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The global security agenda has focused attention on the ability of nation states to defend their territory from aerial threats. This has 'dual-hatted' air defence systems with the traditional role of securing the battlespace from an ever-developing array of offensive airborne systems.

Air Defence Systems will address recent developments in international plans and polices, concentrating on the NATO context. In response to delegate requests, this event addresses GBAD and emerging technologies, focusing on the growing importance of Network Enabled Capability for superior air defence.

SMi's Air Defence Systems also incorporates an interactive panel discussion, where leading industry experts will discuss the need for increased protection against asymmetric threats, force transformation and the integration of air defence systems.

The growing necessity for enhanced homeland security has increased the need to ensure allied interoperability. This Conference offers solutions to enhance force projection operations. It is the perfect opportunity to review key developments and challenges facing air defence and to build your presence in the marketplace amongst the major international players in this field.

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:

  • Brigadier Erik Gustavson, Inspector of Transformation, Air Warfare Centre, Royal Norwegian Air Force
  • Brigadier General Matthias Weibel, Commander, Swiss Ground Based Air Defence Forces, Swiss Army
  • Mike Eison, Chief, Interoperability Division, PEO Air Space and Missile Defense, US Army 
  • Jim Lovell, Head, Air Defence Section, ADAM DI, NATO HQ
  • William Urschel, Chief Architect, Aeronautical Systems Center, US Air Force
  • Wing Commander Matt Roper RAF, Joint Operations J3, NATO SHAPE
  • Colonel (Ret’d) Keith Maxwell, Branch Chief, Requirements and Architecture Branch, Planning and Architecture Division, NACMA
  • Lieutenant Colonel F Kennedy Maclean, Canadian NORAD Region Director of Staff, 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Gosch, Senior Staff Officer, Air Staff, Ministry of Defence, Germany
  • Dr Karl Niederhofer, Managing Director, COMLOG

Benefits of Attending:

  • ANALYSE the impact of the current security situation on today’s air defence structures
  • REFLECT on operational experiences in Iraq, seeing how to maximise air defence capability
  • UNDERSTAND interoperability requirements and overcome challenges for airborne network evolution
  • HEAR about the latest developments in ground based air defence
  • EVALUATE developments in air defence systems and solutions in the world-wide market
  • NETWORK with key military experts and industry representatives to exchange views and debate future action

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Group Captain (Ret’d) David Moss

Group Captain (Ret’d) David Moss, Defence, Aviation and Management Consultant, DMM Solutions

9:10 NORWEGIAN AIR DEFENCE DEVELOPMENTS

Brigadier Erik Gustavson

Brigadier Erik Gustavson, Inspector of Transformation, Air Warfare Centre, Royal Norwegian Air Force

  • Norwegian Armed Forces transformation
  • M2N concept - rapid reaction for homeland defence and Out of Area Operations
  • Norwegian approach to EAD
  • Norwegian CMD capabilities
  • The path ahead
  • 9:50 NATO AIR DEFENCE POLICY

    Jim Lovell

    Jim Lovell, Head, Air Defence Section, ADAM DI, NATO HQ

  • Background to NATO missile defence
  • Member state developments and implications for the alliance
  • Recent NATO enlargement - the realities of expansion for air defence
  • NATO extended area defence
  • Future options for protecting the alliance
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 THE NATO ACCS PROGRAMME

    Colonel (Ret'd) Keith Maxwell

    Colonel (Ret'd) Keith Maxwell, Branch Chief, Requirements and Architecture Branch, Planning and Architecture Division, NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency

  • Programme overview
  • ACCS programme implementation - developments and new nations
  • Time sensitive targeting - the sensor to shooter chain
  • C2 for NATO ballistic missile defence
  • Adaptations for NATO Network Enabled Capability (NEC)
  • 11:40 AIR BATTLE MANAGEMENT

    Wing Commander Matt Roper RAF

    Wing Commander Matt Roper RAF, Joint Operations J3, NATO SHAPE

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

    Colonel (Ret’d) Keith Maxwell

    Colonel (Ret’d) Keith Maxwell, Branch Chief, Requirements and Architecture Branch, Planning and Architecture Division, NACMA

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Gosch

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Gosch, Senior Staff Officer, Air Staff, Ministry of Defence, Germany

    Michael Eison

    Michael Eison, Chief, Interoperability Division, PEO Air Space and Missile Defense, US Army

    Group Captain (Ret’d) David Moss

    Group Captain (Ret’d) David Moss, Defence, Aviation and Management Consultant, DMM Solutions

    14:40 EFFECTIVE AIRSPACE MANAGEMENT

    Lieutenant Colonel F Kennedy Maclean

    Lieutenant Colonel F Kennedy Maclean, Canadian NORAD Region Director of Staff, 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region

  • Rationale for amending the NORAD agreement
  • - implications for multi-national co-operation
    - implications for homeland air defence

  • Air defence and terrorism - meeting an asymmetric threat
  • Developments to support the new agenda
  • Challenges of future air defence management
  • 15:20 MISSILE LOGISTICS FOR AIR DEFENCE

    Dr Karl Niederhofer

    Dr Karl Niederhofer, Managing Director, COMLOG

  • The NATO logistical concept
  • Transatlantic co-operation
  • Case study: PATRIOT logistics
  • Infrastructure requirements in the new world order context
  • Ideas for the future - incorporating new technologies
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Fabian Ochsner

    Fabian Ochsner, Vice President, Oerlikon Contraves

    9:10 NETWORK ENABLED WARFARE

    William Urschel

    William Urschel, Chief Architect, Aeronautical Systems Center, US Air Force

  • Aeronautical network objective
  • Airborne network evolution
  • Communications enhanced air weapon systems
  • Network enabled CONOPS
  • The airborne network challenge: integration
  • 9:50 THE SAM FORCE OF THE LUFTWAFFE

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Gosch

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Gosch, Senior Staff Officer, Air Staff, Ministry of Defence, Germany

  • SAM integration in air defence capability
  • Integration and interoperability with other air defence systems
  • NCW/NNEC considerations for SAM
  • Lessons learned from Joint NCW/NNEC Experimentation
  • Future SAM developments and requirements
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 GROUND BASED AIR DEFENSE IN SWITZERLAND

    Brigadier General Matthias Weibel

    Brigadier General Matthias Weibel, Commander, Swiss GBAD TRADOC 33, Swiss Army

  • Use of multi system AD clusters
  • Use of GBADS in Swiss MOOTW (Military Operations Other Than War)
  • Full range of conscript training
  • Future perspectives
  • 11:40 PROVIDING FUTURE GBAD CAPABILITIES

    Fabian Ochsner

    Fabian Ochsner, Vice President, Oerlikon Contraves

  • Analysis of future GBAD capability requirements
  • How new gun based systems cover new requirements
  • Netting and battle management are key enablers
  • Increasing capabilities step-by-step: the Swiss case
  • The new dimension of Rockets-Artillery-Mortar (RAM) air defence
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 STARSTREAK: THE MULTI-ROLE HIGH VELOCITY MISSILE SYSTEM

    David Beatty

    David Beatty, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Thales Air Defence

  • Operational rationale for Starstreak
  • Systems overview
  • Multi-role capabilities
  • Future challenges and system improvements
  • Applying Starstreak technology
  • 14:40 IDENTIFICATION IN AIR DEFENCE

    Hugh Pyper

    Hugh Pyper, Director Advanced Programmes , Raytheon Systems

  • Challenges posed by asymmetric warfare
  • Limitations of current capability
  • Developing systems and initiatives to support identification of hostile targets
  • C4ISR programmes to support identification
  • 15:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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