ITEC 2017 will be held in the Netherlands. The ITEC host is a small but highly developed nation with advanced military capabilities that has to achieve economies of scale and comparative advantage through an effective use of its resources. The Netherlands seeks to innovate by encouraging partnership and collaboration between its military establishment, including government laboratories, its industry and the broader research and development community in academia and beyond. This “Golden Triangle” or “Triple Helix” of equity stakeholders addresses challenging problems to find cost effective, militarily efficient solutions that meet the training and education needs of the Netherlands military and security forces.
The “Golden Triangle” innovation model has an additional mirror apex in the close cooperation of the Netherlands with the institutions of NATO and NATO member states, who share similar challenges in the focus areas of:
- Readiness for complex operations.
- Mission preparation in a Coalition context.
Wim Huiskamp, ITEC 2017 Conference Chairman
Chief Scientist, Modelling, Simulation and Gaming, TNO Defence, Security and Safety