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SMi Group is proud to presents its 10th annual Air Mission Planning and Support conference, which will take place in London on the 9th and 10th April 2019. After the great success achieved in 2018, 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.


Understanding the upcoming threats and the urgent needs of various armed forces facing them, SMi presents a precise and accurate forum for discussion led by commanding officers, senior leaders, academics, and industry experts, with the goal to take a stand in pushing technological development, bringing together friends and allies, and improve awareness of real world dynamics.
 

At Air Mission Planning and Support 2019 there will be a unique focus on the complexity of managing varied air mission planning and support systems and key strategies, not only to procure and acquire new systems, but also how to best upgrade, modernise and improve existing platforms for modern day warfare and operations. These technological upgrades will bring to the production and implementation of new integrated assets, training, updating legacy assets, interoperability in joint environments, data management by means of smart software and improved cyber security.
 

  • New for 2019: rotary system mission planning, cyber security and the future of mission planning systems
  • Perspectives from the RAF, US Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Belgian Air Force and NATO on air mission planning and support
  • Technological upgrades and advancements for 5th generation aircraft and systems
  • A focus on mission support in fixed and rotary systems along with data management and cyber security
  • Air Forces Chiefs of Staff
  • Commanders
  • Senior Representatives
  • Senior Leaders
  • Industry Experts
  • Engineers
  • Programme Managers
  • Army Aviation Commanders
  • Academics

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Conference programme

8:15 Registration & Coffee

8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

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

8:55 Meeting warfighter needs in the 21st century with air mission planning

Colonel Nathan Smith

Colonel Nathan Smith, Director, Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office, US Air Force

  • Enhancing mission planning with the Combat Weapon Delivery Software
  • Support of differing aircraft for increased standardization
  • Increasing support of warfighters for increased air power
  • 9:35 NORAD Modernization: Solutions to emerging threats

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Cyr

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Cyr, Deputy Wing Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force

    · Enhancing cyber security
    · Increasing tactical data links for enhanced communication and efficiency with NATO nations
    · Modernising NORAD systems for enhanced international cooperation
     

    10:15 The Future Electromagnetic Environment (EME) and the challenges it brings to Operational Mission Support

  • The increasingly complex Electromagnetic Environment (EME) presents significant challenges to and opportunities for Operational Mission Support
  • Heavily influenced by naturally occurring features/events and manmade structures/technologies, the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) component of the EME is complex, congested and becoming increasingly contested (mil and civil)
  • Access to and freedom of manoeuvre within the EME is critical in all operations, however, this cannot be taken for granted
  • A high level of EME activity Situational Awareness is required to inform operational decisions, planning and preparation to enable the successful delivery of effects
  • Despite recent Western operational exposure to challenging EME scenarios and the clear re-emergence of Russian and Chinese EME/EMS focussed denial capabilities; work to understand and integrate the EME within operational and mission planning has been limited and slow
     
  • Mr John Loader

    Mr John Loader, Head of New Business and Mission Systems Advisor, Combat Air Support MSS, BAE SYSTEMS

    Mr David Hewitt

    Mr David Hewitt, Electronic Warfare Advisor, BAE Systems

    10:55 Morning Coffee

    11:25 Enhancing cooperative missions through C2 systems in Modern Warfare

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Strange

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Strange, Commander, 13th ASOS, US Air Force

    · Data and software standardization difficulties between different member states
    · Exploring further air force capacities with NATO member states
    · Exploring planning considerations in a modern NATO warfare scenario

    12:05 Effective Mission Support: solutions and new challenges

    Mr Sergio Rosatelli

    Mr Sergio Rosatelli, Head of Mission Planning, Leonardo

  • An overview of the Mission Planning and Debriefing solutions developed to provide effective Mission Support capabilities
  • A look at the Data Management solutions and F-35 Air System interoperability new challenges
     
  • 12:45 Networking Lunch

    13:45 5th Generation Fighter Jet Capabilities and Cost

    Captain Craig Dorrans

    Captain Craig Dorrans, Enterprise Planning Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program Office, F-35 Joint Program Office, US Navy

    - F-35 Capabilities
    - F-35 Program Update
    - Driving Affordability into the F-35 Program

