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As NATO looks ahead to welcome new members in 2008 and beyond, SMi brings you the third event in our prestigious NATO Enlargement Conference series.

This event has been expressly designed to attract the most senior military and government decision-makers in order to gain an essential and holistic update and provide excellent networking opportunities.

The conference examines the latest thinking and work from the NATO aspirant nations; Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Georgia and Ukraine as well as case studies delivered by the 1999 and 2004 accession nations.

The Speakers

  • Frank Boland, Director, Force Planning, NATO HQ
  • Major General Teodor Frunzeti, Deputy Director, Romanian Defence Staff
  • Major General Leonid Holopatyuk, Chief, Department of Euro-Atlantic Integration, General Staff, Ukrainian Armed Forces
  • Petrit Karabina, Deputy Defence Minister, Albania
  • Mamuka Kudava, First Deputy Defence Minister, Georgia
  • Igor Pokaz, Assistant Minister for Defence Policy, Croatia
  • Péter Siklósi, Director of Defence Policy Department, Hungarian Ministry of Defence
  • Pjer Simunovic, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and NATO Co-ordinator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Croatia
  • Tadej Burgar, Head, Defence Policy Directorate, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Colonel Jozef Viktorin, Integration and International Military Co-operation Branch, J-5 GS SA, Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic
  • Colonel Milan Celko, Deputy Chief of Staff J5, General Staff, Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic
  • Auste Dobrovolskyte, Head of Policy & Co-operation Division, NATO and EU Department, Ministry of Defence, Lithuania
  • Chris Bennett, Communications Director, Office of the High Representative, NATO
  • Major General (ret.) Dr. Mihail E. Ionescu, Director, Institute for Political Studies of Defense and Military History, Romanian Ministry of Defence
  • Group Captain Stewart Blackburn, Special Defence Adviser to the Polish Minister of National Defence, Polish General Staff

THE PROGRAMME
Through a series of case study presentations and interactive panel discussions, the programme will explore:

  • ALIGNMENT of defence policy to meet NATO requirements focusing on the MAP
  • FORCE TRAINING that provides capable forces of the future
  • FORCE TRANSFORMATION and ongoing involvement in NATO-led operations
  • FORCE PLANNING and procurement programmes and the role of the Military/Industry relationship
  • IMPACT of the new member accessions on the successful running of NATO
  • INTEROPERABILITY as the key to operational contribution and the security of the Alliance
  • LESSONS LEARNED from Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, which will guide the future enlargement process

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Military and governmental delegates responsible for:

  • Force planning
  • Defence policy
  • Procurement
  • Defence-Industrial Partnering
  • Interoperability, standardisation and integration
  • Foreign relations
  • Research and Development

POST-EVENT INTERACTIVE BRIEFING:
22nd November 2006

Doing Business with NATO
In association with LMI

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett, Communications Director, Office of the High Representative

9:10 KEYNOTE OPENING ADDRESS

Frank Boland

Frank Boland, Director, Force Planning, NATO HQ

  • NATO’s relevance in today’s climate
  • Expansion of NATO, its roles and its missions
  • Forging on-going relationships with other institutions
  • 9:50 HOST NATION WELCOME ADDRESS

    Pjer  Šimunovic

    Pjer Šimunovic, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Croatia

  • Previous rounds of enlargement, a success story: extending the zone of stability and prosperity, fostering reforms, strengthening the Alliance
  • NATO accession process as one of the main engines of the comprehensive reform processes in the countries in transition (politics, democracy, society, economy, security) 
  • Implication for civil-military relations, defence reforms & capabilities, international relations  
  • Contribution to NATO operations (Afghanistan etc.)
  • A look ahead: ambitions, requirements, chances, the most desirable & likely outcomes.   
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 SPECIAL JOINT PRESENTATION: THE ADRIATIC 3

  • The progression of the A-3 members toward NATO membership
  • The results of international collaboration and forging towards closer A-3 working relationships
  • Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with coalition forces
  • The lessons learned the path forwards
  • Petrit  Karabina

    Petrit Karabina, Deputy Defence Minister, Ministry of Defence Albania

    Igor Pokaz

    Igor Pokaz, Assistant Minister for Defence Policy, Minister of Defence of Republic of Croatia

    Aleksandar Genchov

    Aleksandar Genchov , Political Advisor to the Minister of Defence , Ministry of defence, Macedonia

    12:00 NATO NEC AND INTEROPERABILITY

    Gerard Donelan

    Gerard Donelan, Head Government Services, SES ASTRA

  • What is NEC?
  • Why interoperability?
  • The Challenges for NATO nations
  • The way ahead, the solution
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 GEORGIA’S ROLE IN SUB-REGIONAL INITIATIVES IN FURTHERING THE NATO INTEGRATION PROCESS

