Supporters – 2018

“NATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue” is supported by a variety of institutions, authorities, and organizations.


Cornerstone Sponsors 

AIRBUS DEFENSE AND SPACE is one of the two divisions of Airbus and Europe’s number 1 defence and Space company. It is one of the world ́s leading space companies and one of the top 10 defence companies globally. The customers of Airbus Defence and Space are as diverse as its products – government defence and interior ministries, national and international agencies, institutions, civil authorities, major platform manufacturers, prime system contractors, NGOs, the industrial sector and commercial companies.

Airbus Defence and Space is composed of four programme lines: Military Aircraft, Space Systems, UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) and CIS (Communications, Intelligence & Security).

Military Aircraft develops, delivers and supports military aircraft. Key products include the Eurofighter, the A400M, the A330 MRTT and the C295W/CN235.

Space Systems covers the full range of civil and defence space systems with its unique expertise.

UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) develops, delivers and supports unmanned vehicles, including Atlante, Harfang or Zephyr among others.

Communications, Intelligence & Security (CIS) is the “one-stop-shop” for satellite and terrestrial communication, intelligence, security and maritime services and solutions.


GENERAL DYNAMICS is a global aerospace and defense company, with locations in more than 45 countries. From combat vehicles to IT and communications systems, to Gulfstream business jets and nuclear-powered submarines, people around the world depend on our products and services for their safety and security. We offer a broad portfolio of products and services in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; information technology
(IT) services and C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) solutions; and shipbuilding and ship repair. For more information, please visit
HENSOLDT is a global driver of technology and innovation across the defence and security electronics capability spectrum. The company is a market leader in civil and military sensor solutions developing concepts for Big Data, Robotics, Cyber Security and new services.
HENSOLDT generates revenues of more than € 1 bn. with a workforce of 4,300 employees.

The company’s name HENSOLDT traces back to Moritz Carl Hensoldt, a German pioneer of optics and precision mechanics in the 19th century. We represent a more than 200-year-old European tradition in technology building on achievements of such renowned predecessors as Telefunken, Dornier, Kelvin Hughes, Siemens Sicherungstechnik and Carl Zeiss Optronics.

HENSOLDT’s success is based on a workforce of highly skilled employees fascinated by high-end technology and driven by the desire to fulfil evolving customer needs. In the best tradition of HENSOLDT’s predecessor companies, our employees translate the accelerating innovation cycles of today’s electronics into intelligent solutions which support defence and security organizations in their mission to make the world a safer place. Considering highly skilled employees as our most valuable asset.

As a technology leader, HENSOLDT is also following an innovative approach in Cyber Security. In this rapidly growing area, the company develops security-hardened basic IT systems, which are impervious to hacker attacks and integrated hardware weaknesses . Its strong Electronic Warfare heritage also positions HENSOLDT as a natural player in the Cyber Warfare environment.

In its role as a sensor solutions provider, HENSOLDT combines various mission-critical sensor technologies under one roof, which ensure a substantial improvement in detection capabilities when used in combination. Its areas of activity include the protection of borders and critical infrastructures, air defence, airborne mission management, self-protection and situational awareness, vehicle and convoy protection, signal intelligence and data links, as well as night vision, thermal imaging, laser rangefinding and optronic targeting. Furthermore, HENSOLDT’s portfolio comprises mission avionics equipment, such as avionics computers, mission planning systems, autopilots and flight data recorders. With its wide-ranging product portfolio HENSOLDT addresses customers in the defence and security domains, covering the whole spectrum for air, sea, land space missions and enabling them to maintain superiority in the electromagnetic spectrum. Its solutions are deployed on various platforms, including helicopters, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, ships and submarines, armoured vehicles as well as satellites.
MCKINSEY&COMPANY  strategically collaborates with the Munich Security Conference (MSC) as its knowledge partner. As two neutral and independent institutions, the MSC and McKinsey aim to bring together their respective networks and expertise to create substantive, fact based discussions about security and defense.
A recent example is the report “More European, More Connected, and More Capable – Building the European Armed Forces of the Future” presented by the MSC, the Hertie School of Governance, and McKinsey at the occasion of the European Defense Roundtable in Berlin in November 2017. The report outlines opportunities and implications of an increase in defense spending for Europe. McKinsey’s independent and objective perspective is also available in other publications such as the McKinsey Global Institute’s reports or in its contribution of industry-related facts and analyses to the Munich Security Report.
McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm. It is the trusted advisor to the world’s leading businesses, governments, and institutions.

Champion Sponsors 


MICROSOFT is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world. Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more. Since the company was founded in 1975, we have worked to achieve this mission by creating technology that transforms the way people work, play, and communicate. We develop and market software, services, hardware, and solutions that deliver new opportunities, greater productivity, and enhanced value to people’s lives. Microsoft lights up digital work and digital life experiences in the most personal, intelligent, open and empowering ways. We do business throughout the world and have offices in more than 100 countries, including each of the EU28 countries.

For more than 100 years, RAYTHEON has proven its commitment to partnering with allies in Europe to advance new technologies, drive innovation, foster local industry and increase protection across the full spectrum of threats. In a world of uncertainty, Raytheon is defending our transatlantic partners against constantly evolving risks including: ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, aircraft, drones and cyber threats.

Ally Sponsors

Established over 220 years ago, CIGNA Corporation is a global health services company, dedicated to improving the health, well being and sense of security to millions of individuals around the world. As a healthcare partner to 95 million customers, we exist to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. Cigna Corporation and its subsidiaries maintain networks and sales offices in major markets around the globe, maintaining a staff of some 45,000 people with revenues of $41 billion. As part of our “Go Deep, Go Global, Go Individual strategy”, we continue to expand and deliver, health, well being and risk management programs around the world, to serve our clients and members.
Within Cigna’s international division, a dedicated unit has 60 years of experience in designing, implementing and managing international group health insurance and employee benefits programmes for international and locally recruited staff from Intergovernmental (IGO) and Nongovernmental (NGO) Organisations. Cigna’s Business to Government segment focuses on providing healthcare coverage for diplomatic missions, military and government-sponsored students and people traveling for treatment around the globe.
For more than five decades, ESG has been one of the leading German companies in the development, integration and operation of complex, safety-related electronic and IT systems and currently has sales of over EUR 300 million. Some 2,000 employees in Germany and internationally working in the three business areas of ESG DEFENCE + PUBLIC SECURITY, CYOSS (Cyber Security and Data Analytics) and ESG MOBILITY deliver products and services to a range of customers that includes public authorities as well as defence and industry organisations.
As a special systems company for command & control systems, mission avionics, logistic services, simulation and training, as well as specific special mission systems, ESG offers customised solutions and products and takes responsibility for the operation of complex whole-systems.
ESG is a certified aviation company for the aviation equipment of the Bundeswehr (German Federal Armed Forces) and an aviation engineering company in line with EASA Part 21J, LBA Part G and LBA Part 145.

Media Partner 


Founded in 1986, DEFENSE NEWS is the authoritative, independent, professional news source for the world’s defense decisions-makers. In print and online, we provide the global defense community with the latest news and analysis on programs, policy, business and technology. Our bureaus and reporters around the world set the standard for accuracy, credibility and timeliness in defense reporting.

Our weekly newspaper circulates to top leaders and decision makers around the world. The website,, provides up-to-date and essential coverage on breaking events via desktop and mobile devices. Our Early Bird Brief and other newsletters deliver focused coverage to your inbox. Defense News TV, airing weekly, is televisions all-defense news show.


POLITICO is a global nonpartisan politics and policy news organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C. In April, 2015, a European edition of the publication launched through a joint venture with the leading digital publisher in Europe, Axel Spinger.

With European operations based in Brussels and additional offices in London, Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, and Frankfurt, POLITICO connects the dots between global power centers. Its journalism lives online at; in print via weekly newspaper; in daily morning newsletters, such as Brussels Playbook and London Playbook; in POLITICO Pro, the real-time policy news service; through live events.