On October 16th, militaries, NATO officials, experts and professionals from the defense and industry sectors gathered to discuss the future of the transatlantic relationship and NATO adaptation to the new security environment. As technology advances and industries become more involved in defense, it is essential to open a dialogue for increased cooperation and information sharing. This particular discussion sought to unpack the continued trend of advanced technologies’ impact on the defense sector.

As part of the GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative (GNAI), the focus of talks was the emerging threats NATO Allies face in the future security environment. As the GNAI explores these different challenges, discourse surrounding the adaptation of NATO capabilities aids government, defense, and industry sectors in developing key strategies for security and prepares them for the future of defense.

Hosted by the Atlantic Treaty Association and the GLOBSEC Policy Institute, this discussion brought together representatives from governments, defense agencies, and industry firms. Their dedication to collaboration was crucial to the success of the discussions, as their experiences and passions promoted productive and candid dialogue. The importance of these cross-sector conversations are unparalleled in the path to increased cooperation.

The agenda for the event is seen below. Photos can be found here.

Program

 

11.55

 

 

ARRIVAL OF PARTICIPANTS

 

 

12.00

 

 

APERITIF (SALLE GRENADIERS)

 

 

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