C2 Implications of synchronisation within NATO MDO - How to achieve converging effects in the continuum of competition?

Every year, the NATO Command and Control Centre of Excellence (NATO C2COE), in close collaboration with the Canadian Joint Warfare Centre, organises a conference on a particular aspect of Command & Control (C2).

The 2024 edition will take place from the 19-21 November at the Majoor Jan Linzel Complex (MJLC) – The Hague, The Netherlands, around the theme ‘C2 implications of synchronisation within NATO MDO: How to achieve converging effects in the continuum of competition?’

NATO is transforming into a Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) enabled Alliance. An important element of NATO’s MDO concept is the synchronisation with non-military actions within other Instruments of Power and other non-military actors, like industry, to create converging effects in all dimensions.

A key question will be, “What are the C2 implications?”

The conference will be a forum where experts can offer their perspectives and opinions, engaging with a diverse audience to discuss the opportunities and related obstacles of executing this synchronisation between all partners involved.

If you consider yourself an expert or want to gain a better understanding of NATO’s command and control, please join us.

If you have any questions or would like to contribute in any way, please feel free to contact LTC Dr. Joris Wijnker (OPR) or Mr. Jos Hekking (DOPR), who are the designated points of contact for this event. Your contribution, prepared in close cooperation with our conference team, can take the form of a speech, presentation, panel discussion, or demonstration, and will be highly appreciated.

We are looking forward to meeting you during the conference, and we will send out the invitation with further details concerning registration and the agenda in the following weeks.

The NATO C2COE Command and Control Conference 2024 aims to facilitate active engagement and meaningful dialogue among participants. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with senior military and civilian leaders from NATO and various nations. Through lively discussions, insights sharing, and shaping the future of international security, participants will play a key role in advancing collective knowledge. We are looking forward to seeing you in The Hague!

Conference overview

“C2 Implications of synchronisation within NATO MDO” How to achieve converging effects in the continuum of competition?

NATO is transforming into a Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) enabled Alliance. An important element of NATO’s MDO concept is the synchronisation with non-military actions within other Instruments of Power and other non-military actors, like industry, to create converging effects in all dimensions.

A key question will be, “What are the C2 implications?”

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To have a fruitful meeting about NATO decision-making in the future we require a variety of viewpoints.

Therefore we would like to welcome:

  • (Flag-) Officers that organise and execute C2;
  • Staff and operators who deal day-to-day with C2 issues;
  • Academics and faculty who study and share knowledge on C2;
  • Industry specialists with their view on technology.
  • Conference: Majoor Jan Linzel Complex (MJLC) – Brasserskade 227A, 2497 NX, Den Haag
  • IceBreaker: Plein-Kalvermarktcomplex – Kalvermarkt 32, 2511 CB, Den Haag
  • Hosted Dinner: Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte – Plein 24, 2511 CS, Den Haag

Travel arrangements to and from The Hague and the booking of hotel accommodation are the individual responsibility of each participant.

 

Plane:

If traveling by plane, the recommended airports for arrival are: 

 

Bus transport:

On the 22nd and 23rd of November, morning bus transportation services will be provided from the city center of The Hague to the MJLC venue. The buses are scheduled to depart from Hofweg 5-7 at 07:50, a location situated in close proximity to Hotel Novotel and other central hotels (approximately a 5-7 minute walk).

In the afternoon, these bus services will be made available for the return journey, transporting attendees from the MJLC venue to the city center of The Hague, which is also the location for the ice-breaker and networking event.

 

Public Transport:

Public transportation is a convenient option for reaching the MJLC from both Rotterdam-The Hague Airport and Schiphol. To access the MJLC, you can take a train to Delft train station. Subsequently, you can board EBS bus number 60 (destined for Nootdorp) and disembark at the Defensie bus stop. From there, it is a brief 4-minute walk to the seminar location.

For additional details, including timetables and the ability to book train tickets, please visit the following websites: www.ns.nl and/or 9292.nl.

 

Car:

Arriving by car Navigation address: Brasserskade 227a, 2497 NX, The Hague (GPS: 52.028118, 4.362068). https://maps.app.goo.gl/Av7CNH9vKW45zjQm8

There is free parking (although limited) at the MJLC.

There is sufficient hotel accommodation, both near the MJLC and in the center of The Hague, dependent on individual preferences. Additionally, Dutch military participants have the option of lodging directly at the MJLC.

  • Conference: Military participants should adhere to the Service Dress code, while civilians are encouraged to smart casual.
  • Icebreaker: A smart casual attire is suitable.
  • Hosted Dinner/Networking Event: The hosted dinner at “Societeit De Witte” requires attendees to observe either a service dress code or business attire (with tie).

English will be the working language of the seminar. Translation services will not be provided.

Please be aware that security measures during the seminar are as follows:

  • Photography is not allowed on the military premises, please check with any of the POCs when there is a need to take a photo. Official photo’s, including the group photo, will be published on http://www.c2coe.org
  • During the in-processing (registration) you will receive a seminar badge. The badge must be worn visible at all times during the seminar and the icebreaker. Besides that you have to carry a national ID card or passport at all times.
  • No supporting materials (e.g. presentations, documents etc.) which you intend to use during the meeting should be over the level of ‘NATO UNCLASSIFIED’. The discussions remain on the level of NATO UNCLASSIFIED.

Why you should attend!

Renowned experts from the political, academic, military, and business spheres will debate in themed panels the challenges and questions raised inside this trifold and how the Alliance and its partners might best evolve and leverage Command and Control capabilities to enhance and sustain NATO’s core tasks.

This is your opportunity to hear from senior military and civilian leaders from across NATO and the nations on these topics of extreme importance and to engage and contribute to a robust discussion to strengthen and enhance the Alliance.

Registration

The registration will open as soon as possible

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