The Berlin Security Conference is one of the largest European security and defence policy events.

The Berlin Security Conference / 20th Congress on European Security and Defence will be held as physical event from 24 to 25 November under the theme of “Europe – Developing Capabilities for a credible Defence”. The primary focus of the BSC will be on performing a deep-dive analysis of the development of European security and military capabilities and procurement, embedded in the EU and NATO security and defence policy context. To be discussed with key organizations in their capacity as partners of the conference in plenary sessions and so-called “capability lounges” the real progress being made through current and future European / NATO developments, e.g., forces’ collaborative procurements, R & D, and (disruptive) technologies.
The Behörden Spiegel – the most important monthly newspaper for the Public Services in Germany – has been organising the Berlin Security Conference for 20 years now. It is supported by an Advisory Board composed of key international personalities. The President of the BSC in 2021 is Wolfgang Hellmich MP, Chairman of the Defence Committee, German Bundestag.

Berlin Security Conference at a glance:

  • International forum for security and defence
  • Gathering of political and military decision-makers
  • Participants from armed forces and security organisations
  • Keynote speeches by Ministers / State Secretaries, EU Commissioners and business leaders
  • Main programme with international political, military and business leaders
  • Panel sessions with international experts
  • Exhibition with leading systems solutions manufacturers
  • Media coverage by the print press, radio and television
  • Congress language: English

Famous Speakers

About 120 High-level Speakers from politics, the military and the business community

Actual Topics

The Berlin Security Conference deals with European issues of capability and defence

Capability Lounges

Analysis of European security and military capabilities and procurement


from European and non-European countries

Catering included

Coffee, lunch and dinner buffet throughout the conference

The magazine for the first digital Berlin Security Conference / 19th Congress on European Security and Defence on 18/19 May 2021 is hereby available online as pdf-doc. It contains numerous interesting articles by prominent speakers of the congress, the programme, the short bio of all speakers and experts as well as profiles of the exhibitors and congress partners. We hope you enjoy reading it.


The event is supported by an Advisory Board made up of distinguished international personalities. The members of this board are:


For some years now nations have been invited to become partners of the Berlin Security Conference. In 2012, Russia was the first partner country, followed by the United Kingdom, Turkey, the United States of America, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and in2020, the Czech Republic. They contribute to the programme, participate with high-ranking delegations and organise the pre-event Reception in their embassies.

For this year’s conference, international agencies at EU and NATO level have been invited as partners:

  • EDA
  • NCIA
  • NSPA

With these key organisations in their capacity as partners of the conference are to be discussed in plenary sessions and so-called “capability lounges” the real progress being made through current and future European / NATO developments,e.g.

  • forces’ collaborative procurements,
  • R & D and
  • (disruptive) technologies.

Our conference partners from industry and business will accompany the new format with specified contributions and an exhibition.


In addition to over 120 distinguished speakers including political, military, business and civil society leaders the conference draws an ever larger number of members of national parliaments and the European Parliament, as well representatives of the European institutions and NATO. Foreign and Defence Ministers, Ambassadors, Generals, Admirals and industry representatives see the conference as an invaluable forum for addressing a wide range of topics related to security and defence policy. Members of the armed forces, representing all ranks and a wide range of European countries and multinational staffs, as well as representatives of security organisations and industry, contribute to the lively exchange of views and hence to the success of the conference.