The Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium (MEMAD 2012)

The Third Edition of the Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium (MEMAD) was held at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi on April 11 & 12, 2012.  

MEMAD was held under the patronage of the UAE Armed Forces and with the full support of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense.  MEMAD gathered key decision-makers from around the GCC and key partners from North America and Western Europe to uniquely blend latest insights from government, industry and academia and thereby create the most comprehensive technology-centric forum in the GCC for understanding the critical challenges of emergent missile threats by examinating state-of-the-art missile defense systems against the full spectrum of air and missile threats.

The theme for the Third Edition of MEMAD was “Regional Integrated Air and Missile Defense – The Incremental Approach” and key background themes at MEMAD centered on multi-tier missile defense architectures, seamless integration between systems, as well as high level discussions on identifying and plugging capability gaps, and working towards a standardized framework for regionally integrated air and missile defense.

MEMAD comprised a high level two-day conference punctuated by numerous networking sessions in a specialized exhibition for air and missile defense technology and solution providers – the exhibition features the Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Rheinmetall, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Oshkosh, Saab, SAIC, and the IAMDC in Abu Dhabi.  Specialized breakout sessions hosted by technical experts from key private sector partners offered participants value added exposure to the latest developments in missile defense technologies in an interactive atmosphere.  

Read our post-event synopsis for more details about the proceedings of MEMAD 2012.