24 - 26 September, 2019 | Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Agenda Day 1

8:00 - 8:45 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

General Sir Richard Barrons, Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016) at Conference Chairman

General Sir Richard Barrons

Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016)
Conference Chairman

9:00 - 9:30 OPENING KEYNOTE: THE TRANSFORMATION IMPERATIVE AND THE UK JOINT FORCE APPROACH TO FULL SPECTRUM EFFECTS

  • The UK’s path to modernising, mobilising, transforming capability through rapid innovation
  • Innovation, Integration and Information: exploiting digital technology to retain the competitive edge
  • MILTECH: experimentation and prototyping to field technology in the nearest future
  • Creating an innovative system to field disruptive innovation at a rapid pace

9:30 - 10:00 ENABLING A MORE LETHAL, RESILIENT, INNOVATIVE JOINT FORCE

Vice Admiral Paul Bennett CB OBE - Chief of Staff to Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO
  • Outlining NATO SHAPE’s role in the planning and execution of combined, effects-based operations
  • Delivering, Disrupting, Implementing: ACT’s strategy  to produce improvements in capability for the Warfighter for today and tomorrow
  • Adopting a data-centric approach to Command & Control and complex decision-making
  • Enabling information sharing for experimentation and analytics amongst NATO nations 
  • Augmenting agility and adoption of innovation and commercial technologies 
Vice Admiral Paul Bennett CB OBE, Chief of Staff to Supreme Allied Commander Transformation at NATO

Vice Admiral Paul Bennett CB OBE

Chief of Staff to Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
NATO

10:00 - 10:30 RETAINING STRATEGIC OVERMATCH AGAINST NEAR-PEER COMPETITORS

Rear Admiral Tateki Tawara - Director General C4I Department MSO, Japanese Defence Force
  • Overview of the evolving threat environment and regional defence and security dynamics
  • Transforming ISR to enhance PED of intelligence and discern actionable intelligence more rapidly
  • Modernising computing systems to access, retrieve, manipulate, merge, analyse, and visualise data at machine speed
  • Addressing cyber challenges proactively in line with the cross-domain strategy 
  • Advancing network resilience and assessing ways to identify vulnerabilities early to make intrusion detection in near-real time
Rear Admiral Tateki Tawara, Director General C4I Department MSO at Japanese Defence Force

Rear Admiral Tateki Tawara

Director General C4I Department MSO
Japanese Defence Force

  • Mapping out the morphing nature of global threats, the acceleration of technological development, and preparing the Warfighter for challenges of Tomorrow 
  • Human Capital: How can we exploit disruptive advances to nurture talents, enhance organisational effectiveness, and facilitate strategic leader development and decision-making?
  • How can we incorporate virtual reality and sophisticated decision-making tools to transform strategic leader development?
  • Training and Educating People: retaining and developing human capital through experimentation and demonstration of new ideas
General Sir Richard Barrons, Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016) at Conference Chairman

General Sir Richard Barrons

Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016)
Conference Chairman

Vice Admiral Paul Bennett CB OBE, Chief of Staff to Supreme Allied Commander Transformation at NATO

Vice Admiral Paul Bennett CB OBE

Chief of Staff to Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
NATO

Lieutenant General Ferenc Korom, Chief of Defence at Hungarian Armed Forces

Lieutenant General Ferenc Korom

Chief of Defence
Hungarian Armed Forces

Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harley, President, U.S. Naval War College at US Navy

Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harley

President, U.S. Naval War College
US Navy

11:00 - 11:30 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:30 - 12:00 THE MANNED, UNMANNED AND AUTONOMOUS MIX IN THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT

Rear Admiral Andrew Burns OBE - Commander Maritime Forces, Royal Navy
  • Fast-tracking new projects to accelerate procurement and delivery of innovative technologies to the modern Warfighter
  • Developing autonomous mine-hunters to minimise human risk and enhance capability against underwater threats
  • Overhauling traditional procurement mentality and infusing latest technology into RN force structure, streamlining R&D initiatives 
Rear Admiral Andrew Burns OBE, Commander Maritime Forces at Royal Navy

Rear Admiral Andrew Burns OBE

Commander Maritime Forces
Royal Navy

12:00 - 12:30 MILITARY COMMAND & CONTROL AND AUTONOMY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Brigadier Kevin Copsey OBE - Head Future Force Development, Directorate of Capability, British Army
  • Addressing software architecture, data analytics, and information integration  to support autonomy
  • Minimising the physical and cognitive load on the Warfighter by leveraging unmanned platforms and AI-enabled technologies
  • Transforming Command & Control and accelerating decision-making through big data analytics 
  • Outlining current experimentation efforts to develop remotely-piloted vehicles for infantry support, logistics operations, and combat
Brigadier Kevin Copsey OBE, Head Future Force Development, Directorate of Capability at British Army

Brigadier Kevin Copsey OBE

Head Future Force Development, Directorate of Capability
British Army

  • Overview of the Autonomous Warrior Exercise and lessons learned
  • Bringing disruption to the battlefield through Robotic Warfare Systems 
  • Advancing multi-mission unmanned vehicles for the increasingly complex operating environment in the land domain 
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Riho Terras, Former Chief of Defence at Estonian Defence Forces

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Riho Terras

Former Chief of Defence
Estonian Defence Forces

  • How will unmanned platforms and RAS transform the battlefield?
  • What are your current experimentation and prototyping initiatives to advance multi-mission UGVs?
  • What are the main challenges associated with fielding UGVs in the near-term? 
  • How will software support the creation of a common operating environment and the integration of UGVs into force structure?
  • What are the challenges of advancing information integration across a GVA? How can militaries advance AI and data analytics to support human-machine teaming? 
  • How can industry support efforts to accelerate delivery of unmanned and autonomous technologies?  
Melanie Rovery, Editor UGVs at Jane’s

Melanie Rovery

Editor UGVs
Jane’s

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Riho Terras, Former Chief of Defence at Estonian Defence Forces

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Riho Terras

Former Chief of Defence
Estonian Defence Forces

Brigadier Kevin Copsey OBE, Head Future Force Development, Directorate of Capability at British Army

Brigadier Kevin Copsey OBE

Head Future Force Development, Directorate of Capability
British Army

Brigadier Ian Langford, Director General Future Land Warfare at Australian Army

Brigadier Ian Langford

Director General Future Land Warfare
Australian Army

13:30 - 14:30 NETWORKING LUNCH

  • Outlining USAF’s Pilot Training Next Programme
  • Examining the PTN initiative and methods to make the Air Force more agile, adaptive, and lethal
  • Tailoring the training environment for the individual student through VR/AR, advanced biometrics, artificial intelligence, and data analytics
  • Refining training techniques to maintain high readiness and operational capability for combat in contested battlespaces 
Major General Mark E. Weathering, Deputy Commander, Air Education and Training Command at US Air Force

Major General Mark E. Weathering

Deputy Commander, Air Education and Training Command
US Air Force

15:00 - 15:30 HOW A SINGLE SYNTHETIC ENVIRONMENT TRANSFORMS C2, TRAINING, PLANNING AND EXPERIMENTATION

Major General Jim Morris - Director, Joint Warfare, UK JFC
  • Pursuing MILTECH and exploiting the potential of simulation for decision support
  • Developing interoperable, accessible and deployable synthetic environment to support decision making at all levels of warfare
  • Enhancing Ingestion of real time intelligence to provide course of action analysis faster than real time in both the planning and execution of operations
  • Allowing commanders to visualise, simulate and interact with highly complex problems prior to informing agile real-world decision making
  • Informing agile real-world decision making and hosting test and evaluation; war gaming; and mission rehearsal activity
Major General Jim Morris, Director, Joint Warfare at UK JFC

Major General Jim Morris

Director, Joint Warfare
UK JFC

  • Modeling training in the context of future multi-domain operations. How can we facilitate experimentation to augment the value of synthetic training?
  • How can we leverage technologies of the future to deliver next-generation training? What role will VR and AR have in wargaming?
  • How can we improve the linkage of synthetic mission training systems and simulator networks to enable multi-entry and multi-location training exercises?
  • How can we enhance delivery of high-fidelity simulations and provide the Warfighter the opportunity to exercise all Warfighting Functions across the full Operational Environment?
Air Marshal (Ret'd) Sir Christopher Harper KBE, Former Director General at NATO International Military Staff

Air Marshal (Ret'd) Sir Christopher Harper KBE

Former Director General
NATO International Military Staff

Major General Mark E. Weathering, Deputy Commander, Air Education and Training Command at US Air Force

Major General Mark E. Weathering

Deputy Commander, Air Education and Training Command
US Air Force

Major General Jim Morris, Director, Joint Warfare at UK JFC

Major General Jim Morris

Director, Joint Warfare
UK JFC

16:00 - 16:30 AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

  • Pursuing a five domain approach: rapidly incorporating space and cyberspace as domains of operation to protect critical networks and national infrastructure
  • Gaining and retaining the information advantage through effective collection, analysis and dissemination of vast quantities of data 
  • Facilitating prototyping and experimentation in artificial intelligence, machine-learning, man-machine teaming and automation to deliver the needed disruptive effects 
Major General Rob Magowan CB CBE, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Capability and Force Design), at UK MoD

Major General Rob Magowan CB CBE

Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Capability and Force Design),
UK MoD

17:00 - 17:30 CLOSING KEYNOTE: TRANSFORMING CAPABILITY THROUGH TO 2026 AND BEYOND: A HUNGARIAN PERSPECTIVE

Lieutenant General Ferenc Korom - Chief of Defence, Hungarian Armed Forces
  • Evaluating the Zrínyi 2026 modernisation programme and its implications for training
  • Enhancing cooperation with international partners to share knowledge and build a foundation for innovation
  • Strengthening capability for hybrid confrontation and operations in the ‘grey zone’ 
  • Exploiting opportunities offered by modern technology to maintain military advantage and keep pace with technological development
Lieutenant General Ferenc Korom, Chief of Defence at Hungarian Armed Forces

Lieutenant General Ferenc Korom

Chief of Defence
Hungarian Armed Forces

18:00 - 18:10 CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE

General Sir Richard Barrons - Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016), Conference Chairman
General Sir Richard Barrons, Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016) at Conference Chairman

General Sir Richard Barrons

Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016)
Conference Chairman