26th - 27th September 2017
Krakow, Poland

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“Ensuring connectivity and interoperating”

08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Brigadier Tim Watts, Former Signal Officer-in-Chief, British Army


Modern IT opens up opportunities that seem to be limited only by imagination. Designers, managers, operators and suppliers need to be able to put in place secure, effective capability that gives forces the ability to deploy full spectrum effects and win the information superiority battle. What ends up in the hands of warfighters will always be a series of trade-offs driven by demand, the way we want to fight, the environment and threats such as electromagnetic, cyber or physical and the opening session will analyse some of these issues.

09:00 -

Information infrastructure and services needed in HQs and operational command posts

  • The information and intelligence needs of modern operations
  • Exploiting technology to improve the assess-decide-act-evaluate cycle
  • The balance between forward deployment and reach-back facilities
09:30 -

The requirement for capacity and rich information services in the mobile environment

  • Information requirements for the dismounted soldier
  • The information needs for modern land platforms on the move and at the short halt
  • Technological solutions for the mobile environment
10:00 -

New and old threats to modern information and communication systems

  • The cyber and electromagnetic threat
  • What layered defence means for deployed information and communication systems
  • Building threat analysis, defensive measures, active counters and incident response into training

Colonel Rob Parker, G6, US Army Europe

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


Federated Mission Networks have developed to support missions at the operational and higher tactical levels, based on NATO and other architectural guidance. The Afghanistan Mission Network is an example, designed for a specific purpose and developed over many years. Opportunities exist for tactical interoperability through common equipment, doctrine, architectures and waveforms. There also a continuing need for capable Air/Land and Air/Maritime interoperability. The final session of the day will explore interoperability in more depth.

11:15 -

Implementing and managing Federated Mission Networking (FMN) in future NATO endeavours

  • Progress from theatre specific networks to contingency and deterrent operations
  • Quickly building architectures and management processes for new partners, and testing them
  • Industry approaches to integrating highly heterogeneous networks

Colonel Joachim Neumueller, Director, Federated Mission Networking Secretariat, J6, NATO SHAPE

11:45 -

NATO as an FMN customer

  • NATO programs and missions that will implement FMN strategy such as EFP
  • Recent operations an what dictated the connectivity and capability available
  • Systems that will need to be adapted to achieve better interoperable connectivity
12:15 -

ANAKONDA 2016: an example of FMN in multinational theatre

  • CIS used in FMN during the exercise and nations involved
  • Improvements to unilateral connectivity and cooperation
  • Future plans during EFP and ANAKONDA 2018

Colonel Robert Drozd, J6, Polish Armed Forces

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking


Traditional, hardened military satellite communications are expensive and can be inflexible, prompting a number of nations to consider future procurement options. Commercial providers can deliver relatively high bandwidth satellite internet provision across much of the world, using an array of space vehicles and terrestrial architectures, cloud storage and services. Add in aerostats and UAVs and the traditional milsatcom models seem outdated. This sessions will explore how defence forces can exploit the ‘bandwidth with little deployed baggage’ that satcom can bring.

14:15 -

Spanish Armed Force’s developments in defence relevant satellite delivered connectivity

  • The road from present operational needs to the new SPAINSAT- NG capability requirements
  • Spanish involvement in the NATO MILSATCOM CP130 and EU GOVSATCOM Initiatives
  • Comparing the different tasks, approach and applications of government, commercial and military satellite programs

Brigadier General Carlos J. De Salas, PEO and Head C4ISR & Space Programs, Spanish Ministry of Defence

14:45 -

Extending and integrating data links

  • Forming multi-link environments by incorporating satellite and other range extenders
  • Balancing coalition interoperability and sovereign freedom of action in the data link environment
  • The use of common datalinks and waveforms in the land environment
15:15 -

Integrating the ‘narrowband’ opportunities in mobile land platforms and dismounted soldiers

  • Cost effective satellite connectivity for fast, mobile and short halt users
  • Adapting commercial solutions for mobile and constrained size, weight and power operations
  • Alternatives to Satcom for the mobile user
15:45 -

Afternoon Tea and networking


Satellite has yet to provide the very low-latency, resilient, cost effective and controlled networks that on their own can reliably support war fighters in complex terrain or on the move. This session will review advances in low profile, high bandwidth and long-range point-to-point radios and mobile, self-forming, managing and healing networks that offer high levels of capability.

