28 - 30 January, 2020 | London, UK

DAY THREE | INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE SURFACE FLEET | 31 JANUARY

8:00 am - 8:50 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

9:00 am - 9:10 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

9:00 am - 9:30 am ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY’S PERSPECTIVE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

·          Assessing the role of AI in accelerating decision-making
·          Outlining the roadmap for development: reducing the cognitive load on the Warfighter
·          Integrating disruptive technologies to retain the competitive edge in complex operating environment s
Vice Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander at Royal Canadian Navy

Vice Admiral Ron Lloyd

Commander
Royal Canadian Navy

9:30 am - 10:00 am ALIGNING CAPABILITIES OF NATO NAVIES TO THE FUTURE OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

·          Reflecting on Operation Sea Guardian
·          Preparing NATO Navies for operations in information-dominated, congested environments
·          Evaluating requirements for advanced  combat management systems to enhance situational awareness in degraded battlespaces
·          Assessing the future threat environment in the Mediterranean area of responsibility 
Vice Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone KBE CB, Commander at MARCOM

Vice Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone KBE CB

Commander
MARCOM

10:00 am - 10:30 am AUTONOMOUS VESSELS ARE HERE, AUTONOMOUS WARSHIPS ARE NEAR

·          Autonomous vessels exist with automated navigation and machinery
·          How can we bring this into a naval platform that is able to execute missions? How can we make the system a fully AI-capable warfighter?
·          Considerations for the impacts on the naval and maritime operations (sustainment, logistics, manning, networking, interconnectivity)

David Forster

Business Development Director
General Dynamics Mission Systems

10:30 am - 11:30 am PANEL DISCUSSION: STRATEGIC LEADERS’ DEBATE

Leveraging the candour and experience of senior leadership to generate debate, share insight, and answer questions on the future of the surface fleet.
 
Given the passage of world events and the return to great power dynamics, it is critical to map out future development of maritime capability. Projection of credible naval power and retention of high readiness to face the full spectrum of threats will depend on the modernisation of assets and renewal of the surface fleet. Technological innovation will ultimately define strategic superiority in the future, more inter-connected operating environment.
This panel of senior Admirals will assess future threats and long-term modernisation strategies. It will examine the future operational structure and makeup of the surface fleet.
 
·          Force structures required for future operations in more congested environments
·          Greatest challenges in the future operating environment
·          The future surface combatant: mapping out long-term shipbuilding and force structure for 2025 and beyond
·          The future of government-industry partnerships 

11:30 am - 12:00 pm MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm INTERACTIVE DISCUSSIONS GROUPS

Following 2 days of presentations and networking, the interactive discussion groups will provide the opportunity to debate the future landscape of naval warfare. Participants will be able to move between the discussion groups to refine their understanding of the given topics and reflect on their vision for future development.

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm DISCUSSION SESSION LEADERS FEEDBACK KEY TAKEAWAYS IN 2 MINUTES OR LESS

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm TRANSFORMING MARITIME OPERATIONS

CONTENTS TBC
Rear Admiral Marcus Hitchcock, Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command at US Navy

Rear Admiral Marcus Hitchcock

Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command
US Navy

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm NAVAL PROPULSION TRENDS AND GE MARINE GAS TURBINE SOLUTIONS

·          Military propulsion trends
·          Key frigate and large surface combatant threshold requirements
·          Gas turbine solutions to meet current and future propulsion and power requirements
·          Addressing the intermediate-size frigate programme and FTI frigate architecture
·          Integrating digital technologies for data processing in congested operating environments
·          Advancing C4I and electronic warfare
·          Outlining the roadmap for future maritime capability development: determining the balance between acquisition and retrofitting
Rear Admiral François Moreau, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff for Plans and Programmes at French Navy

Rear Admiral François Moreau

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff for Plans and Programmes
French Navy

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

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm THE NEW NAVAL NORM - A DANISH PERSPECTIVE

·          Examining the strategic setting in the Baltic and the linkage to the outside world: addressing Syria, Ukraine and the ice free parts of the Arctic, including the GIUK Gap
·          Assessing how the transformed Danish Navy is fitting into this setting in lieu of the new Danish Defence Agreement
·          Investing into SM2/SM6, ASW Capacity, BMD and Strike missiles 
Rear Admiral Nils Wang, Director at Naval Team Denmark

Rear Admiral Nils Wang

Director
Naval Team Denmark

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm POWER GENERATION TECHNOLOGY FOR NAVAL PLATFORMS AND DESIGN PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE SURFACE COMBATANT

·          Integrating electrical propulsion, high-energy density battery systems, and energy storage to decrease fuel consumption and optimise energy efficiency
·          Incorporating fuel-cell technology for naval platforms
·          Increasing unit lethality and robustness with directed energy systems
·          Networking sensors and UAVs to enhance battlespace awareness
Kees Posthumus, Head, Office for Marine Engineering at Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation

Kees Posthumus

Head, Office for Marine Engineering
Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm CLOSING KEYNOTE: ALIGNING CAPABILITIES TO REGIONAL SECURITY DYNAMICS

·          Assessing NCSIST’s role in vessel modernisation
·          Reflecting on procurement priorities of ROCN for 2030 and beyond
·          Strengthening maritime capability to retain combat superiority in the rapidly evolving Northeast Asian geostrategic context 
Admiral (Ret'd) Chen Yeong-Kang, Director at National Chung-Shan Institute of Science

Admiral (Ret'd) Chen Yeong-Kang

Director
National Chung-Shan Institute of Science

6:00 pm - 6:10 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE

Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent KCB CBE, Former Commander-in-Chief Fleet at Royal Navy

Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent KCB CBE

Former Commander-in-Chief Fleet
Royal Navy