The thirteenth annual Operations, Research & Analysis Conference, co-sponsored by NATO Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the NATO Science and Technology Organization took place in Ottawa, Canada October 7th through 9th 2019.

The conference, hosted by the Department of National Defense of Canada, was opened by Brigadier General Paul Primdahl from NATO’s Allied Command Transformation and Dr. Bryan Wells, Chief Scientist at NATO’s Science and Technology Organization. They welcomed 130 delegates representing NATO members and partners, as well as Science and Technology Organization Enhanced Opportunity Partners (Australia, Finland and Sweden) and Partnership for Peace nations.

Emphasizing the future of analysis in the new NATO concepts, Brigadier General Primdahl spoke on the value of wargaming in the Science and Technology Organization community.

“My challenge to you,” he said, “is to use this conference as an opportunity to foster new ideas, think of new ways of applying current solutions or find innovative solutions with what you have at hand.” He went on, “our current security environment requires us to accelerate developments to maintain our defence and deterrence posture in the interest of our nations in the Alliance.”

As part of the continuous development of the NATO Operations, Research & Analysis Community of Interest, the event builds on previous conferences and workshops, bringing together the analysis community from NATO commands and agencies, national defence analysis and research organisations, centres of excellence, academia, and industry. This year's theme was, “Challenges for NATO Operations, Research & Analysis in a Changing Global Security Environment.”

In recognition of his service as Allied Command Transformation’s Science and Technology Organization principal member, as well as the founder of the Operations Research and Analysis Conference 13 years ago, Mr. Han de Nijs received the NATO Chief Scientist Award. His tireless dedication to NATO since 1982 and Allied Command Transformation since 2003 were keys to the growth and success of the Science and Technology Organization community and the role of analysis in the international environment.