Top-level young professionals from NATO nations, industry and academia gathered November 12th in Washington, D.C. to discuss how Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Quantum Computing and and other disruptive technologies can enhance NATO's decision-making processes.

On its 70th anniversary, NATO is facing challenges very different from those of 1949. Yet the Alliance has remained relevant, successful and effective at maintaining its core business: safeguarding the peace and security of its members and deterring conflicts.
The increased pace of technological advancements and the availability of new technologies to non-state actors poses threats that were unimaginable just a few years ago. Maintaining an advantage over our adversaries requires NATO to embrace and fully understand the breadth of these technological improvements, as well as the possible consequences.

The NATO Industry Forum will consider certain outcomes and proposals from young disruptors in deliberations and twenty of the young disruptors were invited to engage with industry and military leaders at the event. In the coming weeks, the ideas will be further explored at the Chiefs of Transformation Conference in Norfolk, Virginia.

This year, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is celebrating its 70th Anniversary. It is the strongest Alliance in history – bound by shared history, value and goals. Together, 29 Allied Nations work to prevent conflict and preserve peace for nearly one billion people. The solemn commitment of each Ally is that an attack against one is an attack against all. This bond guarantees prosperity and security, and allows citizens to live their lives in freedom.

NATO’s Allied Command Transformation is the only NATO strategic headquarters in North America. As NATO’s Warfare Development Command, Allied Command Transformation adapts military skill-sets, processes and technologies to the changing security environment in order to position NATO as a pillar of stability in an uncertain world.