Conference Focus Sessions
ACQUISITION PRIORITIES VS FORCE STRUCTURE – Rethinking acquisition processes and priorities for a balanced and capable force structure
Many smaller air forces inadvertently constrain their capability and capacity due to a bias towards high-end fighter platforms that they can neither afford nor sustain in adequate numbers resulting in an unbalanced force structure or, at worst, an ineffective fighting force. Standing up an air force to carry out the range of missions demanded from ISTAR to strike to fighting in a coalition environment requires careful thought, planning and a dispassionate assessment of available options. This focus day will examine acquisition processes and force structures and try to address the sometimes conflicting priorities of politics, national pride and budgetary constraints to create a blueprint for an affordable and capable modern air force for nations with more modest budgets.
Attend the Focus Morning to:
· Refine your understanding of modernisation programmes and pressing requirements for smaller air forces to formulate winning business proposals
· Balance affordability with modernisation by exploring the role of light attack in today’s battlespace
· Gain first-hand insights from senior leaders on near and mid-term acquisition priorities against COIN, counter-terror, and asymmetric warfare to understand how to position your solution
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING8:00 am - 8:50 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING8:50 am - 9:00 am CHAIRMEN’S OPENING REMARKS
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING9:00 am - 9:30 am RTAF MODERNISATION PLAN: VISION 2026
· Assessing anticipated F-5 upgrades to extend their service life through to 2030
· Upgrading communication and avionics suites and data fusion to develop resilience against EW
· Enhancing beyond-visual-range air-to-air lethality
· Addressing investment priorities, the role of multirole aircraft, and debating the feasible force structure for the future battlespace
Air Chief Marshal Incoming Chief of the Air StaffChief of the Air Staff
Royal Thai Air Force
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING9:30 am - 10:00 am PAF’S ROADMAP TO MODERNISATION: FLIGHT PLAN 2028
· Examining the Multi-Role Fighter programme
· Outlining the acquisition and modernisation of 12 combat aircraft
· Augmenting the FA-50 light fighter aircraft fleet to enhance territorial defence across the EEZ
Lieutenant General Rozzano BriguezCommanding General
Philippine Air Force
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING10:00 am - 10:30 am INDUSTRY INSIGHTS LEONARDO
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING10:30 am - 11:00 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING11:00 am - 11:30 am STRIKING THE BALANCE BETWEEN AFFORDABILITY AND CAPABILITY
· Assessing the requirement for Light Combat Aircraft with air-to-air and full air-to-ground capability
· Strengthening close air support and COIN operations through the LCA programme
· Evaluating LCA requirements and procurement timeframes
Major General Dato' Muhamad Norazlan bin ArisChief of Staff Air Operation Command Headquarters
Royal Malaysian Air Force
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING11:30 am - 11:50 am INDUSTRY INSIGHTS AIR TRACTOR
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING11:50 am - 12:20 pm NEW ERA FOR THE GUATEMALAN AIR FORCE
· Transforming capability, training, equipment, infrastructure, and doctrine
· Building light attack capability to counter transnational asymmetric threats and criminal organisations
· Improving regional and international intelligence sharing and cooperation
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING12:20 pm - 12:50 pm ARCHANGEL - A PROVEN SOLUTION FOR LIGHT ATTACK AND COIN OPERATIONS
· Offering an affordable solution to meeting the needs of modest air forces.
· Examining a combat proven solution for balancing aircraft requirements
· Meeting the needs of the warfighter on the ground and in the air
Seamus FlatleyVice President, Business Development
IOMAX USA, Inc
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING12:50 pm - 1:20 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: DEFINING THE RIGHT MIX OF CAPABILITY – QUALITY VS QUANTITY
· How can air forces carry out ISR, strike co-ord and reconnaissance without requiring extensive support?
· What is the role of light attack aircraft in COIN, counter-terror, and air policing? What is the right mix between fighter aircraft, multi-role platforms, and light attack aircraft?
· How can air forces mitigate budget constraints while continuing to modernise existing platforms and procuring new assets?
GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR NEXT-GEN TACAIR – The convergence of high connectivity, big data, cyber, autonomy and advanced electronics and sensors.
These are all the key underlying technologies which need to advance not just for a next generation fighter, but to augment current capabilities in a (relatively) low-cost high-payoff package. As several operational requirements and challenges converge in C2, communications, cyber, AI and sensor data overload, this gives rise a number of important debates: Big Data, networks, C2 and Cyber:
The growing amount of data generated by modern tactical platforms; limitations of on-board processing (analytics for insight)—all combined with the prospect of operating in an information dominated battlespace, where there are cyber implications and uncertified information being squirted through the disrupted network.
This leads to a need to rethink the C2 infrastructure, the pain of which will be felt once F-35s get operational in greater numbers.
· Learn how to improve C4I infrastructure to support and leverage of the F-35 and collaboration with existing manned and unmanned platforms by hearing briefings from military experts and industry leaders
· Gain an enhanced understanding of ways to introduce collaborative combat and network resilience for multi-domain operations
· Improve your understanding of disruptive and game-changing technologies which will enable airborne warfighter decision making, command post collaborative combat, and autonomy
· Adapt capability to the changing volume, velocity, veracity, and variety of data to retain the competitive edge in the information age
DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AFTERNOON1:30 pm - 2:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH
DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AFTERNOON2:30 pm - 3:00 pm OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR FUTURE FIGHTER AIRCRAFT IN THE ERA OF ULTRATHIN AESA TECHNOLOGIES
· Ultrathin AESA technologies
o What is it?
o What is the state-of-the-art?
o What are the future trends?
· Opportunities for future fighter aircraft
o Conformal AESA
o Multifunctional with omnidirectional coverage
· Challenges for future fighter aircraft
o Asymmetrical anti-stealth AESA networks
o Distributed collaborative EW
Dr. Yu-Jiu WangChairman & CEO
Tron Future Tech
DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AFTERNOON3:00 pm - 3:30 pm PROTOTYPING AND INTRODUCING GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE AIR FORCE
· Evaluating the role of disruptive technologies and ways to accelerate delivery of innovation to Airmen
· Exploring, prototyping and demonstrating high-impact technologies to enable the Air Force to maintain its superior technical advantage
· Enhancing C4I and transforming data into actionable intelligence to enhance complex decision-making and C2
· Discovering, developing, and integrating affordable warfighting technologies for air, space, and cyberspace forces
Dr. Michael HaydukDeputy Director, Information Directorate
US Air Force Research Laboratory
DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AFTERNOON3:30 pm - 4:00 pm INDUSTRY INSIGHTS LOCKHEED MARTIN
DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AFTERNOON4:00 pm - 4:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING
DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AFTERNOON4:30 pm - 5:00 pm TRANSFORMING CAPABILITY THROUGH DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION
· Introducing open architecture and plug-in design into the next generation combat air system
· Recognising cyber as a domain of operation: developing cyber resilience and cloud infrastructure for data integration
· Enhancing AI to lighten the cognitive load and align capability to the evolving nature of data
DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AFTERNOON5:00 pm - 5:45 pm AI AND AUTONOMY PANEL DISCUSSION
· Umanned and autonomous technologies are transforming the battlespace. What are the challenges of introducing UCAVs and loyal wingmen into the air domain? What are some of the ethical constraints?
· What are the current limitations of AI? How can we ensure AI certification to accelerate decision-making and retain the competitive edge against competitors?
· What are some of the challenges of integrating information? How can we benefit from big data analytics and cloud architecture to store and discern actionable intelligence in real-time?
How realistic is it to speak of hypersonics? What is are the near and mid-term game-changing technologies that will enable air superiority?
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