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Discover the latest procurement initiatives and industrial developments in the Nordic countries…

As a senior industry executive you will be aware of the increasing co-operation between the Nordic countries in the defence arena. Attending SMi’s Second Annual Nordic Defence Procurement conference will enable you to gain a comprehensive insight into the latest issues impacting on the region’s defence procurement initiatives.

Following the overwhelming success of last year’s event, SMi have assembled an international panel of speakers to address the key issues in Nordic defence procurement. Changing industrial defence structures, international commitments and harmonisation of requirements are just a few key topics to be discussed at this key industry event. This timely and informative forum also will look at the following issues:

· Lessons learnt from procurement initiatives

· Developments in Nordic procurement policies

· The impact of EU enlargement

· Danish and Finnish plans for security

· The future of Nordic industrial co-operation and offsets

If you are involved in any aspect of modern defence procurement you cannot afford to miss out on this unique opportunity to meet the key figures in this field and discuss current and anticipated future developments

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Gunnar Eliasson

Gunnar Eliasson, Professor, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

Rear Admiral Göran Larsbrink

Rear Admiral Göran Larsbrink, Director Joint Procurement Command, DMA/FMV

  • Shift to wider threats in an international environment
  • From anti-invasion defence to a new defence concept
  • A changing defence industrial structure sets new requirements for acquisition strategies
  • Overview of Swedish procurement plans and policies
  • Co-operation with and commitment to the other Nordic countries
  • “Lessons learned” from joint Nordic projects
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Brigadier Wilhelm af Donner

    Brigadier Wilhelm af Donner, Program Director, Nordic Standard Helicopter Program

  • Common goal to purchase helicopters
  • Variations in mission requirements: - Troop transport - Search and rescue - ASW ship based and land based
  • Implications of varying expectation
  • Reasons for choices made
  • Experiences learnt from Nordic Procurement
  • What is the future for NSHP?
  • 10:20 NORDCAPS (NORDIC CO-OPERATION IN PEACE OPERATIONS)

    > Colonel Markku Nikkila (Finnish Army), Chairman, Nordic Military Co-ordination Group

    > Colonel Markku Nikkila (Finnish Army), Chairman, Nordic Military Co-ordination Group, , Lieutenant Colonel Jukka Tuononen, Chief of Staff, NORDCAPS Planning Element

  • The NORDCAPS agreement and its aims
  • EU and NATO impact
  • Identification of joint Nordic Force, The Nordic Brigade
  • Emphasis on co-ordination rather than replacing national decision-making processes
  • Possibility of participation by other countries
  • Nordic Brigade in SFOR

    Parallels and differences with SHIRBRIG

  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 DANISH SECURITY POLICY WITH A VIEW TO PROCUREMENT

    Professor Bertel Heurlin

    Professor Bertel Heurlin, Director of Research, Danish Institute of International Affairs

  • An overview of Danish plans for security
  • Foreign policy determined by geographic position
  • Role as West European – NATO membership
  • Role as Nordic Democracy
  • Key areas of development for future procurement
  • 12:00 FINLAND’S SECURITY POLICY

    Colonel Heikki Hult

    Colonel Heikki Hult, Director of the Department of Stategic and Defence Studies, National Defence College, Finland

  • Indecision on new defence structures
  • Nordic co-operation - NORDCAPS - Common Brigade
  • International co-operation - NATO - UN
  • Baltic States joining EU – political climate change
  • Ammunition production – coalitions between Finland and Sweden·
  • Impact of Finnish security policy on Nordic Procurement
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 PROCUREMENT OBJECTIVES AND REQUIREMENTS

    Captain Hans Harboe-Hansen (Ret’d)

    Captain Hans Harboe-Hansen (Ret’d), Naval Editor, Defence Procurement Analysis

  • Reduction in procurement and life support costs
  • Shift towards international operations
  • Bulk buying leads to economies of scale
  • The Nordic Co-operation agreement 1994
  • Individual countries cannot pursue certain projects of their own
  • Increased co-ordination for peacekeeping operations
  • 14:40 MATERIAL CO-OPERATION AND INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

    Henry Kjell Johansen

    Henry Kjell Johansen, Director of Research, FFI

  • R&T and industrial policy
  • Industrial capabilities
  • Participation in international armament co-operation
  • Offset policy
  • Perspectives in Nordic armament co-operation
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 A VIEW FROM THE BALTIC STATES

