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At this conference you will learn about the challenges of planning in Iraq and Afghanistan from experienced mission planners. Attend and hear about the most recent developments of the Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) and NATO’s Air Command and Control System (NATO ACCS).

This conference will cover both the technological improvements in mission planning systems as well as the significant challenges of interoperability and standardization. Key military players will outline civil military cooperation and the challenges of planning within coalitions. Technical experts will discuss real-time mission planning, technical challenges and system requirements.

By attending this event you will have the opportunity to discuss solutions to these multifaceted challenges with other mission planning experts.

This event will discuss the significant changes in mission planning technology since our previous Mission Planning conference in 2006 including new tools that have been developed to plan complex missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and in International Peace Operations.

Key topics in 2008 include:

An Overview of Modern Threats: What have mission planners learned from in-theatre experience? How to anticipate a variety of scenarios, respond to crises, asymmetric conflict and terrorism.

Integrating Crucial Data: How to improve situational awareness by integrating accurate data. Learn how to map both the physical and human terrain.

Strengthening International Cooperation: Understand the challenges of interoperability of planning systems within coalitions. Learn how to maintain independent capability while planning within coalitions.

Enhancing Communication with Command and Control: How to improve command and control and the flow of data in network centric warfare.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Colonel Gilbert Botella, Operational Consistency Officer and capability manager, French Joint Defence Staff
  • Colonel Kurt B. Hansen, G-5 Division Chief , Multinational Corps Northeast
  • Colonel JD Partain, Deputy Group Commander (Mission Planning Systems), 951st Electronic Systems Group, US Air Force
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Keith Maxwell, Branch Chief, Requirements and Architecture Branch, Planning and Architecture Division, NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency (NACMA)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Rainer Schulte, Response Force Operations Command (RFOC), German Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Michael Steinfurth, Head of the Directorate of Civil-Military Air Traffic Management Co-ordination (DCMAC) Harmonisation & Support Unit, EUROCONTROL
  • Lieutenant Captain Miguel Pacheco, Head of Data Centre, Hydrographical Institute, Portuguese Navy
    Dr Jean-Pierre Faye, NATO Industry Advisory Group liaison, NATO Modelling Simulation Group
  • Dr. Uwe Dompke, Principal Scientist and Project Leader, NATO C3 Agency
  • James K. Greer, Deputy Program Manager, Human Terrain System, US Army
  • Dr. Pontus Svenson, Senior Scientist, Department of Decision Support Systems, Swedish Defence Research Agency

For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact Fiona Punter on +44 (0) 207 827 6098 or fpunter@SAE Media Group-online.co.uk

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Stephan De Spiegeleire

Stephan De Spiegeleire, Director for Defence Transformation, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

9:10 A German Perspective on Effects Based Approach to Operations (EBAO)

Lieutenant Colonel Rainer Schulte

Lieutenant Colonel Rainer Schulte, J5 Planning Staff Officer (SO1), Regional Headquarters Allied Forces Southern Europe

• Experience of the German Response Forces Operations Command
• Lessons learned from mission planning in Multinational Experiment 5 (MNE 5)
• MNE 5 in its role as a core Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters
• EU-Battle Group operations
• Activity planning and knowledge development

9:50 French and Multinational Planning Exercises

• An operational and industry perspective on mission exercises
• Overview of strategic and operative planning programmes in France
• Applications of Effects Based Planning
• Lessons learned from operations
• Case studies from national and multinational exercises
Colonel Gilbert Botella

Colonel Gilbert Botella, Operational Consistency Officer and Capability Manager, French Joint Defence Staff

Jean-Pierre Faye

Jean-Pierre Faye, NATO Industry Advisory Group Liaison, NATO Modelling and Simulation Group

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Multinational Challenges of Mission Planning – Experience from Afghanistan

Colonel Kurt B Hansen

Colonel Kurt B Hansen , Chief G-5 Division, Multinational Corps Northeast

• Lessons learned from he Multinational Corps Northeast’s mission in Afghanistan
• Challenges and requirements for co-operating with NATO in operational planning
• Developments in civil-military co-operation

11:40 Updating Communication Technology for Network Centric Warfare

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Stevens

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Stevens, Chief, G6 Operations and Plans, 1st German/Netherlands Corps

• Improving the Theatre Independent Tactical Army and Air Force Network (TITAAN)
• Communication and Mission Planning of the German / Netherlands Corps
• Improving interoperability of communication equipment to improve mission planning and mission management
• Technical challenges and requirements of maintaining and updating communication systems

