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News Article | May 23, 2017
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Fairfax, VA, May 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- May 22, 2017—Distinguished professionals who support the military and government have been chosen to receive AFCEA International’s top awards. The winners comprise members of industry, the military services and academia. Through its annual awards program, AFCEA International recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals in the communications, electronics, intelligence and information technology disciplines. In addition, AFCEA chapters are recognized for outstanding support to the association. The awards will be presented on June 12 prior to the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium at the Baltimore Convention Center. The symposium, which takes place June 13-15, features experts from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) who will share an extensive view of the challenges it faces and how industry can help solve them. Distinguished Award for Excellence in Engineering Dr. Eliahu (Eli) Niewood, The MITRE Corporation Meritorious Service to the Intelligence Community Award Fisher H. Little III, U.S. Air Force 624th Operations Center Meritorious Rising Star Award for Achievement in Engineering Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan White, USCG, U.S. Coast Guard Command, Control and Communications Engineering Center Distinguished Award for Excellence in Information Technology Kathy Cutler and the DLA J6 Team Defense Logistics Agency Meritorious Rising Star Award for Achievement in Information Technology Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Juarez, USAF, 86th Communications Squadron, U.S. Air Force Small Business(es) of the Year Array Information Technology IntellecTechs Inc. Small Business Person of the Year Award (Government) Connie Robben, 763d Specialized Contracting Squadron (SCONS), U.S. Air Force The complete list of awards and winners is available online. AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry and academia. Join online. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/b7a45bdb-f0fb-49f8-8f1d-91db9ada8eba


News Article | May 24, 2017
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Defense Strategies Institute has announced its distinguished Senior Government keynote speakers for the 4th Annual Cyber Operations for National Defense Symposium. This two day educational symposium will take place in Alexandria, VA, on August 2-3, 2017. This year’s theme will be advancing cyber capabilities in support of multi-domain battle. Alexandria, VA, May 24, 2017 --( This announcement highlights three newly confirmed speakers and the topics they will be presenting at this year’s two full-day Cyber Operations for National Defense Symposium. Speaker Session Highlights Will Include: - Maj Gen Burke “Ed” Wilson, USAF, Deputy Principal Cyber Advisor to the Secretary of Defense Senior Military Advisor for Cyber, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, OSD - Maj Gen Burke “Ed” Wilson’s briefing will revolve around the formation and elevation of the US Cyber Command into a full-fledged unified combatant command. He will discuss the creation of a UCC as the most effective solution to further cyber operations. - MG Garrett Yee, USA, Army Lead for Network Modernization, Military Deputy, Cybersecurity Directorate, HQDA CIO/G6 MG Garrett Yee will be speaking on network initiatives and capabilities to modernize the US Army network, which includes the creation of one standard architecture. Lastly, he will discuss the funding perspective towards Army modernization deadlines. Sherrill Nicely, Chief Information Security Officer, CIA Sherrill Nicely will be speaking about the impact of cloud services in improving CIA’s cybersecurity posture. She will highlight the significance of cloud to efficiently implement systems and secure workloads as well as cloud’s ability to improve the speed at which the agency is able to carry out cybersecurity audits on IT systems. What you will gain from this year’s symposium: · Latest strategy for defending and protecting DoD networks through enhanced cyber situational awareness · How Industry can aide current challenges to increase and enhance network security · Current update on integrating Cyber and EW components for enhanced capabilities · Synchronizing warfighting elements in support of multi-domain battle · Modern designing, building, deploying and integrating capabilities for the future fight Seating is limited – In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees, seating will be limited. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military and government personnel attend complimentary. To register, download agenda, or sign your organization up to exhibit for the 4th Annual Cyber Operations for National Defense Symposium visit the website at http://cybersecurity.dsigroup.org/. If you would like additional information contact Christopher Elliott at celliott@dsigroup.org or call (201) 672-8745. About DSI: DSI is a Woman Owned/Minority Owned nonpartisan Institute. In order to maintain our non-partisan stance, DSI receives no financial investment for operating costs from any outside organization, individual or group. DSI supports our Nations’ Veterans and Injured Service members and their families through our direct charitable donations. Learn more at: dsigroup.org/giving-back Alexandria, VA, May 24, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Each year, notable cyber leaders from across defense and homeland security come together for the Annual Cyber Operations for National Defense Symposium. This year, leaders will discuss the current transformation of defense strategy and cyber operations. Our Symposium will focus on cyber operations and the necessity of dominating cyberspace to fight and win in a multi-domain battle. Efforts by DHS to protect the US Government’s networks and the nation’s most critical infrastructure will also be highlighted.This announcement highlights three newly confirmed speakers and the topics they will be presenting at this year’s two full-day Cyber Operations for National Defense Symposium.Speaker Session Highlights Will Include:- Maj Gen Burke “Ed” Wilson, USAF, Deputy Principal Cyber Advisor to the Secretary of Defense Senior Military Advisor for Cyber, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, OSD- Maj Gen Burke “Ed” Wilson’s briefing will revolve around the formation and elevation of the US Cyber Command into a full-fledged unified combatant command. He will discuss the creation of a UCC as the most effective solution to further cyber operations.- MG Garrett Yee, USA, Army Lead for Network Modernization, Military Deputy, Cybersecurity Directorate, HQDA CIO/G6MG Garrett Yee will be speaking on network initiatives and capabilities to modernize the US Army network, which includes the creation of one standard architecture. Lastly, he will discuss the funding perspective towards Army modernization deadlines.Sherrill Nicely, Chief Information Security Officer, CIASherrill Nicely will be speaking about the impact of cloud services in improving CIA’s cybersecurity posture. She will highlight the significance of cloud to efficiently implement systems and secure workloads as well as cloud’s ability to improve the speed at which the agency is able to carry out cybersecurity audits on IT systems.What you will gain from this year’s symposium:· Latest strategy for defending and protecting DoD networks through enhanced cyber situational awareness· How Industry can aide current challenges to increase and enhance network security· Current update on integrating Cyber and EW components for enhanced capabilities· Synchronizing warfighting elements in support of multi-domain battle· Modern designing, building, deploying and integrating capabilities for the future fightSeating is limited –In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees, seating will be limited. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military and government personnel attend complimentary.To register, download agenda, or sign your organization up to exhibit for the 4th Annual Cyber Operations for National Defense Symposium visit the website at http://cybersecurity.dsigroup.org/. If you would like additional information contact Christopher Elliott at celliott@dsigroup.org or call (201) 672-8745.About DSI:DSI is a Woman Owned/Minority Owned nonpartisan Institute. In order to maintain our non-partisan stance, DSI receives no financial investment for operating costs from any outside organization, individual or group. DSI supports our Nations’ Veterans and Injured Service members and their families through our direct charitable donations. Learn more at: dsigroup.org/giving-back Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Defense Strategies Institute


News Article | May 23, 2017
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With its official launch slated for late spring of 2017, The Avalon Institute welcomes successful Executive Coach Sharon Roberts to its team of leadership professionals. Ms. Roberts, who currently works with a select array of organizations and individuals in the business, sports and entertainment industries, will assume the role of Director of UK Partnerships. Roberts combines passionate coaching with high levels of psychological insight to equip clients with leadership tools and strategies for ongoing success. Roberts states: "It's such a great honor and privilege to be part of the Avalon team and I look forward to expanding our world-class organisation here in the UK." A self-admitted student of myth and history, she continues, "The UK is the birthplace of Avalon, and that in so many ways represents hope and new beginnings. Things are changing so fast both here and abroad. I think it's the perfect time to share our Roundtable Leadership model with individuals and organisations in need of greater guidance and clarity." As part of its upcoming programming, The Avalon Institute is proud to announce “Beyond Labels,” a series of workshops designed to provide leaders with much needed tools and insights to enhance retention, engagement and productivity for millennials in the workplace. The program was developed by Avalon team members Chris Lum and Erin Matyus who combined their experiences in business and athletics to design a unique employee engagement program that gives participants the means to reinvigorate their workplace. For more information about Avalon’s millennial engagement opportunities and services - including webinars, on-site workshops, and strategic support - please refer to The Avalon Institute's website under “Services.” The Avalon Institute is founded by USAF General John E. Michel (Ret.) and serial entrepreneur Perry Jobe Smith. In an increasingly fragmented world, Avalon is a 21st century leadership and business development firm that strives to empower organizations and individuals to connect at a deeper level and take command of their own growth. The Avalon Institute and mission are informed by the organization's principles that emphasize values over rules, dynamic discourse, clarity of purpose, innovation and intentional leadership. The team takes on complex issues with the spirit of co-creation and the perseverance to overcome all challenges, and strives to deliver leadership strategy and values to all levels of an organization. Central to this mission is the Avalon Institute’s “Roundtable Leadership Model™,” a combination of people-centric organizing models, coaching and education. Additional data and analysis is supported by cutting-edge neuroleadership assessments that clearly identify strengths and blind spots in individuals and teams. The Institute’s proprietary methodology has proven remarkably successful in numerous pre-launch engagements, including integrated programs with US Special Forces Command and Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, FL. In addition, the team has delivered innovation, strategy and leadership development training to the US Army, US Air Force, public transportation and numerous clients in the private and federal government sectors. For additional details and to join the Avalon Roundtable™, visit online or via direct email. For additional business opportunities, visit the Avalon Institute’s sister entity Veteran Enabled Training and Technology Services (VETS). VETS is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business positioned to work with federal, state, and local governments, as well as business entities of any size


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Fairfax, VA, May 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- May 22, 2017—Distinguished professionals who support the military and government have been chosen to receive AFCEA International’s top awards. The winners comprise members of industry, the military services and academia. Through its annual awards program, AFCEA International recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals in the communications, electronics, intelligence and information technology disciplines. In addition, AFCEA chapters are recognized for outstanding support to the association. The awards will be presented on June 12 prior to the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium at the Baltimore Convention Center. The symposium, which takes place June 13-15, features experts from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) who will share an extensive view of the challenges it faces and how industry can help solve them. Distinguished Award for Excellence in Engineering Dr. Eliahu (Eli) Niewood, The MITRE Corporation Meritorious Service to the Intelligence Community Award Fisher H. Little III, U.S. Air Force 624th Operations Center Meritorious Rising Star Award for Achievement in Engineering Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan White, USCG, U.S. Coast Guard Command, Control and Communications Engineering Center Distinguished Award for Excellence in Information Technology Kathy Cutler and the DLA J6 Team Defense Logistics Agency Meritorious Rising Star Award for Achievement in Information Technology Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Juarez, USAF, 86th Communications Squadron, U.S. Air Force Small Business(es) of the Year Array Information Technology IntellecTechs Inc. Small Business Person of the Year Award (Government) Connie Robben, 763d Specialized Contracting Squadron (SCONS), U.S. Air Force The complete list of awards and winners is available online. AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry and academia. Join online. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/b7a45bdb-f0fb-49f8-8f1d-91db9ada8eba


News Article | May 10, 2017
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Ace Technology Partners just announced the completion of a major workstation order for USAF Air Mobility Command (AMC) Mission Planning. The order was for 835 custom workstations, each with two monitors, that can accommodate legacy technology and achieve compatibility with multiple operating systems. Ace Technology Partners Regional Sales Manager Gary Mosso said, “Building these workstations to be compatible with several operating systems was a challenge for our engineers. Also, we had to source components that are generally not available anymore. But the experience of our engineers and our strong partner network allowed us to deliver exactly what this client wanted.” Before the initial order was officially awarded, Mission Planning required a test workstation from a number of vendors, including Ace Technology Partners. The company won the award because of a superior product built with high quality components at a competitive price. Once the order was completed, Mission Planning performed a second round of comprehensive tests on a representative sample prior to shipment. Mission Planning has since ordered 268 additional workstations. “Because they worked with us many times before, they already knew that our systems are very reliable,” Mosso said. “That helped us win this initial workstation order and the additional business. There was a level of comfort and an outstanding value proposition. Mission Planning received a very reliable, high quality system that was competitively priced.” These