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SMi are proud to announce that our Nordic Defence Procurement conference will take place in Stockholm in January 2001. A truly international panel of speakers will address the latest issues impacting on the region’s defence procurement initiatives.

The Nordic countries have entered a new era of co-operation, and the relationships between the four have never been stronger. Budget restrictions, the end of the Cold War and the need to provide peacekeeping forces have created a need for armed forces restructuring and combined procurement initiatives.

A unique opportunity to learn from leading military experts:

  • Major General Curt Westberg, Program Director, The Nordic Standard Helicopter Programme
  • Commodore Jens-Jørgen Jensen, Assistant Chief Of Staff, Logistic Resource, Headquarters Defence Command, Norway
  • Lieutenant Colonel Nils Gustavsson, Chief of Staff, NORDCAPS Planning Element, NORDCAPS

Research experts and academics:

  • Rear Admiral Bertil Björkman, Chief, Materiel Command, FMV
  • Lieutenant Colonel Claes-G Wretfors, International Relations Department, Systems Command, FMV
  • Pille Nyquist, Project Manager ARTHUR (Artillery Hunting Radar), FMV
  • Carl G Lundgren, Head of Division, International Co-operation, FMV
  • Professor Bo Huldt, Professor and Director Department of Strategic Studies, Swedish National Defence College
  • Ib Faurby, Special Adviser, Royal Danish Defence College

And sessionary chairs:

  • Lieutenant General Percurt Green (ret.), Director, Association of Swedish Defence Industry
  • Ena Bjerregaard, Director, Defence and Aerospace Industries Association in Denmark

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant General Percurt Green (ret.),

Lieutenant General Percurt Green (ret.),, Director, Association of Swedish Defence Industry

9:10 THE NORDIC AND BALTIC REGION: A NEW STRATEGIC SETTING

Professor Bo Huldt

Professor Bo Huldt, Professor and Director, Department of Strategic Studies, Swedish National Defence College

  • The 1981-91 revolution
  • The Nordic countries facing transition
  • Building a Euro-regional system?
  • Between three ‘forces’
  • The future?
  • 9:40 DANISH SECURITY POLICY AFTER THE COLD WAR

    b Faurby

    b Faurby, Special Adviser, Royal Danish Defence College

  • Introduction
  • New Perspectives
  • The European problem
  • The Nordic dimension
  • Conclusions
  • 10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:20 SWEDISH DEFENCE PROCUREMENT

    Rear Admiral Bertil Björkman

    Rear Admiral Bertil Björkman, Chief, Materiel Command, FMV

  • An overview of Swedish plans for their Military in the 21st century
  • The changing emphasis of these plans ; Recent purchases
  • Key areas of development for procurement ; Corvettes
  • Main battle tanks; Giraffe surveillance
  • Artillery replacement program
  • Life within Scandinavia
  • 11:20 FUTURE PROCUREMENT IN THE NORWEGIAN ARMED FORCES

    Commodore Jens-Jørgen Jensen

    Commodore Jens-Jørgen Jensen, Assistant Chief Of Staff, Logistic Resource, Headquarters Defence Command, Norway

  • The restructuring of the Norwegian military
  • Case study: procurement of five frigates from Empresa Nacional Bazan, Spain
  • Norway’s procurement process ; The process
  • How decisions are reached ; Norway’s relationship with the US
  • How new co-operation between the Nordic countries may alter this relationship
  • The proposed procurement of the Norwegian Armed Forces
  • 12:00 THE SWEDISH ROLE OF OFFSETS IN DEFENCE PROCUREMENT

    Carl G. Lundgren

    Carl G. Lundgren, International Relations Department, Systems Command, FMV

  • Essential element of a successful offset program
  • Current policy
  • Essential elements of a successful offset program
  • Lessons learnt and the success of the program today
  • The future of defence offset and military production
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 SCANDINAVIAN ARMOURED VEHICLES

    Seppo Marin

    Seppo Marin, Marketing Director, Patria Vehicles

  • Recent contracts
  • Reasons for the decisions
  • Patria’s experience of selling to its Nordic neighbours
  • How this differs to contracts with other countries
  • Co-operation between the countries
  • 14:40 THE NORDIC APPROACH TO TRAINING OF ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES CREW

