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In today’s complex and ever changing operational environment, the demand for increased situational awareness continues to grow. As a decisive and indispensable tool, air based ISTAR is increasingly relied upon to deliver this capability, allowing commanders to understand the situation on the ground and act accordingly.
 

Covering direction, collection, process, dissemination and targeting, Airborne ISR aims to thoroughly analyse the intelligence chain and deliberate best practice for the enhancement of ISTAR capability. Drawing on respective nations ISTAR structure, operational feedback and training, to explore the doctrines and strategy necessary to develop this vital asset.

Importantly, the conference will also benefit from the guidance of technical leaders from research and industry, whose insight into the latest platforms, systems and sub-systems will provide greater awareness of existing and future capability for the modern operator.

 

 

 

• A specific focus on airborne systems as a key enabler of ISTAR capability
• Provide a platform for the advancement of airborne intelligence, bringing together those at the heart of systems operation, development and integration
• Deliberate the requirements of the contemporary operational environment
• Hear the very latest technological developments from research and industry, that are enhancing intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting
 

Military


• Operational commanders
• ISTAR strategy and capability development
• Programme managers from defence procurement
• Those at the forefront of operator training
• Defence research and development


Industry


Those developing the next generation of:
• Manned and Un-Manned Platforms
• Optronics
• Sensor payloads
• Datalinks
• Mission systems
• Command and control solutions
• Simulators and synthetic training
 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,

9:10 Transforming the Next Generation of ISR to Deliver Battle-Winning Knowledge and Effects

Wing Commander John  Williamson

Wing Commander John Williamson , Officer Commanding 1 ISR Wing, 1 Group ISTAR Force, Royal Air Force


• An overview of the RAF’s approach to current and future ISTAR
• Feedback from operations and capability development: placing Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) at the heart of the RAF ISTAR Force
• Working toward a fully federated PED capability. How can we make PED more effective across defence
• Ideological and technological practices that the RAF is taking to realise these objectives

9:50 Medium Term Plans for the French Air Force Advancement of RPA Based ISTAR

Lieutenant Colonel Tanguy Benzaquen

Lieutenant Colonel Tanguy Benzaquen, Squadron Commander, French RPA Squadron 1/33 Belfort , French Air Force


• Overview of the MQ-9 capability since introduction: Feedback from operational deployment
• New capabilities to be integrated in the Block 5 systems, electronic warfare payloads, separate channels for flying the aircraft, mission systems and data transmission
• Considering training requirements and flexibility to operate the new platform in European airspace
• Plans to co-operate further with United States and European partners

 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 435th Air and Space Communications Group Delivery and Sustainment of ISR Systems Supporting U.S. and Coalition Forces

Colonel Andrew Dippolito

Colonel Andrew Dippolito, Commander, 435th Air and Space Communications Group, United States Air Force

 

• An overview of the group's role in providing forward and reach back operational and ISR systems support while in garrison and deployed austere environments
• Current employment of IT and intelligence technologies to thwart threats posed by global terrorism and regional conflicts
• Description of enterprise intelligence and command and control systems delivered throughout Europe and Africa
 

11:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: Effective Concepts of Operation for Collection of Intelligence

Wing Commander John  Williamson

Wing Commander John Williamson , Officer Commanding 1 ISR Wing, 1 Group ISTAR Force, Royal Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Tanguy Benzaquen

Lieutenant Colonel Tanguy Benzaquen, Squadron Commander, French RPA Squadron 1/33 Belfort , French Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,

Colonel Andrew Dippolito

Colonel Andrew Dippolito, Commander, 435th Air and Space Communications Group, United States Air Force


• Collection requirements during coalition operations
• Analysis and processing of intelligence
• Preventing information overload
• Interactive question and answer session

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 A Progress Report on the Fulfilment of the Allied Ground Surveillance Programme (AGS): Feedback from Trials and Evaluation

Mr Rob Munday

Mr Rob Munday, Unified Vision 2016 Deputy Trial Manager, ISR Section , NATO


• An overview of the programme since its inception and progress made since Unified Vision 2014
• The latest integration of sensor systems: How the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) will facilitate greater sensor fusion, detection and tracking
• Feedback from exercise Unified Vision 2016
• What 2017’s planned fulfilment means for key stake holders

14:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

14:30 Danish Requirements and Plans for the Further Development of ISR Capability

Commander S.G Jens Kristian Terp Petersen

Commander S.G Jens Kristian Terp Petersen , Head of Strategic Concepts and Capability Development Branch, Policy and Concept Department , Defence Command Denmark


•  ISR in the Danish Armed Forces
•  Domestic security requirements and the challenges presented by terrain and the arctic environment
•  Danish requirements for expeditionary warfare, lessons learnt from past counter-insurgency operations
•  Future plans and specific areas for capability development

15:10 Afternoon Tea

15:40 Keeping the Technical Advantage: Improving and Sustaining ISR Interoperability in a Changing World

Dr Stephen Helsdon

Dr Stephen Helsdon, Principal ISR Consultant, Cyber and Information Systems , DSTL

 

• An update on UK & NATO technical activities
• Benefits of interoperability and standards
• Key current and future areas of standardisation
• Efforts to articulate a better vision

16:20 Lessons Learned from the Development and Support of ISR Capability within UK and the Middle East

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,


• UK ISR - Move from Silos in isolation towards full collaboration
• Issues from inter-Service cooperation
• Issues from Coalition cooperation
• Issues from wider partnerships
• Issues affecting Air ISR in the current Middle East

 

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

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,

9:10 NAEW&C–The Role of Battle Management and Control in ISR

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander, AEW&C Force Command, NATO


• An overview of the NAEW&C Force
• Emphasizing the aircraft’s battle management and control capability, an overview of current mission systems
• The need for battle management and control in ISR
• Contemporary examples of battle management and control

 

9:50 US and UK Airborne ISR partnership: The USAF/RAF RIVET JOINT Program

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Webster

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Webster, Commander, 95th Reconnaissance Squadron, United States Air Force


• History of the RC-135 program
• Operations support 
• Current operations
 

 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Future Doctrine and Requirements for the Enhancement of Air Command and Control

Wing Commander Al Walton

Wing Commander Al Walton, SO1 Air C2 Capability Development, HQ Air Command, Royal Air Force

 

• The complexity of the modern battle space and challenges presented
• Effectively considering human factors such as information overload
• Ensuring de-confliction of air assets
• Potential framework for responsive, adaptable and resilient C2 organisation: Is centralised control and decentralised execution achievable?


 

11:40 The German Air Force’s Approach to Network Enabled Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations

Lieutenant Colonel Peter  Illmann

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Illmann, Staff Officer, Plans , German Air Force, Forces Command


• Current command and control capability for effective intelligence collection, process and dissemination
• Lessons learnt from past support of joint force missions
• Planning considerations that must be taken into account during today’s complex operational environment
• Measures for increasing interoperability with NATO partners
 

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Medium and Long Term Spanish Plans for the integration of Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance UAV into the Armed Forces

Colonel Enrique Martinez Vallas

Colonel Enrique Martinez Vallas, Chief of the Strategic Projection of Force Programme, Air Systems Programme Management Division, Armaments Directorate, Ministry of Defence Spain


• Current UAV capability within the Armed forces and the need for a MALE system
• Considering the current platforms available and the requirements of the Spanish Armed Forces
• Plans to procure and integrate the MQ9 into current force structure
• The potential for long term future co-operation on joint-European projects, such as the European MALE UAV


 

14:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

14:30 An Update on the Netherlands Doctrine and Development of C4ISTAR

Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Ligtenberg

Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Ligtenberg, Branch Chief, ISTAR and Space, Directorate of Operations, Royal Netherlands Air Force

 

• Current capability and doctrine
• Collaboration with NATO’s Joint ISR
• Future plans for development

15:10 Afternoon Tea

15:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: Deliberating the Direction and Requirments of Command and Control for ISTAR Operations

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander, AEW&C Force Command, NATO

Wing Commander Al Walton

Wing Commander Al Walton, SO1 Air C2 Capability Development, HQ Air Command, Royal Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Peter  Illmann

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Illmann, Staff Officer, Plans , German Air Force, Forces Command

Ms Elizabeth Quintana

Ms Elizabeth Quintana, Director Military Sciences, Senior Research Fellow Air Power, RUSI

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,


• The current direction of Air C2 and in support of ISR operations
• Challenges presented by contemporary operations
• Measures for enhancing interoperability and agility
• Interactive question and answer session

16:20 Air Command and Control: Implications for ISR

Ms Elizabeth Quintana

Ms Elizabeth Quintana, Director Military Sciences, Senior Research Fellow Air Power, RUSI


• Evolving and Expanding Threats
• Emerging trends in C2 and Air C2
• Understanding the requirements for ISR and Analytics
• Simplifying not complicating the problem

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

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,

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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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