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Joint Battlespace Digitization describes the communications and information technology architecture of the future battlefield. To play a major role within the joint force demands access to high-band width satellite links, connections to a tactical wide area network, and the full use of internet protocols.

Digitization aims to gain information superiority by exploiting the availability of information across entire defence networks. For example the UK MOD’s Joint Battlespace Digitisation (JBD) initiative –announced in the Strategic Review 1998- aims to create a single Battlespace integrating Land, Sea and Air components. All platforms from now on will have to be interoperable within the remit of the JBD doctrine which will also feature as an operational requirement.

"The most critical and important issue is that of connectivity. Joint battlespace digitisation describes the communications and information technology architecture of the future battlefield. To play a major role within the joint force demands access to high-bandwidth satellite links, connections to a tactical wide area network, and the full use of Internet protocols.’’

At SMi’s Joint Battlespace Digitization conference you will be able to develop your awareness of the future direction in which JBD is heading. Covering plans, policies, programmes and systems, the two-day event will provide grounding for near- and far-term JBD initiatives, doctrine development, technology and procurement initiatives plus the country specific programmes that are being developed to aid national requirements.

The two-day event is aimed at bringing together Joint Battlespace Digitization partners to enable in-depth discussion of future developments within JBD. In addition to providing a forum for senior delegations, the conference will attract representatives from across the globe, including those countries gearing up towards inclusion in the JBD arena. It will provide the perfect setting for national points of contacts to network with those representatives in JBD commands and the commercial arena.

Benefits of Attending:
IDENTIFY key issues of Battlespace Digitization in all three services
ACQUIRE the knowledge of the latest achievement in Joint Battlespace Digitization
DEFINE the main technologies used in the programmes of Battlespace Digitization
DISCOVER the wide range of country specific Battlespace Digitization perspectives
GAIN an invaluable insight into joint radio systems, C4I and effect based operations in the Joint Digitized Battlespace

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:
· Brigadier General Michael Moore, Military Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Defence, Sweden
· Colonel Thomas Cole, WIN-T Project Manager, United States Army
· Colonel David Hargreaves, Assistant Chief of Staff Equipment Capability Development, HQ ARRC
· Lieutenant Colonel J D Wilson, Program Manager for Communications Systems, C4ISR Systems Directorate, US Marine Corps
· Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Ransom, SO1 Communication and Information Systems, HQ Director Army Aviation, UK
· Lieutenant Colonel Mark Faulkner, SO1 Implementation, Director Land Digitization, Ministry of Defence, UK
. Major Jeremy Levine, Officer Commanding, Land Warfare Centre, Jungle Warfare Wing, British Army
· Mink Spaans, Science Project Leader in Battlefield Management Systems, TNO Physics and Electronics Laboratory

“Great event!”
John Garstka, Assistant Director, Concepts and Operations, US Department of Defence, Office of Force Transformation

“A very informative and well presented conference with excellent support from SMi staff”
Paul Hutchinson, SO2 CBM (Air) Innovation, Air Warfare Centre, RAF Waddington

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jeremy Barrett

Jeremy Barrett, Head of Strategic Development, Hi-Q Systems

9:10 PAVING THE WAY FOR DIGITIZATION

Colonel David Hargreaves

Colonel David Hargreaves, Assistant Chief of Staff Equipment Capability Development, HQ ARRC

  • Introduction
  • The current NATO environment
  • Current information system capabilities
  • Impact upon headquarters development at the tactical/operational interface
  • Outlook
  • 9:40 UK PERSPECTIVE

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Faulkner

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Faulkner, SO1 Implementation, Director Land Digitization, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Overview
  • The way forward for digitization and Network Enabled Capability (NEC)
  • Interoperability in the battlespace
  • 10:20 BUILDING A STRATEGIC BRIDGE FOR USMC BATTLESPACE DIGITIZATION

    Lieutenant Colonel J D Wilson

    Lieutenant Colonel J D Wilson, Program Manager for Communications Systems, C4ISR Systems Directorate, United States Marine Corps

  • Architectural plan – reliable, assessable networks
  • Technology insertion
  • Lifecycle – legacy system replacement
  • Manpower and training
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 JUNGLE DIGITIZATION

    Major Jeremy Levine

    Major Jeremy Levine, Officer Commanding, Land Warfare Centre, Jungle Warfare Wing, British Army

  • The jungle environment and its effect on digitization platforms
  • Differences between achieving digitization in jungle and other environments
  • Effects in the jungle on digitization equipment and platform performance
  • Raising tempo-difficulties for command and control in the jungle
  • Key challenges
    Completing the mission
  • Meeting the challenges
    Timely provision of capability
  • 12:00 WHY SYNTHETIC ENVIRONMENTS ARE RELEVANT FOR JOINT BATTLESPACE DIGITIZATION

