As the grim statistics constantly show, the IED threat in Afghanistan is on the rise. And the lessons that insurgents learned there are starting to be replicated in other threats around the world. The protection, mobility, survivability and lethality capabilities of armoured vehicles remain absolutely crucial to the success of ground operations.
At the same time, the constriction of resources presents tough choices for many militaries and that's why it makes the informed selection of new capabilities so important for the customer. Industry organisations know this and must now look to replicate their success in domestic/regional markets on the world stage
That's why as you look over the International Armoured Vehicles 2011 agenda, you'll notice 3 things:
1. A renewed focus on vehicle programmes: Nothing is more integral than the vehicle itself and we've made a dedicated effort this year to include as many specific case studies as we can, with 21 already confirmed and many more to come. This is where you meet the people who really matter, learn the lessons and meet new potential partners.
2. Dedicated sessions on the operational environment and the threats we face: With detail incomparable to any other event, we examine precisely what conditions a vehicle system must face on deployment and the must-have capabilities to deliver the right effect. An irrelevant system isn't just a waste of resources, it's dangerous. Here's where you match your capability to the mission you'll face.
3. The strategic environment: The context in which we set requirements and procure new systems and upgrades is crucial - both in terms of the threat we face and the resources we can draw upon. The world's most thought provoking thinkers will challenge you to check your assumptions and make sure you are moving in the right direction.
This year, International Armoured Vehicles will be the event with more speakers, more dedicated streams and focus days, more detail, more networking and more vehicles than anywhere else.
Check out our just released agenda now and take advantage of some fantastic early-bird savings that will help maximise your ROI.
5 Sessions You Can’t Afford To Miss
The Future Of The US Army And The Capabilities Required For Partnership With Strategic Allies
General Martin Dempsey
Commanding General, Training and Doctrine Command
A keynote presentation that comes right from the highest levels of command, General Dempsey will give you unparalleled insight to the force development plans of the US Army and how that will affect what capabilities are acquired, how ground forces fight future wars and how allied nations can develop partnerships to create a powerful fighting force. With a huge range of combat experience to draw upon and a reputation as one of the US military’s smartest thinkers, this is one session you cannot miss.
Main Conference, Morning of Day One
Developing Ground Manoeuvre Requirements For The British Army
Major General Bill Moore
Director (Battlespace Manoeuvre)/ Master General of the Ordnance
Looking to the future of how to develop our armoured vehicle fleets, the evolution of requirements in response to strategic challenges is a delicate balancing act. That’s why we’re delighted to have Major General Moore share with us his own perspectives on how to equip front line troops mindful of constricted resources. Not just of interest to those seeking business opportunities in the UK, this is the ideal session to hear how a leading military’s senior requirements setter makes tough choices and the rationale behind those decisions.
Main Conference, Morning of Day One
A Strategic Assessment Of The IED Threat
Lieutenant General Tom Metz (Ret’d)
Former Director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organisation (JIEDDO)
An armoured vehicle warrior by trade, Lieutenant General Metz returned from Command in Iraq to head up JIEDDO, the world’s largest ever effort to counter IEDs. Investing vast sums of money he oversaw the most innovative efforts imaginable to protect soldiers lives and improve survivability. His experience in this field is beyond vast and here he presents his unique and incredibly informed assessment of the IED threat and the role that armoured vehicles have in saving lives and succeeding in our missions.
Countering IED Focus Day, Opening Session
Operational Perspectives On In Service British Army Vehicle Types
Lieutenant Colonel Harry Fullerton
Commanding Officer, Household Cavalry Regiment
Commanding one of the most prestigious regiments in the British Army, Lieutenant Colonel Fullerton led his troops on a challenging deployment with ISAF. Returning from theatre earlier this year, he’d bolstered his already considerable experience with a Commander’s knowledge of what it means to utilise multiple armoured vehicle types in combat and what capabilities matter most to ensure missions success. Here he shares his hard-won lessons learned so that you know exactly what technology and tactics make a difference on the front line.
Main Conference, Afternoon of Day One
Assessing The Survivability Of Vehicles To Withstand Current
Threats: The Israeli Experience
Lieutenant Colonel Oren Giber
Head of Survivability, Land Systems Division
Charged with improving the survivability of vehicles for an army that is constantly at risk from direct fire and IED threats, Lieutenant Colonel Giber has been exploring technologies to protect vehicles and troops that will be tested under the toughest conditions. He’ll be sharing his experience with you to show how one of the world’s most combat experienced forces selects systems to protect vehicles and troops and exploring the potential for partnership in future survivability projects.
Main Conference, Stream B, Day Two