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 U.S.-Austria Defense Industry Day 

U.S.-Austria Defense Industry Day

About the Event

Over the last decades, U.S. and Austrian defense and security industries established strong ties
of cooperation based on mutual understanding. A strong commitment to investment and joint R&D has led to the successful implementation of countless projects in the United States. Under the globalized economic environment and national budget restrictions, the exchange of know-how and technology is the key to meet future challenges.

In this context, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), the Austrian Defense & Security Industry Group (ADIG), ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, and the Austrian Defense Cooperation Attaché jointly hosted the first “U.S.-Austria Defense Industry Day” at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2014. Representatives from the Austrian MoD and U.S. DoD, as well as experts and company representatives from both countries, will examine recent trends and provide an overview of industrial capabilities. The industry day will be an ideal platform for industry and government officials to identify and discuss new areas of cooperation.

As part of the event, NDIA and ADIG officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote broader cooperation and exchange of information between both institutions for the benefit of their member companies.

Event Agenda & Presentations

Inaugural Event: U.S.-Austria Defense Industry Day
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Embassy of Austria
Washington, DC

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9:00 am - 9:15 am
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

  • Dr. Hans Peter Manz, Austrian Ambassador to the United States

9:15 am - 9:35 am
AUSTRIA: STRONG INDUSTRIES, STRONG PARTNERS

  • Dr. Christian Kesberg, Austrian Trade Commissioner for the USA

9:35 am - 10:05 am
AUSTRIAN DEFENCE AND SECURITY INDUSTRY

  • Dr. Karl-Heinz Dernoscheg, CEO, Austrian Defence & Security Industry - ASW

10:05 am - 10:25 am
NATIONAL DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION

  • Lt Gen Larry Farrell, USAF (Ret), President & CEO, NDIA

10:25 am - 10:30 am
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) SIGNING CEREMONY

10:30 am - 11:00 am
NETWORKING BREAK IN DISPLAY AREA

11:00 am - 11:30 am
U.S. GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE - INDUSTRIAL BASE

  • Ms. Elana Broitman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics)

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
U.S. GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE - EMERGING CAPABILITIES PROTOTYPING

  • Mr. Earl Wyatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Rapid Fielding, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics)

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
AUSTRIAN ARMED FORCES AT A GLANCE

  • Lieutenant General Norbert Gehart, National Armaments Director

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
NETWORKING LUNCHEON IN DISPLAY AREA

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
DEPLOYABLE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS & SECURE COMMUNICATION
Moderated by Mr. Fred Beer, International Programs Consultant, Navy League of the United States

  • Mr. Kurt Kerschat, CEO, Scotty Group
    SCOTTY Group is a solutions provider for “beyond line-of-sight” surveillance and communications via satellite - AERO, maritime, land mobile (vehicle-based) and for all military applications and disaster relief. Services include live transmission of data, video and audio, transfer of video recordings, PC and Internet. “SCOTTY Mobile”, a waterproof, shock-resistant video communication unit, has been procured by the U.S. Army. The company’s U.S. office, Scotty Satcom Technologies Inc., is located in Titusville, Florida.
  • Col Hans H. Miller, USAF, Director, Comparative Technology Office, Rapid Fielding, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics)
    The mission of the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program is to test items and technologies of our foreign allies and friends that have a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) in order to satisfy valid defense requirements and key department of defense priorities more quickly and economically. In fulfilling this mission, FCT continues to be a uniquely successful acquisition tool from a U.S. Government-to-Foreign Industry standpoint. The FCT Program has served as a catalyst for industry teaming arrangements, which have been productive for both U.S. and foreign industries in an increasingly competitive global market.
  • Mr. Dale Langston, Senior Systems Strategist, Frequentis Defense Inc., Columbia MD
    Frequentis AG is a global supplier of communication and information systems. Its Columbia MD unit, Frequentis Defense Inc., supports the U.S. Government in the areas of Command Control Communications Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and has successfully implemented projects with the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army. The company designs, manufactures and installs voice and data communication systems for air, ground and sea defense, national peace-keeping and disaster relief operations.


2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
ADVANCED COMPONENTS AND MATERIEL
Moderated by Mr. Frank Cevasco, President, Cevasco International, LLC

  • Mr. Rudolf Mandorfer, CEO, Steyr-Motors
    STEYR MOTORS is the specialist for high performance diesel engines and arose out of the former STEYRDAIMLER-PUCH group of companies. The company has more than 80 years of experience in the production of diesel engines with outputs of 23 to 300 HP for all types of civilian and military applications. STEYR MOTORS is an experienced and strong partner for AM GENERAL, BAE Land Systems and many builders of military & governmental boats such as WILLARD MARINE, METAL SHARK, NORTH RIVER, and more. The STEYR M1 (“Monoblock”) engine range is the fruit of decades of development, manufacturing and market experience.
  • Mr. Steve McCrossan, Technology & Product Development Manager, PLANSEE USA LLC
    PLANSEE is a leader in the field of powder metallurgy, covering the entire production process for high performance materials – molybdenum, tungsten, tantalum, niobium, and tungsten heavy metals. With its state of the art machining and fabrication capabilities, PLANSEE offers a portfolio of components for aerospace, civil, and military applications. PLANSEE USA is AS9100 Certified and ITAR Registered.
  • Mr. Paul Sedor, Innovation Segment Manager, Global Tungsten and Powders Corp. (GTP)
    Since the 1940’s, GTP has worked closely with the United States Department of Defense and it’s prime contractors. In this time, GTP has developed and produced critical components for use in military and communications application. GTP’s longstanding expertise in the production of tungsten powders and components together with its vertical integration offer a security of supply that is unmatched in the industry.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
NETWORKING BREAK IN DISPLAY AREA

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
INNOVATIONS IN UAVs & AEROSPACE
Moderated by Mr. Rob Evers, Senior Partner, Robert Allen Evers Law

  • Ms. Sonya Zierhut, CEO, Pankl Aerospace
    Pankl Aerospace, with operations in the U.S. and Austria, is serving the global aerospace market as a Tier One Supplier for transmission components, engine shafts, refueling tubes and landing gear parts for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Pankl Aerospace is the single source supplier for the main rotor driveshafts for Sikorsky Aircraft’s H-60 Program (“Blackhawk”). For their Concept Rotorcraft “Hero”, Pankl Aerospace won the first Sikorsky Innovation Entrepreneurial Challenge in 2012.
  • Mr. Jonathan Hartman, Disruptive Technologies Lead, Sikorsky Innovations
    Located in Stratford, Connecticut, Sikorsky Innovations is an agile, networked group of Sikorsky employees and industry teammates dedicated to demonstrating innovative technology solutions to the toughest problems in vertical flight. Jonathan’s focus is on maturation of future vehicle concepts and related technologies, with emphasis on domestic and international partnership development.
  • Brigadier General David Wills, Business Director, IAT21
    IAT21 is an Austrian innovations and research company based in Linz. IAT21 has over the course of the last 10 years developed and patented a new type of aircraft with unique flight characteristics. In addition to its vertical take-off and landing capability this aircraft can achieve higher airspeeds than helicopters combined with lower fuel consumption and lower noise emissions and can also land safely on surfaces in motion (ships). For their inventions, IAT21 won the international Green Dot Awards in 2011, the Austrian State Price in 2012 and the INVENTUM (best Austrian Patents) in 2013.

4:15 pm - 4:20 pm
CLOSING REMARKS

  • Col Gerhard Schweiger, Defense Cooperation Attaché, Embassy of Austria
  • Mr. Klaus Hofstadler, Commercial Attaché, Embassy of Austria

4:20 pm - 6:00 pm
NETWORKING RECEPTION HOSTED BY AUSTRIAN INDUSTRY

 

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