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Main Conference Day Two

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


General (Retd.) Frank Gorenc

Former Commander
USAFE/AFAFRICA

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz

Former Commander
German Air Force

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM CHALLENGES AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE UK’S LIGHTNING FORCE

Air Commodore Bradshaw, Lightning Force Commander, Royal Air Force
  • Generating an Initial Operational Capability for the UK’s Lightning Force
  • Developing a mission plan that will allow for the interoperable deployment of 5th generation and 4th generation aircraft. Maximising the capabilities of the F-35
  • Establishing a mission-ready training programme that will take advantage of synthetic solutions, in order to support the warfighter’s readiness for operations in diverse and contested environments

Air Commodore Bradshaw

Lightning Force Commander
Royal Air Force
This panel will bring together senior operators responsible for operating and integrating the F-35 aircraft, in order to identify current challenges with integration, and future priorities for establishing full operational capability.

  • Establishing a timeline for the F-35 as a fully-deployed, integrated multi-role aircraft, supporting national and coalition combat airpower operations
  • Exploring how the F-35 can be integrated effectively with existing fleets. The aircraft already has the capability to interoperate, but total sensor fusion remains conceptual. Its capacity to share information with other platforms – including other aircraft, UAVs, and remote capabilities – must be augmented if the aircraft is to support effective and rapid decision-making for its operator
  • One of the major strengths of the platform is its ability to act as an information-receiver, gathering vast quantities of data form multiple sources. How will this affect future combat operations?

Colonel Emanuele Spigolon

Deputy Programme Manager, Joint Strike Fighter
Italian Air Force

Air Commodore Bradshaw

Lightning Force Commander
Royal Air Force

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM THAILAND’S DEVELOPMENT OF COMBAT AVIATION CAPABILITY

Air Marshal Maanat Wongwat, Director of Operations, Royal Thai Air Force
  • The role of combat airpower in delivering security for Thailand
  • Upgrading and modernizing existing fighter capability
  • Delivering operational effectiveness in degraded and contested environments

Air Marshal Maanat Wongwat

Director of Operations
Royal Thai Air Force

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM DELIVERING MULTI-ROLE CAPABILITIES TO SUPPORT FORCE PROJECTION FOR THE CZECH AIR FORCE

Brigadier General Petr Hromek, Deputy Commander, Czech Air Force
  • ExaminiNg operational lessons from the deployment of the Gripen multi-role fighter. Sustaining readiness for multiple operations without investing in a multi-platform fleet
  • Future priorities for upgrading and replacing combat air capability
  • Supporting regional security, and maximising survivability for aircraft operating in a contested, non-permissive air space

Brigadier General Petr Hromek

Deputy Commander
Czech Air Force

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM DAY 2, PANEL 2: PREPARING FOR THE MULTI-DOMAIN BATTLESPACE

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz, Former Commander, German Air Force
  • What does the future hold for multi-domain operations, and how will air forces fit into that concept? Transforming networks and systems to enable future air forces to fight and survive in a multi-domain environment
  • Using combat aircraft to deliver air superiority in the air, land, sea, space and cyber domains, as well as across the electronic spectrum
  • Situating dominance of the EM spectrum within a broader approach to capability and doctrine development. Countering EW to support air superiority and to overcome the A2/AD environment
  • How will upgraded systems deliver lower detection rates and promote EW resistance. Spoofing air defence radars and evading jamming to support effective prosecution of the target

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz

Former Commander
German Air Force

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM PRESENTATION PRECEDING DAY 2, PANEL 3: THE FUTURE TRAINING MODEL FOR THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA AIR FORCE

Incoming Policy Director, Air Force HQ, Republic of Korea Air Force
  • Developing a new training model to support readiness for the future operating environment
  • Current challenges for ROKAF in training its combat aircrews
  • Establishing a balance between live and virtual training

Incoming Policy Director

Air Force HQ
Republic of Korea Air Force
This panel discussion will bring together attending Chiefs of Air Staff and senior commanders to debate the ongoing and future deployment of combat airpower. The panel will identify the critical threats to NATO’s air superiority, and will assess how the integration of new platforms will affect tactics, training and mission planning for future combat operations.

  • Supporting global security through the decisive deployment of combat airpower; the outlook to 2030
  • Now that 5th generation platforms are close to delivering command and control, air superiority, persistent ISR, global strike capability and rapid mobility, what does the future hold? What will a 6th generation platform look like?
  • Managing the dual challenge of enhancing COIN capability, whilst at the same time sustaining the readiness of Air Forces to engage in peer-to-peer air combat missions. Should high-spec assets be deployed to engage small and low-capability targets?
  • Prioritising a mission planning framework that supports the operational deployment of 5th generation aircraft
  • To what extent should long-term combat capability and strategy rely on an increased contribution from unmanned force projection. How can an enhanced unmanned presence support manned combat operators?

General (Retd.) Frank Gorenc

Former Commander
USAFE/AFAFRICA

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz

Former Commander
German Air Force

Colonel General Sergii Drozdov

Commander
Ukrainian Air Force

Lieutenant General Karl Müllner

Commander
German Air Force

Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy

Commander
Sri Lankan Air Force

Air Marshal Maanat Wongwat

Director of Operations
Royal Thai Air Force

Air Marshal Shahid Akhtar

Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Training)
Pakistan Air Force

Brigadier General Petr Hromek

Deputy Commander
Czech Air Force

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM EXECUTING AN EFFECTIVE MISSION PLAN TO SUPPORT THE FRENCH AIR FORCE’S RECENT AND FORTHCOMING COMBAT OPERATIONS

Colonel Etienne Faury, Head of Plans Division, French Air Force
  • Taking advantage of mission planning systems to guarantee aircraft preparation, deployment and maintenance
  • Preparing for a complex air warfare environment. Agreeing tactics, providing rules of engagement and de-conflicting multiple operations to ensure the effective delivery of airpower
  • Altering the approach to mission planning in the context of 5th generation integration and the prevalence of the denied environment

Colonel Etienne Faury

Head of Plans Division
French Air Force

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM DEVELOPING TACTICAL SYSTEMS TO SUPPORT THE MULTI-ROLE CAPABILITIES OF THE GRIPEN E FIGHTER AIRCRAFT

Mr Oscar Bladh, Project Manager Survivability & EW Gripen E, FMV
  • Operational context of the Gripen E and how it has affected the design
  • Overview of the tactical systems and functions that will support the aircraft
  • Introduction to how the tactical systems deliver a synergy effect at the operational and tactical level
  • Gripen E as a platform and Tactical Air Unit in a typical tactical scenario

Mr Oscar Bladh

Project Manager Survivability & EW Gripen E
FMV
  • Leveraging disruptive technologies to support future dominance of the airspace. How will hypersonic weapons, directed energy, and autonomy affect the future delivery of airpower?
  • Artificial intelligence: delivering “trusted autonomy” for sensors and systems in the air combat environment. Using AI to support mission planning, target acquisition and on-the-fly threat analysis
  • Opportunities for integrating emerging solutions within existing procurement and capability development plans, in order to determine both the threats and the opportunities afforded by the future battlespace
  • As multiple NATO nations prepare to integrate the F-35, commentators are already beginning to conceptualise the next major procurement programme. What will that aircraft look like? Will a developing focus on unmanned combat capability preclude the need for 6th generation technology?
  • How should future platforms balance range (read reach), payload, survivability, lethality, affordability, and supportability? Is improvement a question of fusing combat airplanes with other airborne, maritime, space and ground assets, rather than improving the platform itself?

General (Retd.) Frank Gorenc

Former Commander
USAFE/AFAFRICA

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz

Former Commander
German Air Force

Mr Oscar Bladh

Project Manager Survivability & EW Gripen E
FMV

General (Retd.) Frank Gorenc

Former Commander
USAFE/AFAFRICA

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz

Former Commander
German Air Force