    Gunnar K. Berge

    Gunnar K. Berge, Vice President, Special Programs, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace

  • The Rena Training Camp Facility
  • Kongsberg/Hagglunds co-operation
  • The chain of Nordic Army procurements
  • Army-to-Army co-operation
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DEVELOPMENT IN THE NORDIC REGION - NAMMO PERSPECTIVE

    Kjell Kringsja

    Kjell Kringsja, Vice President Medium Calibre Division, NAMMO

  • The effect of decreasing/limited defence spending budgets
  • Decreasing contract sizes ; Military Off-The Shelf (MOTS) products
  • Limited development ; Competitive environment
  • Larger groups/consortiums ; Smaller contracts
  • Offset - importance and consequences
  • Nordic co-operation - possible effects for Nordic defence industry
  • 16:20 SELLING TO THE NORDIC COUNTRIES A VIEW FROM AMERICA

    Thomas M. Kelsey

    Thomas M. Kelsey, Commercial Counsellor, U.S. Commercial Service

  • Why the US has such a strong bond with the Nordic nations
  • How this bond is at present
  • The role of Offsets within the procurement framework
  • Has NATO (non)membership and Europe had an influence on the relationship?
  • Does greater co-operation between the Nordic countries affect the US
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Ena Bjerregaard

    Ena Bjerregaard, Program Director, The Nordic Standard Helicopter Program

    9:40 THE VIKING PROJECT

    Captain Morten Jacobsen

    Captain Morten Jacobsen, Project Manager, PG Viking

  • Harmonised operational requirements through feasibility studies
  • The Viking project model
  • The submarine in a life cycle perspective - reducing national LCC
  • Industrial aspects
  • Contingency for changes to national security
  • 10:40 NORDCAPS (NORDIC CO-OPERATION IN PEACE OPERATIONS)

    Lieutenant Colonel Nils Gustavsson

    Lieutenant Colonel Nils Gustavsson, Chief of Staff, NORDCAPS Planning Element, NORDCAPS

  • New demands related to peace support operations
  • The NORDCAPS agreement
  • The Nordic Brigade - a joint Nordic peacekeeping unit involving the three services
  • Procurement implications
  • How Nordic military procurement is following the example
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SWEDISH PROCUREMENT OF THE GRIPEN MULTI-ROLE COMBAT AIRCRAFT

    Lieutenant Colonel Claes G. Wretfors

    Lieutenant Colonel Claes G. Wretfors, International Relations Department, Systems Command, FMV

  • Reasons for the purchase
  • Details of the procurement
  • Why Sweden procured from within
  • How the Gripen will fit into Sweden’s restructuring
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE NORDIC STANDARD HELICOPTER PROGRAM IN A SMALL INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE

    Soren Petersen

    Soren Petersen, Chief Executive Officer, Danish Aerotech

  • Experiences of co-operating with original equipment manufacturers
  • Experiences of co-operating with Nordic Industries
  • Industrial Co-operation Agreements as a tool to develop small and medium size companies in the region
  • How to improve industrial co-operation in the Nordic region
  • 14:40 INDUSTRY VIEW ON THE NORDIC HELICOPTER PROCUREMENT AND SUPPORT

    Jukka Holkeri

    Jukka Holkeri, Vice President, Support, Patria Finavitec

  • Role of the Nordic industry in the procurement and production
  • Role of the Nordic industry in life-cycle support
  • Experiences from past programmes
  • Activities within the Nordic Standard Helicopter Programme
  • 15:20 CLOSING ADDRESS BENEFITS OF PROCURING BETWEEN THE NORDIC NATIONS

    Pille Nyquist

    Pille Nyquist, Project Manager ARTHUR (Artillery Hunting Radar), FMV

  • Combined intelligence and economies of scale
  • Co-operating with industry for quicker and better technology
  • The current budget restrictions of the Nordic countries
  • The benefits of joint procurement
  • Current status of infantry capabilities
  • Future developments/possibilities along this line of thought
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference and Afternoon Tea

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    A Practical Indirect Offset Solution

    Provobis Sergel Plaza Hotel
    23rd January 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden

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    Berzelii Park
    Nackstromsgatan 8
    PO Box 16340
    Stockholm SE-103 27
    Sweden

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