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SMi Group is proud to presents its 9th annual Air Mission Planning conference, which will take place in London on the 17th and 18th April 2018. After the great success achieved in 2017, SMi aims to improve the conference even more by offering a unique and in depth experience by integrating for this year’s event the support and operational prospective of air missions.

Understanding the upcoming threats and thus the urgent needs of various armed forces facing them, SMi presents a precise and accurate forum for discussion led by commanding officers, senior leaders, academics, and industry experts, with the goal to take a stand in pushing technological development, bringing together friends and allies, and improve awareness of real world dynamics.

At Air Mission Planning and Support 2018 there will be a unique focus on the complexity of managing varied air mission planning and support systems and key strategies, not only to procure and acquire new systems, but also how to best upgrade, modernise and improve existing platforms for modern day warfare and operations. These technological upgrades will bring to the production and implementation of new integrated assets, training, updating legacy assets, interoperability in joint environments, data management by means of smart software and improved cyber security.

New for 2018: air capability delivery and development insights from two major air forces
Perspectives from the Royal Jordanian Air Force on air mission planning and support
Technological upgrades and advancements for 5th generation aircraft and systems
Responding to emerging global threats through maximising joint air capabilities
A focus on mission support training and simulation
 

Air Forces Chiefs of Staff
Commanders
Senior Representatives
Senior Leaders
Industry Experts
Engineers
Programme Managers
Army Aviation Commanders
Academics


Airbus Defence and Space; BAE Systems; Carmenta AB; Czech Air Force; Dstl; Finmeccanica SPA; French Air Force; German Air Force; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; HP Enterprise Services; Inzpire Ltd; Italian Air Force Staff; Jeppesen UK Ltd.; Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), NATO ; Joint Helicopter Command HQ; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin IS&GS; Luciad NV; Movement Coordination Centre Europe; Nato/ USAF; NCIA NATO; Niteworks; NLR; Polish Air Force; RAF; RAF Benevolent Fund; RAF Northolt; Rafael; Royal Air Force; Saab; Saab Aeronautics; Saudi Air Force; U.S. Air Force; United States Air Foce; University Of Hertfordshire; US Air Force; VANGOVION LTD ;

AERONAUTICA MILITARE; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence and Space; Allied Air Command; Aviation Learn; BAE Systems ; Belgian Air Component; Canadian Air Force; Centre Military Aeronautical Studies; Czech Air Force; Danish Embassy; DXC Technology; Embassy of Argentina; European Air Group; FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency; German Air Force; Glasgow Prestwick Airport; ILIAS Solutions; Inzpire Ltd; JETEX; Leonardo; Lockheed Martin; Movement Coordination Centre Europe; NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency; Ocean Software Pty Ltd; Officina Stellare; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd; Polish Air Force; RAF; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal Saudi Air Force; Saab Aeronautics; Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI; Tubitak Sage; U.S. Air Force; University of Hertfordshire; VANGOVION LTD ;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

9:10 Royal Air Force Capability Development for Operation Readiness

Air Commodore Julian Ball

Air Commodore Julian Ball, Air Capability Development, Royal Air Force

  • "Prepare" and "protect" capability development areas within the RAF
  • Mission planning lessons learned from joint contingency operations
  • Strategic choices looking forward
     
  • 9:50 Warrior Preparation Centre Capabilities and Contribution to Airborne Mission Planning

    Colonel Michael Rider

    Colonel Michael Rider, Commander, US Air Force Warrior Preparation Centre

  • WPC mission brief
  • Vision and mission: Sub-organizations and current initiatives
  • SPARTAN Series Exercises
     
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:40 Maintaining Air Mission Support in Jordan

    Major General Yousef Al Hnaity

    Major General Yousef Al Hnaity, Commander, Royal Jordanian Air Force

  • Current priorities in Jordanian operation planning
  • Airborne mission support training programmes 
  • Future endeavours
  • 12:20 AirC4ISR: Supporting the Mission in the 21st Century

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Vandebroek

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Vandebroek, Air Component, Division Support, Belgian Air Component

  • The Belgian Air Force in present war-fighting
  • Bringing the Belgian Air Force into the 21st Century by setting up AirC4ISR
  • Challenges ahead in a small-budget country
  • Requirements for systems that help real-time decision-making
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Session Reserved for the Royal Netherlands Air Force

    14:40 Air to Ground C2 in Modern Traditional Warfare

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Strange

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Strange, Commander, 13th ASOS

  • Close Air Support
  • ASOC and JAGIC operations/planning considerations in modern, full-scale NATO warfare
  • Exploring further Air Force capabilities in modern rescue scenarios to integrate rescue and 5th generation assets in a deployed or contingency environment 
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    15:20 In-Mission Support for Combat Aircraft

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

  • Emphasizing the aircraft’s command and control capability
  • Feedback from operations and the successful provision of command and control
  • The successful provision of real time mission support to combat aircraft, the potential for dynamic re-planning and tasking to meet adapting objectives
  • Planning for key developments such as NATO’s Air Command and Control System (ACCS)
     
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Air Power and Air Mission Planning in a Changed Security Environment: A Strategic-Level View

    Mr. Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Mr. Diego Ruiz Palmer, Head, Economics and Security Assessment Unit, NATO HQ

  • An increasingly challenging security and operational environment for air power
  • Reflecting on the "air campaign" nearly three decades after Operation Desert Storm
  • The evolving impact of technology on operations
  • Formulating a NATO vision for a cutting-edge, combined air power capacity for deterrence and defence
  • 17:10 Panel Discussion: Strategic Lessons from Recent Air Campaigns

  • Objectives in operational mission planning
  • Mission planning successes in Operation Inherent Resolve
  • Adapting operational tactics to harsh environments
  • Air Commodore Julian Ball

    Air Commodore Julian Ball, Air Capability Development, Royal Air Force

    Colonel Michael Rider

    Colonel Michael Rider, Commander, US Air Force Warrior Preparation Centre

    Major General Yousef Al Hnaity

    Major General Yousef Al Hnaity, Commander, Royal Jordanian Air Force

    17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

    9:10 The Royal Air Force's Air Capability Delivery in Theatre

    Air Commodore Lincoln Taylor

    Air Commodore Lincoln Taylor, Air Capability Delivery, Royal Air Force

    9:50 Special Operations Theory for Non-Linear 5th Generation Air Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoffer Eriksen

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoffer Eriksen, Technical Executive Officer, Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation

    McRaven’s Relative SOF Superiority Theory and
    Maj McFarland’s Proposed NLO Doctrine 
    Implementing These Theories into Future F-35 Operation Execution

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 F-35 Sustainability

    CMS Scott Leech

    CMS Scott Leech, Air Combat F-35 Sustainment, US Air Force

  • Expectation Management 
  • Configuration Management 
  • Joint Operations Sustainment 
  • Power Projection
  • 11:40 Operational Use of a Tactical Flight Simulator

    Mr. Niclas Lagerback

    Mr. Niclas Lagerback, Head of Operational Team, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency

  • Enabling development 
  • The first unintentional steps 
  • Experiences
  • Future development
  • 12:20 Innovative Mission Training, Control and Teleoperation enabled by Virtual and Augmented Reality User Interfaces

    Dr. Salvatore Livatino

    Dr. Salvatore Livatino, Team Leader 3D Visualization and Robotics Lab, University of Hertfordshire

  • New levels of remote tele-exploration and tele-operation
  • Greater user immersion and performance through VR/AR technology 
  • More intuitive information visualization of rich sensory data sets enabling faster decision making
  • Enhancing training and collaborative planning through the use of 3D representation and S-3D visualization 
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 A400M Mission Planning

    Mr. Xavier Chambelant

    Mr. Xavier Chambelant, A400M MGS Coordinator, OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation)

  • Aircraft Versatility: 
  • The challenge of mixing military and civilian needs
  • The challenge of keeping the two-crew member philosophy from Airbus
  • The constant need for data
  • The associated necessary strong ground support
  • 14:40 Air Mission Planning for Spanish Air Operations

    Major General Julian Roldan Martinez

    Major General Julian Roldan Martinez, Air Mobility Command Chief, Spanish Air Force

  • Exploring Spanish air mission planning processes
  • System support for the Eurofighter Typhoon
  • In-theatre mission planning
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Panel Discussion: Regional Air Mission Planning Training Tactics

  • Advanced training programmes for the F-35
  • Fixed-wing aircraft training instruction for mission readiness
  • Adopting virtual reality into military mission preparation
  • Lieutenant Colonel Christoffer Eriksen

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoffer Eriksen, Technical Executive Officer, Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation

    Mr. Xavier Chambelant

    Mr. Xavier Chambelant, A400M MGS Coordinator, OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation)

    CMS Scott Leech

    CMS Scott Leech, Air Combat F-35 Sustainment, US Air Force

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Air Commodore Julian Ball

    Air Commodore Julian Ball

    Air Capability Development, Royal Air Force
    Major General Yousef Al Hnaity

    Major General Yousef Al Hnaity

    Commander, Royal Jordanian Air Force
    Mr. Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Mr. Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Head, Economics and Security Assessment Unit, NATO HQ
    Mr. Xavier Chambelant

    Mr. Xavier Chambelant

    A400M MGS Coordinator, OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation)

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO
    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore Julian Ball

    Air Capability Development, Royal Air Force
    Air Commodore Julian Ball

    Air Commodore Lincoln Taylor

    Air Capability Delivery, Royal Air Force
    Air Commodore Lincoln Taylor

    CMS Scott Leech

    Air Combat F-35 Sustainment, US Air Force
    CMS Scott Leech

    Colonel Michael Rider

    Commander, US Air Force Warrior Preparation Centre
    Colonel Michael Rider

    Dr. Salvatore Livatino

    Team Leader 3D Visualization and Robotics Lab, University of Hertfordshire
    Dr. Salvatore Livatino

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoffer Eriksen

    Technical Executive Officer, Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation
    Lieutenant Colonel Christoffer Eriksen

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Vandebroek

    Air Component, Division Support, Belgian Air Component
    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Vandebroek

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Strange

    Commander, 13th ASOS
    Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Strange

    Major General Yousef Al Hnaity

    Commander, Royal Jordanian Air Force
    Major General Yousef Al Hnaity

    Mr. Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Head, Economics and Security Assessment Unit, NATO HQ
    Mr. Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Mr. Niclas Lagerback

    Head of Operational Team, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency
    Mr. Niclas Lagerback

    Mr. Xavier Chambelant

    A400M MGS Coordinator, OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation)
    Mr. Xavier Chambelant

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    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.

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    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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