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SMi Group is proud to presents its 10th annual Air Mission Planning 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

AERONAUTICA MILITARE; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence and Space; Allied Air Command; Aviation Learn; BAE Systems ; Belgian Air Component; Canadian Air Force; Centre Military Aeronautical Studies; Czech Air Force; Danish Embassy; DXC Technology; Embassy of Argentina; European Air Group; FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency; German Air Force; Glasgow Prestwick Airport; ILIAS Solutions; Inzpire Ltd; JETEX; Leonardo; Lockheed Martin; Movement Coordination Centre Europe; NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency; Ocean Software Pty Ltd; Officina Stellare; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd; Polish Air Force; RAF; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal Saudi Air Force; Saab Aeronautics; Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI; Tubitak Sage; U.S. Air Force; University of Hertfordshire; VANGOVION LTD ;

Conference programme

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 Richard Yates

Group Captain Richard Yates, COS Air Battle Staff, RAF High Wycombe

  • 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 NORAD Modernization: Solutions to emerging threats

    Colonel Mark G. Roberts

    Colonel Mark G. Roberts, 22 Wing Commander, Canadian Forces Base North Bay, 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
     

    10:30 Gold Sponsor Session Reserved for BAE Systems

    11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 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

    12:20 Session reserved for sponsor

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Meeting warfighter needs in the 21st century with air mission planning

    Colonel Nathan Smith

    Colonel Nathan Smith, Colonel, AFMC

  • Enhancing mission planning with the Combat Weapon Delivery Software
  • Support of differing aircraft for increased standardization
  • Increasing support of warfighters for increased air power
  • 14:40 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
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Standardizing operations between F-35 operating countries

    Major James Schmidt

    Major James Schmidt, F-35 Branch Chief, Headquarters, United States Air Forces in Europe

    - Mission planning considerations when operating either via sea or land
    - Increased use of aircraft carriers for 5th generation fighters and impacts on mission planning
    - Enhancing effective cooperation between navies and air forces

    16:30 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

    17:10 Military and Industry Panel Discussion: Data management: standardization and the future

  • Enhancing data standardization with databases, data retrieval and data distribution
  • Future of data management systems and enhancing mission planning through the effective use of standardized data
  • Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

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

    Colonel Mark G. Roberts

    Colonel Mark G. Roberts, 22 Wing Commander, Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Royal Canadian Air Force

    Major James Schmidt

    Major James Schmidt, F-35 Branch Chief, Headquarters, United States Air Forces in Europe

    17:50 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

    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 NATO AWACS Final Lifetime Extension Programme – Evolving MDC2 Capabilities

    Colonel (Ret'd) George Riebling

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

    - New capabilities planned for NATO E-3A as part of the platform’s final modernization programme schedule to execute between 2020 and 2026
    - Central to this upgrade are mission system capabilities that will enhance the platform’s networking functions and capabilities to employ as a MBC2 node in multiple domains

    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 Session reserved for sponsor

    11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 Air Mission Planning Capabilities and the Path Forward

    12:20 Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE), maximising the capacity of limited strategic lift

    Squadron Leader Graeme Bell

    Squadron Leader Graeme Bell, Air Transport Cell Chief, MCCE, Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)

  • Enhancing coordination of air transport and air to air refueling through MCCE to increase range of air activities
  • Measures to increase cooperation between partner member states
  • Exploring the cooperation process for effective air transport and air to air refueling mission
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 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
  • 14:40 Increasing Air Mission Planning capabilities in special operations

    Dr Elisabetta Jerome

    Dr Elisabetta Jerome, Technical Advisor to the Commander USAF Test Center, U.S. Air Force

  • Increasing air power through enhanced multi-domain command and control systems
  • Current difficulties and challenges with AMP systems in special operations
  • Future advancements in AMP systems in special operations
  • 15:20 Session reserved for sponsor

    16:00 Military panel: Enhancing multi-domain operations through effective air mission planning

  • Increasing air power effectiveness in peer and near peer conflicts
  • Mission planning considerations in NATO operations
  • Adapting operational tactics to differing environments
  • Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

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

    Colonel (Ret'd) George Riebling

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

    Colonel Mark G. Roberts

    Colonel Mark G. Roberts, 22 Wing Commander, Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Royal Canadian Air Force

    Group Captain Richard Yates

    Group Captain Richard Yates, COS Air Battle Staff, RAF High Wycombe

    16:40 Afternoon Tea

    17:10 Enhancing air mission planning in the Air Mobility Command and future advancements in air power

    Major (ret'd) Gina Hubbard

    Major (ret'd) Gina Hubbard, Chief, Mobility and Special Mission Air Combat Command Branch, USAF Mission Planning Office

    - Enhancing the use of legacy systems and lessons learned from the Joint Mission Planning System
    · Advancing air power through increased data management
    · Increased software and hardware performance

    17:50 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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