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Continuing NATO enlargement has brought about a need for increased co-operation among nations in research, development, production and procurement. The desire to achieve the optimum level of interoperability among NATO land assets has driven the regeneration and development of NATO's land based military capabilities. This will further the capacity of the Alliance nations to meet military land system operational requirements.

SMi's NATO Land Systems Conference will bring you up to date with the current and future contribution of land systems to the effectiveness of joint forces. The event will deliver an unrivalled opportunity to develop an understanding of the work of various NATO bodies, offering an insight into the future requirements and capabilities of both members and partner nations.

Topics covered will include the continuing centrality of land systems in the military arena, assessing the importance of interoperability, standardisation, implementation and the road ahead for both NATO and non-NATO land platforms. Case studies on the work of a number of the NAAG Land Groups will offer an issue-specific focus on current and future land projects.

NATO Land Systems will provide the perfect setting for idea sharing and networking with representatives from NATO commands and the commercial arena.

A unique opportunity to hear from leading industry experts including:

  • Major General Henrik Dam, Chairman, NATO Army Armaments Group
  • Brigadier Simon Mayall, Member of Royal College of Defence Studies, Former Commander Multi- National Brigade (Centre) KFOR, Former Commander 1st Mechanised Brigade, British Army
  • Richard Froh, Head, Joint Armaments Section, Armaments Directorate, Defence Support Division, NATO HQ
  • Osman Tasman, Leader Land Team, Joint Armaments Section, Defence Investment Division,  NATO HQ
  • Colonel Georgios Papakonstantinou, Branch Chief, Armaments, Logistics and Resources Division, International Military Staff, NATO HQ
  • Colonel Robert Gunn, Director, Land Requirements and Assistant Chief of the Land Staff, National Defence Headquarters, Canadian Army
  • Colonel Timothy Malinski, Military Advisor to the Director, NATO Standardisation Agency
  • Captain Ian Jarvis (Royal Navy), Chairman, NAAG Land Group 7, Ministry of Defence, UK*
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Bruce Bach, Land Forces Plans Officer, Defence Policy and Plans Directorate, NATO HQ
  • Commander Graham Evans, SO1 Force Generation, Operations Division, NATO SHAPE
  • Lieutenant Colonel Raf Goor, Belgian Delegate, NAAG Land Group 4, Belgian Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Millen, Director, Regional Security Affairs, Strategic Security Institute, US Army War College
  • Dr Jacques Vermorel, Head, Research, Technology and Industrial Outreach Section, NATO Research and Technology Agency
  • Dr Leigh Moore, Chairman, NAAG Land Group 5, US Army
  • Koos Meijer, Deputy Chairman, NATO AC225 Topical Group 1, NATO HQ
  • Per Arvidsson, Vice Chairman, Land Group 3, FMV (Swedish Defence Material Administration)
  • Richard Sladden, NIAG Staff Officer, NATO International Staff
  • Brian Hughes, US Representative, NATO Identification System Co-ordination Office (NISCO), NATO HQ
  • Eric Sandahl, Crisis Management and Operations Directorate, NATO HQ
  • Representative, European Union Military Staff (EUMS)
  • Paul Kennedy, Management Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

Benefits of attending NATO Land Systems:

  • ASSESS the use of land forces in current and future crises and conflicts
  • COMPARE NATO and non-NATO perspectives, plans and platforms
  • DEVELOP an understanding of Alliance co-operation, standardisation and information-exchange
  • EXPLORE current activities and topics of interest within NAAG Land Groups
  • GAIN an insight into future initiatives and developments for NATO land systems

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, Management Consultant, Information Systems and Management Consultancy Services

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Major General Henrik Dam

Major General Henrik Dam, Chairman, NATO Army Armaments Group, NATO

  • Setting the scene
  • The continuing centrality of land systems
  • Capabilities for the future - requirements and responses
  • The role of the NAAG
  • NATO-EU/NATO-US/NATO-non-NATO relations
  • After the Istanbul Summit
  • The Joint Dimension
  • 9:45 SPECIAL ADDRESS

    Richard Froh

    Richard Froh, Head, Joint Armaments Section, Armaments Directorate, Defence Support Division, NATO HQ

    10:25 Morning Coffee

    10:55 INTERNATIONAL MILITARY STAFF

    Colonel Georges Papakonstantinou

    Colonel Georges Papakonstantinou, Branch Chief, Armaments, Logistics and Resources Division, International Military Staff, NATO HQ

  • Military challenge
  • Defence planning
  • Capability development process
  • Network Enabled Capability
  • 11:30 NATO STANDARDISATION

    Colonel Timothy Malinski

    Colonel Timothy Malinski, Military Advisor to the Director, NATO Standardisation Agency

  • Co-ordinating land systems standardisation efforts throughout the Alliance
  • Achieving interoperability and integration with partners
  • Defence against terrorism
  • Requirements for new doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures
  • How is standardisation achieved in NATO?
  • Future of NATO standardisation
  • 12:05 RTO AND NATO LAND ARMAMENTS

    Dr Jacques Vermorel

    Dr Jacques Vermorel, Head, Research, Technology and Industrial Outreach Section, NATO Research and Technology Agency

  • Current priorities and aims for NATO R&D in land systems
  • Development and effective use of national defence research to meet needs of the Alliance
  • RTO's links with NATO land infrastructure - current land systems research and projects
  • Evolving land systems research studies
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 COMBAT IDENTIFICATION

