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The SMi Defence Safety Conference will take place in London on the 1st and 2nd of October 2018.

Featuring high level briefings from senior leaders from 10 nations and covering the broad spectrum of safety across Military Aviation, Land and Maritime, the Defence Safety Conference will aim to reduce avoidable deaths, improve protection of capability and preserve the reputation of those that operate, supply and support defence services.

Additionally, the conference will allow senior military, key international government agencies and industry with responsibility for defence safety to participate, collaborate and share experiences and best practice.

The Defence Safety Authority (DSA) will actively participate in and support this event in London. The DSA seek to enhance capability; it is an independent body, established to undertake the roles of Safety Regulator, Accident Investigator and Defence Authority, operating across the major Defence domains. The goal is to enhance operational effectiveness and reputation by increasing Safety and reducing Defence risk.
 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant General Richard Felton

Lieutenant General Richard Felton , Director General , Defence Safety Authority, UK MoD

9:00 Ministerial Opening Address

The Right Honourable Tobias  Elwood MP

The Right Honourable Tobias Elwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans, British Government

9:15 Aligning Safety As a Force Enabler and Capability Driver

General Sir Gordon Messenger

General Sir Gordon Messenger, Vice Chief of Defence Staff, UK MoD

 

·         Why poor safety and poor risk assurance lead to reduced defence capability
·         How training armed forces personnel better will ensure greater safety and mission success
·         Looking at how safety will need to change as the future combat environment evolves
·         The role industry have to play when ensuring greater defence safety

9:45 The UK MoD Approach to Safety In Defence: Delivering Improved Operational Capability Through Enhanced Safety

Lieutenant General Richard Felton

Lieutenant General Richard Felton , Director General , Defence Safety Authority, UK MoD

 

·         An overview of the Defence Safety Authority’s priorities and responsibilities 
·         Making the safety case: why the defence community needs to put more focus on safety standards and improvement
·         Pan-domain Regulation – Aviation, Maritime, Land, Ordnance, Fire, Nuclear and Medical (policy, statute or regulation)
·         How Defence Industry can contribute to safety design and delivery
·         Optimising capability: why improved safety will deliver operational superiority

10:15 LEAD Sponsor Keynote Briefing

10:45 Morning Coffee

11:15 Delivering Safety Across The Norwegian Armed Forces

Major General Odin Johannessen

Major General Odin Johannessen, Chief of Army , Norwegian Armed Forces

 

·         Outlining how The Norwegian Armed Forces regulate and deliver safety across it defence services
·         An overview of Land, Air and Maritime safety standards
·         Current projects and priorities to ensure safety remains at the heart of training and operational preparation
·         Setting new equipment requirements with safety in mind 

 

11:45 Eliminating Accidents and Preventing Capability Loss Across The Royal Netherlands Army

Major General CJ Kees  Matthijssen

Major General CJ Kees Matthijssen, Deputy Commander , Royal Netherlands Army

 

·         Current safety accountability and enforcement across the Dutch Army
·         Reducing accidents through better safety standards and training
·         Why focusing on safety will help extend the life of essential army equipment
·         Working with industry to improve new platform safety ratings

12:15 Gold Sponsor Briefing-Land Safety

12:45 The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center (USACRC): Maximising Force Protection and Safety

Brigadier General David Francis

Brigadier General David Francis , Director of Army Safety and Commanding General U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, US Army

 

·         How the USACRC ensures safety for Soldiers and Army civilians
·         Training officers in aviation and ground safety
·         Accident Investigation and leveraging this for future accident avoidance
·         Harnessing safety to ensure the Army’s status as the world’s most ready and capable military force

13:15 Networking Lunch

14:15 Safety Design and Implementation Across The Royal Air Force

Air Marshal Stuart Atha

Air Marshal Stuart Atha, Deputy Commander Operations , Royal Air Force

 

·         How The Royal Air Force puts safety first
·         Building in more stringent safety requirements for next generational air capability
·         Working with international partners and industry to ensure optimised safety of the platform and crew

14:45 Gold Sponsor Aviation Presentation-THALES UK

Victor  Chavez

Victor Chavez , Chief Executive Thales UK, Thales UK

15:15 Maximising Aviation Safety and Military Air Worthiness

Brigadier General Marc de Bouvier

Brigadier General Marc de Bouvier , Airworthiness Director in the State Aviation Safety Directorate., French Armed Forces

 

·         The DSAE’s supervisory and regulatory role within civil and state aviation
·         Eliminating risk to people and platforms through the collection of safety data
·         Contributing to international aviation safety 

15:45 The Defence Aviation Safety Framework in Australia

Air Commodore James  Hood

Air Commodore James Hood , Director General Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Royal Australian Air Force

 

·         The roles and responsibilities of the Defence Aviation Safety Authority
·         Examples of regulatory impact the DASA has had on military aviation
·         Recent safety improvements driving improved capability preservation

16:15 Afternoon Tea

16:45 How The Swedish Navy Investigate and Prevent Accidents at Sea

 

        Current Naval Safety Standards and Statistics
        The Naval Safety Inspectorate’s accountability and authority
        Protecting capability development through safety
        Future accident prevention through training
Captain (N) Håkan Nilsson

Captain (N) Håkan Nilsson, Naval Safety Inspector , Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters

Commander Anders Hörnfeldt

Commander Anders Hörnfeldt, Head of Naval Safety Inspectorate Audit Section, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters

17:15 Preserving Resources: The Evolution of the US Naval Safety Center

Name TBC

Name TBC , Senior Officer, US Navy Safety Centre

 

        Managing safety across a wide variety of naval disciplines: Surface Warfare, Submarine, Naval Aviation, Weapons and Training
        Using safety to enable combat readiness
        Evaluating recent accidents and how the lessons learnt are impact future safety standards 

17:45 Gold Sponsor Briefing-Maritime Safety

18:15 Closing Keynote Panel Discussion-Leadership Requirements for Enhancing Defence Safety

  • Why strong leadership is needed in the Defence Safety domain
  • Creating further awareness amongst fellow military leaders to ensure safety moves up the agenda
  • Collaborating with industry leaders to drive safety into design and planning of defence equipment and systems
  • Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton , Director General , Defence Safety Authority, UK MoD

    Major General CJ Kees  Matthijssen

    Major General CJ Kees Matthijssen, Deputy Commander , Royal Netherlands Army

    Brigadier General Marc de Bouvier

    Brigadier General Marc de Bouvier , Airworthiness Director in the State Aviation Safety Directorate., French Armed Forces

    Air Marshal Stuart Atha

    Air Marshal Stuart Atha, Deputy Commander Operations , Royal Air Force

    Major General Odin Johannessen

    Major General Odin Johannessen, Chief of Army , Norwegian Armed Forces

    18:45 Chairman's Closing Remarks

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton , Director General , Defence Safety Authority, UK MoD

    19:00 Evening Reception

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton , Director General , Defence Safety Authority, UK MoD

    9:00 Strengthening British Army Safety Standards: Saving Lives Is The First Priority

    Lieutenant General Nick Pope

    Lieutenant General Nick Pope , Deputy Chief of General Staff, British Army

     

    ·         Maximising Safety across the British Army: protect the people, deliver operational supremacy and safeguard high value equipment assets
    ·         The strategic value of putting safety first when setting new land requirements and equipment specifications
    ·         Training and safety doctrine as an enabler to greater standards to army men and women
    ·         The role industry have to play
    ·         Future milestones for delivering optimal safety across the land environment both at home and abroad

    9:30 Joint Defence Safety - The German Federal Ministry Of Defence’s Legal Situation And Concept For Protecting Health And Safety While Fulfilling The Defence Mission

    Ministerialrat ass. iur. Michael  Brand

    Ministerialrat ass. iur. Michael Brand , Directorate-General for Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Services , German Federal Ministry of Defence

     

    ·         Ensuring occupational health and safety for soldiers and civilians in the Federal Armed Forces as an integral part of force protection
    ·         The German legal system of privileges and possible deviations in the interests of defence
    ·         The need for cooperation arising from common legislation but different standards among troop-contributing nations on missions
    ·         The benefits of defence safety for increasing the attractiveness of the employer brand of our armies
    ·         Examples of defence safety cases that highlight the need for further investment in this area:
    o   Maritime Safety
    o   Operational requirements
    o   Procuring defence equipment and ensuring proactive safety
    o   Noise management and protection
    o   Radiation protection & Chemical safety

