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Following on from the success of our Mission Planning events, SMi have produced this unique conference which examines the developing trends in mission rehearsal systems and their role in synthetic training. This highly topical event will also look at terrain visualisation software and the standardisation of image processing, databases and mission planning architecture.

As a senior executive you will be aware of the growing importance of this field. We would therefore like to invite you to register for SMi’s Mission Rehearsal and Synthetic Training conference. By assembling a panel of expert speakers, this conference will provide you with an excellent insight into the role of mission rehearsal and will include case studies on the leading systems available.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Professor Don McLean

Professor Don McLean, Professor of Flight Control, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Southampton

9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - UK MILITARY TRAINING AND SIMULATION REQUIREMENTS

Wing Commander Malcolm Brown

Wing Commander Malcolm Brown, OR 43 (Air), Directorate of Operational Requirements, Ministry of Defence

  • Unique requirements of Air Force simulation
  • The case for distributed mission rehearsal and training
  • Modern day simulators: how realistic do they have to be?
  • Deployable simulators: mission rehearsal in the field
  • Opening the game to the joint/combined arena
  • 10:20 MISSION REHEARSAL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

    Barry Oliver

    Barry Oliver, Business Development Manager, Simulation and Training, Vickers Defence Systems

  • Evolving operational requirements - responding to the demands of the Joint Battlefield
  • Making up the ground - how land force training is benefiting from the developments in the other forces
  • Creating a simulated battlefield - the dangers for the human factor aspects of warfighting
  • Distributed interactive simulators - how sophisticated can the interaction become?
  • 10:20 THE UK EXPERIENCE OF JOINT MISSION REHEARSAL

    Wing Commander (Ret’d) Mike Russell

    Wing Commander (Ret’d) Mike Russell, Director Simulation Systems, VisiCom

  • The UK’s 2 mission rehearsal experiments - Ex Purple Sound and Ex Winters Tale
  • Role of OA tools
  • Role of simulations
  • Goals for a complete toolset
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 BATTLEFIELD FAST JET REHEARSAL AND TRAINING SYSTEMS

    Anne Burniston

    Anne Burniston, UK Business Development Manager, Thomson Training and Simulation

  • An overview of the Tornado GR4 Synthetic Training System (STS)
  • The importance of ensuring the fidelity and consistency of the environment
  • Exploring the potential of the Tornado STS for training for joint multi-national air superiority
  • Encompassing command and control and vertical integration into the Tornado STS as a part of the global synthetic environment
  • The role of the Tornado STS in the UK Synthetic Environment Infrastructure
  • 12:00 LINKING MISSION PLANNING TO MISSION REHEARSAL

    Marc Atherton

    Marc Atherton, Managing Director, MSA Services

  • The definition of mission rehearsal in barracks and deployed
  • The requirements of synthetic environments to support the identified objectives
  • The major elements of the synthetic environments to support the need to be simulated
  • The type 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
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 TERRAIN VISUALISATION AND MISSION REHEARSAL

    Andy Wells

    Andy Wells, Sales Manager, 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?
  • 14:40 THE ROLE OF IMAGERY IN MISSION REHEARSAL

    Kevin Porter

    Kevin Porter, European Business Development Director, Marconi Integrated Systems

  • Terrain visualisation and modelling
  • Aim point determination for guided weapons
  • Rapid geopositioning for near real time mode of operation
  • Decision aids for co-ordinated target area attack plans
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE USE OF GEOGRAPHIC MATERIAL IN MILITARY SYSTEMS

    Peter Jolly

    Peter Jolly, Defence Account Manager, ESRI (UK)

  • More and more military systems, old and new, require geographic data
  • Sources of data and available coverage
  • The importance of a common frame of reference
  • Data preparation
  • Examples and uses
  • 16:20 THE ROLE OF TERRAIN DATA AND MISSION REHEARSAL

    Cameron Japp

    Cameron Japp, Business Development Manager, Defence- Europe and Middle East, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC)

  • What is mission rehearsal - how important is it - who needs it?
  • Terrain data as a foundation of 3D mission rehearsal
  • New data sources - what is the difference?
  • Key issues for the selection, delivery and update of data
  • Tailoring the data mix to user requirements
  • Into the future
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Informal networking drinks reception for speakers and delegates

    7:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Trevor Nash

    Trevor Nash, Editor, Military Training and Simulation News

    9:40 CASE STUDY - TOPSCENE

    Lieutenant Commander (Ret’d) Robert Mace

    Lieutenant Commander (Ret’d) Robert Mace, Program Manager, Vector Data Systems

  • An overview of the program from conception to current day
  • Preparation for real world combat environment
  • An overview of the factors required to produce a scene visualisation environment
  • An examination of TOPSCENE’s success during real world operations, from DESERT STORM ALLIED FORCES
  • TOPSCENE Joint Service Program: Future deployment schedules with the US Marines, Army, Airforce and Special Operations Forces
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - CATT - COMBINED ARMS TACTICAL TRAINER

    Major Hugh Ward, ISIS 21b, Intelligence, Simulation and Information Systems, Ministry of Defence

    Major Hugh Ward, ISIS 21b, Intelligence, Simulation and Information Systems, Ministry of Defence, and, Major Jeremy Wilman, Operational Requirements, CATT Programme, Ministry of Defence

  • CATT the system
  • Reality into simulation
  • Verification and validation
  • Simulation based development and acqusition
  • 10:20 THE JOINT SIMULATION SYSTEM

    James Shiflett

    James Shiflett, Vice-President, SAIC

  • The status of JSIMS
  • Future training uses
  • Applications to mission rehearsal
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE FIRE SUPPORT COMBINED ARMS TACTICAL TRAINER (FSCATT

    Ray Vause

    Ray Vause, Simulation Systems Manager, Raytheon Systems

  • An overview of the FSCATT system
  • Advantages of simulation verses live fire
  • An overview of the program from conception to current day
  • An examination of the system capabilities
  • The howitzer strap-on training system: simulation in the field
  • 12:00 RAPIDSCENE

    Tom Mackowiak

    Tom Mackowiak, RapidScene Project Engineer, Evans and Sutherfield

  • An overview of the program from conception to current day
  • The need for Rapid Scene: Fulfilling the US Navy’s requirement
  • An examination of the system capabilities
  • Potential future deployment schedules with the US Marines, Army, Airforce and Special
  • Operations Force
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE USE OF SIMULATION AS A MEANS OF TRAINING

    Nick Ball

    Nick Ball, Collective Training Manager, Customer Training, GKN Westland Helicopters

  • The training need - simulation verses real-time flying
  • Training media fidelity
  • Battlefield simulation and the impact of synthetic environment
  • Training as a service
  • 14:40 OBSERVING THE SIMULATED ENVIRONMENT IN 3-D

    William Kraus

    William Kraus, Operations Manager, SAIC (SIMTools)

  • Overview of stealth technologies in use for mission rehearsal
  • Capabilities of SIMTools VRStealth
  • The importance of effective simulation technologies in the training arena
  • The benefits of using SIMTools for multi-user simulations
  • Future uses for SIMTools
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 ENROUTE MISSION PLANNING AND REHEARSAL

    Shaffer Day III

    Shaffer Day III, Senior Business Development Manager, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation

  • The need to gain a detailed information exchange between headquarters and field organisation whilst enroute to remote conflict areas
  • Managing information vital to mission planning and rehearsal using available communication channels
  • EMPRS hardware and software components: the development, processing and display of mission related information
  • Case study - results from the EMPRS technology demonstration at the US Space Foundation National Space Symposium
  • The Joint Contingency Force - Advanced Warfighting Experiment - a further evaluation of the system
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