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SMi is proud to present the 4th annual Network Centric Warfare conference, taking place in Rome on the 3rd and 4th February 2020.

The modern battlespace requires agile, dynamic forces able to act with speed and precision. Militaries are increasingly equipped to do so by harnessing cutting-edge network technology to exploit an information advantage. By linking shooters, commanders and sensors in a fully networked environment, militaries can streamline decision-making, enhance situational awareness and increase mission effectiveness.

The Network Centric Warfare conference is designed to enable programme managers, military professionals and industry experts to discuss and explore the latest developments, technology and opportunities across the world. Given the critical need for seamless interoperability between allied forces and the nature of NCW as a force multiplier, attendees will gain valuable information for optimising their network capabilities both internally and in coalition.

  • Meet and network with leaders in Network Centric Warfare from industry, military and government across two days, including dedicated networking lunches and drinks reception.
  • Hear updates and guidance from world leading NCW programme managers.
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of networked forces.
  • Discover cutting-edge technology to enhance battlefield network capability and explore opportunities for greater coalition interoperability.

Agency for Defence- Korea; Aosta Brigade IT ARMY; Avaya ; Bittium; Canadian Army; Center for Applied Studies; Comfordot; Comtech Systems, Inc; Czech Army Foreign Relations Office; Danish Defence Research Estab; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; ECI Telecom Ltd; EU Military Staff; Finnish Defence University; Fischer Connectors SA ; General Dynamics Mission Systems; German ArmyHQ; Insta DefSec Oy; Italian Army; Italian Army Aviation HQ; Italian Army General Staff; Italian Army Staff; Italian Army Transmission Command; Jane's Information Group; Leonardo; MBI Group; Military University Of Technology; Ministério da Defesa; Ministry of Defence, Austria; Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands; NATO Defence College Foundation; NATO M&S COE; NATO SHAPE; NC3A/NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency); Rafael - Advanced Defense Systems Ltd; Rajant Corporation; RNLAF; SatADSL S.A; The Elastic Network; UAE GHQ; UK MOD; Viasat, Inc.

Agency for Defence- Korea; Aosta Brigade IT ARMY; Avaya ; Bittium; Canadian Army; Center for Applied Studies; Comfordot; Comtech Systems, Inc; Czech Army Foreign Relations Office; Danish Defence Research Estab; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; ECI Telecom Ltd; EU Military Staff; Finnish Defence University; Fischer Connectors SA ; General Dynamics Mission Systems; German ArmyHQ; Insta DefSec Oy; Italian Army; Italian Army Aviation HQ; Italian Army General Staff; Italian Army Staff; Italian Army Transmission Command; Jane's Information Group; Leonardo; MBI Group; Military University Of Technology; Ministério da Defesa; Ministry of Defence, Austria; Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands; NATO Defence College Foundation; NATO M&S COE; NATO SHAPE; NC3A/NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency); Rafael - Advanced Defense Systems Ltd; Rajant Corporation; RNLAF; SatADSL S.A; The Elastic Network; UAE GHQ; UK MOD; Viasat, Inc;

Conference programme

8:15 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti

Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti, Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

9:00 Enhancing the Italian Army by Prioritising Communication Capabilities

General Salvatore Farina

General Salvatore Farina, Chief of Staff, Italian Army Staff

• The importance of technological innovation in battlefield communications to equip an army for future warfare
• Network-enabled communications and their importance for modern militaries and coalition interoperability
• The Italian Army’s plans for optimising its networked communication systems as part of wider modernisation initiatives
• Plans for strengthening interoperability with key Italian allies

9:40 Increasing NATO Task-Force Effectiveness through Network Enabled Capability

Lieutenant General Thomas Sharpy

Lieutenant General Thomas Sharpy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development, NATO Allied Command Transformation

• Overview of the importance of networked communications to the capability and operational effectiveness of NATO-task forces
• Reports on the use of network-enabled technology in recent NATO exercises and ramifications for future operational capabilities
• Future of NCW within NATO and looking ahead to the next stage of network-interoperability initiatives

10:20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

11:00 Morning Coffee

11:30 Exploiting the Information Advantage through a Networked Force: US Battlefield Management and Network Architecture

• Strategic benefits of a fully networked force through streamlined decision-making and enhanced operational effectiveness
• Current US network capabilities and equipment
• Maintaining and training network-capable soldiers: proven strategies for network support and optimisation
• Plans for further network implementation and modernisation in the US military
 

Mr Clifford Fegert

Mr Clifford Fegert, Director Networks and Architectures, US Air Force

Mr Stuart Whitehead

Mr Stuart Whitehead, Deputy Director Cyber and C4 Integration, Joint Chiefs of Staff J6

12:10 Tactical Edge Networking: DEU/NLD Program Connecting Mobile Forces

Colonel Robert Miedema

Colonel Robert Miedema, Tactical Edge Networking Program Manager, Netherlands Ministry of Defence

• Scope and organization of DEU/NLD program
• Interaction with partners
• First glance of spiral 1 (solution package for a NLD and a DEU battlegroup)

12:50 Networking Lunch

13:50 Joint Interoperability Division: US Military's Tactical Data-Link Schoolhouse

Lieutenant Colonel Douglas  E. Haberstroh

Lieutenant Colonel Douglas E. Haberstroh, Deputy Director, Joint Interoperability Division, Joint Staff J7

• The JID's mission to optimize Tactical Data-Link usage among partner nations
• Courses offered by the JID for partner nations and their benefits for operational effectiveness
• Strategies for partner nations to create their own Tactical Data-Link schoolhouses and spread best practice
 

14:30 NATO C2 Centre of Excellence (C2COE): Driving Innovation in Network Enabled Capabilities

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Serné

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Serné, Branch Chief, C2 Centre of Excellence

• An introduction to the role of the C2COE
• Conclusions of the Future of the Command Post study: technical and human aspects
• An update on the C2 Demonstrator project: incorporating state-of-the-art technology with C2 equipment
 

15:10 Afternoon Tea

15:40 Delivering a Fully Digitized Bundeswehr to Enhance Operational Effectiveness

Lieutenant Colonel Eduard Schnabel

Lieutenant Colonel Eduard Schnabel, Branch Head Digitization, German Armed Forces

  • Progress of Bundeswehr digitization and modernisation programmes
  • Maximising value from training in networked operations at the Army Combat Maneuver Training Center (GÜZ)
  • Optimising integration of new and old technology
  • Effective collaboration with industry: experiences with the RRS-MICOS programme
  • 16:20 Maximising Operational Effectiveness through French NCW Capabilities: Today and Tomorrow

    • Bringing new battlefield perception through the Scorpion program to gather forces and follow the heart of the action
    • Creating deep networks closer to the human experience
    • Good and bad data killers
    • The digital funnel dilemma
     

    Captain Jean-Baptiste Colas

    Captain Jean-Baptiste Colas, Associate Director, French Ministry of Defence

    17:00 The Manticus Apollo Project: Creating a Comprehensive Situational Awareness Capability for Coordinating Estonian National Defence

    • The need for a fully networked SA capability
    • The theoretical underpinnings of the Manticus Apollo system
    • System architecture and technical architecture
    • The system’s wargaming potential and performance in January wargames
     

    Major Veiko Dieves

    Major Veiko Dieves, Junior Researcher, Estonian National Defence College (ENDC)

    17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti, Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti, Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

    9:00 Network Centric Warfare and the Forza NEC Programme: Delivering the Italian Army's Network Centric Warfare Initiatives to Optimise Soldier Capability and Lethality

    Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

    Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo, Commander Italian Army Logistics Command, Italian Army

    • Strategic implications of programme delivery
    • Managing a staggered introduction
    • Ensuring coalition interoperability throughout programme development
    • Future of the Forza NEC programme and upcoming equipment requirements
     

    9:40 NATO CIS Group: Delivering Networked CIS Capability to Deployed NATO Formations

    • Update on NATO’s own networked communications capabilities
    • The NCISG’s experiences on exercises as a test of the NCISG’s info systems networks as part of a NATO Response Force)
    • Future NATO communications capabilities (DCIS Cube 1.0).
     

    Major General Wolfgang Renner

    Major General Wolfgang Renner, Commander NATO CIS Group, NATO CIS Group

    10:20 Defence Industry and European Strategic Autonomy: Land Perspective

    Brigadier General Gianluca Carai

    Brigadier General Gianluca Carai, Commander Italian Army General Planning Division, Italian Army

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Optimising Norwegian Operational Communications through the Mime Program

    Lieutenant Colonel Bernhard Fog

    Lieutenant Colonel Bernhard Fog, Mime Programme Lead for Operational Effectiveness, Norwegian Defence Staff

    • Updates from the Mime Integrated Tactical Information Infrastructure Project and lessons learned
    • Step by step plans for rolling out network enabled equipment to the Norwegian military
    • Strategies for deriving maximum value from network enabled communications in the Norwegian operational environment
     

    12:10 Transforming Canadian Battlefield Management Through Ongoing Digitization to Increase Operational Effectiveness

    Lieutenant Colonel Charles Palmer

    Lieutenant Colonel Charles Palmer, Director Land Command and Information Plans Officer, Canadian Army

    • Lessons from the current large-scale digitization across the Canadian military
    • Implementing proven strategies for effective training in Network Centric Warfare at all levels
    • Future of Canadian network implementation and Canadian Army cyber strategy
     

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Increasing Task-Force Effectiveness through the NATO Federated Mission Network Programme

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi, Federated Mission Networking Secretariat Director, NATO Shape

    • Current state of the Federated Mission Network Programme
    • Overview of current partners’ progress along the spiral specifications
    • Reports on the use of network-enabled technology in recent NATO exercises
    • Future of the programme and looking ahead to the next stage of network-interoperability initiatives
     

    14:30 Promoting Interoperability Within EU-Led Missions through the Optimisation of Networked Communications

    Colonel Heinrich Krispler

    Colonel Heinrich Krispler, Deputy Director and Branch Chief Policy and Requirements, EU Military Staff

