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24 May 23. DSEI 2023 has announced a list of keynote speakers as registration goes live for visitors and media.
- (Timings tbc): General Sir Jim Hockenhull KBE ADC Gen, Commander, UK Strategic Command
- (Timings tbc): James Cartlidge MP, Minister for Defence Procurement.
- 1400-1425: General Sir Patrick Sanders KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the General Staff, British Army
- 1530-1555: Admiral Sir Keith Blount KCB OBE, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO SHAPE.
- 1100-1125: The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence
- 1230-1255: Admiral Sir Ben Key KCB CBE ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Royal Navy
- 1400-1425: Air Marshal Sir Richard Knighton KCB FREng, Chief of the Air Staff (desig.), Royal Air Force
- 1530-1555: A yet to be announced international keynote address
- 1100-1125: The Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch MP, Secretary of State for Business and Trade
- 1230-1255: Andy Start, Chief Executive Officer, Defence Equipment & Support
- 1400-1425: Admiral Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence
- 1530-1555: An international keynote, yet to be confirmed
- 1100-1125: Vice Admiral Philip Hally, Chief of Defence People, UK Ministry of Defence
Please click here if you would like to register for DSEI 2023.
To view the full schedule of keynotes at DSEI click here.
*Timings on the conference programme are advisory and may be subject to change.
For media enquires please contact the DSEI Press Office
24 May 23. CANSEC 2023 to feature defence news, military support to Ukraine. Canada’s largest defence, security and cybersecurity trade show returns to Ottawa on May 31 and June 1, with opportunities for media to walk the show floor, hear from Canadian defence leadership, and speak directly with Canadian companies contributing to the Ukrainian war effort and the Canadian defence industrial base.
CANSEC 2023 will feature more than 300 exhibitors, four VIP keynote speeches, 30+ international delegations, and the popular CANSEC Labs area showcasing the latest in cyber, disruptive and emerging technologies.
May 31 – June 1, 2023
8am – 4pm EDT each day
Registration is required for all media attending CANSEC, including camera operators and producers. Media can apply for a media pass here or RSVP to to initiate the registration process. We encourage media to register in advance.
Our 2023 Media Kit with story ideas, general themes, and a list of companies contributing to Ukraine is available here.
NEW in 2023
- Same-day b-roll (MP4, HD) footage from the show is available to broadcast outlets upon request.
- Podcast studio equipped with mics is available for recording on-site interviews.
- Indigenous business delegation with more than 10 Indigenous-owned and led defence companies will attend in partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
- CANSEC Labs area has been expanded for 2023. Exhibitors include Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, IBM Canada, SMEs, and more.
Keynote Speakers and VIPs
May 31, 2023
Hon. Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence (8:30am speech start time)
Lunch keynote speaker from a partner nation (12:00pm start time, virtual address)
June 1, 2023
Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (8:30am speech start time)
Hon. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Public Services and Procurement (10am show floor tour only)
LGen Frances Allen, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces (12:00pm speech start time)
EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr, Ottawa, ON. Anticipate heavy traffic around the EY Centre between 8-10am on both days. Parking is first-come, first-served with overflow lots available. Shuttle buses are available from downtown and various points throughout Ottawa, with a schedule available upon request ().
About the Industry
(Source: PR Newswire/Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI))
25 May 23. Experts convene for Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference.
International experts have convened in London for 25th Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference.
- More than 99% of declared chemical weapons stockpiles destroyed to date
- International experts meet to address remaining chemical weapons challenges
Scientists, technical experts, policy officials and non-governmental organisations from across the world congregated at the 25th Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference in London to share experiences and lessons and address remaining challenges.
The Conference has been hosted by the Ministry of Defence and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), in close collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense. The annual conference is crucial to facilitating conversations on the demilitarisation of chemical weapons.
As more than 99% of declared chemical weapons stockpiles have been destroyed, and with the remainder scheduled to be destroyed this year, this year’s conference addressed the future of demilitarisation. Speakers expanded the remit by presenting on topics such as biotoxins and the capability of states not party to the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Delivering the closing remarks of the Conference, UK Defence Minister Baroness Goldie reflected on key successes, such as 72,000 metric tonnes of the declared chemical warfare agents across the world being verifiably destroyed – as well as condemning those who have used and retained chemical weapons – acknowledging the importance of holding those responsible to account.
Defence Minister, Baroness Goldie, said: “Chemical weapons still represent one of the greatest threats to peace and security that we face today. We must redouble our resolve, summoning the courage and optimism required to finish the job of ridding the world of these deadly weapons, neutralising current and future risks. Together, we can ensure we make this world a far safer place for the next generation.”
OPCW Director General, Fernando Arias said: “This year, the OPCW celebrates its 26th anniversary. It is now up to all of us, to consolidate and strengthen our disarmament gains, and stay the course, we started in 1997, to exclude completely the possibility of the use of this type of abhorrent weapons with a total destruction and zero tolerance.
As joint hosts of the conference, Dstl plays a lead role in support of global demilitarisation and has an ongoing programme disposing of current and historic chemical weapons.”
