Conference Day Two

8:45 AM - 8:50 AM CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS

8:50 AM - 9:30 AM HOST NATION KEYNOTE ADDRESS: DEVELOPING RECONNAISSANCE CAPACITY TO ENFORCE BORDER SECURITY IN THE MARITIME DOMAIN

Captain Claudio Manganiello, Plans and Operations Department, Italian Coast Guard
  • Examining the ongoing challenges for the Italian Coast Guard in tackling illegal migration. How can border control move beyond reactive search and rescue, and towards deterrence?
  • Understanding how anti-people trafficking missions could benefit from improved reconnaissance, including big data solutions. Detecting and tracking illegal and small-sized vessels that lack standard AIS capability
  • How can internationally-gathered surveillance data be integrated to deliver a collaborative approach to the refugee crisis?
  • Preparing the Coast Guard for counter-migration operations on a large-scale. Analysing the recent operational experience of conducting mass-rescue operations in the Mediterranean
  • Understanding how Coast Guard capabilities can be better networked with naval and airborne military assets, in order to make best use of the Coast Guard’s SAR function


Captain Claudio Manganiello

Plans and Operations Department
Italian Coast Guard

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM AN INDUSTRY PRESENTATION FROM TEXTRON AVIATION

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM CURRENT AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF MARITIME RECONNAISSANCE AND SURVEILLANCE IN THE BLACK SEA

Captain Volodymyr Zakharchenko, Communication Section Chief (N6), Ukrainian Navy

Captain Volodymyr Zakharchenko

Communication Section Chief (N6)
Ukrainian Navy

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM AN INDUSTRY PRESENTATION FROM PIAGGIO AEROSPACE

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

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM OPTIMISING THE USE OF ISR INFORMATION TO SUPPORT COAST GUARD OPERATIONS

Rear Admiral A.J. Vogt, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy (CG-5R), US Coast Guard
  • Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness: how can the US Coast Guard leverage reconnaissance assets to deliver enhanced MDA?
  • What policy and authorities enhance Coast Guard operations and what improvements to policy can be made to optimise the use of ISR information?

Rear Admiral A.J. Vogt

Assistant Commandant for Response Policy (CG-5R)
US Coast Guard

12:20 PM - 12:50 PM AN INDUSTRY PRESENTATION FROM IAI ELTA

12:50 PM - 1:30 PM JAPAN’S DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTEGRATED C4I SYSTEM TO SUPPORT SURVEILLANCE AND DECISION-MAKING AT SEA

Commander Kakiuchi Atsushi, Warship Equipment Planning Officer, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force
  • How does the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force organise and deploy its units to support effective surveillance?
  • An overview of Japan’s surveillance mission. Managing the challenges of EEZ protection and border security in the Asia-Pacific
  • Exploring how the JMSDF utilises airborne fixed-wing and rotary assets to support the delivery of maritime reconnaissance and ASW in its area of operation?
  • Understanding the JMSDF’s C4I system, and using it to explain how maritime reconnaissance can be better integrated within a broader C4 framework?

Commander Kakiuchi Atsushi

Warship Equipment Planning Officer
Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM HOW DOES OPERATION SOPHIA DELIVER MARITIME SECURITY FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN?

Commander Mark Walker, MA to the Operation Commander, EUNAVFOR Mediterranean
  • Outlining the role that Operation Sophia plays as part of the wider EU efforts to enhance maritime security off the coast of Libya
  • How does EUNAVFOR MED address the challenge of illegal migration in the Mediterranean and disrupt the Migrant Smuggling and Human Trafficking business model?
  • The importance of the comprehensive approach and international coordination to support effective deterrence and prevention

Commander Mark Walker

MA to the Operation Commander
EUNAVFOR Mediterranean

3:10 PM - 3:25 PM DEVELOPING REQUIREMENTS FOR MISSION EQUIPMENT ABOARD MARITIME PATROL RECONNAISSANCE AND SURVEILLANCE (MPRS) AIRCRAFT

