The Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the Science and Technology Organization will join in organising the 12th NATO Operations Research and Analysis (OR&A) Conference on the 15th-16th of October 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia.
As part of the continuous development of a NATO OR&A 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. It is our goal to provide an exciting program with plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate.
The 2018 theme is “Tackling Complexity in NATO Operations in Contested and Degraded Environments”. The conference will kick off with a number of keynote addresses and continue in three streams which are:
The conference will also include hands-on training workshops on SIMUL8 software and Alternative Analysis methods, where participants will get acquainted with new methods and learn how to apply them to example problems.
At the first NATO-Industry Forum (NIF) in 2013, NATO launched the Framework for NATO Industry Engagement as an attestation of the Alliance’s commitment to improving dialogue with industry, streamlining capability development and becoming a knowledgeable customer. With the introduction of the Framework for NATO Industry Engagement, NATO’s transactional relationship with industry evolved to become more open and collaborative. No longer would military requirements be developed in isolation, but industry’s input would be requested earlier in the capability development process to inform NATO’s capability requirements and develop innovative solutions for the Alliance’s future.
The NIF18 takes place against the backdrop of an uncertain and complex security environment in which rapid advancements in commercial technology have opened new militarized frontiers and exposed the Alliance to increased attack by state and non-state actors. The rapid speed at which technology is advancing and diversifying increases the Alliance’s demand on traditional and non-traditional defence industries for innovative solutions to multidimensional threats. The NIF invites industrial leadership from across the Alliance to engage in in-depth discussion about NATO’s capability requirements, the capability development process and overall adaptation of the Alliance to meet the challenges of today’s world. In the context of the growing number of capabilities that make it feasible for competitors to challenge the Alliance politically, military and technologically, this year’s NIF focuses on Innovation and Emerging & Disruptive Technologies.
The NATO-Industry Forum 2018 takes place only 4 months after the NATO Summit in Brussels, at which Allies’ reaffirmed a commitment made in Warsaw to maintain NATO’s technological edge through innovation and strong relations with industry. However, for industry to contribute effectively to NATO capabilities they require an understanding of the customer’s intent going forward, an idea of the budget likely to be available and an indication of the commitment to pursue solutions based on these parameters. Changes to the NATO Defence Planning Process are being made to facilitate closer collaboration with industry and “more than half of Allies are spending more than 20% of their defence expenditures on major equipment, including related research and development.” (Brussels Summit Declaration). The NIF 18 will allow industry to voice what more needs to be done to better shape the NATO-Industry relationship.
Sponsored by Germany, the NATO-Industry Forum 2018 will take place in Berlin at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Esplanade from 12 to 13 November 2018. The NATO-Industry Forum is hosted by the NATO Secretary General, and co-organized by the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment. It welcomes prominent leadership from traditional and non-traditional industries across the Alliance, as well as senior representatives from the European Union. This year, participants will strategize as how to harness emerging and disruptive technologies for integration into NATO’s current capability programs and open capability requirements. Discussion will centralize around NATO’s business model and take into account the changes required to bring the Alliance into the future.
Registration to the NATO-Industry Forum will open in August 2018.
Through a close cooperation between NATO HQ International Staff, International Military Staff, the Strategic Commands, The Host Nation and the National Representatives, it has been decided that the NATO Resource Conference 2018 will be held in October 2018 in Paris, France.
The theme of the conference is "RESOURCING A COHERENT AND CREDIBLE ALLIANCE"
This event will provide a unique opportunity for key national decision makers across all resource areas, to obtain valuable insight in work that is planned for and ongoing within the NATO Resource Communities. It will also provide an excellent opportunity for an exchange of views, clarification of positions and identification of challenges and risk that may lay ahead.
These exchanges will enable all participants to increase their awareness, obtain better understanding and to express their views, ideas and options to allow for those to be taken into consideration during future deliberations on these, whether at national level, within NATO HQ or at Command level.
The NATO Resource Conference is a recurring event that takes place every 18 months and aims at gathering key decision makers from the NATO Nations capitals and their representatives in Brussels to enhance understanding and directions on how to optimize the use of resources in order to fulfill requirements from the Military Commanders in countering threats (both present and future) and seek ways in obtaining the necessary capabilities.
The Heads of States and Government have endorsed the path of Adaptation of the Alliance to counter threats to our east and south, while safeguarding the protection of our populations, enhancing consultation and cooperation and partnerships.
