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This conference is designed for military and commercial air transport practitioners to understand the requirements and challenges of strategic airlift and identify solutions on how to deploy effective Rapid Reaction Operations.

Airlift capabilities are paramount to ensure effective Rapid Reaction Operations. This event will reflect upon the changing strategic military field and offer solutions on how to counter the airlift shortfall. This year we will discuss the latest technological developments, update on projects such as the A400M and evaluate requirements identified through recent operations in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

Key topics will include:

-          European Collaboration - EU Military Staff Coordination, Movement Coordination Centre Europe, EU Airlift Iniative
-          Recent Case Studies - Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon & Kashmir
-          Military & NGO Coordination - How to bridge the divide?
-          Force Protection Issues - Guaranteeing Airlift Security and MANPADS Countermeasures
-          System Updates including JPADS, A400M and C-17

Confirmed speakers include:
  • Brigadier General Barbara  Faulkenberry, Deputy Director, Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Air Mobility Command, USA
  • Colonel Danelo Morando, Deputy Chief, Aerospatiale Operative Requisition Branch, Italian Air Force  
  • Colonel Atilla Darendeli, Operations Section Chief, SHAPE J4 AMCC, NATO Shape
  • Colonel Richard Murphy, Liaison Officer to the US Air Force European Command, US Transport Command
  • Colonel Michael A Hurst, Commander, Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC), US Air Force 
  • Colonel Carey, Deputy Chief, Security Forces, Mission Support, US Air Force Europe
  • Wing Commander Andy Killey, SO1 J4 Movements, Joint Permanent Headquarters, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Jim Lovell, Head, Air Defence Section, Air Defence & Airspace Management Directorate, Defence Investment Division, NATO HQ
  • Edward Doucette, Director, WARfighter Pretection and Aerial Delivery Directorate (WARPADD)
    Natick Soldier Systems Centre, US Army
  • Philippe Martou, Deputy Head of Aviation Section, United Nations World Food Programme
  • François Mounis, Head of the Logistics Division, International Committee Red Cross HQ Geneva

For more information on the programme or speaker opportunities please contact Marita Jünemann on mjunemann@smi-online.co.uk  

Pictures of the 2006 Event:


Military Airlift & Rapid Reaction Operations Exhibition

Military Airlift& Rapid Reaction Operations 2007 will be accompanied by a busy exhibition hall. This is the ultimate platform for companies to showcase their products and services. Meet with senior industry suppliers to get ideas and contracts and see how their latest products can enhance your airlift capability.

Past sponsors and exhibitiors included: Air Partner, Alenia Aeronautical,  Boeing, Chapman Freeborn, Intercomp Europe, National Air Cargo, Northrop Grumman, MXI, RUSLAN International, Stratos, VOLGA-DNEPR

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, advertising, branding packages please contact Fiona Punter on fpunter@smi-online.co.uk

Venue Information

Rome is enchanting during advent. The Piazzo Navona and Campo de'Fiori are filled with Christmas stalls selling toys and sweets. You will have the opportunity to wander around all the churches and basilica’s which will have presepi (creches) on display. The venue hotel is not far from the Vatican and St. Peter’s Cathedral, allowing you a quick wander round after the conference.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Wing Commander Ret'd Andrew Brookes

Wing Commander Ret'd Andrew Brookes, Aerospace Analyst, International Institute for Strategic Studies


Colonel Danilo Morando

Colonel Danilo Morando, Deputy Chief, Aerospatial Operative Requisition Branch, Italian Air Force Assocation

  • Overview of the Italian airlift structure
  • Current and future plans
  • Challenges and interoperability requirements
  • Operational experiences
  • 9:45 Requirements for International Interoperability

  • Overview of the Air Mobility Command
  • International partnerships
  • System interoperability requirements
  • Operational experiences
  • Brigadier General S Taco Gilbert

    Brigadier General S Taco Gilbert , Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programmes, Air Mobility Command (AMC) (subject to final confirmation)

    Brigadier General Barbara  Faulkenberry

    Brigadier General Barbara Faulkenberry, Deputy Director, Directorate of Strategic Plans, Requirements & Programs Headquarters , Air Mobility Command (AMC)

    10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:40 Movement Coordination Centre Europe: The Beginning

    Colonel Luca  Tonello

    Colonel Luca Tonello , (Italian Air Force), Deputy Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe

  • Overview
  • First plans
  • What is the future?
  • Future SALIS coordination
  • 11:15 "Prolonging Current RAF Air Transport Capability - Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks!"

    Squadron Leader David Annas

    Squadron Leader David Annas, SO2 Air Transport Plans, RAF

  • The changed nature of UK military operations requires an updated AT/AAR fleet
  • Delays in introduction of FSTA into service necessitate a modification to existing strategic AT/AAR fleet
  • Using TriStar as an example:
  • Recent TriStar issues
  • Counter threats to mass movement of personnel using defensive aids
  • Digitisation of cockpit (MMR Programme)
  • 11:50 Presentation of Final Results on the UK Airlift Initiative

    Dimitrios Moutsiakis

    Dimitrios Moutsiakis, Project Officer for Deployment Issues, European Defence Agency

  • Overview of the UK Airlift Initiative
  • Analysis of the strategic airlift shortfall
  • Conclusions
  • Options for the improvement of strategic lift provisions in Europe
  • 12:25 Supplement and Enhance Airlift Solutions - The Role of Civil Transport Aircraft in Peacekeeping and Relief Operations

    Shahe Ouzounian

    Shahe Ouzounian, Managing Director, Chapman Freeborn Air Chartering Ltd.

  • Experiences from humanitarian, peacekeeping and passenger operations
  • Ensuring safe and secure operations in conflict zones
  • Future supplier market challenges
  • An overview of the most popular aircraft types for these operations
  • 12:55 Networking Lunch sponsored by CHAPMAN FREEBORN

    14:00 Non-Combat Evacuation Operations in 2006 – Experiences in Lebanon

    Wing Commander Andy Killey

    Wing Commander Andy Killey, SO1 J4 Movements, Joint Permanent Headquarters, Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ), Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Mission planning and preparations
  • Problems encountered
  • Technological requirements
  • Suggestions for the future

  • 14:35 The Strategic Movement Challenges of the ISAF

    Colonel Atilla Darendeli

    Colonel Atilla Darendeli, Operations Section Chief, J4 Allied Movement Coordination Centre , NATO SHAPE

  • Overview of the Allied Movement Coordination Centre
  • Capabilities
  • An outline of challenges encountered
  • Lesson learnt
  • Future missions and preparation
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Volga-Dnepr's Ilyushin 76TD-90VD - Instantly available Solution for Strategic Airlift

    Dennis Gliznoutsa

    Dennis Gliznoutsa, Group Commercial Director, Volga-Dnepr UK Ltd

  • Aircraft capability and specifications
  • Advantages of existing and future airplanes
  • Fleet development
  • 16:15 The Role of the US Transport Command in Rapid Reaction Operations

    Major Kyle Korver

    Major Kyle Korver , Transcom Liaison Officer to NATO and Shape, US Air Force

  • Organizational overview
  • An outline of current airlift capabilities
  • US Command and European Command coordination
  • Interoperability challenges and addressing the airlift shortfall
  • Future plans
  • 16:50 Military Sealift Command: Managing Contingency Operations

    Captain Nicholas H Holman IV

    Captain Nicholas H Holman IV, Commander, Sealift Logistics, Command Europe and Commander, Task Force SIX THREE, Sealift Logistics Command Europe, US Navy

  • Oversight of Non Combat Evacuations
  • Experiences in supporting Humanitarian Aid Missions
  • Issues and problems
  • Requirements identified
  • 17:20 The Strategic Airlift Capability (C-17) Initiative

    Jim Lovell

    Jim Lovell, Head, Air Defence Section, Air Defence & Airspace Management Directorate, Defence Investment Division, NATO HQ

  • Concept overview
  • Background & rationale
  • Current status
  • Challenges
  • Future perspectives
  • 17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Wing Commander Ret'd Andrew Brookes

    Wing Commander Ret'd Andrew Brookes, Aerospace Analyst, International Institute for Strategic Studies

    9:10 Requirements for Military Airlift in Humanitarian Relief Operations

    Philippe  Martou

    Philippe Martou, Deputy Head of Aviation Section, United Nations World Food Programme

  • Overview of mission
  • Coordination with Armed Forces
  • Challenges encountered
  • Hopes for the future
  • 9:45 Case Study on the Kashmir Earthquake Relief Operations

    François  Mounis

    François Mounis, Head of the Logistics Division, International Committee of the Red Cross

  • Logistics strategy
  • Strategic & technical means
  • Use of military assets
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:40 Role and Best Practices for Contracting Private Sector Aviation Resources in Peace and Stability Operations

    Doug Brooks

    Doug Brooks, President, International Peace Operations Association

  • Benefits of private sector utilization
  • Ensuring quality contractors
  • Overview, management and best practices
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Common problems and solutions
  • 11:15 The "B" in C-17

    William E. Schepens

    William E. Schepens, Director of Business Development, Boeing

  • C-17A is performing well worldwide - capability of this great
    airlifter can be expanded
  • C-17 tactical use increasing significantly - About 20 C-17s
    doing tactical work in theater every day
  • The US armed forces need the capabilities provided by
    the C-17B
  • Boeing investing in technologies to improve C-17 capabilities
    that can take combat forces closer to the fight
  • A commercial variant, the BC-17 should be developed to
    meet the emerging needs of the heavy lift of high priority
    commercial products into short austere airfields
  • 11:50 Future Training for Airlift Crews

  • Overview of training capability
  • Overview of the AATTC
  • DIRCM functional discussion
  • Training philosophy and aims
  • Assets and capabilities
  • Colonel Michael  McEnulty

    Colonel Michael McEnulty , Commander , Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center

    Gerald DePastino

    Gerald DePastino, Combat Tactics Instructor/ Chief Navigator, Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center

    12:25 Networking Lunch sponsored by BOEING

    13:40 CAF Airlift Capability Procurement/Training - Update Canadian Forces Airlift Capability Project

    Major Troy W  Paisley

    Major Troy W Paisley, Director Air Requirements 2-3, Chief Air Staff , Canadian Forces

  • Strategic/tactical
  • Implementation issues
  • Air mobility concept of operations
  • Airlift capability project tactical - training (Operation Capability Requirements Chart)
  • 14:15 Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) Systems for Protection Military and Commercial Aircraft from the MANPAD Threat

    Jack Pledger

    Jack Pledger , Director, IRCM Countermeasures, Defensive System Division, Northrop Grumman

  • Overview of the MANPAD threat
  • Programme development of the first DIRCM system
  • Technological specifications
  • A look to the future of MANPAD countermeasure
  • 14:50 Airfield Security for Airlift Operations: Effectively Supporting A Mission In-Theatre

    Colonel Lyle Cary

    Colonel Lyle Cary, Deputy Chief of Security Forces, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE)

  • Is there a proven formula for securing air assets in-theatre?
  • Ensuring force protection and counterterrorism capability
    does not hinder force readiness and response
  • The inclusion and integrating on of private security within a
    force protection strategy
  • How can we continue to make improvements within each FP
    area (fire protection, explosive ordnance disposal, security
  • 15:55 Utilising the Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS)

    Edward  Doucette

    Edward Doucette , Director, Warfighter Protection and Aerial Delivery Directorate (WARPADD), US Army Soldier Systems Center

  • Overview of concepts
  • Revolutionising combat airdrop
  • Benefits and scenario advantages
  • Result from the PATCAD 2007 Demonstration
  • 16:30 An Update on the A400M Status

    Peter Scoffham

    Peter Scoffham, Head of Customer Marketing, Airbus Military

  • Operational performance overview
  • Programme developments
  • Challenges lying ahead
  • 17:05 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa

    Via Aurelia Antica 415
    Rome 00165

    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa

    Choose the relaxing Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s hotel, home to a luxurious spa minutes from Rome’s historic city centre. Treat yourself to an in-room dining experience at Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s and relax on your balcony overlooking the hotel’s outdoor pool, tennis courts or gardens. Come to the St. Peter’s Spa to let off steam in our sauna and Turkish baths, or rest on the loungers around our heated indoor pool.

    The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from Fiumicino Airport. Checkout the timetable of our scheduled airport shuttle which will allow you to easily reach the hotel at a very special price. Use our scheduled shuttle bus to/from the city centre to discover the beauties of the Eternal City. You’ll find wireless Internet throughout the hotel, allowing you to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues at any time. Hold your meetings in one of our 13meeting rooms able to host up to 600 delegates. Possibility of organizing dinners and special occasions by the pool, hiring the Roman Bath for private and exclusive use, planning open air team buildings and many more ideas for events out of the ordinary



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