EXHIBITIONS AND CONFERENCES
27 Apr 09. You won’t find a lot of briefing charts at the upcoming “C4, Space & Cyber: The Electromagnetic Battlespace In An Era Of Persistent Conflict” symposium – in fact, if the organizers have their way you may not see any Power Point slides at all.
The symposium, which last year one attendee called “The Best Kept Secret
in the Army,” strives to create a truly interactive environment in which
the audience is as much a part of the dialog as the panelists.
Moderators are off the dais and “down on the floor” with microphone in
Much like the Phil Donahue show, which was a ground breaker in its day,
the Long Beach symposium pokes, prods, and gets the audience engaged in
the action. The moderators and panelists are all experts in their
field, contributing to the discussion with insight and authority.
The panels will be tackling timely – and tough – issues. Global
economic forces and internal policy shifts are reshaping United States
investments during this time of great change — lessons from the current
conflicts, persistent warfare, the review of our global roles in the
upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review and inevitable changes in the
budgetary focus are shaping the requirements for our future military
On 28 and 29 May 2009, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the
Association of the United States Army (GLAC/AUSA), with guidance and
advice from the U.S. Army Chief Information Office/G-6, is presenting a
symposium focused on how these factors affect the roles of C4, Space and
The symposium brings together leading minds from military, government
and industry for a true exchange of information and ideas. The forum is
more than a simple discussion of challenges, but is formatted to enable
a set of brainstorming sessions focused on finding potential solutions –
or at least paths forward – for those challenges.
07 May 09. A spectacular midday flypast over the UK’s strike carrier, HMS Illustrious, in London, provided the highlight of celebrations to mark 100 years of Naval aviation.
The tight formation of fixed wing and rotary wing Naval aircraft was led by state of the art Merlin helicopters, followed by different variants of Sea King and Lynx helicopters, as well as Hawk and Jetstream aircraft.
His Royal Highness, The Duke of York KG, Commodore in Chief Fleet Air Arm, and a distinguished Naval pilot who saw active service in the Falklands Conflict, was guest of honour onboard as the flypast passed overhead. The Duke spoke warmly of his service in the Fleet Air Arm and the nation’s debt of gratitude to all those who gave their lives in the service of Naval aviation. He also thanked everyone who worked hard to keep the aircraft flying, including the maintainers and engineers and praised the Fleet Air Arm’s commitment and professionalism in the very challenging environment in which they operate.
Flying from ships at sea is the core business of the Fleet Air Arm and the centenary of Naval aviation marks the decision by the Admiralty on 7 May 1909 to order the Navy’s first aircraft, His Majesty’s Air Ship 1. It was to prove a visionary and far reaching decision that transformed Naval warfare. 100 years later, the capability of Naval aviation or – Maritime Air Power – continues to have a direct impact and influence on military strategy and operations today.
Commanding Officer of HMS Illustrious, Captain Ben Key, said, “It is an honour for HMS Illustrious to be the focus of such a historic occasion. Carrier aviation and particularly Carrier Strike is not only the back bone of the Fleet, it is the backbone of our national security and wider defence policy.”
Also speaking at the celebrations was Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope KCB OBE, Commander-in-Chief Fleet who expressed his warmest congratulations to the Fleet Air Arm on the occasion of the centenary saying “The Fleet Air Arm is contributing directly to UK defen