Multi-domain concepts of operation and the proliferation of sensor networks require new and enhanced forms of data processing. Big data must be fused, exploited and turned into actionable intelligence quickly to enable the ISR and C2 communities to improve their decision-making abilities and outmatch their adversaries.
Ahead of Airborne ISR & C2 Battle Management 2019, Dr Thomas Killion, Chief Scientist at NATO, discusses here the key areas where AI and machine learning have already started to enhance military decision-making and accelerate the acquisition of actionable intelligence and how these technologies will revolutionise the ISR space in the future.
See the currently confirmed accounts attending the 2019 Airborne ISR and C2 Battle Management summit.
The Alliance Future Surveillance and Control Programme: A transformative re-think of NATO's future capability
In this exclusive interview with Dr Çağatay Soyer, Alliance Future Surveillance & Control Project Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency and speaker at Airborne ISR & C2 Battle Management 2019, learn more about NATO’s AFSC programme to replace the E-3 aircraft fleet once it retires in 2035. In this Q&A, he shares exclusive insights on:
- The process of developing requirements
- The challenges of conceptualising a capability that will be operational from 2035 onwards
- The role of industry in the design and delivery of the new capability
The global Airborne ISR market will reach US$28,105 million in 2018 and is expected to grow significantly over the next decade, marked by increasing investments in unmanned aerial systems. Ahead of Airborne ISR & C2 Battle Management 2019, Defence IQ compiled its annual global market report, putting three programmes under the spotlight: NATO’s Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) Programme; the RAF replacement of its Sentry fleet; and the USAF Advanced Battle Management System. The rest of the report will elaborate on programmes from countries that will be present at the conference, such as:
- New Zealand’s RNZAF P-8 project
- The transformation of the RAF’s ISTAR force
- Bahrain’s recapitalisation of its attack/ISR helicopter force
- Pakistan’s requirement for a medium-altitude long-endurance UAV
This year, airborne ISR capabilities have been a vital resources to deployed troops on the Middle East battlefields, by providing them with situational awareness and enabling them to achieve the desired effect. While the acquisition still remains strongly focused on today's challenges, both governments and industry are starting to turn towards tomorrow's fights.
Each year, Defence IQ provides the community with an extensive and comprehensive global market report on active programmes and emerging acquisitions of ISR capabilities and aicraft holdings. Discover in this report key programmes from countries that will be present at this year's Airborne ISR & C2 Battle Management conference, such as Brazil, the UK, the US, France, Turkey and Jordan.
Deter and defend: The enduring need for airborne C2ISR capabilities to support NATO's strategic objectives
The geopolitical events of this year have been a sobering reminder need for global airborne ISR and early warning capabilities and the support they provided to the ground forces has been vital in the operating space. Commanders have been working hard to de-conflict what has become an increasingly congested airspace in order to commit air strikes and this would not have been executed effectively without the use of coalition airborne ISR assets.
Senior military leaders from across the world will be coming to the Airborne ISR & C2 Battle Management conference to share their perspectives on the issues that affect the international community. Ahead of the event, Defence IQ had the opportunity to speak with one of the conference's keynote speakers, Lieutenant General Steven Shepro, Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, to get his thoughts on how NATO's airborne early warning and ISR capabilities are supporting their strategic military objectives.
Acknowledging that innovation is required to maintain asymmetric advantage in warfare, NATO nations are looking to adopt more innovative concepts of operation to help direct investment into R&D and S&T. Part of this is a movement away from more expensive, monolithic military systems towards more adaptable, resilient systems of capabilities that can support multiple types of operation across multiple domains.
Ahead of the Airborne ISR & C2 Battle Management conference taking place in March 2018, Defence IQ had an opportunity to interview the Director of the Strategic Technology Office at DARPA, Dr Thomas Burns. In this exclusive transcript of the conversation, Dr Burns discusses DARPA's development of the 'Mosaic Warfare' concept, a new vision for U.S. strategic asymmetric advantage underpinned by the use of dynamic, lower cost, coordinated and autonomous systems.
Airborne Battle Management - The Importance of Verified Intelligence for Real-Time Command and Control in NATO
At this year’s Airborne ISR & C2 Battle Management conference (London, UK; 14-16 March, 2017), Major General Andreas Kraak will be briefing international representatives of military, government and industry on the importance of verified intelligence for real-time command and control (C2) in NATO. Ahead of the event, Defence IQ asked him where the priorities – and limitations – lie…
Each year, this leading international symposium looks to understand how both existing and emerging airborne C2 and ISR capabilities can produce the desired effects in the battlespace through the networking of sensors, operators, battlespace managers, commanders, analysts and warfighters. Through the integration and interconnection of knowledge nodes across domains, across networks and across agencies and armed forces we can achieve true information dominance, and it's this vision for multi-domain, information and decision-making superiority that will underlie the focus of the 2017 symposium, bringing together senior military leaders and industry innovators from every region to establish new methods of thinking, operating and integration.
As a complimentary offering to the community, this annual report provides the latest information available on worldwide airborne ISR assets – from airborne early warning to reconnaissance aircraft, both manned and unmanned – in order to help end-users and industry understand the requirements at hand.
Captain Scott R. Whaley (USN), Joint ISR Chief, NATO Intelligence Directorate, gives a detailed analysis of NATO’s doctrinal expansion - from Collective Defence to Collective Defense, Crisis Management, and Cooperative Security - and the implications for its ISR requirements and concept of operations.