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As the role of NATO continues to evolve, this conference will give you the opportunity to assess the alliance's current capabilities, programmes and direction. Gain a comprehensive overview of capabilities and future operations and analyse how your organisation can meet the future requirements of NATO.

Also take the opportunity to learn about how alliances and interoperability are being achieved within NATO. Analyse civil - military cooperation and the role of standardisation in achieving interoperability. How is NATO and the European Defence Agency working together to ensure 'Transatlantic interoperability' and what is the changing nature of the operational relationship between the EU and NATO?

Attend this conference and ensure that your business has the best strategy in place to work with NATO in the future.



Questions this conference will answer:

What are the national roles and contributions to the overall capabilities of NATO?

What future role do nations see themselves playing?

How are nations developing their capabilities to meet that role?

What assistance do they need from industry and from the wider NATO community?



Confirmed speakers include:

  • Lieutenant General Gian Piero Ristori, Italian Military Representative to the NATO and EU Military Comittees, Italy
  • Brigadier General Paulo Terzano, Deputy Director, Plans and Policy Division, NATO HQ
  • Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Masek, Deputy Chief, Chemical Corps, Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic
  • Colonel Alex Portelli, Chief, Europe Division, J5, HQ USEUCOM
  • Ambassador Lubomir Ivanov, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria, NATO
  • Pjer Simunovic, Director, Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Croatia
  • Nino Mezvrishvili, Head, International Relations and Euro-Atlantic Integration Department, Ministry of Defence, Georgia
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ian Woodbridge, Secretary of the Deployable Forces Coordination Group, NATO SHAPE
  • Ludwig Decamps, Head, Armaments Programme Support Section Defence Investment Division, NATO HQ
  • Jorn Brauer, Senior Development Officer, NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA)
  • Major Tom Single, USAF, JAPCC Space Operations, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre
  • Dominique Guillerm, Senior Systems Engineer, NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency (NACMA)
  • Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency
  • Laure Frier, Principal Officer, Planning and Policy Unit, European Defence Agency
  • Tomas Valasek, Director, Foreign Policy and Defence, Centre for European Reform

Confirmed Chairman:

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


PLUS AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP ON 'DOING BUSINESS WITH NATO'



For speaking opportunities please contact James Haggan on +44 (0) 20 7827 6012 or jhaggan@smi-online.co.uk

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Independant Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

9:10 HOST NATION SPECIAL ADDRESS

Lieutenant General Gian Piero Ristori

Lieutenant General Gian Piero Ristori, Italian Military Representative, NATO and EU Military Committees

  • The Italian contribution to the NATO mission
  • Capabilities, programmes and procurement
  • The road ahead for Italian involvement in NATO and future NATO enlargement
  • 9:50 Czech CBRN-E Programme and Evolving Contribution to NATO's Collective Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Masek

    Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Masek, Deputy, Chemical Corps, Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic

  • Report on Czech involvement in NATO
  • Programmes and capabilities
  • CBRN development and capabilitiy in NATO
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Capability Development within NATO

    Ludwig Decamps

    Ludwig Decamps, Head, Armaments Programme Support Section, NATO HQ

  • Current acquisition programmes
  • Recent developments and trends
  • Road ahead in acquisition
  • 11:40 The Strategic Importance of Space to NATO

    Major Tom Single

    Major Tom Single, USAF, JAPCC Space Operations SME, NATO Joint Airpower Competence Centre

  • Relevance of space
  • Developing space power
  • Looking to the future
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 NATO: The Dynamics for Military Institutional Change

    Lieutenant Colonel Ian Woodbridge

    Lieutenant Colonel Ian Woodbridge, Secretary of the Deployable Forces Coordination Group, NATO SHAPE

  • Operations update - Afghanistan, Balkans, Operation Active Endeavour, training mission in Iraq and Africa
  • NATO Response Force - the future
  • The future of the NATO command structure
  • 14:30 NAMSA - Logistic Support to NATO Operations

    Jorn Brauer

    Jorn Brauer, Senior Development Officer , NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA)

