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In this 6th installment of the Annual Air Mission Planning Conference, the emphasis shall be on the expanding challenges facing defence and how there is a greater need for Mission Planning capability to advance to the next generation of defence requirements. Mission Planning has matured significantly from its early roots as a way to strategise missions and load them swiftly into a fighter jet, to the current need to enable seamless access to the Digital Battlespace, not only during the Planning Phase, but also throughout the mission and the post-flight debrief. However, this transformation into a vital component of coalition interoperability has not come without its challenges, specifically security, connectivity, and bandwidth. This conference will review the development of Mission Planning and look at the huge potential, and challenges, facing the next stage of development into Full Mission Support capability.

This year the event will explore both wider strategic aspects and focus on operations. It will discuss network enabled capability and disrupting technologies and the type of impact they have on mission planning on a tactical and technical perspective. Additionally, it will bring together senior-ranked officials and vendors to participate in discussion on how to exploit computer technologies for Military Air Mission Planning.

  • Understand Planning Processes
  • Explore Interoperability and Mission Support Systems
  • Learn to effectively operate in a variety of different war theatres
  • Optimise Collaborative mission Planning
  • Explore the role of Electro-Magnetic spectrum in Air Mission Planning
  • Use of Network Technology for Multi-Ship debrief
  • Integrate Technological Tools for Preparation of Flight Information

 

   

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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Diego Ruiz Palmer

Diego Ruiz Palmer, Special Advisor to the Secretary General for Economics and Security, NATO HQ

9:10 Mission Support - The Developing Challenge

·         Contemporary Operating Environment Changing Fast

·         Legacy Bespoke Equipment Limiting Potential

·         Urgent Need to Improve Interoperability and Tempo

·         Commercial Challenge to Meet Customer Requirements

 

Sean Bell

Sean Bell, Director, VANGOVION LTD

9:50 Air Mission Planning from Airlift and AAR point of View

Colonel Giorgio Seravalle

Colonel Giorgio Seravalle, Chief of Air Operations, Italian Air Force Staff

  • Challenges of today's operations
  •  Why only once command for Air Mobility and Special Forces
  • An overview of ITAF Special Forces in current and future scenarios

     

     

  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Airpower in an age of asymmetry: a strategic NATO perspective

    Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Diego Ruiz Palmer, Special Advisor to the Secretary General for Economics and Security, NATO HQ

    - NATO Allies are facing an international environment characterised by rising asymmetries in the economic, military and ideological domains -- a global contest for interests and values

    - Deterrence, conflict prevention and, if necessary, defence, are acquiring a new meaning

    - Airpower brings responsiveness, but only if mission preparedness and readiness are assured

    - Air mission planning is as much about operational effectiveness as it is about delivering political effects strategically, in terms of both Alliance cohesion and deterring and defending together against intimidation, coercion or aggression

    11:40 Air Power Strategy Formulation and the Power of Disruptive Red Teaming

    Colonel Philippe Rogers

    Colonel Philippe Rogers, United State Marine Corps, Land Force Planner, United States Military Delegation to NATO, NATO HQ

    • Gaps in investment
    • Weak red teaming scenarios
    • Overarching training missions

    12:20 Air Mission Planning in Special Air Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Fernandez Shaw

    Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Fernandez Shaw, Staff Officer, Spanish Airforce

  • Planning Processes
  • Air Mission Planning for the Infil/Exfil Phases
  • Route Planning
  • SAO in Spain
  • 13:20 Networking Lunch

    14:20 Air Mission Planning at carrying out Anti-Terrorist Operations

    Colonel Vitalii  Vorobei

    Colonel Vitalii Vorobei, Chief Navigator of Air Transportation Brigade , Ukrainian Air Force

    • Status of force at the beginning of Anti-Terrorist Operation (hereinafter ATO)
    • Aircraft Recovery
    • Flying Staff training
    • Tactics

    15:00 Mission Planning in practice: Small Air Force Deployment

    Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Mika

    Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Mika, Deputy Wing Commander, 21st TAW, Caslav, Czech Air Force

    ·         When Ends change Ways with originally planned limited Means

    ·         Pre-deployment training – virtual training, cross border, ATARES for AAR

    ·         Optimizing small fleet readiness – pooling and sharing of logistic assets

    ·         Deployment and running of two QRAs by one single squadron

     

    15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 How can Defence provide better support to the aviator through improved integration of Mission Planning Data?

    Nick Benson

    Nick Benson, Aeronautical Information Requirements Manager , RAF Northolt

    •  Requirements Capture - how can Foundation Geoint Services Suppliers better capture what the aviator really needs?
    •  How can air platform support authorities (e.g. UK DE&S) ensure platform systems are better able to ingest data in available formats?
    •  Do we need to re-think the presentation options; vector vs raster and fixed versus mobile?
    •  International cooperation; can we use the coming ICAO/EU/CAA/FAA changes in airspace management to drive better integration of capabilities?
     

    16:50 How can we optimise Military Support Systems in a Multi- Force Air Operation

    Military organisations face an increasingly complex set of challenges running successful multi-force air operations in deployed environments. With many military operations now being conducted by multi-national forces where access to shared, accurate sometimes sensitive data is imperative for a secure, effective and safe undertaking.
    • Critical analysis of the current mission planning platforms and varying formats available
    • Discussing the effectiveness of a uniform architecture for all mission planning. Is this the answer?
    •  Reviewing current attempts to ensure coherent coalition i.e. from a political, technological and logistical standpoint
    • Evaluating mission planning, support, and interoperability between land, air and sea including likely future developments, international, regional and local ramifications
     

    Colonel Reinhard Krell

    Colonel Reinhard Krell, Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe

    Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Diego Ruiz Palmer, Special Advisor to the Secretary General for Economics and Security, NATO HQ

    Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Fernandez Shaw

    Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Fernandez Shaw, Staff Officer, Spanish Airforce

    Wing Commander Nick Maxey

    Wing Commander Nick Maxey, SO1 Airlift , Royal Air Force

    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Diego Ruiz Palmer, Special Advisor to the Secretary General for Economics and Security, NATO HQ

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Sean Bell

    Sean Bell, Director, VANGOVION LTD

    9:10 Does the Air Tasking Order support the way that air missions are conducted

    George Onslow

    George Onslow, Scientific Advisor HW, Air Warfare Centre RAF, Royal Air Force

    How air missions can be tasked be the Air Tasking Order

    Demonstrating that some of the constructs used in modern air operations are not well supported by the ATO format

    9:50 Movement Coordination Centre Europe

    Colonel Reinhard Krell

    Colonel Reinhard Krell, Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe

  • The Military Transportation Broker
  • Current M&T business AFG, Europe, Africa and  NATO, EU exercises (current AT and AAR situation and availability)
  • Analysing the current demand of air capabilities in Europe and beyond
  • Assessing the operational readiness for future challenges

     

  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Role of NSPA in Mission Planning of Airborne Platforms

    Dimitrios Petridis

    Dimitrios Petridis, Programme Manager of the Aviation Support Programme Office, NATO Support Agency (NSPA)

    ·         Overview of NSPA core competences

    ·         Air Power Diversified Roles  for the NATO and the member Nations

    ·         Lessons learned

    ·         The way ahead

     

     

    11:40 Semi-Automated Decision Support for Operations in Time Compressed Environments

    John Mahaffey

    John Mahaffey, Senior Scientist, NATO C3 AGENCY

    ·         Decision Theory and Models (normative vs naturalistic decision theory)

    ·         Applications of Decision Support Systems (DSS) in support of Time Sensitive Decision Processes

    ·         Contemporary DSS Applications for Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS)

    ·         Recommendations for improved application of semi-automated DSS for naturalistic environments

     

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Falcon View – An Overview

    George Harrison

    George Harrison, Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute

    • Advantages of common MAP reference
    • Extended database
    • Automated data feeds
    • User interface
     

    14:00 Integration and certification of mission planning and post mission debrief/analysis tools

    Squadron Leader Derek Reinhardt

    Squadron Leader Derek Reinhardt, Lead-In Fighter Capability Assurance Program – Resident Project Team , Royal Australian Air Force

    ·         Integrating the planning with the debrief

    ·         Using network technology for multi-ship debrief

    ·         Integrating tools from competing vendors

    ·         Certification of tools for preparation of flight information

     

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 The Increasing Operational Effectiveness and Flexibility while reducing the workload: Can a pan-European approach be implemented

    George Onslow

    George Onslow, Scientific Advisor HW, Air Warfare Centre RAF, Royal Air Force

    Colonel Giorgio Seravalle

    Colonel Giorgio Seravalle, Chief of Air Operations, Italian Air Force Staff

    Dimitrios Petridis

    Dimitrios Petridis, Programme Manager of the Aviation Support Programme Office, NATO Support Agency (NSPA)

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

    Sean Bell

    Sean Bell, Director, VANGOVION LTD

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    Colonel Reinhard Krell

    Colonel Reinhard Krell

    Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe

    Colonel Giorgio Seravalle

    Chief of Air Operations, Italian Air Force Staff
    Colonel Giorgio Seravalle

    Colonel Philippe Rogers

    United State Marine Corps, Land Force Planner, United States Military Delegation to NATO, NATO HQ
    Colonel Philippe Rogers

    Colonel Reinhard Krell

    Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe
    Colonel Reinhard Krell

    Colonel Vitalii Vorobei

    Chief Navigator of Air Transportation Brigade , Ukrainian Air Force
    Colonel Vitalii  Vorobei

    Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Special Advisor to the Secretary General for Economics and Security, NATO HQ
    Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Dimitrios Petridis

    Programme Manager of the Aviation Support Programme Office, NATO Support Agency (NSPA)
    Dimitrios Petridis

    George Harrison

    Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute
    George Harrison

    George Onslow

    Scientific Advisor HW, Air Warfare Centre RAF, Royal Air Force
    George Onslow

    John Mahaffey

    Senior Scientist, NATO C3 AGENCY
    John Mahaffey

    Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Mika

    Deputy Wing Commander, 21st TAW, Caslav, Czech Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Mika

    Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Fernandez Shaw

    Staff Officer, Spanish Airforce
    Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Fernandez Shaw

    Nick Benson

    Aeronautical Information Requirements Manager , RAF Northolt
    Nick Benson

    Sean Bell

    Director, VANGOVION LTD
    Sean Bell

    Squadron Leader Derek Reinhardt

    Lead-In Fighter Capability Assurance Program – Resident Project Team , Royal Australian Air Force
    Squadron Leader Derek Reinhardt

    Wing Commander Nick Maxey

    SO1 Airlift , Royal Air Force
    Wing Commander Nick Maxey

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