29 - 31 October, 2019 | Madrid Marriott Auditorium, Madrid, Spain

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 López, Commanding Officer, Lusitania Regiment at Spanish Army

Colonel Ángel Esparza López

Commanding Officer, Lusitania Regiment
Spanish Army

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

5:30 pm - 5:40 pm Chairman's Closing Remarks