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02 Aug 22. Ghana hosting new defence exhibition in October. Ghana will in three months’ time host an international defence exhibition and conference that will focus on West African defence spending.
The organisers, Great Minds Event Management, said the Ghana Armed Forces will host more than 600 international and regional defence delegates at the first International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEC) that will take place in the country’s capital city Accra on 11 and 12 October, with the aim to strengthen international and regional cooperation to combat terrorism and organised crimes.
The two-day international exhibition and conference to be held at the Burma Hall within the Ghana Armed Forces Headquarters in Accra will bring international defence equipment manufacturers, technology providers, procurement officials as well as other industry stakeholders, the organisers said.
“Hosted by Ghana Armed Forces, the two-day defence exhibition and conference will strengthen international collaboration to combat terrorism and transnational crimes, boost defence capabilities and strengthen cross-border cooperation between West African countries.”
Welcoming the regional and international defence delegates, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of the Defence Staff, Ghana, said, “As you may be aware, global peace and security continue to deteriorate amid the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the current Russia-Ukraine crisis. These events have had a significant impact on livelihoods and human security, particularly on the African continent.
“The West African sub region in particular is currently experiencing a surge in activities by armed groups. I am happy to note that several steps have been taken to deal with these threats. However, a lot remains to be done, that is why I…wish to invite you to the maiden International Defence Exhibition and Conference…under the theme Strengthening International Collaboration to Combat Terrorism and Transnational Organised Crimes.”
He called on all stakeholders in academia, media, industry, defence and other government security apparatus as well as the international community to converge in Accra to find practical solutions to the litany of security challenges facing the region and beyond.
“At stake is the safety and security of 422 m people of West Africa with a combined GDP of $659 bn. The rising cost of terrorism in Africa prompting the governments to not only upgrade the security capabilities of each country, but also to increase cross-border security cooperation,” he said.
The two-day event aims to assemble Africa’s Defence Chiefs of Staff and senior officers and executives from security agencies and global partners and advanced solution providers to improve combined combat operations and regional development initiatives.
The event is expected to be attended by more than five chiefs of defence staff, eight ministers and secretaries of defence, six chiefs of army, navy and air forces, 40 VIP speakers, and 60 sponsors and exhibitors.
Some of the main themes of the IDEC conference, include terrorism and counter-terrorism, transnational organised crime, maritime security, cybercrime, advancements in surveillance and monitoring and border security.
The IDEC will take place weeks after one of the largest defence exhibitions in Africa: the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show in Pretoria, which runs from 21 to 25 September.
Ghana has previously hosted the International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (IMDEC). The last edition, which took place in July 2021, focussed on piracy, smuggling and trafficking, amongst others. The next edition of IMDEC is scheduled for July 2023. (Source: https://www.defenceweb.co.za/)
02 Aug 22. Team Defence Update. Operational infrastructure and the drive for self-sustainment conference – 26-27 September 2022 – Royal Engineers Museum, Chatham.
The Institute of Royal Engineers and Team Defence Information are pleased to announce this conference. The event will take place over two days at the RE Museum Chatham, with a light buffet and drinks for networking on the evening of the 26 September.
The M365 (Microsoft 365) Working Group is hoping to have an update session with Microsoft in early August. We will send out more details when we have them. To join this working group, email: Andy Corbett.
MoD Additive Manufacturing (AdM) as a Service Challenge – Virtual Networking Event.
The MOD will be issuing an invitation to participate in an AdM Virtual Networking Opportunity to the Defence Sourcing Portal in early August for those companies with an interest in engaging in the MOD AdM as a Service Challenge. This will provide those companies who are not currently under contract in the defence support environment, an opportunity to identify themselves to those with an existing contract and potentially collaborate with them. It should be noted that whilst this opportunity is being facilitated by the MOD, they will not be actively securing any specific collaboration between industry participants. For more information, email Stu Olden
TD-Info Executive Team meeting – 24 August 2022 10:45am – 1:00pm
API4RAS Task Start Up Meeting – 31 August 2022 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kick off activities to produce a thought piece on Application Programme interfaces for Defence Robotic and Autonomous systems. To register click here and to find out more click here or email Steve Green.
Industry Customers Engagement Forum (ICEF) – 5 September 2022 1:00-3:00pm
This is our regular industry engagement meeting, hosted by MOD, to address issues affecting industry-based consumers of MOD-provided services. Register here or email Tony Butler to find out more.
Team Defence Information Strategy Group – 7 September 2022 10:00am to 12:30pm
Palantir 20 Soho Square, London
The Strategy Group has been established to interpret the 3* Advisory Board’s bi-annual areas of strategic focus along with outputs from the Team Defence Information Council to sponsor and approve Team Defence Information activities which align to these top-level objectives. For further information, please contact Philippa Arter.
Joint Information Standards Co-ordination Team (JISCOT) – 7 September 2022 1:45-4:00pm
The mission of the JISCOT is to co-ordinate for the UK, the MOD and industry representation in the identification, development, deployment and maintenance of a coherent set of standards to meet the needs of UK Defence. To find out more, contact Ciaran Dodd.
UK Simplified Technical English Working Group – 8 September 2022 1:30-3:00pm (online)
The UK Simplified Technical English Working Group (UKSTEWG) is a group of representatives from leading UK organisations and companies that use Simplified Technical English (STE). The main purpose of the UKSTEWG is to understand the UK’s requirement for STE, promote STE in the UK, be a source of information and guidance on STE. To find out more, contact Ciaran Dodd.
28 Jul 22. Silicon Valley Space Week (SVSW) — Satellite Innovation + MilSat Symposium. Silicon Valley is an essential destination in its own right — an incubator of that offers innovation, mission and project collaboration and development… as well as risk — the valley is the scaffolding that supports some of the biggest names in technology.
Hosted in this heart of innovation, and back-to-back for the first time, join the space community at two, premier, satellite industry events…
- Satellite Innovation (October 11-12), which focuses on analyzing next-generation satellite technology and the market segments that support and and expand these crucial business environments.
- MilSat Symposium (October 13-14), which explores the most effective and rapid solutions for the military/agency/government (MAG) market segments in the defense of, and expansion of, a nation’s critical space assets.
Noteworthy space and satellite operations near SVSW
As satellite and space organizations face ever increasing disruption, the financial and cultural aspects that make Silicon Valley pivotal to the tech industry are increasingly more and more important to space companies and organizations. (Source: Satnews)
01 Aug 22. International Security Expo announces overwhelming high-level Government support. Offering security professionals a central meeting point to discover the latest initiatives from UK Government departments, organisations and agencies, International Security Expo has announced the line-up for its popular Government Zone when its returns to London’s Olympia from 27-28 September.
The market-leading security event is renowned for providing the critical link between Government, industry, academia, and the entire end-user community, enabling security professionals from around the globe to strengthen their relationships and ensure they are adequately prepared to take on current and future challenges. And, this year, The Government Zone, returns with a remarkable number of high-profile Government representatives, highlighting the continued support the event receives from UK Government.
With those responsible for border control, transport, security, terrorism, trade, the private sector, and more in attendance, visitors are invited to debate, network, and discover the latest projects and plans for the future from UK Government departments and agencies. This includes Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC), Counter Terror Policing, British Transport Police, National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), UK Defence & Security Exports (UKDSE), Border Force and Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA).
And, for the first time, International Security Expo welcomes FCDO Services (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Services), a trading fund providing a range of integrated, secure services worldwide to support diplomacy, development and defence for the UK government. They also offer services and expert advice to foreign governments and international organisations closely linked to the UK; the Publicly Accessible Locations (PALs) team, who are part of the Homeland Security Group in the Home Office, are also exhibiting; as well as the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NLL), a UK government owned and operated nuclear services technology provider covering the whole of the nuclear fuel cycle.
