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07 Apr 22. AFA Rebrands to Become the Air & Space Forces Association. After 76 years as the preeminent voice for American air and space power, AFA today announced it is changing its name to better match its mission and will henceforth be known as the Air & Space Forces Association.
“AFA was formed in 1946—even before the Air Force became an independent military service,” said AFA Chairman Gerald Murray. “But times change, and just as the Air Force was an offshoot of the Army, our Space Force was born two years ago from the roots of our Air Force. Today, both military services are represented by the Department of the Air Force and thus both are fully represented by our Association. This change makes clear to everyone that Space is integral to our mission.”
AFA will retain its three-letter acronym that has served the Association since its start. But the new name and a distinctive new Star-Delta logo will redefine what those letters stand for. These changes ensure those new to the association understand the breadth of its mission: To educate the public about air and space power, to advocate for the world’s most capable, most lethal, and most effective Air and Space Forces, and to support Airmen, Guardians, and their families.
“AFA has always been fully committed to supporting both the Air Force and Space Force as the most indispensable elements of our joint force,” said AFA President Lt. Gen. Bruce Wright, USAF (Ret.). “Even now, as the Space Force grows, expands, and builds its own, unique warfighting culture, air and space remain inextricably linked. The Airmen and Guardians who are the masters of those domains nevertheless remain tightly integrated and mutually dependent within a single Department of the Air Force. So it is with our Association.”
AFA’s new Star-Delta Logo embraces both the heritage and heraldry of the Air Force and the innovation and unique identity of the Space Force. The Star is derived from the original “Hap Arnold” Army Air Corps Star, elements that defined AFA’s identity since its founding in 1946. The new logo combines a stylized reimagining of the Hap Arnold star with the Space Force’s distinctive Delta and Polaris, both drawn from the Space Force logo.
“These elements have been combined to present a unique visual identity that reflects the dynamism and permanent bonds between these two services and their respective warfighting domains,” said Murray, former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. “The Polaris in particular is of note, as it represents the Space Force’s unique role as a guiding light and enabler for the whole of the joint force.” (Source: PR Newswire)
07 Apr 22. Airborne in Europe: ILA 2022 partners with European Commission.
- European Commission and ILA2022 enter Strategic Partnership
- Common goals: towards zero emissions and enhanced security
- Significant EU presence planned
Aerospace is a key sector for the EU that is of strategic importance for Europe’s security, sustainability and competitiveness. For this reason, the European Commission and ILA Berlin 2022 have today announced a strategic partnership to strengthen Europe’s technological leadership and to pave the way for a sustainable future for aerospace that is “Airborne in Europe”.
ILA Berlin 2022 is largest and most important air show in the EU this year, taking place on 22-26 June. It will showcase the future of aerospace highlighting innovation, new technologies and sustainability, the future of climate-neutral aviation and new mobility. Its mission is Pioneering Aerospace for a save, sustainable and connected world.
The partnership announced today will give an opportunity to discuss key strategic priorities to German, European and global audiences. These include the European Green Deal, the Fitfor55 Package, a Europe fit for the digital age, an economy that works for people and a stronger Europe in the world. It will also give more visibility to aerospace and its benefits to society across Europe, as well as drive innovation, research, and joint projects in this field.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth: “The Commission accelerates the R&I efforts to develop disruptive technologies to reach zero-emission aviation, in close collaboration with other public authorities and industry. The EU aircraft industry is world leader and should continue to stay in this position, while decarbonising the sector. The common goal of the public and private sides is the demonstration of decarbonised flying of aircrafts by 2035 and full climate neutral aviation by 2050. For this the Clean Aviation and the SESAR 3 ATM partnerships and the aviation part of our collaborative research in Horizon Europe Cluster 5 are key.”
BDLI President Dr. Michael Schöllhorn said: “The aerospace industry forms the basis of a strategically autonomous Europe that is able to act, from safeguarding our security to providing our independent access to space. This strategic partnership with the European Commission underlines our common priorities. We want to work even closer together to strengthen Europe’s leadership in aviation, space, security, defence and sustainability. With the Green Deal, the European Commission has mapped out the flightpath to zero emissions. We as an industry will be showing at ILA how ‘take off to zero’ is already happening.”
ILA 2022 is also home to Europe’s largest space exhibition, which will highlight space’s indispensable contribution to a modern, sustainable, safe and digital future. This includes the collection of climate data, which is a prerequisite for achieving the EU Green Deal’s goal of climate-neutrality by 2050.
Commission with wide-ranging presence
From the ILA Future Lab to Advanced Air Mobility – the future of aerospace will be presented and discussed on five live stages. The European Commission will be represented by a number of senior representatives and numerous contributions.
On the ILA Future Lab stage, Rosalinde van der Vlies, Director Clean Planet, will give the opening keynote. The political framework for how aerospace can contribute to the EU’s climate neutrality by 2050 will also be discussed.
In addition, the EU’s research and innovation programmes will be presented, such as “Clean Aviation”. The programme accelerates the shift towards climate-neutral aviation and brings together the private and public sectors.
Innovations from European exhibitors will also be in the spotlight on the exhibition grounds in the heart of Europe at Germany’s capital city airport, Berlin Brandenburg. Airbus, Arianespace, Diehl, Leonardo, Liebherr, MBDA, MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce, OHB, Saab, Safran, Thales and the German Aerospace Centre DLR are among the wide range of exhibitors. In addition, the European Commission will be presenting itself together with European partners such as Clean Aviation at a joint stand.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth of the European Commission, will give a keynote at the Berlin Aviation Summit on June 21, the day before ILA Berlin kicks off. This flagship conference on civil aviation, which is already taking place for the third time, brings together decision-makers in civil aviation from all over the world. Key players from politics, industry, science, research, finance and global aviation will discuss the challenges facing the industry, with a particular focus on shaping the path to climate-neutral aviation.
07 Apr 22. SOFEX 2022, Jordan’s premiere international exhibition and conference will kick off on 31 October until 3 November at The Aqaba Gate Aviation, King Hussein International Airport.
The upcoming event will be the 13th edition of the SOFEX series that is held biennially in Jordan. Under the Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, who has demonstrated strong support since the event’s inception, SOFEX is the only special operations and homeland security exhibition and conference held in the Middle East and North Africa.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to take advantage of the numerous sponsorship packages available providing a wide range of companies and organisations with the opportunity to reach key decision makers and influencers from every corner of the globe. From sponsorship of participants’ lanyards to branding of SOFEX’s VIP lounge, SOFEX 2022 will offer exhibitors a wide range of opportunities to reach their target audience and make their participation in the series’ 13th edition an unqualified success.
We look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your valued support and participation in the leading Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference – SOFEX 2022.
01 Apr 22. SupportNET 22: Delivering Better Availability.
28-29 April 2022
Sofitel Hotel Terminal 5 Heathrow
SupportNet is the opportunity for Senior leaders from Defence Support, Defence Equipment and Support, Front Line Commands, industry, academia, international partners, and external speakers to articulate and discuss how availability can be improved.
“The operational and training demands we place on equipment availability, spares and commodities have either not been appropriately challenged or policed…… At the heart of Support Advantage is a performance ambition which prizes a paradigm shift in platform and equipment availability and the development of superior, assured, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective support services.” Defence Support Strategy 2020.
Benefits of attending SupportNET:
- Understand Defence’s support requirements in the Maritime, Land and Air domains.
- Understand and influence Defence Support policy, direction and development.
- Opportunity to conduct business with Defence partners.
- Understand the direction of travel in Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S).
- Receive thoughts and observations from International and Partner Nations.
- Appreciate external (Non-Government Agency) perspective and areas of focus.
- Understand industrial key performance initiatives and new strategies.
- Opportunity for attendees to interact with speakers by forwarding questions, points and comments directly via an interactive conference software app.
SupportNET 22 Content
SupportNET 22: ‘Delivering Better Availability’ takes place on 28-29 April 2022 at the Sofitel Hotel Terminal 5 Heathrow. The event will provide an update on Defence Support challenges and opportunities, it will also build on previous SupportNET and LOGNET work. Day One speakers include (STC)
- Air Cdre Ange Baker
- Lt Gen Richard Wardlaw CDLS
- Rt Hon Jeremy Quin MP
- Lt Gen Richard Wardlaw CDLS
- Air Cdre Ange Baker
- Prof Roy Allison
- VADM Philip Cullom USN (Retd)
- Air Cdre Rich Pratley SpOps, Plans
- Capt Damian Exworthy RN
- VADM Chris Gardner – DG Ships
- Lt Col Nigel Anderson – JtSp, PAC
SupportNET is free to attend with lunch and refreshments included. Visit the Exhibition with 48 plus trade stands – we are expecting 500-600 delegates so please don’t delay and book your place now.
Delegates are also invited to attend the Evening Reception for extra networking opportunities and discussions on Day 1, bar and nibbles included, sponsored by Appian and TLMNexus.
The Defence Support and TD Info-Vanguard’s Support Innovation Challenge (SIC) – ‘Delivering Better Availability is still taking applications, please submit to by 14 April. The SIC Prizes and Fork Supper are sponsored by Leidos and Oracle. Selected pairs/individuals will present innovative ideas to a panel of experts and thought leaders. The winning option will have an idea taken forward and assessed within the Innovation, Research and Experimentation (IRE) programme of work. Click on the buttons below for more information.
‘Enabling Through Life’ presentations on areas such as human factors, performance and data including specific Defence vignettes.
- Perspectives on ‘Doing so Sustainably’ with vignettes and examples from industry.
- Presentations on ‘Doing so Collaboratively’ with presentations from international NATO partners.
Speakers include (STC) Capt Damian Exworthy RN, AVM Richard Hill DSpTx , Dr Jo Fallowfield Institute of Naval Medicine (INM), Kev Richardson CEO CILT, Air Cdre Baker, Maj Gen Simon Hutchings DJtSp , Mr Chris Hammick DE&S SMaRT, Brig Jo Chestnutt Hd DSCOM , Lt Gen Richard Wardlaw CDLS
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.
For more details on exhibiting/sponsoring, submitting a paper or attending the event visit www.aoceurope.org