The role of air assets within an operational environment has become increasingly prevalent over recent years, from multi-engine aircraft performing long range reconnaissance and battlespace management, fast air providing air defence and ground attack capabilities, rotary airframes providing transport and ground support and, more recently, unmanned aerial systems perfoming many of the above roles autonomously. As a result, air superiority has become a critical factor for operations and and an increasingly complex asset to manage. As a result, an aircraft's mission system has becom integral to it's operation, working in complex unity with the whole avionics suite. However, with warfare in the last decade revolving around coalition operations and a requirement to work in cooperation with allied forces, it is of paramount importance that these technical systems remain both interoperable and flexible enough to deal with dynamic events, without compromising efficacy or unity.

By engaging with a wide range of both military and commercial experts SAE Media Group's 4th Annual Air Mission Planning conference will provide the forum to assess and analyse the latest reports of air missions in Libya and Afghanistan from experts currently operating within environments such as aircraft carriers, rotary and fixed-wing squadrons. Communicate directly with representatives from NATO and learn about the most up to date technology in mission planning, from mission computers, to autonomous UAS retasking capabilities, from some of the worlds leading military research agencies. Air mission planning is a core competance in maintaining operational effectiveness- ensure your organisation doesn't get left behind. 

As a European leader, SMi's Air Mission Planning conference offers an truly unrivalled networking forum and learning opportunity. This year’s 4th annual event taking place in London in June 2013 will engage with many of the world's military and industrial leaders from across the globe. With Air Mission Planning underpinning the success and safety of military operators, from aircrew conducting long-range air engagements to ground personnel who rely on reconnaissance and air support, it has never been more important to remain up to date in this rapidly evolving sector. SMi provides this opportunity, bringing forward the foremost issues, technology and solutions available from a panel of senior experts.  

  • LEARN- about the developments in interoperability, dynamic mission planning and unmanned systems as well as the technologies that facilitate this. 
  • ASSESS- the experiences of current military operators and share ideas with civilian industrial peers.
  • ANALYSE- the latest technological tools and practical air mission planning solutions.
  • ENGAGE- with international military and industry leaders. Communicate directly with those at the forefront of air mission planning developments in dedicated question & answer sessions.
  • DISCUSS- key topics throughout the conference with colleagues and international peers during networking breaks, lunches and drinks.

Military and government profile :

Branch Chiefs, Directors, Assistant Directors, Programme and Project Managers, Staff Officers, Engineers within:

Plans and policy
Air plans and requirements
Operational planning and mission training
Integrated mission planning
Systems and Software
Logistics planning

Industry profile :

Presidents, CEOs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Analysts and Engineers within:

Mission planning systems and software
Mission support systems 
Systems architectrue and integration
Targeting and weaponeering 
Communication and data management
Sales and marketing
Graphic interface and geographical representation systems

Austrian MoD; BAE SYSTEMS; Boeing; DE&S; Defence Equipment & Support, UK; Defense Contract Management Agency, UK; EADS Germany; European Air Group; FCC Industrial; FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency; GA Technical Research Institute; HP Enterprise Services; Inzpire Ltd; Jane's International Defence Review; Joint Helicopter Command; Jt Forces Command; Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace A S; MCCE; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence, UK; Movement Coordination Centre Europe; NATO Standardisation Agency; Natural Environment Research Council; OCCAR-EA; Pilatus Aircaft Ltd; SAAB; Saab AB; Saab AB (FS-JH); School of Advanced Air and Space Studies; Skylink Aviation and Logistics ; Thales; Thales UK; The Boeing Company; UK MOD;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

George Harrison

George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

9:10 Sentinel R1 Capabilities Brief

Rob McCartney

Rob McCartney, Airborne Mission Commander, Royal Air Force

  • Concept
  • Utilisation of the Synthetic Aperture Radar(SAR)
  • Moving Target Indication (MTI)
  • Operations in Afghanistan
  • Operations in Libya
  • 9:50 Aviation mission planning on operations

    Richard  Leakey

    Richard Leakey , Comd Avn Recce Force, Joint Helicopter Command

  • Realities of Mission Planning on operations
  • Mission Planning for helicopter-borne air assault operations
  • Mission Planning in a joint, multi-national environment


  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Aviation Mission Planning: The tactical view

    Neil Sierens

    Neil Sierens, DFC (former AAC), Aviation and Defence Consultant, Yorvik Aviation

  • A former AH64 Air Mission Commander’s viewpoint
  • Based on experience from Op HERRICK and ELLAMY
  • Joint & Combined integration
  • The needs of the tactical operator
  • 11:40 The contribution of air power to “NATO Forces 2020”: A strategic view of air mission planning

    Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Diego Ruiz Palmer, Head, Economics and Security Assessment Unit, NATO HQ

  • A more complex and potentially more adverse international environment
  • The contribution of “forward presence and engagement” to stability and security
  • The role of air power in a changing operational context
  • NATO as an “air power alliance”
  • Conceptualising air power’s role and contributions for a new era
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 The air campaign over Libya: Lessons for small and medium powers

    Frederik Lindvall

    Frederik Lindvall, Deputy Research Director, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency

  • The setting and starting point for the air campaign
  • Fighting modern air wars – characteristics and results in Libya
  • Some observations and lessons identified from the last big air operation
  • What Libya could mean for air forces of small and medium powers
  • 14:10 Mission planning in the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers

    Dickie Payne

    Dickie Payne, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Carrier Strike, Navy Command HQ

  • Challenges operating at sea
  • Ship’s design
  • F35 automatic Logistic Information System (ALIS) integration
  • Building the intelligence picture
  • Interoperability
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Can surprise attack still be employed and achieved in today’s modern world?

    Gungor Özer

    Gungor Özer, Instructor/Lecturer, Turkish Air War College

  • Prerequisites of surprise attacks
  • Use of ISR in mission planning
  • Using SWOT analysis to determine possibility of surprise attack
  • How is the element of surprise maintained in current operations
  • 16:00 Air mission planning considerations through the air power theories on examining operation Unified Protector Libya

    Erkan Kavruk

    Erkan Kavruk, Instructor, Turkish Air War College

  • Understanding air power theories as air operation plans
  • Examining Operation Unified Protector
  • Recreating Operation Unified Protector with different theory based fictions
  • Air mission planning considerations under changing conjuncture
  • 16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    George Harrison

    George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    George Harrison

    George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

    9:10 Dynamic and procedural airspace management (ASM)

    Neale Dewar

    Neale Dewar, Director, UK National Air Defence & Space Control Operations, R A F

  • Dynamic v procedural ASM
  • ASM as part of overall mission planning
  • Personal and organisational responsibilities
  • Is there still a requirement for procedural ASM?
  • 9:50 Mission planning for the CF-18

    Phillip Rennison

    Phillip Rennison, CF-18 Mission Planning Manager, Royal Canadian Air Force

  • JMPS for CF-18; X-Flite (FMS planning tool) and XNDC (database converter)
  • How RCAF used mission planning during the Libya conflict; lessons learned; concept of OPS (networking, deployment etc.)
  • Harmonised mission planning over multiple fleets; Helo/Transport/ SAR/FTR/Maritime
  • Interoperable mission planning with allies; the implications of this type of sharing
  • Security requirements for networked mission planning
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 NATO ACCS: Tactical Air C2 for NATO

    Odie Evans

    Odie Evans, Principal Operations Consultant, NCIA NATO

  • Introduction to NATO ACCS
  • NATO ACCS: AOC Functions for tactical Air C2
  • NATO ACCS in the CRC - ARS Capabilities
  • Delivering Seamless Air C2: AOC and ARS
  • 11:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: Addressing the issue of lead times between tasking and targeting in the air mission planning process

    George Harrison

    George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute

    Invited panellists:

    Group Captain Neale Dewar, Director, UK National Air Defence & Space Control Operations, RAF
    Fredrik Lindval, Deputy Research Director, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency
    Major P. A. Rennison, CF-18 Mission Planning Manager, Canadian MoD
    Captain Keith Taylor, Deputy Commander NSAWC, US Navy

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Multinational movement planning challenge and perspective

    Laurent Gentet

    Laurent Gentet, Chief of Operations, Movement Coordination Centre Europe

  • Requirements and difficulties
  • Initiatives, tools and enablers
  • Way ahead for MCCE developments
  • 14:10 Verifiable multiple UAS missions

    Al Savvaris

    Al Savvaris, Course Director , Cranfield University

  • Abstraction of multiple UAS behaviours
  • UAS verification
  • Mission modelling
  • Mission applications for multiple vehicles
  • 14:50 Should the achievement of the air supremacy be awaited for the ground operation during a struggle between two equally equipped forces

    Aykut Coskun

    Aykut Coskun, Operations and Intelligence Instructor, Turkish Air War College

  • Using a risk based analysis in planning joint operations
  • Importance of ground support in planning air operations
  • Taking advantage of a synchronised air and ground attack
  • Coordinating the synchronisation of ground and air elements
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Close of Day Two

    George Harrison

    George Harrison, Director, GA Technical Research Institute


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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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