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

MAIN CONFERENCE DAY ONE

8:00 am - 8:50 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

8:50 am - 9:00 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

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General Sir Peter Wall



9:00 am - 9:30 am HOST NATION WELCOME ADDRESS


The Right Honourable Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence at HM Government

The Right Honourable Ben Wallace MP

Secretary of State for Defence
HM Government

9:30 am - 10:00 am ENSURING JOINT FORCE SUSTAINMENT IN VARIED FUTURE OPERATING ENVIRONMENTS

·          Assessing recent acquisitions, ongoing procurements and future requirements within Combat Support
·          Enhancing the UK MoD’s ability to project capability and remain agile across many operating environments
·          Identifying key capability gaps for enhancing force sustainment in theatre
Rear Admiral Andy Kyte, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Log Ops) at UK MoD

Rear Admiral Andy Kyte

Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Log Ops)
UK MoD

10:00 am - 10:30 am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: COMBAT SUPPORT WITHIN A COMPLEX MULTI-NATIONAL FRAMEWORK

·          Responding to challenges of delivering Combat Support on multi-national operations
·          Particular NATO geo-strategic concerns and a roadmap towards more effective interoperability within Combat Support
·          Development of frameworks to improve support at the Operational Edge
Major General Anthony Funkhouser, Deputy Commanding General, Military and International Operations at US Army Corps of Engineers

Major General Anthony Funkhouser

Deputy Commanding General, Military and International Operations
US Army Corps of Engineers

10:30 am - 11:00 am SPONSOR KEYNOTE: MEETING FUTURE FORCE MOBILITY REQUIREMENTS NOW TO ENHANCE THE WARFIGHTER’S PLAN

·          Company Overview, Functions and Military Applications, Industry Assistance
·          Program of Record and Operational Needs Statement Testing Overview
·          Deterrence Requires Speed: Recognition, Decision, Assembly
Steve Danner, Military Sales and Marketing Manager at Acrow Bridging

Steve Danner

Military Sales and Marketing Manager
Acrow Bridging

11:00 am - 11:30 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:30 am - 12:00 pm SPONSOR KEYNOTE: MULTIFUNCTIONAL ROBOTIC SYSTEMS IN SERVICE OF COMBAT ENGINEERING OPERATIONS

·          Power vs. size: priorities and implications
·          Importance of combat experience
·          Safe distance to save lives
Mislav Manda, Area Sales and Marketing Director at DOK-ING Ltd.

Mislav Manda

Area Sales and Marketing Director
DOK-ING Ltd.

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm ACCELERATING SUPPORT INNOVATION ACROSS UK MoD

·          Outlining the opportunity for commercial and technological capabilities within the military context
·          Determining emerging technical requirements to increase power projection and advance Enhanced Forward Presence
·          Assessing recent acquisitions, procurement plans, and modernization programme s across UK MoD 
Air Vice Marshal Richard Hill CBE, Director Defence Support Transformation at UK Ministry of Defence

Air Vice Marshal Richard Hill CBE

Director Defence Support Transformation
UK Ministry of Defence

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm NATO CAPABILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR MILITARY ENGINEERING

·          Introduction to the process by which NATO establishes its capability requirements for Military Engineering
·          Consequences for Allied nations in procuring to meet these requirements
·          Case study: developments in modern military bridging and potential developments
Lieutenant Colonel Sean Matten, Deputy Director at NATO Military Engineering Centre of Excellence

Lieutenant Colonel Sean Matten

Deputy Director
NATO Military Engineering Centre of Excellence

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm COMBAT ENGINEERING IN THE AGE OF UNCERTAINTY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

·          Structure of the RCE and how it fits into the wide Canadian Armed Forces combat support structure
·          Current operational challenges within Canadian deployments internationally and development initiatives to address them
·          Commitment to NATO and a view into future contributions to multi-national operations
Colonel Kyle Solomon, Director, Royal Canadian Engineers at Canadian Armed Forces

Colonel Kyle Solomon

Director, Royal Canadian Engineers
Canadian Armed Forces

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm LOGISTICS CAPABILITIES TO SUPPORT THE FUTURE FORCE IN THEATRE

·          Bundeswehr priorities for acquiring new logistics capabilities
·          Germany as a 'transition' nation for materiel moving from West to East
·          Future operating environment and Bundeswehr plans to ensure national and Allied support for deployed operations
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Flor, Logistics Liaison Officer at Bundeswehr Logistics Command

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Flor

Logistics Liaison Officer
Bundeswehr Logistics Command

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm TRANSFORMING UK LOGISTICS IN AN ERA OF CONSTANT COMPETITION

·          The threats and logistic challenges of the 21st Century.
·          Structural transformation in flight.
·          Building a whole force and support network for the future
Major Stuart Lavery, 104 Logistic Support Brigade at British Army

Major Stuart Lavery

104 Logistic Support Brigade
British Army

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF MARINE COMBAT ENGINEERS FOR FUTURE OPERATIONS

·          Key challenges which are being prepared for
·          Operations in dense urban centres and trying to maintain freedom of manoeuvre for friendly forces
·          Training for Combat Support operations where speed and momentum are the decisive factors 
Colonel Michael Jernigan, Commanding Officer, Engineer School at US Marine Corps

Colonel Michael Jernigan

Commanding Officer, Engineer School
US Marine Corps

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm ESTABLISHING INFRASTRUCTURE AND BUILDING COMBAT POWER ASHORE IN EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE

Building combat power ashore and creating/maintaining expeditionary bases enables a forward, persistent integrated maritime defence in depth to selectively deny access to close and confined seas and create strategically coercive conditions to be successful in a conflict.  These operations are conducted in support of the operational commander’s scheme of manoeuvre, defence of partner territory, or to control or exploit key maritime terrain for sea control and denial operations.  Successfully building combat power ashore is a tactical concept that can apply to all types of amphibious or airborne operations, but generally involves overcoming access and sustainment challenges to gain and maintain entry to a potentially hostile area and allowing a force to conduct future operations.  Combat power built ashore must be sustainable and expeditionary bases should be designed to allow combat forces to persist forward of any base and enable hosted forces and capabilities to accomplish follow-on missions.
 
This workshop will discuss some key planning considerations and concepts to ensure a successful operation that will support the force by advancing sensors, shooters, and sustainment capabilities to achieve sea control and denial, and project power ashore.  The goal of this workshop will be to generate discussion and collaboration based on historical examples while also discussing current and future concepts.  We will attempt to highlight both successes and failures from history, and identify the necessary conditions for success (or failure) in the future fight.
Colonel Michael Jernigan, Commanding Officer, Engineer School at US Marine Corps

Colonel Michael Jernigan

Commanding Officer, Engineer School
US Marine Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Hollman, Operations Officer, Engineers School at US Marine Corps

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Hollman

Operations Officer, Engineers School
US Marine Corps

5:30 pm - 5:40 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE


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General Sir Peter Wall