NATO C2COE Annual Seminar “Get Connected”

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Date(s) - 25/06/2019 - 27/06/2019
All Day

Hotel - Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Airport



Registration closes 15/06/2019. Please sign-up as soon as possible.



Annually, the NATO C2COE organises a seminar. This year it will be conducted in Brussels, Belgium, from 25 to 27 June at the Park Inn by Radisson hotel Brussels Airport.

In today’s hybrid environment, it is imperative for commanders and their HQ’s to be able to work off the most, the most accurate and the most recent information possible, in order to gain and maintain an operational advantage. It is therefore important to be connected not just on the technical level, but even more so on the human and the organisational level. NATO and its allies have come a long way in achieving technical interoperability and many issues in that area have been resolved (although many still remain today). Similar or even higher in relevance, is the importance of organisational and human interoperability, in other words the importance of getting connected to any required and all contributing players in and around a theatre of operations. In order to extract the most relevant information to support decision-making, HQ’s need to access information from non-traditional sources in non-traditional ways in addition to not-to-be-neglected traditional information flows. Getting connected not only is important during the planning and execution of operations, but also during preparation. Various technological developments may affect C2, different domains and different levels may not always “understand” each other and essential or highly beneficial knowledge and information may be available but unfindable for the operator because he/she is unaware of the existence.


The aim of the seminar is to inspire participants by providing them with examples of the importance of both traditional information flows as well as evolving possibilities. In order to achieve this, the C2CoE will invite a variety of speakers addressing various aspects of getting connected. Thereby illustrating the needs, opportunities and challenges of connectivity.

Keynote Speakers:

Nr Organisation Speaker Topic
1 UN Office of the Under-SG Mr. Robinson UN policy on authority, Command & Control in peacekeeping operations
2 European Union Military Staff Col Markey EU – NATO co-operation
3 The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies Mr. Roos Conflict Risk Assessment
4 RNLAF AirC2 LTC Hoeben C2 in the combat cloud
5 RNLAF Data Science Cell LTC van den Belt Data Science
6 SACTRepEUR CDR Collins COE visibility
7 Young Atlantics TBD Millenial view on NATO
8 USMedCOM Mr. Brungart /Col Henry Understanding accented speech in Multinational Response Operations
9 NCISG Col Wirsching NATO CIS in Operations
10 JIVC/KIXS Mr. Sarneel icw TNO Military use of 5G
11 IST157 / Thales LTGEN (ret) Desclaux Project ANTICIPE
12 C2COE Maj Scherrenburg C2 Demonstrator
13 TNO Dr. van Diggelen People-machine teaming & AI

Seminar Guide:

The seminar guide, containing the biographies of the speakers, will be forwarded to participants nlt the 14th of June 2019.


Tue June 25th,
1800 – 2100LT: Welcome, inprocessing and hosted icebreaker

Wed June 26th
0900 – 1700LT: Seminar
1900 – 2200LT: Optional non-hosted BBQ

Thu June 27th
0900 – 1500LT: Seminar (cont’d)
1500 – 1600LT: Conclusion and closure

Theme 1:

Technological developments, near and far. To achieve this, we invited keynote speakers with authority on the subject.

Theme 2:

The language: understanding information within NATO. This track focuses on the intricacies of information exchange amongst different domains.

  • Exchange of awareness and understanding between different levels of command, including the political level;
  • Challenges within and amongst the classic and new battlespaces (land, air, maritime, space, cyber);
  • Keeping up with academic and commercial developments

Theme 3:

The unknown knowns: existing relations that may not be employed to the maximum extent possible.

  • Knowledge institutes and NATO’s own centres of excellence;
  • The relation between NATO and the EU.

High-ranking authorities and experts in Command and Control have been invited as keynote speakers.

Administrative Information:

Administrative information on the seminar can be found here.

Registration and payment for the seminar itself can be done through the registration form below.

Please feel free to contact the following project officers with any immediate questions related to our seminar:

LtCol Herbert de Groot (NLD AF), 0031 (0)30 218 7044
Maj František Bartko (SVK A), 0031 (0)30 218 7006

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