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 the postponed FFF 2020 and is to be confirmed for FFF 2022.

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 has its official meeting within the FFF 2022.

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 JNLWCG has three sub-groups and teams of experts:

The group has its official meeting within the FFF 2022.

NATO DETECTION, IDENTIFICATION AND MONITORING PANEL (DIMP)

The DIMP mission is to provide technical and operational advice, foster interoperability, and establish technical and operational standards in the areas of CBRN detection, sampling, identification, and monitoring, including supportive actions against the proliferation of CBRN substances. The body also identifies new CBRND Capability Requirements, which includes providing information (up to unequivocal proof) concerning the first use of Biological, Chemical and Radiological agents, to NATO political and military authorities to support timely decision making.

The DIMP is one of the most important subordinate panels to JCBRND-CDG which is one of the most important NATO CBRN Capability Development working groups. The panel consists of about 45 international experts.

The panel has its official meeting within the FFF 2022.

NATO HAZARD MANAGEMENT PANEL (HMP)

The JCBRND-CDG has seven subordinated panels that cover the responsibilities of the JCBRND-CDG in support of the Alliance’s prevention of the proliferation of WMD and defending against CBRN Threats. The Hazard Management Panel is one of the JCBRND-CDG sub-panels and consists of about 25 international experts.

The panel has its official meeting within the FFF 2022.

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