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    INEGMA successfully organized the 4th Edition of its Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium (MEMAD 2014) at the Armed Forces Officer’s Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE on April 27 & 28, 2014. MEMAD was held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Defense and was supported by the UAE Air Force and Air Defense.

    MEMAD 2014 gathered senior officials, subject matter experts and leading industry partners for two days of technology-centric discussions on transitioning towards a multinational integrated air and missile defense architecture in the Arabian Gulf. Briefings and extended panel discussion covered issues such as architecture design for layered air and missile defense in multinational contexts, network integration, capability synchronization, and burden-sharing in air and missile defense with unprecedented focus.

    Established in 2008, MEMAD is the region’s largest, longest serving, and most highly regarded dedicated air and missile defense gathering for GCC and partner nation militaries. Gathering upwards of 300 delegates from around the world, MEMAD has consistently drawn senior level regional participation from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the GCC Secretariat, as well as from international partners such as the United States, France, Sweden, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, and NATO.

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    Agenda Day One
         
    08:30-09:00   Registration and Morning Refreshments with Networking
    First Session
    09:00-09:05   Opening Remarks
        Riad Kahwaji, CEO, Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA)
    09:05-09:15   Welcome Address
        Representative, UAE Ministry of Defence
    09:15-09:25   Keynote Address
        Lieutenant General John Hesterman, Commander, USAFCENT on behalf of General Lloyd Austin, Commander, USCENTCOM
        Confirmed
    09:25-09:30   Presentation of Gifts Ceremony and VIP Group Photo
     
    First Session – Strategic Perspectives on Regional IAMD 
    09:30-09:45   The Strategic Imperative of BMD Cooperation in the Gulf
        Frank Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Space and Defence, US Department of State
        Confirmed
    09:45-10:00   The Air and Missile Threats Environment in 2020 and Impact on GCC Vital Interests 
        General Khaled Al Bu Ainnain, Former Commander, UAE Air Force & Air Defense, and President, INEGMA
        Confirmed
    10:00-10:15   The US Ballistic Missile Defense Program and International Cooperation
        Scott Kripowicz,Directorate for International Affairs, Missile Defense Agency
        Confirmed
    10:15-10:30   Interactive Panel Discussion
    10:30-11:00   Networking Session with Refreshments
         
    Second Session – Burden-Sharing in IAMD
    11:00-12:15   STRATEGIC FOCUS GROUP: "IAMD Burden-Sharing in the Arabian Gulf – Strategic Considerations for a Multinational/Coalition Layered Architecture"
        Session Chairman
    Orville Prinns, Vice President, Air and Missile Defense Business Development, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
        Panelists
    Rear Admiral Loeblien, Deputy Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command
    Major General  (Ret.) Sameer H. Khoshaim, Former Director, Computers and
    Telecommunications Department, Royal Saudi Air Force Headquarters, KSA
    Major General (Ret.) Henry ''Hank'' Morrow, Former Senior Defense Official, Chief of Security Cooperation, and Defense Attaché at the US Embassy, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    Michael ''Mike'' G. Mathis, Vice President of Business Development, Air and Missile Defense Systems and Missile Defense Agency Programs, Raytheon Missile Systems
    12:25-12:45   Networking Session with Refreshments 
         
    Third Session – IAMD Design and Development
    Chairperson:   Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director for Research & Consultancy, INEGMA
    12:45-13:00   Standardization and Transitioning Towards a Common CONOPS for Regional IAMD - Important Tools and Enablers
        Brigadier General Fryc, Commander (Appointed), 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), United States Army
        Confirmed
    13:00-13:15   The French Approach to Air C2 and IAMD: A Pragmatic, Flexible and Fully Interoperable Model to Cover the Full Spectrum of Aerospace Defense Operations
        Brigadier General Philippe Montocchio, Air Defence and Air Operations Command (ADAOC) Chief of Staff, French Air Force
        Confirmed
    13:15-13:30   Developing a Robust Regional Integrated Air & Missile Defence Force: Enhancing Multi-Lateral Exercises and Training
        Staff Brig Majid Humaid Al Nuaimi, Commander of Air Defence Brigade, UAE Air Force & Air Defence
        Confirmed
    13:30-13:45   Interactive Panel Discussion
    13:45-14:00   Closing Remarks for Day 1
    14:00   Lunch
         
    Agenda Day Two
    08:30-09:15   Morning Refreshments with Networking
         
    Fourth Session – Emerging Technologies
    Chairperson:   Tim Glaeser, Vice President Business Development,  Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
    09:15-09:30   Projecting Cruise Missile Threats in the Arabian Gulf in 2020 and Implications for IAMD
        Michael Codner, Senior Research Fellow and Director, Military Sciences Editorial Director, RUSI Defense Systems
        Confirmed
    09:30-09:45   The Evolving Threat from Rockets, Artillery, and Mortar (RAM) 
        Colonel Fabian Ochsner, Vice President Rheinmetall Air Defence and Chief GBAD AOC, Swiss Air Force
        Confirmed
    09:45-10:00   Exploiting Interceptor Technologies in Countering Emerging Air and Missile Threats
        Brigadier General Neil Thurgood, PEO US Army Missiles & Space, Army Aviation & Missile Command
        Confirmed
    10:00-10:15   Questions and Answers
    10:15-10:45   Networking Session with Refreshments
         
    Fifth Session – Integration and Coalition/Multinational AMD Operations
    Chairperson:   Stan Gorenc, Director, Business Development, Air Dominance Mission Area, Raytheon Missile Systems
    10:45-11:00   Harnessing Maritime Assets into the Shooter/Sensor Network for IAMD
        Rear Admiral James T. Loeblien, NAVCENT Deputy Commander, USA
        Confirmed
    11:10-11:15   Asset Integration and Interoperability in Network-Centric IAMD for Multinational AMD Operations – Lessons Learned from the Norwegian Experience
        Brigadier General Oyvind Strandmann, Commander, Air Education & Training Command, Royal Norwegian Air Force
        Confirmed
    11:15-11:30   Questions and Answers
    11:30-12:00   Networking Session with Refreshments
         
    Sixth Session – Layering IAMD 
    12:00-13:00   STRATEGIC FOCUS GROUP: "Layering IAMD: Critical Elements in Countering Multiple Advance Threats in the Gulf Region – Detecting and Defeating Coordinated Attacks"
    Chairperson:   Marvin ''Keith'' McNamara, Director, Global Integrated Defense Sensors Business Development and Strategy, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Former Commanding General, United States Army Developmental Test Command
        Panelists
    Brigadier General Oyvind Strandmann, Commander, Air Education & Training Command,Royal Norwegian Air Force
    Colonel Fabian Ochsner, Vice President, Rheinmetall Air Defense and Chief GBAD AOC, Swiss Air Force
    Michael D. Trotsky, Vice President,  Air and Missile Defense Systems, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control      
    Colonel (Retired) James “Jimmy” Jenkins III, Former Deputy Commander (Operations), US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC), and Executive Officer, Air and Missile Defense Systems, Northrop Grumman
    13:00-13:15   Lunch followed by final remarks and close of conference
    13:15   Lunch
     

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    Opening of the 4th Edition of the Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium

    Abu Dhabi – Today the fourth edition of the Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium- (MEMAD 2014), held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Defense and with the support of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense, was opened by His Excellency Mohammad Ahmad Al Bawardi Al Falasi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defense. Brigadier General Saif Al Aryani, Representative of the UAE Ministry of Defense, delivered the welcome note on behalf of the mentioned Ministry. He emphasized that the UAE leadership does not spare an effort in promoting its armed forces to always be at the forefront in all areas. He also asserted that the most significant areas of progress and prosperity lie in the field of knowledge and information, as power of knowledge is now as important as financial power; equivalent to owning the latest equipment, the armed forces also require more military knowledge. The first day of the conference was attended by the Secretary General of the Higher National Security Council; Major General Saif Sultan Al Aryani, senior leaders of the UAE Armed Forces, high level officials from the GCC, international allies including U.S. Central Command, ambassadors and defense diplomats.  MEMAD 2014, a high level two-day conference organized by the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) at the Armed Forces Officers Club (AFOC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, gathered leading subject matter experts in air and missile defense, military leaders, and key industry partners from the region, US and Europe.

