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Main Conference Day One

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM OPENING CEREMONY: IFC 2017

OPENING REMARKS FROM DEFENCE IQ

OPENING REMARKS FROM HOST NATION CHAIRMAN

OPENING REMARKS FROM LEAD SPONSOR

OPENING REMARKS FROM CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR

OPENING REMARKS FROM CONFERENCE PARTNER

OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM HOST NATION KEYNOTE ADDRESS: DELIVERING COMBAT AIRPOWER FOR GERMANY AND NATO

Lieutenant General Karl Müllner, Commander, German Air Force
  • Identifying a future 5th generation requirement for the German Air Force. Insights on the upcoming French-German partnership
  • Extending the operational life of the Tornado. Relying on a 4th generation platform to deliver a multi-role capability. How effective is the Tornado as an air superiority and a ground attack aircraft?
  • Assessing Germany’s ongoing contribution to the combat airpower of the NATO alliance. Delivering collaborative security for the European airspace

Lieutenant General Karl Müllner

Commander
German Air Force

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM DELIVERING COMBAT AIRPOWER

  • The role of Typhoon in ongoing operations
  • Interoperability in present conflicts
  • The role of new capabilities

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: DELIVERING AIR SUPERIORITY FOR THE NATO ALLIANCE

  • Targeting a “fight tonight” capability for the Alliance. What are the prospects of NATO developing a truly interoperable force, that could deploy rapidly without initial limitations to communication?
  • Managing the threat of the A2/AD environment at the NATO level. How would the Alliance overcome a non-permissive theatre to guarantee Europe’s security?
  • Delivering full-spectrum capability across NATO in readiness for a near-peer conflict, whilst at the same time preserving deployability for counter-insurgency-style operations
  • Enhancing information fusion between alliance air forces to support operational effectiveness
  • How will the arrival of 5th generation aircraft support NATO’s force projection in the European airspace?

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM FUTURE BATTLESPACE INTEROPERABILITY AND NEW HORIZONS IN 21ST CENTURY PARTNERSHIPS

  • The dynamics of the Future Battlespace: new approaches towards the way defence industry and military address the upcoming challenges to implement Joint Solutions for efficient and affordable multi domain effect
  • Outline of the Future Battlespace: threat environments, system landscape and the implications of the deployment of smart assets and sensor networks
  • Challenges in a multi-national multi-platform environment: the concept of Secure Connectivity between different platforms in combat conditions
  • The role of the European Next Fighter in the Future Battlespace environment: Fulfilling multi-mission and battlefield management requirements with a Next Fighter

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM THE ROLE OF COMBAT AIRPOWER IN SUPPORTING SECURITY FOR UKRAINE

Colonel General Sergii Drozdov, Commander, Ukrainian Air Force
  • Understanding how combat airpower is being deployed in Ukraine to support border security and force projection
  • Exploring planned upgrades to Ukraine’s fleet. Updating platforms to deliver readiness for the current operating environment
  • To what extent are the Ukrainian Air Force’s existing assets able to execute light attack and SEAD operations?

Colonel General Sergii Drozdov

Commander
Ukrainian Air Force

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM DAY 1, PANEL 1: FIGHTER INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz, Former Commander, German Air Force
Industry leaders in the fighter aviation field will identify how industry is preparing to meet the demands of the future operating environment.

Discussion points include:
  • Extending the operational life of 4th generation platforms to overcome limited budgets and to support missions in varied and contested environments
  • Light-attack options that can support COIN operations, particularly for air forces with smaller budgets and more limited capabilities
  • Delivering training solutions that support the modern combat aviator
  • Using combat aircraft for armed reconnaissance missions; challenges and opportunities for industry
  • Transforming acquisition: what are the possible ways ahead? Current acquisition processes are inadequate and result in “late to need” by years and even decades


Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz

Former Commander
German Air Force

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM INTEGRATING THE F-35 AS A CARRIER-LAUNCHED FIGHTER

Rear Admiral DeWolfe H. Miller III, Director, Air Warfare, OPNAV N98, US Navy
  • Integrating the F-35 as a carrier-launched fighter alongside existing naval assets
  • Deploying carrier-launched 5th generation platforms to support deterrence and the US global strike capability
  • Approaches to integration; ensuring maximum compatibility between 5th and 4th generations platforms

Rear Admiral DeWolfe H. Miller III

Director, Air Warfare, OPNAV N98
US Navy

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM PRESENTATION PRECEDING DAY 1, PANEL 2: POLICING NATO’S SOUTHERN AIRSPACE – DEPLOYING COMBAT AIRPOWER TO SUPPORT ARMED RECONNAISSANCE MISSIONS

Lieutenant General Rubén C. García Servert, Commander, NATO Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejon
  • Deploying combat airpower to support air superiority for the NATO alliance
  • Planning, coordinating and analysing the operations of Air Policing assets deployed in NATO’s southern airspace
  • Supporting situational awareness and C2 for the CAOC’s combat air assets. Delivering enhanced interoperability for multinational operations to uphold air superiority in southern Europe
  • Readying the CAOC’s deployable branch for a rapid response function, in readiness to combat identified threats to NATO’s security

Lieutenant General Rubén C. García Servert

Commander
NATO Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejon
  • Delivering fighter capability that can support operations in contested, non-permissive environments
  • Establishing the critical challenges posed by the denied environment, including precision missiles, EW and advanced cyber technology
  • Does the concept of A2/AD provide a useful framework to inform the development of fighter capability? Are the demands of individual operating environments too distinct for a catch-all concept?
  • To what extent are emerging stealth technologies sufficient to resist the A2/AD threat?
  • Adapting training and mission planning to support the warfighter in scenarios where the EM environment is degraded
  • Increasing SEAD capability to decrease attrition in the denied environment

General (Retd.) Frank Gorenc

Former Commander
USAFE/AFAFRICA

Colonel General Sergii Drozdov

Commander
Ukrainian Air Force

Lieutenant General Rubén C. García Servert

Commander
NATO Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejon

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM AFTERNOON COFFEE

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM SUPPORTING SENSOR FUSION FOR 5th GENERATION AIRCRAFT – THE ITALIAN VIEW

Colonel Emanuele Spigolon, Deputy Programme Manager, Joint Strike Fighter, Italian Air Force
  • An update on the Italian Air Force’s F-35 programme. Training operators for the new aircraft
  • Supporting sensor fusion for the F-35, so that the aircraft can ‘plug-into’ the existing information infrastructure which supports the Air Force’s current fleet
  • Sustaining live aggressor training for the F-35 – avoiding a purely synthetic training model

Colonel Emanuele Spigolon

Deputy Programme Manager, Joint Strike Fighter
Italian Air Force
Emerging platforms will take advantage of the information-domain to support effective decision-making based on enhanced situational awareness. The prevalence of information in the airborne battlespace, whilst advantageous, also poses risks. By hijacking the cyber domain, adversaries have the potential to severely limit the operational capabilities of the warfighter.

  • How will the multi-domain, information-centric battlespace affect the deployment of combat airpower?
  • How can the superior-information gathering capacity of the 5th generation fighter be used to benefit missions that include non-5th generation platforms?
  • Exploiting gathered information to deliver rapid decision-making in the modern battlespace
  • How will the information-centric 5th generation aircraft defend itself against cyber attack to retain its full operational capability?
  • Sustaining C2, strike and ISR capabilities for fighter aircraft, even in a degraded information environment


Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz

Former Commander
German Air Force

Colonel Emanuele Spigolon

Deputy Programme Manager, Joint Strike Fighter
Italian Air Force

General (Retd.) Frank Gorenc

Former Commander
USAFE/AFAFRICA

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz

Former Commander
German Air Force

6:15 PM - 7:30 PM PRE-DINNER NETWORKING DRINKS HOSTED BY RAYTHEON

7:30 PM - 11:00 PM GALA DINNER CO-HOSTED BY AIRBUS AND EUROFIGHTER