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Effective delivery of close air support and precision fires, both within the conventional and asymmetric environment, remains a decisive factor in the outcome of ground operations. A discussion of close air support is particularly timely, with coalition strikes being carried out on a daily basis over Iraq and Syria, the delivery of close air/air interdiction during complex counter insurgency environments remains a real challenge. Simultaneously, NATO land/air forces have entered an era of increased tension, where they must prepare for future high intensity operations against a technologically advanced enemy. How might CAS and integrated fires be delivered within an area of operations where air superiority may not be assured?

It is the aim of our forthcoming conference to focus on these questions and numerous other challenges surrounding the delivery of CAS. Focusing on the collaboration between military, research and industry to develop proactive solutions, inviting not only the leading operators at the forefront of air to ground operations and training, but also technical leaders from research and industry, who are create the platforms, targeting sensors, command and control and munitions at the heart of close air targeting and delivery
 

• Provide a platform for the advancement of close air support, both in the air and on the ground with an intent to further bridge the gap
• Hear the very latest technological developments from research and industry, that are enhancing combat effectiveness and connectivity
• Gain an update on strategic partners respective CAS programmes and the work of leading industry OEMs
• Deliberate key requirements for targeting, processing and delivery of close air support
• Network with and build co-operation between strategic partners and educate industry on the unique needs of the operator and end user
 

Military


• Combat air
• Joint fires and targeting
• Joint air land organisations
• Targeting and ISR
• Joint forward air control
• Joint terminal attack control
• Joint forward air component commander

Industry


Developers of next generation:


• Close air support platforms
• Avionics and sensors
• Smart and guided munitions
• Air and ground based targeting
• Command and control
• Mobile deployable communications
 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

8:40 German Armed Forces Strengthening of Close Air Support and Joint Fires

Colonel Dietmar Felber

Colonel Dietmar Felber, Head, Joint Fires Branch, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army

• German joint fires architecture and scheme of fires
• Approaches and challenges to integration of multiple effects
• Future capability areas for development and digitalisation of joint fires

9:20 Air Land Integration and Digitalisation of Close Air Support within the French Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar

Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar, Digitally Aided Close Air Support Program Officer, Fighter Equipment, French Air Force

• Operational feedback
• DACAS French vision
• French Air Force solutions
 

10:00 Overcoming the Challenges of Delivering Integrated Joint Fires in a Coalition Environment in a High Intensity Conflict

Group Captain Christopher Mullen

Group Captain Christopher Mullen, Chief, Air Operations Co-ordination Centre, Joint Fires and Influence Branch , NATO

• De-confliction of fires in the corps deep battle
• Strategies and architectures for integrating land and air assets; how does a peer enemy threat influence this?
• Preventing blue on blues during dynamic and shifting areas of operations; are pre-planned control measures sufficient to ensure de-confliction?
• Future plans for strengthening of interoperability within the Joint Fires and Influence Branch

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Developing Future NATO Forward Air Control Capabilities and Doctrine

Lieutenant Colonel James Krischke

Lieutenant Colonel James Krischke, Chief, Forward Air Control Capabilities Section, Air Command , NATO

• Feedback from coalition operations and recent NATO exercises
• What this means for future plans and policy
• Efforts to standardise and enhance interoperability, both in the air and on the ground

11:40 Current Approaches and Future Capabilities to Develop Close Air Support within the Italian Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Marco Ruggeri

Lieutenant Colonel Marco Ruggeri, 132nd Squadron Commander, 51st Wing, Italian Air Force

• An overview of Stormo 51 force structure and capabilities of AMX International
 o Air to ground attack
 o Close air support to ground troops
• Concepts of operation for air-land integration and effective CAS delivery
• Feedback from recent close air support operations and international exercises
 o The need to develop on board sensors and small diameter bombs to reduce collateral damage
• Future plans and policy for developing the CAS capability of Stormo 51
 o Improving capability to perform Field CDE and develop effective TTPs to be able to attack moving targets

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: Enabling Close Air Support through Improved Joint Fires and Air Land Integration

• The challenges of unifying the needs and operating procedures of Air, Land, Maritime and Special Operations Forces
• Approaches to effective integration of joint targeting and fires, both in the air and on the ground
• Key technology enabling integration: How are future capabilities being developed?
• Multi-national training as a means of more effectively operating alongside allies during coalition operations
 

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

Colonel Dietmar Felber

Colonel Dietmar Felber, Head, Joint Fires Branch, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army

Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar

Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar, Digitally Aided Close Air Support Program Officer, Fighter Equipment, French Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel James Krischke

Lieutenant Colonel James Krischke, Chief, Forward Air Control Capabilities Section, Air Command , NATO

