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12 - 15 September 2023

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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

DSEI 2021 presented a keynote programme featuring the top Defence officials from the UK Government and Forces, alongside some of their key international partners. All speakers were broadcasted live from our on-site studio to every theatre in ExCeL, and the sessions are also available via the event app. 

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Day 1 - Tuesday 14 2021

Commander, UK Strategic Command

Commander, UK Strategic Command

1130-1155, Tuesday 14 September

General Sir Patrick Sanders KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen

General Sir Patrick Sanders was commissioned into The Royal Green Jackets in 1986 and spent his early career at Regimental Duty in Germany, Norway and the UK. He has commanded at company, battalion, brigade, and divisional level, including on operations in Northern Ireland (multiple tours), Kosovo (1999 and 2002), Bosnia (2001), Iraq (2007), and Afghanistan (2011-12).

His staff appointments have all been in operational and strategic roles. These have included Brigade Chief of Staff, Directing Staff at the Joint Staff College, Policy/Military adviser for the Commander of Coalition Forces in Iraq in 2003 to 2004, Colonel Army Strategy, a brief tenure as Chief of Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer to the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and more recently Head Operations (Military) and Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Operations) in the Ministry of Defence.

His previous two appointments were GOC 3rd (UK) Division and Commander Field Army. He was promoted to General in May 2019 and assumed the post of Commander Joint Forces Command where he managed the organisation’s move to Strategic Command.

UK Minister for Defence Procurement

UK Minister for Defence Procurement

1215-1245, Tuesday 14 September

Jeremy Quin MP

Before entering politics, Jeremy worked in corporate finance for 25 years latterly as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank.

In 2008 to 2009, he served on secondment as senior corporate finance adviser to HM Treasury, assisting them on the UK’s response to the financial crisis.

In July 2018, Jeremy accepted a role in the Government as a member of the Whips’ Office and was promoted to serve as a senior Whip (as “Comptroller of Her Majesty’s Household”) in July 2019.

In December 2019, Jeremy became Parliamentary Secretary in the Cabinet Office with responsibilities for the Government Commercial Function and other cross-government programmes.

Jeremy Quin was appointed Minister of State (Minister for Defence Procurement) at the Ministry of Defence on 13 February 2020.

As Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Jeremy is responsible for the Defence Equipment Plan; relations with the defence industry; defence exports; defence science and technology; and defence estates and infrastructure.

Second Permanent Secretary for Defence, UK MoD

Second Permanent Secretary for Defence, UK MoD

1400-1425, Tuesday 14 September

Laurence Lee

Laurence Lee is a Director General from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. He has served overseas in Afghanistan and the Caribbean and has held a wide variety of policy roles including on Counter Terrorism and hostile states. He has worked in finance, strategic planning, change management and on the last two Spending Reviews. He became a Director General in 2017 and most recently has led work on China and security policy.

As Second Permanent Secretary, Laurence will cover Defence’s Transformation work, Science and Technology, Digital Transformation, and establishing the Secretary of State’s new Office of Net Assessment and Challenge (SONAC).

Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Army

Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Army

1530-1555, Tuesday 14 September

Lieutenant General Erik C Peterson

Major General Erik Peterson became the Director, Force Development, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 on August 26, 2019. As the Director, Force Development, Major General Peterson serves as the principal advisor to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, the Vice Chief of Staff, Army, and the Chief of Staff, Army on all Army-wide equipping programs and resources. Prior to this assignment, Major General Peterson commanded Division West of First U.S. Army, consisting of five brigades and two mobilization sites arrayed across the country.

Major General Peterson received his Army commission in 1986 as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Idaho’s Chrisman Battalion, Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He was assigned to the Aviation Branch and completed flight school in 1987.

His first assignment was as a Platoon Leader with the 271st Combat Aviation Company, Republic of Korea. He then served his first of four tours with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne); Bravo Company Platoon Leader, Bravo Company Commander, and Headquarters Company Commander, 3rd Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, GA; Adjutant and Battalion Operations Officer, 2nd Battalion, Fort Campbell, KY; Battalion Executive Officer and Bravo Company Commander, 3rd Battalion; and Battalion Commander, 2nd Battalion.

