Conference Day 1

8:00 - 9:00 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

9:00 - 9:05 DEFENCE IQ OPENING REMARKS


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Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper

Former Director General
NATO International Military Staff

9:15 - 9:55 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: INCORPORATION OF RPAs AND HYPERSONICS INTO AIR INTEGRATION

Dr Richard Joseph - Chief Scientist, US Air Force
·         Inclusiveness’ of technologies from non-traditional suppliers to retain strategic advantage
·         Current experimentation in hypersonics and autonomous data processing improve speed, precision and information dissemination
·         Recent developments in human-machine teaming and fully autonomous combat manoeuvre and feeding that into the wider network of Air Integration
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Dr Richard Joseph

Chief Scientist
US Air Force

·         French integration programs that will enhance the speed and precision of attack from the Air
·         Developing the right mix of autonomous on-board and collective capability
·         Strengthening data processing capabilities, addressing connectivity, and the combat cloud
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Major General Frédéric Parisot

Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Programmes
French Air Force

10:35 - 11:05 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:05 - 11:45 THE F-35 AS AN EFFECTIVE INTEGRATED ATTACK PLATFORM

Brigadier General David Abba - Director, F-35 Integration Office, US Air Force
·         The role of the 5th generation aircraft within the combat domain – implications for future warfighting
·         Integrating the F-35 within existing networks to support rapid delivery of attack capability
·         Beyond the air domain – integrating F-35 within the a Joint all-domain fight 
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Brigadier General David Abba

Director, F-35 Integration Office
US Air Force

11:45 - 12:45 PANEL DISCUSSION: DEFINING AIR INTEGRATION CONCEPTS IN WARFIGHTING

Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper - Former Director General, NATO International Military Staff
Understanding and clearly defining the goals of Air Integration will lead to a decisive advantage when it comes to Joint warfighting. Although it has been essential in recent counter-insurgency operations, it will be operations against a peer opponent where the benefits of effective Air Integration will be felt most keenly. Machine speed warfare and sophisticated, digital, Joint Force networks will be the hallmarks of effective Air Integration and will be the subject of the first panel discussion.
 
Panellists will discuss:
·         What does effective Air Integration look like and what are the goals that we should be working towards?
·         What will be the key capabilities that we can invest in that will prove decisive at enhancing Air Integration?
·         Where are capability gaps most likely to emerge when it comes to operations against a peer or near-peer adversary and what can we do to pre-empt their emergence? 
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Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper

Former Director General
NATO International Military Staff

12:45 - 13:45 NETWORKING LUNCH

13:45 - 14:25 IMPROVING THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY UNMANNED SYSTEMS TO UK AIR POWER

Wing Commander Judith Graham - Programme Manager, Reaper and Protector, Royal Air Force
·         The Protector UAS and overview of its introduction from 2023
·         Integrating the system into the Joint Force and projecting how it will be used in future combat
·         The innovative nature of this platform and understanding its level of contribution to Air Power
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Wing Commander Judith Graham

Programme Manager, Reaper and Protector
Royal Air Force

14:25 - 15:05 ONE DOMAIN, MULTIPLE USERS: PRIORITISING INTEROPERABILITY IN ORDER TO INTEGRATE AIR EFFECTIVELY

Lieutenant Colonel William Church - NATO Defence Planner (Air Expert), Defence Planning, Targets and Review Branch, NATO Allied Command Transformation
·         Nature of interoperability as a key driving force within both a multi-national and Joint operations context
·         Challenges of attack role within this context and ensuring that interoperability in enhanced
·         Understanding where the key capability gaps lie in order to develop more effective interoperability within Air integration
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Lieutenant Colonel William Church

NATO Defence Planner (Air Expert), Defence Planning, Targets and Review Branch
NATO Allied Command Transformation

15:05 - 15:45 DELIVERING PRECISE AND RAPID ATTACK CAPABILITY TO DEGRADED AND CONGESTED BATTLESPACES

Major Marianne Sparklin - Company Air Officer, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, US Marine Corps
·         Likely future operating environments for USMC attacks
·         Ensuring precision is maintained in dense urban centres with degraded use of target acquisition
·         Near-peer operations with sophisticated air defence: how would we operate?
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Major Marianne Sparklin

Company Air Officer, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
US Marine Corps

15:45 - 16:25 AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

16:25 - 17:05 JTAC REQUIREMENTS TO MEET FUTURE INTEGRATION CHALLENGES

·         Creating a more effective human-machine interface for combat teaming
·          Challenges for using JTACs to drastically reduce time spent waiting for Close Air Support to be delivered
·         Integrating this within the context of a multi-national combat scenario

17:05 - 17:45 AIR INTEGRATION / APCLO IN FUTURE COMBAT OPERATIONS

·         German perspectives on Air Integration and specific Air-Land challenges
·         Using lessons learned to develop more seamless Air-Land Integration for CAS operations
·         The roadmap for future improvements to the National JTAC program 

17:45 - 17:50 CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE

Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper - Former Director General, NATO International Military Staff
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Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper

Former Director General
NATO International Military Staff