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Following the huge success of last year's event we welcome you to SMi’s 2nd NATO Enlargement Conference: The Integration of the Republics of Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.

NATO Enlargement will focus on four of NATO's most recent members: Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia, evaluating how the Alliance has adapted to include new members and how it intends to achieve full integration. Issues of defence policy reforms will be discussed focussing on transformation of the Armed Forces and NATO interoperability and standardisation requirements.

The main procurement programmes and current opportunities for defence industrial partnering will be assessed, evaluating economic benefits of expansion for the defence industry. Finally, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary will provide insight into lessons learned from their accession, and the subsequent achievement in the reformation process.

A unique opportunity to learn from leading military and industry experts including:

  • Ambassador Lubomir Ivanov, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria, NATO *
  • Frank Boland, Director, Force Planning, NATO HQ
  • Minister Counsellor Marius Boranescu, Deputy Permanent Representative of Romania, NATO
  • Major General Laszlo Tömböl, Director of Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence, Hungarian Republic
  • Brigadier General Waldemar Czarnecki, Deputy, J5, General Staff and Deputy Director, Strategic Defence Review Team, Ministry of National Defence, Poland
  • Colonel Nikolay Yankov, Director, Armaments and Equipment Policy Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Bulgaria
  • Colonel Ivan Milanov, Director, Defence Policy Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Bulgaria
  • Colonel Dimitar Dimitrov, Director, Standardisation, Quality and Codification Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Bulgaria
  • Colonel Milan Celko, Deputy Chief J-5 Division, Slovak General Staff, Slovak Republic
  • Colonel Nedelcho Mintchev, Director, Defence Planning and Programming Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Bulgaria
  • Colonel Ionel Hornea, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning Directorate, Romanian General Staff
  • Colonel Vladimir Ficenec, Head, Czech Gripen Program, Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic
  • Dr Tomaz Savsek, Head, Defence Planning Agency, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Slovenia
  • Rastislav Pipis, Director, Department for Defence Standardisation, Codification and Quality Approval, Ministry of Defence, Slovak Republic
  • Ivan Koblen, Chief, Department for Co-ordination and Co-operation with EDA and CNAD, Armament Section, Ministry of Defence, Slovak Republic
  • General (Ret’d) Jirí Šedivý, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces 1998-2002 and General Director, Generals S.R.O, Czech Republic
  • Cornelia Manole, Deputy Director, Research and Development Directorate, Department for Armaments (DfA), Ministry of National Defence, Republic of Romania
  • Dr Velizar Shalamanov, Former Deputy Minister of Defense of Bulgaria 1998-2001, Defense Policy Planning and Integration, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Bulgaria , Advisor to the President of the Academy, Director, C4 Programs, Center for NS and Defense and Head, C4I Section, Institute of Parallel Processing, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Special Guest Chair:

  • Robert Bell, Former Assistant Secretary General, Defence Investment 1999-2004, NATO, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control 1993-1999, White House National Security Council (NSC), Senior Vice President, SAIC

Benefits of Attending NATO Enlargement 2005 include:

  • EVALUATE the impact of new member accession on the successful running of NATO
  • UNDERSTAND the necessary reforms made by Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia to meet NATO's accession requirements
  • REVIEW alterations made to each country's defence and procurement policy, practice and planning efforts
  • ASSESS opportunities for participation in international projects and force transformation
  • ENHANCE understanding of the current opportunities for defence industrial partnering in the new NATO countries
  • ANALYSE how each country is standardising its equipment to meet NATO STANAGs
  • EXAMINE how standardisation and interoperability has ensured operational contribution to the security of the Alliance
  • IDENTIFY the lessons learned from Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary's accession to NATO, which will aid the current and future enlargement process

Discounts will be available for local and regional military and government. Call +44 (0)207 827 6192 for more information.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Robert Bell

Robert Bell, Former Assistant Secretary General, Defence Investment 1999-2004, NATO and Senior Vice President, SAIC

9:10 SPECIAL ADDRESS

Ambassador Lubomir Ivanov

Ambassador Lubomir Ivanov, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria, NATO

