12 - 14 November, 2019
Berlin Germany

Focus Day: Data Fusion & Light Attack

8:00 am - 9:00 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

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General (Retd.) Frank Gorenc

Former Commander
U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Forces Africa, NATO Allied Air Command

9:10 am - 9:50 am OPENING KEYNOTE: INTEROPERABILITY AND DATA FUSION FOR THE F-35

Brigadier General Stephen Jost - Director F-35 Integration Office, United States Air Force
  • Integrating the F-35 at a technical and tactical level. Supporting interoperability for the multi-generation combat air force
  • Surpassing fusion to augment exploitation. Delivering a decisive PED function
  • Delivering an information architecture which can support optimal decision-making for the F-35 pilot. How much information is enough, and how much can be processed without pilot input?
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Brigadier General Stephen Jost

Director F-35 Integration Office
United States Air Force

9:50 am - 10:30 am MANAGING AND EXPLOITING DATA IN THE CONTESTED BATTLESPACE

Mr Oscar Bladh - Deputy Engineer Gripen E, FMV
  • Fusing and sharing data in the contested operating environment
  • Increasing the overall situational awareness of the combat air platform
  • Safeguarding against information warfare. Sustaining information dominance by countering the threat from cyber and EW
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Mr Oscar Bladh

Deputy Engineer Gripen E
FMV

10:30 am - 11:10 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:10 am - 11:50 am MAXIMIZING SENSOR FUSION TO ENHANCE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND C2

  • Plugging the combat aircraft into the broader C4ISR architecture
  • Role of the F-35 in enhancing situational awareness and C2 for the joint force.
  • Bridging 5th generation information capabilities to legacy platforms
  • Where will information dominance feature within the future capability balance? 
  • If information superiority is to be a core component of the future high-end fight, how can effect still be delivered when access to information is compromised? How do we effectively mitigate against the threat of IW and cyber attack?
  • Is fusion the real challenge? How can the ISR capabilities of advanced combat air systems be exploited and disseminated in the context of the complex environment?
  • To what extent is sensor and data fusion possible on existing platforms? What are the limitations?
  • Are we adequately preparing for F-35 service-entry? How do we leverage the capabilities of existing platforms to field an effective mixed air combat force?
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General (Retd.) Frank Gorenc

Former Commander
U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Forces Africa, NATO Allied Air Command

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Brigadier General Stephen Jost

Director F-35 Integration Office
United States Air Force

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Mr Oscar Bladh

Deputy Engineer Gripen E
FMV

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm ESTABLISHING AN AIRPOWER CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE PAKISTAN AIR FORCE

Air Vice Marshal Irfan Ahmed - Airpower Centre of Excellence, Pakistan Air Force
  • Adapting to the regional security environment. Operational experiences of deploying combat air capability on counter-terror operations
  • Developing an airpower centre of excellence to support enhanced capability development and training
  • Conducting training exercises as a means to identify existing gaps in Pakistan’s combat air capability
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Air Vice Marshal Irfan Ahmed

Airpower Centre of Excellence
Pakistan Air Force

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm READYING AND DEPLOYING AIRPOWER AS PART OF AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO COUNTER-INSURGENCY

  • Acquiring combat air capability specifically to meet the asymmetric threat. Prioritising high manoeuvrability and supporting precision-guided munitions runs
  • Deploying airpower as part of an integrated approach to airborne counter-insurgency. Integrating the fighter effectively alongside UAVs and helicopters
  • Sustaining and maintaining Kenya’s light attack aircraft fleet. Delivering through-life support for ageing aircraft

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm TRAINING AND DEPLOYING TO MEET THE ASYMMETRIC THREAT

  • Training the pilot for precision strike missions in the permissive operating environment
  • Sustaining red air training capabilities to enhance readiness for contemporary operations against the asymmetric threat
  • What support does the light attack combat pilot require to effectively execute the mission?

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm DELIVERING MULTI-ROLE COMBAT AIR CAPABILITY TO SUPPORT REGIONAL AIR SUPERIORITY

  • War-gaming with regional partners to strengthen interoperability
  • Assessing the suitability of multi-role fighter capability as a means to meet both the symmetric and asymmetric threat
  • Upgrading lightweight multi-role options to balance considerations of threat and cost
  • Supporting autonomy for the combat aircraft within the uncontested environment. Carrying out ISR and ground strike without extensive support
  • What does the mission plan look like for counter-insurgency, counter-terror and air policing, and how should that mission plan be reflected in the blueprint for the light attack aircraft?
  • Balancing lethality with affordability to justify the development of specific capabilities versus multi-role fighters
  • How do air force chiefs protect budget for high-end capability and successfully make the case for a light attack capability? Can such a light attack force be justified through savings alone?
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Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz

Former Commander
German Air Force

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Air Vice Marshal Irfan Ahmed

Airpower Centre of Excellence
Pakistan Air Force

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Air Vice Marshal M Abul Bashar

Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Administration)
Bangladesh Air Force

5:50 pm - 6:00 pm CLOSE OF FOCUS DAY