Do you know what opportunities lie ahead?


NATO: The Road Ahead’ investigates the challenges that the organisation and its members face today and will face in the future.  From Enlargement to Transformation, key decision makers will analyse the lessons learned and discuss how to extend both NATO’s and their own capabilities.

By attending this event, you will comprehend what individual members require to achieve force transformation within the NATO framework.  By looking at NATO enlargement with range of partners at difference stages of the process, you will be able to re-align your objectives to focus on what is required. With an overview of current operations, you will have the opportunity to discuss current challenges such as force protection, interoperability and common standards.


A rapidly changing world presents new challenges and opportunities.  In this new arena, NATO’s credibility is intricately associated to the ability to adapt to up-and-coming operational realities. Members and partners understand this and know that they need to continuously enhance their individual strengths and collective capabilities to face emerging threats.


Understand NATO from Enlargement to Transformation!

Why Attend this Executive Symposium:

ü Hear about the experiences and plans for greater integration from new alliance members
ü Discuss challenges faced in force protection, mission planning, deployment and crisis management
ü Learn how NATO plans to achieve standardisation
ü Understand how to the Ukraine plans to increase collaboration with the Allied Forces

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Former Chief, Information System Division, NATO C3 Agency and Independant Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

9:10 HOST NATION SPECIAL ADDRESS: The Role of New NATO Members in the Transformation of the Alliance

Corneliu Dobritoiu

Corneliu Dobritoiu, State Secretary and chief of the Defence Policy and Planning Department, Ministry of Defence, Romania

  • The Romanian accession experience (MAP)
  • Steps taken in defence planning
  • Transforming Romanian forces
  • Lessons from current operations
  • Adding value to NATO and enhancing national security
  • Future developments
  • 9:45 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: NATO Transformation: A Holistic Approach

    Frank Boland

    Frank Boland, Director of Force Planning, NATO

  • Changing nature of threats and operational context
  • Perils of division and gains from co-operation
  • Crucial role of a managed process of NATO enlargement
  • Meeting the requirements: NATO re-thinking and reconciling national security concerns
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:40 Seven Years On: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Czech Republic in NATO

    Ivan Dvorak

    Ivan Dvorak, Director, Defence Policy and Strategy Division, Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic

  • Armed forces transformation
  • Framework of NATO defense planning
  • Advise for new members
  • 11:15 Building a Comprehensive Reform Process: the Croatian Experience

    Pjer  Šimunovic

    Pjer Šimunovic, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Croatia

  • Importance of establishing adequate civil-military relations: defence reforms alongside rule of law, economic and political reforms
  • Setting up a coherent long-term development plan: matching means with future armed forces needs and the modernization of procurement
  • Lessons learned from contributions to NATO missions
  • Defence reforms in Croatia: what challenges remain?
  • 11:50 Undertaking Successful Defense Reforms: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Experience

    Nikola  Radovanovic

    Nikola Radovanovic, Ambassador to NATO, Ministry of Defence, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Historical overview
  • Groundbreaking defence reforms: merged rival armies, chains of command and unified budget
  • Reforming its defence structures: re-organization to become a modern, credible and affordable force
  • Building of Bosnia and Herzegovina institutions
  • Entering the alliance’s Partnership for Peace Programme (PfP)
  • The path for progressive integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Advanced Satellite Solutions “on-the-move” to improve the mobility of military forces

    Christian Stetter

    Christian Stetter, Vice President, Sales, Satlynx

  • The power of communicating across land and sea  - using multiregional commercial capacity
  • Maintaining secure and robust communication links between remote units and headquarters
  • Growing choices of satellite systems adaptable to a variety of military vehicles and army stations
  • Cost-effective robust and flexible technology for rapid deployment in the field
  • Satellite connectivity for navy communications
  • 14:15 Working Towards Euro-Atlantic Integration: The Serbian Experience

    Srdjan  Gligorijevic

    Srdjan Gligorijevic , Director of Analysis, International and Security Affairs Centre, ISAC Fund, Serbia

  • Democratic and Military reforms: moving forward
  • Dilemmas of NATO-Serbia relationship
  • Joining Partnership for Peace (PfP): key step to an effective integration
  • Post-Riga: benefits for the Western Balkans
  • Challenges ahead
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Paving the Way: Initiatives and Integration

    Dirk  Deverill

    Dirk Deverill, Director, Defense Plans, US Mission to NATO

  • On the strengths of an "Open Door" Policy on enlargement
  • Role of sub-regional initiatives in furthering the NATO integration process
  • Force Transformation and Enhancing Capabilities
  • Achieving interoperability and working together
  • Looking at the challenges ahead
  • 15:45 Enhancing Ukrainian Operational Capabilities

    Colonel Sergii Mukosii

    Colonel Sergii Mukosii, Deputy Head of the Military – Strategic Analysis Department of the Main Operational Directorate (J3), General Staff, Ukrainan Armed Forces

  • Philosophy behind Ukraine’s 2006-2011 transformation programme
  • Transformation objectives and the NATO-Ukraine working plan
  • Improving interoperability between Ukrainian and Allied armed forces
  • Building bridges: from PfP to counter-terrorist operations
  • 16:20 Efficient and Effective Ways of Working

    Paul Flaherty

    Paul Flaherty, Defence Counsellor, UK Delegation to NATO

  • Implementation of a comprehensive approach
  • Planning crisis management procedures coherently
  • Key steps to achieving readiness
  • Considerations when co-deploying in potentially hostile environments
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:20 Networking Drinks Reception Sponsored by Washington Group International

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Former Chief, Information System Division, NATO C3 Agency and Independant Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

    9:10 NATO Military Partnership and Co-operation: One Year After Riga

    Brigadier General Adam Pavel (CZE Army)

    Brigadier General Adam Pavel (CZE Army), Deputy Assistant Director, Co-Operation & Regional Security Division, NATO IMS

  • Fully developing the potential of NATO’s existing co-operation programmes
  • Increasing the operational relevance of relations with non-NATO countries
  • Increasing NATO’s ability to provide practical support on defence and security reforms
  • NATO-Russia work plan
  • NATO "Training Co-operation Initiative” in the Mediterranean and Middle East areas
  • 9:50 NATO Air Space and Power

    Air Commodore Garfield Porter

    Air Commodore Garfield Porter, Assistant Director for Transformation, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), NATO

  • The context for 21st century operations
  • The need for air and space power
  • A framework for NATO's approach
  • Implications for air and space power

  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Romanian Armed Forces Participation in Combat Theatres

    Major General Mircea  Savu

    Major General Mircea Savu , Head of Operations Directorate, Romanian Defence Staff

  • Difficulty of the mission and difficulties encountered
  • Reaching a common assessment
  • Force protection and sustainability
  • Necessary flexibility and commitment
  • 11:30 Adapting to New Mission Roles and Environments

    Colonel Robert Bender

    Colonel Robert Bender, Force Protection Branch Chief , Joint Staff, USA

  • Tackling new environments
  • Force protection: guaranteeing safety on the ground
  • Mission planning and achieving enhanced deployability
  • 12:10 International Threat Reduction

    Leo  O'Shea

    Leo O'Shea, Director, Threat Reduction Programs, Washington Group International

    • Washington Group International experiences with chemical munitions disposal
    • Issues with conventional munitions stockpile and disposal
    • Environmental Remediation
    • Biological/Nuclear Threat Reduction
    • Safety/Security associated with WMD munitions

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:00 NATO Response Force: Enabling the Alliance to Meet the Future Threats

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Payne

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Payne, NRF Secretary of Co-ordination, NATO

  • Achieving deployability and sustainment
  • NATO’s  transformation engine for a stronger and more effective military organization
  • Reaching full operational capabilities
  • Deployable equipment for a deployable force: The LINC
  • Certification of training for NRF
  • 14:40 Transformation of the Hungarian Defence Forces

    Zsolt  Nagy

    Zsolt Nagy, Director, Defence Policy Department, Ministry of Defence, Hungary

    • Ongoing military reform in Hungary
    • Military integration programme to facilitate the interoperability of Hungary's NATO designated forces
    • Employing NATO planning procedures to attain requisite military capabilities and infrastructure
    • Expanding capabilities, harmonizing tasks and financial conditions to build skills and knowledge of serving soldiers
    • Beyond conventional capabilities: developing special capabilities to contribute to joint allied operations
    • Dealing with difficult issues and hard decisions

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Slovenian Approach Towards Enhancing Capabilities

    Tadej Burgar

    Tadej Burgar, Director General, Defence Policy Directorate , Ministry of Defence, Slovenia

  • Defence reform processes: developing a clear goal
  • Developing effective and sustainable deployable forces
  • Impact ofplanning Slovenia’s participation in NATO-led operations
  • Balancing National and NATO requirements
  • 16:20 NATO’s Developing Standards

    Captain Piotr  Urbanski

    Captain Piotr Urbanski , Chairman, Military Committee Maritime Standardization Board; as well as, Chief, NSA Naval Branch , Nato Standardization Agency

  • How is standardization achieved in NATO?
  • Co-ordination throughout the alliance
  • Role of standardization on NATO’s future capabilities
  • Reviewing current NATO standardization
  • Toward a comprehensive concept
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Doing Business with NATO

    Doing Business with NATO

    JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel
    5th December 2007
    Bucharest, Romania

    JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel

    Calea 13 Septembrie No. 90
    Bucharest 050726

    JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel


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