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14 Nov 11. ComDef West 2012 San Diego, CA (Common Defense), the unique and comprehensive conference focused on joint operations and international defense cooperation will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego between January 23-24, 2012 This will be the thirty-ninth in a series first held in 1987. The theme of this event is “Key Enablers for Joint and Coalition Success”. The goals for the upcoming ComDef West are as follows:-
* Understand the budgetary environment
* Understand the technological and operational drivers for effective joint and coalition involvement
* Provide an overview and status report of the leading international programs
* Identify the proposed areas for future cooperation
* Identify the key industry partners and personalities
* What works and what doesn’t in planning international Common Defense
The program can be found at http://www.ideea.com/comdefwest12/ The Early Bird rate will be available until January 5th, 2012. ComDef West will be held immediately before AFCEA/USNI West 2012 and will share their first day luncheon. ComDef West 2012 has been prepared in concert with the US Department of Defense and with Embassy representatives of the traditionally supportive countries.

17 Nov 11. Northrop Grumman Corporation recently held its first Ground Based Radar Conference focused on developments in ground radar technologies for national defense. Over three days, more than 90 attendees representing 10 nations met with Northrop Grumman officials and U.S. Air Force and Navy officials at National Harbor, Md., to examine the technical, logistical and strategic aspects of ground radar deployment in the current security environment. Attendees also had the opportunity to view demonstrations of some of Northrop Grumman’s latest ground radar systems. The conference featured a keynote speech by retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Charles A. Horner, former Commander in Chief of North American Aerospace Defense Command, who provided his unique perspective into the ever-changing CONOPS (concept of operations) of today’s military and the importance of ground-based radars to national defense. Robert Royer, vice president of International Systems at Northrop Grumman’s ISR Systems Division, outlined the company’s legacy ground radar heritage, beginning with the installation of the SCR-270 radar at Pearl Harbor. He culminated with a description of how Northrop Grumman’s ground based radar systems and capabilities have adapted to evolving threats over time to ensure their continued relevance into the future. Three in-depth panel discussions rounded out the final day of conference presentations, allowing the attendees to join a discussion focused on the changing surveillance landscape of current and emerging threats, including next-generation fighters, unmanned air vehicles, cruise missiles and theater ballistic missiles. Northrop Grumman’s current ground radar systems include the AN/TPS-78 and TPS-703 solid-state tactical mobile radar systems; the Highly Adaptable Multi-Mission Radar (HAMMR), a compact, multimode ground radar that uses airborne active electronically scanned array technology to provide on-the-move, 360 degree coverage; and the multimission AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR), which replaces five legacy U.S. Marine Corps ground-based radars.

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