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Joint Force Commanders are increasingly looking to exploit the largest manoeuvre area on the face of the earth: the sea. The projection of direct and decisive power from secure, flexible and fully networked sea bases offers a compelling solution to the military and political need for an alternative to basing expeditionary forces in volatile regions – where vital friends and interests are threatened by widely dispersed and increasingly dangerous adversaries. The projection of force from a maritime base will enable strategic, operational and tactical pressure points to be nullified with minimal risk during times of crisis, and accelerate force deployment and employment timelines.

Maritime Force Projection will enable the concepts, requirements and ongoing programmes involved in the projection of force from a maritime base to be discussed. The event follows on from SMi's well-established and extremely successful Seabasing conference series, and will undoubtedly become one of the major events in the ‘global’ calendar.

Maritime Force Projection will focus on the ‘vision’ and desired capabilities of the major players. In particular, it will address the issues of seabase ‘purity’, capability and size, and how a seamless and truly organised Joint Force Projection concept will enhance the ability to manoeuvre (strategically, operationally, and tactically) without many of the impediments inherent in land based operations. Two other fascinating areas that will be discussed include: the challenge of connecting the seabase to the Advanced Support Base, and the increasing requirement for a humanitarian relief capability to be ‘built in’ to the seabase.

An international speaker line up includes Keynote Addresses from...

  • Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks DSC, Deputy Chief, Joint Operations, Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ), Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Jonathan Kaskin SES, Director, Strategic Mobility and Combat Logistics, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy

And Special Addresses from the following leading international experts ...

  • Commodore William Covington CBE ADC, Commander, Joint Force 2000, Headquarters 1 Group, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Commodore Luke van Beek, Director Equipment Capability (Above Water Effect), Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Captain Jean-Marc Brulez, Head, Future Carrier Program, French Navy
  • Captain Bruno Paulmier, Head, Navy Plans Office, French Navy
  • Colonel Mike Naylor, Commanding Officer, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic, US Marine Corps
  • Colonel Michael Brogan, Program Manager, Advanced Amphibious Assault Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), US Marines Corps
  • Colonel (Ret’d) Vince Goulding, Director, Sea Viking, Marine Corps War Fighting Laboratory, US Marine Corps
  • Colonel (Ret’d) John Pross, Director, Team Seabasing, Adroit C4ISR Center, SRA International
  • Commander Per Bigum Christensen, Head, System Planning Department, Royal Danish Navy
  • Senior Representative, Military Afloat Reach Sustainability (MARS) Integrated Project Team, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK*
  • Captain (N) Gunnar Borch, Director, Sealift Co-ordination Centre
  • Dr Donald Resio, Senior Scientist, Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC), US Army
  • Ray Aube, Watercraft Branch Chief, Materiel Systems Directorate, Combined Army Support Command (CASCOM), US Army

*Subject to Confirmation

The conference will be chaired by our Special Guest:

  • Ervin Kapos, Director, Operations Analysis, Office of Naval Research, US Navy

Benefits of attending Maritime Force Projection include:

  • EXPLORE the issues facing today’s navies and their endeavours towards force transformation
  • ANALYSE lessons learned from recent global operations
  • ASSESS current and proposed tri-service research initiatives
  • LEARN how ongoing programmes are evolving to meet requirements
  • NETWORK and connect with military, academic and industry leaders who are shaping the future of Maritime Force Projection

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Ervin Kapos

Ervin Kapos, Director, Operations Analysis, Office of Naval Research, US Navy

9:10 JOINT OPERATIONS

Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks DSC

Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks DSC, Deputy Chief, Joint Operations, Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ), Ministry of Defence, UK

  • The Permanent Joint Headquarters – roles and functions
  • Planning the deployment – The Joint Force HQ and the Joint Force logistics component
  • Strategic movement
  • The coupling bridge
  • Sustaining the force
  • Recovery and recuperation
  • 9:50 OPERATIONAL MANOEUVRE FROM THE SEA

    Commodore Luke van Beek

    Commodore Luke van Beek, Director Equipment Capability (Above Water Effect), Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Shape and size of the future Royal Navy
  • The effect of NEC
  • Future Surface Combatant strategy
  • Force protection
  • Situational awareness
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 SEA CONTROL AND LITTORAL ACCESS

    Commander Per Bigum Christensen

    Commander Per Bigum Christensen, Head, System Planning Department, Royal Danish Navy

  • The Combat Support ships HDMS ABSALON and HDMS ESBERN SNARE
  • Full time charter RO/RO ships as strategic assets for the Danish Navy
  • Danish Army and Navy efforts in developing common concepts and capabilities for expeditionary operations
  • Flexibility through mission modules
  • The Danish maritime toolbox for access to the littorals
  • New procurements for the Danish Navy, multi-role frigates with extended air defence capability
  • 11:40 MARITIME POWER PROJECTION AND FORCE PROTECTION

  • A French view on the Seabasing concept
  • The future French carrier: A force projection and protection tool
  • Captain Bruno Paulmier

    Captain Bruno Paulmier, Head, Navy Plans Office, French Navy

    Captain Jean-Marc Brulez

    Captain Jean-Marc Brulez, Head, Future Carrier Program, French Navy

    12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:10 US MARINES AND SEABASED MANEUVER WARFARE

    Colonel (Ret'd) Vince Goulding

    Colonel (Ret'd) Vince Goulding, Director, Sea Viking, Marine Corps War Fighting Laboratory, US Marine Corps

  • What Marine Corps doctrine says
  • Seabased maneuver and the Global War on Terror
  • Operational Maneuver From The Sea (OMFTS)
  • Ship-to-objective maneuver
  • Taking maneuver warfare to the tactical level
  • Experimentation results and the "way ahead"
  • 14:50 COMMAND AND CONTROL AND JOINT FIRES FROM THE SEABASE

    Colonel Mike Naylor

    Colonel Mike Naylor, Commanding Officer, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic , US Marine Corps

  • Common planning processes
  • Command and control
  • Systems/software compatibility/common terms
  • Joint/coalition fires
  • Standard procedures/terminology
  • Synthetic and/or live training
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 SEABASING

    Commander (Ret) Stephen J. Benson

    Commander (Ret) Stephen J. Benson , President, Littoral Solutions Incorporated

  • The enduring rationale
  • The evolving force structure
  • The potential value
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks Followed by Afternoon Tea

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Ervin Kapos

    Ervin Kapos, Director, Operations Analysis, Office of Naval Research, US Navy

    9:10 SEABASING: SUSTAINING JOINT FORCES FOR TOMORROW

    Jonathan Kaskin SES

    Jonathan Kaskin SES, Director, Strategic Mobility and Combat Logistics Division (N42), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy

  • Comparison of alternative sustainment architectures
  • Discussion of differences between dry cargo and liquid resupply
  • Scalability: relationship of number of logistics platforms to size of joint forces supported ashore/afloat
  • Sustainability: number of days of supply pre-positioned versus time to close lines of communication
  • Responsiveness: utility of high-speed connectors from CONUS/advanced base to Seabase
  • 9:50 SEALIFT CO-ORDINATION CENTRE

    Captain Gunnar Borch

    Captain Gunnar Borch, Director, Sealift Co-ordination Centre

  • Background
  • SCC method of work
  • Achievements
  • Support to NATO and EU
  • Future developments
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 AERIAL FORCE PROJECTION THROUGH THE SEABASE

    Commodore William Covington CBE ADC

    Commodore William Covington CBE ADC, Commander, Joint Force 2000, Ministry of Defence, UK

    11:40 THE EXPEDITIONARY FIGHTING VEHICLE (EFV)

    Colonel Mike Brogan

    Colonel Mike Brogan, Program Manager, Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), US Marine Corps

  • Offensive firepower and armor
  • NBC protection
  • High-speed mobility on land and sea
  • A major breakthrough in Naval and Marine expeditionary force capability
  • Avoiding the enemy’s strength and exploiting its weakness
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 JETA-SPOD: JOINT ENABLE THEATER ACCESS

    Dr Don Resio

    Dr Don Resio, Senior Scientist, Army Engineering & Development Center (ERDC), US Army

  • The utilization of small austere sites for Future Force Projection is an important goal of US Army transformation
  • Presently, the lack of facilities and infrastructure at the coast can make it very difficult to utilize austere sites for such operations
  • New rapid enhancement technologies require only hours to transform an unsuitable site into an effective Force Projection site
  • These technologies can be tailored to the size of the deploying force and vessel requirements
  • Throughput estimates based on simulations suggest that Brigade and larger forces can be effectively projected through austere sites utilizing these technologies
  • 14:40 PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Introduction
  • Program overview
  • Concept development
  • Requirements and goals
  • Experimentation
  • Path Forward
  • Ray Aube

    Ray Aube, Watercraft Branch Chief, Materiel Systems Directorate, Combined Army Support Command (CASCOM), US Army

    Jonathan Kaskin SES

    Jonathan Kaskin SES, Director, Strategic Mobility and Combat Logistics Division (N42), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy

    Commodore William Covington CBE ADC

    Commodore William Covington CBE ADC, Commander, Joint Force 2000, Ministry of Defence, UK

    Commander Per Bigum Christensen

    Commander Per Bigum Christensen, Head, System Planning Department, Royal Danish Navy

    15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Afternoon Tea

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