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Latest Armoured Vehicles from World’s Leading Suppliers will be on display in Dedicated Feature Area — Press Release


Press Release – 8th April 2014

From the protection of individuals – whether VIPs or NGO personnel – to SWAT operations, armoured vehicles have a key role to play in the defence against terrorism. The nature of the threat is constantly evolving, however, and so too are the requirements placed on the manufacturers of armoured vehicles. At Counter Terror Expo 2014, visitors will be able to view and experience the very latest security solutions from the world’s leading armoured vehicle suppliers within a dedicated Armoured and Support Vehicle area.

Bringing together buyers and suppliers from across the world, Counter Terror Expo, now in its 6th edition, is the premier international event of its kind. Jim Clarke, Director of Special Projects for Millbrook, one of the exhibitors, commented: “[We] exhibited at the Counter Terror Expo for the first time in 2013 and found it to be a very successful event, with lots of useful connections made. We found the calibre and focus of delegates in attendance at Counter Terror to be of the right level, in terms of subject matter and their position as key decision makers”.

Millbrook, a company with extensive experience in the design, test, development and manufacture of discreet and covert OEM platforms, will be showcasing a discreetly armoured vehicle that is fully integrated with a selection of C4ISTAR systems.

In addition to new vehicles being revealed for the first time, the Expo will also feature a range of the most advanced up-armouring, upgrade and retro-fi t options and accessories. As Guerman Goutorov, Chairman of Streit Group, another key exhibitor, said: “We are providing security solutions, manufacturing and redesigning our vehicles to make them suitable for the constant changes in the world’s threat levels”. Streit Group’s main focus for Counter Terror Expo will be on its newest models for VIP and Homeland Security markets as well as the launch of its Armored Riot Control Vehicles.

Amongst the other exhibitors showcasing their latest products and solutions in the Armoured and Support Vehicle area will be Digital RF, Land Rover, OVIK and Tyron.

David Thompson, Event Manager, Clarion Defence & Security, commented: “The reputation that Counter Terror Expo has built up since its inception has led to many of the world’s leading companies in the counter-terrorism and security arena wanting to exhibit. This is particularly the case in the field of vehicle armouring which is why we have a dedicated Armoured and Support Vehicle area. This will be a must-visit area for anyone with responsibility for the protection of personnel at risk of attack from terrorist and other groups with intent to cause harm”.

To register for either a free Exhibition Only Pass or a full Conference Delegate Pass, visit:

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Forensics Europe Expo 2014 offers unique opportunity for both buyers and providers across the forensics sector — Press Release

29-30 April, Olympia, London

Press Release – 04th February 2014

Taking place on the 29th and 30th April at Olympia, London, Forensics Europe Expo 2014 is set to be this year’s premier international forum dedicated to the entire forensics sector and its supply chain. Last year, the event introduced over 3000 buyers and specifiers to the latest forensic products, equipment and services as well as providing a definitive source of education and best practice together with unparalleled access to training and networking opportunities.

Organised by Clarion Events, Forensics Europe Expo will once again be co-located with Counter Terror Expo 2014, ensuring maximum marketing exposure before, during and after the event and creating an invaluable cross-flow of information. Supporting the exhibition, Forensics Europe will also feature a high level conference programme designed to attract hard-to-reach decision makers and thought leaders from both the public and private forensic arena, making the event an ideal platform for the launch of new products and cutting edge technologies.

President of The Forensic Science Society, Dr Ann Priston, commented: “As the largest professional body of forensic practitioners in the UK, it is fitting that we should be represented at Forensic Europe Expo which will not only offer valuable insights into the latest developments in forensic science but also provide an important networking opportunity for those working in areas where forensic science is having a real impact.

“Our role at this year’s event is particularly significant as we have just been granted a Royal Charter and we will be exhibiting under our new name, The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and we have chosen to launch at the Expo because it is such a high profile industry event.

“The Workshop programme is certain to feature some fascinating insights into new areas where the expertise of scientists is driving standards in investigation and furthering knowledge. In particular, digital forensics is likely to be widely covered at this year’s exhibition. This is a fascinating and fast-moving field, involving the fight against cyber crime and other challenges that our virtual world is now presenting to law enforcers.”

Another key supporter of Forensics Europe Expo is The Forensic and Policing Services Association (FAPSA). Allan Scott, MD of The Evidence Partnership, one of the founding members of FAPSA, said:

“Clarion Events have been supportive of our aims of giving SMEs a voice in the forensic and policing market whilst also ensuring that quality is maintained. We’re confident that the event will enable us to explain our ethos and our full range of services to prospective members and show how smaller organisations can make a significant contribution in the criminal justice arena.”

Philip Hunter, Event Director, Clarion Defence & Security added: “Forensics Europe Expo has already established its place as the leading event for the entire forensics sector. With an exciting new programme of content, this year’s show promises to offer the best opportunities yet for important new collaborations and business relationships to be established.”

For more information or to book your stand, please contact a member of the Forensics Europe Expo team:
T: +44 (0) 20 7384 7797 or email [email protected]

Visitor registration is now open. Please register for your free exhibition only pass or conference delegate pass at

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Industry-friendly pricing announced for 2014 Security Technology Live Exhibition — Press Release

Security Technology Live today announced a radical new pricing model for exhibition space at the event, which will bring the whole commercial and domestic security industry together at the NEC, Birmingham from 13 – 15 May 2014.

Stand space rates for Security Technology Live will start at just £200 per sqm for the first 50 exhibitors to sign up for the show irrespective of stand size, and a number of exhibitors have already booked their locations to take advantage of this unique “Founding 50” special rate.

Security Technology Live 2014 will also run over 3 days rather than the more traditional 4. The shorter open period means exhibitors will be able to make significant savings straight away on stand build and other show costs such as hotel bills, subsistence as well as reducing the time staff are spending away from the office, helping to maximise return on investment in exhibiting at the show.

Clarion Defence and Security Managing Director Tim Porter stated:

“By running Security Technology Live over 3 days we are not only helping our exhibitors save money on setting up for the show, we’ve also been able to reduce our own venue costs significantly too – and we feel it is only fair to pass these savings onto exhibitors in the form of lower prices than those of comparable 4-day shows.”

The show will also benefit exhibitors by having a clear and dedicated focus on the commercial and residential installer community, who will be attracted by a well-targeted visitor marketing campaign constructed with the sole aim of delivering an audience of installers, VAR’s and distributors to the NEC in May 2014.

Porter added

“Exhibitors at Security Technology can be confident that Clarion will be investing 100% of our marketing budget into attracting the security channel and installer demographic from across the UK and Europe. If your market is the security channel, every penny we spend goes into attracting the visitors you want to meet”

Security Technology Live will take place 13 – 15 May 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.

Companies interested in exhibiting should contact Philip Hunter, Event Director on T: +44 (0) 20 7384 7776 or email [email protected]

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Managing Supply Chain Vulnerability — Press Release

“Supply chains are now more vulnerable than ever,” says Thom McLeod, Founder and Managing Director, Tenzing Consulting. “Being able to systematically manage supply chain risk is a very important issue today, because Boards of Directors are waking up to it. Audit Committees are now required to look at overall enterprise risk, and the supply chain is often an area where there is a tremendous amount of business risk to be managed,” he explains.
As a solution provider attending the marcus evans Chief Procurement Officer Summit 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia, April 22-23, McLeod takes the focus to supply chain risk management, and discusses why procurement is relevant to every function in an organization.

Why is supply chain vulnerability a big issue today? Where is this vulnerability coming from?

Companies are only now starting to understand where supply chain risk fits into overall enterprise risk. Many organizations look primarily at financial and market risks, without giving the supply chain the attention it needs. The first challenge for supply chain-dependent organizations is to make sure that supply chain risk is elevated to and visible at an executive or Board level.

The effort that procurement and supply chain organizations have invested to improve productivity, reduce cost, and become leaner have paid big dividends. But in many respects, these improvements have made supply chains more vulnerable than ever. Cost reduction has driven a lot of supply offshore, making the supply chain more vulnerable to geographic, weather, security, and political risks. Many companies have also leveraged the volume of their purchases, consolidating to fewer suppliers or even sole sourcing, resulting in more single points of failure in the supply chain.
Lean principles, rightly, emphasize keeping inventories low, but doing so without a full view of supply chain risk can deplete the inventories that act as a “shock absorber” for supply chain disruptions.

What should they look at first?

Really understanding how a supply chain is put together is the first critical step, because a supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Many organizations look at their first-tier suppliers and manage the largest of them vigorously, but a smaller second- or third-tier supplier can be a major single point of failure, leaving them extremely vulnerable. For example, one of our clients found that many of its first-tier suppliers were buying sub-components from the same manufacturing location of a single third-tier supplier. The entire supply chain could collapse if that single site were disrupted.

Once a company knows where it is vulnerable, becoming more resilient is the next step. This involves constantly monitoring events and conditions that may disrupt the supply chain, and taking proactive steps to address them, such as positioning inventories, informing customers, and switching to secondary suppliers. The best practice is that even these actions should not be improvised. Rather, they should be part of a “playbook” developed in advance and ready to put into action when disruptions occur or are imminent. This is what drives better resiliency.
How can procurement become relevant to every function in the organization?

The procurement as a service function has to successfully and effectively reach out to all key stakeholders in the organization. In other words, it must export the value of procurement to other functions in ways that clearly align with those stakeholders’ mission, objectives, and measurable business value. Marketing is a good example of a function that can be a challenge to partner with as a procurement team. Marketing sees its mission as driving revenues and sees itself as a high-ROI investment for the company. Rather than approaching marketing to help them “save” money, as many procurement professionals do, it is better to focus on procurement strategies that drive greater value from their investments and higher effectiveness from suppliers in supporting marketing’s mission. If they save money, too, who can complain?
Do you have any final words of advice?