Other assignments include Senior Special Operations Aviation Observer Controller, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA; Director, Flight Concepts Division, Fort Eustis, VA; Brigade Commander, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade and Chief of Staff, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, NY; Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, KY; Deputy Commanding General for Support, 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; Commanding General of U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC, and Director of Army Aviation on the Army staff at The Pentagon.

Major General Peterson has commanded and held key staff positions in numerous overseas combat and contingency operations, ranging from Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm to post 9/11 operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is qualified in eight different military and commercial helicopters.

Major General Peterson earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in Geography and Cartography from the University of Idaho’s College of Mines and Earth Resources, and has also earned Master’s Degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and National Security Strategy. Other professional military education includes the Aviation Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. He has also participated in numerous post-graduate executive training and certificate programs.

His military awards and decorations include the three Distinguished Service Medals, four Legions of Merit, six Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal with valor device and numeral 5, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Aviator Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. His foreign military awards and decorations include the Kuwait Liberation Medal - Government of Kuwait, Kuwait Liberation Medal - Saudi Arabia, Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit - Cheonsu Medal, Australian Parachutist Badge, honorary Republic of Korea Master Aviator Badge, and honorary Swedish Parachutist Badge. In 2014 Major General Peterson was the U.S Committee of the Blue Shield’s first recipient of the Award for Meritorious Military Service in Protection of Cultural Property. In 2016, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Hall of Fame. In 2018, Major General Peterson was recognized by the University of Idaho with an honorary PhD.

Day 2 - Wednesday 15 2021

Second Sea Lord, Royal Navy

Second Sea Lord, Royal Navy

1100-1125, Wednesday 15 September

Vice Admiral Nick Hine CB

Nick Hine was commissioned in 1985. A warfare officer with a predominantly submarine background, he has served in a variety of diesel and nuclear submarines, as well as undertaking a number of surface vessel and Staff appointments.

He was the first submariner to have completed the inaugural Specialist Navigation course, was awarded the Howard-Johnston Memorial Sword in 1993 and was the top student of his Submarine Command Course ("Perisher") in 1998. He was selected for promotion a year early to Lieutenant Commander in 1996, to Commander in 1999 and to Captain in 2007. He was promoted in post to Commodore in 2014, a year later to Rear Admiral and in 2019 to Vice Admiral.

He has a wide range of operational experience from tours in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and most recently Iraq in 2009, where as an Acting Commodore he was responsible for the reconstruction of the Iraqi Navy. He was awarded the US Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal in recognition of his efforts. He took up his present appointment in Apr 2019

Chief of the General Staff, British Army

Chief of the General Staff, British Army

1230-1255, Wednesday 15 September

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith KCB CBE ADC GEN

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith was commissioned into 1st Battalion Irish Guards from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1986 and served at regimental duty in London, Germany, Canada and South Armagh, prior to service in The Gulf and The Balkans.

A graduate of the final Army Command and Staff Course at Camberley, he was appointed Chief of Staff 19 Mechanized Brigade (1999 to 2001) and served two tours in Kosovo as Chief of Staff HQ Multi-National Brigade Centre. On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel he was appointed Military Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief Land Forces (2001 to 2002) and later assumed command of 22 Special Air Service Regiment (2002 to 2005), serving principally in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Promoted to Colonel in 2005 he became Deputy Director Policy Planning in the MOD before assuming command of 16 Air Assault Brigade (2006 to 2008) during which time he served in Afghanistan as Commander Helmand Task Force and Commander British Forces Afghanistan. He served in the MOD as Director Army Resources and Plans (2009 to 2011) prior to promotion to Major General as Director Special Forces (2012 to 2015).

He was subsequently Director Strategy at Army Headquarters (2015 to 2016) and latterly assumed the appointment of Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations) in April 2016. He took up the appointment of Chief of the General Staff in June 2018.

Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Air Force

Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Air Force

1400-1425, Wednesday 15 September

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston KCB CBE ADC

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston was appointed Chief of the Air Staff on 26 July 2019. 

Staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence have included the Operations Directorate and the predecessor to what is now Military Strategic Effects.  In 2013, after a short spell as the Tornado Force Commander, he became the Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff.  In January 2015, he was appointed Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia and Commander British Forces Cyprus, responsible for the civil governance of the Sovereign Base Areas and command of British forces based permanently in Cyprus.

Senior Royal Air Force appointments have included Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, responsible for the strategic coherence and coordination of the Royal Air Force, and oversight of the RAF100 centenary programme.  Prior to becoming Chief of the Air Staff, he was Deputy Commander Capability, responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of all aspects of Royal Air Force capability including people, equipment, infrastructure and training. 



1530-1555, Wednesday 15 September

Ms. Juliane J. Gallina

Ms. Juliane J. Gallina is the Agency's Chief Information Officer and the Director ofthe Information Technology Enterprise (D/ITE). Ms. Gallina brings experience from leadership positions in the public and private sectors.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Gallina served as the Vice President of IBM's US Federal Key Accounts, which included the Intelligence Community, the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and Defense as well as Federal Health and Bureau of Fiscal Services accounts. Her business units delivered enterprise security, cloud, hybrid cloud, analytics and artificial intelligence software solutions. At IBM, Ms. Gallina led several efforts to prototype and scale-out artificial intelligence technology to global national security clients.

Before joining IBM, Ms. Gallina served as a CIA Directorate of Science and Technology (DST) officer assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office, where she held management positions in Signals Intelligence Directorate, Advanced Science and Technology Directorate, Communications Directorate and Legislative Affairs. While serving at the NRO she focused on the design, development, launch and operations of space-based national reconnaissance systems and their associated ground systems.

Juliane was commissioned as naval officer at the US Naval Academy, and retired as a reserve officer in 2013. She holds a Master of Science in both Space Systems and Electrical Engineering. While at the US Naval Academy, Juliane was the first woman to lead the brigade of midshipmen since its founding in 1846. As CIO and D/ITE, Ms. Gallina is responsible for all Agency IT systems and personnel, as well as its global communications network. She plays a leading role in CIA's growing partnerships with industry and ensuring that the Agency harnesses rapidly evolving digital technology to advance the mission.

Day 3 - Thursday 16 2021

Chief Executive of DE&S, UK MoD

Chief Executive of DE&S, UK MoD

1100-1125, Thursday 15 September

Sir Simon Bollom

Simon Bollom graduated from Southampton University in 1981 with an honours degree in mechanical engineering. He served in the RAF as an engineering officer for 35 years and his last appointment was as Chief of Materiel (Air) in Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and RAF Chief Engineer on the Air Force Board. During his service career he served in a variety of operational and staff appointments, with the last 15 years focussed on acquisition and support delivery.

He retired from the RAF in April 2016 and having enjoyed a short career break interspersed with some consulting, he returned to the DE&S as Chief of Materiel (Ships) in April 2017 responsible for acquisition and support of surface ships for the Royal Navy. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer DE&S in May 2018.

Appointed as Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 2011, he became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012 and was made a Knight Command in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours List.

Chief of Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

Chief of Defence Intelligence, UK MoD

1230-1255, Thursday 15 September

Lieutenant General Sir Jim Hockenhull KBE

Lieutenant General Hockenhull has over 33 years of professional intelligence experience, over a decade of which has been spent on operations to Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has held staff appointments in Army Headquarters, the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and the Ministry of Defence working within Strategic Planning, Information Superiority, Cyber and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. In addition, he has instructed at the United States Command and General Staff College and been seconded to the Foreign Office.

Lieutenant General Hockenhull was appointed Chief of Defence Intelligence in December 2018. He is the primary intelligence advisor to the Defence Board and is the Defence lead for Defence Intelligence strategy, implementation and transformation projects.

Lieutenant General Hockenhull is a member of the Strategic Command Executive Committee and the Deputy Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

UK Secretary of State for Defence

UK Secretary of State for Defence

1400-1425, Thursday 15 September

The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP

Ben first entered politics as a Member of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Following a move to Lancashire, he was elected to the UK House of Parliament in 2005. His first job in Government was as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Veteran Cabinet Minister the Rt. Hon Ken Clarke QC, as Justice Secretary. He has served as a whip, the Northern Ireland Minister and lastly the UK’s longest serving Security Minister.

In 2008, he was awarded ‘Campaigner of the Year’ by The Spectator after leading calls for improved transparency and the reform of parliamentary expenses.

He was elected the Conservative MP for Wyre and Preston North in May 2010, and formerly MP for Lancaster and Wyre in 2005.

Ben Wallace was Minister of State for Security at the Home Office from 17 July 2016 to 24 July 2019. He was in position during the terror attacks of 2017 and the Russian State attack in Salisbury in 2018.

Surgeon General, UK Strategic Command

Surgeon General, UK Strategic Command

1530-1555, Thursday 15 September

Major General Tim Hodgetts

Within Defence Tim has been responsible for nurturing the specialty of emergency medicine from infancy to maturity. He has implemented concept, doctrine, equipment and practice changes to transform the early management of combat injury and led major trauma governance from 1997-2010. Clinical leadership appointments have included Defence Consultant Adviser in EM (1997-2008); and Assistant Director Clinical Services at RCDM (2001-2007). He has served on operations in hospitals in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Oman, Afghanistan (3 tours), Kuwait and Iraq (4 tours). On 6 of these tours he was the hospital’s Medical Director, including the multinational Danish-UK-US hospital in Afghanistan, 2009. From 2011-13 he was Medical Director within NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps; and from 2014-17 he was Medical Director for the Defence Medical Services. Since 2018 he has been the Army’s Senior Health Advisor, the Head of the Army Medical Services and a Commissioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. 

Tim was made Officer of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 1999 and Commander of the British Empire in 2009; he received the Danish Defence Medal for Meritorious Service in 2010. He was Queen’s Honorary Physician from 2004 to 2010 and became Queen’s Honorary Surgeon in 2018. In 2010 he received the Defence Scientific Adviser’s Commendation for contribution to research and has been awarded 18 academic medals, including the prestigious Mitchiner Medal of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. His academic department was twice recognised nationally as the “Training Team of the Year” and in 2006 he was honoured with the personal accolade of Hospital Doctor of the Year throughout the NHS. He was named in a British Medical Association dossier as one of the most innovative doctors in the country.


Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, UK MoD 

Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, UK MoD 

1100-1115, Friday 17 September

Rear Admiral Jim Macleod

Details tbc

Chief Scientific Adviser, UK MoD 

Chief Scientific Adviser, UK MoD 

Online - DSEI Connect

Professor Dame Angela McLean

Professor Dame Angela McLean DBE FRS was appointed as the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Ministry of Defence in September 2019.

Angela McLean is a Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Department of Zoology at Oxford University, a Fellow of All Souls College and Director of The Institute for Emerging Infections of Humans. Angela’s research interests lie in the use of mathematical models to aid our understanding of the evolution and spread of infectious agents.

Angela is also interested in the use of natural science evidence in formulating public policy and has co-developed the Oxford Martin School Restatements: an activity which restructures and presents the evidence underlying an issue of policy concern or controversy in a short, uncharged, intelligible form for non-technical audiences.

Angela established Mathematical Biology at the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council’s Institute for Animal Health in 1994. Before this, Angela was a Royal Society Research Fellow at Oxford University and a Research Fellow at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.

In 2009 Angela was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. She has been awarded the Gabor Medal in 2011 and the Weldon Memorial Prize in 2018. She received her damehood in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Chief Executive, Dstl

Chief Executive, Dstl

Online - DSEI Connect

Doug Umbers 

Doug has spent the past 20 years in and around the world of defence and security, operating in senior roles at private-sector businesses providing engineering and technology services, including for MOD, and for the intelligence services and related agencies.

Doug has been on the executive boards of VT Group plc (now Babcock International plc) and the terrestrial TV, radio and wireless communications infrastructure provider, Arqiva.

Immediately prior to joining Dstl, Doug was the interim Chief Operating Officer of FCO Services, a trading fund owned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

As Dstl’s Chief Operating Officer from December 2018, Doug was responsible for leading a set of diverse business enabling operations spanning commercial/procurement, facilities, IT, transformation programmes, health and safety and security.

Sustainability Strategy Lead, UK MoD

Sustainability Strategy Lead, UK MoD

Online - DSEI Connect

Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CB CVO CBE

Richard was appointed Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy Lead for the Ministry of Defence in 2020.

