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SMi is proud to present the 3rd annual Maritime Information Warfare conference to be held in London. With rapid technological advances changing the way maritime forces utilise and manage information, the ability to wage information warfare has become a critical component of naval capability. Gaining operational effectiveness through "information advantage" is critical to the abilities of any Navy on the world stage. The programme engages with the cutting edge of information warfare in the maritime environment. In particular, speakers will explore the lessons and inspiration from exercises across NATO, in particular the Royal Navy's Exercise Information Warrior.

This event is about discussing strategies, systems, and new technologies to increase information warfare capabilities, as well as the challenges associated with engaging in information warfare.

The main themes within the conference include artificial intelligence (AI), information exploitation, 'Big Data', cyber security and defence, Command Control Communication and Computers (C4), and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR).
 


 

  • Holistic coverage of Maritime Information Warfare, a wide range of themes that reflect the key aspects of the UK’s Information Warrior Exercise
  • Close attention paid to Artificial Intelligence, in particular how a mixture of automation and machine learning is building the platforms and capabilities of the future
  • Updates on information Warfare Compatibility and Platforms across NATO
  • Emphasis on Cyber Warfare, and the importance of more effective Cyber Defence as the maritime sphere becomes more information technology-centric
  • Clarification on the different ways NATO Navies interpret and take advantage of concepts such as Information Exploitation and Cyber Security

 

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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Vice Admiral (ret'd) Duncan Potts

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

9:00 Maximising Information Exploitation and C4I Capabilities to Prevent Growing Technology Deficit

Commodore Ian Annett

Commodore Ian Annett, Assistant Chief of Staff Information Warfare and Chief Information Officer, Royal Navy

• How best to conceptualise the importance of technology and the competitive advantage it provides
• Why technology debt is so dangerous and how to mitigate any disadvantage
• Achieving greater efficiency in exploiting information to free up manpower
• The benefits of automated systems in realising these goals
• Improving the OODA loop process by exploiting data provided by technology
 

9:40 Information Exploitation on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS): Sustaining Operational Capability through Advanced Information Exploitation

Captain Matthew McGonigle

Captain Matthew McGonigle, Commodore, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One, US Navy

  • Application Network Sustainment and Advancement on the Littoral Combat Ships
  • Highlighting the difference in capabilities and systems between the Independence class and the Freedom class
  • The Adept Distance Support Sensor Suite: Promoting data mining and analysis abilities through an on-board sensor suite featuring
  • Smart sensor platform using flexible hardware plug-n-play instruments such as PXI, LXI and USB
  • Script-driven data capture reducing development costs
  • Standardised data formats permitting open architecture
  • Platform local storage allowing connectivity loss tolerance and a robust network
  • The future of the LCS class and its information warfare capabilities

     

  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Advancing Combat Management and C4I from the Perspective of French Naval Programmes

    Mr Bruno Bender

    Mr Bruno Bender, RIFAN Expert, GICAN

    • Information warfare developments & concepts
    • How FREMM / FDI are strengthening information warfare capabilities
    • Management systems (RIFAN COMMS, SETIS CMS and C4I) to the benefits of naval information dominance.
    • Developing automated and AI driven data capture techniques to build greater operational information superiority at sea.
    • Prioritising combat information system development and advancement in future acquisitions
     

    11:30 Reserved for Sponsor

    12:10 Maritime ISR for the NATO Alliance: Overcoming the Challanges of the Increasing Complexity of Systems, Platforms and Data that Inform ISR Capabilities

    Commander Thomas Smith

    Commander Thomas Smith, Section Head, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance / Targeting, Strategy and Policy Unit, Joint Intelligence and 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), delivery of which will occur in 2019
  • 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
     
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Maritime Cyber Threat Landscape and Lessons Learnt from the Front Line

    Mr Christos Vidakis

    Mr Christos Vidakis, Partner, Risk Advisory, Deloitte

    • Moving forward to the autonomous ship vision
    • Building maritime industry business resilience
    • Meeting the industry's challenges and developing cyber initiatives focussing on:
    o Threat Intelligence
    o Situational awareness
    o Enforcement of risk-based approaches
    o Implementation of agile and adaptive security controls
    • Expanding to ship OT environment mainly due to the limited view and control of this environment
     

    14:30 Reserved for Sponsor

    15:10 Transforming Data Gathering, Data Storage and Data Exploitation: The Insight Decision Support System

    Commander Lee Atkinson

    Commander Lee Atkinson, DNR 6 (Naval Requirements Communications Information Systems and Cyber), Royal Canadian Navy

    • Optimizing Big Data and predictive analytics for Canada’s maritime situational awareness
    • How to gather and exploit intelligence using all of the below to provide a holistic picture:
        o computational intelligence
        o adaptive behavioural learning
        o predictive modelling
        o pattern recognition
    • Create actionable intelligence from vast amounts of data being generated in real time from various sources without the need for excessive human input
    • Seamless integration into current platforms
    • Challenging the trend towards complexity through a streamlined system
     

    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Boosting Naval ISR Abilities through the Exploitation of SIGINT, GEOINT and OSINT

    Commander Miguel  Bessa Pacheco

    Commander Miguel Bessa Pacheco, Head of Intelligence Division , Portuguese Navy

    • Engaging with the challenges of gathering, storing and exploring large quantities of data available
    • Data mining to maximal effect and the need to balance between under-examining and over-examining data
    • Optimising the use of GEOINT and OSINT in support to Maritime Operations
    • Case Study on the Portuguese Navy’s use of Information Exploitation and how it provides an operational advantage
     

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Vice Admiral (ret'd) Duncan Potts

    Vice Admiral (ret'd) Duncan Potts, 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

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

    9:00 How MARCOM's Developing Information Warfare Doctrine will Effect the Landscape of Maritime Information Warfare and How this will Transform Interoperability

    Captain Timothy Unrein

    Captain Timothy Unrein, Operations Intelligence, NATO MARCOM

    • How will this new doctrine generate greater interoperability in the realm of:
          o C4I
          o ISR
          o Cyber Warfare
          o Information Exploitation
    • What does this doctrine look like now and how was it developed with the best interests of NATO forces in mind
    • How does MIW doctrine improve on and make specific NATO Information Operations doctrine
     

    9:40 Defining Three Dimensions of the Information Environment to Improve Engagement with Information Warfare

    Professor Richard Crowell

    Professor Richard Crowell, Associate Professor, Joint Military Operations Department, US Naval War College

    • Evolving Information Theory in 20th & 21st Century Warfare
           o Control of Machines
           o Control of Humans
    • The Nexus of Information Environment & Cyberspace
           o Controlling Machines Independent of the Owners
           o Delivering Content that Drives Human Action
    • Developing PRC Information Warfare Theory and control of machines of war independent of the owner
    • Mitigating Russian Information Warfare
    • A Look to the Future – The Nexus of Information Warfare and Cyber Warfare
     

    10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Practical Application and Implications of Information Warfare and Cyberspace Operations in Maritime Warfare

    Captain Alfred Turner

    Captain Alfred Turner, Associate Professor, Joint Military Operations Department, US Naval War College

    • The Past – Information warfare and cyberspace operations as demonstrated capabilities in modern warfare
    • The Present – Currently Capabilities and Maritime targets in the gun sights of information and cyberspace operators
    • The Future – Evolving information and cyberspace capabilities and potential consequences for maritime warfare
     

    11:30 Reserved for Sponsor

    12:10 Information Warfare and Strategic Communications from an All-Arms Point of View

    Mr Simon Paterson MBE

    Mr Simon Paterson MBE, Strategic Communications Specialist and Senior Consultant, Edelman UK

    • Engaging with the concept of Information Warfare from a broader perspective
    • Delivering the advantage through cooperation between Military Branches internally and internationally
    • Engaging with strategic communications and why in the maritime domain it is still very relevant
    • Negating the growing emphasis placed on information warfare by NATO’s potential aggressors
    • Meaningfully highlighting when the aspects of Information Warfare should be seen as a unified subject and when they shouldn’t
     

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Panel Discussion: How can NATO Nations Unify Information Warfare to Improve Interoperability

    • The relation between Intelligence, EW, Cyber, Info Operation, four tribes – one Nation” analogy
    • What is the future of information warfare: will it become an equal domain to that of Sea, Land and Air?
    • How can we improve interoperability amongst branches to succeed in the IW domain?
    • Why are approaches to IW so different?
    • And further questions from audience and panellists
     

    Commander Matt Garrison

    Commander Matt Garrison, Information Operations Planner, NATO Allied Maritime Command

    Captain Alfred Turner

    Captain Alfred Turner, Associate Professor, Joint Military Operations Department, US Naval War College

    Professor Richard Crowell

    Professor Richard Crowell, Associate Professor, Joint Military Operations Department, US Naval War College

    Mr Simon Paterson MBE

    Mr Simon Paterson MBE, Strategic Communications Specialist and Senior Consultant, Edelman UK

    Vice Admiral (ret'd) Duncan Potts

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

    14:30 Enhancing Cyber Warfare Through New Technology and Artificial Intelligence

    Colonel Ralph  Thiele

    Colonel Ralph Thiele , Managing Director, Stratbyrd Consulting


    • Developing the role of cyber warfare and the cyber domain in hybrid warfare
    • Applying theoretical methods of Cyber Warfare to use them as an Offensive Measure and how effective this could be in future
    • Implementing Cyber Warfare Strategies and capabilities from naval systems and platforms to optimise cyber ‘lethality’
    • The future of cyber warfare and its potential for aggressive action
     

    15:10 Security in an Increasingly Connected Network: Risks to the Increased use of Big Data and the Possible Solutions

    Professor Kevin Jones

    Professor Kevin Jones, Executive Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Plymouth

  • How the development of satellite networks is changing the game and how to gain from this development
  • Maximising the benefit of advancing MIW to amphibious forces and their operational capability
  • Protecting networks and network nodes as they become more numerous
  • Choosing the best principles upon which the Royal Navy can further its information advantage
  • 15:50 A Training and Simulation Perspective on Maritime Information and Automation

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

    • Training in a more data driven and autonomous future
    • Training Measurement and Evaluation: Can training data be better captured and exploited to enhance military capability?
    • Developments in simulation systems and their role in training people and autonomous systems

     

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Vice Admiral (ret'd) Duncan Potts

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

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Captain Matthew McGonigle

    Captain Matthew McGonigle

    Commodore, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One, US Navy
    Commander Lee Atkinson

    Commander Lee Atkinson

    DNR 6 (Naval Requirements Communications Information Systems and Cyber), Royal Canadian Navy
    Commodore Ian Annett

    Commodore Ian Annett

    Assistant Chief of Staff Information Warfare and Chief Information Officer, Royal Navy
    Vice Admiral (ret'd) Duncan Potts

    Vice Admiral (ret'd) Duncan Potts

    Former Director General Joint Force Development, Joint Forces Command

    Captain Alfred Turner

    Associate Professor, Joint Military Operations Department, US Naval War College
    Captain Alfred Turner

    Captain Matthew McGonigle

    Commodore, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One, US Navy
    Captain Matthew McGonigle

    Captain Timothy Unrein

    Operations Intelligence, NATO MARCOM
    Captain Timothy Unrein

    Colonel Ralph Thiele

    Managing Director, Stratbyrd Consulting
    Colonel Ralph  Thiele

    Commander Lee Atkinson

    DNR 6 (Naval Requirements Communications Information Systems and Cyber), Royal Canadian Navy
    Commander Lee Atkinson

    Commander Matt Garrison

    Information Operations Planner, NATO Allied Maritime Command
    Commander Matt Garrison

    Commander Miguel Bessa Pacheco

    Head of Intelligence Division , Portuguese Navy
    Commander Miguel  Bessa Pacheco

    Commander Thomas Smith

    Section Head, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance / Targeting, Strategy and Policy Unit, Joint Intelligence and Security Division, NATO
    Commander Thomas Smith

    Commodore Ian Annett

    Assistant Chief of Staff Information Warfare and Chief Information Officer, Royal Navy
    Commodore Ian Annett

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Director, Thinke Company Ltd
    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Bruno Bender

    RIFAN Expert, GICAN
    Mr Bruno Bender

    Mr Christos Vidakis

    Partner, Risk Advisory, Deloitte
    Mr Christos Vidakis

    Mr Simon Paterson MBE

    Strategic Communications Specialist and Senior Consultant, Edelman UK
    Mr Simon Paterson MBE

    Professor Kevin Jones

    Executive Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Plymouth
    Professor Kevin Jones

    Professor Richard Crowell

    Associate Professor, Joint Military Operations Department, US Naval War College
    Professor Richard Crowell

    Vice Admiral (ret'd) Duncan Potts

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

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    Army-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on the defence industry, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more in the army sector. With a team of journalists around the world, army-technology.com, along with sister sites naval-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important field. When you combine this with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of military equipment suppliers, products and services, free white paper downloads and company press releases, you see why army-technology.com is the key point of reference for the defence industry.


    Cyber Defense Magazine

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    Cyber Defense Magazine is by ethical, honest, passionate information security professionals for IT Security professionals. Our mission is to share cutting edge knowledge, real world stories and awards on the best ideas, products and services in the information technology industry.


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    Air Forces Monthly

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

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    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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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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