    Professor Bo Huldt

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

  • Security in the region – integration into Europe?
  • Joint Baltic MCM Force (BALTRON)
  • Present and future role of NATO in Europe
  • Impact of membership in EU on Nordic Procurement
  • The effects of Finnish and Danish involvement in Estonia Latvia
  • Impact on support – with defence cuts?
  • 16:10 DEFENCE MATERIAL PROCUREMENT IN THE NORDIC AND BALTIC AREA

    Christopher Jarnvall

    Christopher Jarnvall, Managing Director, Intellectus

  • Nordic co-operation within defence procurement: Efficient or just politics?
  • Is there a specific Nordic consensus around defence procurement?
  • Nordic influence in the Baltic procurement for the future
  • Next step in the Nordic co operation around defence procurement
  • 16:40 FINNISH COMMITMENT TO PROCUREMENT

    Colonel (Eng) Markku Ihantola,

    Colonel (Eng) Markku Ihantola,, Defence Staff, Finnish Defence Forces

  • History of safeguarding national defence material
  • The effects of obligatory procurement of Finnish industry
  • Creation of Patria Industries Oy
  • Building 64 Boeing F/A – 18C/D Hornet Fighters
  • Requirement of offset arrangements in Finnish purchases of foreign military systems

    Restructuring and upgrade of Finnish Navy and Army

  • The European perspective

    Role in current projects - Squadron 2000, Rauma-Class missile boats

  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier Wilhelm af Donner

    Brigadier Wilhelm af Donner, Program Director, Nordic Standard Helicopter Program

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Rear Admiral Jaeger

    Rear Admiral Jaeger, Commander, Royal Norwegian Navy Material Command

  • Procurement policy
  • Futuristic concepts and international procurement
  • Platform development and development of weapons and sensors
  • Future Navies surface effect ships
  • 9:40 PROCUREMENT IN THE NORWEGEIAN ARMED FORCES

    Torbjørn Svensgård

    Torbjørn Svensgård, Assistant Director General, Head of Section for Resource Planning, Royal Ministry of Defence, Norway

  • Restructuring the Armed Forces – equipping for the future
  • International co-operation in defence procurement – a Norwegian view
  • Industrial co-operation – a policy for the future
  • Norwegian procurement policy – adapting to a new paradigm
  • Major procurement programmes
  • 10:20 THE DEFENCE INDUSTRY IN SWEDEN

    Lieutenant General Percurt Green (Ret’d)

    Lieutenant General Percurt Green (Ret’d), Director, Association of Swedish Defence Industries

  • Current situation after last years restructuring
  • European co-operation LOI/FA
  • EDIG
  • The transatlantic link DTSI
  • Nordic co-operation
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE VIKING PROJECT

    Captain Peter Legêne

    Captain Peter Legêne, Project Manager, Project Group Viking

  • Rationale for operating submarines
  • Reasons for co-operation
  • Organisation of the Viking project

    Schedule

  • Harmonisation of requirements

    Technical solution

  • Economical factors – employment, technology generator

    Industrial aspects

  • Foreseen extent of co-operation
  • 12:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 ADVANCED DEFENCE PROCUREMENT, TECHNOLOGOICAL SPILLOVERS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT

    Gunnar Eliasson

    Gunnar Eliasson, Professor of Industrial Economics, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

  • Defence procurement and technological spillovers
  • The advanced form as a technical university
  • The competence to appropriate spillovers
  • Spillovers and industrial growth
  • Swedish cases
  • 14:40 NORDIC PROCUREMENT IMPACT ON INDUSTRY

    Johs Norheim

    Johs Norheim, Senior Vice President Business Development, Nammo

  • Nammo – The Nordic Ammunition Company
  • Restructuring – Capacity adapted to new market situation
  • Impact of Nordic Procurement
  • International Alliances
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 AN EVOLVUTION OF NORDIC MILITARY TRAINING

    Andrew Morris

    Andrew Morris, Vice President Military Simulation and Training, CAE

  • Alternative methods to procure training
  • The benefits of training services
  • Private Finance Initiatives for Military Helicopter Programs
  • Commitment to long term Nordic Partnerships
  • 16:20 SATELLITE COMMUNICATION FOR NORDIC MILITARY USE

    Carsten Vammen

    Carsten Vammen, Account Manager, Land Mobile Satcom Systems, Thrane & Thrane

  • The Inmarsat Network
  • Secure Satcom COTS solutions for Nordic navy, army and airforce
  • Voice, data, fax and/or IP communication
  • Highspeed data for all Nordic military needs - giving access to crew-calling
  • Tracking solutions for a variety of Nordic military requirements
  • Backbone communication as part of a Nordic Satcom solution
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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