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In recent years there has been a definitive shift towards conflict in the urban environment. SMi recognises the importance of this change, and has organised a forum in which leading experts can evaluate this type of operation which will dominate future combat environments.

This conference features presentations from a panel of multinational experts, including representatives from the US, UK, NATO, Australia, Sweden, Italy and Switzerland. Key presenters include Brigadier Simon Mayall, former commander of the Multi-National Brigade KFOR and commander of the 1st Merchandised Brigade. He will share his expertise acquired through hands-on experience in the field.

This event will explore the rapid growth of urban warfare, considering plans and policies, the enhancement of technological capabilities, key training programmes, and individual case studies focussing on operations in Iraq. In addition, a panel will discuss rules of engagement, providing an interactive element to the conference.

A unique opportunity to learn from leading military and research experts including:

NEW SPEAKER:  Colonel Gil Maoz, Armor Corps Doctrine Department, Ground Forces, Israeli Defence Forces

  • Brigadier Simon Mayall, Director, Resources and Plans, Ministry of Defence, UK and Former Commander Multi-National Brigade (Centre) KFOR, and Commander 1st Mechanised Brigade, British Army
  • Colonel (GS) Alain Vuitel, Head, Military Doctrine Division, Planning Staff of the Armed Forces, Swiss Armed Forces
  • Colonel (USMC Ret'd) Gary Gisolo, Fellow Contractor, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO), Marine Corps Combat Development Command
  • Colonel Christopher Langton, Head, Defence Analysis Department, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Lieutenant Colonel Julian McDonnell, SO1 Concepts and Doctrine, Army Aviation, British Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel David Kilcullen (PhD), SO1 Land Warfare Concepts, Australian Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jim Storr, SO1 Doctrine, Directorate General of Development & Doctrine, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Toler, SO1 Force Generation, Operations Division, NATO
  • Lieutenant Colonel Massimo Panizzi, Chief, Doctrine Section, Inspectorate for Education and Training, Italian Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ian Thompson, SO1 Dismounted Close Combat, Director Equipment Capability (Ground Manoeuvre), Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Major Tim Hutchison, Officer Commanding, Urban Operations Wing, Land Warfare Centre, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Major Fredrik Almer, G3 Development officer FIBUA/MOUT, Life Guards, Swedish Armed Forces
  • Debra Marsden, Project Director, Virtual-Integrated MOUT Training System (V-IMTS), US Army
  • Peter Caddick-Adams, Military Historian, Cranfield University
  • William Owen, Military Science Editor & Military Thinker, Defence Analysis

The aims and objectives of the conference are to…

CONSIDER various country perspectives, addressing military doctrine, requirements, and the challenges of military operations in the urban environment
ANALYSE training, deployment, and modernisation issues
EVALUATE how tactics, procedures, techniques, and technologies need to be developed and evaluated for implementation in the urban landscape
REFLECT on lessons learned whilst assessing how these should be applied in present-day and future conflict situations
EXPLORE advanced concepts to develop new tactics, techniques, and procedures to refine force structure requirements and train forces to adapt to the changing requirements of the 21st Century battlefield

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel Christopher  Langton

Colonel Christopher Langton, Head, Defence Analysis Department, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

9:10 INCREASED MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IN URBAN CONFLICT

Colonel (USMC Ret'd) Gary Gisolo

Colonel (USMC Ret'd) Gary Gisolo, Fellow Contractor, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO), Marine Corps Combat Development Command

  • The urban battlespace
  • Preparing troops to a range of contingency situations
  • The difficulties faced in this realm
  • Rapid and deliberate urban warfare
  • Current initiatives
  • Future plans and policies
  • 9:50 UK URBAN OPERATIONS CAPABILITY

    Lieutenant Colonel Ian Thompson

    Lieutenant Colonel Ian Thompson, SO1 Dismounted Close Combat, Director Equipment Capability (Ground Manoeuvre), Ministry of Defence, UK

  • UK Urban Operations Study
  • Identifying quick wins to improve our urban operational capability
  • UK urban operations capability gaps
  • Urban operations capability requirements
  • The impact of technology on urban operations and the impact of terrain on technology
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONAL CONCEPTS FOR THE URBAN BATTLESPACE

    Lieutenant Colonel David Kilcullen (PhD)

    Lieutenant Colonel David Kilcullen (PhD), SO1 Land Warfare Concepts, Australian Army

  • The complex warfighting environment
  • The land force response to the environment
  • Control operations – the urban counterinsurgency approach
  • Joint Land Manoeuvre – urban major combat operations
  • Developing the urban capability into the future
  • 11:40 URBAN OPERATIONS: THE SWISS PERSPECTIVE

    Colonel (GS) Alain Vuitel

    Colonel (GS) Alain Vuitel, Head, Military Doctrine Division, Planning Staff of the Armed Forces, Swiss Armed Forces

  • Swiss specific issues
  • Contemporary experiences associated with the Swiss Armed Forces
  • Doctrine development and the urban dimension
  • Concepts and implementation
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 SWEDISH URBAN OPERATIONS

    Major Fredrik Almer

    Major Fredrik Almer, G3 Development officer FIBUA/MOUT, Life Guards, Swedish Armed Forces

  • Swedish specific issues - distinct urban operations
  • Strategic implementations of tactics and requirements
  • Contemporary experiences associated with the Swedish Armed Forces
  • Technical advancements in this field
  • Impending developments in urban combat
  • 14:30 FORCE GENERATION FOR NATO URBAN OPERATIONS

    Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Toler

    Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Toler, SO1 Force Generation, Operation Division, NATO

  • Achieving usability of forces for NATO’s Crisis Response Operations
  • Matching force planning to force generation
  • Achieving predictability in force generation for out-of-area operations
  • Generating the right balance of tri-service forces
  • Implications of NATO expansion for force generation
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE ROLES OF HELICOPTERS IN URBAN OPERATIONS

    Lieutenant Colonel Julian McDonnell

    Lieutenant Colonel Julian McDonnell, SO1 Concepts and Doctrine, Army Aviation, British Army

  • Fire support
  • Reconnaissance and surveillance
  • Targeting and manoeuvre
  • Troop/equipment movement
  • Rescue
  • Advantages/disadvantages
  • Operational experiences
  • 16:20 LAND SYSTEMS IN POST-CONFLICT URBAN OPERATIONS

    Brigadier Simon Mayall

    Brigadier Simon Mayall, Director, Army Resources and Plans, Ministry of Defence and Former Commander Multi-National Brigade (Centre) KFOR, Former Commander 1st Mechanised Brigade, British Army

  • A national perspective on land systems
  • Balancing national interest/policy with NATO or coalition commitments
  • How NATO nations interoperate for operational success
  • Land systems in practice: a field perspective – Kosovo
  • Translating land systems theory to operational effectiveness
  • The road ahead – integrated land systems for the future
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Peter Caddick-Adams

    Peter Caddick-Adams, Military Historian, Cranfield University

    9:10 PUBLIC INFORMATION IN PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS

    Lieutenant Colonel Massimo Panizzi

    Lieutenant Colonel Massimo Panizzi, Chief, Doctrine Section, Inspectorate for Education and Training, Italian Army

  • The media in peacekeeping operations and in Kosovo
  • The PI Office (organization and procedures)
  • Difficulties faced (case studies, initiatives undertaken)
  • PIO and info operations
  • Lessons learned and proposals
  • 9:50 THE LAND OF HOLLOW ROCKS

    William Owen

    William Owen, Military Science Editor & Military Thinker, Defence Analysis

  • People not terrain
  • Aims and means
  • The low force density operations
  • Train warrior, think cop
  • The simplicity of unique solutions
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 ARMOURED WARFARE IN AN URBAN CONTEXT

    Colonel Gil Maoz

    Colonel Gil Maoz, , Israeli Defence Forces

    11:40 PANEL DISCUSSION

    Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Giunta Jr

    Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Giunta Jr, Program Manager, Ground Combat Tactical Trainers, Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), US Army

    Lieutenant Colonel David Kilcullen (PhD)

    Lieutenant Colonel David Kilcullen (PhD), SO1 Land Warfare Concepts, Australian Army

    Major Tim Hutchison

    Major Tim Hutchison, Officer Commanding, Urban Operations Wing, Land Warfare Centre, Ministry of Defence, UK

    Major Fredrik Almer

    Major Fredrik Almer, G3 Development officer FIBUA/MOUT, Life Guards, Swedish Armed Forces

    Debra Marsden

    Debra Marsden, Project Director, Virtual – Integrated MOUT Training System (V-IMTS), Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 ON-GOING VIRTUAL FUNCTUALITY EFFORTS

    Debra Marsden

    Debra Marsden, Project Director, Virtual – Integrated MOUT Training System (V-IMTS), Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation

  • Derived from the semi-automated force concept
  • Enables soldiers to analyse the effect of indiscriminate fire in an exercise
  • The relevance of this technology to urban combat
  • Future plans to enhance capabilities
  • 14:30 TRAINING CAPABILITY - UK PERSPECTIVE

    Major Tim Hutchison

    Major Tim Hutchison, Officer Commanding, Urban Operations Wing, Land Warfare Centre, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Low Level Urban Skills Trainer (LUST)
  • URBAT II procedural trainer
  • Implementation of complex training programmes
  • Lessons in defensive and offensive tactics
  • Simulations of realistic environments
  • Lessons learned from past experiences
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 URBAN OPERATIONS IN IRAQ

    Lieutenant Colonel Jim Storr

    Lieutenant Colonel Jim Storr, SO1 Doctrine, Directorate General of Development & Doctrine , Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Force ratios and densities
  • Weapons and equipment
  • Skill levels
  • Attitude of the population
  • Control of the air
  • 16:20 LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

    Peter Caddick-Adams

    Peter Caddick-Adams, Military Historian, Cranfield University

  • Urban warfare: 2004-2010
  • Learning from the past
  • Assessing human psychological effects
  • Future armament plans
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference followed by Afternoon Tea

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