The Business of War: Inside the SOFEX 2010 Arms Bazaar

January 20th, 2011 - by admin

Shane Smith and The Vice Guide to Everything / MTV – 2011-01-20 00:35:55

SOFEX Breached
The Vice Guide to Everything

In this episode, we sneak into SOFEX, a trade show in the middle of Jordan where arms dealers sell the latest in killing technology to governments around the world — (“The Vice Guide To The Business of War”). Then, it’s off to Ghana to experience Sakawa — a crazy subculture that mixes cybercrime, sex and juju. When Americans recycle their computers, most of them end up in e-waste dumps in Ghana, where unemployed but enterprising youth hack into hard drives and run scams off the info left behind — all the while, being blessed by mystical juju priests — (“The Vice Guide To Sakawa Boys”). We trek to Colombia and get shot by the Bulletproof Tailor — a fashion designer who makes bulletproof, lightweight, Armani-like suits — (“The Vice Guide To The Bulletproof Tailor”). Finally, we see inside the scariest music scene in the world, Norwegian Black Metal, where some artists burn down churches and eat each others’ brains in (“The Vice Guide To Norwegian Black Metal”).

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SOFEX 2010
SOFEX Global leader for International Special Forces Operations Exhibition
International Special Forces Operations
Exhibition & Conference

AMMAN, Jordan (May 10-13, 2010) — Founded in 1996 by His Majesty King Abdullah II, The Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX) has grown with each edition and has acquired paramount ranking amongst the specialized global defence exhibitions and is considered by the international Special Operations and homeland security decision makers as well as the specialized industry as the vital gathering for exchanging views and experiences as well as presenting new and innovative equipment in order to deliver swift, decisive and effective solutions, that will help decision makers maintain the security and safety in their countries, regions and around the world.

SOFEX 2010
Army Recognition, the Worldwide Land Forces Defence Magazine, Official Media Partner and Official Show News Daily Online SOFEX 2010.
Communication and promotion for defense industry, exhibition and products

The 8th edition of the ever-growing SOFEX series will be held at the King Abdullah I Airbase in Amman in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This niche event is held biennially under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Chairmanship of HRH Prince Feisal Bin Al Hussein and with the full support of the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF).

SOFEX 2010 is a four-day event that kicks off with a prominent one day conference that includes a series of comprehensive and topical seminars delivered by top military officials from around the world, tackling a wide range of issues pertinent to current counter terrorism and homeland security issues.

The SOFEX 2008 Conference “Adjusting Special Operations Forces’ Capabilities to Combat Global Terrorism” attracted over 750 participants consisting of high ranking military and government delegations representing 58 countries.

The prestigious list of speakers included Jordan’s Prime Minister/Minister of Defence on behalf of His Majesty King Abdullah II and His Royal Highness Prince Andrew of Great Britain, as well as presentations by 8 Special Operations Commanders from countries leading the way in Global Security.

SOFEX 2010 Exhibition is expected to surpass the record number of 12,000 participants, 319 Exhibiting Companies, 34 International Pavilions, 380 International Delegates and101 International Delegations headed by Ministers of Defence, Chiefs of Staff and Special Operations Commanders that attended SOFEX 2008 and the impressive $100 Million worth of deals signed at the event. Building on that outstanding success, SOFEX 2010 has already attracted a substantial amount of interest with many major national pavilions that have expressed their intent to expand their participation. The 70,000 m² of indoor and outdoor exhibition space will house exhibitors from all corners of the globe.

