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SMi Group is proud to presents its 11th annual Air Mission Planning and Support conference, which will take place in London on the 21st and 22nd April 2020. After the great success achieved in 2019, SMi aims to improve the conference even more by offering a unique and in depth experience by integrating for this year’s event the support and operational prospective of air missions.

This year we will be offering a holistic agenda, with commanding officers, senior leaders, operators and industry experts, offering thoughts on mission planning from the rotary to fast-jet perspective. The discussion will focus on the systems and developments that bring allied partners closer together, and improve the operational capacity of individual air forces.

Operating in the information warfare age brings its own unique opportunities and challenges, as nations seek to enhance air power, while guarding against potential vulnerabilities and managing unprecedented volumes of data. This meeting will provide a stage to discuss new and innovative systems, and efforts to upgrade, modernise and improve existing platforms, as allied air forces continue to seek the operational edge.

Topics discussed include: (pre)flight data management, multi-domain command and control, operating in a degraded environment, 5th generation integration and more...




 

  • A unique opportunity to engage with key senior leaders, strategic planners and operators, from host nation and international air forces from around the world
  • Examine the latest developments in air mission planning, with a truly holistic event providing briefs covering fast-jet and rotary perspectives, from advanced tactical simulators to the operator's view
  • Listen to detailed updates on topics such as; fifth generation integration, multi-domain command and control, data-management considerations, and more
  • Benefit from unrivalled networking opportunities, as senior personnel from the military, government, and industry come together to discuss the future challenges, technologies and solutions across the world.

13th ASOS, US Air Force; ABS; AFMC; Airbus Defence and Space; Airbus Defence and Space GmbH; Airbus Defence and Space Ltd; Airbus Services - Government Communications; Australian High Commission; BAE SYSTEMS; BAE Systems / ES; BAE systems electronics systems; Booz Allen Hamilton; DELL; ERC Inc; F-35 Joint Program Office; F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office; F-35 Lightning II Program Office; French Air Force; German Air Force; Hellenic Air Force Veterans Association; Inzpire Ltd.; Jane’s by IHS Markit ; Leonardo; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Uk (Uk); National Air and Space Operations Centre, Royal Air Force; NATO ; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd; RAF; RAF Centre for Air Power Studies; RAF Marham; Royal Air Force; Royal Canadian Air Force; Saab AB; Saab Aeronautics; Systematic A/S; TriCIS Ltd; UAE Military Attache Office; UK MoD; US Air Force; USAF;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Group Captain (ret'd) Bob Daisley

Group Captain (ret'd) Bob Daisley, Former PM Joint Operational Doctrine, Joint Forces Command

9:10 Planning Across Domains: Creating Comprehensive MDC2 Systems to Maximise Operational Effectiveness

Group Captain Richard Yates

Group Captain Richard Yates, Chief of Staff , Royal Air Force

• The challenges posed by integrating different nations, domains and security classifications into mission planning architecture
• Maximising air power to provide complete mission support
• The challenges of mission planning in a degraded environment and solving the problem.

9:50 Assessing the Ability of the Movement Coordination Centre Europe to Maximise the Limited Strategic Lift Capacity of Partner Nations

Squadron Leader Graeme Bell

Squadron Leader Graeme Bell, Air Transport Cell Chief, MCCE, Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)

• Encouraging information sharing among partners to create a more standardised approach to operations
• Increasing cooperation to streamline structures and improve capabilities for future operations
• ATARES as a method of increasing individual capacities and processes for effective air transport and air-to-air refuelling

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

11:40 Analysing the Modernisation Programmes of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Challenges of 5th Generation Integration

Colonel Mark Lachapelle

Colonel Mark Lachapelle, Wing Commander, 22 Wing North Bay, Royal Canadian Air Force

• Increasing data links to optimise interoperability between different systems
• Managing data across platforms
• Enhancing cyber security as a means of maximising the ability to coordinate a comprehensive planning strategy

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Integrating Heterogeneous System of Systems in Mission Planning Time using STITCHES

Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Jones

Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Jones, SoSITE Program Manager, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)

  • Develop SoS architectures to maintain U.S. air superiority in contested environments
  • Demonstrate rapid integration of mission systems into existing and new architectures
  • Maintaining operational advantage by integrating new technologies faster than adversaries can respond to or counter them
  • 14:00 Air Mission Planning in the Belgian Air Component – Assessing the Ongoing Modernisation Programmes in Creating a More Cohesive Operation

    Lieutenant Colonel Didier Di Giovanni

    Lieutenant Colonel Didier Di Giovanni, AirC4ISR/MQ-9B Project Officer, Belgian Air Force

    • Assessing the AirC4ISR capabilities of the Belgian Air Component – and the challenges ahead for a small-budget air force
    • Creating an all-encompassing Air C4ISR training and education programme to maximise future capacity
    • Implementing the SkyGuardian Unmanned Aircraft System and the Impact of this on Mission Planning

    14:40 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Projecting Global Air Power and Support to the Warfighter Across Mission Directives to Guarantee Air, Space and Information Superiority

