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Following on from the success of SMi’s first Joint Battlespace Digitization conference in London, we are once again bringing together the international specialists within the digitization field and tackling the issues that matter. Joint Battlespace Digitization 2000 offers a unique opportunity to hear from a leading panel of speakers at the cutting edge, providing a crucial insight into international Digitization developments.

Last year’s delegates included representatives from the following companies:

  • Ministry of Defence
  • Alenia Marconi
  • DERA
  • Bae Systems
  • DaimlerChrysler
  • GEC Rockwell Collins
  • Racal Defence
  • RSAF FSST
  • Israeli Aircraft
  • CCII Systems
  • Harris Corporation
  • ADS, DCIS(A)
  • Norwegian Army Material Command

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

    Joint Battlespace Digitization 2000 is organised and produced by SMi: we specialise in providing senior executives with timely, strategic and focused up to date information. SMi conferences are leading-edge business events offering delegates the opportunity to meet senior industry and government figures and seek their advice and opinions.

    Please register now to guarantee your place at this important conference.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Julian Ranger

Julian Ranger, Managing Director, STASYS

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

Dawn Hartley

Dawn Hartley, DISA Chief Technology Officer, Department of Defense

  • An overview of the role and objectives of the Joint Interoperability and Engineering Organisation
  • Co-operative engagement capability (CEC) - is this to be integrated into current system engineering designs?
  • Legacy systems - avoiding duplication in joint service development
  • The sharing and exchange of data in a federation of interoperable systems - the need for common interface standards
  • Co-ordinating the delivery of all C4I systems and applications - the need for scope for innovation, close user involvement and accelerated timescales
  • The effect of interoperability on current and future C4I systems engineering and its role in coalition/allied operations
  • 9:40 GCCS AND THE COMMON OPERATIONAL PICTURE

    Dean Baird

    Dean Baird, Chairman, DII COE COP/Correlation Technical Working Group

  • DII COE Correlation and Common Operational Picture (COP) capabilities
  • How these capabilities are used in GCCS and the U.S. Service variants
  • Issues and prospects for the future
  • 10:20 JOINT AND COALITION DIGITIZATION OF THE BATTLESPACE

    Colonel Gary Bradley

    Colonel Gary Bradley, Director of Operations, Joint C4ISR Battle Center

  • 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
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 JOINT DATA NETWORK OPERATIONS

    Colonel Stephen Fleet

    Colonel Stephen Fleet, Chief, Joint Interoperability Division, FORCECOM

  • Joint data network and its C4I interfaces
  • U.S joint multi-tadil training school; Joint system training exercise program
  • FTX roving sands--interoperability challenges in a live, virtual and simulated environment
  • JTIDS network design and pulse deconfliction
  • Joint interface control officer (JICO) cell
  • Operational support to the warfighter & lessons learned in real world contingencies
  • 12:00 NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE

    Fred Stein

    Fred Stein, Principle Engineer/PEO 3CS Liaison to III Corps, Department of Defense

  • Impacts on the Sensor / Engagement Networks
  • Lessons Learned at Army Exercises
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 DIGITIZATION ACQUISITION CHALLENGES

    Stanley Levine

    Stanley Levine, Acting Director, Army Digitization Office

  • Digitization as a unique form of modernization
  • The role of evolutionary acquisition
  • The challenges of evolutionary acquisition
  • Implementing a system of systems approach
  • Fielding and support from a military unit perspective
  • 14:40 COMMAND CENTER UPGRADES

    Frank Dwulet

    Frank Dwulet, Chief, Command Center Upgrades/ Special Projects Office, US Army CECOM

  • The US Army’s Command Center Upgrades/ Special Projects Office - an overview
  • The impact of fully-functional regional C2 units and centres
  • The challenges of developing C4I infrastructures in developing and emerging countries for joint forces - dealing with inequalities caused by legacy systems
  • The solutions examined - an overview of recent successful implementations
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 AND NOW FOR THE REAL WORLD…

    Donald R. Willis

    Donald R. Willis, President, Command System Inc

  • Magellan: data networking (3 exercises/operations)
  • JCM ACTDs: afloat/ashore transition (2 major fleet exercises)
  • Operations and exercises: used at least five times in the real world
  • JWID, technology advancement by absorption; Integrated tactical situation: merging the strategic with the tactical achieved.
  • How? don’t do traditional procurement that buys programs, not products.
  • Planned system upgrade cycle to keep current with the user’s environment; How long? Australia took four….
  • 16:20 ISTAR IN THE JOINT BATTLESPACE

