Conference Day One
7:00 am - 8:00 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
8:00 am - 8:30 am OPENING CEREMONY
Opening Remarks from Defence IQ
Opening Remarks from the Lead Sponsors & Conference Partner
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs
8:30 am - 9:00 am ENHANCING INTEROPERABILITY FOR MULTINATIONAL OPERATIONS
· Assessing the current threat environment and international initiatives to enhance multinational airpower delivery
· Planning, directing, coordinating, monitoring, analysing Air Policing operations to protect NATO airspace in an increasingly contested battlespace and an A2/AD environment
· Advancing interoperability and multi-domain capability to perform high-intensity operations now and in the future
· Evaluating recent training exercises and air-maritime integration in the Black Sea
· Addressing intelligence sharing across Air, Land, Sea, Cyber and Space
Lieutenant General Rubén C. García ServertCommander
NATO Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejon
9:00 am - 9:30 am INDUSTRY INSIGHTS EUROFIGHTER
11:00 am - 11:30 am DEFINING THE FUTURE COMBAT AIR SYSTEM
· The FCAS programme: defining the next generation fighter jet design
· Assessing the role of cloud computing in the future operating environment: enabling real-time communication, collection, and distribution of data
· Leveraging AI and enhancing sensor fusion to advance decision-making
· Evaluating stealth and radar-evasion
· Augmenting force through future unmanned, semi-autonomous, and autonomous aircraft
Major General Jean-Pascal BretonProgramme Lead FCAS
French Air Force
10:00 am - 10:30 am CHANGING PERSPECTIVES IN FUTURE AIR POWER
· Leveraging the combined operational capabilities of connected platforms
· Using force multipliers for mission effectiveness and enhancing survivability
· Leveraging decision-superiority—the key to victory
· Implementing an incremental spiral development approach to meet operational & technical challenges
Bruno FichefeuxHead of Future Combat Air System (FCAS)
Airbus Defence & Space
10:30 am - 11:00 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING
11:00 am - 11:30 am PROVIDING A RESPONSIVE AND SCALABLE FORCE
· Achieving real time adaptation of strike capabilities to complex environments and targets
· Evaluating technologies to increase platform survivability
· Future Combat Air Systems: improving system integrity and software connectivity
Air Marshal Gerry Mayhew CBEDeputy Commander Operations
Royal Air Force HQ
11:30 am - 12:00 pm INDUSTRY INSIGHTS SAAB
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EQUIPPING AIRMEN FOR COMBAT AIRPOWER DELIVERY
· Assessing operational challenges and interoperability with legacy platforms
· Evaluating EW and operations in contested battlespaces
· Combat aircraft as an asset for the joint force: retaining readiness for high intensity, multi-domain operations
· Outlining requirements for adversary air and examining the ADAIR programmegoing to contract in 2020-21
Major General Kevin A. HuyckDirectorate of Operations (ACC/A3)
US Air Combat Command
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm INDUSTRY LEADERS’ PANEL DISCUSSION: 6TH GENERATION FIGHTER DESIGN
· What are some of the lessons learned from developing 4th and 5th generation combat aircraft? How can both industry and operators learn from these acquisition programmes to improve the integration of the future combat air system?
· What will the future combat air system design entail? What air frames, targeting systems, AI-enabled sensors, weapons and engine technologies will make up the 6th generation fighter?
· Next-gen stealth technologies, including new radar-evading configurations, coating materials and advanced thermal-signature reduction are fast-approaching levels of combat readiness. How can industry support the needs of the operator and help balance capability with affordability?
· Disruptive innovation is proliferating: what role will traditional defence contractors play in fielding disruptive technologies and leveraging AI-enabled solutions? What software solutions are required to support pilots performing multi-domain operations in the Digital Age? How can we ensure effective cross-domain intelligence sharing without compromising network resilience?
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Chris BogdanFormer PEO F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office
US Air Force
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm NETWORKING LUNCH
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm THE BELGIAN AIR COMPONENT’S PATH TO IOC
· Examining the recent selection of the F-35 and its impact on capability
· Introducing next generation aircraft and ensuring their interoperability with existing aviation assets
· Assessing operational conversion training and LVC to prepare pilots for flying 5th generation aircraft
Colonel Nico ClaessensChief Combat Capability
Belgian Air Component
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm F-35 IOC IN EUROPE: LESSONS LEARNED AND FUTURE PLANS
· Overview of achieving F-35 IOC and 4th and 5th generation aircraft integration
· Outlining software modernisation to enhance sensor fusion and retain the information advantage in a data-centric battlespace
· Assessing lethality, intelligence sharing, and network resilience
· International Flight Training School: ensuring seamless pilot transition into next generation aircraft
Confirmed Senior RepresentativeRepresenting Chief of Air Staff
Italian Air Force
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm DELIVERING A COHERENT NEXT GENERATION CAPABILITY IN THE FUTURE
· Overview of the Harpia procurement programme, acquisition plans and timelines
· Recapitalising current assets while introducing the first squadron of 5th generation fighter aircraft into force structure
· Ensuring capability to operate in A2/AD and net-centric environments, and missions with components of allied aviation assets
· Polish Training System 2019 - the new road map for the fast jet training
· Meeting F-16C training entry criteria - syllabus development
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm ARGENTINA AIR FORCE MILITARY AVIATORS TRAINING, A NEW PERSPECTIVE
· Addressing equipment limitations and hardware modernisation
· Outlining the recent acquisition of the T-6 TEXAN II Trainer to enhance advanced training for the full spectrum of operations
· Increasing participation in international training exercises to counter transnational threats and criminal networks
Major General Mario ColaizzoGeneral Director of Education
Argentine Air Force
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm THE NATO WAR IN KOSOVO—30 YEARS ON AND THE LESSONS LEARNED AND APPLIED
The NATO campaign in Kosovo, based on the gradual application of military force, received considerable criticism from military strategists and others despite the fact that it ultimately did compel Milosevic’s withdrawal at no cost in NATO lives and led to a period of widespread belief that wars can be won with air power alone. What were the shortcomings of the campaign and which, if any, of the lessons learned have been applied?
- What were the principal lessons learned from the Kosovo campaign? Are they of any value to future air campaign against a hybrid threat?
- What lessons did our adversaries learn from this conflict and how have they manifested themselves?
- How has the chain of command within NATO evolved to enable rapid and decisive effects on the ground?
- How has the military-political interface been streamlined to avoid the constraints that hampered the Kosovo campaign and to avoid the ceding of time and initiative to a future aggressor?
- To what extent has the capability gap between the US Air Force and its European allies been addressed so as to be able to field a balanced and capable application of air power in a future conflict?
General (Retd.) Frank GorencFormer Commander
U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Forces Africa, NATO Allied Air Command
Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter StieglitzFormer Commander
German Air Force
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm REINFORCING AND AUGMENTING FIGHTER CAPABILITY: IAF INSIGHTS
· Examining the recent upgrade of the F-15 fleet with advanced avionic systems to supplement F-35 stealth jets
· Evaluating Adir F-35 pilots’ performance of sorties in advanced simulators
· Transforming 5th generation pilot training by developing LVC technologies
· Networking simulators and integrating 4th and 5th generation fighter aircraft into combined LVC exercises
· Building resilience and robustness for operations in an information-dominated battlespace
Lieutenant Colonel Ido ArevHead of Fighter Exercise Branch
Israeli Air Force
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: RETAINING HIGH READINESS AND ENSURING SEAMLESS TRANSITION INTO NEXT GENERATION AIRCRAFT
· Assessing current capabilities and future applications of Virtual and Mixed reality. How can training capabilities be enhanced and modernised to maintain effectiveness and efficiency? What are the challenges of integrating VR and MR training and simulation for today’s armed forces?
· Addressing spatial awareness challenges. How can high fidelity and embedded simulation be advanced?
· Blending virtual, augmented, and physical realities to enable high intensity, multi-domain training. What are the long-term implications and risks associated with transforming training and creating a single synthetic training environment?
· Merging Live, Virtual, Constructive techniques and using Gaming technology to generate a single-synthetic training environment has the potential to vastly enhance our warfighters’ performance. How might we accelerate the modernisation of training for multi-domain and non-traditional warfare? How can we ensure that all environments are genuinely interoperable with our Allies? What are the risks associated with an ‘open systems’ architectural approach to this endeavour?