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The Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium (MEMAD 2012)

The Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium (MEMAD 2012)

April 11 - 12, 2012

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The Third Edition of the Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium (MEMAD) was held at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi on April 11 & 12, 2012.  

MEMAD was held under the patronage of the UAE Armed Forces and with the full support of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense.  MEMAD gathered key decision-makers from around the GCC and key partners from North America and Western Europe to uniquely blend latest insights from government, industry and academia and thereby create the most comprehensive technology-centric forum in the GCC for understanding the critical challenges of emergent missile threats by examinating state-of-the-art missile defense systems against the full spectrum of air and missile threats.

The theme for the Third Edition of MEMAD was “Regional Integrated Air and Missile Defense – The Incremental Approach” and key background themes at MEMAD centered on multi-tier missile defense architectures, seamless integration between systems, as well as high level discussions on identifying and plugging capability gaps, and working towards a standardized framework for regionally integrated air and missile defense.

MEMAD comprised a high level two-day conference punctuated by numerous networking sessions in a specialized exhibition for air and missile defense technology and solution providers – the exhibition features the Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Rheinmetall, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Oshkosh, Saab, SAIC, and the IAMDC in Abu Dhabi.  Specialized breakout sessions hosted by technical experts from key private sector partners offered participants value added exposure to the latest developments in missile defense technologies in an interactive atmosphere.  

Read our post-event synopsis for more details about the proceedings of MEMAD 2012.

“Regional Integrated Air and Missile Defense – The Incremental Approach”
Confirmed Agenda - Day One
08:30-09:20 Registration and Morning Refreshments with Networking
   
Opening Plenary Session (Al Jaheli Theatre)
09:00-09:10 Opening Remarks
  Riad Kahwaji, CEO, Institute for Near East & Gulf Military Analysis
09:10-09:20 Welcome Speech
  UAE Armed Forces
09:20-09:30 Keynote Address
  His Excellency Dr. Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council
09:30-09:40 Keynote Address
  Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, Director, Missile Defense Agency (MDA),
United States
09:40-09:50 Presentation of Gifts Ceremony and VIP Group Photo
   
First Plenary Session (Al Jaheli Theatre)
Moderated by: Orville Prins, Vice President, International Business Development at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
09:50-10:10 Regional Integrated Air and Missile Defense – The U.S. Role
  Lieutenant General David Goldfein, Commander, Air Forces Central Command, United States
10:10-10:30 GCC Challenges in Defending Against Cruise and Ballistic Missile Threats
  Major General (Ret.) Khaled Abdullah Al Buainnain, Former Commander, UAE Air Force and Air Defence and President, INEGMA
10:30-10:50 Ballistic Missile Defense Overview
  Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, Commander, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), United States
10:50-11:05 Interactive Panel Discussion
11:05-11:30 Networking Session with Refreshments
   
Second Plenary Session
Moderated by: Major General (Ret.) Khaled Abdullah Al Buainnain, Former Commander, UAE Air Force and Air Defence and President, INEGMA
11:30-11:50 Integrated Air and Missile Defense from the Sea
  Vice Admiral Mark Fox, Commander, Fifth Fleet, Commander, NAVCENT,
United States
11:50-12:10 Emerging Tactical Ballistic Missile Challenges and Countermeasures
  Brigadier General (Eng.) Jean Luc Combrisson, Director for Middle East and Africa, French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA), France
12:10-12:30 Harnessing Command, Control and Battle Management (C2BM) Capabilities for Integrated Air and Missile Defense
  Major General Gary Cheek, Deputy Commander, Army Central Command (ARCENT), United States
12:30-12:40 Interactive Panel Discussion
12:40-12:50 Close of Day followed by Lunch in Abu Mousa Hall
   
Day Two
   
08:30-08:50 Registration and Morning Refreshments with Networking
09:00-09:05 Opening Remarks
  Riad Kahwaji, CEO, Institute for Near East & Gulf Military Analysis
   
Third Plenary Session (Al Jaheli Theatre)
Moderated by: Lieutenant General (Ret.) Paul Mikolashek, Former Inspector General, U.S. Army, & Vice President of Middle East and North Africa Business Development, Raytheon Network Centric Systems
09:05-09:30 Extended Mid-Tier Air Defense
  Colonel (Eng.) Gian Luigi Marinoni, Chief, Space Programs, Missile Defense and C4I, General Secretariat of Defense, Italy
09:30-09:55 Inner Tier Air Defense for All Missions – The Swiss Solution
  Colonel Fabian Ochsner, Chief, Ground-Based Air Defense, Air Operations Center,
Swiss Air Force
09:55-10:20 Synchronizing Ballistic Missile Defense
  Captain Willian Johnson (U.S. Navy), Chief of Staff, US Joint Functional Component
Command for Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC-IMD)
10:20-10:35 Interactive Panel Discussion
10:35-11:45 Breakout Sessions in Tunb Halls followed by Refreshments in Abu Mousa Hall
   
  Stream A: Layered Integrated Air & Missile Defense
Stream B: The Global, Regional, and Theater Architecture
 
Fourth Plenary Session (Al Jaheli Theatre)
Moderated by: Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director, Research & Consultancy, INEGMA
12:00-12:20 US Army Tactical and Air Defense Missile Programs Overview
  Brigadier General Ole Knudson, Program Executive Officer for Missile and Space
(PEO M&S), United States
12:20-12:40 The Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center (IAMDC) – Updates and Lessons Learned
  Colonel Ahmed Al Sheehi, Chief, Air Force Strategic Analysis Center, UAE & Acting
Co-Director UAE/US Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center (IAMDC), Abu Dhabi &
Colonel Michael Tronolone, Acting Co-Director UAE/US Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center (IAMDC) in Abu Dhabi
12:40-13:00 A U.S. State Department Perspective on the Phased Adaptive Approach to Missile Defense
  Mr. Frank Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Space and Defense Policy,
United States
13:00:13:10 Interactive Panel Discussion
13:10-13:30 Moving Forwards – Industry Panel Discussion
13:30 Closing Remarks followed by Lunch in Abu Mousa Hall
   

Background

MEMAD was established in 2008 by INEGMA under the highly prestigious patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Crown Price of Abu Dhabi, and under the full support of the UAE Armed Forces to facilitate decision-makers from GCC militaries and missile defense organizations to plan and prepare for the most effective missile defense systems anywhere in the world.


Major Gen. Saeed Al Rumaithi, UAE Vice Chief of Army Staff and
Ms. Mary Berth Long, US Assistant Secretary of Defense at MEMAD 2008

As the first dedicated missile defense event in the Middle East, MEMAD set the benchmark with speaker panels comprised of Senior Officials and authoritative experts to provide in-depth insights into key strategic themes in integrated air and missile defense.  

MEMAD offers participants unparalleled discussion and access to expertise that underpins thinking on the development of modern multi-layered missile defenses against the spectrum of emerging air and missile threats in a highly focused environment. 

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Under the patronage of the UAE Armed Forces GHQ and with the full support of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense, the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) organized the third edition of the Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium – MEMAD, a two-day event held at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The first day was attended by His Excellency Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States, Vice Admiral Mark Fox, Commander of the fifth Fleet, NAVCENT, United States of America, Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, Commander of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Major General (Ret) Khaled Abdullah Al Bu Ainnain, Former Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense and President of INEGMA, Major General Mohammed Bin Swaidan Saeed Al Gamzi, Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense and Staff Brigadier General Majed Al Nuaimi, in addition to international senior high-level government officials from the UAE, the Gulf and abroad as well as high level military officials, key partners from north America and Western Europe, decision makers to discuss and share the critical challenges of emergent missile threats by examining state-of-the-art missile defense systems against the full spectrum of air and missile threats.