Colonel (Retd.) Harry Oakley, Business Development Manager, Crystal Group
  • Mission Complexities
  • Maritime Equipment sets – SwaP
  • Hardware’s role in successful MPRS

Colonel (Retd.) Harry Oakley

Business Development Manager
Crystal Group

3:25 PM - 4:05 PM UPGRADING MARITIME ISR CAPABILITY TO SUPPORT THE ROMANIAN NAVY’S DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Colonel Adrian Brinza, Chief of Radioelectronic and Surveillance Brigade, Romanian Naval Forces Staff
  • Examining lessons learned from the annual Poseidon training exercise. Developing maritime ISR assets to support mine clearance and target detection and deliver enhanced awareness in the undersea domain
  • What are the ISR requirements of the Romanian Navy’s Type 22R Frigate modernisation and multifunction Corvette acquisition? How will their upgraded platforms be deployed to support multinational maritime security operations?
  • Exploring the remote capability requirements of the Navy’s reconnaissance infrastructure. How are the Navy integrating UAVs, updated radar and underwater sensors to support domain awareness?
  • The role of the Romanian Navy in contributing to heightened domain awareness in the Black Sea

Colonel Adrian Brinza

Chief of Radioelectronic and Surveillance Brigade
Romanian Naval Forces Staff

4:05 PM - 4:20 PM HOW UNMANNED SURFACE VEHICLES SHINE A LIGHT ON DARK TARGETS & CUE ASSETS FOR INSPECTION AND INTERDICTION

Mr Vas Podorean, Director of Global Business Development, Liquid Robotics
Even in a world of increasing satellite coverage, 24/7, fully aware maritime monitoring is difficult and costly with traditional assets. Long duration, unmanned surface vehicles can form virtual walls or trip wire formations that employ passive acoustic sensors to detect dark targets. Alerts and acoustic data can provide actionable intelligence allowing organizations to cue UAVs and other assets for inspection, tracking or interdiction.

Long duration, unmanned surface vehicles offer persistence and other capabilities that can be leveraged in concert with traditional manned assets to provide for a significant increase in operational efficiency and effectiveness. This session will discuss how a fleet of mobile autonomous systems could be deployed to hot spot areas to increase maritime domain awareness and lower the costs of monitoring and interdiction.

Mr Vas Podorean

Director of Global Business Development
Liquid Robotics

4:20 PM - 4:50 PM AFTERNOON COFFEE AND NETWORKING

4:50 PM - 5:30 PM REGENERATION OF THE UK’S MARITIME PATROL AIRCRAFT CAPABILITY

Wing Commander Jim Henderson, SO1 P8 Sentinel, ISTAR Force Headquarters, Royal Air Force
  • Background to the UK’s current MPA capability. Why are we where we are, and what is the timeline for regeneration?
  • Why has the RAF opted for the P8 platform? What do the future force numbers and force structure look like?
  • Update on the Seedcorn project
  • The recovery task - from zero to Full Operating Capability
  • Adapting to meet current challenges, including inter alia leadership, crew experience levels, trade gaps and support
  • Where does the P8 fit within the UK’s wider ISR effort, and how will it contribute to the generation of information?

Wing Commander Jim Henderson

SO1 P8 Sentinel, ISTAR Force Headquarters
Royal Air Force

5:30 PM - 6:10 PM NATO'S MARITIME RECONNAISSANCE AND SURVEILLANCE: CHARTING THE GEO-STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

Dr Brooke Smith-Windsor, Deputy Director Research, NATO Defence College


Dr Brooke Smith-Windsor

Deputy Director Research
NATO Defence College

6:10 PM - 6:15 PM CHAIRMAN'S CLOSING REMARKS

6:15 PM - 7:15 PM A NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION HOSTED BY L3 TECHNOLOGIES