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Building on the successes of our annual Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance conferences, the SMi Group are currently seeking to greater mirror the specific demands of the operational environment. The airborne aspect of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance continues to establish itself further as a dominant force within the discipline. From Libya to the ongoing effort to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, airborne ISR assets have been relied upon as vital assets that allow for the gathering of intelligence and direction of offensive capabilities. Through the reliable collection and distribution of accurate intelligence, operational effectivness and efficiency can be greater enhanced.

Therefore, Airborne ISR seeks to provide a platform for the advancement of these key ideas. NATO's development of its Allied Ground Surveillance capability and existing programmes such as AWACs shall be discussed. An update on these overarching programmes will be supported by insider accounts of member states individual doctrines and independent efforts to develop and maintain domestic ISR capabilities, including key updates from The Royal Navy, Royal Air Force ,French Air Force and Swedish Armed Forces.

Building on this, system integration, operational case studies and the latest cutting edge technology, shall be just some of the key areas presented by leading figures within the field. As well as providing an invaluable opportunity to gain insight into these areas, extensive opportunities for networking shall be offered for all who attend.

Hear an insider up-date on NATO's overarching and influential programmes, such as the Allied Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme and the Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS).

An opportunity to hear from and bench mark against strategic partners, an account of their independent efforts to develop and enhance their airborne ISR capabilities. Hear programme updates from the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Swedish Armed Force and French Air Force

A forum for the advancement of interoperability and co-operation amongst airborne ISR assets An opportunity to gain an insight into the industry's fluid and ever advancing technological improvements.Hear from leaders in the field.

   

Military and civilian personnel, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents, Director, Partners, Heads and Managers working in:
 

  • ISR
  • ISTAR
  • NATO
  • AEW&C
  • Command, Control Communications and Computers
  • Airborne Network
  • Global Information Grid
  • Combat Air Patrol
  • LEMV
  • NAVAIR
  • Operation Systems Developments
  • Defence Common Ground System
  • Remotely Piloted Air Systems
  • Alliance Ground Surveillance
  • UAVs
  • UASs
  • C4ISTAR
  • C4ISR

Previous attendees include:

30 Commando IX; 3SDL; Atkins; Austrian Armed Forces; Aviation Week ; Cranfield University; Danish Armed Forces; DSTL; Egyptian Defence Office; Embassy of the Russian Federation; Embassy of Ukraine; European Air Group; GB Consulting bvba; Georgia Tech Research Institute; IHS Aerospace; Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems ; John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Lockheed Martin UK; Marine Risk Management; MINDEF, Singapore; Montrose Associates; NATO Communications and Information Agency; Office Of Naval Research Global - London; RAF Waddington; Raytheon; Raytheon Intelligence And Information Systems; Raytheon UK; Renishaw PLC; Republic of Singapore Air Force; Romania Defence Attache; Royal Marines ; State Research Institute of Aviation Systems (GosNIIAS); Thales Communications & Security; The Bureau of Investigative Journalism; The Mitre Corporation; Thinke Company Ltd; UKTI DSO; University of Portsmouth; Viasat; ViaSat, Inc.;
 

Conference programme

8:15 Coffee and registration

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General George Harrison (ret)

Major General George Harrison (ret), Associate Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute

9:10 NATO’s AWACS Which Way Now?

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander, AEW&C Force Command, NATO.

• Re-organising the force
• Assurance measures and other operations
• Balancing battle management and ISR-NATO AWACS place in the JISR
• Moving forward-current and potential future upgrades
 

9:50 NATO’s ISR: Key Areas for Investment

Robert Murray

Robert Murray, Head of ISR, Defence Investment Division, NATO

• The key areas in which NATO is seeking to invest in its capabilities.
• Challenges to operational effectiveness and efficiency within existing programmes.
• The potential for fusing assets such as AWACS and the AGS under the JISR.

10:30 Morning Coffee and Networking In Exhibition Area

11:00 NATO's Unified Vision 2016: A Progress Report

Mr Rob Munday

Mr Rob Munday, Unified Vision 2014, Assessment Director, NATO

• A recount of the lessons learnt from UV 2014, how 2016 will seek to build on this.
• An outline of the UV16 key operational aims and their relevance within the NATO Joint ISR programme.
• Future requirements and plans to continue moving forward
 

11:40 Concepts of Operation for the Enhancement of UAS Capability

Lieutenant Colonel Christophe  Fontaine

Lieutenant Colonel Christophe Fontaine, Commander, 1/33 Belfort Wing, French Air Force

• An overview of UAS capability within the French Air Force’s 1/33 Belfort Wing

• Operational feedback from the Mali campaign, an analysis of intelligence sharing and targeting

• Future plans for joint training and operational collaboration amongst strategic partners

12:20 Microflown Avisa: Airborne Wide Volume Acoustic Target Acquisition

Dr Hans Elias de Bree

Dr Hans Elias de Bree, Director for Research and Development, Microflown AVISA


• Acoustic Multi Mission Sensor enabling technology
• Localizing small arms fire and rockets/artillery/mortars
• Various airborne sensor carrying platforms

13:00 Networking Lunch in Exhibition Area

14:00 Panel Discussion: How Defence Forces can Deliver Intelligence Advantage Through Greater Interoperability


• Why interoperability between nations is vital for greater ISR capability
• NATO recommendations and programmes promoting interoperability
• Training for interoperability-how can users help create better joint decision making

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander, AEW&C Force Command, NATO.

