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Upcoming European security conferences & exhibits (17/05/2017)

Here are some upcoming events related to European civil security we think readers should be aware of: 1st Int’l Conference and Exhibition – Aerial, Surface and Underwater Unmanned Vehicles 17-19 May 2017, Marathon Bay, Greece European Seminar on Defence and Security Procurement 29-30 May 2017, Berlin, Germany 2nd CBRNe Research and Innovation Conference 29 May…

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