workstations were ordered out of Scott Air Force Base, which is one of the top strategic military installations in the U.S. The base commands and controls all air, land and sea logistics of the U.S. military. Scott AFB is operated by the 375th Air Mobility Wing and is also home to the Air Force Reserve Command's 932nd Airlift Wing and the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Air Refueling Wing. Ace Technology Partners CEO John Samborski said, “Our mutually beneficial relationship with the U.S. military extends back more than three decades. The fact that we have been able to perform to their exacting standards all of this time sends a strong message to the entire marketplace that we sell and back superior products.” NETCENTS 2 provides federal agencies, including the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense, with a thoroughly vetted source for standardized networking equipment, supplies and related services. Products that Ace Technology Partners is authorized to sell through NETCENTS 2 include servers, storage, networking equipment, peripherals, multimedia, software, and identity management/biometric hardware and software. Acknowledged as one of the finest custom technology resellers in the U.S., ISO 9001 Certified Ace Technology Partners currently holds the following contracts: NETCENTS 2, SEWP V, NASPO ValuePoint (formerly WSCA), and CMAS (Calif.). It is a Woman-Owned Small Business operating in both the public sector and commercial sector. Channel partners include Intel, Supermicro, NVIDIA, Mellanox and Samsung among others. Ace Technology Partners is an authorized Microsoft Surface Partner. The company has been an industry leader since 1983. In addition to some of the finest academic institutions in the U.S., long-term clients include the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. Its principal, recognized industry expert John Samborski, is an alumnus of Intel’s prestigious board of advisors. In addition to its Greater Chicago headquarters, Ace Technology Partners has locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Nevada. To contact Ace Technology Partners, call 1-877-223-2667 or 1-847-952-6900 or visit http://www.acetechpartners.com. For media inquiries, contact Jeanna Van Rensselar at Smart PR Communications; 630-363-8081; jeanna(at)smartprcommunications(dot)com.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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CDO Technologies, Inc. of Dayton, Ohio, creators of the Critical Asset Tracking Solution (CATS), has announced support of the AsReader® UHF RFID Readers/Writers. End users may now use the iPhone®, iPod Touch® and iPad® equipped with an AsReader RFID reader/writer and the CATS application to inventory UHF band RFID tagged assets. “Many of us have experienced frustrating situations where important tools or expensive machinery are misplaced in warehouses or left out in the field,” said Robert Zielinski, CDO Technologies’ director of commercial marketing. “The CATS system can help workers locate tagged items quickly and efficiently, helping companies save on employee search time, product and tool replacement-- and relationships.” CDO’s Critical Asset Tracking Solution is used by private and public companies to facilitate tracking and finding manufactured products and tools in warehouses and out in the field. Missing items such as tools, equipment, client files, electronic components or customer information can drastically hinder workflow efficiency and be costly to an organization. Using CATS to capture an asset’s Last Known Location and leveraging an RFID device’s capability to quickly “zero in” on missing items dramatically shortens search-time and reduces costs. “As a global technology firm, AsReader understands the importance of visibility and data analysis,” stated Robert Yount, AsReader senior account executive. “Providing an affordable RFID solution for millions of iOS users to leverage CATS to track and find assets will greatly benefit today’s organizations.” Current CATS users are already considering AsReader’s compact devices to more frequently capture asset information between manufacturing and customer delivery, to more rapidly locate specific items in inventory storage, and to identify specialty tools in use during production or calibration. By cost effectively adding visibility points to an asset’s travel path, these organizations will better serve their customers, increase production capability, and reduce replacement costs. CDO Technologies supports a complete portfolio of Automatic Identification Data Capture (AIDC) technology and mobility solutions for federal, municipal, commercial and education markets. AIDC solutions help improve the visibility, accuracy, and efficiency of logistics, asset management, manufacturing, healthcare, and customer service operations. AsReader, Inc. manufactures modular UHF RFID sleds and “gun style” units that are tightly integrated with iOS smart devices with reading ranges of short (3 feet), medium (15 feet) and long (32 plus feet). AsReader is a member of the RAIN global alliance and is compliant with the GS1 UHF Gen2 protocol and others. “Since CDO Critical Asset Tracking Solution was first commercialized roughly two years ago, we have seen the application used by a variety of industries to radically evolve their businesses,” said Zielinski. “By supporting AsReader devices, organizations will be even better prepared to serve their customers and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) benefits.” For more information about CDO Technologies and its services and products, go to http://www.cdotech.com or call Robert Zielinski at (937) 476-2278. CDO Technologies, Inc. is an ISO: 9001:2008 certified organization headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, that provides information technology solutions to public and private sector clients. It was founded in 1995 to assist the USAF and other Department of Defense customers. CDO Technologies offers the advantage of experience and aptitude-- along with the ability to react at the speed of business. For more information, contact http://www.cdotech.com


