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CNAD Workshop on defence-critical Supply Chain Security

Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD)-sponsored Workshop on defence-critical Supply Chain Security to be held on 29 March 2023 from 14h00 to 16h00 (Brussels time/8:00am-10:00am Ottawa time) via WebEx. The workshop will be held at PUBLIC level.

Its key aim is for Allies, Invitees, and Industry, to share their national and industrial perspectives and approaches on addressing strategies for overcoming dependencies on strategic materials and other related supply chain vulnerabilities. The workshop will serve as a forum to discuss long-term efforts to bolster and safeguard the security and resilience in supply chains for Allied capability development and delivery. In this regard, participants will be invited to discuss potential opportunities and challenges for common approaches and multinational cooperation at an Alliance level.

Potential topics for this workshop could include, but are not limited to:
a. Measures for longer-term responsiveness to supply chain risks;
b. Ways to stimulate greater domestic and Allied outputs (e.g. on/Ally-shoring);
c. Innovative approaches (R&D on alternatives, recycling/reuse);
d. Application of new techniques to supply chain security (e.g. automation, block chain).

If you would like to:

  • Attend the virtual workshop, please register by 17 March with:
    • NATO International Staff action officers: Alexia Mikhois at Mikhos.Alexia@HQ.NATO.INT and Peter Solbach at Solbach.Peter@HQ.NATO.INT.
    • The connection details (platform, registration, administrative procedures, etc.) will be communicated closer to the date to registrants.
  • Contribute as an expert to this workshop, including contributions in the form of presentations and/or papers, please provide a short bio and 3-5 bullets regarding the material you wish to cover by 15 March to the Head of the Canadian NIAG Delegation: Nicolas Todd (
    • All presentations/papers should therefore be public, moreover not include proprietary information or other details that cannot be shared publicly. Presentations/papers deemed requiring higher classification can still be submitted to the International Staff; while these will not be included in this workshop, they could be subject of further discussions and analyses.
    • Canadian national industry submissions will be bundled and presented by the 17 March date to the Workshop OPIs.