12 - 14 November, 2019
Maritim proArte, Berlin, Germany

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 MORNING

8:00 am - 8:50 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE
General (Ret'd) Frank Gorenc, Former Commander at U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Forces Africa, NATO Allied Air Command

General (Ret'd) Frank Gorenc

Former Commander
U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Forces Africa, NATO Allied Air Command

Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz, Former Commander at German Air Force

Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz

Former Commander
German Air Force

SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING

9:00 am - 9:30 am PAF’S ROADMAP TO MODERNISATION: FLIGHT PLAN 2028

Brigadier General Augustine S Malinit, Commander of the 580th Air Control and Warning Wing at Philippine Air Force

Brigadier General Augustine S Malinit

Commander of the 580th Air Control and Warning Wing
Philippine Air Force

SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING

9:30 am - 10:00 am RTAF MODERNISATION PLAN: VISION 2026

Air Vice Marshal Waipote Kerngphark, Commandant, Flying Training School at Royal Thai Air Force

Air Vice Marshal Waipote Kerngphark

Commandant, Flying Training School
Royal Thai Air Force

SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING

10:00 am - 10:30 am M-345 AND M-346: AN EVOLVING FAMILY OF TRAINERS AND LIGHT FIGHTERS
Carmine Russo, Head of Sales Engineering at Leonardo

Carmine Russo

Head of Sales Engineering
Leonardo

SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING

10:30 am - 11:00 am AUGMENTING READINESS AND RAPID REACTION

Brigadier General Javier Rene Barrientos Alvarado, Commander at Honduran Air Force

Brigadier General Javier Rene Barrientos Alvarado

Commander
Honduran Air Force

SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING

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

SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING

11:30 am - 12:00 pm STRIKING THE BALANCE BETWEEN AFFORDABILITY AND CAPABILITY

Major General Dato' Muhamad Norazlan bin Aris, Chief of Staff Air Operation Command Headquarters at Royal Malaysian Air Force

Major General Dato' Muhamad Norazlan bin Aris

Chief of Staff Air Operation Command Headquarters
Royal Malaysian Air Force

SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE AT-802U
Colonel (Ret’d) Tom Menker, Business Development and Government Relations Director at Air Tractor

Colonel (Ret’d) Tom Menker

Business Development and Government Relations Director
Air Tractor

SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm DEFINING THE RIGHT MIX OF CAPABILITY FOR THE BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE

Major General Augusto César, Wing 5 Commander at Brazilian Air Force

Major General Augusto César

Wing 5 Commander
Brazilian Air Force

SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING

12:50 pm - 1:10 pm ARCHANGEL - A PROVEN SOLUTION FOR LIGHT ATTACK AND COIN OPERATIONS

Seamus Flatley, Vice President, Business Development at IOMAX USA, Inc

Seamus Flatley

Vice President, Business Development
IOMAX USA, Inc

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. 
Attend to:
·          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 AFTERNOON

1:10 pm - 2:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AFTERNOON

2:30 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 Wang, Chairman & CEO at Tron Future Tech

Dr. Yu-Jiu Wang

Chairman & CEO
Tron Future Tech

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AFTERNOON

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm EQUIPPING AIRMEN FOR COMBAT AIRPOWER DELIVERY

Major General Kevin A. Huyck, Directorate of Operations (ACC/A3) at US Air Combat Command

Major General Kevin A. Huyck

Directorate of Operations (ACC/A3)
US Air Combat Command

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AFTERNOON

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm TAIWAN'S RECENT AIR FORCE ACQUISITION AND ITS OVERALL DEFENCE CONCEPT
Colonel James Yuan, Defence Attache at ROC Air Force

Colonel James Yuan

Defence Attache
ROC Air Force

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AFTERNOON

4:00 pm - 4:10 pm CHAIRMENS' CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AFTERNOON

4:10 pm - 4:40 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING