Conference Day One





Morning Day One

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

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Lieutenant General Sir David Capewell (Ret)

Former Chief of Joint Operations
British Armed Forces

9:15 am - 9:30 am RESERVED FOR OPENING CEREMONY AND MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

9:30 am - 10:00 am HOST NATION OPENING ADDRESS: THE FUTURE PLANS OF THE ROYAL MARINES

Major General Matthew Holmes - Commandant General, Royal Marines
  • Understanding and countering the current threat environment, including the rise of A2AD and the role of disruptive technologies
  • Delivering an integrated approach of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines to effectively meet future threats
  • The Future Commando Force transformation Programme
  • An overview of the Littoral Strike Programme
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Major General Matthew Holmes

Commandant General
Royal Marines

10:00 am - 10:30 am NAVAL EXPEDITIONARY FORCE DEVELOPMENT AND FORCE STRUCTURE ASSESSMENT

Major General Mark R. Wise - Deputy Commanding General, MCCDC, US Marine Corps
  • Furthering greater integration between the Navy and Marine Corps in order to create capabilities that support fleet operations and naval campaigns
  • Review of the 2019 Force Structure Assessment designed to inform future amphibious requirements
  • Concept for a new fleet design of smaller, more lethal, and more risk-worthy platforms
  • Building one force – optimized for naval expeditionary warfare in contested spaces, purpose-built to facilitate sea-denial and assured access in support of the fleets
  • The Marine Corps as a critical enabler of the Joint Force
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Major General Mark R. Wise

Deputy Commanding General, MCCDC
US Marine Corps

Morning Day One

10:30 am - 11:00 am MORNING COFFEE & NETWORKING

11:00 am - 11:30 am REQUIREMENTS FOR THE UK’S AMPHIBIOUS FORCES IN THE FUTURE OPERATING ENVIRONMENT: STRATEGIC CONTEXT

Dr Jack Watling - Research Fellow, Land Warfare, Royal United Services Institute
  • The emphasis of littoral operations must shift from manoeuvre inland to positional warfare which aims to secure and control key nodes within the littoral zone.
  • Operations within the littoral must balance traditional concerns with seizing ground with efforts to constrain an opponent’s freedom of action in littoral regions and thus exercise effective control.
  • Operating in littoral regions will require the current exclusive emphasis on big deck assault ships to be modified in favour of a scalable force capable of operating within an opponent’s anti-access bubble in order to degrade it and thus enable the insertion of heavier follow-on forces.
  • The concepts which guide littoral strike must be conceptually focused on enabling access for the Joint Force to exploit, and thereby achieve strategic effect.



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Dr Jack Watling

Research Fellow, Land Warfare
Royal United Services Institute

11:30 am - 12:00 pm SHAPING US AMPHIBIOUS DOCTRINE TO MEET THE 38th COMMANDANT'S PLANNING GUIDANCE 2019

Mr. Scott Kinner - Head Of Department, Doctrine and Standards, Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group
  • An overview of the role of the MCTOG in relation to shaping doctrine in the wake of the 38th CPG 2019
  • How MCTOG shapes and creates doctrine, including through the use of wargames and simulation
  • An overview of US thought-leadership around the role of ground combat forces in A2/AD environments
  • Integrating Marine Corps command and control with US Navy composite warfare command C2
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Mr. Scott Kinner

Head Of Department, Doctrine and Standards
Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm SHAPING THE UK’S AMPHIBIOUS CAPABILITY: THE FUTURE OF BRITISH LITTORAL STRIKE OPERATIONS, AND THE FUTURE COMMANDO FORCE

Lieutenant General Sir David Capewell (Ret) - Former Chief of Joint Operations, British Armed Forces
Colonel Mark Totten - Programme Director, Future Commando Force, Royal Marines
This panel discussion brings together the officers at the forefront of the UK’s rapidly changing littoral/amphibious strike capability. This panel will talk through the developments in UK thinking around the future of its amphibious capability; practical developments on the road to achieving the Future Commando Force; and the further definition of future requirements.