    Opening Session

    Mr. Riad Kahwaji, CEO of INEGMA, welcomed the audience in his opening remarks and thanked the UAE Ministry of Defense, Air Force and Air Defense, sponsors and media partners for the continuous support. He added that the threat of ballistic and cruise missiles is a global one, and seems to be only getting worse as missile technology is proliferating and advancing, which in turn make Missile and Air Defense an essential capability for all modern armies. Also,  he asserted that the major advances in missile technology has multiplied the threat level of ballistic and cruise missiles making it more challenging to air defense forces to remain up-to-date in preparation for a possible future war. Brigadier General Saif Al Aryani, UAE Ministry of Defense Representative, presented the conference welcome note. He emphasized, that “the UAE under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has succeeded in building a formidable military capability to deal with different threats in order to maintain its unity and peace from the influence of these missiles.” Lieutenant General John Hesterman, Commander of USAFCENT who spoke on behalf of General Lloyd Austin the Commander of USCENTCOM, concluded the opening plenary session with a keynote address and he said that “No one understands missile defense better than the UAE- setting the example for integrated air defense. The U.S. will continue to provide security in the region through robust ground, air and naval presence. Regional security must continue to be a combined effort. Any future conflict will require a multinational and multilateral response. All exercises should thus be carried out in a multinational and multilateral framework.”

    First Session on “Strategic Perspectives on Regional IAMD”

    The first session was chaired by Robert S. Harward, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin in the United Arab Emirates, and featured three speakers. Frank A. Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Space and Defense Policy at USDOS, delivered a presentation on “The Strategic Imperative of BMD Cooperation in the Gulf.” He argued that “We are experiencing an unprecedented moment of engagement and dialogue around the world. We are also acutely aware of the anxieties felt here in Abu Dhabi and throughout the Gulf. We cannot and will not forget our commitment to the security of our Gulf allies; protecting them is a strategic imperative.” He added, “At his first Forum as Secretary of State, John Kerry made clear that the Foreign Ministers’ first priority would be enhanced US-GCC coordination on ballistic missile defense, including the eventual development of a Gulf-wide coordinated missile defense.” He was followed by Major General (Ret.) Khaled Al Bu Ainnain, Former Commander of the UAE Air Force & Air Defense, and President of INEGMA, who presented a briefing on “The Air and Missile Threats Environment in 2020 and Impact on GCC Vital Interests.” He emphasized that the “GCC requires greater information assurance measures to ensure each country protects its information while sharing common information with others.” The first session was concluded by Scott Kripowicz, Directorate for International Affairs at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), who addressed “The US Ballistic Missile Defense Program and International Cooperation.” He asserted that “We are focused on enhancing kill vehicle concepts and components. MDA has demonstrated great progress in developing and integrating BMD systems.”

    Second Session on “Burden-Sharing in IAMD”

    The second session was a strategic focus group that was moderated by Orville Prins, Vice President of the Air and Missile Defense Business Development at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, and featured four panelists; Rear Admiral James T. Loeblien, Deputy Commander of the US Naval Forces Central Command, Major General (Ret.) Sameer H. Khoshaim, Former Director of the Computers and Telecommunications Department at the Royal Saudi Air Force Headquarters in KSA, Major General (Ret.) Henry “Hank” Morrow, Former Senior Defense Official, Chief of Security Cooperation, and Defense Attaché at the US Embassy, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Michael “Mike” G. Matis, Vice President of the Business Development, Air and Missile Defense Systems and Missile Defense Agency Programs at Raytheon Missile Systems. This strategic group was closed to media where it addressed the “IAMD Burden-Sharing in the Arabian Gulf-Strategic Considerations for a Multinational/Coalition Layered Architecture.”

    Third Session on “IAMD Design and Development”

    The third session of this day was moderated by Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director of Research and Consultancy at INEGMA, and featured three speakers. Starting with the Brigadier General Fryc, Commander of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) at the United States Army, who delivered a presentation on “Standardization and Transitioning towards a Common CONOPS for Regional IAMD- Important Tools and Enablers”, he laid out four areas for a Common Concept of Operations in Regional IAMD.  He argued that despite our differences, there must be an agreement on whom and what the threat is and how we will negate that threat. Brig. Gen. Fryc asserted that a second arena, and probably the most technically difficult with all the different equipment and systems, is to strive for interoperability to allow all forces to see the same picture of the battlefield and conduct integrated and seamless command and control, early warning, and battle management of systems and personnel.  Thirdly, he maintained that all parties must write down and codify their agreements so that Operational Guides; tactics, techniques, and procedures; and pre-planned responses all become second nature. Finally, Brig. Gen. Fryc stated that partner forces must conduct hard and realistic training.  Importantly, exercises allow simultaneous practice of multi-echelon responsibilities to evaluate and sustain skills and procedures for the best chance of success in Regional IAMD. Brigadier General Philippe Montocchio, Chief of Staff at the Air Defense and Air Operations Command (ADAOC) in the French Air Force, lectured on “The French Approach to Air C2 and IAMD: A Pragmatic, Flexible and Fully Interoperable Model to Cover the Full Spectrum of Aerospace Defense Operations.” He stated that “France has the most robust air defense system in Europe, and described the French approach to Air C2 and IAMD “as a pragmatic, flexible and fully interoperable model to cover the full spectrum of aerospace defense operations.” The last session of the conference for Day One was concluded by the presentation of Staff Brig. General Majid Humaid Al Nuaimi, Commander of Air Defense Brigade at the UAE Air Force & Air Defense, on “Developing a Robust Regional Integrated Air & Missile Defense Force: Enhancing Multi-Lateral Exercises and Training.” He emphasized that “Building a regional IAMD capability can’t be fully achieved without interoperability between UAE regional and allies’ forces and we should work together with our allies to find a quick solution to the foreign disclosure issues.” Furthermore, he asserted that “enhanced training exercises will lead our forces to the highest readiness standards and finally Regional Integrated Air and Missile Defense is the key to security and stability in the region.”

    MEMAD 2014 Sponsors included: Platinum Sponsor: Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Gold Sponsor: Rheinmetall Defense. Silver Sponsors: MBDA Missile Systems, Oshkosh Defense, Kongsberg 200 and Northrop Grumman.

    MEMAD 2014 Media Partners included: Lead Media Partner: Defense News; Official Media Partner: Nation Shield; Arabic e-Media Partner: Security and Defense Arabia; and Media Partners:  Al Defaiya, Al Jundi Journal, Arab Defense Journal, Defence21, Shephard Group, The Security Review and 999 Magazine.

    The first day of the MEMAD conference was concluded with enormous success.

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    The Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium Concludes its Second Day Successfully

    Abu Dhabi- Under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Defense and support of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense, the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) fruitfully concluded the fourth edition of the Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium (MEMAD 2014). The two day conference was held at the Armed Forces Officers Club (AFOC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The second day of the conference gathered a wide range of leading subject matter experts in air and missile defense, military officials, key industry partners from the region and abroad as well as government and embassy representatives.

    Fourth Session on "Emerging Technologies"
    The fourth session was moderated by Tim Glaeser, Vice President Business Development at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, featuring three speakers. The first speaker, Michael Codner, Senior Research Fellow and Director, Military Sciences Editorial Director at RUSI Defense Systems, presented on the topic of "Projecting Cruise Missile Threats in the Arabian Gulf in 2020 and Implications for IAMD." He mentioned that "Iranian cruise missiles are predominantly anti-ship and used for coastal protection but it is not difficult to change their role either temporarily or permanently." He also added that "China is a benchmark for future capabilities in Iran. There are very different objectives between Eastern European nations and those core Western European countries.

