On October 16 2017 ATA and Globsec organized a round table discussion to present the GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative (GNAI), led by General (Retd) John R. Allen. The Initiative represents GLOBSEC´s foremost contribution to debates about the future of our Alliance. Given the substantial changes within the global security environment, GLOBSEC has undertaken a year-long project, following the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, to explore challenges faced by the Alliance in adapting to a very different strategic environment than that of any time since the end of the Cold War.
The Initiative is being built on a series of policy papers which aim to address the nature of NATO adaptation and the challenges it must overcome if it is to remain a viable and credible alliance for the peace and stability in the transatlantic area. The policy papers published within the framework of Initiative on the NATO Adaptation process are authored by the Initiative´s Steering Committee members: General John Allen, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, General Wolf Langheld, Professor Dr Julian Lindley-French, Admiral Giampaolo di Paola, Ambassador Tomáš Valášek and other acclaimed authorities from the field of global security and strategy.
The aim of the involvement of such a wide array of experts is to reinforce the unique partnership between policy-makers, military leaders and leading academics and commentators. The Main Paper – also known as “Harmel 2.0 Report” – of the Initiative prepared by the GNAI Steering Committee will be launched in early winter 2017.

 

The Program was as follows

12.45 WELCOME ADDRESS
Mr. Jason WISEMAN
Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association

12.50 KEY NOTE ADDRESS
Mr. Robert VASS
President and Founder of GLOBSEC

13.00 TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
NATO’s ongoing adaptation rests on the combined efforts of the wider Alliance and transatlantic defence industry. At the same time, a wide spectrum of economic sectors – from information and communication technologies to critical infrastructure – are increasingly being shaped by advances in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and more. Which are the key defence sector shaping trends in advanced technologies? How will these trends impact NATO’s future adaptation? Indeed, how has the global defence sector contributed to the development of advanced technologies?

MODERATOR
Mr. Brooks TIGNER
Chief Policy Analyst, SECURITY EUROPE

SPEAKERS
-General (Retd) John R. ALLEN
Former Commander of International Security Assistance -Force, Distinguished Fellow at Brookings
-Mr. Ernest J HEROLD
Deputy Assistant Secretary General, NATO Defence Investment Division
-Mr Amir HUSAIN
Founder and CEO of Spark Cognition Inc.
REMARKS
-Lt. Col. (Retd) Peter NILSSON
Deputy Head of SAAB Market Area Europa and the Vice President for Strategy & Business Development for Saab Europe

13.30 Q/A SESSION

14.15 CONCLUSION