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SMi’s Inaugural Nordic Defence Restructure and Force Transformation Conference will consider the fast paced transformation of Nordic military structure and equipment procurement. The drive for increased force capability, combined with shorter procurement cycles and reduced budgets has resulted in a revolutionary change in strategy, planning and operations within the Nordic Defence Forces. Transformation has become the main priority as the Nordic countries to create a military capable of meeting future challenges.

This event will analyse the  specific policies, requirements and procurement objectives of the Nordic States in the pursuit of enhanced capability. Military, government and industry experts will discuss force restructuring, initiatives, new military processes and policies, and advanced concepts and technologies being integrated to fulfil the necessary future capability.

This conference will give you the knowledge and understanding of how your organisation can work with the Nordic defence industry and government bodies alike to provide maximum force effectiveness, efficiency and capability.

A distinguished speaker line-up includes a Keynote Address from:

  • Major General Michael Moore, Director, Development and Transformation, Swedish Armed Forces

And Special Addresses from:

  • Brigadier General Markku Ihantola, Chief Engineer, Finnish Defence Forces
  • Colonel Per Erik Solli, Director, Norwegian Battle Lab and Experimentation (NOBLE)
  • Colonel Kristian Sorensen, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Army Operational Command, Danish Armed Forces
  • Captain Georg Petersen (Royal Norwegian Navy), Head, Net Assessment Section, Ministry of Defence, Norway
  • Commander Morten Svinndal, Staff Officer, Futures & Engagement, Joint Experimentation Exercises Assessment, NATO Allied Command Transformation
  • Lieutenant Colonel Patrik Combs, Deputy Commander, Iceland Defense Forces
  • Olli-Pekka Jalonen, Director, International Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence, Finland
  • Dr Tom Arild Blix, Project Leader, Analysis Division, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
  • Ralf T Holmlin, Director, Research, Deputy Head of Division Weapons and Protection, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
  • Major General (Ret’d) Ole Fogh, Director, Sales and Business Development, Aerospace & Defence, Terma

The conference will be chaired by:

  • Professor Bertel Heurlin, Jean Monnet Professor of European Security and Integration, University of Copenhagen

Benefits of Attending Nordic Defence Restructure and Force Transformation include:

  • EXPLORE current and future challenges for Nordic force transformation
  • HEAR of current capabilities and future requirements from each nation
  • EXAMINE Nordic military requirements and the implications for current and future Nordic defence restructure
  • ASSESS the impact of military transformation on the Nordic defence industry
  • IDENTIFY new concepts and doctrine needed to meet current and future transformation requirements
  • NETWORK with key decision-makers and industry experts in an international forum specifically focused on the Nordic defence industry
Full programme details and the official conference brochure will be availabe on this site from the 15th July 2005. Please revisit the site to keep up to date with on going developments

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Professor Bertel Heurlin

Professor Bertel Heurlin, Jean Monnet Professor of European Security and Integration, University Of Copenhagen

9:10 PROCUREMENT PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES IN MILITARY RESTRUCTURE AND TRANSFORMATION

Major General Michael Moore

Major General Michael Moore, Director, Development and Transformation, Swedish Armed Forces

  • Overview of Swedish projects and programmes
  • Exploring offsets opportunities for Sweden
  • Budgetary challenges for current and future projects
  • Challenges encountered
  • Possible solutions
  • The implementation process
  • The way forward
  • 9:50 PROCURING THE FINNISH FORCES - A PERSPECTIVE OF TRANSFORMATION

    Brigadier General Markku Ihantola

    Brigadier General Markku Ihantola, Chief Engineer, Finnish Defence Forces

  • Explore the current requirements of the Finnish Armed Forces
  • Increasing the capacity of the defence sector - challenges and possible solutions
  • Examine the impact of international materiel co-operation upon Finnish Defence restructure and transformation
  • Industrial partnerships between domestic and international companies – and their co-operation with the Finnish defence forces
  • Exploring the future Finnish force in a transformed environment
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 FORCE AND SOLDIER TRANSFORMATION

    Olli-Pekka  Jalonen

    Olli-Pekka Jalonen, Director, International Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence, Finland

  • Overview of transformation guidelines
  • Exploring PfP membership and NATOs influence on Finland’s military transformation
  • Towards NATO membership?
  • Budgetary restrictions and other challenges
  • How solutions were brought about and implemented
  • Interoperability between the different defence sectors
  • Exploring the future Finnish force in NATO
  • 11:40 TRANSFORMATION OF THE NORWEGIAN ARMED FORCES

    Captain Georg Petersen

    Captain Georg Petersen, Head, Net Assessment Section, Royal Norwegian Navy, Ministry Of Defence, Norway

  • Requirements for change
  • Current ongoing activities
  • Consept and doctrinal development
  • Research and technology contribution to change
  • Lessons learned
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 FORCE AND MILITARY TRANSFORMATION

