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Modernisation of the armed forces is paramount in shaping future defence policy. It remains a key priority for the Nordic and Baltic regions to prepare for and meet strategic and operational requirements, as well as overcoming future challenges.

SMi’s Nordic and Baltic Defence Restructure and Integration conference will examine the key issues within force transformation, analysing how nations within those regions are developing new capabilities and concepts in paving a way forward for a successful future within the defence market.

Gain insight from leading experts in the field, including:

  • Major General Michael Moore, Director, Development and Transformation, Swedish Armed Forces
  • Brigadier General Arto Räty, Deputy Director General, Defence Policy Department, Ministry of Defence, Finland
  • Torbjørn Svensgård, President, Norwegian Defence and Security Industries Association (FSI)
  • Dr Elisabeth Wright, Professor, School of International Graduate Studies, US Naval Post Graduate School
  • Margus Kolga, Senior Research Fellow, Baltic Defence College, Estonia
  • Dr Marten Risling, Associate Professor, Defence Medicine, Neuroscience Department, Karolineska Institute, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
    • Benefits of Attending:

      This conference will bring together high-level military officials and leading industry experts, in turn providing an unparalleled platform for informal networking with your fellow industry colleagues and experts.

      • EXPLORE current and future challenges facing Nordic and Baltic defence restructure and integration
      • ASSESS the impact of military transformation on regional defence industries
      • EXAMINE new military requirements and their implications
      • DENTIFY new concepts and doctrine to enhance future defence capabilities
      • NETWORK with key decision-makers and industry experts involved with transformation in these regions

      Conference programme

      8:30 Registration & Coffee

      9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

      Bertel Heurlin

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

      9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: ONGOING TRANSFORMATION OF SWEDISH ARMED FORCES

      Major General Michael Moore

      Major General Michael Moore, Director, Development and Transformation, Ministry Of Defense

    • Overview and recent enhancements
    • Transformation and integration process
    • Fiscal considerations and challenges faced
    • Future solutions and implementation thereof
    • Way forward
    • 9:50 ENHANCEMENT OF FINNISH ARMED FORCES

      Arto Raty

      Arto Raty, Deputy Director General, Defence Policy Department, Ministry of Defence - Finland

    • Enhancing the human capital factor
    • Impact of international adaptation on Finnish defence transformation
    • Guidelines for transformation
    • Challenges faced
    • Policy considerations and changes
    • Analysing the Finnish future in relation to defence restructure and force restructure
    • 10:30 Morning Coffee

      11:00 SPECIAL ADDRESS: THE FUTURE OF DEFENCE RESTRUCTURE AND INTEGRATION IN THE NORDIC

      11:40 TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGES IN DEFENCE RESTRUCTURE AND INTEGRATION

      Jan Narlinge

      Jan Narlinge, Regional President, Boeing Northern and Western Europe, Boeing

    • Mobility, deployability and scalability
    • New vehicles and concepts
    • Interoperability and common interface
    • Looking forward
    • 12:20 Networking Lunch

      13:50 NORDIC CO-OPERATION AS THE KEY TO RESTRUCTURE AND INTEGRATION

      Harry Ollinen

      Harry Ollinen, Vice President, International Marketing and Sales, Patria

    • Lessons learned
    • Challenges faced by the defence industry in the Nordic market
    • Assessment of weapon systems and vehicle platforms
    • Paving an integrated future path
    • 14:30 DEFENCE PLANNING PROCESSES IN THE BALTIC STATES – PART II

      Margus Kolga

      Margus Kolga, Senior Research Fellow, Baltic Defence College, Estonia

    • Current analysis
    • Transformational dimensions
    • Implementation process
    • NATO integration
    • Fiscal considerations
    • The way forward
    • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

      15:40 FUTURE INTEGRATIONAL IMPACTS

    • Current situation
    • Recent developments
    • Implications on defence restructure
    • Co-operational aspects
    • Establishing a way forward
    • Lauri Tumm

      Lauri Tumm, Deputy Under-Secretary, Planning, Ministry of Defence, Estonia

      Margus Pae

      Margus Pae, Deputy Director Of Department, Estonian Ministry of Defence

      16:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

      Bertel Heurlin

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

      8:30 Registration & Coffee

      9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

      Bertel Heurlin

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

      9:10 DANISH ARMED FORCES AND TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGES

      Bertel Heurlin

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

    • Current analysis
    • Latest technological advancements
    • Solutions facing implementation challenges
    • Challenges faced through conscription
    • Moving towards the new era

    • 9:50 COTS AS A VIABLE SOLUTION TO MEET DEFENCE-RELATED REQUIREMENTS

      Elisabeth Wright

      Elisabeth Wright, Professor, School of International Graduate , US Naval Postgraduate School

    • Cost performance schedule tradeoffs in COTS solutions
    • Supportability issues
    • Near term
    • Long term
    • Technical data
    • Rights
    • Releasability
    • Affordability
    • Maintainability
    • Future role of commercial software
    • 10:30 Morning Coffee

      11:10 SWEDISH DEFENCE MEDICINE TRANSFORMATION

      Marten Risling

      Marten Risling, Associate Professor, Neuroscience Department, Swedish Defence Research Agency

    • New weapons and the Geneva Convention
    • Non-lethal weapons – new types of injuries
    • Better protection
    • Better training – no injuries?
    • Need for new diagnostic tools
    • 11:50 CASE STUDY: Impact of defence transformation on SAAB

      Carl-Johan Koivisto

      Carl-Johan Koivisto , Director, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, SAAB

    • New requirements for military vehicles
    • Challenges faced
    • Strategies adopted in terms of military partnerships
    • What does the future hold?
    • 12:20 Networking Lunch

      14:00 OPERATING WITHIN NEW DEFENCE REQUIREMENTS

      Ole Fogh

      Ole Fogh, Director, Sales & Business Development, Aerospace and Defence, Terma

    • Challenges of adapting to:
    • New military requirements
    • Acquisition processes
    • Product support
    • Solutions to meeting the challenges of new military requirements
    • Effects on military-commercial co-operation
    • Managing a complete defence portfolio – military considerations
    • 14:40 Considerations for new military requirements in the Nordic and Baltic Regions

      Bob Moran

      Bob Moran, Export Sales Manager, Underwater Systems Division, BAE SYSTEMS

    • Assessing new defence requirements within the Nordic and Baltic regions
    • Impact of defence restructure and integration on the defence market
    • Operational considerations
    • Challenges faced through international co-operation
    • 15:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks, Close of Conference and Afternoon Tea

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