19 - 21 November, 2019 | Hotel Swissôtel Tallinn, Tallinn, Estonia

MAIN CONFERENCE DAY TWO

8:20 am - 8:50 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

8:50 am - 9:00 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

General (retd.) Riho Terras, Commander at Estonian Defence Forces (2011-2018)

General (retd.) Riho Terras

Commander
Estonian Defence Forces (2011-2018)

9:00 am - 9:40 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: DEVELOPING AND PROCURING BOTH CONVENTIONAL AND LEAP-AHEAD MUNITIONS TO INCREASE COMBAT POWER

·         The Picatinny Arsenal’s commitment to developing munitions to help drive the development of Fires within the US Army
·         Prioritising range within the LRPF CFT and how munitions will help deliver this
·         Future plans that will define US Army munitions development for the next five years
Brigadier General Alfred Abramson III, Head, Joint Program Executive Office Armaments and Ammunition at US Army

Brigadier General Alfred Abramson III

Head, Joint Program Executive Office Armaments and Ammunition
US Army

9:40 am - 10:20 am ESTONIAN MUNITIONS REQUIREMENTS AND ITS ABILITY TO MODERNISE FIRES CAPABILITIES

·         Estonian Defence Forces ongoing munitions procurement: 81mm and 155mm requirements
·         The role of munitions as the second phase of Estonian Defences Forces Fires modernisation
·         Type of munitions that are required and justifications for shaping the Estonian Artillery around these
Kusti Salm, Armaments Director at Estonian Defence Investments Centre

Kusti Salm

Armaments Director
Estonian Defence Investments Centre

10:20 am - 11:00 am PANEL DISCUSSION: MUNITIONS ACQUISITION AND PREPARING FOR MULTI-DOMAIN CONFLICT

A natural consequence of preparing for multi-domain operations, extending fires range and delivering new fires capabilities into the hands of the warfighter is that munitions must also develop to facilitate this transition. This panel discussion will aim to cover how militaries will modernise their munitions portfolio in order to ensure that the long term development of fires is supported by a diverse range of effectors.
 
Panellists will discuss:
·         How does the unique security situation in Eastern Europe affect the acquisition of various munitions and what should be prioritised?
·         Which munitions technologies will have the greatest effect on warfighting in the next ten years?
·         How will the use of unmanned systems affect the development of munitions?
General (retd.) Riho Terras, Commander at Estonian Defence Forces (2011-2018)

General (retd.) Riho Terras

Commander
Estonian Defence Forces (2011-2018)

11:00 am - 11:30 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:30 am - 12:10 pm UK JOINT FIRES - ‘TRAIN AS WE FIGHT; TRAIN AS WE ARE FOUGHT’

·         Delivering the training continuum – the RSA perspective
·         Simulation in training – what, where and how?
·         Our risk appetite in delivering realism.
Lieutenant Colonel David Clarke, Chief of Staff, Royal School of Artillery at British Army

Lieutenant Colonel David Clarke

Chief of Staff, Royal School of Artillery
British Army

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm DIGITALIZATION OF FIRE SUPPORT COMMAND AND CONTROL AS A KEY INTEROPERABILITY REQUIREMENT IN MULTINATIONAL OPERATIONS BETWEEN EFFECTIVENESS AND VULNERABILITIES

·         Increasing responsiveness, effectiveness and accuracy of fire support among partners in multinational operations using digital integrated systems
·         Developments and achievements for Romanian artillery command and control system to become fully interoperable within a multinational fire support force
·         When and how can digital fires be highly vulnerable • Updating and refocusing Romanian artillery training to preserve responsiveness of indirect fires in degraded operations
Lieutenant Colonel Radu Monoranu, Deputy Commander, Field Artillery and Air Defence Artillery Training Centre at Romanian Land Forces

Lieutenant Colonel Radu Monoranu

Deputy Commander, Field Artillery and Air Defence Artillery Training Centre
Romanian Land Forces

12:50 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm IMPROVE THE SPEED OF DECISION MAKING THROUGH NETWORKED JOINT FIRES AND DATA DELIVERY

·         Characterising German Army warfighting concepts for today’s multi-domain environment
·         Equipping the future force: requirements informed by threat
·         Air-land challenges for the joint fires force
Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Kraft, Head of Artillery and Joint Fires Branch, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre at German Army

Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Kraft

Head of Artillery and Joint Fires Branch, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre
German Army

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm MAINTAINING HIGH READINESS FOR FIRES OPERATIONS

·         29 Commando within the Royal Artillery: the only ‘Commando’ trained Artillery Regiment in the British Army
·         Current challenges and identifying priorities to overcome them
·         Roadmap for the future to build fires capability and readiness for expeditionary warfare
Major Elwyn Clarke, 79 (Kirkee) Battery Commander, 29 Commando, Royal Artillery at British Army

Major Elwyn Clarke

79 (Kirkee) Battery Commander, 29 Commando, Royal Artillery
British Army

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm SLOVAK ARMED FORCES LONG RANGE ARTILLERY ACQUISITION

·         An update on the procurement of 25 Zuzana 2 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers and progress towards 2022
·         Improving interoperability with other NATO weapons systems and munitions
·         Implementing new training to support the development of long range artillery forces
Major Marek Uchal, VSD Artillery Specialist at Slovak Ground Forces

Major Marek Uchal

VSD Artillery Specialist
Slovak Ground Forces

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm THE DEVELOPMENT OF HYBRID ARTILLERY UNITS AND THEIR POTENTIAL CONTRIBUTION TO FIRES

·         Multi-calibre weapons and their ability to provide a cost-effective solution to the challenges of fires capability building
·         Potential disadvantages to this approach and challenges for maintaining range and manoeuvrability
·         Viability of hybrid artillery units at the brigade and battalion level as a solution to future challenges
Confirmed representative, - at Hungarian Armed Forces

Confirmed representative

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Hungarian Armed Forces

5:10 pm - 5:20 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF MAIN CONFERENCE

General (retd.) Riho Terras, Commander at Estonian Defence Forces (2011-2018)

General (retd.) Riho Terras

Commander
Estonian Defence Forces (2011-2018)