29 - 30 April, 2020 | London, UK

Conference Day One

8:00 am - 9:00 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

9:00 am - 9:10 am CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS

Mr Tony Reeves, Director at Level 7 Expertise

Mr Tony Reeves

Director
Level 7 Expertise

9:10 am - 9:50 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: THE DEVELOPMENT OF UAS AND THE NEED FOR IMPROVED AIR DEFENCE

·          Developing improved air defences to meet the threat of rapidly developing UAS
·          Prioritising technological superiority in order to deliver effective C-UAS to the hands of warfighters
·          Research into current trends that will effect the future C-UAS capabilities
Dr Juanita Christensen, Director, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Centre at US Army

Dr Juanita Christensen

Director, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Centre
US Army

·          Preparing troops for the future threat environment: Outlining emerging requirements and capability gaps
·          Assessing current capabilities and ways to enhance short-range air defence
·          Identifying procurement priorities and development plans
Colonel Giles Malec, Colonel Giles Malec, Commander, Joint GBAD at British Army

Colonel Giles Malec

Colonel Giles Malec, Commander, Joint GBAD
British Army

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Parrott, GBAD Plans & Transformation, Capability Ground Manoeuvre at British Army Headquarters

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Parrott

GBAD Plans & Transformation, Capability Ground Manoeuvre
British Army Headquarters

10:30 am - 11:10 am APPROACHING C-UAS CHALLENGES THROUGH HOLISTIC AIR DEFENCE CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT

·          Assessing capability gaps in order to identify where priorities should be
·          Focusing on interoperability to better share information, overcome challenges and validate the development of your C-UAS capabilities
·          Integrating surveillance and engagement capabilities to deliver maximum effect in identifying and engaging hostile UAS
Brigadier General Antonio Messenio Zanitti, Commander, Air Defence at Italian Army

Brigadier General Antonio Messenio Zanitti

Commander, Air Defence
Italian Army

11:10 am - 11:40 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 am - 12:20 pm CONSOLIDATING AIR DEFENCE THROUGH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CLEARER C-UAS TRAINING DOCTRINE

·          Keeping C-UAS training capabilities up to date and in line with technological developments in industry
·          Integrating a greater appreciation of height and reach into ground forces training for better battlefield awareness
·          More attention to interoperability through multi-national training exercises in order to develop shared understanding and mutual cooperation
Colonel Gary Beard, TRADOC Capability Manager, Short Range Air Defence Artillery at US Army

Colonel Gary Beard

TRADOC Capability Manager, Short Range Air Defence Artillery
US Army

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm CHANGING TRENDS, SPACES AND RISKS OF CONSUMER DRONES

·          Examining the growing deployment, trialing, and imaginative cultures of consumer and DIY drones
·          Consumer drones as military assets and threats: Examining the opportunities and threats
·          Swarming activity, drone racing and DIY innovation: How small drones will challenge the future spaces of conflict and risk
Dr Anna Jackman, Lecturer in Political Geography, Royal Holloway at University of London

Dr Anna Jackman

Lecturer in Political Geography, Royal Holloway
University of London

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm C-UAS, NOT ONLY TECHNICALLY, BUT ALSO TACTICALLY SPEAKING

·          Conceptualising future threat and how it will affect the development of training and tactics
·          Evaluating past methods against the context of UAS development
·          Establishing a clear framework for effective tactics against hostile UAS
Lieutenant Colonel Luis Algara, Chief of Department of Tactics, Techniques and Gunnery at Spanish Army

Lieutenant Colonel Luis Algara

Chief of Department of Tactics, Techniques and Gunnery
Spanish Army

·          Adapting and repurposing existing C-UAS capabilities to improve rapid response to threats
·          The importance of improving ISR to predict UAS flight patterns and demonstrate superior awareness
·          Integrating sophisticated sensor systems to increase the effectiveness of detecting and classifying small UAS
·          Update on current approaches in the Netherlands and plans to develop capabilities to meet future threats
Lieutenant Colonel Rob Olthoff, Incoming Head, Netherlands Ground Based Air and Missile Defence Knowledge Centre at Royal Netherlands Army

Lieutenant Colonel Rob Olthoff

Incoming Head, Netherlands Ground Based Air and Missile Defence Knowledge Centre
Royal Netherlands Army

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm CASE STUDY: UKRAINIAN EXPERIENCE WITH DEFEATING ADVERSARIAL UAS

·          Examining adversarial use of UAS for surveillance and offensive purposes in eastern Ukraine
·          Evaluating current capabilities and technological requirements to enhance troop protection and counter insurgency
·          Assessing engagement methods to disrupt operation of malicious drones
Major General Borys Kremenetskyi, Defence Attache at Ukrainian Armed Forces

Major General Borys Kremenetskyi

Defence Attache
Ukrainian Armed Forces

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

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm DEVELOPING COUNTER-UAS DOCTRINE THAT CAN BE LEGALLY SOUND AND OPERATIONALLY EFFECTIVE

·          Strategies for the short and long-term to counter the threat of hostile drones
·          Risk-based analysis of drones in the French national airspace
·          Balancing regulations with counter-drone capability and trying to establish a clear Counter UAS doctrine
Colonel Christophe Michel, Secretariat-General for National Defence and Security at French Government

Colonel Christophe Michel

Secretariat-General for National Defence and Security
French Government

5:10 pm - 5:50 pm EXPLOITING RADAR MICRO-DOPPLER FOR SMALL UAS CLASSIFICATION

·          Discussion on detecting and tracking small drones using Multistatic Doppler radar
·          Micro-Doppler phenomenology and it’s use in target classification
·          Discussion of UCL field experiments classifying small UAS and various large birds
·          Estimating payload weight from Micro-Doppler signatures
Dr Clayton Stewart, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London

Dr Clayton Stewart

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University College London

5:50 pm - 6:00 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF DAY ONE

Mr Tony Reeves, Director at Level 7 Expertise

Mr Tony Reeves

Director
Level 7 Expertise