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Naval Challenges in the Arctic
Brussels | Sep 26, 2013
 

The European Defence Agency, together with the Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union today hosted a conference on the "Naval Challenges in the Arctic Region" highlighting the conclusions of a long term analysis conducted by the Wise Pen Team International.

 

Pilvi-Sisko Vierros-Villeneuve, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Finland to the European Union, opened the event by underlining the growing importance of the region due to changing circumstances. In her speech, she highlighted that diminishing ice would lead to more activity in the Artic. New resources and logistic opportunities were of interest; a European Union Maritime Security Strategy, currently in preparation, would be a key opportunity to address the EU’s support to the Arctic area.

 

Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, recalled the growing importance of the Arctic for European security and economic interests, at the same time requiring  close attention to be paid to environmental protection. “The opening of the Sea Lines of Communication, the North West and North East passages for example, have required the naval community to focus more on navigational safety, the need for maritime surveillance and maritime security in the Arctic region. One of EDA’s key tasks is to anticipate capability requirements and cooperation opportunities on this basis in the Arctic area, where a truly comprehensive approach will be required.”

 

Vice Admirals Fernando Del Pozo, Anthony Dymock, Lutz Feldt, Patrick Herbrard and Ferdinando Sanfelice di Monteforte of Wise Pen International presented their study on naval challenges in the Arctic region which concentrated on current strategies and practices; resources, challenges and capability needs; the EU and the Arctic, and gave some conclusions and recommendations. They argued that potential risks to maritime security could only be addressed collectively and internationally; they see the EU as being well placed in playing a key role. However, the group members also highlighted that raising the scientific knowledge baseline and generating a shared vision of how to harness the riches while preserving the environment was a prerequisite. Experts on the Arctic from Finland, Dr Juha-Matti Flinkman, and Sweden, Niklas Granholm, highlighted the need to develop cooperation in the Arctic area in a close cooperation between governmental authorities and scientific research, acknowledging the specific requirements of the delicate and evolving Arctic environment. 

 

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The Implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy - 10 July 2013

09-09-2013 SEDE

Please find below the proceedings of the Workshop on "The Implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy" on 10 July 2013.

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sécurisation des frontières de l'Arabie saoudite  - source LesEchos.fr

sécurisation des frontières de l'Arabie saoudite - source LesEchos.fr

03/09/13 challenges.fr (Finance +)

 

Cassidian, la filiale sécurité d'EADS, aurait pris un gros retard sur le contrat de sécurisation des frontières de l'Arabie Saoudite, le plus gros de ce type jamais signé. Le quotidien allemand 'Handelsblatt' dispose d'une source qui lui a fait savoir que le lancement, initialement prévu en 2014, pourrait être décalé de deux ans. Le projet, signé en 2009, devait initialement durer 5 ans. Le journal allemand évoque des problèmes de réalisation aussi bien que des changements décidés par le donneur d'ordres pour expliquer le décalage d'un programme destiné à doter 9.000 kilomètres de frontières d'un système de surveillance électronique, dont la valeur était estimée à quelque 2 milliards de dollars.

Note RP Defense :

 

EADS décroche le contrat de sécurisation des frontières de l'Arabie saoudite

 

Par Alain Ruello - Les Echos n° 20457 du 02 Juillet 2009 • page 19

 

Le groupe européen, candidat de Berlin dans l'appel d'offres, a signé ce contrat de plus de 1,5 milliard d'euros, connu pendant longtemps sous l'acronyme « Miksa ». Une claque pour Thales, et donc pour Paris, même si les équipes françaises d'EADS participeront au projet.

 

Ambiance de fête chez EADS : en pole position depuis le début de l'année, le groupe aéronautique européen vient de décrocher le très mirifique et très politique contrat de sécurisation des frontières de l'Arabie saoudite, aussi appelé « Saudi Border Guard Development Program ». L'accord, conclu mardi, a été annoncé hier, après une information du site Internet du « Point ». « Il s'agit du plus important contrat de ce genre jamais conclu dans le monde », se félicite EADS. Le montant de la transaction se situerait entre 1,5 et 2 milliards d'euros. Après le Qatar, la Roumanie, ou encore les Emirats arabes unis, le groupe européen peut ainsi s'enorgueillir d'une nouvelle référence de marque sur le marché très fermé de la sécurité nationale. A l'inverse, il s'agit d'un véritable camouflet pour Thales _ et Paris _ même si une part du travail reviendra en France.

 

Longtemps connu sous l'acronyme de « Miksa », ce projet consiste à doter en cinq ans les 9.000 kilomètres de frontières, maritimes et terrestres, du royaume d'un système électronique de surveillance, à grands renforts de radars, de réseaux de télécoms, ou encore de caméras. Initié après la première guerre du Golfe, il a échappé de très peu à Thales au début des années 2000. Après plusieurs années d'une négociation de gré à gré entre la France et l'Arabie saoudite, les guerres d'influence entre l'Elysée et le ministère de l'Intérieur dirigé alors par Nicolas Sarkozy font en effet échouer l'affaire sur le fil. « Quand je pense qu'on a été à deux doigts de signer ! » regrette encore un dirigeant de Thales.

 

Riyad _ où les luttes de pouvoir ont compté également _ gèle alors l'affaire, pour la relancer en 2005. Mais dans le cadre d'une procédure d'appel d'offres cette fois-ci. A chaque capitale intéressée de soutenir son champion : ce sera Thales pour la France, EADS pour Berlin, Raytheon pour Washington, BAE Systems pour Londres, ou encore Finmeccanica pour Rome. Sans oublier Russes et Chinois. La procédure suit son cours, et finit par aboutir en 2008 à une liste de trois finalistes : EADS, Thales, et Raytheon. Et un seul, le champion de l'Allemagne, au début de l'année.

 

C'est qu'entre-temps, EADS a très bien joué. D'abord en débauchant le représentant de Thales en Arabie saoudite. « Ils ont laissé filer leur carte maîtresse », explique un bon connaisseur du dossier qui pointe une erreur « majeure ». Ensuite, en construisant une offre bien moins chère que celles de ses deux concurrents. Exemple : quand Thales propose de former les gardes saoudiens, EADS suggère de former des formateurs. De ce point de vue, l'affaire rappelle celle du métro automatique de Dubaï où Mitsubishi, pourtant peu présent sur ce créneau, a coiffé au poteau Siemens et Alstom en comprimant les prix au maximum.

 

Du coup, aux yeux de Riyad, la proposition de la maison mère d'Airbus a un double mérite : elle est la moins-disante financièrement, et la moins coûteuse politiquement. En retenant le groupe sponsorisé par Berlin, le royaume ne fâche ni Washington ni Paris. Enfin, un troisième élément a joué puisque le groupe de BTP local Al-Rachid avait déjà été retenu pour la surveillance de la frontière nord, avec EADS comme sous-traitant. Le fait de choisir à nouveau le groupe européen facilite la réalisation de l'ensemble.

 

L'affaire ne devrait pas s'arrêter là. Car à Riyad, on projette d'équiper les gardes-frontières d'hélicoptères, de navires côtiers ou encore de jeeps, qu'il faudra bien relier au système de surveillance. Pour EADS, qui devrait disposer de plusieurs centaines d'ingénieurs sur place à terme, c'est la promesse d'autres développements, au delà des cinq ans du contrat signé mardi.

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NATO Commander: Afghan Security Death Toll 'Unsustainable'

Sep. 2, 2013 – Defense news (AFP)

 

LONDON — The NATO commander in Afghanistan has warned that the current casualty rates suffered by the Afghan army and police force are “unsustainable” in an interview published in Tuesday’s Guardian.

 

US Gen. Joseph Dunford told the paper that Afghan security forces may need five more years of western support before being able to take over full responsibility.

 

“I view it as serious, and so do all the commanders,” Dunford said of the toll, which has often hit 100 per week.

 

“I’m not assuming that those casualties are sustainable.”

 

The general said “time is going to tell” whether NATO had been right to switch in June from playing a combat role to a “train, advise, assist” operation.

 

“I don’t think you can tell that today,” he added.

 

US President Barack Obama has promised that Afghans will take full responsibility for their security by the end of 2014, although some NATO troops will remain to provide training.

 

Dunford claimed that some of these soldiers may be required until 2018.

 

“I look at Afghan security forces development as really kind of three to five years,” he explained. “I’m just talking about before they get to the standard where they may not need assistance and support any more.”

 

He also suggested that in fulfilling its “assist” role, NATO may be required to provide combat support.

 

In the latest wave of violence, Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen dressed as Afghan police attacked a US base near the Pakistani border on Monday and set dozens of parked NATO supply vehicles ablaze.

 

All three attackers were shot dead by helicopter gunships during the assault on the base in Nangarhar province, but no member of the US-led NATO mission was killed.

 

Afghanistan’s 350,000-strong security forces are suffering a steep rise in attacks as the NATO mission winds down, with police and army casualties said to have increased by 15-20 percent since 2011.

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Communication on the European Defence and Security Sector adopted on 24 July 2013

24 July 2013 ec.europa.eu


The Communication sets out Commission proposals to strengthen the internal market and support the competitiveness of the defence and security industries.

  1.  European Commission Communication pdf - 111 KB [111 KB] : Towards a more competitive and efficient defence and security sector
  2. Commission Staff Working Document pdf - 788 KB [788 KB] accompanying the Communication
  3. Citizen's summary pdf - 21 KB [21 KB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)hrvatski (hr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) on reforming the defence and security sector

The Commission's defence industrial policy is designed to promote competition, innovation, support SMEs and provide a strong industrial base for the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

At the heart of this policy is the Defence Package, designed to set out a modern policy and legislative framework to improve competitiveness, introduce greater transparency and cut unnecessary red tape. The strategy includes two directives aiming to simplify the transfers of defence-related products within the EU and coordinate procedures for contract awards in the fields of defence and security.

Following the adoption of the Defence Package and the transposition of the legislation, the Commission established a Task Force on Defence Industries and Markets.  Its objective is to examine what more the Commission can do to support Member States to help improve the competitiveness of the defence industry and strengthen the internal market.

 

Why is more competition necessary?

