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Following on from the success of last year's event in Rome, SMi will once again host NATO - The Road Ahead, this coming December.

Taking place in Prague, Czech Republic, this year's event will feature a stellar line up of senior NATO and national decision makers who will address the latest programmes, national capabilities, operations, agency perspectives and future challenges facing NATO.

This is your opportunity to learn about national perspectives on NATO enlargement as well as how particular nations are contributing to the capability build up of NATO.

Ensure that your organisation is up to date with the latest national capabilities and is strategically placed to support the dynamic and evolving NATO alliance.



  • Learn about the latest national capabilities from a range of NATO nations. How are they contributing to the alliance and how can your organisation best support them?
  • Analyse the latest NATO operations - what challenges is NATO facing in the field and how can these challenges be overcome?
  • Assess the capabilities needed to meet NATO requirements - hear the perspectives of new members and those still seeking accession
  • Discuss the evolving EU - NATO relationship
  • Hear from the key NATO Agencies and discuss their perspective on equipment and procurement
  • Consider the future challenges facing the NATO alliance

Commercial delegate profile includes:

Chief Executive Officers, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Specialists, Analysts for:

  • NATO Policy
  • EU & NATO Relations
  • Logistics
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Regional Directors

Military and government delegate profile includes:

Directors, Deputy Directors, Chief of Staff, Division Chiefs, Heads of Unit, Subject Matter Experts, Programme Managers for:

  •  Deployable Forces
  • J5
  • Plans and Policy
  • Defence Investment
  • International Relations
  • EU & NATO Relations
  • Euro-Atlantic Integration

NATO - The Road Ahead 2008 - Rome

Our 2008 NATO - The Road Ahead conference in Rome proved to be one of our most successful NATO conferences yet. The sell out event attracted a senior range of delegates and speakers from across Europe and North America. Here's what some of our attendees had to say:

"Great conference. Very relevant and timely subjects, focussed questions & answers and great networking opportunities as always. Superb set up and support by SMi and I look forward to future SMi conferences" - United States European Command

"My first time - an excellent conference. Superb organisation, keep on like this!" - NATO HQ

"Thanks for a very informative conference! All that I spoke to enjoyed it as well. I look forward to future conferences" - Arinc Research Corporation


Some organisations in attendance in 2008 include:

  • Boeing
  • Singapore Technologies Kintetics
  • S & T Software
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Airscan Inc
  • Inchcape Shipping Services
  • SAAB
  • Gripen International
  • Arinc Research Corporation
  • ManTech International
  • EMW Inc
  • Agusta Westland
  • Thales
  • AAI Corporation
  • Norsat International


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant and Formerly a Director with UK MoD and NATO,


Lieutenant General Jaroslav Kolkus

Lieutenant General Jaroslav Kolkus, Czech Military Representative, NATO and EU Military Committee

  • 10 years in NATO - the story so far
  • Goals for the future
  • 9:50 A French View on NATO-EU Cooperation

    Brigadier General Thierry Delahaye

    Brigadier General Thierry Delahaye, Deputy French Military Representative, NATO and EU Military Committee

  • Operations
  • Capabilities
  • External partners
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Poland's Contribution to the Capability Build-Up of NATO

    Lieutenant General Mieczyslaw Bieniek

    Lieutenant General Mieczyslaw Bieniek, Polish Military Representative, NATO and EU Military Committee

  • NATO's transformation drivers and their impact on the Polish Armed Forces modernisation process
  • Polish perspective on NATO enlargement
  • Polish contributions to NATO operations
  • 11:40 Chemical Corps of the Czech Army and NATO

    Colonel Karel Huleja

    Colonel Karel Huleja, Chief of the Chemical Corps, Czech Army

  • Chemical corps in the CZE Army
  • Chemical corps of the CZE Army in NATO - experience
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 The Croatian Accession Plan

    Ambassador Igor Pokaz

    Ambassador Igor Pokaz, Permanent Representative of Croatia, NATO NQ

  • Strategic priorities
  • Meeting the NATO criteria
  • Niche functions being offered to the alliance
  • 14:30 Georgian Accession for NATO: New Realities and Perspectives

    Irakli Kochashvili

    Irakli Kochashvili, Deputy Head, International Relations and Euro-Atlantic Integration Department , Ministry of Defence, Georgia

  • New security realities
  • New aspects of NATO-Georgia cooperation 
  • Georgia's road ahead to NATO
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Combating Piracy - The NATO Response

    Captain Georges van Aalst

    Captain Georges van Aalst, Deputy Chief of Staff, EU Atalanta Operational Headquarters , NATO Maritime Component Command HQ

  • Piracy and the challenge facing NATO
  • NATO - EU cooperation on this issue
  • Operations undertaken
  • Thoughts for the future
  • 16:20 Improving Private Sector Support for NATO Expeditionary Operations

    Doug Brooks

    Doug Brooks, President, International Peace Operations Association

  • Procuring quality services
  • Oversight, management and coordination in the field
  • Accountability of contractors - contractual and criminal
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant and Formerly a Director with UK MoD and NATO,


    Brigadier General Dieter Dammjacob

    Brigadier General Dieter Dammjacob, Assistant Chief of Staff J3, NATO SHAPE

  • Overview of current operations
  • NATO Response Force - the future
  • The future of NATO command structure
  • 9:50 NAMSA - Meeting Support Requirements in Multi-National Operations

    Jorn Brauer

    Jorn Brauer, Senior Development Officer, NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA)

  • Current ongoing initiatives
  • Logistic planning for future missions
  • Integrating contractor logistics support to meet logistic objectives
  • Co-operating and partnering with industry in difficult environments
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Capability Development Within NATO

    Bob Reedijk

    Bob Reedijk, Defence Investment Division, Armaments Directorate, Planning, Policy and Partnerships Section, NATO HQ

  • Current acquisition programmes
  • Recent developments and trends
  • Road ahead for acquisition

    Air Commodore Garfield Porter

    Air Commodore Garfield Porter, Assistant Director, Transformation, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre

  • The need to assure the space domain
  • Developing NATO space capabilities
  • New horizons
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 EDA's Role and Contributions to Capability Development

    Olli Ruutu

    Olli Ruutu, Principal Action Officer, Policy and Planning Unit, European Defence Agency

  • Developing European capabilities
  • Civil-military synergies
  • Complementarity with NATO
  • 14:30 ACC LOC1 - The Foundation of Air C2 for the Future

    Roger Martin

    Roger Martin, Head, Planning and Requirements Division, NATO Air Command and Control Management Agency (NACMA)

  • System overview
  • Civil-military coordination
  • Future capabilities
  • 15:10 Strategic Airlift Capability - A Vendor's Perspective

    Patrick Druez

    Patrick Druez, Regional Director, C-17 Business Development - Europe & India, Boeing

  • An innovative acquisition concept
  • Working with multinational teams
  • Opportunities
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, Afternoon Refreshments and Close of Day Two


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