12th Air and Missile Defence Conference held at the Command and Staff College in Hamburg

The Competence Centre Surface Based Air and Missile Defence (CC SBAMD) conducted its 12th Air and Missile Defence Conference (AMDC) from 26-28 September 2017.
Colonel (GS) Roman Krause, Commander CC SBAMD, welcomed 200 participants from more than 12 different nations in the Moltke-room of the Command and Staff College in Hamburg. With the active participation of many active and retired Flag Officers and General Officers, numerous distinguished speakers presented during the three days conference various topics related to Air and Missile Defence (AMD).

From “Back to the Future” to “Security starts at Home”

The AMDC is considered to promote an active and open exchange on current topics and latest trends for all Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) stakeholders ranging from the strategic to the tactical level.
After 25 years of hibernation, the re-emerging need for multi-national cooperation and interoperability regarding a coherent defence of Europe does not only require a ‘Back to the Future’ consideration of Cold War best practice, but a new momentum of conceptual thinking about a shared European security in the 21st century. Taking the challenges into account and consequently evolving the series of conferences, the theme for the AMDC 2017 was “Security starts at Home”, which falls in line with the mentioned security trends.

Three stages to focus

All participants had the opportunity to discuss the current global security situation and elaborate on potential options from a military and political perspective in the Moltke-room for three days. The Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) provided an interesting view into this topic from a different perspective by presenting the Russian security and threat perception.

The first day dealt with the security appreciation in Europe from a NATO perspective. Amongst other high ranks, the deputy commander of the NLD Army, Major General Matthijssen, as well as the deputy commander of the German Air Force Forces Command, Major General Kohlhaus, provided keynotes referring to the German-Dutch contribution to Collaborative Security.

Day Two highlighted threats and risks, introduced adversaries capabilities and possible impacts (e.g. Electronic Warfare), and also provided an outlook of trends of own capabilities like Cyber Operations and weapon systems (e.g. against low, slow, small aerial vehicles), which combined effectively and efficiently contribute to AMD and security in NATO (European) territory.

The third day served to sum up partnerships and initiatives, focused on multinational exercises, and put limelight on the binational DEU/NLD cooperation in regards to the Framework Nation Concept (FNC) and the resulting cooperation efforts.

All blocks of related topics were topped off with discussion panels, which retired Major General Fürst facilitated and moderated. He animated the participants to raise also critical questions and both, questions and answers indicated the high interest, prevalence, and topicality.