  • The European defence market is highly regulated at a national level. Europe's defence-related industries (primarily the defence part of sectors such as aeronautics, space, electronics, land systems and shipbuilding) largely operate outside the internal market.
  • Fragmented markets create red tape, hamper innovation and lead to duplication of defence programmes and research – undermining our global competitiveness and the effectiveness of the CSDP.
  • Reduced defence budgets and escalating development costs make it too expensive for any single European country to maintain a comprehensive national defence industrial base.

The defence industry is mostly concentrated in six Member States (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK) although companies producing ancillary equipment and systems are found all over Europe. More than 1.350 SMEs play an important role in the European defence sector and are of critical importance to the supply chain.

The defence sector can provide an important contribution to regional economic development. In order to introduce the concept of smart specialisation and regional policy funding to European companies and research centers the European Commission and the European Defence Agency carried out a workshop on 28 January 2013. For more information see the agenda, the presentations and the proceedings of the event.

The European defence equipment market is technology and research-intensive (electronics, IT, transport, biotechnology and nanotechnology – with many important spin-offs in civil sectors, e.g. satellite navigation).

 

Data on the industry can be found on the European Defence Agency website.

 

Defence package - for more information refer to the Legislation page.

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The Kosovo Security Force Now Self-Sustainable

July 9, 2013 Source: NATO

 

Progress in Kosovo continues at a steady pace – and the Kosovo Security Force’s (KSF) full operational capability is another illustration of this.

 

While the general security situation has been improving on the ground, this lightly armed force responsible for civil protection operations and assisting civil authorities in responding to natural disasters and other emergencies has now trained to NATO standards. The declaration of full operational capability on 9 July 2013 by the North Atlantic Council means that the KSF is fully capable of performing the tasks assigned to it within its mandate. The KSF will conduct non-military security functions that are not appropriate for the police. In more concrete terms, this force of approximately 2200 personnel will deal with search and rescue operations, explosive ordnance disposal, control and clearance of hazardous materials, fire-fighting and other humanitarian assistance tasks.

 

Recruitment for the Kosovo Security Force started early 2009, once NATO had agreed (June 2008) to implement new tasks in addition to those agreed under UNSCR 1244. These new tasks included the standing down of the Kosovo Protection Corps, and the creation of the KSF and of a civilian structure to oversee it.

 

NATO’s role in the creation of KSF has therefore been two-fold: helping with its formation – standing up, recruitment and training; and the establishment of a civilian-led organisation to supervise and control the KSF. One of the principal aims was to encourage all minorities to enroll, so special attention was given to carrying out the recruitment process in two languages – Albanian and Serbian. The result has been a professional, multi-ethnic, all-volunteer force, which should continue to remain a source of regional stability.

 

Following the declaration of full operational capability, NATO will continue to support the development of the KSF through the NATO Liaison and Advisory Team (NLAT), consisting of a mix of approximately 30 military and civilian personnel that will help with the professional development of the KSF, providing advice and support in a variety of areas such as capacity-building and training and leadership.

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Face aux «nouveaux risques», Valls veut une industrie de la sécurité plus structurée

8 juillet 2013 Liberation.fr (AFP)

 

Face aux «nouveaux risques» liés aux technologies, le ministre de l’Intérieur Manuel Valls a plaidé lundi pour une filière de la sécurité plus structurée, aux «enjeux de compétitivité considérables», lors de sa visite au forum Technologies contre le crime, à Lyon.

 

Le ministre a annoncé l’installation à l’automne par le Premier ministre du comité de filière de l’industrie de la sécurité, dont la création était prévue dans le récent Livre blanc de la défense et de la sécurité nationale.

 

Les industries de la sécurité génèrent en France un chiffre d’affaires estimé à 10 milliards d’euros - en croissance annuelle de 7% - et emploient 50.000 personnes dans des PME et des grandes entreprises travaillant principalement à l’export, a précisé M. Valls lors de son discours d’ouverture de ce premier forum mondial dédié aux technologies de la sécurité qui se déroule jusqu’à mardi.

 

Contrairement aux industries de l’aéronautique et de la défense, la filière industrielle de la sécurité, disséminée, souffre d’une «insuffisante structuration», a jugé le ministre de l’Intérieur, assurant que les «enjeux de compétitivité et de sécurité sont considérables».

 

«Les technologies font, en effet, naître de nouveaux risques», a-t-il affirmé en citant la cybercriminalité, le détournement des identités, la diffusion de messages de haine...

 

Faute de dialogue entre pouvoirs publics, organismes de recherche et entreprises, les industriels ont une «visibilité insuffisante (...) sur les besoins des acteurs de la sécurité», a-t-il ensuite expliqué lors d’un point de presse, estimant qu'«il y a une certaine réticence de la part des industriels à se lancer dans des projets».

 

En ce qui concerne la police et la gendarmerie, M. Valls a identifié «trois défis majeurs pour les prochaines années»: modernisation des radiocommunications avec la transmission d’images à haut débit, nouvelle génération de vidéoprotection intégrant l’intelligence artificielle, et modernisation des équipements de protection des forces de sécurité qui pourront être dotés de capteurs intelligents.

