Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz
German Air Force
Focus Day: Data Fusion & Light Attack
Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
- Supporting autonomy for the combat aircraft within the uncontested environment. Carrying out ISR and ground strike without extensive support
- What does the mission plan look like for counter-insurgency, counter-terror and air policing, and how should that mission plan be reflected in the blueprint for the light attack aircraft?
- Balancing lethality with affordability to justify the development of specific capabilities versus multi-role fighters
- How do air force chiefs protect budget for high-end capability and successfully make the case for a light attack capability? Can such a light attack force be justified through savings alone?
Conference Day One
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
12:30 PM INDUSTRY LEADERS’ PANEL DISCUSSION: DO AIR FORCE REQUIREMENTS MATCH THE DEMANDS OF THE CURRENT AND FUTURE BATTLESPACE?
- What should the future capability balance look like? What should the balance be between lethality and stealth, and how can survivability be maximised?
- If information is to be the decisive enabler for future airpower, what opportunities are there to improve the fusion of data aircraft to aircraft and across the joint force?
- Do emerging concepts for next generation combat air systems take satisfactory account of the current risk threshold? Is a manned fighter a viable options for the future high-end fight?
3:00 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE FIGHT – TOWARDS A TRULY MULTI-DOMAIN CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS
- Delivering combat airpower in an information age. Achieving information superiority and exploiting it to attain decision advantage
- How will the fighter’s increased mobility, ISR and global strike support the more comprehensive delivery of airpower in the joint space?
- Delivering airpower within a truly-multi domain battlespace. Integrating space, cyber and the electromagnetic spectrum for operations in the denied and contested environment
- How can the superior-information gathering capacity of advanced combat air systems be used to benefit missions that include legacy platforms?
- 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?
Conference Day Two
Thursday, November 15th, 2018
11:30 AM COMMANDERS’ STRATEGY DEBATE
- What does the information age mean for airpower? Has the rise of information as a critical enabler been satisfactorily integrated within airpower concept, doctrine and capability?
- What is the biggest challenge for airpower in the immediate timeframe?
- What does the future manned/unmanned balance look like? Will UCAVs define the post-2030 battlespace?
- Which technologies will have realistically reached sufficient maturity so as to be incorporated into a future combat air platform?
- What is the one thing we can all agree on and implement that will have a significant impact on acquisition reform?