Round Table Series | Investing in Security: Stimulating Innovation. A New Role for SME in NATO & EU, 12 July 2017

Round Table Discussion 

STRATEGY & ADAPTATION:
LOOKING TO THE NATO MEETINGA
New Role for SMEs in NATO & EU 

12 July 2017, ATA HQ, Brussels

Organized by
Atlantic Treaty Association 
Supported by
NATO Defence Investment Division,
United Technologies Corporation


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Continuing ATA’s Round Table Series on Stimulating Innovation in Defense Spending, representatives from NATO and EDA, alongside senior stakeholders from the public and private sector in both big industry and SMEs discussed means in which procurement, acquisition, research and development can be enhanced to strengthen Allied capabilities.

This Round Table permitted an exchange of information and best practices for the future by producing refined policy recommendations for a structured engagement with SMEs with the aim to bringing innovative solutions to Allied capabilities.

WELCOME ADDRESS
Mr. Jason WISEMAN
Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association

KEY NOTE ADDRESS
Mr. Rudy PRIEM
Director, Government Relations for Europe & NATO, Security – Defense – Space, United Technologies Corporation

TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
At the NATO Meeting in May Allies reaffirmed the importance of increasing their defense spending while improving their defence capabilities. As Estonia now holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a stronger emphasis on engagement with Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs), particularly in areas of knowledge sharing, technical assistance, early warning systems and cybersecurity, are expected to be high on the EU agenda.
As research and procurement budgets continue to increase, organizations like NATO and the EU must expand their cooperation with industry beyond the traditional defense sector while encouraging engagement with SMEs into the industrial supply chain to stimulate greater innovation and maximize the efficiency of Euro-Atlantic defence spending.
To ensure effective engagement in this area, panelists will discuss the value of establishing an SME Advisory Group and explore opportunities for a structured engagement with SMEs with the aim to bringing innovative solutions to Allied capabilities. These discussions will yield policy recommendations for a more collaborative smart defence strategy.

MODERATOR
Mr. Brooks TIGNER
Chief Policy Analyst, SECURITY EUROPE

REMARKS
Mr. Ernest J HEROLD
Deputy Assistant Secretary General, NATO Defence Investment Division

Mrs. Tarja JAAKKOLA
Deputy Director/Head of Unit Industry Strategy and EU policies, European Defence Agency

PERSPECTIVES ON ATTRACTING CAPITAL TOWARDS INNOVATIVE SMEs
Mr. Francesco TRONCI
Private Equity Investment Professional 

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