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26 Oct 05. The fourth biannual Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) exhibition was held at NATO Headquarters between 26 and 27 October 2005, in parallel with the Fall 2005 CNAD meeting. Its theme will be: “Non-Lethal Weapons – Soft Power.” The exhibition is intended to build on the successes of the “Defence Against Terrorism” Programme of Work as well as the “Safe Horizons – Shielding NATO Aircraft“ and “The Digital Battlefield” exhibitions, which were held at NATO Headquarters in the Spring 2005 and Fall 2004. The focus this time will be on technologies and equipment related to Non-Lethal Weapons and their ability to incapacitate or repel personnel, with a low probability of fatality or permanent injury, or to disable equipment, with minimal undesired damage or impact on the environment. Companies from up to 20 member and partner nations, coming from both Europe and North America, will be showing their latest technologies aimed at inventive new ideas for non-lethal military capabilities covering a broad spectrum of uses, including crowd and riot control.

26 Oct 05. Creating Effect from the Joint Sea Base. The RUSI Future Maritime Warfare Conference 2005. 13 – 14 December 2005. The Banqueting House and RUSI. The 1998 UK Strategic Defence Review set out a strategic posture for the UK Armed Forces based on an expeditionary strategy. A key component of this strategy is the use of manoeuvre warfare – movement and firepower – to deliver effect. With emphasis upon the contribution of the three Armed Services to joint operations via the maritime environment, the RUSI Future Maritime Warfare Conference 2005 will look at the role of maritime forces in defence policy, and at how maritime power can deliver and facilitate manoeuvre and effect – and, in particular, flexibility in approach and volume in firepower – significance of the Joint Sea Base.

26 Oct 05. Managing Information Asymmetry: Security, Resilience and Intelligence
15 – 16 November 2005. When it comes to managing information, today’s decision-makers face unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Continual multi-source global media coverage, huge increase in web-based sources, massive data storage capabilities and competition between an array of information providers can create the excess of potentially valuable resources known as ‘information asymmetry’. How information producers and consumers meet this challenge can be the crucial decider between both success and failure in business, and life and death in the provision of security. How and from whom can the advantage of timely, accurate, actionable information be gained? How are information providers improving the ways in which they collate and analyze their product? RUSI’s two-day conference ‘Managing Information Asymmetry’ will bring together experts from the media, public, private and academic sectors to examine the requirements and relationships that currently define information provision. With presentations from key government and media speakers on the information management challenges posed by the London Bombings, this flagship event will provide an essential overview of a vitally important and rapidly transforming field.

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