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At the Prague summit, NATO leaders set in motion an ambitious modernisation process focusing on improving military capabilities, welcoming new members and forging and strengthening relationships with partners. While troop levels within NATO are likely to continue to decline in future years, the importance of a ready and viable infrastructure is more vital to NATO now than ever before and the emphasis on high technology equipment makes NATO an attractive option for firms supplying a wide variety of products and services.

The conference will be a two-day intensive event where key decision-makers from NATO HQ, NATO agencies, SHAPE and Allied Forces North will present you with timely and topical information on NATO transformation, policy and requirements. It will be the ideal opportunity to review key developments and challenges facing NATO and to build your presence in the NATO marketplace.

Through an expert panel of speakers from the NATO C3 Agency, NAMSA and NACOSA, the conference will specifically address bidding procedures, current requirements, the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP) and other NATO-funded programmes. You will be briefed on the most important current and future NATO programmes such as Alliance Ground Surveillance and will learn about the opportunities resulting from the planned expansion of the alliance to Central Europe.

You can choose from two post conference workshops; Doing business with NATO or Transatlantic Industrial Co-operation.

Benefits of Attending:
  • Maximise your understanding of developments in NATO policy
  • Increase your awareness of future NATO projects and capability requirements
  • Establish links with key decision-makers from NATO
  • Review programmes being developed to improve NATO's capabilities
  • Explore the opportunities for continued NATO enlargement and ongoing integration
  • Understand NATO bidding requirements and maximise the effectiveness and value of your bid


A unique opportunity to learn from military, government, research and industry experts including:
  • Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB, Chief of Staff, SHAPE
  • General Sir Jack Deverell KCB, OBE, UK Army, Late Light Infantry; Commander-In-Chief, Allied Forces North Europe
  • Major General (A.F.) Alberto Notari, Italian Defence General Staff J4, Italian Ministry of Defence; Chairman, AGS Steering Committee, NATO
  • Brigadier General Michael Ludwigs, Deputy Controller, NACOSA
  • General (Ret'd) Andre Nicolau, General Manager, NACMA
  • Lieutenant Colonel Andre Poot, Principal Engineer, TACOMS International Project Office
  • Dr Raffaele Esposito, Vice-Chairman, NATO Industrial Advisory Group
  • Martin Versnel, Deputy Director, Security Investment Programme, Defence Investment Division, NATO HQ
  • Klaus Kleffner, Head, Defence Capabilities Section, Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO HQ
  • David Cooper, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, NATO HQ
  • Clarence Juhl, Deputy Defense Advisor, US Mission to NATO
  • Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency
  • Guy Maes, Head, Technology Implementation Section, Security Investment Directorate, NATO HQ
  • Ivan Dvorak, Head of Defence Advisors, Czech Delegation to NATO
  • Carsten Ulriksen, Acquisition Program Executive, NATO C3 Agency
  • Robbert Smit, Contracts Quality Control Officer, Procurement Directorate, NAMSA
  • Jim Wager, Principal Contracting Officer, NATO C3 Agency

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 ALLIANCE TRANSFORMATION

Klaus Kleffner

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

  • New strategic concept and doctrine
  • 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
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - ALLIED COMMAND FOR OPERATIONS

    Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB

    Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB, Chief of Staff, SHAPE

    10:20 THE NATO SECURITY INVESTMENT PROGRAM

    Martin Versnel

    Martin Versnel, Deputy Director, Security Investment Programme, Defence Investment Division, NATO HQ

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 NAMSA – NATO MAINTENANCE AND SUPPLY AGENCY

    Robbert Smit

    Robbert Smit, Contracts Quality Control Officer, Procurement Directorate, NAMSA

  • Mission - what is NAMSA?
  • NAMSA AND NAMSO
  • Selling to NAMSA
  • Supplies of interest to NAMSA
  • NAMSA as a host nation for NSIP funded projects
  • Contingency operations in Bosnia
  • 12:00 NATO STANDARDISATION

    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
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 TACOMS POST 2000 – INTEROPERABILITY STANAGS FOR NEXT GENERATION TACTICAL NETWORKS

    Dag Wilhelmsen

    Dag Wilhelmsen, Chief Engineer,TAC ONE Consortium, Project TACOMS Post 2000 NATO STANAGs, Thales Communications

  • Purpose of a tactical system
  • The importance of coalition interoperability
  • Tactical network architecture
  • Enabling battlefield decision-making
  • Developing standards for interoperability
  • Working together to create TAC ONE
  • Dealing with national interests
  • 14:40 NATO PROCUREMENTS BY NC3A

    Carsten Ulriksen

    Carsten Ulriksen, Acquisition Program Executive, NATO C3 Agency

  • Funding of projects
  • Procurement principles
  • Crisis response operations projects
  • New NATO SATCOM Project
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 IMPLEMENTATION PERSPECTIVE

