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Over the past decade, COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf) technological products have become increasingly employed in military environments. This conference will address both the hardware and software issues faced by the military in the 21st century through the implementation of these leading edge technological products in defence applications. Government policies on procurement, sustainability, obsolescence, risk evaluation, reliability, and security will be closely examined. COTS in Defence 2004 will respond to the success of last year's inaugural event in providing an overview of Commercial off-the- Shelf systems within global defence.

After the huge success of our inaugural COTS event in 2003, this year's conference promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hausauer, Divisions Chief of the USAF had this to say about the 2003 event:
"Excellent conference, great location and facilities briefings top notch"

This year the speaker line-up is exceptional, including senior representatives from: the US Army, UK's Ministry of Defence, Australia's DSTA, Canada's Defence Research and Development Agency, the UK's Royal Navy, and Finland's National Defence College.

Speaker Panel includes:
Wing Commander Keith Bethell, Nimrod SP2, MR4A Integrated Project Team, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK
Wing Commander Rodger Pickavance, Avionics Support Group, Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO), Ministry of Defence, UK
Lieutenant Commander Jeremy Franks, CTS, ILS Head of Specialisation, Obsolescence Management, Ministry of Defence, UK
Steve Morris, Astute ASM Integrated Project Team, Royal Navy, Ministry of Defence, UK
Barry Birdsong, Chairman, THAAD Weapons Systems Parts Review Board, US Army Aviation and Missile Command
Ted Glum, Director, US Defence Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)
John Hutchings, Project Manager, Land 125 (Wundurra), DSTA Australia
Tim Banfield, Defence Director, National Audit Office, UK
Anatol Kark, Group Leader, Software Engineering Group, National Research Council (NRC), Canada
Robert Inkol, Principal Scientific Authority, Defence Research and Development, Canada
Professor Jorma Jormakka, Professor, National Defence College & Helsinki University of Technology, Finland .

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Independant Consultant, Information Systems and Management Services

9:10 COTS ACQUISITION IN UK DEFENCE

Tim Banfield

Tim Banfield, Director of Defence Procurement, National Audit Office

  • Value for money in defence
  • Benefits of smart acquisition
  • COTS within smart acquisition
  • The track record
  • What drives successful acquisition?
  • 9:40 UPGRADED MISSION READINESS THROUGH COTS TECHNOLOGY

    Wing Commander Keith Bethell

    Wing Commander Keith Bethell, Nimrod SP2, MR4A Integrated Project Team, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • MRA4 as an example of COTS-based design philosophy
  • Supporting COTS technology on a small fleet
  • Impact of COTS obsolescence on through life support
  • MRA4-an example of how to manage COTS technology through life
  • 10:20 AUSTRALIAN ARMY’S FUTURE COMBAT SYSTEM

    John Hutchings

    John Hutchings, Project Manager, Land 125 (Wundurra), DSTA, Australia

  • Australia’s soldier modernisation programme
  • An explanation of Land 125’s development
  • Engaging industry
  • The benefits of integrating COTS products into Land 125
  • The impact of commercial thought on systems designs
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 COTS FROM A CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE

    Robert Inkol

    Robert Inkol, Principal Scientific Authority, Defence Research and Development, Canada

  • SE/MiDAS - a programme overview
  • Technology choices and trade-offs
  • Conformance to Canadian Forces requirements
  • Assessing the success of COTS in MiDAS
  • Ongoing strategy - new monitoring applications
  • 12:00 CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF COTS EQUIPMENT IN MILITARY SYSTEMS

  • Evolution of COTS Review Board
  • Benefits and risks of using COTS in military
  • Development of COTS checklist
  • Evaluation and scoring of candidate COTS
  • Example
  • Risk analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Barry Birdsong

    Barry Birdsong, Chairman THAAD Weapons Systems Parts Review Board, US Army Aviation and Missile Command

    12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 PARTNERING THE PUBLIC SECTOR

  • Engaging with the market
  • Selecting solutions
  • The benefits of a pilot
  • Themes in successful projects
  • George Webb

    George Webb, Managing Director, RAC Software Solutions

    14:40 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

    Professor David Kirkpatrick

    Professor David Kirkpatrick, Head of Defence Engineering Group, University College of London

  • The spectrum of COTS projects
  • COTS in the CADMID process
  • Acquisition strategy of COTS-based systems
  • Budgeting for COTS
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 COTS-BASED SAFETY CRITICAL SYSTEMS

  • Safety issues with COTS
  • Problems of evidence acquisition
  • Making the safety case for COTS use
  • Contracting for safety with COTS
  • Dr Tim Kelly

    Dr Tim Kelly, Lecturer in Critical Systems, University of York

    16:20 COTS FOR SHORT AND LONG TERM SUCCESS

    Joey Sevin

    Joey Sevin, Director of Business Development, Radar Business, Mercury Computer Systems

  • Plan for change
  • Risk management
  • Standards
  • Low risk partner
  • Obsolescence protection
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Anatol Kark

    Anatol Kark, Group Leader, Software Engineering Group, National Research Council (NRC), Canada

    9:10 EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF OBSOLESCENCE

  • The consequences of ignoring obsolescence
  • Risks over lifecycle disparity
  • Obsolescence strategy and management plans
  • Special considerations for advanced technologies and COTS
  • Ted Glum

    Ted Glum, Director, US Defence Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)

    9:40 NETWORK CENTRIC OBSOLESCENCE MANAGEMENT

    Ted Smith

    Ted Smith, Technical Manager, Enterprise Development/Vice President Engineering/Director, QinetiQ/QinetiQ Technology Extension Corporation/National Obsolescence Centre, UK

  • What’s wrong with the present approach?
  • New base level obsolescence management enabling tools
  • Commonality and sharing initiatives
  • Platform and network centric obsolescence management
  • Cost/benefit analysis considerations
  • The complex asset life extension decision process
  • 10:20 OVERCOMING OBSOLESCENCE ASSOCIATED WITH COTS IN DEFENCE SYSTEMS

    Lieutenant Commander Jeremy Franks

    Lieutenant Commander Jeremy Franks, CTS, ILS Head of Specialisation, Obsolescence Management, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Where are COTS exploited in defence systems?
  • Obsolescence problems associated with COTS usage
  • Effective management control
  • Lessons learnt for the consideration of COTS
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SOFTWARE OPERABILITY ISSUES

    Dr Mark Vigder

    Dr Mark Vigder, Senior Research Officer, National Research Council

  • System heterogeneity
  • Architecture mismatch-rectification
  • Upgrade constraints with system evolution
  • Reliability assessment of COTS in SOS
  • Hardware interaction with alien software
  • COTS and custom code
  • 12:00 MAKING COTS-BASED SYSTEMS SECURE

  • Security issues with COTS (data storage, data transfer)
  • Approaches to make COTS secure
  • Security management
  • Security cost prediction (initial, maintenance and operational)
  • Philip Challans

    Philip Challans, Telecommunications Engineer, QinetiQ

    12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 AIR FORCE APPLICATION

    Wing Commander Rodger Pickavance

    Wing Commander Rodger Pickavance, Avionics Support Group, Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO), Ministry of Defence, UK

  • AFVs and COTS
  • Challenges of FCS and FRES
  • The COTS perspective of AFV vetronics
  • Current issues
  • Future challenges and opportunities
  • 15:40 ROBUSTNESS OF COTS-BASED SYSTEMS

    Martin Blake

    Martin Blake, Business Development Manager, Mektron Systems Ltd

  • Protection and reliability in extreme environments
  • Acceptable levels of tolerance
  • Tailoring and customising for extreme environments
  • The expense of ruggedization on COTS procurement
  • 16:20 MILITARY APPLICATIONS OF COTS-BASED AD HOC NETWORKS

    Professor Jorma Jormakka

    Professor Jorma Jormakka, Professor, National Defence College & Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

  • Military requirements for COTS ad hoc access networks
  • 802.11b/a/g WLAN as an enhancement of the TETRA-based deployable COTS Network concept
  • Shortcomings of 802.11 MAC
  • A better MAC
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    Qualifying COTS to MIL-SPEC requirements
    Workshop

    Qualifying COTS to MIL-SPEC requirements

    The Hatton, at etc. venues
    8th October 2004
    London, United Kingdom

    Designing COTS for harsh environments
    Workshop

    Designing COTS for harsh environments

    The Hatton, at etc. venues
    8th October 2004
    London, United Kingdom

    The Hatton, at etc. venues

    51/53 Hatton Garden
    London EC1N 8HN
    United Kingdom

    The Hatton, at etc. venues

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