    14:25 Tactical Delivery of the Mission

    Wing Commandr Matt Bressani

    Wing Commandr Matt Bressani, Officer Commanding Number 31 Squadron, RAF Marham

  • Context of RAF Force Elements and commitment
  • Allocation of Resource
  • Delivery of the ATO
  • Strengths and Limitations
     
  • 15:05 Afternoon Tea

    15:35 RAF approaches to air power and air mission planning in complex security environments

    Dr David Jordan

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

  • A strategic overview of the changing nature of conflict in increasingly complex security environments
  • Reflecting on the nature of air campaigns since Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Evaluating the impact of further technological innovations and cyber on air mission planning systems
  • 16:15 Industry Panel Discussion - Data management: industry and military collaborations

    Mr Kay Averhoff

    Mr Kay Averhoff, Manager Mission Support Systems, Airbus Defence and Space

    Mr Marco Capizzi

    Mr Marco Capizzi, Project Engineering Manager of F-35 OMS, Leonardo

    Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

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

    Mr John Loader

    Mr John Loader, Head of New Business and Mission Systems Advisor, Combat Air Support MSS, BAE SYSTEMS

    16:55 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

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

    17:10 Networking Reception supported by lead sponsor BAE Systems

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

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

    9:10 Maximising Air Power through enhanced mission planning in the RAF

    Group Captain Roger Elliot

    Group Captain Roger Elliot, Officer Commanding, JFAC, Royal Air Force

  • Insights into 5th generation air power and enhancing air force capabilities
  • Balancing different aircraft systems to deliver operational success
  • Changes in training and education for 5th generation fighter jets in order to enhance Air C2 Capabilities
  • 9:50 Increasing connectivity between 4.5 Gen Air Craft and Air Mission Planning Systems in the French Air Force

  • Data and software standardization enhancement between different generations of aircraft
  • Enhancing international collaboration through increased connectivity between member states
  • Exploring future air systems in the French Air Force
  • Colonel Etienne Faury

    Colonel Etienne Faury, Chief Planning Office, French Air Force

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Air Mission Planning Capabilities and the Path Forward

    Mr Kenneth L Kash

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

  • Future improvements and developments for joint mission planning systems in NATO member states
  • Acquisition and procurement challenges with 5th generation fighter jets
  • International procurement issues surrounding F-35
  • 11:40 Air Mission Planning - A Rotary Perspective

    Flight Lieutenant Pete Smiley

    Flight Lieutenant Pete Smiley, Puma Pilot, Rotary Wing Operational & Evaluation Training Unit, JHC, Royal Air Force

  • Land vs Air domain planning
  • Personal experiences as a rotary platform pilot
  • The necessities and requirements of operators
     
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Optimising joint operation mission planning with integrated network Centric ISR & C2BM systems

    Colonel (Ret'd) Athanasios Chouliaras

    Colonel (Ret'd) Athanasios Chouliaras, Airborne ISR - C2BM Platforms & EW Systems Evaluator, Hellenic Air Force Veterans Association

  • Mission planning system requirements
  • Enhancing mission planning capabilities with integrated networks
  • Future advancements in C2 & Centric ISR systems
  • 14:00 From AOD to Step Brief: The Tactical Mission Planning Process for Combat Operations

    Captain Sean Foote

    Captain Sean Foote, 52d Fighter Wing Weapons Officer, US Air Force

  • A comprehensive overview of the mission planning cycle at the tactical level
  • Successes and failures of a mission planning cell from the aviator’s perspective
  • Future mission planning considerations and the impact of technology and dispersed operations
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Military panel: Enhancing air power through effective mission planning

    Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

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

    Captain Sean Foote

    Captain Sean Foote, 52d Fighter Wing Weapons Officer, US Air Force

    Colonel Nathan Smith

    Colonel Nathan Smith, Director, Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office, US Air Force

    Colonel Etienne Faury

    Colonel Etienne Faury, Chief Planning Office, French Air Force

    Flight Lieutenant Pete Smiley

    Flight Lieutenant Pete Smiley, Puma Pilot, Rotary Wing Operational & Evaluation Training Unit, JHC, Royal Air Force

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

    Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

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

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