    Lieutenant Colonel Aarron S. Cornine

    Lieutenant Colonel Aarron S. Cornine, Branch Chief, HQ ACC/A3C

  • Promoting interoperability and information sharing among partners to optimise joint capacity
  • Integrating technological advancements to provide the best possible platform for operational success
  • Assessing the ever-growing importance of information superiority and the strategies and platforms used by the ACC to engage
  • 16:30 Looking to the Future – Effective Strategies for Ensuring New Developments are Readily Available to the Warfighter

    Mr Kenneth L Kash

    Mr Kenneth L Kash, Chief Combat Air Forces Mission Planning - CAF, US Air Force

  • The challenges of managing and coordinating data flow across domains
  • The ever-growing importance of cyber security in streamlining and securing data management
  • Looking forward: analysing how tomorrow’s technology is set to impact on today’s dynamic challenges
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Group Captain (ret'd) Bob Daisley

    Group Captain (ret'd) Bob Daisley, Former PM Joint Operational Doctrine, Joint Forces Command

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Group Captain (ret'd) Bob Daisley

    Group Captain (ret'd) Bob Daisley, Former PM Joint Operational Doctrine, Joint Forces Command

    9:10 Optimising Air Power Through Maximising Connectivity between 4.5 Generation Platforms and Mission Planning Systems

    Colonel Bruno Paupy

    Colonel Bruno Paupy, Deputy Chief - Plans Division , French Air Force

    • Standardising systems and software programmes across platforms and aircraft generations to create a more cohesive planning strategy
    • Encouraging collaboration with partners to improve interoperability across platforms
    • Assessing the proposed impact of future systems on French Air Force capabilities

    9:50 Air Mission Planning across Platforms as a means of Providing Support to Combat Personnel

    Colonel David  Radomski

    Colonel David Radomski, Director, Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office, US Air Force

    • Pre-mission planning: accessing and utilising flight critical data to assure of operational readiness
    • Combat Weapons Delivery Software: Single Source for aircraft delivery planning for all fighter and bomber mission planning
    • Evaluating the integration of modular systems onto current and future platforms to create a more standardised mission planning protocol

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:40 Principles in the Conservation of Momentum: Transitional Planning from Coalitions to Alliances

    Colonel Mark Ciero

    Colonel Mark Ciero, Director, USAFE-United Kingdom & Commander, Det 1-UK, US Air Forces Europe and Africa

    • Historical Problems — Iraq (1991) and Libya (2011)
    • Principles in Operational to Tactical Level Transitional Planning
       o HandOver-TakeOver (HOTO) objectives change, inertia sustains
       o Physics matters (constraints in real world) and often wrong (inefficient), makes right (effective)
       o Friction and fog hamper but Force and Fortitude trumps
    • HOTO Transitional Planners Techno Wish List

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Mission Planning from the Ground – The JALO Perspective and the Requirements for Directing Combat Aircraft from a Forward Position

    Wing Commander Jason Wells

    Wing Commander Jason Wells, SO1 Equipment Capability, JALO

    • Multi-Domain operations and planning across services – assessing JALO capabilities in effectively planning and directing air missions from the ground
    • The technological and equipment demands to effectively communicate and guarantee real-time information flow
    • Assessing the need for bespoke, JTAC, mission focused training: understanding and developing training to meet modern threats and ensure effective air power

    14:00 Analysing the Uplifts Gained from the NATO AWACS Final  Lifetime Extension Programme (FLEP)

    Colonel (ret'd) George Riebling

    Colonel (ret'd) George Riebling, Deputy General Manager, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Programme Management Agency (NAPMA)

    • Outlining the new capabilities that will be integrated into E-3A as part of this  final modernisation programme that will be delivered in 2026 
    • Improving mission system capabilities to increase operational effectiveness as an  MDC2 node
    • Assessing the role of the E-3A platform in mission planning and execution

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 The Use of Tactical Simulators in Pre-Deployment Training and Preparations for Missions Abroad

    Lieutenant Colonel Tibor Balla

    Lieutenant Colonel Tibor Balla, Chief of INTEL, Hungarian Defence Force 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base

  • Planning before the mission and the use of advanced simulators in guaranteeing mission success
  • Meeting operational requirements through pre-deployment training to ensure pilots can effectively engage with planning demands
  • Assessing the mission planning procedures of the Hungarian Defence Forces for rotary operations
  • Success of mission based on common standards and procedures, which help create interoperability among different nations
  • 15:50 Assessing the Rotary Specific Procedures and Systems Required for Effective Mission Planning Operations and the Requirements for Effective Coordination Across Domains

    Flight Lieutenant Peter Smiley

    Flight Lieutenant Peter Smiley, Puma Evaluator Pilot, JHC RWOETU

  • Multi-domain mission planning and the requirements on the operator
  • Land or air? The impact on mission planning procedures and processes
  • Improving army and air force interoperability through standardised approaches to mission planning
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Group Captain (ret'd) Bob Daisley

    Group Captain (ret'd) Bob Daisley, Former PM Joint Operational Doctrine, Joint Forces Command

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    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:

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

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