Become completely invaluable as a partner to every functional executive and senior executive in the company. That means reaching out to those people, understanding their business and how they need to accomplish what they do, then figuring out how your procurement organization can deliver on that. The biggest challenge is making sure your procurement team has the skills and temperament for this mission – great communication, listening and problem solving skills are more important to accomplishing this than the technical knowledge we often emphasize in hiring.

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Northrop Grumman Outlines E-2D Progress Ahead of Early Warning Event — Press Release

LONDON, November 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Programme leaders from the US Navy and Northrop Grumman Corporation have detailed the progress on the E-2D Hawkeye in an exclusive interview ahead of the company’s involvement in Defence IQ’s 12th Annual Airborne Early Warning event taking place in Paris from January 22 – 24. Listen to the full interview at

Bart LaGrone, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems vice president for the Airborne Early Warning and Battle Management Command and Control (AEW/BMC2) programmes, and the new USN programme manager for the E-2D, Captain John “Chet” Lemmon, confirmed that initial test and evaluation of the aircraft had been completed and that the current contract is for provision of 20 E-2Ds to the Navy, with other foreign sales under consideration.

“Northrop Grumman has been the lead sponsor for this AEW conference since its inception more than a decade ago,” said Lagrone.

“As the global leader in Airborne Early Warning and Battle Management Command and Control Systems, we at Northrop Grumman feel this forum facilitates a free exchange and advancement of ideas by bringing together subject matter experts representing numerous communities from various countries; the attendees can be guaranteed an intense two day experience.

“I believe the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is built on an incredible legacy and I believe Defence IQ and their hosting of the AEW conference is a great way to kick off another milestone in Airborne Early Warning.”

The conference website also hosts a range of new resources for those interested in the subject, as well as the latest agenda featuring senior commanders from the Royal Navy French Navy, Brazilian Air Force, and Swedish Air Force, among others. For more information on the Airborne Early Warning agenda, you can download the full programme here.

Bookings for Airborne Early Warning can be made by visiting the site, by e-mailing [email protected], or by calling +44(0)20-7368-9300.

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Press Announcement: Counter Terror Expo 2013 – Registration is now live

Counter Terror Expo 2013 – Registration is now live

Counter Terror Expo, 24-25 April 2013, Olympia, London is the largest international event to protect against threats for: Police, Emergency Services, Government, Military, Intelligence & Security Services, Private Sector, Large Scale Sensitive Sites, Oil & Gas, Cyber, Maritime/Anti-Piracy and Critical National Infrastructure.

9000+ attendees, 400 + exhibitors, 5 conference streams, 12 workshops and the A-Z of security and counter-terrorism solutions.

Entrance to this secure exhibition is by pre-registration only and can be done so here.

Please save the dates to your diary

Our latest show news is also available on our website.

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Contract Management for Defense and Aerospace — Conference

Contract Management for Defense and Aerospace

Combat US government budget reduction by Assessing Opportunities, Risks and Challenges in Commercial and International Contracts

Event Date: 15-17 May 2012
Location: Washington, DC/VA, USA

Traditionally government and commercial contracting in the aerospace and defense industry has been a lucrative and reliable business. However, recently due to difficult economic times across the country, the US government has been cutting back on defense spending and as a result many defense and aerospace companies are forming business relationships with international customers in order to maintain or increase revenue. The economic landscape as well as recent regulations has presented new concerns for companies across the globe. This conference will address the need for adequate contract management in the governmental, commercial and international landscape. It will also introduce and provide oversight on the recent changes in the aerospace and defense industry and how it has affected contracts while highlighting best practices for managing specific contracts and avoiding DCAA audits to ensure compliance and continued growth for your business.

For more information please visit our website: Contract Management in Aerospace and Defense

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Military Airlift Asia-Pacific — Press Release

February 27, 2012 by · Comment
Filed under: Business Line, Companies, Events, Trade Shows and Events 

Military Airlift Asia-Pacific

9th- 10th July, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore.

Military Airlifting has seen steady growth in the Asia-Pacific region due to the increase in natural disasters which have happened in the last couple of years. Airlifting has been used during the Christchurch Earthquake, Queensland Floods, Tsunami 2004, and Tsunami 2011 in Japan, Earthquakes in China and most recently during the Thailand Floods in November 2011. There is a growing need for regional Air Forces to improve their current airlifting capabilities with the latest modern military airlifters. The airlifters being used by the armed forces at present are becoming aging and not up to the requirements needed to support tactical and strategic operations.

Military Airlift: Rapid Reaction and Tanker Operations Asia Pacific 2012 is the perfect opportunity to meet with the regional airlift community and discuss current requirements and evaluate recent airlifter operations. The conference and exhibition will be held on the 9th and 10th July in Singapore and is the only event where this community can meet together to discuss the regions capabilities and requirements. Running parallel next to the conference will be a vibrant exhibition that will allow vendors to showcase their solutions and technologies for airlifting.

This is the perfect opportunity to discuss current airlifting capabilities and operations that are happening across Asia-Pacific. The need for airlifting is becoming greater due to the increase in operations and the land mass certain countries in the region have.

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CBRNe Asia 2012 – Conference

Update: The CBRNe Asia Conference is being moved to September 3-7.

CBRNe Asia 2012 is taking place between the 23-27 April in Bangkok, Thailand. The five day conference, exhibition and exercise is being organized in full partnership with the Thai Government.

The event will be Asia’s first and largest CBRNe conference, exhibition and exercise and will bring together experts, end users, policymakers, industry and procurement staff. The two day conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Thai National CBRN Exercise, which will focus on a number of chemical scenarios, and will be fully accessible to all conference delegates. During the exercise our sponsors will have their equipment used by the Thai Civil and Military authorities.

The five-day event will include:

• 23rd April: Pre-exercise Workshop’s at the Dutch Embassy (OPCW and European Commission) and a pre-conference icebreaker drinks reception
• 24th & 25th: Conference and Exhibition – End of day one drinks reception and end of day two gala dinner
• 26th April: Thai National CBRN Exercise – 3rd day of exhibition and table top scenario exercises – Post event drinks reception at Dutch Embassy
• 27th April: Exercise Evaluation – Thai national exercise and evaluation

Confirmed Speakers:

Confirmed Chairman:

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Chalermsuk Yugala, Special Advisor CBRN, Royal Thai Army Chemical Department
Andrew Proudlove, Senior Consultant, IB Consultancy

Confirmed Speakers:

Director Ranko Britvic, Director for International Relations, DUZS (National Protection and Rescue Directorate of the Republic of Croatia)
Thailand Government Senior Representative
Thailand Ministry of Defence Senior Representative
Dr Imsuk Yang, Head of Environment and Safety, Ministry of Defence, South Korea
Senator Michael Balboni, (Former) Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, State of New York, USA
Guy Roberts, (Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for WMD Policy, NATO
Professor Dr Phung Dac Cam, Head, National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), Ministry of Health, Vietnam
Kevin Salim, CBRN Expert, Indonesia

Connect with 300 delegates from over 30 countries

Be visible and be recognised as a key CBRNe player at the premier CBRNe event for the ASEAN community

Reach out and get your opinions across to the people that matter

Networking – 5 days of activities which include workshops, conference, 3 days of exhibition, Royal Thai Governemnt table top exercise day and the Thai National CBRN exercise make this the premier CBRNe event for networking in the world

Esteemed military and government speakers from Asia, Europe, USA, South America and the Middle East ensure that you will hear timely case studies from those at the forefront of current operations


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CBRN-E Asia Pacific – Conference

CBRN-E Asia Pacific: Be prepared for the modern era attack
Date: 22nd to 23rd February 2012
Venue: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore

SMi Group are delighted to invite you to its 2nd annual CBRN-E Asia Pacific conference and exhibition which will be held once again at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore on the 22nd and 23rd February 2012.
CBRN-E Asia Pacific will once again bring together decision makers, influencers and those involved with current operations together to give you the crucial feedback and lessons learned. It is the largest gathering of high level government, military and industry CBRN-E experts in Asia Pacific and taking part in this event will ensure you are kept fully up-to-date with the latest challenges, threats and solutions across the region and internationally.
Our previous event was supported by visitors and representatives from military and government organisations from across the Asia Pacific region. Nations represented included Australia, Brunei, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, UAE, UK, USA and many more. Regional prevent-and-prepare programmes and international case studies illustrated common challenges for the community and highlighted that collaboration with internal and external stakeholders is the key to a safe and secure future.

Our expert speaker line-up includes:
• Ambassador Jacek Bylica, Head, WMD Non-Proliferation Centre, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO International Staff, Brussels
• Major General Pham Quong Cu, Vice Director General Police Logistics and Technology, Ministry of Defence, Vietnam
• Brigadier General (Ret’d) Ioannis Galatas, CBRN Officer & Planner, Hellenic National Defense General Staff
• Alane Andreozzi, Chief, Asia-Pacific Desk, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
• Colonel Francis Ng, Director of the Hazmat Division, Singapore Civil Defence Force
• Colonel Patrick Terrell, CBRN Defence Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defence, U.S. Department of Defense
• Brigadier (Ret’d) Rahul Bhonsle, Former Military Commander, Indian Armed Forces
• John Conaghan, Counter Terrorism Security Coordinator, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, British Transport Police

To view our conference programme and full speaker line-up, please visit

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Border Security – Conference

November 14, 2011 by · Comment
Filed under: Companies, Events, IT, logistics, Trade Shows and Events 

Border Security
Date: 29 February & 1 March 2012
Venue: Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan, Sofia, Bulgaria

SMi proudly presents its 5th annual Border Security conference. Following on from the success of last year’s event, Border Security 2012 will be hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria for the second time. This must-attend event will provide a timely appraisal of Border Security concerns in Eastern Europe and around the world and will allow delegates to network with key industry players.

Industry-leading presentations from:
• Brigadier General Marek Adamczyk, Liaison Officer, Polish Border Police
• General Commissioner Zaharin Penov, Director, Chief Directorate Border Police, Bulgaria
• Nenad Banovic, Chief of Border Police, Serbian Border Police
• Cristina Cica, Head of Unit Management of Telecommunications & IT Systems, Romanian Border Police
• Adriano Baptista, Head of Operations Division, EU Satellite Centre
• Petia Karayaneva, Protection Officer, UNHCR
• Roberto Mugavero, President, Osdife – Observatory on Security and CBRNe Defence
• Margreet Lommerts, Manager Security & Cargo, Association of European Airlines

To view our conference programme and full speaker line-up, please visit

PLUS – Don’t miss our pre-conference workshop:
Border Security & DocEx: Controlling the Manipulation of Personal Identity
28th February 2012, Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan, Sofia
Led by: Jerry Hart, Global Security Risk Analyst, SGS
Gareth Evans, Advisor, UK Police Service

Alternatively, contact Shilan Chandi: +44 (0)20 7827 6738 / [email protected]

SMi Group offers direct access to key decision makers in this sector through tailored sponsorship and exhibitor packages
For details contact Fiona Punter: +44 (0) 20 7827 6098 / [email protected]

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Cyber Security Asia — Conference

Cyber Security Asia

Date: 9 – 10 November 2011
Venue: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore

SMi proudly presents the launch of its inaugural Cyber Security Asia conference and exhibition, which will be held in Singapore on 9th and 10th November 2011. The conference offers you the opportunity to hear from International Cyber Commands and assess how Cyber Commands are conducting full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains.

Cyberspace concerns extend throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and they are increasingly playing key roles in how nations define security and threats. Traditional area geopolitical rivalries are enhanced by the potential for cyber operations, and nations once secure behind rugged borders or vast bodies of water now face potential threats to their national infrastructure through a realm that knows no borders.

Don’t miss the chance to meet and network with a diverse mixture of international experts from the Cyber Security community. Taking part in this event will ensure you are kept fully updated with the latest challenges, threats and solutions, so that you stay at the forefront of this important sector.

The Cyber Security Asia conference taking place on the 9th and 10th November will run parallel with the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, where vendors will showcase their latest products, technology and solutions for the Cyber Security community.
For more information and to register, please visit Alternatively, contact Stuart McLaren at Tel: +44 (0)207 827 6110 or Email: [email protected]

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Defence Exports Asia-Pacific — Conference

Date: 1st & 2nd February 2012
Venue: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore

Every year new export controls, regulations and laws are introduced and it is pivotal that defence contractors comply with these new regulations.

Following the success of Defence Exports in Europe, the conference is heading to the Asian market to discuss the major Defence Export controls and regulations in the region. SMi is therefore proud to present Defence Exports Asia-Pacific, which will be held in Singapore on 1st & 2nd February 2012. With speakers from across Asia and the three U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defence and State, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

With key topics being discussed from the latest ITAR and EAR regulations to the latest treaties being introduced in the region, take this chance to network with the key policy makers and participate in interactive panel discussions on all the talked about export controls. Listen to industry examples of how to comply with the new regulations, controls and laws so your company does not get caught out.

Defence Exports is a major discussion area within the Defence arena and this conference will provide a fantastic insight into the Asia Export Controls and the future for Defence Exports in the region.

Hear key presentations from our international speakers:

• Angelina Gurunathan, Principal Assistant Director, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysia
• Naeem Azid, Director, Licensing and Regulations, Strategic Export Control Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan
• Donald Pearce, Commercial Consul, US Consulate General (Singapore)
• David Hayes, Director, David Hayes Export Controls and Chairman, Export Group for Aerospace and Defence, UK
• Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services
• Robert. S. Kovac, Managing Director, Directorate of Defence Trade Controls, US Department of State
• James Hursch, Director of the Defence Technology Security Administration (DTSA), US Department of Defense
• Ian Stewart, Lead Researcher on Proliferation Procurement & Anti-Proliferation in the Private Sector, Ministry of Defence, UK

To view our conference agenda and full speaker line-up, please visit

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Joint Forces Simulation & Training – Conference

Joint Forces Simulation & Training

Date: 24th & 25th January 2012
Venue: Grange City Hotel, London, UK

Joint forces training enables real war to be fought jointly by facilitating asset-sharing and effective projection of force under a joint command structure. This level of interoperability is exceptionally important to expeditionary campaigns and the ability to fight in foreign theatres.

Against this backdrop, SMi is proud to announce its 3rd annual Joint Forces Simulation & Training conference, to be held in London on 24th and 25th January 2012.

JFS&T is designed to address the ever-changing operational training needs, technological aspects & challenges within the global training & simulation community. This event brings together leading members of the industry, senior military training experts and technicians to discuss, develop and compare global training strategies & procurement priorities.

