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This conference will bring you up-to-date on how NATO's current transformation will impact on you and your organisation. NATO Transformation covers key policy directions, new requirements and new capabilities needed within NATO. It draws on assessments of recent NATO joint experiments and exercises and it analyses the impact on the procurement cycle. Finally it looks at future capabilities and likely NATO responses.

This event takes the format of a series of seventeen main briefings from key NATO officials,

Including:

  • Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Arthur Cebrowski, Director, Office of Force Transformation
  • Vice Admiral Ferdinando Sanfelice di Monteforte, Commander, Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe*
  • Lieutenant General Thorstein Skiaker, Director of Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) and Commander National Joint Headquarters (NJHQ), NATO
  • Lieutenant General Horst Martin, Deputy Commander, HQ AIRNORTH
  • Vice Admiral Ferdinando Sanfelice di Monteforte, Commander Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe, HQ NAVSOUTH
  • Brigadier General Michael Combest, Director for Defense Planning, Allied Command Transformation
  • Brigadier General Petr Pavel, Commander 5th Specialised Forces Command, Armed Forces of the Czech Republic
  • Commander Brian Palmer, Senior Operational Concept Developer, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO HQ
  • Klaus Kleffner, Head, Defence Capabilities Section, Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO HQ
  • Dr Donald Daniel, Chairman, NATO Research and Technology Board
  • Dr Steven Ramberg, Director, NATO Undersea Research Centre
  • Luigi Bella, Director, Communications and Information Systems Division, NATO C3 Agency
  • Tom Herway, Head of Contracts, NATO C3 Agency
  • Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency
  • Guy Servolle, Chairman, NATO Industrial Advisory Group
  • Luigi Bella, Director, Communications & Information Systems Division, NATO C3 Agency

NATO Transformation will…

  • BROADEN your understanding of the latest transformation policy initiatives being developed
  • EXPLORE the effects of transformation and realignment on the NATO military forces
  • MAXIMISE your awareness of the changing NATO procurement processes and systems
  • INCREASE your knowledge of the future capabilities and technologies being developed
  • ESTABLISH links with key NATO decision makers
  • ASSESS the impact of NATO transformation on your current and future defence programmes
  • STUDY the impact of NATO realignment on force structure, requirements and equipment
  • REVIEW the implications of the changes on key land, sea and air programmes
  • IDENTIFY NATO's new priorities

Whatever NATO programme you are involved in, this event is a 'must attend'

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Nils Holme

Nils Holme, Former Chairman, NATO Research and Technology Board

9:10 A DOD PERSPECTIVE ON MILITARY TRANSFORMATION

  • An overview of the current processes of transformation taking place within the DoD
  • The methods being employed in order to promote a synergy of effort across organisations
  • The overall goals of co-operation: - multi-national interoperability - generating new ideas - identifying new ways of operating
  • Ways in which ACT can learn from the DoD in its efforts to transform the US military force
  • Vice Admiral (Ret’d) Arthur Cebrowski

    Vice Admiral (Ret’d) Arthur Cebrowski, Director, Office of Force Transformation

    John Garstka

    John Garstka, Assistant Director, Concepts and Operations, Office of Force Transformation

    9:50 ALLIANCE TRANSFORMATION

    Klaus Kleffner

    Klaus Kleffner, Head, Defence Capabilities Section, Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO HQ

  • New strategic concept and doctrine
  • System to the transformation process
  • Improving NATO capabilities and force-planning
  • The NATO response force as a force for change
  • The new NATO command structure
  • NATO enlargement
  • Future projects
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 HQ ALLIED AIR FORCES NORTH COMPONENT COMMAND

    Lieutenant General Horst Martin

    Lieutenant General Horst Martin, Deputy Commander, HQ AIRNORTH

  • Expanding roles and missions of Allied Air Forces North
  • Security and territorial integrity of the Allied Forces Northern Europe (AFNORTH) Area Of Responsibility (AOR)
  • Conducting operations and provision of inter- and intra-regional support and reinforcement
  • NATO transformation & enlargement and the implications on air infrastructure and resources
  • 11:40 NATO DEFENSE REQUIREMENTS REVIEW

    Brigadier General Michael Combest

    Brigadier General Michael Combest, Director for Defense Planning, Allied Command Transformation

  • Transforming the cutting edge of NATO’s force: force goals
  • Review of defense plans
  • Adapting to the new operational challenges of the 21st Century
  • Meeting requirements of the future
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 LESSONS LEARNT ARE KEY TO TRANSFORMATION

    Lieutenant Colonel (PO AF) Sérgio Ferreira

    Lieutenant Colonel (PO AF) Sérgio Ferreira, Staff Officer Lessons Learned, Air Matters, Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC), NATO

  • The overall aims and objectives of the teams and their place in the overall process of transformation
  • An introduction to the current structure of the teams and the areas of operations that they are currently working alongside
  • Making sure the data that is gathered is collated and analysed quickly and effectively
  • The methods by which operational analysis is developed from “raw data” into conceptual ideas that lead to the updating of Alliance doctrine, organisation, training, leadership and facilities
  • The way forward for the lessons learnt teams – areas of future deployment
  • 14:30 PANEL DISCUSSION

    Brigadier General Petr Pavel

    Brigadier General Petr Pavel, Commander 5th Specialised Forces Command, Armed Forces of the Czech Republic

    Commander Brian Palmer

    Commander Brian Palmer, Senior Operational Concept Developer, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO HQ

    Luigi Bella

    Luigi Bella, Director, Communications & Information Systems Division, NATO C3 Agency

    Cesare Balducci

    Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency

    15:10 THE CHALLENGES OF NIAG IN A TRANSFORMING NATO

    Guy Servolle

    Guy Servolle, Chairman, NATO Industrial Advisory Group

  • A forum for industry in CNAD framework
  • The improvement process
  • The improvement process
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 ACHIEVING AN INTEROPERABLE AND STANDARDISED ALLIANCE

    Cesare Balducci

    Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency

  • Co-ordinating standardisation efforts throughout the Alliance
  • Achieving interoperability and integration with partners
  • How is standardisation achieved in NATO?
  • Future of NATO standardisation
  • 17:00 RESPONDING TO THE EMERGING ASYMMETRIC THREATS

    Brigadier General Petr Pavel

    Brigadier General Petr Pavel, Commander 5th Specialised Forces Command, Armed Forces of the Czech Republic

  • An overview of the increasing need to deal with the changing threats facing the Alliance
  • Introduction to the CBRN Defence Battalion
  • The structure of the CBRN Defence Battalion; not "one size fits all"; configured & equipped to deploy quickly; provide initial entry NBC capability
  • Interacting with the NRF
  • The role of the CBRN Defence Battalion in future NATO operations
  • 17:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Ronald Sullivan

    Ronald Sullivan, NATO Business Manager, SAIC

    9:10 THE JOINT WARFARE CENTRE’S ROLE IN THE TRANSFORMATION PROCESS

    James Short

    James Short, Director of Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), Allied Command Transformation

  • An overview of the structure of JWC and its relationship with Allied Command Transformation and Allied Command Operations
  • The main aims and objectives of the JWC
  • Current efforts in the area of combined and joint training of the Operational Command
  • Methods by which the new mind set of innovation experimentation, analysis and doctrine development have been incorporated into the joint warfare training schedule
  • Maximising transformational synergy in order to improve NATO’s capability, interoperability and military effectiveness
  • The future for the Joint Warfare Centre
  • 9:50 NATO CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND EXPERIMENTATION

    Commander Brian Palmer

    Commander Brian Palmer, Senior Operational Concept Developer, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO HQ

  • Overview of the role and objectives of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation as they relate to concept development and experimentation
  • An introduction to the main goals for NATO concept development and experimentation, including an outline of the NATO Concept Development and Experimentation Campaign Plan
  • Highlights of recent NATO experiments
  • Challenges in implementing NATO concepts
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 REALISING AND REACTING TO NATO’S NEW PROCUREMENT REQUIREMENTS

    Tom Herway

    Tom Herway, Head of Contracts, NATO C3 Agency

  • An introduction to the procurement challenges facing NATO in the 21st Century
  • The need to create a whole new order of capabilities that are responsive to a wide range of symmetric and asymmetric threats
  • Analysing the latest procurement systems that are being developed, including the introduction of best value procurements
  • Developing the industry-customer partnership in order to harmonise requirements across the acquisition process at the earliest stages
  • The future for NATO procurement
  • 11:40 TRANSITION WITHIN NATO MARITIME COMMAND

     Vice Admiral Ferdinando Sanfelice di Monteforte

    Vice Admiral Ferdinando Sanfelice di Monteforte, Commander Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe, HQ NAVSOUTH

  • The changing role of NATO’s naval force
  • Adapting to the increasing need for an expeditionary force
  • Dealing with the issues of compatibility and interoperability
  • Adapting NATO policy and strategy to deal with the changing roles of the member nations in the 21st Century
  • Evolving the NATO force into an entity capable of dealing with the emerging asymmetrical threat
  • The impact of NATO enlargement
  • 12:20 Lunch

    13:50 NATO RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION

    Dr Donald Daniel

    Dr Donald Daniel, Chairman, NATO Research and Technology Board

  • Overview of the latest transformation issues driving forward technological research
  • RTO’s role within the transformation process
  • The need to promote co-operative research and information exchange
  • Future projects and plans currently in development
  • 14:30 SUPPORTING TRANSFORMATION IN NATO’S MARITIME FORCES

    Dr Steven Ramberg

    Dr Steven Ramberg, Director, NATO Undersea Research Centre

  • The NATO Undersea Research Centre’s role within the transformation process
  • The NATO Undersea Research Centre’s relationship with the maritime commands
  • Meeting the future requirements – current projects in development
  • Expanding NATO’s maritime capability through technological innovation
  • Future plans and projects
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 NATO C3 AGENCY

    Luigi Bella

    Luigi Bella, Director, Communications & Information Systems Division, NATO C3 Agency

  • How is the transformation process effecting C3 planning and development?
  • Coping with the restructuring of the Alliance and the shift in capability requirements
  • Analysis of current systems and platforms in development
  • Future acquisition projects
  • What are the challenges that the agency will face in the future?
  • 16:20 NATO MAINTENANCE AND SUPPLY AGENCY

  • Background: traditional logistics
  • Transformation drivers
  • Tuning logistics in-service support to NATO's new requirements
  • Flexibility, cost-consciousness and quick reaction: keywords for transformation

  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Eggar

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Eggar, NRF Coordination Group, J5/J9 Division, Nato-Military

    José Godinho

    José Godinho, Senior Planning Officer, NAMSA

    17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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