Opening session:
Riad Kahwaji, INEGMA CEO, opened the conference by welcoming the audience to third MEMAD conference. He thanked the UAE Armed Forces, especially the UAE Air Force and Air Defense Command for their outstanding limitless support for MEMAD 2012, as he also thanked the UAE Armed Forces’ Joint Chief of Staff for their patronage of the event. Kahwaji stated: “Missile and Air defense are essential capabilities that ought to be on the top of priority list of all modern armies. It is no secret that if there were to be any future military confrontation in the region, ballistic and cruise missiles would be the number one threat to Arab Gulf States. The ability of these missiles to carry non-conventional warheads elevates the threat level to an existential and strategic one.” He added: “In line with its mission statement, INEGMA has chosen missile defense as a main topic for its chain of defense conferences out of its appreciation to the importance of this subject to regional militaries of the Middle East, especially the Gulf Cooperation Council.” At the end, Kahwaji thanked all MEMAD sponsors mainly the platinum sponsors, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, in addition to all media partners.

Staff Brigadier General Majed Al Nuaimi from the UAE Air Force, gave the welcome speech. He stated that “the missile threat to the GCC is a growing threat and at a high volume.” As evidence, Brigadier General Al Nuaimi argued that: “A fully integrated C4ISR system would bring together all assets. As such the U.S.-UAE cooperation and regional cooperation is a key to future integration.”

His Excellency Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab states in the Gulf delivered the first keynote speech explaining “The GCC vision for a regional missile defense shield”. H.E. stated: ‘We know very well the complete strengths and weaknesses facing us. We are in a position of strength to implement solutions for stability in the Middle East.”

H.E. stated: “One of the top GCC priorities is to establish economic security. We need to establish economic growth, more chances of jobs, education and health care, and keep a secure environment for growth. We don't have enough jobs for our young men. Threats to Gulf and the region are more complex than ever.” H.E. spoke multiple times about sophistication of threats including biological and nuclear terrorism, cybercrime and financial crime all separate from ballistic missile threats and missile defense systems. GCC needs robust defense networks and comprehensive solutions that are practical and not theoretical. H.E. argued: "In war time the most important thing is a civil defense system. Our success will depend on the strength of our defenses. We hope all Gulf countries will be ready to cooperate to solve international and regional problems”. H.E. continued: "Building a comprehensive plan for a missile defense shield is an important strategy for protecting all our countries. Cooperation is practical. It sends a strong message to our allies and enemies. What about our ability to defend against a chemical or biological attack. We should be asking the question: are our air defenses suitable? We have to work more and more especially if we need to build confidence to defend against threats and enemies. We need to develop an integrated missile defense shield. We are asking our allies to help us individually and collectively. The shield (as a solution) should be flexible and comprehensive. It should be a workable solution and not theoretical."

The second keynote speech was given by Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, Commander of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. Lieutenant General O’Reilly stated: “The threat from short and medium range missiles is the biggest threat and the most president conventional threat today.” He maintained: “The value of the sensor is critical for fire control and this is the very basis for having good missile defense.”

First session:
The first session chaired by Mr. Orville Prins, Vice President of the international business development at Lockheed Martin missiles and fire control, featured three speakers. Lieutenant General David Goldfein, Commander, Air Force Central Command in the United States of America delivered a lecture about “The regional integrated air and missile defense – The U.S. role.” He explained that the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center conducts academic Air and Missile Defense seminars and provides a “Battle Lab” that enables realistic training. He added: “In order to execute as an integrated team, we need to build and execute a single Air Tasking Order together as well as establish clear communication to senior leadership for attribution, assessment and action.”

Major General (Ret) Khaled Abdullah Al Bu Ainnain, Former Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense and President of INEGMA, discussed “The GCC challenges in defending against cruise and ballistic missile threats”. He started off his presentation by reviewing ballistic and cruise missile threats to the GCC noting the short time respond period to “takeout” incoming missiles and also the tightening Circular Error of Probability (CEP) as these weapons become more modernized. He stated: “That there are many vital GCC major vital assets must be protected and that there needs to be a wider GCC Defense Agreement to explore deeper missile defense.”

Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, Commander of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency treated “The ballistic missile defense overview”. He asserted that: “ballistic missile proliferation is the growing threat of the current and future. There is growing evidence of anti-ship from 3000 km is a disturbing trend. There is also concern about security of these weapons and the fact that can be stolen.”

Second session:
The second session chaired by Major General (Ret) Khaled Abdullah Al Bu Ainnain, featured three speakers.

Vice Admiral Mark Fox, Commander of the fifth Fleet, NAVCENT, United States of America, briefed on “The integrated Air and Missile Defense from the sea”. He stated: “There is a need to appreciate the threats posed by Iran and the al-Quds Force.” Admiral Fox added: “The key philosophy that we adopt is ‘Defense in Depth’ that is to use as many components to target and destroy as many incoming assets as well as mobile assets as possible. Only through the Aegis BMD does the U.S. Navy support all of the characteristics of a regional IAMD architecture.”

Brigadier General (Eng) Jean Luc Combrisson, Director for the Middle East and Africa of the French Defense Procurement Agency, examined “The emerging tactical ballistic missile challenges and countermeasures” He stressed that the French Early warning programme and the Aster System represent cost effective solutions and are based on modular, flexible and interoperable architectures. They will also provide autonomous capabilities adapted to today and expected future threat of interest especially in the Gulf area.

Major General Gary Cheek, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Central Command, gave a lecture on “Harnessing command and battle management in which he explained the planning and exercises to develop a common war fighting plan which is then exercised with full participation from all partners. He added: “We can communicate, share and pass targets between systems, organizations and nations.”

MEMAD will resume tomorrow Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 8h30 with two plenary sessions and two specialized closed workshops. The first workshop shall treat the layered integrated Air and Missile defense and the second one shall treat the global, regional and theater architecture.

MEMAD sponsors were: Platinum Sponsors: Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. Gold sponsor: Rheinmetall and MBDA. Silver sponsors: Boeing, Booz/Allen/Hamilton and Selex.

The first day of the conference ended successfully.

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The “Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium” MEMAD proceeded its activities for the second day at the Armed Forces Officers Club, Abu Dhabi. The conference was organized by the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis – INEGMA.

First session:
Lieutenant General (ret) Paul Mikolashek, Former Inspector General in the U.S. Army and Vice President of Middle East and North Africa Development at Raytheon Network Centric Systems chaired the first session that featured three speakers: Colonel (Eng) Gian Luigi Marinoni, Chief of Space Programs, Missile Defense and C41 at the General Secretariat of Defense in Italy, examined “Extended Mid-Tier Defense”. Colonel Marinoni explained Italy’s participation in the NATO European Missile Defense Program specifically concentrating on IAMD in “Plug and Fight” scenarios as well as sea-based missile defense future capabilities.

Colonel Fabian Ochsner, Chief, Ground-Based Air defense, Air Operations Center in the Swiss Air Force gave a presentation about “Inner tier Air Defense for all Missions – The Swiss solution”, in which he explained the military operations other than war (MOOYW) stating: “MOOTW focus on deterring war, resolving conflict, promoting peace, and supporting civil authorities in response to domestic crisis. MOOTW may involve elements of both combat and noncombat operations in peacetime, conflict and war situations.”

Captain Willian Johnson, U.S. Navy Chief of Staff, U.S. Joint functional component command for integrated missile defense, lectured about “Executing operational synchronization for joint missile defense”. In his presentation, Captain Johnson argued: “Global operations present a number of challenges for the missile defense community, which includes the command and control of operations simultaneously occurring in multiple regions, operational control of capabilities and supported and supporting relationships.” He added: “Allies are a critical component of the global architecture.”

Workshops:
The First plenary session of the conference ended with two specialized closed workshops. The first workshop treated: “Layered Integrated Air & Missile Defense.”

The second workshop treated: “The Global, Regional and Theater Architecture.”

Second session:
The second session chaired by Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director for Research and Consultancy, INEGMA, featured three speakers. Mr. Mike Bieri, Director of Integration, Program Executive Office, Missiles and Space at the United States of America briefed about “U.S. Army tactical and air defense missile programs overview”. He described the mission of being a trusted worldwide provider of missile systems broken into various categories based on contingencies. He also argued on how valuable the Patriot system is through extensive modernization programs for now and in the future.

Colonel Ahmed Al Shehhi, Chief of Air Force Strategic Analysis Center in the UAE and Acting Co-Director at the UAE/U.S. integrated air and missile defense center in Abu Dhabi and Colonel Michael Tronolone, Acting Co-Director at the UAE/U.S. Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center in Abu Dhabi, both gave an overview on “The Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center – Updates and Lessons Learned. They explained the objectives of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center, which includes developing long term partners and relationships, utilize bilateral and multilateral academic seminars, symposiums and exercises, and improve partnership capacity and promote regional security and stability. They added: “The regional air and missile threat is real, and therefore, must be taken seriously.”

Finally, Mr. Frank Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for space and defense policy at the United States of America gave a lecture about “The U.S. State department perspective on the phased adaptive approach to missile defense.” Rose argued: “Missile defense plays an important role in the broader U.S. international security strategy, supporting both deterrence and diplomacy. Missile defense assures our allies and partners that the United States has the will and the means to deter and, if necessary, defeat a limited ballistic missile attack against the U.S. homeland, our forward deployed troops, allies, and partners.” He added: “Missile defense also may help constrain regional actors from trying to inhibit or disrupt the U.S. ability to come to the defense or assistance of its allies and partners.”

MEMAD sponsors were as follows: Platinum Sponsors: Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. Gold sponsors: Rheinmetall and MBDA. Silver sponsors: Boeing, Booz/Allen/Hamilton and Selex.

The conference concluded with enormous success.

Sponsors


Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 71,000 people worldwide. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter at @raytheon.
 
 
Lockheed Martin delivers the breadth and depth needed for ballistic missile and air defense, with the most extensive capabilities across boost, ascent, midcourse and terminal phases.  These solutions defend against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, aircraft and other airborne threats.  Our role ranges from prime contractor for integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) weapons systems to developer of critical technologies, such as hit-to-kill interceptors and kill vehicles, seekers, precision pointing and tracking optics, radar and signal processing.  

Lockheed Martin pioneered hit-to-kill technology in the 1980s, and during Operation Iraqi Freedom, PAC-3 became the first combat-proven system using this technology of choice.  With an unmatched record of approximately 50 successful intercepts since then, systems developed by Lockheed Martin, such as PAC-3, THAAD and Aegis, continue to succeed in increasingly challenging tests.

Lockheed Martin also provides state-of-the-art IAMD command and control capabilities that enable the optimum employment of weapons and sensors against today's most sophisticated threats. Our planning, analysis and mission execution systems give operators the tools to truly integrate air and missile forces into a seamless airspace defense.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 123,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
 
 
Rheinmetall Air Defence (former Oerlikon Contraves)
Providing inner tier air defence systems.

Rheinmetall Defence’s Air Defence division, headquarters in Switzerland with subsidiaries in Germany, Italy and Canada, is one of the world’s foremost makers of advanced short range air defence systems. The company leads the global market in automatic gun-based air defence, and is the sole system supplier able to offer sensor systems, fire control technology, automatic air defence guns with Ahead airburst ammunition, integrated guided missiles and a full suite of command and control systems – all from a single source.

The successful change of the old GBAD paradigm, to engage the platforms before weapon release, to now ordnance based GBAD engagements has been achieved using the latest available technologies. The use of GBAD systems in Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW) another Rheinmetall Air Defence speciality, providing coherent command and control allowing to support such delicate missions in peace time environments. The protection of Forward Operating Bases against Rockets and Mortars is the latest addition in an impressive portfolio of inner tier ground based air defence products.
 
 

 

 

 

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