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The conference will look at how to enhance defence capabilities by acquiring and supporting equipment more effectively in terms of time, cost and performance for current and future defence acquisitions. At the Prague Summit, NATO leaders set in motion an ambitious modernisation and transformation process focusing on improving military capabilities, welcoming new members and strengthening relationships between partners. It will be the perfect opportunity to review key developments and challenges facing NATO and to build your presence in the NATO marketplace.

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:

  • General Harald Kujat, Chairman, NATO Military Committee, NATO
  • General Gerhard Back, Commander, Joint Forces Command (Brunssum), NATO
  • Major General Jean-Pierre Bansard, Assistant Director, Logistics, Armaments and Resources Division, NATO
  • Major General Gary Winterberger, Force Commander, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control
  • Major General (Ret’d) Marc Pirou, Deputy Director, Research and Technology Agency, NATO
  • His Excellency János Herman, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Hungary to NATO
  • James Lovell, Head of Air Defence Section, NATO Air Defence Committee, NATO
  • Dr Raffaele Esposito, Vice Chairman, NATO Industrial Advisory Group
  • Patrick Touzé, Project Manager, NIMIC
    *Subject to Final Confirmation

 Benefits of Attending:

Establish links with key decision makers at the highest levels in NATO
Improve your awareness of future NATO projects and capability requirements NATO
Maximise your understanding of the latest developments in NATO
Review the advance of NATO's central multinational programmes
Explore the NATO bidding process to maximise the value of your proposal

Conference programme

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Services

9:10 THE FUTURE OF THE NATO ALLIANCE

General Harald Kujat

General Harald Kujat, Chairman, NATO Military Committee, NATO

  • Details to be confirmed
  • 9:50 JOINT FORCES COMMAND MISSIONS AND OPERATIONS

    General Gerhard Back

    General Gerhard Back, Commander, Joint Forces Command (Brunssum), NATO

  • Overview of JFC HQ Brunssum - missions and structures
  • What change has meant for NATO operational commands
  • Key enablers for a CJTF parent HQ
  • The challenge of delivering joined-up capabilities to support operations
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 TRANSFORMING NATO INFRASTRUCTURE

    Major General Jean Pierre Bansard

    Major General Jean Pierre Bansard, Assistant Director, Logistics, Armaments and Resources Division, NATO

  • The IMS approach for transforming NATO capabilities
  • What has been achieved so far
  • What else needs to be addressed
  • The meaning that we attach to NATO capabilities
  • The new strategic environment
  • The military forces that this new context requires
  • The effects-based approach to military capabilities
  • The IMS vision of the New Capability Package process
  • The NATO Military Resources policy framework
  • 11:40 NATO RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY

    Major General (Ret’d) Marc Pirou

    Major General (Ret’d) Marc Pirou, Deputy Director, Research and Technology Agency, NATO

  • Promoting co-operative research and information exchange
  • The development and effective use of national defence research and technology
  • Advising the decision-makers – the RTA and NATO policy
  • RTA’s links with NATO land infrastructure -current land systems research and projects
  • Evolving and participating in systems research projects
  • Meeting the needs of the Alliance in the future
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 NATO STANDARDISATION

    Colonel Timothy Malinsky

    Colonel Timothy Malinsky, Military Advisor to the 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
  • 14:30 MEETING THE MILITARY REQUIREMENT

    Captain David Fifield

    Captain David Fifield, Chief, Infrastructure Section, Logistics, Armaments and Resources, NATO HQ*

  • Identifying and validating military common resource requirements
  • Prioritising capability packages
  • Role of NATO HQ
  • Developments and challenges in the future
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 NATO AND TMD/MD

    James Lovell

    James Lovell, Head of Air Defence Section, NATO Air Defence Committee, NATO

  • Background and the threat
  • System architectures and options
  • Current status of work – TMD and MD
  • What the future holds – organisation and timelines
  • 16:20 NATO AND MISSILE DEFENCE

    Dr Peter Lenk

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

  • EAD and TMD
  • The risk posed by ballistic missiles
  • The NATO ALTBMD study
  • The NATO MDFS
  • Multi-national co-operation
  • Lessons learnt about bidding for NATO projects
  • Where next for MD and NATO?
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Networking Drinks Reception - Sponsored by INTERGRAPH

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Services

    9:10 HUNGARY AND THE NATO ENLARGEMENT

    His Excellency János Herman

    His Excellency János Herman, Ambassador to NATO, Hungary

  • Transition after Prague
  • Explanation of the MAP programme
  • Common funding for projects in Hungary
  • Infrastructure and interoperability as tools for protecting new member countries
  • Contracts for developing the new military capabilities of new member countries
  • Common infrastructure opportunities in Hungary
  • 9:50 NATO AEW FORCE COMMAND

    Major General Gary Winterberger

    Major General Gary Winterberger, Force Commander, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control

  • Defining a role in the 21st century for the AEW & Control Force
  • Platforms used and contributions
  • Air surveillance and communications support for air operations: counter-air, close air support, rescue, reconnaissance and airlift
  • Mission, people, tasking and collection process
  • NATO AEWCF and its operation with NAPMO and SHAPE
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 NATO AGS

    Thomas  Linkenbach

    Thomas Linkenbach, Vice President Electronic Mission Aircraft and HALE, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company - EADS

  • Assessment of NATO's requirement
  • TIPS' Proposed System Architecture
  • System functionality and growth potential
  • Industrial participation
  • 11:40 NATO SECURITY INVESTMENT PROGRAMME

    Russel Evoy

    Russel Evoy, Head, Engineering, Implementation, Security Investment Directorate, Defence Investment Division, NATO

  • NSIP and its role in equipping NATO’s infrastructure
  • NSIP implementation principles
  • Evolution of the NSIP programme
  • Challenges
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 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 NIAG
  • Asserting the NATO Armaments Group and other NATO bodies as NC3A
  • Opportunities for co-operation
  • Improving transatlantic co-operation
  • Planned NIAG contributions 2004-2005
  • 14:40 ALLIANCE AGENCIES

    Patrick Touze

    Patrick Touze, Project Manager, NIMIC

  • NIMIC’s task to aid its member nations
  • A brief history of NIMIC’s creation and evolution
  • NIMIC’s products and services
  • The economies that result from co-operation
  • 15:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks

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