DSEi, the Defence Systems Equipment International exhibition, will stage a high-level conference covering all aspects of transformation strategy for people, policy and acquisition within the defence community. Located alongside the exhibition halls within ExCeL, London, the two-day conference will take place on 12 and 13 September 2007, the second and third days of this year's exhibition.
There will be three conference streams running in parallel. These are: Strategic Supply Chain Collaboration; Business and Battle Space Network Implementation; and Human Capital Transformation.
The Strategic Supply Chain Collaboration stream will include topics such as: how the UK Defence Industrial Strategy will provide for long-term operational capability; US Defense acquisition reform – what will the future military-industry relationship look like?; and the strategic opportunities of global sourcing for the defence industry.
The Business and Battle Space Network Implementation stream will look at areas such as: organisational behaviours of networked cultures; challenging the political and technological hurdles of coalition interoperability; and SATCOM and deployable communications and information systems.
Human Capital Transformation stream sessions will include: manpower planning, leadership and workforce development; recruitment and retention; and understanding enterprise-wide applications of HR management information systems and how they can drive further efficiency gains and reduce costs.
There will also be a series of Special Interest Groups – practical workshop sessions organised by DSEi in association with the DDA (Defence Diversification Agency). These are particularly aimed at helping SMEs in the defence industry and will cover issues such as how to become a supplier to UK MOD.
A full programme and speaker line-up for both the conference and workshops will be announced shortly. For more details go to www.dsei.co.uk/conference.
Reed Exhibitions Aerospace & Defence Group Conference Manager, Huw Jones, says: "We wanted to add a strategically focused conference to this year's DSEi to appeal to visitors that might not usually have a reason to visit the show. This globally relevant conference will bring together international speakers and conference delegates to provide an optimum mix of networking and education at the world's largest integrated defence exhibition."