Richard was appointed Chief of Defence People at the Ministry of Defence in April 2016.

Prior to his appointment, Richard held a number of joint and single service army appointments, on operations and in staff appointments, including:

  • Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel and Training) and Defence Services Secretary
  • Chief of Staff to the ISAF Joint Command in Kabul, the ISAF 3* Operational HQ
  • Army Director General Personnel
  • Director of Manning (Army)
  • Chief Joint Fires and Influence at HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, in Afghanistan (Kabul)

Appointed MBE in June 1998, CBE in January 2012 and CVO in September 2016, he was awarded the US Legion of Merit for his services in Afghanistan in 2014.

Chief of the Defence Staff

Chief of the Defence Staff

Online - DSEI Connect

General Sir Nick Carter

General Sir Nick Carter joined the Army in 1977 as an 18 year old and commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst into The Royal Green Jackets, an infantry regiment. During his early career he served in Germany during the Cold War, in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, in Cyprus with the UN and in command of a battalion on operations in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Latterly he has had tours of duty in Iraq as a brigade commander in 2003/4 and repeated tours of Afghanistan between 2002 and 2013. He was responsible on his first tour for the initial design of Provincial Reconstruction Teams and the Afghan National Army. He commanded 55,000 NATO troops in Regional Command South during the Afghan ‘surge’ and in his last tour led the transition process with the now President Ghani as the Deputy Commander of the NATO mission.

Between these deployments he has had appointments in personnel policy and training, running the Army’s Resources and Programme in the Ministry of Defence, as the Director of Land Warfare, and he led the team that reorganised the Army following the 2010 Security and Defence Review – what is known as Army 2020.

He has been the Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army since 2014, leading it through the most recent Security and Defence Review in 2015. He assumed the appointment of Chief of the Defence Staff in June 2018.

Acting Head of Acquisition, US DoD

Acting Head of Acquisition, US DoD

Online - DSEI Connect

Gregory Kausner

Gregory M. Kausner, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, is currently performing the duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (PTDO USD(A&S)). In this role, he is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base. Mr. Kausner performed the duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (PTDO DUSD(A&S)) from January to August 2021.

Prior to the PTDO DUSD(A&S) role, Mr. Kausner served as the Executive Director, International Cooperation in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)). Mr. Kausner is responsible for leading, developing, and implementing international armaments cooperation policies within the Department of Defense (DoD) in coordination with U.S. Government agencies, foreign governments, and defense industry. This activity includes cooperation with allies and partners on research, development, production, and support of weapons systems and related equipment; defense exportability efforts to foster greater interoperability; and technology transfer and export control.

From January 2017 to March 2020, he was Deputy Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), responsible for oversight of a diverse portfolio of Security Cooperation programs including Foreign Military Sales, Building Partnership Capacity initiatives, Institutional Capacity Building, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, and Workforce Development. Mr. Kausner worked with a broad range of stakeholders from international partners to U.S. defense industry to synchronize DSCA activities with foreign policy and national security objectives.

Prior to joining DSCA, Mr. Kausner served as a Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. From April 2013 to December 2015, he was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Regional Security and Security Assistance. In that capacity, he led two directorates within the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, charged with advancing U.S. national security interests through the formulation and execution of political-military policy; supervision of bilateral and multi-lateral security relationships; and oversight of security assistance.

Prior to his appointment at State Department, Mr. Kausner was a Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His portfolio included oversight of defense policy, security assistance, diplomatic security, counterterrorism, and intelligence.

As an officer in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Kausner piloted F-14A and F/A-18F aircraft in support of theater operations in the Asia-Pacific and two combat tours in Iraq. His shore assignments included the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, VFA-106, and the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs. In his capacity as a Navy Reservist, he was mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, from December 2015 to September 2016, as the Deputy Director of the Naval and Amphibious Liaison Element, at Al Udeid, Qatar. His previous assignments were to the Defense Innovation Unit, NR CNO Capabilities Assessment, NR CNO Operations and Plans, and Office of Naval Intelligence.

His awards and decorations include the Secretary of State's Award for Excellence in International Security Affairs, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal-Individual Action (with Combat V), Air Medal (Strike Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and was a Council on Foreign Relations term member.

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