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 Requirements and Operational Capacity for the US Joint Mission Planning Systems

Colonel JD Partain

Colonel JD Partain, Deputy Group Commander (Mission Planning Systems), Electronic Systems Command, US Air Force

  • What operators want from mission planning systems
  • Joint Precision Airdrop System
  • Challenges and Requirements
  • 14:30 Interoperability and Standardisation in a Transforming Alliance

    Jaap Lub

    Jaap Lub, Chief A&S Branch, NATO Standardisation Agency

    • A force multiplier for multinational planning and operations
    • Standardization and interoperability within NATO
    • Challenges and opportunities

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Advances in Mission Planning Systems

    Major General (Ret'd) George Harrison

    Major General (Ret'd) George Harrison, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Georgia Tech Research Institute

    • Advances in automated mission planning
    • Training required for automated mission planning
    • A look to the future of planning operations

    16:20 Air Vehicle Mission Planning for USAF Air Mobility Command

    Joel Daniels

    Joel Daniels, GMS Manager, TYBRIN Corporation

  • Unit Level Mission Planning
  • Portable Flight Planning Software
  • Tanker, Airlift and Special Mission Planning components
  • CNS/ATM compliance
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Stephan De Spiegeleire

    Stephan De Spiegeleire, Director for Defence Transformation, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

    9:10 Mission planning with NATO’s Air Command and Control System (NATO ACCS)

    Colonel (Ret'd) Keith Maxwell

    Colonel (Ret'd) Keith Maxwell, Chief, Planning and Architecture Division, NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency (NACMA)

    • Progress and development of NATO’s ACCS
    • Integration of data to optimize mission planning
    • The challenges of real-time air mission planning

    9:50 Planning in Internationalised Airspace - Eurocontrol’s Perspective

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Steinfurth

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Steinfurth, Head, Directorate of Civil-Military Air Traffic Management Co-ordination (DCMAC) Harmonisation & Support Unit, Eurocontrol

    • Operational air traffic harmonisation
    • Integrating civil and military requirements
    • Eurocontrol’s challenges and requirements

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Mission Support Systems for Aircraft

    Isil Kolagasioglu

    Isil Kolagasioglu, Systems Engineer / Project Manager,, STM Defence Technologies

    • Overview of technical challenges and requirements for interoperable mission planning systems
    • Application and technology for pre-mission analysis
    • Analysis and benefits of improving post mission analysis

    11:40 Integrating Human Terrain into Mission Planning

    Captain Joshua Holst

    Captain Joshua Holst, Combatant Command Liaison Officer (COCOM LNO), Human Terrain System, United States Army Training & Doctrine Command

    • The US Human Terrain System (HTS) support to counterinsurgency
    • Operational challenges in Afghanistan and Iraq
    • Suggestions for future operations

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Geospatial tactical Decision Aids - A naval perspective

    Captain Bessa Pacheco

    Captain Bessa Pacheco, Head of Data Centre, Hydrographical Institute, Portuguese Navy

    • Integrating crucial data into mission planning
    • Mission Impact Diagrams (MID)
    • Marine prediction models
    • Lessons learned from joint exercises

    14:30 NATO ISAF Operation Through GIS Evaluation

    Giuseppe Nobile

    Giuseppe Nobile, Geographic Branch, NATO Situation Centre

    • Web-based environments to monitor global political and military scenarios and support decision makers
    • Challenges and lessons learned from mapping the Afghan terrain
    • Using GIS to plan, monitor and support operations

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Modelling and Simulation to Support Military Decision Making

    Dr Uwe Dompke

    Dr Uwe Dompke, Principal Scientist and Project Leader, NATO C3 Agency

    • Operational planning in the asymmetric environment
    • Collaborative planning and effects based tools (EB-TOPFAS)
    • Modelling & simulation to support the assessment of different courses of action
    • Human behaviour representation as a major challenge

    16:20 Decision Support Systems

    Dr Pontus Svenson

    Dr Pontus Svenson, Scientist, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

    • Information fusion for battle groups and improve decision making
    • Modelling for use in decision support systems
    • Using semantic techniques to construct threat and impact models

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One



    Mission Planning in a Coalition Environment

    Mission Planning in a Coalition Environment

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    3rd June 2008
    London, United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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