    Mamuka Kudava

    Mamuka Kudava, First Deputy Defence Minister, Ministry of Defence of Georgia

  • Southeast Europe Co-operative Initiative
  • Southeast Europe Defense Ministerial
  • 14:40 THE EURO-ATLANTIC ASPIRATION OF UKRAINE

    Colonel Volodymyr Askarov

    Colonel Volodymyr Askarov, Deputy Director, Department for Policy and Strategic Planning, Ministry of Defence, Ukraine

    • The influence of the political situation in Ukraine on its Euro-Atlantic integration
      - Outcome of the 2006 Parliamentry election
      - National Unity Agreement
      - Irreversible course for Euro-Atlantic integration
    • Transformation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces: achievements and problems
      - Military reform in Ukraine: national goals
      - White Book: securing transparency
      - Implementation of the State Program of Armed Forces development in 2006-2011
      -  Application of PARP mechanisms in order to achieve interoperability with NATO forces
      - Defence budget
      - Problems
    • Joining NATO Membership Action Plan on the agenda
      - Current situation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine
      - A draft of the MAP project
      - Preparation for NATO Membership: Ukrainian specifics

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 HUNGARY IN NATO: LESSONS LEARNED

    Peter Siklosi

    Peter Siklosi, Director, Defence Policy Department, Hungarian Ministry Of Defence

  • Political experiences
  • Defence planning – transformation
  • In operations around the world
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett, Communications Director, Office of the High Representative

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett, Communications Director, Office of the High Representative

    9:10 THE SHIFT IN ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES TO SMALLER FORCES CAPABLE OF FULL-SPECTRUM OPERATIONS

    Milan  Celko

    Milan Celko, Deputy Chief J-5 Division, Slovak General Staff, Ministry of Defence, Slovak Republic

  • The change of strategy
  • Professionalisation
  • The role of planners 
  • National interests Vs. NATO obligations
  • 9:50 THE SLOVENIAN EXPERIENCE OF JOINING NATO

    Tadej Burgar

    Tadej Burgar, Head, Defence Policy Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Slovenia

  • Defence reform processes
  • Moving towards a small, but effective and visible professional army
  • Challenging the new security situation in a cohesive and synchronic way
  • Approach of the international community
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 INTEGRATION INTO NATO

    Mihai Ionescu

    Mihai Ionescu, Strategic Programs Manager, Mobifon S A

  • Joining NATO - achieving a major Romanian foreign policy objective
  • Romania-NATO relations - a brief history
  • Romania's preparation for accession – MAP
  • National commission for Romania's accession to NATO
  • Integration's benefits and costs
  • Romania's added value to NATO
  • 11:40 TOWARDS NATO INTEGRATION

    Astrit Gjunkshi

    Astrit Gjunkshi, Head Of Euro-Atlantic Integration Section, Ministry of Defence Albania

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 THE ONGOING WORK BY LITHUANIA TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE ALLIANCE

    Auste Dobrovolskyte

    Auste Dobrovolskyte, Head of Policy & Co-operation Division, NATO and EU Department , Ministry of Defence, Lithuania

    14:30 EX WARSAW PACT TO NATO, MAKING THE TRANSITION

    Stewart Blackburn

    Stewart Blackburn , Special Defence Adviser to the Polish Minister of National Defence, FCO Warsaw

  • Language training,
  • The planning process,
  • The equipment programme
  • Understanding your own organisation (Civil control of the Armed Forces, Legislative restrictions, Historical context)
  • Identifying the existing culture and the desired culture
  • Modernisation through cultural change (Changing people's thinking to provide modern flexible Armed Forces, Initiating culture change - the most difficult step!)
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 POST-NATO REALITIES: THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF NATO

    Lyubomir  Ivanov

    Lyubomir Ivanov, CEO, The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria

  • NATO as part of the Westernization of CEE: From the image of enemy to the place where we want to be
  • NATO enlargement so far: Integration of governments and elites rather than an Euro-Atlantic community of people
  • Post-9/11: For the first time the Alliance has alternatives — albeit poor ones; NATO not seen as indispensable in fighting the new enemy
  • Negative tendencies in the public perception of NATO fueled by nationalism, xenophobia, antiglobalism and populism, and embodied by rampant anti-Americanism
  • Improving the public perception: NATO as a joint project for new global security; the necessary debate ought to involve also prospective members, civil society and media
  • 16:20 CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF ROMANIA'S ACCESSION TO NATO

    Teodor Frunzeti

    Teodor Frunzeti, Chief, Romanian Land Troops Staff, Ministry of Defence Romania

  • Brief history of the Romania - NATO relations
  • Integration's benefits and costs
  • Defence Transformation
  • Romania's added value to NATO
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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