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13 Aug 21. Calling all Battlespace readers: DSEI is fast approaching and it’s live!
DSEI has long been known as the meeting point for the global defence and security industry, but in September 2021 it’s going to be a meeting with added significance. This is your time, finally, to reaffirm your existing business relationships, create a wealth of new ones and get back to business. Face-to-face. Don’t delay a moment longer in securing your participation. The sooner you register, the sooner you will receive your ‘approved’ status and entry badge.
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Some highlights for you at DSEI 2021
- DSEI’s Manufacturing Hub’s main theme is Industry Engagement and Acquisition, so there should be a plethora of opportunities for the defence electronics industry
- With the strain placed on supply chains due to the pandemic, the seminar: “Integrating with Industry to Deliver Support Advantage” (as link to https://www.dsei.co.uk/seminars?&filters.STREAM=industry-engagement-acquisition&searchgroup=00000001-seminars) at 14:30 on Day One will prove invaluable to organisations looking to create competitive advantages
- DSEI may prove to be a watershed moment for defence electronics as it will have over 50 companies represented in the domain with the potential to do business. View the Exhibitor List here (as link to https://www.dsei.co.uk/2021-exhibitors) and use the filters to find what you’re looking for
- Don’t worry if you can’t join us in-person at ExCeL London. We have all bases covered with DSEI Connect (as link to https://www.dsei.co.uk/dsei-connect) – our new online portal to complement the live event.
13 Aug 21. The newly launched DSEI Connect, including MeetMe, will go live this coming Monday 16th at 10am. Once you have activated your account you’ll find DSEI Connect intuitive and simple to use. It’s designed to allow you to find and connect with relevant participants at DSEI – either in person or with those attending virtually. It will also allow you to view selected content streamed live from the DSEI exhibition floor as well as exclusive content available only on the DSEI Connect Platform.
11 Aug 21. AUSA Update. We’re pleased to announce that this year’s AUSA Annual Meeting will be held as planned, in-person, October 11 – 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC! We can’t wait to see you and welcome you back to this year’s event. Our theme, America’s Army and its People, Transforming for the Future, will be highlighted throughout the Annual Meeting, including in the presentations and panel discussion. The agenda is still being finalized and the latest details can be found here: https://info.ausa.org/e/784783/annual-2021-program-cfm/9c2k9/542396648?h=H0tRIs_KbMuxhV1lKDbWVzqUUQ5GB5SSBG14iIBEL8E
Frequently Asked Questions
Understandably, we’ve received a number of questions about this year’s event. Here are a few of the most commonly asked. This is as of today, August 11, and subject to change.
- New! Will exhibitors be required to wear masks and if so, is there a type of mask that will be required, e.g, KN95 or similar?
The District of Columbia has announced that, as of July 31, all people over age two must wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. Participants at the in-person AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. will be required to wear masks at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. A specific type is not required.
- Will proof of vaccination be required as part of registration?
Proof of vaccine and COVID-19 tests are not required at this time. We will be prepared for these potential additional requirements if mandated by the District of Columbia.
- Are there restrictions or guidelines on the number of people on the show floor, in sessions rooms or during networking events? At this time no. Social distancing will be implemented where possible.
- What restrictions are there for food service in our exhibit, e.g, individually packaged food/beverages? And will these be available through the food service vendor at the show?
There are no restrictions at this time.
- Will there be a virtual platform, similar to what was offered in 2020? There will be no interactive virtual programming for this year’s Annual Meeting. AUSA will be streaming the main events (Opening Ceremony, Contemporary Military Forums) at the Annual Meeting this year. If you’re not able to attend in person, be sure to visit our website starting on October 11 to view key portions of our event via live-stream.
- What is the latest guidance for International visitors? We ask that you follow relevant guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Embassy or your local health authority and adhere to government issued travel restrictions issued by the region you will be travelling to and the region you are travelling from.
Health and Safety
AUSA is committed to the health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees, partners and staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic as we prepare for this year’s event. We are continuously monitoring recommendations from the District of Columbia health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for essential large group meetings and events.
The host venue of AUSA’s Annual Meeting, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is one of the country’s premier facilities leading the way in health, safety and technology investments for a safe return to in-person events. Here’s what you can expect:
- Masks: We ask that you bring your own mask. Extras will also be available at registration.
- Hand Sanitizing Stations will be available throughout the Center, including in the exhibit halls, common areas and outside the sessions.
- GBAC STAR™ Certified – The Gold Standard in Cleaning & Disinfection: The Center earned the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC)®, a division of ISSA, for its preeminent cleaning, disinfection and infection prevention strategies.
- Kogniz No-Contact System – A Cutting-Edge Approach to Health and Safety: The Kogniz no contact, real-time multi-person detection platform is in use throughout the Convention Center. Kogniz measures the body temperature of groups of people entering the Convention Center and uses A.I. to factor in environmental effects on individuals. It measures tens of thousands of readings per hour from up to 16 feet away.
- Enhanced cleaning and safety protocols: In partnership with SurfaceGuard, the Center has deployed its high-grade COVID-19 remediation, health and safety reporting system as part of their venues’ health and safety reopening efforts. SurfaceGuard BIOPROTECT™, is a biostatic surface protection. It is a long-lasting product that bonds with the surfaces of our furniture and equipment to stop the growth and reproduction of bacteria.
- The Highest Quality Air Filtration and Purification: The Center has incorporated the use of Synexis Defense System in the air handlers. Synexis operates using dry hydrogen peroxide behind the scenes to provide additional sanitization – reducing the presence of microorganisms
- Contactless Food & Beverage Outlets, QR Code Ordering and More
- Attendees will find touchless self-checkout kiosks that allow guests to select and purchase food items without personal contact in select Market locations
- Cashless transactions for transactions less than $100
- Easy QR Code Mobile ordering allows guests to use personal devices for ordering/delivery to the Grand lobby area
To learn more about what the Center has done to reopen responsibly, please read “Back to Business: Our Guide to Cleanliness, Health & Safety” found here: Health & Safety Guide
Registration is open!
If you have not already registered, you can do so here: https://info.ausa.org/e/784783/annual-2021-register-cfm/9c2kf/542396648?h=H0tRIs_KbMuxhV1lKDbWVzqUUQ5GB5SSBG14iIBEL8E
We will continue to send updates on a regular basis to keep you informed of any changes. We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Annual Meeting & Exposition!
11 Aug 21. DOD, Israel Hosting Innovative Indoor Autonomous Maneuver Technologies Challenge. The Defense Department, the Israel Defense Ministry and the Merage Institute are holding a Mobile Standoff Autonomous Indoor Capabilities, or MoSAIC, challenge to advance innovative technological solutions for remote, autonomous indoor maneuver.
The MoSAIC challenge is divided into five mini-challenges, three of them virtual challenges and two of them physical challenges that include: indoor navigation, room mapping, human/object tagging, tactical robotic systems, and human presence detection, which is also known as through-wall imaging.
Prizes will be awarded to winners and runners up in each of the categories. The MoSAIC challenge application process, which began June 24 and runs until Sept. 23, will award cash and other prizes totaling $600,000 to startups and innovators worldwide who produce the best solutions.
The MoSAIC challenge is part of a memorandum of agreement between the U.S. DOD’s Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate, or IWTSD, and IMOD’s Directorate of Defense Research and Engineering, or DDR&D. It’s important to note that IWTSD is part of the Assistant Secretary of Defense and Low-Intensity Conflict organization.
“The U.S. Defense Department realized many years ago that groundbreaking innovations were happening outside the government laboratories and traditional prime contractors,” said Adam Tarsi, international program manager for IWTSD.
“We are sponsoring the MoSAIC challenge, together with our IMOD/DDR&D partners, to ensure we are illuminating all relevant technologies that provide our military and law enforcement tactical operators with every possible technological advantage when operating in challenging and high-risk indoor environments. We are leveraging the Merage Institute’s vast network to broaden the pool of solvers and reward demonstrated successes in order to expedite the delivery of capabilities to our operational end users,” he said.
Spotlight: Science and Technology
Tarsi said he expects to see some innovative use of artificial intelligence, small multi-rotor drones and tactical ground vehicles that can successfully negotiate complex obstacles as might be found in tunnels or collapsed structures.
DOD has successfully held similar challenges in the last few years, with some of the experimental devices, hardware and software incorporated into systems that now or in the future will aid the warfighters with overcoming capability gaps, he said.
At this year’s challenge, Tarsi said that DOD would likely be interested in many of the projects that don’t ultimately receive prizes and that there could be a productive collaboration between those innovators and the department.
Israeli Army Lt. Col. Ryan Gity, head of Future Autonomous Systems, Program Executive Office, said: “The Israel Ministry of Defense is constantly seeking cutting edge technologies to bring operational advantage to the field. For the last two years, the DDR&D focused its efforts on developing autonomous robotic technologies for indoor and outdoor missions. Realizing that the progress of development of technological solutions for indoor robotics is much more mature in the non-military industries we decided, together with the U.S. DOD/IWTSD and with the help of the Israel Defense Force’s Ground Forces Technological Division, to develop a challenge that will bring us the technologies we have never seen before. With the combination of these five challenges under MoSAIC, both governments will be able to develop the next generation of indoor robotics.”
Spotlight: Engineering in the DOD
Paul Merage, founder and CEO of the Merage Institute said: “The MoSAIC Challenge is a rare opportunity for entrepreneurs, researchers and companies to present the technology they develop to the U.S. and Israeli governments, to create international collaborations, and to identify new opportunities in a growing demand for autonomous indoor technologies. The Merage Institute is happy to harness its capabilities as a leading center for the development of entrepreneurs and assistance to Israeli startups in the process of partnering with the American market.”
The physical testbed of the challenge is planned to take place in the spring of 2022 in the Negev Desert town of Yeruham, Israel.
Tal Ohana, mayor of Yeruham, said: “As part of a complete ecosystem in the UAV domain, which includes an experimental field, an academic campus and an accelerator in the near future, we are proud to host the international MoSAIC challenge in Yeruham, in which companies from all over the world will participate. The choice of Yeruham as a site for the competition reflects the technological revolution that the town has undergone in recent years. The UAV ecosystem is one of the main growth engines in the city. The challenge is a means for us to expose companies to the existing infrastructure in the city of Yeruham which can support their business development processes. Thanks to our friends at MAFAT, IWTSD and the Merage Institute for trusting Yeruham.”
All applications will be reviewed by a distinguished international panel of expert judges from the IWTSD, DDR&D and other relevant government organizations, according to Tarsi. Applicants that will be selected to participate in further phases of the challenge will receive access to workshops, knowledge sessions, networking events, mentoring, and media.
Winners and runners-up of each of the mini-challenges will be announced at a final event in Tel Aviv, Israel, in the spring of 2022 where they will gain significant exposure to relevant customers and sponsors across the U.S. and Israeli governments, as well as other international investors, customers and partners, around the globe with the most cutting edge and relevant hardware and software solutions that address the Israeli and U.S. governments’ most challenging and longstanding technological gaps in this mission area, Tarsi added.
For more information about MoSAIC and to participate, visit https://mosaichallenge.com. (Source: US DoD)
10 Aug 21. Call for in-kind sponsorship for a Security and Defence conference in Tokyo. The British Embassy Tokyo is looking for in-kind sponsorship to help deliver a Security and Defence conference in September. The Security and Defence Conference will be held in early September. Any company wishing to register an expression of interest for sponsorship should make contact with the Embassy as below by 17:00 JST on Friday 20 August 2021.
In-kind sponsorship: Chris Capper:
10 Aug 21. SMi’s 23rd Annual Global MilSatCom Conference & Exhibition.
Focus Day: 1 November 2021
Conference: 2 – 4 November 2021
SMi Group are proud to announce that the 23rd Annual Global MilSatCom Conference and Exhibition will return to London on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th November 2021, alongside a Disruptive Technology Focus Day on the 1st November 2021.
As Europe’s leading military communications event for satellite professionals, Global MilSatCom provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet with senior decision makers from defence agencies, militaries, governments and industry from across the globe, providing fantastic interactive opportunities through conference sessions, networking receptions and an exhibition hall.
With briefings from senior officials from the world’s leading militaries and solution providers, discussions on key issues such as international SATCOM architectural convergence and flexibility of ground terminals, attendance from many significant MILSATCOM programmes, dedicated exhibition halls, and a whole day on disruptive technology in space, Global MilSatCom will shape the way ahead and provide an unrivalled opportunity for collaboration and partnership.
Day one will begin with an exclusive joint presentation from the UK MOD’s Commander Space Command and Director Space and will continue with updates on the UK’s SKYNET programme. In the afternoon, the forum will turn to updates and briefings from key European allies and industry-leading solutions providers.
Day two will be centred on innovation and change within the US SATCOM enterprise. A strong focus will be on the Integrated SATCOM Enterprise vision, and there will be sessions dedicated to the ground segment, deployed SATCOM, and innovation in the DOD.
Finally, day three will centre around key international partner updates which will provide further opportunities for partnerships and collaboration between allied nations.
Key Networking Opportunities:
- Directly engage with key military and government representatives from around the world
- Visit the exhibition area to meet with your peers from the space industry and assess the latest technologies and services on offer
- Discuss key topics from the conference during our scheduled networking breaks
- Foster new working relationships at our post-conference networking receptions on day one and day two
- Meet and network with an anticipated 600 attendees from defence agencies, militaries, governments and industry
- Explore Small Satellites, future launch and disruptive approaches to technology development among key organisations at a dedicated pre-conference focus day, including a ground-breaking UK launch panel featuring 5 of the UK’s spaceports
To register or for more information visit: http://www.globalmilsatcom.com/battlespaceWL
10 Aug 21. AMDA cancels AVALON 2021. The ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the cancellation of one of Australia’s largest defence industry trade shows. AMDA Foundation Limited has confirmed that due to the speed of the Delta variant of COVID-19, it has cancelled AVALON 2021, initially scheduled for the back-end of the year.
This follows repeated postponements of the event amid uncertainty over venue and travel conditions.
“Delivering such a highly complex, hallmark event in these challenging circumstances would involve risks of uncertainty for attendees, participants, industry and the Australian public,” AMDA noted in a statement.
“Therefore, in order to minimise uncertainty and disruption to attendees and participants, the difficult decision has been taken now that AVALON 2021 will not go ahead. It is deeply disappointing for the AMDA Foundation team, our stakeholders, exhibitors, participants and patrons that this signature industry trade show and public entertainment spectacular will not proceed.
“But public health and safety must be paramount and responsible levels of certainty must be achieved for all involved in or attending such a complex and multi-faceted major event.”
The biennial Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition serves as a key platform for the promotion of civil and defence aviation. The event is typically attended by major stakeholders from across the globe, with the backing of the Royal Australian Air Force and the Victorian Government. AMDA Foundation will now turn its attention to AVALON 2023, set to be held from 28 February to 5 March 2023.
“With the expected transition to post-COVID normalcy, AVALON 2023 will return to international prominence as one of the world’s great air shows,” AMDA added.
“Showcasing the colour, spectacle and excitement of aviation, and the industrial and technological potential of aerospace, defence and space as national strategic capabilities, AVALON 2023 will again take Australia to the world by bringing the world to Australia.” (Source: Defence Connect)
09 Aug 21. Counter UAS Technology 2021 Conference.
- December 6-7, 2021- Arlington, VA, United States
We are delighted to announce the Counter UAS Technology 2021 Conference taking place at the Hilton Arlington on the 6th and 7th of December 2021.
With the establishment of the US DoD Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office, (JCO) there is now a drive across the US Armed Forces to have a comprehensive and centralised approach to tackling the ever evolving drone threat facing the nation.
Counter UAS Technology 2021 will showcase the very latest technology in the market to ensure that DoD personnel, equipment and infrastructure are protected from the proliferation of drones.
Speakers will feature from leading US DoD agencies, international defence organizations and leading industry providers.
Benefits of Attending
- Hear from US DoD Senior Leadership and Program Managers on how they are utilizing technology to combat UAS
- Meet and Network with international speakers from NATO and aligned nations to discover how they are defending their defence networks from drone attacks
- Listen to how innovative technology is driving advancement and enabling defence to counter drone swarms and attacks
- Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank, Former Commandant, Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, United States Army
- Colonel Loyd Beal, Project Manager, Terrestrial Sensors, PEO IEW&S, United States Army
- Colonel Scott Anderson, Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, PEO Aviation, US Army
- David Lugton, Principal Engineer, Dstl
- Dr. Claudio Palestini, Project Manager, NATO Counter UAS Working Group, Counter Terrorism Section, Emerging Security Divisions, NATO HQ
- Lieutenant Colonel Clifford M. Piernick, Deputy Director, Defensive Base Operations Division, United States Air Force
- Lieutenant Colonel Eric Like, Branch Chief, Cyber Integration & Transition Branch, Information Directorate, US Air Force Research Laboratory
- Lieutenant Colonel Manfred Stangl, Desk Officer Ground Based Air Defence And All Arms Air Defence, German Air Force Command, Luftwaffe HQ
- Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch, Assistant Branch Chief, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
- Major Frederic Vanfraechem, Head of Bureau Rockets and Missiles, General Direction Material Resources, Belgian Armed Forces
- Major Morten Hvalsøe-Dybdahl, Branch Chief UAS / C-UAS, Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization
- Mr Dave Hager, Principal Engineer for NAWCAD Webster Outlying Field WOLF, US Navy
- Mr David Hazen, Director S&T Combat in Virtual and Physical Environment (DSTCVPE), Department of National Defence
- Mr DJ Smith, Technical Surveillance Agent, High Tech Crimes Division/Bureau Of Criminal Investigations, Virginia State Police
- Mr Don Kelley, Project Manager, Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD), PEO Land Systems, USMC
- Mr Eric Fournier, Director General Innovation, DRDC – Defence Research and Development, Department of National Defence
- Mr Jeffrey Langhout, Director, Aviation & Missile Center, US Army Futures Command
- Mr Jonathan Wilt, Director, Combat Integration and Identification Systems Division, NAWCAD WOLF, US Navy
- Mr Larry Friese Jr, Counter-UAS Red Team Specialist, AISC and Former US DoD Engineer, United States Army
- Mr Richard Ast, Deputy Director, Unmanned Systems Technology, Platforms and Weapons Technology Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
- Mr Timothy Bennett, Director, Air Domain Awareness, Science & Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
- Ms. Nicole Thomas, Division Chief For Strategy And Policy, Joint C-sUAS Office, US DoD
- Roy Bookham, Senior Principal Consultant, Counter-UAS, Dstl
- Senior Representative, PEO Land Systems , United States Marine Corps
- Wing Commander Robert J Wilson, MA RAF, SO1 FD FP, Air Capability, HQ Air Command, Air & Space Warfare Centre
(Source: ASD Network/ASDEvents)
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.