Key questions covered will include:

  • The future of the Littoral Strike Ship
  • Doctrinal/organisational changes in the way the Royal Navy and Marines operate
  • How the Future Commando Force will meet the A2AD threat
  • Deploying amphibious forces in the face of aggressive peer/near-peer actions


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Lieutenant General Sir David Capewell (Ret)

Former Chief of Joint Operations
British Armed Forces

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Colonel Mark Totten

Programme Director, Future Commando Force
Royal Marines

Afternoon Day One

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm TODAY’S SECURITY ENVIRONMENT AND THE NEED FOR A FLEXIBLE AMPHIBIOUS RESPONSE OPTION: PROJECTING POWER FROM SHIP-TO-OBJECTIVE ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF OPERATIONS

Rear Admiral Ewa Skoog-Haslum - Chief, Royal Swedish Navy
  • The changing nature of dominance at sea and sea-control within a contested environment
  • Delivering the ability to operate in coastal zones, river delta and harbor areas, and in other types of environments, such as desert areas, at any time
  • The drive to deliver cutting edge hard power across the globe 
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Rear Admiral Ewa Skoog-Haslum

Chief
Royal Swedish Navy

Anti-Access and Area Denial (A2AD) and modern close-in air defence system (CIADS) present a challenge for amphibious forces and joint forcible entry operations (JFEO) in mutually contested
spaces. The realities created by the proliferation of precision long-range fires, mines, and other smart-weapons must be accepted and innovative ways to overcome those threat capabilities must be sought.

Troops making landfall in the amphibious operations of today do so in much the same way that their grandfathers and great-grandfathers did during World War 2: via amphibious assault vehicles and landing craft. Today, we can add air-cushioned vehicles to these modes of transports, along with rotary-wing aircraft. But the fact remains that the process of getting troops from ship to shore takes about as long today as it did in 1944 – but now our troops are faced with the additional challenge of the A2AD threat, which renders whole swathes of ocean impossible (or at least unreasonably costly) to navigate – and the traditional large, slow connectors unacceptably vulnerable on their approach to the shore. The challenge of meeting the ship-shore demand in an environment where there is an active A2D threat is therefore probably the greatest challenge faced by any amphibious force today.

This panel will look into the role of Organic Aviation in mitigating this threat, as part of a wider Joint Force approach. We will examine new technologies and new doctrines that are – or will – make it possible for amphibious forces to answer the ship-shore connector challenge, in the era of the A2AD threat.

  • Leaving aside the technologies of tomorrow, is there a ‘go-to’ approach for the application of organic aviation today which can mitigate the A2AD threat?
  • What is the likely contribution of UAS and EW technologies in reducing risk to not only the amphibious force itself, but also manned air platforms providing support to the landing force?
  • How can forces meet the connector challenge in environments where aviation is denied? Does the answer lie in light vehicles that can navigate A2AD detection systems undetected?
  • Unmanned systems offer the ability to deceive and misdirect using assets that can be risked, what role can robotics and unmanned systems play to deliver mass and lethality at reach on target?


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Lieutenant General Sir David Capewell (Ret)

Former Chief of Joint Operations
British Armed Forces

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Nick Childs

Senior Fellow, Naval Forces and Maritime Security
International Institute for Strategic Studies

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Colonel Patrik Gardesten

Commander, First Marine Regiment
Swedish Navy

Afternoon Day One

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

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm GAINING AND MAINTAINING THE INFORMATION ADVANTAGE IN AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm THE IMPORTANCE OF INNOVATION IN AN UNSTABLE WORLD: CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE FUTURE COMMANDO FORCE

Colonel Dan Cheesman - Chief Technology Officer, Royal Navy
  • UK NavyX accelerator program to get battle-winning technology straight into the hands of our warfighters
  • How Royal Marines might fight in the future against an increasingly technologically-advanced adversary
  • How technology can be rapidly procured, tested and iterated upon in an agile acquisition model
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Colonel Dan Cheesman

Chief Technology Officer
Royal Navy

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm INTERACTIVE CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING THOUGHTS AND KEY TAKE-AWAYS

Lieutenant General Sir David Capewell (Ret) - Former Chief of Joint Operations, British Armed Forces
Led by Sir David, this session will summarise the day’s central discussion points and highlight key take-aways. The session will include open discussion with delegates to round off a busy day and draw out some key lessons learned and challenges identifies.

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Lieutenant General Sir David Capewell (Ret)

Former Chief of Joint Operations
British Armed Forces

6:00 pm - 6:00 pm END OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE