Accurate and timely support of ground forces in Afghanistan has never been so important. Integrated and coordinated close air support plays a crucial role for protecting troops and saving lives. As the threat evolves so does the CAS mission. 

SAE Media Group’s Urban Close Air Support is well timed to provide you with the most up-to-date case studies from CAS operations in Afghanistan. Assess the lessons learned from missions and explore the latest requirements for FAC/JTAC simulation.



  • Hear Keynote Addresses from the RAF and NATO JAPCC
  • Take part in a fully interactive panel discussion on employing air power in an urban environment
  • Asses FAC operational experiences from Afghanistan
  • Explore the latest developments for FAC/JTAC simulation
  • Network with the people you want to meet from the CAS community


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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Group Captain (Ret'd) Bob Fishwick

Group Captain (Ret'd) Bob Fishwick, Former Force Protection & Special Projects Officer, Policy & Requirements Division, SHAPE HQ - Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe


Colonel Jay Bickley

Colonel Jay Bickley, Combat Air Branch Head , NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC)

  • Why FAC Sim accreditation is needed in NATO
  • Criteria used to accredit simulator systems
  • FAC Sim accreditation implementation
  • Integrating non-NATO nations in FAC/JTAC training

    Major Metello Pilati

    Major Metello Pilati, CAS/FAC Subject Matter Expert, Combat Air Branch, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC)

  • Overall processes to ensure the ways and means support the stated strategic ends and are understood by all component commanders
  • Synchronization/coordination of actions between land and air components (including maritime air assets committed to the ALI mix) to be complementary and supportive to stated strategic objectives
  • Feasibility/utility of further development of Forward Observer (FO)/Joint Fires Observer (JFO) program for NATO
  • Coordination measures to improve SA and control mechanisms of FACs in Type 2/3 Terminal Attack Control
  • NATO Joint Targeting Process and the Joint ISR collection, coordination, and dissemination process
  • Development of Close ISR as the ISR equivalent of CAS
  • Land's contribution to the contact battle for the Air, including any contribution to airfield protection
  • The implications for tactical mobility
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Development of 5 Wing Goose Bay's Facilities for CAS

    Major Dean Johnson

    Major Dean Johnson, Deputy Section Head for Foreign Military Training, Goose Bay, Canadian Air Force

  • Urban CAS target and scenario development
  • Close Air Support training in the twenty-first century
  • Digitally-aided CAS
  • Moving forward
  • 11:40 Distributed Synthetic Air Land Training – DSALT Project

    Squadron Leader John Taylor

    Squadron Leader John Taylor, Air Battlespace Training Centre, Royal Air Force

  • Air Battlespace Training Centre (ABTC) - Exercise Mountain Dragon
  • Joint & combined operational training - Delivered via synthetic means
  • Ensuring realism - Fire Planning Cell (FPC) & Fire Support Team (FST) representation of Joint Fires and CAS at all levels
  • Working with industry team – DSALT Concept & development
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Enabling Situational Awareness Across the Battlespace

    Ian Thompson

    Ian Thompson, System Engineering Lead, Lockheed Martin

  • Tactical NEC Environment Analysis: “Netcentricity” Attributes, Benefits and Issues
  • Information accuracy and timeliness
  • An incremental approach/architecture to Tactical NEC based on Gateways
  • Digital CAS scenario: Providing an accurate and confident picture to the war fighter (right data, right place, right time)
  • 14:40 HQ United States European Command - Air Warfare Simulation

    Lieutenant Colonel Allen Roberts

    Lieutenant Colonel Allen Roberts, USAFE AGOS/CC, US Air Force

  • Warrior Preparation Centre, Germany – What is driving current JTAC requirements?
  • WPC contribution to FAC/JTAC training exercises
  • Operational feedback from FAC/JTAC 

  • A Forward Air Controllers Perspective:
  • Gaining combat effectiveness
  • Pre-conceptions about theatre
  • Pre-deployment training - CAST/CATT, CFX and MRX - additional trg to make CAS in the contemporary operational environement
  • Operational equipment - Update on kit performance currently fielded
  • Requirements - identifying equuipment and personnel to improve operational capability and interoperability within TFH/RCSW
  • Operations - air support to Op MOSHTARAK, limitations, lessons learnt and aspirations
  • Squadron Leader Ian Shaw

    Squadron Leader Ian Shaw, SO2 RAF Ceremonial, Royal Air Force

    Flight Sergeant Rob  Waite

    Flight Sergeant Rob Waite, 2ic 631 TACP , Royal Air Force

    16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One Followed by Afternoon Tea

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Peter York

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Peter York, Former Staff Officer Policy & Concept Development, York Consulting Associates


    Air Commodore Mike Jenkins

    Air Commodore Mike Jenkins, OBE MA FCMI BSc FRAeS, Assistant Chief of Staff A3/A5 Air Command, HQ Strike Command, RAF High Wycombe

  • Air-Land integration – The key enabler U-CAS
  • Current operations – Influence on doctrine & requirements
  • ISAF CAS Missions – Rotary or fast jet?
  • Effective & efficient use of ISTAR assets

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Peter York

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Peter York, Former Staff Officer Policy & Concept Development, York Consulting Associates

    Colonel Jay Bickley

    Colonel Jay Bickley, Combat Air Branch Head , NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC)

    Colonel D.L.R Wheeler

    Colonel D.L.R Wheeler, Wing Commander, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Canadian Forces

    10:50 Morning Coffee

    11:10 Multinational Exercises – Exercise Maple Flag

    Colonel D.L.R Wheeler

    Colonel D.L.R Wheeler, Wing Commander, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Canadian Forces

  • Benefits of live vs. synthetic training in the urban terrain
  • Utilising airborne ISTAR assets – Adding value to joint training
  • JFAC continuation training 2010
  • How can contractors add value to FAC/JTAC Training?
  • CFB Goose Bay – NATO CAS training
  • 11:50 Apache CAS Operations in Afghanistan

  • Apache – an operational assessment
  • CAS using the Apache
  • Lessons learned
  • How can we improve?
  • Colonel Neale Moss

    Colonel Neale Moss, Assistant Director Doctrine and Strategic Plans, Joint Helicopter Command Headquarters, Ministry of Defence, UK

    Major David Amlôt

    Major David Amlôt , Second in Command, 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, Ministry of Defence, UK

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Joint Air Land Organisation – A UK Perspective

    Group Captain Dean Andrew

    Group Captain Dean Andrew, Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation, HQ No. 1 Group, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Digital CAS systems – Technologies contribution to air support operations
  • Communication & Protocols – Air & ground crews
  • Complexities of CAS in the urban environment
  • UK certification and qualification of an FAC – STANAG 3797
  • 14:40 French ISAF CAS Operations – Operational Experience

    Lieutenant Colonel Jaques Merindol

    Lieutenant Colonel Jaques Merindol, , French Air Force

  • CAS Air assets – French Navy Air Wing & Air Force
  • Combating the Asymmetric threat with air power
  • Joint FAC/JTAC & Aircrew Training
  • Language & communication challenges on coalition joint air operations
  • 15:20 e-Technology as a Training Enabler not the Solution

    Paul Smith

    Paul Smith, Director, Innov8learning

  • Why self paced learning works
  • Rapid development and deployment
  • Training transformation – Defining the optimum blend
  • Limitations of e-training
  • Case study – Validating Joint Forward Air Controllers e-learning
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference Followed by Afternoon Tea


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