Conference Day One (23 Jan)
7:15 - 8:15 MORNING REGISTRATION
8:00 - 8:15 CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKSGeneral Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE, - DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017) Conference Chairman
8:15 - 9:15 VIP OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
9:15 - 9:45 HOST NATION WELCOME ADDRESS
9:45 - 10:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: CHALLENGES FACED BY LAND FORCE COMMANDERS NOW AND TOMORROW WITHIN A FULL SPECTRUM ENVIRONMENTGeneral Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE, - DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017) Conference Chairman
Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders - Commander Field Army British Army
Major General Karl Engelbrektson - Commander Army of Sweden
Major-General Marc Thys - Land Component Commander Belgian Armed Forces
Full spectrum operations acknowledge that conflict involves more than combat between armed opponents. Land forces must defeat enemies while simultaneously shaping the civil situation. This can be accomplished through stability operations in foreign theatres, and civil support operations in the domestic environment. Furthermore, operations are now increasingly network-centric, and land forces need superior information and communications capabilities to respond to new threats and to work efficiently and seamlessly with joint and allied forces.
· Warfighting at the high end is getting more difficult as a result of advances by near-peer competitors, while the low end is moving towards enduring commitment. What is the right fleet balance to address these demands?
· What lessons can we take from recent land force operations to apply and prepare for the threats of tomorrow?
· How can forces train, and what is required to ensure soldiers are agile, adaptable and able to operate unilaterally or with multinational and civilian partners?
· What are the future security challenges and dilemmas faced by Land Forces, and what role can armoured vehicles play in addressing these challenges?
· How important are strong land forces for deterrence – and how is the land power narrative best communicated to political leaders?
Lieutenant General Patrick SandersCommander Field Army
Major General Karl EngelbrektsonCommander
Army of Sweden
Major-General Marc ThysLand Component Commander
Belgian Armed Forces
10:30 - 11:15 Morning Coffee
11:15 - 11:45 KEYNOTE: DESIGNING THE FUTURE ARMY TO CREATE A VERSATILE, TAILORABLE FUTURE FORCEGeneral David G. Perkins - Commanding General U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
· Multi -Domain Battle: Achieving cross domain synergy
· Army Capabilities in the Multi-Domain Battle: Cross-domain operations in context of Joint Combined Arms Maneuver that create temporary windows of superiority across multiple domains, and allow Joint Forces to seize, retain, and exploit the initiative.
· Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy; Formations possess the appropriate combination of mobility, protection and lethality to win and achieve overmatch against likely threat, under anticipated mission variables
· Designing the Future Force
General David G. PerkinsCommanding General
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
11:45 - 12:15 RESERVED
8:00 - 8:45 INDUSTRY LEADERS’ PANEL DISCUSSION: ADAPTING TO A CHANGING WORLD
This panel discussion invites key industry players to debate how industry is adapting to meet customer needs now and in the future.
Before questions are opened to the floor, discussion points will include:
· Collaboration and partnerships among industry can be important. How is industry doing this effectively to deliver military capability at an affordable price?
· Local content requirements are common in many nations: What case-studies demonstrate where this can be done to everyone’s advantage and where can local content make the biggest impact
The uncertain world is clearly having major impacts on the defence and security sector. The threats are evolving and vary considerably between terrorism, cyber warfare, UAVs and ‘traditional’ tanks and anti-tank weapons. Operational scenarios are also very varied: expeditionary, urban and almost conventional. Customers are therefore seeking a multiplicity of requirements and yet of course are faced with budgetary constraints. There are 2 constants: continuity of change and media attention. How does industry respond?
13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH
PROTECTION STREAM14:00 - 14:30 CROATIAN LONG-TERM MODERNIZATION PLAN (2015-2024): OUTLINING THE CROATIAN VEHICLE MODERNISATION PROGRAMME
· Examing current vehicle capacity and capability relative to Croatian strategic priorities
· Outlining the vehicle modernisation programme which includes the procurement of, mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle parts, new vehicles and M-84 tank upgrades
· Protecting national interests while being able to participate alongside allied forces in NATO- or EU-led operations
PROTECTION STREAM14:30 - 15:00 LESSONS LEARNED FROM INTEGRATING AND QUALIFYING APS ON DIVERSIFIED PLATFORMS COL. (Res.) Yiftach Kleinman - Head of Vehicle Protection Suites Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
COL. (Res.) Yiftach KleinmanHead of Vehicle Protection Suites
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
PROTECTION STREAM15:00 - 15:30 US ARMY WAY FORWARD ON ACTIVE PROTECTION SYSTEMS FORCE AND PROTECTION EFFORTS Colonel Glenn A. Dean - Stryker Program Manager U.S. Army
· Bridging near-term, off-the-shelf APS characterization work into the MAPS effort and then into a long-term program of record -- the Vehicle Protection System (VPS)
· Interim solutions for combat vehicle Active Protection Systems
· Overview of Modular Active Protection System tests using soft-kill countermeasures.
· “Layered testing" mixing both soft-kill and hard-kill countermeasures
Roadmap and timelines for decisions on the way forward and factors for consideration in the decision process
Colonel Glenn A. DeanStryker Program Manager
PROTECTION STREAM15:30 - 16:00 ADVANCES IN ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT COMPOSITE ARMOUR TECHNOLOGY ’ Chris Davies - Technical Director Morgan Advanced Materials
FIREPOWER STREAM14:00 - 14:30 BRITISH ARMY STRIKE CAPABILITY UPDATE Major General Chris Tickell - Director General Capability British Army
· Army 2020 is the transformation of the British Army for the 2020s and beyond, in response to the strategic challenges it is likely to face in the future
· As a result of this, the Army’s structure will change. 3rd (UK) Division will be reorganised to form two Armoured Infantry and two STRIKE brigades, one of each held at high readiness
· Strike Experimentation Group roadmap towards brigade
· Challenger 2 LEP programme
Major General Chris TickellDirector General Capability
FIREPOWER STREAM14:30 - 15:00 105MM PHOENIX Alan ‘Bear’ Midkiff - Vice President Marketing & Sales CMI Defence
· 120mm tank gun is optimal for anti-armour but not necessarily ideal for a more general role
· Global demand for light-medium tank and mobile gun systems is strengthening
· Is the 105mm tank gun going to become the popular choice for a new generation of weapon systems?
Alan ‘Bear’ MidkiffVice President Marketing & Sales
FIREPOWER STREAM15:00 - 15:30 THE ROMANIAN ARMY ENDOWMENT PROGRAMS: ENSURING THE CRAIOVA BRIGADE BECOMES FULLY OPERATIONAL Brigadier General Iacob Dragos - Commander of 15 Mechanized Brigade Romanian Land Forces
· Army focus on quick procurement procedures for the land forces
· Modernization of 48 existing infantry combat vehicles
· Procurement of 94 Piranha armored personnel carriers
· Strategic purpose of completing the process of making the Craiova Brigade fully operational and available to NATO
· Further acquisition of 657 vehicles including other types of 8x8 carriers manufactured in Romania, at Moreni
Brigadier General Iacob DragosCommander of 15 Mechanized Brigade
Romanian Land Forces
FIREPOWER STREAM15:30 - 16:00 NEXTER PROGRAMS UPDATE Michael Duckworth - Vice President Regional Sales Nexter Systems
Offering a wide range of products across the land, sea and air domains and with a worldwide presence, Nexter Systems is one of France’s leading defence companies and is the heir of centuries of armament design, development and manufacture.
Michael DuckworthVice President Regional Sales
MOBILITY STREAM14:00 - 14:30 HEAVY FORCES: ITALIAN ARMY PERSPECTIVE AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS Brigadier General Angelo Minelli - Commander of the Cavalry School and Inspector of the Cavalry Italian Army
· Operational environment considerations
o Focus toward warfighting campaigns
o Worst case scenario
· Influence of land power
· Expanding role of heavy forces
o Wheels vs tracks dilemma
· Italian army perspective
o Heavy forces capabilities
Brigadier General Angelo MinelliCommander of the Cavalry School and Inspector of the Cavalry
MOBILITY STREAM14:30 - 15:00 THE FFG SYSTEM HOUSE APPROACH: EFFICIENT PARTNERSHIP SOLUTIONS Benjamin Lidsay - Project Development Director, Military Program Division FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau GmbH
· FFG Unique Company Perspective
· System House Verses Package Upgrades
· Vehicle Solutions
Benjamin LidsayProject Development Director, Military Program Division
FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau GmbH
MOBILITY STREAM15:00 - 15:30 CAMO PROJECT: THE EUROPEAN ANCHORING OF THE BELGIAN COMBINED ARMS MOTORISED CAPABILITY Colonel (GS) Erik Claessen - Project Lead, Future AV Fleet Belgian Ministry of Defence
· Belgium seeks to modernize its motorised capability together with a strategic partner country.
· Identical systems are a very important driving force in this defence cooperation. National sovereignty is enhanced, as the increased capability of action outweighs loss of autonomy due to the joint organisation of the capability lines of development.
· The complete re-equipment of motorised land forces, for manoeuvre, combat support as well as combat service support elements. By 2030, the combined arms motorised capability will consist of 5 fully equipped maneuver battalions.
· The equipment will allow a leap ahead toward more networked operations.
· The vehicles will be optimized in terms of protection and deployability.
