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This major Conference addresses the emerging operational requirements and the equipment needs of NATO and its partners in supporting rapid reaction commitments. The dimensions of the future battlefield are changing with the increasing trend of urban warfare within demanding and dynamic environments, there is a very real need for enhanced mobility and agility within a future force.

This event will approach key issues concerning this impact of RRD within current and future military operations. Beginning with an overview of Rapid Reaction, the conference will discuss the necessary requirements needed to implement RRD. Through operational case studies from recent experiences within Liberia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq the Conference will explore the realities and complexities of rapid expeditionary operations.

This Conference will contain an extended session upon the EU Rapid Reaction Force, evaluating the current developments within the EU and what the EU must do to develop their rapid reaction forces with the necessary capabilities to successfully operate within future military scenarios. This special session will be chaired by The Lord Tim Garden KCB, Air Marshal (Ret'd), UK House of Lords, and Visiting Professor, Centre for Defence Studies, Kings College London.

The logistical aspects of RRD will be debated upon, detailing the demands upon a force undertaking RRD capabilities and methods/technologies from which to properly equip a future force with these capabilities.

Complementing the proceedings before, the final afternoon will discuss aspects of Command and Control and ISR that will ultimately need to be addressed to successfully integrate RRD into current military capabilities

Over the two days there will be analysis and discussion from the world’s leading military and government organisations involved within the current climate of RRD including the UK Ministry of Defence, NATO, European Union, US Marine Corps, US Navy, USAF, Swedish Armed Forces and the Royal Norwegian Navy

This Conference also offers excellent networking opportunities with key defence ministry personnel and key armed forces officers.

Special participants include…

The Lord Tim Garden KCB, Air Marshal (Ret'd), UK House of Lords, and Visiting Professor, Centre for Defence Studies, Kings College London
Major General (Ret'd) Kees Homan RNLMC
, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute, The Hague
Brigadier Charlie Hobson
, Head of Section, DEC, Expeditionary Logistics & Support (ELS), Ministry of Defence, UK
Brigadier Michael Lithgow CBE
, Commander 2 (National Communications) Signal Brigade, Ministry of Defence, UK
Brigadier Nick Knudsen
, Team Leader AH-IPT (Attack Helicopter Integrated Project Team), Ministry of Defence, UK
Brigadier Sten Edholm
, Former SHIRBRIG Commander, Swedish Armed Forces
Colonel Thomas Starlinger, European Union Military Staff
Erik Sandahl, Crisis Management and Operations Directorate, NATO HQ
Ronald Smith
, Deputy General Manager, NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS)
Nick Linkowitz
, Head, Logistics Vision Team, US Marine Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Toler, SO1 Force Generation, Operations Division, NATO SHAPE
Lieutenant Colonel William Karr, Director, Joint Multi-TADIL School, USAF

Key benefits of attending Rapid Reaction Deployment:

ANALYSE the latest developments, strategies and technologies that are shaping future Rapid Reaction operations

IDENTIFY the real challenges and measures being taken to tackle rapid reaction shortfalls globally

DEVELOP an in-depth understanding of the logistical aspects concerning implementing Rapid Reaction Deployment

MEET high-level speakers at the only global Conference dedicated to rapidly deployed forces

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Captain (Ret’d) Gordon Wilson

Captain (Ret’d) Gordon Wilson, Independent Analyst,

9:10 RAPID REACTION - AN OVERVIEW

Brigadier Michael Lithgow CBE

Brigadier Michael Lithgow CBE, Commander 2 (National Communications) Signal Brigade, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • The need for rapid reaction to meet new challenges
  • Planning and force generation – negotiation and compromises – training – lead nation or junior partner?
  • End of state – exit strategy
  • National sensitivities - freedom or constraint?
  • Implications for future structures and equipment
  • Looking ahead – the future of rapid deployment
  • 9:50 ACHIEVING FORCES RAPID REACTION REQUIRMENTS

    Brigadier Nick Knudsen

    Brigadier Nick Knudsen, Team Leader AH-IPT (Attack Helicopter Integrated Project Team), Ministry of Defence, UK

  • What is rapid reaction?
  • Conventional support vs minimal footprint
  • How do we achieve it?
  • Where are we now?
  • Is it achievable?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 SPECIAL EU RAPID REACTION FORCE SESSION - OPENING REMARKS

    The Lord Tim Garden KCB, Air Marshal (Ret’d), UK House of Lords

    The Lord Tim Garden KCB, Air Marshal (Ret’d), UK House of Lords, and Visiting Professor, Centre for Defence Studies, Kings College London

    11:10 THE EU RAPID REACTION FORCE

    Major General (Ret’d) Kees Homan RNLMC

    Major General (Ret’d) Kees Homan RNLMC, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute, The Hague

  • Helsinki Headline Goal 1999
  • European security strategy
  • Headline Goal 2010
  • Battle group concept
  • EU convention
  • 11:50 RAPID RESPONSE

    Colonel Thomas Starlinger

    Colonel Thomas Starlinger, , European Union Military Staff

    12:20 PANEL DISCUSSION (EXTENDED Q & A)

