The Netherlands Ministry of Defense will hold an international Future Force Conference February 9-10 in the Hague to focus on security and stability by enabling new cooperative ventures. The aim is to establish new collaborative initiatives and sustainable solutions with partners, such as War Child and Capgemini.

The Future Force Conference will provide a platform for organizations and people who are involved in security.

“The current state of the world requires armed forces that can act more effectively,” says Minister Jeanine Hennis. “We have to be able to keep pace with the technological and societal developments that are taking place at an alarming rate. We will only succeed in this if we work together.”

The Ministry of Defense sees itself as part of a broad governmental, societal and international ecosystem that is constantly evolving. The theme of the conference is, therefore, “From Partnerships to Ecosystems: Combining Our Efforts for a More Secure World.”

The underlying philosophy is that the power of the Ministry of Defense and the future of our security depend on the quality of our cooperation. That is why the Ministry of Defense wants to continue investing in it.

“We are facing ever more varied and complex threats,” says Chief of Defense General Tom Middendorp. “Military action is necessary, but not sufficient to deal with all threats. We need to work more closely with people and organizations who each contribute in their own way to security and stability.”

At the conference, the military will thus be joining forces with less familiar organizations as well as the more traditional partners. Discussion topics will include child development, the setup of future military camps, as well as new technologies, cyber, crisis management, hybrid warfare, smart and secure cities, the role of multinationals in society, and counterterrorism.

Participating partners include: Accenture, Capgemini, Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael), Cordaid, Deloitte, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, International Centre for Counterterrorism, KPN, the Netherlands National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, Netherlands Defence Academy, PwC, Radboud University, Siemens, Tilburg University, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Delft University, UN University, UNU-MERIT, War Child, WO=MEN and World Resources Institute.