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This unique event aims to address the key issues and identify the principal challenges ahead for C4I development in the Joint Battlespace. It will address the major doctrinal and policy implications of the trend towards joint and tri-service operations as well as look at the technological challenges and developments ahead.

By assembling an international panel of expert speakers, this conference will provide you with an excellent insight into international Digitization developments and their critical implications for future combat scenarios to ensure that you are strategically placed to maximise their operational and commercial potential.

Opening Addresses from:
Brigadier David Innes, Director, Land Digitization, UK Ministry of Defence Colonel Gary Bradley, Director of Operations, Joint C4ISR Battle Center (US)

Keynote Addresses by:
Colonel Philip Pratley MBE, Assistant Director, Joint Battlespace Digitization, UK Ministry of Defence
Colonel (Ret’d) Fred Stein, Senior Mitre Representative, Force XXI, Fort Hood, The Mitre Corporation

Therefore, if you are involved in any aspect of military C4I development, operation or integration, whether it be in the Armed Forces, industry or research, you cannot afford to miss this event.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier General H Loidolt

Brigadier General H Loidolt, Director Electronics Equipment and C3I Systems Acquisition, Austrian Ministry of Defence

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS - JOINT AND COALITION DIGITIZATION OF THE BATTLESPACE

Colonel Gary Bradley

Colonel Gary Bradley, Director of Operations, Joint C4ISR Battle Center (US)

  • Command and control of the joint battlespace - the challenges ahead
  • The utilisation of COTS - can an effective joint procurement process be achieved?
  • Exploiting internet technologies in the joint battlespace
  • The challenges of information security and assurance to the digitisation movement
  • The increasing complexity of defining operational requirements
  • An overview of current joint C4ISR developments - allied and US
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Colonel Philip Pratley MBE

    Colonel Philip Pratley MBE, Assistant Director, Joint Battlespace Digitization and Joint Command Systems Initiative, UK Ministry of Defence

  • Joint Battlespace Digitization - aims, drivers, objectives
  • The JBD concept and management structure analysed
  • Joint Command System examined
  • Theory in practice - exploiting advances in procurement and technology
  • Approaching future joint and coalition operations - what are the key issues?
  • Handling people, education and training - the most pressing challenge?
  • 10:20 DELIVERING INFORMATION TO THE WARFIGHTER IN THE JOINT BATTLESPACE

    Commodore Pat Tyrrell

    Commodore Pat Tyrrell, Deputy Chief Executive/Director Operations, Defence Communication Services Agency

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 ‘THE JOINT BATTLESPACE - THEORY TO OPERATION’

    Dr Chris Gibson

    Dr Chris Gibson, 19K Package Manager, DERA

    12:00 BATTLESPACE DATA MANAGEMENT

    Philip Jolley, Business Development Manager Digitization, Logica

    Philip Jolley, Business Development Manager Digitization, Logica, , Lt Col Peter Nell, Army Data Services, DCIS (Army), British Army

  • Challenges of data management in the battlespace
  • The Army Common Object Model (ACOM)
  • Concepts for battlespace data management
  • The way forward
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 Chairman's opening remarks

    Colonel (Ret's) Jeremy Barrett

    Colonel (Ret's) Jeremy Barrett, Head of Defence Systems and Services, Hi-Q Systems

    13:50 DIGITIZATION -THE CHALLENGES OF INTEROPERABILITY

    Colonel Thomas Andrew

    Colonel Thomas Andrew, Commander, Joint Interoperability Test Command

  • An overview of the role and objectives of the Joint Interoperability Test Command
  • Legacy systems - how does the JITC ensure interoperability in joint service development?
  • The sharing and exchange of data in a federation of interoperable systems - the need for common testing and evaluating standards
  • Co-ordinating the interoperability of all C4I systems and applications - the challenges ahead
  • The effect of interoperability on current and future C4I systems engineering and its role in coalition/allied operations
  • 14:30 SHAPE IN THE JOINT BATTLESPACE

    Kenneth Short

    Kenneth Short, Chief, CIS Division, SHAPE

  • Joint operations - a CIS challenge for NATO
  • An overview of the role of the SHAPE HQ and its command and control functions in joint operations
  • An examination of the joint operations architecture to be developed in order to maintain a fully-functional operational centre
  • An overview of the difficulties experienced in receiving and processing data from joint multiple sources
  • The operational difficulties associated with joint, coalition and rapid deployment operations
  • The future of joint operations in NATO
  • 15:10 STRATEGIC MISSION PLANNING

    Wing Commander Raymond Blunden

    Wing Commander Raymond Blunden, SO/ADP, Combined Joint Planning Staff

  • CJPS organisation and role
  • Strategic planning for CJTFs - the requirement
  • Future information technology as an aid in strategic planning and decision making
  • Digitisation - the link from field force to strategic commander
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 JOINT CIS OPERATIONS

    Lt Colonel Jack Nelson

    Lt Colonel Jack Nelson, CIS C/J Ops, Reaction Forces Air Staff, Germany

  • An overview of the demands made on air-land CIS systems and its operatives
  • An analysis of the types of information being utilised and the methods of data transfer
  • The operational and logistical difficulties associated with joint battlespace forces - the air component view
  • The importance of reliable data fusion to co-ordinated operations and the problems caused by a lack of integration between systems/legacy systems
  • A case study of recent joint operation CIS involvement in exercises- how did the systems perform ?
  • The need for an effective interoperability policy and future joint CIS developments
  • 16:50 THE JOINT OPERATIONAL COMMAND SYSTEM - A CASE STUDY

    Warren Griffiths

    Warren Griffiths, Chief Systems Engineer, Operational Command Systems Account, EDS Defence

  • The Joint Operations Command System (JOCS) - the Joint Command’s IT system
  • The JOP as an information base - characteristics and high level definition
  • Information Management - joint information, structural requirements, functionality and services
  • The JOP requirements for picture visualisation and filtering
  • The contents of the JOP and JOP objects - track data, structured information and documents
  • Successful Implementation of the JOP in JOCS and lessons learned
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    17:45 Informal networking drinks reception for delegates and speakers

    8:00 Re-registration and Coffee

    8:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    8:40 OPENING ADDRESS - LAND DIGITIZATION INITIATIVES

    Brigadier David Innes

    Brigadier David Innes, Director, Land Digitization, UK Ministry of Defence

  • A vision for Digitization of the Battlespace (Land)
  • An approach to defining operational capability enhancements
  • The implementation process for the British Army - including some of the key mannning and training issues
  • The need for a Development Centre in Digitization
  • 9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - FORCE XXI - ONGOING CHALLENGES

    Colonel (Ret’d) Fred Stein

    Colonel (Ret’d) Fred Stein, Senior Mitre Representative, Force XXI, Fort Hood, The Mitre Corporation

  • The current status of the Force XXI programs
  • What lessons have been learnt so far in the pursuit of the First Digitized Force?
  • Advanced Warfighting Experiments - results assessed
  • Interoperability - joint/coalition operations
  • The need for horizontal and vertical integration - how is this to be achieved?
  • The ongoing developments assessed - an overview
  • 9:40 BATTLEFIELD CIS SYSTEMS - THE CHALLENGES AHEAD

    Brigadier C J Burton OBE ADC

    Brigadier C J Burton OBE ADC, Signal Officer in Chief, British Army

  • Meeting the operational requirements for the battlespace communications infrastructure
  • Standardization of interoperability - the case outlined
  • Legacy systems - avoiding duplication in joint service development
  • Initiatives to develop Command and Control as a joint system and the expected impact on multinational military operations
  • Co-ordinating the delivery of all digitised systems and applications - the need for scope for innovation, close user involvement and accelerated procurement timescales
  • Ensuring efficient use of communications and data by system design and management
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:40 DIGITIZATION - THE CHALLENGES AHEAD FOR INDUSTRY

    Kevin Flynn

    Kevin Flynn, Director, Digitization IPT, British Aerospace Defence Systems

  • An overview of the digital battlefield - what are the key areas of development?
  • ‘Smarter procurement’ - co-ordinating the delivery of all DBL systems and applications - the need for scope for innovation, close user involvement and accelerated timescales and how existing programs are aiming to achieve this
  • The challenges posed by legacy systems and the current C3 architecture
  • The future of the digital battlefield - some predictions and ongoing developments
  • 11:20 BOWMAN - THE FUTURE OF BATTLEFIELD COMMUNICATIONS

    Mike Baker

    Mike Baker, Systems Business Director, Racal Defence Electronics

  • An overview of the role and objectives of the Bowman LAS
  • The operational requirements and technical challenges driving the development of Bowman
  • The developmental process assessed
  • The problems posed by secure digital communications on the digitised battlefield
  • The effect of interoperability on the development of Bowman and its future role in joint and coalition/allied operations
  • The current development status of Bowman
  • 12:00 JOINT AND COALITION BATTLESPACE COMMAND AND CONTROL FOR THE DIGITIZED BATTLESPACE

    Professor Berndt Brehmer

    Professor Berndt Brehmer, Professor of Command and Control Decision Making, National Defence College, (FHS) (Sweden)

  • The digitized battlespace threatens to overwhelm the commander and his staff with information
  • Co-operartion and new forms of leadership as well as new forms are required to achieve 'Speed, Flexibility, Integration and Innovation'
  • ROLF 2010 - a new C2 concept and its associated C2 procedures and technology
  • ROLF 2010 is adapted to the capacities and needs of the commander and his staff according to the general principle 'Equipping man rather than manning equipment'
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 Chairman’s Opening Remarks

    Dewar Donnithorne-Tait

    Dewar Donnithorne-Tait, Head of UK Operations, Sun Microsystems Federal

    13:50 INFORMATION EXPLOITATION

    Dr Amjad Farooq

    Dr Amjad Farooq, Assistant Director Architecture, Information and Communication Services, UK Ministry of Defence

  • Information exploitation as a change management programme
  • Dealing with people, process, information and technology issues in an integrated way
  • A complex management challenge in large diverse organisations
  • 14:30 INFORMATION CAPABILITY

    Bill Robins

    Bill Robins, Director of Business Development, Alenia Marconi

  • The information perspective
  • The ‘capability’ implications
  • Meeting capability needs
  • The cross-boundary challenge
  • 15:10 SIMULATION IN THE JOINT BATTLESPACE

    Jeremy Smith

    Jeremy Smith, Team Manager, Operational Studies, British Aerospace Royal Ordnance

  • Requirements for digitization assessments
  • Potential assessment tools
  • Preferred assessment models/techniques
  • Example assessments
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVE

    Dr Neil Bryans

    Dr Neil Bryans, Chief, IT Division, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)

  • Aims, objectives and challenges
  • TAKARI concept and management structure
  • The theoretical versus the practical - what is achievable
  • Architecture - hardware and software
  • Technological progress
  • Current status and Future directions
  • 16:30 AUSTRIAN BATTLEFIELD DIGITISATION DEVELOPMENTS

    Brigadier General H Loidolt

    Brigadier General H Loidolt, Director Electronics Equipment and C3I Systems Acquisition, Austrian Ministry of Defence

  • Austrian Battlefield Digitization - its aims, objectives and challenges ahead
  • The Austrian BD concept and management structure analysed
  • Architectural developments and legacy system integration assessed
  • The theoretical vs the practical - what is achievable in light of current procurement processes/technological advances?
  • Approaching Joint and Allied operations - what are the challenges for digitization in emerging battlespace scenarios for the Austrian Armed Forces?
  • The current status of the Austrian BD Program and some future predictions
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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