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Developing an effective mission planning system is vital to a division’s military effectiveness. The tools available are quickly advancing from static pre-mission flight plan designers, to dynamic systems capable of in mission interaction and post mission debrief capabilities. 

With military aerial equipment having to perform more roles in a reduced budgetary environment, making the right decisions in systems design is absolutely imperative. In addition with military initiatives now increasingly being operated in coalition with other NATO nations, the ability to integrate the system’s communications is of paramount importance. 

The 5th annual conference promises an exceptional analysis on the systems and strategies that will enhance your military's capabilities in Air Mission Planning. There will be key presentations and case studies from senior military representatives and NATO officials. Additionally there will be essentially networking time to facilitate the discussions needed to drive forward Air Mission Planning system adoption.
 

Join the leading defence forum for mission planning systems and understand and utilize key developments in interoperability, system selection, future planning and cross platform targeting. 

To help you make the right decisions for your division SMi’s Air Mission Planning conference and exhibition is returning on the 2nd – 3rd June 2014. This is Europe’s leading defence forum for mission planning systems. Covering interoperability, system selection, future planning and cross platform targeting you can network with dozens of military organisations and learn from real world experiences and case studies from experts from across the globe. Ensuring your organisation remains at the peak of its operational effectiveness.

 

• This is the only air mission planning conference in 2014
• Impartial forum for UN nation state discussion on the best use of military hardware and software
• Network with delegations from across the globe
 


For 2014 we are honing in on the systems and strategies to enhance your military effectiveness.
• With the additioinal focuses on interoperability and joint force mission planning, this year's conference chair will be Diego Ruiz Palmer, Special Advisor to the NATO Secretary General.
• Key presentations and panel discussions from military representatives from 10 NATO member states
• Enhanced networking time to facilitate the discussions needed to drive forward air mission planning system adoption

Military and government profile:

Branch Chiefs, Directors, Assistant Directors, Programme and Project Managers, Staff Officers, Engineers within:

  • Plans and policy
  • Air plans and requirements
  • Operational planning and mission training
  • Integrated mission planning
  • Procurement
  • Systems and Software
  • Logistics planning


Industry profile :

 

Presidents, CEOs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Analysts and Engineers within:

  • Mission planning systems and software
  • Mission support systems
  • Systems architectrue and integration
  • Targeting and weaponeering
  • Communication and data management
  • Sales and marketing
  • Graphic interface and geographical representation systems
     

Austrian MoD; BAE Systems; Cranfield University ; Effective Direction; Embassy of the Republic of Turkey; Embassy of Ukraine; FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency; GA Technical Research Institute; Heavy Airlift Wing Papa Hungary; Indra; Joint Helicopter Command; Joint Helicopter Command HQ; Luciad; MDBA; Movement Coordination Centre Europe; NATO HQ; Navy Command HQ; NCIA NATO; NSE-Group; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd; R A F; Royal Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal Canadian Air Force; Royal Norwegian Air Force; Saab AB; SAAB AEROSPACE - GENERAL MILITARY PROGRAMS; Strategic Airlift Interim Solution Coordination Cell; Swiss Air Force; Thales; Turkish Air War College; World Fuel Services Inc; Yorvik Aviation;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Diego Ruiz Palmer

Diego Ruiz Palmer, Special Advisor to the NATO Secretary General, NATO HQ

9:10 Air Mission Planning post-Afghanistan - a strategic-level view

Diego Ruiz Palmer

Diego Ruiz Palmer, Special Advisor to the NATO Secretary General, NATO HQ

• Lessons learned from joint operations in Afghanistan
• Implications of the transition from a “deployed NATO” to a “prepared NATO”
• Airpower’s role on the way to 2020 and beyond

9:50 PANEL DISCUSSION: The Future of Mission Planning in the Air Domain

•Developing an interoprable air force
•What are the requirements for the future you need to be planning for now?
•How can you look to integrate systems and processes
 

Joe Kay

Joe Kay, Co-owner/Director, Effective Direction

Richard  Leakey

Richard Leakey , DIIFALG Station Commander, Joint Helicopter Command

Nick Benson

Nick Benson, Aeronautical Information Requirements Manager , RAF Northolt

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Mission Support - Defence's critical enabler

Sean Bell

Sean Bell, UK Defence Growth Lead, Hewlett-Packard Company

  • Mission Planning Capability evolved through single-platform parochial approach
  • New Defence landscape dominated by asymmetric threats requiring innovative, flexible and coherent Joint capability
  • Technology remains Defence’s core asymmetric advantage
  • Future Battle-space dominated by Information, Ambiguity, Dynamism and Pace, requires agile Mission Support solutions
  • 11:40 Operational mission planning experiences

    Francesco Agresti

    Francesco Agresti, Commander ITA Joint Task Force , Italian Air Force Command

    •Experiences in Afghanistan
    •Challenges with Joint operations
    •Learnings and advances required with systems

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Challenges in Establishing Multinational Defence Programmes

    Gunnar  Borch

    Gunnar Borch, Owner and General Manager - Former General Manager of the NATO Airlift Management Agency, GB Consulting bvba

    •What is Smart Defence / Pooling & Sharing
    •Why is multinational cooperation so difficult to achieve?
    •What does Industry want and what can industry do?
    •Potential way ahead future developments
     

    14:20 Integrating Mission Planning into Training System Design

    • The increasing value of Mission Planning tools
    • How much, how soon and in what form
    • Competing priorities - Training and Operational
    • Certification Considerations of Mission Planning Systems
    • Aeronautical Data Considerations of Mission Planning Systems
    • Including Mission Planning Aspects in Aircraft Safety Assessments/Cases.
     

    Benjamin George

    Benjamin George, Resident Pilot, Royal Australian Air Force

    Derek Reinhardt

    Derek Reinhardt, LIFCAP Engineer, Royal Australian Air Force

    15:00 The Realities of mission planning on operations

    •Real mission planning experiences
    •Helicopter-bourne assault operations
    •Challenges of multi nation mission planning

    Richard  Leakey

    Richard Leakey , DIIFALG Station Commander, Joint Helicopter Command

    15:35 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    George Harrison

    George Harrison, Associate Director, Georgia Technology Research Institute

    9:10 Keynote: Armed Forces of Ukraine in international operations

    Lieutenant General  Sergei Drozdov

    Lieutenant General Sergei Drozdov, First Deputy Commander, Ukrainian Air Force

  • The main areas of cooperation between Ukraine and foreign countries in the military sphere
  • The tasks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the international operations
  • Conditions and factors affecting the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the international operations
  • The impact of the experience of local wars and armed conflicts on the Armed Forces of Ukraine
  • 10:00 Aeronautical Information – Don’t put Diesel in your Typhoon

  • The Importance of DATA: Accessible, Complete, Assured.
  • The Need for Coherence in Systems Integration.
  • Moving Towards the Future - The Near and the Far.
  • Nick Benson

    Nick Benson, Aeronautical Information Requirements Manager , RAF Northolt

    Mike Watts

    Mike Watts, Flight Lieutenant, Defence Geographic Centre

    10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 Evaluating the Use of Manned And Unmanned Aerial Vehicles In Strategic Offensive Tasks

    Yildiray  Korkmaz

    Yildiray Korkmaz , Pilot , Turkish Air War College

    • The use of Autonomous UAVs to get the fastest result with the lowest risk.
    • The benefits of concomitant use of manned and unmanned systems.
    • The importance of strategic attack to defeat the enemy and which kind of mission package required to penetrate these targets.
     

    11:50 Combined Air Operations – Planning and Coordination

    Simon Turner

    Simon Turner, Operational Training Director , Ibis Flight Test & SCT Avionics and Training

  • Context and evolution of the capability
  • Advantages and challenges posed for future ops
  • Potential tactical advancements

     

     

  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:50 The role of the JFACC in air operations

    •Infrastructure of the JFACC
    •Challenges of planning
    •Challenges of executing deployable air operation centres

    Ahmet  Tosun

    Ahmet Tosun, First Lieutenant, Turkish Air Force

    Erkan  Abunaz

    Erkan Abunaz, Captain , Turkish Air Force

    14:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: TBC

    15:10 History and the Future – Perspectives on Mission Planning

    George Harrison

    George Harrison, Associate Director, Georgia Technology Research Institute

    •Mission planning in the ‘60’s
    •Preparation for the Gulf War
    •Mission planning today
    •What’s next and what’s needed
     

    15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    15:55 Afternoon Tea

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Benjamin George

    Benjamin George

    Resident Pilot, Royal Australian Air Force
    Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Special Advisor to the NATO Secretary General, NATO HQ
    Joe Kay

    Joe Kay

    Co-owner/Director, Effective Direction
    Lieutenant General  Sergei Drozdov

    Lieutenant General Sergei Drozdov

    First Deputy Commander, Ukrainian Air Force
    Sean Bell

    Sean Bell

    UK Defence Growth Lead, Hewlett-Packard Company

    Ahmet Tosun

    First Lieutenant, Turkish Air Force
    Ahmet  Tosun

    Benjamin George

    Resident Pilot, Royal Australian Air Force
    Benjamin George

    Derek Reinhardt

    LIFCAP Engineer, Royal Australian Air Force
    Derek Reinhardt

    Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Special Advisor to the NATO Secretary General, NATO HQ
    Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Erkan Abunaz

    Captain , Turkish Air Force
    Erkan  Abunaz

    Francesco Agresti

    Commander ITA Joint Task Force , Italian Air Force Command
    Francesco Agresti

    George Harrison

    Associate Director, Georgia Technology Research Institute
    George Harrison

    Gunnar Borch

    CEO, GB Consulting bvba
    Gunnar  Borch

    Gunnar Borch

    Owner and General Manager - Former General Manager of the NATO Airlift Management Agency, GB Consulting bvba
    Gunnar  Borch

    Joe Kay

    Co-owner/Director, Effective Direction
    Joe Kay

    Lieutenant General Sergei Drozdov

    First Deputy Commander, Ukrainian Air Force
    Lieutenant General  Sergei Drozdov

    Mike Watts

    Flight Lieutenant, Defence Geographic Centre
    Mike Watts

    Mike Watts

    Flight Lieutenant , RAF Northolt
    Mike Watts

    Neil Sierens

    DFC, former AAC, Aviation and Defence Consultant, Yorvik Aviation
    Neil Sierens

    Nick Benson

    Aeronautical Information Requirements Manager , RAF Northolt
    Nick Benson

    Richard Leakey

    DIIFALG Station Commander, Joint Helicopter Command
    Richard  Leakey

    Sean Bell

    UK Defence Growth Lead, Hewlett-Packard Company
    Sean Bell

    Simon Turner

    Operational Training Director , Ibis Flight Test & SCT Avionics and Training
    Simon Turner

    Yildiray Korkmaz

    Pilot , Turkish Air War College
    Yildiray  Korkmaz

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