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NATO Network Enabled Capability (NNEC)

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The formal definition of NNEC says that it is "the Alliance's cognitive and technical ability to federate the various components of the operational environment, from the strategic level down to the tactical levels, through a Networking and Information Infrastructure (NII)".

In more simple terms, NNEC can be considered as the ability to effectively federate capabilities in coalition operations, by addressing not only the networks and systems, but also the information to be shared, the process employed to handle it, and the policy and doctrine that allows sharing information and services. The need for NNEC is intrinsic to all coalition operations. NNEC Supports heterogeneous partners, with different capabilities and needs, to operate under a federate set of "rules" that provide interoperability from the technical to the cognitive domain. NNEC fully supports "The Connected Forces Initiative" which, in the words of the NATO Secretary General "mobilizes all of NATO's resources to strengthen the Allies' ability to work together in a truly connected way".

nnec componentsNNEC Components

For disparate systems to work together, NATO has traditionally focused on interoperability. NNEC picks up from there and through the four components (shown at left) identifies requirements, guidelines and solutions that will allow effective sharing of information and services supported by standards, joining instructions, data management practices, adequate information assurance and commensurate policies. NNEC looks at the ability to exchange information and, more importantly, at the ability to exploit that information, addressing the non-technical aspects of interoperability in the process.


COTC 2013 - Conference Material

cotc2013 250The latest version of the Agenda, the Read Aheads and the Administrative Notes can be found on our COTC Transnet page:

Click here to be redirected to the Conference Portal

The COTC Transnet page is password-protected. If you don't have a username and password, please get in touch with the the Transnet webmaster, Ms. Toi Coleman to obtain one.


POC for the events:

Lieutenant Colonet Jean Louis Gorius
French Army
Transformation Network Branch
Phone: +1 757 747 3548

COTC 2013 - Registration, Hotel & Logistics

cotc2013 250Online registration for this event is available here.


POC for the event:

Conference Registration/Event Management
Ms. Peggy Krall
US Civilian
Phone: +1 757 747 3955

Conference Content
Lieutenant Colonel Jean Louis Gorius
French Army
Transformation Network Branch
Phone: +1 757 747 3548

Assured Access to the Global Commons - Reports

genericWorkshop 1: Protecting the Global Commons
Washington D.C., USA, July 21 2010

Workshop 2: Protecting the Global Commons
Brussels, Belgium, September 16 2010
The SDA report can be seen here.

Workshop 3: Maritime
Norfolk, USA, September 30 2010

Workshop 4: Air & Space
Kalkar, Germany, October 15 2010

Workshop 5: Cyberspace
Tallinn, Estonia, October 19 2010

Workshop 6: Asia-Pacific Perspective
Singapore, November 15 2010
Workshop presentations available here.

Workshop 7: Global Perspectives
Washington D.C., USA, February 3 2011


Assured Access to the Global Commons Findings & Recommendations can be downloaded here (3 MB).

The Final Report of the AAGC project can be downloaded here (28.6 MB).

A text-only version of the Final Report can be downloaded here (580 kB).

A presentation of the main findings of the AAGC project can be seen here (549 kB).

AAGC Survey Analyses are provided here (1.8 MB).

A video-presentation can be seen clicking on the video on the right of this page.

A speech on  Assured Access to the Global Commons, delivered by Major General Barrett (USAF), Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Policy, ACT, to the 2011 Defence Planning Symposium in Oberammergau, Germany, can be seen here.

In January 2011, Colonel Christian Soules (French AF) delivered a presentation on Assured Access to the Global Commons at the Baseline Coordination Workshop of Multinational Experiment 7 (MNE-7) in Helsinki; his presentation can be seen here.

The NATO Strategic Concept can be downloaded here.

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

NATO Resource Conference - Contact us

Conference e-mail address:

Conference Point of Contact:

Mr. Willem Koelewijn
NATO Allied Command Transformation
Tel: +1(757) 747- 3631
Fax: +1(757) 747- 4176

NATO Resource Conference - Archive 2010


Please click here for a comprehensive report on the Inaugural NATO Resource Conference.

2010 Resource Conference
Briefings and Presentations

Resourcing NATO Requirements - Where are our strengths and weaknesses?
Mr. Per Christensen, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Defence, Norway

Resource Reform
Mr. Michel Lepage, Chairman Resource Policy and Planning Board

NATO Common Funding – What Next?
Mr. Joris Ghesquiere, Head of Plans & Policy Branch, NOR

Providing Military Advice Informed by Resources
BGen Patrick Wouters, Deputy Director P&P/IMS

The New NATO Defence Planning Process – How do Resources Fit in? 
Mr. Robert Wenmakers, Head of Defence Planning Staff Team, Defence Policy and Planning Division

Life-Cycle Costing of Capabilities 
Mr. Antonios Chatzidakis, NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA)

Capability Development 
Mr. Colin Martin, Branch Head – Programme Coordination, Assistant Chief of Staff, Policy and Programme Management

Acquisition Process Review and NATO Agencies Reform 
Mr. Richard Williams, Deputy Director, Armaments Directorate, Defence Investment Division

Reforming the Three Resource Pillars:

Resourcing and Implementing AOM Capabilities 
Mr. Stephen Pearce, Head of Alliance Operations Section, NOR 
Col Martin Fenn, Branch Chief CRO Capability Delivery, SHAPE

