In today’s complex and ever changing operational environment, the demand for increased situational awareness continues to grow. As a decisive and indispensable tool, air based ISTAR is increasingly relied upon to deliver this capability, allowing commanders to understand the situation on the ground and act accordingly.

Covering direction, collection, process, dissemination and targeting, Airborne ISR aims to thoroughly analyse the intelligence chain and deliberate best practice for the enhancement of ISTAR capability. Drawing on respective nations ISTAR structure, operational feedback and training, to explore the doctrines and strategy necessary to develop this vital asset.

Importantly, the conference will also benefit from the guidance of technical leaders from research and industry, whose insight into the latest platforms, systems and sub-systems will provide greater awareness of existing and future capability for the modern operator.




• A specific focus on airborne systems as a key enabler of ISTAR capability
• Provide a platform for the advancement of airborne intelligence, bringing together those at the heart of systems operation, development and integration
• Deliberate the requirements of the contemporary operational environment
• Hear the very latest technological developments from research and industry, that are enhancing intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting


• Operational commanders
• ISTAR strategy and capability development
• Programme managers from defence procurement
• Those at the forefront of operator training
• Defence research and development


Those developing the next generation of:
• Manned and Un-Manned Platforms
• Optronics
• Sensor payloads
• Datalinks
• Mission systems
• Command and control solutions
• Simulators and synthetic training

Ability Sat; Al-Acheer; BOSH Global Services/Momentum Aerospace Group Global Services/; Danish Armed Forces; Danish Army Intelligence Centre; Defense Command Denmark - Air Foce Staff; DSTL; EADS Germany; Embassy of Ukraine; European Defence Agency; Flight Global; French Air Force; General Atomics Systems Integration; Georgia Tech Research Institute; Horizon Technologies; IHS Janes; Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems ; Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), NATO ; Loughborough University; Microflown AVISA; MoD; NATO Headquarters; NATO Industrial Action Group (NIAG); NATO Shape; Royal Air Force; Royal Navy; Russian Embassy; Saudia Arabia MOD; Swedish Armed Forces; Swedish Armed Forces HQ; Swedish Army; Turkish Air Force; UKTI DSO; ultisat; University of Oxford;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,

9:15 Transforming the Next Generation of ISR to Deliver Battle-Winning Knowledge and Effects

Wing Commander John  Williamson

Wing Commander John Williamson , Officer Commanding 1 ISR Wing, 1 Group ISTAR Force, Royal Air Force

• An overview of the RAF’s approach to current and future ISTAR
• Feedback from operations and capability development: placing Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) at the heart of the RAF ISTAR Force
• Working toward a fully federated PED capability. How can we make PED more effective across defence
• Ideological and technological practices that the RAF is taking to realise these objectives

9:55 Medium Term Plans for the French Air Force Advancement of RPA Based ISTAR

Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Mary

Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Mary, Deputy Commander, RPA Squadron 1/33 Belfort, French Air Force

• Overview of the MQ-9 capability since introduction: Feedback from operational deployment
• New capabilities to be integrated in the Block 5 systems, electronic warfare payloads, separate channels for flying the aircraft, mission systems and data transmission
• Considering training requirements and flexibility to operate the new platform in European airspace
• Plans to co-operate further with United States and European partners


10:35 Morning Coffee

11:05 US and UK Airborne ISR Partnership: The USAF/RAF Rivet Joint Program

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Webster

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Webster, Commander, 95th Reconnaissance Squadron, United States Air Force

• History of the RC-135 program
• Operations support 
• Current operations


11:45 Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI): Discover, Monitor and Respond to Threats with Wide Area Surveillance

Mr Darren Gould

Mr Darren Gould, International New Business Lead, Space & Intelligence Systems, , Harris Corporation


• U.S. Gorgon Stare Program: Sensor evolution to Corvus Eye® 1500
• Persistent real-time intelligence over a wide area
• Advanced forensic capabilities of WAMI
• Increasing efficiency of limited airborne assets

12:25 PANEL DISCUSSION: Effective Concepts of Operation for Collection of Intelligence

• Collection requirements during coalition operations
• Analysis and processing of intelligence
• Preventing information overload
• Interactive question and answer session

Wing Commander John  Williamson

Wing Commander John Williamson , Officer Commanding 1 ISR Wing, 1 Group ISTAR Force, Royal Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,

Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Mary

Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Mary, Deputy Commander, RPA Squadron 1/33 Belfort, French Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Webster

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Webster, Commander, 95th Reconnaissance Squadron, United States Air Force

13:05 Networking Lunch

14:05 A Progress Report on the Fulfilment of the Allied Ground Surveillance Programme (AGS): Feedback from Trials and Evaluation

Mr Rob Munday

Mr Rob Munday, Unified Vision 2016 Deputy Trial Manager, ISR Section , NATO

• An overview of the programme since its inception and progress made since Unified Vision 2014
• The latest integration of sensor systems: How the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) will facilitate greater sensor fusion, detection and tracking
• Feedback from exercise Unified Vision 2016
• What 2017’s planned fulfilment means for key stake holders

14:45 Danish Requirements and Plans for the Further Development of ISR Capability

Commander S.G Peder Gahner Holm

Commander S.G Peder Gahner Holm, Danish Liaison Officer to US EUCOM , Defence Command Denmark

•  ISR in the Danish Armed Forces
•  Domestic security requirements and the challenges presented by terrain and the arctic environment
•  Danish requirements for expeditionary warfare, lessons learnt from past counter-insurgency operations
•  Future plans and specific areas for capability development

15:25 Afternoon Tea

15:55 Latest Developments in ISR Satellite Telecommunication: Getting Live Imagery Surveillance off the Aircraft and Delivered to its Destination

Mr Edward Hawkeswood

Mr Edward Hawkeswood, Director, Satlink Ltd UK

16:10 Keeping the Technical Advantage: Improving and Sustaining ISR Interoperability in a Changing World

Dr Stephen Helsdon

Dr Stephen Helsdon, Principal ISR Consultant, Cyber and Information Systems , DSTL


• An update on UK & NATO technical activities
• Benefits of interoperability and standards
• Key current and future areas of standardisation
• Efforts to articulate a better vision

16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,

9:15 NAEW&C–The Role of Battle Management and Control in ISR

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander, AEW&C Force Command, NATO

• An overview of the NAEW&C Force
• Emphasizing the aircraft’s battle management and control capability, an overview of current mission systems
• The need for battle management and control in ISR
• Contemporary examples of battle management and control


9:55 Strategy and Development of ISR within the French Joint military ISR Community

Colonel Christophe Fontaine

Colonel Christophe Fontaine, Joint ISR and Strategy Department, Military Intelligence Directorate

•         Doctrine and operational requirements
•         Architecture for joint information sharing
•         Platforms and new capabilities to be introduced

10:35 Morning Coffee

11:05 Future Doctrine and Requirements for the Enhancement of Air Command and Control

Wing Commander Al Walton

Wing Commander Al Walton, SO1 Air C2 Capability Development, HQ Air Command, Royal Air Force


• The complexity of the modern battle space and challenges presented
• Effectively considering human factors such as information overload
• Ensuring de-confliction of air assets
• Potential framework for responsive, adaptable and resilient C2 organisation: Is centralised control and decentralised execution achievable?


11:45 Medium and Long Term Spanish Plans for the integration of Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance UAV into the Armed Forces

Colonel Enrique Martinez Vallas

Colonel Enrique Martinez Vallas, Chief of the Strategic Projection of Force Programme, Air Systems Programme Management Division, Armaments Directorate, Ministry of Defence Spain

• Current UAV capability within the Armed forces and the need for a MALE system
• Considering the current platforms available and the requirements of the Spanish Armed Forces
• Plans to procure and integrate the MQ9 into current force structure
• The potential for long term future co-operation on joint-European projects, such as the European MALE UAV


12:25 Networking Lunch

13:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: Deliberating the Direction and Requirments of Command and Control for ISTAR Operations

• The current direction of Air C2 and information sharing in support of ISR operations
• Challenges presented by contemporary operations
• Measures for enhancing interoperability and agility
• Interactive question and answer session

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander, AEW&C Force Command, NATO

Wing Commander Al Walton

Wing Commander Al Walton, SO1 Air C2 Capability Development, HQ Air Command, Royal Air Force

Colonel Christophe Fontaine

Colonel Christophe Fontaine, Joint ISR and Strategy Department, Military Intelligence Directorate

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,

14:20 An Update on the Netherlands Doctrine and Development of C4ISTAR

Major Stuart Lorraine

Major Stuart Lorraine, Senior Staff Officer, C4ISR, Royal Netherlands Air Force
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• Current capability and doctrine
• Collaboration with NATO’s Joint ISR
• Future plans for development

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 Lessons Learned from the Development and Support of ISR Capability within UK and the Middle East

• UK ISR - Move from silos in isolation towards full collaboration
• Issues from inter-service cooperation
• Issues from coalition cooperation
• Issues from wider partnerships
• Issues affecting air ISR in the current middle east


Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,

16:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock  Honeyman

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jock Honeyman, Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates,


Deputy Commander, AEW&C Force Command
Joint ISR and Strategy Department
Military Intelligence Directorate
Chief of the Strategic Projection of Force Programme, Air Systems Programme Management Division, Armaments Directorate
Ministry of Defence Spain
Danish Liaison Officer to US EUCOM
Defence Command Denmark
Principal ISR Consultant, Cyber and Information Systems
Electronic Warfare and ISR Consultant, Former Intelligence Advisor to the United Arab Emirates
Deputy Commander, RPA Squadron 1/33 Belfort
French Air Force
Commander, 95th Reconnaissance Squadron
United States Air Force
Senior Staff Officer, C4ISR
Royal Netherlands Air Force
International New Business Lead, Space & Intelligence Systems,
Harris Corporation
Satlink Ltd UK
Unified Vision 2016 Deputy Trial Manager, ISR Section
SO1 Air C2 Capability Development, HQ Air Command
Royal Air Force
Officer Commanding 1 ISR Wing, 1 Group ISTAR Force
Royal Air Force

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Galleon Embedded Computing is an innovative leader in development of high-performance airborne computer and recorder products. Our product range includes rugged storage and data recorder systems, servers and NAS / networked devices all including removable storage, as well as rugged XMC IO modules.

Galleon Embedded Computing has product development and system integration facilities in Oslo, Norway, Munich, Germany, London, UK, and Katy, TX, USA. Customer satisfaction and uncompromised product quality is key to Galleon’s success, along with our highly experienced staff with long experience from the military and aerospace markets. Galleon Embedded Computing's quality management system is certified to Aerospace Standard AS/EN 9100:2009 and ISO 9001:2008.

Galleon products are gathering and processing data in hundreds of manned and unmanned, fixed and rotary wing systems around the World. Applications include sensor data recording and processing for Airborne Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Flight Test, SAR, Police, etc.

Harris Corporation

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Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports customers in about 100 countries and has approximately $7.5 billion in annual revenue and 21,000 employees worldwide. The company is organized into four business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems and Critical Networks. Learn more at harris.com.

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Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.

Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

97 Cromwell Road
London SW7 4DN
United Kingdom

Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is perfectly situated in one of London’s most luxurious and beautiful areas within South Kensington. 

The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station for convenient travel to Hyde Park, London Eye, Tower Bridge plus more of London’s top attractions. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow. 

This distinctive hotel in south London has so much to offer to make all guests really feel at home. The latest Holiday Inn relaunch is not just about the new look and feel for the hotel but to offer guests more benefits during their stay including a pillow menu for extra comfort during their sleep and a curved shower rail for more spacious feel. 

In addition to our 906 rooms, all business guests can take advantage of our meeting and conference facilities including High Speed Internet Access and unlimited Starbucks coffee at The Academy. Our hotel’s professional event planners are on board to help take the hard work and stress away from planning your next event. 

So whether you in London on business or pleasure, make the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum your first choice of hotel and book your accommodation for our lowest internet rate guarantee. 



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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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