25 - 27 February, 2020 | The Hurlingham Club, London, United Kingdom

CONFERENCE DAY ONE (25 February): VISION 2030

9:00 am - 9:05 am WELCOME REMARKS FROM DEFENCE IQ

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo, Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command at United States Army

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo

Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command
United States Army

9:15 am - 9:45 am OPENING KEYNOTE: THE FUTURE ARMY AVIATION ENTERPRISE

  • Rethinking the force structure to support multi-domain helicopter operations again a peer adversary.
  • Integrating FVL within the future joint force, and planning for a capability transition
  • Preparing for long-range assault operations in a contested operating environment – delivering range and reach for the future helicopter force
  • Where are the opportunities for the future Army Aviation enterprise? Embedding autonomy and exploiting innovation in readiness for the future fight?
Brigadier General Michael McCurry, Director, Army Aviation at Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff J3/5/7, US Army

Brigadier General Michael McCurry

Director, Army Aviation
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff J3/5/7, US Army

9:45 am - 10:15 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS FROM BELL HELICOPTER, THE FIVE STAR LEAD PARTNER


10:15 am - 10:45 am DELIVERING A JOINT HELICOPTER CAPABILITY FOR THE FUTURE

  • Enabling the UK’s future joint operations and retaining air manoeuvre in the complex battlespace
  • Establishing common doctrine and TTPs to support interoperability for NATO’s helicopter forces
  • Supporting force integration at the operational and tactical levels. Considerations for complex mission sets
  • Networking the future helicopter force. Enhancing connectivity intra-force and inter-force
Air Commodore Al Smith, Head of Capability Air Manoeuvre at Army Headquarters

Air Commodore Al Smith

Head of Capability Air Manoeuvre
Army Headquarters

10:45 am - 11:30 am MORNING NETWORKING BREAK

11:30 am - 12:00 pm FUTURE VERTICAL LIFT IN A SPECIAL FORCES CONTEXT

  • Deploying globally to execute dynamic missions in challenging environments
  • Modernising to provide enhanced combat power for the joint force. Leveraging AI as a critical component of future USASOC aviation
  • Refining TTPS to support lethality and readiness for JMDO
  • Sustainig communications and mission command in the contested environment
Brigadier General Allan M Pepin, Commander at U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command

Brigadier General Allan M Pepin

Commander
U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm REVISING OPERATIONAL CONCEPTS FOR FUTURE HELICOPTER OPERATIONS

  • Short-term priorities for the Dutch Defence Helicopter Command. Driving up availability and retaining personnel
  • Defining an operational concept which better reflects the characteristics of the multi-domain operating environment.
  • Avoiding stovepiping and developing a combined approach to multiple mission sets
  • Creating a continuum of operations which recognizes network-centricity, unmanned systems integration and small-scale deployments as components of every mission set
  • Applying a new operational concept to standardize training and create synergy across the full-spectrum of joint operations – ultimately supporting the ability to deliver joint effects
Air Commodore Robert Adang, Commander at Dutch Defence Helicopter Command

Air Commodore Robert Adang

Commander
Dutch Defence Helicopter Command

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm DELIVERING LETHAL AND SURVIVABLE VERTICAL LIFT

  • Delivering manoeuvrability, range and lethality for future vertical lift
  • Defining critical capabilities for next-generation platforms – building a modular system architecture and embedding cyber resilience
  • Assuring platform survivability for complex operations in the contested environment
Mr Patrick H Mason SES, Deputy PEO, Aviation at US Army

Mr Patrick H Mason SES

Deputy PEO, Aviation
US Army

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm FROM TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION TO READINESS – MEETING THE FUTURE THREAT

  • Technology as a game-changer; introducing new capabilities and CONOPS
  • Harnessing data to ensure future forces can compete and win. From C2ISR to condition-based maintenance
  • Delivering a resilient information architecture which can take advantage of the connected battlespace without increasing vulnerability to cyber and IW threats
  • Developing the architecture for advanced teaming. Integrating manned rotatry, unmanned systems and air-launched effects to accomplish greater situational awareness, lethality and survivability
Carvil E Chalk, Acting Director, Aviation Development Directorate at US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center

Carvil E Chalk

Acting Director, Aviation Development Directorate
US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm THE VISION FOR FRANCE’S FUTURE HELICOPTERS

  • Helicopters in the post-2030 air domain. Providing an enabler that can integrate with the future joint force
  • The impact of autonomy on future operational concepts. Successfully integrating manned unmanned teaming
  • Optionally manning future helicopters. Identifying technical and doctrinal considerations and minimising risk for future assets and crews
Colonel Bruno Paupy, Deputy Chief Plans Division at French Air Force

Colonel Bruno Paupy

Deputy Chief Plans Division
French Air Force

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm RAPIDLY DEPLOYING CANADA’S HELICOPTERS FOR OPERATIONS TODAY AND TOMORROW

  • Sustaining a decisive command and control function for Canada’s helicopters as they deploy in the complex theatre
  • Increasing connectivity across the force and enabling joint force integration
  • Integrating unmanned systems as a vital force multiplier within the future air mix
Major General Alain Pelletier, Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division at Royal Canadian Air Force (Tentative)

Major General Alain Pelletier

Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division
Royal Canadian Air Force (Tentative)

  • How will unmanned systems support the future manned helicopter platform?
  • To what extent can unmanned rotary systems operate autonomously?
  • How might the unmanned system gap-fill for the manned platform in the high-threat, contested environment?
  • Can the survivability of those platforms be high enough?
Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo, Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command at United States Army

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo

Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command
United States Army

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo, Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command at United States Army

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo

Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command
United States Army

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION HOSTED BY BELL HELICOPTER