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06 May 21. Multi-Domain Integration Industry Day 24 June 2021.
This event will give industry the opportunity to discover what Multi-Domain Integration means for them, and the chance to help shape the future of defence.
What is Multi-Domain Integration?
The Defence Integrated Operating Concept 2025 set out the case for change in defence, and explained the changes to the threats and the challenges faced by the UK.
Multi-Domain Integration is about ensuring that every part of defence can work seamlessly together, and with government departments and Britain’s allies, to ensure it is capable of responding to the threats we face.
- To create a unified way of working between all parts of defence, which uses every capability in concert to support a desired outcome.
- To use modern technology to enable this to happen more quickly, more efficiently, and more often.
- To change the way of thinking in defence. Everyone in defence needs to embrace MDI, because everyone will contribute to it in some way.
The MDI Change Programme is led by Strategic Command, working in collaboration with MOD Head Office and the Front-Line Commands.
Find Out More
To find out more please read:
- Integrated Operating Concept 2025;
- Multi-Domain Integration Joint Concept Note
The Industry Day
The day will provide industry with information about the aims of MDI, the motivations for change, MDI’s concept and how the Change Programme has been put together.
In the morning, senior speakers from across the Ministry of Defence will outline the ambitions of MDI and how the objectives will be met.
The afternoon will focus on break out discussions with industry. The breakout forums will focus on:
- What needs to change in the MOD and industry to better enable and/or achieve MDI?
- Where can defence better learn from industry and academia in realising MDI in the Information Age?
- Where can defence seek knowledge, experience and innovation to improve for future MDI operations?
Attendees will gain an improved understanding of the initiatives that form part of the programme and will have the opportunity to help influence change in defence.
Thursday 24 June 2021
1000 – 1700
Shrivenham Defence Academy
Please note that some elements of the day will be streamed online for remote attendance.
To register your interest in attending, please email us at UKStratCom-MDI-Industry-Day@mod.gov.uk detailing your name and organisation.
06 May 21. Team Defence Information Bulletin. Please note all links provided are to our website at www.teamdefence.info and many are accessible to registered members only. May and June promise to be busy months with TD-Info jointly hosting several key online events; see below for details of the forthcoming SupportNet 2021 (18 May), the Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference (26 May), and the Defence Information 2021 (DI21) virtual event (16-17 June).
SupportNet 2021 (SupportNET21) Conference – 18 May 2021
TD-Info is pleased to support the MOD with hosting SupportNET21 which offers a platform for leading figures from the MOD and UK Defence Industry to reflect on the outcomes and implications of the recent Integrated Review, Command Plan and Defence & Security Industrial Strategy as well as developments since the creation of the Defence Support organisation a year ago. The event will offer perspectives from across the spectrum of Defence, Front Line Commands, industry and international allies on the challenges and opportunities for Support and Industry, guided by the Defence Support (DefSp) Strategy. Confirmed keynote speakers include:
- Jeremy Quin MP, Minister of State for Defence Procurement
- Lt Gen Richard Wardlaw OBE, MOD Chief of Defence Logistics and Support (CDLS)
- Lt Gen Robert Magowan CB CBE, Deputy Commander UK Strategic Command
- LtGen Charles G Chiarotti USMC, Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, HQ USMC
- Maj Gen Simon Hamilton CBE, Director Support, Army Headquarters
- Air Vice Marshall Paul Lloyd CBE, Chief of Staff – Support, HQ Air Command
- Mr Roger West, Director Logistics and Support, Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)
- Industry representative from the Defence Suppliers Forum (DSF)
Attendance at SupportNET21 is free via a third-party portal here. Please note, you will need to register a new account separate to your TD-Info login credentials. For further information contact Kevin Atkins. There will be a limited opportunity to exhibit virtual trade stands (maximum 50) by registering here.
New TD-Info Lead Sponsors – We are pleased to announce that PA Consulting and Palantir are now Lead Sponsors for TD-Info. PA Consulting provide innovation and transformation consulting services across government and private sectors. Palantir ‘builds platforms for integrating, managing and securing data’ and provides ‘human-driven, machine assisted analysis’.
