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02 Feb 13. The International Defence Exhibition and Conference, (IDEX) held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, announced the line-up for the second Gulf Defence Conference (GDC). Organized by the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA), the GDC is the official conference of IDEX 2013 and will take place Saturday, February 16th at the Armed Forces Officer’s Club, Abu Dhabi. Leading the conference with keynote speeches will be France’s Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian and the British Deputy Minister of Defence for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne. Distinguished GDC participants will include Lieutenant General Vincent Brooks, Commanding General of the US Third Army; Staff Major General Ali Mohammed Subaih Al Kaabi, Military Advisor to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed AL Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; Major General (HEA) Nikolaos Zachariadis, Chief of Staff, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps, Greece (NRDC-GR); Lieutenant General André Blattmann, Chief of the Armed Forces, Switzerland; General Cho Jung-Hwan, Army Chief of Staff, South Korea; Major General Leszek Cwojdzinski, Director of the Armaments Policy Department, Ministry of Defence, Poland; Vice Admiral Marin Gillier, Commander of Indian Ocean Maritime Zone, France; Vice Admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi, Chief of Staff of the Navy, Italy; and Vice Admiral Mohammad Shafiq, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Pakistan. The conference will be split into three main themes covering New Paradigms in Land Warfare, Future Air Power Transformations and Naval Force Projection and Future Maritime Operations. The land warfare section will address the successful integration of technology to ensure force mobility and the impact of the changing nature of warfare on unified land operations. The session will also cover best practices from the UAE on the role of the military in humanitarian relief and peacekeeping operations.

28 Jan 13. 9 April 2013, Hilton Bristol Hotel. Resetting and upgrading is a cost-effective solution to regenerating military vehicle stock. Many vehicles are operating beyond their original design parameters as a result of heavy usage and carrying extra armour. This accelerates mechanical fatigue and compromises the structural integrity and safe operation of the vehicles. As well as life extension and upgrades, conversion of vehicles can also prove far more cost-effective in the long term. This one-day seminar will provide engineers, suppliers and the MoD with up-to-date case studies of best/latest practice, standards, compliance and legislation with regards to regeneration via upgrading and resetting of existing military vehicle stock. This event is an essential forum for those within the industry to exchange the latest ideas and to establish new contacts in an environment of technical learning.
Further information and bookings: www.imeche.org/events/S1761
09:00 Registration, tea and coffee
* Background – the Business Case for a forward equipment regeneration capability
* Concept of operations – outline of the task placed upon DSG
* Delivery – establishing the ESS RC Workshop and the resources used to deliver output
* Benefits to defence – what was achieved
Lt Col George Kohler REME, ESS Project Officer, The Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) & Dave Burgess MBE, Head of Total Support Force Development, Defence Support Group (DSG)
George is currently working in the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters as the sole REME officer in the organisation with specific responsibility for the ESS project and wider equipment support planning for Afghanistan. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE, having served with REME for 24 years. Previou

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