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YOUR CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN:

Lieutenant General (Ret) Ben Hodges,

Former Commanding General,
U.S. Army Europe (2014-2017)

Chairman, Armoured Vehicles Eastern
Europe

A native of Quincy, Florida, Lieutenant General (Retired) Frederick Benjamin "Ben" Hodges graduated from the United States Military Academy in May 1980 and was commissioned in the Infantry.

After his first assignment as an Infantry Lieutenant in Germany, he commanded Infantry units at the Company, Battalion and Brigade levels as the 101st Airborne Division and in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He also served in an operational assignment as Director of Operations, Regional Command South, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Lieutenant General (Retired) Hodges has also served in a variety of Joint and Army Staff positions to include Tactic Instructor at the Infantry School; Chief of Plans, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Army Congressional Liaison Officer; Task Force Senior Observer-Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA: Coalition/Joint – 3 (CJ3) of Multi-National Corps-Iraq in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg; and Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell on the Joint Staff, Chief of Legislative Liaison for the United States Army, and Commander, NATO Allied Land Command. His last Military assignment was as Commander, United States Army Europe from 2014 to 2017.

Lieutenant General (Retired) Hodges holds the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis.

EQUIPING EASTERN EUROPE’S ARMOURED AND MECHANISED UNITS FOR A NEW SECURITY ERA

We’re seeing the highest defence spending since the Cold War in Eastern Europe according to Jane’s Defense Budgets Report, with predictions that the region will see the fastest defence spending growth in the world in 2018 . Of particular note,  Europe has emerged as the leading spender globally in the military ground vehicle market. 

In addition to an ongoing migrant crisis, Europe is at pains to guard itself against a resurgent Russian threat, following its intervention in Ukraine 4 years ago. Given the versatility of roles, speed and mobility that armoured vehicles can provide an armed force, it is therefore unsurprising that Eastern Bloc nations are prioritising the modernisation of their mechanised units.

Tailored to the challenges of the region, Armoured Vehicles Eastern Europe provides a platform for the discussion of armoured vehicle deployment, procurement, cooperation, and sustainment. Over the past 5 years the conference has established itself as the regions annual meeting for Commanders of Mechanised and Armoured Units, acquisition experts and capability development specialists, alongside a wider NATO colleagues from North America and Western Europe.

Both Defence IQ and Bulgaria welcomes you to this prestigious regional meeting. 



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Key Topics Include

Armour requirements and procurement processes

Enhancing Survivability and Protection

 

Improving Vehicle Mobility and Firepower

case studies of armoured vehicles in battlefield operations


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