As  the world becomes increasingly geopolitically interdependent, a new strategic battlespace has emerged. This new arena requires more than international military co-operation; it calls for integrated operations and operational interoperability.

At this conference in Warsaw you will discover how Poland, its neighbours, and other NATO partners are working towards becoming interoperable within joint and coalition deployments.
You will learn how to enable interoperability and discuss how to securely share and provide the right information at the right time. The outcome of an operation being more and more dependent, whether a military or military-civilian operation, on making information accessible to the right partner at the right time.

In addition, you will investigate interoperability beyond the battlefield.  You will examine the challenges presented by multicultural environments and working with non-military partners.  You will find solution to collective action problems at this excelent event.

Examine the challenges ahead, meet the experts and understand Joint and Coalition Interoperability!

Benefits of Attending:

Ø  Understand specific standardisation requirements for NATO’s current missions and goals
Ø  Grasp immediate needs through a testimonial from Iraq
Ø  Evaluate requisites for interoperability with nonmilitary partners
Ø  Learn from new partners about their perspective and essential plans for the near future
Ø  Examine requirements for network systems and information systems
Ø  Hear about efficiently sharing information and the battlespace within coalition environments
Ø  Realise how international interoperability will be shaped in the years to come and how you can fit in

                      Session Topics Include:

Ø  Need for interoperability
Ø  Land tactical and warfighter interoperability
Ø  Critical cultural and organisational issues
Ø  Interagency collaboration
Ø  Reconstruction operations impact on requirments
Ø  Working with NGOs
Ø  Constraints of being interoperable
Ø  NATO Standardization goals and documents
Ø  NATO ISAF missions
Ø  Procurement Strategies for interoperation
Ø  Restructuring and training
Ø  Equipment interoperability
Ø  Battlefield testimonial

Ø  Integrating C4I systems
Ø  Building robust networks
Ø  Next generation systems
Ø  Command and control in real-time
Ø  NEC in coalition environments
Ø  Achieving information superiority
Ø  Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
Ø  Data sharing and situational awareness
Ø  End-to-end command information systems
Ø  Global information infrastructure
Ø  Information managements
Ø  Net centricity in operations
Ø  Maintaining operational networks
Ø  Testing and evaluation

Our oustanding line-up of experts includes:

  • General Franciszek Gagor, Chief of General Staff, Polish Armed Forces
  • Brigadier General Kzyszof Zaleski, Deputy Head, General Staff Training Division (J7) SG WP, Polish Armed Forces
  • Brigadier General Andrezj Juszczak, Chief, Strategic Planning Division (P5) SG WP, Polish Armed Forces
  • Captain Thomas Lockhart, Leader, C4ISTAR, French Navy
  • Colonel Vasile Mihai Tofan, Commander, 10th Engineer Brigade, Romanian Armed Forces
  • Commander Geoff Hayward, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy, UK
  • Lieutenant Colonel Zsolt Hornyah,  Division of Alliance & Standardization Affairs, Force Planning Department, Ministry of Defence, Hungary 
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arne Norlander, Principal Scientist , Swedish Armed Forces HQ
  • Lieutenant Colonel Mark Payne, NRF Secretary of Co-ordination, NATO
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hans-Herbert Strun

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel Anthony Beattie

Colonel Anthony Beattie , Independent Defence Consultant , Independent Consultant UK

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Poland's Approach to Interoperability

General Franciszek Gagor

General Franciszek Gagor, Chief of General Staff, Polish Armed Forces

  • The need for interoperability: facing the threats of tomorrow
  • Fostering interoperability between forces
  • Achieving greater flexibility in the new century: vision and requirements
  • 9:50 Enhancing Romanian Operational Capabilities

    Colonel Vasile Mihai Tofan

    Colonel Vasile Mihai Tofan, Commander, 10th Engineer Brigade, Romanian Armed Forces

  • Creating the conditions for greater interoperability
  • Reflections on current interoperability: Romanian participation in NATO ISAF missions
  • Restructuring and training to ensure interoperability with in NATO
  • Reaching the capabilities necessary for the continuous collection, processing and use of information
  • Need for C4I systems at all echelons to provide command and control in real time
  • Conditions for achieving interoperability with similar NATO and WEU structures
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Achieving Interoperability in Hungary

  • Background and preparation to NATO membership
  • Integration Affirmation Programme and Hungarian Integration Programme
  • Intensive implementation
  • Ratification of NATO Standardisation documents
  • Declaration of interoperability level
  • Defence transformations
  • Further developments and future considerations
  • Colonel Laszlo Szep

    Colonel Laszlo Szep, Chief, Division of Alliance & Standardisation Affairs, Force Planning Department, Ministry of Defence, Hungary

    Colonel Leszlo Szep

    Colonel Leszlo Szep, Division of Alliance & Standardization Affairs, Force Planning Department, Ministry of Defence, Hungary

    Lieutenant Colonel Zsolt  Hornyah

    Lieutenant Colonel Zsolt Hornyah, Division of Alliance & Standardization Affairs, Force Planning Department, Ministry Of Defence

    11:40 Implementing and Sustaining Interoperability at the Tactical Level: Technical and programmatic issues and solutions in achieving successful interoperation

    Jim  Ironside

    Jim Ironside, Chief Scientist, General Dynamics UK

  • Case Study: UK Land tactical interoperability in Bowman
  • Issues with tactical joint and coalition interoperability
  • Procurement strategies for successful interoperation
  • Sustaining interoperability through life
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Interoperability in a Joint Coalition Framework

    Brigadier General Kzyszof Zaleski

    Brigadier General Kzyszof Zaleski, Deputy Head, General Staff Training Division (J7) SG WP, Polish Armed Forces

  • Challenges of working in a multicultural environment
  • Lessons learnt: Enhancing interoperability in coalition operation
  • Interoperability with neighbours: LITPOTBAL, UKPOLBAT, and the Polish-Czech brigade
  • Training for interoperability: Multi-national corps north-east and multi-national brigade
  • Integrating military structures into NATO: the Baltic Straits Command (BALTAP)
  • 14:30 Beyond Constructive Co-Existence: the role of the Military/IO/NGO in a coalition

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Payne

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Payne, NRF Secretary of Co-ordination, NATO Response Force

  • Facilitation of interagency collaboration: A framework for short term interventions
  • Key structural and systematic reforms and national development programmes can be identified and prioritised among international actors
  • Sharing and integrating data
  • A collective strategic approach: being responsive to social and human networks
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Command, Control & Culture for Interoperability

    Lieutenant Colonel Arne  Norlander

    Lieutenant Colonel Arne Norlander, Principal Scientist , Swedish Armed Forces HQ

  • An international outlook
  • Critical human, cultural and organizational issues
  • Future concepts and implementation of novel command structures
  • Sample projects and applications
  • 16:20 Interoperability Testing and Evaluation

    Paul Symborski

    Paul Symborski, Center for Naval Analyses Representative, Operational Test and Evaluation Force, US Navy

  • The need for testing and evaluation
  • Assessment methods
  • Testing environments
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel Anthony Beattie

    Colonel Anthony Beattie , Independent Defence Consultant , Independent Consultant UK

    9:10 SPECIAL ADDRESS: Developing a Coherent Framework for Interoperability

    Brigadier General Andrezj Juszczak

    Brigadier General Andrezj Juszczak, Chief, Strategic Planning Division (P5) SG WP, Polish Armed Forces

  • Building a flexible framework: constraints of being interoperable
  • Achieving interoperability: Planning and doctrinal considerations
  • Achieving common standards, methods and procedures
  • Thinking about training
  • Sustaining interoperable command and control systems
  • 9:50 “Future Soldier”: System trends and issues

    Captain Paul Collins

    Captain Paul Collins, Head of Capability Development Support Unit, Capabilities Directorate, European Defence Agency

  • Technological improvements to communication, protection and firepower
  • Why interoperability is still a major challenge
  • Next generation of  interoperable systems
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Information Superiority and Network Enabled Capability

    Captain Thomas Lockhart

    Captain Thomas Lockhart, Leader, C4ISTAR, French Navy

  • Achieving information superiority
  • Exchanging finely synchronised and high value added information
  • Building a robust network: using off the shelf technology
  • Enhancing trust through shared experience, values and learning
  • A Naval perspective
  • 11:40 Network Centric Implementation in a Joint Operation Environment: Adapting the network to suit mission needs

    Bert Tiems

    Bert Tiems, Chief, Land Systems and Interoperability, Operations Research Division, , NATOConsultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A)

  • NEC in a coalition net environment
  • Service Oriented Architectures (SOA): open architectures and mandated standards
  • Data sharing and situational awareness across a coalition
  • End-to-end command information system
  • Towards a global information infrastructures
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:50 A Key to Information Management-Information Infrastructure

    Lieutenant Colonel Hans-Herbert Strunz

    Lieutenant Colonel Hans-Herbert Strunz, Chief Executive Data Responsible Agency GAF CCIS/ BALTCCIS Project Manager, Ministry of Defence, Germany

    14:30 The Need for Netcentricity from an Operations Standpoint

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Robert  Williamson

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Robert Williamson, Executive Chair, NCOIC

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Interoperability and Standardisation

    Cesare Balducci

    Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency

  • How interoperability and standardisation serve NATO’s current missions and goals
  • Joint and capability approach
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


    Marriott Hotel Warsaw

    Al. Jerozolimskie 65/79
    Warsaw 00-697

    Marriott Hotel Warsaw

    Refined luxury and modern sophistication await you here at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel. Perfectly situated in the heart of the vibrant city centre, our hotel makes it easy for you to experience the best of Poland's capital, while also offering a peaceful sanctuary to return to at the end of a productive day. Our recently renovated lodging showcases boutique comforts including pillowtop bedding, comfortable workspaces, high-speed Internet, and 24-hour room service. Many of our hotel rooms also provide fantastic views of Warsaw city centre. Stop by Parmizzano's, our hotel restaurant, for a taste of Italy here in Poland - or gaze out at the Warsaw skyline as you sip a drink at Panorama Bar & Lounge. SPA FOR YOU, our deluxe hotel spa, is the perfect escape for busy travelers, with a range of refreshing treatments. And our 28,000 square feet of well-appointed event venues set the stage for unforgettable city gatherings. We look forward to making you feel completely at home here at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel.



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