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

DAY TWO | PLATFORM MODERNISATION AND SHIP DESIGN PRIORITIES | 29 JANUARY

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

9:00 am - 9:15 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS:

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

9:15 am - 9:45 am GREAT POWER COMPETITION: THE THREAT AND STRATEGY

·          Building the culture of excellence to maintain maritime superiority against long-term strategic competitors – Russia and China
·          Enabling the navy to fight and win the battle for sea control in an age of great-power competition
·          Ensuring presence and control by growing the navy to 350 ships by 2049 – outlining the vigorous 30 year shipbuilding plan
·          Experimentation to advance CONOPs for unmanned systems: assessing the planned procurement of LUSVs to be paired with Zumwalt-class destroyers in strike missions and become attritable systems for future confrontation 
Vice Admiral Richard A. Brown, Commander Naval Surface Force at U.S. Pacific Fleet

Vice Admiral Richard A. Brown

Commander Naval Surface Force
U.S. Pacific Fleet

9:45 am - 10:15 am THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF NAVAL VESSELS: A CLASSIFICATION SOCIETY PERSPECTIVE

Eric Norris, Director of Global Government Vessels at American Bureau of Shipping

Eric Norris

Director of Global Government Vessels
American Bureau of Shipping

10:15 am - 10:45 am TRANSFORMING THE NAVY FOR OPERATIONS IN THE DIGITAL ERA


Rear Admiral Andrew Burns OBE, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Capability) at Royal Navy

Rear Admiral Andrew Burns OBE

Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Capability)
Royal Navy

10:45 am - 11:15 am SMALL UAS EMPLOYMENT IN MARITIME OPERATIONS


David Hendrickson, Director of Business Development at AeroVironment

David Hendrickson

Director of Business Development
AeroVironment

11:15 am - 11:45 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:45 am - 12:45 pm INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION GROUPS

Each roundtable will invite 15 participants to discuss the proposed topic. Round table leaders will be asked to summarise key points and report them to the conference organisers to publicise among the online community.   

11:45 am - 12:45 pm A: FUTURE FORCE STRUCTURE

The changing nature of warfare calls for an operationally versatile fleet, flexible enough to respond to near-peer conflict and asymmetric threats. This interactive discussion group will examine the right balance between high-end platforms and light multifunctional frigates and corvettes. It will invite participants to debate on the future makeup of the surface fleechallenges of achieving multi-mission modularity and interoperability between the future surface combatant and existing platforms.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm B: FUTURE WEAPONS SYSTEMS

The adversary is developing highly capable, long-range weapons systems. This undermines existing air defence systems and early warning measures. How should navies strengthen firepower and lethality? This roundtable discussion will address sensor-shooter pairing, fire control systems, and long-range missile systems for AAW and ASW in the future operating environment. Should directed energy systems be considered as the weapon of the future? Should navies focus on developing remotely-operated weapons systems on USVs? 

11:45 am - 12:45 pm C: AUTONOMY AND ROBOTICS

Unmanned systems are transforming warfare and maritime operations. Not only do unmanned technologies increase sensor and magazine reach, they also enhance C2 by feeding information to the NOC. What challenges will the naval operator face with integrating unmanned technologies into existing force structures? How can the challenges of communications and persistence be mitigated? How will IT infrastructures support a manned-unmanned mix of capability in the maritime domain

11:45 am - 12:45 pm D: THE POWER OF BIG DATA ANALYTICS

11:45 am - 12:45 pm E: POWER GENERATION AND PROPULSION

The future surface combatant will require increased energy generation. This roundtable will assess methods to achieve greater energy efficiency, while reducing fuel consumption. How can greater power be generated without compromising maneuverability and limiting space for armament and crew? What role will hybrid electrical drive propulsion and gas turbines play? Are fuel cell technology and lithium-ion batteries the solution? 

11:45 am - 12:45 pm F: RECRUITMENT, TRAINING, RETENTION

Retaining high readiness will depend on recruitment, training, and skills retention. How can navies benefit from a wider pool of talent? How can we attract women into the armed forces?
Synthetic training presents unique opportunities for equipping the force with the right skill set. How can navies improve simulation to prepare for high-intensity conflict in synthetic environments? 

11:45 am - 12:45 pm G: FUTURE SURFACE COMBATANT

The future surface combatant will need to reinforce deterrence and sea power projection. What will its signature management tools be? What systems will go on-board for data collection, processing, and exploitation? How will the CMS and weapons systems evolve to create uncontested situational awareness? 

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE TAMANDARE ACQUISITION AND FUTURE PLANS

Vice Admiral Petronio Augusto Siqueira de Aguiar, Director of Programmes at Brazilian Navy

Vice Admiral Petronio Augusto Siqueira de Aguiar

Director of Programmes
Brazilian Navy

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ELECTRIFICATION OF THE SEAS: FROM WAVEFORMS TO WARP DRIVE


Nick Smith BEng CEng FIET, Technical Director at GE Power Conversion UK

Nick Smith BEng CEng FIET

Technical Director
GE Power Conversion UK

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN ENERGY GENERATION AND PROPULSION


Kees Posthumus, Head, Office for Marine Engineering at Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation

Kees Posthumus

Head, Office for Marine Engineering
Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:00 pm - 4:10 pm BUILDING CAPABILITY AGAINST A CONVENTIONAL THREAT

·          Analysing Chinese capability development: shipbuilding and use of asymmetric tactics for hybrid warfare
·          Overview of the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science Technology’s recently developed open-architecture, distributed combat direction system to form the basis for all new naval surface and sub-surface combatants
·          Evaluating technologies that will go on-board the New Generation Guided-Missile Frigate
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

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm DRIVING S&T SYNCHRONISATION FOR NAVAL SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT


Thomas Fu, Ph.D., Head, Mission Capable, Persistent and Survivable Naval Platforms Department at US Office of Naval Research

Thomas Fu, Ph.D.

Head, Mission Capable, Persistent and Survivable Naval Platforms Department
US Office of Naval Research

5:00 pm - 5:10 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE DAY TWO

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