News Article | May 12, 2017
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The OA-X experiment is part of the USAF's effort to explore the benefits of acquiring a new, low-cost, non-developmental light attack aircraft to provide close air support and other missions in permissive and semi-permissive environments, reduce fighter pilot training costs, and accelerate pilot seasoning. The OA-X will accomplish those objectives while preserving and extending the service lives of other jet fleets. "The A-29 is uniquely suited for training and seasoning fighter pilots," said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. "This means more highly-trained pilots more quickly and less expensively, while allowing other platforms to do the work they do best." Manufactured in Florida and in use by a dozen air forces worldwide, the A-29 is a durable, versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of fighter and ISR missions. The USAF-certified A-29 is combat-proven in Afghanistan and in theaters around the globe. About Embraer Defense & Security Leader in the aerospace and defense industry of Latin America, Embraer Defense & Security offers a complete line of integrated solutions such as C4I (Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence Center) applications, leading edge technologies in the production of radars, advanced information, air traffic control and communication systems, integrated systems for border monitoring and surveillance, as well as military and government transportation aircraft. With a growing presence on the global market, Embraer Defense & Security products are present in more than 60 countries. About Sierra Nevada Corporation Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provides customer-focused technology solutions in the areas of aerospace, aviation, electronics and systems integration. SNC has been honored as one of "The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space," and one of America's fastest growing companies. SNC's diverse technologies are used in applications including telemedicine, navigation and guidance systems, threat detection and security, commercial aviation, scientific research and infrastructure protection. Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, SNC operates under the leadership of owners, CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, with a workforce of nearly 3,000 personnel in 34 locations in 19 U.S. states, England, Germany and Turkey providing global support to customers. For more information on SNC visit www.sncorp.com and follow us at Facebook.com/SierraNevCorp and Twitter @SierraNevCorp. Sierra Nevada Corporation and SNC are trademarks of Sierra Nevada Corporation. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/snc--embraer-to-participate-in-usaf-oa-x-experiment-with-a-29-super-tucano-300457096.html


News Article | May 12, 2017
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Air Missile Defence Technology 2017 to feature senior military representatives from V4 nations, US Army PEO Missiles & Space, and key industry experts. London, United Kingdom, May 12, 2017 --( The two-day conference comes at a relevant time, with more nations planning to upgrade or replace their AMD systems and looking to industry to provide their next generation platforms. Furthermore, as regional tensions in Eastern Europe arise, AMD continues to be a crucial capability to maintain in order to compete against new and modern threats including cruise and ballistic missiles and UAVs. Bringing together air defence operators and technical experts from the military and industry, the event agenda has been curated to provide a discussion on threats to the increasingly complex air space and the solutions available to defeat these threats from the air including missiles, rockets, artillery, planes and unmanned aerial vehicles. Highlights of this year includes senior representation from the V4 to discuss further integration for air defence and policing; expert briefings from more industry solution providers including Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Northrop Grumman and Weibel Scientific; and an exclusive keynote from the IAMD Programme Manager of the US Army's PEO Missiles and Space. Military speakers include: Colonel Jaroslaw Ackermann, Chief of the Air Defence Branch, Czech Armed Forces Colonel Jan Sedliacik, Commander of the 25th Air Defence Regiment, Czech Armed Forces Major Jaroslav Sekanina, Exercise SME GBAD, Czech Air Force Michael Chandler, Programme Manager Integrated AMD, PEO Missiles and Space, US Army Colonel Tomas Jukusz, Chief GBAD Specialist, Polish Armed Forces Lieutenant Colonel Frank Zwarts, Head, NLD GBAMD Knowledge Center, Royal Netherlands Army Colonel Ladislav Dovhun, GBAD Brigade Commander, Slovakian Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Tibor Maty, DCOM SAM WING 12 ‘Arrabona’, Hungarian Army Lieutenant Colonel Gatis Gailitis, Commander, Combined Control and Reporting Center Karmelava, BALNET Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Lynch, BMDOC OPS Director, NATO AIRCOM Peter Woodmansee, HQ U.S European Command Missile Defense Program Manager, United States European Command Industry speakers include: Brigadier General Kenneth Todorov USAF (Ret), Director, Global AMD, Northrop Grumman Fabio Bonanni, Head of Air Defense Architectures and Italy Technology, MBDA Ian Spillane, Chief Engineer, Mission Support, Lockheed Martin UK Lars Krogh Vammen, Business Development Manager, Weibel Scientific A/S The full agenda can be viewed on www.airmissiledefence.com/prcom. For those interested in attending, there is currently an Early Bird discount of £300 for online registrations made by 31st May 2017. 2nd annual Air Missile Defence Technology Conference October 24 & 25, 2017 Courtyard by Marriott Prague Airport Hotel, Czech Republic http://www.airmissiledefence.com/prcom Contact Information: For queries on military bookings, contact James Hitchen on jhitchen@smi-online.co.uk. For sponsorship and exhibition details, contact Sadia Malick on smalick@smi-online.co.uk. For media enquiries contact Honey de Gracia on hdegracia@smi-online.co.uk. About SMi Group: Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk London, United Kingdom, May 12, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Drawing on from the success of last year’s launch event, SMi Group has announced the return of the highly-anticipated Air Missile Defence Technology 2017 conference, which takes place in Prague on the 24th and 25th October. The agenda has been released and online registration is now live.The two-day conference comes at a relevant time, with more nations planning to upgrade or replace their AMD systems and looking to industry to provide their next generation platforms. Furthermore, as regional tensions in Eastern Europe arise, AMD continues to be a crucial capability to maintain in order to compete against new and modern threats including cruise and ballistic missiles and UAVs.Bringing together air defence operators and technical experts from the military and industry, the event agenda has been curated to provide a discussion on threats to the increasingly complex air space and the solutions available to defeat these threats from the air including missiles, rockets, artillery, planes and unmanned aerial vehicles.Highlights of this year includes senior representation from the V4 to discuss further integration for air defence and policing; expert briefings from more industry solution providers including Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Northrop Grumman and Weibel Scientific; and an exclusive keynote from the IAMD Programme Manager of the US Army's PEO Missiles and Space.Military speakers include:Colonel Jaroslaw Ackermann, Chief of the Air Defence Branch, Czech Armed ForcesColonel Jan Sedliacik, Commander of the 25th Air Defence Regiment, Czech Armed ForcesMajor Jaroslav Sekanina, Exercise SME GBAD, Czech Air ForceMichael Chandler, Programme Manager Integrated AMD, PEO Missiles and Space, US ArmyColonel Tomas Jukusz, Chief GBAD Specialist, Polish Armed ForcesLieutenant Colonel Frank Zwarts, Head, NLD GBAMD Knowledge Center, Royal Netherlands ArmyColonel Ladislav Dovhun, GBAD Brigade Commander, Slovakian Air ForceLieutenant Colonel Tibor Maty, DCOM SAM WING 12 ‘Arrabona’, Hungarian ArmyLieutenant Colonel Gatis Gailitis, Commander, Combined Control and Reporting Center Karmelava, BALNETLieutenant Colonel Arthur Lynch, BMDOC OPS Director, NATO AIRCOMPeter Woodmansee, HQ U.S European Command Missile Defense Program Manager, United States European CommandIndustry speakers include:Brigadier General Kenneth Todorov USAF (Ret), Director, Global AMD, Northrop GrummanFabio Bonanni, Head of Air Defense Architectures and Italy Technology, MBDAIan Spillane, Chief Engineer, Mission Support, Lockheed Martin UKLars Krogh Vammen, Business Development Manager, Weibel Scientific A/SThe full agenda can be viewed on www.airmissiledefence.com/prcom.For those interested in attending, there is currently an Early Bird discount of £300 for online registrations made by 31st May 2017.2nd annual Air Missile Defence Technology ConferenceOctober 24 & 25, 2017Courtyard by Marriott Prague Airport Hotel, Czech Republichttp://www.airmissiledefence.com/prcomContact Information:For queries on military bookings, contact James Hitchen on jhitchen@smi-online.co.uk.For sponsorship and exhibition details, contact Sadia Malick on smalick@smi-online.co.uk. For media enquiries contact Honey de Gracia on hdegracia@smi-online.co.uk.About SMi Group:Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SMi Group


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

The X-37B spacecraft operated by the U.S. Air Force landed at Kennedy Space Center on the morning of May 7, causing a sonic boom that was heard by residents across central Florida. The unmanned spaceplane spent 718 days in orbit before coming down, about a month and a half longer than the craft's previous record of 674 days. The Air Force operates two X-37Bs, which are reusable spaceplanes built by Boeing that launch on Atlas V rockets for extended missions in orbit. Similar to the Space Shuttle in appearance, the X-37B is only about a quarter of the size at 29 feet long. The spaceplane needs no cockpit or life support systems, and can operate in orbit for hundreds of days at a time. Like the Space Shuttle, the X-37B has double doors that cover a payload bay, which is about the size of the bed of a pickup truck. What exactly the Air Force uses the X-37B for is classified. The description of the spacecraft on the USAF website reads: "Managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, the X-37B program is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft that performs risk reduction, experimentation and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies." It has been widely speculated that the craft is used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, spying on operations in places like Iran and North Korea. Because the craft can land and have its payload swapped out whenever the Air Force deems it necessary, the X-37B could potentially be used for a number of missions and testing platforms. Experts have also guessed that the X-37B could be used for testing autonomous flight technologies, serve as a communications relay in orbit, or serve as a testing platform for systems that could ultimately be used on a manned spacecraft. The operations of the X-37B might be classified, but there is no hiding it when it reenters the atmosphere and shakes the countryside with a sonic boom. This is the first time the craft has landed in Florida, having performed all three of its previous landings in California. Another mission using the X-37B is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral later this year. How long the X-37B will orbit this time, and what exactly it will be doing, is known only by a handful of people in the Department of Defense. You Might Also Like


News Article | May 11, 2017
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who till now, was more or less a controversy-free figure in President Donald Trump’s cabinet, has come into the limelight after it was let loose that the POTUS acted on his recommendation to fire James Comey, Tuesday. However, Rosenstein has refused to be painted as the scapegoat by the Trump administration and has even threatened to quit, the Washington Post reports. Apparently, he was caught off guard when the White House put a major part of the blame behind Comey’s firing on him. Rosenstein might be justified in defending himself because the memo that he drew up and submitted to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Comey, quoted a number of top governmental officials, after which he cited his conclusion regarding the same: “I agree with the nearly unanimous opinions of former Department officials,” stated Rosenstein in the memo, Vox reports. “The way the Director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong. As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of his mistakes and pledges never to repeat them. Having refused to admit his errors, the Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions.” Following the untimely end to Comey’s career, many had commented on the absurdity of Trump’s decision to replace the FBI director. Since Trump did not protest on Comey’s action to reopen investigations on Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails during his Presidential campaign, the sudden urgency to fire him now initially seemed to be an odd judgment call by Trump. People eventually came to the conclusion that the fact that Comey was looking into the Trump campaign’s possible collusions with Russia led him to getting fired. The White House, although, strictly denied such allegations. Also, getting the very top officials to prepare a case against Comey, including Rosenstein, a pioneer of bipartisanship, who is supervising the probe regarding Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, has been termed as a puzzling decision by Trump. Making things worse, Comey wasn’t even officially informed that he was getting laid off and he found out the news along with the rest of the world, when he switched on the television, CNBC reports. Trump chose to justify his decision by simply saying that Comey was being fired because he “was not doing a good job.” The White House also remained vague in giving the exact reason behind the vital decision. The official statement reiterated on the fact that the Trump had considered firing Comey for a long time, and he just implemented the same, Tuesday. The way the entire affair was handled disgusted many and there has been uproar of criticism regarding the same on social media. Much of the heat is being directed at Rosenstein at present, tarnishing his as of yet spotless reputation. Read: Kim Dotcom Wants FBI Director James Comey To Be Questioned By New Zealand Police​ Ted Lieu, an USAF veteran and member of the congress has tweeted out that Rosenstein should seriously consider stepping down from his post after being unwittingly played by Trump’s administration. Following his firing, Comey has reached out to his former staff and colleagues with the following message, as obtained by CNN: Nationwide protests have broken out since Comey was fired. People took to the streets to display their anger regarding Trump's decision.  Neither the justice department, nor Rosenstein has come forward with an official statement regarding the controversy surrounding Comey's dismissal.  Will James Comey Be Questioned By New Zealand Police?

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