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 SERVICESLieutenant 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
Lieutenant General Tyrone UrchCommander Home Command and Chief Royal Engineer
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 FORCESBrigadier 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
Brigadier General Gheorghe SoareCommander 10th Engineer Brigade
Romanian Land Forces
11:50 am - 12:30 pm MAINTAINING MOMENTUM WITHIN THE MANEUVRE FORCEBrigadier General Fred Maiocco - Deputy Commanding General, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, US Army
· 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
Brigadier General Fred MaioccoDeputy Commanding General, 21st Theater Sustainment Command
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH
1:30 pm - 2:10 pm MANAGING SKILL FADE AND LOSS IN COMBAT ENGINEERINGColonel Alfred Zaruba - Director of Evaluation Engineer Division, Austrian Federal Ministry For Country Defence
· 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
Colonel Alfred ZarubaDirector of Evaluation Engineer Division
Austrian Federal Ministry For Country Defence
2:10 pm - 2:50 pm 12 (FORCE SUPPORT) ENGINEERING GROUP: ROLES, REMIT, CAPABILITYColonel 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?
Colonel Tom MarsdenCommanding Officer 12 Force Support Engineer Group
1:30 pm - 2:10 pm LOGISTICS COMMAND AND CONTROL IN THE DIGITAL AGEGroup 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
Group Captain Paul AggettDirector Joint Logistics Force
2:10 pm - 2:50 pm MOMENTUM LOGISTICS: SUPPORTING THE AGILE FORCE IN THEATRELieutenant 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
Lieutenant Colonel Martin HornhuesHead 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
4:10 pm - 4:50 pm MODERNIZING MANOEUVRE SUPPORT THROUGH R&DDr. David Pittman - Director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and Chief Scientist,
· 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
Dr. David PittmanDirector 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 PROGRAMMEMark 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
Defence and Security Accelerator