10 - 12 March, 2020 | The Hurlingham Club, London, United Kingdom

Focus Day

9:10 am - 10:55 am Registration and Welcome Breakfast

Mr Matt Roper, Chief, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, at NATO Communications and Information Agency

Mr Matt Roper

Chief, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance,
NATO Communications and Information Agency

·         Update on the AFSC programme
·         Successes and lessons learnt so far
·         Concept development and delivery
·         Work with industry and S&T communities so far and the focus for 2020-21


Matthew Gillis, Deputy Head of Section for ISR at NATO Defence Investment Division

Matthew Gillis

Deputy Head of Section for ISR
NATO Defence Investment Division

Dr Cagatay Soyer, Alliance Future Surveillance & Control Project Manager at NATO Support and Procurement Agency

Dr Cagatay Soyer

Alliance Future Surveillance & Control Project Manager
NATO Support and Procurement Agency

11:00 am - 11:30 am KESSEL RUN: BUILDING THE AIR FORCE INTO A SOFTWARE COMPANY THAT DELIVERS COMBAT CAPABILITY




Colonel Enrique Oti, Commanding Officer, Kessel Run at US Air Force

Colonel Enrique Oti

Commanding Officer, Kessel Run
US Air Force

11:30 am - 12:00 pm THE NATO AWACS EXTENSION APPROACH

·         Update on NATO’s modernisation programme - FLEP
·         Enhancing NE-3A capabilities as a multi-domain C2 node
·         A view on the future NATO airborne early warning capability

Brigadier General Michael Gschossmann, General Manager at NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency

Brigadier General Michael Gschossmann

General Manager
NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm A PATHWAY FOR INNOVATION: BELGIAN SPECIAL FORCES R&D PRIORITIES

·         How is the Special Forces Command ensuring that they keep pace with new technologies?
·         What are the key priorities relating to technology integration for C2ISR?
·         An update on the Belgian Special Forces Aviation Programme
Captain-Commandant Jan Weuts, Head of R&D at Belgian Special Forces

Captain-Commandant Jan Weuts

Head of R&D
Belgian Special Forces

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm EMBEDDING INNOVATION IN DESIGN TO PRODUCE ACTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE IN OPERATIONS

  • Mindset as the foundation of organizational culture and
  • Understanding the mportance of artefacts and symbols
  • Organizational and Process Implications of an Innovative Culture
  • Engaging with industry to inform future ISR capability enhancements
 
Colonel Jason Lamb, Director of Intelligence, Analysis and Innovation, Air Education and Training Command at US Air Force

Colonel Jason Lamb

Director of Intelligence, Analysis and Innovation, Air Education and Training Command
US Air Force

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm BRIDGING THE TECHNOLOGICAL GAP BETWEEN THE MILITARY AND THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR

  • JHub Mission – driving innovation in the UK Armed Forces
  • JHUB programme for Big Data Analytics and AI
  • Re-purposing and combining existing technologies available elsewhere in the defence and civil sectors to deliver new functionality
  • What barriers do SMEs, start-ups and non-traditional defence companies face when entering new defence contracts and how can these be overcome?


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Afternoon Tea

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm SPOTLIGHT: EMBEDDING INNOVATION IN NEXT GENERATION C2ISR SYSTEMS

C2ISR acquisition prioritizes the need to integrate innovative technologies at speed and at scale. Autonomous systems and robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning will enable multi-domain operations in the future, enabling the rapid integration of sensors and the exploitation of information across air, space, and cyber.
 
The challenge facing the C2ISR community is keeping pace with technological change and ensuring that their capability development and delivery models are agile enough to adopt new capabilities. Openness to innovation and collaboration with industry, academia and S&T is paramount now, and in this spirit of entrepreneurialism Airborne C2ISR is inviting innovators to share their products with this community and get feedback on their applications in the multi-domain environment. 


3:40 pm - 4:40 pm ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS: A NEW REVOLUTION IN MILITARY THINKING? DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND THE FUTURE AIRBORNE C2ISR PORTFOLIO

·         How is multi-domain command and control and ISR doctrine aligning with disruptive technologies, or, rather, how might these technologies enable MDC2/ISR?
·         What are the specific challenges with integrating new technologies into the airborne C2ISR portfolio? i.e. legal, ethical, procedural, cultural, engineering, funding
·         What are the priority areas for NATO allies and partners in terms fo R&D, T&E?
Mr Matt Roper, Chief, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, at NATO Communications and Information Agency

Mr Matt Roper

Chief, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance,
NATO Communications and Information Agency