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 U.S.-Finland Defense and Security Industry Seminar 

U.S.-Finland Defense and Security Industry Seminar

About the Event
The U.S. and Finland enjoy a tradition of friendly association. The defense industries in both countries face similar challenges and both are looking for more arenas in which they can cooperate for mutual benefit. Both sides' defense industries have prospered from their past and ongoing business relationships.

This one day industry and government bilateral conference was designed to focus on ways in which the two countries' defense and security industries can work more closely together to accomplish common goals by illuminating those technological and programmatic areas which U.S. DoD and Finland’s MoD officials have identified as needed now. Knowledge of those areas will provide U.S. and Finnish companies with a point of departure from which future business opportunities can spring. Conference attendees will benefit from having the best minds in the U.S. and Finnish governments and defense industrial bases focused on the transition of technology and know how into the new systems that will increase the near-term effectiveness of U.S. and Finnish forces.

The conference will bring together government officials who are directly engaged in the identification of new areas for collaboration and the companies capable of executing those identified business and cooperative opportunities. Moreover, the conference is deliberately structured to foster serious conversation among the government and industry participants, identify areas for improvement, and provide recommendations for action.

Agenda and Presentations 

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October 2, 2013
Embassy of Finland
Washington, DC

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8:30am - 9:00am 
Opening Remarks

  • Lt Gen Larry Farrell, USAF (Ret), President & CEO, National Defense Industrial Association
  • Ms. Tuija Karanko, Secretary General, Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries
  • Her Excellency Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Ambassador of Finland to the United States

9:00am - 9:45am
Government Perspective

  • Ms. Elana Broitman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Manufacturing &
    Industrial Base Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics)
  • Mr. Jukka Juusti, National Armaments Director, Ministry of Defence

9:45am - 10:15am
Networking Break

Procurement Outlook
10:15am - 10:45am
Update from the Foreign Comparative Testing Team

10:45am - 11:15am
Finland and the Transposition of the EU Defence Procurement Directive

Partnering Case Studies
11:15am - 12:00pm
Experiences of Industrial Participation

12:00pm - 12:20pm
Cooperation Between a Finnish SME and the U.S. Navy

12:20pm - 1:40pm
Networking Luncheon

Cyber Defense and C4ISR
1:40pm - 3:00pm 
Cyber Strategy & Opportunities Panel

  • Moderated by RADM James ‘Gib’ Godwin, III, USN (Ret), President/Owner, BriteWerx, Inc.; Co-Chair, NDIA Cyber Division
  • MG Jennifer Napper, USA, Director of Plans and Policy, J5, U.S. Cyber Command
  • Mr. Mikko Mustonen, Senior Staff Officer, Ministry of Defence
  • Mr. Ron Foudray, Vice President, Business Development & Cyber Solutions, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Mr. Simo Mäkipaja, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Patria Systems
  • Mr. Michael Waksman, CEO, Jetico

3:00pm - 3:30pm 
Networking Break

Opportunities for Future Collaboration
3:30pm - 4:00pm 
Supply Chain & Counterfeit Items

  • Ms. Jennifer Bisceglie, President & CEO, Interos Solutions

4:00pm - 4:20pm
Finnish Defence Forces Development Programs

4:20pm - 4:50pm 
FDF Development Programs - Opportunities for Collaboration

  • Moderated by Mr. Pertti Woitsch, Board Member, AFDA
  • LtGen Jarmo Lindberg, Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics and Armaments, Defence Force
  • Mr. Heikki Allonen, Chairman, AFDA; CEO of Patria Corporation
  • LtCol Matt Davis, USAF, Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation, Helsinki

4:50pm - 5:00pm 
Closing Remarks

  • Lt Gen Larry Farrell, USAF (Ret), President & CEO, National Defense Industrial Association
  • Ms. Tuija Karanko, Secretary General, Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries

5:00pm - 7:00pm
Networking Dinner
Buffet Dinner and Refreshments Available
Co-Hosted by Her Excellency Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Ambassador of Finland to the United States


November 9, 2011
Embassy of Finland
Wasington, DC

8.30 a.m. 
Welcome Remarks
Signing of the NDIA – AFDA MoU

9:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks

  • Ms. Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Ambassador, Embassy of Finland

9.30 a.m. 
U.S. & Finnish Government Remarks

  • Dr. Nancy Spruill, Director, Acquisition Resources and Analysis, OUSD (AT&L)
  • Mr. Arto Räty, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence

10.00 a.m. 
Networking Break

10:30 am
General Session I on Procurement Outlook

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Interests and Programs 2012
Mr. Richard Halverson, Homeland Security (HSI) Unit Chief for Outreach and Training, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), Department of Homeland Security U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Foreign Comparative Testing Team Interests and programs 2012
COL Rodney Todaro, USAF, Director, Comparative Test Office 

Finnish Defence Forces including the reform of the Finnish Defense Forces and future 
Procurement Programs
BG Veli Pekka Valtonen, Chief Armaments, Defence Command Finland

11:45 a.m. 
General Session II on Cyber Defense 
Moderator: Ms. Suvi Sundquist, Tekes

How Do U.S. Businesses View Cyber Defense? 
Col Carl Williamson, USAF (Ret), Executive Director Cyber Strategy, Defense Enterprise Solutions, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Competences of the Finnish Defense and Security Industry on Cyber Defense
Mr. Michael Waksman, CEO, Jetico

12.45 p.m. 
Networking Lunch

2.00 p.m. 
General Session III on Industrial Cooperation – Lessons Learned from the Finnish F-18 Program 
Moderator: Mr. Robert Allen Evers

Description of the program by Boeing and Finnish Air Force/MOD
Mr. Richard Cisiewski, International Strategic Partnerships, The Boeing Company 
COL Kari Renko, FIAF, Chief, Programmes Division, Finnish Air Force Materiel Command (FINAFMC)
Mr. Jukka Holkeri, Chief Marketing Officer, Patria

3.00 p.m.
 Networking Break

3.30 p.m. 
General Session IV on Opportunities for Future Collaboration
Moderator: Ms. Alexandra Pasternak-Jackson, International Business Engagement, The American Chamber of Commerice in Finland

Arctic Strategy: Rear Admiral David Titley, USN, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, Director, Maritime Domain Awareness and Space

Case Study: Success in Logistics: COL Bryan Stephens, USA (Ret), President, Kalmar Rough Terrain Center, LLC

Panel: Finnish Innovation, Ecosystem and Collaboration between Companies - The Benefits to U.S. Companies

  • Finnish Defence: Mr. Jari Sankala, Vice President, Defence & Security, Elektrobit
  • Finnish Security: Mr. Pertti Woitsch, Mirasys, Chairman, AFDA Security Group; Chairman, Steering Group of Board Tekes Security Program
  • U.S. Perspective: Mr. Timothy Raglin, Rapid Architecture Concepts and Engineering (RACE) Program Manager, Raytheon Company

5.00 p.m. 
Closing Remarks

5.30 p.m. 
Buffet Dinner co-hosted by Ms. Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Ambassador to the United States, Embassy of Finland

7.30 p.m. 
Evening adjourns

Please click here for a list and description of Finish companies that participated in the event on November 9th, 2011.


Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense