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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, training,development and integration
• Deliberate the requirements of the contemporary operational environment
• Hear the very latest technological developments from research and industry, that are shaping the next generation of ISR and C2

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
 

Air Task Group; BAE Systems; British Army; Danish Defence; Defence Command Denmark; DSTL; French Air Force; Galleon Embedded Computing; Harris Corporation; IHS Jane's; Johns Hopkins University; LiveLink Technology Ltd; Logos Technologies LLC; Meta Aerospace Capital; NATO ; NATO Industrial Action Group (NIAG); Niteworks; RAF; RAF High Wycombe; RAF Mildenhall; Raytheon UK; RNZAF; Royal Air Force; Royal Air Force Marham; Royal Netherlands Air Force; Saab; Saab AB; Safran Electronics & Defense; Satlink Ltd UK; Spanish Air Force; Thales; UAE GHQ; UKTI DSO; United States Air Force; US Air Force; US Air Forces Europe;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Tony Reeves MCGI MIET DipMarSur

Mr Tony Reeves MCGI MIET DipMarSur, Director, Level 7 Expertise

9:15 Coordinating Aerial Intelligence Doctrine and Architecture in Support of Shifting Operational Requirements

Brigadier General Peter Lambert

Brigadier General Peter Lambert, Director of Intelligence, Headquarters Air Combat Command, United States Air Force

• Defining and refining the multi-domain battle concept in preparation for future information warfare
• Fostering a federative approach to collection, processing and dissemination
• Current capability assessments and future plans for creating a more agile and interoperable ISR capability
 

9:55 Reintroducing Maritime Patrol Aircraft Capability into the British Armed Forces’ Maritime Surveillance

Wing Commander Richard Berry

Wing Commander Richard Berry, SO1 Capability Delivery P8A, Air Command , Royal Air Force

• The acquisition plan for 9 P-8s into the aerial ISTAR fleet
• Incorporating British systems on board the American platform; plans and challenges
• Integrating the P-8 into a wider maritime surveillance picture – Sharing information for a joint force response to enemy maritime activity
 

10:35 Morning Coffee

11:05 Panel Discussion: Deliberating Requirements for the Enhancement of Current and Future ISR Operations

• How can ISR commanders do less with more?
• Developing standards and common practices for ensuring greater interoperability during coalition operations
• The need to prepare for a contested operational environment: Future practices for assuring information superiority
• Question and answer session

Brigadier General Peter Lambert

Brigadier General Peter Lambert, Director of Intelligence, Headquarters Air Combat Command, United States Air Force

Colonel Christophe Fontaine

Colonel Christophe Fontaine, Chief, ISR Division, French Air Force Command

Colonel Marco Maistrello

Colonel Marco Maistrello, Chief, Programme Support Division, NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency

Mr Tony Reeves MCGI MIET DipMarSur

Mr Tony Reeves MCGI MIET DipMarSur, Director, Level 7 Expertise

11:45 Session reserved for Sponsor

12:25 25th Air Force Plans for the Support of Tactical Warfighting and National-Level ISR Operations

Mr Ronald Haygood

Mr Ronald Haygood, Deputy Director, Intelligence & Operations, 25th Air Force, United States Air Force

• An overview of the 25th Air Forces current airborne ISR assets
• Plans and policy for supporting current ISR assets and key infrastructure
• Future capability areas currently being examined to enhance ISR collect capabilities
• Further developing the command and control assets necessary to support information sharing

13:05 Networking Lunch

14:05 Planning for ISR Operations in a Networked Environment: Key Requirements for the Improvement to Network-Generated Situational Awareness

• Deliberating the contemporary requirements for network enabled operations between coalition partners
• The latest air systems’ evolution regarding interoperability through data transfer
• Approaches to the development of effective and agile C2 networks
• Lessons learnt from past collaboration during joint operations and exercises

Mr Darren Studer

Mr Darren Studer, Deputy Chief, J2 Operations, United States European Command

14:45 Current Requirements and ISR Response within the New Zealand Defence Force

Squadron Leader Stephen  Graham

Squadron Leader Stephen Graham, C4ISR Working Group, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force

• Size and geographic area of responsibility: ISR responsibilities running from the South Pole to the equator
• Increasing competition, US-China influence, highly-migratory fish species, counter-narcotics, climate change and the future of Antarctic governance
• Broad mission set: NZDF responsibilities ranging from search and rescue, policing all the way up to warfare
• Technology update: Primary airborne ISR asset (P-3K2 Orion) replacement with a new surveillance system, expected to integrate manned, unmanned, and space-based platform
• Plans and approaches to delivering adequate capability within budget

15:25 Afternoon Tea

15:55 Current RPAS Capabilities and Concepts of Operation within the Belgian Air Component

