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This year’s conference, built on the success on the success of the last four annual conferences, will examine the latest developments in mission planning systems and the current developments in architecture and software. It will be addressing operational perspectives from a number of military platforms and the future requirements for mission planning systems’ development in the 21st Century.

As a senior defence industry specialist, you will be aware of the importance and potential of this field. We would therefore like to invite you to register now, in advance, before the conference is advertised industry wide.

Key speakers (presentations and case studies) will include:

  • Commander Mike Hecker, TAMPS Program Office, US Navy
  • Lt Colonel Jake Thorn, Deputy Director, Combat Air Forces C2 System Program Office, USAF
  • Lt Colonel (Ret.) Richard Cashman, Deputy Chief, Mission Planning Special Operations Management, USAF
  • R Adm (Ret.) William Mathis Director, Lockheed Martin Coastal Systems
  • Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Amir Nachumi, Director, TIL ( Israel )
  • Vince Goshi, Vice President, Systems & Information Technology, Logicon Advanced Technology, Logicon

The conference offers you the opportunity to network with key military officials and industry experts. Benefit from the operational insight, technological knowledge and hard advice provided by an outstanding panel of speakers. If you are involved in any aspect of mission planning, whether it be in the operation, testing or development of systems and related technologies then you cannot afford to miss this third annual event.

Please register now to guarantee your place at this important conference.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Professor Donald McLean

Professor Donald McLean, Professor of Flight Control, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Southampton

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

Lt Colonel Jake Thorn

Lt Colonel Jake Thorn, Deputy Director, Combat Air Forces C2 Systems Programs Office, US Air Force

  • DOD vision for Joint Vision 2010
  • Infusing Technology into Mission Planning
  • The JMPS Roadmap
  • 9:40 SPECIAL ADDRESS - MISSION PLANNING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

    Lt Colonel Richard Cashman (Rtd)

    Lt Colonel Richard Cashman (Rtd), Deputy Chief, Mission Planning Special Management Organisation, USAF

  • The current mission planning systems development and issues at DR-SMO discussed
  • An overview of the future operational requirements for mission support and planning systems
  • Interoperability - resolving the difficulties associated with coalition/joint forces training
  • The lessons learned from recent operations - a case study
  • Developing effective testing and evaluating techniques
  • Simulation and artificial intelligence - what does the future hold for mission planning systems
  • 10:20 BATTLE DAMAGE ASSESMENT AND SMART WEAPONS

    Wing Commander John Loader

    Wing Commander John Loader, DI Tgts (C)1, Royal Air Force

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 JOINT MISSION PLANNING SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE

    Vince Goshi

    Vince Goshi, Vice President, Systems & Information Technology, Advanced Technology, Logicon

  • Architectural design and features
  • Software development kit
  • Virtual planning surface/single window planning
  • Collaborative planning
  • Asynchronous component development and deployment
  • Unique planning components
  • 12:00 DERA’S DEVELOPMENTS

    Peter Spencer

    Peter Spencer, Technical Leader, Mission Planning, DERA

  • Use of common data formats for mission planning and avionic functions
  • Vertical integration of mission planning in the chain of command
  • Automated methods for decision support and mission control
  • Future directions for mission planning
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 INTEGRATED MISSION PLANNING & MISSION VISUALIZATION

    Dr. Giro. Carbone

    Dr. Giro. Carbone, VP Ground Support System, Orbital Sciences/Fairchild Defense

  • Modes of Operations
  • Planning - Preview
  • Pre-Mission Rehearsal - Post-Mission Debrief
  • Database Issues:- Aircraft Flight Trajectories; Parametric Databases; Threats, Targets, Weather Conditions, Digital Structures...; Maps, Charts & Imagery Databases
  • Squadron or Unit Level Planning
  • Force Level Preview
  • 14:40 THE USE OF ONLINE WARGAMING IN MISSION PLANNING ACTIVITIES

    Brig. Gen. (Res) Amir Nachumi

    Brig. Gen. (Res) Amir Nachumi, Director, TIL ( Israel )

  • NIMROD- Air warfare simulation
  • BARAK- Joint forces scenario driven wargame
  • Military academies tutorial set-ups
  • Mission planning evaluation set-ups
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MISSION PLANNING FOR THE MASSES

    Tracey McCormick

    Tracey McCormick, Deputy Group Manager, Advanced Systems Group, SAIC

  • A pilot’s perspective on the minimum requirements for an MPS
  • Development of a low cost generic MPS capability
  • Leveraging existing MPS components into custom built systems
  • Techniques to avoid the constant expense of continuous software upgrades
  • The current status of SAIC systems
  • 16:20 CONNECTING THE WARFIGHTER- THE MISSING ELEMENT

    Andy Stewart

    Andy Stewart, Defence Account Manager, RACAL

  • Manipulation of tactical data
  • Networking throughout the levels of command
  • Use of tactical data in the mission planning process
  • The two way flow.
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Drinks Reception for Speakers and Delegates

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Professor Donald McLean

    Professor Donald McLean, Professor of Flight Control, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Southampton

    9:10 NAVAL MISSION PLANNING

    Captain Mike Hecker

    Captain Mike Hecker, Program Execution, Naval Mission Planning System, US Navy

  • Software architecture
  • Capabilities
  • Planning Vision
  • Tailored Products
  • Savings in planning process
  • Foreign country releasable
  • 9:40 NAVAL STRIKE PLANNING

    Captain Robert C. Taylor

    Captain Robert C. Taylor, Naval Mission Planning and Rehearsal Systems Model Manager, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC), US Marine Corps

  • Current strike planning continuum
  • Systems Usage
  • Mission planning system product usage
  • Training issues
  • 10:20 AMPHIBIOUS AND EXPEDITIONARY MISSION PLANNING

    William A Mathis RADM, USN (Ret.)

    William A Mathis RADM, USN (Ret.), Director Coastal Systems, Lockheed Martin Coastal

  • Mission planning operational angle
  • Classification
  • Environmental/ Mapping database management
  • Force and unit level amphibious planning
  • Co-ordinated operations
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 INTEGRATED MISSION PLANNING FOR DIFFERENT MISSILE TYPES

    Dr. Robert Loehnert and Doris Laarmann

    Dr. Robert Loehnert and Doris Laarmann, Technical Operations Research, LFK, DASA

    12:00 THE ROLE OF IMAGERY IN MISSION PLANNING

    Kevin Porter

    Kevin Porter, European Business Development Director, GDE

  • Terrain visualisation and modelling
  • Aim point determination for guided weapons
  • Rapid geopositioning for near real time mode of operation
  • Decision aids for co-ordinated target area attack plans.
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 EUROFIGHTER MISSION PLANNING

    Richard Sharp

    Richard Sharp, Senior Sales Manager, Racal

  • International approach
  • Technical solution
  • Involving aircrew
  • New techniques
  • The way ahead
  • 14:40 MISSION PLANNING FOR GROUND BASED AIR DEFENCE

    Sveinung Alne

    Sveinung Alne, Chief Systems Engineer, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, CCIT

  • The operational need
  • Status of the GBADSE program
  • GBAD system modelling issues
  • Optimising the Force Package and its Deployment
  • Mission rehearsal and operator training
  • Lessons learned with the synthetic environment
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 BUILDING OF THE BATTLEFEILD

    Dr Andrew Wells

    Dr Andrew Wells, Sales Manager, ERDAS

  • Making the most of military mapping databases
  • Building theatre specific geographic databases from scratch
  • Issues in the effective use of commercial data sources
  • You need it by when? Role of rapid and deployable planning preparation tools
  • 16:20 SYNTHETIC ENVIRONMENTS FOR MISSION PLANNING

    Mark Shaw

    Mark Shaw, Business Development, Alenia Marconi Systems

  • Modeling the battlespace
  • Application to Land and Joint
  • Integration with existing assets
  • The way ahead
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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