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At SMi’s Inaugural Ballistic Missile Defence conference you will be able to develop your awareness of the present and future developments in this cutting edge topic. The BMD threat to allied forces deployed in theatre, and even national centres at home, is mounting continuously. This is an area that covers air, land, sea and space; and ranges from theatre security to global protection. The United States plans to deploy prototype systems this year, and both Israel and Japan are enthusiastic supporters of protection from the BMD threat: other nations will undoubtedly follow suit.

The two-day event is aimed at bringing together military commanders and industry leaders in a setting to enable in depth discussion of future developments within the spectrum of missile defence. It will develop presentations on interception technologies and strategies, C2 requirements and surveillance and detection technology.

In addition to providing a forum for senior delegations, the conference will attract representatives from across Europe, including those countries presently involved in preliminary studies for a NATO BMD system.

Benefits of Attending:

  • IDENTIFY the technological challenges, and solutions, concerned with boost phase, mid-course and terminal phase interceptions
  • EXAMINE the dangers and answers to continued proliferation
  • EVALUATE the respective advantages and prospects of naval and land-based missile defence programmes
  • APPRAISE the political dimensions to missile defence
  • RAISE your profile in this high technology and high investment sphere


  • A unique opportunity to learn from the leading military and industry experts including:

  • Lieutenant General Larry Dodgen, Commanding General, Space and Missile Defense Command, US Army
  • Brigadier General John Maluda, Director, Single Integrated Air Picture System Engineering Task Force, US Air Force
  • Rear Admiral Kathleen Paige, Program Director, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, Missile Defense Agency
  • Colonel Jeffrey Horne, TRADOC System Manager, Ground-Based Midcourse Defense, Space and Missile Defense Command, US Army
  • Colonel Randall Weidenheimer, System Program Director, Space-Based Infrared System, US Air Force
  • Captain Roger Easton, Deputy Director, Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organisation
  • Dr Kerry Kartchner, Senior Advisor for Missile Defense Policy, US State Department
  • James Lacatski, Intelligence Officer - Missile Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Timothy Yopek, Director, International Affairs, Missile Defense Agency Integration Center
  • Richard Marchand, Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence Feasibility Study Project Manager, NC3A Missile Defence Branch, NATO HQ
  • Jim Lovell, Head Air Defence Section, NATO HQ
  • Conference programme

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Wyn Bowen

    Dr Wyn Bowen, Director of Research, Defence Studies Department, Kings College London

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: LONG TERM MISSILE DEFENCE

    Larry Burger

    Larry Burger, Director, Space and Missile Defense Battle Lab, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command

  • Creating a Single Integrated Air Picture
  • Integrating C2 structures to operate in pressured and compressed time periods
  • Utilising space as a base for kill vehicles and sensors
  • 9:50 DEVELOPMENTS IN U.S. HOMELAND AIR SECURITY

    Captain Roger Easton

    Captain Roger Easton, Deputy Director, Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organisation

  • NMD programme history
  • The THAAD programme
  • MEADS
  • PAC-3 Patriot
  • Arrow
  • Principles of TBM elimination
  • Deploying NMD outside the United States
  • Prospective improvements
  • 10:30 MISSILE DEFENCE

    Dr Stephen Pullinger

    Dr Stephen Pullinger, Defence Consultant, ISIS (UK)

  • The strategic and tactical justification for UK participation in missile defence
  • The Fylingdales upgrade decision
  • UK participation in missile defence – the European context
  • The prospects for future policy
  • 11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:30 NATO’s THEATRE BALLISTIC MISSILE FEASIBILITY STUDY

    Richard Marchand

    Richard Marchand, Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence Feasibility Study Project Manager, NC3A Missile Defence Branch, NATO HQ

  • The options for protecting Alliance territory, forces, and population centres against missile threats
  • Defining NATO consultation, command and control architectures and systems
  • Determining the best mix of systems and capabilities to obtain a NATO missile defence architecture to meet the Military Operational Requirement
  • The recommended options and configurations for system
  • 12:10 MISSILE DEFENCE FOR EUROPE

    Dr Michael Rance

    Dr Michael Rance, Consultant, BMD Associates

  • Is there a missile defence future for Europe?
  • The policy issues for Europe
  • The bi-lateral route with US, or NATO?
  • A way ahead for European industry
  • Some new ideas for missile defence in Europe
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:00 NATO MISSILE DEFENCE OF ALLIANCE TERRITORY, FORCES AND POPULATION CENTRES:

    Peter Lenk

    Peter Lenk, Division Manager, Strategies and Analysis Division, SAIC

  • Background & history
  • Study challenges: the multilateral MD environment; threat and system data uncertainties
  • Novel study approaches that are providing robust answers and solutions in light of uncertainties
  • Study management approaches
  • Team composition
  • The way ahead
  • 14:40 US MISSILE DEFENSE POLICY

    Roy Pettis

    Roy Pettis, Science Advisor, Office of Strategic and Theater Defenses

  • Using both active missile defense and passive measures (counterproliferation) to protect the US and her allies
  • The lack of bi-polar symmetry with present threats, unlike the Cold War
  • Requirements for deterrence
  • The Missile Technology Control Regime
  • The Proliferation Security Initiative
  • 15:20 Close of Conference and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Wyn Bowen

    Dr Wyn Bowen, Director of Research, Defence Studies Department, Kings College London

    9:10 BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE INTEGRATION

    Timothy Yopek

    Timothy Yopek, Director of International Affairs, Joint National Integration Center/Missile Defense Agency, US Department of Defense

  • Changing geopolitical landscape
  • Multinational integration issues and challenges
  • Options for the way ahead
  • 9:40 INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

    Jan Foghelin

    Jan Foghelin, Head of Defence Analysis, Swedish Defence Research Agency

  • Denmark and the Thule radar upgrade
  • Sweden, Norway, Finland: threats and solutions
  • 10:20 AFFORDABLE MISSILE DEFENCE SOLUTIONS

    Aaron B. Fuller, III

    Aaron B. Fuller, III, President, Federal Sector, Defense, Computer Sciences Corporation

  • Making ballistic missile defence more affordable
  • Commercial technologies for military use
  • Faster capabilities
  • Easier integration and refresh
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENCE COMMAND AND CONTROL

    Colonel Keith Maxwell

    Colonel Keith Maxwell, , Chief, Planning and Architecture Division, NATO Air Command and Control System

  • ACCS Overview
  • Current status of ACCS programme
  • TBMD BMC3I functionality required in ACCS
  • Planned upgrades to ACCS
  • Interfaces and interoperability
  • Data link upgrade strategy in support of TBMD BMC3I
    Summary/Conclusion
  • 12:00 THE ARROW MISSILE DEFENCE SYSTEM

    Yoram Shimoni

    Yoram Shimoni, Marketing Manager, MLM Division, IAI

  • The threat to Israeli territory from ballistic missiles
  • Israel’s experiences during the Gulf War
  • Development and design details
  • Israeli/US co-operation
  • How the Arrow testing programme set a benchmark for Missile Defence systems
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 EUROPEAN CONTRIBUTION TO BMD

    Regis Gautier

    Regis Gautier, Marketing Manager, Eurosam

  • Special focus on the SAMP/T programme
  • Status of the programme
  • Key capabilities
  • 14:40 MAINTAINING EUROPEAN MISSILE DEFENCE

    Dr Karl Niederhofer

    Dr Karl Niederhofer, Managing Director, COMLOG Logistics

  • Life cycle of missile systems
  • The concept of weapon system partnership in NATO
  • The features of a Europe based logistic centre
  • Experience of 15 years Patriot logistics in transatlantic co-operation in a joint venture between EADS and RAYTHEON
  • Lessons learned for future logistics tasks in the air/missile defence area
  • 15:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks followed by afternoon tea and Close of conference

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