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

CONFERENCE DAY TWO (26 February): WARFIGHTER READINESS - CURRENT OPS

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 MAINTAINING READINESS FOR MATERIEL AND PERSONNEL

  • Sustaining high readiness for a rapidly deployable air assault capability – considerations for training and mission support
  • Improving integration with the land force. Connectivity and data relay for the contested battlespace
  • Refining the joint operational concept to meet the demands of dynamic contingency operations
Major General Andreas Hannemann, Commander, Rapid Forces Division at Bundeswehr

Major General Andreas Hannemann

Commander, Rapid Forces Division
Bundeswehr

  • As our helicopter forces look to the future, how can we effectively manage the capability gap to sustain readiness rates and ensure the continued deployability of our helicopter forces?
  • Where does the helicopter sit within the joint force of today? How is the role of this vital enabler likely to change for the future?
  • What does the capability mix look like for the future? What should the balance be between survivability and stealth, and what are our expectations of a “multi-role” platform?
  • What will the role of unmanned systems be within the future force structure?
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

Major General Andreas Hannemann, Commander, Rapid Forces Division at Bundeswehr

Major General Andreas Hannemann

Commander, Rapid Forces Division
Bundeswehr

Air Commodore Robert Adang, Commander at Dutch Defence Helicopter Command

Air Commodore Robert Adang

Commander
Dutch Defence Helicopter Command

10:30 am - 11:00 am TRAINING TO DELIVER A MULTI-ROLE HELICOPTER CAPABILITY

  • Retaining a multi-role helicopter capability to meet the full-spectrum of national security challenges.
  • Meeting the requirements of SAR, air assault and internal security
  • Balancing the skillset for the rotary wing warfighter; setting a training baseline
  • Configuring Argentina’s multi-role fleet to enable it to operate over land and in the maritime environment
Brigadier General Enrique Víctor Amrein, Chief of Staff at Argentine Air Force

Brigadier General Enrique Víctor Amrein

Chief of Staff
Argentine Air Force

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

11:30 am - 12:00 pm LEVERAGING THE HELLENIC ARMY’S UPGRADED HELICOPTER FLEET

  • Integrating the OH-58D Kiowa Warriors
  • Training and preparing to operate an armed reconnaissance platform
  • Sustaining the relevance of existing live training capabilities. Opportunities for integrating simulated training
Major General Christos Iliopoulos, Director, Army Aviation at Hellenic Army

Major General Christos Iliopoulos

Director, Army Aviation
Hellenic Army

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm DELIVERING A ROBUST MULTI-ROLE HELICOPTER CAPABILITY

  • Maintaining readiness of platforms and personnel to support maritime and littoral operations
  • Meeting a challenging brief for maritime SAR
  • Improving maritime domain awareness and supporting the helicopter as a vital reconnaissance platform
Brigadier General Rory O'Connor, General Officer Commanding at Irish Air Corps

Brigadier General Rory O'Connor

General Officer Commanding
Irish Air Corps

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm SIMULATING THE COMPLEX ENVIRONMENT – ARE OUR TRAINING ARCHITECTURES AGILE ENOUGH?

  • To what extent are our war fighters able to access simulated training which can replicate the myriad demands of the complex and contested battlespace, from next-gen weapons to cyber, visually degraded landscapes to night time operations?
  • What will the future contribution of live training be to the overall readiness of our helicopter forces?
  • Are our training resources multi-domain enough? How should we advance training in readiness for the future joint fight?
  • How can AR/VR improve existing limitations to the simulated training model?

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

  • Delivering the next generation of ship to shore lift for the USMC
  • The road towards CH-53K IOC
  • Integrating a heavy-lift capability as a core component of the future amphibious force
Colonel Jack Perrin, Programme Manager, PMA-261 H53 Heavy Lift Helicopters at US Naval Air Systems Command

Colonel Jack Perrin

Programme Manager, PMA-261 H53 Heavy Lift Helicopters
US Naval Air Systems Command

HEAVY LIFT

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm CURRENT OPERATIONS AND FUTURE PLANS: THE VIEW FROM THE GERMAN AIR FORCE
  • Deploying a multi-role helicopter fleet to meet current operational challenges
  • Germany’s future helicopter force development and the next-generation heavy lift concept
  • Providing support to the joint force; delivering a platform with a sufficient baseline capability to meet the demands of varied land operations
Colonel Holger Radmann, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Management at German Air Force

Colonel Holger Radmann

Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Management
German Air Force

HEAVY LIFT

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Q&A: REFINING THE REQUIREMENT FOR NEXT-GENERATION HEAVY LIFT
  • Survivability considerations for the non-combat platform. Refining the requirements for reach and range
  • The limits of the multi-role concept for non-combat platforms.
  • How deployable are utility platforms in a complex or contested operating environment?
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

MARITIME OPERATIONS

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm ENFORCING MARITIME SECURITY FROM THE AIR
  • RMN’s future helicopter requirement. The limits of the utility platform and the need for an ASW-capable asset
  • Leveraging rotorcraft assets as a force multiplier for the surface fleet
  • Marinising the force and increasing reach to support long-range operations at sea

MARITIME OPERATIONS

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm OPERATING NH-90 IN THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT
  • Refining the operational concept to support the deployment of NH90 in the maritime environment
  • Streamlining the maritime mission sets – conducting ASW and ASuW, and providing additional support to the surface fleet
  • Coping with challenging operating conditions and improving readiness rates
Commander Bart Blok, Commander, 860 Squadron at Dutch Defence Helicopter Command

Commander Bart Blok

Commander, 860 Squadron
Dutch Defence Helicopter Command

MARITIME OPERATIONS

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm DEFINING THE FUTURE MARITIME STRIKE REQUIREMENT
  • Meeting the future maritime threat above and beneath the surface
  • Design considerations for future maritime platforms
  • Maximising lethality and survivability for future maritime helicopters
Commander Jean-Luc Richard, Branch Chief, Rotary Requirements / FVL at US Navy

Commander Jean-Luc Richard

Branch Chief, Rotary Requirements / FVL
US Navy

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING


  • Refining the force structure to meet the future requirements for airborne assault operations. To what extend are we moving away from large-scale deployments and towards the targeted application of helicopter forces?
  • Adapting to cope with the multi-domain battlespace
  • The helicopter force as a vital enabler for future land operations
  • Delivering lethality and survivability for future air assault and attack helicopter forces.
  • Networking with friendly forces on the ground to enhance threat awareness and limit risk
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

Colonel Slawomir Makosa, Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade at Polish Armed Forces

Colonel Slawomir Makosa

Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade
Polish Armed Forces

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm DELIVERING AIR SUPPORT TO THE FUTURE LAND FORCE

  • Training to deliver a decisive air assault capability within the congested and contested operating environment
  • Germany’s future army helicopters - meeting requirements for reach and deployability
  • The combat helicopter within the future force structure; deploying small numbers of platforms decisively
Colonel Andreas Pfeifer, Deputy Commander Rapid Forces Division at Bundeswehr

Colonel Andreas Pfeifer

Deputy Commander Rapid Forces Division
Bundeswehr

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm ENABLING LITHUANIA’S AIR FORCE

  • Deploying the existing helicopter force effectively to support air policing and deterrence in Lithuania’s air space
  • Updating the utility helicopter fleet to deliver a more recognisably multi-role force
  • Improving survivability for forward-operating platforms. Meeting an acceptable threshold for platform protection, EW and cyber resilience
Major Eligijus Rukšnaitis, Commander, Air Operations Group at Lithuanian Air Force

Major Eligijus Rukšnaitis

Commander, Air Operations Group
Lithuanian Air Force

6:00 pm - 6:10 pm CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF DAY TWO