Prioritization of common-funded Capabilities 
BGen Patrick Wouters, Deputy Director Plans and Policy, International Military Staff (P&P/IMS)

Integrating Resource Management
Mr. Joris Ghesquiere, Head of Plans & Policy Branch, NOR


NATO Resource Conference - Archive 2011

resconf_logo250“Smart Resourcing for the Future”
Split, Croatia 16-17 November 2011

Click here to download the 2011 Final Report


  • Address current developments related to NATO common funding
  • Address the way ahead for common funding

Day 1:

  • Welcome
    Mr. Davor Bozinovic, Minister of Defence, Croatia

  • Smart Resourcing - How to fund greater security with fewer resources
    General Mieczyslaw Bieniek, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

  • Opening Remarks
    Mr. Wayne Bush, Director NATO Office of Resources

  • Resource Reform – Status & Way Ahead
    Mr. Michel Lepage, Chairman of Resource Policy and Planning Board
    BrigGen Jaroslaw Kocian, Director Logistics and Resources Division, IMS

  • Resource Reform in the NSIP and Military Budget
    Ms. Erika Antal, Investment Committee Chairperson
    Mr. Didier Lhotse, Budget Committee Chairman

  • Managing Resources for Operations
    Mr. Stephen Pearce, Head of Alliance Operations Section, NATO Office of Resources
    Mr. Alan Mackenzie, Branch Head Financial Operations and Policy Branch, SHAPE
    Col. Martin Fenn, Branch Chief CRO Capability Delivery, SHAPE

  • Transparency and Accountability in the Public Sector
    Mr Kevin Lindsey, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer of National Defence, CAN

Day 2:

  • Culture and Organizational Change – Delivering Performance through Continuous Transformation
    Ms. Lauren States, IBM Vice President, CTO for Cloud Computing and Growth Initiatives on the IBM Corporate Strategy team

  • Reinventing Common Funding
    Mr. Wayne Bush, Director NATO Office of Resources

  • NATO Resource Management Challenges
    Mr. David Wright, Director Resources and Logistics Division, US Mission to NATO & RPPB Dean

  • Smart Defence - Multinational Approaches through Capability Development
    Vice Admiral Carol Pottenger, Deputy Chief of Staff Capability Development, ACT

  • How can NDPP and Common Funding Processes be harmonized?
    BGen Wouters, Deputy Director Plans and Policy, IMS

  • Capability Package Process review / The Role of Host Nations
    Mr. Joris Ghesquiere, Head, Plans and Policy Branch, NATO Office of Resources

  • Closing Session: Smart Resourcing for the Future

      NATO Resource Conference - Archive 2012

      Conference Theme: Resourcing Capability Requirements for NATO 2020- Rising to the Challenges Together


      • Discuss NATO key capability requirements for 2020
      • Clarify NATO capabilities post-ISAF
      • Investigate the role of common funding in support of Smart Defence

      Day 1: NATO 2020 – Funding Strategic Capability Requirements

      Welcome and Introduction

      Block 1: NATO 2020 - Strategic NATO Capability Requirements

      Block 2: NATO 2020 – Implications for Common Funding

      Day 2: Capability Implementation

      Block 3: Evolution of the Alliance in operations

      Block 4: What next? – NATO post ISAF

      Block 5: Building Roadmaps to Capability Implementation

      Conclusion Session

      Assured Access to the Global Commons

      genericMain library

      GC Maritime library

      GC Space library

      GC Cyberspace Library

      Assured Access to the Global Commons - Cyberspace Workshop

      cyberCooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE), Tallinn, Estonia
      October 19th 2010


      Click here for the Reports.



      NATO and the global supply chain are increasingly dependent on the cyberspace commons for operations. This dependence brings vulnerabilities and risks to NATO operations.

      On Thursday 19 October 2010, ACT along with the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE), hosted a one-day workshop with some 40 participants, which focused on rapid changes and vulnerabilities in the cyberspace commons, and made recommendations for NATO’s way ahead.


      What are NATO’s stakes in the Cyberspace Commons?

      How does NATO assure its access to cyberspace to conduct operations in support of Alliance security at home as well as in out-of-area missions, and what are the current challenges to that access? – ie: How will opponents and adversaries deny and/or disrupt access to the Cyber commons?

      How can NATO’s operational access to cyber Networks be strengthened in the future?

      At a policy and strategy level, what could NATO do to strengthen its future secure access to the Cyber Commons?

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


      The agenda for this workshop is available here.

      Biographies can be found here.

      An overview is provided here. This was used to create a common frame of reference for the Cyberspace Workshop.

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

      Assured Access to the Global Commons - Air and Space Workshop

      airJoint Air Power Competency Centre,
      Kalkar, Germany, October 15th 2010


      Click here for the Reports.



      NATO has become increasingly dependent on air and space for operations, and this dependence brings vulnerabilities and risks to NATO operations.

      On Thursday 15 October 2010, ACT along with the joint airpower competence centre (JAPCC), hosted a one day workshop with some 40 participants, which focused on NATO’s vulnerabilities and challenges in the space commons, and made recommendations for NATO’s way ahead.


