SMi's Mission Planning 2009 conference will give you the opportunity to assess the latest advances in mission planning. With a range of presentations, ranging from operational to theoretical to technical, ensure that you are fully up-to-date.

Assess the latest operational mission planning experiences from both national and NATO perspectives. What lessons have been learned and what challenges have been overcome? How can your organisation best  support the operational mission planner in the future?

Also gain the latest overview of pre-mission training and groundwork. Hear case studies from the NATO School, Exercise Juniper Cobra and FalconView.


As well as giving you the opportunity to network with a range of industry and military peers, Mission Planning 2009 will allow you to learn about:

  • International perspectives and programme updates
  • NATO's planning responsibilities for political-miltary management of operations
  • The latest perspectives on training and groundwork with views from the NATO School and case studies from the TRADEWINDS Exercise 
  • Operational planning experiences direct from NATO, UK 16 Air Assault Brigade, US Air Force and US Africa Command
  • Civil-military cooperation on operations - how are the UN World Food Programme and NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency working the military and government?
  • A half day interactive workshop will give you a comprehensive overview of training requirements and operational challenges of coalition mission planning

Vice Presidents, Managers and Officers for:

  • Mission Planning Systems
  • Military Mission Planning
  • Programme & Project Management
  • Solution Architecture
  • Project & System Engineering & Design
  • Sales, Marketing & Business Development
  • System Software
  • Reserach

Organisations in attendance at Mission Planning 2008 include:

BAE Systems - EADS - TYBRIN Corporation - Boeing Mission Planning Systems - Patria - STM - Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace - Alenia Aeronautica - SAAB - Raytheon - Taurus Systems - Agusta Westland - Tenet Technology - RUAG Electronics

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (Ret'd) George Harrison

Major General (Ret'd) George Harrison, Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute


Major Colin Ramsay

Major Colin Ramsay, S02 J5 Plans, 16 Air Assault Brigade, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Experiences and case studies from 16 Air Assault - Operation Oqap Tsuka
  • Procurement of new technologies
  • Signal planning
  • Looking towards the future
  • 9:50 NATO Programme Update

    Timothy Lannan

    Timothy Lannan, Senior Operations Planner, Operations Division, NATO International Staff, NATO HQ

  • Planning responsibilities for political-military management of operations
  • Resource mission planning
  • Developments in practices
  • Critical issues and difficulties faced
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Croatia: The Perspective of a New NATO Member

    Pjer Simunovic

    Pjer Simunovic, State Secretary for Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Croatia

  • Contributing to NATO, EU and UN operations
  • Changes in operation planning since joining NATO
  • Challenges and future direction of land forces
  • Interoperability with other forces
  • 11:40 NATO's Air Command and Control System (ACCS): Mission Planning at the Tactical Level

    Odie Evans

    Odie Evans, Principal Operations Consultant, Combined Air Operations Centre, Office of Primary Responsibility , NATO Air Command and Control Management Agency (NACMA)

  • Development of software to combine and automate planning and tasking and execution of all air operations
  • From the Air Operations Centre to the Air Control Centre
  • Air planning tools
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Tactical Mission Planning in Iraq

    Pat Wade

    Pat Wade, SSR Manager and Reserve F-16 Squadron Commander, Tybrin Corporation

  • Portable Flight Planning Software (PFPS) used for planned and dynamic target engagement in Iraq
  • PFPS used by Operators, Intelligence, Ground Forces, hosts of others as a de facto Common Operational Picture
  • Numerous constraints to Mission Planning in Iraq:  Very busy airspace, Ground Commanders want constant aerial presence
  • PFPS provides Imagery, Divert Information/calculations, Pictorials of Sensitive Areas
  • PFPS enables effective targeting and engagement
  • 14:30 Transitioning Mission Planning to Open Source Development

