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We are delighted to present you with the finalised programme for SMi’s German Defence Procurement conference. Attending this timely and informative conference will enable you to gain a comprehensive insight into the latest developments in the German Defence sector. The presentations will focus on defining a future for German defence procurement in the light of the present political and economic climate.

Furthermore, as an attendee of SMi’s German Defence Procurement conference you will be in a perfect position to examine all the latest issues affecting German defence doctrine and reform, as well as the current situation with defence tenders and projects.

The following key issues will also be examined:

· STRATEGIC ANALYSIS OF GERMAN MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

· DEFENCE PROCUREMENT & REFORM IN EUROPE

· TACKLING COMPLEXITY: EUROPEAN STANDARDISATION POLICY

· FUTURE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

We have assembled the leading experts in this field to examine the most current issues in German defence procurement. In particular, we would like to highlight the following speakers:

· Colonel Bernhard Gertz, Chairman, German Federal Armed Forces Association (DBwV)

· Corrado Antonini, President, European Defence Industries Group (EDIG)

· Georg Hongler, Secretary General, Comitée Européen de Normalisation (CEN)

· Dr Klaus Von Sperber, Director, Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en matiere d’Armement (OCCAR)

· John Young, Senior Board Member, STN Atlas Elektronik

You can not afford to miss this opportunity to learn about all the latest strategic and practical issues related to this increasingly important area of modern defence procurement. This is your chance to take advantage of meeting all the industries key organisations in just two days.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Pierre-Philippe Bacri

Pierre-Philippe Bacri, Defence Industries Desk, European Commission/Enterprise Directorate-General

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS DEFENCE PROCUREMENT & REFORM IN EUROPE

Corrado Antonini

Corrado Antonini, President, European Defence Industries Group (EDIG)

  • Defence standards reform in Europe – the objectives of context
  • Policy initiatives and developing a common European market for defence goods and services
  • Main objective of European defence standards reform
  • Implications on - savings between design and production and long-term costs - long-term reliance in commercial stockists
  • Recommendations in defence standard regimes
  • Europe-wide initiative to promote and facilitate procurement best practice
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS FOREIGN POLICY & GERMAN SECURITY POLICY

    Frank Umbach

    Frank Umbach, Senior Research Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

  • Germany in Europe – a role for the 21st Century
  • Essential aspects of German foreign and security policy
  • Germany within the Atlantic Alliance
  • European Integration and European Security
  • Expected future developments
  • 10:20 EMBRACING DEFENCE REFORM

    Colonel Bernhard Gertz

    Colonel Bernhard Gertz, Chairman, German Federal Armed Forces Association (DBwV)

  • Overhaul of military conscription system & major end-strength reductions for armed forces
  • Implications of force structure within - domestic borders - NATO alliance - bordering neighbours
  • Contracting and acquisition reform
  • Streamlining MoD business practices
  • Introduction to the Agency for Development, Procurement and Operations
  • Future roles and applications within commercial settings
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 QUADRINATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN ARMAMENT

    Dr Klaus Von Sperber

    Dr Klaus Von Sperber, Director, Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en matiere d’Armement (OCCAR)

  • What is new with OCCAR
  • The OCCAR menu
  • OCCAR and nations
  • Contracts with OCCAR
  • 12:00 FRANCO-GERMAN CO-OPERATION ON SECURITY & DEFENCE

    Jean-Pierre Froehly

    Jean-Pierre Froehly, Head of Franco-German Relations Department, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

  • The Franco-German defence and security concept – bilateral relations
  • Developing a European security and defence identity
  • Giving concrete form to a common european defence policy
  • Implications for procurement policies in maintaining - strategies and missions of the armed forces - military co-operation, common military capabilities & armaments policy
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 GERMAN LAND FORCES

    Senior representative from the German Army

    Senior representative from the German Army, ,

  • Determined requirements of the modern combat field
  • A capability for being able to perform national security/peace support activities in support of the UN, NATO and OSCE
  • Fulfilling land force duties from the aspect of weapon platforms and systems in the 2000`s
  • Modernisation activities of the land forces - wheeled armoured vehicles - main battle tanks
  • 14:40 IN PURSUIT OF GERMAN MODERNISATION PROGRAMS

    Harald Westermann

    Harald Westermann, Division Manager, New Technology, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann

  • Krauss-Maffei Wegmann as a leading European systems contractor
  • The Federal governments desire to retain the core capacities of the German land systems industry – the role to be played by the contractor
  • Meeting the production capacity requirements laid down by the German Army - the Leopard 2 in the German Army
  • The technological and operational need for equipment and the degree to which equipment can be made to meet that need
  • Modernisation and developments – the use of COTS within programmes
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 GERMAN NAVAL FORCES

    Senior representative from the German Navy

    Senior representative from the German Navy, ,

  • A dual role in preservation of national interests and in peace support – transformation in force structure
  • Developing force structure required for national interests – tendered programmes - corvette class platforms - naval helicopters - naval guns
  • Security needs on defence and open sea operations - regional geography/maritime support lines/coastal operations
  • Progress made with projects under construction and contracted for construction
  • Operational requirements and modernisation – extent of domestic industry and technology transfer involvement in current/future projects
  • 16:20 FUTURE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

