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Following the success of the SMi’s first Reconnaissance conference it gives me great pleasure to invite you to attend Reconnaissance 99.

This conference will address technological and operational developments that have occurred in reconnaissance across all three services from around the world. Case study reports will be delivered on TRACER and ASTOR as well as in depth presentations on ISTAR management, future reconnaissance systems and the increasing use of UAV’s. We would therefore like to invite you to register for the Second Annual Countermeasures Conference, as organised by SMi Conferences.

The event offers you the opportunity to network with key government, military and industry experts. You will have the opportunity to benefit from the practical insight and focused information provided by an outstanding panel of speaker.

An analysis of the attendee profile from the first Reconnaissance conference shows the following breakdown:

Project / Program Managers 15%
Presidents / Vice Presidents 12%
Military Personnel 24%
Sales / Marketing Managers 24%
Analysts / Advisors 15%
Technical / Engineers 10%

Conference programme

8:30 Morning Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lt Col Iain Smailes

Lt Col Iain Smailes, SO1 LW2 a, Directorate General Land Warfare, British Army

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - UK Land reconnaissance

Brigadier James Short OBE ADC

Brigadier James Short OBE ADC, Director, Royal Armoured Corps, British Army

  • Historical perspective - the need to have information dominance
  • Combating the threat
  • Current doctrine on reconnaissance - How and why this may change over the next 10 - 20 years
  • Platforms and equipment at the hands of the operational commander
  • The need for future reconnaissance to be complementary to ISTAR (a system of systems)
  • Digitisation and the impact on armoured reconnaissance
  • 9:40 TRACER

    Col Peter Flach (MBE)

    Col Peter Flach (MBE), TRACER Project Manager, Ministry of Defence (PE)

  • History of the programme
  • The requirement for manned reconnaissance
  • Management of the programme
  • System characteristics
  • Cost effectiveness and value for money
  • 10:20 THE CHALLENGE OF FUTURE ISTAR PLATFORMS

    Dave Wallbank

    Dave Wallbank, CCIRM Program Manager, DERA

  • The Intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) process
  • Operational needs
  • Collection options
  • ISTAR management
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    12:00 DISMOUNTED RECONNAISSANCE

    Lt Col Simon Barry

    Lt Col Simon Barry, Commander - 10th Parachute Regiment, British Army

  • The need for dismounted reconnaissance
  • The need to fully integrate dismounted, land and airborne reconnaissance
  • Training and developing the necessary equipment to effectively carry out the mission
  • The need for effective and reliable communication links to turn information in to offensive action
  • Does dismounted reconnaissance have a role to play over the next ten years?
  • The future for dismounted reconnaissance
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 IRS INTEROPERABILITY

    John Beatty

    John Beatty, Program Manager IRS Interoperability, DERA

  • A review of interoperability
  • NATO STANAGs
  • 14:20 LAND SURVEILLANCE AND RECONNAISSANCE

    Dr Terry Moon

    Dr Terry Moon, Project Leader Airborne Surveillance of the Land, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Department of Defence (Australia)

  • The concept of layered surveillance and reconnaissance
  • An Australian perspective of surveillance and reconnaissance over a large continental landmass
  • Land surveillance and reconnaissance tasks including: Detection; Location; Classification; Monitoring
  • Delivery of surveillance information
  • An overview of Joint Project 129 - Airborne Surveillance for Land Operations
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 RECONNAISSANCE FROM THE BATTLE GROUP

    Major Chris Sullivan

    Major Chris Sullivan, Reconnaissance Requirements Officer, US Navy

  • The nature of fleet reconnaissance
  • The use of fleet reconnaissance using examples from recent conflicts
  • Current operational doctrine
  • Future developments to fleet reconnaissance in terms of: Platforms; Strategy; Doctrine; Tactics
  • 16:00 THE NETWORKING AIRFORCE

    Ake Holmqvist

    Ake Holmqvist, Project Manager, Marketing and Systems Definition, Display and Reconnaissance Systems Division, Ericsson Saab Avionics

  • Distribution of information to maximise information advantage
  • Necessity of effective networks
  • Sensor / information fusion
  • Analysis of complex reconnaissance information
  • Data analysis performance of the Reconnaissance Management System
  • 16:30 THE IMPACT OF REDUCED RECCE CYCLE TIMES

