nif2014logo250The NATO-Industry Forum addresses a recognised need for an elevated strategic dialogue between NATO and industry to ensure that the Alliance benefits from the best solutions to military requirements, within expected budget and time constraints, now and in the foreseeable future.

Sponsored by NATO Secretary General, the Forum is co-organised by Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Jean-Paul Paloméros and Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Mr. Patrick Auroy.

Following the September 2014 NATO Wales Summit, it is an excellent venue to share the updated perspective and priorities given to the Alliance by Heads of States and Governments. NATO is also looking forward to receiving industry perspectives and experience in the current constrained and challenging defence environment characterized by the end of ISAF and the situation in Ukraine. A specific focus this year will be on exploring new ways to provide better Education, Training and Exercises to NATO forces and its Allies. In all strands of capability development, innovation should be welcomed and encouraged, creating new opportunities for industry. For the long-term, NATO has to plan a renewed set of capabilities in order to adjust to new challenges and to best leverage new technologies. In this context, strengthening the transatlantic bond through industrial cooperation will also be discussed.

In summary, the purpose of the event is to share and develop NATO and Industry perspectives to efficiently address the current and foreseeable security challenges of the Alliance.

Reinforced by the Framework for NATO Industry Engagement, NATO is engaged in a smart and open dialogue with Industry. The NATO-Industry Forum is a milestone where the relationship between NATO and Industry will be discussed, challenged and fed with insights and ideas.


November 12th 2014 – Le MĂ©ridien – LAV, SPLIT
15:00 – 18:00 Conference Check in and Badge Issuance
November 12th 2014 – Diocletian's Palace, SPLIT
19:00 – 21:00 Host Nation Reception
Welcome by Mr. Joško Klisović
Deputy Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia
November 13th 2014 – Le Méridien – LAV, SPLIT
08:00 – 08:30 Welcome coffee
08:30 – 09:30 Opening and Welcome remarks
Introduced by Mr. Vago Muradian (Defense News Editor)

Dr. Ivo Josipović
The President of the Republic of Croatia, Video Address

Mr. Ante Kotromanović
Minister of Defence of the Republic of Croatia

Mr. Josko Klisović
Deputy Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow
NATO Deputy Secretary General

Mr. Philippe Duhamel
CEO ThalesRaytheonSystems 

09:30 – 10:00 Press Conference/Coffee Break
10:00 – 12:00 Panel 1: "Keeping the Edge through Readiness" (NATO perspective)
Moderated by Mr. Vago Muradian

Chair: General Jean-Paul Paloméros
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

Admiral Mark Ferguson
Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples

Vice Admiral Fernando Pires da Cunha
Portugal's Joint Operational Commander

Brigadier General Manuel Gimeno
Spain's Joint Defense Staff, Logistic Division Chief

12:00 – 13:40 Lunch
13:40 - 13:50 Message by Mr. Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary General
13:50 – 15:50 Panel 2: "Equipped for the Challenge" (Industry perspective)
Moderated by Mr. Vago Muradian

Chair: Mr. Patrick Auroy
Assistant Secretary General / Defence Investment

Mr. Domingo Ureña-Raso
Head of Military Aircraft, Airbus Defence & Space

Mr. Brett Lambert
Renaissance Strategic Advisors, Executive in Residence

Ms. Caroline Vandedrinck
VP for Europe and Central Asia, Sikorsky Aircraft

Mr. Tomislav Mazal
CEO Duro Dakovic

15:50 – 16:20 Coffee Break
16:20 – 16:50 Keynote "Future Warfare, Future Requirements" by Mr. Ben FitzGerald
Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security
16:50 – 17:00 Closing Remarks by General Jean-Paul Paloméros
End of the Conference