    Guy Maes

    Guy Maes, Head, Technology Implementation Section, Security Investment Directorate, NATO HQ

  • NSIP implementation principles
  • Evolution of the NSIP Programme
  • Overview of technology implementation projects
  • Future evolution
  • Challenges
  • 16:20 HARMONISATION OF NATO ARMAMENTS PLANNING

    David Cooper

    David Cooper, Senior Policy Advisor, Armaments Planning, Programmes and Policy Directorate, NATO HQ

  • Defence equipment procurement and Alliance armaments co-operation
  • Formulation of policy initiatives in the armaments field designed to help to orient NATO activities
  • Harmonisation of NATO armaments planning with other aspects of the Alliance‘s overall defence planning process
  • Future challenges and prospects
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Jean Yves Haine

    Dr Jean Yves Haine, Research Fellow in Transatlantic Issues and US Policy, EU Institute for Security Studies

    9:10 AFNORTH MISSION AND OPERATIONS

    General Sir Jack Deverell KCB, OBE, UK Army, Late Light Infantry; Commander-In-Chief, Allied Forces North Europe

    General Sir Jack Deverell KCB, OBE, UK Army, Late Light Infantry; Commander-In-Chief, Allied Forces North Europe, UK Army, Late Light Infantry; Commander-In-Chief,, Allied Forces North Europe

  • Developing the capability for a CJTF Parent HQ
  • Promoting stability through the Partnership for Peace program (PfP)
  • Future joint and combined operational capabilities
  • Real world crisis response operations
  • Interoperability within AFNORTH
  • Contracting and purchasing opportunities
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - NATO IN THE 21ST CENTURY

    Clarence Juhl

    Clarence Juhl, Deputy Defense Advisor, US Mission to NATO

  • Budgeting for NATO common funded projects
  • US involvement in International Competitive Bidding
  • Dispersing the US budget
  • Potential future projects
  • 10:20 MANAGING AND OPERATING THE NATO CIS

    Brigadier General Michael Ludwigs

    Brigadier General Michael Ludwigs, Deputy Con, NACOSA

  • What is NACOSA?
  • Systems assigned to NACOSA
  • Hardware and software maintenance
  • Network-management and network-security concepts
  • Challenges and the way ahead
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 NATO INDUSTRIAL ADVISORY GROUP

    Dr Raffaele Esposito

    Dr Raffaele Esposito, Vice-Chairman, NATO Industrial Advisory Group

  • A forum for industry and for CNAD
  • the role of the NIAG
  • Asserting the NATO Armaments Group and other NATO bodies such as NC3A
  • opportunities for co-operation
  • Improving transatlantic co-operation
  • Planned NIAG contributions 2003-2004
  • 12:00 THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND NATO ENLARGEMENT

    Ivan Dvorak

    Ivan Dvorak, Head of Defence Advisors, Czech Delegation to NATO

  • Lessons learnt in Czech accession to NATO
  • Explanation of the MAP programme
  • Common funding for projects in the Czech Republic
  • Infrastructure and interoperability as tools for protecting new member countries
  • Contracts for developing new member countries’ military capabilities
  • Common infrastructure opportunities in Czech Republic
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 NACMA

    André Nicolau

    André Nicolau, General Manager, NACMA

  • Development and background for the ACCS Programme
  • ACCS functionality and capabilities
  • Configuration and architecture of ACCS in NATO Europe
  • Programme status
  • Future upgrades and development
  • Summary
  • 14:40 NATO ALLIANCE GROUND SURVEILLANCE REQUIREMENT

    James Moseman

    James Moseman, Director, Europe and NATO, Northrop Grumman International Inc.

  • Operational capability
  • System employment concept
  • Technical considerations
  • GMTI/SAR ISTAR Concept of Operations
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BASIC ORDERING AGREEMENT

    Jim Wager

    Jim Wager, Principal Contracting Officer, NC3A

  • Background to the BOA
  • Effects on the acquisition process
  • BOA Buyline/E-commerce
  • 16:20 NATO AND THEATRE MISSILE DEFENCE

    Dr Peter J Lenk

    Dr Peter J Lenk, Division Manager, Strategies and Analysis, SAIC Limited

  • EAD and TMD
  • The risk posed by TBMs
  • The NATO ALTBMD feasibility study
  • Study funding / procurement strategy
  • Results of the feasibility study
  • Multi-national industrial co-operation - lessons learnt
  • Lessons learnt about bidding for NATO projects
  • Where will NATO Theatre Missile Defence go from here?
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    Doing Business with NATO
    Workshop

    Doing Business with NATO

    Hotel Amigo
    10th December 2003
    Brussels, Belgium

    Transatlantic Industrial Co-operation
    Workshop

    Transatlantic Industrial Co-operation

    Hotel Amigo
    10th December 2003
    Brussels, Belgium

    Hotel Amigo

    Rue de l'Amigo 1-3
    Brussels 1000
    Belgium

    Hotel Amigo

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