Expert Symposium: NATO Warfighting Capstone Concept

June 29th 2020 - 14:16

On June 30th, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and the Netherlands Defence Academy in close collaboration with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) host a closed, high level expert symposium on NATO’s first Warfighting Capstone Concept (NWCC). The symposium will be moderated by Dr. Tim Sweijs (Director of Research, HCSS) and Prof. Dr. Frans Osinga (Chair in War Studies, Faculty of Military Sciences, Netherlands Defence Academy).

The SACT will present this first Warfighting Capstone Concept ever to Allies’ Chiefs of Defence in late 2020. The team responsible for drafting the NWCC seeks input from experts on both sides of the Atlantic, to get critical feedback and to gain new perspectives about the future of warfare and future military capabilities. This will help SACT finalize the future iteration of this document in the fourth quarter of this year.

The Future of War and Warfighting

During the expert symposium, the NWCC team will present the core outline of the Capstone Concept, followed by short presentations and discussions between a group of world class experts on future war and future war capabilities.

The meeting will include presentations about the evolution of warfare over the next 20 years, and will reflect on political, social, technological, conceptual, and doctrinal developments.

Dr. Tim Sweijs is the Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He is the initiator, creator and author of numerous studies, methodologies, and tools for horizon scanning, early warning, conflict analysis, national security risk assessment, and strategy and capability development. Tim has lectured at universities and military academies around the world. His main research interest concerns the changing character of contemporary conflict. Tim is a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Defence Academy and an Affiliate at the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.