29 - 30 May, 2019 | Hilton London Olympia , London, United Kingdom

Agenda Day 1

8:00 - 9:00 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

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

Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper

Former Director General
NATO International Military Staff

9:10 - 9:50 THE FRENCH AIR FORCE PERSPECTIVE OF PAST AND FUTURE CAS OPERATIONS

  • Case Study: assessing the successful experience of CAS in Mali
  • Use of DACAS within the French Air Force
  • The challenges of operating within highly contested environments in the future  
Brigadier General Etienne Patry, Chief of Staff of Air Force Command at French Air Force

Brigadier General Etienne Patry

Chief of Staff of Air Force Command
French Air Force

9:50 - 10:20 M-346 FIGHTER ATTACK: THE LEONARDO SOLUTION TO THE EMERGING LIGHT-COMBAT WORLDWIDE REQUIREMENTS

Sponsors:
Leonardo


Capt. Giacomo Iannelli, Test Pilot Trainers Aircraft at Leonardo Aircraft Division

Capt. Giacomo Iannelli

Test Pilot Trainers Aircraft
Leonardo Aircraft Division

10:20 - 11:00 CLOSE AIR SUPPORT ON THE 21ST CENTURY BATTLEFIELD

  • Close Air Support Integration Group (CIG) at 57th Wing, repository for CAS culture, tactics, techniques and procedures
  • Modernizing CAS training
  • Modernizing CAS tools – F-35 integration and CAS application in the contested environment
  • Future of the 24 Tactical Air Support Squadron (24 TASS) at Nellis AFB, Nevada, Multi-domain training at Nellis Base: ensuring dominance through air, space and cyberspace
Brigadier General Robert G. Novotny, Commander 57th Wing at U.S. Air Force Warfare Center

Brigadier General Robert G. Novotny

Commander 57th Wing
U.S. Air Force Warfare Center

11:00 - 11:30 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:30 - 12:10 THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE CAS PROGRAMME

  • Training for CAS missions and overcoming challenges of delivering precision strike
  • Experience of CAS delivery
  • Future plans of the Royal Canadian Air Force including the future fighter program which requires CAS capability
Brigadier General Todd Balfe, Fighter Capability Special Advisor at Royal Canadian Air Force

Brigadier General Todd Balfe

Fighter Capability Special Advisor
Royal Canadian Air Force

12:10 - 12:40 TEXTRON AVIATION DEFENSE AT-6 LIGHT ATTACK AIRCRAFT UPDATE

  • Foundation: Essence of Airpower
  • Cross-Domain Integration: Applying Airpower
  • Roles and Functions: Delivering Airpower
  • Prospects for the future


Tom Webster, Regional Sales at Textron Aviation Defense

Tom Webster

Regional Sales
Textron Aviation Defense

The objective of this panel is to debate the future of close air support and the utility of current Western capabilities in the eventuality of future conflicts with near-peer adversaries, notably China and Russia as well as lower-end missions against asymmetric threats such as Daesh.

Discussion points include:

  • How the CAS and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) communities should adapt
  • Leveraging emerging capabilities to meet future operational requirements 2035+
  • How current capabilities would perform within Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environments
Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper, Former Director General at NATO International Military Staff

Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper

Former Director General
NATO International Military Staff

Brigadier General Robert G. Novotny, Commander 57th Wing at U.S. Air Force Warfare Center

Brigadier General Robert G. Novotny

Commander 57th Wing
U.S. Air Force Warfare Center

Lieutenant Colonel William Church, NATO Defence Planner (Air Expert), Defence Planning, Targets and Review Branch at NATO Allied Command Transformation

Lieutenant Colonel William Church

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

Justin Bronk, Research Fellow / Editor at RUSI Defence Systems

Justin Bronk

Research Fellow / Editor
RUSI Defence Systems

13:20 - 14:30 NETWORKING LUNCH

14:30 - 15:10 ROTARY WING CAS FOR THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS AIRFORCE

  • History of the rotary wing CAS in the Dutch armed forces (training and deployment)
  • Future developments and opportunities for Rotary Wing CAS
  • The down side of being (perceived as) a CAS asset
Major Bas Van Giessel, Head of TACTES, Defence Helicopter Command at Netherlands Ministry of Defence

Major Bas Van Giessel

Head of TACTES, Defence Helicopter Command
Netherlands Ministry of Defence

15:10 - 15:50 JOINT FIRES INTEGRATION: A VIEW FROM THE ITALIAN ARMY

  • Joint Fires Integration in low-intensity conflict
  • The main challenges faced by the Italian Army with building a lethal air-ground operation
  • Joint fires capabilities in the Italian Army
Major Cristiano Refi, 4th Ranger Regiment, Training & Operations Chief JTAC Evaluator at Italian Army

Major Cristiano Refi

4th Ranger Regiment, Training & Operations Chief JTAC Evaluator
Italian Army

15:50 - 16:20 AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

  • Overview of NATO’s DACCC and how it fits into the broader picture of NATO airpower
  • The DACCC Air Land Integration Workshop
  • Ensuring world wide operational deployment in order to deliver C2 support in deployed environments
  • Training for Joint Force Air Component (JFAC) elements
Group Captain Adrian Hill, Combat Plans Division Head at Deployable Command & Control Centre (DACCC)

Group Captain Adrian Hill

Combat Plans Division Head
Deployable Command & Control Centre (DACCC)

17:00 - 17:40 CAS IN CONTEMPORARY CONFLICT: A GERMAN PERSPECTIVE

  • DEU JFS /CAS Capabilities (Weapons and Systems)
  • DEU Joint Fire / Air Land Integration Structure (Joint Fires / CAS in modern Warfare)
  • Digitalisation of CAS / JFS in order to deliver precision effects
Major Andreas Bordien, National JTAC Program Manager at German Air Force Air Operations Command

Major Andreas Bordien

National JTAC Program Manager
German Air Force Air Operations Command

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

Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper

Former Director General
NATO International Military Staff

17:50 - 17:50 END OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE