icde2018logo 300x250The International Concept Development and Experimentation (ICDE) Conference is the annual forum of Supreme Allied Command Transformation and United States Joint Staffs’ to provide a unique opportunity for the international Concept Development and Experimentation community and stakeholders to discuss the most current issues of concept development and experimentation in the capability development process.

The National host for the 2018 International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference will be the United States Joint Staff Joint Force Development Directorate.

Washington, D.C., United States of America

30 October - 1 November 2018

CD&E: Confronting the Challenge of a Disruptive Security Environment


  • Champion Adaptation and Innovation through Concept Development & Experimentation work across the Alliance and Partner Nations
  • Advocate and enable a federated approach to concept development and innovation across the Alliance and with Partner Nations.
  • Engage with our partners; build relationships and trust, draw inspiration from our colleagues and promote a networked Concept Development & Experimentation environment that stimulates collaboration, information sharing and mutual support.
  • Identify and exploit common areas of interest, building communities that can innovate with purpose and coherence.
  • Educate partners on Concept Development & Experimentation interests and processes; communicate Concept Development & Experimentation best practices and lessons learned for collective benefit.
  • Through Workshops and Seminars, progress individual workstrands and concepts.


The Conference will be a 3-day event, delivering a mix of plenary sessions, engaging speakers, workshops and networking opportunities. We will also run the ‘Concept Development & Experimentation Exchange’, our very own mini-Expo, offering the opportunity to connect with partner organisations about their projects and yours.

For our Plenary sessions this year, General Paul Selva, Vice Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (USA) will be our Keynote Speaker. We will hear from experts in different fields of Autonomy, such as Big Data, AI and UAS, and these experts will also take part in a panel discussion to debate the issues that such technologies present for Defence. The panel will be moderated by Dr David Kilcullen, and our experts will be joined by Vice-Admiral Paul Bennett, Chief of Staff, HQ SACT, and Brgiadier General Derek Basinger, Director General Capability and Structure Integration for the Canadian Armed Forces. We will also have a dynamic plenary address from Mr August Cole, futurist and author.

Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Admiral Manfred Nielson, will give an Endnote address.

Full details of the Agenda are in our Conference App. For security, the App is password protected – please see below for how to access it. 

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International Concept Development
Experimentation Conference Fact Sheet
Concept Development
Experimentation Exchange Fact Sheet
icde cde exchange

The conference is focused at the Major General level and below, or the civilian equivalent. Attendance from the following fields, as applicable, are desired: 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 can be from a NATO nation/body, Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue or Istanbul Cooperation Initiative nations, or from nations partnering with the US Department of Defence.

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

Venue Details and Registration:
The Conference will be held in Downtown Washington DC, USA, October 30th to November 1st 2018. Registration is now open via our Conference App. For security reasons, access to the App and details of the venue will only be given to those registered and vetted. The App password is contained in the invitation letters which have been distributed through National channels. If you do not have access to the invitation letters, please follow the accreditation process in the App.

Conference Coordinators:

ACT Lead Planner
Wing Commander Ruth Wilson
SO Capability Engineering & Innovation Division
Concept Development Branch
Tel +1(757)747-3272

US Joint Staff J7 Lead Planner
Mr. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Foreign Affairs Integration Officer
International Force Development Division
Tel +1(757)203-6743

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