The Prova events team has just returned from three days of running the press office at DVD2012.
The MoD’s Defence Equipment & Support organised event has become a pivotal date in the defence calendar and welcomes visitors for a full programme of networking opportunities, vehicle and equipment demonstrations, exhibitions and conferences.
The two day event continues to play a crucial role in maintaining the UK’s armed forces and attracts members from defence acquisition and military personnel communities, as well as industry organisations. Indeed, DVD brings together these key parties in a way that is just not possible in an office environment. The exchange of ideas which this event generates enables the MoD to continue providing the best possible equipment and support to the UK’s armed forces.
Over the last few years, there has been a great deal of change within the defence sector, which has seen budget cuts and reductions in staffing levels transform the UK’s armed forces. It was, therefore, a more streamlined MoD that headed to DVD this year, making the event an even more crucial use of time.
Major General Carew Wilks opened the 2012 DVD event at Millbrook. The Major General commented on the changing defence environment and added that industry had a significant role to play in bringing about greater efficiencies, cost control, inventory and fleet management to the army. This sentiment was echoed by Peter Luff, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology during his visit to DVD on day two. Both men also commented on the event’s valuable role in providing a more sustainable armed force.
DVD continues to play a vital role in bringing the key members for the defence sector together to discuss how best to move forward the equipment and support provided to the men and women operating in theatre. It is therefore important that the media continue to engage with both the MoD and industry to report the ongoing good work conducted by both parties.