26 - 28 February, 2019 | Hilton London Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Agenda Day 1

8:30 am - 8:50 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

8:50 am - 9:10 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

9:10 am - 9:50 am RETURNING TO NEAR-PEER CONFLICT: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE COMBAT SUPPORT SERVICES

Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch - Commander Home Command and Chief Royal Engineer, British Army
·          Outlining the new operational picture for NATO forces beyond 2020
·          Has the return to near-peer readiness overhauled the role of the combat support services?
·          Can host nation support for overseas troops continue to be relied upon for future operations?
·          The need for interoperability across tri-service capabilities and international force boundaries
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Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch

Commander Home Command and Chief Royal Engineer
British Army

9:50 am - 10:30 am PANEL DISCUSSION: ENSURING INTEROPABILITY BETWEEN LOGISTICAL AND ENGINEERING COMMANDS TO SUPPORT THE COMBAT FORCE

·          Has the return to near-peer operations changed the logistic and engineering requirement of the modern force?
·          How has the combat support requirement changed as the combat force restructures to counter peer-level threat?
·          What are the key requirements for the combat support network to ensure sustained capability of the wider force?
·          Is a multinational support network a viable option to address funding and prioritisation challenges? 

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

11:10 am - 11:50 am MODERNIZATION PROGRAMMES OF THE ROMANIAN LAND FORCES

Brigadier General Gheorghe Soare - Commander 10th Engineer Brigade, Romanian Land Forces
·          Outlining the structure and remit of the Romanian Engineer Corps
·          Outlining the Romanian modernization programme to 2027
·          Steps to maintaining capability alongside International partners
·          Incorporating the Romanian engineers into the NATO force structure
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Brigadier General Gheorghe Soare

Commander 10th Engineer Brigade
Romanian Land Forces

·          Balancing the requirement for sustained momentum with the risk of operational overreach within the joint force
·          Ensuring a connected and complete supply chain to sustain the force and the force momentum
·          Communicating with the combat support team effectively at all command levels
·          Identifying the infrastructural requirements across the extended supply chain from HQ to the force
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Brigadier General Fred Maiocco

Deputy Commanding General, 21st Theater Sustainment Command
US Army

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

·          Accounting for capability loss across the Austrian Engineering division
·          Steps to mitigating skill fade and skill loss through consolidating engineering capabilities
·          Adjusting engineering roles to cover gaps in capability
·          Building support with external partners to counteract the impact of force reduction
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Colonel Alfred Zaruba

Director of Evaluation Engineer Division
Austrian Federal Ministry For Country Defence

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm 12 (FORCE SUPPORT) ENGINEERING GROUP: ROLES, REMIT, CAPABILITY

Colonel Tom Marsden - Commanding Officer 12 Force Support Engineer Group, British Army
·          Outlining the roles and responsibilities of 12 Engineer Group within the Army Force structure
·          How will 12(FS) EngGrp deploy on future operations? How has this altered the group structure?
·          Demonstrating current and required capabilities within the Force Support Group
·          What support does the FS group require from other service departments to fulfil its role and remit?
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Colonel Tom Marsden

Commanding Officer 12 Force Support Engineer Group
British Army

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm LOGISTICS COMMAND AND CONTROL IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Group Captain Paul Aggett - Director Joint Logistics Force, Australian DoD
·          Incorporating data management systems into the logistics supply chain
·          Utilising big data and AI to enhance supply chain control and visibility
·          Scaling joint force logistics capability to support an integrated international force
·          Reconfiguring force logistics to support the manoeuvre force
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Group Captain Paul Aggett

Director Joint Logistics Force
Australian DoD

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm MOMENTUM LOGISTICS: SUPPORTING THE AGILE FORCE IN THEATRE

Lieutenant Colonel Martin Hornhues - Head Concept & Doctrine, Bundeswehr Logistics School
·          Modelling the return to mobile force warfare from a logistical context
·          What are the implications on mobility for the logistics command?
·          Challenges and solutions to the problem of force overreach
·          Maintaining the extended supply chain required to sustain manoeuvre force capability
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Lieutenant Colonel Martin Hornhues

Head Concept & Doctrine
Bundeswehr Logistics School

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:30 pm - 4:10 pm MILITARY ENGINEERING INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION GROUP: SUPPORTING INITIAL FORCE MOBILITY IN THEATRE

Drawing on the discussions and conversations from throughout the day, the Interactive Discussion Group session is designed as a ‘deep dive’ into some of the core challenges and problems raised, discuss and assess possible solutions in a closed door environment amongst peers and experts in the field of Military Engineering
·          Recent S&T advancements in remote assessment of infrastructure
·          New technologies in Airfield Damage Repair and maintenance
·          Designing river prediction systems for gap crossings
·          Enabling Seaport Repair Tracking through predictive analytics
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Dr. David Pittman

Director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and Chief Scientist

3:30 pm - 4:10 pm DEFENCE LOGISTICS INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION GROUP: CHALLENGES TO MAINTAINING THE MANEUVRE FORCE IN THEATRE

Drawing on the discussions and conversations from throughout the day, the Interactive Discussion Group session is designed as a ‘deep dive’ into some of the core challenges and problems raised, discuss and assess possible solutions in a closed door environment amongst peers and experts in the field of Defence Logistics

4:10 pm - 4:50 pm THE AUTONOMOUS LAST MILE RESUPPLY PROGRAMME

Mark Darvill - -, Defence and Security Accelerator
·          An overview of the Autonomous Last Mile Resupply (ALMR) programme
·          Challenges of building autonomy and Artificial Intelligence into the supply chain
·          Defining the ‘last mile’ within a fluid theatre of operations
·          Routes to deploying the ALMR system across the UK MoD
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Mark Darvill

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Defence and Security Accelerator

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE