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Building on the success of the last two Annual Mission Planning Systems Conferences, SMi Defence have produced this unique conference which will examine the very latest developments in mission planning systems across the Armed Forces.

The continuing development of mission planning systems has been given greater impetus as the need for rapid response to conflict situations and the need for joint and coalition forces has increased. The development of systems which can carry out these functions across the services has become the key issue in producing systems which can respond to these new demands. Furthermore, the demands on platform specific systems has been increased as the issue of improved force and platform survivability becomes a crucial operational requirement.

The aim of this third annual conference is to bring together a number of the world's leading industry, research and military experts to discuss and convey their knowledge and opinions of current mission planning developments and to analyse the research being undertaken into the systems, the hardware and software.

This is a unique opportunity to hear a leading international panel of speakers at the forefront of mission planning system development and manufacture. Those involved in any aspect of mission planning across the Armed Forces, in industry or in research cannot afford to miss this event.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Professor Donald McLean

Professor Donald McLean, Professor of Flight Control, Department of Aeronautical and Astronautics, University of Southampton

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - TRAINING AND SIMULATION IN MISSION PLANNING AND REHEARSAL

R Adm Fred Lewis

R Adm Fred Lewis, Executive Director, National Training and Simulation Association

9:40 USAF MISSION PLANNING TODAY

Colonel Donald Vazquez

Colonel Donald Vazquez, Wing/Unit C2 Systems, Electronic Systems Center, USAF

  • The aims and objectives of current mission planning development
  • The operational and technical challenges facing the USAF in the 21st Century
  • The AFMSS concept of operations
  • Next generation mission planning systems
  • Taking advantage of COTS and GOTS solutions and hardware
  • The increasing complexity of aerial operations - new battlespace scenarios assessed
  • 10:20 JOINT PLANNING AIDS

    Dr Robert Desimone

    Dr Robert Desimone, Technical Manager, Joint and Strategic C2I Applications, DERA

  • Support for co-ordinating joint planning tasks
  • Planning languages for capturing military doctrine and lessons learned
  • Recording planning decisions and intentions
  • Resolving resource conflicts and plan inconsistencies
  • Browsing current and past plans in multiple contexts
  • Providing distributed collaborative and dynamic replanning
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 NAVAL MISSION PLANNING SYSTEMS

    Commander Mike Hecker

    Commander Mike Hecker, PMA-233M, Program Execution, US Navy

  • Objectives of current mission planning systems
  • Status of current mission planning tools: TAMPS, TSCM, N-PFPS, NSPW, SWAMPS
  • Transition from current systems to JMPS architecture
  • 21st Century concepts for carrier based strike warfare
  • 12:00 UNDERWATER MISSION PLANNING SYSTEMS

    William Mathis RAdm (Ret.)

    William Mathis RAdm (Ret.), Director, Coastal Systems, Lockheed Martin Coastal Systems

  • The importance of mission planning in littoral warfare in the 21st century
  • An analysis of the operational and technological difficulties associated with shallow water operations and how they are incorporated effectively into mission planning systems
  • Environmental/ Mapping database management
  • Force and unit level amphibious planning
  • The need for an integrated design approach to mission planning architecture and the effect of joint/co-operation operations on mission planning systems and training
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 BRIDGING THE GAP

    Mark Cosby

    Mark Cosby, Deputy Group Manager, Advanced Systems Group, SAIC

  • The current status of the COMPASS program
  • An overview of the operational requirements for mission support and planning systems and the role of COMPASS in addressing those requirements
  • Interoperability - resolving the difficulties associated with coalition/ joint forces training
  • The lessons learned from recent operations/exercises - a case study vis-à-vis the results of COMPASS’s mission effectiveness in the field
  • Other MPS developments at SAIC - what does the future hold for mission planning systems?
  • 14:20 BATTLEFIELD HELICOPTER MISSION PLANNING SYSTEMS

    Ian Darby

    Ian Darby, Technical Manager, Aerosystems International

  • How is helicopter mission planning different from fixed wing applications?
  • How did the battlefield concept of operation influence the design?
  • What are the realities of achieving inter-operability requirements?
  • What does digitisation mean to a developer?
  • What are the challenges for future UK battlefield mission planning systems?
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 MISSION PLANNING INCORPORATING GUIDED WEAPONS

    John Bradburn

    John Bradburn, Principal Engineer, PRB Associates

  • Architectural drivers that effect precision guided weapons mission planning
  • Requirements for Imagery Exploitation and Precise Point Mensuration
  • The need for intellgence database management and weaponeering applications
  • Requirements for generating missile specific targeting materials
  • Challenges to achieve an integrated precision guided weapon mission planning planning environment
  • 16:00 MISSION PLANNING TO REHEARSAL

    Marc Atherton

    Marc Atherton, Managing Director, MSA Services

  • The definition of mission rehearsal training in barracks and deployed
  • The requirements for synthetic environemnts to support the identified objectives
  • The major elements of the synthetic environment that need to be simulated
  • The types of data required and its limitations
  • Technologies to access the required data in barracks and in the field
  • Areas that need to be addressed to identify benefits, costs and limitations in concept of mission rehearsal training in synthetic environments
  • 16:30 TERRAIN VISUALISATION AND MISSION PLANNING

