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03 May 22. SMI has re-branded to SAE Media Group. I am very pleased to announce that effective today (3rd May 2022) we have re-branded to SAE Media Group.
Our new brand, post-transition, will continue to deliver value to all our customers through gathering senior market leaders from across the globe at our industry leading conferences.
The re-brand marks an exciting new chapter for the business and we are delighted to be aligning our brand and organisational focus with the rest of the SAE Media Group.
About SAE Media Group:
SAE Media Group (SMG), an subsidiary of SAE International, reports the latest technology breakthroughs and design innovations to a global audience of nearly 1,000,000 engineers, researchers, and business managers. SMG provides critical information these professionals need to develop new and improved products and services.
SAE Media Group is comprised of two synergistic organisations:
- SMG Conferences, based in London, produces over 60 high-level networking events worldwide, concentrating on the Aerospace, Defense, Pharmaceutical, and Medical industries. These events bring together senior government and industry executives/program managers to share knowledge and collaborate on key technology topics including military space, unmanned and autonomous systems, microbiology, biosensors, and much more. SMG’s flagship event, Global MilSatCom, is the world’s premier conference for the military satellite communications market.
Visit http://www.smgconferences.com/ to view our conferences.
- SMG Media, headquartered in New York City, offers a diverse multimedia network of engineering magazines, e-newsletters, web sites, webcasts, special reports, and custom marketing services. Primary areas of focus include the Aerospace/Defense, Automotive, Commercial Vehicle, Electronics, and Medical sectors, with extensive coverage of cross-industry technologies including batteries/energy storage, sensors, photonics and imaging, advanced manufacturing, robotics, and motion control.
SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries committed to advancing mobility for the benefit of humanity. As the industry-leading professional association for engineers in the transportation and mobility sector, SAE International provides technical content, consensus-based standards development, professional development opportunities, events, and membership benefits, along with many other products and services. To learn more, visit www.sae.org.
04 May 22. Nova Systems SME summit to grow sovereign Australian defence capability. Adelaide-based Nova Systems will host its inaugural SME Summit for Australian owned and operated companies at Indo Pacific 2022 on Wednesday 11 May at 1000. The Summit will be held in The terrace Room at the nearby National Maritime Museum. The SME Summit will see prominent defence and industry leaders share their insights into how sovereign SMEs can drive better performance and capitalise opportunities to become more resilient and relevant in the Australian defence industry landscape.
“Australian SMEs have the advantage of being innovative and incredibly nimble, with the ability to make fast decisions, a massive advantage when it comes to implementing new technology and capability,” Nova Systems CEO, Jim McDowell said.
“As a sovereign industry leader, bringing together a concentration of Australian defence capabilities creates opportunities for SMEs to grow and creates more choice for the defence client.
“Having grown from a two-person start-up to a global organisation, with a supply chain of more than 350 local suppliers, 90 per cent of whom are Australian owned and controlled, we understand the challenges SMEs are facing, having experienced them ourselves.”
- Jim McDowell, CEO, Nova Systems
- RADM Wendy Malcolm, Head of Maritime Systems, CASG
- Team Norsta representatives, including Norship, Tropical reef Shipyard and secora
- Ms Bec Humble, Chief of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Nova Systems
- The current state of play
- Partnering with CASG
- How to create and build an effective team
- How to grow from a small to a mid-tier entity of scale in the Australian defence landscape
“Post-pandemic, and with an increasingly uncertain global climate, it’s as important as ever that Australia builds sovereign capability and becomes more self-sufficient,” Mr McDowell said.
“A truly sovereign Australian enterprise’s profits that are generated from Australian defence projects to deliver capability to our forces stays in-country and is reinvested in future defence capability, contributing to the national economy and jobs for Australians – for the benefit of this generation and beyond.”
To register for the summit visit: https://www.novasystems.com/au/event/indopacific-2022
(Source: Rumour Control)
05 May 22. AAD 2022 officially launched as half of exhibition space is booked out. Defence Minister Thandi Modise has officially launched the eleventh edition of the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition, which will take place in Pretoria from 21 to 25 September and see participation from the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), oil and gas and other sectors.
