actions needed to deliver it, with the target of influencing on-going Agency Reform and NATO Command Structure PE implementation. This workshop was open to participants from NATO, NATO Nations and NATO accredited Centre's of Excellence.

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Law of Armed Conflict NATO Training Group Task Group Update


stanag2449Given the complexity and intensity of current multinational military operations, it is important to achieve the highest degree of interoperability possible in all areas, including the training of forces in the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC).

NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 2449 sets out a minimum standard of necessary training for NATO forces and provides an outline of a training program useful to all military personnel, and to noncommissioned and commissioned officers specifically.

NATO STANAG 2449 provides not only a guideline for nations to use in the training of their forces, but also a basis upon which to assess their respective programs at the macro level in terms of interoperability.

The STANAG 2449 LOAC WG is part of the NATO Training Group structure and works on the amendment of the STANAG 2449.

Allied Command Staff Element Europe located at SHAPE, Belgium, will host the next meeting that will commence on Monday, 5 December and is planned to conclude on Thursday, 8 December. The first task of this meeting will be to produce the final text of the second edition of STANAG 2449 with a Law Of Armed Conflict teaching template. The second task will be to draft a standardization proposal for a new STANAG about NATO’s Rules of Engagement and the use and escalation of force.

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SACT Senior Leadership Workshop - Transportation


Transportation Details to be provided.

SACT Senior Leadership Workshop - Logistics & Social Program


An agreement has been reached with Colonial Williamsburg Hotel (310 South England Street, Williamsburg, VA) for this event: room rate is $155 per room and doesn't include breakfast.

Breakfast service is available at the following prices: Continental ($11), All-American ($18) or A-la-carte.

How to get to the hotel: Google Maps



A spouse program is available on November, 10th. Click here to read more.

Click here for the SPA menu.

Assured Access to the Global Commons - Asia-Pacific Perspective

asia-pacificGrand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore, November 15th 2010


Click here for the Reports.



This was the final workshop in the engagement plan. It took place on 15 November 2010 in Singapore, and focused on the Asian-Pacific perspective on security and a possible NATO role in the commons. A number of subject matter experts from nations around the region were brought together to discuss their specific concerns in the commons, and to contemplate NATO’s role, particularly in assuring access to the Strait of Malacca and the vital maritime shipping lanes of the region.

As with all the workshops, this one followed the Chatham House rule of non-attribution. Keynote speakers served as lead discussants, introducing a topic with a brief presentation and then leading the follow-on discussion. The intent was to engage all participants in an open and frank discussion.


What framework is best for the Global Commons?

What constitutes a threat to the Global Commons?

What governing bodies and policies exist to assure security of and access to the Global Commons?

What is or should be NATO’s role in assuring access to the Global Commons?

What other global organizations play a role in assuring access to the Global Commons?

At a policy and strategy level, what could NATO do to contribute to assuring access to the Global Commons?

How can a Comprehensive Approach (integrated government, commercial and military effort) assure access to the Global Commons? 

These questions will be covered by these discussion starters:

  • ASEAN and Future Partnerships For Global Security Initiatives
  • Littoral States’ Role in Security of Straits of Malacca
  • Emerging Security Issues in Southeast Asia
  • Global Resource Web, Securing the World’s Resources
  • Cloud Computing Security - The Soft Spot

Click here for the Discussion Starters Slides


The latest agenda is available here.

A list of invited participants is available here.

Biographies of keynote speakers can be found here.

ACT DCOS SPP Major General Barrett’s opening remarks are now available here.

An online library containing background information and suggested read-aheads is available here.

Some photos from the venue can be downloaded here.

Project Director: Mr. Dick Bedford, Tel. +1 (757) 747-3382

SACT Senior Leadership Workshop - Agenda

18:30 Dinner (OPEN END)
08:30 Start of Senior Leadership Workshop
08:30 - 08:35 Opening Remarks Gen Abrial
08:35 - 08:40 Administrative Brief
08:40 - 12:30 Topic 1
08:40 - 08:50 Plenary input phase
08:55 - 10:30 Syndicate Session – 2 Working Groups
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:15 Feedback to plenary
11:15 - 12:15 Exchange of views
12:15 - 12:20 Closing Remarks/ D&G
12:20 - 12:30 Personal Time
12:30 - 13:30 Working Lunch
Topic 2 - Exchange of Views
12:30 - 12:35 Introductory Remarks
12:30 - 13:25 Exchange of views
13:25 - 13:30 Closing Remarks/ D&G
13:30 - 13:45 Personal Time
13:45 - 16:00 Topic 3
13:45 - 13:55 Input phase
13:55 - 14:40 Plenary – Exchange of views
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:05 - 15:50 Plenary - Exchange of views
15:50 - 16:00 Closing Remarks/ D&G
16:00 End of Senior Leadership Workshop

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