 

Le premier Forum Tac (Technology against crime), sous l’égide d’Interpol et du ministère de l’Intérieur, réunit institutions, représentants d’Etats, PME innovantes et industriels de poids tels que EADS, Safran et Thalès, avec l’ambition de devenir un «Davos de la sécurité».

 

à suivre @ForumTAC

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Libya: the struggle for security

24 June 2013 by Florence Gaub - Briefs - No25

 

Nearly two years have passed since the end of Colonel Qaddafi’s dictatorship, but all is not well in Libya. What began as a popular uprising - that later gained international support through UN Security Council Resolution 1973 - has now turned into a potentially toxic security vacuum.

Acts of aggression have included the occupation of Tripoli’s airport and several oil installations, the siege of government ministries and, more generally, an increase in violent crime ranging from targeted assassinations to robbery - to the extent where a number of European states have called on their citizens to leave the country altogether.

Libyan security is not in good shape, but the Syrian war has simply pushed the topic from the headlines

 

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Prévention et Gestion des Risques Majeurs à Milipol Paris 2013

Prévention et Gestion des Risques Majeurs à Milipol Paris 2013

par Rémi THUAU , Préfet, Président des salons MILIPOL
 

La 18ème édition du salon MILIPOL PARIS aura lieu du 19 au 22 novembre 2013 à Paris Nord Villepinte.

 

Le salon poursuit ainsi à chaque édition son développement pour le plus grand bénéfice des entreprises et des services étatiques en charge de la sécurité des personnes et des biens.

 

Pour cette nouvelle édition MILIPOL PARIS renoue avec ses dates traditionnelles en novembre et s’installe au Parc des expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte. Site moderne,  ce dernier réunit toutes les infrastructures et les services pour optimiser le salon, la participation des exposants et l’accueil des visiteurs.

 
Le salon bénéficie du soutien constant du Ministère Français de l’intérieur. Le stand Police / Gendarmerie / Sécurité Civile permettra de découvrir les technologies et les innovations utilisées par ces services. D’autres Ministères et institutions qui concourent à la sécurité seront également présents : la Douane française, Europol…

 

MILIPOL PARIS 2013 développera son espace dédié aux Risques Majeurs : technologiques, naturels ou autres, et ce, afin de répondre aux besoins de prévention et de lutte contre les catastrophes dont sont victimes de nombreux pays.

 

Après leur succès en 2011, les Rendez-vous d’Affaires qui ont permis d'optimiser les rencontres entres exposants et donneurs d’ordre seront renouvelés.
La fidélité de nos exposants français et internationaux, l’importance des délégations officielles venues du monde entier et le nombre croissant de nos visiteurs attestent la place que le salon a prise sur le marché mondial de la sécurité.

 

Grâce au salon MILIPOL PARIS, les services de sécurité des États et des collectivités publiques ainsi que les entreprises pourront découvrir des produits et services bénéficiant du plus haut niveau d’innovation technologique et adaptés à leurs besoins. La très grande diversité des équipements et matériels exposés sont le reflet de la multiplicité des métiers de la sécurité, de l’antiterrorisme à la police technique et scientifique en passant par la sécurité civile ou la sécurité routière.

 

MILIPOL PARIS est le premier salon de la sécurité au monde. Son équipe vous donne rendez-vous en novembre 2013.

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White Book on EU Security and Defence - Subcommittee on Security and Defence
13.06.2013Source : © European Union
 
The SEDE subcommittee hold a meeting with experts and academics on the White Book on EU Security and Defence.
 
When : 19 June 2013, 15:30-17:00             

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Draft agenda - 19 June 2013 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

12.06.2013 Source : © European Union, 2013 - EP

 

1. Adoption of agenda

 

2. Approval of minutes of meeting of:

24-25 April 2013 PV – PE510.500v01-00

16 May 2013 PV – PE510.826v01-00

 

3.  Chair’s announcements

With the Council and Commission and EEAS

 

4. The European Defence Technological and Industrial Base

Rapporteur: Michael Gahler (PPE)

· Exchange of views

 

5. Academic reflections on the White Book on EU Security and Defence

Exchange of views with:

- Pr. Irnerio Seminatore, President, "Institut Européen des Relations Internationales" (IERI)

- General Eric Dell'Aria

- Ambassador Pierre Morel

- Ambassador Joachim Bitterlich

- Daniel Keohane, Head of Strategic Affairs, European Think Tank for Global Action (FRIDE)

 

6. Cybersecurity Strategy of the European Union: an open, safe and secure cyberspace

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Redrawing the security map - 27 June 2013, Brussels

June 2013 Security & Defence Day

 

In the run up to the December 2013 European Council devoted to defence issues, and in view of ongoing austerity cuts in EU and NATO member states, the Security & Defence Day ’13 will address several questions: Does Europe have the means to fulfil its global security ambitions and stabilise its own neighbourhood? How could NATO’s ‘smart defence’ and EU’s ‘pooling and sharing’ relieve the pressure on defence budget and what could be done to kick-start a renewed defence industry drive? This year’s debate will span many topics, including how cooperation between the EU and NATO might be improved to avoid duplication in maritime operations, mitigate the threats posed by terrorism and coordinate their cyber-security as well as cyber defence strategies.

 

Speakers include :

 

Stéphane Beemelmans, State Secretary of the German Ministry of Defence

Pieter De Crem, Belgian Defence Minister

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Co-president of Security & Defence Agenda (SDA)

Franco Frattini, Former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and former European Commissioner

Csaba Hende, Hungarian Defence Minister

Pedro Morenés Eulate, Spanish Defence Minister

 

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01 june 2013 Pacific Sentinel

 

SINGAPORE, May 31, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived here today for the first Shangri-La Dialogue he will attend as head of the Pentagon, but he helped to build the first such event as a U.S. senator more than a decade ago, he told reporters traveling with him to the annual conference.
 
“It has developed into a premier and very relevant … institution,” he said about the annual Asia-Pacific security conference. “It becomes more and more important every year, and there is no other event, no other venue, like it.”
 
Hagel left Hawaii, the first leg of his current trip, yesterday and -- 18 time zones later -- is continuing his schedule here, the home of the Shangri-La Dialogue, named for the hotel in which it’s held.
 
Back around 2000, Hagel explained, the current director-general for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, John Chipman, approached him to seek his support for a new regional conference focused on Asia-Pacific security issues. Hagel said the gathering was envisioned as comparable to the annual “Wehrkunde” security conference established in 1958, which allowed Western defense ministers to gather in Munich once a year, outside NATO, and address big security issues.
 
Hagel, then a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, helped Chipman get the congressional support he needed. In 2002, Hagel noted, he attended and spoke at the first Shangri-La Dialogue as head of the U.S. congressional delegation, along with U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, and he also attended and spoke at the next two annual events, though he hasn’t been back since.
 
“Asia is emerging into this incredible power, with the growth [and] emergence of China, India, Vietnam and other countries, and I was very enthusiastic about the concept,” Hagel said. He added that since the first dialogue, attendance has broadened and deepened to include more nations’ representatives, and more kinds of representatives per nation.
 
For example, he said, there was little to no Chinese or Russian involvement the first few years of the dialogue, though both nations have since participated regularly, and participants of the early events largely were limited to defense ministers.
 
“Now, you’ve got Europeans, you’ve got most of the world powers represented,” Hagel noted, and prime ministers, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and other security experts also attend in greater numbers each year.
 
The secretary will speak at the start of this year’s conference, he said, and will emphasize that while the United States is rebalancing its security strategy, resetting from the longest war in its history and grappling with challenging economic issues, all of those factors converge on this region at this time.
 
“I expect next year, [that convergence] will be even more pronounced,” he added. “This is an important time.”
 
Hagel said he put in a great deal of personal effort and sought input from across and beyond government in crafting the speech he’ll deliver at Shangri-La. The secretary added that he also will take part in a number of bilateral and trilateral meetings while in Singapore.
 
Such meetings don’t allow broad in-depth engagement, Hagel acknowledged, but they allow leaders to share face-to-face focus on certain big issues. “Then, you can usually set something in motion as a follow-up,” he added.
 
“I have always believed … that these kinds of dialogues, these kinds of venues, are critically important,” the secretary said. He noted that as technology becomes more complex and the planet’s population keeps adding billions, “the world’s not going to get any less complicated.”
 
According to the online agenda for the conference, cybersecurity, counterpiracy, counterterrorism, freedom of navigation and disaster relief issues are among those scheduled for discussion at Shangri-La.
 
“We’d better take these moments to start sorting some of this out now,” Hagel said. “[It’s important to] avoid crises, so you won’t find countries in situations that evolve and develop because technology and the astounding rapidity and pace of world affairs result in very limited, if any, margin of error in mistakes.”
 
After his stop in Singapore, Hagel will travel to Brussels, Belgium, for a gathering of defense ministers from NATO and International Security Assistance Force troop-contributing nations.
 
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USA: Hagel Discusses Partnership With Indonesian Counterpart

01 June 2013 American Forces Press Service - Pacific Sentinel

 

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2013 – In a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart during the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference in Singapore today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed closer ties between the United States and Indonesia, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
 
"The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of deepening ties in support of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, an initiative of Presidents Barack Obama and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, calling for closer ties between our two governments and societies,” Little said in a statement summarizing the meeting. “They reviewed progress made in recent years to increase exercises and training, as well as regular defense policy dialogues.”
 
The secretary and Yusgiantoro also discussed American support for Indonesia's military modernization, including through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales Program, Little said, and Hagel underscored the importance of human rights accountability for sustaining the momentum in the U.S.-Indonesian defense relationship.
 
Hagel said he looks forward to hosting Yusgiantoro in Washington as soon as his schedule allows, Little added.
 
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EUISS Yearbook of European Security
29 May 2013 EUISS
 

Since its inception and over the years, the EUISS has come to be appreciated for providing both practitioners and academics at all levels with regular yearly collections of official documents concerning, in particular, the early development and implementation of the Union’s European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). Those ‘Core documents’ (vols. I-XI) soon became part and parcel of the toolbox of the still fledgling EU ‘security community’.

This Yearbook of European Security (YES) intends to build on that tradition while offering its readers a richer menu of food for thought. Alongside a collection of relevant documents, the Yearbook includes a chronology of pertinent facts and a selection of relevant figures that, taken together, are intended to present a more comprehensive picture of what the EU has done (and how) in the security policy domain over the previous year – or years, as YES 2013 exceptionally covers both 2011 and 2012, with a view to completing the annual series launched as far back as 2001.

Furthermore, the Yearbook will offer mental maps, so to speak. This year’s map will cover the way in which (and the extent to which) governments across the world have developed ‘strategic’ thinking, i.e. functions, activities and even permanent centres devoted to analysing long-term trends at the global level and their policy implications. A broad historical overview is complemented by a few case studies, a broad typology of models of foresight conducted in various countries, and some tentative conclusions.

 

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Draft agenda - 16 May 2013 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

 

Meeting Thursday 16 May 2013, 10.00 – 13.00

Brussels - Room: Altiero Spinelli (1G-2)

1.         Adoption of agenda

2.         Chair’s announcements

 

With the Council and Commission and EEAS

Jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Development

3.         Exchange of views with Dioncounda TRAORÉ, Interim President of Mali

* * *

Jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs

4.         Presentation of the Committee on Foreign Affairs' and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence's study on the positions of Russia and China in the UN Security Council in the light of recent crisis

* * *

5.         EU's military structures: state of play and future prospects

            AFET/7/11451

                        2012/2319(INI)         

Rapporteur:

Marietta Giannakou (PPE)

PR – PE506.335v01-00
AM – PE508.239v01-00

Responsible:

AFET –

 
  • Further consideration of draft report
  • Consideration of amendments

6.         Any other business

7.         Next meeting(s)

  • 20 May 2013, 19.15 – 20.45 (Strasbourg)
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16 October 2012 By Donna Miles / American Forces Press Service – Pacific Sentinel

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2012 – In his first visit to India as commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III encouraged a closer defense relationship between the United States and India in which they address shared interests to promote long-term regional security and stability.

 

Locklear emphasized the U.S. interest in taking its relationship with India to the next level during meetings with Defense Minister A.K. Antony, Chief of Integrated Defense Staff Vice Adm. SPS Cheema and other officials in New Delhi.

 

“Building a strong military relationship with India builds understanding and deepens established ties that will contribute to the larger Asia-Pacific region,” Locklear said during an Oct. 12 roundtable discussion at the Observer Research Foundation think tank following the sessions.

 

Locklear, who made a priority of developing the U.S.-India strategic partnership when he took the helm at Pacom in March, noted the two countries’ common values and their mutual interest in a secure environment that promotes stability and allows economies to grow.

 

He emphasized the impact of globalization, which has increased the importance of sea lanes as a conduit of global commerce and the free flow of information in cyberspace.

 

“The economic system is so interlocked that a disruption of the flow of … goods that disrupts the economy, in and of itself, is a security threat,” the admiral told a Hindustan Times reporter.

 

But globalization also has given rise to terrorist structures and groups conducting illicit activities no longer limited by national borders, he noted. That demands closer cooperation among regional nations so they can work together to support their shared concerns, Locklear said.

 

“We’re seeing an environment that demands more multilateralism,” he said. “A regional environment utilizing strengthened partnerships and alliances will uphold long-term diplomacy, security and prosperity.”

 

Locklear noted a “quite productive” effort to increase compatibility between the U.S. and Indian militaries, particularly in the maritime domain. But he encouraged closer future cooperation in two additional areas: counterterrorism and disaster response.

 

“I believe that where we have the most to gain in interaction is counterterrorism,” he said. “We both have similar concerns, not just about counterterrorism in the immediate area of any one country. It’s the spread of that terrorism, and its ability to upset the security environment in a way not productive for the future.”

 

Locklear also recognized the value of regional collaboration to provide better responses to natural disasters and reduce suffering. “Militaries have a role in being able to respond early and jump start [that response],” he said. “I believe the United States and India share a very similar perspective on the importance of that.”

 

To improve their ability to work cooperatively, the admiral acknowledged the need to increase technology-sharing. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta made that point when he visited India in June, and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter re-emphasized it during his follow-up visit to New Delhi in July.

 

“When it relates to our defense trade initiatives, there needs to be some streamlining, with more efficiency in it,” Locklear agreed. “Certainly the timelines and bureaucracies on both sides need to be streamlined.”

 

He applauded efforts both countries are making in that direction, recognizing that increasing compatibility benefits the entire region.

 

“We … need the Indian military to have the very best equipment it can,” Locklear said. “It is in the best interest of Pacom, and I believe of the security of the Asia-Pacific region, for the United States and our partners and allies in this region to be able for us to come together in a military way and be able to operate together effectively when necessary.”

 

Asked about China’s role, Locklear emphasized the importance of engaging positively with China as it emerges as a regional and global power and leader.

 

“If you step back and look at the strategic rise of China, it shouldn’t be unexpected that as China rises in both economic and military power, they will start to have a greater influence on their neighbors and the region in which they live, and eventually, on the global environment,” he said.

 

“The question is, ‘How do we as a global community … attempt to allow China to … become a productive member of the security environment?’” Locklear said. “India and the U.S. share that as a common concern, and it should be a common objective.”

 

The alternative, he said, is not good for anyone. Historically, turmoil has occurred when emerging powers like China entered into mature security environments that included a superpower like the United States. “In the past, we haven’t had a lot of success with that happening without conflict,” Locklear said.

 

“But today, the stakes are different. The world population is much more interlocked than in the past,” he said. “We must see a future where China emerges productively and is contributing to a secure, peaceful environment and is not on the outside, looking in, or vice versa.”

 

(Army Staff Sgt. Carl N. Hudson of U.S. Pacific Command contributed to this article.)

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Saab 340 MSA Sensorside

 

07 September 2012 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

Saab is bringing its Saab 340 Maritime Security Aircraft (MSA) to the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition later this month, in the aircraft’s second public appearance after the Farnborough Air Show in July. Saab is offering the aircraft to fulfil the South African Air Force’s requirement for new maritime patrol aircraft under Project Saucepan.

 

The Saab 340 MSA will spend 25 hours travelling 10 000 km over five days to get to Air Force Base Waterkloof outside Pretoria. It will depart Linkoping, Sweden, and fly to Europe, with a rest stop in Italy. It will then proceed to Egypt and fly along the east coast of Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, before landing at Waterkloof. The aircraft will be on display until the evening of Sunday September 23 and will depart for Sweden the following morning. Saab test pilot Magnus Fredriksson said the aircraft would arrive on the Sunday before the show, which starts on September 19.

 

Although the 340 MSA will only be on static display during AAD, the mission system will be up and running, allowing potential customers to view it in operation. Although the aircraft is coming out exclusively for AAD as South Africa is the prime focus, Saab is hoping to attract interest from the numerous foreign delegations that will be attending the exhibition. In particular, the aircraft will be promoted to the Turkish, Argentine and Vietnamese delegations.

 

Philip Willcock, Senior Marketing Executive: Air – Sub-Saharan Africa at Saab South Africa, said that Saab was hoping to attract interest in the 340 MSA from all over the world at AAD. Saab estimates a worldwide market for between 50 and 100 aircraft in the 340 MSA class over the next 15-20 years.

 

Willcock said that all Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries with coastlines are potential customers, such as Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya.

 

In South Africa, the Air Force has Project Saucepan underway, which seeks to find a replacement for its C-47TP maritime patrol aircraft. The project was signed off by the minister of defence in February but Saab is still awaiting a formal document from the project team. Willcock said that an ideal number of 340 MSAs for South Africa would be five, as five aircraft would be able to adequately cover the country’s coastline.

 

Saab is looking to fit South African made sensors onto the aircraft in order to maximise local content. Willcock said that Saab is teaming with Cobham to supply the satellite communications system and Carl Zeiss to supply electro optical equipment. In addition, the 340 MSA offered to South Africa would be equipped with the indigenous Link ZA data link.

 

Johan Rättvall, who is in charge of Saab 340 MSA marketing, said that the main markets for the 340 MSA are Latin America, Africa and Asia. After AAD, he said the aircraft would be displayed at Latin America Aerospace and Defence (LAAD) in April next year, the Paris Air Show in June and Dubai Air Show in November. The MSA demonstrator - which was built in 1998 and operated by Mesaba Airlines in Northwest Airlink colours until 2011 - is available for sale.

 

Rättvall said that over the last decade, many countries have realised how important the sea is in generating wealth, whether it is trade or fishing – 90% of world trade is conducted at sea. Rattval said that piracy and other illegal activities have created a rapidly growing market for maritime surveillance. “Saab as a defence and security company hopes to be part of that growing market,” he said. “Africa is one of the more interesting regions.” Indeed, piracy is rife off West Africa and in the Gulf of Aden and nations in the region have been purchasing maritime surveillance aircraft – Nigeria and Ghana recently bought Diamond DA 42 Guardian aircraft while countries with the European Union Naval Force fly P-3 Orions and other maritime patrol aircraft on the east coast.

 

The 340 MSA is not just a military platform and is being offered to coast guards as well – in fact, the first customer for the type was the Japan Coast Guard, which bought two aircraft in the late 1990s and then another two. The decision to pursue the 340 MSA was taken a few years ago when it was realised that conversions for organisations like the Japan Coast Guard were not one off orders and there was a dedicated market for this type of aircraft. The increase in terrorism around the world and the rise in homeland security spending were further incentives to develop the type, Saab said.

 

The 340 MSA is also offered for search and rescue, oil spill and pollution detection, fisheries inspection, counter smuggling surveillance, illegal immigrant control, transportation, medical evacuation and exclusive economic zone monitoring. There are no plans to arm the 340 MSA, as it is a dedicated surveillance platform.

 

The 340 MSA features a number of sensors for day and night operations, including electro-optical sensors and a 360° search radar. Saab has installed the Telephonics RBR-1700B X-band radar, with a maximum range of 120 nautical miles, and a FLIR Systems Star Safire III infrared turret, but these can be changed to other designs. Other avionics include an automatic identification system, satellite communications and mission management system. Optional extras include a side-looking airborne radar, V/UHF direction finder, UV/infrared line scanner, larger windows and an air drop door.

 

Maximum cruise speed is 480 km/h with an endurance of 6.5 hours and a maximum range 2 400 km, but this can be extended with optional auxiliary fuel tanks, for an endurance of around nine hours.

 

Willcock said that all of the 450 Saab 340 airliners built could be converted to MSA configuration. The conversion process involves rebuilding the airframe and overhauling the engines, resetting airframe hours to zero, and giving the aircraft a 45 000 hour or 30 year service life.

 

According to Willcock, that the 340 MSA is a cost effective platform as it uses a proven converted airliner airframe, but the 340 MSA mission system can be installed on just about any aircraft, as Saab has done with the Erieye airborne early warning system. He emphasised that the cost of ownership of the 340 MSA is low as the aircraft is in commercial service and there is a large spares market. Saab earlier estimated a unit price of US$20 million. Willcock added that the aircraft has proven reliability, with dispatch reliability of 98.3%.

 

Saab is just one of many contenders in maritime surveillance aircraft market. Visiongain last year estimated that the airborne maritime patrol market segment was worth more than US$6.5 billion for 2011 and US$78 billion for the ten year period through 2021. It projected robust growth in the segment. For example, L-3 expects to sell around 150 Spydr surveillance aircraft and said it had identified several potential buyers in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The company brought the Spydr out to South Africa last year.

 

Smaller, but more expensive than the Saab product, a basic Beech King Air 350ER system includes maritime search radar, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, AIS and onboard mission workstations with options for a data link and drop hole. The aircraft has an endurance of up to nine hours. There are a number of King Airs currently operated in the maritime surveillance role, with the most recent being the MARS King Air 350ER for the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) being built by Sierra Nevada Corporation at a cost of over US$22 million per aircraft.

 

Malta’s Armed Forces recently took delivery of a second new B200 from Aero Data of Germany, who won the contract to supply these aircraft at 12.2 million Euros each in Maritime Surveillance configuration.

 

Another contender in the airborne maritime surveillance market, and which is also being promoted to South Africa, is the C-295MPA/ASW Persuader. This features the Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) mission suite, comprising of a search radar, electro-optical/infrared sensor, magnetic anomaly detector, four multifunction consoles, sonobuoy or flare and marker launcher and three hardpoints for torpedoes, anti-submarine munitions or depth charges. Chile and Portugal have ordered the maritime patrol variant.

 

Some other examples or short/medium range coastal/exclusive economic zone surveillance aircraft are the Cessna Reims 406, Viking Twin Otter, Bombardier Dash 8, Casa 212 and CN-235MP, RUAG Dornier Do-228, ATR-42/72MP and Fokker F-50.

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Thales welcomes pragmatic Defence & Security White Paper



01 February 2012 Thales UK

In an era when Government funding is in decline, technologies are evolving at record speeds and Britain aspires to maintain its leading international role, it’s clear that the UK approach to acquisition and technology needs to be brought up to date.

We therefore welcome the clarity that the White Paper brings, and support the use of competition and ‘off the shelf’ acquisition, which is a pragmatic recognition of the approach that Thales has taken on many of its UK programmes. Critical to the delivery of this approach is the Government’s recognition of the importance of UK-based systems integration skills and key technologies that provide the battle-winning edge.

On the ground in Afghanistan, both the military and the Exchequer have benefited from Thales UK’s ability to fit ‘military off the shelf’ solutions to UK forces’ needs. Whether in Armoured Vehicles such as Mastiff or UAVs like the Hermes 450 (which has flown over 50,000 hours in support of operations in theatre) recent experience demonstrates the feasibility of combining an international supply chain with domestic integration skills to deliver battle-winning capability. What matters to the soldier on the ground is not where a piece of kit was manufactured, but whether it delivers the capability he needs.

UK Armed Forces must have unique capabilities which give them an edge in the field, on the seas, in the air and in cyberspace. The challenge going forward, however, is that the specific circumstances of each capability area vary wildly, frustrating one-size-fits-all approaches. We therefore look forward to working with Government to understand how the high level strategy laid out in this Paper will carefully be put into effect in a timely manner in each case.

The Paper also confirms the need to make special arrangements for a specific set of ‘strategic’ technologies, and the inclusion of capabilities like electronic warfare and cryptography highlights how C4ISR technologies are central to delivering ‘operational advantage’ in the 21st century.

Research and Technology underpins all of the UK’s Defence goals – responding to fast-changing threats in an agile way, improving export market share and performance, convergence with Security capabilities, and reorienting the economy towards advanced technology skills and manufacturing. Whilst the White Paper’s commitment to a consistent level of funding provides certainty, it is clear that this level will need to rise significantly above current levels if the UK is to achieve its broader goals.

Exports and strategic relationships are clearly critical in developing future capability and creating economies of scale, and Thales welcomes the commitment to Anglo-French collaboration as a key contributor in realising the UK’s ambitions at a time of constrained budgets.

Similarly, Government’s emphasis on the use of service-based solutions is an effective and pragmatic response to the decline in military headcount. This recognises the benefits generated through Contractor Support to Operations in recent years, and looks forward to the emerging Whole Force Concept where reservists and industry play greater roles supporting the military force.

Victor Chavez
Chief Executive
Thales UK

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