Speaking at the launch ceremony at Tek Base in Lyttleton on Thursday morning, Modise said the Department of Defence had a vested interest in the defence industry, as “without it, we are done for.” She added that AAD shows off South Africa’s capabilities, and urged the defence industry to come together to rebuild the sector.
For the first time, the oil & gas and mining industries are invited to attend as the exhibition seeks to broaden its focus and include sectors that overlap with defence – recent events in places like Cabo Delgado and Nigeria show the need for security in mining and energy exploitation, for example. The relevant delegations will be brought to AAD to help attract companies from these industries.
Unmanned aerial vehicles will also be a big part of this year’s edition, with organisers hoping to include flying displays and demonstrations at Air Force Base Waterkloof – discussions are underway with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to make this happen.
Exhibition Director Michelle Nxumalo said it is exciting to be launching the eleventh edition of AAD during Africa Month, especially after a successful 2018 edition. Once again, the format is three trade days and two air show days, while three conferences will take place simultaneously with the show, including on cyber security and unmanned aviation.
Several national pavilions have already been confirmed, including China, India, Pakistan, the United States, Turkey, Italy, the United Kingdom and Belgium. The Czech Republic has withdrawn in solidarity of Ukraine while Ukraine and Russia are unlikely to participate due to the events in Europe.
Sandile Ndlovu, Executive Director of AMD, said the conflict in Ukraine is beneficial for AAD because Russia is concentrating on Ukraine, leaving a vacuum in Africa. The Russians cannot supply or support Africa, leaving the door open for African countries. He told defenceWeb that there is a lot of demand for defence products in Europe, but European and even American companies are struggling to cope, creating opportunities for African companies to fill the gap.
Milkor is the diamond sponsor for this year’s event, but Reutech is also a lead sponsor. Milkor Director Phasha Ramokgopa said the absence of the 2020 edition of AAD could be felt across the sector and there have been many changes since the last iteration in 2018. Milkor, for one, has developed a long-endurance medium altitude UAV that can be armed, putting South Africa amongst an elite seven nations that have Category Four (over 600 kg) UAV platforms, “a truly phenomenal feat showcasing the capabilities of South Africa.”
In spite of its troubles, Denel will be taking part in AAD 2022. Modise said that Denel is crumbling and its intellectual property is “flying off our borders,” but the Department of Defence is determined that Denel will be resuscitated, in whatever form. She said the defence industry needs to be rebuilt and that industry must demonstrate patriotism and showcase its products for the Department of Defence to buy.
AAD is a partnership between South Africa’s Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD), the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) and the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor), with full support from the Department of Defence (DoD) and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). The organisers expect AAD 2022 to contribute R1 billion to the South African economy and create2 000 jobs.
Once again, a youth development programme will be incorporated into AAD, with the aim of getting youngsters interested in aviation and defence and the skills, like maths and science, needed for those career paths. Kholisile Khumalo, Chair of the Youth Development Programme (YDP), said AAD has touched the lives of 100 000 learners and in the past, the youth development initiatives have seen 5 000 scientific calculators donated to learners as well as thousands of dignity packs for female learners, and numerous science laboratories provided to schools. So far, R250 000 has been raised for youth development this year, including R150 000 from Armscor and R50 000 from Hensoldt. Khumalo said R3 million is needed to reach 10 000 learners this year.
“The YDP has touched the lives of thousands of learners…My request is that you become the spark that ignites the career of young girls or young boys to become aeronautical engineers and pilots,” he said.
05 May 22. Mobilising the Defence Digital Backbone.
8-9 June 2022
Active Conference Centre, Thornbury, Bristol, and online
DI22, a hybrid 2 day conference with a packed programme, covering updates from Defence Digital, MDI, Cloud Services, Data Digital, Support Services, TD-Info Vanguard and more … panel discussions, interactive workshops, the exhibition with over 40 physical and virtual stands from the Defence Industry and MOD, and the TD-Info Excellence Awards. Registration is now open, all tickets include Day 1 and Day 2 and the Extra Networking Session following Day 1. The Programme (STC) is detailed below, with a line up of high level presenters from the MOD, Defence Industry and Academia, please make sure you book your ticket now – virtual and in person attendance welcomed.
Note: the Networking Extra session and the workshops can be booked when your DI22 registration is complete, click on the ‘MyEventPortal’ link to book your extras!
The Programme (STC)
Information Strategy & Information Enablers
Panel Chair: Phil Richardson OBE – Google Cloud Public Sector Defence Account
- Delivering the Defence Digital & IT Transformation – Charlie Forte, Chief Information Officer (CIO), MOD
- Mobilising the Defence Digital Backbone – John Fitzpatrick, Director Digital Enablement, MOD
- Implementing the Defence Data Strategy – Caroline Bellamy, Director Chief Data Officer MOD
- Panel Discussion Chair: Phil Richardson OBE – Google Cloud Public Sector Defence Account
Data, Cyber Risk & Cloud Services
Panel Chair: Mark Hughes, President, Security, DXC Technology
- Reducing Cyber Risk – MOD Cyber Resilience Strategy – Hugh Tatton-Brown, Head of Cyber Security Architecture
- The Cloud concept, best practices and how it can benefit Defence – John Able, Technical Director, Office of the CTO, Google Cloud
- MOD Cloud Services – Kevin Brown or Nominee
- Panel Discussion Chair: Mark Hughes, President, Security, DXC Technology
- Commodity Usage Principles & Assurance (CUPA) Partnership – Major Colin Williams, Defence Digital
Panel Chair: – Dr Roger Hood Chairman, NED, Adviser to commercial organisations
- Mobilising AI on the Digital Backbone – Bridging the Gap from Work Automation to Digital Optimisation – Peter van der Putten, Director Decisioning & AI Solutions & Assistant Professor, AI & Creative Research, Pega
- People, Integration and Agility: the Vertebrae of the Digital Backbone – Oliver Organ, Business Development Manager, VIMA
- How technology can help Defence make sense of the ever-increasing volumes of data and how this is a fundamental component of any pan – Defence Digital Backbone – Al Bowman, Director UK Public Sector for Dataminr and Johnny Pinney, MOD Account Manager for Dataminr
- Manufacturing 4.0 meets Defence 4.0 – exploiting this merged opportunity – Paul Homan – Distinguished Engineer, CTO Industrial – IBM Services
- Unravelling the Digital Backbone – people, process, technology, data and secure by design – Steve Bell, Technical Director – Atkins
- Finale Speaker – Technology Gamechangers – Ben Parish, Head of Innovation, Defence Digital, MOD
- Panel Discussion Chair: Dr Roger Hood
03 May 22. Defence hosting new Australian Defence, Science, Technology and Research Summit.
Start-ups have been invited to pitch their innovations in areas such as AI, robotics, biotech and smart sensors in front of defence, business and academic leaders at the inaugural ADSTAR Summit in July.
Organisations have been invited to pitch their innovations to leaders across defence, academia and industry at this year’s defence “start-up alley”.
According to Defence, areas of interest include but are not limited to:
- AI-human teaming;
- Developing human resilience in adverse conditions;
- CBRN sensor networks;
- 3D printing in contest environments and combat;
- GPS and navigation in denied environments;
- Solutions to protect satellites from space debris.
A recent event announcement confirmed that the speakers are expected to include:
- Chief scientific advisor, UK Ministry of Defence, Professor Dame Angela McLean
- US Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Ms Heidi Shyu
- Director, NZ Defence Technology Agency, Dr David Galligan
- Director of STELaRLab at Lockheed Martin Corporation, Dr Ton Lindsay
- Head of Defence and National Security, executive director Ai Group Defence Council, Ms Kate Louis
- First Assistant Secretary, head technology, Nuclear Powered Submarine Taskforce, Department of Defence, Dr Todd Mansell
- Chief executive officer, Trusted Autonomous Systems, Professor Jason Scholz
- US Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Dr Stefanie Tompkins
- Director General Strategy and Planning – Air Force, Air Commodore Gretchen Fryar
- Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Cathy Foley
- Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist, Professor Tanya Monro.
