08.00 Opening of the Exhibition / Registration

08.45 Welcome to the Congress

  • General (ret) Jörg Vollmer, BSC Strategic Advisor
  • Wolfgang Hellmich, MP, Congress President BSC 2022

09.00 Opening of the Conference

  • Dr Tobias Lindner, Minister of State, on behalf of the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany
  • Elvind Vad Petersson, Secretary of State, on behalf of the Foreign Minister of Norway

09.30 European Union’s Strategic Compass- Directions for the years to come

Josep Borell*, High Representaive of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission

09.50 Keynote Congress Partner

10.10 Coffee Break

10.40 Keynote Congress Partner


11.00 High-Level Debate: NATO’s Strategic Concept – Strong Cohesion and adaptive Dialogue

Chair: Dr Tobias Lindner, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany

  • Dr Benedetta Berti-Albrecht*, Head of Policy Planning, Office of the Secretary General, NATO
  • Michael Gahler, MEP, EPP Group Foreign Affairs Coordinator, European Parliament
  • Eivind Vad Petersson, Secretary of State, Ministry of Forgein Affairs, Norway
  • Celeste A. Wallander*, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
  • High-level Representatives of Ministry of Forgein Affairs: NN, FRA, UNG

12.30 Keynote

  • Olaf Scholz*, Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister of Norway

13.15 Luncheon / Buffet

14.45 Panel Session > Panels A1 – A6

16.15 Coffee Break

16.45 Keynote Congress Partner

NN, Atos

17.05 The High North – Threat Analysis and Deductions

Vice Admiral Nils Andreas Stensønes, Director NIS Norway

17.25 New realities, new needs: Perspectives on collaboration to strengthen European defence capabilities

Dr Germar Schröder, Managing Director and Partner PwC Strategy& (Germany) GmbH

17.45 Keynote Speech

Admiral Joachim Rühle, Chief of Staff SHAPE, Belgium

18.05 High-Level Military Forum: The High North – Security and Military Challenges

Chair: Frederick, “Ben” Hodges, Lieutenant General (ret), Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies (CEPA)

  • General Micael Bydén, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Sweden
  • Lieutenant General (ret) Ben Hodges, Senior Advisor, Human Rights First, Former Commander, US Army Europe
  • General Eirik J. Kristoffersen, Chief of Defence, Norway
  • General Flemming Lentfer, Chief of Defence Denmark
  • Siemtje Möller, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany
  • NN, GBR
  • CHODs or Chiefs of National Services DEU, FRA, FIN

19.15 CIDAN/ESDA Ceremony

European Award for Citizenship, Security and Defence
19.45 Dinner Buffet / Networking
21.15 End of the first day
08.00 Opening of the Exhibition
08.30 Welcome to the 2nd Conference Day

08.40 Opening of the 2nd Conference Day

  • Christine Lambrecht, Federal Minister of Defence, Germany
  • Bjørn Arild Gram, Minister of Defence, Norway

09.10 Keynote Speech

Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, NATO

09.30 High-Level Interview: Integration of Finland and Sweden into NATO

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

  • Antti Kaikonen, Minister of Defence, Finland
  • Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, NATO
  • NN, High-level Representative of Sweden

10.10 Short Break

10.15 Keynote Congress Partner

10.35 Coffee Break

11.00 Security and Defence in Europe from a British Perspective

Ben Wallace, Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom

11.20 Keynote Congress Partner

NN, Lockheed Martin
11.40 change room for Panel Session

11.45 Panel Session > Panel B1 – B7

13.15 Luncheon / Buffet

14.30 Implementing effectivley the EU’s Strategic Compass – the military perspective

General Robert Brieger, Chairman of the European Union Military Commitee, Austria

14.50 Keynote Congress Partner


15.10 NATO’s Long-Term Military Transformation


15.30 Future Forces Forum: EU’s Strategic Compass and NATO′s Strategic Concept – Results for Combined Force Planning

Chair: Dr Hans-Peter Bartels, President of the Society for Security Policy (GSP)

  • Major General Henning-André Frantzen, Head of Departement Defence Policy and long Term Planning, Ministry of Defence, Norway
  • Jānis Garisons, State Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Latvia
  • Brigadier General Johan Pekkari, Deputy Chief Policy and Plans Department, Defence Staff, Swedish Armed Forces
  • Lieutenant General Fernando Jóse López del Pozo, Director General for Defence Policy, Spain
  • Major General André Steur, Director Policy & Plans, Ministry of Defence, Netherlands
  • Planning Directors DEU, FRA, GBR

16.45 Closing Remarks

  • General (ret) Jörg Vollmer, BSC Strategic Advisor
  • Wolfgang Hellmich, MP, Congress President BSC 2022

17.00 End of the Congress

Panel A1: The Future of Arms Control and Confidence building

Chair: Ambassador Günter Sautter, Federal Goverment, Commessioner for Disarmament and Arms Control, German Federal Foreign Office

Introduction: NN

  • Dr Oliver Meier, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, (IFSH), Hamburg
  • Tariq Rauf*, Head, Nuclear Verification and Security Policy at International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Dr Wendin Smith, Director of NATO’s Arms Control, Disarmament, and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Nonproliferation Centre (ACDC)
  • NN, OSCE

Panel A2: Energy and critical infrastructure – a strategic challenge

Chair: H.E. Torgeir Larsen, Embassy of Norway

Introduction: NN

  • Jalal Bouhdada, DNV Representative
  • Dr Carsten Rolle, Federation of Germany Industries, Director World Energy Council Germany
  • Dr Kirsten Westphal, head of the H2Global Stiftung and Member of the National Hydrogen Council
  • NN

Panel A3: SPACE – the ultimate challenge?

Chair: Major General Michael Traut, Commander Bundeswehr Space Command

Introduction: NN

  • Brigadier General Luca Monaco, Commander Space Operations Command, Italy
  • Emilano Kargieman, CEO Satellogic
  • Prof Dr Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, CEO German Aerospace Center
  • NN, Lockheed Martin
  • NN, …, GBR, USA

Panel A4: Countering hybrid threats

Chair: Air Chief Marshal (ret) Sir Stuart Peach, UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to the Western Balkans, 19th Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

Introduction: NN, Preligens

  • Jānis Garisons, State Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Latvia
  • Major General Hua-Ching Chien*, Director of Information Assurance Division (J6) MND, Taiwan
  • Major General Jürgen Setzer, Vice Chief of the German Cyber and Information Domain
  • Professor Teija Tiilikainen, Director European Centre of Excellence Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE)
  • NN, UKR, POL
  • NN, IBM

Panel A5: A common European defence procurement plan

Chair: Dr Hans C. Atzpodien, Managing Director, Federation of German Security and Defence Industry (BDSV)

Introduction: NN, Nammo Raufoss AS

  • Vice Admiral Arie Jan de Waard*, National Armaments Director & Director of the Defence Material Organisation, Netherland
  • Eva Hagwall, Deputy Director General and Deputy National Armament Director at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration
  • Dr Jörg Hennemann, Head of Defence, Science & Technology, Schmidt & Bender
  • Raimo Jyväsjärvi*, Director General and National Armaments Director, Finland
  • Vice Admiral Carsten Stawitzki, National Armaments Director, MOD, Germany
  • Dr Stefan Stenzel, Vincorion

Panel A6: Cyber warfighting – a contribution for European Security and Defence

Chair: Vice Admiral Dr Thomas Daum, Chief of the German Cyber and Information Domain

Introduction: NN, DCSO GmbH

  • Dr Christoph Erdmann, CEO Secusmart
  • Dr Regine Grienberger, Director Cyber Foreign and Security Policy, Federal Foreign Office, Germany
  • NN, Commander Cyber Defence Forces, France
  • NN, Commander Cyber Defence Forces Norway
  • NN, ESG

Panel B1: NATO and the new Nordic Stronghold

Chair: Major General Henning-André Frantzen, Head of Department Defence Policy and Long Term Planning, Ministry of Defence, Norway

Introduction: NN, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems / Kongsberg

  • Rear Admiral Rune Andersen, Chief of the Navy, Norway
  • Sir Philip Jones, Military Adviser and former First Sea Lord, BAE Systems
  • Admiral Sir Ben Key*, Chief of the Royal Navy Staff, United Kingdom
  • NN, Chief of the Navy, DEN
  • NN, Chief of the Navy DEU

Panel B2: How to think European defence in the Land Domain-The future role of major formations

Co-Chairs: Lieutenant General Alfons Mais, Chief of German Army & General Darryl Williams, Commanding General of United States Army Europe and Africa

Introduction: Oliver Dörre, CEO and Country Director, Thales Deutschland

  • Major General Karl Engelbrektson*, Chief SWE Army
  • Major General Lars Lervik, Chief NOR Army
  • Brigadier General Artũras Radvilas, Chief LTU Army
  • Lieutenant General Nico Tak, COM I. DEU/NDL Corps

Panel B3: Air Power in a changing security environment – operational Air Force

Chair: Lieutenant General Dr Ansgar Rieks, Vice Chief of German Air Force

Introduction: Celia Pelaz, Member Executive Commitee, Hensoldt

  • Major General Rolf Folland, Chief of Norway Air Force
  • Lieutenant General, Luca Goretti, Chief of Italian Air Force
  • Christoph Müller, Head of Defence Research, Aerospace Center, Germany
  • NN, Airbus
  • NN, IAI

Panel B4 under discussion: Comprehensive Defence Concepts in Europe

Chair: NN

Introduction: Dr. Nils Förster, Partner at PwC Strategy& (Germany) GmbH

  • Major General Gifstadt Michelsen, Chief of the Home Guard, Norway
  • Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank, Commander Joint Support and Enabling Command, Germany
  • Riho Terras, Member of EU Parliament, EST
  • Ralph Tiesler, President Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, Germany
  • NN

Panel B5: Digitalization of Multinational Forces – Software defined Defence

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

Introduction: Marcel Taubert, Vice President of Division Defence & Space, secunet Security Networks AG

  • Rear Admiral Christian Bock*, Director of Education, Bundeswehr Leadership Academy
  • Frank Leidenberger*, Chief Digital Officer, BWI GmbH
  • Dr Gundbert Scherf, CEO Helsing GmbH
  • Sven Weizenegger*, Head of the Cyber Innovation Hub of the Bundeswehr (CIHBw)
  • NN, Computacenter AG & Co oHG

Panel B6: European Medical Healthcare-Perspectives and Chances

Chair: Major General (MD) Dr Stephan Schoeps, Deputy Surgeon General of the Bundeswehr

Introduction: NN

  • Major General Timothy Hodgetts*, Surgeon General, Chair Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO
  • Major General Dr Petter Iversen*, acting Surgeon, Norway
  • Brigadier General (MD) Dr Stefan Kowitz, Director Multinational Medical Coordination Center / European Medical Command
  • Lars Lindemann*, Defence Comittee, Germany
  • Lieutenant General Jürgen von Sandrart*, Commanding General Multinational Corps North-East
  • NN

Panel B7 under discussion: Reinforcement Sustainment Network - Opportunities and Challenges

Chair: Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis, Chief German Joint and Enabling Service

  • Major General James M. Smith, Commanding General 21st Theater Sustainment Command
  • NN, ESG
  • NN