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Building on the success of the first Combat ID and IFF event, SMi have produced this follow on conference which examines the latest developments and breakthroughs surrounding battlefield identification.

As a senior industry executive you will be aware of the importance of this field. We would therefore like to invite you to register for SMi’s Second Annual Combat ID and IFF conference. As you will see key speakers include representatives from the US Army, NATO and the programme managers from some of the key identification projects currently underway.

The conference offers you the opportunity to network with key Military and industry experts, as well as benefiting from the practical insight and hard advice provided by an outstanding panel of speakers. With the increased threat level to today’s armed forces this event provides a unique opportunity to assess the best way of effectively minimising friendly fire or fratricide incidents.

There will be no more time or cost-effective method of ensuring that you and your colleagues are fully informed about all the most recent developments in a constantly changing environment.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant Colonel Oxlade

Lieutenant Colonel Oxlade, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Colonel Tom Page

Colonel Tom Page, Programme Integration Officer - Combat ID, TRADOC US Army

  • The state of IFF prior to 1990
  • The Gulf War experience
  • Lessons learned
  • The new wave of interest in IFF
  • Superior IFF as a force multiplier
  • The next generation
  • 9:40 COMBAT ID CONCEPTUAL MODELS

    Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kirke

    Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kirke, DS Long Range Surveillance, RMCS, Ministry of Defence

  • The problem: fratricide in an uncertain and highly dangerous environment
  • The solution: a complex web of possible approaches:
  • Personal comment: how do we measure the success of the answer?
  • 10:20 COMBAT ID AND IFF IN NATO

    Darko Topler

    Darko Topler, Head, NISCO, NATO

  • ID - definition, aspects and requirements
  • ID bodies - organisation, tasks and deliverables
  • NIS - background, status and future
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SYNERGY AND COMBAT ID PANELS

    Lieutenant Colonel Jon Maddux

    Lieutenant Colonel Jon Maddux, Product Manager - Combat ID, US Army

  • An overview of the quick fix programme
  • A description of CIP, Phoenix and Phoenix Jr.
  • Test results of CIP and the US Panel Programme
  • Fitting technologies across areas
  • Fusing point of engagement, situational awareness and aided target recognition systems
  • Increasing combat effectiveness - not just avoiding fratricide and why training is still key
  • 12:00 INTERROGATION

    Pascal Maugin

    Pascal Maugin, Programme Manager - BIFF, Thomson-CSF Communications

  • New identification systems
  • The technology behind accurate classification
  • Countering masking attempts
  • Non co-operative versus co-operative identification methods
  • Improving the decision cycle
  • The next generation
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 HUMAN ERROR

    Gianfranco Soverini

    Gianfranco Soverini, Director MIDSPa, Marconi Communications

  • Should humans be removed from the decision cycle?
  • How much human involvement is desirable?
  • Which roles can computers take in the process?
  • Equipping systems with human over-ride facilities
  • Future advances
  • 14:40 IFF SYSTEMS

    Peter Paterson

    Peter Paterson, Technical Manager, Marconi Avionics

  • General requirement
  • Limitations to current systems
  • Improvement programmes
  • Civil/military relationships
  • Interoperability
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 INTEGRATING TRAINING AND IFF

    John Pike

    John Pike, Programme Manager - Combat Simlas Plus, Oerlikon Contraves

  • The need for a lightweight multi-functional system
  • Simultaneously making combat training more realistic and reducing fratricide
  • Giving soldiers the same equipment the would use in action to increase effectiveness
  • An interoperable system between soldiers, vehicles and aircraft
  • Allowing a soldier to train like they fight and fight like they train
  • Interoperable with other NATO partners
  • 16:20 THERMAL IDENTIFICATION BEACON SYSTEM

    Peter Hobbs

    Peter Hobbs, Marketing Manager, Drumgrange

  • Designing an infra red combat identification system for military vehicles
  • Reducing the risk of ‘fratricide’ during IFOR operations on FRY
  • Overcoming environmental problems when operating in harsh weather conditions
  • Updating existing platforms with new identification technology
  • Ensuring affordable systems with an achievable in-service date
  • Examining likely future developments
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr P H G Penny

    Dr P H G Penny, Technical Manager, Survivability, DERA Land Systems

    9:10 LAND WARRIOR SYSTEM (LWS)

    Colonel Bruce Jette

    Colonel Bruce Jette, Project Manager-Soldier, US Army

  • Elements of LWS
  • Architecture of LWS
  • Integrating the Land Warrior Systems with CIDDS
  • Developing and integrating Army components and technologies into a cohesive system
  • Deploying the LWS in the battlefield environment
  • Future Considerations
  • 9:40 THE SOUTH AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE

    Kobus Cloete

    Kobus Cloete, Programme Manager - IFF, Armscor

  • Defining operational requirements
  • Architectural issues
  • Effects on interoperability
  • Importance of acquiring battlespace situational awareness and information dominance
  • Significance of standardisation
  • 10:20 IMPROVING COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS

    Major Chris Nielsen

    Major Chris Nielsen, USMC Representative - Joint Combat ID Office, Department of Defense

  • Combat ID - the capability
  • Integrating systems
  • The role of IFF
  • Co-operative versus non co-operative
  • Integrating the mission areas
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 COMBAT ID DISMOUNTED SOLDIER (CIDDS)

    Jacques Dubois

    Jacques Dubois, Defence Scientist, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier

  • The make up of dismounted combat identification
  • The purpose of CIDDS
  • How CIDDS determines whether the target is a friend or unknown
  • Stand alone CIDDS systems
  • How CIDDS integrates into other fighting systems
  • The significance of training
  • 12:00 SYSTEM DESCRIPTION

    Philip Berman, Senior Staff Engineer, ITT Aerospace

    Philip Berman, Senior Staff Engineer, ITT Aerospace, and, Dr Gerardo Melendez, Division Chief Engineer - Electronic Combat Division, CECOM, US Army

  • Air-to ground combat identification
  • - Reduces fratricide by helicopter - Minimizes pilot involvement - Limits airframe modifications
  • Software only solution
  • - Primary hosts - Airborne SIP radio - Ground SIP radio - Pilot interface via weapon system computer
  • Off the shelf hardware
  • - Ground SIP radio - Airborne SIP radio - GPS - Helicopter weapon system
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 EUROFIGHTER

    Declan Murray

    Declan Murray, Eurofighter Programme, British Aerospace

  • Operational requirement
  • Technical constraints
  • Integration of equipment
  • Fusion of information
  • Interaction with pilot
  • 14:40 BCIS - BATTLEFIELD COMBAT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM

    Stephen Robillard, Manager - Business Development - Command and Combat Systems, Raytheon Systems

    Stephen Robillard, Manager - Business Development - Command and Combat Systems, Raytheon Systems, and, Gerrit LeGrand, Programme Manager - BCIS, TRW

  • Program Background
  • System architecture
  • System performance
  • Experimental platforms
  • Interoperability with Allied systems
  • Schedule
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 INTEGRATED WARNING

    Colonel (Ret’d) Fritz Treyz

    Colonel (Ret’d) Fritz Treyz, Business Development Armour Systems, Raytheon Danbury

  • Trying combat ID into other facets of fighting and training
  • The decision loop for combat ID (timelines for success)
  • Target signature (friend/foe) CVES - visible or invisible
  • Bringing leverage from sensors, a combat multiplier
  • Multi use of one suite
  • Future considerations
  • 16:20 CRYPTOGRAPHICALLY SECURE IFF

    Simon J Shepherd PhD Royal Navy (Retd)

    Simon J Shepherd PhD Royal Navy (Retd), Director of Research, C3SG, DTI Virtual Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications, Bradford University

  • Combating the IFF spoofing threat
  • The role of cryptography
  • Security of the C3I net
  • Airborne systems integration
  • The future
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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