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SMi's Military Airlift and Rapid Reaction Operations Conference will take an international focus, discussing international and joint rapid reaction force generation emphasising roles, structures, equipment requirements and future deployment scenarios. Lessons learned from recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will also be discussed, examining how this will affect future airlift and rapid reaction deployment requirements.

This event will look at the changing nature of airlift for rapid reaction deployment. It will consider the expanding role of helicopters within the rapid deployment arena and offer solutions to platform modernisation requirements. It will also address the specific requirements of military airlift and tanker equipment, considering the impact of technology, future acquisition strategies and solutions for technology development.

Military Airlift 2005 will analyse the profiles and technical developments within leading fixed wing programmes including C-17, A330/A310 MRTT and A400M. Air-to-Air Refuelling and the KC-767 Tanker will also be discussed due to its importance in recent operations that have been conducted in the Middle East, highlighting the growing importance of aerial refuelling.

An international speaker line up includes a Keynote Address from...

  • Major General Michel Audrit, Air Component Commander, Belgian Defence Forces

And Special Addresses from...

  • Colonel William T Crosby, Program Manager, Cargo Helicopters, US Army
  • Colonel Wolfgang Lange, Director, European Airlift Co-ordination Cell (EACC)
  • Group Captain Stephen N Bucholtz, Director, MRTT, Transition Team, Royal Australian Air Force
  • Lawrence Fielding, Technical Director, C-17 Weapon System, C-17 Systems Group, Mobility Systems Wing, Aeronautical Systems Center, US Air Force
  • Nicholas Linkowitz, Head, Logistics Vision Team (LPV), US Marine Corps
  • Captain (N) Gunnar Borch, Director, Sealift Co-ordination Centre
  • Colonel Paul Croisetiere, H-53 Program Manager, US Marine Corps
  • Commander Liz Knutson, Liaison Officer, HQ European Command (EUCOM), Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • Chris Morffew, Air Force Analyst, Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO
  • Barry Pritchard, Senior Systems Engineer, Deployable Systems, NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency (NACMA)
  • Gerhard Mey, Project Manager, Large Aircraft, Federal Office for Military Technology and Procurement (BWB)
  • Jack Dougherty, Chinook Program Manager, Boeing
  • Thomas Crawford, Head of Business Development, 767 Tanker Programmes, Boeing
  • Liz C Pace, Regional Director, Europe, Business Development, Airlift and Tanker Programs, Boeing
  • Michel Folscheid, Director, Customer Marketing, Airbus
  • Tom Thorne, Regional Manager, Stratos

Special Guest Chair is...

  • Wing Commander (Ret’d) Andrew Brookes, Aerospace Analyst, International Institute for Strategic Studies

Military Airlift and Rapid Reaction Deployment Operations2005 aims to...

  • ASSESS the increasingly important role of airlift in multinational rapid reaction deployment
  • REVIEW lessons learned from recent operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and the implications for future requirements
  • DISCUSS international perspectives on enhancing airlift and sealift capabilities emphasising roles, structures, equipment requirements and future deployment scenarios
  • ANALYSE the profiles and technical developments within leading fixed wing programmes including C-17, A400M, A330/A310 MRTT and KC-767
  • DISCUSS the effective employment of AAR for multinational operations
  • EVALUATE the expanding role of helicopters within the rapid reaction deployment arena and OFFER solutions to platform modernisation requirements

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes

Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes, Aerospace Analyst, International Institute for Security Studies

9:10 HOST NATION KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Major General Michel Audrit

Major General Michel Audrit, Air Component Commander, Belgian Defence Forces

9:50 US RAPID REACTION DEPLOYMENT OPERATIONS

Nicholas Linkowitz

Nicholas Linkowitz, Head, Logistics Vision Team (LPV), US Marine Corps

  • Focus of USMC MAGTF formations
  • Airlift importance for successful expeditionary operations
  • Impacts from US Naval Logistic Integration (NLI)
  • Deployment vs employment vs sustainment
  • Future capabilities vs hard challenges
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 NATO AAR AND AIRLIFT REQUIREMENTS FOR ENHANCED CAPABILITY

    Chris Morffew

    Chris Morffew, Air Force Analyst and PARP Country Officer, Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO HQ

  • NATO's Force Planning process
  • The Defence Requirements Review
  • AAR requirements
  • Strategic lift requirements
  • In-theatre airlift requirements
  • 11:40 ENSURING FLEXIBILITY THROUGH THE ENHANCEMENT OF AIRLIFT CAPABILITIES FOR RAPID REACTION DEPLOYMENT

    Gerhard Mey

    Gerhard Mey, Project Manager, Large Aircraft, Federal Office for Military Technology and Procurement (BWB), Germany

  • Current German airlift and rapid reaction capabilities
  • The importance of developing interoperability
  • Future strategic lift and deployment requirements
  • System modernisation
  • Operational lessons learnt
  • The impact of future acquisition policies on procurement strategies
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 RAPID DEPLOYMENT AND RAPID EMPLOYMENT

    Barry Pritchard

    Barry Pritchard, Senior Systems Engineer, Deployable Systems, NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency (NACMA)

  • An ambition for a system capable of providing everything, anywhere, quickly,
  • DARS; rapidly deployable, rapidly employable and capable of providing almost everything
  • Deployable systems engineering
  • Lessons learnt
  • 14:30 RAPID EFFECTIVE SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS

    Tom Thorne

    Tom Thorne, Regional Manager, Stratos

  • The technologies- Inmarsat, Iridium and VSAT
  • Airframe satellite systems
  • Fast deploy systems
  • Case study
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 FUTURE AIRLIFT OPERATIONS AND USE OF THE CHINOOK HELICOPTER

  • Current capabilities
  • Lessons learned from past missions
  • What improvements need to be carried out and how?
  • The future of the aircraft
  • Colonel William Crosby

    Colonel William Crosby, Program Manager, Cargo Helicopters, PEO Aviation, US Army

    Jack Dougherty

    Jack Dougherty, Director, Chinook Programs, Boeing

    16:20 ROTARY-WING AIRLIFT

    Paul  Croisetiere

    Paul Croisetiere, H-53 Program Manager, US Marine Corps

  • The requirement
  • The technology
  • The acquisition strategy
  • Designing for the maintainer
  • Integrated Mechanical Diagnostics system
  • Ownership cost
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 DRINKS RECEPTION SPONSORED BY BOEING

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes, Aerospace Analyst, International Institute for Security Studies

    9:10 STRATEGIC AIRLIFT AND RAPID REACTION CAPABILITY

    Colonel Wolfgang Lange

    Colonel Wolfgang Lange, Director, European Airlift Centre (EAC)

  • History of the program
  • Programme objectives
  • Current activities in airlift and AAR
  • Co-operation with EU and NATO
  • Envisaged future roles
  • 9:50 SEALIFT FOR RAPID REACTION DEPLOYMENT OPERATIONS

    Captain (N) Gunnar Borch

    Captain (N) Gunnar Borch, Director, Sealift Co-ordinaton Centre

  • Introduction
  • The sealift shortfall
  • The role of the Sealift Co-ordination Centre (SCC)
  • SCC support to NATO and EU
  • The way ahead
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 STRATEGIC SEALIFT AND THE US MILITARY

    Commander Liz Knutson

    Commander Liz Knutson, Liaison Officer to HQ European Command (EUCOM), Military Sealift Command (MSC), US Navy

  • Transportation Command – the US’ approach to strategic lift
  • MSC – roles and responsibilities
  • MSC as a strategic sealift provider
  • Strategic sealift and its role in past operations – lessons learned
  • The importance of strategic sealift now and in the future
  • 11:30 LARGE AIRCRAFT INFRARED COUNTERMEASURES

  • The threat is prolific
  • Large aircraft are especially at risk
  • Multi-band laser DIRCM technology is the most robust counter to the MANPAD threat
  • Jack Pledger

    Jack Pledger , Director, IRCM Business Development, Northrop Grumman Corporation

    Dave Snodgrass

    Dave Snodgrass, Director, Northrop Grumman Corporation

    12:10 SAFEGUARDING MILITARY AIRLIFT SUPPORT FOR OUTSIDE AND HEAVYWEIGHT AIR CARGO

    Dennis Gliznoutsa

    Dennis Gliznoutsa, Group Commercial Director, Volga - Dnepr Airlines

  • Military campaigns involving outsourced air cargo suppliers
  • The benefits of Russian-built outsize and heavyweight cargo aircraft
  • Modernisation programme to safeguard the long-term future of the AN-124
  • New generation IL-76 cargo aircraft for worldwide operations
  • Coming in 2006: The 92 tonnes capacity IL-96
  • Working in partnership: customer and supplier
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 C-17 GLOBE MASTER III

    Lawrence Fielding

    Lawrence Fielding, Technical Director, C-17 Weapon System, C-17 Systems Group, Mobility Systems Wing, Aeronautical Systems Center, US Air Force

  • Program summary
  • Achieving operational requirements
  • High ops tempo impacts on predicted life
  • Modernization for enhanced aircraft performance
  • Technology integration for future growth
  • 14:30 C-17 MANAGEMENT

    Bill  Carolan

    Bill Carolan , , The Boeing Company

  • Core programme objectives
  • New possibilities in military financing
  • Maintaining system upgrades to ensure modern fleet reliability and maintainability management
  • Future programme objectives
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MULTI-ROLE TANKER TRANSPORTS

    Bruno Charveron

    Bruno Charveron, Director, Customer Marketing, EADS Military Transport Aircraft Division

  • A400M capabilities - ‘the versatile airlifter’
  • A400M design status
  • A400M programme update
  • A330/A310 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport) capabilities
  • A330/A310 MRTT programme update
  • Developing a cost effective family of tanker/transport and special mission aircraft
  • 16:20 INTEGRATED MOBILITY

    Art Costain

    Art Costain, Director, International Business Development, 767 Tanker Programs, The Boeing Company

  • Mobility assets: KC-767 tanker for aerial refuelling
  • Creating an important node for Network Centric Operations
  • Ensuring fort to foxhole deliveries
  • Air refuelling as an enabler of both airlift and strike operations
  • Blurred roles of strategic and tactical airlift
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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