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Following the overwhelming success of our previous Military Satellite Communications conference, this year’s Global MILSATCOM 2000 conference aims to address key issues in developing systems for emerging combat scenarios as well as examining the move towards increased integration of commercial satellite services into MILSATCOM strategies. It will focus on the latest developments in major MILSATCOM programs and technologies currently under development and examine the challenges facing satellite communications in the 21st Century.

By assembling an international panel of expert speakers, this conference will provide you with an excellent insight into the critical ongoing MILSATCOM developments and ensure that you are strategically placed to maximise their operational and commercial potential.

Last years delegates included representatives from the following organisations:

  • Royal Air Force
  • Hughes Space and Communication
  • Marconi Communications
  • US Air Force
  • Globalstar
  • Canadian Air Force
  • French DGA
  • Thomson CSF
  • Netherlands TNO
  • Lockheed Martin
  • NATO
  • DERA
  • Belgian Armed Forces
  • ISRO (India)
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Motorola
Please register now using the enclosed to guarantee your place at this important conference.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Richard Harris

Richard Harris, Manager ISTAR and C4I Systems Department, DERA

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS - THE FUTURE OF MILITARY SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS - SKYNET 5

Keith Smith

Keith Smith, Satellite Communications Team Leader, Defence Procurement Agency

9:40 NATO SATCOM POST-2000

Wayne Taylor

Wayne Taylor, Principle Telecommunications Engineer for Network Planning, SHAPE

  • An update on the current status of the NATO SATCOM programme
  • The increased need for NATO SATCOM: the changing role of NATO, ‘Crisis Management’ and the need for flexible, deployable, effective communications
  • Requirements for the post-2000 NATO SATCOM programme: the Capability Package and the challenges and opportunities ahead
  • 10:20 GLOBAL BROADCAST SYSTEM - A WORLDWIDE HIGH-CAPACITY TRANSMISSION TO THE WARFIGHTER

    Lt. Colonel John Driessnack

    Lt. Colonel John Driessnack, GBS Deputy PM & Chief Financial Officer (CFO), US Air Force

  • Key requirements: doctrine, policy, Joint Vision 2010, information management and network centric warfare
  • Technology challenges in capitalizing on use of Commercial Technology
  • Evolving concepts of operations with High Capacity one-way transmissions
  • Allied and coalition operations
  • Future perspectives on information dissemination
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 MILSTAR

    Janice E. Smith

    Janice E. Smith, Director, Advanced Programs, US Air Force

  • An update on the status, aims and objectives of the MILSTAR Program
  • System description and capabilities: Payload and terminal features
  • Operational deployments plans
  • 12:00 MILSATCOM ADVANCED PROGRAMS

    Janice E. Smith

    Janice E. Smith, Director, Advanced Programs, US Air Force

  • An update on the implementation of the MILSATCOM transition architecture
  • The status, aims and objectives of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Program
  • System description and capabilities: Payload and terminal features
  • Status of international co-operation and interoperability
  • The status, aims and objectives of the Wideband Gapfiller Program
  • Lease vs. buy analysis; Future initiatives and developments
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 AN UPDATE ON THE MUOS PROGRAM

    Wayne Curles

    Wayne Curles, Mobile User Objective System Assistant Program Manager, SPAWAR

  • An overview of the US Navy’s Operational Requirements Document for MUOS
  • A status on the Concept Exploration completed to date in defining the MUOS system and architecture
  • Results of evaluating commercial services ability to satisfy MUOS requirements
  • US Navy’s acquisition strategy for developing and procuring MUOS
  • 14:40 DEVELOPMENTS IN WIDEBAND SATCOM FOR SURFACE COMBATANTS

    Dr Roy A. Axford Jr

    Dr Roy A. Axford Jr, Electronics Engineer/Project Manager, SPAWAR

  • High data rates with smaller aperture mobile terminals in the X- and K/Ka-Bands
  • Dual use technologies for the government and non-government 30/20 GHz bands
  • Electromagnetic interference advantages of K/Ka-Band SATCOM in the maritime radar environment
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MILSATCOM SERVICE PROVISION - AN OPPPORTUNITY FOR INNOVATION

    Nigel Hope

    Nigel Hope, Business Development and Innovation, Astrium

  • Service provider incentives to deliver improved capability
  • Shortening timescales for implementation of new technologies
  • Technology refresh strategies
  • Based on practical examples
  • 16:20 ADVANCED MOBILE TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS (AMTCS)

    Martin Tucker

    Martin Tucker, Mublcom Program Manager, Paul Caporossi, Mobile Communications Program Director, Orbital Sciences Corporation