      What are NATO’s stakes in the Space Commons? Click here for the Discussion Starters Slides

      How does NATO assure its access to space to conduct operations in support of Alliance security at home as well as in out-of-area missions, and what are the current challenges to that access? – ie: How will opponents and adversaries deny and/or disrupt access to space? Click here for the Discussion Starters Slides

      How can NATO’s operational access to the space Commons be strengthened in the future? Click here for the Discussion Starters Slides

      At a policy and strategy level, what could NATO do to strengthen its future secure access to space? Click here for the Discussion Starters Slides

      spaceHow can a Comprehensive Approach (integrated government, commercial and military effort) assure access to the space Commons? Click here for the Discussion Starters Slides


      This workshop took place in the JAPCC conference centre, Von-Seydlitz Kaserne.

      The agenda for this workshop is available here.

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

      Assured Access to the Global Commons - Points of Contact

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

      Assured Access to the Global Commons - Protecting the Global Commons

      protecting_gcWashington DC, USA, July 21st 2010

      Brussels, Belgium, September 16th 2010


      Click here for the Reports.


      In partnership with Allied Command Transformation, the Atlantic Council Program for International Security hosted the first of the seven Global Commons workshops, in Washington, D.C.

      The workshop brought together experts from several fields to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with each domain; questions of definition and a conceptual framework; NATO's potential role as a forum for deliberations and the development of norms; and the practicalities of capabilities, missions, and roles for the Alliance.

      Participants across the transatlantic community offered a variety of perspectives and expertise regarding NATO's potential roles in the Commons.

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

      Assured Access to the Global Commons - Maritime Workshop

      maritimeUSS Enterprise, CVN 65, Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk, VA, USA
      September 30th 2010


      Click here for the Reports.



      NATO is highly dependent on the maritime commons for forward operations. Changes in the maritime commons are increasing vulnerabilities and risks to NATO operations.

      On Thursday 30 September 2010, ACT along with the Naval Warfare Development Command and the Combined Joint Operations from the Sea (CJOS) Centre of Excellence, hosted a one day workshop with some 40 participants, which focused on NATO’s vulnerabilities and challenges in the maritime commons, and made recommendations for NATO’s way ahead.


      What are NATO’s stakes in the Maritime Commons?

      How does NATO assure its access to the Maritime Commons to conduct operations in support of Alliance security at home as well as in out-of-area missions, and what are the current challenges to that access? – i.e.: How will opponents and adversaries deny and/or disrupt access to the Maritime commons?

      How can NATO’s operational access to the Maritime Commons be strengthened in the future?

      At a policy and strategy level, what could NATO do to strengthen its future secure access to the Maritime Commons?

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


      The agenda for this workshop is available here.

      Panelists' biographies can be found here.

      An overview is provided here. This was used to create a common frame of reference for the Maritime Workshop.

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

      Assured Access to the Global Commons - Global Perspectives Workshop

      globalcommonsWashington DC, USA, February 3rd 2011


      Click here for the Reports.



      This workshop brought together representatives from ACT, the Atlantic Council of the United States, and leading experts from Brazil, Russia, India, and China to discuss NATO’s potential roles in assuring access to the global commons. With the understanding that the complexity of the four domains and their inter-connections cannot be addressed solely within a national or even regional context, these experts were encouraged to bring to the table their countries’ perspectives on the issues. The question of how NATO, as a military-political alliance, can enhance its legitimacy and fit into larger international efforts to improve stability and access in the global commons was a key theme of the meeting.


      • The free transit of information, people, and goods through the four domains of the commons is, and will remain, a vital aspect of national security and prosperity.
      • Freedom of access and/or transit will be threatened or thwarted by human action(s).
      • Without recognized guarantees of security, the freedom of access critical for the national and economic security of nations will be at risk.
      • In many case, particularly in space and cyberspace, international best practices and laws are currently either insufficient or ineffective.

      Should nations that use the Global Commons:

      • Advocate for the adoption of international codes of conduct regarding appropriate (best) behaviours in the commons?
      • Advocate for the use of UNCLOS and/or the EU Space Agency Code of Conduct as a framework for international agreements on the use of space and cyberspace?
      • Support efforts to establish international rules, standards, and policies that will protect and secure the health of the global commons?
      • Help increase global awareness of the need for such policies, especially for space and cyberspace?
      • Have an individual right to protect their access to the global commons?


      Attendees list can be found here.

      An overview is provided here.

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

      Industry Day 2012 Event Details

      id2012logo250Venues and directions

      City Map

      Local Area map

      CONFERENCE – Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga

      The conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija.

      Address and contact details for the hotel:

      Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija
      Elizabetes 55
      LV-1010 Riga
      Phone: +371 67772222

      Directions from Riga International Airport:

      • By car (10 km – 15-20 minutes): directions can be found here.
      • By public transport (30 to 45 minutes): the closest bus stops to the hotel are Esplanāde (2 min. walk) and Elizabetes iela (5 min. walk).

      From the airport (bus stop Lidosta Riga), minibus 241 is direct to Esplanāde. On Sundays, frequency is between two and three buses an hour (timetable can be found here).

      Another option is to take bus 22 towards Abrenes iela (also from bus stop Lidosta Riga) and stop at RMR (ride 10 minutes). At RMR, take bus 53 towards Esplanāde and stop at Esplanāde (ride 20 minutes).

      More information on public transport options from the airport can be found here.

