Round Table Discussion with the GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Steering Committee - 27 November 2017
PUBLISHED: November 24, 2017
In this event the Final Report of the GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative (GNAI) will be officially released.  The report is devoted to the identification of future tasks and objectives of the Alliance, namely: increasing the level of NATO military ambition – concentrating on all NATO’s non-nuclear conventional forces, including cyber means and emerging technologies. achieving a strengthened NATO role in counter-terrorism, striking a new balanced engagement with Russia, reassure Eastern European nations seeking freedom and democracy about NATO´s interest in their stability and security. building a mutually beneficial partnership with the European Union to foster an ever-closer practical cooperation on matters of shared concern and establish more efficient financial burden-sharing between the two costs of the Atlantic.
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NATO SPS Advanced Training Course in Israel - Countering Terrorism: Trainings and Informative Operations. 5-9 November 2017
PUBLISHED: November 21, 2017
This NATO ATC  hosted in Herzliya from 5-9 November 2017 was supported by the NATO SPS Program and aimed at sharing concrete and practical best practices in countering terrorism in the urban warfare dimension. With both a theoretical and practical structure, this training proved to be innovative and deeply beneficial for all participants from both the military and the civilian sector. This NATO ATC unfolded its activities in 5 days and was comprised of lectures, missions on the field, visit to official institutions and practical simulations.  
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7th NATO Asia-Pacific Dialogue 2017
PUBLISHED: October 23, 2017
The Dialogue is organized annually by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Foundation), and was hosted by the Atlantic Treaty Association. CREATING PREDICTABILITY IN ASIAN AND EUROPEAN SECURITY DYNAMICS Moderator remarks Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests, Dear Friends, It is indeed an honour to moderate such a timely discussion. I would like to start by thanking The Honourable Deputy Secretary General for giving such insightful remarks and by giving a warm thanks to NATO PDD and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung for their efforts, particularly Letizia, Antonia, Zsolt and (KAS PERSON) for their work in putting this event together. I would like to move to the Q + A as quickly as possible so I will be brief before introducing our distinguished panelists. Opening…. Recent calls for a militarization of the Asia Pacific region, the looming threat of a nuclear armed and defiant North Korea and the complicated relationship between China and its neighbours both near and far stand at the crossroad of NATO-Asia Pacific relationships. This relationship is further dominated by a changing political and military landscape across the international scene that moves from crisis to crisis. The US pivot to Asia launched in 2012 was met with a broader call for a simultaneous NATO pivot, recognizing the strategic and political importance of the region, especially in times of growing nationalism and protectionism. As NATO’s relationships with countries outside of the Euro-Atlantic region have developed at an ever-increasing speed so have the security and defense challenges it has been faced with. The increasingly hostile atmosphere, the rise of new threats and NATO’s realization that a global outlook is the new normal are an illustration of the importance of trans-regional dialogues. Moving forward will require an evaluation of the evolving challenges both NATO and the Asia Pacific are confronted with and will ultimately require an approach that can create and foster partnerships and well-rounded security and defense dynamics. Given the variety of challenges and opportunities faced by NATO and the Asia Pacific this brief will highlight areas in which NATO and the Asia Pacific can collaborate, analyze the concerns of both parties and determine what can be done under current conditions and what should be done in the future to build a framework of resilience in light of current threats. Despite being a largely stable and affluent region, complete with its own international security arrangements such as RECAAP, ASEAN, ANZUS, 5 Eyes and others, NATO plays a critical role in engagement with Asia-Pacific partners. More importantly for many of us here, NATO has benefited tremendously from cooperating with countries in the region. A few noteworthy examples include: Japan’s provision of over US$200 Million towards the disarmament and reintegration of militias and illegal armed groups in Afghanistan that have been combined with a engagement in a much wider range of NATO activities, both training in peacetime and combat in emergencies. Australia currently stands as one of the biggest contributors to NATO outside of Europe. It was one of the biggest contributors to ISAF in Afghanistan providing over 1,550 troops and actively contributed with warship deployments to the Middle East, enforcing UN backed sanctions, intercepting enemy ships and combatting piracy in the region. New Zealand remains a key contributor to the maritime operations of NATO through the deployment of the TE MANA frigate for operation Ocean Shield. Following the American call in August 2017 for allies to dispatch more troops New Zealand was among the first to boost its military commitment. In addition, both Australia and New Zealand have equally participated in CMX scenarios and have guaranteed further cooperation on cybersecurity, crisis management, disaster relief and joint education and training. Last but certainly not least within NATO’s partners in the Asia Pacific, is the Republic of Korea which deployed 470 troops to Afghanistan as a part of the reconstruction effort coupled with a $500 million commitment to Afghan development. So what does all this mean for our discussion this evening, Before turning it over to the panel please allow me to asses that as NATO continues to adapt to its 360 degree approach, its continued engagement with various institutions and governments in the Asia-Pacific region will only grow in importance. Both the Asia-Pacific countries and NATO recognize the role that the latter can play in fostering a secure environment. This is clearly demonstrated by all of us here together in this room. While NATO’s role and success for its members will ultimately rely on its capacity to engage with actors outside of the Atlantic, Asia-Pacific countries have a wealth of assets to bring to the table in all areas of our everyday life and security. With that I would like to provide it over to the first panelist. Sir, the floor is yours….
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Globsec NATO Adaptation Initiative (GNAI)
PUBLISHED: October 17, 2017
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
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The Riga Conference 2017
PUBLISHED: September 30, 2017
The conference convenes each year since 2006 and has become the primary venue in the Baltic Nordic region that brings together Heads of State and government, ministers, journalists, diplomats, academia and business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic for a discussion on global and regional trends and challenges. The Rīga Conference was inaugurated by the then President of the United States of America George W. Bush and has since hosted such distinguished speakers as Dr. Vaira Vīķe – Freiberga, Mr Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Mr Carl Bildt, Mr Donald Tusk, Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Mr Anders – Fogh Rasmussen, Mr Alexander Vershbow and many more. ASTOR RIGA HOTEL / NATIONAL LIBRARY OF LATVIA | September 28 – 30 PROGRAMME Thursday, September 28, Astor Riga Hotel 9.30 – 10.00 Registration 10:00 – 10.15 Welcoming remarks by Mr Toms Baumanis, Chairman of the Board, Latvian Transatlantic Organisation EUROPEAN SECURITY – Post BREXIT Error The BREXIT has created one of the most complex challenges for the EU and its future. In addition, the negations on BREXIT are taking place during a time, when the EU is still facing several security challenges. How will BREXIT change both the EU `s and Europe’s security architecture? How will the EU improve border security and become more resilient to hybrid threats and international terrorism? 10.15 – 11.45 Opening discussion Ms Sarah Harper, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the United Kingdom in Latvia Mr Brooks Newmark, Researcher in Oxford University, United Kingdom Mr Benjamin Haddad, Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, USA Moderator: Mr Simon Nixon, Chief European Commentator, The Wall Street Journal, United Kingdom 11.45 – 12.15 Coffee Break NATO IN THE NORTH – Further Possible Cooperation For more than 25 years since the collapse of the USSR, Northern Europe has been a space of peace and prosperity. The countries in this region have achieved a high degree of development and freedom, but in some cases, they have relaxed their attention to security. The events in Ukraine and an aggressive Russian policy in the Arctic, have posed new challenges to these countries as well as to NATO. What direction will Sweden and Finland take for their security policy, and how can both NATO and non-NATO members of northern Europe cooperate return their region to its previous stability? 12.15 – 13.45 Panel discussion Dr Gerlinde Niehus, Head of the Engagements Section at the Public Diplomacy Division, NATO Cdr Kurt Engelen, Staff Officer at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the Military Committee of NATO, Belgium Prof. Aurel Braun, Professor at the University of Toronto/Harvard, Canada Moderator: Dr Žaneta Ozoliņa, Vice Chairman of the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, Professor of the Department of Political Science, University of Latvia 13.45 – 15.00 Lunch EUROPE’S SOUTHERN NEIGHBOURHOOD The effort to deepen the defence co-ordination for Europe’s southern neighbourhood seeks to reinforce the EU’s security activities in the south. Currently, the EU is assisting in providing training opportunities, experience, and information exchange. However, is the current cooperation with southern-countries enough to promote safety and security in the South, should the EU seek further cooperation with Northern African countries? 15.00 – 16.30 Panel discussion H.E. Mr Hayri Hayret Yalav, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Latvia Ms Carmen Romero, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, for Public Diplomacy Division, NATO Moderator: Mr Pawel Fleischer, President & CEO of the Institute for Forecasting and International Studies, Poland 16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break MODERN TERRORISM – How to Fight It? Terrorism has been an ever-present threat in both European and other countries and it is still a preferred tool for radical individuals and groups. Now European and other countries are starting to face new waves of terrorist attacks that are being carried out not with explosives and guns, but with cars and knifes, as well as other unusual ways. How can European and NATO countries respond to these “low-cost” acts of terrorism and are we ready for new types of terrorism in the future? 17.00 – 18.30 Panel discussion Mr Mark Andrew Pritchard MP, UK delegation to Council of Europe, Former Member of UK National Security Strategy Committee, founding Chairman of UK's Cyber Security Parliamentary Group, United Kingdom Mr Patrik Maldre, Senior Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst, FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence, USA Dr Aigars Reinis, Assistant Professor at the Riga Stradiņš University, Latvia Moderator: Dr Māris Andžāns, Researcher at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Latvia 19.00 – 21.00 Dinner Venue: Restorāns “Niklāvs”, Mārstaļu iela 3 Friday, September 29, Astor Riga Hotel ONE on ONE Debate 10.00 – 11.30 Discussion Amb Alexander Vershbow, Distinguished Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council Moderator: Mr Steven Keil, Fellow and Senior Program Officer of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. 11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break 12.00 – 13.30 Working sessions 13.30 – 14.30 Lunch 14.30 – 16.30 Working sessions 16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break 17.00 – 18.30 Presentations 18.45 – 20.30 Dinner Venue: Railway Museum, Uzvaras bulvāris 2/4 20.45 – 22.15 Night Owl Sessions Joining The Riga Conference 2017 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORKING SESSIONS THE IMPORTANCE OF INFORMATION AND CYBERSECURITY – WHAT CAN EACH OF US DO It's not surprising that governments and businesses around the world are searching for better cyber defence strategies. Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace. Information sharing is essential for the protection of society. We must all be well informed and aware of what we can do to increase the overall security awareness in our country. There is clearly still a lot of work left to be done; cyber security along with information security has become a matter of urgency. Moderator: Mr Otto Tabuns, Senior Expert of the National Cybersecurity Policy Coordination Section, Ministry of Defence, Latvia MIGRATION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION The EU and its Member States face several new and complex security threats, highlighting the need for further synergies and closer cooperation at all levels. Many of today's security concerns originate from instability in the EU's immediate neighbourhood. Increasing cross-border migration is one of the most discussed topics in the EU. What are the real challenges we face and what are the answers for the migration problems within the union? Moderator: Mr Vlad Vernygora, NATO SPS Programme’s Project Director, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia POPULISM - THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN A MODERN DAY WORLD? Rising support for populist parties has disrupted the politics of many Western societies. Populist leaders like Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Norbert Hoffer, Nigel Farage, and Geert Wilders are prominent today in many countries. The impact of populist parties has been exaggerated, but these parties have gained votes and seats in many countries. Is populism the new key to success for gaining trust and love in the eyes of the public? Moderator: Mr Benjamin Haddad, Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, USA Saturday, September 30, National Library of Latvia Joining the second day of the Riga Conference 2017
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Nato days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force days
PUBLISHED: September 20, 2017
On September 16 & 17 the Czech Republic Association for Euro-Atlantic cooperation organized the 16th edition of the NATO days in Ostrava NATO Days in Ostrava began their tradition in 2001. Originally, it was a regional public presentation of armed forces, police and rescuers and has since evolved into the biggest security show in Europe. This reference is justified not only by the increasing interest among foreign participants but above all by the sheer numbers of event visitors including official national representatives. They are a  unique international exhibition of military, law enforcement and rescue units, including armed forces, police, fire-fighters, customs and prison service, with free admission for the general public. The event’s motto is 'Our Security Cannot Be Taken For Granted and There, Is No Prosperity without Security“. This is why the event aims at presenting to the general public the widest possible range of means which the Czech Republic, its allies and partners possess for providing safety and security. Participants present their equipment and training at the static park and during dynamic displays on the ground and in the air. The event stresses international cooperation, which in turn translates into increasing number of joint presentations by Czech and their foreign counterpart agencies. Various demonstrations of special law enforcement, rescue and security units are received with great applause of visitors. Thanks to all of this, NATO Days in Ostrava enjoy record high visitor numbers and are now the most visited two-day event in the Czech Republic. Yet, it is a lot more than just a show with attractive programme. NATO Days in Ostrava have also become a venue of top official bilateral and multilateral government, military and police meetings and expert activities. Such a combination of general public show and high officials’ presence at one venue makes NATO Days in Ostrava an unparalleled event in the European context.