    Robert Owen

    Robert Owen, Manager - Surveillance Systems, Computing Devices

  • Data explosion will exceed communications expansion
  • Timeliness and accuracy requirements
  • Data reduction and information representation
  • Appropriate distribution
  • Strategic, operational and tactical impacts
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    David Oxlee (OBE)

    David Oxlee (OBE), Senior Intelligence Officer, Joint School of Photographic Interpretation, Defence Intelligence and Security Centre

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - AIRBORNE RECONNAISSANCE SYSTEMS

    Col Kevin Sullivan

    Col Kevin Sullivan, Director, Reconnaissance Systems Program Office, US Air Force

  • An overview of the work completed by the Reconnaissance SPO
  • Current airborne reconnaissance systems in operation
  • The composition of the US reconnaissance platforms
  • Challenges in achieving multi national interoperability
  • The added advantages of combining UAV and manned reconnaissance aircraft can give to the operational commander in the field
  • How the US reconnaissance programs will help to ensure the safety of coalition forces
  • 9:40 AIRBORNE STAND OFF RADAR (ASTOR) PROGRAMME

    Peter Robbie

    Peter Robbie, Director Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems (ISR), Raytheon Systems

  • An examination in to the need for the ASTOR
  • Defining the requirement for a moving target indicator (MTI)and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) joint system
  • The need for a mobile and transportable ground station
  • Capabilities of the Bombardier Global Express air vehicle
  • High altitude capabilities of the ASTOR dual mode radar
  • Future opportunities
  • 10:20 FUTURE RECONNAISSANCE DEVELOPMENTS

    Curt Osterheld

    Curt Osterheld, Director Defense Reconnaissance Programmes, Lockheed Martin

  • 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?
  • Other possible areas for development
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 OPTRONIC AIRBORNE RECONNAISSANCE

    Dr Jean Claude Fontanella

    Dr Jean Claude Fontanella, Airborne Reconnaissance Manager, Thomson-CSF Optronique

  • How the operational requirements are changing
  • An outline of the reconnaissance response to the changing environment
  • A study in to current optronic technologies and how these impact the reconnaissance cycle
  • Capabilities and system architecture of the PRESTO pod
  • 12:00 AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    Dr David Stavitsky

    Dr David Stavitsky, Director of Remote Sensing Operation, ELOP (Israel)

  • Review of current requirements
  • The F-16 Multipurpose pod approach
  • Outline of sensor package characteristics
  • System overview
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 ISR THRUSTS AND INTERESTS FOR FY 99

    Major Steven Bishop

    Major Steven Bishop, Chief of UAV Intelligence, ISR Division, US Air Force UAV Battlelab

  • Reconnaissance application of tactical UAVS supporting Small Scale Contingencies - Demonstration review of Non-Combatant Evacuation scenarios
  • Demonstration review of Humanitarian Relief Operation scenarios - Possible applications in near future
  • Reconnaissance application using JSTARS to enhance real-time cueing and targeting in the battlefield
  • Demonstration results of cross-cueing and dissemination for immediate target identification
  • Possible applications within the realm of reconnaissance
  • Summary
  • 14:40 SEAMOS THE UAV FOR THE GERMAN CORVETTES

    Dr Enno Littmann

    Dr Enno Littmann, Marketing Director Reconnaissance and Surveillance, DASA Dornier (Germany)

  • Operational concept
  • Payloads and Data link
  • Autoland system
  • Employment on Corvette
  • Status of risk reduction program
  • Technical considerations
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 ISTAR

    Group Captain Peter Layton

    Group Captain Peter Layton, Air Advisor, Royal Australian Air Force

  • The challenges of the Australian environment to ISTAR
  • The role of ISTAR in achieving the knowledge edge for the Australian Defence Force
  • Information management and the need for organisational change
  • Aerospace ISTAR platforms and systems plans and concepts
  • 16:20 INFRA RED SENSORS

    Bill Stearns

    Bill Stearns, Vice President Business Development, Recon / Optical

  • The current technological status of infra red sensors
  • Focal plane array technology and 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 effective 24 hour reconnaissance systems ever be reached ?
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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