    Dr Andrew Wells

    Dr Andrew Wells, Sales Manager, Mission Planning Systems, ERDAS

  • Data requirements vs. availability and the cost of interoperability
  • The generic building blocks of planning, rehearsal and training
  • You need it by when? - tools for rapid and flexible ‘variable mission’ updates
  • Rapid 3D Threat Visualisation
  • Future developments - will technology lead capability?
  • 16:30 THE ROLE OF IMAGERY IN MISSION PLANNING

    Kevin Porter

    Kevin Porter, European Director, GDE Systems

  • Terrain Visualisation and modelling
  • Aim point determination for guided weapons
  • Rapid geopositioning for near real time mode of operation
  • Decision aids for coordinated target area attack plans
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Klaus Jacobsen

    Klaus Jacobsen, Managing Editor, Naval Forces

    9:10 THE STANDARD MISSION PLANNING SYSTEM

    Lt Colonel Jake Thorn

    Lt Colonel Jake Thorn, Deputy Director, Combat Air Forces C2 System Program Office, USAF

  • The need for a tri-service standard MPS - the aims and objectives of such a system
  • The current technology and how can it de developed to create the JUMPS
  • The need for interoperability in the move towards the digitised battlefield and Force XXI
  • An examination of the difficulties posed by standardising requirements
  • An analysis of the proposed solutions to the operational requirements
  • The current status of the JUMPS program
  • 9:40 SPECIAL ADDRESS - MISSION PLANNING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

    Lt Colonel Richard Cashman

    Lt Colonel Richard Cashman, Deputy Chief, Mission Planning Special Management Organisation, USAF

  • The current mission planning systems development and issues at DR-SMO discussed
  • An overview of the future operational requirements for mission support and planning systems
  • Interoperability - resolving the difficulties associated with coalition/ joint forces training
  • The lessons learned from recent operations - a case study (Gulf/Bosnia etc.)
  • Developing effective testing and evaluating techniques
  • Simulation and Artificial intelligence - what does the future hold for mission planning systems
  • 10:20 SWEDISH RESEARCH DEVELOPMENTS

    Goran Redin

    Goran Redin, Head, Avionics Technology Office, FMV (Swedish Defence Material Organisation)

  • The current developments from the FMV Avionics Technology Office
  • The present Swedish systems for mission planning and evaluation
  • An analysis of the problems with software and hardware
  • Plans for development of new systems
  • Interoperability issues discussed
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 GERMAN INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS

    Doris Laarmann

    Doris Laarmann, Head of Operations Research and Mission Planning, LFK

  • Definition of mission planning
  • Development of a general mission planning capability
  • Customisation of a mission planning system
  • Exercise of influence of the MP-users
  • Implementation of mission planning into the whole weapon system
  • Development or off-the-shelf? Taking advantage of commercial developments
  • 12:00 MISSION PLANNING SYSTEMS - SOUTH AFRICAN DEVELOPMENTS

    Theo Kleynhans

    Theo Kleynhans, Mission Systems Manager, Denel Aviation

  • The aims and objectives of the latest MPS development - ( this could be a case study or product profile)
  • The demands on modern day systems and the importance of an integrated approach to system design - producing a standard basic model and developing platform variations
  • The difficulties associated with interoperability and standardisation of MPS and how they can be overcome
  • An analysis of the mission planning architecture currently being developed
  • Testing and evaluating MPS developments examined
  • The predicted future for MPS developments in the 21st Century
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 Chairman's Remarks

    Nicholas Hatton

    Nicholas Hatton, Senior Operational Analyst, British Aerospace

    13:45 NAVAL STRIKE PLANNING

    Captain William Mayberry

    Captain William Mayberry, F/A -18D Weapon Systems Officer, US Marine Corps

  • Current strike planning continuum
  • Systems Usage
  • Mission planning system product usage
  • Training issues
  • 14:20 MISSION PLANNING SYSTEMS - UK DEVELOPMENTS

    Paul Hutchings, Business and Technology Manager

    Paul Hutchings, Business and Technology Manager, Richard Sharp, Marketing Manager, Mission Planning Systems, Racal-Thorn Wells

  • Maritime Mission Planning Systems
  • Applications of maritime mission planning systems for other aircraft types
  • Future developments of mission planning systems
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 AIR DEFENCE

    Albin Vuichard, Project Manager, CULASYF, Oerlikon Contraves

    Albin Vuichard, Project Manager, CULASYF, Oerlikon Contraves, and, Richard Morva, Project Manager, Seimens Schweeiz

  • Point Air Defence
  • Area Air Defence
  • Optimised Air Defence Mission planning by introducing Warfare Simulation Scenario Simulation
  • Precise Terrain Representation: basis for reliable mission planning results
  • 16:00 ACQUIRING EXISTIN TERRAIN DATA

    John Murtagh

    John Murtagh, Remote Sensing Specialist, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC)

  • Outlining the traditional methods used to supply mission planners with accurate terrain data
  • Terrain data applications in both the military and civilian fields and the emergence of a growing global marketplace
  • Real World Data - how accurate can existing sources of terrain data acquisition actually be for specific operations?
  • Improving the quality of data - the benefits to be gained from high resolution satellite imagery
  • Data supplied by airborne senor systems and the supply of processed geographic data for use in mission planning terrain visualisation requirments
  • Looking towards the future - using satellite data to provide value added products for terrain visualisation applications
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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