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The large, rapid and uncoordinated growth of CIS systems has created a major interoperability problem both on a national and international scale. The recent crisis in Kosovo clearly demonstrated Allied inability to operate together effectively. The race is now on at a national and international level to ensure that the next conflict is fought with all available systems and forces wielded together to achieve an overwhelming concentration of force.

Digitization programs across the globe have had far researching goals but they will only truly reach those targets with interoperability programs to support them. Thus the conference objective will be to bring the policy makers, the technical experts and the operational users together into a forum in which CIS interoperability issues will be discussed.

Key speakers include:

  • Dr. Frederick I. Moxley, Senior Technical Advisor, Joint Interoperability & Engineering Organization, Defense Information Systems Agency, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Colonel Bernd Vogt, Chief, Interoperability Branch, NATO HQ C3 Staff
  • Colonel Gerhard Bubel, Deputy Chief, Information Technology Division, German MOD
  • Anwar Choudhury, Assistant Director Communications Information Systems Standards Executive, UK MOD

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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Malcolm Mills

Malcolm Mills, Account Director, IBM Global Services

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS - DEFENSE INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMMON OPERATING ENVIRONMENT (DII COE)

Dr. Frederick I. Moxley

Dr. Frederick I. Moxley, Senior Technical Advisor, Joint Interoperability & Engineering Organization, Defense Information Systems Agency, U.S. Department of Defense

  • Current Problems - Solution
  • Why there is a need for the DII COE
  • Benefits - Compliance Levels
  • Migration Considerations
  • Segmentation - Features
  • Coalition Interoperability Efforts
  • 9:40 GERMAN FORCES INTEROPERABILITY ISSUES

    Colonel Gerhard Bubel

    Colonel Gerhard Bubel, Deputy Chief, Information Technology Division, German Heeresamt

  • Current situation
  • Interoperability, the key to integration
  • German communication and interoperability requirements
  • Tackling the problems that legacy systems create in modern networks
  • Key Interoperability projects
  • Achieving the goal
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - THE NATO POLICY FOR C3 INTEROPERABILITY

    Colonel Bernd Vogt

    Colonel Bernd Vogt, Chief, Interoperability Branch, NATO HQ C3 Staff

  • The NATO interoperability framework
  • The NATO interoperability management plan
  • The NATO C3 interoperability environment
  • Ministerial guidance on operational interoperability
  • Implementation plan
  • Harmonisation of interoperability and standerisation
  • 10:20 NATO C3 TECHNICAL ARCHITECTURE: A NEW OPEN SYSTEMS APPROACH FOR NATO

    Lucien Simon

    Lucien Simon, Chairman NOSWG, NC3A, NATO

  • The starting premise
  • The decision factors on the first draft (NC3 TA version 1)
  • Emerging technology impact
  • The first draft contents
  • Operational impute to the decision
  • Future envisaged evolution (NC3 TA version 2)
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 BUILDING THE BASICS FOR FUTURE OPERATING ENVIRONMENTS

    Mr Elbert Wells

    Mr Elbert Wells, Principal Scientist, US Mission NATO HQ

  • The mandatory NATO agreement
  • Current COE’s within the member nations
  • Procedure for selecting the NATO COE
  • Framework of the NATO COE
  • How the NATO COE will be upgraded
  • The direction in which the organisation believes the COE might evolve
  • 12:00 INTEROPERABILITY SUPPORT TOOLS

    Commander Bernd Diehl

    Commander Bernd Diehl, GE NATEX, NC3A, NATO

  • New mission requirements
  • New technology trends
  • Impact of commercialisation of key technologies
  • Support tools
  • Data content and format
  • Long term provision of standards data
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE CHALLENGE OF NEW NATION INTEROPERABILITY

    Lt. Colonel Hans W. Kuhlmann

    Lt. Colonel Hans W. Kuhlmann, LTC Operations Division, SHAPE

  • Current Status
  • Ongoing programs
  • Focusing on procedures and policy
  • How technical infrastructure, architecture and standards are addressing interoperability problems
  • When can we see operational interoperability?
  • Hurdles to come
  • 14:40 ONGOING JOINT INTEROPERABILITY EFFORTS AT THE TACTICAL LEVEL

    Kathy Gibson, Lead Information Systems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation

    Kathy Gibson, Lead Information Systems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation, , Kevin Toohey, Project Manager for the multi-level secure ASAS Trusted Workstation, PM Intel Fusion

  • Multi level security systems in Bosnia
  • Communications Architectures
  • Support to Intelligence and Operations at the tactical level
  • Allied Interoperability
  • Lessons learned- Where to go from here
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF LEGACY INTEROPERATION

    Dr David P. Weisman

    Dr David P. Weisman, Project Rainbow Technical leader, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems

  • Project Rainbow
  • The challenge of legacy systems
  • The roles of architecture and the COE
  • An interoperability strategy
  • Engineering for interoperation
  • 16:20 SATCOM INTEROPERABILITY

    Dr Alan J. Robinson, Consultant and Andrew M. Stroomer, Program Manager

    Dr Alan J. Robinson, Consultant and Andrew M. Stroomer, Program Manager, Skynet 5- System, Paradigm Secure Communications

  • Growth of the SATCOM market
  • MILSATCOM problems
  • Interoperability problems with commercial satellites
  • Taking advantage of the satellite revolution
  • Future trends in the satellite arena
  • Conclusions and warnings
  • 17:10 INTERNATIONAL POLICY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS RE-ENGINEERING

    James Keenan

    James Keenan, Program Manager, LMI

  • The requirement
  • Developing automated tools for analysis
  • Technological processes
  • Analytical results of work for Partnership for Peace
  • Analytical results of work in Eastern Europe
  • Continuing work
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:45 Informal Networking Drinks Reception for Speakers and Delegates

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Norbert Burman

    Dr Norbert Burman, Counsellor Defence Science, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia

    9:10 THE JOINT INTERFACE-- KEY TO INTEROPERABILITY

    Colonel Steve A. Fleet

    Colonel Steve A. Fleet, Chief, Joint Interoperability Division, HQ FORSCOM, US Air Force

  • Joint data network and its C4i interfaces
  • U.S. joint multi-tadil training school
  • Joint system training exercise program
  • FTX Roving Sands--interoperability challenges in a live, virtual and simulated environment
  • JTIDS network design and pulse deconfliction
  • Operational support to the warfighter--lessons learned in real world contingencies
  • 10:20 DEFENCE COMMUNICATION INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTEROPERABILITY

    Anwar Choudhury

    Anwar Choudhury, Assistant Director Communications Information Systems Standards Executive, UK MOD

  • The UK approach
  • Maximising the efficiency of non compliant legacy systems
  • Domain specific interoperability problems
  • Ongoing Interoperability projects
  • Future programs and initiatives
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 UNITED KINGDOM CHARACTER ORIENTED MESSAGE TEXT FORMATTING

    Lt Commander Colin Gabriel

    Lt Commander Colin Gabriel, Defence CIS Interoperability Authority, TSG1, UK MOD

  • Data Modelling for message Interoperability
  • MTF Configuration Management
  • Emergent Commercial Standards and technology- the extensible Mark-up language
  • Coping with Change- Interoperability with legacy systems
  • 12:00 COALITION INTEROPERABILITY

    Micheal T. Burnett

    Micheal T. Burnett, Global Command Control System Program Manager, INRI

  • Historical background
  • Three approaches to Interoperability
  • Interfaces - Standards - COE
  • JWID lessons learned
  • The GCCS family - current status
  • Future initiatives
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THROUGH LIFE PLANNING INTEROPERABILITY

    Derek Dunton

    Derek Dunton, Director, Tactical Data links, STASYS

  • Interoperability from a system viewpoint
  • Breaking interoperability down into recognisable levels
  • Interoperability documentation
  • Interoperability testing
  • Assessment of Interoperability
  • 14:40 A MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENT FOR INFORMATION COHERENCE

    Dr Henry Pearson

    Dr Henry Pearson, Chairman, CIS Consulting Division, Smith Group

  • The need to provide a coherent approach to Information Systems across Defence
  • Strategic principles
  • ‘Federation’ vs ‘central provision’
  • Responsive management arrangements for setting and changing policy and standards
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE OMG OBJECT MANAGEMENT ARCHITECTURE

    R. Alexander (Sandy) Tyndale-Biscoe

    R. Alexander (Sandy) Tyndale-Biscoe, Associate, Open-IT Limited

  • Compatibility not commonality - the case for interfaces
  • The Object Management Group - history and successes, and a few myths
  • The OMA - more than CORBA
  • Current architectural developments, UML, even
  • Work of the C4I domain special interest group
  • 16:20 CLOSING ADDRESS - ACHIEVING ALLIED INTEROPERABILITY

    Captain Thomas M. Keithly, Director, Security Assistance Operations, U.S. Navy International Program

    Captain Thomas M. Keithly, Director, Security Assistance Operations, U.S. Navy International Program, Gregg Bergersen, Director, C4I/EW/Y2K Programs, US Navy

  • Latest initiatives in C4I
  • Releasability
  • Common equipment
  • The rapid evolution of technologies
  • Improvements in U.S. security cooperation procedures
  • Foreign Military Sales
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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