  • Reducing national logistic footprints
  • Projecting military power (strategic lift)
  • Supporting forces in theatre
  • Industry support beyond traditional boundaries
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 EUCOM and NATO

    Colonel Alex Portelli

    Colonel Alex Portelli, Chief, Europe Division, J5, Headquarters US European Command

  • Cooperation between NATO and USEUCOM
  • Shared views and cooperation opportunities?
  • The road ahead and future plans
  • 16:20 French EU Presidency, NATO and European Defence

    Tomas Valasek

    Tomas Valasek, Director, Foreign Policy and Defence, Centre for European Reform

  • Pragmatism on EU - NATO relations
  • The new French outlook on NATO relations
  • How should EU nations respond and how EU - NATO ties can be improved
  • 8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independant Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

    9:10 Bulgaria's Contribution to the Capability Build-Up of NATO

    Ambassador Lubomir Ivanov

    Ambassador Lubomir Ivanov, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Bulgaria, NATO

  • NATO's transformation drivers and their impact on the Bulgarian Armed Forces modernisation process
  • Bridging the gaps in airlift capabilities on the basis of a mix of national and multi-national schemes
  • The Bulgarian approach to the security and stability in the Black Sea region - possible roles for NATO and capabilities needed
  • 9:50 Croatia as a New NATO Member Country

    Pjer Šimunovic

    Pjer Šimunovic, Director, Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Croatia

  • Policy views
  • Strategic priorities
  • Defence reforms
  • Acquisitions and contribution to NATO operations
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Georgian Accession Plans for NATO Membership

    Nino Bakradze

    Nino Bakradze, Head, International Relations and Euro-Atlantic Integration Department , Ministry of Defence, Georgia

  • Defence reforms
  • Current situation and way ahead
  • NATO - Georgia relations
  • 11:40 SPECIAL ADDRESS

    Brigadier General Paolo Terzano

    Brigadier General Paolo Terzano, Deputy Assistant Director, Plans and Policy Division, International Military Staff, NATO HQ

  • Civil - military cooperation in an operational environment
  • Other aspects of civil - military relations
  • Successes and lessons learned
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Interoperability: A Key Multiplier for NATO

    Cesare Balducci

    Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency

  • NATO standardisation
  • Interoperability as an essential part of capability
  • The future
  • 14:30 ACCS LOC1 - A Big Step Towards Interoperability

    Dominique Guillerm

    Dominique Guillerm, Senior Systems Engineer, NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency (NACMA)

  • System architecture overview
  • Civil military coordination
  • Military joint environment
  • 15:10 Structured Approach to Capability Development

  • Ensuring development in the field of capabilities (e.g. to enhance Europe's in-theatre lift capability)
  • Increased dialogue between EDA and NATO
  • Michael Hartinger

    Michael Hartinger, Capability Development Plan Project Officer, European Defence Agency

    15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference Followed by Afternoon Tea

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    Doing Business with NATO - Processes, Opportunities, and Challenges
    Workshop

    Doing Business with NATO - Processes, Opportunities, and Challenges

    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa
    2nd December 2008
    Rome, Italy

    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa

    Via Aurelia Antica 415
    Rome 00165
    Italy

    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa

    Choose the relaxing Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s hotel, home to a luxurious spa minutes from Rome’s historic city centre. Treat yourself to an in-room dining experience at Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s and relax on your balcony overlooking the hotel’s outdoor pool, tennis courts or gardens. Come to the St. Peter’s Spa to let off steam in our sauna and Turkish baths, or rest on the loungers around our heated indoor pool.

    The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from Fiumicino Airport. Checkout the timetable of our scheduled airport shuttle which will allow you to easily reach the hotel at a very special price. Use our scheduled shuttle bus to/from the city centre to discover the beauties of the Eternal City. You’ll find wireless Internet throughout the hotel, allowing you to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues at any time. Hold your meetings in one of our 13meeting rooms able to host up to 600 delegates. Possibility of organizing dinners and special occasions by the pool, hiring the Roman Bath for private and exclusive use, planning open air team buildings and many more ideas for events out of the ordinary

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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