  • An update on the MUBLCOM Program: capabilities and objectives
  • An overview of the AMTCS; it’s ability to support mobile tactical battlefield communications
  • An analysis of the Warfighter requirements and the ability of the AMTCS to meet these needs
  • The AMTCS concept: self-networking architecture as a global system
  • Future developments and opportunities for AMTCS
  • 17:00 COMMERCIAL PROVISION OF MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

    James Noble, Director, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space

    James Noble, Director, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, , Pete Slinger, MILSATCOM Project Team Leader, BT Defence/BAE Systems

  • Transformational discontinuities in the global telecom marketplace
  • How the military are responding to rapid rate of change and heightened expectations
  • How commercial practice can be fully exploited by the military
  • How MILSATCOM can meet the challenge of broadband communications
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:50 Drinks reception for delegates and speakers

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Malcolm Lewis-Morris

    Malcolm Lewis-Morris, Aerospace Specialist, Royal Air Force

    9:10 A CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE

    Colonel Dennis Harris

    Colonel Dennis Harris, Project Manager, Canadian Military Satellite Communications Project, Department of National Defense

  • Aims and objectives of the Canadian MILSATCOM Program
  • The current status of the DND SATCOM PLAN: a phased approach to provide MILSATCOM capability for the Dept. of National Defense
  • The way forward: present and future developments for CANMILSATCOM
  • The Challenge - A new Canadian Forces Capability
  • 9:40 THE NETHERLANDS MILITARY SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENTS

    Captain Dick M. Ooms

    Captain Dick M. Ooms, Director, Netherlands MILSATCOM Project, Royal Netherlands Navy

  • Project overview: aims and objectives, content and status
  • Choices and trade-offs: military vice commercial, lease or buy, own or share
  • Ensuring interoperability: definitions and requirements, NATO and coalitions
  • Addressing security and vulnerability aspects
  • Scalability issues: how to accommodate (ever) growing requirements?
  • 10:20 A GERMAN PERSPECTIVE

    Rolf Gerner

    Rolf Gerner, Director, German SATCOM Program Office, German Federal Ministry of Defence

  • An update on the latest developments in the German MILSATCOM Program
  • Aims and objectives of the German MILSATCOM Program
  • Operational utility and capability
  • The challenges and opportunities ahead for the European Space Industry
  • Present and future developments
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 DERA MILSATCOM RESEARCH

    Dr David Haworth

    Dr David Haworth, Technical Leader, Satellite Communications, DERA

    12:00 LEVERAGING COMMERCIAL SATCOM FOR THE WARFIGHTER

    Frank Prautzsch

    Frank Prautzsch, Manager, MILSATCOM Requirements and Director Hughes Colorado Springs, Hughes Space and Communications

  • The impact of new Service doctrine, JV 2020, and force structure changes on the MILSATCOM architecture
  • The impact of the global satcom market and technology on warfighter expectations
  • The impact of satcom business capabilities on warfighter requirements
  • What commercial satcom can and cannot offer the warfighter
  • The never-ending trade…Lease versus Buy
  • Fiber and terrestrial services in a systems perspective
    Issues, warnings, and recommendations
  • 14:00 FRENCH MILSATCOM REQUIREMENTS

    Blaise Jaeger

    Blaise Jaeger, Satellite Communication Division, Vice President, Military Programs, Alcatel Space Industries

  • Current and future aims and objectives of the MILSATCOM program
  • An overview of the changed service needs of military satellite communication
  • Future developments and plans for French MILSATCOM
  • 14:40 THE ITALIAN INDUSTRY PERPSECTIVE

    Silvio De Vita

    Silvio De Vita, New Milsatcom Program Manager, Paola Ricci, Defence Marketing Director, Alenia Spazio

  • Present situation
  • Application areas
  • Frequency bands and standards
  • New emerging military satellite systems
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 ADVANCED SATELLITE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES

    John Stuart

    John Stuart, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Managing Director, Europe, COMDEV

  • An overview of applicable technology in current and planned commercial programs
  • The challenge of incorporating applicable technology
  • An insight into recent developments in telecommunications satellite technologies lessons learnt and challenges ahead
  • Future initiatives and challenges for incorporating commercial technology in MILSATCOM programs
  • 16:20 CLOSING ADDRESS - EMERGING SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

    Preston Campbell

    Preston Campbell, Director of Program Development & Planning, TRW

  • An overview of future MILSATCOM requirements and the role of commercial services in future MILSATCOM strategies
  • Realizing the promise of commercial space - financial, technical and regulatory challenges
  • How can commercial space assets be effectively utilised in the overall MILSATCOM architecture?
  • Addressing the issue of interoperability - how is this being resolved in relation to military satellite communications?
  • Increased capacity - globally and in the theatre - the advantages for the military discussed
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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