Ethics in AI Conference – 26 May – In recent years we have seen an exponential growth in the adoption and deployment of AI across many industries and sectors. The ethical and responsible adoption of this technology is paramount for building public trust and enabling the true benefits of AI to be recognised. The conference is a free virtual event run in collaboration between TD-Info and techUK and hosted by Maj Gen Tom Copinger-Symes CBE. It will explore how AI is currently being used in defence and deep-dive into some of the key ethical issues associated with its application, through a series of presentations, panel debates and Q&A sessions.
Further programme details and how to register is available on our website here or by contacting Luca Leone.
Defence Information 2021 (DI21) – 16 to 17 June – Have you booked your place for DI21 which is jointly organised by MOD Defence Digital and Team Defence Information?
DI21 provides a highly informative forum for the ‘Team Defence’ community to discuss MOD strategic initiatives, exchange information, and become engaged in collaborative MOD/Industry Working Groups. Charlie Forte, MOD CIO, will join other senior MOD and Industry keynote speakers in discussing this year’s theme “Exploiting the Defence Digital Backbone”.
DI21 will also include interesting panel discussions on Digital Transformation, Cloud Services, the JIG Vanguard, and Transatlantic Relationships.
Full programme details and how to register is available on our website. There is also the opportunity to exhibit a virtual stand.
For further information on DI21 and how to become a sponsor please email Steve Shepherd or Sue Russell.
Future Events – A number of notable events are coming up in the next few months:
Knowledge Management – Initial Briefing Session – 9 June – For MOD Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), knowledge management presents a key strategic risk which is subject to a high priority strategy and policy review to ensure that valuable information and people knowledge is protected and shared. Adrian Baguley, DE&S Director General Strategic Enablers, is keen to share the draft DE&S Knowledge Management Vision & Strategy with Team Defence Information Members to see what they think and to widen the pool of Best Practice. TD-Info will be hosting a briefing session on 9 June at 09:00 hrs. If you would like to attend please register your free place here or contact Will Tuohy for more information.
Team Defence Information AGM and Council Meeting – 22 June – The next TD-Info AGM and Council Meeting will be held on 22 June. For further details please contact Will Tuohy.
ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English (STE) Training Courses – 12 to 15 July online. The next STE course is an instructor-led online course on 12, 13, 14 and 15 July from 09:00 – 12:30 (GMT). Previous attendees say that they like:
- Applying STE to their own documents to get feedback from the facilitator and each other
- Attending 4 half-day sessions to give time to reflect and stay up-to-date with work
- Being fully engaged and actively sharing ideas and opinions
- Getting practical tips to help them to realize the value of STE
Each course has a maximum of 3-6 attendees to guarantee opportunities to fully interact and to have individual feedback from the facilitator. Register your interest here or contact Ciaran Dodd to arrange your own tailored training course.
MOD Strategic Command – Multi-Domain Integration (MDI) Industry Day – 24 June – Steve Hyde, Multi Domain Integration Head, will update industry on the aims of the MDI concept, how the change programme has been constructed and offer operational insights to the benefits of MDI. The event will discuss Defence’s vision of MDI following the Integrated Review and how investments meet the dependencies of MDI.
The MOD is planning for a physical event at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, dependent on COVID-19 restrictions. Registration details will be available shortly; a briefing pack is available here. For more information please contact Leyton Lark.
Recent Events – A number of key Working Groups (WG) and notable events have recently taken place:
Future Technology Workplace – TD-Info recently hosted a series of 5 webinars to investigate and discuss how technology might enable new ways of working in a post COVID-19 world. The webinars, sponsored by MOD Defence Digital, have all proved very productive and informative with wide participation from across MOD and the defence industry. Recordings of the discussions and presentations are available for TD-Info Members to view here. Key findings and recommendations from the webinars are being compiled and will be published shortly. If you would like further information please contact Will Tuohy.
Defence Support Force Development Board (DSFDB) Sub Working Groups (SWGs) – Last month we announced the realignment of the DSFDB SWGs following the release of the Integrated Review, Command Paper and Defence Climate Change & Sustainability Strategy (highlighting published)? the latest 2021 programme of events:
Defence Support Supply Chain – previously known as Additive Manufacturing
- 15 July 21
- 18 November 21
Defence Support Data (previously Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- 12 May 21 (MOD Only)
- 19 August 21
- 2 December 21
Defence Support Distribution – previously Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS)
- 5 May 21
- 16 September 21
- 10 January 21
Sustainable Defence Support
- 17 June 21
- 21 October 21
- 22 February 21
Several of these reinvigorated SWGs met last month to share experience of practice, process, and technology to identify use cases and build a roadmap of activities (Defence and Non-Defence) that will generate the evidence base to underpin future Defence Support Concept, Capability and Transformation development. The output from the recent Sustainable Defence Support SWG Meeting on 27 April is now available here. If you would like further details or become involved please contact Steve Green.
Publications of Interest – Project Theseus – The MOD is inviting tenders for Project Theseus which is a commercial Framework Agreement for experimentation tasking(s) in the field of Autonomous Logistics. Framework tasking can range in scope and scale from small-scale procurement or funded demonstrations, to financial contributions towards development of a complete technological solution to Project Theseus. The tender value is £12.5m (exc VAT) and responses are to be submitted before 19 May 2021. Further information is available here or by contacting Bradley Hayward.
Key Dates for May and June 2021 – Please check the TD-Info website Calendar here to confirm details and how to join as these are subject to change:
- 4 May – JISCOT
- 4 May – Forecast and Resource Planning (F&RP) Tools WG Meeting
- 5 May – Defence Support Distribution SWG – previously Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS)
- 6 May – Supportability Case Working Group
- 10 May – CUPA Pilot Delivery Group Meeting
- 10 to 13 May – ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English (STE) Training Course
- 12 May – Defence Support Data SWG (previously Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- 17 May – Forecast and Resource Planning (F&RP) Tools WG Meeting
- 18 May – SupportNet 2021 Conference
- 25 May – Forecast and Resource Planning (F&RP) SOM RACI WG Meeting
- 26 May – Team Defence Executive Meeting
- 26 May – Ethics in AI Conference
- 1 Jun – Forecast and Resource Planning (F&RP) Tools WG Meeting
- 3 Jun – Supply Chain and Support Engineering Working Group (SCSEWG) Meeting
- 7 Jun – Industry Customers Engagement Forum (ICEF)
- 8 Jun – Forecast and Resource Planning (F&RP) SOM RACI WG Meeting
- 9 Jun – TD-Info Executive Group – Knowledge Management – Initial Briefing
- 10 Jun – Team Defence Strategy Group Meeting
- 14 Jun – JISCOT
- 14 Jun – Forecast and Resource Planning (F&RP) Tools WG Meeting
- 15 Jun – Supportability Modelling and Analysis WG Meeting
- 16-17 Jun – Defence Information 2021 (DI21) Conference
- 17 Jun – Sustainable Defence Support SWG
- 22 Jun – Team Defence Information Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Council Meeting
- 22 Jun – Forecast and Resource Planning (F&RP) SOM RACI WG Meeting
- 24 Jun – Multi-Domain Integration (MDI) Industry Day – MOD Event
- 28 Jun – Forecast and Resource Planning (F&RP) Tools WG Meeting
- 30 Jun – Team Defence Executive Team Meeting
- 12-15 July – STE Training
Forthcoming Events – Non Team Defence-Info
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Battlespace – TD-Info Members are entitled to a 20% reduction in subscription to the Battlespace defence electronics news service. For further details please contact Julian Nettlefold.
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05 May 21. RUSI Land Warfare Conference 2021: Integrating for Operations Today and Warfighting Tomorrow. After more than a year without face-to-face meetings we are delighted to announce that RUSI’s Land Warfare Conference 2021 will be taking place with physical attendance on 2 June at Church House in London. A limited number of tickets are available to purchase from today, with a 50% discount for RUSI members.
Those attending in person will need to adhere to social distancing rules and will either need to present evidence of a negative COVID test upon arrival, or be tested at Church House, though this will require delegates to wait for their result before entering the conference area. Those unable to attend the conference in person will be able to attend virtually.
Following the publication of the UK’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy in March, Land Warfare Conference 2021 will provide a forum to discuss its implications for the British Army and the UK’s allies. Given the Review’s announcements on personnel and equipment, how is the Army working to ensure it retains an asymmetric advantage? In the context of renewed great power competition and enduring disorder, the British Army is seeking to persistently operate by, with and through partners and allies while constraining adversaries, to deter escalation to warfighting. To achieve this, interoperability is critical. The conference will provide an opportunity to ensure that lines of effort across allies are complementary.
There is a broad consensus among militaries that advantage in the future operating environment will be gained by states that have undergone a digital transformation which enables them to integrate effects and capabilities. If war breaks out, states will need to leverage emerging technologies and prioritise speed, range and precision-strike. As the complexity of military systems increases, allies will need to work collaboratively to remain at the cutting edge of manned-unmanned teaming and artificial intelligence. There is a critical need for armies to be able to integrate their capabilities and people to be more than the sum of their parts.
RUSI Land Warfare Conference 2021 will allow partners and allies to explain how they are modernising their forces, calibrating their force posture, and pursuing technological advantage.
03 May 21. IMCO Group, a leading provider of complex solutions for air, land, and maritime defense applications, held a special two-day demonstration of its solutions and capabilities at its showroom in Rosh Ha’Ayn, Israel.
Together with its subsidiaries and partners, IMCO Group offers One-Stop-Shopping for end-to-end Terrain Dominance Solutions which includes a range of hardware and software solutions offering scalable tactical superiority capability using UAVs, hovering platforms, UGVs and manned vehicles equipped with sensors, modular multi-axial positioners, communications, proprietary command and control systems, and independent computing power on the battlefield. IMCO Group and partners’ complete value chain now also includes, among other things, in-house PCB design and assembly capabilities.
Military attachés, ambassadors, and representatives from various countries across the globe visited the showroom during the two-day demonstration, and witnessed the capabilities of IMCO, its subsidiaries, and partners:
Nir-Or, which designs, develops, manufactures, and integrates innovative video systems and electronic solutions for various military platforms that maximize survivability and lethality at land, air, and sea, demonstrated its Situation Awareness Video System (SAVS).
Nir Or’s SAVS offers continuous 360° terrain and situational awareness for land and marine vehicles together with embedded Artificial Intelligence (AI) that supports decision-making solutions on the battlefield. It reduces the cognitive load while maximizing the lethality and survivability of the crew.
Innocon Ltd., an innovative Israeli developer and manufacturer of Tactical UAVs ranging from micro-UAVs to full-size light airplanes, presented its MicroFalcon: a lightweight UAV for over-the-hill ISR missions. Its high survivability, fast redeployment time cycle, and cost-effective price tag make it an ideal UAV for the military, civilian, and HLS markets. Innocon’s MicroFalcon is already operationally deployed by many customers worldwide, including NATO member countries, and has a NATO Stock Number.
Ex-Sight, which specializes in research & development and provision of full turnkey solutions of robotic technologies for the public sector and security markets, presented its Ground and maritime Vehicles for border defense, 3DV Stereoscopic Day & Night Driver Vision Enhancement systems for Armored vehicles, and Mid-range Electro-optic payloads. Turning product ideas into reality, Ex-Sight has been selected by Israeli forces to develop cutting-edge tactical robotics and video systems that are integrated into several leading projects.