Our expert speaker line-up includes:
• Lieutenant General Karlheinz Viereck, Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Training, NATO
• Brigadier General Meelis Kiili, Commandant, Baltic Defence College
• Colonel David Smith, Program Manager Training Systems (PMTRASYS), US Marine Corps
• Colonel A C Cuthbert, Commander, BMATT (CZ), UK MoD
• Lieutenant Colonel Martyn Armstrong, CI Strike-Integrate, Royal School of Artillery
• Major Peter Handibode, OC RGAT SO2 AD, HQ RG, British Army
• Dr. Jim Blake, Program Executive Officer, Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), US Army
• Dr. Dai Morris, Head of Capability Joint Training Evaluation and Simulation, UK MoD
• Dr. Michael D. Woodman, Section Head, MAGTF Training Simulations Division, USMC Warfighting Laboratory
• Mr. Andrew Gray, Helicopter Project Manager, European Defence Agency

To view our conference agenda and full speaker line-up, please visit

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Amphibious Operations 2011 to Provide Briefings From the Indian Navy, US Marine Corps, Navy Command HQ, US Navy and Royal Marines — Conference

Amphibious Operations 2011 to Provide Briefings From the Indian Navy, US Marine Corps, Navy Command HQ, US Navy and Royal Marines

Military personnel from naval forces in the UK, India, US, Turkey, Italy, Sweden, Philippines and Netherlands will gather at Defence IQ’s 2nd Amphibious Operations conference in London this November –

Amphibious operations ( continue to be a lynchpin of modern warfare. The ability to rapidly and effectively project power from sea to shore is a fundamental military capability, as shown most recently by Operation Unified Protector.

Amphibious Operations 2011 ( will investigate fundamental areas of focus with operational feedback from international amphibious forces including:

• Commodore Sujeet Samaddar (ret), Former Principle Director Plans, Indian Navy
• Lieutenant General Richard Mills, Commander, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, US Marine Corps
• Major General Timothy Hanifen, Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division (N85), US Navy
• Brigadier Paul Denning, Assistant Chief of Staff Land and Littoral Manoeuvre, Navy Command HQ
• Colonel Haydn White, Deputy Commander, 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines

Amphibious Operations ( will provide an overview of current capabilities and requirements in the changing nature of amphibious operations and the latest developments in amphibious platforms and supporting technology including high speed ship to shore connectors, unmanned systems and mine countermeasures. Delegates can also attend an interactive workshop led by Dr Tim Benbow, Senior Lecturer at the Defence Academy on training the next generation of amphibious operations officer.

The Amphibious Operations media centre features exclusive podcasts with Patrick Spring, Programme Manager and Expeditionary Warfare Customer Advocate at the Naval Surface Warfare Centre Panama City and Col (ret) Vince Goulding, former US infantry Marine, and now Director of the Experiment Division at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab. (

Amphibious Operations ( will be held on 28th-30th November in London.

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Military Airlift: Rapid Reaction & Tanker Operations — Conference

Military Airlift: Rapid Reaction & Tanker Operations

Date: 5 & 6 December 2011
Venue: Amsterdam Marriott Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

SMi is proud to present its 12th Annual Military Airlift: Rapid Reaction & Tanker Operations conference, to be held in Amsterdam on 5th and 6th December 2011. It is the largest bespoke Military Airlift conference in Europe and enjoys the full support of the EATC and MCCE. We also receive high-level representation from across NATO, year-on-year. The conference hosts over 120 delegates annually and receives support from a broad but firm base of associated industry representatives. Our attendees are unrivalled in their seniority and influence across the airlift community in Europe.

The event is followed by a site visit to the European Air Transport Command and the Movement Coordination Centre Europe facilities at Eindhoven Air Base on December 7th 2011.

Don’t miss key presentations from our esteemed speakers, including:

• Major General Jochen Both, Commander, European Air Transport Command
• Major General (S) Barbara J. Faulkenberry, Deputy Director, USAFRICOM J3/J4 Operations and Logistics, USAF
• Major General (S) Christopher Bogdan, KC-46 PEO and Program Director, Aeronautical Systems Center, USAF
• Colonel Christian Schmidt, Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe
• Damien Allard, A400M Market Development Manager, Airbus Military
• Major Roger Efraimsen, NATO Airlift Staff Officer, JAPCC
• Laurent Donnet, Project Officer in Deployment, European Defence Agency
• Colonel Birame Diop, Officer in Command, Air Transport Section, Senegal Air Force
• Robert Lamb, CEO, RMSI & Dr. Arnaud Derossi, Regional Medical Director, International SOS
• Colonel Jennifer Thompson, Chief AMCC, NATO SHAPE
>> To view the full speaker line-up, visit

At SMi’s 12th Annual Military Airlift: Rapid Reaction & Tanker Operations, you will receive comprehensive presentations focusing upon the following programs, projects, commands, missions and organisations, including:

• European Air Transport Command
• The KC-390 Programme
• The NATO Airlift Management Agency
• The Royal Netherlands Air Force
• Operation Odyssey Dawn
• The European Defence Agency
• The United Nations
• Royal Air Force
• Airbus Military
• The German Air Force

>> For our full agenda, please visit

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AUSA 2011 Annual Meeting & Exposition

The Association of the United States Army 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition is this week.

