International Concept Development & Experimentation Conference

icde2022-city-landscape.jpgThe 2022 International Concept Development and Experimentation (ICDE) Conference in-person event took place from 25 until 27 October 2022 at the Marriott Hotel in Budapest; the Hungarian Defence Forces Command hosted the event.

Since 2001, the International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference has been Allied Command Transformation’s annual forum that provides a unique opportunity for the international Concept Development and Experimentation community and stakeholders to discuss the most current issues of concept development and experimentation.

After virtual editions in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the conference setting not only provided interesting topics and discussion, but many opportunities to reconnect and collaborate in a great setting.


The 2022 International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference focused on how Concept Development and Experimentation contributes to the Alliance Warfare Development Agenda. Highlights included keynote addresses, interactive panel discussions, and the ‘CD&E Exchange’, a mini-expo promoting Concept Development and Experimentation initiatives.

While informing through these plenary sessions, the Conference was product/output oriented through workshops in support of ongoing projects connected to its theme.

Main Objectives:

  • Revitalize collaborative exchange within the Concept Development and Experimentation community of interest after two years of virtual conferencing;
  • Build relationships and promote a networked Concept Development and Experimentation environment that stimulates information-sharing, collaboration, inspiration and best practices;
  • Identify and exploit common areas of interest, building communities that innovate with purpose and coherence;
  • Engage with partners, educate on Concept Development and Experimentation processes and interests, share best practices and lessons learned;
  • Further thinking and contribute to Warfare Development Agenda and NATO Warfighting Capstone Concept deliverables.


The Conference was a 3-day event, delivering a mix of plenary and panel sessions, engaging speakers, workshops and networking opportunities.


The conference is focused at the practitioner level. Attendance from the following fields, as applicable, is encouraged: Concept Development & Experimentation, 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/seminars.

Attendees from NATO Allied and Partner nations are eligible to register; all requests for attendance are screened.

Security Classification and Language:

The program content is not classified and is releasable to the public. It is presented and published in English; there are no translation services available during the conference.

Conference Lead Planner:

Lieutenant Colonel Guy DE DECKER
Staff Officer Concept Development, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate

Concept Development and Experimentation Handbook:

You can download the handbook in pdf format by clicking the following link: CD&E Handbook - A Concept Developer’s Guide to Transformation.

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2022 International CD&E Conference Illustrations:

Previous Conferences

Previous Conferences:

2020 International CD&E Conference:

The conference took place from 26-29 October 2020. Originally planned as a 20th Anniversary event in Paris, due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Conference was changed to a virtual event. In the spirit of CD&E, the event was a bold experiment in exploiting the virtual format to the fullest.

Conference Synopsis

ICDE Conference Fact Sheet

CDE Exchange Fact Sheet

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2019 International CD&E Conference:

The 2019 International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference took place in Madrid, Spain, 29-31 October 2019. The photos and conference reports can be found below.

2019 Conference Report.

2018 Conference Executive Summary.

2017 Conference Report.