9:50 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Frank Boland

Frank Boland, Director, Force Planning, NATO

10:30 Morning Coffee

10:50 ROMANIAN DEFENCE PLANS

Minister Councilor Marius Boronescu

Minister Councilor Marius Boronescu, Deputy Permanent Representative of Romania, NATO

  • Joining NATO - achieving a major Romanian foreign policy
  • objective
  • Romania-NATO relations - a brief history
  • Romania's preparation for accession – MAP
  • National commission for Romania's accession to NATO
  • Integration's benefits and costs
  • Romania's added value to NATO
  • 11:30 BULGARIA AND NATO ENLARGEMENT

    Colonel Ivan Milanov

    Colonel Ivan Milanov, Director, Defence Policy Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Bulgaria

  • Political and military significance of NATO enlargement in the context of the modern security environment
  • The participation of Bulgaria in the Partnership for Peace Programme
  • NATO tools in assistance of the countries aspiring for membership:
  • Membership Action Plan
  • Planning and review process
  • Bulgaria's full membership of NATO:
  • Building up of organisational capacity for effective participation in the work of NATO bodies and committees
  • Involvement of Bulgaria in NATO Defence Planning Process
  • Participation in operations
  • The strategic foreign policy priorities in support of Allied commitments: EU membership, regional co-operation
  • 12:10 SLOVAKIAN ARMED FORCES REFORM

    Milan  Celko

    Milan Celko, Deputy Chief J-5 Division, Ministry of Defence, Slovak Republic

  • Overview of Slovakian Armed Forces structural reforms
  • Key modernisation projects – land and air
  • Improvement and reforms for training and recruitment - military personnel management system
  • Establishing a legal framework for the status of professional soldier
  • Specialisation in CBRN capabilities and de-mining units
  • Slovakia’s participation in NATO peacekeeping missions - 7% of Land Forces are deployed abroad
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:00 MODERNISATION OF THE BULGARIAN ARMED FORCES

    Colonel Nedelcho Mintchev

    Colonel Nedelcho Mintchev , Director, Defence Planning and Programming Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Bulgaria

    14:40 REFORM OF THE ROMANIAN ARMED FORCES

    Colonel Ionel Hornea

    Colonel Ionel Hornea, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning Directorate, Ministry of National Defence, Republic of Romania

  • Fundamental restructuring of Armed Forces
  • Objective - to build a smaller, modern, flexible, expeditionary, and NATO interoperable Armed Forces
  • Improvement and reforms for training and recruitment, in order to meet restructuring requirements
  • Balancing national and NATO requirements
  • Priority focus on full operational capability for the NATO-assigned forces
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 RESTRUCTURING OF THE SLOVENIAN ARMED FORCES (SAF)

    Stanislav  Praprotnik

    Stanislav Praprotnik, Head of Evaluation and Reporting Unit, Defence Planning Agency (ERU) , Ministry of Defence, Republic of Slovenia

  • Slovenian Armed Forces structural reform priorities - five key areas
  • Changes in recruitment and training of military personnel
  • Slovenia’s participation in NATO-led operations and contribution to NRF
  • Main contribution - Motorised Infantry Battalion & NBC Battalion
  • Balancing national and NATO requirements
  • 16:20 CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND EXPERIMENTATION

    Dr Velizar Shalamanov*

    Dr Velizar Shalamanov*, Head, C4I Section, Institute of Parallel Processing, Bulgarian Academy Of Sciences

  • NS and Defense Research in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Development of the Center for NS and Defense Research
  • Development of the Center of Excellence in Operational Analyses
  • Academic support to the process of concept development and experimentation
  • Academic support to the process of advanced technology demonstrations
  • Academic support to security sector transformation, defense industry transformation and NATO/EU integration in the security sphere
  • Development of the Civil Security Concept and its academic support
  • 17:00 NATO ENLARGEMENT

    Dieter Hanel

    Dieter Hanel, Director Corporate Marketing and Strategic Planning, Rheinmetall Landsysteme

  • Transformation of Armed Forces
  • Market potential
  • Procurement procedures
  • Defence industry consolidation
  • Co-operation strategies
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Robert Bell

    Robert Bell, Former Assistant Secretary General, Defence Investment 1999-2004, NATO and Senior Vice President, SAIC

