08.00 Opening of the Exhibition / Registration

08.45 Welcome to the Congress (Q&A)

Jörg Vollmer, Gen (ret.), Behörden Spiegel Strategic Advisor
Wolfgang Hellmich, MP, Congress President BSC 2023

09.00 OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE - Opening Ceremony

Annalena Baerbock*, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Germany
Hanke Bruins Slot*, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

09.30 Keynote Speech

Olga Stefanishyna*, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ukraine

10.00 HIGH-LEVEL DEBATE: The future Security Structure in Europe

Chair: Michael Gahler MEP, EPP Group Foreign Affairs Coordinator, European Parliament


  • Annalena Baerbock*, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany
  • Wopke Bastiaan Hoekstra, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  • Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the USA to the United Nations
  • Anne Marie Aanerud, State Secretary for Defence,Norway
  • Olga Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ukraine
  • Elina Valtonen*, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Finland

11.15 Coffee Break

11.45 Keynote Congress Partner

Michael Guschlbauer, CEO Bechtle

12.05 Keynote Speech

Dr Roy Chun Lee, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs,Taiwan

12.25 Keynote Congress Partner

Stefan Thomé, Airbus Defence and Space

12.45 Keynote SACEUR

General (US Army), Christopher G. Cavoli, SACEUR
13.15 Luncheon / Buffet
16.00 Coffee Break

16.20 Keynote Congress Partner

NN, Eviden

16.50 Keynotes and Special Forum

Olaf Scholz*, Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
Mark Rutte*, Prime Minister the Netherlands

in discussion with

Wolfgang Hellmich, MP, Congress President BSC 2022
Dr Eva-Charlotte Proll, Editor and CDO Behörden Spiegel

18.00 Keynote Speech

Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Minister of Defence, Hungary

18.30 Keynote Congress Partner

Dr Germar Schröder, PwC Strategy & (Germany) GmbH

18.50 Keynote Speech

General Carsten Breuer, Chief of Defence Staff, Germany

19.05 HIGH-LEVEL MILITARY FORUM: Deterrence and Defence in the Central Region (Q&A)

Chair: Jörg Vollmer, Gen (ret), Behörden Spiegel Strategic Adviser


  • Lieutenant General Piotr A. Błazeusz*, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of Polish Armed Forces
  • General Gábor Böröndi, Chief of Defence Staff of Hungary
  • General Carsten Breuer, Chief of Defence Staff, Germany
  • General Thierry Burkhard*, Chief of the Defence Staff, France
  • General Onno Eichelsheim, Chief of Defence of the Netherlands
  • General Mark A. Milley*, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, United States of America
  • General Valdemaras Rupšys, Chief of Defence Lithuania
  • General Timo Kivinen, Chief of Defence, Finland

20.15 Dinner Buffet / Networking
08.00 Opening of the Exhibition

08.30 Welcome to the 2nd Conference Day

08.40 OPENING OF THE 2ND CONFERENCE DAY - Opening Ceremony (Q&A)

Boris Pistorius, Federal Minister of Defence, Germany
Kajsa Ollongren, Minister of Defence of the Netherlands

09.25 Keynote Speech

Ursula von der Leyen*, President of the European Comission

10.00 Keynote Speech (Q&A)

Jens Stoltenberg*, Secretary General, NATO

10.30 HIGH-LEVEL INTERVIEW: The Southern Flank and Black Sea

Nana Brink, Member of the executive Board Women in International Security Deutschland (WIIS e.V.) speaking with:

  • Margarita Robles Fernández, Minister of Defence, Spain
  • Thabit Muhammad Al Abassi, Minister of Defence, Iraq
  • Simona Cojocaru, State Secretary of Ministry of National Defence, Romania
  • Guido Crosetto*, Minister of Defence of the Italian Republic
  • Michalis Giorgallas, Minister of Defence, Republic of Cyprus
  • Siemtje Möller, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany

11.15 Keynote Congress Partner

NN, Secusmart

11.35 Keynote Speech (Q&A)

Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the NATO Military Commitee
13.30 Luncheon / Buffet

14.15 Keynote Congress Partner


14.35 FUTURE FORCES FORUM: Operational-, Force- and Capability Planing

Chair: Dr Hans-Peter Bartels, President of the Society for Security Policy, Germany


  • Vice Admiral Dr Thomas Daum, Chief of the DEU Cyber and Information Domain
  • Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz, Chief of the DEU Air Force
  • Vice Admiral Jan Christian Kaack, Chief of the DEU Navy
  • Lieutenant General Alfons Mais, Chief of the DEU Army
  • Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis, Chief of the DEU Joint Support and Enabling Service
  • Major General (MC) Dr Norbert Weller, Deputy Chief of the DEU Armed Forces Medical Service
  • Lieutenant General Martin Wijnen, Commander Land Forces Royal Netherlands Army

16.00 Keynote Congress Partner


16.20 Keynote: The Indo-Pacific

NN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Australia

16.50 Keynote Congress Partner

Dr. Michael Schöllhorn, CEO Airbus Defence and Space

17.15 HIGH-LEVEL FORUM: The Indo-Pacific Challenge: How does it affect Europe?

Chair: Dr Tobias Lindner, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany


  • NN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Australia
  • Joost Flamand, Director Security policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherland
  • NN, Singapur
  • NN, Japan
  • NN, Secretary of State, FRA
  • NN, USA
  • H.E. Kim Hong-kyun, Ambassador of the Repubic of Korea


Wolfgang Hellmich, MP, Congress President BSC 2023
General (ret) Jörg Vollmer, BSC / Behörden Spiegel Strategic Adviser
18.30 End of the Congress

Panel A1: Strategic Communication – The Information War

Chair: Colonel Dr Ferdi Akaltin, Commander, German Armed Forces Centre for Operational Communication

Introduction: NN, Leonardo

  • Colonel Dr Markus Reisner, Austria
  • Jay H. Janzen*, Director of the Communications Division, SHAPE
  • NN, Department Strategic Communication, MoFA UKR
  • NN, NATO Strategic Communictions Centre of Excellence, Latvia
  • 2 × Industry Partner

Panel A2: Energy and Critical Infrastructure – Pillar of Economic Security

Chair: NN, …

Introduction: Industry Partner


  • Christian Despres, Chef de la mission des Etudes et de la Recherche Ministry of Equipment and Transports, France
  • Dr Daniel Arac Nussbaum, Chair Energy Academic Group, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, USA
  • Kenji Watanabe, Chief Researcher National Institute for Material Science, Tsukuba, Japan
  • NN, DNK
  • NN, Taiwan
  • NN, Vincorion
  • 1 × Industry Partner
  • NN, Spain

Panel A3: Comprehensive Territorial Defence

Chair: Brigadier General Tilo Maedler, Chief of Staff Bundeswehr Homeland Defence Command, Germany

Introduction: Nils Förster, PwC Strategy& (Germany) GmbH

  • Prof Dr Sönke Neitzel*, University Potsdam, Germany
  • Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank, Commander Joint Support and Enabling Command
  • Brigade General Vesa Valtonen, Commander Pori Brigade, Finland
  • Joachim Knopf, CEO, Taurus System GmbH
  • NN, ESG
  • Kerstin Andreae, CEO Federal Association of the Energy Industry and Water Management, Germany

Panel A4: The Military use of the Space-Domain: further developments

Chair: NN,…

Introduction: André Keller, PwC Strategy & (Germany) GmbH

  • Brigadier General Cipelletti, Chief of Space General Office, Italian Defence Staff, Italy
  • NN, NLD
  • NN, Germam Aerospace Center, Germany
  • NN, German Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the German Armed Forces
  • Major General Jürgen Setzer, Vice Chief of the DEU Cyber and Information Domain Service
  • Wolfgang Dürr, M & S Manager-Sps Institution & Space Exploration, Airbus
  • Sabine von der Recke, Board member OHB System AG

Panel A5: EU, NATO and Trans-Atlantic Defence Procurement

Chair: Dr Hans Atzpodien, Managing Director, BDSV

Introduction: Dr Thomas Kauffmann, Vice President International Business & Services, GDELS, General Dynamics

  • Vice Admiral Jan Wilhelm Hartman, National Armaments Director & Director of the Defence Material Organisation, Netherland
  • Jiří Šedivý*, Managing Director European Defence Agency, Belgium
  • Vice Admiral Carsten Stawitzki*, National Armaments Director, MOD, Germany
  • Joachim Sucker*, Director Organisation for Joint Armaments Cooperation, OCCAR
  • Dr Jörg Hennemann, Head of Defence Science & Technology
  • NN, Patria

Panel A6: Security Implications of Climate change

Chair: General (ret) Tom Middendorp, Chair of the international Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS)

Introduction: Industry Partner

  • Prof Dr Stefan Bayer, Director GIDS, University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich, Germany
  • Emmanuel Jacob, President EUROMIL
  • NN, Center of Excellence for protection of environment, Italy
  • 2 × Industry Partner

Panel A7: Health Care as part of a “Comprehensive National Defence Strategie” – Lessons learned from the Ukraine war

Chair: Major General (MC) Dr Norbert Weller, Deputy Chief of the DEU Armed Forces Medical Service

Introduction: Industry Partner

  • Chief of the NLD Armed Forces Medical Service
  • Dr. Tobias Plate, Ministry of the Interior, Germany
  • Christian Reuter, Secretary General Red Cross, Germany
  • Ministerial Director Heiko Rottmann-Großner, Federal Ministry of Health, Germany
  • NN, Ercelliance GmbH
  • NN, Emergent Bio Solutions

Panel B1: Military Assistance for Ukraine: Perspectives, Lessons and Impact on the army

Chair: Lieutenant General Andreas Marlow, Commander German Elements Mulinational Corps/Basic Military Organisations and Multinational Special Training Command (MN ST-C), Germany

Introduction: Helmut Rauch, CEO Diehl Defence

  • Lieutenant General Antonio A. Aguto Jr., Commander Security Assistance Group UKR
  • Major General Ernst Dobbenberg, Head of Department in the Command Staff of the Netherlands Armed Forces
  • Dr Jens Bodo Koch, CEO Heckler & Koch, Germany
  • Lieutenant General Sharon Nesmith, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the British Army (DCGS), UK
  • NN, Bell
  • NN, Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH

Panel B2: Airforce Integration- Opportunities for Joint Air Command and Controll in Alliance Defence

Chair: Major General Lutz Kohlhaus, Vice Chief of the DEU Air Force

Introduction: Michael von Puttkamer, Vice President Special Aircraft Sevices of Lufthansa Technology

  • Major General Rolf Folland*, Chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force
  • Lieutenant General André Steur, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Foce
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Knighton*, Chief of the Air Staff of the Royal Air Force
  • NN, Lockheed Martin
  • Dr. Michael Schöllhorn, CEO Airbus Defence and Space

Panel B3: Maritime Battlespace Management - Command and Control and UXV Integration

Chair: NN, DEU Navy

Introduction: NN, TKMS

  • Commodore Jukka Anteroinen, Chief of Staff Naval Command, Finland
  • Rear Admiral Ewa Skoog Haslum*, Chief of Navy, Sweden
  • Rear Admiral Henrik Ryberg, Chief of the Royal Danish Navy
  • Vice Admiral Renè Tas, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy
  • NN, Thales
  • NN, IAI

Panel B4: Multi Domain Operations – The C4ISR Backbone

Chair:  Major General Dr Michael Färber, ACOS Planing Cyber and Information Domain

Introduction: NN, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

  • Tanel Sepp*, Ambassador for Cyber Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonia
  • Major General Karol Molenda, Director of the National Cyber Security Centre Poland
  • Emily Goldman, US Cyber Command
  • Harald Mannheim, Airbus
  • NN, ESG

Panel B5: New Force Model and Reinforcement and Sustainment Network – drivers for multinational convergence of enabling capabilities

Chair: Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis, Chief of the DEU Joint Support and Enabling Service

Introduction: Industry Partner

  • Brigadier General Jan-Wilhelm Maas, Netherlands
  • Major General Stefan Linus Fix, DCOS Support, Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, Netherlands
  • Brigadier General Ronald R. Ragin*, Commanding General 21st Theater Sustainment Command
  • Brigadier General Frank Schmitz, Head of Planing Division, Command DEU Joint Support and Enabling Service
  • 2 × Industry Partner

Panel B6: The use of Artificial Intelligence in the Military Domain

Chair: Prof Dr Stefan Pickl, Chair for Operations Research at Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany

Introduction: NN, Crowdstrike GmbH

  • Lieutenant General Jen Datak Mardzuki bin Muhammad, Vice Chancellor National Defence University of Malaysia
  • Joost Flamand, Director Security Policy, Ministry of Forgein Affairs Netherlands
  • Major General Bruno Hofbauer, Capability Director, Austrian Armed Forces
  • Dr Peter Werkhoven*, Chief Scientist TNO, NLD
  • NN, Dell
  • NN, IBM
  • Colonel Thomas Erlenbruch, Division Head Testing and Implementation, Bundeswehr Center for Digitalisation and Cyber and Information Domain Capability Development, Germany

Panel B7: Software-Defined Defence

Chair: Lieutenant General Michael Vetter, Director-General CIT, Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany

Introduction: NN, Secunet, Security Network AG

  • Benedikt Meng, Infodas
  • Lieutenant General Tom Coppinger-Symes, Deputy Commander Strategic Command, UK
  • Commodore Roelof Foppen, Decentrale Chief Information Officer, Netherlands
  • Colonel He-Shan Jiang, Director of Information Management Center, National Defence University, Taiwan
  • Dr. Gundbert Scherf, co-CEO Helsing and Chief Operating Officer for National and International Armament Activities of the Bundeswehr

*speakers requested