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With the emphatic shift towards information superiority as a military doctrine in the US and Europe, effective military operations are becoming increasingly important in realising national objectives.

Today missions are more and more likely to be joint or coalition based and the ability for militaries to share information, plans and control is essential to an operation’s success. Mission Planning and Mission Management is a growing field of interest. The design of an operation and its ability to achieve its objective is key to an operations success and therefore a primary concern to the military.

This conference aims to address all aspects of mission management: mission planning, mission rehearsal, mission control and mission monitoring.

Programme highlights:
· COMPREHEND the topical importance and application of Mission Planning in the military arena
· DISCOVER the key enablers to establishing joint and service specific planning initiatives
· ANALYSE the benefits and increasing significance of virtual mission rehearsal and synthetic environments
· DEVELOP awareness of distributed and embedded training for military operations
· IDENTIFY technology developments and review situational applications
· KEEP up-to-date with the changing climate that is Mission Planning through focused networking

Valuable contributions from senior representatives:
· Commander Edmundo Bellini, JMPS Multi-Service Program Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, US Navy
· Lieutenant Colonel William ‘Spike’ Jones, Deputy Commander, Command & Control Training and Innovation Group, US Air Force
· Lieutenant Colonel John Pino, Deputy Director, Air Force Weather Weapon System, Combat Air Forces Command and Control System Program Office, US Air Force
· Major Richard Schwarz, Technical Manager, Joint Virtual Battlespace, Joint Precision Strike Demonstration Project Office, PEO IEWS, US Army
· Dr Andrew Vallerand, Head, Synthetic Environment Co-ordination Office, Department of National Defence, Canada
· Captain (Ret'd) Michael Dunaway, Program Manager, Human Systems S&T Department, Office of Naval Research
· Wing Commander (Ret'd) Mike Russell, Business Area Manager Training Support & Director, Systems Consultants Services, Exercise Support Team Manager, Joint Warfare Training Centre, PJHQ
. JD Walker replacing Michael Papay, Northrop Grumman
. Steve Cote replacing Lt Col John Pino, US Air Force

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Wing Commander (Ret'd) Mike Russell

Wing Commander (Ret'd) Mike Russell, Business Area Manager Training Support & Director, Systems Consultants Services

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

Commander Edmundo Bellini

Commander Edmundo Bellini, JMPS Multi-Service Program Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, US Navy

  • Collaborative development effort between the Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command
  • Provision of a framework to support coordinated mission planning within and between the services including coalition partners
  • Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment (DII COE), C4ISR and Joint Technical Architecture (JTA) compliant
  • Program objectives; ease of use, versatility, integration and cost-effectiveness
  • Reducing development, migration and life cycle costs through extensible components, common processes and automated tools
  • Software migration currently used in TAMPS and AFMSS

    Single entry point for weapons planning

  • 9:40 UNIT LEVEL MISSION PLANNING

    Joel D Daniels

    Joel D Daniels, Program Manager, PC Mission Planning, Information Dominance Systems, BAE SYSTEMS North America, Information and Electronic Warfare Systems (I&EWS)

  • Combined Arms Planning and Execution Monitoring System - the newest addition to the US Army's Stryker Brigade Combat Team's mission planning capability
  • Mobile Command and Control - a real-time, collaborative mission planning and execution C2 system "hub" for on-the-move command and control of sensors, forces, and effectors
  • Update on US - German coalition C2 experimentation
  • 10:20 AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO AIR DEFENCE MISSION PLANNING

    Dr Gerhard Krejci

    Dr Gerhard Krejci, President, ECTA

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 MISSION PLANNING FOR PRECISION GUIDED MUNITIONS

    J.D.Walker

    J.D.Walker, Business Development Manager, Northrop Grumman

    12:00 ESC's FOREIGN MILITARY SALES (FMS)

    Steve Cote

    Steve Cote, Deputy Systems Program Director, FMS Mission Planning Branch, Electronic Systems Command, US Air Force

    12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 IMPACT OF THE ENVIRONMENT ON OPERATIONS

    JJ Bowley

    JJ Bowley, Business Manager, TENET Defence

  • Environmental impact on joint operations
  • Generating the REP
  • Distributing and sharing the picture
  • Interface to legacy systems and networks
  • Lessons learned
  • Gaining environmental advantage
  • 14:40 MISSION LOGISTICS SUPPORT

    Jeff Holmes

    Jeff Holmes, Senior Vice President, Government, Aerospace & Defense, Manugistics

  • Improving short and long-term operations planning
  • Reliance placed on IT to successfully plan, execute and analyse operations
  • Optimising mission logistics support
  • Strategic Network Design (SND) to test and validate solutions
  • Logistics planning; generation and application
  • Reducing reaction time for unforeseen situations
  • 15:20 COMMERCIAL HIGH-RESOLUTION SATELLITE IMAGERY FOR INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE AND RECONNAISANCE APPLICATIONS IN MISSION PLANNING

    Mr Noam Zafrir

    Mr Noam Zafrir, Vice President Marketing & Sales, ImageSat International

    16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks Followed by Afternoon Tea
    Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Mike Russell

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Mike Russell, Business Area Manager Training Support & Director, Systems Consultants Services

    9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

    Lieutenant Colonel Ron Wiegand

    Lieutenant Colonel Ron Wiegand, Commander, Detachment 4, Air Force Command and Control Training and Innovation Group (AFC2TIG), Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, US Air Force

  • Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) and synthetic battlespace relationships
  • The DMO Center of Excellence (DMOC)
  • DESERT PIVOT exercise objectives
  • DESERT PIVOT and the synthetic battlespace
  • Future of DESERT PIVOT
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Dr Gerhard Krejci

    Dr Gerhard Krejci, President, ECTA

  • Current use of simulation in support of UK land and joint training and mission rehearsal
  • Agreed UK definitions - campaign planning, mission rehearsal, scenario specific training
  • Future themes - AVTS, JTOC, BC2T, Deployable TES, impact of digitisation and ISTAR, reach-back
  • Issues - connectivity, need for distributed training, accreditation, metrics, terrain data, speed vs fidelity
  • The potential future
  • 10:20 CREATING A CANADIAN NATIONAL M&S/SE FRAMEWORK

  • Objectives and strategic plan
  • Policy, standards and requirements
  • Operational collaborations
  • Maximising efficiency and effectiveness
  • HLA and interoperability
  • Research
  • Dr Andrew Vallerand

    Dr Andrew Vallerand, Head, Synthetic Environment Co-ordination Office, Department of National Defence, Canada

    Stephane Albert

    Stephane Albert, Marketing Manager, Military Training and Simulation, CAE

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 MISSION PREPARATION: A SYNERGY WITH MISSION PLANNING

  • Overview of the UK Joint Warfare Training Centre
  • The requirement for a virtual battlespace in exercise Sarif Sareea II
  • Meeting the requirement - challenges and planned solutions
  • The reality
  • Summary and conclusions
  • Wing Commander (Ret’d) Mike Russell

    Wing Commander (Ret’d) Mike Russell, Business Area Manager Training Support & Director, Systems Consultants Services

    12:00 JOINT VIRTUAL BATTLESPACE (JVB)

    Major Richard Schwarz

    Major Richard Schwarz, Technical Manager, Joint Virtual Battlespace, Joint Precision Strike Demonstration Project Office, PEO IEWS, US Army

  • The JVB framework
  • Modelling network centric warfare
  • System of systems modelling
  • Capability goals
  • Current capability
  • Collaborative effort - challenges
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 SPECIAL ADDRESS

    Dr Gerhard Krejci

    Dr Gerhard Krejci, President, ECTA

  • Why ADL?
  • Challenges
  • Goals and objectives of US Department of Defense (DOD) ADL program
  • Department of Defense ADL prototype program
  • Ongoing prototypes
  • Lessons learned

    Future of ADL

  • 14:40 VIRTUAL AT SEA TRAINING

    Captain (Ret'd) Michael Dunaway

    Captain (Ret'd) Michael Dunaway, Program Manager, Human Systems S&T Department, Office of Naval Research

  • Naval surface fire support training in synthetic 3D battlespace
  • Live-fire training independent of traditional land-based ranges
  • Non-firing proficiency training and assessment anywhere, anytime
  • More efficient use of time on ranges and during fleet exercises
  • Long-term goal is an organic training capability for all units
  • First step toward joint training, planning and mission rehearsal
  • 15:20 NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE NEW STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT

    Dr Gerhard Krejci

    Dr Gerhard Krejci, President, ECTA

  • Challenges
  • Transformational technologies for mission rehearsal simulation
  • Advanced, high functionality visualization
  • Simulation of contemporary training scenarios
  • Increased speed and flexibility in implementing simulations
  • The way forward
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea
    Close of Conference

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