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SMi's 4th annual Close Air Support conference will take place on the 6th and 7th June in London, United Kingdom. Close air support (CAS), air action by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft against hostile targets in close proximity to friendly forces, has been and will always be an integral element to land-air operations. Over the past century, CAS has gone from light air strafing on muddy battlefields to intricate C2 coordination of targeted air strikes and support via advanced technological systems and platforms.

The June 2018 conference aims to bring together military and government personnel and key industry figures to discuss the latest developments in CAS operations and systems. Topics to be discussed include air-to-ground operations, personnel training and mission simulation, digitally aided close air support (DACAS), joint fire targeting and delivery, battlespace management, and national programme updates.
 

  • 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 updates 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

AirLand Integration Ltd; Brazilian Army; CILAS; Czech Air Force; French Air Force; German Air Force; German Army; GMRE Inc; HQ ARRC AOCC; Indra Sistemas S A; Israeli Air Force; Israeli Defence Office; Italian Air Force; Italian Embassy; JALO; JFC Cap C4ISR; Joint Air Land Organisation; Joint Helicopter Command; MBDA UK Ltd.; Ministry of Defence, UK; NATO; Niteworks; RAF; Rheinmetal Defence; Rockwell Collins UK Ltd; Royal Air Force; Royal Marines; Royal Netherlands Air Force; Safran Electronics & Defense; Singapore Armed Forces; U.S. Air Force; UK MoD; United States Marine Corps; US AIR FORCE; US Embassy London; USAFE WPC; Via Sat Inc; Viasat Inc; Zodiac Aerospace - Data Systems;

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 Joint Fires Interoperability

  • The drivers for interoperability
  • It's all about command and control
  • The aiming point: 'next generation' joint fires
  • Plotting a path towards it
  • Brigadier (Ret'd) Richard Haldenby

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Richard Haldenby, Former Deputy Director, Joint Warfare, Joint Forces Command, UK Armed Forces

    9:50 The French DaCAS Perspective

    Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar

    Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar, Head, Close Air Support Digitalisation, French Air Force

  • Operational feedback
  • DACAS French vision
  • French Air Force solution
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Building the Netherlands DACAS CONOP: A Joint and Combined Venture

    Captain Ringo Smits

    Captain Ringo Smits, Staff Officer, Air Land Integration, Land Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Army

  • Historical overview of digital interoperability in NLD’s Joint Fires
  • Ground and Air C2 interoperability challenges
  • Concept development in a very dynamic environment
  • Implementing the CONOP: influencing training and operations
  • 11:40 Small Form Factor Datalinks Bridge the Close Air Support Gap

    Lee Peterson

    Lee Peterson, Program Manager, Viasat Inc

  • New developments allow data link integration into manned and unmanned air vehicles
  • Enabling instantaneous networking between airborne and ground-based operations
  • Hand-held Link 16 terminals to avoid fratricide and curser-on-target
  • Zero latency situation assessment enhances overall mission success
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Digitally Aided Targeting

    Dr John Mahaffey

    Dr John Mahaffey, Senior Scientist, NATO C3 AGENCY

  • Using network centric systems to ensure JTACs receive and use all necessary information to carry out their mission: Tactical Data Link employed by NATO forces
  • Preventing communication breakdowns to guarantee seamless joint fire operations
  • Investing in technological systems to increase situational awareness
  • 14:00 Integrating the JTAC Within the Operational Network: the French Example

    Lieutenant Colonel Frederic  Dalorso

    Lieutenant Colonel Frederic Dalorso, Commanding Officer, French & German Air Ground Operation School, French Air Force

  • JTAC Training in a tactical situation
  • Air Land Integration: an operational requirement
  • Communication: the keystone of air support operations
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Air Land Integration and Joint Targeting

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Sargent

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Sargent, Division Chief, US Army Multi-domain Targeting Center

  • Joint targeting and joint fire support are both fundamental tasks of the fires function
  • The joint targeting process enables the JFC to match lethal and nonlethal effects to targets and task subordinate and supporting commands
  • Joint fire support exploits concentration of force, flexibility, and responsiveness by integrating and synchronizing fires
  • The supported and supporting C2 elements integrate and synchronize joint fire support and the targeting process, especially during dynamic targeting
  • 15:50 Close Air Support to the Enhanced Forward Presence

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Arrol

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Arrol, Deputy Commanding Officer , US Air Force

