History of the Event

For 10 years Defence IQ's Integrated Air and Missile Defence conference built a solid reputation amongst military and industry across the globe. As the portfolio evolves in line with military thinking to cover 'Full Spectrum Air Defence' we look back at the history of the event...

Air Defence Systems 2008

16-17 September 2008 in Berlin, Germany
Chairman: Commander Jeremy Stocker, Defence Academy, Shrivenham
Key topics of the event: 
- The acquisition of MANPADS and SHORADS by terrorist organisations
- The Impact of Directed Energy Weapons on Air Defence systems

Air & Missile Defence Europe 2009 

28-29 October 2009 in Warsaw, Poland
Chairman: Dr Jeremy Stocker, Associate Fellow, RUSI
Workshop - 27 October 2009:
Missile Defence Technologies: History and Future Outlook led by Uzi Rubin, Missile Defence Analyst, Rubicon Defence Consulting
Key topics of the event: 
- Greater NATO integration
- Planning and training – simulation and realistic simulation

Ground Based Air and Missile Defence 2010

28-29 October 2010 in London, UK
Chairman: Dr Jeremy Stocker, Associate Fellow, RUSI
Workshop - 27 October 2010:
Missile Defence Technologies: History and Future Outlook led by Uzi Rubin, Missile Defence Analyst, Rubicon Defence Consulting
Key topics of the event:
- Evolving missile defence threats 
- Understanding Counter-Rocket Artillery and Mortar technology 

Integrated Air and Missile Defence 2011 

18-19 May 2011 in Cologne, Germany
Chairman: Colonel Fabian Ochsner, Head of Ground Based Air Defence, Air Operations Centre, Swiss Air Force
Workshop - 17 May 2011:
Missile defence and RAM defence, learning other disciplines led by: 
Uzi Rubin, Missile Defence Analyst, Rubicon Defence Consulting 
Dr Dan Öberg, Senior Lectuer, Swedish Defence Academy
Dr Miroslaw Sankowski and Tomasz Rutkowski, Remote Sensing Experts, Gdansk Institute for Telecommunications
Key topics of the event:
- Organisational reorganisation for Air Force responsibilities for air and missile defence
- The future of NATO air and missile defence procurement and integration equipment

Integrated Air & Missile Defence 2012 

10-11 May 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland
Chairman: Colonel Fabian Ochsner, Head of Ground Based Air Defence, Air Operations Centre, Swiss Air Force
Workshop - 9 May 2012:
2 site visits:
Visit to the Headquarters of the Swiss Air Force Air Defe nce at Emmen Air Force base
Visit to Rheinmetall Air Defence’s testing range in Ochsenboden
Key topics of the event:
- Assessing NATO-wide air and missile defence capability with discussion on the NATO Shield Project
- Focus on the ‘Military Operations Other Than War’: deterring war, resolving conflict, promoting peace and responding to domestic crises

Integrated Air & Missile Defence 2013 

Strengthening Global Air and Missile Defences with Greater Firepower and Less Manpower


19-20 March 2013 in Warsaw, Poland

Chairman: Major General Leszek Cwojdzinski, International Cooperation Division, Armaments Policy Department, Ministry of National Defence, POLAND
Workshop - 21 March 2013:
Elements Within Integrated Air and Missile Defence, led by Uzi Rubin, Rubicon Consulting
Dormant Limitations Which Affect Successful Integration, led by Jeroen De Jonge, Naval Force Protection, TNO
Key topics of the event:
- Developments in active and passive sensor technology
- The potential growth of the NASAMS air defence architecture

Integrated Air & Missile Defence 2014

Detection, Interception and Integration / Official partnership with the Swedish Air Defence Unit

4-5 March 2014 in Halmstad, Sweden
Chairman: Fabian Ochsner, Vice President Marketing and Product Management, Rheinmetall Air Defence AG
Workshop - 3 March 2014:
Tour of the Swedish Air Defence Unit’s base
Today’s toys, tomorrow’s threats – Countering UAVs as the Air Defenders’ challenge led by Miroslav Krátký, University of Defence, Czech Republic
Key topics of the event: 
- Prioritised developments in air missile defence forces across European nations
- Major challenges associated with combatting UAVs, achieving maximised interoperability and using simulation software to optimise the effectiveness of systems

Integrated Air & Missile Defence 2015 

Modernising and Integrating Air and Missile Defences / in official partnership with the Spanish Army

16-17 March 2015 in Seville, Spain
Site tour and live fire demonstration - 18 March 2015 at the 74th Air Defence Regiment 
Key topics of the event: 
- The changing threats in Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East
- Case studies on requirements from Chiefs of AMD Regiments from across Europe and North America


Integrated Air & Missile Defence 2016

Collaborating to close critical capability gaps in air & missile defence

16-17 March 2016 in London, UK
Workshop - 15 March 2016:
Innovative methods of detection and interception – countering UAVs led by Dr. Isaac Bankman, Associate Director, Office of Naval Research Global
Exploring the challenges to the effective integration of C2 systems led by Paul Dendy, Staff Officer, IAMD Section, NATO
Key topics of the event:
- The integration of cutting-edge international and internal C2 systems
- Enhancing the ability to neutralise non-traditional aerial threats

Integrated Air & Missile Defence 2017

Optimising deployability and minimising susceptibility in air & missile defence

29-30 March 2017 in London, UK
Workshop - 28 March 2017: 
Examining allied and adversary air & air defence forces in Europe and throughout Africa led by Erik Nielsen, USAFE-AFA/A2AD, U.S. Air Force
Key topics of the event: 
- The technological solutions and operational methods currently being employed against ‘low, slow, small’ threats
- Multilateral integration and investment to respond rapidly to the contemporary operating environment

Full Spectrum Air Defence International 2018

The Gathering of the World's Air Defence Community

Join us this year at Full Spectrum Air Defence International for another exciting gathering of the world’s Air Defence Community!
View agenda here.


Highlights from past events