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Following on from the success of our first two Reconnaissance events SMi have produced this timely conference which examines the latest developments and breakthroughs surrounding Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance. Airborne & Space-Based ISTAR offers a unique opportunity to hear from a leading international panel of speakers at the cutting edge of ISTAR.

Requirements for real-time ISTAR are generating the need for increasingly flexible, intelligent, accurate and survivable surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, sensors and data processing technologies. This conference will examine these emerging mission driven requirements and will weigh up the advantages and costs of both air and space based systems and their enabling technologies. This timely event will provide the latest information and future directions for the many initiatives and programs.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel David Lewthwaite

Colonel David Lewthwaite, , Senior Army & Military Officer, Centre for Defence Analysis, DERA

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Colonel Ray Briscoe

Colonel Ray Briscoe, Chief, ISR Sensors and Platforms Division, AC2ISRC, US Air Force

  • Strategic planning
  • Information needs
  • ISR architecture and force mix
  • 9:40 TACTICAL UAVS

    Alan Baker

    Alan Baker, Tactical UAV IPT Leader, Defence Procurement Agency (UK)

  • The role of industry in the IPT
  • The need to maintain IPTs throughout the life of the project
  • Current programme status
  • Programme accomplishments
  • Shortfalls identified and potential solutions
  • Balancing affordability with technological advances
  • 10:20 DEVELOPMENT OF THE NAVY TACTICAL RECONNAISSANCE ROADMAP

    Major Chris Sullivan

    Major Chris Sullivan, Reconnaissance Requirements Officer, US Navy

  • 1999 Highlights
  • Current tactical reconnaissance requirements
  • Recent examples of fleet reconnaissance
  • Rapid targeting and time critical strike
  • Reconnaissance 2020
  • Conclusions
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 UK RESEARCH ADVANCES

    Dr Richard Wileman

    Dr Richard Wileman, Business Manager Future ISTAR, DERA

  • The intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) process
  • Operational needs
  • Collection options
  • ISTAR management
  • Training forces to provide this capability
  • Equipment requirements to carry out this role effectively
  • 12:00 RESEARCH IN ADVANCED RADAR REMOTE SENSING TECHNIQUES

    Dr A C van den Broek

    Dr A C van den Broek, Research scientist, Radar Concepts & Signal Processing Group TNO-FEL, TNO Physics and Electronics Laboratory

  • Polarimetry and interferometry
  • High precision registration
  • Automatic change detection
  • Calibration
  • Information retrieval for ISTAR
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 STANDARDISING ISTAR ARCHITECTURES

    Major Ian Glenn

    Major Ian Glenn, Project Director ISTAR, Canadian Army

  • The need for interoperability between systems of different nations and services
  • The NATO Common Operating Environment (COE) to allow increased interoperability
  • The search for a common architecture
  • Taking full advantage of the data available in a NATO coalition
  • 14:40 UAVs in ISTAR

    Walt Whitesides

    Walt Whitesides, UAV Programs, Litton TASC

  • UAVs as a complement to other systems
  • Advantages and disadvantages of UAVs in extended surveillance
  • What is currently possible?
  • What the future holds?
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 ISTAR DATA STORAGE METHODS

    Chris Duckling

    Chris Duckling, Consultant European Markets, L3 Communications Systems - East

  • Limitations of existing airborne storage techniques
  • Future bandwidth, capacity, data links requirements
  • The digital solid state airborne recorder
  • Reducing size, weight, power and cost of ownership
  • NATO standardisation progress
  • Performance advantages for operators
  • 16:20 SPEAKER PANEL

    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

    Colonel Ray Briscoe

    Colonel Ray Briscoe, Chief, ISR Sensors and Platforms Division, AC2ISRC, US Air Force

    9:10 THE LATEST CONCEPTS AND ADVANCEMENTS OF RADAR SYSTEMS IN SPACE

    David Carter

    David Carter, Department Manager Instrument and Radar Systems Engineering, Directorate of Science and Radar Observation, Matra Marconi Space

  • The current and future requirements of military forces and how systems in space will prove the necessary tactical advantage
  • The benefits of spaceborne SAR
  • The technological advantages of regional and global military SAR systems
  • The life cycle of new radar systems and the balance between cost and advances
  • The future use of space for radar systems
  • 9:40 THE PLACE OF MAJOR STAND-OFF SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS IN THE ISTAR MIX

    Peter Robbie

    Peter Robbie, Director, Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems, Raytheon Systems

  • ASTOR as an example of the nature of major ISTAR systems
  • The balance between performance, cost and technology
  • The future of major airborne systems
  • 10:20 CASE STUDY - J-STARS

    Frank Dogaer

    Frank Dogaer, Director, International Programs, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems and Aerostructures

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 FUTURE RECONNAISSANCE DEVELOPMENTS

    Curt Osterheld

    Curt Osterheld, Division Manager, Autometric

  • Current technologies at the disposal of the operational commander
  • Future projects under development such as the new U-2
  • Additional capabilities this platform has over the previous U-2 aircraft
  • UAV developments for the future
  • Counter stealth - can stealth stay ahead?
  • 12:00 BALANCE OF INVESTMENT IN ISTAR

    Brian Stewart

    Brian Stewart, Senior Defence Analyst, Centre For Defence Analysis, DERA

  • The ISTAR Assessment Problem
  • Capturing Intelligence Requirements
  • Derivation Of Intelligence Requirements
  • Campaign Level Impact Of ISTAR Mixes
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 ISRT FOR TACTICAL NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE

    Raymond Held

    Raymond Held, ISR Systems Engineer, SPAWAR, US Navy

  • Surveillance-Reconnaissance Management Tool (SRMT)
  • Portal (web-based data acquisition)
  • Tactical Advanced Situation Display (TASID)
  • Advanced Undersea Warfare Concept (AUSWC) with Integrated ASW (IASW)
  • Tactical UAV
  • 14:40 SPACEBORNE ELECTRO-OPTICAL (EO) SENSORS

    Dr David Stavitsky

    Dr David Stavitsky, Director, Remote Sensing, ELOP

  • An overview of current requirements
  • Current and foreseen capabilities
  • Advantages and limitations of EO sensors
  • The role of commercial satellite imagery
  • Spaceborne/Airborne sensors co-existence
  • Outline of typical payload package characteristics
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 COMMERCIAL SATELLITE IMAGERY

    Cameron Japp

    Cameron Japp, Business Development Manager, Defence - Europe and Middle East, National Remote Sensing Centre

  • Status - current commercial satellite capabilities
  • Near-future capability enhancements
  • Implications for national security
  • Collection, processing and distribution capability
  • Multi-spectral and hyper-spectral applications
  • 16:20 INFRA RED SENSORS

    Richard Zacaroli

    Richard Zacaroli, Vice President Europe, Recon/Optical

  • The current technological status of infra red sensors
  • Focal plane array technology; Infra red framing technology
  • Dual band systems
  • Future developments to infra red sensors that will improve existing systems
  • Current and future uses on: UAV’s; Manned aircraft; Fixed wing surveillance
  • Will an effective 24 hour reconnaissance system ever be reached
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and close of conference

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