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Round Table Series: Investing in Security-Stimulating Innovation: SME's, NATO and the EU
PUBLISHED: July 14, 2017
At the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Allies agreed on the need to contribute more to the efforts of the international community in projecting stability and strengthening security by increasing Allied defense spending with an emphasis on improving innovation, research and development and procurement processes. Following the NATO-EU Joint Declaration, the EU has begun to offer grants for collaborative research in innovative defence technologies and products, fully and directly funded from the EU budget. The role of the EDA has initiated a two-strand approach for financing consisting of research and development and acquisition amounting to hundreds of millions of Euros. With an emphasis on electronics, metamaterials, encrypted software and robotics, these funds will create incentives for Member States to cooperate on joint development and acquisition of defence equipment. Essential to the success of these new policies, is a strong engagement with Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs), particularly in areas of knowledge sharing, technical assistance, early warning systems and cybersecurity. To be effective in strengthening engagement with SMEs, the potential added value of a formal SME Advisory Group will be discussed. In light of the emerging security challenges in several domains such as cyber space, energy, and the constant threat of terrorism, organizations like NATO and the EU must expand their cooperation with industry while encouraging engagement with SMEs to stimulate greater innovation and maximize the efficiency of Euro-Atlantic defence spending. The purpose of this Round Table is to gather representatives from NATO, EDA along with defence industries and SMEs to explore opportunities for an SME Advisory Group with the aim to bringing innovative solutions to Allied capabilities. The agenda of this round table was as follows: 12.45 WELCOME ADDRESS Mr. Jason WISEMAN Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association 12.50 KEY NOTE ADDRESS Mr. Rudy PRIEM Director, Government Relations for Europe & NATO, Security – Defense – Space, United Technologies Corporation 13.00 TOPIC OF DISCUSSION At the NATO Meeting in May Allies reaffirmed the importance of increasing their defense spending while improving their defence capabilities. As Estonia now holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a stronger emphasis on engagement with Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs), particularly in areas of knowledge sharing, technical assistance, early warning systems and cybersecurity, are expected to be high on the EU agenda. As research and procurement budgets continue to increase, organizations like NATO and the EU must expand their cooperation with industry beyond the traditional defense sector while encouraging engagement with SMEs into the industrial supply chain to stimulate greater innovation and maximize the efficiency of Euro-Atlantic defence spending. To ensure effective engagement in this area, panelists will discuss the value of establishing an SME Advisory Group and explore opportunities for a structured engagement with SMEs with the aim to bringing innovative solutions to Allied capabilities. These discussions will yield policy recommendations for a more collaborative smart defence strategy. MODERATOR Mr. Brooks TIGNER Chief Policy Analyst, SECURITY EUROPE REMARKS Mr. Ernest J HEROLD Deputy Assistant Secretary General, NATO Defence Investment Division Mrs. Tarja JAAKKOLA Deputy Director/Head of Unit, Industry Strategy and EU Policies, European Defence Agency PERSPECTIVES ON ATTRACTING CAPITAL TOWARDS INNOVATIVE SMEs Mr. Francesco TRONCI Private Equity Investment Professional (VP, Investindustrial) 13.25 Q/A SESSION 14.30 CONCLUSION
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ATA 2017 Council Meeting
PUBLISHED: June 29, 2017
Presidents and Directors in representation of all ATA Member, Associate and Observer associations gathered at ATA HQ to take decisions to further the development of the Association in June 2017. This year's Council Meeting was held alongside an International Conference at the European Parliament on the topic of 'NATO, EU & Industry: Cooperation on Cyber Security-A transatlantic Exchange of Best Practices' The topics discussed included: Cyber Security & Cyber Defence Cybersecurity incidents on critical networks and infrastructures has become a key strategic challenge both for NATO and EU Members. States and non-state actors are increasingly using these threats to achieve their diplomatic and military objectives. Recently, a series of cyber-attacks were launched against several State systems, which have included intelligence gathering operations on critical infrastructures such as the