NATO-Industry Forum

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The NATO-Industry Forum addresses a recognised need for an elevated strategic dialogue between NATO and industry to ensure that the Alliance benefits from the best solutions to military requirements, within expected budget and time constraints, now and in the foreseeable future.


Sponsored by NATO Secretary General, the Forum is co-organised by Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Denis Mercier and Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Mr. Patrick Auroy.

The Forum is an excellent venue to share the updated perspective and priorities given to the Alliance by Heads of States and Governments. NATO is also looking forward to receiving industry perspectives and experience in the current constrained and challenging defence environment characterized by the end of ISAF and the situation in Ukraine. In all strands of capability development, innovation should be welcomed and encouraged, creating new opportunities for industry. For the long-term, NATO has to plan a renewed set of capabilities in order to adjust to new challenges and to best leverage new technologies. In this context, strengthening the transatlantic bond through industrial cooperation will also be discussed.

Reinforced by the Framework for NATO Industry Engagement, NATO is engaged in a smart and open dialogue with Industry. The NATO-Industry Forum is a milestone where the relationship between NATO and Industry will be discussed, challenged and fed with insights and ideas.

The 2015 NATO-Industry Forum is ideally placed on the road to the Warsaw Summit that will be held on 8-9 July 2016 where industry and innovation should be high on the agenda. Also, the event is held along the high-visibility exercise Trident Juncture, gathering 38000 men in Portugal, Spain and Italy, and where for the first time 50 companies have been invited as observers to stimulate a new form of dialogue.

A significant political step in Wales was the defence invest¬ment pledge, to stop the decline of defence budgets, and to increase the defence budgets to 2% of GDP while dedicating 20% to R&D or to the acquisition of major defence equipment, within a decade.

This year’s main overarching topic is Industry in support of the Alliance ambitions. Senior leaders from NATO, industry, nations, government and international organisations will debate around three main panels that build on the 2014 NATO-Industry forum and also the recent 2015 NATO Transformation Seminar, leaving the opportunity for the audience to engage and to be engaged at any moment.

We hope to see you at the NATO-Industry Forum in Lisbon, Portugal!

Conference Overview – Hotel Pestana Palace
19 October 2015
16:00-19:00 Conference check in and badge issuance
20:00-22:00 Host Nation Reception
20 October 2015
07:30-08:30 Welcome coffee
08:30-09:00 Opening Remarks
09:00-11:00 Panel 1 – BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES
As heads of state and government have pledged at the Wales Summit to reinvest in security, how nations and industry, from European and transatlantic perspectives, can stimulate investments and initiate cooperation for the benefit of allied nations?
11:00-11:45 Coffee Break
What measures should be further taken to strengthen European and transatlantic defence cooperation, building upon Smart Defence, Connected Forces and other similar initiatives. How to balance NATO and national efforts for cooperation and address in particular the European fragmented demand?
13:30-14:45 Networking Lunch
14:45-16:30 Panel 3 – BUILDING THE FUTURE, TODAY
In order for NATO to maintain its superiority in a volatile security environment, what innovative measures should allied nations initiate to progress in a sustainable and affordable manner?
16:30-16:45 Coffee Break / Legstretch
16:45-17:00 Wrap up / Closing Remarks

NATO Deputy Secretary General to visit Portugal

On Tuesday 20 October 2015, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow will host the NATO-Industry Forum in Lisbon.

This forum is co-organised by Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, Mr. Patrick Auroy, and is aimed at improving NATO dialogue with the defence and security industry on capability planning, development and delivery.

Ambassador Vershbow will give a keynote speech on that occasion, and participate in the first panel.

Please find more information on the event

During his visit, Ambassador Versbow will have meetings with the Minister of Defence of Portugal, Mr. Jose Pedro Aguiar-Branco and other officials.

Media Advisory

11:00 (local time) – Deputy Secretary General joint press conference together with Portuguese Minister of Defence and SACT

Source: NATO


L. J. De Rothschild

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NATO Section

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