FUTURE FORCES FORUM closely cooperates with relevant expert working groups from NATO, EDA and other international organisations. The members are actively involved in the expert programme, exhibition and other events which gives our exhibitors and partners an exceptional opportunity to personally discuss lessons learned and particular requirements for future military/security applications. Industry presentations during official meetings are also available. Please contact us for more information about your prospective presentation.

NATO CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE

NATO Centres of Excellence are nationally or multi-nationally funded institutions accredited by NATO. They train and educate leaders and specialists from NATO member and partner countries, assist in doctrine development, identify lessons learned, improve interoperability and capabilities, and test and validate concepts through experimentation. They offer recognized expertise and experience that is of benefit to the Alliance and support the transformation of NATO, while avoiding the duplication of assets, resources and capabilities already present within the NATO command structure.

Although not part of the NATO command structure, they are part of a wider framework supporting NATO Command Arrangements. Designed to complement the Alliance's current resources, Centres of Excellence cover a wide variety of areas, with each one focusing on a specific field of expertise to enhance NATO capabilities. The overall responsibility for Centres of Excellence coordination and utilization within NATO lies with Allied Command Transformation, in co-ordination with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Allied Command Transformation is in charge of the establishment, accreditation, preparation of candidates for approval, and periodic assessments of the centres. The establishment of a Centre of Excellence is a straightforward procedure. Normally, one or more members decide to establish a Centre of Excellence. The idea then moves into the concept development phase. During this phase the "Framework Nation" or "Nations" fleshes out the concept to Allied Command Transformation by providing information such as the area of specialization, the location of the potential Centre of Excellence and how it will support NATO transformation.

The primary purpose of Centres of Excellence is to assist with transformation within the Alliance, while avoiding the duplication of assets, resources and capabilities already present within the NATO command structure. They generally specialize in one functional area and act as subject matter experts in their field of expertise. They distribute their in-depth knowledge through training, conferences, seminars, concepts, doctrine, lessons learned and papers.

In addition to giving NATO and partner country leaders and units the opportunity to augment their education and training, Centres of Excellence also help the Alliance to expand interoperability, increase capabilities, aid in the development of doctrine and standards, conduct analyses, evaluate lessons-learned and experiment in order to test and verify concepts.

NATO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION (STO)

Acts as NATO’s principal organization for science and technology research.NATO S&T Organization

Defence Science and Technology (S&T), in the context of NATO, is defined as the selective and rigorous generation and application of state-of-the-art, validated knowledge for Defence and Security purposes. The term is broadly inclusive of the physical, engineering, information, human, medical and social sciences. 

NATO S&T is comprised of activities that contribute to the generation and exploitation of scientific knowledge and technological innovation, addressing the short-, medium- and long-term horizon. NATO S&T includes programmes and activities that Nations, NATO bodies and Partners elect to perform within the trusted NATO framework. NATO S&T serves the Security and Defence posture of the Nations and NATO, and supports the core tasks of the Alliance as set out in the Strategic Concept. The vast majority of NATO S&T work is funded directly by the Nations.

NATO COMEDS CBRN Medical Working Group

NATO CBRN Medical Working Group was established under COMEDS (Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO) as a group responsible for NATO COMEDSstandardization of all NATO activities dealing with the health protection against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The internationally recognized experts in the medical area of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear issues from more than 15 NATO and non-NATO nations are actively working in this WG.

Main Topics Discussed:

The group was confirmed for FFF 2020 and is to be confirmed for FFF in April 2021.

NATO ARMY ARMAMENTS GROUP (NAAG)

The NATO Army Armaments Group (AC/225-NAAG) is one of the three Main Armaments Groups (MAG) subordinate to NATO's Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD).

The basic mission of the NAAG is to support nations achieving the objectives of the NATO Land Forces armaments cooperation. Through its formal and informal subordinate groups, the NAAG promotes interoperability of Alliance as well as Partner Armed Forces by means of information exchange, materiel standardization, and copoperation activities.

Tha NAAG structure consists of various expert working groups whose annual meetings are traditionally being organised within the FUTURE FORCES FORUM in Prague in order to support the information exchange and networking of the subject matter experts from military, industry, and academia.

The NAAG structure is as follows:

NAAG LAND CAPABILITY GROUP DISMOUNTED SOLDIER SYSTEMS (LCG DSS)

Over 200 international experts, members of national acquisition systems and standardization offices from more than 28 NATO Allies and partner nations in the area of individual systems - equipment, protection and armament.

LCG DSS Experts Cover:NATO LCG DSS

The group was confirmed for FFF 2020 and is to be confirmed for FFF in April 2021.

NAAG JOINT CBRN DEFENCE - CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP (JCBRND-CDG)

With over 80 international experts in the field of CBRN defence from the NATO and Partner countries, the JCBRND-CDG’s aim is to support the development of CBRN defence capabilities using all lines of development focusing on doctrine, materiel, and training. It supports the development of capabilities fitting into implementing the three-pillar approach: Prevent, Protect and Recover under the NATO’s Comprehensive Strategic-Level Policy for Preventing the Proliferation of WMD and Defending Against CBRN Threats.

The JCBRND-CDG fosters information exchanges on CBRN defence where appropriate, and cooperative developments in related CBRN defence equipment. The JCBRND-CDG also acts as the focal point for information exchange on CBRN Defence in the NATO committee structure, the leading forum for development of CBRN-related multinational cooperation and a linkage to the NATO industrial, science and technology communities.

The group was confirmed for FFF 2020 and is to be confirmed for FFF in April 2021.

NAAG JOINT NON-LETHAL WEAPONS CAPABILITY GROUP (JNLWCG)

Over 25 international experts in the field of non-lethal weapons from the NATO and Partner countries.

The group was confirmed for FFF 2020 and is to be confirmed for FFF in April 2021.

NAAG JOINT CAPABILITY GROUP GROUND BASED AIR DEFENCE (JCGGBAD)

The group has been invited and is to be confirmed for FFF 2021.

NAAG JOINT CAPABILITY GROUP VERTICAL LIFT (JCGVL)

The group has been invited and is to be confirmed for FFF 2021.

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