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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. As this need to effectively develop information superiority grows, it is essential that modern joint operations maintain effective surveillance of enemy positions from the air. With both manned and unmanned ISR assets growing in complexity and capability there is a critical need for a forum within which optronics, power, sensor suites and operational reliability of these platforms can be discussed.

With that in mind, the SMi Group are delighted to host in London the fourth annual Airborne ISR conference – with Leonardo and Rafael Defence Systems announcing their support for the event.

Whether you wish to hear from leading ISR platform programme manager, technical experts involved in BLOS data links, officers delivering new optronics and sensor suites or insight into the latest power and engine performance – Airborne ISR 2018 will provide you with the solutions to maximise your future capability.
 

 

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.

 

Airbus Defence & Space; Belgian Air Force; Boeing Defence UK; British Army; Calspan Corporation; DE&S; DE&S MOD; Defence & Security Organisation; DSTL; Eutelsat; Eutelsat America Corporation; Fraunhofer FKIE; Galleon Embedded Computing; Government of Canada - Department of National Defence; HARRIS Corporation; High Commission of India, London; HMGCC; Insitu, Inc.; MoD; NAEW&C Force Command; NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control (NEW&C) Force; NATO Industrial Action Group (NIAG); New Zealand Defence Force; ONERA; Peraton; Polish Armed Forces; Quinetiq; RAF; RAF High Wycombe; RAF Reserve; RAF Waddington; Royal Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal Netherlands Air Force; Saab; Saab Support Solutions and Services; Singapore Armed Forces; Thales UK; TNO; Turkish Air Force; UAE GHQ; United States Air Force; USAF/University of Oxford; Viasat ; ViaSat Communications Inc; XTAR;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols

Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols, Former Chief of Defence Intelligence, Royal Air Force

9:00 Project Athena: Delivering the Royal Air Forces Next Generation ISTAR Capability

Group Captain Adam Northcote-Wright

Group Captain Adam Northcote-Wright, Head of ISTAR Transformation, Royal Air Force

  •  The current strategic landscape – where we are and where we need to be
  • Defining the scope and ambition of Project Athena – balancing investment in platforms and personnel
  • Developing a ‘whole force’ approach to British ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Target Acquisition) through Project Athena 
  • Integrating precision strike features into the future Boeing P8-A Poseidon fleet to exploit the full strategic capability of new MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft)
  • How advanced data analysis employed within the project will provide the groundwork for intelligence-led operations following the introduction of the F-35 Lightning
  • Future priorities for the project and long-term ambitions for the UK’s ISTAR reach
  • 9:30 5th Generation Concepts for Air C2 and ISR

  • NLD C2ISR conceptual model – Achieving information superiority and decision dominance
  • NLD National Air & Space Operations Centre (NASOC) – A concept
  • Distributed Control and Combat Cloud
  • Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben, C4ISR - Section Head Air C2 , Royal Netherlands Air Force

    Major Stuart  Lorraine

    Major Stuart Lorraine, Senior Staff Officer, Royal Netherlands Air Force

    10:00 Increasing Situational Awareness and Tactical ISR Capability from Emerging Technologies

    Dr. Colin Wills

    Dr. Colin Wills, Radar Campaign Manager, Leonardo

  • The Importance of Situational Awareness in Warfare.
  • Use of current and emerging AESA Radar and ESM systems technologies, which increase Situational Awareness and Tactical ISR capabilities.
  • Utilisation of manned and unmanned air systems.
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 The UK P-8A Poseidon Programme – Returning Long-Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft to the UK ISR Inventory

    Wing Commander Richard Berry

    Wing Commander Richard Berry, P-8A Poseidon Programme Manager, Air Capability Delivery, Air Command, Royal Air Force

  • An overview of the UK’s Persistent Wide-Area Search (Maritime) requirements and the decisions leading up to procurement of the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA)
  • International cooperation and working with allies to strengthen our collective MPA capabilities
  • Future capabilities and development opportunities with the P-8A
  • The sensor fit of the P-8A Poseidon, exploiting its advanced ASW and ASUW capabilities, and enhanced datalink technologies within the P-8A to provide decisive advantage in the under-water and above-water battlespace
  • The current P-8A Poseidon MPA Programme procurement method
  • 11:40 Extending IMINT Efficiency

    Mr Zvi Yavin

    Mr Zvi Yavin, Head of Airborne ISR & Mapping Systems Business Line, Electro-Optical Systems Directorate, Rafael

  • Focused operational ISR methods that save time and manpower
  • The contribution of advanced technologies for real-time analysis
  • The technology that enables one solution for a variety of operational challenges

     

     

  • 12:20 Satcoms - Enabling future multi-domain ISR operations

    Mr Simon Hoey

    Mr Simon Hoey, Director of Business Development, Global Government, Intelsat

  • Commercial satcoms as a force multiple enabling all aircraft to be multi-mission sensor platforms
  • Extend the life and enhance the operational options of current large UAV platforms
  • Make front end ISR collection more customizable to commander’s actual, immediate needs or plug and play sensors development
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Secure Networked Airborne Communications: The Now and Future Combat Cloud

    Mr David Kingdon-Jones

    Mr David Kingdon-Jones, Head of Air Connectivity, Secure Communications, Airbus

  • From technology to information superiority
  • Air Connectivity boosting ISR
  • Network Orchestration of Massive intelligence
  • Seamless communications & disruptive technologies
  • 14:40 Update on future MALE and HALE UAS for the German Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge, Deputy Commander, Tactical Air Wing 51 "Immelmann", German Air Force

  •  Employment of the RecceLite reconnaissance system with the MRCA Tornado
  • Manned and unmanned reconnaissance systems in use by Tactical Air Wing 51 “Immelmann”
  •  Way ahead for HALE and MALE UAS in the German Air Force
  • Relaying real-time imagery data from the operational theatre for exploitation in Germany
  • First impressions about the implementation of a Coalition Shared Database in the German MINUSMA contingent
  •  Operational feedback of the Heron 1 and end-user considerations for platform enhancement
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Panel Discussion: Enhancing Operational Situational Awareness Through Airborne ISR

  • C2 & ISR capabilities - where is the alliance now and where are we going?
  • The role of Airborne ISR in providing CAS (Close Air Support) in complex battlespaces - building commanders red force awareness
  • Hybrid solutions to hybrid threats - exploiting aerial intelligence to counter the asymmetrical combatants
  • Joint exercises within NATO - enhancing interoperability and training standards
  • Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols

    Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols, Former Chief of Defence Intelligence, Royal Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben, C4ISR - Section Head Air C2 , Royal Netherlands Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge, Deputy Commander, Tactical Air Wing 51 "Immelmann", German Air Force

    16:10 Opportunities and Challenges for Air ISR: A Science and Technology Perspective

    Mr Andrew Bennett

    Mr Andrew Bennett, Principal Advisor, Cyber and Information Systems, Dstl

  • Emerging technology and its potential impact on Air ISR
  • Enablers across the Direct, Process, Collect and Disseminate ISR cycle
  • Future challenges in technology development and its adoption by end users 
  • 16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols

    Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols, Former Chief of Defence Intelligence, Royal Air Force

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks and Reflections on ISR Transformation

    Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols

    Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols, Former Chief of Defence Intelligence, Royal Air Force

    9:10 AI, Big Data & Psychology: The Future of Intelligence

    Wing Commander Keith Dear

    Wing Commander Keith Dear, SO1 Lessons, Joint Forces Command

  • Swimming in sensors, drowning in data, starving for insight – the need to get beyond a collection focus
  • The ongoing data deluge, and the need for intelligence to be reliant on Machine Learning to be effective
  • Combining machine learning algorithms with psychometric profiling - drawing probabilistic inferences for human behaviour - radical implications for professional intelligence analytics
  • The Superforecasters of the future will not be human
  • 9:40 Rotary-Wing ISR Capabilities in the Maritime and Land Domains