Capture systems, a leading manufacturer of Pan & Tilt positioners, presented its ATID Anti-Threat Intelligent Detector, Caracal pan & tilt unit based on a gunnery station, and Jaguar: a heavy-duty unit designed to be a true REAL-TIME long-range observation system, capable of supporting payloads up to 60 Kg without losing precision. Capture’s advanced modular multi-axial positioners are ideal for air, land, and sea military uses, HLS, commercial/industrial, Satcom, communication antennas, measurement systems, vision and pointing systems.
Sky Sapience, a leading provider of tethered hovering platforms enabling 24/7 real-time ISR, demonstrated its HoverMast: a mobile, operationally proven tethered hovering platform that provides top-level observation and surveillance capabilities at altitudes up to 150 meters. The HoverMast can host any payload, up to 11 kg., and operates autonomously, on the move, in harsh weather. Intuitive and easy to operate, the HoverMast enables immediate and continuous data transmission through a wideband link, setting up valuable communication between different teams.
IMCO Industries CEO, Mr. Eitan Zait: “We were honored and excited to hold this special demonstration, and present the complete capabilities of IMCO Group and partners to customers, Military attachés, ambassadors, and representatives from various countries. Turning ideas into reality, IMCO Group is a one-stop-shop for complete tailor-made turn-key terrain dominance solutions that enhances user’s situational awareness and ensures high lethality and survivability.”
IMCO Industries Ltd. (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange TASE: IMCO) is a leading defense provider of complex solutions for air, ground, and naval applications. With proven manufacturing capabilities in Israel, the USA, and India, IMCO combines state-of-the-art design, global production and project management capabilities to provide what the customer needs where it needs it. Together with its subsidiaries, affiliates and partners, IMCO Group offers design, development and production of unique Terrain Dominance range of solutions, that offer scalable tactical superiority capability using drones and UAVs equipped with sensors, communications, multi-axial positioners and independent computing power for the defense, HLS, and security markets.
03 May 21. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is once again inviting Belgian industry to become part of the development of MQ-9B SkyGuardian® Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) through Blue Magic Belgium (BMB). The third annual event, set for Sept. 15-16, 2021 at DronePort’s facility in Sint-Truiden, provides an opportunity for Belgium-based businesses to present their capabilities and products to GA-ASI technical experts with the goal of expanding GA-ASI’s business-to-business cooperation with Belgian industry.
Following GA-ASI’s 2020 BMB event, new Research and Development projects were initiated in partnership with Hexagon’s Geospatial division and ScioTeq, adding to a growing list of projects in development with Belgian businesses working with GA-ASI on SkyGuardian development. Other Belgian businesses include AeroSimulators Group (ASG), AIRobot, ALX Systems, SABCA, Thales Belgium, ST Engineering and DronePort.
“GA-ASI encourages any Belgian companies who are interested in contributing to the advancement of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) technology for Belgian Defence and beyond, to review the applicant details and submit an application package,” said GA-ASI European Regional Vice President, Scott Smith.
GA-ASI is interested in meeting with Belgian companies that develop technologies and products that are applicable to UAS in the following areas:
- Cutting-Edge Engineering Technologies related to Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft Systems
- State-of-the-art Innovative Manufacturing developments related to MALE Unmanned Aircraft Systems
- Sensor data processing, automation, utilization & distribution technology developments
- Air Space Integration technologies and developments related to MALE Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Companies wishing to meet with GA-ASI representatives during the Sept. 15-16 event should visit https://ga-asi.com/blue-magic-belgium-2021/ for additional information and to submit an application package. Businesses selected will meet with GA-ASI technical experts to present their capabilities and show how they can be applied to GA-ASI’s line of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) products and services for UAS.
DSEI 2021 – POWERING PROGRESS, DEFINING YOUR FUTURE
DSEI connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the entire defence & security supply chain on a global scale. With a range of valuable opportunities for networking, a platform for business, access to relevant content & live-action demonstrations, the DSEI community can strengthen relationships, share knowledge and engage in the latest capabilities across the exhibition’s Aerospace, Land, Naval, Security & Joint Zones.