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18 Aug 11. BATTLESPACE is located on Stand No. N6-495 at DSEi. Editor Julian Nettlefold will be there supported by Yvonne Headington of DRANDA and Harry Nettlefold as Stand Manager. BATTLESPACE is running 5 Email Show Dailies, 1 prior to the Show, 3 during and 1 after. Please send us all your DSEi Releases. Contact: +44 (0) 77689 54766.

18 Aug 11. The biennial Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which ran Aug. 11-14, was forced to share floor space with a comic book convention at the World Trade Center here. If that was not humiliating enough, several mainland Chinese businessmen were seen perusing booths. Who and what they were about remain a mystery. Those familiar with the vibrancy of the Singapore Air Show might be surprised to learn that Taiwan spends about $2bn more than Singapore on defense annually, yet there was no evidence of that at TADTE this year. The show has seen steady declines over the past decade. Only six U.S. defense companies exhibited this year: ITT, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky Aircraft. Missing were BAE Systems, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Rockwell Collins, Thales and U.S. Ordnance, all of which traditionally have had booths. Part of the lack of interest could be attributed to the fact that Taiwan’s shopping list for new arms has been filled for the near term and there are few, if any, items left to procure. The military is struggling to pay for $16.5bn in new U.S. arms released since 2007, including Patriot PAC-3 ballistic missile defense systems, P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, AH-64D Apache attack helicopters and UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters. (Source: Defense News)

16 Aug 11. 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition. October 10 – 12, 2011. For the first time ever, the 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition will occupy the entire Walter E. Washington Convention Center, including all five exhibit halls located on both levels. Leaders from the Army, DoD, Congress and defense industry will be in attendance for this important three-day event. Join over 36,000 people from around the world and view more than 600 displays representing the latest defense technology and services! The 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition will be held from October 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This year’s theme, AMERICA’S ARMY: THE STRENGTH OF THE NATION ™ will set the tone for what will no doubt be the premier defense forum of the year. Get the latest on the U.S. Army and its plans for the future by taking part in presentations that will include an impressive list of guest speakers. Among those invited to speak are:
* Secretary of Defense
* Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
* Chief of Staff of the Army
* Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
The following are just a few:
* Institute of Land Warfare Publication Presentations
* ILW Contemporary Military Forums
* ILW Paper Presentations
* AUSA Book Program Presentations
* AUSA Military Family Forums
* Army National Guard and Army Reserve Events

18 Aug 11. A symbolic groundbreaking ceremony took place to mark the beginning of construction of the new exhibition grounds directly adjacent to BER, the capital’s new airport. The multi-purpose exhibition grounds, bearing the name Berlin ExpoCenter Airport, will be built close by the village of Selchow, and among other events will host the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA. The main section of the grounds will cover approximately 250,000 square metres. Hall and chalet areas for aircraft displays covering some 50,000 square metres, and an outdoor display area for spectators and access routes covering 100,000 square metres, will be built for ILA 2012. Messeimmobilien Selchow GmbH (MIS) was set up on 10 November 2010 in order to manage construction and marketing of the grounds. Messe Berlin GmbH and ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg (ZAB) each hold a 50 per cent s

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