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11 Jan 23. Fostering the circularity of smart textiles. Ways in which the circularity of textiles, including smart textiles, can contribute to the EU Green Deal and the EU Climate Change and Defence Roadmap were addressed by nearly 50 experts from 10 countries across Europe in a dedicated workshop on 25 October 2022. European textile use has the fourth highest impact on the environment and climate change after food, building and mobility. It puts some of the most pressure on water and land use, uses up raw materials and is a major emitter of greenhouse gases. The workshop was a forum for scientists and engineers to explore the possibilities for collaborative and transnational projects focused on future developments for circular materials for textiles in the defence and in related dual-use domains. The event gathered representatives from Member States’ ministries of defence, EU institutions, the defence industry, research institutes and universities within the “Circular Materials for Textiles” Project Circle (CMT PC), established under the EDA-managed “Incubation Forum for Circular Economy in European Defence” (IF CEED). Specific contributions were made by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space, the European Technology Platform for Textiles, as well as experts in the sector.
Key areas were identified for the development of project ideas on circularity of textiles:
- circularity by design (e.g. for cellulose-based materials or composite materials)
- repair and reuse
- recycling (e.g. military textiles, high value fibres from armour)
- sustainability, including safe and sustainable by design.
The work of this IF CEED Project Circle will be continued by developing business cases which will be further discussed in upcoming meetings.
The Incubation Forum for Circular Economy in European Defence (IF CEED) is co-funded by the European Union (under the LIFE programme) and the Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – Directorate of Defence. (Source: EDA)
11 Oct 22. Consultation forum explores hydrogen technologies for green defence. Around 80 experts from European ministries of defence, EU bodies, industry and academia participated in the first two-day hydrogen thematic workshop of the Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sector (CF SEDSS).
The European Defence Agency organised its first CF SEDSS III thematic workshop on hydrogen on 11-12 October 2022 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the auspices of the Slovenian Ministry of Defence. Entitled ‘Decarbonising defence through hydrogen solutions’, the workshop brought together experts of the CF SEDSS Working Group 2 on Renewable Energy Sources and the Transversal Working Group. The primary scope of the workshop was to explore the opportunities for decarbonising the defence sector using clean hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. It also allowed the participants to become more familiar with the EU strategic context and policy framework on hydrogen.
In his welcome speech, State Secretary of Slovenia Damir Črnčec shared his perspectives on the importance of hydrogen in supporting the green transition in defence. He provided examples of sustainable mobility projects and the search for alternative fuels in Slovenia, supporting the EU efforts to increase the sustainability of the defence sector. Mr Črnčec stressed that the deployment of hydrogen technologies requires the integration of a wide range of relevant sectors and stakeholders, such as industry and research organisations, highlighting that the participation of the defence sector in these initiatives is a necessity. He concluded by emphasising the role of EDA in identifying and promoting this important topic through activities like CF SEDSS.
Catharina Sikow-Magny, director of green transition and energy system integration at the European Commission Directorate General for Energy, presented the Commission’s strategy and actions on the development and deployment of renewable and low carbon hydrogen in the future energy system. Ms Sikow-Magny’s presentation served as a prelude to a discussion on the role that the defence sector can play in supporting the EU efforts for climate neutrality and improved security of supply by preparing an increased share of renewable and low carbon hydrogen.
During the two breakout sessions of the workshop, infrastructure and transportation, experts looked more closely into the benefits and challenges of introducing hydrogen in the defence sector, according to the selected topic. In this regard, the workshop provided an opportunity for ministries of defence, supported by the industry and academia, to share ideas and knowledge and generate hydrogen-related project ideas that will be further developed in the CF SEDSS framework, including at the upcoming 5th CF SEDSS Conference, to be held on 30 November-1 December 2022 in Prague, hosted by the Czech Ministry of Defence, under the auspices of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. (Source: EDA)
31 Jan 23. The Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) on the Airspace World event, the largest and most influential airspace and near-space management event in the world. Taking place at Palexpo in Geneva from 8 to 10 March, it will bring together thousands of leaders and decision-makers from across the crewed and uncrewed aviation ecosystem to shape our future skies.
A highlight of the agenda will be three days of crucial conversation and debate on how to integrate new airspace users in more harmonised, digital sky.
Sessions already confirmed include:
- The challenges of integrating vertiports in urban areas
- Scaling up UAV and AAM BVLOS operations
- The opportunities and challenges of new U Space regulation
- The geospatial importance of UAS safe landing zones
- Drone detection
- The future of urban air mobility
- Advanced ATM/UTM integration needs
- Achieving interoperability in the drone ecosystem
To take part in the debate and shape the conversation register now or reserve your space today.
30 Jan 23. Level I – ITAR/EAR Boot Camp.
- ITAR/EAR Boot Camp: Achieving Compliance
- February 8-9, 2023- Clearwater Beach, FL, United States
An intensive two-day learning experience focused on the basics of the ITAR and EAR. Seminar Level I focuses on the principles of defense trade controls with practical examples, case studies, and small group discussions and provides attendees with unparalleled insight into the application of export controls..Topics include State/DDTC and the Regulations, Understanding ITAR-Controlled Technical Data, How to Complete a DSP-5, Licensing Non-U.S. Persons, Utilizing ITAR Exemptions, Recordkeeping, and Compliance in the Age of Export Reform.
This comprehensive seminar also focuses on licensing in the 600 Series with case studies and classification exercises. Topics include Understanding Commerce/BIS & the Regulations, The Ten General Prohibitions, How to Use the Country Charts & Reasons for Control, Preparing License & Classification Requests using SNAP-R, List Based License Exceptions & Embargoes, How to Use the Strategic Trade Authorization (STA), Export Enforcement & Preventing Violations.
Compliance with the Federal Regulations is a Critical Component of Your Corporate Strategic Image
Avoid Costly Fines & Penalties Through Your Compliance with and Understanding of the EAR & ITAR.
Suzanne Palmer, President, Export Compliance Solutions, a former Licensing Officer at the State Department, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), with 20 years of direct experience in the U.S. defense industry. After leaving the State Department, Ms. Palmer joined Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems in Baltimore and then went on to work at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Ms. Palmer combined this unique experience to found ECS in 2003. The ECS team provides training to help compliance officials successfully apply U.S. export control regulations and establish viable export compliance programs. Ms. Palmer has worked on the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), was appointed to serve as a Special Compliance Officer (SCO) for a company operating under a Consent Agreement and is an active speaker for various professional organizations.
Marc Binder is a co-founder and principal partner in the Import / Export Compliance Consulting Firm International Trade Compliance Strategies (ITC Strategies). ITC Strategies (established 2007) is a comprehensive Export and Import Compliance consulting business, which offers a wide range of services from one-time compliance assessments to the development of complete corporate compliance programs.
Prior to joining ITC Strategies, Marc was the Director of Customs Compliance for Goodrich Corporation, where he was responsible for developing and managing the Corporate Customs Compliance program. Prior to joining Goodrich, Marc was Director of Customs and Export Compliance for TRW Automotive, and prior to that he was Manager of Import and Export Licensing and Compliance for Lockheed Martin – Government Electronics Systems in Moorestown, NJ. (Source: ASD Network)
30 Jan 23. Close Combat Symposium – 4-6 July 2023 – Save the Date and Initial Call for Papers.
The aim is to bring together the military, academia, and industry to discuss current and future developments in close combat and dismounted technologies and procedures. It will also consider current and future equipment pipelines.
D Futures Mil Cap Plans (formerly Cap GM) in Army HQ have expressed an interest in the following subject areas on which presentations would be particularly welcome:
- The soldier system, supporting equipment and network
- Small arms and light weapons
- Battlegroup lethality to include battlegroup systems linking surveillance and target acquisition, fire control, weapons, munitions and damage assessment
- Battlegroup survivability to include improved camouflage
- Speeding up the procurement pipeline to reduce 5-10 years to 3-5
- Filling the 300m -1000m HE gap and other organic BG self-defence systems
It is expected that Army HQ will sponsor presentations from DI on the threat and discuss the implications of this for procurement. Army HQ will also explain the dismounted close combat equipment pipeline in the context of the Land Industrial Strategy
The event is planned to be held over three days.
- Day 1 is at the Defence Academy of the UK in Shrivenham and provides insight from Army HQ and other customers on their intent for the future. This is supplemented by presentations from academia and industry.
- Day 2 takes place at Cranfield University’s COTEC range facility on Salisbury Plain. This involves live-firing demonstrations from industry as well as an opportunity for delegates to fire small arms from different manufacturers and with different optics and technologies. There is also the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate autonomous and remote technologies.
- Day 3 is back at Shrivenham and provides more technology briefs from industry and academia.
Call for Papers
If you wish to present a paper please Submit an abstract of around 200 words by e-mail to Eva no later than Monday 24 April 2023. Papers should be planned to take 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions.
There are unique opportunities for sponsoring at various levels during this event: individual activities such as the barbeque on the range, or collectively for the whole event with generous concessions.
For more details on the event, including registration, please check our website https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/events/symposia/sym-ccor contact Eva: ;
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27 Jan 23. Register for 2023 Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference.
Dstl will host the 25th CWD Conference, bringing together international experts and promoting collaboration to achieve a future free from chemical weapons.
