In my capacity as the new Chairman of the NZ DIA, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the 20th Defence Industry Association Forum to be held at the: Westpac Stadium in Wellington on the 10-11 October 2017.
Our theme for the 2017 Forum will be: “Emerging Technologies & Cybersecurity Capabilities Supporting National Security Agencies”.
We have chosen this theme to showcase the incredible technologies that are being designed and delivered to modern defence forces. Some of which include advances in simulation, unmanned aerial vehicles, and next generation platforms to name a few. In addition, we want to showcase the emerging themes both Defence and Government are pursuing regarding Cybersecurity capabilities. Cyber is the new warfare domain across the full spectrum of National Security Agencies and as such Industry has a huge part to play in delivering these defences.
We have decided to again integrate the trade area with the traditional auditorium space in a new Wellington venue at the Westpac Stadium. The Westpac Stadium offers us a range of new and exciting options for delivering a successful forum, not least of which is added physical security around the venue and a recommendation from the Police that this is a more secure venue compared to previous locations. Rest assured, the disruption that has occurred previously will not be repeated in 2017. We are continuing with our planning to focus on Key Note speeches from Government, the Ministry and Defence Executives along with Industry and Academic experts. As per previous years we want to retain high impact presentations balanced with the needs of sponsors and delegates to network and showcase their capabilities in the integrated trade display area where we focus on the all important networking and socialising objectives.
We are again forecasting attendance to exceed 500 delegates from a global audience. Our Forum follows on from Pacific2017 in Sydney the week before, so we expect many international delegates will leverage their time well to be able to attend both forums while in the region. Our Forum continues to be the critical event that brings Government, Defence and Industry together in New Zealand. In addition, we plan to attract other Government Ministries and Agencies to attend who have a common interest in National Security. This will be the Forum where past relationships are reinvigorated and new ones begin. Plan now to attend.
Finally, I would like to thank the Secretary of Defence and the Chief of Defence Force for their joint support for the 2017 Defence Industry Association Forum.