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Let’s introduce this 13th edition of IAMD Conference by the co-chairs:
Véronique CHAM-MEILHAC, MBDA       //       Yannick DEVOUASSOUX, ArianeGroup       //       Luc DINI, Thales

The NATO Missile Defense program (Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense, now BMD) was created on the premises of a common assessment of the ballistic threat by NATO countries. This assessment is to be periodically updated so that the NATO missile defense architecture remains consistent with the actual threat.

November 2010, the Lisbon NATO Summit endorses the extension of the mission to the defense of the deployed Forces against ballistic missiles (Theater Defense), which brings together Theater Defense and Alliance Territory Defense. The European nations are consequently welcome to participate to this new mission, the form of their participation being left to each nation to be assessed.

May 2012, the NATO Summit validates the principle of “Smart Defense”, recognizes the principle of “burden sharing” and declares operational a first “BMD intermediate capability” with the only US assets of the first EPAA phase.

2014, the Newport NATO Summit once again in its conclusions invites the nations to a global interoperability initiative through multinational cooperation, including with partner nations outside NATO. A renewed call to invest into defense is also made. The BMD program is progressing, its IOC has just been declared at the Warsaw Summit.

The emergence of new threats such as the maneuvering ballistic missiles and the high supersonic / hypersonic cruise missiles or hypersonic glide vehicles present new challenges to the BMD capability.

The emergence of these new threats could indeed also represent the opportunity for Europe to contribute and complement the NATO BMD mission, to share the burden.

Defense solutions have no choice but to address the full spectrum of threats. Beyond the obvious request of operational efficiency against each type of threat, cost is one of the main challenges for Defense. Sensors and effectors should, do and shall therefore be able to address simultaneously several threat categories. It raises daunting technological, engineering and operational challenges. These issues remain at the forefront of the battle commanders concerns, as ballistic missiles and air threats are daily used, by state and non-state actors.

Therefore, for some years, it seems appropriate that our Missile Defense challenges be considered within the wider frame of IAMD; this is why we decided to extend our Missile Defense conference spectrum to Air Defense and rename it “3AF Integrated Air and Missile Defense conference”.

The 3AF Integrated Air and Missile Defence conference is once again the perfect opportunity to continue the discussion on those issues, where international cooperation is key to meet the associated challenges: within NATO in Europe, in bilateral or multilateral approaches in other regions of the world.

The 13th 3AF Integrated Air and Missile Defence conference will take place in Rome, Italy 14-16 May 2018. We invite the air & missile defence community coming from NATO, USA, Europe, Israel, South Korea, Japan, India, Turkey and others to share and discuss air & missile defences challenges around the globe, reinforce ties and explore new ideas to promote air & missile defence solutions.

The following questions will in particular be raised:

  • What is the current threat landscape and how is it likely to evolve?
  • How will the NATO MD review affect the NATO programme?
  • How will the situation evolve between NATO and its partners and neighbours?
  • How will the US Missile Defence Review impact policies in the US and with allies ?
  • What are the high-reward cooperation opportunities? What is the impact of the European Defence Fund?
  • How will IAMD developments across the globe affect the technological landscape? The competitive balance?
  • What role will directed energy weapons play in the future?
  • As space is becoming a warfighting domain, how will space surveillance capabilities support IAMD and vice-versa?
  • How can the return of experience from the various developments of systems and technologies by the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia be shared and common efforts be initiated?
  • How does evolve the relationship between IAMD , MD and deterrence.

Once again, a mix of technical and non-technical, contributed and invited papers, and status of the many existing IAMD programmes will be presented, including VIPs’ talks and specific plenary sessions. Sponsored by industry, the conference includes an exhibition where companies will display their systems and technologies. It is an unrivalled opportunity to meet customers, suppliers and decision makers, to exchange facts and opinions, to initiate and develop business and to listen to papers presented by world experts on IAMD challenges.

We are looking forward to meeting you in May 2019 and to your contribution to our continuing dialogue!

Yours Faithfully,

IAMD2019 Co-chairs


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