The regeneration and development of NATO’s land capabilities is of the utmost importance if the Alliance is to remain an effective and legitimate guarantor of security in the North Atlantic area and beyond. In order to rise effectively to the challenges that will confront NATO, its member nations must possess the capacity to interface and interoperate at strategic, tactical and operational levels. Through ongoing research and development programmes they must remain at the cutting-edge of defence technology. Their land systems must be geared to withstand and overcome the demands and friction of the modern battlespace.

At SMi’s Inaugural NATO Land Systems conference you will be able to develop your awareness of how NATO plans, manages and deploys its land systems, and the future direction in which alliance land capabilities are heading. The two-day event will provide a comprehensive overview of NATO land systems in operation, progress in standardisation, co-operation and interoperability, and operational requirements and responses for the future. Contributions from the main NAAG Land Groups will allow you to expand your knowledge of their current activities and the gain an insight into materiel concepts and initiatives for future alliance land capabilities.

In addition to providing a forum for senior NATO delegations, the conference will attract representatives from across the alliance, including those countries gearing up towards inclusion in a NATO land role. It will provide the perfect setting for national points of contacts to network with those representatives in NATO commands and the commercial arena.

SMi have negotiated a special rate for delegates wishing to stay at the Crown Plaza Europa in Brussels. This rate is only available until 13.05.2003, for more details, please download the Hotel Booking Form.

Benefits of attending:
ASSESS current and future operational requirements for land forces
CONTRAST NATO and non-NATO perspectives, plans and platforms
DEVELOP an understanding of Alliance co-operation, standardisation and information-exchange
EXPLORE current activities and topics of interest of NAAG Land Groups
GAIN insight into future initiatives and developments for NATO land systems

A unique opportunity to learn from senior NATO decision-makers including:
Major General Georges D’Hollander, Belgian Army, Chairman, NATO Army Armaments Group
Rear Admiral Jan Eriksen, Director, NATO Standardisation Agency
Major General (Ret’d) Marc Pirou, Deputy Director, NATO Research and Technology Agency
Brigadier Simon Mayall, Member of Royal College of Defence Studies, Former Commander MNB(C) KFOR, Former Commander 1st Mechanised Brigade, British Army
Mr Richard Froh, Head, Land Armaments Section, Defence Support Division, NATO
Mr Guy Servolle, Chairman, NATO Industrial Advisory Group
Dr Eugene Paro, Chairman, Land Group 5, US Army Aviation and Missile Command
Captain Ian Jarvis, Chairman, Land Group 7, Royal Navy
Colonel Dirk Hemeryck, Chairman, Sub-Group 1 (Land Group 3) on NATO Small Arms Ammunition
Lt Col Hugh Toler MBE, British Army, SO1 Force Generation, Operations Division, SHAPE
Dr Jacques Vermorel, Head of Technology Studies and Co-operation Office, NATO

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Richard Froh

Mr Richard Froh, Head, Land Armaments Section, Defence Support Division, NATO


Major General D’Hollander

Major General D’Hollander, Chairman, NATO Army Armaments Group

  • Setting the scene
  • The continuing centrality of land systems
  • Capabilities for the future – requirements and responses
  • The Force-planning process of NATO
  • The role of the NAAG
    NATO-EU/ NATO-US/ NATO-Non-NATO relations
  • The impact of NATO enlargement
    Prague Capabilities Commitment

    Brigadier Simon Mayall

    Brigadier Simon Mayall, Former Commander Multi-National Brigade (Centre) KFOR, Former Commander 1st Mechanised Brigade, British Army

  • A national perspective on land systems
  • Balancing national interest/policy with NATO commitments
  • How NATO nations interoperate for operational success
  • Land systems in practice: a field perspective – Kosovo
  • Translating land systems theory to operational effectiveness
  • The road ahead – integrated land systems for the future

    Rear Admiral Jan Eriksen

    Rear Admiral Jan Eriksen, Director, NATO Standardization Agency

  • Appreciating the differences
  • Equipment + policy doesn’t = capability
  • Transformation
  • New ideas and new technology
  • The NSA and land systems
  • Achieving the balance
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE ROLE OF CNAD

    Lieutenant Colonel Achim Sgaslik

    Lieutenant Colonel Achim Sgaslik, Deputy NADREP and Deputy NCSREP, German Delegation to NATO

  • What do nations get out of armament co-operation?
  • Role of CNAD and NADREPs
  • Complexity of CNAD - priorities, status and national interest
  • Introducing modern management systems into CNAD
  • Integrating the invited 7
  • Importance of ongoing info-exchange and co-operation

    Colonel Bradley Mason

    Colonel Bradley Mason, Chief, Land Requirements section, Policy and Requirements Division, SHAPE

  • Background to GRF
  • Progressing from Deployable HQ Task Force (DHQTF)
  • Prague and the NRF
  • High-readiness, high-flexibility Corps-level forces
  • Catalyst for focusing/promoting alliance’s military capacity
  • Outlook
  • 12:40 Lunch


    Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Toler MBE

    Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Toler MBE, British Army, SO 1 Force Generation, Operations Division, SHAPE

  • Getting contingent land forces into a useable form with reference to NATO’s Crisis Response Operations
  • Ensuring operational effectiveness
  • Out-of-area force generation
  • Generating the right balance of tri-service forces
  • Implications of NATO expansion for force generation

    Major General (Ret’d) Marc Pirou

    Major General (Ret’d) Marc Pirou, Deputy Director, NATO Research and Technology Agency

  • Promoting co-operative research and information-exchange
  • The development and effective use of national defence research and technology
  • Advising the decision-makers – the RTA and NATO policy
  • RTA’s links with NATO land infrastructure – current land systems research and projects
  • Evolving land systems research projects
  • Meeting the military needs of the alliance in the future
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea


    Guy Servolle

    Guy Servolle, Chairman, NATO Industrial Advisory Group

  • A forum for industry and for CNAD – the role of the NIAG
  • Assisting the NAAG Groups – opportunities for co- operation and development
  • Planned NIAG contributions 2003 – 2004:
  • Stand-off detection of Chemical/Biological Warfare agents
  • Alternatives to anti-personnel land mines
  • Heavy-lift helicopters

    Mr Richard Froh

    Mr Richard Froh, Head, Land Armaments Section, Defence Support Division, NATO

    17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 SMi Drinks Reception

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr Richard Froh

    Mr Richard Froh, Head, Land Armaments Section, Defence Support Division, NATO

    9:10 LAND GROUP 3

    Mr Per Arvidsson

    Mr Per Arvidsson, Swedish Delegate, Land Group 3, FMV (Swedish Defence Materiel Administration)

  • Overview. Areas of interest and current activities
  • Personal defence weapons
  • Anti-tank weaponry
  • Indirect fire support
  • Non-lethal capability
  • Military Operations in Urban Terrain
    Future projects
  • 9:40 LAND GROUP 3

    Colonel Dirk Hemeryck

    Colonel Dirk Hemeryck, Belgian Army, Chairman, Sub-Group 1 (Land Group 3) on NATO Small Arms Ammunition

  • The importance of ammunition interchangeability
  • Small arms ammunition
  • How interchangeability is achieved – standardisation systems
  • Regional/National Test Centres
  • Qualification of ammunition
  • NATO-nominated weapons
  • 10:20 LAND GROUP 3

    Dr Jacques Vermorel

    Dr Jacques Vermorel, Head of Technology Studies and Co-operation Office, NATO

  • Special nature of non-lethal weaponry
  • Complexity of associated legal issues
  • Non-lethal systems currently in operation
  • Future initiatives
  • Filling the gap between existing, low-technology systems and those in development
  • Future issues and challenges
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 LAND GROUP 2

    Mr Hugues Briche

    Mr Hugues Briche, Secretary to Land Group 2, Land Armaments Section, Defence Support Division, NATO

  • Overview of LG
  • Areas of interest
  • Current activities
  • Examining the future of armoured forces
  • Tank modernisation
  • Improved protection from mines, artillery and small arms
  • 12:00 LAND GROUP 6

    Major Christophe de Hemptinne

    Major Christophe de Hemptinne, Belgian Delegate, Land Group 6, Belgian Army

  • Overview of LG
  • Areas of interest
  • Current activities
  • Unattended ground sensors (electro-optic ground radars, low-level unattended ground sensors, future of sensory equipment)
  • Combat identification (CIWG/IFF)
  • Future projects
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 LAND GROUP 4

    Lieutenant Colonel Raf Goor

    Lieutenant Colonel Raf Goor, Belgian Delegate, Land Group 4, Belgian Army

  • Overview of LG
  • Areas of interest and current activities
  • Harmonisation of national artillery systems and ammunition interchangeability
  • NABK and other kernels
  • Development of new systems – increased range and accuracy
  • Way ahead
  • 14:40 LAND GROUP 4

    Mr Orsman Tasman

    Mr Orsman Tasman, Seretary to Land Group 4, Land Armaments Section, Defence Support Division, NATO

  • Requirements of the artillery fire control systems
  • Data management and the importance of linking data systems
  • NATO standardised messaging
  • NATO interoperability initiatives – NABK
  • ASCA
  • Fire Support Systems – future initiatives and challenges including links to air defence, aviation, air maritime
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 LAND GROUP 5

    Dr Eugene Paro

    Dr Eugene Paro, Chairman, Land Group 5, US Army Aviation and Mission Command

  • Overview of LG
  • Areas of interest
  • Current activities

    Captain Ian Jarvis

    Captain Ian Jarvis, Chairman, Land Group 7, Royal Navy

  • NBC 5 new defence initiatives agreed at Prague
  • Effect of the NBC threat on operational capacity
  • How to mitigate the threat
  • Protection without restriction
  • Hazard avoidance
  • Contamination control
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close Of Conference


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