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With the recent re-conception of the UK digitisation plans, there is a need to address the MOD’s new opportunities for technologically excellent systems. This conference is timed, such that contenders will have had time to consider the latest proposals.

This timely conference will examine and explore old and new ideas in designing and deploying a mobile battlefield communications system and the tactical Internet that supports it. Building on the success of last year’s conference, ‘Designing and deploying Tactical Internets’, ‘Mobile Battlefield Communications’ will be dealing with key issues such as: major communication projects in development; future internet technology; bandwidth management; and messaging. The conference will also be tackling key areas such as: interoperability; future communications; satellite communications; and ground stations; civil best practice; encryption; and security.

As a senior industry executive, you will be aware of the importance and potential of this field. As you will see from the brochure, key speakers include representatives from the ministry of defence, defence publications and from key domestic and foreign defence companies.

The Future of Mobile Battlefield Communications 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.

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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (ret.) Jeremy Barrett

Colonel (ret.) Jeremy Barrett, Head of Defence Group, HQ Systems Ltd.

9:10 DEVELOPING A UNIFIED COMMUNICATION SYSTEM CONCEPT

Dr Paul Thorlby

Dr Paul Thorlby, Technical Leader, DERA

  • Operational requirements for a future communications system
  • Program status
  • Architectural concepts
  • Technicl issues
  • 9:40 USING COTS: ALL GOOD NEWS?

    Derek Rigler

    Derek Rigler, Head of Project and Engineering, BAE SYSTEMS

  • The rewards
  • Associated risks
  • Managing the risks
  • Accessing new technology
  • Gaining decision-maker sponsorship
  • 10:20 THE ROLE OF SATCOM FOR THE ARMY WARFIGHTER

    Lt. Col. Kenneth Flowers

    Lt. Col. Kenneth Flowers, Product Manager- Manportable Satellite Systems, US Army

  • The SATCOM expansion
  • Interoperability problems
  • The developing manportable systems
  • Bridging the bandwidth problem
  • Future trends in the satellite arena
  • Conclusions and warnings
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE ROLE OF SATCOM FOR THE ARMY WARFIGHTER

    Captain Chris Eubank

    Captain Chris Eubank, Communications Officer, Space and Missile Defense Battle Lab, US Army

  • How SATCOM is used within the battle lab (all experiments JEDI)
  • Experiment objectives explained
  • An analysis fo the experiment
  • Advantages of the warfighter
  • Technical description
  • Further applications
  • 12:00 VHF RADIOS OF THE FUTURE

    Eivind Lyngar

    Eivind Lyngar, Product Manager Tactical Radio, Kongsberg Defence Communications

  • Voice, data and packet on one channel
  • CNR, SCRA and weapon systems in one radio
  • Radio as endterminal
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:50 SUPPORTING THE FUTURE COMMAND POST

    Dieter Mildenberger

    Dieter Mildenberger, System Support Manager, SEL Defense Systems

  • BIGSTAF in German service
  • The advantages of the CPnet approach
  • System components and features
  • Supporting mobile operations
  • Cpnet migration towards TACOMS POST 2000 architecture
  • 14:30 A NEW APPROACH TO ESTABLISHING STANAGS

    Theodore von Keller

    Theodore von Keller, President, TAC ONE

  • The TACOMS POST 2000 program
  • The objective: Standardising for interoperability
  • Military context
  • Application of civil standards
  • Validation / Verification
  • Outlook
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNIFIED FORMATION COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

    Fred Bell

    Fred Bell, Business Development Manager, DERA

  • Operational requirements for a future communications system
  • Program status
  • Architectural concepts
  • Possible solutions for dealing with bandwidth traffic
  • Joint forces data requirements
  • Developing for a future coalition net
  • 16:10 COMPUTER MODELLING

    Adrian Graham

    Adrian Graham, Director of Military Systems, ATDI

  • Computer modelling of the radio environment
  • Modelling radion equipment (including comms and radars)
  • Communications electronic warfare
  • Unmanned airbourne vehicle mission planning example as an illustration of the concepts
  • 16:50 UNIFIED COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

