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SMi’s 4th Annual NATO Defence Procurement - Objectives, Programmes and Opportunities Conference will provide an interactive forum to review the issue of procurement within the Alliance, and how future acquisition procedures may be streamlined. The importance of a ready and viable infrastructure is becoming increasingly important and the emphasis on high technology equipment makes NATO an attractive option for firms supplying a wide variety of products and services. Key issues to be considered include changes in Alliance procurement policies, budgetary requirements and considerations, assessment of past and present programmes, and improvement of military capabilities through future acquisition programmes.

Key decision-makers from NATO present you with timely and topical information on NATO transformation, policy and procurement requirements, providing an opportunity to review key developments and challenges facing NATO and how they may be overcome. Attendees will have the chance to network with representatives from industry, academic institutions and representatives of respected NATO research bodies.

An exceptional line up includes Keynote Addresses from…

  • Admiral Mario Bartoli, Co-ordinator, Counter-Terrorism Technologies Programme, NATO
  • Dag Wilhelmsen, General Manager, C3 Agency, NATO
  • Terry J. Pudas, Acting Director, Force Transformation, US Department of Defense
  • Major General Lars Christian Fynbo, Team Leader, Alliance Ground Surveillance Support Staff (AGS3), NATO

And Special Addresses from…

  • Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency
  • Guy Maes, Head, Technology Implementation Section, Security Investment Directorate, Defence Investment, NATO HQ
  • Klaus Kleffner, Head, Defence Capabilities Section, Defence Planning and Policy Division, NATO HQ
  • Lieutenant Colonel Mark Payne, Secretary, NRF Co-ordination Group, Deployed Forces Co-ordination Group, NATO SHAPE
  • Tom Herway, Chief of Contracts, Acquisition Division, NATO C3 Agency
  • Robbert Smit, Contracts Quality Control Officer, Procurement Directorate, NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency
  • Richard Sladden, Secretary, Defence Investment Division, NIAG and AC 327, Committee on Life Cycle Management, NATO
  • Professor Trevor Salmon, Department of International Relations, University of Aberdeen

Benefits of Attending NATO Defence Procurement include…

  • GAIN insight into the key aspects of NATO policy, procurement and capability requirements
  • NETWORK with key decision-makers and identify future opportunities for working with NATO
  • LEARN about negotiating contracts and bidding successfully with NATO Agencies
  • MAXIMISE your understanding of the most recent procurement policy developments
  • REVIEW procurement programmes being developed to improve NATO’s capabilities

A Special Post-Conference Workshop will take place on the 7th of December and will be run by..

  • Jim Keenan, LMI International Programme Manager, LMI

Full programme details ARE NOW AVAILABLE and the official conference brochure will be available to download from this site shortly.

Conference programme

9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Former Director, CIS Division, C3 Agency, NATO, Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

9:40 ALLIANCE TRANSFORMATION – A US PERSPECTIVE

Terry J Pudas

Terry J Pudas, Acting Director, Force Transformation, US Department Of Defence

  • New strategic concept and doctrine
  • The procurement process
  • Improving NATO capabilities and force-planning
  • Implications of NATO enlargement on procurement programmes
  • Exploring the future NATO procurement initiatives
  • 10:20 NATO'S TRANSFORMATION - POLITICAL AND MILITARY ISSUES

    Alastair Beedie

    Alastair Beedie, Defence Capabilities Section, NATO

  • Politicical transformation issues
  • Alliance mission spectrum and major capability requirements
  • Modernisation challenges
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 NATO'S COUNTER-TERRORISM TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAMME

    Admiral Mario Alberto Bartoli

    Admiral Mario Alberto Bartoli, Co-ordinator, Counter Terrorism Technologies Programme, NATO

    • Defense Against Terrorisme Programme of Work (DAT POW0
      • - the challenge (focus on short term results and affordable solutions)
      • - The 10 DAY POW items (current status and future activities)
      • Funding DAT POW
        • - Generalities (where the money comes from ; how it is managed...)
        • - Budget 2005-2006 (activities supported)
        • - Nations contribution
        • Procurement in the context of the DAT POW
          • - Contract in support of demonstrations or prototyping
          • - National procurement following successful demonstrations
          • - NATO procurement in very specific cases (CIS for SOF)

    12:10 EU – NATO RELATIONS ON PROCUREMENT

  • Examine EU – NATO relations
  • Overview of policies affecting NATO and EU
  • Common procurement policies?
  • Explore the future relations between EU and NATO
  • Professor Trevor Salmon