For more information check out this link.

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Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2012 — Conference

Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2012

23-26th of January 2012
Westminster, London on

Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) is Europe’s largest and most international annual gathering dedicated to the high-level discussion of the importance and the major challenges of the use of geospatial intelligence in both defence and national security operations.

DGI brings together heads of Geospatial Intelligence, Remote Sensing, GIS Mapping, Satellite Imagery and Analysis within the Military, Governmental and National Security sectors. It attracts professionals who are responsible for using, and integrating, geo based capabilities in their operations and organisations. DGI provides a unique forum for defence intelligence to discuss and debate the development of geospatial intelligence capabilities across the globe in defence and security sectors – With over 600 attendees year on year, DGI has becomes Europe’s key forum for geospatial strategy.

Addressing the use of geospatial information in scenarios such as international conflicts, defence operations, C4ISR, humanitarian disasters, crime, national security, border control, arms treaty monitoring and global climate change; a fundamental objective of DGI is to help organisations understand how to build the necessary infrastructure and architecture to take advantage of geospatial intelligence capabilities.

To find out more, contact the organisers today:

- W:
- E: [email protected]
- T: +44 (0) 207 368 9465

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems — Conference

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Date: 16th – 17th November 2011
Venue: Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK

SMi’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems is the leading UK and UAV based conference.

Now entering its 11th year, Unmanned Aircraft Systems provides the ultimate forum for global thought leadership and knowledge sharing and concisely meets the challenges presented by the year-on-year growth that occurs in what is the most dynamic community within the aviation sector.

UAS 2011 will once again remain astride of the latest developments by focusing on the key issues within the unmanned aerial domain.
In order to achieve this, the conference will be divided into targeted sessions that will address the following areas:


For more information and to register, please visit Alternatively, contact Andrew Gibbons at Tel: +44 (0)207 827 6156 or Email: [email protected], or contact James Hitchen at Tel: +44 (0)207 827 6054 or Email: [email protected]

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Tactical Data Links: Timothy E. Snodgrass from Rockwell Collins to Address the Modern Battlespace — Press Release

Tactical Data Links: Timothy E. Snodgrass from Rockwell Collins to Address the Modern Battlespace

6th September 2011, London, UK

Timothy E. Snodgrass, Chief Architect, Government Systems, Rockwell Collins, will be discussing how to use different data classes without compromising battlespace performance at the Software Defined Radio conference, October 26th-28th 2011, at the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The resolution of how bursts of tactical data links and short messages can be used in combination with more complicated data, like full stream motion video, is a top priority for the modern battlespace as it optimises the communication flow, range of messages and data that fighters are able to send. The challenge for industry leaders such as Rockwell Collins is to develop applications that expand existing bandwidths through better spectrum management.

According to Rockwell Collins’ magazine- Horizons, the company will spend more than one billion dollars in 2011 on research and development to spur innovation in areas such as military communications. The company further states that they are eager to provide customers with the right solutions at the right time and that “this is important because (…) new technologies typically have three things in common- good features, good business strategy and good timing”.

In an attempt to modernise tactical communications and software defined radios, Snodgrass will be accompanied by fellow experts such as Dr. Michael Street, Senior Scientist Tactical Communications, NATO NC3A, who will address how cognitive SDR can be applied through interoperable tactical radio for multi-national operations.

Additional speakers to review advancements include:

• Major General Sander Schnitger, Director DOBBP, C41 & NEC, Netherlands MoD
• SES Mr Henry Muller, Director Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate, US Army CERDEC
• Mr. Frederic Bouyer, CONTACT Programme Manager, DGA, French Ministry of Defence
• Tiberius Tomoiaga, Project Manager RIFS, Romanian Ministry of Defence

Speaker details are available on the event website at, and the programme is available for download. In addition, visitors can access the Media Centre for the latest SDR news and developments.
Defence IQ invites serving Flag Officers 1 Star and above to attend the conference for free, by requesting a pass from Johanna Mikkela at [email protected]

The Defence IQ Software Defined Radio LinkedIn Group is open for membership at

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Future MRO & Ageing Aircraft 2011 — Conference

Future MRO & Ageing Aircraft 2011

Date: 26 – 27 October 2011
Venue: Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London, UK


In a world where credit has become scarce, fleet life extension is an attractive prospect for both large and small airlines – regional and global as the costs of purchasing or leasing new aircraft can significantly outstrip the costs of extending an airframe or engine’s life span.

SMi’s Future MRO & Ageing Aircraft 2011 conference will explore the debate and technical considerations around mid to end-life civil aviation fleet extension as well as a number of themes including the technical and cost implications of extending an aircrafts life versus renewing a fleet with modern aircraft. The conference will also examine future MRO strategies and analyse successful airline case studies.