    Alan Harding

    Alan Harding, Capability Manager, C4ISR Capability Group, BAE SYSTEMS

  • Today’s challenge
  • Process-led approaches
  • Current practical applications
  • Outlook
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE

    Colonel (retr) Fred Stein

    Colonel (retr) Fred Stein, Lead General System Engineer, C4ISR Systems Technology

  • Information age organisations
  • Implications for military operations
  • Battlespace entities and there role
  • Assessing the potential of network centric warfare
  • The journey ahead
  • 14:40 DIGITIZATION OF THE BATTLESPACE

  • Evolution of data communications towards globally interconnected networks
  • Networking: from simple delivery of data to the provision of value-added services
  • Implementation overview: building blocks for battlespace digitization
  • Gilbert Multedo

    Gilbert Multedo, System Engineering and Architecture Director, Thales

    Vincent Cottignies

    Vincent Cottignies, Advanced Communication System Studies Manager, Thales

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 EFFECT BASED OPERATIONS

    Dr Edward Smith Jr

    Dr Edward Smith Jr, Senior Analyst for Network Centric and Effects-based Operations, Boeing

  • Why effects-based operations?
  • The effects-based battlespace
  • Operating in the cognitive domain
  • Dealing with complexity
  • Challenges for networking/digitization
  • 16:20 LATEST TECHNOLOGY

    Dr Jeremy Ward

    Dr Jeremy Ward, Director of C4I Systems, QinetiQ

  • Communications and computer technology to improve situational awareness
  • How Network Enabled Capabilities and Network Centric Warfare improve situational awareness
  • Raising effectiveness though the latest technology
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Paul A Kennedy

    Paul A Kennedy, , recently Director, Communications and Information Systems Division, NC3A, The Hague

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Brigadier General Michael Moore

    Brigadier General Michael Moore, Military Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Defence, Sweden

  • Geographic location as a trigger for a change
  • Reduction of armed forces
  • Network Centric Warfare as a solution
  • The current situation of transformation
  • Future changes and plans
  • 9:40 CHALLENGES AND BENEFITS OF ARMY AVIATION DIGITIZATION

  • Benefits of digitizing Army Aviation
  • Army Aviation digitization programmes
  • Key elements of the Army’s Aviation architecture
  • Challenges to digitization of Army Aviation assets
  • Proposed aviation digitized systems
  • Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Ransom

    Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Ransom, SO1 Communication and Information Systems,HQ Director Army Aviation, British Army

    Major J A Kennedy

    Major J A Kennedy, SO2 Communication and Information Systems, HQ Director Army Aviation, UK

    10:20 NEW C4ISR SYSTEM

    Mats Hamrin

    Mats Hamrin, Project Manager , NETC41, SaabTech

  • The Net Defence Programme and architectural approach
  • Demo 02 – a first attempt to show the potential of a future Network Centric Warfare C4ISR system
  • NetC4I – an NCW demo and prototyping C4ISR system
  • Future challenges
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 COMMAND AND CONTROL ASSESSMENT OF THE DUTCH ARMY

    Mink Spaans

    Mink Spaans, Science Project Leader in Battlefield Management Systems, TNO Physics and Electronics Laboratory

  • The development of a set of related measures of merit
  • The measurement of the operational effectiveness of a Command and Control Support System
  • Living with a limited number of opportunities to measure effectiveness
  • The use of field exercises, simulation models and synthetic environments for measurement
  • 12:00 COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS, COMPUTERS AND INTELLIGENCE

    Julian Ranger

    Julian Ranger, Managing Director, STASYS

  • Information exchange requirements
  • Acquiring interoperable capability
  • Understanding the system-of-systems
  • The devil is in the detail!
  • A vision for the future
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 KEEP THE WARFIGHTER AWARE

    Paul A Kennedy

    Paul A Kennedy, , recently Director, Communications and Information Systems Division, NC3A, The Hague

  • The human perspective, and what is available and needed
  • Technology, the pace of industrial developments
  • The information architecture - Network Enabled Capability
  • The differing pace of national procurement cycles
  • The sharing of critical information
  • A paradigm for information exchange
    Next Steps
  • 14:40 ARCHITECTURES FOR NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE

    Lennart Bie

    Lennart Bie, System Specialist, Ericsson Microwave Systems

  • Latest research
  • Joint network centric vision
  • Requirements
  • Horizontal co-operation between operational services, available at any place and device, to any person or service, controlled by multiple security model concept
  • Preparing for the unexpected
  • 15:20 FUTURE POTENTIAL OF THE DIGITIZATION

    Dr Detlev Pade

    Dr Detlev Pade, Senior Manager ISR - Integrated Information Systems – Joint Reconnaissance Information Systems, EADS - Dornier

  • Joint C4ISR-architecture
  • Advanced information acquisition
  • Services
  • ISR ontology
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea
    Close Of Conference

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