    • Current EU networked C4ISR capabilities and plans for development to maximise operational effectiveness
    • Ensuring interoperability between multinational coalitions and standing EU infrastructures
    • Effective strategies for enabling a robust crisis response through networked communications
     

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Increasing Cyber Interoperability Between European Armies

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Mr Mario Blokken, Director Permanent Secretariat, European Army Interoperability Centre

  • Integrating cyber command structures in the modern army
  • The challenge of communication: could European armies use common cryptographic systems?
  • Raising awareness of the weakest link: training the European soldier to behave in the cyber environment
     
  • 16:20 Future Pathways of Network Centric Warfare Within Europe

    Mr Andrea Aversano Stabile

    Mr Andrea Aversano Stabile, Junior Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali

  • The concept of Network Centric Warfare and its evolution
  • Network Enabled Capabilities and Command and Control systems
  • The added value of networking systems in international missions
  • Mapping trends and developments thanks to European programs
  • Network Enabled Capabilities: a potential game-changer in the civilian domain
  • Potential collaborative opportunities arising from multilateral frameworks
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti, Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

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    Brigadier General Gianluca Carai

    Brigadier General Gianluca Carai

    Commander Italian Army General Planning Division, Italian Army
    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Federated Mission Networking Secretariat Director, NATO Shape
    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Tactical Edge Networking Program Manager, Netherlands Ministry of Defence
    General Salvatore Farina

    General Salvatore Farina

    Chief of Staff, Italian Army Staff
    Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

    Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

    Commander Italian Army Logistics Command, Italian Army
    Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti

    Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army
    Lieutenant General Thomas Sharpy

    Lieutenant General Thomas Sharpy

    Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development, NATO Allied Command Transformation
    Major General Wolfgang Renner

    Major General Wolfgang Renner

    Commander NATO CIS Group, NATO CIS Group
    Mr Clifford Fegert

    Mr Clifford Fegert

    Director Networks and Architectures, US Air Force

    Brigadier General Gianluca Carai

    Commander Italian Army General Planning Division, Italian Army
    Brigadier General Gianluca Carai

    Captain Jean-Baptiste Colas

    Associate Director, French Ministry of Defence
    Captain Jean-Baptiste Colas

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Federated Mission Networking Secretariat Director, NATO Shape
    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Heinrich Krispler

    Deputy Director and Branch Chief Policy and Requirements, EU Military Staff
    Colonel Heinrich Krispler

    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Tactical Edge Networking Program Manager, Netherlands Ministry of Defence
    Colonel Robert Miedema

    General Salvatore Farina

    Chief of Staff, Italian Army Staff
    General Salvatore Farina

    Lieutenant Colonel Bernhard Fog

    Mime Programme Lead for Operational Effectiveness, Norwegian Defence Staff
    Lieutenant Colonel Bernhard Fog

    Lieutenant Colonel Charles Palmer

    Director Land Command and Information Plans Officer, Canadian Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Charles Palmer

    Lieutenant Colonel Douglas E. Haberstroh

    Deputy Director, Joint Interoperability Division, Joint Staff J7
    Lieutenant Colonel Douglas  E. Haberstroh

    Lieutenant Colonel Eduard Schnabel

    Branch Head Digitization, German Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Eduard Schnabel

    Lieutenant Colonel Paul Serné

    Branch Chief, C2 Centre of Excellence
    Lieutenant Colonel Paul Serné

    Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

    Commander Italian Army Logistics Command, Italian Army
    Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

    Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti

    Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army
    Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General Thomas Sharpy

    Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development, NATO Allied Command Transformation
    Lieutenant General Thomas Sharpy

    Major General Wolfgang Renner

    Commander NATO CIS Group, NATO CIS Group
    Major General Wolfgang Renner

    Major Veiko Dieves

    Junior Researcher, Estonian National Defence College (ENDC)
    Major Veiko Dieves

    Mr Andrea Aversano Stabile

    Junior Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali
    Mr Andrea Aversano Stabile

    Mr Clifford Fegert

    Director Networks and Architectures, US Air Force
    Mr Clifford Fegert

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Director Permanent Secretariat, European Army Interoperability Centre
    Mr Mario Blokken

    Mr Stuart Whitehead

    Deputy Director Cyber and C4 Integration, Joint Chiefs of Staff J6
    Mr Stuart Whitehead

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    Choose the relaxing Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s hotel, home to a luxurious spa minutes from Rome’s historic city centre. Treat yourself to an in-room dining experience at Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s and relax on your balcony overlooking the hotel’s outdoor pool, tennis courts or gardens. Come to the St. Peter’s Spa to let off steam in our sauna and Turkish baths, or rest on the loungers around our heated indoor pool.

    The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from Fiumicino Airport. Checkout the timetable of our scheduled airport shuttle which will allow you to easily reach the hotel at a very special price. Use our scheduled shuttle bus to/from the city centre to discover the beauties of the Eternal City. You’ll find wireless Internet throughout the hotel, allowing you to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues at any time. Hold your meetings in one of our 13meeting rooms able to host up to 600 delegates. Possibility of organizing dinners and special occasions by the pool, hiring the Roman Bath for private and exclusive use, planning open air team buildings and many more ideas for events out of the ordinary

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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