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25 May 22. On the 28-29th of September, the UK Government will bring together senior leaders in government, military and business for the annual Atlantic Future Forum. This will be hosted in New York on the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier, HMS PRINCE OF WALES, as part of its maiden visit to the United States. Six months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Forum will be an opportunity to discuss the new dimensions of international security, the response of NATO allies, collective defence, international trade and economic resilience.
The Forum is being staged by the UK Government in close collaboration with the United States. It will be led by the Department for International Trade (DIT), reinforcing the importance of prosperity and trade alongside our defence and security relationships with like-minded allies. The Forum will seek to strengthen the trade and economic pillars of the Euro-Atlantic alliance and consider the possibilities of an economic Article Five in the development of the alliance.
Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, said; “The UK continues to play a leading role in fortifying defence systems around the world. And as Russia wages a reckless and illegal war in Ukraine, the Atlantic Future Forum will be an opportune moment to bring together like-minded allies on an international scale to work together to restore global security.
“Bolstering trade will be key to achieving this; not just the trade made up of our exports and imports, but that of ideas and strategies that will help us overcome challenges such as climate change, fight future pandemics, and reinvigorate our economies.”
AFF22 will be chaired by Lord Sedwill, the former UK Cabinet Secretary and National Security Advisor. It is being co-hosted by the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Sir Ben Key and Dame Karen Pierce, HM Ambassador to the United States. As in previous years, it is anticipated that senior politicians from both the UK and US will attend the Forum.
Lord Sedwill, chairman of Atlantic Future Forum, said: “AFF22 comes at a critical time for the Euro-Atlantic alliance with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The US/UK relationship has always been at the core of the alliance and the AFF is a unique opportunity to bring together government and the military, together with academia and business, to strengthen not only security and defence but also the trade and economic sinews of the alliance”
The Atlantic Future Forum is dedicated to strengthening the defence, security, technology, and trading relationships between democratic nations. This year’s Forum will focus on the new dimensions of international security and how we strengthen the transatlantic alliance in a world of emerging threats – balancing the ‘hard power’ of military responses with ‘soft’ power strategies of influence, mobilisation, and diplomacy in Europe and beyond.
The Forum is unique amongst international summits in bringing together the worlds of business, government and the military. AFF22 will promote the importance of the UK and US as trade and economic partners and explore ways to boost innovation and technology. The Forum will gather many of the entrepreneurs driving the UK’s vibrant tech ecosystem, SMEs and innovators with some of the largest UK and US private sector companies. The Forum will help showcase advances in Quantum, AI and Cyber and the emerging technologies proving important to our future prosperity, security and economic resilience. A number of private sector strategic partners are supporting AFF22 and helping shape the content agenda, including Arqit, BAE Systems, KPMG, Boeing, Ierus Technologies, Improbable, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, OneWeb and Raytheon. They will continue to play a critical role as partners in the evolution and development of the Atlantic Future Forum.
This will be the fifth Atlantic Future Forum and the third hosted in the United States. Some 400 delegates will attend the Forum in person aboard HMS PRINCE OF WALES, anchored off Lower Manhattan. The Forum will include a number of keynote speeches, presentations, plenary sessions, fireside chats and networking events. A gala event featuring the Royal Marines Band is scheduled for the evening of the 28th of September. This is a further demonstration of the UK’s ‘soft power’ and the convening capability of the UK’s two fifth-generation aircraft carriers.
25 May 22. The NIDV Exhibition for Security and Defence on 17 November 2022 will be themed “Netherlands on the radar” with Thales Nederland as the main sponsor. The exhibition is the top business event for the Defence and Security sector in the Netherlands, with 2,500 visitors and 120 exhibitors in November 2019. Here, concrete achievements and products shape the cooperation with allies, partners and industry.
Stepping up even beyond last years’ ambitions, the NEDS will be held this seventeenth of November for international partners and interested parties. The one-day program in Rotterdam Ahoy offers your delegation the best opportunity to meet your counterparts or hold bilateral talks in newly equipped side meeting rooms, available upon request.
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Theme and program
Worldwide, the Dutch government, knowledge institutions and industry are known for being motivated team players with bleeding-edge technology and deep experience with international public-private partnerships. “Platform Netherlands Radarland” is a prime example of collaboration in which the Dutch Golden ecosystem for defence and security produces high-quality technology with operational relevance.
Sponsor Thales Nederland celebrates its 100-year anniversary this year as the heir to Dutch Signal Devices from 1922. In addition, Platform Nederland Radarland celebrates its 20 year anniversary as partnership between Thales Nederland, the Ministries of Defence and EZK, TNO, and TU Delft.
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23 May 22. Defence Information 22 (DI22), Mobilising the Defence Digital Backbone 8-9 June 2022. Active Conference Centre, Thornbury, Bristol, and online. We are pleased to be able to update you on the latest news from the DI22 Team. DI22, a hybrid conference, attendance in person and online available. Registration is 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 key speakers and the opportunity to attend 4 interactive workshops on Day 2, please make sure you book your ticket now.
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
- Delivering the Defence Digital Foundry, Lt Gen Tom Copinger-Symes, Deputy Commander at UK Strategic Command, MOD
- Panel Discussion Chair: Phil Richardson OBE, Google Cloud Public Sector Defence Account
Data, Cyber Risk & Cloud Services
Panel Chair: Peter Scott, Director of Security, DXC Technology
- Implementing the Defence Data Strategy, Caroline Bellamy, Director Chief Data Officer MOD
- 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 Abel, Technical Director, Office of the CTO, Google Cloud
- MOD Cloud Services, Kevin Brown
- Panel Discussion Chair: Peter Scott, Director of 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, Tony Purpuri, Head of Consulting Delivery, Defence Digital, VIMA GROUP
- 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
12 May 22. Call issued for EDA Defence Innovation Prize 2022. EDA today issued a call for applications from parties interested in participating in the ‘EDA Defence Innovation Prize 2022’ which, in close cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), is dedicated this year to the following topic: Space-based surveillance and reconnaissance defence technologies (space domain) focusing on debris and artificial orbiting objects.
Applicants are called to submit stimulating innovative solutions & technologies on Space-based surveillance and reconnaissance defence technologies (space domain) focusing on debris, artificial orbiting objects, and man-made objects with unexpected behaviour. The topic was chosen against the background of an increasingly crowded space environment which makes it necessary for military users to address the issue of identifying and tracking debris and man-made objects in all orbital regions. In this context, satellite operators – including military ones – are urgently looking for collision avoidance tools and solutions to support their decision-making for dedicated manoeuvres.
The proposed technologies and innovative solutions are thus expected to focus on:
- Enhanced Space Traffic Management (STM) capabilities for military purposes and dual-use, for instance: tracking in all orbital regions for orbit refinement; safe deorbiting and rapid manoeuvring of military satellites; predicting and avoiding potential collisions, among others.
- Awareness and tracking of debris and artificial objects, for instance: tracking in all orbit regions for natural and artificial objects; tracking and identifying of objects and threats in space; enhanced ability to maintain real-time awareness of the space domain; space debris detection and tracking through satellite grids; detection of very small LEO debris; space-based telescopes and radars, among others.
The winning idea/concept will be awarded 30,000€.
For the evaluation of ideas, ESA’s Space Debris Office will provide its expertise on space debris environment modelling, technologies for observation and mitigating space debris, as well as from its experience in collision avoidance for ESA’s missions.
How to apply?
The deadline for submitting applications is 9 September 2022.
The contest rules and application criteria/details can be found here, (plus the annexes to the call for applications here).
The prize will be handed over during the 2022 EDA Annual Conference in Brussels later this year.
Submitted innovations must be the applicants’ own intellectual property. However, submissions may include improvements of already existing ideas, new combinations or adaptations of them applicable in a different context. The applicants must demonstrate the innovative added value of their ideas, compared to what exists already. Proposals must be innovative, implementable through a collaborative project and financially affordable in terms of future development and exploitation.
Who can apply?
The contest is especially (but not exclusively) aimed at non-traditional defence industries (civil or dual-use producers) and researchers as they play a growing role in inventing and creating the disruptive capabilities that Member States’ Armed Forces will need tomorrow. The contest also provides a good opportunity for small and medium sized enterprises, research organisations and universities involved in defence R&D activities to demonstrate their know-how, maximize dual-use synergies and create partnerships with key players in the defence field.
Since 2018, the Agency organises the ‘EDA Defence Innovation Prize’ which rewards companies and research entities who come up with ground-breaking technologies, products, processes, or services applicable in the defence domain. The contest aims to stimulate defence innovation in Europe and provide non-traditional defence stakeholders (civil industries, SMEs, research organisations, universities, etc.) with an opportunity to showcase their know-how in domains relevant for defence. (Source: EDA)
DSEI 2023 – 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.