Information & Integration: Leveraging Data for aMulti-Domain Battlespace
The global security environment is evolving, and so must combat airpower. As several air forces continue to procure 5th generation planes, NATO and its partners are being drawn into an operating environment which is both information-centric and multi-domain. If they are to capitalise on the extraordinary capabilities which these new platforms provide, the fighter community must improve its approach to information management, so that the fighter can be deployed to maximum effect against a peer - or near-peer - adversary.
Returning to Berlin, the International Fighter Conference 2018 will open with sessions on particularly pressing topics; data fusion and the light attack concept. With information superiority now a critical objective for airborne operations, we must continue to examine the ways combat aircraft gather, process and exploit data. A sophisticated technical approach to fusion between air, land and sea must be matched with training model fit for the data-age pilot. The light attack segment acknowledges that, in a stealth-focused fifth generation age, the multi-role fighter might have its limits. Investment in expensive high-end platforms might well need to be balanced with lower-spec aircraft, which can operate decisively – and without extensive support – in a more permissive operating environment against an asymmetric threat.
Days two and three will once again invite senior commanders to debate fresh approaches to strategy, mission planning, interoperability, multi-domain operations, MRO and acquisition. Underpinning the debate will be the recognition that cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum have well and truly infiltrated airborne operations. Preparing for sustained engagements against a peer threat will demand a combat platform which can manage cyber, offensively and defensively, and which can leverage EW/counter-EW to support a decisive approach to combat airpower delivery.
Highlights from International Fighter 2017
2018 Speakers Include:
U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Forces Africa, NATO Allied Air Command
Ukrainian Air Force (Or Officer Representing)
German Air Force
NATO Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejon
Chief of Fighter Capability
Royal Canadian Air Force
Airpower Centre of Excellence
Pakistan Air Force
Deputy Head of Strategic Analysis Capability
Officer Commanding, Air Battlespace Training Centre
Royal Air Force
European Bilateral Relations and EU Exit
Deputy Engineer Gripen E
Top 4 Reasons to Attend IFC 2018:
Define a light attack blueprint which can support the delivery of decisive air-ground capability in the permissive operating environment
Integrate cyber, EW and the electromagnetic spectrum to sustain the operational edge in a contested battlespace
Optimise the management and fusion of data to support the attainment of information dominance for air operations and the joint force
Improve the training model by blending live and synthetic approaches, and support rapid and effective decision-making for the data-age pilot