Liviu Lazar

Industry Relations and EDT/Innovation, Strategy Directorate of Defence Investment Division, NATO HQ

Mr. Lazar is NATO’s Industry Relations, and Innovation and Emerging and Disrupting Technologies (EDT) Coordinator, within the Strategy Directorate of the Defense Investment Division, which is part of the International Staff, at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium.

Previously he coordinated the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG) and the Life Cycle Management Group (LCMG), within the Defence Investment Division. Prior to working on and with industry, he was responsible for the development of Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) and Command and Control (C2) policies, concepts and capabilities within the NATO Air Force Armaments Group (NAFAG).

Liviu was the lead author of the NATO Interoperability Policy and Strategy, and later, of the Framework for NATO Industry Engagement. The Framework represents the policy basis for working with defense, security and commercial industry at both pre-competitive and competitive level. It is the policy helping implementing the decisions taken at NATO Summits on the importance of maintaining a strong defense industrial base in Europe and North America, and strengthening the transatlantic defense industrial cooperation.

He also created the foundational elements for the NATO-Industry Forum. The Forum is co-organised by the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment, and is the venue for NATO strategic dialogue with defense and security industry, academia and think tanks, as well as with national administrations, parliamentarians, military and EU institutions, aimed at identifying innovative solutions, cooperation opportunities and strategies for NATO capability development.

Liviu earned a Bachelor’s degree on Electronics for Radar Systems from the Military Technical Academy, and a Master in International Relations from the Bucharest University. Prior to joining NATO, he was responsible, inter alia, for foreign technical cooperation as Deputy Head at the Armaments Department in Bucharest. Before that, for almost a decade he was a scientific researcher and the head of the Advanced Electronics Research Laboratory within the defense industry. During that time he patented one of his inventions for which he still holds the intellectual property rights.

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