      Directions from Riga Train Station (Centrālā Stacija):

      The train station is a short 15 minute walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija.

      Directions can be found here.

      RECEPTION – Latvian War Museum (Latvijas Kara muzejs)

      The reception will be hosted by the Latvian Ministry of Defence at the Latvian War Museum, on Monday 15 October, from 1900 to 2100.

      Transportation will be provided from the conference venue (Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija) to the museum. Further details will be available shortly.

      Address of the Latvian War Museum:

      Latvijas Kara muzejs /Powder Tower/
      Smilšu iela 20
      Rīga, LV - 1050

      Directions from the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija:

      It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the conference venue to the Latvian War Museum. A detailed map can be found here.

      Conference fees

      Conference fees of 160 Euros will apply to all attendees. These must be paid online, prior to the conference. Payment will not be accepted on location. Registration will only be confirmed upon payment of the conference fees.

      Conference fees include access to the pre-conference workshop on Sunday 14 October, the conference on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 October, coffee and lunch breaks on both days and attendance to the reception on Monday 15 October.

      Cancellation policy

      NATO will accept cancellation of attendance to the conference up until October 5, 2012. Cancellation can be done via the registration form on the registration page. Conference fees will be automatically reimbursed to the account linked to the credit card used for the initial payment. No reimbursement will be provided for cancellations after October 5, 2012.

      Attendee substitutions will not be accepted. If your company wishes to send another representative and the deadline of October 5 has not passed, please cancel your registration and start a new registration for the new attendee.

      If you have booked a room with the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, please refer to their cancellation policy.

      Accommodation and transport to the conference


      NATO will only book accommodation for NATO personnel, speakers and VIPs. For other conference attendees, NATO has negotiated 200 rooms a day to be held at a discounted rate at the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija:

      • Superior rooms: 89 Euros per night, including breakfast and Internet
      • Business rooms: 125 Euros per night, including breakfast and Internet

      This discounted rate will be available until October 1, 2012 only. Attendees are invited to book their accommodation directly with the hotel, referencing the NATO Industry Day conference. Room availability is on first-come, first-served basis.


      Attendees will have a shuttle service at the airport, upon arrival. A hospitality desk will be displayed at the airport. Transportation in not fully guaranteed and will be provided on an availability basis.

      Dress Code

      Dress Code for the event (reception included):

      • Service Dress Winter Uniform for military
      • Business Suit for civilians.

      Language and Classification

      The program of the conference will be unclassified.

      The conference will be conducted in English. No translation services will be provided.

      Useful websites

      Information about Riga (

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      Riga public transport route planner (in English)

      Calls for Collaboration


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      Industry Day 2012 Invitation

      id2012logo250 thumbnato-logoNATO INDUSTRY DAY 2012
      Riga, LVA, Oct 15-16, 2012

      “Chicago Summit – a game changer for NATO and Industry”

      Ladies and Gentlemen,

      NATO Industry Day this year will be held in

      Riga, Latvia, on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 October 2012.

      Taking place a short while after the Chicago Summit, this year’s event will focus on the impact for NATO and Industry of the decisions taken by the Heads of State and Government. Recognizing the need to adapt to the new global context and to emerging technologies, significant emphasis will also be put on the evolution of the NATO-Industry relationship.

      NATO Industry Day 2012 will be the first Industry Day since its inception, to be co- hosted by the newly appointed Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) General Jean-Paul Paloméros and Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment (ASG DI), Mr Patrick Auroy.
      This year, the structure of the conference will be slightly different; there will be two leading panels on Monday morning while the breakout sessions will be held in the afternoon. Tuesday morning will be dedicated to the third and final Panel and will hold discussions at the strategic-level in a plenary setting.

      A pre-conference workshop will be organized on Sunday 14 October and a formal reception will be hosted by the Latvian Ministry of Defence on Monday 15 October 2012.

      You and your organization are invited to attend and support this key transformational event for the Alliance. This is an open event; please feel free to pass this invitation on to whomever you feel would wish to attend.

      If you are ready to register click here

      Additional questions may be addressed to

      The NATO Industry Day team looks forward to

      Welcoming you in Riga this October 2012!

      Industry Day 2012

      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"

      Industry Day 2009 - Archives


      The sixth in a series of annual strategic-level conferences hosted by SACT, ACT Industry Day 2009 was held on October 8-9 2009 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

      When the previous editions of the conference held in Berlin (2004), Rome (2005), Paris (2006), Warsaw (2007) and Brussels (2008) focused on the role of ACT as a new command within NATO, its missions and processes, ACT Industry Day 2009 was tailored to offer an opportunity to collaborate with industry on the development of military capabilities.

      In 2008, in Brussels, SACT indeed introduced an initiative called Framework For Collaborative Interaction (FFCI) with industry and academia. The FFCI aims at enabling ACT to conduct non-procurement projects that more effectively leverage the expertise that NATO, industry and academia can contribute to Alliance capability development. One of the underlying principles of this initiative is that both ACT, industry and academia should contribute to and benefit from the collaborative activities set up under the FFCI umbrella.

      This framework was then further developed with Nations, through the National Armament Representatives, and industry, through the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG). In 2009, ACT used the Industry Day as a platform to move forward and put FFCI into practice by offering industry the opportunity to participate in ongoing or planned capability development efforts, where collaboration with industry provides mutual benefit.