    The second speaker Colonel Fabian Ochsner, Vice President, Rheinmetall Air Defense and Chief GBAD AOC in the Swiss Air Force, who delve d into the topic of "The Evolving Threat from Rockets, Artillery, and Mortar (RAM)", stated that "Rockets, Artillery, and Mortars are still going to be a standing threat that any ground based air defense plan must consider."

    The third speaker Brigadier General Neil Thurgood, PEO US Army Missiles & Space at the Army Aviation & Missile Command concluded the session with his presentation on "Exploiting Interceptor Technologies in Countering Emerging Air and Missile Threats." He mentioned that there must be viable and effective plans for AMD, however we must first be able to modify existing platforms then invest in R&D to create new platforms. He added that "Within our Air and Missile Defense capabilities, we must be able to do four things: protect, provide fire support, coordinate, and modernize."

    Fifth Session on "Integration and Coalition/Multinational AMD Operations"
    Stan Gorenc
    , Director, Business Development, Air Dominance Mission Area at Raytheon Missile Systems, chaired this session which featured two speakers. Rear Admiral James T. Loeblein, Deputy Commander at the US Naval Forces Central Command, held a presentation on "Harnessing Maritime Assets into the Shooter/Sensor Network for IAMD." He argued that "When short distances are combined with proliferation of advanced cruise missiles and ballistic missiles, the maritime environment can be exceedingly complex however; it also provides us with a tremendous tactical advantage by compressing the opposition's command and control timeline."

    The second presentation was delivered by Lieutenant Colonel John Arild Bodding, Head of GBAD, Royal Norwegian Air Force on "Asset Integration and Interoperability in Network-Centric I AMD for Multinational AMD Operations -Lessons Learned from the Norwegian Experience." He explored the Royal Norwegian Air Force's general mission, as well as the Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAM's) architecture and its capabilities. He stated that "this mission is carried out during peacetime, in crisis response operations and in case of war" and added that "defense against air threats is a prerequisite for own forces operational freedom of movement, to own survivability and in the context of homeland defense."

    Sixth Session on "Layering IAMD"
    The sixth session was a strategic focus group that was chaired by Marvin "Keith" McNamara, Director, Global Integrated Defense Sensors Business Development and Strategy, at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Former Commanding General in the United States Army Developmental Test Command, and featured four panelists; Brigadier General Oyvind Strandmann, Commander of the Air Education & Training Command at the Royal Norwegian Air Force, Colonel Fabian Ochsner, Vice President of Rheinmetall Air Defense and Chief GBAD AOC at the Swiss Air Force, Michael D. Trotsky, Vice President of the Air and Missile Defense Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and Colonel (Retired) James "Jimmy" Jenkins III, Former Deputy Commander (Operations) at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC), and Executive Officer, Air and Missile Defense Systems at Northrop Grumman. This session concluded day two and was closed to media. It addressed "Layering IAMD: Critical Elements in Countering Multiple Advance Threats in the Gulf Region – Detecting and Defeating Coordinated Attacks."

    MEMAD 2014 sponsors included: Platinum Sponsor: Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Gold Sponsor: Rheinmetall Defence. Silver Sponsors: MBDA Missile Systems, Oshkosh Defense, Kongsberg 200 and Northrop Grumman.
    MEMAD 2014 media partners included: Lead Media Partner: Defense News; Official Media Partner: Nation Shield; Arabic e-Media Partner: Security and Defense Arabia; and Media Partners: Al Defaiya, Al Jundi Journal, Arab Defense Journal, Defence21, Shephard Group, The Security Review and 999 Magazine.

    The Second Day conference was concluded with enormous success.

    MEMAD in the News

    Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium (MEMAD 2014) was accumulated wide regional media coverage, links to some coverage are provided below:

    Day One :

    The National

    Khaleej Times

    Defense News

    UAE Interact

    Al Khaleej

    Al Khaleej

    Al bayan

    Al Moharib

    WAM

    Alwatan alarabi

    NationShield

     

    Day Two :

    The National

    Al Moharib

    Elaph

    WAM

    Al Khaleej

    Al bayan

    City 7

     

     

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