    Raymond Held

    Raymond Held, Team Coordinator, ISR Integration, SPAWAR

  • Current tactical reconnaissance requirements
  • Recent examples of fleet reconnaissance
  • Rapid targeting and time critical strike
  • Reconnaissance 2020
  • Conclusions
  • 17:00 PRACTICAL LESSONS

    Ronald L. Munden

    Ronald L. Munden, Vice President and Division Manager, Operations, Training and Testing Division, Camber

  • Training challenges of the digital collective environment
  • Case studies - US Army digital efforts and those of colition operators in Bosnia
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    18:00 Networking Drinks Reception

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel Philip Pratley

    Colonel Philip Pratley, Assistant Director, Joint Battlespace Digitization, UK Ministry of Defence

    9:10 UK JOINT BATTLESPACE DIGITIZATION

    Colonel Philip Pratley

    Colonel Philip Pratley, Assistant Director, Joint Battlespace Digitization, UK Ministry of Defence

  • Joint Battlespace Digitization - its aims, objectives and challenges ahead
  • The JBD concept and management structure analysed
  • Joint Command System Initiative (JCSI) examined
  • 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 these battlespace scenarios?
  • The current status of the UK’s JBD Program and some future predictions
  • 9:40 JOINT BATTLESPACE DIGITIZATION - THE CHALLENGES OF INTEGRATION

    Professor Peter Brook

    Professor Peter Brook, Head of the Integration Authority, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence UK

  • What are the challenges for developing joint command systems for the British Armed Forces?
  • Meeting the demands of modern forces - the unique operational requirements for joint operations assessed
  • The challenges and solutions on system integration
  • Current procurement approaches
  • The role of the Integration Authority
  • 10:20 NAVAL JBD DEVELOPMENTS

    Commander Chris Connolly

    Commander Chris Connolly, SO1 N7 (C2Int), CINCFLEET

  • What changes are forseen in the employment of naval forces in joint operations and what CIS/C2 challenges do these changes pose?
  • What part does a ‘joint battlespace digitization’ approach play in meeting these challeneges
  • How is CINCFLEET addressing the challeneges of interoperability between it’s forces and those of allied/coalition partners?
  • What are the solutions for current legacy system integration?
  • How is the ‘human factor’ element being addressed at CINCFLEET?
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 UK LAND DIGITIZATION INITIATIVE

    Major M Griffiths

    Major M Griffiths, SO2 (Plans), UK Ministry of Defence

  • Battlefield Digitization as an approach
  • Producing a coherent framework for operations
  • The current status of the UK’s Land Digitization initiative
  • 12:00 INTEGRATING AIR PLATFORMS INTO THE JOINT BATTLESPACE

    Martin Ferry

    Martin Ferry, Technical Leader. Air Platform Digitization, DERA

  • What are the critical drivers for digitization development of air platforms?
  • To what extent is the issue of interoperability driving developments at the national and international force level?
  • How are avionics, data link, ISTAR asset and weapon system developments being developed in line with JBD objectives?
  • What are the principal challenges facing air platform systems developers?
  • What are the current areas of research for DERA in this area (unclassified)?
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 JOINT MISSION PLANNING PANEL

    Lt Colonel Jake Thorn & Michael Baranick

    Lt Colonel Jake Thorn & Michael Baranick, Deputy Director, Combat Air Forces C2 System Program Office & Chief, Modeling and Simulation Development Support, USAF & National Defence University

    14:40 SWEDISH PERSPECTIVE

    Erik Haggblad

    Erik Haggblad, Systems Designer Air Force, Systems Division, FMV (Sweden)

  • Swedish Joint Battlespace Digitization - its aims, objectives and challenges ahead
  • The current status of the Swedish JBD Program and some future predictions
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON COMMAND AND CONTROL

    Professor Berndt Brehmer

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

  • Increased information envisaged in the joint battlespace will not automatically lead to better C2
  • Achieving enhanced situational awareness and faster decisions
  • Ensuring flexibility, creativity and adaptively for unknown command factors
  • ROLF - an examination of a new network centric command and control function and experience of the Mark 1
  • 16:20 TACTICAL WIDE-AREA COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK (TWACNS)

    Eddie Allen

    Eddie Allen, Business Development Manager, Nortel Networks

  • CORMORANT - the communications system needed for the UK MOD Joint Rapid Reaction
  • Force, the so-called Theatre Wide Area Communications Network System
  • Meeting the operational requirements for the battlespace communications infrastructure
  • Recent achievements; Importance of secure data links; Using encryption and frequency hopping to protect information
  • Ensuring efficient use of communications and data by system design and management to facilitate joint force communications in rapid reaction situations
  • The current status of the Cormorant Program
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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