Register for CWD 2023
- Taking place in London in May 2023
- Hear from experts in the field
- Opportunities to network and work collaboratively
- Reunite with your international colleagues
- Witness live demonstrations
Registration closes on 21 April 2023. Email to learn about opportunities for sponsorship and demonstrating equipment
About the conference
The CWD Conference, now celebrating its 25th year, is an international conference hosted by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). It is a unique forum, bringing together international chemical weapons demilitarisation experts, with the aim of working towards a future free of chemical weapons.
Despite the enormous progress made in disposing of state stockpiles, there is a continued need for chemical weapons destruction policies, plans, and capabilities. This conference is the foremost event for experts to discuss this priority, as well as share information and make valuable contacts within the field. Our previous event, hosted in September 2022, was attended by over 130 delegates from 13 countries, representing more than 60 distinct organisations.
New for 2023, we will be including discussions around non-traditional chemical warfare agents and their destruction technologies, such as biotoxins. This expansion into the biologically-focused side of the field will reflect the ever-evolving landscape of both chemical weapons and biological weapons demilitarisation.
We will also be continuing our focus on early careers speakers, a programme introduced at our previous conference with great success. It is our desire to encourage even more people in the early stages of their career to attend, and contribute towards, the conference. As such, 6 fully funded speaking places will be available for eligible candidates across government, industry, and academia who are in the first 5 years of their career.
Live equipment demonstrations will also take place amidst the two days of presentations, panel sessions, and poster displays, and there will be ample opportunity for discussion and networking. The conference is open to anyone with a relevant interest in CWD, and is attended by representatives of governments, industry, academia, and the armed forces.
- Abstract submission closes 24 February 2023
- Registration closes 21 April 2023
Why attend CWD 2023?
Our conference supports the global effort to eliminate chemical weapons and fosters co-operation through the exchange of information and ideas relating to safe disposal. CWD is the primary international forum for making valuable professional contacts in this field. Attendance will provide you with unique opportunities to:
- Exchange knowledge and expertise
- Network with others in the field
- Meet international experts
- Collaborate with your peers
- Both learn about and present innovative and exciting new solutions
- Share your technical challenges
- Discover and offer fresh thinking, new ideas, and different approaches
- Contribute to a future free of chemical weapons
Register by 21 April 2023
Register now to join us in demonstrating our shared commitment to eliminating this class of weapons of mass destruction, and discover ways in which we can overcome the challenges associated with chemical weapons demilitarisation: https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/cwd2023/
27 Jan 23. EDGE Group announced as strategic partner for IDEX and NAVDEX 2023. ADNEC Group announced EDGE Group as the strategic partner for the 16th edition of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and the 7th edition of the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX) 2023, which will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. Organised in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Defence, the events will be held from 20-24 February 2023, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNEC Group, said: “We are pleased to partner up with EDGE Group, a regional and global leader, to support IDEX and NAVDEX 2023, which provides a platform for showcasing the latest technologies in the defence industry. Through this partnership, we aim to highlight the remarkable development of the national defence industries. We also look forward to working together to host an exceptional edition of the event, to make it one of the biggest defence events in history, and establish Abu Dhabi’s leading position in the field of defence and major global events.”
Mansour Al Mulla, Managing Director and CEO, Edge Said:” “IDEX is by far the most important event in our calendar and one of the largest international defence exhibitions. IDEX offers industry stakeholders an ideal platform to display state-of-the-art solutions, generate new business, and discuss the latest industry technologies and trends. With huge global participation, the event provides a unique opportunity for EDGE, one of the world’s leading advanced technology and defence groups, to highlight the huge leaps that we have made in expanding our global footprint, strengthening the UAE’s sovereign air, land, and maritime defence capabilities, and adopting 4IR technologies across all areas of our operations and manufacturing.”
“EDGE will showcase its large portfolio of cutting-edge products and solutions at IDEX 2023, with a strong focus on our diverse range of innovative Autonomous Systems. IDEX is the perfect platform to highlight our integral role in positioning the UAE as a leading international player in line with the greater vision of the nation’s forward-looking leadership” he added.
IDEX and NAVDEX, the biggest events of their kind, will be attended by industry leaders, officials, decision-makers, ministers, and experts from around the globe. This year’s edition of IDEX also marks the 30th anniversary of its launch.
This year, the two exhibitions will feature a set of new initiatives that reinforce their position as the two most prominent global events in the field of defence, including a series of high-level roundtable dialogues with the participation of prominent intellectual leaders. The events will also include IDEX Next Gen, a platform dedicated to startups where they can showcase their solutions and technologies in the defence and maritime defence sectors, in addition to the Innovation Track Tour to highlight the latest products and innovations in the defence and maritime defence sectors.
IDEX and NAVDEX will also host panels that let attendees find out about the latest developments in the sector for the first time, as well as high-level panels that focus on topics related to the global defence sector. The events also feature the History of Defence pavilion, an interactive exhibition highlighting the most important products and technologies employed in the sector.
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.