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18 Dec 21. The SmallSat Symposium Returns. Bigger + Better Than Ever. The SmallSat Symposium Silicon Valley 2022 will be in session from February 8 through 10, with the event workshops occurring on February 7. The SmallSat Symposium will, once again, be conducted at Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum.. Realize — 97 percent of all launched satellites are smallsats — that is a massive and profound shift in the satellite market. Smallsats are poised to massively accelerate their on-orbit presence as their reliability, functionality and effectiveness are realized more and more by industry actors. The 2022 Symposium brings together leaders who will identify the critical trends occurring within the smallsat environs. The companies leading new technologies will also present their perspectives to attendees. The SmallSat Symposium is an absolutely ideal environment for open communication between attendees and presenters and exhibitors as well as an important business networking event. The critical insights offered into the smallsat industry are the hallmarks of this must-attend satellite industry event. (Source: Satnews)
14 Dec 21. DASA showcases defence & security technology to equity investors. Defence and Security Accelerator connects innovative companies to potential investors to benefit UK capabilities and prosperity For a third year, in a row the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has provided a platform for innovative companies to pitch their businesses and novel technology to investors at the Investment Showcase event. An invited audience, ranging from angel investors to brokers and venture capitalists, attended the DASA Investment Showcase event in London at the end of November 2021. Seventeen small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) presented their innovative business opportunities and technologies to investors. The SMEs demonstrated how their technologies have commercial potential and offer better performance and increased capability for defence and security.
The SMEs in the showcase were grouped by technology area to allow investors to easily identify those of particular interest. The categories were:
- artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality and autonomy
- drones and engineering
- detecting and sensing, communications, social impact and sustainability
The array of innovations presented included:
- digital humans that can engage in voice based interactions and provide instant feedback.
- an autonomous connection system which allows a vehicle to be connected or disconnected from a trailer without manual interaction.
- a rapidly deployable trench system to suit all threats and soil conditions.
- products that can protect people and equipment from laser threats.
What our innovative companies think of DASA and the Investment Showcase
Each SME that presented at the showcase has previously received either defence or security funding via DASA. When asked about their experience of working with DASA, one SME said, ‘DASA has been fantastic to enable us to develop very high risk technology concepts and bring them much closer to the market in both defence and security and also other dual-use applications.’
Another SME commented on the value of events like the Investment Showcase to SMEs, ‘Investment is quite a time consuming process so having a concentration of vetted, relevant investors brought to us has undoubtedly shaved a substantial amount of time off our fundraising process.’
Want to get involved? Speak to the A2MF team
DASA offers their funded companies access to business mentoring and finance advice via the Access to Mentoring and Finance (A2MF) service, which includes pitch training being a core training element. Alan Scrase, A2MF Lead for DASA, commented: ‘We fund companies to develop their technology and an important part of the package is actually helping them develop their businesses. To do that we are introducing them to investors from a wide range of communities from business angels to venture capitalists through other funds like family funds.’
Alan further commented on the added value DASA provided to the SMEs to prepare for this event; ‘we spend about a day and a half with each company helping them to get their pitch, their presentation, and how their slide deck works, for the audience, and then we practice it with them.’ (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
10 Dec 21. DOD Official Outlines 2022 National Defense Strategy in CNAS Forum. The Defense Department’s new National Defense Strategy, due in early 2022, will be a plan to deal with an increasingly complicated and complex security landscape, Mara E. Karlin, performing the duties of deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said.
Karlin made her remarks virtually from the Pentagon to the Center for a New American Security on “Mission Brief: The Next National Defense Strategy” in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9.
The DOD has recognized China as its pacing threat, a topic that was included in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, and China remains a challenge that is growing ever more acute, the undersecretary said.
The new NDS will get after the China challenge while ensuring that the DOD is responsibly working with its closest allies and partners to deal with many of other challenges that it sees metastasizing or shifting and not going away, she added.
“Every national defense strategy has to look at the force-planning construct — what is it that the military should be sized and shaped to execute? This national defense strategy, like the others, will, of course, have a force-planning construct,” Karlin said.
The National Defense Strategy is the umbrella of the National Security Strategy, she explained, adding that the National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review and the Missile Defense Review are nested under it. That’s particularly notable because it requires some serious kind of intellectual consistency, and that is consistency as one thinks about budgets, resources and capabilities, she noted.
The cornerstone of the new National Defense Strategy will be the secretary of defense’s concept of integrated deterrence, Karlin said.
“The concept of integrated deterrence reminds us how it has to be really front and center to how we think about dealing with challenges,” the undersecretary said.
“The idea of integrated deterrence means that you are integrating across your domains, so as I’m looking at a challenge, how does cyber play into it? How does space play into it? just go to our traditional thinking of air, maritime and ground. Take that and think through them. How do you integrate across domains? How do you integrate across the whole of government? When we see a challenge, how do we make sure that we are using the military when it fits for a purpose? We’re thinking about diplomacy, and indeed leading with diplomacy. It also means integrating across allies and partners,” Karlin said. (Source: US DoD)
AOC Europe connects organisations and individuals across government, defence, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and review the latest advances in electromagnetic and information-related fields. With a history spanning more than 25 years, AOC Europe is the Association of Old Crows’ flagship international event with 70+ manufacturers and 1000+ attendees from 40+ countries coming together to engage, innovate and network and to discuss all things within this dedicated sector.
Our 2022 conference theme:
Integrating Electromagnetic Effects across all Domains
The control of the electromagnetic spectrum is a fundamental requirement in modern warfare in all domains whether land, sea air, space, information or cyber. Systems operating in these domains must be able to communicate, make decisions, share information and take actions in a coordinated, controlled and effective manner using the electromagnetic spectrum.
To achieve and maintain this dominance, electronic warfare, radar, navigation, situational awareness and other information and communication systems require significant levels of integration and interoperability across all types of platforms and in all domains. Innovative integrated systems requirements, applications and enabling technologies will be considered from intelligence data gathering, analysis and data fusion through to the deployment of countermeasures and other actions that use the electromagnetic spectrum.
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