European Defence & Transatlantic Security Cooperation
A reliable partnership for uncertain times
Addressing insecurity remains a priority on both sides of the Atlantic. The NATO Brussels Summit 2018 saw transatlantic leaders reiterate their commitments to collective defence, the EU and NATO are forging the closest partnership ever in their institutional history, and Europeans are actively reorganizing their armed forces, with initiatives such as PESCO charting unprecedented progress in Europe’s defence integration. The debate on strategic autonomy in Europe and NATO’s adaptation to new threats remain for a foreseeable while to come an unavoidable factor in transatlantic security cooperation. It comes against a complex backdrop of rapid technological innovation, changing political priorities and budgetary realities.
Our event will look at the agenda ahead, discuss priorities in the field of capabilities and technology development and identify the resources and policies needed to strengthen European and transatlantic defence, as well as transatlantic security cooperation.
If you have any questions, please contact Marie Brethous at +32 2 238 5298 or [email protected].
|Mr. Bruno Lété, Senior Fellow, Security and Defence Program, German Marshall Fund|
|Mr. Chris Lombardi, Vice President for European Business Development, Raytheon|
|16:30: 17:30||PART I – Capabilities, Technology & Military Strategy in an Age of Innovation|
|Emerging technologies disrupt the global strategic balance and profoundly impact visions on security and defence. The U.S. and EU technological overmatch is at risk, as defence R&D budgets across the world, most notably in China and Russia, are on the rise. How will innovation shape the security environment? Which capabilities & technology do U.S & EU armed forces need, to sustain transatlantic security in the 21st century?|
|General Claudio Graziano, Chairman, European Union Military Committee|
|Vice-Admiral Darren Hawco, Military Representative of Canada to NATO|
|Moderated by Ms. Pauline Massart, Deputy Head of the Brussels Office, CEIS|
|17:30-18:30||PART II – Resources, Policies & Political Priorities in an Age new Geopolitics|
|NATO and the EU face the challenge to fund the research & development of high-payoff technology, capabilities and infrastructure, while acknowledging the opportunities and limitations of political and budgetary realities. How can Allies work together to develop the capabilities and technologies that EU or NATO member states need the most? How do we ensure cooperation across the complete chain of capacities development, from common requirements to procurement? Which political priorities do we put on the agenda ahead to modernize our armed forces?|
|Mr. Olli Ruutu, Deputy Chief Executive, European Defence Agency|
|Mr. Gordon B. Davis Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investments, NATO|
|Moderated by Ms. Claire Craanen, Secretary General of the Brussels Chapter, WiiS|