    Mr Sean McElliott

    Mr Sean McElliott, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Leonardo

  • ISR capabilities of the AW159 manned helicopter and the AWHero unmanned air system in blue water and littoral environments
  • ISR capabilities of the AW159 manned helicopter and the AWHero in the land environment
  • Future development of Rotary-Wing ISR capability
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Developing an Alliance Approach to Airborne ISR

    Mr Robert Murray

    Mr Robert Murray, Head of ISR, NATO

  • ISR in an evolving context: how NATO provides a framework for capability development
  • Working across teams to provide focus for the delivering of ISR platforms and systems across partner nations
  • Developing Joint ISR across to provide comprehensive persistent surveillance within the emerging threat environment 
  • Looking forward: Joint ISR Policy Development & NATO Command Structure Adaptation to meet new ISR challenges

     

  • 11:20 On 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
  • 11:50 Panel Discussion: Future ISR Concepts and R&D

  • Current S&T models for ISR and key priorities for sensor suite development
  • Status on the research into unmanned and autonomous aerial platforms
  • Connecting ISR data into the wider network: ensuring intelligence remains encrypted and resilient
  • Cognition in the grey zone - new BLOS (beyond line of sight) telemetry controls for platforms
  • Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols

    Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols, Former Chief of Defence Intelligence, Royal Air Force

    Dr Wolfgang Koch

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

    Mr Andrew Bennett

    Mr Andrew Bennett, Principal Advisor, Cyber and Information Systems, Dstl

    Mr Rob Munday

    Mr Rob Munday, Unified Vision 2018 Deputy Trial Manager, NATO HQ

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Progress on Delivering Improved JISR Capabilities for the Alliance through Unified Vision Trials

    Mr Rob Munday

    Mr Rob Munday, Unified Vision 2018 Deputy Trial Manager, NATO HQ

  • An overview of the work of Unified Vision and its aims and ambitions  
  • Optimising the C2 structure of ISR resources on joint missions
  • Processing, exploitation and dissemination (PED) of intelligence – sharing the burden across all levels of command
  • Developing an enhanced understanding of the position on the ground through fused sensor data
  • Programme updates following the Unified Vision 2016 Trial
  • Analysing assets from the Hunter to the RQ-4: successes within the operation and developed interoperability standards
  • Evolving Unified Vision – priorities and conceptual approaches

     

  • 14:00 Enhancing Geospatial Awareness for Ground Operations Through High Altitude Ground Surveillance

    Mr Bogdan Horvat

    Mr Bogdan Horvat, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency (NAGSMA) Executive Officer, NATO

  • Update on the status of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance programme, developing holistic ground surveillance capabilities for future NATO operations
  • Assessing platforms and equipment needed to deliver effective ground surveillance capabilities: The Global Hawk UAV platform and other technology requirements
  • The need for robust and dynamic data link and network-based information sharing architectures to link airborne and ground assets
  • Challenges in delivering effective ground surveillance capabilities, and the future vision for the AGS programme
  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Future Airborne ISR: Developing Sustainable and Highly Sophisticated Operational Platforms

    Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

    Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis, Staff Officer General Staff - Manpower Planning and Development Directorate, Hellenic Air Force

  • Defining future operational needs in highly volatile and domain agnostic environments – Prove new airborne ISR platforms relevance
  • Envisioning Holistic Model Approaches based upon realistic air mission profiles
  • Technological Considerations:
  • State of the art Sensing – The value of Self-Coordinating Node
  • Communication via Satellites
  • Battle Management Functions through hybrid man machine interfaces – Prometheus Vision
  • Airborne Platform Technologies
  • Sustainability Considerations:
  • Environmental Impact
  • Sustainable Technologies – Miniaturization
  • Sustainable Air Traffic Management through Self-Separation Cockpit Technology Innovation
  • Comparing Model Approaches Archetypes through DOTMLPF IS theoretical framework
  • 15:30 Exploiting Airborne ISR for Combat Search and Rescue

