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NATO-EU, Defence Economy
25/05/2012
After Chicago: Re-evaluating NATO's priorities

 

International conference

25 May 2012, Palais d'Egmont, Brussels

 

08:45-09:30 Welcome & registration 

Introductory remarks by Stefan Gehrold, Director of the Brussels Office, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung


09:30-11:00 Session I: Adjusting to the 'Asian century'

The transatlantic security pact that was long so central to NATO has become subtly adapted to a role defending “Western” security interests. The shift eastwards in focus has spanned the Balkans, North Africa and Afghanistan, raising fresh questions about NATO’s eventual concern with Asian security. Will the alliance’s Chicago summit mark a new stage in its development as a global peacekeeper and guarantor of stability? What commitments do NATO member governments need to make if the alliance is to achieve the worldwide credibility a more global role would call for?

Speakers:

  • Admiral Giampaolo di Paola, Minister of Defence, Italy
  • Hüseyin Diriöz, Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning, NATO
  • Claus Grube, Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Denmark
  • Alejandro Alvargonzalez San Martin, Secretary General for Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence, Spain
  • James L. Townsend, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and NATO Policy, United States Department of Defense

     

    Chaired by SDA co-presidents Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former NATO Secretary General and Javier Solana former EU High Representative for CFSP.

    11:00-11:30 Impressions and comments on the Security Jam 2012 Report by Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman of IBM Corporation Europe


    11:30-12:00 
    Coffee break 

    12:00-13:30 Session II: Shifting 'smart defence' from slogan to reality
    The notion of Smart Defence has caught on quickly, no doubt because it offers a welcome solution to the intractable problems of capability shortcomings and defence cutbacks on both sides of the Atlantic. But what in practical terms does smart defence constitute, and how should it be benchmarked? Should NATO planners be creating a matrix that gives an at-a-glance guide to each member states’ capabilities in areas ranging from heavy airlift to tactical troop transport, UAVs to helicopters and battlefield communications to cyber-security? Above all, will smart defence be the making of a new eve in transatlantic defence cooperation with NATO, or the breaking of it?

    Speakers:

  • Murad Bayar, Undersecretary for Defence Industries, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Turkey
  • Chad L. Fulgham, Vice President, Lockheed Martin

  • Markus Hellenthal, Senior Advisor, Huawei Technologies
  • Ernest J. Herold, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, NATO 


    Chaired by
    SDA co-presidents Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former NATO Secretary General and Javier Solana former EU Hight Representative for CFSP.

    13:30 End of conference

     



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  • Featuring
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    Alejandro Alvargonzalez
    Secretary General for Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence, Spain
     
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    Murad Bayar
    Undersecretary for Defence Industries, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Turkey
     
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    Giampaolo Di Paola
    Minister of Defence, Italy
     
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    Hüseyin Diriöz
    Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning, NATO
     
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    Harry van Dorenmalen
    Chairman of IBM Corporation Europe
     
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    Chad L. Fulgham
    Vice President, Lockheed Martin
     
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    Stefan Gehrold
    Director of the Brussels Office, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
     
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    Claus Grube
    Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Denmark
     
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    Markus Hellenthal
    Senior Advisor, Huawei Technologies
     
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    Ernest J. Herold
    Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, NATO
     
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    Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
    former NATO Secretary General
     
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    Javier Solana
    former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy
     
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    James L. Townsend
    Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and NATO Policy, United States Department of Defense