Conference Day One (23 Jan)

7:15 - 8:15 MORNING REGISTRATION


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General Sir Adrian Bradshaw

DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017)
Conference Chairman

8:45 - 9:15 VIP OPENING KEYNOTE 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

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 Joseph Martin

Commanding General of 1st Infantry Division
U.S. 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: IDENTIFYING TRENDS IN THE MARKET, FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS AND EXAMING THE CHALLENGES FACED BY THE CUSTOMER

This panel discussion invites key industry players to debate the topics currently driving the community. Before general questions are opened to the floor, discussion points will include:
· OEM partnership models and local content requirements are common in many nations: What case-studies demonstrate where this can be done to everyone’s advantage and where in the value chain can local content make the biggest impact
· Government-to-government sales and FMS procurement among partner nations can drive efficiencies, what are the pros, cons and risks, and what role can industry play in assisting this process?
· Homogenising platforms and modularity can help drive cost efficiencies across the fleet both in terms of through-life-cost and also reducing the wider logistical burden. How can customers do this intelligently, and what else can they do to gain cost savings across their capability?
· Interoperable open architectures for vehicles, such as GVA and NGVA are becoming more common. What are the commercial incentives for Open Systems, and where are the challenges?
· LVC Training For Ground Combat Forces

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH

PROTECTION STREAM

14:00 - 14:30 CROATIAN LONG-TERM MODERNIZATION PLAN (2015-2024): OUTLINING THE CROATIAN VEHICLE MODERNISATION PROGRAMME

Brigadier General Denis Tretinjak, Commander of the Guards Armoured Mechanised Brigade, Croatian Army
· 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

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Brigadier General Denis Tretinjak

Commander of the Guards Armoured Mechanised Brigade
Croatian Army

PROTECTION STREAM

14:30 - 15:00 ADVANCED SURVIVABILITY AND LETHALITY CONCEPT FOR ARMOURED VEHICLES


Sponsored by: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.

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 ’


Sponsored by: 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

FIREPOWER STREAM

14:30 - 15:00 TACTICAL TRAINING : SIMULATION SOLUTIONS


Sponsored by: 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 RESERVED

MOBILITY STREAM

14:00 - 14:30 FORCEWIDE REALIGNMENT: U.S. ARMY MANEUVER DOMINANCE IN THE MULTI-DOMAIN BATTLE SPACE

· Tailored brigades and battalions will feature combined arms with the ability to maneuver in a dispersed manner
· Optimized divisions will allow functional expertise in rear, close, deep and non-linear contests while maintaining operational tempo throughout rapid deep attacks, decisive assaults, and consolidation of gains
· Bridging tactical and operational divides to allow greater cross-domain integration across the full range

MOBILITY STREAM

14:30 - 15:00 DEVELOPMENTS WITH PMMC G5 MULTI-ROLE TRACKED APC


Sponsored by: FFG

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


Sponsored by: Soucy Defense

16:00 - 16:30 AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK

PROTECTION STREAM

16:30 - 17:00 RESERVED

PROTECTION STREAM

17:00 - 17:30 PROTECTION PANEL DISCUSSION

Bryn James, Head - Armour & Protection Science & Technology Centre, UK Dstl
  • 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?

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Bryn James

Head - Armour & Protection Science & Technology Centre
UK Dstl

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
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Lieutenant Colonel Ian Brandon

Land Combat Capability Working Group Lead
New Zealand Defence Force

MOBILITY STREAM

16:30 - 17:00 RIGID OR INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION AXLES: PROS AND CONS

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 HOST NATION KEYNOTE: STRATEGIC OVERVIEW OF LAND PROJECTS

Paul Jaques, Chief of Materiel (Land), DE&S - UK MoD
· Challenger 2 Life Extension Project will upgrade the vehicle with the latest technology to make it available for operations out to 2035
· Lessons from AJAX; maximising commonality in mobility, electronic architecture and survivability to ensure the British Army has a family of world-class platforms
· Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) update on procuring a wheeled armoured personnel carrier
· Multi Role Vehicle-Protected (MRV-P) programme to deliver future wheeled utility and logistics vehicles for the British Army

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Paul Jaques

Chief of Materiel (Land)
DE&S - UK MoD

18:00 - 18:30 RESERVED

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

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

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.

Sponsored by: RUAG Defence