    Colonel Paul Hastert

    Colonel Paul Hastert, Deputy Director of ISR Innovation, US Air Force

  • Why consider Open Source Development?
  • DoD and AF positions on and history with Open Source
  • The transition of FalconView to Open Source
  • Opportunities for collaborative development
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Interoperability and Data Exchange

    Lieutenant Colonel Dean Wild

    Lieutenant Colonel Dean Wild, System Manager - Aviation Mission Planning Systems , Australian Defence Force

  • Primary analysis of mission planning data exchange requirements
  • Australian / US mission planning data exchange experience
  • Efficient data management and configuration control
  • Australian / US collaborative development
  • 16:20 The NATO School: Military and Civilian Personnel Training Together from Across the World

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Brandt

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Brandt, Deputy Dean of Academics, The NATO School

  • Overview and aims
  • Joint Operations Department
  • Operational Planning Courses and scenario-based education
  • Teaching different forces and nations to plan and operate together
  • Highlighting the lessons learned from past and current experiences
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (Ret'd) George Harrison

    Major General (Ret'd) George Harrison, Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute


    Lieutenant Colonel Ian Woodbridge

    Lieutenant Colonel Ian Woodbridge, Secretary of the Deployable Forces Coordination Group, NATO SHAPE

  • Current scope of NATO operations
  • Experiences and considerations for effective mission planning
  • Plans for the future
  • 9:50 Operational Decisions in Complex Crises

    Colonel Patrick Destremau

    Colonel Patrick Destremau, Procurement Director, Army Future Combat System, Ministry of Defence, France

  • Decision making in complex crisis situations
  • Patterns and metaphors
  • Ultimate responsibility
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Contractor Support for Quick Impact Operations

    Martin Spillman

    Martin Spillman, Senior Technical Officer, Operational Logistics Programme Support Office, NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA)

  • Indispensability of contractor support
  • Multinationality as the guiding principal
  • Planning factor time as critical path
  • Pre-planning logistics requirements
  • Integration of contractor support for operations
  • 11:40 The UN World Food Programme - Mission Planning for Humanitarian Operations

    Philippe Martou

    Philippe Martou, Deputy Head, Aviation Section, United Nations World Food Programme

  • Overview of the mission
  • Mission planning before the operation - training and common exercises
  • Tactical mission planning during the crisis
  • Interaction with military and government
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Tools for Operations Planning and Assessment for the Comprehensive Approach

    Ufuk Dirim

    Ufuk Dirim, Head, Joint Planning and Engagement Group, NATO C3 Agency

  • Holistic systems analysis of the engagement space
  • Social and dynamic network analysis to identify and rank key system elements
  • Collaborative planning and cross domain information exchange
  • Strategic and operational campaign assessment to measure progress
  • 14:30 Integrating Mission Planning Systems Centered On M&S Technology

    Francis Perreault

    Francis Perreault, Project Lead, Mission Planning Systems, CAE Military Support Services

  • All decisions are based on modelling and simulation
  • M&S used for mission planning decision support, validation and rehearsal
  • Flight planning requirements must include peacetime and wartime procedures
  • Integrating tools for mission planning, monitoring and debrief
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Crisis, What Crisis? Planning Challenges in the Horn of Africa

    Captain Mark Davis

    Captain Mark Davis, Director of Plans (C5-J), Combined Joint Task Force Staff - Horn of Africa, United States Africa Command

  • CJTF-HOA's evolution and role within AFRICOM
  • Planning in a dynamic environment
  • Key successes
  • 16:20 The Challenge of Assessments

    George Onslow

    George Onslow, Scientific Advisor (HW), RAF Air Warfare Centre and UK Joint Force Air Component Headquarters

  • Need for assessment within the planning/execution cycle
  • Particular challenges with respect to the comprehensive approach
  • Particular challenges with respect to the effects based approach
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference



    Mission Planning in a Coalition Environment

    Mission Planning in a Coalition Environment

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    2nd June 2009
    London, United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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