28th of November 2019, Rotterdam Ahoy
“Working together with our allies, partners and businesses helps us formulate a response to the increased threat in the world.”
With this message, secretary of defence Barbara Visser opened the 31st exhibition held by the Dutch Industry for Defence and Security (NIDV) foundation on November 28th. With 120 stand holders, 2500 visitors and an even larger exhibition area, this exhibition was our biggest ever. The theme of the exhibition was ‘Integral Security’. According to Mrs. Visser, this cannot be achieved in purely a NATO or EU context. The ministry of defence and businesses must work together as well.
During the NEDS (NIDV Exhibition Defence and Security), international governments, businesses and square. “Your solutions enhances our armed forces and, by proxy, the safety of our people and nation,” said Mrs. Visser to the young companies stationed at this square.
The cooperation in the golden triangle, which is renowned both domestically and abroad, has grown stronger these past years. The armed forces, fire department and police are increasingly working with businesses and knowledge institutions. These Dutch companies include massive enterprises, SMEs, start-ups, scale-ups and even family businesses. This approach has proven its value over the years.
Jan Gmelich Meijling Thesis Award
The Jan Gmelich Meijlin Award-which was being awarded for the 4th time-went to Iris Waterlander, 2nd lieutenant with the Dutch Royal Military Police. Her NLDA Bachelor thesis titled ‘Pioneering on a goldmine of information’ addresses current organizational issues for the military police, such as cooperation with various government agencies In regards to the complex issue of organized crime.
Busy Exhibition Floor
The plenary morning program was followed by a varied afternoon program. Break-out sessions regarding current subjects and a large number of special moments including numerous contract signings made for a versatile day. DMO Director Vice Admiral Arie Jan de Waard officially handed over the Anaconda to Commander Marine Corps Brigadier General Jeff Mac Mootry. 46 of these vehicles were already in use and 14 new ones were acquired for the marine corps to replace the Land Rovers. They’ll act as an interim solution until the 12kN Iveco are ready, for which a contract was signed during the NEDS. The company in question provides the armed forces with 918 vehicles in 5 variations, as well as 130 remote controlled weapon systems.