    Brian Hughes

    Brian Hughes, US Representative, NATO Identification System Co-ordination Office (NISCO), NATO HQ

  • Policy for prioritising goals and objectives
  • Lessons learned from previous NATO missions
  • Implementation of new capabilities
  • Developments in strategies and procedures
  • Future initiatives co-ordinated by NATO for combat ID
  • 14:35 NATO LAND GROUP 5

    Dr Leigh Moore

    Dr Leigh Moore, Chairman, NAAG Land Group 5, US Army

  • Focus of the Land Group
  • Interoperability demonstrations - past and future
  • Other Land Group 5 activities
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN TOPICAL GROUP 1

  • The changing role of the dismounted soldier
  • NATO TG/1 work now and in the future
  • NATO dismounted infantry
  • C4I interoperability at the soldier level
  • TG/1 expert teams and work
  • TG/1 and industry
  • Vernon Shisler

    Vernon Shisler, Chairman, NAAG Topical Group 1, US Army

    Koos Meijer

    Koos Meijer , Deputy Chairman , NATO HQ

    16:15 PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN LAND GROUP 3

    Per Arvidsson

    Per Arvidsson, Vice Chairman, NAAG Land Group 3 , FMV (Swedish Defence Material Administration)

  • Terms of reference
  • Small arms standardisation
  • The Infantry Weaponry Master Plan
  • Non-lethal capabilities
  • Military operations in urban environment
  • Future of infantry capability
  • 16:50 NATO INDUSTRIAL ADVISORY GROUP (NIAG)

    Richard  Sladden

    Richard Sladden, NIAG Staff Officer, NATO International Staff

    17:25 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Osman Tasman

    Osman Tasman, Leader Land Team, Joint Armaments Section, Defence Investment Division, NATO HQ

    9:10 NATO FORCE PLANNING

    Colonel (Ret'd) Bruce Bach

    Colonel (Ret'd) Bruce Bach, Land Forces Plans Officer, Defence Policy and Plans Directorate, NATO HQ

  • Changes to Alliance force planning
  • Trends in development of NATO land forces
  • Future priorities
  • 9:45 MILITARY DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN THE ESDP

    Colonel Luniginani Luigi

    Colonel Luniginani Luigi, Senior Policy Officer, European Union Military Staff (EUMS)

    10:25 Morning Coffee

    10:55 NATO LAND SYSTEMS IN OPERATION

    Brigadier Simon Mayall

    Brigadier Simon Mayall, Member of Royal College of Defence Studies, Former Commander Multi-National Brigade (Centre) KFOR, Former Commander 1st Merchandised Brigade, British Army

  • A national perspective on land systems
  • Balancing national interest/policy with NATO commitments
  • How NATO nations interoperate for operational success
  • Land systems in practice: a field perspective - Kosovo
  • Translating land systems theory to operational effectiveness
  • The road ahead - integrated land systems for the future
  • 11:30 REINVIGORATING THE ALLIANCE

    Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Millen

    Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Millen, Director of Regional Security Affairs, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

  • Downsize NATO's integrated military structure to nine integrated multinational divisions
  • Organise total force into three CJTF, each with HRF
  • Build nine division-sized posts with contiguous training areas
  • Advantages--lower military expenditures, greater interoperability, expeditionary and modernised
  • Disadvantages--more sovereignty yielded, greater deployment obligations, lowered readiness of national militaries
  • 12:05 A NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE ON LAND SYSTEMS

    Colonel Robert Gunn

    Colonel Robert Gunn, Director, Land Requirements and Assistant Chief of the Land Staff, National Defence Headquarters, Canadian Army

  • Balancing national interest/policy with NATO commitments
  • Canada's contribution to land systems
  • How NATO nations interoperate for operational success
  • Future land systems
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 ROLE OF LAND GROUP 7 IN COMBATING NEW THREATS

    Captain Ian Jarvis

    Captain Ian Jarvis, Chairman, NAAG Land Group 7, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Overview of LG7 and its structure
  • Current priorities and initiatives
  • Enhancing the capabilities of NATO forces in NBC environments - harmonisation and standardisation
  • Effect of the NBC threat on operational capability
  • Hazard detection, identification and avoidance
  • Protection of forces
  • Contamination control
  • 14:35 CURRENT AND FUTURE PRIORITIES WITHIN LAND GROUP 4

    Lieutenant Colonel Raf Goor

    Lieutenant Colonel Raf Goor, Belgian Delegate, NAAG Land Group 4 , Belgian Army

  • Areas of responsibility - missions
  • Current activities
  • Indirect fire support for Allied co-ordinated armament requirements
  • Harmonisation of national artillery systems and ammunition interchangeability
  • SG/2 Sharable Software Suite (NABK)
  • Development of new systems - increased range and accuracy
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 FORCE GENERATION FOR RAPID REACTION FORCES

    Commander Graham Evans

    Commander Graham Evans, SO1 Force Generation, Operations Division, NATO SHAPE

  • Lessons learnt from Kosovo and Afghanistan
  • Force generation - challenges with regard to high value forces
  • Key enabling forces and high value forces
  • NATO current initiatives to deal with out-of-area force generation
  • Generating the right balance of forces
  • Planning process for developing the force list
  • 16:10 STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL ASPECTS OF THE NATO RESPONSE FORCE (NRF)

    Eric Sandahl

    Eric Sandahl, Crisis Management and Operations Directorate, NATO HQ

    16:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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