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30 May 06. A new MBA (Defence) will be delivered by Cranfield School of Management and the Defence College of Management and Technology at Shrivenham (Schools of Cranfield University). The qualification has been developed to meet the needs of the defence sector and provides the opportunity to study for a more recognisable degree, being a redevelopment of the Master of Defence Administration, previously delivered by the Defence College of M&T at Shrivenham. The programme is designed for civil service and agency managers as well as defence industrial executives and those from the defence and security community, including those from the army, navy, air force and Ministry of Defence. Participants will study at Cranfield School of Management alongside MBA students from the commercial and not-for-profit sectors in Part 1 of the programme. They will then go on to take compulsory modules appropriate to the Defence sector in Part 2 as well as completing a defence-focused research project.

31 May 06. Army pulls plug on IT conference. The cancellation of the Army’s Information Technology Conference scheduled for next week was the result of a servicewide move to freeze non-mission-critical spending. In announcing the cancellation of the conference, sponsored by the Army Small Computer Program, the Army issued a statement yesterday blaming the cancellation on “severe” Operations and Maintenance Army (OMA) funding restrictions. Those restrictions were brought on because Congress has not approved the fiscal 2006 emergency supplemental spending bill. “These are painful actions, but they are absolutely necessary in order to continue operations during the month of June,” said Gen. Richard Cody, the Army’s vice chief of staff, in an internal e-mail circulated throughout the service. Cody added that although lawmakers would likely finish the supplemental bill in June, “We need to take action now to control spending in the Operation and Maintenance, Army appropriation and stay within law.” (Source: GCN)

01 Jun 06. Exploring Network Enabled Capabilities to Achieve Decision
Featured Speakers:
• Major General Georges D’hollander, Director, C3, NATO
• Major General Francesco Cariati, Chief, 4th Division, Joint Staff, Italian Army, Ministry of Defence, Italy
• Brigadier General (Ret) Hans-Herbert Schulz, Former Bundeswehr, Germany
• Sue Payton, Deputy Under Secretary for Advanced Systems and Concepts, US Department of Defense
• John Garstka, Assistant Director for Concepts and Operations, Office of Force Transformation, US Department of Defense
Conference Focus:
Network Enabled Capability is at the heart of Defence Transformation across Europe. It is the coherent integration of sensors, decision-makers and weapon systems along with support capabilities to create superior decision-making. This combined structure will enable military forces to operate more effectively in the future strategic environment through the more efficient sharing and exploitation of information. This will lead to better situational awareness across the board, facilitating improved decision-making, and bringing to bear the right military capabilities at the right time to achieve the desired military effect.

This enhanced capability is about more than equipment; it will exploit the benefits to be obtained from transformed doctrine and training, and optimized command and control structures. The ability to respond more quickly and precisely will act as a force multiplier enabling forces to achieve the desired effect through a smaller number of more capable linked assets. Network enabled warfighting force elements will have the ability to operate at a higher level and pace. Intelligence gathered from multiple sources will be fused and presented to those who need it anytime, any place and anywhere in the theatre environment.

Gain Valuable Insight From:
• Interoperability and integration in network enabled capability
• Network enabl

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