16:30 -

Designing and managing the modern, high capacity terrestrial communications network

  • Waveforms, routing, latency, management and other challenges of mesh networks
  • Achieving interoperability in mesh networks
  • Cyber and electromagnetic threats to complex terrestrial networks and how they can be countered
17:00 -

The future of terrestrial systems and opportunities for hybrid satellite and terrestrial systems

  • Examples of hybrid networks, their advantages and disadvantages
  • Current best practice in spectrum management and future trends
  • Dumb routers, relays and other network components facilitating the ‘always-on’ network
17:30 -

Programme for net-enabling the NZ Army

  • Bring the management and design of networks in house
  • Selection, education and individual training required to build the military skillset
  • Collective training for the new manoeuvre environment to equip information warriors

Colonel Phill Collett,, Programme Manager, Network Enabled Army Programme, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force

18:00 -

Chairman’s Summary

Brigadier Tim Watts , Former Signal Officer-in-Chief, British Army

18:15 -

Networking Drinks Reception

“Software capability and Clouds systems”

08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Brigadier Tim Watts , Former Signal Officer-in-Chief, British Army


Software defined radios and networks offer potentially attractive reductions in size, weight and power, rapid deployment and near instantaneous reconfiguration. There are also opportunities for resilience, security, system integration and interoperability. Systems in service now and off the shelf incorporate more software implemented functions than ever, but the journey to software definition in the defence environment has been fragmented and costly. These sessions will explore what the move towards ‘Software Defined Everything’ means and its impact on war fighters and communicators.

09:00 -

Software Defined Radio: the realities now and in the near future for defence communications

  • Implementation in the land environment and realities for versatility, management and cyber security
  • Software defined radios for datalinks, unmanned vehicles and advanced platforms
  • Cost-effective development of future Software Defined Radios technology and applications
09:30 -

Software Defined Networks (SDN): concepts, technology and challenges for defence communications

  • Overview of the capabilities and functionality of SDNs
  • The applicability of SDN to defence applications, opportunities, threats and vulnerabilities
  • Future developments of SDNs as a mobile and deployable force multiplier
10:00 -

Peripheral advantages: the future for antennas, size, weight, power and user interfaces

  • Considerations for smart antenna technology in manoeuvre and fast moving operations
  • Industry solutions to the size, weight, power and heat problem of hardware in platforms and HQs
  • Current leading human interface innovations and how they can be developed

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Young, Staff Officer Grade 1, Deployed Land C2 Networks, Army Headquarters, Australian Army

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


Commercial cloud concepts and provision dominate business and domestic IT. It is not just data that resides on servers that are undefined by location or ownership, the functions and services that make IT work are increasingly built and operated in cloud domains. Increasing functionality and reducing the management burden on users are just some of the advantages that implementing cloud software has on military operations.

11:15 -

Access and storage of data using cloud and hybrid approaches

  • Examples of commercial cloud usage for storing and accessing data for operational defence use
  • User friendly hybrid and deployable cloud benefits to modern operations
  • The use of cloud to facilitate interoperability
11:45 -

Network functions and user applications as cloud services

  • Advantages and disadvantages of building elements of the information in the cloud
  • Potential uses of cloud services on and in support of deployed operations
  • The Defence Industry’s response in making the cloud suitable for military use
12:15 -

Understanding and managing the threat surface in software defined and cloud systems

  • The new threats and vulnerabilities
  • Ways in which Cloud and Software Defined systems can improve security
  • Accrediting software systems and understanding risk – a layman’s guide
12:45 -

Lunch and Networking


In our home base and business, the balance of value between data and voice has shifted markedly; indeed some see voice and video as just classes of data. Due to the rise in autonomous and unmanned systems, the need for precise geo and time referencing, real time control of complex systems as well as modern Tactical Data Links and the Internet of Things is greater than ever in the military domain. Data and Artificial Intelligence have the ability to do more than simply supporting humans in the intelligence cycle, planning, command and control. The final session will review how these modern technologies can improve enhance information superiority.

13:45 -

Artificial Intelligence, the rise of data and defence communications

  • Examples of AI uses in military operations, and specifically in information operations
  • The balance between advanced data systems and real-time, human in the loop capabilities
  • A realistic view of the future of information warfare that incorporates AI
14:15 -

Panel: Realism for tri-Service commanders and armed forces personnel

  • Air, Land, Naval and Joint views of generating connected forces for current operations
  • Understanding what is essential in Information and Communications Systems for operations
  • Messages for industry that war fighters need in the battle for information superiority

Colonel Phill Collett, Programme Manager, Network Enabled Army Programme, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force

Lieutenant Colonel Vigor Mastruko, Head of Division, Croatian Military Security Intelligence Agency

Colonel Heinrich Krispler, Head of Division, European Military Staff

15:15 -

Chairman’s Summary and end of conference

Brigadier Tim Watts , Former Signal Officer-in-Chief, British Army