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1.        Aim

The aim of SAJADS is to provide a forum where members of the Air Defence (AD) fraternity have the opportunity to exchange information and ideas on requirements, technology and solutions, both on a formal and an informal basis.

2.         Symposium Theme

The theme of SAJADS 2009 is “Joint Air Defence in Operations Other Than War”.  Whilst the military strategic objectives of the SANDF still require a force design capable of defending the country against conventional onslaughts, the primary focus is to promote regional peace, stability and security, and to provide support to the people of South Africa.  This emphasis shift necessitates consideration of the role of Joint Air Defence (JAD) in operations other than war (OOTW).  Discourse is invited on this subject, with a focus on threat characteristics, operational concepts, interoperability and technology.

·      Threat.  The threat is the primary determinant of JAD requirements.  What are the characteristics of the threat anticipated in operations other than war?

·       Operational Concepts.  OOTW missions and operations by their very nature require integration with other government departments, such as civil aviation for example, and other defence forces.  These joint, inter-departmental and multi-national (JIM) operations require operational concepts suited to the JIM environment.  What are the key characteristics of JIM operational concepts using JAD participation in providing security to the Soccer World Cup 2010 (SWC2010) event as an example?

·       Interoperability.  Even efficient systems are not effective without operational (doctrine, operating procedures) and technical (functional and physical) interoperability.  Effective participation in JIM operations requires common doctrine, operating procedures, functional and physical interoperability.  What is the role and scope of the Interoperability Development Environment Facility (IDEF) toward attaining interoperability?

·      Technology.  In modern times technology is driven by commerce and industry, not the military.  This impacts on defence acquisition programmes, faced with the cost advantages of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and military-off-the-shelf (MOTS) solutions.  What are the opportunities to be exploited and the pitfalls to be avoided in a COTS and MOTS-driven acquisition environment?

3.            Target Audience

The aim is to attract people interested in the subject of Air Defence, with specific emphasis on Defence officials, Government officials, Defence Institutes and the relevant Defence Industries.

4.         Programme Outline

Approximately 16 papers will be delivered over a two-day period.  A light finger lunch will be served on both days.  A formal symposium function will be held on the evening of 14th October 2009 where delegates will have ample opportunity for informal discussion.

5.         Symposium Venue

The symposium will be held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Conference Centre in Pretoria.  A road map to the venue, which provides ample secure parking, can be found on the SAJADS website.

6.         Symposium Fee

The symposium fee includes registration, proceedings, meals, refreshments, and the formal dinner on the evening of 14th October 2009.

·         The symposium fee for non-military delegates is ZAR 3 000.00 (VAT inclusive).  Note that registrations and payment before 31st August 2009 qualify for a discount of R500.00.

·         The symposium fee for military personnel is R1 200.00 (VAT inclusive).

·         Presenters are allowed to attend the symposium free of charge.

·         Foreign Military Guest speakers will not be paying, it will be paid by the services.

7.         Registration

Delegates and presenters can register online by completing the Registration Form, or by mailing a printed copy of the Registration Form to the Symposium Organisers.  A pro-forma invoice and a delegate registration number will be forwarded upon registration (via e-mail, fax or normal mail depending on method of registration).  Registrations will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.  Note that registration and payment before 31st August 2009 qualify for a discount.

Delegates and presenters will receive a Symposium Pack, including the final Symposium Programme and the Symposium Proceedings on CD-ROM, during check-in on the first day of the Symposium.

8.         Payment

Payment can be made by Cheque or Traveller’s Cheque written in South African Rand currency, payable to “Armscor”, or by Bank Transfer to the following account (confirmation of such transfers must be faxed to the Symposium Organisers at +27 12 428-3429):

Bank:                                         ABSA Bank, Menlyn, Pretoria   
Branch Number:                          33-56-45-18      
Account Number:                        2310-143-807

Payment will be acknowledged in the form of a tax invoice, which will be available for collection at the registration desk during the symposium.  Note that payment must be made before 31st August 2009 in order to qualify for the discount.

9.         Exhibits

Companies, organisations and institutes are invited to exhibit their products and services.  A total of 10 indoor display booths are available in the foyer of the Conference Centre at a price of R7 500.00 (VAT inclusive) per booth.  Details of the exhibition area layout may be found on the SAJADS website.

Each display booth, comprising a 3m (width) x 2m (depth) shell scheme and fascia with company name, is supplied with a power point (50Hz, 240V, 15A), 2 spotlights, a table and two chairs.

Display booths may be booked on-line by completing the Exhibitor’s Application Form or by mailing a printed copy of the Registration Form to the Symposium Organisers.  Payment must be made by 31st August 2009.

10.      Application to Present a Paper

Provision is made for approximately 16 papers, which will be limited to 25 minutes in order to allow time for questions and answers.  The SAJADS2009 Paper Guidelines must be used to submit “close-to-final” draft papers of approximately 8 pages (including graphics).  Papers will be adjudicated on a number of parameters, including applicability to the theme, technical content, structure, and adherence to the prescribed format and length.  Papers will be published in Symposium Proceedings (CD-ROM), which will be provided in the Registration Pack upon check-in on the first day of the Symposium.

The draft paper, completed Submission Form and Curriculum Vitae not exceeding 100 words, must be submitted in electronic format, via e-mail or on disk, to the Symposium Organisers no later than 15th July 2009.  Successful applicants will be notified by 31st July 2009.  Final papers must be submitted by 15th September 2009.

11.      Symposium Proceedings

Delegates and presenters will receive the Symposium proceedings on CD-ROM, the cost of which is included in the registration fee.  Additional copies of the proceedings are available at R250.00 (VAT inclusive) per copy subject to an order being placed, and payment having been received, by 31st August 2009.  Additional copies of the proceedings may be ordered by completing the relevant section of the Symposium Registration Form.

12.      Accommodation & Transport

Delegates are responsible for their own accommodation and transport, which are not included in the symposium registration fee.  Assistance can be obtained from the Armscor Business Logistics travel bureau, tel. +27 12 428-2034 and fax +27 12 347-0903.

13.      Symposium Organisers’ Address

The Symposium Organiser          
c/o Armscor Command & Control Division
Private Bag X337
0001, Pretoria     
Republic of South Africa  

Ms Alta Potgieter
Tel:                     +27 (0)12 428-2653      
Facsimile             +27 (0)12 428-3429      


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