    Professor Trevor Salmon, Professor in International Relations, University Of Aberdeen

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:20 THE NATO SECURITY INVESTMENT DIRECTORATE

    Guy Maes

    Guy Maes, Head Tehcnology Implementation Section, NATO HQ

  • NSIP background and principles
  • Key areas of common funding and management changes
  • Update on on-going C4ISR programmes
  • Future trends in NSIP
  • Challenges facing the NSIP
  • 15:00 SETTING THE INTEROPERABILITY AND STANDARDISSATION REQUIREMENTS IN NATO

    Cesare Balducci

    Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency

  • Why and how is standardisation done in NATO?
  • The importance of standardisation when procuring equipment for NATO
  • Standardisation; interoperability and integration with national partners
  • Desired capabilities, medium and long-term within NATO
  • Technological and operational trends - the role of NATO Standardisation Agency for equipment procurement
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 SPECIAL EXTENDED PANEL DISCUSSION

    Chaired by Paul Kennedy, Former Chief, Information System Division, NATO C3 Agency, and Consultant, Information Systems and Management Services
    Klaus Kleffner

    Klaus Kleffner, Head, Defence Capabilities Section, NATO

    Dr Raffaele Esposito

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

    Cesare Balducci

    Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Former Director, CIS Division, C3 Agency, NATO, Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

    9:00 Registration & Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Former Director, CIS Division, C3 Agency, NATO, Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

    9:40 NC3A PROCUREMENT

    Dag  Wilhelmsen

    Dag Wilhelmsen, General Manager, NATO C3 Agency

  • Developing system capabilities to enhance future performance in joint operations
  • Procuring system capabilities - current and future procurement plans
  • Implementing system capabilities through the use of systems acquired
  • Re-organisation of the NC3A – a more efficient operation
  • NC3A by 2010 - plans for the future
  • 10:20 NATO ALLIED GROUND SURVEILLANCE (AGS)

    Major General Lars Christian  Fynbo

    Major General Lars Christian Fynbo, Team Leader, Alliance Ground Surveillance, NATO

  • Explore the main components of AGS and how it is procured
  • The challenges of implementing AGS
  • Explore how challenges can be overcome
  • The future of AGS
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 NATO PROCUREMENT THROUGH THE MAINTENANCE AND SUPPLY AGENCY (NAMSA)

    Robbert Smit

    Robbert Smit, Deputy Director & Competition Advocate, Procurement Directorate, NAMSA

  • Introducing NAMSA’s role in NATO procurement
  • Identity challenges and possible solutions to NATO procurement
  • Selling to NAMSA – how to do business with NAMSA
  • NAMSA procurement interests for the future
  • 12:10 NATO REACTION FORCES

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Payne

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Payne, Secretary NRF Co-ordination Group, Deployed Forces Co-ordination Group, NATO SHAPE

  • Overview of NATO Reaction Forces
  • Budgeting for NATO common funded projects – how are expenses shared?
  • Exploring possible challenges to procuring NATO Reaction Forces – how are new member states assimilated?
  • Lessons learned from procurement projects
  • Potential future projects
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:20 UPDATE ON SUCCESSES OF PROGRAMMES

    Tom Herway

    Tom Herway, Chief of Contracts, Acquisition Division, NATO C3 Agency

  • Overview of current procurement programmes
  • Why have these programmes been implemented?
  • Examine how to sell to NATO
  • Exploring the challenges encountered with procurement programmes
  • Examining the lessons learned and how it can help future procurement programmes
  • 15:00 NATO INDUSTRIAL ADVISORY GROUP

    Richard  Sladden

    Richard Sladden, NIAG Staff Officer, NATO Industrial Advisory Group

  • The role of NIAG within NATO
  • Overview of relations with commercial companies
  • How commercial companies co-operate with NATO
  • Exploring potential challenges to industrial co-operation and transatlantic issues
  • Looking at the future role of NIAG in procurement
  • 15:40 PROCURING NATO

  • Developing the balance between capability and cost - is there such a thing as the perfect product?
  • Ensuring technical innovation and application
  • Operational feedback and emerging requirements for the future
  • Explore challenges in procuring a multinational alliance
  • The future for NATO and relations with industry
  • Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Industry

    16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Former Director, CIS Division, C3 Agency, NATO, Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

    16:30 Close of Conference followed by Afternoon Tea

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