Exhibitor List 2010
Marathon Robotics Pty Ltd Australia
Glock Ges.m.b.H. Austria
Ministry of Defense Industry of Azerbijain Republic Azerbaijan
Tetraedr Belarus
Army Recognition Belgium
ICM Belgium
Royal Brunei Technical Services Brunei
Arsenal 2000 JSCo Bulgaria
Institute of Metal Science Bulgaria
Optix Co. Bulgaria
Adventure Lights Inc. Canada
Allen Vanguard Canada
GMA Cover Corp. Canada
HISS, Inc. / HISS Emirates LLC Canada
New Con Optik Canada
Zariba Security Corporation Canada
China National Precision Machinery I/E. (CPMIEC) China
China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) China
Avec Chem s.r.o. Czech Republic
B.O.I.S.-Filtry,Spol. s.r.o. Czech Republic
Ceska Zbrojovka, a.s. Czech Republic
Czech Trade Promotion Agency Czech Republic
Defence and Industry Association of Czech Republic Czech Republic
Evpu Defence s.r.o. Czech Republic
Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
Oritest, Spol. s. r.o Czech Republic
Singing Rock Czech Republic
Vojensky Opravarensky Podnik 025 Novy Jicin Czech Republic
VOP 026 Sternberk Czech Republic
Covidence Denmark
01dB-Metravib France
ACMAT France
Cilas France
DCI France
EDEN France
Eurocopter France
GEOS France
GICAT France
Infotron France
PHOTONIS Night Vision France
Thales Communications France
CCO Creative Consulting GmbH Germany
Dynamit Nobel Defence GmbH Germany
Heckler and Koch GmbH Germany
Institut DR. Foerster GmbH & Co. KG Germany
Kommando Germany
LITEF Northrop Grumman GmbH Germany
Newco Safety Technologies GmbH / ATC Germany
Rotinor GmbH Germany
Steiner — Optik GmbH Germany
Teijin Aramid GmbH Germany
Elmon Greece
Asian Military Review /Defence and Security of India India
A.I.A.D. and MoD Italy Italy
Aero Sekur SpA Italy
Beretta Fabbrica d’Armi S.p.A Italy
Defcon 5 SRL Italy
Ediconsult Internazionale Italy
Fox Knives — Oreste Frati SRL Italy
Kong s.p.A Italy
Novation SPA -Cosmas Safety Division Italy
Pilomat S.R.L Italy
Selex Galileo Italy

Advanced Future Group International (AFGI) Jordan
Alia-Royal Jordanian Airlines Jordan
Amman Greater Municipality Jordan
Aqaba Development Corporation Jordan
Arab Ready Meals Company (ARM) Jordan
AVIOCOM Technologies Jordan
Caravana Middle East Jordan
CLS Jordan Jordan
Command Control & Communications Directorate Jordan
Defence Resources & investment Management Jordan
Desert Horse Jordan
Directorate of Doctrine & Joint Training (DDJT) Jordan
Directorate of Information Technology Jordan
Directorate of Joint Logistics Jordan
Directorate of Military Production Jordan
Directorate of Military Survey/Jordan Geographic Centre Jordan
Directorate of Moral Guidance Jordan
Disassembly and Surplus Ammunition Disposal Unit Jordan
Fawaz Al Saraireh Trading Establishment Jordan
General Directorate of Gendarmerie Forces Jordan
GLFS Jordan
Hamzeh Bin Abdel Mutaleb Brigade Jordan
International Corp. For Hunting Supplies Jordan
ISAN International Supplies & Provisions Est. Jordan
Jordan Electronic Logistics Support (JELS) Jordan
Jordan Aerospace Industries (JAI) Jordan
Jordan Aeronautical Systems Company (JAC) Jordan
Jordan Advanced Machining Company (JordanAMCO) Jordan
Jordan Advanced Remote Systems (JARS) Jordan
Jordan Ammunition Manufacturing and Services Company (JORAMMO) Jordan
Jordan Armaments and Weapons Systems (JAWS) Jordan
Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) Jordan
Jordan Fabric and Worsted Manufacturing and Al Zay Ready Wear Jordan
Jordan Home Jordan
Jordan International Security Company (Josecure International) Jordan
Jordanian Joint Special Operations Command Jordan
Jordan Royal Medical Services Jordan
Jordan Light Vehicle Manufacturing (JLVM) Jordan
Jordan Manufacturing And Services Solutions (JMSS) Jordan
Jordan River Hawk Shipbuilding and Support Jordan
King Abdullah Design & Development Bureau (KADDB) Jordan
KADDB Industrial Park (KIP) Jordan
KADDB Investment Group (KIG) Jordan
King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC) Jordan
MKD (Al Moutakhasisa for Industrial Product Design) Jordan
Modern Tradelinks Jordan
Mu’tah University Military Wing Jordan
Night Vision Company Jordan
Orange Jordan/Jordan Telecom Group Jordan
Public Security Directorate Jordan
NP Aerospace Jordan Jordan
Royal Engineering Corps (REC) Jordan
Royal Falcon Airlines & JIAC Jordan
Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) Jordan
Royal Jordanian Naval Force Jordan
Royal Maintenance Corps (RMC) Jordan
Royal Medical Services (RMS) Jordan
Seabird Aviation Jordan (SAJ) Jordan
Security and Defence Technologies Jordan
SOFEX 2012 Jordan
Strategic Research Agency Jordan
Thales (Jordan) Jordan
The Directorate of Military Women’s Affairs Jordan
The General Directorate of Jordan Civil Defence Jordan
The Jordanian Company for Manufacturing Special Boots Jordan
The Jordan-Russian Electronic Systems Co. (JRESCO) Jordan
Total Telecom Company (Tekjo) Jordan
United Corrosion Technologies / Cortec Corp. Jordan
Universal Defense Jordan
US Embassy Jordan
Vision Engineering Group Jordan

Al — Defaiya (Arabian Defence & Aerospace Business) Lebanon
Bardawil Aviation-Bell Helicopter Lebanon
Cardax Middle East Lebanon
Defence 21 Lebanon
M. Special Car Armoring- MSCA Lebanon
Security Middle East Show (SMES) Lebanon
Societe Fils Joseph Abi Semaan Pour Le Commerce S.A.R.L (JOSONS) Lebanon
Wojskowe Zaklady Uzbrojenia S.A. Poland

National Company Romarm Romania
Viper Spirit SRL Romania
Arzamas Machinery Plant JSC Russia
Bedretdinov & Publishing Company Russia
Corporation Defence Russia
Isan International Supplies & Provisions Est. Russia
Novosibirsk Instrument-Making Plant — Federal State Unitary Enterprise Production Amalgamation Russia
Rosoboronexport State Corporation Russia
Russian Technologies State Corporation Russia
Scientific Research Institute Of Applied Chemistry (NIIPH) Russia
Gulf Sky Office Saudi Arabia
Yugoimport — SDPR Serbia
Konstrukta Industry, a.s. Slovakia
S.G.S Expo Slovakia
Applerind Co. Ltd South Korea
Hanwaha South Korea
Hanwoong Co. Ltd South Korea
Korea Defense Industry Association (KDIA) South Korea
S&T Daewoo South Korea
Sancheong Co. Ltd South Korea
Treksta Co. Ltd South Korea
Woongjin Chemical South Korea
Airbus Military Spain
Pelican Products Middle East,Fze Spain
Aimpoint AB Sweden
Fog Maker International Sweden
SAAB Sweden
Swedish Fair Force Sweden
Armada International Switzerland
Curtiss-Wright Antriebstechnik GmbH Switzerland
Dupont International Operation Switzerland
Fair Management AG Switzerland
Securiton Switzerland
FLIR Commercial Vision Systems The Netherlands
PHOTONIS Netherlands B.V
Warn Industries, Inc. The Netherlands
3 E EOS Turkey
AGS Turkey
Ares Shipyard Ltd. Turkey
Aselsan A.S. Turkey
ATEL Telecommunication Ltd. Turkey
Basak Savunma Sanayi Sistemleri Tic. Ltd. Sti. Turkey
Bites Turkey
Etc Turkey
Gate Elektronik San. Ve Tic. A.S. Turkey
Global Teknik A.S Turkey
IDEF 2011 Turkey
Invista Products A.S Turkey
Istanbul Shipyard Turkey
Karel Turkey
MEGE Turkey
Military Science and Intelligence Magazine (MSI) Turkey
MilSoft A.S. Turkey
MKEK — Makine Ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu Turkey
Ostim Turkey
Oztek Turkey
TEMSA Turkey
Tisas Turkey
Transvaro Turkey
Tubitak Turkey
Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc (TAI) Turkey
Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) Turkey
Yakupoglu A.S. (YDS) Turkey
Al Jundi Journal UAE
Automotive Management Services FZE UAE
Dynamic Tech UAE
International Armored Group UAE
Nation Shield Magazine UAE
Airborne Systems UK
Arab Defence Journal (Dar Assayad) UK
Clarion Events Ltd. (DSEi) UK
Cobham UK
Cyfas Systems UK
Enterprise Control Systems Ltd UK
Explora Security Limited UK
FLIR Government Systems UK
General Dynamics UK Limited UK
Global Defence Review UK
Goodrich ISR Systems UK
Horstman Defence Systems Ltd UK
IHS Jane’s UK
Inmarsat Global Ltd. UK
L-3 Communications UK
Magnum UK
Marlow Ropes Ltd UK
Memex Technology Ltd. UK
Motorola UK
Pall Corporation UK
Pearson Engineering Ltd UK
Qioptiq Ltd UK
Sepura PLC UK
Tait Radio Communications UK
The Shephard Group UK
Typhoon International Limited UK
UKTI Defence & Security Organisation UK
Van Kappel UK Ltd UK
5.11 Tactical USA
Advanced Defense Systems, Inc. USA
Advanced Technology Systems Company USA
Alaska Structures USA
Alliance Solutions Group, Inc. USA
AM General USA
American Defense Systems Inc. USA
American Technologies Network, Corp. USA
ATK (Alliant Techsystems, Inc.) USA
Association of the United States Army (AUSA ) USA
Astrophysics INC USA
Aviation Week USA
BAE Systems USA
Benchmade Knife Co. USA
Blackhawk Products Group USA
Brite Strike Technologies Inc. USA
Broadcast Microwave Services, Inc USA
Brunswick Commercial and Government Products USA
Camelbak Products USA
Colt Defense USA
Comm Port Technologies Inc. USA
Condor Outdoor Products USA
Cubic Defense Applications USA
Datron World Communications Inc. USA
Defense News USA
Defense Products, Inc. USA
Defense Venture Group USA
Desert Tactical Arms USA
Diamond Brand USA
Dillon Aero, Inc. USA
DRS Technologies, Inc. USA
Ensign Bickford USA
Force Protection USA
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems USA
General Dynamics Armament and Technical products USA
General Dynamics Information Technology USA
Gentex Corporation USA
Global Seating Systems LLC USA
Harris Corporation USA
Inforce/ Emissive Energy USA
Instant Armour USA
Insight Technology USA
iRobot Corporation USA
iSniper Inc USA
Laser Shot USA
Lockheed Martin Corporation USA
LWRC International, LLC USA
MD Helicopters, Inc. USA
Meggitt Defense Systems USA
MMI Outdoor USA
Navistar Defense USA
Nivisys Industries USA
North American Surveillance Systems, LLC USA
Northrop Grumman Corporation Information Systems USA
Optimum Vehicle Logistics USA
Oshkosh Defense USA
PEO Soldier USA
Port -A-Cool USA
Rally Point Tactical USA
Ranger Security USA
Raydon USA
Raytheon USA
Recon Robotics USA
Red X Defense USA
Revision Eye Wear USA
Rockwell Collins USA
RS Decon USA
Rugged Notebooks USA
RVision USA
Security Pro USA USA
Sig Sauer USA
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation USA
Silver Eagle Manufacturing USA
Silver Ships USA
Simulator systems International USA
Small Arms Defense Journal USA
Special Communications LLC USA
Special Operations Technology USA
Sprung Instant Structures USA
Symetrics Industries LLC USA
T3 Motion USA
Tact Squad USA
Tactical Electronics USA
Taser International USA
Team-Dok-ing / Seatc-F1D USA
The Boeing Company USA
TigerSwan, Inc. USA
Twisted Pair USA
Ultralife Corporation USA
Universal Dynamics (UDI) USA
US Ordnance Inc USA
Wide Open Industries USA
Wiley X USA

Upcoming Conferences
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