24 - 26 June, 2019
Hilton Wembley, London, United Kingdom

CONFERENCE DAY ONE

8:00 am - 8:45 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

Rear Admiral (Retd.) Robert Tarrant, Former Commander Operations at Royal Navy

Rear Admiral (Retd.) Robert Tarrant

Former Commander Operations
Royal Navy

9:00 am - 9:40 am OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: THE UK’S HUNTER-KILLERS AND THE FUTURE OF UNDERSEA WARFARE

  • Equipping the UK’s hunter-killers to meet the challenges of a dynamic operating environment and a growing submarine threat
  • Keeping the Royal Navy at the forefront of technological innovation
  • Integrated approaches to the ASW enterprise. Overcoming organisational challenges to improve interoperability inter-force and intra-force
Rear Admiral John Weale, ACNS Submarines & Rear Admiral Submarines at Royal Navy

Rear Admiral John Weale

ACNS Submarines & Rear Admiral Submarines
Royal Navy

9:40 am - 10:20 am JOINTLY MEETING A GROWING SUBMARINE THREAT

  • Defining a vision for future undersea warfare; challenges and expectations for US and NATO maritime forces
  • Opportunities for enhancing the interoperability of regional ASW forces
  • Delivering a joint ASW enterprise for the future

10:20 am - 11:00 am SUBMARINE COMMANDERS PANEL: OUTLINING THE THREAT FROM THE BLACK SEA TO THE ASIA-PACIFIC

  • The proliferation of submarines and the growing global threat from foreign competitors
  • Assessing the implications for regional stability and intra-NATO partnerships
  • Developing a multi-domain Anti-Submarine Warfare framework in response to the threat
  • Putting in place effective procurement models that enable more rapid building and delivery of anti-submarine warfare capabilities in the air, on the surface and undersea

11:00 am - 11:40 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 am - 12:20 pm DEFINING THE FORCE STRUCTURE FOR THE FUTURE SUBMARINE FORCE

  • Setting the balance for future submarine capability – autonomous versus manned
  • What should the role of industry be in the future undersea battlespace? How much risk can future submarine forces take on when it comes to the maintenance and sustainment of complex machines?
  • Equipping the UK submarine fleet for ASW operations in a contested global operating environment
  • Developing capability jointly. Integrating submarine capability with the joint force response to the submarine threat
Rear Admiral Timothy Hodgson, Director Submarine Capability at UK Ministry of Defence

Rear Admiral Timothy Hodgson

Director Submarine Capability
UK Ministry of Defence

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm THE SUBMARINE AS AN ASW PLATFORM

  • Equipping for tactical ASW 
  • Linking up sub-surface and surface assets to deliver a holistic approach to ASW capability development
  • Deploying the platform to best effect; managing limitations for the force
Captain Timo Cordes, Submarine Force Commander at German Navy

Captain Timo Cordes

Submarine Force Commander
German Navy

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm TRAINING AND DEVELOPING WORLD-CLASS ASW OPERATORS

  • Bringing training back in-line with capability. Ensuring the human element matches the material capability
  • Providing the operational and synthetic experience necessary to execute the ASW mission set effectively. The role for industry in supplying high-fidelity synthetic training
  • Delivering joint and combined approaches to ASW training. Opportunities for collaboratively developing NATO’s ASW training infrastructure
  • Training the multi-role warfare and ISR officer. Preventing atrophy in ASW expertise and delivering a level of skill that gives confidence in the capability
  • Approaching the challenge of education and stem
Rear Admiral William J Warrender, Flag Officer Sea Training at Royal Navy

Rear Admiral William J Warrender

Flag Officer Sea Training
Royal Navy

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm ASW WITHIN THE BROADER UNDERSEA WARFARE ENTERPRISE

  • Delivering undersea concepts of operations which can support a more integrated approach to tactical ASW
  • Ongoing efforts to embed ASW training and capability as a core component of the US Navy’s broader approach to undersea operations
  • Delivering advanced training in tactics, techniques & procedures to the next-generation ASW operator
Captain Shawn Malone, Chief of Staff, Undersea Warfighting Development Center at US Navy

Captain Shawn Malone

Chief of Staff, Undersea Warfighting Development Center
US Navy

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm AFTERNOON COFFEE AND NETWORKING

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm MARCOM’S VIEW ON ALLIED ASW

  • The role of Allied Maritime Command in the larger maritime picture
  • How NATO perceives the submarine “threat”
  • Results from NATO’s ASW training exercises
  • Mapping the direction of allied ASW
Rear Admiral Andrew C. Lennon, Commander at Submarines NATO

Rear Admiral Andrew C. Lennon

Commander
Submarines NATO

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm EQUIPPING THE WARFIGHTER FOR THE FUTURE ASW MISSION

  • Enhancing the synthetic training experience to simulate ASW in an era of autonomy and multi-static sensing
  • Supporting the warfighter’s integration with the joint fight
  • Building and sustaining a multi-role skillset for the ISR and warfare officer

5:10 pm - 5:50 pm HARNESSING NEXT-GENERATION TALENT TO DELIVER NEXT-GENERATION CAPABILITY

Innovation requires innovators. As maritime technology, particularly undersea technology, becomes ever-more innovative, the world’s most advanced navies are facing a challenge; finding and recruiting young talent and applying it to deliver the next generation of maritime capability – whether for ASW or any other mission set. This discussion will examine that challenge by addressing the following key areas:

  • How can our navies recruit, apply and retain talent to support innovative approaches to developing naval technology and capability?
  • What are the key technology areas that would benefit most from fresh approaches to innovation?
  • What should the educational pathway look like for young talent? Improving the appeal of the naval career 
Rear Admiral (Retd.) Robert Tarrant, Former Commander Operations at Royal Navy

Rear Admiral (Retd.) Robert Tarrant

Former Commander Operations
Royal Navy

5:50 pm - 6:00 pm CLOSING REMARKS AND CLOSE OF DAY ONE