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NATO is amongst the most successful military alliances the world has known. For over 50 years NATO has helped maintain a balance of military capability which has ensured peace between two major ideologies. Today it continues to provide a capability that ensures the safety and security of its member nations. NATO is continuously growing and shortly two more nations, Albania and Croatia are to join the alliance.  Working with any multinational partnership has its challenges, and NATO is no exception; for businesses to work with NATO it is important that they understand the culture and processes that are used.

This Master Class will help potential vendors and clients of NATO understand the tools of the alliance, structure, culture, and the ideology, methods and procedures that it has adopted.

Benefits of attending

This half day Master Class will provide an opportunity for government and industry professionals to better understand the way NATO operates, its developing priorities, how the organisation is changing and how to work with it on various programmes.

The Master Class will provide:

  • A brief review of the origins and developments of NATO over the past 60 years
  • An overview of the NATO structure and organisation
  • A perspective on its past military operations and the changing role in a changing world
  • An examination of the NATO acquisition requirements, processes and regulations

Who should attend?

  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Head of Strategy
  • General Managers
  • Senior Directors
  • Business Development Managers
  • Executive Directors
  • Senior Specialists
  • Project Managers
  • Managing Directors
  • Logistics Managers
  • General Managers

About your Master Class leader

Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy

Paul Kennedy graduated from university with an Honours Degree in Electronics and Control Engineering. In 2000 he joined the NATO C3 Agency as the Chief of the Information Systems Division, and in 2001 was appointed Director of the Communications and Information Systems Division. Upon retiring from the NC3A and MoD in 2003, Paul became an Independent Consultant.

Paul has lectured on, and published, a number of papers on naval navigation and C31 systems. He has chaired several NATO groups, including special NATO groups responsible for developing integrated navigation techniques and naval command systems. He was an active contributor to the NATO NAVSTAR GPS Programme.

Prior to his NATO career, Paul spent a period developing naval navigation and C3I systems. This included a tour with the British Naval Staff in Washington DC. In 1989, Paul was appointed to the MoD Procurement Executive.  In this role he was responsible for the procurement and delivery of the Improved UK Air Defence Ground Environment (1UKADGE) command and control system, associated surveillance infrastructure and for the UK support to NATO infrastructure and CIS programmes. In 1991 he was appointed as Director, Strategic Electronics Systems (DSLS) expanding his responsibilities to include the procurement of air defence C31 systems, air defence radars, JTIDS and related data links, airborne surveillance systems (e.g. ASTOR) and the procurement aspects of ballistic missile defence.  In this role he was a UK member on the NATO ACCS board of Directors and the NATO Allied Ground Surveillance Capability Steering Committee. In 1993 his scope expanded to include the UK defence ground-based communications systems.  In 1995 Paul was appointed to Washington as the Counsellor (Director) responsible for the development of scientific, technical and procurement co-operation between the UK and the US for all three services.  On returning to the UK in 1999 he was appointed to Brussels as Director to develop co-operative opportunities with the UK, EU and national research establishments within mainland Europe.

Masterclass programme

12:30 Registration

13:00 A Review of NATO Over the Past 60 Years

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant- Information Systems & Management Consultants, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

  • Its origins and the cold war
  • Developments since 1989
  • 13:30 The NATO Organisation and Structure

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant- Information Systems & Management Consultants, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

  • Military Structure
  • Civil Infrastructure
  • NATO Agencies and bodies
  • 14:00 Military Operations and Objectives and the Effect on Infrastructure

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant- Information Systems & Management Consultants, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

  • Pre-1989
  • Post-1989
  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 The NATO Procurement and Support Process

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant- Information Systems & Management Consultants, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

  • Major programmes funded by selected NATO nations
  • NATO Support Agency NAMSA
  • Common funded programmes
  • NATO Infrastructure programme - policies and processes
  • ACCS
  • NC3A, processes, BOA etc 
  • 16:00 Interactive Question and Answer Session

    Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Independent Consultant- Information Systems & Management Consultants, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

    16:30 Closing Summary and End of Master Class


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