    Colonel Pasqale Dipalma

    Colonel Pasqale Dipalma, Commander 9th Wing, Italian Air Force (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • Developing an understanding of the ‘situation on the group’ from aerial intelligence to build a holistic picture of the battlespace
  • Working across air wings and with other service branches to coordinate activities when extracting blue forces 
  • How the MQ-9A Predator has protected airborne assets from ground fire when conducting ISR operations prior to force extraction
  • Optimising Italian combat search and rescue through effective manned-unmanned teaming 
  • Procurement priorities from an end user perspective for combat search and rescue

     

  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols

    Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols, Former Chief of Defence Intelligence, Royal Air Force

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    Group Captain Adam Northcote-Wright

    Group Captain Adam Northcote-Wright

    Head of ISTAR Transformation, Royal Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben

    C4ISR - Section Head Air C2 , Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Deputy Commander, Tactical Air Wing 51 "Immelmann", German Air Force
    Wing Commander Keith Dear

    Wing Commander Keith Dear

    SO1 Lessons, Joint Forces Command
    Wing Commander Richard Berry

    Wing Commander Richard Berry

    P-8A Poseidon Programme Manager, Air Capability Delivery, Air Command, Royal Air Force

    Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols

    Former Chief of Defence Intelligence, Royal Air Force
    Air Marshal (Ret'd) Christopher Nickols

    Dr Wolfgang Koch

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

    Dr. Colin Wills

    Radar Campaign Manager, Leonardo
    Dr. Colin Wills

    Group Captain Adam Northcote-Wright

    Head of ISTAR Transformation, Royal Air Force
    Group Captain Adam Northcote-Wright

    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben

    C4ISR - Section Head Air C2 , Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Bart Hoeben

    Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

    Staff Officer General Staff - Manpower Planning and Development Directorate, Hellenic Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Deputy Commander, Tactical Air Wing 51 "Immelmann", German Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Major Stuart Lorraine

    Senior Staff Officer, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Major Stuart  Lorraine

    Mr Andrew Bennett

    Principal Advisor, Cyber and Information Systems, Dstl
    Mr Andrew Bennett

    Mr Bogdan Horvat

    NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency (NAGSMA) Executive Officer, NATO
    Mr Bogdan Horvat

    Mr David Kingdon-Jones

    Head of Air Connectivity, Secure Communications, Airbus
    Mr David Kingdon-Jones

    Mr Rob Munday

    Unified Vision 2018 Deputy Trial Manager, NATO HQ
    Mr Rob Munday

    Mr Robert Murray

    Head of ISR, NATO
    Mr Robert Murray

    Mr Sean McElliott

    Senior Product Marketing Manager, Leonardo
    Mr Sean McElliott

    Mr Simon Hoey

    Director of Business Development, Global Government, Intelsat
    Mr Simon Hoey

    Mr Zvi Yavin

    Head of Airborne ISR & Mapping Systems Business Line, Electro-Optical Systems Directorate, Rafael
    Mr Zvi Yavin

    Nikolaos Oikonomakis

    Staff Officer General Staff - Manpower Planning and Development Directorate, Hellenic Air Force
    Nikolaos Oikonomakis

    Wing Commander Keith Dear

    SO1 Lessons, Joint Forces Command
    Wing Commander Keith Dear

    Wing Commander Richard Berry

    P-8A Poseidon Programme Manager, Air Capability Delivery, Air Command, Royal Air Force
    Wing Commander Richard Berry

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    23rd October 2018
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    United Kingdom

    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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    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.

    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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