    Robin Bowring

    Robin Bowring, Senior Marketing Manager, Thomson Racal Defence

  • Communications in the battlefield
  • ATM as the enabling technology
  • Unified Tactical Switch
  • Integration of Local and Wide Area Systems
  • Interoperability with existing systems
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:40 Drinks Reception for speakers and delegates

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier RAD Applegate OBE

    Brigadier RAD Applegate OBE, Director of Equipment Capability (Indirect Battlefield Engagement), Ministry of Defence

    9:10 TACTICAL WIRELESS BATTLEFIELD COMMUNICATIONS - A NEW LOOK

    Forest Wheat

    Forest Wheat, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wheat International

  • Definition of the battlefield
  • ATM on the battlefield
  • Using Mobile Tactical Cellular Communication Systems in the field
  • The importance of training in the development of new technologies
  • Developing wireless networks and command posts
  • Future considerations
  • 9:40 ‘SEND THREE AND FOUR PENCE WE’RE GOING TO A DANCE’

    Stuart Dodd

    Stuart Dodd, Government Sector Manager, MapInfo

  • Communications
  • Criticality
  • Timeliness
  • Usefulness
  • 10:20 INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS FOR MOBILE BATTLEFIELD COMMUNICATIONS

    Faik Eken

    Faik Eken, Communications Division, ASELSAN Electronics Ind. Inc.

  • TASMUS, Tactical Area communication system based ATM switching
  • 5100 ISTAR (Integrated Services Tactical Radio), a new generation tactical radio network serving as Single Channel Radion Access (SCRA) and Broad Band Packet Radio (BBPR)
  • 9600, VIA-10 (Tactical Internet Adapter) and ACAR (Half-sized radio) providing tactical internet services to CNR users
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SWEDISH PERSPECTIVE

    Ralph Perrson

    Ralph Perrson, Tactical Senior Engineer, FMV (Sweden)

  • Defining operational requirements
  • Architectural issues
  • Effects on interoperability
  • Importance of acquiring battlespace situational awareness and information dominance
  • Significance of standardization
  • Examples of tactical internets in use today
  • 12:00 A discussion of ‘In-Vehicle Multimedia Networks’

    Joop Ockers

    Joop Ockers, Program Manager, Signaal Communications

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 DATA COMMUNICATION ON LOWEST LEVELS

    Premysl Vecera

    Premysl Vecera, Chief of Sales, Dicom SRO

  • Investments protection
  • Digitised battlefield requirements (graphics, information contents)
  • DT 13 Data terminals
  • Networking with MD 13 1 Data modems and entrance into higher level networks
  • Propriety formalizing of messages
  • 14:20 THE WIRELESS TACTICAL INTERNET OF THE FUTURE

    George VarDakas

    George VarDakas, Program Manager, Network Communications, Raytheon

  • Requirements for on-the-move extended range battlefield communications
  • Status of current radio and systems improvement programmes
  • Architectural initiatives - TF XXI protocol suite
  • Emerging technologies- Wireless Networking and Software Radios
  • Key technology programmes - JTRS, CAN, GloMo, MOSAIC
  • 14:40 SOFTWARE PROGRAMMABLE RADIO

    David Smith

    David Smith, Senior Engineering Manager, Harris

  • Definition of a ‘software radio’; Rationale: Requirements for SW radios; Issues with SW Radios
  • Equipment complexity; Configuration Management; Regression Testing
  • Managing field updates; Balancing performance vs. mission requirements; Harris solutions
  • Prior Experience; Falcon II Radio Family; Waveform Development on SW platforms
  • Future Developments-the Harris perspective; Software Defined Radio Forum- SDRF
  • Joint Tactical Radion system- JTRS; Multichannel radio development and issues
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 TACTICAL WIRELESS BATTLEFIELD COMMUNICATIONS

    Gary P. Martin

    Gary P. Martin, Acting Project Manager , Tactical Radio Communications System, US Army

  • Definition of the battlefield
  • Using mobile tactical cellular communication systems in the field
  • The importance of training in the development of new technologies
  • Developing wireless networks and command posts
  • Future considerations
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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