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European Security and Defence Policy

Latest news about EU initiatives relating to a common security policy for Europe.

Last chance to register for the only event that approaches the concept of information warfare in the maritime domain
SMi reports: Registration is closing soon for SMi's 3rd Annual Maritime Information Warfare Conference in London, next week

Registration has opened for the 2020 edition of Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe
SMi Group reports: Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe returns for it’s 5th successful year in March 2020

Future Soldier Technology 2020 speakers have been announced
SMi Reports: Speakers announced for the upcoming 6th Annual Future Soldier Technology conference in London.

Final places remaining for SMi's 5th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability in November
SMi Reports: Registration closing soon for Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability conference and Active Protection Systems Focus Day

Maritime Space Domain Awareness to be discussed at Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 2020
SMi Reports: Leading experts to brief on Maritime Space Domain Awareness at Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 2020 in Rome, Italy

Project Officer Emerging Digital Technologies, European Defence Agency
The Research, Technology and Innovation Directorate of the European Defence Agency has a vacancy for a Project Officer Emerging Digital Technologies.

AJW Group to Sponsor the 20th Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference
SMi Reports: AJW Group will sponsor, speak and exhibit at this year's Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference held on the 3rd and 4th December in Lisbon, Portugal.

Registration now open for SMi's Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference in Rome, Italy
SMi is proud to present the 5th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference, taking place on 5th – 6th February 2020 in Rome, Italy.

Network Centric Warfare
As the modern battlespace becomes increasingly complex, military forces must act dynamically by harnessing cutting-edge network technology to exploit an information advantage. By linking shooters, commanders and sensors in a fully networked environment, militaries can streamline decision-making, enhance situational awareness and increase mission effectiveness.

Project Officer Standardisation, European Defence Agency
The European Defence Agency is looking to recruit a Project Officer Standardisation.

Performance risks in EU defence plans, say auditors
The current military capabilities and cooperation of the EU Member States do not match the new level of ambition of the EU’s defence policy, says a review by the European Court of Auditors, out Thursday.

Mobile Deployable Communications
With support from the Polish Armed Forces, the 13th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference returns to Warsaw in January 2020. Featuring exclusive briefings from key regional partners and their international allies, the conference explores battlefield communications systems in the Central and Eastern European operational environment and their role in maximising operational effectiveness.

Senior experts to present exclusive updates on Cyber Warfare at Maritime Information Warfare 2019
SMi Reports: Senior experts will be addressing a key theme on cyber warfare at the Maritime Information Warfare Conference, in London this November.

Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling
SMi Group are proud to announce that the 20th annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference and exhibition will return this December to Lisbon, Portugal, where key upgrade programmes for the C-27J and C-130J are underway.

5th Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability
SMi's 5th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability conference and Active Protection Systems Focus Day will return to London between the 12th - 14th November 2019!

Social Media in the Defence and Military Sector
SMi Group is proud to present the 9th annual conference on Social Media in the Defence and Military Sector, which will take place in London on the 20th and 21st November 2019.

EU continues to strengthen defence capability
The EU Council underlined its desire to enhance its strategic autonomy and capacity to act as security provider Monday, agreeing a number of projects under its PESCO defence cooperation programme.

Trump criticised as NATO strengthens cooperation with EU
"Appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many," EU Council president Tusk told US president Trump Tuesday, as NATO and the EU signed a joint declaration to strengthen military cooperation.

Brussels unveils EUR 13 billion defence fund
The EU Commission outlined plans for a new EUR 13 billion European Defence Fund Wednesday, with a view to increasing the EU's 'strategic autonomy' and strengthening its ability to protect its citizens.

European Peace Facility
To bolster the EU's ability to safeguard European security interests and prevent conflicts, build peace and strengthen international security, EU High Representative Mogherini on 13 June proposed a new European Peace Facility worth EUR 10.5 billion for 2021-2027.

The European Peace Facility
The European Peace Facility (EPF) is an off-budget fund for the next Multiannual Financial Framework, designed to prevent conflicts, preserve peace and strengthen international security around the world, for the benefit of our citizens and our partners.

EU puts forward 'military mobility' defence plan
The European Commission and the EU's foreign affairs chief presented Wednesday an Action Plan to improve military mobility within and beyond the European Union.

MEPs demand controls on cyber-surveillance tools
EU export controls should be extended to cyber-surveillance tools to avoid human rights violations, MEPs said in a vote Wednesday, setting the Parliament's position for negotiations with EU ministers.

Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) - Deepening Defence Cooperation among EU Member States
On 13 November 2017 ministers from 23 EU Member States signed a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and handed it over to the High Representative and the Council.

23 EU states launch new era for European defence cooperation
23 EU Member States - though not the United Kingdom - signed an historic pact Monday to cooperate more closely in future on security and defence in the wake of Brexit and Russian aggression.