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Agenda Day 1

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

Gunnar Borch, Former General Manager, NATO Airlift Management Agency, NATO

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM IQPC WELCOME REMARKS

James Fox, Conference Producer, Defence IQ

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM HOST NATION OPENING ADDRESS: THE FUTURE OF BRITISH STRATEGIC AIRLIFT CAPABILITY: ANALYSING THE LONG TERM ROLE OF THE A400M AND VOYAGER PROGRAMMES

Reserved for Air Mobility Force Commander, 2 Group, Royal Air Force

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM ADAPTING TO THE CHALLENGES OF TODAY'S GLOBAL SECURITY ENVIRONMENT

Colonel Rodney Simpson, Air Mobility Command, US Air Force
· Exploring the organisational structure of the AMC
· Looking at the AMC’s current airlift inventory which principle assets include: C-17s, C-130s, KC-135s, KC-10s, C-40s, C-37s Gulfstream Vs, C-21s
· Air Mobility Command’s Rapid Global Mobility Mission in the changing national security landscape
Colonel Rodney Simpson, Air Mobility Command, US Air Force

Colonel Rodney Simpson

Air Mobility Command
US Air Force

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM SUPPORTING NORWAY’S ARMED FORCES AROUND THE WORLD WITH A FLEET OF C-130JS

Colonel Torgeir Aas, Commander of the Gardermoen Air Base, Royal Norwegian Air Force

Colonel Torgeir Aas

Commander of the Gardermoen Air Base
Royal Norwegian Air Force

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM SEARCHING FOR OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY WHILST UNDERTAKING A BROAD RANGE OF MISSIONS WITH A SMALL FLEET

· Delivering efficiency through finding synergies in seemingly diverse operations
· To what extent does the Royal Danish Air Force’s fleet of C-130Js meet the Air Force’s broad range of mission requirements?
· How is the Royal Danish Air Force looking to maintain their small fleet of C-130Js?
Colonel Thomas Thue Hansen (HUA), Commander Air Transport Wing Aalborg, RoyalDanish Air Force

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 47 SQUADRON – C-130J TACTICAL AIR TRANSPORT SQUADRON

Wing Commander Andrew Johnson, OC 47 Squadron, Royal Air Force
· Effectiveness of C-130 in tactical air transport operations
· Versatility of the platform for UK usage
· Fleet sustainability
Wing Commander Andrew Johnson, OC, 47 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Wing Commander Andrew Johnson

OC 47 Squadron
Royal Air Force

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM READINESS AND RESPONSIVENESS WITHIN NATO; MANAGEMENT OF LIFT TO ASSURE COLLECTIVE DEFENCE

Elizabeth Purcell, Chief, Allied Movements Coordination Centre, NATO SHAPE

· How has the NATO Readiness Action Plan changed the alliance’s requirement for greater access to airlift?
· How is NATO managing multinational deployment and requirement for deconfliction, looking at both strategic movements and within the theatre of operations?
· What plans have been put into place in order to ensure that the alliance has access to the airlift it needs during normal operations and in times of crisis?

Elizabeth Purcell

Chief, Allied Movements Coordination Centre
NATO SHAPE

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM HOW THE MOVEMENT COORDINATION CENTRE EUROPE (MCCE) IS HELPING UTILISE SPARE CAPACITY TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER MEMBER STATES

Lieutenant Colonel Jakob Valstad, Chief of Operations, Movement Coordination Centre Europe
· Examining how the MCCE is addressing a shortfall in strategic airlift capacity through facilitating the use of spare capacity in other member states
· How is the MCCE tackling the bespoke challenges of the member state requests?
· Optimising support systems to maximise joint operational capacity and effectiveness
Lieutenant Colonel Jakob Valstad, Chief of Operations, Movement Coordination Centre Europe

Lieutenant Colonel Jakob Valstad

Chief of Operations
Movement Coordination Centre Europe

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM WHAT THE SINGLE EUROPEAN SKY (SES) PROGRAMME MEANS FOR OPERATING MILITARY AIRCRAFT IN EUROPE

Gerd Schwiedessen, Project Officer Aviation – Airlift, European Defence Agency
· Why was the Single European Sky programme necessary and how can nations become compliant?
· Evaluating the operational risks and the financial implications of the Single European Sky for military aviation
· How is the European Defence Agency coordinating the views and feedback of the military aviation community?
Gerd Schwiedessen, Project Officer Aviation, Airlift, European Defence Agency

Gerd Schwiedessen

Project Officer Aviation – Airlift
European Defence Agency

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM ANALYSING THE BARRIERS TO INCREASING INTEROPERABILITY WITHIN NATO’S AIRLIFT CAPABILITY

· What do major NATO contributors consider to be the main issues surrounding the interoperability of the combined force?
· Understanding the training requirements that aid force interoperability
· What are considered to be the main avionics upgrades to increase interoperability?
Invited panelists:
Air Mobility Force Commander, 2 Group, Royal Air Force
Colonel Rodney Simpson, Air Mobility Command, US Air Force
Deputy Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division

5:10 PM - 7:40 PM 1710 DRINKS RECEPTION SPONSORED BY JETEX