General Petr Pavel, M.A, Chief of the General Staff for the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, delivered the opening address on the first day of ITEC, which takes place from 28 - 30 April at the PVA Expo in Prague. According to General Pavel, the government of the Czech Republic is committed to increase defence spending to 1.4% of Gross Domestic Product which will rise to 2% by 2020.
Over 350 internationally recognised experts in training and simulation assembled at the opening session to hear General Pavel's comments on the crucial question 'Policy to Strategy: what does the future hold?'
General Pavel outlined to delegates that in light of the recent annexation of Crimea, the rise of extremism and other current hotspots in the world, supporting the values that the Czech Republic stands for is a key objective in the country's planned uplift in defence spending.
In addition, General Pavel stated that there are many more challenging threats now and the training required is more complicated to face this new environment. With a more complex future, there is a need to co-ordinate more with industry and other non-military organisations as operations are not managed by military tools alone.
Hybrid warfare demonstrated by Russia has highlighted other issues in terms of preparation and training to react to these new threats. General Pavel confirmed there is a requirement to enable Armed Forces to be prepared to face individuals, small groups as well as the other side of spectrum, e.g. conventional armies.
Reflecting this year's ITEC programme, which highlights five key trends affecting the MS&T market - internationality; interoperability; technologies; the human dimension and procurement - General Pavel detailed that the Czech Republic is to fulfil its ambition to be a sub-set of NATO whereby it shares best practices and achieves interoperability at a crucial basic level.
The second day of ITEC 2015 will feature the opening session: 'Human Interoperability: Training and Educating to Deliver Coalition Operations', which will be chaired by Rear Admiral Simon Williams, Chairman of Clarion Defence and Security. Panelists will include Frank C. DiGiovanni, Director, Force Readiness and Training in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness); Colonel Carl-Fredrik Kleman, Head of the Swedish Armed Forces Joint Training Centre at the Enköping Garrison, Swedish Armed Forces; and Captain (N) Mike Knippel, Commander Naval Personnel Training Group,Royal Canadian Navy.
Journalists are invited to attend a Media Roundtable on 29 April at 1400 with NATO ACT subject matter experts in simulation, training and education. This media opportunity will take place at the ITEC Media Centre.
'Generating Comparative Advantage: Today's Challenge, Tomorrow's Promise' is the theme for the opening session on 30 April 2015 which will offer an opportunity to trial a different format to engage the ITEC audience and to explore the significant underlying challenges facing those charged with preparing and maintaining force readiness. Delegates will hear a facilitated conversation on stage between Thomas C. Irwin, Executive Director, Joint Training Deputy CIO, Joint Force Development Joint Staff J7 and Andy Fawkes, Academic Liaison, Bohemia Interactive Simulations. The discussion will be free-ranging, open and more receptive to audience participation.
ITEC takes place 28-30 April at the PVA Expo, Prague www.itec.co.uk
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About ITEC 2015
Throughout two decades ITEC has provided a forum for the display of significant new training capabilities and the discussion of issues of key importance to the global training community. Today ITEC is jointly owned by Clarion Events and NTSA. Clarion Events, the majority stakeholder, is well known for running a number of highly successful defence and security conferences and exhibitions, including Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI), Counter Terror Expo (CTX) and Undersea Defence Technology (UDT).
About the organiser
Clarion Events has become one of the largest independent and one of the top three event organisers in the UK. Currently Clarion Events employs a talented staff of nearly 500 people in 12 offices: UK, (Fulham Green, London, Cheltenham); Germany (Bielefeld); The Netherlands (Maarsen); South Africa (Cape Town); USA (Connecticut and Reno); Brazil (Sao Paulo); Dubai (UAE); Singapore and Turkey (Istanbul).