How are Nordic and Baltic Defence Forces Transforming?

Nordic and Baltic countries are increasingly committed to international operations.  Lead by a shift in thinking, transformation processes are being designed and deployed to make Nordic and Baltic forces more internationally interoperable and available.

 As a result, a greater need and desire has emerged for regional co-operation in order to guarantee increased capabilities and security.

From Stockholm, Nordic and Baltic Transformation 2007 will investigates these processes, providing you with an full picture of regional developments and prospects.

Discover national strategies,

Understand aspirations 

Discuss the direction.


Benefits from Attending:

Ø     Gain an exclusive insight into the direction, scope and depth of Nordic and Baltic defence transformation

Ø     Understand the long term defence planning and requirments for Sweden, Norway, Finland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Germany

Ø     Hear allied perspectives on Nordic Defence Transformation from EUCOM and Industry

Ø     Review the changes in procurement strategies

Ø     Understand regional cooperative procurement strategies to safeguard critical equipment

Ø     Discuss the role Private Public Partnerships (PPP’s) might play in the future of regional defence procurement

Session Topics Include:
Ø       Logistics and Deployment
Ø       Planning and Operational readiness
Ø       Network Enabled Defence
Ø       Information Sharing and Management
Ø       Security Challenges

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Bertel Heurlin

Bertel Heurlin, Jean Monnet Professor of European Security and Integration, University Of Copenhagen

9:10 Swedish Transformation and Regional Implications: Developing Capabilities to Meet Future Needs

Major General Michael Moore

Major General Michael Moore, Director, Development and Transformation, Ministry of Defense

  • Creating smaller more focused and mission-oriented defence forces
  • Current developments: mobilisation, supplementation and preparation
  • Fostering readiness for wide range of missions in all kinds of operational environment
  • Becoming an active contributor to the development of a joint EU crisis management capability
  • Facing the challenges ahead and implications for regional cooperation
  • 9:50 A Perspective on Finnish Transformation Challenges and Responses

    Colonel Juha Pyykonen

    Colonel Juha Pyykonen, Director, National Defence University, Finland

  • Security challenges faced by Finland
  • Transformation towards a national Network Enabled Defence (NED)
  • Armed Forces in support of interagency departments to manage vital national functions
  • Participation in international military crisis management
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Baltic Defence Transformation: the Latvian Perspective

    Didzis  Nimants

    Didzis Nimants, Director, International Relations Department, Ministry of Defence, Latvia

  • New defence concept and implementation of state defence policy
  • Professionalization
  • Role of National Guard
  • Participation in international operations - Afganistan
  • Latvian participation in NATO Response Force (NRF) and EU Battle Group (EU BG)
  • Defence budget
  • Security sector reform assistance to partner countries
  • Cooperation with the Baltic States and the Nordic countries
  • 11:30 Adapting to a Changing Strategic Environment: Implementation of the New Estonian Force Structure

    Christian-Marc Lifländer

    Christian-Marc Lifländer, Director, Policy Planning Department, Estonian Ministry of Defence

  • Meeting NATO and EU requirements
  • Enhanced participation and contributions to international peace support operations
  • Role and nature of Nordic and Baltic cooperation 
  • Working towards the EU battlegroups
  • Future prospects and regional strategy
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Military Co-operation in the Baltic States

    Professor Arunas  Molis

    Professor Arunas Molis, Acting Head of Political and Strategic Studies Department, Baltic Defence College

  • Strategic rationale, framework and institutions
  • Defence cooperation and cooperation in operations
  • Common projects – past and present (BALTEDFCOL, BALTRON, BALTNET, BALTBAT)
  • Patterns of commitment between Baltic and Nordic countries
  • Future prospects
  • 14:40 German Perspective on Transformation

    Lieutenant Colonel Thomas  Harz

    Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Harz, Division Chief, German Armed Forces Planning, Bundeswehr Transformation Centre

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 US Perspective of Nordic and Baltic Transformation

    Colonel Alex  Portelli

    Colonel Alex Portelli, Division Chief J5, United States European Command (EUCOM)

    16:20 Partnership Between the Public and Private Sectors

    Mika Purhonen

    Mika Purhonen, Director General, National Emergency Supply Agency, Finland

  • Responding to today's challenges
  • Regional trends
  • The business world and administration co-operation
  • Pools for co-ordinating practical work
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks

    Bertel Heurlin

    Bertel Heurlin, Jean Monnet Professor of European Security and Integration, University Of Copenhagen

    9:10 SPECIAL ADDRESS: New Forms of Nordic And Baltic Co-Operation: Planning and Strategic Considerations

    Cecilia Looström

    Cecilia Looström, Director, Department for Military Affairs, Ministry Of Defence

  • Radically altered threat picture
  • Considerations: rapid pace of development, both in technology and in European society at large
  • Emerging common approach to European security
  • International crisis management: crisis-management operations of the United Nations, the European Union and NATO
  • Achieving greater capabilities: rational for regional cooperation
  • Practical issues and coping with commitments
  • 9:50 Fostering Baltic Sea Security

    Rear Admiral Anders  Grenstad

    Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad, Chief of Staff, Swedish Navy

  • Identified Risks and surveillance of the Baltic
  • Energy security: Risk of remilitarisation of Baltic Sea
  • Costal and Naval efforts: Perspective on current partnerships
  • Learning from civic co-operations
  • Procedures and technology to share available data
  • Building cooperative arrangements
  • Areas where increased co-operation is most urgently needed to improve security in the short-term and long-term
  • Identification of requirements to ensure Baltic Security in the future
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Need for Multinational Air Force Co-operation

    Brigadier General Morten Klever

    Brigadier General Morten Klever, Chief of Air Operations Inspectorate, Royal Norwegian Air Force

  • Rational for deeper integration
  • North Sea Co-operation
  • Internationalisation
  • 11:40 Improving European Capabilities: the EDA Approach

    Dick Zandee

    Dick Zandee, Head, Policy and Planning, European Defence Agency (EDA)

  • Why Europe should do better in defence
  • How it can do better and invest in the right stuff
  • Early results of EDA
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Transformation Priorities for the Lithuanian Armed Forces: Ensuring a Reliable Deterrence and Defence

    Renatas  Norkus

    Renatas Norkus, Undersecretary, Ministry of Defence, Lithuania

  • Interoperability with neighbours and partners
  • Major international commitments of Lithuania
  • Regional co-operation: Interoperability with Denmark
  • Main requirements and ambitions
  • Looking ahead: Lithuanian National Defence System (NDS) in 2007-2012
  • 14:30 Nordic Battle Group (NBG)

    Colonel Hakan  Hedlund

    Colonel Hakan Hedlund, Chief of Staff, Nordic Battle Group

  • Framework and build-up
  • Transforming policies into realities
  • Nordic crisis management force (UN, OSCE, EU or NATO) from 2003 onwards
  • Full operational readiness by the first half of 2008
  • Effect on future requirements within areas of defence activities
  • The issue strategic transport and air transport
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 NORDCAPS: Nordic Coordinated Arrangement for Peace Support

    Lieutenant Colonel Egil Nordli (NOR Army)

    Lieutenant Colonel Egil Nordli (NOR Army), Chief of Staff, NORDCAPS Planning Element

  • Puprpose and scope of NORDCAPS
  • NORDCAPS structure
  • Close harmonization and coordination of the Nordic nation’s participation in international operations
  •  Benefits of Nordic defense Peace Support Operations cooperation
  • Common security sector reform
  • Regional capacity building and other kinds of military training (courses, training and exercises)
  • 16:20 Supporting Critical Equipment

    Gunnar  Hult

    Gunnar Hult , Chief Scientist and Director of R&T , Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), Sweden

  • Changing equipment procurement strategies to meet current and future needs
  • Fostering greater cooperation in support of critical equipment
  • Structural changes needed in defence administrations
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference



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    Stockholm City Conference Centre
    28 November 2007
    Stockholm, Sweden

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