A central thread throughout the conference will be an integrated approach to decision making taking into account all resources, their characteristics, their strength and weaknesses and how we best can utilized these in a manner that will create synergies, and enable us to maintain, enhance and obtain those capabilities required for today's and tomorrow's security environment, and securing the success of NATO's long term adaptation to a coherent and credible Alliance.
Registration for the conference is now open. Click here to initiate the registration process.
Once Registered, you will get a password to access the NATO Resource Conference 2018 Documents.
A stronger and more agile Alliance
The Brussels Summit comes at a crucial moment for the security of the North Atlantic Alliance. It will be an important opportunity to chart NATO's path for the years ahead.
In a changing world, NATO is adapting to be a more agile, responsive and innovative Alliance, while defending all of its members against any threat.
NATO remains committed to fulfilling its three core tasks: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security. At the Brussels Summit, the Alliance will make important decisions to further boost security in and around Europe, including through strengthened deterrence and defence, projecting stability and fighting terrorism, enhancing its partnership with the European Union, modernising the Alliance and achieving fairer burden-sharing.
This Summit will be held in the new NATO Headquarters, a modern and sustainable home for a forward-looking Alliance.
It will be the third meeting of Allied Heads of State and Government chaired by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
To know more, click here to be redirected to NATO Headquarters website.
NATO Engages Event Aim. In July 2018, NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division and its partners will host ‘NATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue’ on the margins of the main NATO Summit in Brussels. The event will serve as an ideal platform to deepen and amplify the Summit’s core themes. It will do so by engaging a diverse range of opinion formers, policymakers, and multipliers, including younger audiences and digital influencers. The themes of the event seek to complement the main Summit agenda. One of the topics for the main plenary on-the-record sessions includes “Inclusive Security.”
Inclusive Security Aim. A topic of significant importance to the Alliance is that of Inclusive Security. All partners are keen to ensure that discussions on Women, Peace, and Security, Children and Armed Conflict, and the Protection of Civilians have a leading role in the ‘NATO Engages’ programme.
Inclusive Security Categories: The Inclusive Security collective includes Children and Armed Conflict, Cultural Property Protection, Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Protection of Civilians, and Women, Peace and Security. Each component has a bearing on the others.
Milestone Events. 12 July 2018, NATO HQ, Brussels, Belgium, NATO ENGAGES: The Brussels Summit Dialogue https://nato-engages.org/
Viking, hosted by Sweden, a NATO Partner, is one of the world’s largest international staff exercises, jointly planned and carried out by staff from the United Nations, European Union, civilian authorities, police, military and representatives from humanitarian organizations.
The aim of Viking 18 is to train and educate participants, civilian, military and police, to meet the challenges of current and future multinational crisis response and peace operation. The exercise has been arranged regularly every few years since 1999.
The next Viking exercise will take place 16 to 26 April 2018. Last time it was conducted in 2014 it gathered some 2,500 participants from around 50 countries, and participation is expected to be as high this time. There will be four sites to practice in Sweden. Brazil, Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland and Serbia also take part in the training and host one site each.
Many different actors are active in international crisis management and peace and crisis management operations. Intergovernmental organizations usually deploy field staff. Civil society organizations and humanitarian organizations second staff, as well as the Armed Forces and the Police. Viking provides an opportunity to familiarize with the complex and risky work before undertaking it.
NATO Allied Command Transformation Experimenting in Exercises. The mission of Experimenting in Exercises is to plan, design, conduct, analyse, and report on experiments within exercises while avoiding any detriment to the training and certification objectives of the exercising commanders and their forces. Click here for fact sheet.
Protection of Civilians / Viking 18 Experiment Description. A limited objective discovery experiment with the intent to initiate and observe the dialogue between NATO, United Nations, and European Union representatives about Protection of Civilians issues. Click here for fact sheet.
Projecting Stability / Viking 18 Experiment Description. A limited objective discovery experiment exploring how exercises can support the Projecting Stability approach. Click here for fact sheet.
Stability Policing / Viking 18 Experiment Description. A Discovery Limited Objective Experiment that will assess the validity of the Command and Control and Coordination with External Actors aspects of the Stability Policing Concept. Click here for fact sheet.
Federated Mission Network – Civil Military . Viking 18 Experiment Description. Assessment of proposed Federated Mission Network - Civil Military tactics, techniques and procedures to support and improve Civilian-Military information sharing in a Peacekeeping and Stability Operations environment. Click here for fact sheet.
Read more on Viking 18 here.
Visit the Swedish Armed Forces Viking 18 website here.
Visit Folke Bernadotte Academy – Swedish agency for peace, security and development website here.