Please take note of the programme for the BSC 2018.

Status of release: 20 August 2018. The programme will be updated weekly.

Main Programme

Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018

08.00 Opening of the Exhibition / Registration

08.45 Welcome to the Congress
R. Uwe Proll, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Behörden Spiegel
Prof Ioan Mircea Paşcu MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament, former Defence Minister
of Romania, Congress President BSC 2018

Opening Ceremony
Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Dr Ursula von der Leyen, Minister of Defence, Germany

10.00 Thinking through Integration, Hein van Ameijden, Managing Director, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

10.20 Keynote Speech, Dr Karin Kneissl, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Austria

10.40 Europe facing Cyberwar 2.0, Jan Lindner, Vice President Northern Continental Europe, Panda Security

11.00 Coffee Break

Europe on the way to a new Security and Defence Union – from vision to reality!?

Chair: Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering, former President of the European Parliament, Respresentative for
European Affairs of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Introduction: Niels Annen MP, Minister of State, Federal Foreign Office, Germany

  • Elmar Brok MEP, former Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament
  • Arnaud Danjean MEP, former Chair Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE),
    European Parliament
  • Andre Haspels, Director General Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
  • Dr Karin Kneissl*, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Austria

13.00 Luncheon / Buffet

14.30 Panel Session > Panels A1 – A7

16.00 Coffee Break

16.30 European Security – a Russian analysis, Alexander Grushko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation

16.50 Future requirements, future programs and a new approach to industrial cooperation, Giovanni Soccodato, Chief Strategy Officer, Leonardo

17.10 Cooperative defence R&T in Europe – a way ahead, Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency (EDA)

17.30 Megatrends in Defence – What are the disruptive technologies that will shape the future of defence? Udo F. Littke, Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer, Atos Germany

Technological Revolution in the Defence Sector – an impetus for more European Cooperation

Chair: Ambassador Jiří Šedivý, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to NATO

19.20 CIDAN/ESDA Ceremony, European Award for Citizenship, Security and Defence

20.00 Buffet / Networking

21.30 End of the first day


Main Programme

Wednesday, 28 Nov 2018

08.00 Opening of the Exhibition

08.30 Welcome to the 2nd Conference Day


09.00 Strengthening the transatlantic alliance through industrial partnerships
Chris Davis, President of Raytheon International, Raytheon Company
Susanne Wiegand, President, Rheinmetall, Electronic Solutions

German – Netherlands bilateral cooperation – a blueprint for European multinational partnerships
Rolf Clement, Editor for Security Policy, former Chief Editorial Staff, Deutschlandfunk
Barbara Visser, State Secretary, Netherlands Ministry of Defence
Benedikt Zimmer, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Defence

10.00 Integration of supporting capabilities – prospects for Europe, Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis, Chief of German Joint Support Service

10.20 Digital Transformation in large organisations, Stefan Lutz, General Manager GBS DACH, IBM Global Business Services

10.40 Coffee Break

11.00 The changing nature of threats to national security – hybrid threats included, Patricia Zorko MPA, Deputy National Coordinator for Security and Counter Terrorism, Director Cyber Security (NCTV), Ministry of Justice and Security, the Netherlands

11.20 The benchmark for European collaboration bridge to – and central pillar of – European FCAS key role in future battlespace, Volker Paltzo, CEO Eurofighter Jagdflugzeuge GmbH

11.40 Change room for Panel Session

11.45 Panel Session > Panel B1 – B7

13.15 Luncheon / Buffet

14.30 Keynote Speech, General Eberhard Zorn, Chief of Defence, Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany

14.50 Keynote Speech, Admiral Rob Bauer, Chief of Defence, Ministry of Defence, the Netherlands

15.10 Implementation of a European Defence Union – challenges for industry, Peter Heilmeier, Director Sales and Business Development Germany, MBDA

Deep Integration and Adaptive Armed Forces – prospects for further European military integration

Chair: Wolfgang Hellmich MP, Chairman Defence Committee, German Bundestag

17.00 CLOSING REMARKS, Prof Ioan Mircea Paşcu, Congress President BSC 2018

17.15 End of the Congress

Chairman BSC 2018: Brigadier General (ret) Reimar Scherz
Coordinator BSC 2018: Colonel (ret) Hubertus von Rohr