Live demonstrations highlight best-practice
Along with the chance to network and discuss the latest challenges and initiatives launched by Government agencies, attendees can watch live demonstrations within the Government Zone. Confirmed to take place at this year’s show, Border Force will bring along a classic VW Camper van to highlight how space can be utilised and adapted within a vehicle, to help the modern-day smuggler. Along with vehicle demonstrations, Butch – one of many trained Border Force dogs – will be on hand to offer attendees practical demonstrations as it searches for hidden contraband.
And, joining the Border Force team will be the National Deep Rummage Team (NDRT) – renowned worldwide for their expertise in teaching and searching commercial vessels, utilising breathing apparatus, and medical equipment for confined space search and rescue. NDRT work closely with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and other intelligence agencies to disrupt the supply of drugs entering the UK via the sea.
Government experts share high-level insights
Along with a packed Government Zone featuring a range of agencies and Government departments, the event’s free-to-attend, CPD-certified conference programme will bring high-level Government officials together to discuss the latest security topics, threats and challenges. Among the speakers confirmed to date, Sergeant Peter Lucas, Community and Business Engagement, National Project Servator Team – City of London Police will join the International Security Conference, sponsored by PatriotOne and Rekor, on day one. He will reveal how law enforcement use Project Servator and See Check and Notify (SCaN) to disrupt hostile reconnaissance.
On day two, attendees at the International Security Conference will join Kate Downs, Designing Out Crime Manager – British Transport Police. Kate is the National Manager for the Designing Out Crime Unit (DOCU) where she has the responsibility for designing out crime and offering vulnerability advice to internal and external partners. Meanwhile, Anita Friend, Head of the Defence and Security Accelerator – Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) will explain why innovation should be at the forefront of national security, and what DASA is doing to support this.
Also on the second day the International Risk and Resilience Conference, supported by conference partner Resilience First, will look at high-level policy issues with more practical advice from those who were instrumental in creating it. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from the Minister for Government Resilience and Efficiency, who will outline the post-pandemic developments in the Government’s approach to resilience planning and implementation. This post supports the Minister for the Cabinet Office in delivering Cabinet Office policy, and has responsibility for efficiency, resilience planning and cybersecurity. This will be a unique opportunity for attendees to hear direct from Government officials on how the UK approaches resilience and planning, while gaining valuable insights on how industry and government can work together in the years ahead.
At the Global Counter Terror & Serious and Organised Crime Summit, sponsored by SkopeNow, attendees can gain detailed insights on current and emerging situations from those within Government who set counter terror policy, as well as those responsible for keeping us safe including Counter Terror Police UK and NaCTSO (National Counter Terror Security Office), as well as senior speakers from the Homeland Security Group (HSG), including Shaun Hipgrave, Director Protect and Prepare – Homeland Security Group (HSG), and the Publicly Accessible Locations (PALs) Team. One such transformational piece of legislation under discussion will be the new Protect Duty, where experts will break down the detail behind the policy and the subsequent legislation. While the International Risk and Resilience Conference will look at how Government resilience planning is performed, as well as its impact both on enterprise and SMEs.
Coupled with its long history of Government support, a carefully curated Advisory Council made up of the most credible Government, industry and leading academic stakeholders return to ensure this year’s International Security Expo accurately reflects the security industry and covers the full spectrum of security trends. An impressive 68 industry experts sit on this panel, including new members Anna-Liisa Tampuu, Co-Chair of the Inclusive Security Special Interest Group, The Security Institute; Satia Rai, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, IPSA; Letitia Emeana, Head of Security at Unilever and Chairwoman of the UK ASIS Chapter; and Beena Chester, Director of Business Engagement, Resilience First.
Rachael Shattock, Event Director, International Security Expo, added: “We pride ourselves on being the place where global security leaders and experts, academics and specialists come together to network and discuss the latest challenges and trends with policymakers and government leaders. This year is no exception with a raft of impressive and experienced speakers ready to share their knowledge with attendees. There is no other event that provides the vital link to strengthen relationships between Government, industry, academia, and the entire end-user community. We’re looking forward to welcoming back an impressive array of Government representatives, and the wider security community for what promises to be a stimulating and insightful two days.”
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.