      The conference theme, "Working together to improve interoperability", was chosen to convey ACT’s will to set up collaboration activities with industry to tackle interoperability problems within the Alliance. During the conference, ACT did not only ask industry how they anticipate, mitigate or even avoid interoperability problems, but also probe ways in which collaborative efforts with industry can help tackle interoperability challenges early in the military capability development cycle.

      The 2009 ACT Industry Day was organized over two consecutive days – the first one being a plenary session with high-level keynote speeches and presentations and the second being dedicated to three simultaneous working-sessions where NATO/industry teams comprised of attendees endeavoured to develop road paths for solutions to identified capability development problems framed by the FFCI Activities.

      Distributed Networked Battle Labs (DNBL)
      At Industry Day 2008 in Brussels, SACT launched a project with industry support to develop a DNBL that would provide an additional mechanism to engage in future collaborative projects. The DNBL project commenced in March 2009 with funding provided by ACT and it is intended to deliver the framework by the end of 2009, with a pilot case to be conducted in early 2010. The objectives of the DNBL project are to compress the NATO capability development cycle to improve mission effectiveness and interoperability of capabilities when they are delivered to operational forces and to demonstrate the value of being able to conduct interoperability and integration testing over a distributed network. Industry Day 2009 will provide an opportunity to brief the progress that the DNBL team has made over the past year and solicit ideas from industry for appropriate project areas that are of mutual benefit and therefore suited to collaborative projects in the spirit of the FFCI.

      Maritime Information Services (MIS)
      The ACT MIS program of work encompasses several lines of development to improve currently fielded systems and address future requirements for enhanced maritime situational awareness, which includes maritime data sources and acquisition, maritime data routing, aggregation and dissemination and intelligent decision aids. MIS necessitates access to a wide range of information from various sources including national, commercial and open-source. Presently, NATO leverages agreements with commercial entities to access specific maritime-related information. For Industry Day 2009, the MIS team will examine the principle problem of access to information by exploring the terms and conditions of an enterprise whereby industry, or a consortium of industry partners, acts as an information mediator.

      Logistics - Sustainment Knowledge Management
      One of the greatest challenges faced by NATO in achieving joint deployment & sustainment is the management of sustainment knowledge obtained from the 28 member nations and the partner nations, as each use separate national systems. We would like to learn from industry if there are ways we could better manage this flow of knowledge and information. Within the sustainment knowledge management area, three distinctive functional domains can be identified: Logistics; Movement & Transportation; and Medical.
      Possible solutions stemming from the ID09 discussions could improve the Logistical Functional Services Capability Package (LOG FS CP) currently being developed to improve the exchange/sharing of information (and knowledge) on logistic flow, movement & transportation assets and medical data.

      The detailed agenda for this conference is provided here.

      The biographies of the participants are provided here.

      Speeches, presentations and briefs from the working-sessions are available below.

      More information on FFCI and on the outcome of the Industry Day working-sessions can be found on the FFCI Portal.

      Plenary session Documents:

      • Deputy Secretary General's Remarks
      • Keynote address by General Stéphane Abrial
      • Remarks by Admiral Luciano Zappata
      • Remarks by Mr Peter Flory
      • Remarks by Mr. Georges D’Hollander
      • MGen (ret) Picavet NIAG SG-137 Presentation
      • Remarks by Mr. Wes Bush
      • Remarks by Mr Antoine Bouvier
      • Priority Shortfall Areas Briefing
      • FFCI Briefing

      Working-sessions Documents:

      • Sustainment Knowledge Management

      • Maritime Information Services

      • Distributed Networked Battle Labs

      Industry Day 2010 - Archives

      poster_tn250ACT Industry Day 2010, the seventh edition in the series, was held in Prague, Czech Republic, on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th October 2010.

      The 2010 conference focused on the relations between ACT, the European Union and Industry and, as such,  saw active participation from the European Defence Agency.

      Click here to download the Proceedings from ACT Industry Day 2010.

      The ACT Industry Day organisation team can be contacted at

      Final Program and Speakers' Biographies

      Click here to download a PDF version of the program.

      Click here to download a PDF version of the speakers' Biographies (Biographies of the speakers of the working sessions are not included).


      Medical / Information and Coordination Systems – Health Applications

      Crisis now are more and more complex and the area covering Human factors, Health & Environment is a main key for helping political and military commanders to resolve them, and therefore a very promising area for capabilities development for the industry.

      The working-session on day 2 of the conference will focus on defining/refining the requirements associated with the creation of electronic health records – one of the solutions to be developed as part of the implementation of the new MEDICS and the necessary link to improve medical support coordination on the field.

      During this working-session, ACT subject matter experts will be interested in defining the overall requirements (taking into account those already identified such as receiving patient data collected from different sources (NATO system, nations, civilians); storing this data; being interoperable with NATO and national existing systems and those in development; and having connections with civilian systems) and discussing the technical aspects of this capability development.

      The working-session will be used as a first step to discuss the problem statement, identify industry’s interest and initiate ACT-industry collaboration beyond ACT Industry Day 2010.

      Industry development and implementation activities in support of NATO Network Enabled Capability (NNEC)

      The working-session dedicated to "NATO & EU NEC - Industry Involvement" will aim at initiating a debate between ACT, EDA and Industry on future collaboration regarding NATO / EU NEC. Several briefings will therefore be provide by ACT and EDA experts on the NNEC Body of Knowledge and the NNEC and EU NEC roadmaps which will then be followed by a discussion and debate with attendees.

      Industry attendees will be expected to provide feedback and constructive remarks on from the NNEC Body of Knowledge and, in particular, on the NNEC criteria.
      In a second stage, ACT and the EDA would like Industry to contribute to the Implementation phase of NEC. Potential areas of cooperation will be discussed during this working session.
      Construct of the working session will be as follows:
      • NNEC Body of Knowledge, by Col Frederic Sakhochian (20 min + 10 min Q&A)
      • The NNEC Roadmap, by Dr. Alberto Domingo, Deputy NNEC Branch Head (15 min) – the EU NEC Roadmap by Mr Marcel Staicu (TBC) (15 min) – 15 min Q&A
      • NNEC and Industry by Industry Representative (20 min + 10 min Q&A) (TBD + TBC)
      • followed by a global question & answer session and debate (15 min).

      Objective of the working session.

      The objective of this working session will be to initiate a debate between ACT, EDA and Industry on future collaboration regarding NATO / EU NEC. ACT expects some feedback on its NNEC Body of Knowledge, in particular on the NNEC criteria. In a second stage, ACT and the EDA would like to get some contributions from Industry regarding the Implementation phase of NNEC. These area of cooperation will be discussed during this working session.

      Distributed Training and Exercises using Modeling and Simulation

      For more than 60 years the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has striven to improve interoperability amongst its member’s militaries. Contemporary operations require multinational operations at increasingly low levels, and the opportunities for expensive live and co-located training events are few, and expected to reduce.  Since 2006 the SNOW LEOPARD programme led by Allied Command Transformation has investigated and incorporated technologies into NATO training as the NATO Training Federation.  The Challenge now is to extend the existing NATO Training Federation to Nations and to ensure that it meets the challenges of the contemporary operating environment.  This has to take place in an increasingly constrained financial environment.

      The Distributed Training and Exercise Programme (formally known as SNOW LEOPARD) has as its vision:

      To deliver to NATO and Partners a persistent, distributed and joint training capability able to support training from operational to tactical level across the full spectrum of operations, while leveraging existing national expertise and capabilities.

      The NTF is used by Joint Warfare Centre at Stavanger, Norway and the Joint Force Training Centre in Bydgoszcz, Poland.  This existing Capability will require enhancement if it is to meet the expected demand, and some experimentation is already occurring with different Nations to identify, select and implement future standards and architectures.

      The aim of this workshop is to update Industry on the proposed way forward for NATO Distributed Training and Exercises and to explore the potential for NATO and Industry collaboration in further demonstrations and experiments.

      Industry representatives are requested to share their vision for developments in distributed training and exercises technologies and managed services.

      Topics of interest include:

      • Distributed Training and Exercises Programme Update
      • Developing a Business Case for further investment in DTE
      • The Multinational Federation Experiment and potential follow on programme
      • Emerging NATO Modelling and Simulation Group 068 Standards
      • NATO CAX Toolkit component Development
      • Scenario Sharing
      • Afghan Mission Network Training and Staging Enclave
      • Exploiting the Distributed NATO Battle Lab programme

      Cyber Defence
      Topics have been distributed.


      Panel on Capabilty Development Processes
      Panel on Research & Development

      Panel on Capabilities of Common Interest to ACT and EDA (NEC and Medical)
      FFCI Status Report
      Involvement of Industry in Concept, Development & Experimentation
      Distributed Training and Exercises working-session
      Information and Coordination Systems – Health Application Working-session
      Industry Involvement in NATO NEC and EDA NEC working-session
      Cyber Defence working-session

      CD&E Conference 2013 - Hotel Logistics & Admin

      2103cde logo 250Venue: Worldhotel BEL AIR The Hague, Johan de Wittlaan 30, 2517 JR, Den Haag.

      GUEST ROOM RATES: Room Single Occupancy, € 125.00, per room per night including buffet breakfast, VAT, service, but excluding city tax at € 3,81 per person, per night.

      Reservation requests have to be submitted to the Hotel and will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.

      2013cde hotelGuests wishing to avoid an early checkout fee should advise the Hotel at or before check-in of any change.

      Self-parking rate is € 19,50 plus tax per vehicle, per night.

      If you have difficulties with online registration please call or email the reservation office to book a guest room:

      Phone: +31 (0)70 352 53 54
      Direct: +31 (0)70 352 53 51
      Fax: +31 (0)70 352 53 85
      E-mail address:


      Transportation to and from the airport will not be provided for the conference attendees; it should be considered an individual responsibility. Transportation will be provided only for the Dutch Defence & Security Symposium on Thursday.


      The Worldhotel Bel Air is ideally located between the 2 major airports in the Netherlands; Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) and Rotterdam/The Hague Airport (RTM). Travel time from both airports is about 45 minutes. Taxis are available in both locations, approximate cost € 60-75 one-way.

