25 - 27 September, 2018 | Sheraton Parco de' Medici Rome Hotel, Rome, Italy

Main Day One

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration & Welcome Coffee

8:50 am - 8:55 am Defence IQ Welcome

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Vice Admiral Alan Richards (Ret)

Former Chief of Defence Intelligence
UK Ministry of Defence (2012-2015)

9:05 am - 9:10 am Four Star Lead Partner Welcome Address

9:10 am - 9:40 am The Royal Swedish Navy – A Regional Overview And Plans For Future Maritime ISR Operations

•    Swedish Navy strategic priorities, future acquisitions
•    Regional overview of maritime operations
•    Maritime ISR in the Baltic Sea

9:40 am - 10:10 am Reserved for L3

10:10 am - 10:55 am Senior Leaders Panel: The European Threat Environment & Regional Defence Cooperation

General (Ret) Vincenzo Camporini - Vice President IAI Istituto Affari Internazionali
•    Strategic overview of the European threat environment and contributions to global security
•    EU political and military cooperation on a regional to international level
•    The maritime dimension to Europe’s strategic priorities
•    Increasing threats on, above and undersea in the European theatre and the security, economic and diplomatic implications for NATO and its partner nations

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General (Ret) Vincenzo Camporini

Vice President
IAI Istituto Affari Internazionali

10:55 am - 11:25 am Coffee & Networking

11:55 am - 12:25 pm Reserved for IAI Elta

•    Swedish Navy strategic priorities, future acquisitions
•    Regional overview of maritime operations
•    Maritime ISR in the Baltic Sea

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Brigadier General Dato’ Muhamad Norzlan bin Aris

Deputy to Assistant Chief of Staff for Planning and Development
Royal Malaysian Air Force

12:50 pm - 1:20 pm Using The Extreme Range And Endurance Of The Mq-9b Remotely Piloted Aircraft To Support Maritime Missions

•    GA-ASI’s newest RPAS, MQ-9B SeaGuardian, has the extreme range and endurance to provide persistent ISR coverage for maritime missions
•    MQ-9B over 35 hours endurance and a  mission range of 4260 km enables ISR coverage over most of Europe’s maritime domain
•    MQ-9B nine hard-points and 2155 kg of payload capacity provides mission flexibility and enables the SeaGuardian to perform multiple missions
•    MQ-9B is designed from the ground up to meet Europe’s stringent STANAG 4671 airworthiness requirements – enabling the MQ-9B to fly in non-segregated airspace

1:20 pm - 1:50 pm P8A Poseidon as Part of a UK Maritime Surveillance Enterprise

Wing Commander Richard Berry - SO1 Capability Delivery P8A, Air Command Royal Air Force
•    Manning maritime power projection: training and readiness for the P8
•    P8 Surveillance Capabilities; anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, SAR, ISR
•    Challenges from the delivery perspective


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Wing Commander Richard Berry

SO1 Capability Delivery P8A, Air Command
Royal Air Force

1:50 pm - 2:50 pm Lunch & Networking

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Small Nation Maritime Security: Senegalese Air Force Modernisation

Brigadier General Joseph Diop - Chief of the Air Staff Senegal Air Force
•    Senegal and Ivory Coast contract for new CN235 and NC-212  maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI)
•    Future plans for new light multipurpose helicopters to fill airborne ISR gaps
•    Small nation challenges in terms of aircraft sustainment and modernistion
•    Regional security challenges; terrorism/piracy nexus


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Brigadier General Joseph Diop

Chief of the Air Staff
Senegal Air Force

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Bringing A New Maritime Surveillance Concept Into Service

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm Unmanned Asset Operations In The Maritime Domain

Captain Luis Díaz-Bedia Astor - Commanding Officer Spanish Navy Naval Air Flotilla
•    Fixed (Cessna), Rotary and Unmanned (ScanEagle) assets and their role in maritime ISR operations
•    Spanish Naval Air Flotilla experience in unmanned operations at sea (Indian Ocean) and on land (Iraq) in recent years
•    Future acquisitions

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Captain Luis Díaz-Bedia Astor

Commanding Officer
Spanish Navy Naval Air Flotilla

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Maritime & Amphibious ISR Operations – A Rotary Perspective

Commander Graeme Spence - Deputy Commander, Commando Helicopter Force Royal Navy
•    Defining contemporary amphibious operations
•    Countering sea denial
•    Supporting land and air forces with cross-domain – land and littoral – ISR and combat
•    Prospects for manned-unmanned teaming to advance maritime ISR
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Commander Graeme Spence

Deputy Commander, Commando Helicopter Force
Royal Navy

4:35 pm - 5:05 pm Afternoon Tea

5:05 pm - 5:35 pm China’s Maritime Intelligence Architecture: From Space To The Undersea

Capt James Fannell (Ret) - Government Fellow Geneva Centre for Security Policy
•    China’s ‘maritime sovereignty campaign’ and Maritime Intelligence Architecture
•    China’s space ISR strategy and implications for forces in the Asia Pacific region
•    Are our tactical ISR nodes sufficient for early warning and response to further territorial encroachment?

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Capt James Fannell (Ret)

Government Fellow
Geneva Centre for Security Policy

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm The Quest For Maritime Domain Awareness

•    Defining India’s maritime security strategy and how this relates to acquisition of ISR assets such as submarines and helicopters
•    Conceptualisations of the Indo-Pacific Concept and the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue
•    Hybrid threats in the Indo-Pacific maritime domain: piracy, terror and state-sponsored activity

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Captain Dr Gurpreet S Khurana

Executive Director
National Maritime Foundation

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Vice Admiral Alan Richards (Ret)

Former Chief of Defence Intelligence
UK Ministry of Defence (2012-2015)