Major Fabrice Leroy

Major Fabrice Leroy, Commander, 80th UAV Squadron, Belgian Air Force

• Force structure within 80th UAV Squadron
• Capabilities and payloads operated within the RQ-5 Hunter system
• Feedback from border observation and intelligence gathering operations
• Future plans for developing TTP’s and integrating new capabilities into the 80th UAV Squadron

16:35 Doctrine and Training Approaches: Preparing the Next Generation of ISR Personnel for Future Operations

Colonel Houston Cantwell

Colonel Houston Cantwell, Commander, 49th Wing , United States Air Force

• Keeping people at the heart of the ISR process and the importance of training: Doing more with less
• Approaches to operator training within 49th Wing: Live and synthetic capabilities used to support learning and development
• Future plans for building training infrastructure and streamlining process

 

17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Mr Tony Reeves MCGI MIET DipMarSur

Mr Tony Reeves MCGI MIET DipMarSur, Director, Level 7 Expertise

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Tony Reeves MCGI MIET DipMarSur

Mr Tony Reeves MCGI MIET DipMarSur, Director, Level 7 Expertise

9:15 French Airborne ISR Employment: Lessons Learnt and Challenges in a Complex Operational Environment

Colonel Christophe Fontaine

Colonel Christophe Fontaine, Chief, ISR Division, French Air Force Command

• An update on the shifting operational environment and doctrine response within the French Joint ISR
• Current plans for integrating new capabilities into the French ISR network, such as the new forthcoming SIGINT platforms
• Future plans and policy

9:55 Future Capability Development of Airborne ISR within the German Armed Forces

Mr Juergen Von Piechowski

Mr Juergen Von Piechowski, Section Head, Joint ISR and Air Electronic Warfare, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology, German Ministry of Defence

• Air based surveillance capabilities
• Space based surveillance
• Command and control

10:35 Morning Coffee

11:05 An Update on Fulfilment of the Allied Ground Surveillance Programme

• An overview of the programmes core strategic goals
• The envisaged multi-national information sharing architecture
• Global Hawk platform capabilities
• Feedback from recent Unified Vision exercises
• Future plans and policy for fulfilment of key objectives
 

Mr James Edge

Mr James Edge, General Manager, Allied Ground Surveillance Programme, NATO

Mr Bogdan Horvat

Mr Bogdan Horvat, Executive Officer, Allied Ground Surveillance Programme,

11:45 Session Reserved for Sponsor

12:25 Maintaining and Building the Capability of NATO’s AWACS to Meet the Challenges of Contemporary Operations

• An overview of plans and requirements driving ongoing modernisation of the platform
• Enhancing Tactical Data Links
• Crypto modernisation
• Enhancing airborne networking
• Secure/Anti-Jam Radios to Improve UHF and VHF capabilities
 

Colonel Marco Maistrello

Colonel Marco Maistrello, Chief, Programme Support Division, NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency

Mr Chris Weldon

Mr Chris Weldon, Chief, Future Interoperability, NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency

13:05 Networking Lunch

14:05 Perspectives on the Future of ISR

Dr Jim Wood

Dr Jim Wood, C4ISR Science Gateway , Joint Forces Command, UK Ministry of Defence

• Nature of future conflict
• Information advantage
• ISR requirements

14:45 Artificial Intelligence Methodologies for Future Airborne ISR Applications

Dr Wolfgang  Koch

Dr Wolfgang Koch, Head of Department, Sensor Data and Information Fusion, Fraunhofer FKIE

• Cognitive Assistance by fusing heterogeneous sensor data and context information
• Feedback to Data acquisition – task-driven resources management techniques
• Examples taken from ongoing defence research and experimentation in Germany
 

15:25 Afternoon Tea

15:55 SYSIPHE: The Franco-Norwegian Airborne Full Spectral Band Imaging System

Mr Laurent Rousset-Rouviere

Mr Laurent Rousset-Rouviere, Project Manager SYSIPHE, Optical and Associated Technics Department, ONERA

• An overview of the systems key capabilities and requirements
• Feedback from the first SYSIPHE qualification campaign for defence needs
• Works in progress around the system and open collaboration for SYSIPHE use

16:35 Automatic Extraction of Information from Airborne Sensors

Mr Pieter  Elands

Mr Pieter Elands, Programme Manager, Intelligent Imaging, TNO Defence Research

• Automatic detection of objects and events in full motion video, the role of new technologies
• Making sense of big data, automatic information extraction, combining and fusing data into actionable intelligence
• The impact of automation on the human operator, new ways of working

17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Mr Tony Reeves MCGI MIET DipMarSur

Mr Tony Reeves MCGI MIET DipMarSur, Director, Level 7 Expertise

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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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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.

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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.

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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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UK Office
Opening Hours: 9.00 - 17.30 (local time)
SMi Group Ltd, 1 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7XW, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7827 6000 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7827 6001
Website: http://www.smi-online.co.uk Email: events@smi-online.co.uk
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