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The design of an operation and the means of achieving it's objective are key to an operation's success and are therefore a primary concern for the military. The digitisation of defence, the incorporation of new information technology and artificial intelligence enables battlefield information to be presented to a strike group in an interactive format. Today's missions are increasingly joint or coalition based, leading to the increased importance of information sharing, control and therefore mission planning.

SMi’s Mission Planning conference will examine current and future technological developments and how they may be applied in a variety of theatres. The programme will also address the requirements for successful mission planning, briefing and execution, and discuss how different planning systems can be integrated to provide total mission planning support.

A distinguished speaker line-up includes:

  • Major General Alfredo Cruz, Chief, Plans and Policy Division, J5, Joint Staff, Ministry of Defence, Portugal
  • Brigadier General (Select) Andrzej Juskczak, Deputy Head Strategic Planning Division/Head of Force Policy Division, Ministry of Defence, Poland
  • Commodore Lars Rosendahl Christophersen, Commander, Danish Task Group, Royal Danish Navy
  • Colonel Stogran, Commander, Joint Operations Group, National Defence Headquarters, Canada
  • Colonel Lou Berrena, Deputy Chief, Capability Division, US Air Force
  • Captain James Driscoll, Director, Operations and Plans, Military Sealift Command, Operations and Plans, US Navy
  • Lieutenant Colonel Michael Scheibert, Chief, Section Training & Exercise Support, German Army Warfighting Simulation Centre
  • Lieutenant Colonel John M D Hill, Ph.D. Information Technology and Operations Center, West Point, United States Military Academy.
  • David Greschke, Senior Technical Analyst, Manager, Distributed Mission Operations, US Air Force
  • Matthew B Caffrey Jr., Chief, Wargaming Development and Education, US Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Valdur Pille, Group Leader, Systems of Systems Section, Defence Research and Development, Canada
  • Professor Berndt Brehmer, Professor of Command and Control Decision Making, Swedish National Defence College

Benefits of attending Mission Planning includes:

  • ACQUIRE knowledge of the key issues impacting mission planning
  • LEARN of current and future country-specific programmes, initiatives and developments
  • IDENTIFY the requirements for successful mission planning
  • EXPLORE different training and simulation developments for successful missions
  • NETWORK with military and industry leaders shaping the future of mission planning

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

David  Greschke

David Greschke, Senior Technical Analyst, Manager, Distributed Mission Operations , U S Air Force

9:10 MISSION PLANNING

Major General Alfredo Cruz

Major General Alfredo Cruz, Chief, Plans and Policy Division, Ministry Of Defence, Portugal

  • Overview of the mission planning process
  • Identify challenges and possible solutions with mission training and how they can be implemented
  • Examine the implementation process prior to and during an operation
  • 9:50 PREPARING FOR OPERATIONS

  • Examine the underlying factors for a successful operation - from training to deployment
  • Explore how challenges are overcome and how solutions are being implemented
  • Identify the main obstacles during mission planning
  • Operational mission planning in the future - explore the effect of the changing nature of warfare
  • Major General Lech Stefaniak

    Major General Lech Stefaniak, Chief, General Staff, J5, Ministry of Defence, Poland

    Brigadier General (Select) Andrzej  Juskczak

    Brigadier General (Select) Andrzej Juskczak, Deputy Head Strategic Planning Division/Head of Force Policy Division, Ministry of Defence, Poland

    Andrzej  Juskczak

    Andrzej Juskczak, Deputy Head Strategic Planning Division & Head of Force Policy Division, Ministry of Defence

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 MISSION PLANNING

    Commodore Lars Rosendahl Christophersen

    Commodore Lars Rosendahl Christophersen, Commander, Danish Task Group, Royal Danish Navy

    11:40 PLANNING FOR OPERATIONS

    Captain James Driscoll

    Captain James Driscoll, Director, Operations and Plans, Military Sealift Command, US Navy

  • Identify processes for US mission planning
  • Explore mission planning in a joint operation – challenges and solutions
  • Overview of different training programmes for military sealift
  • Future developments for mission planning
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 COMBINED AIR OPERATIONS

    Colonel Lou Berrena

    Colonel Lou Berrena, Deputy Chief, Capabilities Division, Requirements Directorate, Air Combat Command Headquarters, US Air Force

  • Explore tasks and responsibilities of combined air operations centre
  • Explore challenges and solutions for theatre operations and how the combined air operations centre works to minimise risks and bring about solutions to challenges
  • Overview of strategic, operational, planning and intelligence testing teams
  • Examine theatre command and control
  • The future of combined air operations centre – future developments
  • 14:30 JOINT MISSION PLANNING

    Colonel P B Stogran

    Colonel P B Stogran, Commander, Joint Operations Group, National Defence Headquarters Canada

  • Overview of military co-operation in mission planning
  • Examine joint readiness
  • Explore challenges, solutions and how solutions are being implemented
  • Explore the future of joint force mission planning
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MISSION PLANNING

    Valdur Pille

    Valdur Pille, Group Leader, system of systems section, Defence Research and Development Canada Valcartier

  • Defence R&D Canada activities on mission planning
  • Collaborative planning
  • Dynamic planning
  • Explore the impact of network centricity on mission planning
  • Planning for effects based operations
  • 16:20 MISSION TRAINING SYSTEM

    Ed Molyneux

    Ed Molyneux, Operational Consultant, EDS

  • Overview of EDS mission planning systems
  • Explore new developments
  • Examine challenges and possible solutions to EDS' mission planning systems and explore how future possible solutions can be implemented in today’s products
  • The future or mission training systems
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Matthew B Caffrey Jr.

    Matthew B Caffrey Jr., Chief, Wargaming Development and Education, US Air Force Research Laboratory

    9:10 TRAINING AND SIMULATION

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Scheibert

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Scheibert, Chief, Training and Exercise Support Section , German Army

  • Explore the use of simulation in training
  • Examine how advances in training and exercise equips tomorrows warfighter
  • The future of simulation in training
  • 9:50 WARGAMING IMPACT ON MISSION PLANNING; PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

    Matthew B Caffrey Jr.

    Matthew B Caffrey Jr., Chief, Wargaming Development and Education, US Air Force Research Laboratory

  • Insights from ‘natural experiments’
  • Operational wargaming today
  • Wargaming tomorrow – shorter wars, better peace?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 SPECIAL EXTENDED PANEL DISCUSSION

    Chaired by: Matthew B Caffrey Jr., Chief, Wargaming Development and Education, US Air Force Research Laboratory

    Captain James Driscoll

    Captain James Driscoll, Director, Operations and Plans, Military Sealift Command, US Navy

    Colonel Lou Berrena

    Colonel Lou Berrena, Deputy Chief, Capabilities Division, Requirements Directorate, Air Combat Command Headquarters, US Air Force

    David  Greschke

    David Greschke, Senior Technical Analyst, Manager, Distributed Mission Operations , U S Air Force

    11:40 SIMULATION SUPPORT FOR MISSION PLANNING

  • Uses of simulation in planning processes
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • The future of simulation in mission planning
  • Lieutenant Colonel John M D Hill

    Lieutenant Colonel John M D Hill, Ph.D. Information Technology and Operations Center, West Point, United States Military Academy

    Lieutenant Colonel John M D Hill

    Lieutenant Colonel John M D Hill, Ph.D., Information Technology and Operations Center, West Point, United States Military Academy

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 GAINING THE ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANTAGE IN MISSION PLANNING

    Roger  Brackin

    Roger Brackin, Technical Director, Tenet Defence Ltd

  • Integrating mission planning to support Network Enabled Capability (NEC)
  • Co-ordination and agility in responding to external factors
  • The environment as a key component in mission planning
  • Benefits and implications of the fast evolving environmental support infrastructures
  • 14:30 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGES IN DYNAMIC TRAINING REHEARSAL AND EXERCISE ENVIRONMENTS

    David  Greschke

    David Greschke, Senior Technical Analyst, Manager, Distributed Mission Operations , U S Air Force

  • Identify the changing nature of warfare
  • Explore new tasks and responsibilities for the warfighter
  • Overview of challenges encountered in training for future operations
  • Explore how challenges are overcome and how solutions are implemented
  • The future training ground
  • 15:10 BATTLE COMMAND TRAINING

    Professor Berndt Brehmer

    Professor Berndt Brehmer, Professor of Command and Control Decision Making, Swedish National Defense College

  • Explore battlefield command
  • Overview of different battlefield command training programmes
  • Examine challenges and possible solutions to overcome them
  • The future battlefield command training
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea

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