Dstl Chief Executive, Paul Hollinshead said: “Dstl appreciates and supports the work of the OPCW Laboratory in facing these emerging challenges [biotoxins]. We are immensely proud that under the MOD funding and Dstl technical leadership, a project that utilises the new Chem Tech Centre to develop more comprehensive analytical techniques to identify scheduled biotoxins in both environmental and biomedical samples will be established. As the most successful multilateral arms control treaty with 193 States Parties, the CWC covers the vast majority of the global population. Our small part in that community has massive influence, which has time and time again changed the world for the better. The wider capability of our national protective programmes keep our troops safe through the deployment of advanced technology and the deterrent factor that technology provides.”
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, the Honourable Ms. Deborah Rosenblum said: “No nation, no government, can be successful in the fight against chemical weapons threats in isolation. We need each other and the best ideas industry, academia, and the NGO communities have to offer. That is why this conference is so valuable. There is a rich history of government and industry partners working together to advance counter and non-proliferation objectives. Together, we have destroyed nearly all of the world’s declared chemical weapons. Continued collaboration will be essential to tackling future challenges. I encourage you to share your ideas about how this conference can continue to be fit for purpose and to advance our progress toward the ultimate objective of eliminating this class of WMD.”
The Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force in 1997, banning chemical weapons, and requiring states parties to destroy any existing stockpiles. In 1998 the first Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation conference was held, and this has continued to be hosted annually by the MOD and Dstl. The Convention requires global cooperation to affect lasting change and address chemical weapons use, as highlighted by chemical weapon attacks including in Russia on Mr. Alexey Navalny in 2020, in Salisbury in the UK in 2018, and the numerous chemical weapon attacks by the Assad regime in Syria. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
25 May 23. IDET 2023 Launched: Come and See How Far the Army Has Come in 30 Years. Today, the 17th edition of the IDET international fair for defense and security technology was launched at the exhibition center in Brno. Traditionally, the Department of Defense and the Army, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is presented to visitors here, and its exposition was conceived in the spirit of the motto “old versus new.” IDET lasts until May 26 and a record 551 exhibitors from home and abroad present themselves here. Deputy Minister of Defense Daniel Blažkovec took part in the opening ceremony, and the ceremony was made special by the fly-by of aircraft from the Air Force of the Czech Republic.
The Defense and Army are presented to guests in part of Pavilion P and on the area between Pavilions P, F and M. Visitors will find both old equipment that the army was armed with in 1993, as well as current equipment.
“The IDET fair is a more than suitable opportunity to show, within the framework of the exposition of the Ministry of Defense and the Army of the Czech Republic under the motto “old versus new”, the great progress in the modernization of the army, which has been achieved over the last three decades,” Deputy Minister of Defense Daniel Blažkovec invited the guests to a tour.
Visitors will be able to compare, for example, the BRDM-2 anti-chemical vehicle used by the army when it deployed for the Gulf War, and its modern successor, the Iveco LOV CBRN. Other exhibits in the spirit of old vs. for example, the STRELA S2-M and modern RBS-70NG anti-aircraft missiles, the R-5M Bečva command and staff vehicle on the BVP-1 chassis and the TITUS wheeled armored command and staff vehicle against it are new. Outside, one of the most watched additions of recent months will be on display, the Leopard 2A4 main battle tank, next to which the T-72 M1 will be placed. Among the new acquisitions, the outdoor area will also include a STARKOM mobile jammer on a Tatra chassis and a MADR 3D radar. There will be old and new handguns, and the indoor display will also include display cases showing the evolution of the military’s uniforms and accoutrements over the past three decades.
A record number of 551 exhibitors from 29 countries will be present at IDET this year. According to Blažkovec, this international trade fair is also a key event for the Department of Defense, because thanks to it it will gain comprehensive awareness of the latest technologies and know-how, and at the same time it is a means of developing strategic partnerships with the aim of strengthening the security and defense capabilities of the Czech Republic. By the way, 35 foreign delegations accepted the invitation of the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic this year.
“Given the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine and the change in the international security environment, it is more important than ever to support both the modernization of the armed forces and the growth of the capacities of the domestic and European defense and security industry, which is also a key component for building the defense capabilities of our country and ensuring the safety of supplies,” emphasized Daniel Blažkovec in his speech.
(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com) (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/ Czech Ministry of Defense)
25 May 23. Optimistic space industry to examine expansion opportunities at Space-Comm Expo. The space industry is moving forward with confidence and is hungry for collaboration as it heads towards the second half of 2023. In a recent research report conducted by Space-Comm Expo, the UK’s largest commercial space sector exhibition, 57% of those surveyed predicted a growth rate of up to 20% in the next 12 months, with a similar percentage increasing their investments by the same margin.
Ahead of the third instalment of the event, industry leaders and experts shared the biggest challenges that need to be addressed for the space industry to reach its predicted heights. The shortage of skilled professionals, which poses a significant barrier to innovation and progress, supply chain issues and a lack of financial support and investment are seen as hampering the current growth potential of businesses within the sector.
Within the report, industry professionals emphasise the need for a global framework for commercial space business, increased financial support, and government upskilling initiatives to provide policy guidance, highlighting the growing need for collaboration across the sector.
A progressive catalyst, Space-Comm Expo, taking place 7-8 June 2023, is tackling these global industry challenges and solutions with the support of leading organisations, associations and government departments, including the likes of UKSpace, Ministry of Defence, ADS Group, Federal Aviation Administration, ESA and UKSpace Agency.
Latest speakers announced for Space-Comm Expo, include:
- Luke Pollard MP, Shadow Armed Forces Minister
- Natalie Moore, Head of Space Policy, Ministry of Defence
- Prof. Dr Kai-Uwe Schrogl, President of the International Institute of Space Law, ESA
- Harshbir Sangha MBE, Missions and Capabilities Delivery Director for Earth Observation and Low-Earth Orbit Assets, UK Space Agency
- Libby Jackson OBE, Head of Space Exploration, UK Space Agency
- Kelvin Coleman, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
- Jennifer Rogers, Chief Architect for the Payload and Ground Systems division, Northrop Grumman
- Dr Thomas Clayson, Chief Technology Officer, Magdrive
- Aviv Kanelbaum, Business Development & Marketing Manager, IAI
- John Whalley, Chief Executive, Aerospace Wales Forum
- Giuseppe Sisinni, Co-founder, Head of Sales, and CEO, EnduroSat Italy
- Doug Liddle, CEO, In Space Missions Ltd
- Doron Zauer, Co-founder and General Partner, Eath & Beyond Ventures
- Professor Stephen Hobbs, Professor of Space Sensing and Systems, Cranfield University
- David Edwards, Chief Executive, Royal Aeronautical Society
- Dr Richard Soden, Space Solutions Program Manager, Keysight Technologies
- Patricia Skelton, Deputy Head of Astronomy Engagement, Royal Observatory Greenwich
Collaborating with groups, such as UK Students for the Exploration & Development of Space (UKSEDs), Space-Comm Expo will be shining a light on the career opportunities and demand for the sector for the next generation of talent: “UKSEDS are excited to attend and be involved in the organisation of this year’s Future Workforce and Meet the Engineer panels at Space-Comm Expo 2023. We are glad to continue our long-term partnership with Space-Comm, and for the opportunity to represent the voice of students and young professionals in the space industry at the UK’s largest space event.”
Organised by Hub Exhibitions, in partnership with Farnborough International, this year’s future-focused education programme will be showcased across three dedicated theatres, Keynote, Small Sats and Future of Space, which will cover insightful debates, technology and product-led showcases, and keynotes sharing the opportunities and challenges that are shaping industry.
To register for Space-Comm Expo for free or to get more information on exhibiting, please visit: www.space-comm.co.uk
The full agenda for the event can be found here: www.space-comm.co.uk/agenda/
24 May 23. SupportNet23 conference. On 18-19 May 2023, the Defence Support organisation hosted its annual external conference at Radisson RED London Heathrow.
SupportNet23 hosted by Defence Support at Radisson RED, London Heathrow.
The event saw Support professionals from across Defence, Government, industry, academia, come together with International and European partners to discuss delivering greater resilience.
Chief of Defence Logistics and Support (CDLS), Lt General Richard Wardlaw, delivers keynote address at SupportNet23.
Day one featured several keynote speeches, including one by the conference host, Chief of Defence Logistics and Support (CDLS), Lt General Richard Wardlaw, who explored what resilience means in Defence. Other speakers included resilience expert, Professor Caroline Field from PA Consulting and NATO Assistant Secretary General Defence Policy and Plans, Angus Lapsley. Joining from the US were industry experts, Brandon Daniels of Exiger, Michael Moran of Boeing and Rear Admiral Doug Noble from the US Department of Defense.
A highlight of day two was Commander Strategic Command, General Jim Hockenhull, delivering a keynote address on the importance of integration, the opportunities that exist for Support, and how we must continue working together to deliver. He was joined by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Chief Executive, Andy Start, who spoke to the DE&S strategy. Speakers on day two included representatives from Extreme E, Wild Learning, Atkins, the British Antarctic Survey and 601 Sqn RAuxAF with sessions focusing on resilience from the perspective of team resilience as well as sustainability.
Throughout the conference, important themes were addressed including the need to invest in people to create a resilient mindset and culture as well as the impact resilience has on operations and the achieving of operational advantage. The Integrated Review Refresh emphasised the importance of resilience in our ever changing world and SupportNet23 reinforced this, calling for Defence and its partners to work together to seize the opportunities of the day.
With a wide range of exhibition stands on show, the MOD and Industry partners were provided the perfect opportunity to showcase their latest thinking in Support. The conference also allowed delegates an opportunity to share their thoughts and questions with panel discussions held throughout.
Addressing the conference during his closing remarks, Lt General Richard Wardlaw said:
I’d like to thank everyone who attended SupportNet23 including our sponsors and organisers. I was really encouraged by the interest shown in ‘Delivering Greater Resilience’, and the common purpose, energy and fresh insights this ambition generated across the Defence Enterprise.
You can continue the conversation on delivering greater resilience using #SupportNet23. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
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.