Colonel (GS) Erik ClaessenProject Lead, Future AV Fleet
Belgian Ministry of Defence
MOBILITY STREAM15:30 - 16:00 COMPOSITE RUBBER TRACK OPERATE AT REACH - LOWER LOGISTIC NEED - FIGHT FOR LONGER Major (Rtd.) Kevin Sloan - International Business Development Manager Soucy Defense
16:00 - 16:30 AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
PROTECTION STREAM16:30 - 17:00 REVISION MILITARY – THE POWER TO PROTECT Peter Rafferty - President Revision Military (UK) Ltd
Steve Carkner - Head of Innovation Revision Military
· Delivering protections to soldiers and platforms through protective equipment and innovative battlefield energy solutions
· Enhancing Mission Survivability through signature management, reducing platform acoustic, thermal and logistic signatures
· Ensure operational energy independence and self-reliance to expeditionary forces through high capacity, maintenance free, and low logistic drag solutions
· Tailorable, scalable and reconfigurable platform power delivering improved power to weight ratios
Revision Military (UK) Ltd
Steve CarknerHead of Innovation
PROTECTION STREAM17:00 - 17:30 PROTECTION PANEL DISCUSSION
- Future trends in survivability
- Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) protection Vs. Active Protection Systems (APS)
- APS from drawing board to working systems; how developed are they?
- Soft kill vs Hard kill – different systems available and trade-offs; what are the effects on nearby infantry?
FIREPOWER STREAM16:30 - 17:00 RESERVED
FIREPOWER STREAM17:00 - 17:30 FIREPOWER PANEL DISCUSSION Colonel Klaus Schiefenbusch - Chief of Combat Division: Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre Bundeswehr
- What is the optimum combination of firepower, protection, mobility and operational readiness?
- Upgunning APCs and integrating missile systems on to IFVs; what are the trade-offs?
- Remotely Controlled Weapon Stations; what are the disadvantages of these systems?
Colonel Klaus SchiefenbuschChief of Combat Division: Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre
MOBILITY STREAM16:30 - 17:00 RIGID OR INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION AXLES: PROS AND CONS Jean Vandel - Director, Business Development Texelis
MOBILITY STREAM17:00 - 17:30 MOBILITY PANEL DISCUSSION
- Wheels Vs. Tracks – all terrain capabilities and logistical trains; trade-offs and latest operational feedback
- Deployability as well as manoeuvrability; how quickly can vehicles arrive at the fight?
- Gap crossings techniques and equipment to allow manoeuvre and firepower to occur
17:30 - NaN:NaN RESERVED FOR KEYNOTE
18:00 - 18:30 MEDIUM CALIBRE TURRETS, MEDIUM WEIGHT ARMOURED VEHICLES - A MODULAR APPROACHNathan Poyner - Head of Engineering Turrets and Tactical Systems, Chief Engineer LAND 400 Rheinmetall
· Systems Engineering for a Global Platform (LAND 400 Experience)
· Modular Design Solution for Medium Calibre Turrets
· Medium Weight Armoured Vehicles
Nathan PoynerHead of Engineering Turrets and Tactical Systems, Chief Engineer LAND 400
18:30 - NaN:NaN DAY 1 CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION: THE STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP DEBATEGeneral Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE, - DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017) Conference Chairman
Major General Payenda Mohammad Nazim - Senior Military Advisor to Minister of National Defense Afghan Ministry of Defence
Lieutenant General Md Mahfuzur Rahman - Principal Staff Office Bangladesh Armed Forces
General David G. Perkins - Commanding General U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Brigadier General Indrek Sirel - Deputy Commander Estonian Defence Forces
We now live in a seemingly much more complicated world; cyber-attacks, asymmetric warfare, terrorism at home and abroad/ The Nation states’ monopoly on the use of force has been eroded and non-state actors have become increasingly powerful drivers of change.
To generate both a breath of knowledge and a depth of insight, the panel discussion will feature the most senior officers and strategic decision makers who are setting the long-term strategies on the future direction of land power and armoured capability
Aim: To investigate the balance of capabilities required within future Land Forces.
· To hear perspectives from very senior military officers regarding their assessments of national and collective capabilities required to meet expected future challenges in the LAND Environment.
· Subsequent discussion should take into account the range of military roles from War fighting, Counter Insurgency and Stabilisation to Peace Support and Humanitarian Assistance, and the Challenges presented by Hybrid and Ambiguous Warfare.
· Discussion will also consider the utility of Armoured Forces against the spectrum of requirements, and how they might contribute to an appropriately balanced Land force.
Major General Payenda Mohammad NazimSenior Military Advisor to Minister of National Defense
Afghan Ministry of Defence
Lieutenant General Md Mahfuzur RahmanPrincipal Staff Office
Bangladesh Armed Forces
General David G. PerkinsCommanding General
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Brigadier General Indrek SirelDeputy Commander
Estonian Defence Forces
19:15 - 19:30 CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKGeneral Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE, - DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017) Conference Chairman
19:30 - 20:30 DRINKS RECEPTION
'A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition’ – Rudyard Kipling
What better way to end the day and ease the strain on a mind over-flowing with ideas than a glass filled to equal measure?
Hosted by RUAG in the exhibition hall, delegates are invited to take part in the perfect opportunity to network with colleagues, continue the debates of the day, and make new acquaintances.
Refreshments include a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and light snacks.