21 - 23 April, 2020 | Hilton Canary Wharf, London

Conference Day 2

8:30 - 9:00 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

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Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper

Former Director General
NATO International Military Staff

9:10 - 9:50 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR INTEGRATING THE AIR COMPONENT INTO THE LAND AND MARITIME DOMAINS IN CURRENT CONDITIONS

Colonel General Sergii Drozdov - Commander, Ukrainian Air Force
·         Assessment of the current threat context in Ukraine and highlighting Air Force priorities
·         Identifying key capability areas to address in order to prevent gaps
·         New plans and programs that will enhance Ukrainian Air Force integration into the Joint Force 
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Colonel General Sergii Drozdov

Commander
Ukrainian Air Force

9:50 - 10:30 ENHANCING JOINT AIR OPERATIONS FROM SCHOOL TO THE OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Brigadier General Riccardo Rinaldi - Commander, Joint Air Operations School, Italian Armed Forces
·         Integrating the separate moving parts within the Joint Force
·         Challenges of having multiple-users of the Air domain within combat scenarios
·         Prioritising speed within Air-to-Surface attack
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Brigadier General Riccardo Rinaldi

Commander, Joint Air Operations School
Italian Armed Forces

10:30 - 11:00 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:00 - 11:40 DEVELOPING CAPABILITY AGAINST A PEER OPPONENT

Colonel Dainus Guzas - Commander, Lithuanian Air Force
·         Outlining the threat environment in the Baltics and Russia’s contravention of air space
·         Achieving interoperability with NATO allies to integrate into multi-national operations effectively
·         Assessing hybrid warfare and Russia’s information operations
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Colonel Dainus Guzas

Commander
Lithuanian Air Force

11:40 - 12:40 INDUSTRY PANEL DISCUSSION: ASSESSING THE MOST EFFECTIVE PLATFORMS FOR CLOSE AIR SUPPORT

Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper - Former Director General, NATO International Military Staff
The debate as to whether unmanned systems, Light Attack aircraft or sophisticated multi-role fighters are the most capable platform for delivering Close Air Support is ongoing. Questions around cost-effectiveness, lethality and scalability all feature within this area and will form the basis for future development of the CAS role within modern militaries.
 
Panellists will discuss:
·         What does CAS in the future look like and what are the consequences for the platforms that will need to perform that role?
·         Which platforms will be the most suitable to enhance precision and avoid fratricide?
·         Which platforms give forces the best balance of availability and firepower?
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Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper

Former Director General
NATO International Military Staff

12:40 - 13:40 NETWORKING LUNCH

13:40 - 14:20 AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: PROVIDING AIR GROUND CAPABILITY TO ENHANCE EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE

Lieutenant General Brian Beaudreault - Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force, US Marine Corps
·         The role of II MEF as the largest and most powerful Marine Air Ground Task Force
·         Providing flexible and scalable support to a range of combat missions if required
·         Developing capabilities to improve the contribution of II MEF to operations in a Major Theatre War
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Lieutenant General Brian Beaudreault

Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force
US Marine Corps

14:20 - 15:00 COLLECTIVE TRAINING FOR CLOSE AIR SUPPORT

Colonel Mete Kus - Head of Training Department, Turkish Air Force Headquarters
·         Establishing the mind-set and concept for CAS Collective Training
·         Integrating interoperability into training practices
·         Ensuring that training occurs across diverse roles: JTAC, pilot, ISR etc.
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Colonel Mete Kus

Head of Training Department
Turkish Air Force Headquarters

15:00 - 15:40 DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL IMPACT INTEGRATION OF AIR INTO JOINT CONTEXT

Confirmed representative - -, German Air Force
·         The advent of automation within warfare and planning for fully integrated, machine-speed warfare
·         COTS technologies that can improve information interoperability and reduced sensor to shooter times
·         Identifying where capability gaps lie and areas where industry can improve their offering
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Confirmed representative

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German Air Force

15:40 - 16:10 AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

·         Maintaining precision as the priority for operations in non-permissive environments
·         Reducing collateral damage in congested areas of operations
·         Ensuring that de-confliction is achieved within these battlespaces
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Squadron Leader Michael Lyddon

Commander, Air Support Operations Squadron
Royal Air Force

16:50 - 17:30 THE ROLE OF UNMANNED SYSTEMS IN FUTURE AIR CAMPAIGNS

Justin Bronk - Research Fellow / Editor, RUSI Defence Systems
·         High autonomy UCAVs and their development within warfighting
·         Integrating them within the Joint Force
·         Assessing where they do and don’t fit within the context of combat operations
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Justin Bronk

Research Fellow / Editor
RUSI Defence Systems

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Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper

Former Director General
NATO International Military Staff