This unique conference will bring together ageing fleet operators, MRO organisations, aviation consultants and financiers into one place to network and learn about the practical steps necessary to extend the life of an aircraft and ensure a sound return on investment on such projects.

To register your place, visit Alternatively, contact James Hitchen at Tel: +44 (0)207 827 6054 or Email: [email protected], or contact Teri Arri at Tel: +44 (0)207 827 6162 or Email: [email protected]

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International Fighter — Conference

International Fighter

8th-10th November 2011
Royal Air Force Museum, London, UK

International Fighter is the premier global forum for the fighter community bringing together for the last 10 years, senior Air Force Officials, Naval Aviators, Programme Managers and leading industry teams to engage in unbiased debate and discussion around future fighter requirements, upgrades and operational performance.

This November at Royal Air Forces Museum, you can expect the customary high-level insights and latest updates from across the globe on major programmes such as F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Gripen, Rafale, Typhoon and Super Hornet, alongside analysis of PAK/T-50 and J-20 developments in Russia and China.

Plus, brand new specialised briefings on weapon payloads, CAS missions, cost-effective life cycle management and non-traditional ISR, a dedicated focus day on Electronic Warfare and, fresh from theatre, performance analysis of fighters in Libyan operations.

This year’s senior-level speakers include:

Air Vice-Marshal Stuart Atha, Air Officer Commander Number One Group, Royal Air Force
Major General Michael R. Boera, Director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, US DoD

The full programme is available to download at Visit the International Fighter Resource Library for your FREE ACCESS to regularly updated podcasts, articles, speaker interviews and presentations at

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Border Security Asia — Conference

Border Security Asia

Date: 30 – 31 January 2012
Venue: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore
URL Link:

SMi proudly presents the launch of its inaugural Border Security Asia Pacific conference and exhibition which will be held in Singapore on the 30th and 31st January 2012. The conference offers you the opportunity to hear the latest regional Maritime Border Protection Programmes and assess how different regional agencies are securing maritime borders and coastlines.

Effective border security is a major challenge across the Asia Pacific. Critical, “daily” issues involving criminal activities, include drug trafficking, the smuggling of weapons and other illegal contraband, and human trafficking. In addition, there is always the issue of security from terrorist attacks which is certainly a major concern that drives many border security considerations.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and network with a diverse mixture of international experts from the Border Security community. Taking part in this event will ensure you are kept fully up-to-date with the latest challenges, threats and solutions ensuring you stay at the forefront of this important sector.

Border Security Asia Pacific is being organised in an exclusive partnership with Borderpol, the World Border Organization. This partnership will explore the current threats and challenges facing the regional border management community – from the experiences of national border agencies to the problems and solutions facing policy makers.

For more information and to register, please visit Alternatively, contact Stuart McLaren at Tel: +44 (0)207 827 6110 or Email: [email protected]

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Social Media within the Military and Defence Sector — Conference

Social Media within the Military and Defence Sector

Date: 17 – 18 October 2011
Venue: Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK
URL Link:


SMi’s 2011 conference in Social Media within the Military and Defence Sector aims to provide an in-depth knowledge of how the military from the US and Europe use social media tools.

Social Media has been used in numerous ways by the military globally, and this conference will address the key security issues the military have to face when dealing with social media platforms.

With huge military budget cuts, social media has been welcomed as a great cost saving tool. Many armed forces use social media as a tool to drive recruitment, especially in the UK marketplace. This conference will address how the different forces use social media to benefit their recruitment push and provide results and case studies to show and analyse their results.

The defence industry has also embraced social media platforms, which are used for Corporate Communications, Branding, PR, Marketing and Product Launches. Through detailed and knowledgeable presentations from the senior communications personnel, delegates will be able to leave the conference with a greater understanding of how best to use social media and implement these ideas into their own communication strategies.

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the first military social media event to hit the UK, as well as important networking opportunities with key decision makers within the military and defence industry who implemented their social media strategies.

To book your place, visit Alternatively, contact Shilan Chandi at Tel: +44 (0)207 827 6738 or Email: [email protected], or contact James Hitchen at Tel: +44 (0)207 827 6054 or Email: [email protected]

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Defence Exports — Conference

Date: 3 – 4 October 2011
Venue: Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen Vienna, Austria
URL Link:


SMi’s 6th annual Defence Exports is the only place that brings together senior export control professionals. Every year new export controls and regulations are brought into existence and it is pivotal that companies comply with these new regulations. Our conference is designed to provide up-to-date information on all the latest export controls and reforms from North America and Europe.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from senior policy makers from around the world and learn about the latest policies being introduced, such as the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the UK Bribery Act and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Take this chance to network with key policy makers and participate in interactive panel discussions and listen to industry examples of how to comply and adapt to the differing export controls.

To book your place, visit Alternatively, contact Teri Arri at Tel: +44 (0)207 827 6162 or Email: [email protected], or contact Shilan Chandi at Tel: +44 (0)207 827 6738 or Email: [email protected]

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