The Middle East Missile and Air Defense Symposium (MEMAD 2010)

Post Event Synopsis - Day Two

Two Plenary sessions took place n the second day, followed by specialized closed workshops in the afternoon.

Fourth Plenary Session

Major General (Ret.) John Brooks the Vice President of the International Business Development & the President of Northrop Grumman International moderated the first plenary session. David Des Roches the Director of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula at Office of the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense, argued, in his presentation on "Adapting to Seize the Opportunities of Technology", that historical examples can help guide future planning. He added that British and Libyan experiences illustrate key turning points. H.E. Major General (Ret.) Khaled Al Bu Ainnain, Former Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense and INEGMA president, said in his session on "Reducing Risks and Consequences with the Deployment of Theatre Ballistic Missile Defense" that GCC airspace is safer and that GCC coalition ballistic missile defense is cost-effective. Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi from the Center of Excellence & Development at the UAE Armed Forces presented a paper on "UAE Network Enabled Capability: A Local Solution to a Global Problem" where he considered that network enabled capability is a combination of concept, transformation, and communication systems represented by YahSat.

Fifth Plenary Session

The final plenary of the conference was chaired by Major General (Ret.) John Urias, Former PEO, Missiles & Space and Deputy Commanding General at SMDC. Colonel Per Nillson, the Commander of the F21 Wing at Swedish Air Force presented a paper on the "Integrated Air Defense – A Swedish Perspective". He said that his country's network centric warfare and interoperability is designed based on manpower which is relatively small. Colonel (P) Ole Knudson PEO of Missiles and Space at the U.S. Army briefed the audience on " US Army Missiles Overview". He discussed U.S. products for missiles and space in the areas of development, procurement, sustainment, and functional control systems. The final presentation was on "Consolidating Extended Low Tier Air Defense" addressed by Colonel Marc Miglior, Project Officer in Charge, Air Defense and Ballistic Missile Defense at the French Air Force HQ. He said that integration in the French Air Force is based on the p hilosophy of global aerospace and expanded air defense.

MEMAD was designed to keep its regional and invited participants abreast of the latest developments for national missile defenses, whether in the technological realms or the intellectual. Uniquely adapted to the Middle East-specific threat environment in consultation with key informed officials and security experts, with a special focus on GCC efforts to realize C4I enabled missile defense operations that achieve horizontal integration and shared early warning between member states, it delivered to a high quality precisely what the organizers and its supporters had planned for.