25 - 27 February, 2020 | Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington, London, United Kingdom

CONFERENCE WORKSHOP DAY

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm REGISTRATION & COFFEE

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm WORKSHOP A: RESOURCES AT ‘THE OPERATIONAL EDGE’: DELIVERING POWER TO COMBAT FORCES IN AUSTERE ENVIRONMENTS

As combat units become more manoeuvrable, in some cases smaller and equipped with more sophisticated capabilities at their disposal, the need for reliable power supplies becomes essential in order to complete objectives and make a meaningful contribution to the combined operation. Most agree that a defining aspect of future operations will be the challenging environments in which they will take place and the strain that this will put on the provision of key resources such as power will be huge.
 
During this workshop participants will have the opportunity to take part in interactive scenarios and group discussions on the planning and delivery of power to austere future combat environments from the strategic through to the operational levels against a well organised, well equipped and agile adversary.
 
Attend this workshop in order to:
·          Gain deeper understanding of developing challenges in generating and distributing power to operational forces
·          Ensure that your solutions are in line with the future energy requirements of Land Forces or that your Command structure is equipped with the knowledge to pre-empt and confront developing power capability gaps
·          Help to shape discussions on this rapidly growing market with international experts from industry and the military
Dr Michael Ling, Project S&T Adviser, Deployable Force Infrastructure, Land Division, DST Group at Australian MoD

Dr Michael Ling

Project S&T Adviser, Deployable Force Infrastructure, Land Division, DST Group
Australian MoD

Colonel Damien McLachlan, Chief Engineer at Australian Army

Colonel Damien McLachlan

Chief Engineer
Australian Army

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm WORKSHOP B: APPLICATION OF DISTRIBUTED LEDGER TECHNOLOGY (BLOCKCHAIN) FOR LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY

This workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to better understand Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) /Blockchain and its applications within Defence and across government. A number of case studies from government, defence and the private sector will be covered as well as a run through of various proof of concepts that have been developed within Defence and the areas that have been identified as priorities for the application of this technology. In particular the use of this technology to secure the supply chain and provide assurance beyond reasonable doubt that material has arrived untampered with and as intended.
 
At its core Blockchain is an accounting system tracking the movement of value between users. Unlike traditional double-ledger accounting, there is no need for a trusted third party to audit and assure the transactions between users. This is achieved through a combination of peer-to-peer networks, consensus mechanisms and cryptography. As a result the Blockchain network is self-organising with members auditing all transactions in a decentralised manner. These transactions are grouped and stored in blocks and built upon each other, thus creating a chain of blocks. Because Blockchain is decentralised and secured through algorithms, capabilities previously unattainable are now possible. Blockchain has the potential to revolutionise how we transact with one another forever, from how we manage who uses our data to how we buy goods.
 
This workshop will include group discussions that examine these case studies to identify potential Blockchain applications in the attendee’s area of Defence. The feasibility of these potential use cases will be assessed, investigating the value they could create and requirements for implementation.
 
Attend in order to:
·          Discuss the applications of this disruptive technology to your specific organisation and role
·          Gain understanding of how Blockchain will shape data use and financial transactions in order to streamline the logistics supply chain
·          Prepare your organisation for the advent of this technology in order to fully exploit its uses and protect against its risks
Ben Parish, Head of Innovation Exploitation, Defence Digital at UK MoD

Ben Parish

Head of Innovation Exploitation, Defence Digital
UK MoD

Simon Thomas, Digital Technologies Specialist, Defence Digital at UK MoD

Simon Thomas

Digital Technologies Specialist, Defence Digital
UK MoD

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm COFFEE & NETWORKING

4:15 pm - 5:45 pm WORKSHOP C: FORCE MOBILITY AND EASTERN EUROPE AND THE FOCSANI GATE

While NATO and U.S. Army war planners are focused on the Baltic Region of Europe, and specifically the Suwalki Gap, one area that faces potential kinetic action is in Southeastern Europe, specifically Romania and the Focsani Gate.  This won’t happen today or tomorrow, but five years out is right around the corner.  Russia’s intent remains to take control of former Soviet Bloc countries and to expand its ‘warm water’ port capability and operational area.  At what point will NATO respond to any Russian aggression toward the Focsani Gate, by land or sea, in Romania?  NATO cannot wait until this occurs…it must plan now with their EU counterparts in deterrence in several key areas: GLOC, ALOC, Ports, military mobility prepositioning, training, etc.  If NATO cannot sustain operations, then our deterrence efforts are hollow we must move as fast or faster than the Russian Federation Forces.
 
A combined approach between the EU and NATO is imperative in establishing deterrence efforts. With China’s recent withdrawal of infrastructure funding for Eastern Europe, this is the time for the EU to ramp-up and fund infrastructure projects for CY 2020-2017.  Motorways capable of crossing through and around the Carpathian Mountains is paramount as well as upgrading the railroad system in the region. 
 
Attend in order to:
·          Gain further insight into how Force Mobility can be enhanced with the case study of a key NATO geo-strategic challenge
·          Discuss how your solution fits into the wider picture with other experts and practitioners
·          Align your work with the priorities of a world market leader in bridging and the latest NATO thinking 
Steve Danner, Military Sales and Marketing Manager at Acrow Bridging

Steve Danner

Military Sales and Marketing Manager
Acrow Bridging

5:45 pm - 5:50 pm CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE FOCUS DAY