Berlin to Host NATO-Industry Forum 2018

October 17, 2018 – The NATO-Industry Forum is the primary venue for strategic dialogue with the defence and security industry on NATO capability planning and development. Sponsored by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Forum is co-organized by Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General André Lanata, and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, Mr Camille Grand.

This year the Forum builds upon the Brussels Summit in which NATO Heads of State and Government highlighted that “We will further develop our partnership with industry and academia from all Allies to keep pace with technological advances through innovation.” and bridges to the 2019 series of events celebrating NATO’s 70th anniversary.

The Forum is organised with four breakout sessions in the afternoon of 12 November and three plenary sessions on 13 November.

The breakout sessions will address options to meet NATO capability priorities and to improve NATO logistics and sustainment, to enhance military decision-making, and to leverage the novel and disruptive technologies in the development of modern capabilities, with a specific focus on autonomous systems.

The plenary sessions will elevate the discussion on innovation and disruptive technologies at senior level, further building upon the trans-Atlantic cooperation in the development of policies and strategies that would allow NATO and Allies to embrace novel technologies, and will conclude with actionable recommendations that will allow NATO, in partnership with industry, to be ready for the challenges of the next decades.

The NATO-Industry Forum will include contributions from NATO Ambassadors and Military Representatives, senior representatives of Germany as host nation, NATO and European institutions, Chief Executive Officers and Senior Executives from the defence and security industry, think-tankers and other opinion formers.

The event will take place on 12-13 November 2018, in Berlin, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Esplanade.