Major General George Harrison (ret)

Major General George Harrison (ret), Associate Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Lieutenant Colonel Christophe  Fontaine

Lieutenant Colonel Christophe Fontaine, Commander, 1/33 Belfort Wing, French Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Carl Magnus Svensson

Lieutenant Colonel Carl Magnus Svensson, Commander of 32nd Intelligence Battalion, Life Regiment Hussars, Swedish Army

Ms Amanda Shakir

Ms Amanda Shakir, UK National Project Officer, MAJIIC 2,, DSTL

14:45 Affordable Airborne ISR

John  Beckner

John Beckner, Managing Director, Horizon Technologies

 
• Platforms and Missions
• Sensors and Systems - Building Block approach
• Real World Examples
 

15:25 Afternoon Tea and Networking in Exhibition Area

16:05 An Update on the British Army Watchkeeper Tactical UAS

Major James Southall

Major James Southall, Senior Operator, British Army UAS, Headquarters 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade, British Army


• The purpose of Watchkeeper
• Watchkeeper training delivery
• Watchkeeper on operations in Afghanistan
• The future for Watchkeeper
 

16:45 Coalition ISR Interoperability – The contribution of MAJIIC2 (Multi-Intelligence, All-Source, Joint ISR Interoperability Coalition)

Ms Amanda Shakir

Ms Amanda Shakir, UK National Project Officer, MAJIIC 2,, DSTL

 

• What is MAJIIC2?
• International implementation
• Activity in the UK
• Exploiting MAJIIC2’s legacy

17:25 Chairman's Closing Remarks

17:40 End of Airborne ISR 2015 Day One

8:45 Conference Registration and Informal Networking

9:15 Chairmans Opening Address

Major General George Harrison (ret)

Major General George Harrison (ret), Associate Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute

9:30 An Account of Swedens Recent UAS Operations in Mali

 

• An overview of Sweden’s UAS capability
• The role played by UAS assets in the Mali campaign, success in the intelligence gathering field
• Challenges faced: Operational lessons learnt and areas for investment that might enhance future capability

Lieutenant Colonel Carl Magnus Svensson

Lieutenant Colonel Carl Magnus Svensson, Commander of 32nd Intelligence Battalion, Life Regiment Hussars, Swedish Army

10:10 The Role of UAS in the Targeting Process

Colonel (Ret'd) Levent  Selvi

Colonel (Ret'd) Levent Selvi, Former Division Head, ISTAR Division, Turkish Air Force


• An overview of current capabilities
• UAS as a means of targeting hostile ground threats for combat air craft
• Future plans and timelines

10:50 Morning Coffee and Networking in Exhibition Area

11:30 An Update on the EDA's ISR Priorities

Mr Alessandro  Vivoli

Mr Alessandro Vivoli, Project Officer, Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance,Capability, Armament and Technology, European Defence Agency


• The EDA framework
• The Capability Development process
• The study on persistent surveillance (SULTAN)
• The GISMO (Geospatial Information to Support decision Making in Operations ) project

12:10 An Overview of the Royal Navy's ISR Portfolio

Brigadier David Evans

Brigadier David Evans , ACOS IS, Information Superiority, Royal Navy

• The Navy’s current airborne ISR assets
• Future capability plans
• Emerging technology
• Challenges of CEPP, namely QNLZ and F35
 

12:50 Networking Lunch in Exhibition Area

13:50 Panel: Delivering Mission Superiority through Airborne ISR

  • Recent examples of Airborne ISR as a mission enabler
  • Why ISR remains the key differentiator in all operational environments
  • Next generation ISR-how will the evolution of technology  help future operations across Air, Land and Sea


     

  • Major General George Harrison (ret)

    Major General George Harrison (ret), Associate Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute

    Brigadier David Evans

    Brigadier David Evans , ACOS IS, Information Superiority, Royal Navy

    Lieutenant Colonel Carl Magnus Svensson

    Lieutenant Colonel Carl Magnus Svensson, Commander of 32nd Intelligence Battalion, Life Regiment Hussars, Swedish Army

    Mr Alessandro  Vivoli

    Mr Alessandro Vivoli, Project Officer, Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance,Capability, Armament and Technology, European Defence Agency

    14:30 Overcoming Safety Issues Associated with UAVs through Sense and Avoid Technology

    Dr Ashutosh Natraj

    Dr Ashutosh Natraj, Researcher, Computer Science, University of Oxford

    • An outline of this technology and the vital role it has to play
    • Swarm detect and avoid collaborative actions with high level decision making for a step closer towards autonomy of UAVs
    • The future potential to safely open up civil air space to UAV operations

    15:10 Advanced Naval Operations under Spatial Grasp Technology

    Dr Peter  Sapaty

    Dr Peter Sapaty, Chief Researcher, Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems


    • Past, Present, Future, and Problems of the Naval Fleet
    • Spatial Grasp Ideology and Technology (SGT) As a Possible Way to the Solutions Needed
    • Exemplary Task 1: Dynamic Creation of Distributed Infrastructures
    • Exemplary Task 2: Robotic Swarm Attack
    • Exemplary Task 3: Withstanding Cruise Missile Attacks
    • Other Examples in SGT

    15:45 Chairman's Closing Remarks

    16:00 End of Airborne ISR 2015 Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

    Deputy Commander, AEW&C Force Command, NATO.
    Brigadier David Evans

    Brigadier David Evans

    ACOS IS, Information Superiority, Royal Navy
    Lieutenant Colonel Carl Magnus Svensson

    Lieutenant Colonel Carl Magnus Svensson

    Commander of 32nd Intelligence Battalion, Life Regiment Hussars, Swedish Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Christophe  Fontaine

    Lieutenant Colonel Christophe Fontaine

    Commander, 1/33 Belfort Wing, French Air Force

    Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

    Deputy Commander, AEW&C Force Command, NATO.
    Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

    Brigadier David Evans

    ACOS IS, Information Superiority, Royal Navy
    Brigadier David Evans

    Colonel (Ret'd) Levent Selvi

    Former Division Head, ISTAR Division, Turkish Air Force
    Colonel (Ret'd) Levent  Selvi

    Dr Ashutosh Natraj

    Researcher, Computer Science, University of Oxford
    Dr Ashutosh Natraj

    Dr Hans Elias de Bree

    Director for Research and Development, Microflown AVISA
    Dr Hans Elias de Bree

    Dr Peter Sapaty

    Chief Researcher, Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems
    Dr Peter  Sapaty

    John Beckner

    Managing Director, Horizon Technologies
    John  Beckner

    Lieutenant Colonel Carl Magnus Svensson

    Commander of 32nd Intelligence Battalion, Life Regiment Hussars, Swedish Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Carl Magnus Svensson

    Lieutenant Colonel Christophe Fontaine

    Commander, 1/33 Belfort Wing, French Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Christophe  Fontaine

    Major General George Harrison (ret)

    Associate Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute
    Major General George Harrison (ret)

    Mr Alessandro Vivoli

    Project Officer, Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance,Capability, Armament and Technology, European Defence Agency
    Mr Alessandro  Vivoli

    Mr Rob Munday

    Unified Vision 2014, Assessment Director, NATO
    Mr Rob Munday

    Ms Amanda Shakir

    UK National Project Officer, MAJIIC 2,, DSTL
    Ms Amanda Shakir

    Robert Murray

    Head of ISR, Defence Investment Division, NATO
    Robert Murray

    Squadron Leader Steve Knight

    54 Squadron, Officer Commanding Rivet Joint, Royal Air Force
    Squadron Leader Steve  Knight

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    Horizon Technologies

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    Horizon Technologies is the world leader in airborne satellite monitoring systems for ISR applications. We help equip numerous governments worldwide by enhancing their SIGINT capabilities. Horizon Technologies, in conjunction with its partners, has developed a new Airborne Satellite Monitoring System (ASMS): FlyingFish™. FlyingFish™ enables international government bodies to passively monitor satellite communications from a tactical airborne monitoring platform in the fight against the scourges of crime, smuggling, poaching, drug trafficking and terrorist threats. FlyingFish™ is a UK dual-use COTS product and subject to UK export control. Our Second Generation version of FlyingFish™ is now in full production, and being delivered, with even more advanced capabilities, to our customers. Horizon Technologies continually strives to design and manufacture new products that exceed the requirements of our demanding customers and to maintain the performance and reliability our customers expect. Our core values drive us to do it right the first time, deliver products of unmatched quality and reliability, and to support our customers until we have exceeded all of their expectations.


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    Microflown AVISA provides complete acoustic situational awareness for the purpose of both self-protection and target acquisition for all sorts of military vehicles, ranging from open unarmored recce vehicles to (rubber) tracked shooting infantry fighting vehicles and tanks. For an individual vehicle, a single so called Acoustic Multi Mission Sensor (AMMS) can be used to detect, locate (and where applicable track) the positions of small arms fire or a helicopter/drone. The same AMMS is able to detect the direction of a RPG being fired upon a vehicle. A more advanced version is the CAMEL, two AMMSs on a vehicle deck providing more spatial distribution and hence better performance. When networked, the CAMELS become part of the CARAVAN, providing convoy protection also against mortars and light artillery. But the same network also creates a mobile (passive) sound ranging array, a passive function replacing (active) weapon localization radars.

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

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    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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