    10:00 LEAD Sponsor Keynote Briefing

    10:30 Prioritising Safety When Designing And Procuring New Land Equipment

    Brigadier General Roberto Soria Martinez

    Brigadier General Roberto Soria Martinez, Head of Land Systems, Spanish Ministry of Defence

     

    ·         Maximising combat power through new acquisitions
    ·         Building in safety frameworks to the requirement setting phase
    ·         Monitoring and training on safety across the Spanish army
    ·         Safety cases and examples

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Roles and responsibilities of Royal Australian Navy Safety Organisation

    Captain (N) Tony Rayner

    Captain (N) Tony Rayner , Director of Maritime Safety Bureau, Royal Australian Navy

     

    ·         Safety Cases
       Overarching intent of Safety Cases
       Three cases studies of the application of safety cases within the Australian Navy Context
       Lessons learnt
    ·         Future
       Defence Seaworthiness Construct

    12:00 Gold Sponsor Briefing

    12:30 Maritime Safety Panel Discussion: Using Cutting Edge Technology To Enhance Safety at Sea

  • Examining current naval technology used to enhance safety
  • Examples of  recent incidents at sea and how new technologies could have prevented these
  • The need for industry to build in safety  systems into new defence equipment
  • Rear Admiral Rick Thomson

    Rear Admiral Rick Thomson , Director Operations and Assurance Chief Operating Officer, Defence Safety Authority

    Captain (N) Håkan Nilsson

    Captain (N) Håkan Nilsson, Naval Safety Inspector , Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters

    Captain (N) Tony Rayner

    Captain (N) Tony Rayner , Director of Maritime Safety Bureau, Royal Australian Navy

    Lieutenant Colonel Bryan  Sullivan

    Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Sullivan , Commandant of Marine Corps Safety Division , United States Marine Corps

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 A Strategic Update From The Air Force Safety Center: Safeguarding Airmen – Protecting Resources and Preserving Combat Readiness

    Colonel Larry Nixon

    Colonel Larry Nixon , Deputy Chief of Safety, US Air Force

     

    ·         The  US Air Force’s priorities for aviation safety
    ·         Proactive safety programs across the air force: how the Air Force Safety Center manages Safety programs and policy for occupational, weapons, space and system mishap prevention and nuclear
    ·         Mitigating safety risk to all aviation assets through the establishment of proactive safety programs and policy
    ·         Seeing safety as an Air Force multiplier: examples of where optimising safety can deliver greater mission capability

    14:30 The Need For An Independent Authority When Investigating And Enforcing Safety Across The Canadian Air Force

    Colonel John Alexander

    Colonel John Alexander , Director of Flight Safety, Canadian Armed Forces

     

    ·         Roles and responsibilities of the Director for Flight Safety (DFS) within the DND
    ·         Reducing future air accidents through prevention strategies and investigation
    ·         Collaboration with the Airworthiness Investigative Authority (AIA)
    ·         Why investigating all matters concerning aviation safety must be conducted autonomously and free from the chain of command

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Strengthening Defence Safety Across the Italian Armed Forces

    Colonel Francesco  Nasca

    Colonel Francesco Nasca, Health and Safety Branch Head, Italian Armed Forces

     

            Organisational structure and priorities of the Safety Service within the Italian Defence
            Preventing accidents across the Italian Armed Forces: the so called “compatible safety implementation”
            Working with key stakeholders across Air, Land and Maritime to ensure holistic safety strategy for all equipment capability
            Safety Inspection Service: a tool for safety enforcement or prevention assessment?

    16:00 Maximising Ground Safety and Manoeuvre of the United States Marine Corps

    Lieutenant Colonel Bryan  Sullivan

    Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Sullivan , Commandant of Marine Corps Safety Division , United States Marine Corps

     

    ·         Ensuring mission success whilst remaining safe
    ·         Making sure all marines are trained on hazard prevention and management when on ground manoeuvres
    ·         Armoured Vehicle safety specifics
    ·         Promoting safety awareness across the USMC

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton , Director General , Defence Safety Authority, UK MoD

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    Air Marshal Stuart Atha

    Air Marshal Stuart Atha

    Deputy Commander Operations , Royal Air Force
    Brigadier General David Francis

    Brigadier General David Francis

    Director of Army Safety and Commanding General U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, US Army
    Brigadier General Marc de Bouvier

    Brigadier General Marc de Bouvier

    Airworthiness Director in the State Aviation Safety Directorate., French Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Roberto Soria Martinez

    Brigadier General Roberto Soria Martinez

    Head of Land Systems, Spanish Ministry of Defence
    Captain (N) Tony Rayner

    Captain (N) Tony Rayner

    Director of Maritime Safety Bureau, Royal Australian Navy
    General Sir Gordon Messenger

    General Sir Gordon Messenger

    Vice Chief of Defence Staff, UK MoD
    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Director General , Defence Safety Authority, UK MoD
    Major General CJ Kees  Matthijssen

    Major General CJ Kees Matthijssen

    Deputy Commander , Royal Netherlands Army
    Major General Odin Johannessen

    Major General Odin Johannessen

    Chief of Army , Norwegian Armed Forces
    Ministerialrat ass. iur. Michael  Brand

    Ministerialrat ass. iur. Michael Brand

    Directorate-General for Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Services , German Federal Ministry of Defence

    Air Commodore James Hood

    Director General Defence Aviation Safety Authority, Royal Australian Air Force
    Air Commodore James  Hood

    Air Marshal Stuart Atha

    Deputy Commander Operations , Royal Air Force
    Air Marshal Stuart Atha

    Brigadier General David Francis

    Director of Army Safety and Commanding General U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, US Army
    Brigadier General David Francis

    Brigadier General Marc de Bouvier

    Airworthiness Director in the State Aviation Safety Directorate., French Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Marc de Bouvier

    Brigadier General Roberto Soria Martinez

    Head of Land Systems, Spanish Ministry of Defence
    Brigadier General Roberto Soria Martinez

    Captain (N) Håkan Nilsson

    Naval Safety Inspector , Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters
    Captain (N) Håkan Nilsson

    Captain (N) Tony Rayner

    Director of Maritime Safety Bureau, Royal Australian Navy
    Captain (N) Tony Rayner

    Colonel Francesco Nasca

    Health and Safety Branch Head, Italian Armed Forces
    Colonel Francesco  Nasca

    Colonel John Alexander

    Director of Flight Safety, Canadian Armed Forces
    Colonel John Alexander

    Colonel Larry Nixon

    Deputy Chief of Safety, US Air Force
    Colonel Larry Nixon

    Commander Anders Hörnfeldt

    Head of Naval Safety Inspectorate Audit Section, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters
    Commander Anders Hörnfeldt

    General Sir Gordon Messenger

    Vice Chief of Defence Staff, UK MoD
    General Sir Gordon Messenger

    Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Sullivan

    Commandant of Marine Corps Safety Division , United States Marine Corps
    Lieutenant Colonel Bryan  Sullivan

    Lieutenant General Nick Pope

    Deputy Chief of General Staff, British Army
    Lieutenant General Nick Pope

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Director General , Defence Safety Authority, UK MoD
    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Major General CJ Kees Matthijssen

    Deputy Commander , Royal Netherlands Army
    Major General CJ Kees  Matthijssen

    Major General Odin Johannessen

    Chief of Army , Norwegian Armed Forces
    Major General Odin Johannessen

    Ministerialrat ass. iur. Michael Brand

    Directorate-General for Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Services , German Federal Ministry of Defence
    Ministerialrat ass. iur. Michael  Brand

    Name TBC

    Senior Officer, US Navy Safety Centre
    Name TBC

    Rear Admiral Rick Thomson

    Director Operations and Assurance Chief Operating Officer, Defence Safety Authority
    Rear Admiral Rick Thomson

    The Right Honourable Tobias Elwood MP

    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans, British Government
    The Right Honourable Tobias  Elwood MP

    Victor Chavez

    Chief Executive Thales UK, Thales UK
    Victor  Chavez

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