  • A Model for Multinational TACS/AAGS in support of the enhanced Forward Presence
  • Battlefield Coordination Detachment (US) v. Land Liaison Element (NATO) Functionality and Requirements
  • Evolving Ground Liaison Detachment support to CAS (CPT Delgado)
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

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

    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 Employing Light Attack Aircraft Platforms to Enhance Wider Mission Support

    Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto

    Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto , Brazilian Air Force, Brazilian Air Force

  • Exploring budget-friendly solutions to increasingly intricate and costly missions
  • Advancing the OA-X programme development to answer pilot shortage and operational cost hurdles: Using the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano
  • Increasing mission availability and mission readiness by expanding to COIN missions
  • 9:50 The Embraer A-29 Super Tucano

    Mr. Simon Johns

    Mr. Simon Johns, Vice President Sales, Europe & North Africa, Embraer

  • Global presence
  • Combat proven capability
  • Complete ILS solutions
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Upgrading PGM Capability for CAS Operations with an Orion Fuze

    Mr. Paul Kloot

    Mr. Paul Kloot, VP Marketing and Business Development, Orion

  • Orion Fuzes Overview
  • ID260MF – Redefining Fuzing Excellence
  • Enhancing your PGMs
  • 11:40 Back to Close Air Support

    Major Nader Samadi

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

  • What is CAS
  • Where are we
  • How will or should be the Future of CAS
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Close Air Support to the Enhanced Forward Presence

    Captain Oscar Delgado

    Captain Oscar Delgado, 48th Fighter Wing Ground Liaison Detachment, Department Of The Air Force

  • Current Czech capabilities
  • Increasing JTAC situational awareness to increase mission support
  • Future goals: increasing simulation training and interoperability with allies
  • 14:00 Voodoo Air and The Future of Contract CAS

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Ryan Mannering

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Ryan Mannering, Chief Pilot, Voodoo Air

  • The Future for Contract CAS
  • Integration of Contract CAS companies to maintain, deliver and assure operational relevance
  • Voodoo Air Capabilities
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Panel Discussion: Exploring Realtime Solutions to JTAC Operational Challenges

  • Opportunity areas for CAS: streamlining coordination to enhance operational capabilities
  • Preventing collateral damage by increasing situational awareness between JTACs and pilots
  • Adapting operational tactics to harsh environments to achieve maximum efficiency in theatre
  • Major Nader Samadi

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

    Captain Ringo Smits

    Captain Ringo Smits, Staff Officer, Air Land Integration, Land Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Army

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

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

    Captain Oscar Delgado

    Captain Oscar Delgado, 48th Fighter Wing Ground Liaison Detachment, Department Of The Air Force

    15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

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

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto

    Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto

    Brazilian Air Force, Brazilian Air Force
    Major Nader Samadi

    Major Nader Samadi

    Commander, German Air Ground Operations School, French/German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

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

    Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto

    Brazilian Air Force, Brazilian Air Force
    Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Richard Haldenby

    Former Deputy Director, Joint Warfare, Joint Forces Command, UK Armed Forces
    Brigadier (Ret'd) Richard Haldenby

    Captain Oscar Delgado

    48th Fighter Wing Ground Liaison Detachment, Department Of The Air Force
    Captain Oscar Delgado

    Captain Ringo Smits

    Staff Officer, Air Land Integration, Land Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Army
    Captain Ringo Smits

    Dr John Mahaffey

    Senior Scientist, NATO C3 AGENCY
    Dr John Mahaffey

    Lee Peterson

    Program Manager, Viasat Inc
    Lee Peterson

    Lieutenant Colonel Frederic Dalorso

    Commanding Officer, French & German Air Ground Operation School, French Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Frederic  Dalorso

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Arrol

    Deputy Commanding Officer , US Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Arrol

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Sargent

    Division Chief, US Army Multi-domain Targeting Center
    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Sargent

    Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar

    Head, Close Air Support Digitalisation, 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

    Mr. Paul Kloot

    VP Marketing and Business Development, Orion
    Mr. Paul Kloot

    Mr. Simon Johns

    Vice President Sales, Europe & North Africa, Embraer
    Mr. Simon Johns

    Warrant Officer Clay Cochrane

    Assistant Senior Instructor, JTAC-E, Canadian Armed Forces
    Warrant Officer Clay Cochrane

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Ryan Mannering

    Chief Pilot, Voodoo Air
    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Ryan Mannering

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    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

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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.

    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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