Agenda Day 2
8:30 am - 8:50 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE
8:50 am - 9:00 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS
9:00 am - 9:40 am THE CASE FOR CHANGE; ADOPTING A NEW METHOD OF WAR FIGHTING IN THE FUTURE.Brigadier Kevin Copsey - Head Future Force Development, Directorate of Capability, British Army
· Arguing for the need to conduct warfare differently,
· “Achieving new things, in new ways, in new environments”
· Understanding the seismic shift in the roles, tasks and capabilities of Combat Support
Brigadier Kevin CopseyHead Future Force Development, Directorate of Capability
9:40 am - 10:20 am ACCELERATING SUPPORT INNOVATION ACROSS UK MoDMajor General Angus Fay - Director Defence Support Transformation, UK Ministry of Defence
· Outlining the opportunity for commercial and technological capabilities within the military context
· Determining emerging technical requirements to increase power projection and advance Enhanced Forward Presence
· Assessing recent acquisitions, procurement plans, and modernization programme s across UK MoD
· Examining current research and development initiatives to avoid and manage ‘skill fade’
Major General Angus FayDirector Defence Support Transformation
UK Ministry of Defence
10:20 am - 11:00 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING
11:00 am - 11:40 am ARMOURED ENGINEERING EXPERIMENTS IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTSMajor Clodia O'Neill - Project Officer -Programme CASTLE, British Army
· Understanding the challenges to maintaining force mobility from an engineering perspective
· Balancing gap-crossing capability with enhanced mobility
· Maximising mobile support across light and medium -capability
· Mobility in context: maximising mobility enablers to enhance support to the combat force
Major Clodia O'NeillProject Officer -Programme CASTLE
11:40 am - 12:20 pm BACK TO BASICS: INFRASTRUCTURAL REQUIREMENTS TO SUPPORTING AND MAINTAINING THE FORCELieutenant Colonel Sean Matten - Deputy Director / CoS, NATO Military Engineering Centre of Excellence
· Examining NATO experience in international assistance missions
· Investing into research and development programmes to advance barrack design
· Differentiating between requirements for peacekeeping and humanitarian missions
· Outlining future operations for the NATO, and the support development for the NATO MilEng COE
Lieutenant Colonel Sean MattenDeputy Director / CoS
NATO Military Engineering Centre of Excellence
11:00 am - 11:40 am ESTABLISHING A LOGISTICS SUPPLY CHAIN TO SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL FORCE DEPLOYMENTColonel Eddie Corrigan - Defence Logistics Concept and Force Development Assistant Head, UK Ministry of Defence
· Understanding the pressures on managing an international supply chain
· Managing and deploying assets to support the global deployment model
· Forecasting the logistical requirements of an unknown theatre and rapid deployment requirements
· Managing the supply chain to minimise the deployment to engagement timeline
Colonel Eddie CorriganDefence Logistics Concept and Force Development Assistant Head
UK Ministry of Defence
11:40 am - 12:20 pm ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND ITS POTENTIAL IMPACT ON COMBAT SUPPORTMr Stuart Young - Head of the Centre for Defence Acquisition, Cranfield Defence and Security
· Outlining current Artificial intelligence uses in the civilian sector
· Steps to repurposing existing AI systems into the defence network
· Understanding the potential impact on AI on the Combat Support Services
· Understanding the potential implications of incorporating AI in the military
Mr Stuart YoungHead of the Centre for Defence Acquisition
Cranfield Defence and Security
12:20 pm - 1:20 pm NETWORKING LUNCH
1:20 pm - 2:00 pm LESSONS LEARNT FROM SUPPORTING HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONSLieutenant Colonel Sam Hughes - Commander UK Engineer Task Force, UNMISS
· An overview of the British Army’s Engineering support to the UN Mission in South Sudan
· Coordinating with humanitarian and civil partners to deliver success overseas
· Lessons identified from 21 Engineer Group deployment during Operation Trenton
· Applying these lessons to the wider military context
Lieutenant Colonel Sam HughesCommander UK Engineer Task Force
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CONTEXTUALISING THE FUTURE OPERATING THEATREBrigadier General Matt Bazeley - Commander Royal School of Military Engineering, British Army
· Understanding Operating and training challenges of future operations at large scale in the complex, urban environment
· Assessing the utility of heavy armoured engineer vehicles in future theatres, and the possible use of a mobile support urban warfare fleet.
· Managing route proving capability – balancing the IED threat with momentum requirement
· Going underground – will offensive and defensive subterranean operations return to the engineering skillset?
· Maintaining, sustaining and protecting the force – the challenges of living and operating in complex urban environments.
· Countering a dispersed mobile force – potentials of drones and robotics in counter-mobility operations
Brigadier General Matt BazeleyCommander Royal School of Military Engineering
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm SCENARIO BUILD: SUPPORTING A MOBILE ARMOURED INFANTRY BRIGADE DEPLOYED IN THE EUROPEAN THEATRE AGAINST A PEER STRENGTH OPPONENTGeneral Sir Peter Wall - ,
The return of NATO and allied forces to conventional operations against a peer threat has heralded a returned emphasis on mobility and momentum on the battlefield. Ensuring the mobile force is able to sustain momentum and capability against peer level opposition places a new strain on the support commander, responsible for ensuring the force is able to operate freely across the battlefield, and maintain a fighting capability to engage and defeat the opposing force on their terms.
Led by General Sir Peter Wall,Chief of the General Staff, British Army (2010-2014), the extended scenario build will play through the deployment phase and ongoing sustainment and support of a brigade deployed in a combat role in the European theatre against a peer adversary. Drawing on lessons identified across the previous conference days, this afternoon session will provide delegates the opportunity to put these lessons into practice, and share approaches and ideas with peers across a range of backgrounds in both Military Engineering and Logistics.
Key challenges addressed throughout the session will include:
· Deploying a brigade level force into a foreign theatre
· Logistical and infrastructural challenges to maintain the deployed force in theatre
· Ensuring mobility of the force, and denying mobility to the deployed
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: LESSONS IDENTIFIED FROM THE OPERATIONAL PLANNING EXERCISE
· What key deliverables were identified during the ‘scenario build’ session from each group?
· Challenges and solutions presented by the scenario; what were these and how were they approached by each group?
· What changes would the panel make to the force within this scenario to address identified challenges from the exercise?
· How can the lessons learnt in Command and Control of the joint force be applied to individual roles within the force structure?
· Considering modern 3D design software to further develop operational capabilities