06 - 07 March, 2019 | Hilton London Olympia , London, United Kingdom

MAIN CONFERENCE DAY 1 | 6 MARCH

8:15 am - 8:55 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

8:55 am - 9:00 am DEFENCE IQ OPENING REMARKS

9:00 am - 9:10 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

9:10 am - 9:40 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: EVOLVING CAPABILITIES TO BE READY FOR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

Major General William Hickman - Deputy Chief of Staff Strategic Plans & Policy, NATO Allied Command Transformation
·         An uncertain Future Operating Environment makes readiness an essential requirement for a successful future force
·         Incorporating versatility into the training model is critical to address potential security threats
·         Future conflict is likely to be conducted in multinational and multi-domain environments which need to be reflected in the development of collective training programmes
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Major General William Hickman

Deputy Chief of Staff Strategic Plans & Policy
NATO Allied Command Transformation

·         Conceptual understanding of future threats and the consequential priorities for the Bundeswehr moving forward
·         The need for broad training capabilities that will prepare personnel for all conceivable scenarios and future technologies
·         Pooling technology and expertise with NATO and EU allies to deliver cost-effective training that also enhances interoperability
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Major General Reinhard Wolski

Commander, Germany Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre
Bundeswehr

10:10 am - 10:40 am FROM COIN TO CONVENTION: THE TRAINING TRANSITION AWAY FROM PREPARATION FOR COIN TOWARDS LARGE-SCALE, PEER AND NEAR-PEER CONFLICT

Colonel James Cook - Assistant Head Concepts, Directorate of Capability, British Army Headquarters
·         Reorienting training practices away from COIN towards conventional ground combat against peer adversaries
·         The technologies required to start building readiness at the individual to collective levels for large scale ground conflict
·         How NATO is adapting its exercises to include the new ‘dimensions’ of land conflict i.e. cyber, information, electronic, space
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Colonel James Cook

Assistant Head Concepts, Directorate of Capability
British Army Headquarters

10:40 am - 11:10 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:10 am - 11:40 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: PREPARING CANADIAN ARMY LEADERS TO OPERATE ON THE FUTURE BATTLEFIELD: HOW TO IMPROVE LEADER RESILIENCY THROUGH TRAINING, STRUCTURE AND THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY

Major General Stephen Cadden - Commander, Canadian Army Doctrine & Training Centre, Canadian Army
·         The growth of ‘network-centric warfare’ and the consequential requirements for training
·         Personnel need to be trained to operate state-of-the-art equipment efficiently and quickly in order to make the correct decisions at vital moments
·         Improving the dialogue between industry and military so that COTS can improve training effectiveness
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Major General Stephen Cadden

Commander, Canadian Army Doctrine & Training Centre
Canadian Army

11:40 am - 12:10 pm SPANISH ARMY´S VISION FORCE 2035: A NEW CONCEPT FOR THE FUTURE

Brigadier General Iñigo Pareja Rodríguez - Commander, Anti-Aircraft Artillery Command, Spanish Army
·         Case study of the future development of 2035 Experimental Brigade (BRIEX)
·         Using advances in technology to deliver greater combat power with fewer personnel
·         Ensuring continuous information exchanges to enable an interoperable, interconnected force
·         The importance of dialogue with industry and NATO partners to develop future training solutions
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Brigadier General Iñigo Pareja Rodríguez

Commander, Anti-Aircraft Artillery Command
Spanish Army

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm CZECH FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AND PREPARATION FOR NEW CHALLENGES

Brigadier General Radek Hasala - Commander, Training Command, Army of the Czech Republic
  •  Czech approaches to training and education of military personals and units
  •  Current engagement of the Czech Armed Forces in operations and their pre-deployment preparation
  •  Future challenges, how to prepare defence capabilities to be effective force to address these challenges
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Brigadier General Radek Hasala

Commander, Training Command
Army of the Czech Republic

·         Harnessing joint training exercises to improve interoperability and act as an effective deterrent
·         The expansive Zrínyi 2026 modernisation programme and the benefits for Hungarian Land Forces Training
·         Hungarian commitments to NATO and V4 training exercises and its beneficial effects on domestic Ground Forces
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Brigadier General Attila Takács

Incoming Inspector of Hungarian Land Forces
Hungarian Armed Forces

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SCORPION PROGRAMME AND HOW IT MAINTAINS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FRENCH ARMY TRAINING

Colonel Guillaume Benquet - Command of Training and Combat Schools, French Army
·         The SCORPION programme; a new way to fight that must be robust and versatile to meet the needs of future military action
·         Training under the SCORPION programme that will fully integrate simulation with field exercises
·         Future training will not simply adapt to SCORPION but rather be transformed by it
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Colonel Guillaume Benquet

Command of Training and Combat Schools
French Army

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm SENIOR OFFICER TRAINING TO MATCH NATO CONCEPTS AND REQUIREMENTS

Colonel Patrice Cudennec - ET&I Doctrine Branch Head, NATO Joint Warfare Centre
·         Joint Command Post Exercises to ensure high levels of preparedness for any operational challenge
·         Analysis of training that can fine-tune practices and drive higher outputs
·         Unique qualities of Operational Level Training and how to maximise its effect 
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Colonel Patrice Cudennec

ET&I Doctrine Branch Head
NATO Joint Warfare Centre

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm TRAINING FACILITIES THAT REFLECT THE NEED FOR VERSATILITY

Colonel Michael Knoke - Commander, Army Combat Training Centre, Bundeswehr
·         Creating live training centres that can be improved as new technology is adopted so that the delivery of training can be updated and refined
·         Conducting training exercises in near-operational conditions holding fidelity at the crux of its utility
·         Maintaining a cost-effective and operationally sound training facility capable of producing prepared warfighters
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Colonel Michael Knoke

Commander, Army Combat Training Centre
Bundeswehr

·         How to use enabling technologies to facilitate more effective ground training
·         Technology trends and how Defence institutions can work with the private tech sector
·         US Army approaches to leveraging commercial technologies and the challenges faced
·         Perishability of today’s technologies and how to keep up
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Ryan McAlinden

Director of Modelling, Simulation & Training
USC Institute for Creative Technologies

4:40 pm - 5:40 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: TRAINING COMMANDERS AND EFFECTIVE PROGRAMME DESIGN BEYOND 2025

This panel discussion will invite participating training commanders to debate how best to deliver effective training to prepare the warfighter beyond 2025. Over the past decade we have witnessed significant changes in the nature of the threats we face. How will training adapt to the future threat of a land war in continental Europe?
 
·         What are the main technological inhibitors to achieving a more integrated, synthetic training environment?
·         How do we streamline training technology acquisition processes?
·         How can operational commanders and industry communicate the effectiveness of/need for new training technologies effectively? 

5:40 pm - 5:50 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE