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 CHAIRMENS' OPENING REMARKS
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING9:00 am - 9:30 am PAF’S ROADMAP TO MODERNISATION: FLIGHT PLAN 2028
Brigadier General Augustine S MalinitCommander of the 580th Air Control and Warning Wing
Philippine Air Force
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING9:30 am - 10:00 am RTAF MODERNISATION PLAN: VISION 2026
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING10:30 am - 11:00 am AUGMENTING READINESS AND RAPID REACTION
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING11:00 am - 11:30 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING11:30 am - 12:00 pm STRIKING THE BALANCE BETWEEN AFFORDABILITY AND CAPABILITY
Major General Dato' Muhamad Norazlan bin ArisChief of Staff Air Operation Command Headquarters
Royal Malaysian Air Force
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING12:00 pm - 12:20 pm NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE AT-802U
Colonel (Ret’d) Tom MenkerBusiness Development and Government Relations Director
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING12:20 pm - 12:50 pm DEFINING THE RIGHT MIX OF CAPABILITY FOR THE BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE
SMALLER AIR FORCES FOCUS MORNING12:50 pm - 1:10 pm ARCHANGEL - A PROVEN SOLUTION FOR LIGHT ATTACK AND COIN OPERATIONS
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 AFTERNOON1:10 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