NORFOLK, VA – Allied Command Transformation hosted a delegation from the NATO Industrial Advisory Group on May 15th, 2023. This year is the Group’s 55th anniversary: the NATO Industrial Advisory Group is the Alliance’s “Voice of Industry,” which includes high-level consultative and advisory leaders, with private-sector executives and technical experts, representing over 5000 companies.
A delegation from the NATO Industrial Advisory Group arrived in Norfolk, NATO’s home in North America, as part of their annual visit to Allied Command Transformation. The Group serves as a link between NATO and industry, providing discussion and exchange on armament cooperation, government-industry collaboration, and requirements. Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Philippe Lavigne delivered his opening remarks:
“Thanks to the continuous team effort, studies which are being performed by NATO Industry Advisory Group greatly help Allied Command Transformation move forward. We plan to explore the implications of high-intensity warfare on the defence industrial base today and tomorrow, and remain very optimistic about the future of the relationship between NATO and industry.”
Established in 1968, the NATO Industrial Advisory Group supports the Conference of National Armaments Directors, which is the senior NATO committee responsible for promoting cooperation between countries and armaments. The NATO Industrial Advisory Group provides a forum for the exchange of views on industrial, technical, economic, managerial, and additional aspects of research, development and production. The Group also communicates industry advice to the Conference of National Armaments Directors and other NATO bodies through studies and reports – this provides increased opportunities for collaboration by reflecting the reality of industry to NATO.
This year’s theme: NATO and Industry – Addressing the New Strategic Reality Together, included discussions on high-intensity challenges, data-centric approaches, multi-domain operations, and digital transformation. Additional priorities exist for the individual communities of interest, which include logistics and sustainment, command and control (as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), and innovation, reflecting a need to improve industry-to-government integration for specific requirements. The NATO-Industry relationship continues to be mutually beneficial, adapting production capacity to demand, while facilitating capabilities to be better, faster, and cheaper.
Representatives included Mr. Rudy Priem, the NATO Industrial Advisory Group Chair, as well as Mr. Pablo Gonzalez, the Group Vice-Chair. Vice-Admiral (Ret) Xavier Païtard and Mr. Dean Kind are the co-Chairs of the Allied Command Transformation – NATO Industrial Advisory Group Community of Interest. Also in attendance were the Chairs of the Communities of Interest, Mr Fabrice Fontanier (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), Mr. Joe Spruill (Logistics and Sustainment), and Ms. Kimberley Van Vliet (Innovation). As NATO’s Warfare Development Command, Allied Command Transformation continues to build relationships with industry partners: an example is the Innovation Hub in Norfolk, VA, where experts collaborate to address NATO challenges.