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Command Post of the Future (CPoF) is the advanced technology needed to create an integrated, multi-sensory, interactive display environment (increased situational awareness) for the future commander to improve his decision speed and quality. It is a term used to describe Comprehensive Awareness, and Command, Control, and Communications.

The Command Post of the Future (CPoF) will provide the commander and his staff with an environment to rapidly visualise, analyse, and understand the battlespace.

Command Post of the Future II: Future Command HQ will present future command headquarter initiatives that will transform today’s command posts. Key international representatives outlining the future of this revolutionary requirement will give topical presentations at SMi`s 2nd Annual event.

Key topics include alternative planning processes, infrastructures and leadership & command requirements, plus in-depth discussion of new developments, programmes and projects being implemented under country specific initiatives.

By attending this event you will examine some of the key benefits that future command headquarters offer including increased speed and quality of command decisions, improved battlefield situation awareness, smaller, more mobile and agile command structures, smaller support tail and reduced deployment requirements, rapid plan dissemination and the effective dissemination of commands.

Speakers from Command Post of the Future II: Future Command HQ 2002 include:

  • Major General R J Hillier, Assistant Chief of the Land Staff, Canadian National Defence Headquarters
  • Lieutenant Colonel Harry Oldland, Assistant Program Manager for the AAAV(C), US Marine Corps
  • Ward Page, Program Manager CPOF, Information Exploitation Office, DARPA
  • Rachel Holloway, Political Consultant, DSTL
  • Dr Mils Hills, Senior Consultant, DSTL
  • Colonel Alec Bain MBE, Colonel Command and Control development Centre (C2DC), Land Warfare Centre - MoD UK

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jeremy Barrett

Jeremy Barrett, Head Defence Systems, Hi-Q Systems

9:10 NATIONAL DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS

Major General R J Hillier

Major General R J Hillier, Assistant Chief of the Land Staff, Canadian National Defence Headquarters

  • Complexity of operations and the leadership required to be successful in the 21st century
  • Focus on overlap of tactical, operational and strategic levels
  • Added complexities of operating “in the enemies area”
  • Extra leadership demands of multinational coalitions
  • The involvement of international and non-governmental agencies into a mission
  • Difficulties of weaving human, technical and signals intelligence to provide a COP

    Swift of changes from warfighting to peacemaking to peacekeeping actions

    Change of perception of “leading from the front”

  • 9:40 FUTURE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS

    Tracy Lynam

    Tracy Lynam, FCHQ Project Manager, QinetiQ

  • Overview of the MoD sponsored ‘Future Command HQ’ project
  • The current planning process
  • The Recognitional Planning Model (RPM)
  • Thinking strategies
  • Exercise Socrates II (An experiment to assess RPM)
  • Exercise conclusions and recommendations
  • 10:20 COMMAND POST INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Delineating the processes behind the infrastructure
  • Development of a robust assessment & analysis infrastructure
  • Built upon modular design – ‘plug & play’ architecture
  • Integration of diverse data sets
  • Cross government perspectives
  • Challenges and objectives for the future
  • Rachel Holloway

    Rachel Holloway, Political Consultant, DSTL

    Dr Mils Hills

    Dr Mils Hills, Senior Consultant, DSTL

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 BRITISH ARMY DEPLOYED COMMAND

    Colonel Alec Bain MBE

    Colonel Alec Bain MBE, Colonel Command and Control Development Centre (C2DC), Land Warfare Centre - MoD UK

  • Force development goals
  • Current best practice
  • Digitised HQ processes
  • Battlespace geometry
  • HQ organisation
  • Experimentation process
  • 12:00 SWEDISH NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE

  • Background
  • Overview of the ROLF concept
  • Exercises in the ROLF environment
  • Planning tools (related to ROLF)
  • 3D displays - why and how
  • Challenges and objectives for the future
  • Professor Berndt Brehmer

    Professor Berndt Brehmer, Professor of Command and Control Decision, Swedish National Defence College

    Colonel Mats Olofsson

    Colonel Mats Olofsson, Project Manager and Research Co-ordinator, Swedish National Defence College

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 COMMAND REQUIREMENTS

    Butch Mayers

    Butch Mayers, Managing Director, International Aerospace

  • System developments for mobile command systems
  • Data security in a tactical environment
  • Integrating civil & military emergency commanders
  • Displays for an urban environment
  • Integrating threat analysis with live operations
  • 14:40 VISUALISING THE PROBLEM – ENABLING THE COMMANDER

    Air Vice Marshall (Ret’d) Mike Jackson

    Air Vice Marshall (Ret’d) Mike Jackson, Business Development, SGI

  • To assemble data
  • To orientate the commander
  • To help the decision-maker
  • To communicate to the field
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MILITARY INFORMATION PORTAL

    Victor Rodriguez-Herola

    Victor Rodriguez-Herola, Senior Analyst, NATO C3 Agency

  • A quick overview
  • Current situation and initiatives
  • Towards a model-driven portal architecture
  • Designing and prototyping the “Middleware” portal
  • Way ahead
  • 16:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Jeremy Barrett

    Jeremy Barrett, Head Defence Systems, Hi-Q Systems

    9:10 DEVELOPMENT OF SITUATION AWARENESS TOOLSET - GP3

  • BAE SYSTEMS & C4ISR
  • Introduction to GP3
  • User involvement during the GP3 programme
  • Lessons learnt
  • The future for GP3 within the joint battlespace
  • Steve Pegg

    Steve Pegg, Head of Sales Infrastructure Systems, BAE SYSTEMS C4ISR Group

    Dave Metcalfe

    Dave Metcalfe, Project Manager GP3, BAE SYSTEMS C4ISR Group

    9:40 ADVANCED AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT VEHICLE, COMMAND VARIANT (AAAV(C))

    Lieutenant Colonel Harry Oldland

    Lieutenant Colonel Harry Oldland, Assistant Program Manager for the AAAV(C), US Marine Corps

  • AAAV(C) operational requirements and objectives
  • Introduction to the relevant AAAV(C) C4I capabilities
  • Identification of AAAV(C) C4I systems
  • Future operation suitability through technology insertion
  • 10:20 HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION AND CPOF

    Lisbeth Rasmussen

    Lisbeth Rasmussen, Senior Advisor, Danish Defence Research Establishment

  • The importance of geographical knowledge in mission/operation management
  • Visualisation on the battlefield
  • Combining 2D and 3D to help decision-making
  • Rapid generation of 3D model of battlefield; future needs
  • Visualisation needs in peacekeeping operations
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 MAKING SENSE OF COMMAND

    Kees Van Haperen

    Kees Van Haperen, Senior Consultant, Hi-Q Systems

    12:00 DIGITAL, VIRTUAL AND NETWORK ENABLED WAR ROOMS

    Steven Shaker

    Steven Shaker, Program Manager, Evidence Based Research

  • War room case studies and lessons learnt
  • Best attributes, best practices and best of breed war rooms
  • Team based analysis and decision-making
  • Tool suite integration
  • Future visions
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE FUTURE COMMAND POST

    Richard Sharman

    Richard Sharman, Senior Consultant, Roke Manor Research

  • A vision of the command post of the future
  • Networking and Communication aspects
  • Current trends in communication technologies
  • Evolution of decision making techniques
  • Challenges and objectives for the future
  • 14:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference, followed by Afternoon Tea

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