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SMi's Air Mission Planning 2011 is focussed on the strategic, tactical and operational air mission planning issues facing militaries today.

In its second year, the conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to learn from those who have successfully implemented strong air mission planning strategies and discuss the mission planning challenges faced today. We will focus on interoperability between military branches and air forces, who often utilise vastly different air assets and planning systems.

We will also be looking at the flow of aeronautical data throughout the command structure, the role of integrated airborne – land based command and control systems and the integration of varied air assets, including UAV’s and helicopters into theatre / tactical environments. There will also be a number of sessions focussing on interbranch joint air planning, as well as updates from NATO as to the progress of the Integrated Air Command and Control System (ACCS).

Attendance at SMi's Air Mission Planning 2011 will allow attendees to hear from and network with senior speakers from the USAF, Italian Air Force, the Australian Defence Force, Royal Air Force, Thales, as well as a number of NATO agencies and other key players in military air planning.


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  • DISCUSS interoperability, data exchange and cross-domain solutions for the modern mission planner


  • ASSESS the experiences of mission planners from the civil sector – what can military aviation planners learn?


  • ANALYSE the latest mission planning solutions and technology on offer  


  • NETWORK with a senior line up of military speakers from UK, USA, Canada, Australia, France and across the NATO Alliance


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel Paul Hastert

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

9:10 KEYNOTE: US Air Force Mission Planning Program

Gina Hubbard

Gina Hubbard, Chief, Mobility and Special Mission - ACC Branch, US Air Force

  • An overview of the USAF Mission Planning Systems (MPS) and support currently in the field.
  • Status of efforts to support USAF combat (fighter/bomber) and mobility (tanker/airlift/airdrop/special mission) platforms.
  • Future opportunities/capabilities
  • Overview of MPS Foreign Military Sales
  • 10:00 NATO Air Mission Planning in a Joint Context

    Jean-Paul Massart

    Jean-Paul Massart, Deputy Chief of C2 Operations Services , NATO C3 Agency

  • From Cold War to Out-of-area operations
  • The joint dimension affecting planning
  • Recent operational experience
  • Current and future systems
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Ground Surveillance Planning And Interoperability

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, AEW & Control SME, C4 ISTAR Branch, JAPCC

    11:40 RPASs in Theatre Airspace - Associated Mission Planning Challenges

    Squadron Leader Archie Brown

    Squadron Leader Archie Brown, 2 Gp - ISTAR - RPUAS SO2, RAF

  • The origins of the Unmanned Revolution - RPAS in Theatre Airspace
  • RPAS within the mission planning framework
  • UK Operational Lessons Identified
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch


    Colonel Paul Hastert

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

    Gina Hubbard

    Gina Hubbard, Chief, Mobility and Special Mission - ACC Branch, US Air Force

    Flight Lieutenant Colin Thomas

    Flight Lieutenant Colin Thomas, Stn TAMPA Manager, Royal Air Force

    Major Aline Lamontagne

    Major Aline Lamontagne, Head, Integrated Mission Planning Aerospace Capability, Canadian Forces

    14:30 Integration of Air Assets, Interoperability and the Air Mission Planning Environment

    Major Aline Lamontagne

    Major Aline Lamontagne, Head, Integrated Mission Planning Aerospace Capability, Canadian Forces

  • Integrating in-theatre assets
  • Use of aeronautical data in the air mission planning environment
  • Ensuring aeronautical data integrity
  • Utilising electronic maps in the air planning environment
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Targeting Interoperability, Standardisation and Engineering

    Tim Wedding

    Tim Wedding, Head of Mission Planning, Australian Ministry of Defence, Australian MOD

  • Recent operational / tactical experience
  • Overcoming engineering as a roadblock to asset interoperability 
  • 16:10 Integrating 3D Visualization into Air Mission Planning

    Colonel Paul Hastert

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

  • Current practices and the USAF experience
  • Integrating Air Mission Planning procedures into Google Earth
  • Integrating Air Mission Planning data into Google Earth
  • Future of 3D visualisation
  • 16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel Paul Hastert

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

    17:00 Drinks Reception Sponsored by Thales

    8:30 Re - Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Air Commodore Julian Stinton RAF (Rtd)

    Air Commodore Julian Stinton RAF (Rtd), Former Commandant UK Air Warfare Centre & Joint Forces Air Component Commander,

    9:10 KEYNOTE: Mission Planning in ISR Operations

    Colonel Pasquale Di Palma

    Colonel Pasquale Di Palma, Director, Italian UAS Centre of Excellence, Italian Air Force Command

  • ITAF ISR Operational experience
  • Current challenges
  • Perspective on ISR mission planning 
  • 10:00 The NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS), an Update and the Future of Combined Air Planning

    Chris Romney

    Chris Romney, Head of Future Planning, NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency (NACMA)

  • New technologies in airspace / battle management
  • Extending NATO's air defence capabilites and role of ACCS
  • Interoperability and new system capabilities
  • Building an integrated air command and control system adn integration issues 
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:40 Dynamic Airborne Mission Management

    Richard Sharp

    Richard Sharp, Senior Marketing Manager, Air Systems Division, Thales

  •  The limitation of current mission planning procedures
  • The challenges of re-planning whilst airbourne
  • Airspace management issues
  • The mission plan of the future - some thoughts 
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 The Challenge of supporting an Air Mission Planning System

    Flight Lieutenant Colin Thomas

    Flight Lieutenant Colin Thomas, Stn TAMPA Manager, Royal Air Force

  • Capabilities of the UK family of Advanced Mission Planning Aids, used for Typhoons, Harriers, Tornados, C-130's, Hawks, Tucano's, Chinook's, Lynx's and Puma's.
  • Examination of the data management, configuration, networking, hardware and software support issues. 
  • 14:10 Shift Happens – Digital Mapping for Mission Planners

    Jeff Bird

    Jeff Bird, Geospatial Requirements Manager, Defence Geographic Centre

  • Digital Mapping for the military air user
  • Integrating existing Mission Planning Systems
  • Exploiting intelligent mapping layers
  • Interoperability and the future of Digital Mapping
  • 14:50 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

    Air Commodore Julian Stinton RAF (Rtd)

    Air Commodore Julian Stinton RAF (Rtd), Former Commandant UK Air Warfare Centre & Joint Forces Air Component Commander,

    15:00 Afternoon Tea



    Removing The Air Gaps in Mission Planning

    Removing The Air Gaps in Mission Planning

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    7th June 2011
    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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