Lieutenant Colonel Marco Ruggeri

Lieutenant Colonel Marco Ruggeri, 132nd Squadron Commander, 51st Wing, Italian Air Force

14:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

14:30 The Italian Air Ground Operations Schools’ use of Advanced Synthetics for JTAC & CAS Training

Lieutenant Colonel Luca Restelli

Lieutenant Colonel Luca Restelli, Chief, Forward Air Controller Section, Air Ground Operations School, Italian Air Force

• Building virtual environments that allow forward air controller trainees to practice tactics, techniques and procedures
• Current simulators deployed: VBS-3, VBS-3 Fires FST
• Planning and virtually executing Close Air Support missions
• Plans and areas of development for future synthetic CAS instruction
 

15:10 French/German Air-Land Theatre Simulation and Training for FAC Personnel

Major Nader Samadi

Major Nader Samadi, Commander, German Air Ground Operations School, French/German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force

• Key training objectives to prepare the war fighter
• Combining synthetic and live exercises for blended learning: Synthetics as a key preparer for live runs
• Cost saving benefits delivered through minimisation of live runs
• VBS2 and advantages of NATO interoperability for multi-national training and operations
• Future plans for developing training realism and interoperability at the Air Ground Operation School

15:50 Afternoon Tea

16:20 Provision of Training to Support Tactical Air Control Personnel and Combat Air

Major Nicholas Dimitruk

Major Nicholas Dimitruk, Course Chief and Standardization Officer, TACAIR Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific, United States Marine Corps

• Expeditionary Warfare Training Group perception of the operational environment
• Translating trends and observations into training procedure
• Course syllabus structure and core skills that are developed
• Methods and approaches to land and air personnel training, combining live and synthetic for fused training
• Future plans and policy for development of training

17:00 Tactical Air C2 and Battlespace Management Training in Support of Close Air Operations

Squadron Leader Tim Brown

Squadron Leader Tim Brown, Officer Commanding, Advanced Training Squadron, School of Aerospace Battle Management, RAF

• An overview of the School of Aerospace Battle Management’s role in delivery of training and support
• Disparate training - developing Tri-Service Air Battlespace management skills
• Facilitating understanding of the human factors and tactical frictions at play in ensuring de-confliction of air assets
• Current training procedures and potential areas for development
• Feedback from courses and their ability to prepare candidates for the operational environment

17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

9:10 Joint Battlespace Management (JBM): The Fundamental Enabler for Effective Close Air Support

Brigadier Richard  Haldenby

Brigadier Richard Haldenby, Programme Lead, Command and Control Force Development Programme, Niteworks

• The drivers for better JBM, or, “When JBM goes wrong…”
• What does ‘good’ JBM look like?
• Ongoing developments in UK JBM
• Addressing the JBM training challenge
 

9:50 Czech Armed Forces Advancement of Close Air Support Capability

Colonel Zdenek  Bauer

Colonel Zdenek Bauer, Deputy Chief of Staff, Air Operations, Czech Air Force

• Current approaches and assets for delivery of close air support within the Czech Armed Forces
• Perspectives and lessons learnt from Exercise Ample Strike 2016
• Joint land and air capability areas for development of close air support

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Extending and Optimising CAS Platform Protection to Meet Adapting Threats

Wing Commander John Leighton

Wing Commander John Leighton, Commanding Officer, Air Platform Protection Test & Evaluation Squadron , RAF

• An overview of the contemporary operational environment and the threats proliferated
• What does contested airspace mean for CAS and air-interdiction delivery?
• TTP’s and survivability technology for CAS platforms to mitigate ground and air based threats
• Ongoing programmes and future plans for development of RAF CAS platform survivability

11:40 Trends and Future Policy for the Delivery of Air Power

Lieutenant Colonel Colonel Shawn Basco

Lieutenant Colonel Colonel Shawn Basco, Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Chairman, NATO, United States Marine Corps

• CAS in a permissive environment: 2003 Invasion of Iraq
• A forward air controllers perspective
• CAS in complex environment: Discussion
• The future: 5th and 4th Generation Aircraft

12:10 Combat Air Branch Close Air Support Future Trends

Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Olivieri

Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Olivieri, Precision Guided Munition Subject Matter Expert, Combat Air Branch, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, NATO

• An overview of the shifting operational environment and the need to prepare for multiple eventualities
• Multi Service contribution to Close Air Support
• Emerging Capabilities and Future Technologies: impact on shaping CAS and JTAC Operations

12:50 Networking Lunch

13:50 Attack Helicopter Force Optimision of Rotary Close Air Support

Major Rick Keeson

Major Rick Keeson, SO2 Effects, Attack Helicopter Force Headquarters , Joint Helicopter Command

• The UK’s battlefield helicopter offensive action doctrine, including RW CAS
• Overview of the UK apache forward air control programme
• Development of detailed air land integration techniques for attack helicopters, within the attack helicopter force and the greater JTAC and joint fires communities
 

14:30 The Challenges of Coalition Targeting: Setting up the RNLAF Target Support Cell

Captain Merijn Kerkhofs

Captain Merijn Kerkhofs, Deputy Commander, Target Support Cell, Royal Netherlands Air Force

• Targeting shortfalls
• Opportunities and threats
• The RNLAF Target Support Cell
 o Operational Concept
 o Products
 o Way ahead

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 Extending and Optimising the Typhoons Capabilities to Include Delivery of Close Air Support

Flight Lieutenant Daniel Jones

Flight Lieutenant Daniel Jones, Weapons, Tornado Standards and Evaluation Squadron , Royal Air Force

• An overview of the RAF’s Project Centurion
• Ensuring a seamless transition between Typhoon and Tornado's capabilities
• Development of defensive aid systems and targeting pods
• Weapon systems integration MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile and MBDA Brimstone 2 close air support weapon
• Future mile stones for the platforms CAS capability
 

16:10 Panel Discussion: Close Air Support Effects

• Challenges of delivering effects within the current operational environment
• Trends and emerging technologies in the munitions space
• Cost vs benefit analysis of expensive smart munitions

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

Colonel Dietmar Felber

Colonel Dietmar Felber, Head, Joint Fires Branch, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army

Lieutenant Colonel James Krischke

Lieutenant Colonel James Krischke, Chief, Forward Air Control Capabilities Section, Air Command , NATO

Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Olivieri

Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Olivieri, Precision Guided Munition Subject Matter Expert, Combat Air Branch, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, NATO

Major Rick Keeson

Major Rick Keeson, SO2 Effects, Attack Helicopter Force Headquarters , Joint Helicopter Command

16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

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Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO
Colonel Dietmar Felber

Colonel Dietmar Felber

Head, Joint Fires Branch, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
Colonel Zdenek  Bauer

Colonel Zdenek Bauer

Deputy Chief of Staff, Air Operations, Czech Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Marco Ruggeri

Lieutenant Colonel Marco Ruggeri

132nd Squadron Commander, 51st Wing, Italian Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar

Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar

Digitally Aided Close Air Support Program Officer, Fighter Equipment, French Air Force

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO
Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Brigadier Richard Haldenby

Programme Lead, Command and Control Force Development Programme, Niteworks
Brigadier Richard  Haldenby

Captain Merijn Kerkhofs

Deputy Commander, Target Support Cell, Royal Netherlands Air Force
Captain Merijn Kerkhofs

Colonel Dietmar Felber

Head, Joint Fires Branch, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
Colonel Dietmar Felber

Colonel Zdenek Bauer

Deputy Chief of Staff, Air Operations, Czech Air Force
Colonel Zdenek  Bauer

Flight Lieutenant Daniel Jones

Weapons, Tornado Standards and Evaluation Squadron , Royal Air Force
Flight Lieutenant Daniel Jones

Group Captain Christopher Mullen

Chief, Air Operations Co-ordination Centre, Joint Fires and Influence Branch , NATO
Group Captain Christopher Mullen

Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Olivieri

Precision Guided Munition Subject Matter Expert, Combat Air Branch, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, NATO
Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Olivieri

Lieutenant Colonel Colonel Shawn Basco

Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Chairman, NATO, United States Marine Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Colonel Shawn Basco

Lieutenant Colonel James Krischke

Chief, Forward Air Control Capabilities Section, Air Command , NATO
Lieutenant Colonel James Krischke

Lieutenant Colonel Luca Restelli

Chief, Forward Air Controller Section, Air Ground Operations School, Italian Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Luca Restelli

Lieutenant Colonel Marco Ruggeri

132nd Squadron Commander, 51st Wing, Italian Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Marco Ruggeri

Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar

Digitally Aided Close Air Support Program Officer, Fighter Equipment, French Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar

Major Nader Samadi

Commander, German Air Ground Operations School, French/German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force
Major Nader Samadi

Major Nicholas Dimitruk

Course Chief and Standardization Officer, TACAIR Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific, United States Marine Corps
Major Nicholas Dimitruk

Major Rick Keeson

SO2 Effects, Attack Helicopter Force Headquarters , Joint Helicopter Command
Major Rick Keeson

Squadron Leader Tim Brown

Officer Commanding, Advanced Training Squadron, School of Aerospace Battle Management, RAF
Squadron Leader Tim Brown

Wing Commander John Leighton

Commanding Officer, Air Platform Protection Test & Evaluation Squadron , RAF
Wing Commander John Leighton

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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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