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

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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

9:45 am - 10:30 am SENIOR LEADERS PANEL DISCUSSION: VERTICAL LIFT TODAY AND TOMORROW

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

Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command
United States Army

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

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

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

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

HEAVY LIFT

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm UPDATE ON THE CH-53K PROGRAM
  • 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

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

HEAVY LIFT

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Q&A: REFINING THE REQUIREMENT FOR NEXT-GENERATION HEAVY LIFT
Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo - Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command, United States Army
  • 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?
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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

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

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
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Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo

Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command
United States Army

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Brigadier General 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

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

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