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SMi is proud to present the 3rd annual Network Centric Warfare conference, taking place in Rome on the 4th and 5th February 2019.


As the 21st Century battlefield becomes increasingly complex and asymmetrical, military forces are striving to harness network technology to gain an operational advantage, transforming traditional linear command structures by linking sensors, unmanned vehicles, command posts, and soldiers on the ground.
 

Network Centric Warfare allows for greater information sharing and streamlined decision-making, enhancing operational effectiveness. Robust and dynamic networks are therefore now a crucial requirement for successful joint operations, and are essential to modern military capabilities.


This conference will bring together Network Centric Warfare planners, practitioners, and experts for invaluable insight and discussion of an increasingly important topic in the world of defence.

  • Hear briefings from key planners and decision-makers at the forefront of Network Centric Warfare
  • Comprehensive coverage of the topic of Network Centric Warfare including future capabilities, joint interoperability, and Network Centric Warfare in the operational sphere
  • The only event that provides focus on Italy's Forza NEC programme
  • Meet and network with cutting edge technology providers in the spheres of network communications, electronics, and C4I systems
  • Truly international conference with speaker and delegate representation from across Europe, North America, and beyond

Ab connectors; AERONAUTICA MILITARE; Allied Command Transformation; Allied Joint Force Command Naples; Canadian Army; Center for Applied Studies; Difesa Online; Elettronica; European Union Military Staff; Greek Army; Irish Defence Forces; Istituto Affari Internazionali; Italian Air Force; Italian Army; Italian Army Aviation; Italian Army Logistic Command; Italian MoD; Italian Navy; Leonardo; Leonardo S.p.A; Microsoft; NATO Allied Command Transformation; NATO C3 Agency; NATO Defence College Foundation; NATO Defense College; NATO LANDCOM; Northrop Grumman; Norwegian Armed Forces; Plasan-Sasa; Radionor communications AS; Rheinmetal Defence; Rheinmetall Italia S.P.A.; Royal Netherlands Army; SOUCY DEFENSE; Swedish Defence University; Thales Denmark A/S; US Army; US Army Europe; US EUCOM;

Conference programme

8:20 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti, Former Commander Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

9:00 The Role of Net-Centricity and Meeting Future Italian Army Strategic Objectives

General Salvatore Farina

General Salvatore Farina, Chief of General Staff, Italian Army

  • The changing nature of warfare and the need to embrace new innovative technologies for operational success
  • The need for network-enabled capabilities to face the security challenges of the future
  • Plans for Italian Army modernisation and digitisation
  • How can Italy work together with allies to drive military technological development?
  • 9:40 Prioritising Network Enabled Capabilities to Meet Key Italian Strategic Objectives

    Major General Angelo Palmieri

    Major General Angelo Palmieri, Chief of 6th Division C4I and Chief Information Officer, Italian Army

  • Digitalising the Italian Army to increase operational ability
  • Optimising assets and resources through greater network connectivity
  • Dominating the modern battlespace though greater shared situational awareness
  • Challenges in promoting interoperability between military branches and in joint operations
  • 10:20 Session Reserved for Leonardo

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 The Current Status and Future of Austrian Network-Based C4I

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier, Head of Communication Systems, Ministry of Defence, Austria

  • Lines of development in Austria`s Network Centric Warfare capabilities
  • The "Future Tactical Communication Network" as capability driver
  • The “grey zone” between peace and war and requirements to NCW
  • Challenges in developing critical network-based communication capacity
  • 12:10 Presentation by Rajant Corporation (Details TBC)

    Mr Robert Schena

    Mr Robert Schena, CEO, Rajant Corporation

    12:50 Delivering Bundeswehr Modernisation Through Digitalisation and Network Enabled Communications Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Eduard Schnabel

    Lieutenant Colonel Eduard Schnabel, Branch Head of Digitisation of Land-Based Operations, German Army Headquarters

  • Optimising connectivity Bundeswehr assets and resources through enhanced digitalisation and network enabled capabilities
  • The critical need for Bundeswehr modernisation, and the role of mobile tactical communications in developing develop ‘German Army 4.0’
  • The MoTako programme and delivering an effective digital combat command system through a network-based communication network
  • The need to cooperate with industry and commercial solutions for greater network enabled capabilities
  • The challenges of procurement and development of network capabilities for the tactical environment
  • 13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Promoting Allied Interoperability through NATO’s Federated Mission Networking (FMN) Programme

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi, Federated Mission Networks Secretariat Director, NATO SHAPE

  • Update on the Federated Mission Networking programme and the need for greater information and data sharing to achieve operational effectiveness
  • Building connectivity and interoperability in line with NATO’s Connected Force Initiative (CFI), including lessons from NATO operations in Afghanistan
  • Incorporating the FMN programme into future NATO joint operations, including NATO human relief operations
  • Challenges in planning and managing NATO FMN capabilities
  • 15:10 Delivering a Joint Danish Mission Network: Network and Information System Integration for Enhanced Joint C4ISR

    Major Kim Nødskov

    Major Kim Nødskov, Chief Project Manager Joint C4ISR, Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organisation

  • Overview of current Danish network enabled capabilities and the need for network integration through a joint mission network
  • Challenges in building a single integrated architecture for Danish networks and information systems
  • The vision for future Danish joint C4ISR capabilities: leveraging a joint mission network to transform C4ISR in the joint operation sphere
  • The potential to increase sensor fusion and strengthen situational awareness for assets and effectors in the operational environment
  • Increasing connectivity between the land, air, and sea domains through the joint mission network
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Enabling Network Interoperability for EU-led Military Missions and Operations to Achieve Political and Military Strategic Objectives

    Colonel Heinrich Krispler

    Colonel Heinrich Krispler, Deputy Director and Branch Chief Policy and Requirements, CIS and Cyber Defence Directorate, EU Military Staff

  • The need to adopt network architectures for improved network enabled capabilities
  • Ensuring a federated approach to be coherent and interoperable with member states FMN ready forces and EU Headquarters
  • Optimising information sharing to increase operational effectiveness in EU military operations and missions
  • Challenges for the EU Military Staff in shaping and influencing the development of EU CIS and Cyber defence capabilities
  • 17:00 Revolutionising C4I through Greater Focus on Network Enabled Technology: Perspectives on the Future of Italian Army C4I

    Lieutenant Colonel Valerio Golino

    Lieutenant Colonel Valerio Golino, Army Branch C4, Italian Army

  • The need to decentralise command and control structures and hierarchies
  • Empowering the dismounted soldier with greater decision-making capacities
  • Future technology to enhance Italian network-based C4I systems, including use of smart phone technology in the battlefield
  • The need to challenge current practices and structures in order to continuously develop effective C4
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti, Former Commander Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti, Former Commander Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

    9:10 Prioritising Network Enabled Capabilities to Meet Key Italian Strategic Objectives

    Brigadier General Francesco Bruno

    Brigadier General Francesco Bruno, Commander, Pinerolo Brigade, Italian Army

  • Digitalising the Italian Army to increase operational ability: Forza NEC
  • Optimising assets and resources through greater network connectivity
  • Dominating the modern battlespace though greater shared situational awareness
  • Challenges in promoting interoperability between military branches and in joint operations
  • 9:50 Morpheus: Delivering Next Generation Tactical Communications in the Land Domain

    Colonel Laurence Fowkes

    Colonel Laurence Fowkes, Deputy Head BATCIS, Joint Forces Command, UK MOD

  • Update on Morpheus, coordinating across industry and military to deliver revolutionary tactical communications and information sharing capacity
  • Adapting to the information centric nature of warfare and ensuring technological innovation to maintain operational effectiveness
  • The benefit of an open architecture system, allowing for better usability and interoperability
  • Future outlook for Morpheus and how the UK Armed Forces will continue to promote NCW in the future
  • 10:30 Session Reserved for Leonardo

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 ‘The Combat Cloud’: Facilitating Network Enabled Command and Control

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben, C4ISR / Section Head Air Command & Control, Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands

  • Developing an effective network enabled ‘combat cloud’ to transform C2 in the air and land domains
  • Incorporating multiple nodes into one cloud for greater sensing and effecting
  • Effectively processing and disseminating real time data
  • Challenges in developing a network enabled C2 cloud
  • 12:10 Critically Enhancing Operational Effectiveness Through Network-Based C4I

    Lieutenant Colonel Charles Palmer

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

  • Canadian approaches to NCW: Delivering operational network enabled capabilities
  • Network enabled capabilities as a force multiplier: increased situational awareness, survivability and lethality in asymmetric environments
  • Successes in greater information sharing and integrating command and control structures for land, air, and sea-based assets
  • Challenges in developing interoperability between network technology across the Canadian Armed Forces, and the need for an interoperable single network architecture
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Delivering Agile Operations: Overcoming Threat and Complexity

    Mr Jonathan Spencer

    Mr Jonathan Spencer, Principal Scientist Cyber and Information Systems Division, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

  • The need for greater agility to keep up with rapid technological advancements today
  • The role of DSTL in ensuring technology can be delivered to support new military doctrine such as increased shift towards network-enabled capabilities
  • The role of Artificial Intelligence and automation in delivering greater NCW capacity
  • Overcoming challenges in delivering network-based information sharing systems 
  • 14:30 Supporting NATO Joint C2 Operations through Delivering Network Enabled Capabilities

    Mr Detlef Janezic

    Mr Detlef Janezic , Chief Service Engineering & Architecture, NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)

  • The role of NATO Communications and Information Agency in developing network enabled capabilities for NATO operations
  • Assessing new network technology being delivered to enhance NATO’s C2 capacity
  • The need to develop and test standardisation and interoperability in NATO network-based communications and information sharing architectures
  • Network enabled technology used in NATO’s Steadfast Cobalt command and control exercise
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 The Cyber Security Implications of Military Digitalisation and Greater Network Enabled Capabilities

    Professor Andrea Rossetti

    Professor Andrea Rossetti, Associate Professor, Universityof Bicocca

  • Assessing current and future cyber threats to networks in both the military and civilian sphere 
  • The evolution of cyber network security, and lessons the defence sector can learn from commercial cyber network security
  • Cyber security benefits and challenges of defending a single architecture network
  • Implications of greater use of cloud technology in military information-sharing and fusion
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti, Former Commander Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

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    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Federated Mission Networks Secretariat Director, NATO SHAPE
    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Head of Communication Systems, Ministry of Defence, Austria
    Colonel Laurence Fowkes

    Colonel Laurence Fowkes

    Deputy Head BATCIS, Joint Forces Command, UK MOD
    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben

    C4ISR / Section Head Air Command & Control, Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands
    Lieutenant Colonel Charles Palmer

    Lieutenant Colonel Charles Palmer

    Land Command and Information Plans Officer, Canadian Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Eduard Schnabel

    Lieutenant Colonel Eduard Schnabel

    Branch Head of Digitisation of Land-Based Operations, German Army Headquarters
    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Former Commander Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army
    Major General Angelo Palmieri

    Major General Angelo Palmieri

    Chief of 6th Division C4I and Chief Information Officer, Italian Army
    Major Kim Nødskov

    Major Kim Nødskov

    Chief Project Manager Joint C4ISR, Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organisation

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Federated Mission Networks Secretariat Director, NATO SHAPE
    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Heinrich Krispler

    Deputy Director and Branch Chief Policy and Requirements, CIS and Cyber Defence Directorate, EU Military Staff
    Colonel Heinrich Krispler

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Head of Communication Systems, Ministry of Defence, Austria
    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Colonel Laurence Fowkes

    Deputy Head BATCIS, Joint Forces Command, UK MOD
    Colonel Laurence Fowkes

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben

    C4ISR / Section Head Air Command & Control, Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands
    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben

    Lieutenant Colonel Charles Palmer

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Eduard Schnabel

    Branch Head of Digitisation of Land-Based Operations, German Army Headquarters
    Lieutenant Colonel Eduard Schnabel

    Lieutenant Commander Stefan Lundqvist

    Researcher and Military Teacher, Military Studies Department , Swedish Defence University
    Lieutenant Commander Stefan Lundqvist

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Former Commander Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army
    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Major General Angelo Palmieri

    Chief of 6th Division C4I and Chief Information Officer, Italian Army
    Major General Angelo Palmieri

    Major Kim Nødskov

    Chief Project Manager Joint C4ISR, Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organisation
    Major Kim Nødskov

    Mr Detlef Janezic

    Chief Service Engineering & Architecture, NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
    Mr Detlef Janezic

    Mr Jonathan Spencer

    Principal Scientist Cyber and Information Systems Division, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
    Mr Jonathan Spencer

    Mr Robert Schena

    CEO, Rajant Corporation
    Mr Robert Schena

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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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