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The Gulf Defence Conference (GDC-2013)

The Gulf Defence Conference (GDC-2013)

February 16, 2013

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The Gulf Defence Conference (GDC) – the Official Conference of IDEX 2013 –was organized by INEGMA for the second successive time on 16 February, 2013.

INEGMA was selected by ADNEC, the organizer for IDEX 2013, to plan and manage this high-level conference held under the distinguished patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. GDC 2013 was fully supported by the UAE Armed Forces and forms an integral part of one of the most important international gatherings of the defence and security community in the GCC.

GDC took place on the day prior to the opening ceremony of IDEX 2013 on Saturday, 16 February, 2013 at the Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The conference brought together a world-class speaker panel to share leading-edge insights across a host of key issues and attracted over 500 senior decision-makers from dozens of visiting delegations along with senior industry executives.

With its technology-centric focus and prestigious panelists and speakers, discussions at GDC offered a unique opportunity for keeping up to date with the latest emerging trends in defence and for networking with peers. The GDC agenda tackled topics related to “New Paradigms in Land Warfare,” “Future Airpower Transformations,” and “Naval Force Projection and Future Maritime Operations.”

08:00 – 09:00 Registration with Refreshments
 
Opening Session
09:00– 09:05 Opening Remarks by
  Major General (Ret.) Khaled Abdullah Al Bu-Ainnain, President, INEGMA and Former Commander of UAE Air Force and Air Defence
09:05 – 09:15 Keynote Speech by 
  His Excellency Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Defence, France
09:15 – 09:25 Keynote Speech on behalf of the UAE Armed Forces by
  Major General Rashad Mohamed Salem Al Saadi, Commandant, National Defense College, UAE 
09:25 – 09:30 Keynote Speech by 
  Philip Dunne MP, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, United Kingdom 
   
First Session – New Paradigms in Land Warfare
Chaired by: Major General (Ret.) John M. Urias, President, Oshkosh Defense 
09:30 – 09:50 Future Role of Land Forces: How the Changing Nature of Warfare Impacts Unified Land Operations
  Lieutenant General Vincent K. Brooks, Commanding General, Third Army/US Army Central
09:50 – 10:10 The Role of the Military in Humanitarian Relief and Peacekeeping Operations: Best Practices from the UAE
  His Excellency Staff Major General Ali Mohamed Subaih Al-Kabi, 
Military Advisor to H.H. Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, UAE
10:10 – 10:30 Force Mobility as a Strategic Imperative - Enabling Approaches in Technological and Doctrine Development
  Major General (HEA) Nikolaos Zachariadis, Chief of Staff, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps, Greece (NRDC-GR)
   
10:30 – 10:45 Panel Discussion
10:45 – 11:05 Networking Session with Refreshments
   
Second Session – Future Air Power Transformations
Chaired by: Colonel Fabian Ochsner, Chief, Ground-Based Air Defence, Air Operation Center, Swiss Air Force
11:05 – 11:25 New Tasks for Ground Based Air Defence
  Lieutenant General André Blattmann, Chief of the Armed Forces, Switzerland
11:25 – 11:45 Managing Today’s UAV Acquisition Programs to Meet Tomorrow’s Requirements – The Force Readiness Dilemma
  Major General Hwang Jong Soo, Deputy Army Chief of Staff for Force Planning, South Korea  
11:45 – 12:05 Air Defense Mobility: Supporting Land Forces in the Modern Battlespace 
  Major General Leszek Cwojdzinski, Director of the Armaments Policy Department, Ministry of National Defence, Poland 
   
12:05 – 12:20 Panel Discussion
12:20 – 12:40 Networking Session with Refreshments
   
Third Session – Naval Force Projection and Future Maritime Operations
Chaired by: Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director of Research & Consultancy, INEGMA    
12:40 – 13:00 Environment of Naval Future Operations and Consequences
  Vice Admiral Marin Gillier, Commander of Indian Ocean Maritime Zone, France 
13:00 - 13:20 Stealth and Firepower in Naval Warfare –  The Next Generation Of Warships
  Admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi, Chief of Staff of the Navy, Italy
13:20 – 13:40 Multi-Mission Capabilities for the 21st Century Navy - Addressing Transformations in the Operating Environment
  Vice Admiral Muhammad Shafiq HI (M), Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Pakistan
   
13:40 – 13:55 Panel Discussion
13:55 Closing Statements followed by Lunch

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Abu Dhabi: February 16, 2013
Under the distinguished patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and in the notable presence of His Highness Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. The conference drew high level delegations from the UAE and over 33 countries from around the world. Notable attendees included the UAE Chief of Staff Gen. Hamad Mohammad Al Rumaithi and UAE Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibrahim Musharrakh as well as the chiefs of staff from Saudi Arabia, Oman and Egypt and the ministers of defense from Yemen, Algeria and Tanzania the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) held the official conference for IDEX 2013- the Gulf Defence Conference (GDC) on February 16, 2013 at the Armed Forces Officers Club, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Opening Session:
Major General (Ret.) Khaled Abdullah Al Bu-Ainnain, President of INEGMA and Former Commander of UAE Air Force and Air Defence welcomed the audience with his opening remarks. He addressed the dynamic changes in the regional environment as well as defense and security relations throughout the region. Major General Al Bu-Ainnain stated that IDEX is an important platform for countries to demonstrate their technologies and build regional connections. The triad of air, land, and sea is a critical component of coalition operations.

The French Minister for Defence -His Excellency Jean-Yves Le Drian, presented the first keynote speech stating that the French point of view on regional affairs looks at the importance of cooperation in security and defense. A number of threats, including nuclear proliferation and terrorism, were key themes of his speech, ranging through many geographical areas throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Major General Rashad Mohamed Salem Al Saadi, Commandant at the National Defense College in UAE presented his keynote speech on behalf of the UAE Armed Forces. He reiterated that no modern nation can claim to have a good military without an efficient and effective tri-force, air, land and sea stressing the important and active role of the UAE leadership and it’s Armed Forces’ in investing in manpower and productive partnerships to enhance stability and promote progress.

The Opening Session was concluded with the third keynote speech presented by the UK Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, MP. He asserted that the UK-UAE strategic dialogue is important for security and prosperity of the Gulf and emphasized on the role of trust and collective interests. Of particular interest to UK security, is the Gulf global role in energy as well as the fight against terrorism. Mr. Dunne also talked about combating nuclear proliferation and Iran. Finally, he argued that the way forward for defense engagement strategy is through physical presence as emphasized by joint countermine exercises to be held in May 2013.

First Session:
The First Session “New Paradigms in Land Warfare” was moderated by Major General (Ret.) John M. Urias, President of Oshkosh Defense and featured three speakers. Starting with Lieutenant General Vincent K. Brooks a Commanding General at the Third Army/US Army Central, who delivered a lecture on the “Future Role of Land Forces: How the Changing Nature of Warfare Impacts Unified Land Operations.” He argued that the era of large armies was over and that the role of coalitions paves the way for the future. Lieutenant General Brooks argued that the role of any future land force would be 1) Direct Action; 2) Seize and control energy infrastructure or to provide security; 3) Helping to return civil society; 4) Joint operations, and 5) Security borders.

His presentation was followed by that of His Excellency Staff Major General Ali Mohamed Subaih Al -Kabi, Military Advisor to H.H. Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces in UAE who presented “The Role of the Military in Humanitarian Relief and Peacekeeping Operations: Best Practices from the UAE.” His presentation provided an overview on UAE operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Libya.

The First Session was closed by Major General (HEA) Nikolaos Zachariadis, the Chief of Staff at the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps in Greece, who gave a presentation about “Force Mobility as a Strategic Imperative - Enabling Approaches in Technological and Doctrine Development.” Major General Zachariadis asserted that force mobility, as a strategic imperative, is dependent upon the aggregative result from the employment of relevant doctrinal perspectives and leading edge technology applications.

Second Session:
The Second Session “Future Air Power Transformations” was moderated by Colonel Fabian Ochsner, Chief of the Ground-Based Air Defence, Air Operation Center in the Swiss Air Force featuring three speakers. Lieutenant General André Blattmann, Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces, delivered a presentation entitled “New Tasks for Ground Based Air Defence.” He discussed Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD) in terms of Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW) and future plans for the protection of critical infrastructure and air space for both commercial and military interests.

Following that, Major General Hwang Jong Soo, Deputy Army Chief of Staff for Force Planning in South Korea, delivered a lecture on “Managing Today’s UAV Acquisition Programs to Meet Tomorrow’s Requirements – The Force Readiness Dilemma” which examined the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) current and future UAVs status.

This session was concluded by Major General Leszek Cwojdzinski, Director of the Armaments Policy Department at the Ministry of National Defence of Poland, who presented the topic “Air Defense Mobility: Supporting Land Forces in the Modern Battlespace.”

Third Session:
The Third Session of this one day conference addressed the topic of “Naval Force Projection and Future Maritime Operations” and was chaired by Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director of Research & Consultancy at INEGMA. This final session presented three speakers: Vice Admiral Marin Gillier, the French Commander of Indian Ocean Maritime, who spoke about the “Environment of Naval Future Operations and Consequences;” Admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy, who delivered a presentation on “Stealth and Firepower in Naval Warfare – The Next Generation Of Warships,” and finally Vice Admiral Muhammad Shafiq HI (M), Vice Chief of Naval Staff in Pakistan who concluded the conference with a presentation on “Multi-Mission Capabilities for the 21st Century Navy - Addressing Transformations in the Operating Environment.”

GDC 2013 sponsors were: Gold Sponsors: Oshkosh Defense and Rheinmetall Defence.
Silver Sponsors: Baynuna Group, Finmeccanica, Nexter, MBDA, UTC Aerospace Systems.

The conference concluded with enormous success.

GDC 2013 Presentations

 
His Excellency Jean-Yves Le Drian
Minister of Defence, France
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Major General Rashad Mohamed Salem Al Saadi
Commandant, National Defense College, UAE
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Staff Major General Ali Mohammed Subaih Al-Kabi,
Military Advisor to H.H. Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, UAE
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Major General (HEA) Nikolaos Zachariadis
Chief of Staff, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps, Greece (NRDC-GR)
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Lieutenant General André Blattmann
Chief of the Armed Forces, Switzerland
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Major General Leszek Cwojdzinski
Director of the Armaments Policy Department, Ministry of Defence, Poland
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Admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi
Chief of Staff of the Navy, Italy
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Vice Admiral Mohammad Shafiq
Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan
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Sponsors at GDC 2013

 
Gold Sponsors:
 
Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services.  For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions.  In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax™ unmanned ground vehicle solutions, CommandZone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions.  Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.

To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at  http://ae.oshkoshdefense.com/.
 

 
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.
 

 
Silver Sponsors:
 
MBDA was formed in 2001 and has since established a significant presence in five European countries as well as in the USA to become a world leader in the guided missile systems sector. The company, with an annual turnover of 3 billion in 2011, is unique in its ability to meet the guided weapons requirements of all three of the armed forces: air, sea and land.

Currently serving more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA has also been entrusted with leading a series of strategic, multinational programmes such as the beyond visual range air-to- air Meteor missile, the Aster family of air defence missiles and the Storm Shadow/SCALP conventionally armed cruise missile. Significantly, a number of the company s products have proved under recent combat conditions that they surpass the operational capabilities of other comparable systems.   

 MBDA is jointly owned by BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), EADS (37.5%) and FINMECCANICA (25%).
 

 

Nexter applies its expertise in land defence systems to meet the needs of the French army and other forces internationally. The scope of its business includes the supply of weapons systems and munitions for Army, Air Force, Navy and law enforcement applications. In 2011, Nexter reported revenues of € 851 million, of which 16% were allocated to Research & Development. The range of products offered by Nexter includes: CAESAR® highly mobile 155mm self-propelled gun, 105LG lightweight towed gun, Leclerc battle tank, VBCI Infantry combat vehicle, ARAVIS® highly protected armoured vehicle, BONUS intelligent munition and FINDERS® C2 command system, all backed up by customer service, support and recycling. Nexter equipment is in service in more than 100 countries.

For more information: www.nexter-group.fr

 

 
 
Finmeccanica is Italy’s leading industrial group in the high technology sector and ranks among the top ten global players in aerospace, defence and security. The Finmeccanica Group focuses on three strategic sectors - Helicopters, Aeronautics, Defence Electronics and Security - in which it generates 73% of its revenues and 67% of its orders and employs 74% of its staff. Finmeccanica has also a strong presence in the space sector, where it has the leadership in the satellite services market. Furthermore, the group has substantial expertise and a well-established position on the global transport and power generation markets.

Finmeccanica is a multinational and multicultural group with a clear and recognised reputation for technological excellence which is essential for commanding an international leadership position in the high tech sectors in which it operates. The Finmeccanica group has its headquarters in Italy, and has permanent establishments with significant production assets in four domestic markets - Italy, Poland, UK and USA. It has also built up a significant presence in France and in Germany. Finally, it has established a significant network of partnerships in high-potential countries worldwide. In total Finmeccanica has about 68,000 employees, of whom, 43% work abroad in some 50 countries on five continents.
 
For more information: www.finmeccanica.com
 

International Media Partner:

Defence & Security Intelligence & Analysis from IHS Jane’s. With more than 100 years of experience IHS Jane’s information sources are world renowned for their reliability, accuracy and impartiality, trusted and relied upon by businesses, governments and military decision-makers worldwide.

IHS Jane’s Magazines are unsurpassed for the quality and comprehensiveness of their reporting - a combined global circulation of 51,893 defence and security professionals across 169 countries guarantees a targeted, highly-influential audience for your advertising message.
For more information email defadsales@ihs.com or call +44 (0) 20 3253 2100

The following magazine titles will be available for you to pick up for FREE at Gulf Defence Conference 2013:
IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
IHS Jane’s International Defence Review
IHS Jane’s Navy International
IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review
 

 

GDC in the News

 
GDC in the News
GDC was accumulated wide regional media coverage, links to some coverage are provided below:
 
Khaleejtimes
Gulf Today
Al Ittihad
WAM
Al Bayan
Al Arabiya
Althawra News
Emarat Alyoum
Al Khaleej
Alroyya
WAM English
Gulf News
Mareej
Zawya
MENAFN
 
 
Pre-Event Press Releases
WAM - English
WAM - Arabic
Al Bayan
Al Ittihad
Al Khaleej
Al Roeya
Gulf news
 

 

 

 

Media partners