Conference Day One
8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration and Welcome Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:10 am Chairman's Opening Remarks
9:10 am - 9:50 am OPENING HOST NATION ADDRESS: BRIGADE 2035 AND PREPARING FOR FUTURE CONFLICTS
· Overview of changing infantry firepower development programmes
· Improving survivability and firepower
· Changing training and tactics for 2035
9:50 am - 10:30 am THE ROLE OF LIGHT MOBILE MORTARS SYSTEMS IN THE NEW HYBRID WAR SCENARIO
· Characteristics of Current and probably future war scenario.
· Multi-role Brigades and how mortars will support their mission.
· Resurrection of heavy mortar through Light Mobile Mortars in current scenario.
· To be heavy or to be light, that is the question.
· New developments for even highly mobile units
10:30 am - 11:10 am SWARM INTELLIGENCE – AI AND AUTONOMY IN MORTAR SYSTEMS
· The AFC programme; preparing for tomorrows fight today
· Technological developments within an articulated design
· The role of the U.S Army’s mortar systems
Colonel Ángel Esparza LópezCommanding Officer, Lusitania Regiment
11:10 am - 11:40 am Morning Coffee and Networking
11:40 am - 12:20 pm FIRE SUPPORT TO SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNITS – A BELGIAN VIEW
· Mid-term up-date on 81mm mortar programme
· Operational feedback from live ground forces
· Changing training, tactics and procedure
12:20 pm - 12:40 pm INDUSTRY PRESENTATION - ESG
12:40 pm - 1:20 pm REVIEWING AND REGENERATING FIRE SUPPORT CAPABILITY
· Planning fire support structures and capabilities for the future battlespace
· Upgrading and interlinking command and control systems
· Operational strategies for the mortar platoon
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm Lunch and Networking
2:20 pm - 3:00 pm PREPARING FOR TOMORROWS FIGHT THROUGH A REASSESSMENT OF INFANTRY POWER
· Identifying the challenges of future land operations: complex, unpredictable and hybrid confrontations
· Why technological superiority is crucial for simultaneous efforts on different front
· The significance of dynamic and manoeuvrable equipment: land and sea potential
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm PANEL: EFFECTIVELY RESPONDING TO HYBRID WARFARE CONVENTIONAL CONFLICTs AGAINST A PEER ADVERSARY IN CONTESTED BATTLESPACES
· How best to respond to the growing amount of data being generated by advanced sensors combined with the prospect of operating in an information warfare-heavy battlespace with limitations on communications to update the common operating picture
· Does current C2 infrastructure require a complete re-think as we depend heavily on networks?
· How does our vision of ISR need to evolve in scenarios where we do not have air superiority or air dominance?
· What systems and technologies can be implemented address this and how does that affect force structure?
3:40 pm - 12:00 am Afternoon Tea and Networking
4:10 pm - 4:50 pm RETHINKING COMMAND & CONTROL IN THE DISRUPTED BATTLESPACE
· Understanding the disrupted information-warfare heavy environment
· Identifying the flexible, effective and survivable fires problems within a contested domain
· Impact on communications and limits on updating the common operating picture
· Rethinking command and control in a C2 degraded and denied environment
4:50 pm - 5:30 pm MILITARY MODERNISATION: THE IMPORTANCE OF MANOEUVRABILITY IN DISPERSED OPERATIONS
· Why mortar procurement programmes is a long-term solution
· Increased fire power and manoeuvrability: acquisition of 62 self-propelled mortars
· Restructuring infantry brigades to manage the renewed investment in technology