Technical Panel: Building an Agile Co-Innovation Framework for Addressing NATO’s Emerging Technological Challenges

  • Room: Fusion
Thursday, November 14, 2019: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


Moderator (confirmed)
Konrad Wrona, Dr.-Ing.
Principal Scientist
NATO Communications and Information Agency
Panelist (confirmed)
Alex Kott, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist
US Army Research Laboratory
Panelist (confirmed)
Peter Lenk, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist
NATO Communications and Information Agency
Panelist (confirmed)
Milica Pejanović-Djurišić, Ph.D.
Professor, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Montenegro at UN
United Nations
Panelist (confirmed)
Katy Person
Program Manager
MIT Innovation Initiative – Mission Innovation Lab
Panelist (confirmed)
Krzysztof Skurzak
Innovation Branch, NATO Allied Command Transformation


There is a need for a mechanism and toolset to enable innovation-focused collaboration among NATO, NATO nations, academia and industry and provide an incubation capability to help close an existing gap in the Idea-to-Operational Use process.  The objective would be to reduce a noticeable duplication of efforts within NATO and NATO nations caused by limited coordination of similar efforts (e.g. exploration of AI technologies) - and to increase reuse of resulting products. An Innovation Framework that would harmonize innovation activities and products, addressing the major steps that span across the end-to-end process of Idea-to-Operational Use.

The objective of the panel is to share know-how on effective tools, techniques, and methods that would facilitate a major cultural shift towards sustained enablement of innovation in NATO and NATO nations. The panel will discuss examples of where innovation has paid off, and examples where innovation did not play a role – and how this caused longer-term problems because of the business-as-usual approach.