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As an attendee to SMi’s inaugural Battle Management Systems conference, you will gain invaluable insight into the key issues of contemporary and future command and control systems.

The objective of this symposium is to analyse the development of advanced battle management systems with reference to international operations, interoperability, communications, information and integration. In addition it will also explore national perspectives, procurement initiatives, the appraisal of battle management systems and future research and developments.

The two-day conference will consist of presentations given by an international panel of industry and government experts covering areas including:

· The future of BMS and a comprehensive analysis of current systems and operational procedures · French AFVS digitisation · Data coherence and its importance · Battle management & tactical information distribution · Findings from UK & Norwegian research · Air Force CCIS research & development for battle management · The human factor & training

Attracting key military and industry experts, this conference will provide you with the perfect forum for networking with other delegates, giving you the opportunity to discuss market developments and potential while exchanging industry specific knowledge.

As a senior industry specialist, you will be aware of the importance of this subject matter. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to invite you to register for this valuable conference where you can benefit from the practical insight and hard advice provided by an outstanding panel of speakers.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel Jim B Duffus

Colonel Jim B Duffus, Army Data Services, British Army, Ministry of Defence

9:10 BATTLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Brigadier Lynam

Brigadier Lynam, Director of Equipment Capability (Command Control and Information Infrastructure), Ministry of Defence

9:40 FRENCH AFVS DIGITISATION

Colonel Martin Klotz

Colonel Martin Klotz, French Army Armoured Vehicles Programme Officer, Ministry of Defence (France)

  • The incremental approach
  • The command chain of the French Land Forces: SIC, SIR and .....SITs
  • The SITs (Terminal Information Systems) rendez-vous calendar
  • Focus on SIT-V1 (VBL, AMX-10RC and VBCI armoured vehicles) and SIT-ICONE (Leclerc MBT)
  • 10:20 JOINT TACTICAL INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND BATTLE MANAGEMENT

    Squadron Leader Paul Casey

    Squadron Leader Paul Casey, Officer, Commanding Datalink Operation Cell, Royal Air Force

  • Introduction to Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) architecture
  • Principals of battle management
  • Information requirements to support command and control platforms
  • Air battle management with a joint force air component communication tactical datalink
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 NORWEGIAN RESEARCH INTO BATTLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

    Hans Olav Sundfoer

    Hans Olav Sundfoer, Senior Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

  • An overview of FFI approaches and results
  • A Future Dynamically Organised Battlespace
  • Implications of a dynamically organised battlespace for BMS
  • Human factors and training requirements
  • 12:00 PANEL DISCUSSION:

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 SINCGARS TACTICAL BATTLEFIELD MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

    Elliot Liebman and James Klina

    Elliot Liebman and James Klina, Manager, Systems Engineering and Senior Engineer, ITT Aerospace/Communications Division

  • An innovative solution for displaying the Common Picture of the Battlefield, developed by ITT and GeoSolutions
  • The SINCGARS Tactical Battlefield Management System (S-TBMS)
  • The problems of tactical situation awareness faced by countries procuring VHF-FM Combat Net Radios for voice applications
  • A situational awareness system built around the SINCGARS Advanced Tactical Communications System (ATCS) VHF-FM combat net radios
  • Optimising the use of the SINCGARS ATCS radios, by utilising both voice and IP data communications,
  • Provide a real-time picture of friendly forces deployed at echelons below brigade.

    The Tactical Internet infrastructure - voice and IP data communications

  • 14:40 MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR COMBAT UNITS

    Pascal DUBOIS

    Pascal DUBOIS, FINDERS(R) Product Manager, GIAT Industries

  • Recent developments in BMS, DAS and IFF.
  • Tactical benefits in combining BMS, DAS and IFF at vehicle and platoon level.
  • Trials and simulations.
  • Results and ways forward.
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 C2ISR BRIEFING

    Dr Dale Burton

    Dr Dale Burton, Vice President, Engineering, Logistics and Technology, Northrop Grumman

    16:20 FORMATION BATTLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

    Kevin Payne

    Kevin Payne, Senior Engineer, BAE Systems

  • Specifications of the FBMS system
  • Details of the contract
  • The need to revolutionise situational awareness and operational effectiveness in the land theatre
  • The role the Digitization of Battlespace (Land) initiative will play
  • BAE Systems position in this initiative
  • BAE Systems and information technology
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    9:00 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Jeremy Barrett

    Colonel (Ret'd) Jeremy Barrett, Head of Defence Systems, Defence Group, Hi-Q Systems

    9:40 THE IMPORTANCE OF DATA COHERENCE FOR BATTLEFIELD MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

    Major Mark Thurlow

    Major Mark Thurlow, Army Data Services, British Army, Ministry of Defence

    10:20 UK RESEARCH INTO BATTLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

    Professor James Moffat

    Professor James Moffat, DERA Fellow, Centre for Defence Analysis, DERA

  • Turning performance into effectiveness
  • Operational Analysis
  • Human Factors
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 AIR FORCE CCIS R&D FOR BATTLE MANAGEMENT

    Valdur Pille

    Valdur Pille, Group Leader, Collaborative Planning Group, Decision Support Systems, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier

  • Mission Planning and Monitoring for the C2 Cycle
  • Past and current research projects – results and status
  • Future way ahead
  • 12:00 THE HUMAN SIDE OF BATTLE MANAGEMENT

    Professor Berndt Brehmer

    Professor Berndt Brehmer, Professor, Swedish National Defence College

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 MILITARY MAPPING AND THE DIGITAL BATTLEFIELD

    Jonathan Shears

    Jonathan Shears, General Manager, ERDAS (UK)

  • The role of Geographic Imagery in digitization
  • Image issues in the battlefield
  • Rapidly updating the terrain picture – deployable technology
  • Scaleable applications: How much detail and when?
  • Threat Analysis – a tactical solution
  • New developments in battlefield information systems
  • 14:40 SCOTTY VIDEO-COMMUNICATION SOLUTIONS FOR BATTLE MANAGEMENT

    Chris Halverson

    Chris Halverson, Marketing Manager, SCOTTY Tele-Transport Corporation

  • Deployable, secure and compatible video-communications from the field
  • Using the SCOTTY Mobile with an inmarasat satphone for complete communications from difficult and remote areas
  • 15:20 THALES’ APPROACH TO COMMUNICATION AND BATTLE MANAGEMENT

    Gerben Edelijn

    Gerben Edelijn, Director Sales and Marketing, Thales Communications

  • The importance of reliable communication networks
  • Network engineering issues
  • Thales’ approach to making advances in this area
  • How to capitalise on COTS while serving the customer needs
  • Technological advances:

    Revolutionising the battlespace communications

  • Links between the tri-services

    Future directions

  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks, Close of Conference and Afternoon Tea

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