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27 Sep 22. DSEI 2023: UK Ministry of Defence to focus on ‘Achieving an Integrated Force.’
“It is important to highlight the work towards Achieving an Integrated Force as we continue to drive for a stronger, more competitive industry, procuring the right equipment for our people at the right price and at the right time – promoting collaboration between allies and partners as well as supporting British industry to thrive in the international exports market” – Minister for Defence Procurement, The Rt Hon Alec Shelbrooke MP
The overarching theme for the DSEI 2023 event has been announced as ‘Achieving an Integrated Force’. The UK Ministry of Defence and the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, UK Space Command, UK Strategic Command, and UK Defence and Security Exports are working to integrate at all levels and across five operational domains of Air, Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Land, Sea and Space.
Building on the DSEI 2021 theme of ‘Integrated Response to Future Threats’, it is evident that an integrated force can only occur through culture, a trained workforce, data and technology. In UK Strategic Command, the Digital Backbone strategy seeks to provide the authority and capacity to act as Defence’s integrator and enable multi-domain and multi-nation integration.
To achieve an integrated force, supply-chains need to be understood and strengthened, thus creating an unbreakable cohesion between military and industry. This can be accomplished by utilising the expert knowledge of the civil and private sectors to take full advantage of cutting-edge technology and skills. All of this, combined, will lead to a strategic defence force that can transition from large, centralised, unhardened infrastructure to smaller, dispersed, resilient and adaptive modules that can include both passive and active defences.
The current and future operating environment will be characterised by increasing challenges below the threshold of traditional warfare. Changing battle narratives and the increasing use of non-lethal means to influence or secure objectives mean that coercive warfare has come of age. It is a new era where challenge will be in the real, virtual and cognitive worlds; partners and allies must be prepared.
Speaking to this theme, a video exclusive featuring the highest levels of MOD and military stakeholders has been launched.
Listen here to General Patrick Sanders (Chief of the General Staff, British Army) Air Marshal Sir Richard Knighton (Deputy Commander Capability, RAF) Vice Admiral Martin Connell (Second Sea Lord, Royal Navy), Lieutenant General Tom Copinger-Symes (Deputy Commander, UK Strategic Command).
Minister for Defence Procurement, The Rt Hon Alec Shelbrooke MP, said: “In an age of increasing global competition, DSEI 2023 will bring the key players together to ensure that we’re constantly moving forward alongside our Armed Forces and industry partners.
“It is important to highlight the work towards Achieving an Integrated Force as we continue to drive for a stronger, more competitive industry, procuring the right equipment for our people at the right price and at the right time – promoting collaboration between allies and partners as well as supporting British industry to thrive in the international exports market.”
Grant Burgham, DSEI Director, said: “Having the theme announced for DSEI 2023 is a significant step as we look forward to the show only twelve months away. DSEI is the premier event of its kind and is crucial in bringing together the UK Government, armed forces and industry. For 2023, we fully expect to be back at pre-pandemic levels of attendees, with contribution from over 2,800 DSEI & DSEI Connect defence and security suppliers, and 31 international pavilions across the exhibition space. We are immensely proud of the platform we provide the international defence and security industry, enabling it to demonstrate its expertise and capabilities across a live and digital audience.”
Held biennially, DSEI connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the global defence and security supply chain on an unrivalled scale. The event is curated to consistently support both the prime contractors as well as small and medium-sized enterprises while, crucially, giving UK exports a significant boost.
DSEI will take place at ExCeL London 12-15 September 2023.
27 Sep 22. Operating in the future electromagnetic environment symposium 2022. Community of minds will work alongside government scientists to shape future thinking on operating in an increasingly congested environment. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is hosting its third Operating in the Future Electromagnetic Environment (OFEME) symposium on 21 and 22 November 2022, inviting representatives from industry, academia and across government.
In today’s connected world, the electromagnetic environment is crucial for many sectors, such as mobility (moving people, goods and services), a connected society and healthcare. In defence, spectrum dependent systems are ubiquitous across land, sea, air and space, being used for communications, sensing, weapons systems and more.
However, the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum commonly used – primarily radio frequencies and microwaves – is facing increasing congestion, which limits our ability to efficiently and reliably exploit energy or information in a timely manner. Our reliance on parts of the spectrum that are in high demand and used by multiple occupants has been reported as a looming ‘spectrum crisis’.
Some solutions are starting to emerge, such as how we can use less-congested parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, and these solutions may also offer additional advantages. The question remains: have we sufficiently explored options for improving electromagnetic spectrum access and operations within congested bands?
The challenge of congestion, deliberate or otherwise, is, a shared feature across all sectors. In the defence context, the electromagnetic environment can also be contested, such as through electronic warfare, where reliable spectrum access can be deliberately denied or degraded.
To help solve these challenges, academics, suppliers including small and medium-sized enterprises, and colleagues from MOD and other government departments are invited to join the OFEME symposium, to work alongside Dstl’s scientists and shape future thinking.
The event will cover:
* shared challenges for operating within the future electromagnetic environment, both inside and outside of defence
* how research and development investment can be harnessed in future approaches
Dstl is planning to hold the symposium as an in-person event at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London. It will feature a range of keynote speakers, technical presentations, poster sessions and interactive workshops.
In addition to contextual presentations, advances and implications of the following topics will be included at this year’s event:
* control engineering and theory
* microwave and terahertz photonics
* information theory
To request an invitation to the event please email: . When your place is confirmed you will receive a link to Eventbrite to register.
20 Sep 22. ARMY EXPO 2022 was organised as an introduction to the FUTURE SOLDIER vision for becoming more lethal, more agile and more expeditionary, reports Bob Morrison.
Introduction: It had been originally intended that this article would run on Saturday 10th September, following a planned Media Day on Friday 9th, but the announcement on the Thursday evening of the unexpected death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral and the subsequent start of the Period of National Mourning caused us to hold back publication until the day after The Queen’s State Funeral. The media facility for ARMY EXPO 2022 was, understandably, first postponed and then cancelled, but as I had attended at Copehill Down on the 8th (primarily for a recce after flying back from MSPO 2022 in Poland the previous day to ensure I could cover this important event) I was able to take these images between the downpours on what turned out to be a very sad day indeed.
In a nutshell, the November 2021 FUTURE SOLDIER Transformation is the British Army’s vision for becoming more lethal, more agile and more expeditionary. At ARMY EXPO 2022 on Salisbury Plain, which was scheduled to run over five weekdays between 8th and 14th September, an invited audience received a first-hand insight into the modern British Army and viewed some of the capabilities of its equipment as well as being given an introduction to new initiatives across four key themes, namely: Protect, Engage, Constrain and Warfight.
¤ Protect: Brought hands-on demonstrations and expert presentations across three stands covering everything from the work being done to support society at home, to how the Army stays ahead by innovation and experimentation, to how they invest in their own people ~ including Regulars, Reserves and the Civil Service.
¤ Engage: Explained how the Army is deployed globally with a wide range of operations and exercises to build partner capacity and provide a forward presence. Across three more stands, visitors could find out about the Security Force Assistance Brigade and its future capabilities, Army support to United Nations missions, and the ongoing Operation ORBITAL training for Ukrainian forces and provision of military aid and weapon systems.
¤ Constrain: Was set in the heart of the action within a scenario where personnel were deployed to Eastern Europe working alongside partner forces. Visitors could find out how 6 [UK] Division uses modern technology to integrate between ‘Forward’ and ‘Stand Off’ elements whilst training with allies. Themes here included:-
- Constraint in an era of global competition: preventing conflict by reassuring allies and partners, and deterring adversaries; competing more effectively beneath the threshold of open conflict; and ensuring rapid response through Land Regional Hubs (in Germany, Kenya and Oman) to improve readiness, enhance interoperability and strengthen regional understanding.
- Integrating closely with partners and allies with an integrated approach to operating, including: a new Army Special Operations Brigade established to train, advise, assist, and on occasions accompany partner forces; and persistently operating with multi-disciplinary teams by, with and through partners
- National strength and global prosperity: using a Whole Force approach and recognising that Regular, Reserve and civilian people are all vital in Army activities; commitment to strengthening the Union; and supporting and increasing the nation’s prosperity agenda while recognising the Army’s global influence and responsibilities in all the countries in which they operate. (Source: joint-forces.com)
30 Sep 22. MAKE UK DEFENCE SUMMIT 2022. Make UK Defence are excited to announce the first details of our 2 day Defence Summit on November 23rd-24th at the world-class Millennium Point in Birmingham.
About the Summit
This event has 3 unique components:
* A conference featuring talks and discussions on the key issues and opportunities in UK defence, with thought leaders in government, industry and academia speaking.
* A black tie dinner in the evening for delegates to unwind, network and enjoy some good food at the Thinktank museum.
* And on day 2, our Meet the Buyer events return for the first time in-person since 2019!
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.