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Announcement: We have now made this conference a virtual event. All speakers, attendees and sponsors will be able to access the full conference and its materials and will be able to log on remotely via the internet. Please contact a member of the SMi Team for more information customerservices@smi-online.co.uk

The SMi Group is delighted to announce the 12th annual Air Mission Planning and Support conference (VIRTUAL/ONLINE ACCESS ONLY), taking place on the 20th - 21st April 2021

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, including; the RAF, the US Air Force, the French Air Force, the Italian Air Force, the Canadian Air Force and more...
  • Examine the latest developments in air mission planning, with a truly holistic event providing briefs covering fast-jet, heavy-lift 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

All timings are in British Summer Time (GMT+1)

10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Group Captain (Ret'd) Bob Daisley

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

10:15 Delivering the Next Generation of Trained Personnel to Support the UK’s F-35B Lightning Force

  • Overview of UK Lightning Force capabilities based at RAF Marham
  • The role of 207 Squadron as the RAF-Royal Navy’s Lightning operational conversion unit (OCU)
  • Challenges of training personnel to pilot and support 5th generation aircraft, particularly in the COVID-19 world
  • Wing Commander Scott Williams

    Wing Commander Scott Williams, Officer Commanding Number 207 Squadron, RAF

    10:45 Planning a Command and Control Tactic: A Methodology for Achieving Information Advantage

    Squadron Leader Michael Burley

    Squadron Leader Michael Burley, C2 Tactics & Training, 92 Squadron, Air & Space Warfare Centre, Royal Air Force

    • Given a slowing qualitative edge, being able to think decide and act at a tempo greater than our adversaries is critical to mission success.
    • Disparate and distributed sensors, shooters and decision makers, across geographic security and domain “boundaries” mean there is rarely one path for the right information to make its way to Commanders.
    • Not all paths are created equal and a methodology is needed, supported by software, for mission planners to ensure information reaches the right Commander in the right timeframe.
    • Understanding our Command and Control links and nodes in terms of time penalty; measure and compare them with alternatives, before deciding on a Command and Control tactic designed to give us the edge
     

    11:15 Mobility and Independence – Continuing the Evolution of the 3° Stormo Deployable Airbase Activation Modules (DAAM) for Joint NATO Operations

    Colonel Giovanni Luongo

    Colonel Giovanni Luongo, Commander, 3rd Wing, Italian Air Force

    • Structuring air force personnel, equipment and training to support joint or expeditionary operations through greater cross-branch/international cooperation and strategic distribution of logistics support capabilities
    • Leaner Logistics – Identifying key strategies by the 3° Stormo to further reduce the dependence of deployed air operations bases (DAOB) including modular power generation (PowerBox), fuel storage/consumption, deployable CBRN decontamination modules and mobile tactical command & control (C2) networks
    • Developing new training, tactics and procedures to prepare the Italian Air Force’s DAOB/DAAM deployments to accommodate and support 5th Generation aircraft (F-35) in the future operations
     

    11:45 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    12:15 International Interoperability – Utilising the STITCHES heterogenous integration concept to enhance joint/multi-domain operations

    Dr Jimmy

    Dr Jimmy "Reverend" Jones, Program Manager SoSITE, DARPA, US Air Force

  • Facilitating the aggregation of diverse international air-integrated systems and technologies through the expansion and investment in global open standards architectures
  • Achieving true ‘sensor-fusion’ capability through the development of joint taxonomies to enhance the compatibility of strategic data from all types of sensor networks
  • Leveraging the diversity of systems and technologies within joint international air forces to provide a more resilient information sharing structure to defend from emerging EW and cybersecurity threats
  • 12:45 Future Combat Air System –Operational Benefits Brought to the C2 Cycle with a focus on Mission Planning

  • Handling complexity in future contested environments
  • Optimising the links between the different C2 phases
  • Focusing on Mission Preparation Systems becoming part of Mission Management Systems
  • Providing an overview of the required technical and doctrinal backbones

     

  • Mr Thomas Vincotte

    Mr Thomas Vincotte, FCAS Senior Operational Advisor, Head of Operational Requirements FCAS, Airbus
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    Mr Kay Averhoff

    Mr Kay Averhoff, Lead Operational Advisor, FCAS Multi Domain Mission Planning and Mission Management , Airbus
    View Bio

    13:15 Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    14:00 Strategic Data Management – How Current Modernisation Initiatives have Enabled SEEK EAGLE to Streamline the USAF’s Air Mission Planning Procedures

    Colonel David  F. Radomski

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

    • Reviewing current efforts to catalogue and homogenise data acquired from the various independent and specialized departments within the Seek Eagle Program
    • Specific infrastructure and hardware/software modernisation requirements to facilitate the processing and distribution of modelling data to meet the requests of an increasingly dynamic USAF
    • Increasing and diversifying the testing of machine learning capabilities beyond data processing and recommendation software to provide detailed predictive analysis capabilities and thus facilitate the deployment of emerging technologies, weapons systems and mission-critical aircraft modules
     

    14:30 Streamlining Combat and Logistics Support Operations for Expeditionary Forces - A Case Study of OP PRESENCE

    Colonel Chris McKenna

    Colonel Chris McKenna, Commander, 1 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force

    • Modernising rotary-wing assets and support mechanisms to improve overall readiness and provide C2/operations personnel with a more diverse set of options for future airborne operations in challenging environments
    • Optimising the efficiency of 1 Wing operators through increased development and integration of up-to-date training procedures and technologies
    • Data management – Reviewing 1 Wing’s capabilities with regards to EW/Cyber operations and promoting a strategic shift in acquisitions or modernisation initiatives to safeguard against emerging threats from EMS contested environments

    15:00 Exploring Novel Initiatives to Enhance Data Sharing Capabilities within the ACC and Guarantee Information Superiority in Near-Peer Conflict

    Colonel Alan Docauer

    Colonel Alan Docauer, Division Chief, ACC/A3C , US Air Force
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  • Leveraging the advantages of greater cooperation with industry partners to further streamline DevSecOps procedures and ensure strategic information can be exchanged rapidly and securely in contested, degraded or operationally challenging environments
  • Highlighting specific challenges to maintaining interoperability and connectivity across an increasingly diverse fleet of next generation and legacy aircraft
  • Developing new command structures and technological solutions to provide C2 assets with increased resilience through a more diverse distribution of sensor nodes and command-capable elements in future joint all-domain operations
  • 15:30 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    16:00 Exploiting Emerging Technologies to Further Enhance the Air Force’s ‘Lethality-per-Gallon’ and Formulating a More Adaptable Logistics Infrastructure

    Dr Jordan Eccles

    Dr Jordan Eccles, Senior Data Scientist, US Air Force

    • Analysing the latest developments in planning/tasking software from KesselRun and human-machine teaming initiatives in order to assess their potential for streamlining the Air Force’s operational energy logistics
    • Restructuring, reinforcing and diversifying supply chain infrastructure to provide a more resilient distribution of capabilities and facilitate the implementation of contingency measures to counter persistent multi-domain attacks from hostile entities
    • Enhancing data sharing and resource pooling capabilities across Air Force departments to allow all assets to capitalise on the top-line fuel efficiency benefits provided by smaller, individually tailored programs (i.e. Jigsaw; Pythagoras)
    • Operational Energy of the Future – Exploring the advantages and challenges, both financial and strategic, of hybridized air assets and force structures
     

    16:30 Accelerating the planning Cycle – Leveraging technology to streamline future Mission Planning Systems

    Mr Kenneth L Kash

    Mr Kenneth L Kash, Chief Combat Air Forces, US Air Force
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    • Highlighting the key practical improvements and capabilities provided by the JOMS software for all forms of mission planning in an increasingly dynamic battlespace
    • Identifying opportunities to facilitate platform-to-platform and nation-to-nation compatibility of strategic data to maximise interoperability in joint operations
    • Keeping pace – Ensuring plans and operations personnel can rely on the security and optimisation of their infrastructure and software through regular updates from the CI/CD and commercial pipelines

     

    17:00 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

    10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Group Captain (Ret'd) Bob Daisley

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

    10:15 RNORAF & Adaptation to Future Warfare: How to Improve Efficacy, Speed, Flexibility, Adaptability and Dynamism in Our Kill Chains

    Brigadier General Rolf Folland

    Brigadier General Rolf Folland, Inspector of Air Operations, Royal Norwegian Air Force

  • Modernisation considerations to enable Mission & Operations planners within the Royal Norwegian Air Force to face the challenges of future warfare
  • Exploring new strategic and operational challenges following the integration of 5th Generation fighter assets like the F35 into the RNAF’s aircraft fleet
  • Developing additional resilience and interoperability to enable C2/C4ISR command structures to operate effectively in future contested, degraded or operationally challenging environments
  • Training operations staff and mission planners to counter the rising threats of hostile forces employing advanced EW and cyber defence assets in order to disrupt or destroy communications and command networks in future air operations
  • 10:45 Optimising Logistics and Support Procedures for the F-35 Lighting II During Maritime Operations

  • Optimising logistics and support procedures for the F-35 Lighting II during maritime operations
  • Highlighting existing and future challenges relating to the F-35’s logistical support requirements, particularly on lengthy deployments
  • Streamlining repairs and maintenance requests through greater integration of allied and commercial capabilities into existing processes
  • Practical considerations and initiatives (i.e. greater networking, unmanned refuelling capabilities) to ensure F-35 operators maintain strategic overmatch in maritime air operations
     
  • Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Waugh

    Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Waugh, SO1 Logistics – Lightning Force HQ, RAF/USMC
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    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Carty

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Carty, SO1 Operations and Plans, Lightning Force Element, Royal Marines
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    11:15 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    11:45 Key Insights into Building an Effective and Agile Air Defense Force

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative , , Israeli Air Force

  • Interoperability between weapon systems
  • "Defense to defense" - Protection to the Air defense systems 
  • Reloading and sustainment effort 
  • Hasty deployment
  • Debriefing and monitoring center
  • Optimal extraction of all weapon systems
  • BMD defense integration with ABT defense
  • Air defense battle picture assessment 
  • Maintenance support
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    12:15 Reinforcing Participation and Coordination in Air Transport and AAR Operations to Maximise Joint Support Capabilities for Air Missions

    Lieutenant Colonel Jakob Valstad

    Lieutenant Colonel Jakob Valstad, Chief Plans (Project and Planning), MCCE
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    • Increasing the participation of member states in joint technical arrangements such as ATARES to diversify and multiply available resources and air assets for joint tasking
    • Maximising platform and digital information compatibility within available assets to mitigate delays and accelerate logistics support operations in both AT and AAR sectors
    • Expanding joint communications capabilities within MCCE to further streamline the request to execution process and better synchronise air operations across all participating nations
     

    12:45 Military-Industry Panel: Military and Industry Collaboration to Overcome the Common Obstacles to Effective Mission Planning

  • What are the common obstacles for the military?
  • How can industry aid effective mission planning?
  • Evaluating the requirements of air mission planning into the next decade
  • How will current practice and systems change in the coming years, and how can military and industry ensure a smooth transition?
  • Group Captain (Ret'd) Bob Daisley

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

    Mr Kay Averhoff

    Mr Kay Averhoff, Lead Operational Advisor, FCAS Multi Domain Mission Planning and Mission Management , Airbus
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    Colonel Alan Docauer

    Colonel Alan Docauer, Division Chief, ACC/A3C , US Air Force
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    Colonel Mark Lachapelle

    Colonel Mark Lachapelle, Commander, 22nd Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force

    13:15 Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    14:00 Achieving the Common Operating Picture – Technological and Tactical Requirements to Enhance the RCAF’s North Warning System and Air Defense Squadrons

    Colonel Mark Lachapelle

    Colonel Mark Lachapelle, Commander, 22nd Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force

    • Exploring the means of maintaining a more flexible and resilient C2 sensor-node network through comprehensive restructuring of existing C2 systems and integration of a wider range of platform integrated sensors
    • People before platforms – Ensuring pilots, command and support personnel maintain the optimum capabilities and readiness levels through an increased focus on training exercises & simulation technologies
    • Expanding the operational range and data processing capabilities of both platform-integrated and rigid sensor networks through greater integration and training concerning AI-enabled/machine-learning technologies
     

    14:30 Streamlining the USAF’s Software Practices to Provide Air Assets and Mission Planners with Additional Flexibility in Future Operations

    • Maximising the modularity of aircraft integrated mission systems and sensors to enable greater flexibility of air operations planning and support in future dynamic battlespaces
    • Developing advanced AI-enhanced and machine learning capabilities to reinforce the USAF’s software development and integration capabilities across multiple air platforms
    • Leveraging the advanced technological infrastructure of commercial industry partners to accelerate the development and fielding of new software tools and capabilities within the Air Force
     

    Mr Nicolas Chaillan

    Mr Nicolas Chaillan, Chief Software Officer / Co-Lead DoD Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative, US Air Force
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    15:00 Re-Balancing Tactical and Operational Priorities – Providing TACP Operators with the Necessary Capabilities to Maximise the Effectiveness of Precision Strikes and C2 in the Field

    • Connectivity – Optimising current equipment and SOPs to enable TACP/JTAC personnel to seamlessly communicate and coordinate with all branches and assets of the US Military in pursuit of true Joint All-Domain C2
    • Resilience – Exploring the potential for radical re-configuration of current SOPs to create highly mobile, independent and inter-connected TACP nodes to achieve a distributed, resilient and interoperable C2 capability in the field
    • Exploring the latest proposals and initiatives highlighted by TACP innovations teams to further underline the strategic value in communicating the needs or experiences of tactical operators to the highest levels of the chain-of-command
     

    Major Ray Reeves

    Major Ray Reeves, Tactical Air Control Party Officer / Joint Terminal Attach Controller Instructor and Evaluator, US Air Force

    Major Brad DeWees

    Major Brad DeWees, Assistant Director of Operations, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, USAF

    15:30 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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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Rolf Folland

    Brigadier General Rolf Folland

    Inspector of Air Operations, Royal Norwegian Air Force
    Colonel Alan Docauer

    Colonel Alan Docauer

    Division Chief, ACC/A3C , US Air Force
    Colonel Chris McKenna

    Colonel Chris McKenna

    Commander, 1 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Colonel David  F. Radomski

    Colonel David F. Radomski

    Director, Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office, US Air Force
    Colonel Giovanni Luongo

    Colonel Giovanni Luongo

    Commander, 3rd Wing, Italian Air Force
    Colonel Mark Lachapelle

    Colonel Mark Lachapelle

    Commander, 22nd Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Squadron Leader Michael Burley

    Squadron Leader Michael Burley

    C2 Tactics & Training, 92 Squadron, Air & Space Warfare Centre, Royal Air Force

    Brigadier General Rolf Folland

    Inspector of Air Operations, Royal Norwegian Air Force
    Brigadier General Rolf Folland

    Colonel Alan Docauer

    Division Chief, ACC/A3C , US Air Force
    Colonel Alan Docauer

    Colonel Alan Docauer is the Chief, Command and Control/Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Operations, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He is a Command Air Battle Manager with over 2500 flight hours in the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System and E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System. Prior to this assignment, he was the Chief, Operational Support Division at Pacific Air Force Headquarters, and previously served as the Commander of the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. In addition, he previously served as the Chief of Command and Control Programming at Headquarters, United States Air Force and as an instructor at the United States Air Force Weapons School.

    Colonel Chris McKenna

    Commander, 1 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Colonel Chris McKenna

    Colonel David F. Radomski

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

    Colonel Giovanni Luongo

    Commander, 3rd Wing, Italian Air Force
    Colonel Giovanni Luongo

    Colonel Mark Lachapelle

    Commander, 22nd Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Colonel Mark Lachapelle

    Dr Jimmy "Reverend" Jones

    Program Manager SoSITE, DARPA, US Air Force
    Dr Jimmy "Reverend" Jones

    Dr Jordan Eccles

    Senior Data Scientist, US Air Force
    Dr Jordan Eccles

    Group Captain (Ret'd) Bob Daisley

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Jakob Valstad

    Chief Plans (Project and Planning), MCCE
    Lieutenant Colonel Jakob Valstad

    Lieutenant Colonel Jakob Valstad, Norwegian Army is the Chief of Operations in Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE) assigned to Eindhoven July 2016. Responsible for operational branch in MCCE to coordinate and optimize all 28 member nations strategic capabilities within Air, Sea, Inland Surface transport and Air to Air refuelling for operations, exercises and routine requirements.
    Lieutenant Colonel Valstad joined the Norwegian Armed Forces in 1984. As a Logistic officer, he has taken part in various positions in Logistics nationally and also in numerous of operations abroad assuming various levels of responsibility.
    He have 9 deployments in total more than 6 years in different operations led by NATO, UN and Coalition of willingness (Lebanon, Kosovo, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and South Sudan).

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Carty

    SO1 Operations and Plans, Lightning Force Element, Royal Marines
    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Carty

    Lt Col Carty began his Royal Marines career as a Rifle Troop Commander before specialising as a pilot and qualifying on the Harrier GR9. He flew combat sorties in Afghanistan and participated in several carrier detachments in HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and ARK ROYAL. He was selected for an overseas exchange with the US Marine Corps and saw combat in Iraq and Syria flying the AV-8B. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has instructed on the Hawk T2. Lt Col Carty has an MSc in Aerospace Systems and has previously worked in the Air Warfare Centre developing F-35 doctrine and concepts.

    Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Waugh

    SO1 Logistics – Lightning Force HQ, RAF/USMC
    Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Waugh

    LtCol Waugh is an exchange officer with the RAF currently serving as the Combat Air Force Headquarters, Lightning Element SO1 for Logistics. He has over 25 years’ experience as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, supporting a wide range of mostly fixed wing aircraft. He has worked in every level of aircraft maintenance: Operational, Intermediate, and Depot, to include two carrier deployments with VMFA-251. LtCol Waugh was the Commanding Officer of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 and directly supported the stand up of the Marine Corps’ first operational F-35B squadron.

    Major Brad DeWees

    Assistant Director of Operations, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, USAF
    Major Brad DeWees

    Major Ray Reeves

    Tactical Air Control Party Officer / Joint Terminal Attach Controller Instructor and Evaluator, US Air Force
    Major Ray Reeves

    Mr Kay Averhoff

    Lead Operational Advisor, FCAS Multi Domain Mission Planning and Mission Management , Airbus
    Mr Kay Averhoff

    Kay joined the Germany Navy (GNY) in 1999. After graduating from the German Naval Academy followed by service time on the Destroyer Lütjens, he started flight training in 2001 at the 2nd German Air Force (GAF) Training Squadron in Phoenix, Arizona and proceeded to the US Navy TRAWING 6 in Pensacola for Strike Fighter WSOs, following his transition to TORNADO (TOR) at Holoman AFB, New Mexico. Once completed, he transferred to the GAF due to the closure of the GNY Fighter Wing 2 in 2004.
    His GAF career started with the JaBoG 32 ECR (FBW 32 ECR) in Lechfeld, Bavaria where he reached Combat Ready status on WS TOR ECR. In 2006, he moved on to TOR ECR OT&E section and became responsible for on-board mission software, mission planning systems, weapons and sensors and attended OT&E Training at the National Test Pilot School, Mojave.
    He participated in multiple US and Mediterranean flag exercises. Having graduated from staff officer in 2011, he left the GAF to join the defence industry.
    Within the Airbus Group, he held different Program and SME positions before representing in 2016 the Eurofighter Mission Support System and supporting FCAS initiatives since 2017. In 2020, he also became the “FCAS Multi Domain Mission Planning and Mission Management Lead Operational Advisor”.

    Mr Kenneth L Kash

    Chief Combat Air Forces, US Air Force
    Mr Kenneth L Kash

    Kenneth L. Kash is the Chief Combat Air Forces (CAF) Mission Planning Branch, Airspace Mission Planning Division, Hanscom AFB Massachusetts, under the Program Executive Officer for Battle Management. Mr Kash is responsible for the development, modernization, and sustainment of Joint Mission Planning Software (JMPS) and Weapons Planning software for all USAF Fighter and Bomber platforms, managing a portfolio over $300 million.
    Mr. Kash entered the Air Force in 1978 serving in a wide variety of positions of increasing responsibility at squadron, wing, major command, and NATO HQ. At the staff level, Mr. Kash had been responsible for executive support to various senior level general officers both US and International. He served as the Military Assistant to the Director Communications Division, Supreme Allied Powers Europe, was the executive officer to the Commander Allied Air Forces Southern Europe/16th Air Force, Aviano AB Italy, and USAF Support Commander NATO Operations (IFOR) in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Prior to military retirement in Sep 1999, Mr. Kash was the Program Director for the Royal Saudi Air Force PEACE SHIELD System (ground C2 system) at Hanscom AFB MA.
    Mr. Kash has over 40 years of military and civilian experience of program and contract management for Defense Business Systems and Major Weapon Systems that include US and NATO AWACS, command and control ground systems (C2), and Mission Planning software for USAF fighter and Bomber platforms.

    Mr Laurent Le Quement

    Marketing Lead FCAS, Airbus
    Mr Laurent Le Quement

    Mr Nicolas Chaillan

    Chief Software Officer / Co-Lead DoD Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative, US Air Force
    Mr Nicolas Chaillan

    Mr. Nicolas Chaillan, a highly qualified expert, is appointed as the first Air Force Chief Software Officer, under Dr. William Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Arlington, Virginia. He is also the co-lead for the Department of Defense Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative with the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. As the Air Force’s senior software czar, Mr. Chaillan is responsible for enabling Air Force programs in the transition to Agile and DevSecOps to establish force-wide DevSecOps capabilities and best practices, including continuous Authority to Operate processes and faster streamlined technology adoption.

    The Chief Software Officer works with the Program Executive Officers and is responsible for analyzing current software and cloud migration plans to avoid vendor lock-ins while allowing for rapid prototyping and a streamlined process for deployment. To keep up with the pace of technology, Mr. Chaillan evaluates and authorizes new commercially available off-the-shelf software and cloud-related technologies to help with their adoption across various Air Force programs based on their mission needs.

    Prior to his current position, Mr. Chaillan was the Special Advisor for Cloud Security and DevSecOps at the Department of Defense, OSD, A&S and Special Advisor for Cybersecurity and Chief Architect for Cyber.gov at the Department of Homeland Security. He designed the new robust, innovative and holistic .Gov cybersecurity architecture (Cyber.gov), that mitigates cyber threats by leveraging best practices and implementable solutions with minimal impact to workforce efficiency.

    In addition to his public service, Mr. Chaillan is a technology entrepreneur, software developer, cyber expert and inventor. He has over 19 years of domestic and international experience with strong technical and subject matter expertise in cybersecurity, software development, product innovation, governance, risk management and compliance. Specifically, these fields include Cloud computing, Cybersecurity, DevSecOps, Big Data, multi-touch, mobile, IoT, Mixed Reality, virtual reality and wearables.
    Mr. Chaillan is recognized as one of France’s youngest entrepreneurs after founding, WORLDAKT at 15 years of age. He has founded 12 companies, including AFTER-MOUSE.com, Cyber Revolution, Prevent Breach, anyGuest.com among others. Over the last eight years alone, he created and sold over 180 innovative software products to 45 Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, he is recognized as a pioneer of the computer language PHP.
    Mr. Chaillan is a sought after adviser and speaker, including participation in multiple industry conferences and experience working in close collaboration with many Fortune 100 companies and the U.S. Government.