    The Lord Tim Garden KCB, Air Marshal (Ret’d), UK House of Lords

    The Lord Tim Garden KCB, Air Marshal (Ret’d), UK House of Lords, and Visiting Professor, Centre for Defence Studies, Kings College London

    Major General (Ret’d) Kees Homan RNLMC

    Major General (Ret’d) Kees Homan RNLMC, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute, The Hague

    Colonel Thomas Starlinger

    Colonel Thomas Starlinger, , European Union Military Staff

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:25 Afternoon Session chaired by Captain (Ret'd) Gordon Wilson, Independant Analyst

    14:30 OPERATIONAL STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT WITHIN NATO REACTION FORCE

    Eric Sandahl

    Eric Sandahl, Crisis Management and Operations Directorate, NATO HQ

    15:10 UN PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS

    Brigadier Sten Edholm

    Brigadier Sten Edholm, former SHIRBRIG Commander, Swedish Armed Forces

  • Force generation
  • Command and control requirements
  • UN communications and logistics
  • SHIRBRIG – nucleus of a Force HQ
  • Co-operation with civilian organisations
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 NATO RESPONSE FORCE

    Wing Commander Patrick Stevens

    Wing Commander Patrick Stevens, NRF Coordination Group, NATO SHAPE

  • Background to GRF
  • Progressing from deployable HQ Task Force (DHQTF)
  • Prague and the NRF
  • Catalyst for promoting alliance’s military capability
  • 16:50 FORCE GENERATION FOR RAPID REACTION FORCES

    Lieutenant Colonel David (Hugh) Toler

    Lieutenant Colonel David (Hugh) Toler, SO1 Force Generation, Operations Division, NATO SHAPE

  • Lessons learnt from Kosovo and Afghanistan
  • Force generation – challenges with regard’s to high value forces
  • Programme for key enabling forces and high value forces
  • NATO current initiatives to deal with out-of-area force generation
  • Generating the right balance of forces
  • Planning process for developing the force list
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks

    Captain (Ret’d) Gordon Wilson

    Captain (Ret’d) Gordon Wilson, Independent Analyst,

    9:10 NEW DEMANDS ON THE UK ARMED FORCES

    Brigadier Charlie Hobson

    Brigadier Charlie Hobson, Head of Section, DEC Deploy, Sustain and Recover (DSR), Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Government policy and military equipment
  • The importance of joint logistics to create effect
  • Enabling capabilities – strategic transport, logistics and command and control
  • Review of the lines of development and their importance
  • 9:50 LOGISTIC SUPPORT FOR RAPID REACTION OPERATIONS

    Nicholas Linkowitz

    Nicholas Linkowitz, Head, Logistics Vision Team, US Marine Corps

  •  Background – thoughts on being expeditionary    
  • USMC MAGTF formations
  • Deployment vs employment vs sustainment
  • Future naval operations under sea-basing
  • Logistic for Expeditionary Strike Groups (ESGs) and the future MPF
  • US Naval Logistic Integration (NLI) efforts
  • Support ashore and afloat
  • Future capabilities vs hard challenges
  • Wrap–up
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 STRATEGIC SEALIFT

    Phil Cane

    Phil Cane, Plans and Policy Officer, Sealift Co-ordinaton Centre

  • Background
  • SCC objectives
  • Organisational structure
  • Method of work
  • Co-ordination successes
  • Support to NATO & EU
  • Way ahead
  • 11:40 LIGHT ARMOUR IN A RAPID DEPLOYMENT CONTEXT

    Dave Shepherd

    Dave Shepherd, Leader, Mounted System Assessment, dstl

  • Contribution of light armour to early effect
  • Preparedness and sustainability issues
  • Balancing requirement drivers for the medium force
  • Capability chain issues and the force context
  • Timeframe and future outlook
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 JOINT AIR COMMAND AND CONTROL

    Ronald Smith

    Ronald Smith, Deputy General Manager, NACMA

  • Requirements for NATO ACCS – why a deployable system?
  • System capabilities – deployable ACCS component
  • Interoperability with air, naval and land forces
  • Schedule and programme status
  • 14:30 TACTICAL DATA LINKING

    Lieutenant Patrick Pierson

    Lieutenant Patrick Pierson, COMUSNAVEUR Theater Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO), US Navy

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DEPOLYABLE ISR

    James Moseman

    James Moseman, Director, Europe and NATO, Northrop Grumman International Inc.

  • Role of ISR in rapid reaction scenarios
  • Selecting ISR assets to support contingency operations
  • NATO AGS mixed fleet architectures and assets
  • Interdependence of deployable C2 and ISR
  • TIPS progress report – towards a deployable AGS capability for the EU and NATO
  • 16:20 THE JOINT INTEROPERABILITY DIVISION AND JOINT MULTI-TDL SCHOOL SUPPORT TO THE WARFIGHTER

    Lieutenant Colonel William Karr

    Lieutenant Colonel William Karr, Director, Joint Multi-TDL School, Air Combat Command, US Air Force

  • The mission of the joint interoperability division and joint mulit-TDL school
  • Recent deployments in support of real world operations
  • Future use of Advance Distributed Learning (ADL) in support of rapid deployments
  • Summary
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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