“We want to hear from start-ups that have an idea or innovation that could enhance our defence force’s capabilities or help to keep our defence personnel safe,” Professor Tanya Monro, Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist said.
“We are especially eager to build partnerships with those working with artificial intelligence and machine learning, biotechnology, cyber security, space, robotics, virtual and augmented reality, and hardware and software development.
“It’s a unique opportunity to connect your ideas with a range of potential defence applications … You never know where your innovation might find a new application in support of defence.
“The central theme of the summit is ‘resilience’ in our defence forces … Resilience is the ability and capacity for human-technical systems to quickly adapt and recover from unexpected interference, disruption, adversity, and threats. ADSTAR seeks to harness clever Australian science and technology and create new partnerships to build this resilience.”
(Source: Defence Connect)
03 May 22. The Eurosatory exhibition returns from 13 to 17 June at the Parc des expositions of Paris-Nord Villepinte. To date, more than 1,500 exhibitors from 60 countries as well as 33 national pavilions are already registered and more than 200 official delegations have been invited.
Eurosatory is a true technological showcase offering solutions and equipment covering the entire spectrum of capabilities, from proven equipment to the latest technological innovations. All the latest developments in the field of land and airland defence and security will be present at the exhibition. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to discover more than 500 new products and a large number of innovations at the stands and in the Eurosatory LAB.
The Eurosatory LAB: an area dedicated to defence and security start-ups
Eurosatory visitors will have the opportunity to discover the Eurosatory LAB on a surface of more than 1,000 sqm. Nearly 80 French and international start-ups gathered in the Eurosatory LAB will have the opportunity to present their technological innovations to official delegations and industry professionals throughout the 5 days of the exhibition. Among the start-ups’ solutions, many civil innovations are applicable to Defence and Security issues.
High-level conferences will be held in the Agora. The Director of the Defence Innovation Agency will take part in the inaugural keynote, and among our guests, we will have the pleasure to welcome the Founder of the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC), the “DEFENSE ANGELS” network, as well as the Director of the Battle Lab Terre.
Pitching sessions and demonstrations will be held in the LAB, as well as a variety of interactive and convivial activities such as the public vote for the “Start-up of the Day” from Tuesday, June 14 to Friday, June 17, or the ” Cocktail Lab ” which will be organised at lunchtime.
The Eurosatory start-up challenge in partnership with Agorize
For the first time, Eurosatory is hosting a start-up challenge in partnership with Agorize. This competition is open to start-ups from all over the world. Participants will have to propose an innovation of a dual nature, likely to effectively transform the daily life of a Defence and Security actor in the exercise of its missions. The winning start-up will receive prizes including a presence at the exhibition where it will play a key role in the development of disruptive technologies.
GENERATE: the start-ups accelerator by GICAT
Launched in 2017, the GENERATE programme enables French start-ups to understand and integrate the world of defence and security by providing them with tailor-made services and by allowing them to benefit from the GICAT network.
GENERATE is a start-up accelerator dedicated to defence and security issues in the broad sense. In this sense, this programme goes beyond a simple operational support to also bring a strategic vision through the triptych:
- Start-up accelerator for their strategy, visibility and business development
- Content and reflection creator through several regular publications
- Facilitator of a network of innovation actors
More information on GENERATE by GICAT: https://generate.fr/en/generate/
This focus on innovation carried by the conferences, the Eurosatory LAB and GENERATE, is part of Eurosatory’s commitment to offer an environment that encourages reflection on the defence and security of tomorrow.
We look forward to seeing you from 13 to 17 June 2022 to discover the latest land and airland defence and security innovations.
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