NATO-Industry Forum 2015: Innovative or Disruptive?


From 2014 to 2015  – Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow speach – Better Innovative or Disruptive? – CEO Finmeccanica Mr. Mauro Moretti video –  The NIAG Mission & Strategy

From 2014 to 2015 

“Up to years ‘70 “Offset Strategy was the driver of Military Capability Development. Today, with budgets shrinking, the commercial sector technological growth, the asymmetric threats created some “disruptive” effects. Tomorrow? The increased speed of information exchange, the growing influence of new power, middle east & Asia, among others are elements that cannot controlled with classical approach. The analysis, the need to address future requirements for the new strategies is mandatory: but who can do it? Classical or Innovative? A change of relations between industry and Administrations can be in support of this? We need to establish and change the strategy , he said, for new business/operational models sustainable: and, as a matter of fact, the changes are more accepted in a crisis period.

Reinforced by the Framework for NATO Industry Engagement, NATO is engaged in a smart and open dialogue with Industry. The NATO-Industry Forum is a milestone where the relationship between NATO and Industry will be discussed, challenged and fed with insights and ideas.

Ten years ago the process started with the ACT Industry Day named “NATO Transformation, Partnership with Industry”, today, Gen. Palomeros, ACT, said, we start to have the tools to work the process. I see – he concluded – 2015 a very crucial year to progress and achieve good results”.” (from 2014 NATO Industry Forum)

NATO Industry Forum 2015Be Innovative or Disruptive?

2015 Forum is focused on the delivery of capabilities and reinforced multinational cooperation ahead of the Warsaw Summit next year. The event is held annually where Allies, industry and think tanks come together to debate current security trends and their impact on industry and on NATO capabilities. Ambassador Vershbow opened the event with Portugal’s Minister of Defence José Pedro Aguiar-Branco and the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Gen. Denis Mercier.

Reinforced by the Framework for NATO Industry Engagement, NATO is engaged in a smart and open dialogue with Industry.

Once again the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG), the advisory body of senior industrialists of NATO member countries, acting under the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD), was at the center of attention because of its peculiar caracteristic to be the “voice of the industrial experience” within the NATO Organization.

The 2015 NATO-Industry Forum is ideally placed on the road to the Warsaw Summit that will be held on 8-9 July 2016 where industry and innovation should be high on the agenda. Also, the event is held along the high-visibility exercise Trident Juncture, gathering 38000 men in Portugal, Spain and Italy, and where for the first time 50 companies have been invited as observers to stimulate a new form of dialogue.

The Forum was organised in three plenary sessions:

  • Building opportunities (for cooperation),
  • Building stronger relationships (between NATO and industry) and
  • Building the future, today.

(full report and details on

NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow stressed the importance of delivering “more and better capabilities” to ensure NATO stays fit and ready to meet any challenge at the NATO-Industry Forum in Lisbon on Tuesday (full speach here).

We must always ensure that we have the right level of investment, the right capabilities and the right partnerships with countries around the world, with other international organisations and, importantly, with industry,” Ambassador Vershbow said in his address to the Forum.

Keynote Speaker was mr. Mauro Moretti, CEO Finmeccanica and AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) President and Chairman of the Board 

The event gathered representatives from the defence and security industry, Allied nations, Ambassadors from the North Atlantic Council and NATO’s military commands, including Allied Command Transformation, as well as representatives from academia and think tanks.

The NIAG Mission & Strategy

Schermata 2015-10-25 alle 10.30.38(from the NIAG Handbook) The NIAG is a high level consultative and advisory body of senior industrialists of NATO member countries, acting under the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD), with the aims of:

  1. providing a forum for an open exchange of views on industrial, technical, economic, management and other relevant aspects of research, development and production of armaments equipments within the Alliance; based on current and updated information provided by relevant NATO bodies;
  2. providing industry’s advice to the CNAD, and other NATO bodies as appropriate, on how to foster government-to-industry and industry-to-industry armaments co-operation within the Alliance;
  3. providing optimal use of NIAG resources to assist the Main Armaments Groups (MAGs) and their subordinate bodies, and other NATO bodies as appropriate, in exploring opportunities for international collaboration, and seeking timely and efficient ways to satisfy NATO military capability requirements.

The NIAG Strategy is based on the following strategic goals:

  • to contribute to NATO capability development on a broad front. NIAG can further provide the link between CNAD and the NMA on the opportunities for industrial contribution to NATO capability development.
  • to be the NATO consultant on such matters as international defence industrial cooperation, particularly Trans-Atlantic Defence Industrial Cooperation and European Defence Industrial Cooperation, international business practices, the international business environments and trends in which NATO must depend for technology development. (High Level Consultancy Advice)
  • to further develop the NIAG interaction with these NATO groups so as to contribute at the early stages of capability development in NATO and also in the follow-on work, to the extent that this work remains at the pre-competitive stage.
(Technical Advice)
  • to be the “natural” two-way conduit with NATO for top level management. (links between NATO and the top level management of NATO nations’ industries).
  • to present, as well as maintain, the business case, that reflects the benefits for companies, large, medium and small, and particularly innovative companies, to volunteer to join the NIAG collective contribution to NATO capability development.

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