Day One

09:00 AM - 09:15 AM CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

OUTLINING STRATEGIC CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MOBILE MILSATCOM

09:15 AM - 09:45 AM SESSION RESERVED FOR HOST NATION ADDRESS

09:45 AM - 10:15 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: SATCOM RESILIENCY: OPERATING THROUGH A CONTESTED, DEGRADED AND OPERATIONALLY-LIMITED ENVIRONMENT

David J. Buck, Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, US STRATCOM

David J. Buck

Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space
US STRATCOM

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM COFFEE & NETWORKING

PAN-NATO PERSPECTIVES ON MILSATCOM: STRATEGY TO DELIVERY

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM NATO’S MILSATCOM REQUIREMENTS POST 2019: FOCUS ON READINESS AND RESILIENCY

Gregory Edwards, Director, Infrastructure Services, NATO Communications and Information Agency
  • Addressing the challenge to achieve secure and coherent communications across the alliance and preparing operational capability to counter sovereign threats to the alliance
  • NATO’s strategy for ensuring multilateral interoperability
  • Incorporating MILSATCOM capability via commercial providers and existing defence forces
  • The future of NATO MILSATCOM

Gregory Edwards

Director, Infrastructure Services
NATO Communications and Information Agency

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM OVERCOMING THE INHIBITORS OF SIZE: HOW THE NSPA CAN ASSIST IN DELIVERING MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY AND THROUGH LIFE SUPPORT TO ALLIANCE MEMBERS

Manfred Eggers, Project Manager- Communications, Air & Missile Defence Programme, NATO Service & Procurement Agency
  • Realising secure mobile SATCOM through the NSPA's centrally distributed stocks
  • How the NSPA's provision of transportable satellite ground terminals, manpacks and auxiliary services offer cost-effective SATCOM provision for smaller forces
  • Establishing expertise in providing equipment and support to the end user with the help of the NSPA
  • How can the NSPA effectively assist militaries and industry to ensure that operators receive the cutting-edge mobile SATCOM technology essential to operating in the disadvantaged environment?

Manfred Eggers

Project Manager- Communications, Air & Missile Defence Programme
NATO Service & Procurement Agency

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

REGIONAL FOCUS: EQUIPPING FORCES FOR COUNTER-INSURGENCY, AND FORCE PROJECTION OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM DEVELOPING CRITICAL SATCOM CAPABILITY TO ENABLE THE OPERATION OF THE ROYAL THAI ARMED FORCES ON THE FULL RANGE OF COUNTER-INSURGENCY, COUNTER SMUGGLING, PATROL AND FORCE

Siripong Poompuang, Deputy Director of Office of Plans and Communications Administration, Royal Thai Armed Forces
  • Challenges for waging counter-insurgency warfare in Thailand’s Southern provinces and how effective satellite communications can deliver the critical enabling technology for ground operators
  • What SATCOM solutions have the Royal Thai Armed Forces considered and how do these deliver value for money?
  • Interoperability challenges and integrating new SATCOM requirements with existing communications technology of the RTArF
  • How can industry assist the RTarF in their efforts to procure low-cost, secure and reliable SATCOM capability for use internally and in the South China Sea?

Siripong Poompuang

Deputy Director of Office of Plans and Communications Administration
Royal Thai Armed Forces

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM GUIDED DISCUSSION: UNDERSTANDING NEEDS OF THE END-USER: MOBILITY, CONNECTIVITY, RELIABILITY AND SPEED

  • A council style group discussion led by the present Signals Officers and communications experts who will discuss the common challenges they face in the operational environment
  • As well as basic technical issues and never ending push towards smaller and lighter solutions, discussions will consider interoperability challenges and what progress has been made through multi-national exercises
  • Participants are encourage to continue discussions over lunch and draw the themes of this Discussion throughout the following two days of briefings and networking

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM COFFEE & NETWORKING

CREATING A COHERENT SYSTEM OF SYSTEMS: ALIGNING THE SPECIFIC CAPABILITIES OF COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY WITH A USER-FRIENDLY INTERFACE FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS IN EVERY ENVIRONMENT

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM CHALLENGES OF PROVIDING SOTM IN A CONTESTED AIR ENVIRONMENT: ACHIEVING COMMUNICATIONS ADVANTAGE FOR THE WARFIGHTER

Deanna Burt, Commander, 50th Space Wing, United States Air Force
  • Utilising SATCOM to provide maximum communication capability without fail and winning the information war
  • How the USAF 50th Space Wing delivers decisive communications service through effective mobile operation of SATCOM assets
  • Challenges of achieving interoperable systems for joint operations and what gains can be made in the short-term to ensure total communication between services and maximum operational effects?
  • Multilateral communication at C2 level: Looking towards NATO for leadership in integrating systems as a coalition force multiplier and what the US role in this might be
  • A provider’s view of the threats and opportunities in the future of SATCOM on the move and how USAF look to develop their service provision to the nation and international alliances

Deanna Burt

Commander, 50th Space Wing
United States Air Force

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM UTILISING CURRENT SATCOM CAPABILITY AND DEVELOPING NEXT GENERATION SYSTEMS TO ENABLE MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS, EFFECTIVE COMMAND AND CONTROL AND DECISIVE OPERATIONAL EFFECT FOR BUNDESWEHR FORCES

Daniel Nahlen, Head of Integration Planning Team SatComBw Step 3, Bundewehr CISCOM
  • Current capabilities operated by BwCISCOM and lessons learned from deployed operations
  • Ongoing developments of SATCOM capability and what current requirements will deliver to the mobile end-user
  • Case study: Military Payload on a civilian satellite
  • Next generation capability through the SATCOMBw Step 3 and what the major considerations are for equipping forces in 2030

Daniel Nahlen

Head of Integration Planning Team SatComBw Step 3
Bundewehr CISCOM

4:15 PM - 11:59 PM CHAIRMAN’S SUMMARY AND END OF DAY ONE