      Another option is to take a train from either airport to Den Hague Central Station. Trains from Schiphol Airport run regularly and will cost € 8,30 Euros one way. To get to the Worldhotel Bel Air from Central Station, take bus 24 to Kijkduin (exit at Gemeentemuseum/Museon stop) or tram 17 to World Forum or Gemeentemuseum/Museon stop. You will then need to walk a short distance to the Bel Air Hotel. The tram cost is € 3. Please note that due to construction, tram, 17's stop at Central Station has been temporarily moved from directly outside Central Station to ''Central Station-Schedeldoekshaven'' (exit Central Station, turn left onto ''Rijnstraat'', then turn right onto ''Schedeldoekshaven"). Taxi cabs are another option from Central Station to the hotel and will cost approximately € 15.

      CD&E Conference 2013 - Content & Agenda

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      Click here to download the FINAL Conference Agenda as of November 6th, 2013


      Monday 18th November:

      • Key note (Drs. H.G. Geveke, Managing Director TNO Defence, Safety and Security, NLD)
      • The Benefits of Multinational Capability Development Panel
      • Multinational Capability Development Campaign Update
      • Breakouts: Introduction to CD&E or URBAN WARRIOR 5 Experimentation Best Practices
      • Select NATO Center of Excellence Capabilities, Program of Work Highlights, and Collaborative Opportunities
      • Workshop Scene Setters
      • Netherlands Defence Staff Hosted Welcome Reception

      Tuesday 19th November:

      Wednesday 20th November:

      • Workshops results, conclusions and closure (breakouts and plenary).

      Thursday 21st November:

      The 25th Dutch Defence and Security Symposium and Exhibition will be held on 21 November 2013 after the CD&E Conference in AHOY Rotterdam.  For more information click on the menu link on the right.

      CD&E Conference 2011 Archive

      2011cde250Information Sessions Read Aheads:

      Monday Sessions Read Aheads:

      Tuesday Sessions Read Aheads:

      Wednesday and Thursday Workshops Read Aheads:

      Conference Program:

      Click here to download the program

      Conference presentations:

      The conference presentations have been posted on the ACT CD&E Webportal.

      Multiple Futures Project - Documents

      Multiple Futures Project Final Report
      Multiple Futures Project Findings and Recommendations
      Multiple Futures Project Annexes
      Introduction by General James Mattis
      Session 1: It's about Choices
        Perspectives by Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola
        Shaping future thinking on the Alliance by His Excellency Claudio Bisogniero
          The importance of planning for the future, by Mr. Peter Schwartz
      Session 2: Supporting Strategic Dialogue
      Scene Setter by BGen Demaria
      Multiple Futures Video (HQ, 66 MB)
      Illustrating Futures by Jeff Reynolds
      Focus Areas by Cdr. Rick Perks
      Shift to the NATO Context by BGen Demaria
      Session 3: From Narrative to Policy.
      Defense Planning, Surprise and Prediction by Dr. Colin S. Gray
      From Narrative to Policy; getting it Right by Ambassador Stewart Eldon
          European Defence Agency perspective by MGen Carlo Magrassi
      Chiefs of Transformation Conference (COTC) Final Analysis Report - 19 Dec 08
      Security Implications Interim Report -Main Report - 18 Dec 2008
      Strategic Military Partners Conference (SMPC) Analysis Report - 21 Oct 08
      SACT Seminar Report - October 2008
      Multiple Futures Phase 1 - Analysis Report - 08 Aug 08
      ACT-RUSI Roundtable- Roundtable Report - 27 May 08
      Strategic Vision: The Military Challenge - 04 Aug 2008
      ACT Future Security Environment - 1st Edition - 07 June 2008
      Future World Scenarios - Supporting Paper to the LTRS - 06 Apr 2008
      Alliance Reborn: An Atlantic Compact for the 21st Century- Feb 09
      JFCOM - Joint Operating Environment - Nov 08
      JFCOM - Joint Operating Environment - Dec 07

      Multiple Futures Project - Summary Conference


      Approximately 250 military and political leaders from NATO and Alliance Nations arrived to the small Belgian town of La Hulpe May 8 as Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (ACT) released the Final Report on its Multiple Futures Project (MFP) at a conference there.

      The conference served to share the findings of the MFP final report, continuing the transparency and inclusiveness that has characterized the project from its inception; from the approach employed to the results achieved. The process involved representatives from 45 nations and more than 60 institutions, and brought more than 500 political, military, civil and economic experts to the table.

      The necessity of a MFP-related study could not have come at a more appropriate time, explained NATO Deputy Secretary General the Honorable Claudio Bisogniero. “The timing of the project is very appropriate because it fits in perfectly with the work we are going to start on with the new Strategic Concept for the Alliance,” he said. “ACT could not have timed this project better. MFP does not pretend to be a crystal ball, but maps in a clear manner possible developments in order to broaden our understanding of what can happen in the world in terms of our collective security.”

      “MFP is intellectually challenging,” said Italian Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola, Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee. “In the future, which such unpredictable challenges, we may not have the luxury of being able to adapt in time, so we need to be proactive and to position ourselves to minimize surprise. MFP provides the intellectual basis for us to move forward.”

      MFP examined common perceived threats to the populations of the Alliance, and found that the unpredictability and complexity of the future security environment will strain the Alliance’s most powerful tools: strategic unity of values and ideas, solidarity among Allies, burden-sharing, and commitment to its decisions. Additionally, the study found that no nation can meet the challenges alone, and the credibility and capability of the Alliance depend on every nation doing its part.