    Lieutenant Colonel Patrik Combs

    Lieutenant Colonel Patrik Combs, Deputy Commander, Department of Defense, US European Command, Iceland Defense Forces

  • Overview of transformation
  • Historical perspective
  • Current situation
  • Political - diplomatic considerations
  • The way ahead
  • 14:30 THE CHANGING NATURE OF CONSCRIPTION

    Colonel Kristian Sorensen

    Colonel Kristian Sorensen, Deputy Chief Of Staff, Operations, Army Operational Command, Danish Armed Forces

  • Moving towards a specialised force
  • Pros & cons concerning conscription
  • Towards an end of conscription?
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 NATO TRANSFORMATION

    Captain Morten Svinndal

    Captain Morten Svinndal, Head, Personnel Policy Branch, Ministry of Defence, Norway

  • NATO influence on NATO nations' transformation
  • The NATO model
  • Co-operation between NATO and the Nordic countries - status and opportunities
  • How can smaller nations leverage on NATO's transformation efforts
  • Anticipated way-ahead, based on lessons learned so far
  • 16:20 THE NEW FORCE IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ

    Colonel Kristian Sorensen

    Colonel Kristian Sorensen, Deputy Chief Of Staff, Operations, Army Operational Command, Danish Armed Forces

  • Overview of deployment of new force
  • Challenges encountered
  • Possible solutions to future challenges
  • Lessons learned
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Professor Bertel Heurlin

    Professor Bertel Heurlin, Jean Monnet Professor of European Security and Integration, University Of Copenhagen

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Professor Bertel Heurlin

    Professor Bertel Heurlin, Jean Monnet Professor of European Security and Integration, University Of Copenhagen

    9:10 ROLE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY IN DEFENCE TRANSFORMATION AND RESTRUCTURING

    Dr Tom Arild  Blix

    Dr Tom Arild Blix, Project Leader, Analysis Division, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

  • Technological trends
  • Experience from recent conflicts
  • Forecasting technological development
  • Military use of future technologies
  • 9:50 FILLING NEW TECHNOLOGY GAPS

    Colonel Per Erik Solli

    Colonel Per Erik Solli, Director, Norwegian Battle Lab and Experimentation (NOBLE)

  • Platform-Centric versus Network-Centric Technology Strategies
  • Information age technology evolution versus military procurement systems
  • Implementing new technology into operational units
  • New technology and the force structure
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 TRANSFORMATION OBJECTIVES AND REQUIREMENTS

    Ralf T Holmlin

    Ralf T Holmlin, Director of Research, Deputy Head, Weapons and Protection Division, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

  • New types of conflicts - new requirements
  • Building the force for the future
  • Challenges to having new objectives and requirements
  • Exploring possible solutions
  • The way forward
  • 11:40 OPERATING WITH NEW DEFENCE REQUIREMENTS

    Major General (Ret'd) Ole Fogh

    Major General (Ret'd) Ole Fogh, Director, Sales & Business Development, Aerospace & Defence, Terma

  • The challenges of adapting to new military requirements, acquisition processes and product support
  • Exploring challenges of meeting new military requirements and possible ways to solve them
  • Working with new military requirements and the effect on military-commercial co-operation
  • Managing a complete defence portfolio - what the military must consider
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 THE EFFECTS OF NEW MILITARY REQUIREMENTS ON COMMERCIAL COMPANIES

    Bengt  Carlqvist

    Bengt Carlqvist, Senior Director, Market & Business Development, Bae Systems Bofors

  • How have Nordic defence requirements changed and how the industry has reacted
  • International co-operation - thinking outside Nordic requirements
  • The impact of Nordic restructure on the international defence market
  • Bofors Defence as part of the new Nordic defence industry - the road ahead
  • 14:30 EXAMINING DEFENCE TRANSFORMATION EFFECTS ON FUTURE PLATFORM REQUIREMENTS

    Tuomas Korpi

    Tuomas Korpi, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Patria Vehicles

  • Identifying the new requirements for current and future military vehicles
  • Challenges facing Patria in meeting these new military requirements
  • Future operational considerations
  • Future platform acquisition - do new strategies have to be considered when working with the military?
  • The challenges facing platform vendors?
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE FUTURE REQUIREMENTS OF C4I AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS WITHIN NORDIC DEFENCE

    16:20 EXAMINING THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN MILTARY TRANSFORMATION AND RESTRUCTURING

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Ola Storli

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Ola Storli, Director, Sales and Marketing, International Defence, Uniteam International

  • New force = new equipment = new logistical support?
  • Exploring challenges of meeting the new logistical requirements of rapid reaction deployment
  • The future battlespace and rapid reaction deployment; what is needed to support the future warfighter?
  • Solutions available for effective logistical support
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Professor Bertel Heurlin

    Professor Bertel Heurlin, Jean Monnet Professor of European Security and Integration, University Of Copenhagen

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