financial sector, hospitals and power plants. NATO acknowledged that the impact of cyber-attacks represents a real challenge for our societies and made clear that cyber defense is part of the Alliance’s core task of collective defense. As Cyber threats do not respect borders, no country is invulnerable. To ensure that NATO and EU can effectively protect its citizens and territory against any threats, both organizations have recognized that cybersecurity is a key challenge to their core objectives, and they have adopted increasingly ambitious strategies. At the NATO Summit in Warsaw, the Cyber Defence Pledge was adopted to strengthen our cyber defenses and to establish new organizations and promulgated legislation to address these threats jointly with the EU. NATO EU Cooperation in Cyber Defence On February 2017, the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organization signed an agreement aimed at strengthening their cooperation and ability to defend Allies from hybrid attacks, in particular, it focuses on the cyber dimension. The Technical Arrangement on Cyber Defence aims to facilitate technical information sharing between NCIRC and CERT-EU to improve cyber incident prevention, detection and response in both organisations and it represents a concrete example of NATO and the EU working together to enhance shared security. The signing of this agreement is an important milestone to enhance NATO and EU Cooperation as one of the objectives of the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw and the Global Strategy for European Foreign and Security Policy. The Role of the Private Sector In May 2017, a massive cyber attack crippled many Spanish businesses and 16 regional health authorities in Britain’s NHS while simultaneously travelling beyond Europe. Analysis shows that over 45,000 attacks in more than 70 countries took place, all using “ransomware”, an attack that locks computer users out of their machines unless they pay a bribe. The security and stability of the net, as well as the integrity of data flows, is of growing importance to our economies and our societies, thus the effective implementation of external cyber policies depends on cooperation across the public-private sector. Both the Alliance, through the Industry Cyber Partnership, highlighted during the Warsaw Summit, and the European Union, with the public-private network and information security NIS Platform and the Cybersecurity Strategy of the EU, adopted specific actions to support the public-private partnership to provide expertise of strategic importance for both organizations.
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NATO, EU & Industry: Cooperation on Cyber Security-A Transatlantic Exchange of Best Practices
PUBLISHED: June 29, 2017
European Parliament, Brussels: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE-June 28 As threats in the cyber space continue to disrupt both the public and private sectors, often targeting critical infrastructures that supply essential services such as energy, water, healthcare or mobile services, member states of NATO & EU have enhanced their cooperation via a Technical Arrangement on Cyber Defence to advance the objectives set in the recent EU Global Strategy and NATO Warsaw Summit Declaration. With particular reference to the existing best practices used by some NATO & EU member states, this conference will focus on how both organizations can best use their existing tools to develop and implement a cooperative cyber security strategy. This conference aims to: a) Bring together experts, policy makers, officials, and industry representatives to discuss the practical impact of NATO & EU’s recent Technical Arrangement on Cyber Defence. b) Analyze the best practices already being used by NATO & EU. c) Analyze the best practices being used by individual member states of NATO & EU. d) Provide specific policy recommendations towards achieving a cooperative cyber security strategy within the context of a more effective NATO-EU partnership The agenda looked as follows: 16.20 OPENING REMARKS Prof. Fabrizio W. LUCIOLLI President, Atlantic Treaty Association 16.25 KEYNOTE SPEECH Dr. Jamie SHEA Deputy Assistant Secretary General, NATO Emerging Security Challenges - MODERATOR Mr. Brooks TIGNER Chief Policy Analyst, Security Europe 16.35 SPECIAL SESSION The Vulnerability of Cyber Space Mr. Ryan M. GILLIS Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy & Global Policy, Palo Alto Networks 16.55 TOPIC OF DISCUSSION- Implementation of NATO & EU’s Strategy in the Field of Cyber Security: What Role for the Private Sector? Cyber security is critical for nations, businesses and individuals. However, existing cyber policies varies significantly between nations and international organizations, creating different approaches that have left several domains vulnerable, such as national security and individual data protection. The risk of a devastating cyber-attack against critical infrastructure is very real, and the lack of ability to protect the digital market place and privacy of individuals puts modern society in danger when conducting online communications, financial transactions and sensitive information sharing. In this framework, the Technical Arrangement on Cyber Defence between NATO & EU and the 42 concrete proposal for a better implementation of NATO-EU cooperation are decisive steps to ensuring a resilient and defendable cyberspace for NATO, EU and Partner countries. Panelists will address the new challenges and provide the audience with case studies and best practices that will show the added value for governments and their citizens, of an effective partnership between the public and private sectors to enhance the resilience of cyberspace. DISCUSSION Mr. Andreas SCHWAB EPP Coordinator, Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Mr. Gianni CUOZZO CEO, Aspisec Ms. Chelsey SLACK Cyber Defence Section, NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division Dr. Chris DONNELLY Director, Institute for Statecraft Mr. Mark SMITHAM Senior Manager of Cyber Security Policy, Microsoft 17.45 CONCLUDING REMARKS Sir. Julian KING Commissioner, Security Union 17.55 Q&A SESSION 18.10 COCKTAIL RECEPTION AND NETWORKING Hosted by ENTER (JAN O’Liberty Restaurant) REMARKS - Ing. Mariano CUNIETTI CTO and Cloud & Hosting BU Manager, Enter
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Roundtable Series - Investing in Security: Stimulating innovation
PUBLISHED: April 21, 2017
Following the Warsaw Summit, NATO Allies continued their commitment to raise defense expenditures to meet NATO’s 2% + 20% Guidelines within a decade. As of February 2017, NATO Allies have increased their defense expenditures by 3.8%, equating to more than $10 billion USD, although much work remains to be done, particularly regarding innovation in the defense sector. With the EU Global Strategy released in June 2016 indicating a need for stronger coordination with NATO to address the growing deficit of total equipment spending in collaborative procurement among EU & NATO members, future guidelines for defence investment and innovation require a stronger engagement on the part of international organizations to gather key policymakers, military officials, industry representatives and SME’s to determine how to meet the current defence needs of the Euro-Atlantic. Goals: a) To bring together industry, SME’s, military officials and policy makers to discuss how to better coordinate investments in innovation with an emphasis towards creating a faster process of acquisition and procurement; b) To pool innovative practices on research and development and procurement; c) Stimulate a greater engagement between NATO & SME’s within the context of TADIC. The agenda of the event was as follows: 12.55 WELCOME ADDRESS Mr. Jason WISEMAN Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association 13.00 SPECIAL ADDRESS Mr. Joe FLUET Chief Executive Officer, MAG 13.10 TOPIC OF DISCUSSION NATO reaffirmed the importance of improving its defence capabilities with an emphasis on innovation. In 2016, NATO defence investment rose 3.8% equating to more than $10 billion USD, a trend which is expected to continue. Similarly, the European Union’s Global Strategy proposed €90 million EUR over the next 3 years for research and technology. As research and procurement budgets continue to increase, organizations like NATO and the EU must expand their cooperation with industry beyond the traditional defense sector while encouraging engagement with small and medium enterprises to stimulate greater innovation and maximize the efficiency of Euro-Atlantic defence spending. Panelists will discuss an exchange of best practices that will address challenges, and explore opportunities for a stronger engagement with SMEs beyond the traditional defense sector with the aim to bringing innovative solutions to Allied capabilities. These discussions will yield policy recommendations for a more collaborative smart defence strategy. MODERATOR Mr. Brooks TIGNER Chief Policy Analyst, SECURITY EUROPE REMARKS Mr. Ernest J HEROLD Deputy Assistant Secretary General, NATO Defence Investment Division Mr. Patrick FESQUET Director of Procurement, NATO Support and Procurement Agency 13.45 Q/A SESSION 14.30 CONCLUSION
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Projecting Stability | ATA special publication for the Brussels Summit 2017
PUBLISHED: March 31, 2017
For the occasion of the NATO Special Meeting in May 2017, ATA has published a dedicated monograph where high level policy makers and experts tackle the strategic issues of the summit. This publication was distributed to all the delegations and representatives that were taking part to closed-doors discussions and parallel meetings that took place before and during the Summit. Contents Foreword JENS STOLTENBERG Secretary General, NATO Introductions Fabrizio W Luciolli President of the Atlantic Treaty Association General Petr Pavel Chairman, NATO Military Committee Jason Wiseman Secretary General of the Atlantic Treaty Association Simon Michel Co-editor, NATO: Projecting Stability PROJECTING STABILITY SPECIAL MEETING UPDATE Highlights from the Meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government – the first be hosted at the new NATO headquarters in Brussels THE TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP - CORNERSTONE OF THE NATO ALLIANCE Frank debate about the basic principles, concepts and objectives of the Transatlantic Partnership is crucial to its success and relevance to NATO, says Arnold H Kammel HYBRID WARFARE AND COOPERATION WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION Dr Federico Yaniz explains the coordinated approach being formulated between NATO and the European Union to counter hybrid warfare NATO-RUSSIA RELATIONS: A LONG ROAD THROUGH DETERRENCE TO DIALOGUE To achieve European peace and stability, conflicts of interest between NATO and Russia must be addressed, writes Marko Mihkelson BUILDING CAPACITY TO COUNTER TERRORISM The Honourable Hugh Segal explores NATO’s proud history of strengthening stability and prosperity among member states ADAPTING THE NATO READINESS ACTION PLAN Mike Bryant highlights NATO’s eorts to reinforce its ability to provide collective defence via an enhanced military capability STANDING GUARD Simon Michell considers how, over the years, NATO has established and adapted an agile force structure and technological infrastructure that defends member states from attack on a daily basis CRISIS MANAGEMENT: PROJECTING STABILITY AND STRENGTHENING SECURITY From floods, fires and refugees to airspace incursions and instability on its borders, the NATO Alliance has established a process, methodology and skill set to deal with some of the most intractable challenges on the planet COLLECTIVE DEFENCE - NATO’S MISSION DETERRING RUSSIA: NATO’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE Stratfor’s Omar Lamrani and Sim Tack say coherent tactics need to be employed by NATO if it is to dissuade Russia from exing its muscles, but there are cracks in the current approach NEW THREATS TO SECURITY AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE ALLIANCE NATO defence ministers recognise that new security challenges require a new command structure. ATA Macedonia’s Ilija Djugumanov and Marija Jankuloska look at how this organisational enhancement could be shaped
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Europe Prepares for a New Transatlantic Bargain
PUBLISHED: March 28, 2017
Of all American alliances around the globe, the transatlantic relationship is the crown jewel. Despite disagreements and quarrels, the United States and Europe have together built and defended the liberal order for more than seventy years. March 8, International Women’s Day, is an official UN commemoration day and as such, part of that liberal order. Symptomatically for the current state of the transatlantic link, many thousands of pink-knitted “pussy hats”—a symbol of protest against US President Donald J. Trump—are expected to be seen on the streets in the United States and Europe on March 8. Over a month ago, on January 21, the Women’s March on Washington echoed all over the globe as one of the world’s bigger protests against the newly inaugurated US president. In Europe, protests against the Trump administration have continued—1.8 million Britons have, for example, signed a petition calling for the American president to be denied an official state visit to the United Kingdom. In Germany, a recent Infratest poll showed that public trust in the United States fell from 59 percent to 22 percent between early November of 2016 and late January, equaling the level of trust in Russia (21 percent). Given this backdrop, protocol officials are scratching their heads in preparation for Trump’s visit to Europe in May. Deft planning may be necessary to avoid the risk of demonstrators offending the president. It is worth noting that the transatlantic relationship has survived European protests against US presidents in the past. In the 1960s, demonstrations were held in major capitals like London, Berlin, Paris, and Rome against the US war in Vietnam. In the 1980s, there was significant upheaval against the US deployment of the short-range Pershing II nuclear missile in West Germany. In the early 2000s, the Iraq war threatened to tear the transatlantic alliance apart with massive demonstrations all over the Continent. While the European public is worried about the Trump administration’s perceived disrespect of fundamental values, the political leadership has other concerns. Trump has described NATO as “obsolete” and the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union as “smart,” thereby questioning the two cornerstones of the transatlantic alliance: collective defense and European unity. Political leaders in Europe will have to do a delicate balancing act. Europe is mindful of its dependence on the United States for its defense. For a majority of Europeans, the United States is still the preferred partner to preserve the liberal order. Public concerns must, therefore, be addressed even as governments work with the United States to try and resettle the transatlantic bargain so that the costs and benefits to each party are acceptable. However, the transatlantic community is not just a matter of common interest. More fundamentally, it is a matter of trust. Both dimensions must be taken into account. What can be done? First, let us take a look at the transatlantic bargain. In essence, the deal since 1949 has been that the Americans will help the Europeans if they (a) help defend themselves and (b) get on with building a united Europe. On defense, Trump has made remarks that are controversial, but in the end, negotiable. This would mean increased European spending on defense with the aim of better burden-sharing, NATO doing more to fight terrorism, and a detente with Russia. It is noteworthy that Trump has not expressed an interest in dissolving NATO. On the contrary, despite his concerns, he has said that NATO is “very important to me.” European leaders can conclude from this that there is enough common ground to find a way forward as long as there is a realization that Europe has to deliver at a higher level. On European unity, there are more worrying signs. US support for European integration is often overlooked as a crucial factor in the transatlantic relationship, as is the success of European integration for the strength of the transatlantic community. Despite some ambiguity, American presidents have supported European integration for the past seventy years. After the United States was drawn into two World Wars, both originating in Europe, unity on the Continent has been defined as vital for the United States’ national security. That no longer seems to be the case. In a remarkable interview with the Times of London and Germany’s Bild on February 16, after having paid homage to Brexit and anticipating others to follow the British example, Trump declared with regard to the EU that “I don’t really care whether it’s separate or together, to me it doesn’t matter.” The EU is facing multiple crises that originate both from the outside—terrorism, an aggressive Russia, and massive migrant flows—and from the inside—weak economies, increasing inequality, and the rise of anti-EU populism and nationalism. There is no option to European integration if peace and prosperity is to be maintained. An American president who roots for Europe’s fragmentation and disintegration is entering dangerous territory. European leadership must, therefore, continue to demand from the United States, in the words of European Council President Donald Tusk, the “wholehearted and unequivocal support for the idea of a united Europe.” European leaders must themselves get serious about finding common solutions to the many challenges facing the Continent, even if it means putting European integration ahead of national interests. Finally, the transatlantic relationship is not only built of transactions but on a sense of community, of trust, and a collective identity of shared values, norms, and practices. Trump’s consistent lack of acknowledgement of values such as democracy, fundamental freedoms, respect for human rights, and the rule of law places him outside that identity and circle of trust. It is one thing to occasionally not comply with these values. That has happened before on both sides of the Atlantic. It is quite something else when leaders shun these values altogether. Questions about US trustworthiness damage the foundation of the transatlantic community. Reassurances from Trump administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, on shared values and US commitment on their recent visits to Europe were appreciated by their European interlocutors. While these statements injected a degree of optimism in Europe, they were not sufficient to repair the damage that has already been done to the transatlantic relationship. A consistency of words and actions, from all levels of the Trump administration, will be crucial to reassuring the United States’ allies. When Trump attends the NATO summit in Brussels in the spring, allies will listen carefully not only to what he says, but also to what he does not say. That outcome will determine the prospects of negotiating a new transatlantic bargain with fairer burden-sharing and a more efficient common response to new threats. Anna Wieslander is the director for Northern Europe at the Atlantic Council and secretary general of the Swedish Defense Association. You can follow her on Twitter @AnnwieAnna.
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