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18 - 19 March 2009

Royal United Services Institute, Whitehall, London

The US remains, by far, the biggest single customer for military hardware; a fact unlikely to change for some time, regardless of Barack Obama’s priorities for his new Administration. Nevertheless, security and procurement priorities may be re-assessed and, with them, the transatlantic debate over defence acquisition could be overhauled. The Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty is the most obvious route to improved transatlantic co-operation in defence acquisition; therefore, the incoming Administration’s stance on the treaty will be of particular interest to officials and industrialists on both sides of the Atlantic.

Nor do the recent US elections provide the only impetus for change: the deep rethink in French defence and security policies also has a direct bearing on transatlantic co-operation. And the UK’s recent Defence Industrial Strategy (DIS) and Acquisition Change Programme provide an additional layer of very distinctive reforms in acquisition policy and practice.

This two-day RUSI conference – the latest in RUSI’s series of annual Acquisition Symposia – will be well placed to inform the new Administration and Congress as the US Government prepares a refreshed vision for acquisition.

The Symposium, which will be an exchange of views among suppliers, government customers, analysts and other policy shapers will address the following issues:

• The Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty
• The evolution of defence industries in Europe and North America and, in particular, transnational aspects
• National sovereignty in retaining industrial capability onshore
• The management of technology transfer
• National approaches to transatlantic acquisition
• Effectively reaching out to Congress
• Experiences of European companies trading in the US and vice versa

The programme of invited speakers includes ministers, politicians, policy makers, academics, senior military officials and industrial representatives from USA, UK and Europe.

For details regarding sponsorship or the programme, please contact Richard Winstanley on or +44 (0)20 7747 2630.

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