The twelfth annual NATO Operations, Research & Analysis Conference, co-sponsored by Allied Command Transformation and the NATO Science and Technology Organization, was held in Croatia, 15-16 October 2018. The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatian hosted the conference in the historic city of Zagreb. The conference is the single event for NATO, national, industrial and academic research and analysis practitioners to meet face-to-face, present work and exchange ideas on how to improve future operations, research and analysis and better support senior decision makers within the Alliance and NATO Nations.
This year's conference theme was Tackling Complexity in NATO Operations in Contested and Degraded Environments. Allied Command Transformation’s Brigadier General Poul Primdahl and Dr. Tom Killion, NATO’s Chief Scientist, welcomed 130 delegates representing NATO members and partners. The conference included over 30 presentations split into three streams: Sense Making through Analytics, Understanding and Operating in the Cyber Domain, and Challenges and Opportunities of Rapid Reinforcement & Force Mobility and its Logistics Aspects. These streams were bolstered by training workshops on software platforms, Alternative Analysis and communicating the benefits of Operations, Research and Analysis.
Brigadier General Primdahl challenged attendees to use the conference as an opportunity to foster new ideas and solutions for challenging environments and enable Alliance decision makers to think differently about these challenges. Dr. Killion emphasized how NATO was dependent upon critical analysis, that Cyber and Logistics were key issues for NATO and how analytics was at the heart of Big Data challenge. Allied Command Transformation is positioning NATO to rapidly identify risks, exploit technological opportunities and set conditions for NATO to operate and adapt in an ever-changing security environment.