Since its beginning the annual seminars have not only fostered positive working relationships but have also provided educational and liaison opportunities among all of the participating nations.
The IDEAA Seminar is a valuable conference and symposium in which a significant amount of international training, exchange and information takes place. Participants are briefed on current changes in each nation’s acquisition strategy and procedures followed by updates from industry, institutes and organisations.
Probably the most significant added value is the implementation of international case-based feedback and lessons learned. Since 2002 IDEAA has incorporated case-based presentations and workshops to the seminars. Each presentation is reviewed and discussed by the seminar participants. Therefore senior deciders and experts from each nation’s MoD, acquisition and procurement organisation, education institutions but also from industry are presenting their experiences, strategies and visions.
There were lively discussions during each of those sessions and all seminar participants were very positive about the experience and lessons learned. Consequently, this format will be continued in future seminars. Due to the feedback of the participants, the IDEAA BoD will organise the upcoming seminars within the framework of a leading topic such as “capability management” during the 21st seminar.
The 22nd seminar in Mannheim, Germany, has covered a very interesting and up to date topic “Strategies, structures and technologies for the future of mission oriented armed forces”. The discussions were as animated as usual and all the sessions as well as the social events were very much appreciated by all seminar participants.
The 23rd seminar was organised in France from 21-23 May 2012 and covered the topic "Affordability in Acquisition: how to achieve it ? How to train it ?".
The 24th seminar took place at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) in Ft. Belvoir, USA, from 10-12 June 2014 with the seminar theme "International acquisition programs: benefits and future - how do we train for success".
The 25th anniversary seminar has been organised by the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Cranfield University, Shrivenham, UK from April 28 - 30, 2015. The seminar theme was "Meeting the Challenges of Defence Acquisition Education and Training - Inputs and Outputs".
The 26th seminar will take place at the Federal Academy of Education and Training in the Bundeswehr in Mannheim, Germany, from 29 - 31 May, 2017. The seminar theme will be "The importance of soft skills for the success of defense projects".