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SMi is proud to present the 5th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference to be held in Rome.

With rapid technological advances changing the way maritime forces need to utilise and manage ISR capabilities across domains, Maritime and Littoral Reconnaissance and Surveillance systems and platforms have become a critical component of naval capability.

The Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference follows from four very successful conferences of the same name. The original focus revolved around the Italian Navies need for improved security in the Mediterranean Sea following the Arab Spring and continued unrest along the African coast. The ability to identify ships and their business became paramount.

This year the conference has an increased focus on space based maritime reconnaissance and the addition of the relation between the Littoral and Maritime Domains and ISR capabilities that occur here. The aim is to assist the advancement and engagement of Naval practitioners and Programme Managers through briefings, panel sessions and focused discussion groups on topics including Unmanned ISR platforms, Space-based Maritime Reconnaissance, Littoral-Maritime ISR capabilities and Fleet Air Arm ISR capabilities.
 

Harnessing the most modern technologies to build a thorough operational picture is an increasingly important part of Maritime Operations. These capabilities however need to be understood as a joint component: how can airborne ISR platforms, microwave imaging satellites and littoral domain systems also contribute the commanders decision process. With these new trends come further challenges in gathering, processing and interpreting the enormous quantities of data that are gathered by this platforms which is an equally important task.

Previous iterations of this conference have been very successful in addressing these questions and as we advance into an increasingly technologically driven world the solutions are to be found by networking and discussing these amongst one's peers. To this end, some of our most prominent past attendees, include Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, NATO MARCOM and Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Italian Coastguard, have been able to provide unprecedented insights into the status and future of Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology for both NATO forces and Industry alike. This years conference intends to expand on this, bringing the best and most up-to-date sector knowledge to those who need it.
 

  • Holistic coverage of Maritime ISR Platforms and Systems from NATO Nations Including Representation from:
    • Naval Commanders
    • Fleet Air Arms
    • Programme Managers
    • ISR/ISTAR Specialists
    • NATO Centre of Excellence
  • A New Perspective from the Integration of Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology across the Littoral and Maritime Domains
  • Updates on the Newest Programmes and Platforms across NATO
  • Emphasis on Space-Based Technology as an effective ISR Tool and how Militaries can take Advantage of this Quickly Developing Capability while Integrated Conventional ISR Systems and Platforms

     

NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) ; Aerodata AG; Agency for Defence- Korea; Army Material Department; Belgian Navy ; CLS; CS; DSTL Porton Down; Ecuadorian Navy; Embassy of Finland; Embassy of Ukraine in Italy ; EMSA; European Defence Agency; European Maritime Safety Agency; FMV; FN Herstal; German Embassy Rome; German Navy; GXP International Solutions Group; Hisdesat; ICEYE Oy; Imagesat International NV; Italian Air Force - AIr Staff; Italian Ministry of Defence; Jane's Navy International Magazine Correspondent; Kleos Space SA; Leonardo; Maritime and Coastguard Agency; MDA Systems Limited; National Maritime Information Centre; National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office; NATO MARCOM; NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation; NATO STO-CMRE - Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation; Ocean 4Future; Ocean Matrix Ltd; Optimare; Orbital Micro Systems; Portuguese Navy; Portuguese Navy Staff; Raytheon UK; Royal Danish Air Force; Royal Navy; Sirius Constellation; Spanish Ministry of Defence; UAE GHQ; US Embassy Rome; Windward; Zeusch Aviation BV;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Potts CB

Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Potts CB, Former Director General Joint Force Development, Joint Forces Command

9:10 Optimising the Collection and Impact of Hydrographic Data for Both the Commercial and Defence Sectors

Rear Admiral Luigi Sinapi

Rear Admiral Luigi Sinapi, Director of the Italian Hydrographic Institute, Italian Navy

  • Integrating a range of platforms and systems to create a full maritime picture and improve situational awareness
  • Defining the relationship between the Hydrographic Institute, the commercial sector and defence organisations including NATO
  • The strategic picture for improving future Hydrographic capabilities that trickle down into greater military situational awareness
  • The future of hydrographic platforms and systems 
  • 9:50 How to improve Maritime Domain Awareness with Enhanced ISR & Space Technology

    Brigadier General Carlos de Salas

    Brigadier General Carlos de Salas, Head C4ISR & Space Programs, Spanish Ministry of Defence

  • Recent innovations in ISR & space systems to support surveillance and security at sea 
  • Benefits of using spaced-based technology to improve Maritime domain awareness 
  • How satellites optimize naval traffic monitoring through improved AIS 
  • Mitigating the limitations of line-of-sight communications and conventional ISR Capabilities 
  • The future developments and prospects for Space-based ISR and the push towards interoperability
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Reserved for Orbital Micro Systems

    Mr William Hosack

    Mr William Hosack, Chief Executive Officer, Orbital Micro Systems

    11:40 Anticipating the next Decade’s Operational Requirements and Optimising Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Capabilities to Meet These

    Commodore Tom Guy

    Commodore Tom Guy, Deputy Director, Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence, NATO

  • Current capabilities, priorities and concepts
  • The impacts of:
  • Unmanned Technologies

  • Greater AIS abilities

  • Space-Based ISR

  • Speculating on future exercises and operation as a way to guide future priorities
  • Likely future requirements and how each of the above will be used to improve capabilities
  • The importance of collaboration with NATO organisations and ISR international interoperability

     

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    12:20 Managing Maritime Borders through an Emphasis on Situational Awareness and Prevention of Transnational Crime

    Mr Chris Reynolds

    Mr Chris Reynolds, Deputy Head of Mission EU Maritime Security Capacity Building Mission in Somalia , EUCAP Somalia

  • The role of EUCAP Somalia in managing the maritime domain around the Horn of Africa 
  • The importance of the maritime domain economically and strategically 
  • Improving the methods of gaining greater situational awareness through both conventional and non-conventional means 
  • The future of counter-piracy and how successful are todays methods 
  • The role of space-based ISR and how this compares to the use of other platforms and methods 
  • The future of EUCAP’s policies towards maintaining situational awareness in the area
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 The Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Royal Australian Navy

    Captain Timothy Byles

    Captain Timothy Byles, Australian Defence Attache for Southern Europe, Royal Australian Navy

  • Why the RAN is transitioning unmanned aviation from the RAN Naval Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit (NUASU) to an operational squadron of the Fleet Air Arm
  • Providing high-quality video and still imagery in near real-time to significantly improve battlespace awareness
  • Comparing the abilities of the fixed-wing Insitu ScanEagle and rotary-wing Schiebel Camcopter S-100 and how they are improving Australian ISR capabilities
  • The future of the Unmanned Aircraft System unit in the Fleet Air Arm
  • 14:40 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    15:20 Supporting Maritime Operations through Unmanned Maritime Capabilities

    Commander Eric van Lawick  van Pabst

    Commander Eric van Lawick van Pabst, Liaison staff officer Royal Netherlands Navy, Operations, Maritime HQ, Future Operations and Plans, Defence Staff Netherlands Armed Forces HQ

  • The benefits of using unmanned and autonomous systems and how they help solve Surveillance challenges
  • Addressing the balance between aerial vehicles and underwater vehicles: why prioritise one over the other?
  • Moving towards capability sharing and addressing interoperability requirements with unmanned platforms
  • The future requirements and strategic needs in autonomous systems in the Royal Netherlands Navy
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Air-Maritime Coordination: An Operational Perspective of AEW & ISR Platforms in the Mediterranean

    Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

    Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis, Staff Officer General Staff - Manpower Planning and Development Directorate, Hellenic Air Force

  • Assessing the role of AEW ISR platforms in Maritime Operations (pros and cons)
  • The future of Command & Control in Air-Maritime Coordination
  • The benefits of using aerial platforms in conjunction with other systems to build a thorough Maritime Domain picture 
  • How sharing technological development can further shape the direction of future Platforms and Aviation Strategy
  • 17:10 Developing Maritime Aerial Capabilities with Respect to Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operability

    Colonel Henrik  Kanstrup

    Colonel Henrik Kanstrup, Commander Helicopter Wing Karup, Royal Danish Air Force

  • Improving relevant navy and air interoperability in the north sea with regard to Reconnaissance and Surveillance
  • Approach to the 5th generation of warfare and utilising digital networks to further situational awareness
  • The role of the Danish Navy in the Arctic area of operations
  • Engaging with the political dimension of international competition in the Arctic and how ISR contributes to this
     

     

  • 17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Potts CB

    Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Potts CB, Former Director General Joint Force Development, Joint Forces Command

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Potts CB

    Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Potts CB, Former Director General Joint Force Development, Joint Forces Command

    9:10 Session Reserved For Italian Navy - Integration of Satellite Technology into current ISR Platforms for a complete Maritime Domain Awareness

    9:50 RN Maritime Intelligence and Reconnaissance (ISR) tactical development of commercial space based multi-spectral data for improved situational awareness and counter surveillance tactics

    Commander Graeme Smith

    Commander Graeme Smith, Maritime Warfare Centre Information Warfare Commander, Royal Navy

  • Royal Navy's Project MOONRAKER
  • Using military and civilian satellite data to identify and track targets
  • Using signatures to seek out threats or ships attempting to be ‘dark targets’
  • Future Maritime Warfare developments in space-based ISR
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 An Operational Perspective of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) for the UK Coastguard

    Mr Phillip Hanson

    Mr Phillip Hanson, UK HM Coastguard Aviation Technical Assurance Manager, HM Maritime and Coastguard Agency

  • Optimising the performance of fixed wing platforms in a SAR role 
  • Assessing the role of these platforms in Maritime Reconnaissance 
  • The benefits of the using aerial platforms in conjunction with other systems to build a thorough Maritime Domain picture
  • How sharing technological development can further shape the direction of future Platforms and Aviation Strategy

     

  • 11:40 Emphasising Multi-Domain Operations in Response to Increased Tension in the Arctic

    Lieutenant Commander Stefan Lundqvist PhD

    Lieutenant Commander Stefan Lundqvist PhD, Military Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Military Studies, Swedish Defence University

  • The new strategic landscape along NATO´s Northern Flank and in the Arctic – interests and risks
  • Western strategies aimed at managing the consequences of great power geopolitical and geo-economic competition in the Arctic – back to the future or breaking new ice?
  • The importance of Communications, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Multi-Domain Operations and the role of Space Capabilities
  • NATO Multi-Domain Operations in the Arctic – prospects and challenges 

     

  • 12:20 Use of Maritime Unmanned Systems in Confined and Shallow Waters

    Lieutenant Commander Antonio Junior Belfiore

    Lieutenant Commander Antonio Junior Belfiore, Naval Mine Warfare Staff Officer, NATO Centre of Excellence for operations in Confined and Shallow Waters

  • Improving autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV’s) to increase mine-countermeasure efficiency
  • Providing greater levels of reconnaissance against the mine threat
  • Mitigating risk to personnel while fulfilling operational objectives
  • Sustaining data streams between AUV’s and other platforms and systems taking part in an amphibious operation

     

  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Building an Integrated Set of Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems to further NATO Operational Capability

    Commander Thomas Smith

    Commander Thomas Smith, Chief, Joint ISR & Targeting, Joint Intelligence & Security Division, NATO

  • Increasing the Alliance's ability to respond to quickly evolving, real world events
  • Building and practicing processes to allow the concentration and synchronization of intelligence collection capabilities at short notice
  • Working toward ensuring the operational fielding of NATO's Alliance Ground Surveillance, (AGS)
  • Further developing the analytical team at Sigonella which conducts processing, exploitation and dissemination
  • Developing a GEOINT Policy to provide increased coherence and lead to greater cooperation and better stewardship of both Alliance and National GEOINT resources

     

  • 14:40 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    15:20 A Maritime Situational Awareness perspective on Maritime ISR

    Ms Francesca  de Rosa

    Ms Francesca de Rosa , Data Knowledge and Operational Environment Scientist, NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)

  • Developing sophisticated multi-source data fusion approaches to fully exploit ISR 
  • Building the best maritime picture through IRS: towards a coherent assessment
  • The importance of collaboration to ensure ISR interoperability by design
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Strengthening Safety at Sea through Increased Monitoring of the Maritime Domain

    Mrs Maja Markovcic Kostelac

    Mrs Maja Markovcic Kostelac, Executive Director, EMSA

  • The importance of data exchange for building the most comprehensive maritime picture 
  • Gathering imagery from space-based ISR platforms and including them in the intelligence sharing process
  • Current and future steps to improve maritime domain awareness using industries technological advancements while minimizing the costs to nations and organizations
  • 17:10 Developing Maritime Aerial Capabilities with Respect to Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operability

  • The current operational climate and capabilities when it comes to surveillance for the Italian Navy
  • Why current capabilities mean that navies need to have the ability to react quickly to potential threats to maritime security
  • The importance of constantly being able to detect these threats
  • Improving integration between reconnaissance systems and ship defences
  • Why Artificial Intelligence is necessary to the future of reconnaissance and surveillance systems
  • Mr Vito Pesare

    Mr Vito Pesare , E.W. Expert, Former Italian Navy Warrant Officer, Italian Navy

    Mr Vito D'Amicis

    Mr Vito D'Amicis, Former Italian Navy Lieutenant, Specialist in EW, C4ISR, Intelligence & Communications, Italian Navy

    17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Potts CB

    Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Potts CB, Former Director General Joint Force Development, Joint Forces Command

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