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SMi’s Battlespace Transformation, the 7th Annual Conference in our globally acclaimed NCW Series, remains one of the most prestigious defence events in Europe.

Combining NCW, NEC, C4ISTAR and Battlespace Management, this year’s event will create a complete picture of events that are occurring worldwide in network warfare, Information Exploitation, and force transformation.

Battlespace Transformation will include international perspectives from key industry experts who will discuss and explore the current and emerging issues, tackling the realities head on. Topics covered will include the reality of network warfare and its’ impact on enhancing situational awareness, C4l battlespace management. Lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan have shown that the right resources and technology in the network can significantly enhance force capability. This event will examine operational experiences identifying the problems faced by coalition forces and contractors and review the solutions used to overcome them. The impact of Net Centric/Effects Based Operations on military hierarchy, joint force collaboration and operational planning will be explored looking at key insights from recent conflict, peace enforcement/support and experimentation.

Battlespace Transformation will analyse how international roadmaps relate to the necessary warfighter requirements and realities of the end user, commanders, soldiers and contractors. Battlespace Transformation also aims to promote innovative discussion to identify the future of developing and maintaining an integrated, interoperable, robust and responsive C4ISTAR capability and how this can be utilised to full effect.

By examining the key lines of development within concept/doctrine, infrastructure, force organisation, equipment, technology, cultural/human factors and financing, Battlespace Transformation will provide clear and focussed answers on how the future of Net Centric/Effect Based Operations should be conducted. It will also demonstrate how the processes around them must be managed to ensure the warfighter maximum capability and mission success.

Cutting-edge technical presentations on future combat systems and technologies will illustrate how to successfully implement and execute future Net Centric/Effects Based Operations and in turn meet the requirements of national and joint military frameworks.

Within the conference there will also be a LIVE demonstration of REAL TIME operational C2 and NCW IN ACTION from Northrop Grumman Mission Systems using the latest in operational software and Information Superiority technologies.

An exceptional international speaker line up includes Keynote Addresses from...

  • Air Marshal Peter B Walker CB CBE RAF, Director, Joint Warfare Centre, NATO
  • Rear Admiral CJ Parry CBE, Director General, Joint Doctrine and Concepts Centre, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Major General Georges D’hollander, Director, C3, NATO
  • Major General Greg Power, Director, Operations and Support Modernization, Office of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, US Air Force
  • Major General Lars Christian Fynbo, Team Leader, Alliance Ground Surveillance Support Staff (AGS3), NATO
  • Rear Admiral Elizabeth A Hight, Director, Net-Centric Warfare Division (N71), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy
  • John Garstka, Assistant Director, Concepts and Operations, Office of Force Transformation, US Department of Defense
  • Dr Iain Watson, Director, Operations (Information Superiority), Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Rear Admiral Rinaldo Veri, Chief, 3rd Department – General Planning, General Staff, Italian Navy
  • Air Commodore Mark Lax, Director General, Military Strategy, Australian Defence Forces

And Special Presentations from...

  • David Ozolek SES, Executive Director, Joint Experimentation, J9, JFCOM
  • Dr Gert Retzer, Director, Command and Control Systems Division, NATO C3 Agency
  • Group Captain Dick Hemsley, Deputy Director, Directorate of Command and Battlespace Management/J-6, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Colonel Angel Colon, Project Manager, Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T), PEO C3 Tactical, US Army
  • Colonel Crispian Beattie, Commander, C2 Development Centre, British Army
  • Colonel Einar Johnsen, Commander, ISTAR, Norwegian Army
  • Colonel Marc van Uhm, Head, Future Concepts Branch, Defence Staff, Netherlands Ministry of Defence
  • Colonel Alain Vuitel, Director, Military Doctrine Division, Planning Staff of the Armed Forces, Swiss Armed Forces
  • Colonel (Ret’d) Vince Goulding, Director, Sea Viking Division, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, US Marine Corps
  • Colonel Esa Salminen, Chief, CIS Centre, Finnish Defence Forces
  • Captain (N) Kevin D W Laing, Commandant, Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre (CFEC)
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Ogden, SO1 NEC Personnel and Sustainment, Directorate of Command and Battlespace Management, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Christine MacNulty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Applied Futures

The Conference will be Chaired by:

  • Professor Christopher Elliott CB MBE, Director, Doctrine and Strategic Analysis, General Dynamics United Kingdom

And Benefits of Attending Battlespace Transformation Include:

  • EXPAND your knowledge of the concepts of network-enabled thinking and its implications in the defence industry and beyond
  • GAIN invaluable insight into future country-specific/joint programmes, initiatives and developments
  • IDENTIFY the solutions behind successful NCW/NEC/C4ISTAR/CBM integration, interoperability and implementation
  • ANALYSE and EVALUATE future systems and technologies available to aid the future warfighter
  • EXPLORE the developments of Net-Centric and Effects Based Operations through lessons learned and experimentation
  • ENHANCE your understanding of military and commercial opportunities within acquisition and procurement of network enabled systems and equipment
  • NETWORK and connect with military and industry leaders who are shaping future network-centric and network enabled initiatives

Please feel free to download the official event brochure (see the thumb nail above).

Conference programme

8:15 Registration & Coffee

8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Professor Christopher Elliott CB MBE

Professor Christopher Elliott CB MBE, Director, Doctrine & Strategic Analysis, General Dynamics UK

9:00 OPENING ADDRESS - A UK PERSPECTIVE

Rear Admiral C J  Parry CBE

Rear Admiral C J Parry CBE, Director General, Joint Doctrine and Concepts Centre, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • A broader strategic environment: new challenges for ISTAR
  • A joint ISTAR Community of Interest: how to maximise the effectiveness of our ISTAR system of systems
  • NEC Benefits and Coalition issues
  • Risk and management of expectation
  • 9:35 THE FUTURE ‘MARITIME’ BATTLESPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE REQUIREMENTS IN THE INFORMATION AGE

    Rear Admiral Elizabeth  A Hight

    Rear Admiral Elizabeth A Hight, Director, Net-Centric Warfare Division (N71), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy

  • C4I transformation within the US navy
  • Net centric capability within the US Navy in the 21st Century
  • The difference in surface, subsurface and air NCO
  • The challenges that lie ahead for FORCEnet and future C2 systems
  • 10:10 AN AIR AND SPACE PERSPECTIVE OF CURRENT AND FUTURE C4ISR HORIZONTAL INTEGRATION STRATEGIES AND APPLICATIONS

    Major General Greg Power

    Major General Greg Power, Director, Operations and Support Modernization, Office of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, US Air Force

  • How best to support CONOPS - policy, doctrine, innovation, training
  • Developing best practice - an Air Force perspective
  • Lessons learned from OEF/OIF to aid USAF transformation objectives and initiatives
  • Integrating effective C2 and combat systems
  • 10:45 Morning Coffee

    11:05 OPERATIONAL LEVEL C3 WITHIN NATO – IMPLMENTATION FROM CONCEPT TO CAPABILITY DELIVERY

    Major General Georges D'Hollander

    Major General Georges D'Hollander, Director, C3, NATO

  • NATO’s role in joint C3 development and transformation
  • Future C3 platforms and systems within NATO to meet the requirements of the future warfighter
  • Outside the network – what has to change within NATO (processes, culture, organisation) to achieve the transformation and the end-to-end capability?
  • 11:40 NATO ALLIED GROUND SURVEILLANCE (AGS) AS THE FUTURE OF NATO C2ISR TRANSFORMATION

    Major General Lars Christian Fynbo

    Major General Lars Christian Fynbo, Team Leader, Alliance Ground Surveillance Support Staff (AGS3), NATO

  • The main components of AGS and how they integrate to provide the necessary capability
  • The challenges of implementing AGS in a network centric/enabled environment and how these can be overcome
  • Exploiting the information through open, fused architectures
  • Considering the imperatives of international military and commercial participation and international partnerships is the goal of NRF capability by 2010 achievable?
  • 12:15 THE FUTURE OF TRANSFORMATION AND NETWORK ENABLED PROCUREMENT

    Dr Iain Watson

    Dr Iain Watson, Director Operations (Information Superiority), Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • How has procurement evolved to consider network enabled technologies and systems?
  • Delivering the right solutions to the right people at the right time – what is needed from the defence industry in the future to ensure the British Armed Forces have maximum capability
  • Catch 22 – affordable capability?
  • Considering joint requirements and collaborative programmes with other military/commercial organisations, is it best to divide and conquer?
  • The future challenges within transformation and network enabled defence procurement
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:00 NETWORK CENTRIC OPERATIONS (NCO) - LIVE VIDEO LINK

    John Garstka

    John Garstka, Assistant Director, Concepts and Operations, Office of Force Transformation, US Department of Defense

  • Tenets of Network Centric Operations
  • Insights from NCO case studies
  • NCO implementation strategies
  • 14:35 ASSESSING NEC BENEFITS AND RISKS

    Group Captain Dick Hemsley

    Group Captain Dick Hemsley, Deputy Director, Directorate of Command and Battlespace Management/J-6, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • MOD tasked to identify anticipated NEC benefits, direct appropriate evaluation of them, articulate any associated risks and produce actionable findings
  • Intent of the analysis is to produce an objective measurement of NEC benefits and associated risks
  • The activity will draw on a broad spectrum of NEC benefit evidence, ranging from quantitative studies, to a consideration of senior Commander’s views as to the potential benefits of NEC
  • Work will inform policy, force development and Balance of Investment (Bol) work
  • 15:10 IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING

    Air Commodore Mark Lax CSM

    Air Commodore Mark Lax CSM, Director General, Military Strategy, Department of Defence, Australia

  • Integrating the network/infrastructure to meet national and joint operational requirements
  • From information superiority to mission success - how can we overcome the challenges that lie ahead?
  • Recent developments and initiatives within the Australian Defence Forces to acquire the necessary joint C4ISR capability
  • Future concepts and strategies
  • 15:45 Afternoon Tea

    16:05 INNOVATIVE FUTURE CONCEPT AND STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION WITHIN THE NETHERLANDS MOD

    Colonel Marc van Uhm

    Colonel Marc van Uhm, Head, Future Concepts Branch, Defence Staff, Ministry Of Defence, Netherlands

  • The armed forces in an international perspective
  • The change in size and composition of the armed forces as a result of smaller budgets and a given priority of quality above quantity
  • Operational trends, developments and future concepts
  • The implementation of Network Enabled Capabilities in the armed forces
  • The C4ISTAR challenges for The Netherlands
  • 16:25 TRANSFORMATION IN THE SWISS ARMED FORCES

    Colonel Alain Vuitel

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

  • Strategic environment and doctrinal responses
  • Network Enabled Operations (NEO)
  • A networked C4ISTAR system to support the NEO concept
  • Force planning and developing capabilities within SAF
  • 16:45 TRANSFORMATION WITHIN THE ROYAL NORWEGIAN ARMY

    Colonel Einar Johnsen

    Colonel Einar Johnsen, Commander, ISTAR, Norwegian Army

  • Applying net centric/enabled doctrine, concepts and processes to coalition operations, peacekeeping, warfare and crisis management
  • Where does the future of NCW/NEC based processes and technologies lie within the RNA?
  • Future C4ISR systems being implemented within the RNA to met national, NATO and joint operations
  • Transformation to produce a rapid response force
  • Thinking ‘outside the network’ – future initiatives on RNA transformation from a Commander perspective (leadership, strategic thinking and personal/organisational change)
  • 17:05 NETWORK ENABLED DEFENCE

    Colonel Esa Salminen

    Colonel Esa Salminen, Chief, CIS Centre, Finnish Defence Forces

  • Conceptual and strategic development to achieve network enabled capability
  • Transformation pathway
  • Contributing to Inter Agency cooperation and Crisis Management Operations
  • Equipping the force to meet the requirements of future operations - future procurement initiatives
  • Experiences from Crisis Management Operations
  • 17:25 CLOSING PLENARY QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

    Colonel Marc van Uhm

    Colonel Marc van Uhm, Head, Future Concepts Branch, Defence Staff, Ministry Of Defence, Netherlands

    Colonel Alain Vuitel

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

    Colonel Einar Johnsen

    Colonel Einar Johnsen, Commander, ISTAR, Norwegian Army

    Colonel Esa Salminen

    Colonel Esa Salminen, Chief, CIS Centre, Finnish Defence Forces

    17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    18:00 Drinks Reception for Speakers, Guests and Delegates

    8:15 Re-registration & Coffee

    8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Professor Christopher Elliott CB MBE

    Professor Christopher Elliott CB MBE, Director, Doctrine & Strategic Analysis, General Dynamics UK

    9:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - TRANSFORMATION INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE NETWORK – THE NEED FOR TRAINING, EXPERIMENTATION, ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION

    Air Marshal Peter Walker

    Air Marshal Peter Walker, Director, Joint Warfare Centre, NATO

  • Joint training and experimentation as a means to improve NATO’s capability, interoperability and military effectiveness
  • How can we breed innovation?
  • What lessons have been identified from operations and training and how are these observations incorporated into transformation?
  • Emerging technologies and processes being used to maximise transformational synergy
  • Future challenges facing the JWC (integration, interoperability, doctrine development and standardisation)
  • 9:35 TRANSFORMATION THROUGH CONCEPT BASED EXPERIMENTATION

    Colonel Vince Goulding

    Colonel Vince Goulding, Director, Sea Viking Division,Marine Corps Warfighing Laboratory, US Marine Corps

  • Marine Corps vision of service transformation
  • Dual axis approach to experimentation: concept and live pathways
  • Sea Viking 05 lessons learned and input to the JCDE process
  • Sea Viking 06 and distributed operations update
  • Sea Viking 08 planning and objectives
  • 10:10 SPECIAL EXTENDED PANEL DISCUSSION - EXPERIMENTATION

    David Ozolek (Senior Executive Service)

    David Ozolek (Senior Executive Service), Executive Director, Joint Experimentation, J-9, JFCOM

    Captain Kevin Laing

    Captain Kevin Laing, Commandant, Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre (CFEC)

    Colonel Einar Johnsen

    Colonel Einar Johnsen, Commander, ISTAR, Norwegian Army

    10:50 Morning Coffee

    11:10 SPECIAL LIVE DEMONSTRATION OF REAL-TIME OPERATIONAL C2 AND NCW

  • This unique presentation will show the latest Information Superiority technologies being utilised to provide real time examples of operational C2 and NCW in action.
  • The presentation will use globally deployed software solutions; ICS (Interoperable C4I services) C2PC (Command & Control for the PC) & C2CE (Command & Control Compact Edition); and will be made in co-operation with Selenia Communications (C2PC PRR - Personal Role radio) and with Harris (C2PC CNR - Combat Net Radio)
  • Tim Patrick

    Tim Patrick, Head, Engineering, Northrop Grumman

    11:50 Presentation Topic to be Finalised

    Colonel Angel Colon

    Colonel Angel Colon, Project Manager, Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T), PEO C3 Tactical, US Army

    12:25 THE FUTURE OF C2 WITHIN THE INFORMATION AGE AND THE EMERGENCE OF NNEC

    Dr Gert Retzer

    Dr Gert Retzer, Director, Command and Control Systems, NATO C3 Agency

  • Realising the vision of NATO transformation – a C2 perspective
  • Seamless integration of warriors and systems through Joint C2 – future C2 concepts and architectures within NATO
  • How are NATO C2 systems evolving to meet the demands of the future battlespace (design, components, application)?
  • Utilising experimentation and spiral development as a means to assure definition and implementation of an integrated and coherent capability.
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 THE FUTURE OF C4ISTAR TRANSFORMATION WITHIN THE ITALIAN NAVY

    Rear Admiral Rinaldo Veri

    Rear Admiral Rinaldo Veri, Chief, 3rd Department – General Planning, General Staff, Italian Navy

  • Implementing effective joint C4ISTAR capability
  • Interoperability and integration with the coalition force and with NATO – the challenges faced by and overcome by the Italian Navy
  • Developing the Information, Surveillance and Shooter grids
  • Transformation outside the network – the importance of doctrine, manpower, culture, training
  • Where next for the Italian Navy?
  • 14:35 THE EMERGING USER LESSONS FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF UK BATTLEFIELD C2 SYSTEMS

    Colonel Crispian Beattie

    Colonel Crispian Beattie, Commander, C2 Development Centre, British Army

    15:10 DELIVERING INFORMATION BASED CAPABILITIES

    Chris Suckling

    Chris Suckling, Defence Adviser, Fujitsu Services

  • End-to-end managed service for infrastructure
  • Introducing applications into a defined infrastructure environment
  • Meeting the military requirement for information and flexibility
  • The 90 Challenge - prototyping with a purpose
  • 15:45 Afternoon Tea

    16:05 TACTICAL COMPUTING ON THE BATTLEFIELD

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hoare MBE

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hoare MBE, Director, Land Systems, DRS Tactical Systems

  • Digitization – defining this term
  • What are the military priorities - biggest bang for buck is "Blue Force Tracking"?
  • How to get there - in building blocks
  • Limitations of the available technology and future developments FRES/FCS, etc
  • Hardware design - ruggedness - the imperative in vehicle and dismounted role
  • 16:40 EXTENDED PRESENTATION - ORGANISATIONAL TRANSFORMATION

    Christine MacNulty

    Christine MacNulty, President and CEO, Applied Futures

  • Why battlespace transformation requires organizational transformation
  • Typical barriers to change
  • Changing mindsets and cultures – a strategic approach
  • Thoughts on new aspects of organizations
  • 17:20 MEETING THE PEOPLE AND TRAINING CHALLENGES OF NETWORK ENABLED CAPABILITY

    Lieutenant Colonel John Ogden

    Lieutenant Colonel John Ogden, SO1 NEC and Pers/Sust, Directorate of Command and Battlespace Management/J-6, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • The importance of enabling people to better exploit information provided to them by a network
  • Identifying, developing and applying competencies for the networked information environment
  • Developing roles, training and procedures for effective Information Management and Exploitation
  • Exploring and redefining the overlap between individual, team and collective training
  • Future challenges for people, training, organisations and structures posed by the changing battlespace
  • 17:55 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Leading Transformational Change

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