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New NATO Defence Procurement will provide valuable insights into NATO’s developments on expanding membership. It will examine the importance of attaining NATO membership and its effect on defence policy and security. With a particular focus on central Eastern European countries this conference will provide individual case studies that examine country specific issues.

In particular, the role faced by new NATO members in transatlantic armaments co-operation will be scrutinised in terms of the opportunities, challenges and improving interoperability. Furthermore, identifying the desired capability for equipment and the subsequent operational acquisition process will be evaluated. And, with the development of air threat, the resulting challenges and the current trends in air delivery systems will thus be explored.

The two-day conference will consist of presentations given by an international panel of industry and government authorities covering areas including: · Developments with NATO aiming to expand membership · Entry techniques & requirements for NATO membership · Current and future defence & procurement policies for Central Eastern European countries · Force re-orientation & restructuring · Language, training & co-operation · Advance fighters · Western European Partnerships · The benefits and value of joining NATO

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Ivan Kotek

Ivan Kotek, Consultant, Consorcium - Europe Partner Consulting

9:10 TECHNICAL MODERNISATION PROGRAM OF POLISH ARMED FORCES BETWEEN 2001-2006

Col Ryszard Jeruzalski

Col Ryszard Jeruzalski, Deputy Director Armament Policy Department, Armament Policy Department MOND

  • Directions of R&D efforts, possible areas of bilateral and multilateral co-operation including NATO organisations and agencies
  • Modernisation of armament and military equipment utilised by Polish Armed Forces – proposals of co-operation with North Atlantic Pact countries industry
  • 9:40 SLOVENIA

    Dusan Bevc

    Dusan Bevc, Consultant D. Bevc S.P., Business Consultancy and Agency

  • Orienting the country westwards
  • Slovenian procurement policy
  • Slovenian offset policy
  • Conclusion
  • 10:20 THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AIR THREAT AND THE RESULTING AIR DEFENCE CHALLENGES

    Group Captain David M Moss

    Group Captain David M Moss, Head of RAF Air Defence Advisory Team, DESO, MOD

  • A UK perspective of trends in air delivery systems - Cruise Missiles - Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicles - Low Observables
  • Air defences – harnessing emerging technology in response
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 CONSTRAINTS OR OPPORTUNITIES IN PARTNERSHIP AND OFFSET?

    Patrick Searle

    Patrick Searle, Partnership and Countertrade Senior Manager, EADS Defence and Security Networks

  • Expecting win-win business for involoved parties
  • Looking for benefit of direct or indirect opportunites
  • Needing open mind, trust and confidence between partners
  • Evaluating business benefit and customer satisfaction
  • 12:00 LEOPARD 2 MAIN BATTLE TANK

    Hans-Ernst Ohler

    Hans-Ernst Ohler, Executive Manager, Krauss-Maffei Wegman

  • The Leopard 2 in the German Army
  • Modernisation programs
  • Supporting the new NATO members
  • ARRC – ACE Rapid Reaction Corps, Monchengladbach
  • Improving interoperability with German Army
  • Modernisation and developments
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE OPERATIONAL PROCUREMENT PROCESS

    Wg Cdr Norman Hutchinson

    Wg Cdr Norman Hutchinson, RAF Air Defence Advisory Team, DESO, MOD

  • A UK perspective of the acquisition of defence equipment
  • Example of in-service air defence radar system - Identification of desired capability - Development of user and system requirements - Evaluation and selection process
  • 14:40 IMPACT OF NATO EXPENSION ON DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRIES IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

    Paul Kaye

    Paul Kaye, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce International, New Europe

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MODERNISATION OF THE RM-70 ARTILLERY ROCKET SYSTEM

    Manfred Schmidt

    Manfred Schmidt, Project Manager, 122mm/RM-70, Diehl Munitionssystem

  • How to find the right understanding with the customer
  • How to development project is strucured
  • The Launcher upgrade as stand alone and as prerequisite for RM-70 Modular
  • The MLRS system as the most often used Artillery Rocket System in the NATO member countries
  • The RM-70 Modular, the Launcher with MLRS and 122mm rocket containers
  • Future growth potential of the RM-70 Modular
  • 16:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One - Followed by a Drinks Reception for delegates and speakers

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Ivan Kotek

    Ivan Kotek, Consultant, Consorcium - Europe Partner Consulting

    9:10 TOWARDS INTEROPERABILITY WITH NATO

    Carl Mattias Broman

    Carl Mattias Broman, Deputy Defence Adviser, Embassy of Sweden, Mission to NATO

  • A new security situation prompts new material requirements
  • A defence industry changing from domestic to international
  • Cooperation with Nordic countries and with other countries
  • Swedish procurement policy and involvement in related organisations
  • Interoperability in practice
  • 9:40 THE BALTIC STATES

    Christopher Jarnvall

    Christopher Jarnvall, Managing Director, Intellectus-Update Media

  • The present balance of power
  • The influence from outside the region - The Nordic area - The EU - The NATO
  • The effect of NATO membership
  • Future developments of national relationships
  • 10:20 THE FLEXIBLE USE OF AIRSPACE

    Sqn Ldr Jeremy Gildersleeves

    Sqn Ldr Jeremy Gildersleeves, RAF, Air Defence Advisory Team, DESO, MOD

  • A UK view of the problems associated with operating Civil and Military aircraft in the same crowded airspace
  • The principles and procedures adopted by the UK to minimise mutual interference
  • Peacetime
  • Crisis and war
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 OFFSETS AS A MEANS OF ATTRACTING AND FINANCING IT AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS INTO NATO’S NEW FRONTIER

    James M. Barkas

    James M. Barkas, Director Central and East European Projects, Rotch International

  • “The Warsaw Technopolis”, Polands Ministry of Defense Science and Technology park in partnership with the military University of technology will serve as a magnet for IT and Telecom
  • The role of offset programs in attracting, sponsoring, supporting and utilizing IT and Telecom programs in the Park
  • Real estate development will facilitate offset fulfilment
  • Offsets obligators can partner with investors to establish venture capital funds
  • The role of offsets in facilitating trade and project finance for offset programs in IT and Telecommunications
  • IT and telecom equipment suppliers are facing credit and capital constraints

    Offset obligors can broaden the investor base, tap into new sources of financing and provide credit supports to facilitate the flow of equity and loans to IT and telecom projects

  • 12:00 SPEAKER PANEL

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 OFFSETS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

    Bear Midkiff

    Bear Midkiff, Director, Midkiff Consultancy Services

  • Legislation review
  • Implementation authority
  • High Value Offsets
  • The Fighter Tender
  • Summary
  • 14:40 OFFSET POLICY OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

    Ing. Martin Sticha

    Ing. Martin Sticha, Deputy Director of Development of Industrial Technologies Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 T21: THE NATO CONVERSION SOLUTION FOR THE T72 FLEET

    Marc Chassillan

    Marc Chassillan, T21 Product Manager, Giat Industries

    16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks

    16:10 Close of conference and afternoon Tea

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