    Mr Thomas Vincotte

    FCAS Senior Operational Advisor, Head of Operational Requirements FCAS, Airbus
    Mr Thomas Vincotte

    Thomas qualified in 1987 as a Fighter pilot for the French Air Force. He was declared two years later Combat ready on Jaguar at Saint-Dizier Air Force Base (AFB) before progressing to Mirage F1CR in 1991 at the Strasbourg AFB. He then became in 1994 section leader at Orange AFB on Mirage 2000 RDI before being promoted to Flight Commander. He attended the Defence staff college in Paris (Ecole de Guerre) in 2002. After graduating, he became in 2004 Squadron Commander of the Escadrille des Cigognes near Dijon.
    In 2009, Thomas went on to develop his expertise in Air Command and Control as Deputy Commander of the French National AOC near Lyon. In 2013, he was nominated Operational Advisor of the UAE Air Force Commander in Abu Dhabi. Three years later, he returned to France as Deputy Commander of the French Air Operations Brigade near Lyon.
    Thomas decided to seek new horizons. He joined in 2019 Airbus Defence and Space as FCAS Senior Operational Advisor.
    Thomas has over 3300 flying hours on fighter aircraft including 83 war missions with one ejection in operations. He is the holder of the Legion d’Honneur, the French Order of Merit and has also been awarded the Medal of Aeronautics.

    Senior Representative

    , Israeli Air Force
    Senior Representative

    Squadron Leader Michael Burley

    C2 Tactics & Training, 92 Squadron, Air & Space Warfare Centre, Royal Air Force
    Squadron Leader Michael Burley

    Wing Commander Scott Williams

    Officer Commanding Number 207 Squadron, RAF
    Wing Commander Scott Williams

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Supporters

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    Air Mission Planning 2021 Preliminary Attendee List

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    Speaker Interview - Major Ray Reeves and Major Brad DeWees - US Airforce

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    Air Mission Planning 2018-2020 Past Attendee List

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    Speaker Interview -Colonel David F. Radomski, US Air Force

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    Speaker Interview - Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Waugh, USMC / RAF

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    Speaker Interview - Dr Jordan Eccles, Senior Data Scientist, US Air Force

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    Speaker Interview - Colonel Chris McKenna, Commander – 1 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force

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    Speaker Interview Lieutenant Colonel Hervé Braun, MCCE

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    Speaker Interview Squadron Leader Michael Burley, Royal Air Force

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    Chair Invite Letter Group Captain (ret’d) Robert Daisley

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    Air Mission Planning 2021 2-day programme

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    Air Mission Planning & Support Brochure 2021

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Airbus

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.airbus.com/

    Airbus are world leaders in providing global fixed and mobile secure communication services to governments, militaries and security forces. Indeed, as the world’s number one private-sector military communications provider, we deliver the flexibility, resiliency and security required by demanding governments and militaries. And we do this for all communications applications, whether they’re land, airborne or naval. As a truly global organisation, we at Airbus understand local markets, allowing us to support our customers wherever they are. With regional strategic sales and support services in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, our presence on the ground where our customers need us most is bolstered by our global reach.


    Thinklogical, A Belden Brand

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.thinklogical.com/

    Multiple Classifications. All Domains. One System. Thinklogical empowers the warfighter by enabling immediate and secure access to multi-domain, multi-classification information in command and control environments, regardless of source or location. Our next-generation C2 infrastructure delivers video-rich content where and when it is needed most, transforming information into knowledge, and driving better-informed decisions leading to improved mission outcomes.

    Thinklogical solutions enable instant situational awareness and real-time collaboration, delivering a "single pane of glass" view of multi-domain data, and simplifying the management of multi-classification information through a comprehensive fibre-optic video distribution (VDS) and KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) matrix switching infrastructure. Applications include all-domain command and control, air operations, secure VTC, UAS/RPA ground control stations, and training and simulation.

    Thinklogical systems are approved for use in secure facilities by the U.S. Department of Defense, Canada Department of National Defence, Australia Department of Defence, the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence, and NATO. ISO 9001:2015 certified, the company’s products are information assurance (IA) accredited to the Common Criteria EAL4, NATO NIAPC Evaluation Scheme: GREEN, TEMPEST SDIP 27 Level B and the U.S. DoD JITC UCR APL 2013.

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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.

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