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29 Jul 21. A Green Light for Double Vaccinated US & EU Travellers. The UK Government announced yesterday that from Monday 02 August, travellers from the US and the EU, will no longer need to quarantine on arrival in England, if they have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We are delighted that our US and EU visitors will now be able to attend DSEI 2021 in-person, without the need for prior isolation. Get ready to reconnect with the global defence and security community, including all major primes, 100+ ‘new to event’ exhibitors and 19 international pavilions, at the most anticipated industry event of the past 18 months.
New for 2021: DSEI have launched DSEI Connect to complement our audience’s live experience and facilitate participation for those unable to attend. You can use DSEI Connect to access live and on-demand keynote sessions, find potential new suppliers via the Supply Chain directory and arrange meetings (in-person or virtually) with key contacts and potential business partners using Meet Me.
Everyone who registers for DSEI 2021 can access DSEI Connect.
29 Jul 21. Dstl wargames the power of influence. Attendees of Dstl’s inaugural Influence Wargaming Conference tested their influencing and decision-making skills against a series of real-life international scenarios. The event provided an opportunity for civil servants and military officers to experience wargames based on influencing behaviours using physical and non-physical force, share specialist knowledge and identify potential user requirements for further investigation.
Held on Monday 19 July at QinetiQ’s Training Innovation Facility, and attended by UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and government representatives seeking to integrate influence activities into their areas of work, the event was organised by a multi-disciplinary team comprising members from across academia, industry and defence.
The conference showcased wargames developed as part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s Representation of Behavioural Effects (RBE) project. The RBE project conducts science and technology (S&T) activities to improve the representation, integration and synchronisation of non-kinetic / behavioural effects in decision-support tools such as wargaming, modelling and simulation.
Wargames provide structured and safe-to-fail environments to help explore what works (winning / succeeding) and what doesn’t (losing / failing). At the core of wargames are: the players; the decisions they take; the narrative they create; their shared experiences; and the lessons they take away.
The work from this conference will help determine how better to wargame influence and how to include influence within wargames that have not considered it before. Incorporating influence within wargames will better represent the current and future character of warfare, as set out in the Integrated Review and thus better informing decision-making within UK government.
The event was supported by the Joint Information Activities Group (JIAG), which trains around 600 people a year in influence activities. Commanding Officer Lt Col Pat Owen said, “At JIAG we use wargaming to support our training in several areas, and it has always proved popular with both students and staff. We’re delighted to have been part of the workshop, and look forward to supporting the research project in the future.”
Jess Lowe, the lead for Dstl’s Influence Programme, stressed the importance of the work, which will serve to promote best practice through the creation of a Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) Wargaming Influence Handbook. Jess said, “Information advantage is at the heart of how UK defence must operate to achieve influence in this more complex and competitive world. This Wargaming Influence Conference was an opportunity to share, test and improve the novel concepts and approaches that Dstl is developing to help decision-makers in UK defence and government better plan and achieve influence overseas.”
Commenting on the success of the conference, DCDC’s Chief of Staff, Group Captain Martin Ogden, added, “We are grateful to all those who contributed – their valued input will enable us to assess and, where appropriate, develop game methods and mechanisms that can be used by the MOD community to represent and adjudicate influence activity for concept, capability and warfare development purposes. The generation of the handbook from this research is a great demonstration of how we can work together with Dstl to close capability gaps and provide useful guidance for practitioners across defence.” (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
29 Jul 21. FEINDEF 21 exceeds the initial previsions by having more than 230 confirmed stands three months before the exhibition starts. FEINDEF 21 expects to exceed the initially established figure of 300 exhibitors, 130% more than in the 2019 edition. FEINDEF 21, the benchmark forum that encompasses the Defense and Security sector in Spain, confirms the reservation of 232 exhibition stands today, which will be located in its more than 31,000 m² that will be available at IFEMA, which represents an occupancy rate of 77%.
This figure reflects the great acceptance that FEINDEF 21 is having, both nationally and internationally, and represents 78% more than the 156 exhibitors who participated in the first edition held in May 2019.
Initial predictions, which are being exceeded due to the gradual reactivation of the economy in recent months, had an established goal of reaching 300 stands. This figure would represent an increase of more than 130% compared to FEINDEF 19 and would position FEINDEF as one of the most important Defense and Security exhibitions in Europe.
FEINDEF 21 will offer a meeting place in the new post-COVID 19 framework, where entrepreneurs, scientists, academics, the military and members of the Administrations can share knowledge, experiences and exchange ideas on the most demanding security challenges the nations are actually facing and how they can develop and implement emerging technologies to achieve and maintain a competitive security and technological advantage, within an extensive and chosen conferences and round tables program.
26 Jul 21. Have questions about Defence Innovation Loans? Talk to our experts. Your chance to speak to the DASA Team behind Defence Innovation Loans. If you are undecided on Defence Innovation Loans, or want to learn more, we have the thing for you. A virtual event called Defence Innovation Loans: Your questions answered. We want to answer all of your burning questions, so we are inviting you to talk directly to the experts.
What will be covered in the event?
- What DASA does and how Defence Innovation Loans work
- Who can apply – is your business and innovation eligible ?
- What you can borrow – amounts and eligible cost
- Understanding the project and loan periods and terms – an explanation of the costs and how the loan works
- How to apply – including top tips
Date and time: 3 August 2021, 11:00 – 11:40 BST
Click here to register!: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/defence-innovation-loans-your-questions-answered-tickets-164839578617
Don’t miss out! This is your chance to ask the experts everything you need to know about defence Innovation Loans so you can quickly commercialise your defence product.
Why Defence innovation Loans?
- Loans of up to £1.6m for SMEs
- You can apply for a loan between £250,000 and £1.6m.
- Below market interest rate of 7.4%
- Accessible to SMEs, and with a below market interest rate of 7.4% per annum
- Focused on commercialising you innovation
- Your innovation must be mature at TRL 6 or above, to ensure the solution can be commercialised within the time scale of the Innovation Loan.
For more on Defence Innovation Loans, watch the videos below:
Defence Innovation Loans: An introduction
Defence Innovation Loans: Everything you need to know (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
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.