21 - 24 January, 2019 | Twickenham Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Conference Day One (23 Jan)

7:15 - 8:15 MORNING REGISTRATION

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General 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

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?
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General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE,

DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017)
Conference Chairman

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Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders

Commander Field Army
British Army

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Major General Karl Engelbrektson

Commander
Army of Sweden

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Major-General Marc Thys

Land 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 FORCE

General 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
 
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General David G. Perkins

Commanding 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 STREAM

14:00 - 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 STREAM

14:30 - 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 Kleinman

Head of Vehicle Protection Suites
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

PROTECTION STREAM

15:00 - 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
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Colonel Glenn A. Dean

Stryker Program Manager
U.S. Army

PROTECTION STREAM

15:30 - 16:00 ADVANCES IN ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT COMPOSITE ARMOUR TECHNOLOGY ’
Chris Davies - Technical Director Morgan Advanced Materials

Chris Davies

Technical Director
Morgan Advanced Materials

FIREPOWER STREAM

14:00 - 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
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Major General Chris Tickell

Director General Capability
British Army

·          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’ Midkiff

Vice President Marketing & Sales
CMI Defence

FIREPOWER STREAM

15:00 - 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
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Brigadier General Iacob Dragos

Commander of 15 Mechanized Brigade
Romanian Land Forces

FIREPOWER STREAM

15:30 - 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 Duckworth

Vice President Regional Sales
Nexter Systems

MOBILITY STREAM

14:00 - 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
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Brigadier General Angelo Minelli

Commander of the Cavalry School and Inspector of the Cavalry
Italian Army

MOBILITY STREAM

14:30 - 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 Lidsay

Project Development Director, Military Program Division
FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau GmbH

MOBILITY STREAM

15:00 - 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.
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Colonel (GS) Erik Claessen

Project Lead, Future AV Fleet
Belgian Ministry of Defence

MOBILITY STREAM

15:30 - 16:00 COMPOSITE RUBBER TRACK OPERATE AT REACH - LOWER LOGISTIC NEED - FIGHT FOR LONGER
Major (Rtd.) Kevin Sloan - International Business Development Manager Soucy Defense

Major (Rtd.) Kevin Sloan

International Business Development Manager
Soucy Defense

16:00 - 16:30 AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK

PROTECTION STREAM

16:30 - 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
 

Peter Rafferty

President
Revision Military (UK) Ltd

Steve Carkner

Head of Innovation
Revision Military

PROTECTION STREAM

17:00 - 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 STREAM

16:30 - 17:00 RESERVED
  • 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?
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Colonel Klaus Schiefenbusch

Chief of Combat Division: Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre
Bundeswehr

MOBILITY STREAM

16:30 - 17:00 RIGID OR INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION AXLES: PROS AND CONS
Jean Vandel - Director, Business Development Texelis

Jean Vandel

Director, Business Development
Texelis

MOBILITY STREAM

17:00 - 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 APPROACH

Nathan 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 Poyner

Head of Engineering Turrets and Tactical Systems, Chief Engineer LAND 400
Rheinmetall

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.
 
Method:
·          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.
 
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General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE,

DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017)
Conference Chairman

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Major General Payenda Mohammad Nazim

Senior Military Advisor to Minister of National Defense
Afghan Ministry of Defence

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Lieutenant General Md Mahfuzur Rahman

Principal Staff Office
Bangladesh Armed Forces

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General David G. Perkins

Commanding General
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

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Brigadier General Indrek Sirel

Deputy Commander
Estonian Defence Forces

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General 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.