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8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Géza Péter Kovács

Dr Géza Péter Kovács, President, Defence Industry Association, Hungary

9:10 Welcoming Address

Edmund Smakulski

Edmund Smakulski, Deputy Chief Command and Communication Directorate, Polish Armed Forces

9:30 EXTENDED KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Frank Boland

Frank Boland, Director of Force Planning, NATO HQ

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND NATO ENLARGEMENT

General (Ret’d) Jirí Šedivý

General (Ret’d) Jirí Šedivý, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic 1998-2002, and General Director of the Generals S.R.O, Czech Republic

  • Overview of the initial experience
  • Personnel transformation – the most important first step
  • Transformation to achieve minimal level of interoperability
  • Defence planning and specialisation
  • 11:40 HUNGARIAN DEFENCE PLANS

    Péter Siklósi

    Péter Siklósi, Head, Defence Policy Department, Ministry of Defence, Hungary

  • History of Hungarian defence reforms
  • Reason for a new review
  • Results of the new review: new defence plans
  • Transformation of the Hungarian Defence Force
  • Coping with a restricted budget
  • Challenges of the future
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PROCUREMENT PLANNING POLICY AND PRACTICE

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Ministry of National Defence, Poland

    14:10 STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR MODERNISATION OF THE POLISH ARMED FORCES

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, J5, General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, Ministry of National Defence, Poland

    14:30 REFORM OF THE CZECH ARMED FORCES

    Major General (Ret’d) Rostislav Kotil

    Major General (Ret’d) Rostislav Kotil, Director, Defence Policy and Strategy Division, Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PROCUREMENT PRACTICE AT HUNGARIAN DEFENSE FORCES

    Ferenc Bese

    Ferenc Bese, General Director, Acquisition and Security Investment Bureau, Ministry of Defence, Hungary

  • Systems of legal institutions of Hungarian defense procurements
  • The position of defense procurement nowadays
  • 16:20 POLAND’S ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Department of Armament Policy, Ministry of National Defence, Poland

  • Current projects and level of Polish participation in international initiatives
  • The main areas in which the Polish specialise
  • The effect of maintaining certain state owned companies
  • Future plans in procurement, export and import
  • 17:00 THE FUTURE OF ISR

    Hartmut Buhl

    Hartmut Buhl, Vice President, Director for Eu Defence Policy and NATO

  • Role of ISR in NATO and EU contingency operations
  • NATO AGS mixed fleet architecture and assets
  • AGS in the network
  • Interdependence of deployable C2 and ISR
  • TIPS progress reports – toward a deployable AGS capability for EU and NATO
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:50 Drinks Reception Sponsored by TIPS

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Vratislav Vajnar

    Vratislav Vajnar, Vice President for International Relations and Managing Director, Association of the Defence Industry, Czech Republic

    9:10 EUROPEAN APPROACHES TO CAPABILITIES

    Alexander Nicoll

    Alexander Nicoll, Assistant Director and Senior Fellow for Defence Industry and Procurement , International Institute for Strategic Studies, UK

  • The future role of the European Union Defence Agency
  • New initiatives in NATO
  • How Europe’s capabilities have improved
  • And how they should be measured
  • Lessons of recent missions
  • 9:50 DEFENCE STANDARDISATION IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

  • Evolution and legal framework
  • Responsibility of the Office for Defence Standardisation, Codification and Government Quality Assurance
  • New system
  • What is done
  • Lessons learned and plans
  • Pavel Vosyka

    Pavel Vosyka, Director, Defence Standardisation Department, Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic

    Ladislav Minarcik

    Ladislav Minarcik, Director, Office for Defence Standardisation, Codification and Government Quality Assurance, Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 MILITARY STANDARDISATION

    Lieutenant Colonel Csaba Gaál

    Lieutenant Colonel Csaba Gaál, Standardisation Manager, Department for Logistics and Armament Development, Ministry of Defence, Hungary

  • The existing military standardisation system
  • The alterations made to the previous system to present one
  • The economic and systemic challenges of standardising equipment
  • Future plans
  • 11:40 DEFENCE STANDARDISATION IN POLAND

    Jerzy Krawiec

    Jerzy Krawiec, Director, Defence Affairs Department, Polish Committee for Standardisation, Poland

  • Overview of the system and organisation
  • Complying with international standards, NATO STANAG and US DoD standards
  • The CEN workshop, creation of the European Handbook
  • Polish experts in 8 expert groups who took part in creating the standards handbook
  • Achievements and progress to date and future plans
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 NATO-ENLARGEMENT AND DEFENCE INDUSTRY CO-OPERATION

    Dieter Hanel

    Dieter Hanel, Director Marketing/Strategic Planning, Rheinmetall Landsysteme

  • Transformation of armed forces
  • Market potential
  • Procurement procedures
  • Defence industry consolidation
  • Co-operation strategies
  • 14:40 PATRIA – ARMOURED MODULAR VEHICLE AND ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Patria Vehicles

  • Overview of the AMV/APC
  • Selection by Poland to meet requirement for 690 armoured vehicles
  • prime contractor Wojskowe Zaklady Mechaniczne Polish state owned company as prime contractor
  • Patria major contractor for basic vehicle
  • By 2005 expected levels of 90% production for WVM
  • current status and future plans
  • 15:20 THE CURRENT STATUS OF DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL PARTNERING IN THE REGION

    Alon Redlich

    Alon Redlich, President, International Technology Sourcing

  • Overview of defense partnering in Eastern/Central Europe
  • Advantages and challenges to foreign investment in defense companies in the region
  • Review of key current defense and investment programs in the region
  • Co-operation with international defense companies: Poland case study
  • Lessons learned and a look to the future of international defense sector co-operation
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed Afternoon Tea

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