    John Young

    John Young, Senior Board Member, STN Atlas Elektronik

  • An overview of STN-Atlas and their role in the procurement cycle
  • Developing the ‘New German naval standard’
  • Current and future naval projects
  • Construction rules for naval vessels using merchant shipping standards – quality assurances
  • Limitations and savings through application of advanced technologies
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Klaus Von Sperber

    Dr Klaus Von Sperber, Director, Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en matiere d’Armement (OCCAR)

    9:10 OPENING ADDRESS TACKLING COMPLEXITY: EUROPEAN STANDARDISATION POLICY

    Georg Hongler

    Georg Hongler, Secretary General, Comitee Europeen de Normalisation (CEN)

  • Promotion of structural adjustments to the european standardisation system leading to the ‘New Approach’
  • European civil standardisation focus on the development of regional and international standards
  • Policy initiatives should support and facilitate the development of a common european market for defence goods and services
  • Main objectives of the european defence standardisation reform
  • Estimating economic costs/benefits and recommendations
  • Transition to civil standards: managing exceptions
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS DEFENCE STANDARDISATION: A COMPLEX POLICY AREA

    Dr Jordi Molas Gallart

    Dr Jordi Molas Gallart, Senior Fellow, Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex

  • Changes in defence procurement and need for procurement reform - decline in defence expenditure - growth in cost of new systems - changes in relationship
  • Diverse European procurement policy and organisational procedures - market fragmentation along national lines
  • Diversity in defence standardisation systems - diversity of procedures to generate, apply and maintain defence standards and specifications - complexity and lack of transparency - increasing use of civilian standards
  • Referencing civilian standards in defence contexts
  • 10:20 MILITARY DEVELOPMENT, PROCUREMENT AND OPERATIONS

    Lothar Lewien

    Lothar Lewien, Director, Society for Development, Procurement and Operation (GEBB mbH)

  • Role of GEBB and the substantial functions of the society in the relief of German Federal Armed Forces functions
  • Co-operation with the national Armed Forces
  • Selection and arrangement of procurement: - operations/financing/modes of payment
  • Development of suggestions in optimising the organisational processes
  • Investigation and conversion of project possibilities - cost reduction - transfer of operational functions, in co-operation with the economy - continuation and advancement of pilot projects
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN DEFENCE SECTOR & DEFENCE PROCUREMENT

    Dr Helmut Hummel

    Dr Helmut Hummel, Department Manager, IT Consulting and Implementation, IABG mbH

  • E-Defence and the use of ‘IT’ in todays defence environment
  • Discussing the evolutionary/progressive approach in procurement of IT systems
  • The new German procurement directive
  • Consideration of COTS products
  • Management of requirements and other relevant aspects
  • 12:00 GERMAN LUFTWAFFE: NEW ROLES AND STRUCTURE

    Senior representative from the German Air Force

    Senior representative from the German Air Force, ,

  • Preservation of national rights and peacetime operations, by itself, or together with the GLF/GNF and/or allied forces
  • Strategy of the Luftwaffe in the future in attaining a modern force structure
  • Effective and economic force capabilities in the 21st Century - force sizes/deployment/joint co-operation exercises
  • Modernisation projects to equip the force of the future - Eurofighter project - Airbus A-400M - Eurocopter tiger attack helicopters
  • Procurement cycles and successful procurement models
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 PROCUREMENT PROJECT PLANNING

    Richard Thompson

    Richard Thompson, Commercial Director, Airbus Military Company

  • Meeting the European Staff Requirement (ESR) – the A400M project
  • A system developed in partnership with the customer
  • Determine procurement cycle - outlining the process from planning to implementation
  • Meeting the expectations of BWB, German industry and military
  • A400M supportability; benefits from commercial best practice
  • Review of the challenges and opportunities
  • 14:40 SPECIAL ADDRESS UK INDUSTRY & GERMAN PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES – A UK PERSPECTIVE

    Trevor Strong

    Trevor Strong, Counsellor (Defence Supply), British Embassy, Berlin

  • The German defence market – current climate – a UK perspective
  • Joint UK/German programmes
  • The scope of the future
  • The role of DESO
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DEFINING AND MAINTAINING INDUSTRIAL CO-OPERATION

    Joachim Rohde

    Joachim Rohde, Director, German Institute for International Policy and Security (SWP)

  • Different European defence and defence industrial futures and the associated relevance of arms exports
  • Diversity in European arms export policies
  • Arms export regulation and armaments collaboration
  • Arms export regulation and transnational defence companies
  • German arms export policy and the national defence industrial base
  • 16:20 INDUSTRIAL JOINT VENTURES – A GERMAN/SWEDISH PERSPECTIVE

    Manfred Kusters

    Manfred Kusters, Managing Director, Taurus Systems GmbH

  • Developing the capability to design and develop new products in the domestic market – the importance of indigenous R&D.
  • Taurus Systems GmbH – a case study
  • Maximising the return for the domestic economy – investment in manufacturing facilities
  • Technology transfer issues addressed
  • Predictions for the growth of joint ventures in the German defence industry
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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