28 - 30 January, 2020 | Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington, London, United Kingdom

DAY ONE | OPERATIONAL PERSPECTIVES | 29 JANUARY

8:00 am - 9:00 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

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

·          Return to great power competition
·          Ensuring that ships, submarines, aircraft, BMD and expeditionary forces are forward-operating operate and project naval power in 6th Fleet’s area of responsibility
·          Improving partner capability and our ability to operate from the high end of the spectrum (integrated missile defence) all the way to maritime domain awareness
·          Developing the next generation of naval leadership
·          Lessons learned from recent training exercises: outlining Mission Sea Breeze 2019 and deterring the opponent in the Black Sea
Vice Admiral Lisa M. Franchetti, U.S. 6th Fleet Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Europe at U.S. Navy

Vice Admiral Lisa M. Franchetti

U.S. 6th Fleet Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Europe
U.S. Navy

9:45 am - 10:15 am ENHANCING INTEROPERABILITY AND READINESS FOR NATO OPERATIONS

·          Building resilient networks and conducting upgrades in line with the Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority Strategy of CNO
·          Introducing distributed lethality to sustain sea control
·          Creating a forward operating, persistently visible Navy to provide credible combat power
·          Advancing kill chain capabilities and integrated air & missile defence 
Vice Admiral Keith Edward Blount CB OBE FRAeS, Commander at NATO MARCOM

Vice Admiral Keith Edward Blount CB OBE FRAeS

Commander
NATO MARCOM

10:15 am - 10:45 am NAVAL POWER IN EASTERN EUROPE AND THE TECHNICAL MODERNISATION PROGRAMME

·          Evaluating the deteriorating security environment in Eastern Europe and its impact on naval power projection
·          Overview of the MIECZNIK programme for the procurement of new vessels
·          Enhancing ASW and SAR capability through acquisition of new naval aviation assets
·          The Offset strategy and national shipbuilding plans 
Vice Admiral Keith Edward Blount CB OBE FRAeS, Commander at NATO MARCOM

Vice Admiral Keith Edward Blount CB OBE FRAeS

Commander
NATO MARCOM

10:45 am - 11:00 am HEADS OF DELEGATION PHOTOGRAPH

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

11:30 am - 12:30 pm COMMANDERS’ PANEL DISCUSSION: FUTURE SURFACE FLEET FOR OPERATIONS IN A DIGITAL ERA

·          We now live in a world of great power dynamics. Navies need to maintain a persistently visible force and increase lethality to ensure security of national waters. What is the right approach to shipbuilding and modernisation of the existing fleet? How can industry support operational versatility and multi-mission modularity? What is the necessary force structure for the future operating environment?
·          The battlespace is becoming increasingly digital. Adversaries are employing asymmetric tactics, conducting EW and cyber offensive operations. What new opportunities and challenges does digitization present? How can navies ensure network resilience and protect communications? 
·          Maritime operations will require an ever increasing ability to collect and act on sensor data to build the tactical picture for operations. How can navies enhance threat detection and accelerate decision-making without compromising signature management?

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm COUNTERING PIRACY AND ARMED ROBBERY AT SEA

·          Strengthening maritime security by deterring, preventing and repressing piracy
·          Evaluating challenges associated with fighting the asymmetric threat
·          Maximizing rapid reaction capability to effectively respond to lower-end threats
·          Lessons learned: reflecting on latest operations and tactics employed by non-state actors
·          Roadmap for capability development to enhance naval combat
Vice Admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave, Operation Commander at EU NAVFOR Op Atalanta

Vice Admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave

Operation Commander
EU NAVFOR Op Atalanta

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm FIGHTING THE ASYMMETRIC THREAT

·          Reinforcing joint operations: achieving interoperability and advancing multi-domain missions
·          Providing a systematic approach to capturing and destroying vessels used by smugglers
·          Overview of unique CONOPs for countering illegal arms trafficking
·          Enhancing threat detection and information exploitation to make timey engagement decisions
·          Advancing data dissemination and information exchange
·          Maintaining naval presence and increasing offensive fire power to deter smugglers in international waters
·          Ensuring operational requirement for future warships complies with dual use concept: integrating modular platforms with specialized functions, able to remain at sea for long periods in wide areas of operation
·          Assessing maintenance challenges and their impact on rapid reaction 

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm REESTABLISHING SEA CONTROL

·          Replacing the F-313 frigate KNM Helge Instad and balancing modernisation with the need for new surface combatants
·          Assessing platform requirements to protect large sea areas and Norway’s long coastline 
·          Increasing fleet lethality and offensive firepower capability by upgrading long-range air defence systems
·          Evaluating long-standing cooperation with Germany on submarine acquisition 
Rear Admiral Nils Andreas Stensønes, Chief of the Navy at Royal Norwegian Navy

Rear Admiral Nils Andreas Stensønes

Chief of the Navy
Royal Norwegian Navy

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm OPERATIONAL FLEXIBILITY: A DANISH PERSPECTIVE

·          Lessons learned from the IVER HUITFELDT frigate development
·          Creating a multi-modular force for future operations – local and global
·          Strengthening modern frigate capability through advanced and flexible “best practice”
Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen, Admiral Danish Fleet at Royal Danish Navy

Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen

Admiral Danish Fleet
Royal Danish Navy

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: THE CHANGING ARCTIC AND ITS IMPACT ON NAVAL POWER

·          Ice in the Arctic continues to recede and open up new maritime trade routes and economic opportunities. Emerging opportunities are likely to spur conflict over competing interests and spheres of interest. Russia has already expanded its military presence in the far north. How should NATO navies respond to the changing Arctic and project naval power over emerging economic routes?
·          Apart from cold weather, bodies of water in and around the Arctic have rough seas and extreme weather.  What are some of the peculiarities of operating in in the Arctic? What are the challenges of blue-water Arctic operations? How should navies proceed and view this region in light of climatic changes?
·          How should navies reform training to equip naval operators for missions in the Arctic? 
Rear Admiral Nils Wang, Director at Naval Team Denmark

Rear Admiral Nils Wang

Director
Naval Team Denmark

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

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm COMBINED TRAINING FOR NATO FORCES

·          Conducting combined training exercises to better execute surface, sub-surface, aerial surveillance, and special operations activities in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO)”
·          Assessing lessons learned and uncontrollable factors in training exercises
·          Addressing synthetic training to replicate the scope, complexity and geography of real-world operations 
Captain Rosario La Pira, Director of Training Support and Transformation at NMITOC

Captain Rosario La Pira

Director of Training Support and Transformation
NMITOC

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: ENSURING RECRUITMENT, TRAINING, AND SKILLS RETENTION

·          As the century progresses, navies find that manpower is depleting and there is competition for scarce talent. This poses significant pressure on recruitment and skills retention. How can navies effectively cultivate individuals with the required skill sets?How can militaries expand the pool of talent and make naval service attractive to the people with the right education and ethical outlooks?
·          How can navies mitigate the gender gap and attract women into the armed forces? Should equipment on-board warships evolve to cater for physical abilities of women?
·          How should training evolve to cope with a changing skills requirement? Should greater reliance be placed on synthetic training? Should remote training be introduced?

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

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

6:10 pm - 7:10 pm ICEBREAKER DRINKS RECEPTION

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GALA DINNER