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Benefits of Attending:
  • · Understand the global concept of acquisitions
  • · Discover the importance and increasing role acquisitions are playing in the Defence Market
  • · Learn about the role of acquisitions in the multinational arena
  • · Keep abreast of key developments and challenges facing today’s military & commercial organisations
  • · Build your presence in the international marketplace
  • Conference programme

    8:30 Registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier Gerald Blakey (Rtd)

    Brigadier Gerald Blakey (Rtd), Senior Editor, Defence Procurement Analysis, Highbury Communications

    9:10 OPENING ADDRESS PENTAGON ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

    Michael Wynne

    Michael Wynne, Deputy Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition & Technology, US Department of Defence

  • The two major acquisitions that rely on management software
  • The use of software systems to manage the programs and sales to the armed forces
  • The results of its recent report to determine the quality of acquisition processes
  • What were the solutions to the problems?
  • The success of using a COTS product instead of ‘in-house’ systems
  • Why the weaknesses need to be identified and solved
  • 9:40 SMART ACQUISITION

    Charles Draper

    Charles Draper, Director General Smart Acquisition, Ministry of Defence

  • The reason for change
  • Implementation for smart acquisition
  • Smart acquisition in practice
  • Future developments
  • 10:20 KEY CHALLENGES FACING THE MOD

    Tim Banfield

    Tim Banfield, Defence Director, National Audit Office

  • The introduction of smart acquisition
  • Past problems and delays and the recent signs of improvement
  • Main causes of delay
  • Development of better metrics for assessing risk reduction
  • Recovery of slippage
  • Maintaining improvements in cost, technical and schedule achievement
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SMART ACQUISITION

    Geoff Beaven

    Geoff Beaven, Director, Prime Contracting Capability, Thales Defence

  • Understanding the smart market
  • Winning new business
  • Getting ‘assessment’ right
  • Partnering relationships
  • Investing for the future
  • 12:00 CONTRACTS IN ACQUISITION

    Mark Pedlingham

    Mark Pedlingham, Principle Director, Commercial, Defence Logistics Agency, Ministry of Defence

  • DLO – the strategic context
  • The role of ‘commercial’
  • The challenges for contracts - reinforcing partnering behaviour - whole-life contracting - e-business
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 MEETING THE DEMANDS OF SMART ACQUISITION

    Martin Palmer

    Martin Palmer, Managing Director & Chief Executive, LSC Group

  • The information challenge
  • PLCS - the vision and the business need
  • The drivers towards lean logistics
  • Legacy data - a priceless asset
  • The contracting strategy
  • 14:40 NORWEGIAN CASE STUDY

    Erik Warberg

    Erik Warberg, Senior Advisor, Group for Industrial Strategy, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

  • Current strategic policy
  • Early involvement of industry
  • Balancing uncertainty
  • Project management reform
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DTRA ACQUISITION REFORM

    Ann Bridges-Steely

    Ann Bridges-Steely, Director, Acquisition & Logistics, Defence Threat Reduction Agency

  • Flexibility is critical
  • Responding quickly in a dynamic environment
  • Making the best use of scarce resources
  • 16:20 EUROPEAN DEFENCE ACQUISITIONS

    Ian Godden

    Ian Godden, UK Chairman, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

  • Advantages and complexities
  • Impact on transatlantic programmes
  • Cost bases
  • Priorities
  • 17:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Derek Wright

    Dr Derek Wright, Head, Acquisition & Logistics Unit, Dept of Defence Management & Security Analysis, Cranfield University

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS THE ROLE OF THE DEFENCE SELECT COMMITTEE IN DEFENCE ACQUISITION

    Rt. Hon Bruce George MP

    Rt. Hon Bruce George MP, , Chairman of Commons Defence Select Committee

  • The role of the committee in defence acquisition
  • How decisions are scrutinised and assessed
  • How the UK Defence Committee’s role in defence acquisition differs from Defence Committees’ in other parts of the world
  • Does the Defence Committee influence defence acquisition choice?
  • 9:40 CONFRONTING THE CRISIS

    Lou Kratz

    Lou Kratz, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics, Plans & Programs), Office of the Under Secretary of Defence (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics)

  • The new US administration reforms
  • The growing resource crisis
  • How has 9/11 affected this?
  • What are the choices now presented to the administration?
  • The Pentagon’s new business vision
  • Accelerating acquisition reform
  • 10:20 THE NEW ACQUISITION PROCESS

    Mona Lush

    Mona Lush, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics)

  • The new model
  • Major objectives
  • Characteristics of evolutionary acquisition
  • Applying the evolutionary acquisition approach
  • Challenges
  • The way ahead
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 PFI/PPP IN THE SKYNET 5 PROGRAM

    Martin Barker

    Martin Barker, Skynet 5 Business Manager, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence

  • PFI as an alternative to conventional equipment procurement
  • Service provision v asset procurement – changing the culture
  • Moving PFI closer to the frontline
  • Coping with technology risks in PFI before contract award
  • Achieving third party business – creating a new third party market
  • 12:00 PROJECT DURATION & DELAY

    John Dowdy

    John Dowdy, Director, McKinsey

  • Trends in acquisition project schedule performance
  • Understanding the true cost of project delays
  • The linkage between project duration and delay
  • What are the underlying causes of project delays?
  • What can be done to address them?
  • Likely future trends
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 OPEN RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT & COMPETITIVE TENSION

    Dr Derek Wright

    Dr Derek Wright, Head, Acquisition & Logistics Unit, Dept of Defence Management & Security Analysis, Cranfield University

  • Public sector acquisition
  • The concept of supplier/customer attractiveness
  • Performance metrics
  • The value proposition
  • Commercialisation and contracting
  • 14:40 VENDOR MATCHING

    Gary Pacific

    Gary Pacific, Managing Director, Industrial Participation Projects (IP2)

  • What are the state of the art defense orientated supply chain (offset) systems?
  • Applications to support direct offset and match subtier suppliers to foreign vendors
  • Advantages of a ‘virtual’ system in obtaining offset pre-approvals, offset credits and guidance on projects
  • Analysis of future systems and impact on Industrial Participation Schemes
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 HISTORICAL REALITIES OF THE C-17 PROGRAM THAT RESULTED IN A MODEL DEFENCE ACQUISITION PROGRAM

    Tommy Dunehew

    Tommy Dunehew, Program Manager, International C-17 Programs, Airlift & Tanker Programs, Boeing

  • Early problems encountered by the C-17 Program
  • The need for change
  • Adaptability and flexibility: key elements of success
  • What is the future for the Program?
  • 16:20 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN DEFENCE ACQUISITIONS

    Mark Robinson

    Mark Robinson, Solicitor, Simmons & Simmons

  • Relevant types of intellectual property
  • Creation and subsistence
  • Scope of monopoly
  • Ownership
  • Practical tips on acquisitions
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    Professionalism in Defence Acquisition Training
    Workshop

    Professionalism in Defence Acquisition Training

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    24th September 2002
    London, United Kingdom

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    51/53 Hatton Garden
    London EC1N 8HN
    United Kingdom

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

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    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

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    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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