    9:10 SLOVAKIA'S EXPERIENCE IN DEFENCE STANDARDISATION

    Rastislav Pipis

    Rastislav Pipis, Director, Department for Defence Standardisation, Codification and Quality Approval, Ministry of Defence, Slovak Republic

    9:50 DEFENCE STANDARDISATION

    Colonel Dimitar Dimitrov

    Colonel Dimitar Dimitrov, Director, Standardisation, Quality and Codification Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Bulgaria

  • Basic tasks of the Military Standardisation, Quality and Codification Directorate
  • Military Standardisation Department – structures
  • Basic Documents
  • Military standardisation system – basic procedures:
  • Development and review of Military Standardisation Documents (MSD)
  • NATO standardisation documents
  • Ratification of NATO standardisation agreements
  • Co-ordination of national representatives of MoD and BAF in the NATO working groups and committees
  • Liaisons and relationships between MoD and external organisations
  • Education of specialists
  • Future priorities
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 CZECH EXPERIENCE IN ACCESSION TO NATO

    General (Ret'd) Jiri Sedivy

    General (Ret'd) Jiri Sedivy, General Director, Generals S.R.O, Czech Republic

  • The Membership Action Plan (MAP) as a means of achieving NATO requirements for preparedness
  • Status of Armed Forces reform
  • Education and culture
  • Current status of key procurement projects
  • Developments in industrial partnerships / investment
  • Lessons learned and plans
  • Challenges of the future  
  • 11:30 SLOVAKIA'S PROCUREMENT, POLICY, PLANS AND PROCEDURES

    Ivan Koblen

    Ivan Koblen, Chief, Department for Co-ordination and Co-operation with EDA and CNAD, Armament Section, Ministry of Defence, Slovak Republic

    12:10 POLISH PROGRESS SINCE JOINING NATO

    Brigadier General Waldemar Czarnecki

    Brigadier General Waldemar Czarnecki, Deputy, J5, General Staff and Deputy Director, SDR Team, Ministry of National Defense, Poland

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:00 AUGMENTING GOVERNMENT SATCOM ARCHITECTURES

    Gerard Donelan

    Gerard Donelan, Head Government Services, SES ASTRA

  • Current Trends
  • The role of commercial SATCOM
  • Technology
  • Policy and practice
  • 14:40 INTRODUCING GRIPEN TO NATO

    Colonel Vladimir Ficinec

    Colonel Vladimir Ficinec, Head, Czech Gripen Program, Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic

  • Requirements and way to contract
  • The Czech Republic way into NATINEADS
  • Logistic support concept
  • Training of Czech pilots
  • The way ahead
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 BULGARIAN MOD ACQUISITION POLICY AND PRACTICES

    Colonel Nikolay Yankov

    Colonel Nikolay Yankov, Director, Armaments and Equipment Policy Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Bulgaria

  • Bulgarian defence acquisition system
  • Acquisition strategy
  • The acquisition cycle
  • Procurement policy - open and fair competition
  • Procurement and acquisition procedures
  • Military/industry relationship
  • Role of scientific studies and technologies
  • Offset programs
  • Key modernisation projects
  • 16:20 HUNGARY AND NATO MEMBERSHIP

    Zoltán  Mihócza

    Zoltán Mihócza, Chief, NATO and Doctrine Branch, Military Planning Division, Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence, Hungarian Republic

  • Reform of the Hungarian Defence Forces from 1994 to 2004
  • Hungarian reform processes (joining process, Strategic Review, Defence Review)
  • Interactions between HU reform processes and the NATO efforts (New Strategic Concept, Prague, Istanbul)
  • Lessons learned and achievements of the reform processes
  • Status of Hungarian Defence Forces reforms
  • Transforming the HDF 2005-2014 (new structure, modernisation and new capabilities)
  • 17:00 PROCUREMENT SYSTEM OF THE MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENCE

    Cornelia Manole

    Cornelia Manole, Deputy Director, Research and Developent Directorate, Department for Armaments (DfA), Ministry of National Defence, Republic of Romania

    Florian Toporan

    Florian Toporan, Chief of Office, Research & Development Directorate, Department of Armaments, Ministry of National Defence, Republic of Romania

    17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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