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Returning for its 4th annual installment, SMi's Defence Exports conference will take place in Brussels once again this coming October. Our most comprehensive Defence Exports conference yet will give you the opportunity to hear up-to-date accounts of export control regulations, reforms and overviews from a range of nations and institutions. Attend to hear your national perspective and meet the representatives that matter.

Interact fully with speakers and delegates in our interactive panel discussions and assess the latest export and compliance overviews from both sides of the Atlantic.

Navigating the labyrinth of export compliance has always been difficult for companies, regardless of their size. This is made all the more challenging given today's economic environment and the subsequent reduction in resource.

It is all too easy to lose focus on compliance - attend Defence Exports 2009 and maximise your future export capabilities!

 

 

  • Hear an update on ITAR regulations and their impact on international business direct from the US Department of State
  • Gain further comprehensive ITAR overviews in an interactive panel discussion - hear the perspectives of the Department of State, Department of Commerce, Government Accountability Office and industry
  • Assess export control environments from across Europe - how are nations such as the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands and France approaching export controls?
  • Discuss the latest status of EU intra-community transfer reforms and debate the matter further in an interactive panel
  • Analyse the IT challenges for in effective export control compliance
  • Examine industry perspectives and discuss the latest industry experiences in export compliance
  • Attend our post conference interactive workshop 'A Working Comparison Between US and EU Export Controls - Similar Enough to be Dangerous' to discuss the differences between US and EU export controls and how this impacts on your business.

Vice Presidents, Managers and Officers for:

  • Export Controls
  • Trade Compliance
  • Licencing
  • Contracts
  • Projects and Programmes
  • Business Development, Sales and Marketing

Both Defence Exports 2007 and Defence Exports 2008 were sell out events and the event has now firmly established itself as one of the leading events in Europe for bringing together an international range of government officials. No other defence export control event brings together an international range of speakers all addressing national export regimes and policies. With close to 100 attendees, book early to avoid disappointment and ensure your place!

Some organisations in attendance in 2008 included:

  • Airbus
  • Thales
  • SAAB
  • Sagem Defense and Security
  • Defence Science and Technology Agency, Singapore
  • Dupont International
  • Alenia Aermacchi
  • Bird & Bird
  • Thales Raytheon Systems
  • BAE SYSTEMS
  • Rolls-Royce
  • European Defence Agency
  • EADS

 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

David Hayes

David Hayes, Director, David Hayes Export Controls

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Robert S Kovac

Robert S Kovac, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Political-Military Affairs and Managing Director, Defense Trade Controls, US Department of State

  • ITAR regulationsand the impact on international business
  • Priorities for the US government on export controls
  • 9:50 US Export Control System - Programme and Process Challenges - A View from the US Government Accountability Office

    John Neumann

    John Neumann, Assistant Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, US Government Accountability Office

  • US safety net of programmes designed to support defence trade while protecting US technology
  • Weaknesses and challenges in the US export control system
  • Pending proposals to change existing US export control system and ongoing GAO work in the area
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION

    Gary Stanley

    Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services

    John Neumann

    John Neumann, Assistant Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, US Government Accountability Office

    Michael JV Bell

    Michael JV Bell, Group Export Controls Consultant, BAE SYSTEMS

    Robert S Kovac

    Robert S Kovac, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Political-Military Affairs and Managing Director, Defense Trade Controls, US Department of State

    James A. Hursch

    James A. Hursch, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, Technology Security Policy and National Disclosure Policy (Acting) and Director, Defense Technology Security Administration (Acting), Department of Defense, USA

    Karen Nies-Vogel

    Karen Nies-Vogel, Director, Office of Strategic Industries & Economic Security, Department of Commerce, USA

    11:50 Intersection of ITAR/NISPOM/EAR/CFIUS: Managing Competing Regulatory Requirements for Foreign Acquisitions and Investment in the US Defence Sector

    Nancy Fischer

    Nancy Fischer, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitmann

  • How the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) regulations impact foreign investment in the US defence sector
  • How to manage competing regulatory regimes under ITAR/EAR/CFIUS/NISPOM
  • Multiple lead agencies - how to know who you need to please - strategies for managing the competing interests between the agencies
  • Due diligence - how to make sure you are not buying an export violation and voluntary disclosure trends
  • Increased emphasis on foreign government controlled transactions and the potential regulatory implications
  • Special considerations when acquiring US defence companies with a facility clearance - latest developments
  • 12:20 A Transnational European Company and ITAR

    Dr Joachim Geisel

    Dr Joachim Geisel, Group Export Compliance Officer, EADS

  • Experiences in dealing with ITAR
  • Complying with ITAR in the future
  • Industry insights for the future
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:10 The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls

    Ambassador Sune Danielsson

    Ambassador Sune Danielsson, Head of Secretariat, Wassenaar Arrangement

  • The role of Wassenaar
  • Control of MANPADS
  • Recent updates
  • 14:40 The UK Export Control Environment in 2009

    Christopher Parish

    Christopher Parish, Head, International Policy, Awareness and Compliance Group, Export Control Organisation, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, UK

  • Update on UK legislation with relation to Europe
  • Recent developments
  • Update on enforcement, complicance and awareness
  • 15:10 Spanish Export Control Developments

    Ramon Muro

    Ramon Muro, Deputy Director General, Foreign Trade of Defence Materials and Dual Use Goods and Technologies, Secretariat General for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Industry Trade & Tourism, Spain

  • Export control laws in Spain - the situation in 2009
  • Spanish regulations and relationship with Europe
  • Plans ahead
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Challenges for German Defence Export Legislation

    Dr Walter Werner

    Dr Walter Werner, Head of Unit, V B 3 - Defence Export Policy, Control of Acquisitions , Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany

  • ICT directive and future changes in legislation
  • Improved use of global licenses
  • Industry cooperation and licensing
  • 16:30 The Reverend and the Merchant: A Dutch Outlook on Defence Exports

    Henk Cor van der Kwast

    Henk Cor van der Kwast, Head of Non-Proliferation, Disarmament, Arms Control and Export Control Policy Division, Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Hague

  • Factors, tendencies and criteria within Dutch arms export policies
  • Imminent changes in Dutch export control legislation
  • 17:00 The Elephant in the Room: IT Challenges in Effective Export Control Compliance

    Gary Stanley

    Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services

  • The 'easy' challenge - structuring and managing export-controlled data in server environments
  • Proliferation of export-controlled information via e-mails, text messaging, and other electronic communications
  • Travelling with laptops containing export-controlled information
  • Does the location of my company's e-mail server pose an issue?
  • Avoiding problems with outsourcing IT services
  • 'Culture clash' between export control managers and IT personnel
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    David Hayes

    David Hayes, Director, David Hayes Export Controls

    9:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Karen Nies-Vogel

    Karen Nies-Vogel, Director, Office of Strategic Industries & Economic Security, Department of Commerce, USA

  • Scope of EAR
  • Implementation challenges
  • Evolution of controls
  • 9:40 Intra-Community Transfer of Defence Goods: Update of Reforms

    Pierre-Arnaud Lotton

    Pierre-Arnaud Lotton, DG Enterprise, European Commission

  • Obligations for Member States stemming from the directive
  • Consequences for business
  • Timetable for transposition and implementation
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:40 INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION

    Dominique P. Lamoureux

    Dominique P. Lamoureux, Vice President, Ethics and Corporate Responsability , Thales

    Jan-Erik Lövgren

    Jan-Erik Lövgren, Deputy Director General, Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP)

    Marion Paradas

    Marion Paradas, Director, International, Strategic and Technological Affairs, Secretariat General of National Defence, France

    Pierre-Arnaud Lotton

    Pierre-Arnaud Lotton, DG Enterprise, European Commission

    11:40 EU Transit Issues

    Bernadette Peers

    Bernadette Peers, Compliance Manager, Strategic Shipping Company Ltd

  • A comparison of country practices
  • The need for consistency across EU states
  • Cost implications
  • 12:10 Export Enforcement: Affirmative and Aggressive Enforcement

    Triplett Mackintosh

    Triplett Mackintosh, Partner, Holland & Hart LLP

  • Wait and see = wait for penalty
  • Resolution depends on compliance
  • Compliance systems contain two pricipal elements: operational controls and training
  • Compliance system must generate confirmatory/defensive data
  • Resolution is a function of unlicensed export as measured against demonstrable compliance and remediation
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    James A. Hursch

    James A. Hursch, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, Technology Security Policy and National Disclosure Policy (Acting) and Director, Defense Technology Security Administration (Acting), Department of Defense, USA

    14:40 Export Controls in Israel

    Eli Pincu

    Eli Pincu, Director, Export Control Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Israel

  • Background to the latest legislation and reforms
  • Upgrading export control procedures in line with commonly practiced standards
  • Outreach activities to individuals and organisations
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Implementation of the Intra Community Directive in the EU - A Swedish Perspective

    Jan-Erik Lövgren

    Jan-Erik Lövgren, Deputy Director General, Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP)

  • Overview of the export control environment in 2009
  • Current regulations
  • Future plans
  • 16:00 A French National Update

    Marion Paradas

    Marion Paradas, Director, International, Strategic and Technological Affairs, Secretariat General of National Defence, France

  • Overview of the system
  • Integrating into EU level controls
  • Plans for the future
  • 16:30 The New NATO Perspective

    Vesna Focht

    Vesna Focht, Head of Department for Export Control, International Economic Relations and Trade Policy Directorate, Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepeneurship, Croatia

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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