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“When you are in a firefight, the first thing infantry wants to do it get on that radio to adjust fire for mortars and locate targets with close air support with planes or helicopters. You want fires.” - US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.

Platforms such as the US A-10, the RAF’s Tornado and other platforms synonymous with close air support are now reaching the end of their highly successful lifespans. Next generation fighters such as the F-35 are expected to pick up the mantle. Due to the advancements in fighter technologies and developments in cockpit situational awareness, it is crucial that the CAS community meets to discuss and deliberate the future for CAS and DACAS. Increased agility, interoperability, and combat effectiveness are also being advanced at an exponential rate. A shift toward fully digitalised joint fires, with a greater ability to delivery swift and accurate firepower, now sets the standard for CAS in modern warfare.

 

The Close Air Support conference is designed to bring together military officials, international agencies and industry leading experts to discuss the vital importance of CAS capabilities and allied interoperability. Now in its fifth successful year, the Close Air Support conference continues to provide an excellent platform for the advancement of CAS ventures, both in the air and on land, continually striving to bridge the gap. Further, attendees will benefit from hearing leading industry experts as they showcase the latest technological developments in the CAS domain. Advancements that aim to enhance combat effectiveness whilst increasing connectivity.

 

• Gain updates on strategic partners' respective CAS programmes and the work of leading industry OEMs
• Deliberate key requirements for targeting, processing, and delivery of close air support
• Network with and build co-operation between strategic partners, and educate industry on the unique needs of the operator and end user
 

Military:

Combat air
Joint fires and targeting
Joint air land organisations
Targeting and ISR
Joint forward air control
Joint terminal attack control
Joint forward air component commander
 

Industry/Developers of Next Generation:

Close air support platforms
Avionics and sensors
Smart and guided munitions
Air and ground based targeting
Command and control
Mobile deployable communications

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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Consultant and Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

9:10 Close Air Support – Past, Present and Future, A Foundational View

Major General David  P San Clemente

Major General David P San Clemente, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commanding General, USAF

  • The “Culture” of CAS Warriors – Is this Important to the Mission?
  • Close Air Support and the Fifth Generation (and beyond) Fight
  • Is CAS Solely the Domain of Air Forces? The Joint Perspective
     
  • 9:50 Assessing the Joint Air/Land Command and Control System

    Squadron Leader Richard May

    Squadron Leader Richard May, SO2 Air - 1st Artillery Brigade, UK ASOS, Royal Air Force

  • Training JTACs accordingly to meet future threats
  • The future of British led CAS: the evolution of DACAS and the integration of 5th Generation Fighters
  • Devising training that fosters cooperation across all three services of the Armed Forces as well as international allies
  • Utilising live exercises such as ‘Terminal Strike’ to deliver live experience in challenging terrain for future JTACs
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Draken – Overview and CAS delivery

    Mr Mark Bate

    Mr Mark Bate, Principal Consultant, Draken International

  • Combat Air Force Contracted Close Air Support (CAF CAS) – what is it and what’s required?
  • USN/USMC Terminal Attack Controller Training (TACT) – what is it and what’s required?
  • Issues – i’ll probably cover airworthiness certification and weapons release here.
  • 11:40 NATO E-3A Modernisation: An Eye Toward Multi-Domain Command and Control

    Colonel (ret'd) George Riebling

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

  • Outlining upgrades to NATO’s fleet of 14 E-3A AWACS
  • NATO’s first integrated, multinational flying unit that provides quick deployment, airborne surveillance and communication for the alliance’s operations
  • Developing a multi-domain cultural approach in order to promote joint force integration
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Developing the Relationship between Air and Land components on the battlefield

    Dr David Jordan

    Dr David Jordan, Co-Director, RAF Centre for Air Power Studies

  • Highlighting the changing nature of Air Campaigns (Iraq and Afghanistan)
  • Underlining key enhancements in technology
  • Discussing the impact of 5th generation fighters

     
  • 14:00 Close Air Support – A Training and Simulation Perspective

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

  • CAS Training Challenges and Developments
  • Training and Simulation Technology Trends
  • Future Prospects
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Panel Discussion: Where does CAS fit in Modern Air Power?

  • Delivering Operational Capability Through CAS 
  • Optimising land and air  combat effectiveness with enhanced doctrine for CAS 
  • How technology is driving improvement
  • Dr David Jordan

    Dr David Jordan, Co-Director, RAF Centre for Air Power Studies

    Major General David  P San Clemente

    Major General David P San Clemente, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commanding General, USAF

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Consultant and Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

    Squadron Leader Richard May

    Squadron Leader Richard May, SO2 Air - 1st Artillery Brigade, UK ASOS, Royal Air Force

    15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Consultant and Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

    8:45 Registration & Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Consultant and Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

    9:40 Discussing the role of the 255 TACP Battery RA in providing trained TACPs and JTACs to Regular British Army Units

    Major Dave Merrick

    Major Dave Merrick, Executive Officer, 255 TACP Battery, British Army

  • Providing TACPs and individual JTACs in support of operations and exercises
  • Implementing effective training to meet current operational standards
  • Assessing the evolving role of JTACs: how digitisation is enhancing training and procedures
  • 10:20 Outlining the Typhoon Enhancement Programme and the Implications for British CAS

    SSgt Danny Burt

    SSgt Danny Burt, JTAC Evaluator and Typhoon Qualified Weapons Instructor, RAF

  • Current and future Typhoon capabilities in the Close Air Support function
  • Typhoon development in the digital spectrum in air - ground
  • Mindset change of the Typhoon
     
  • 11:30 Morning Coffee

    12:00 Close Air Support: Defining the Mission

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Consultant and Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

  • Analysing the necessary assets that drive interoperability between Land-Air components
  • Factors affecting C2 and how these can be overcome
  • Defining the future for CAS and Joint Fires
  • 12:40 Panel Discussion: Modern Training and Simulation Methods

  • Synthetic Vs Live CAS training
  • The rise of AI and automation in training
  • Delivering new CAS operators  the latest training technology
  • Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Consultant and Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

    SSgt Danny Burt

    SSgt Danny Burt, JTAC Evaluator and Typhoon Qualified Weapons Instructor, RAF

    Mr Mark Bate

    Mr Mark Bate, Principal Consultant, Draken International

    13:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Consultant and Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

    13:30 Post Conference Networking Lunch

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    Major General David  P San Clemente

    Major General David P San Clemente

    Air National Guard Assistant to the Commanding General, USAF

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Consultant and Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO
    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Captain Oscar Delgado

    48th Fighter Wing Ground Liaison Detachment, Department Of The Air Force
    Captain Oscar Delgado

    Chief Master Sergeant Matthew A. Nugent

    AF/A3TS Deputy, CAS Branch Chief, TACP 1C4 Career Field Manager, USAF
    Chief Master Sergeant Matthew A. Nugent

    Colonel (ret'd) George Riebling

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

    Dr David Jordan

    Co-Director, RAF Centre for Air Power Studies
    Dr David Jordan

    Major Dave Merrick

    Executive Officer, 255 TACP Battery, British Army
    Major Dave Merrick

    Major General David P San Clemente

    Air National Guard Assistant to the Commanding General, USAF
    Major General David  P San Clemente

    Major Sebastian Richstein

    Commander, German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force
    Major Sebastian Richstein

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Director, Thinke Company Ltd
    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Mark Bate

    Principal Consultant, Draken International
    Mr Mark Bate

    Squadron Leader Richard May

    SO2 Air - 1st Artillery Brigade, UK ASOS, Royal Air Force
    Squadron Leader Richard May

    SSgt Danny Burt

    JTAC Evaluator and Typhoon Qualified Weapons Instructor, RAF
    SSgt Danny Burt

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