      The Multiple Futures Project has produced two documents that provide an understanding of the work completed over the last year. The first document, Findings and Recommendations is an abridged version of the Final Report and provides a snapshot of ACT’s military advice regarding the future. The third document, Multiple Futures Project Annexes is detailed background gathered during the 21 workshops and roundtables as well as internal research on the part of the Multiple Futures team.


      “I see no choice but to scan the strategic horizon much more thoroughly”
      (NATO Former Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Brussels, 3 June 2008)

      SMPC 2013 - Agenda

      smpc2013 logo-250Strategic Military Partner Conference 2013 - Content Frame
      (as of 24 May 2013)

      The Current version of the Agenda is available clicking here.
      (Updated as of June 05, 2013)

      The Strategic Military Partner Conference (SMPC) addresses NATO and Partner countries on CHOD and SME level. Under the theme "Prospects for Partnerships - The Evolution of Cooperation in the Global Security Community" SMPC will focus in both CHOD plenary and SME syndicates on NATO and its cooperation with Partners in the near, mid and long-term future.

      Based on that idea the content will be framed as follows:


      Consolidating Gains: Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Operations
      Operations with NATO and partners have yielded benefits to members and non-members alike. Yet, increasing cooperation has at times challenged the Alliance and partners. What are the lessons identified and learned from 10 years of operations, and what might be the biggest problems that we continue to face? Is there an expanded role for CCOMC?


      Partners as Pathfinders: The Potential of Regional Frameworks
      Continued successful NATO operations in an increasingly globalized world require an international security network built on partnership frameworks of actors that derive significant benefit from working together in close proximity. How do partners and the Alliance enable flexible regional frameworks to ensure maximum utility for everyone?

      Partners as Pathfinders: Functional Cooperation in a Complex Security Domain
      In 2014 and beyond, member and partner States will plan operations together that will likely employ existing capabilities and will depend more on partners, often in areas beyond NATO's traditional expertise. Additionally, the security domain is expanding to include new elements, e.g., cyber security and the power of social media. Moreover, the scope of challenges and opportunities is increasing. How can the Alliance work in a comprehensive approach with a broad range of actors on emerging security challenges with relevance to the security of the trans-Atlantic community?


      Forging the Future: Build a Community of Common Goals based on Shared Risk and Gain
      ACT's Strategic Foresight Analysis reveals the complexity of the next two decades and beyond. It implies a world in which no one actor will be able to navigate security challenges on its own. Over the long term, what aspects of partnership are most important in the continued development of an integrated security community?

      Respective Read-Aheads will be published on this webpage and sent to all registered participants by 05 June 2013.

      Industry Day 2011 - Archives

      id2011_logoACT Industry Day 2011, the eighth edition in the series, has been held 12-13 September 2011 in London, United Kingdom at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

      The theme was "Innovative Approaches to Cost-Effective Capability Development."

      On Day 2, after lunch, Industry Day 2011 participants visited "Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi)".

      The following is an archive of the material published for the event.

      Industry Day 2011 Record of Proceedings

      NATO TV Video Report

      Industry Day 2011 Programme (PDF Format)


      Mr. Howarth (remarks)

      General Stephane Abrial (remarks)

      Ambassador Volker (remarks)

      Mr. Bell (brief)

      NATO Secretary General Rasmussen

      Lieutenant General Auroy (remarks)


      Ms. Arnould (remarks)

      Mr. Osha (brief) (remarks)

      Prof. Dr. Mey (brief)

      Vice Admiral Pottenger (remarks)

      Mr. Fujito (brief) (remarks)

      Mr. de Benedictis (brief)

      Mr. Salvador (brief)

      Dr. Garcia (brief)

      Mr. Zegveld (brief)

      Admiral Di Paola (remarks)

      Status Report on FFCI

      Status Report on DNBL

      Status Report on Medical Information Services

      Breakout session 1: Contractor to Military Medical Support

      ACT Collective Medical Contracts (brief)

      NAMSA Contracted Medical Support (brief)

      SOS International Collaborating to Support Military Medical Services (brief)

      KBR Readiness and Logistics Outsourcing (brief)

      BAH Contractor Medical Support to Contingency Operations (brief)

      Breakout session 2: Benefits of Modelling and Simulations

      ACT Modelling & Simulation (brief)

      Breakout session 3: Exploring Cloud Computing as
      an Enabling Technology for the Future

      ACT Cloud Computing (brief 1) (brief 2)

      Breakout session 4: How can Industry be Involved in ACT's role
      on Missile Defence development and implementation

      ACT Missile Defence (brief)

      ASTRIUM Missile Defence (brief)

      MBDA Missile Defence (brief)

      General Bieniek - Closing Remarks

      Speakers' Biographies

      READ AHEADbrochure2

      The Path to Industry Day 2011 (conference introduction)

      First Plenary Panel - Innovative Business Models in an Austere Economic Environment

      Second Plenary Panel - NATO-Industry: Smart Defense Collaboration?

      Third Plenary Panel - Innovative Solutions Through Collaboration

      Status Report on DNBL

      DNBL Read Ahead

      Breakout session 1 - Contractor Support to Military Healthcare

      Breakout session 2 - Modeling and Simulation

      Breakout session 3 - Exploring Cloud Computing as an Enabling Technology for the Future

      Breakout session 4 - How Can Industry Be Involved in ACT’s Role on Missile Defence Development and Implementation

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