Network Centric Warfare Europe 2005 (NCW Europe 2005)

Venue: The IKBB

Location: Bonn, Germany

Event Date/Time: Jun 01, 2005 End Date/Time: Jun 02, 2005
Registration Date: Mar 11, 2005
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Benefits of Attending

Interesting to see what drives NCW development in different countries and how the transformation is approached

Mats Wicksell, AerotechTelub AB
Well done. Great senior leadership participation

John Schoeppner, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire

Why should I attend?
NCW Europe 2005 is the single biggest NCW/NEC event in Europe this year.

Part of the acclaimed Global NCW conference series, NCW Europe 2005 will be packed with practical insights into international implementation strategies and accomplishments.

Who will I meet and who is speaking?
NCW Europe 2005 will be attended by senior military officers involved in the network transformation of international defence forces and industry leaders from key global defence companies who are seen as the leading supporters of NCW concept and system development.

Over 40 international experts will be sharing their views and experiences. They include:

Lieutenant General Dirk Böcker, Vice Chief of Staff, Bundeswehr

Lieutenant General Charles L. Johnson II, Commander, Electronic Systems Centre, US Air Force

Lieutenant General Heinz Marzi, Vice Chief of Staff, German Air Force

Air Vice Marshal Stephen Dalton, Capability Manager (Information Superiority), UK MoD

Major General Ruud van Dam, Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) C4I, Allied Command Transformation, NATO

John J. Garstka, Assistant Director of Concepts and Operations, Office of Force Transformation, US OSD

Erik Löwenadler, President and CEO, Ericsson Microwave Systems

Major General Lars Christian Fynbo, Head of AGS-3, NATO

Major General Jürgen Ruwe, designated Vice Chief, German Army

Major General (USA Ret'd) Dean W. Cash, Director of Net-Centric Operations Enterprise, Net-Centric Systems, Raytheon

Rear Admiral Antonio Peca, Assistant Chief of Telecommunications and Informatics Department, Italian General Staff

Colonel Jonathan A. Maddux, Project Manager, Unit of Action Network Systems' Integration, US Army

Lieutenant Colonel John Ogden, SO1 NEC, Command & Battlespace Management, UK MoD

Colonel Peter Fuller, Project Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, US Army

Colonel Ofer Azari, Head of the Digitised Army Programme, C4I Branch – Technology Division, Israeli Defence Forces

Colonel Aurelian Ionescu, IT Adviser & Chief Information Officer, Romanian MoD

Colonel Gilbert Botella, Operational Consistency Officer and Capability Manager, Joint Defence Staff, MoD France

Colonel Ralph Thiele, Commander, Bundeswehr Centre for Transformation, German Armed Forces

William R. Phillips, VP & Partner, Global Defence/NCO Leader, IBM Business Consulting Services

Colonel Geerlof Kanis, Commander, Command and Control Support Centre (C2SC), MoD Netherlands

Colonel David Koh, Head of Joint Communications and Information Systems Department, Singapore Armed Forces

Valery Rousset, Director, Concept Development & Experimentation, Thales Battlespace Transformation Centre

Dr Tom Buckman, Chief Architect, NATO C3 Agency

Major Jim R. Harrison, Project Manager - Mission Planning System, Apache AH64 IPT, UK MoD

Riccardo Sibilia, Head of C2 Lab, Armasuisse, Swiss Department of Defence

Tim Snodgrass, Director, Advanced Architectures, Rockwell Collins

Till von Westerman, Head of Transformation, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH

Thomas E. Vice, Sector Vice President, Business Development, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems (invited)

Volker Hodel, Defence Director, Alcatel Germany

Leendert van Bochoven, EMEA Defence Leader, IBM Business Consulting Services

Major Stephan Kramer, CD&E / Evaluation Division, Bundeswehr Centre for Transformation, German Armed Forces

Alan Murdoch, Chair, Technical Council, Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC)

Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Johan Kihl, Former Chief of Staff, Swedish Armed Forces
7 reasons why you can’t afford to miss NCW Europe 2005:...

Over 40 international NCW experts from 11 countries and NATO will provide you with exclusive access to new perspectives on the challenges facing Armed Forces and the defence industry in the Information Age

3 focused conference streams mean you can tailor the event to meet your needs and ensure maximum value for every minute you spend at the event

Networking opportunities, including a drinks reception and gala dinner, will promote international partnerships and business development in NCW

Full range of briefings from conceptual framework and implementation strategies to platform and systems integration mean you get to see the whole picture

Case studies that highlight key learnings from recent network-centric operations so that you can evaluate the network in practice and take home lessons identified from real-world experiences

3 interactive pre-conference will give you practical first-hand experience of network-centric environments

Profiles of this year’s award-winning programmes including Future Combat Systems and ISIS will allow you to benchmark your work against the best

Conference Day One

Wednesday, 1st June 2005

Click here for Pre-Conference Workshops

08.00 · Coffee and Registration

08.30 · Chairman’s Welcome and Introduction to Day One

Colonel Ralph Thiele
Bundeswehr Centre for Transformation
German Armed Forces

08.35 · Host Nation Keynote Address: Network Centric Operations (NCO) as a Core Element of German Forces Transformation

Increased mission effectiveness is the overall aim of German Forces Transformation. Germany has adopted the NCW-Vision as a prerequisite to reach that challenging goal. The German view on Network Centric Operations is laid down in the national NCO Concept (TK NetOpFü), covering the following aspects:

General understanding of NCO

Implications for Armed Forces

Implications for the capability profile

Future requirements for concepts, recruitment, training, organisation, materiel and equipment

Interdependencies of Germany’s NCO and the multinational NNEC approach
Lieutenant General Dirk Böcker
Vice Chief of Staff

09.15 · Network Centric Operations

Tenets of Network Centric Operations

The benefits of Network Centric Operations - insights from Network Centric Operations Case Studies

Transforming to enable Network Centric Operations - insights & challenges
John J. Garstka
Assistant Director of Concepts and Operations
Office of Force Transformation

09.55 · Enhance National Security by Sharing Situational Information Across Disciplines

Adopt NCW/NEC principles for a wider purpose

Sharing of real-time situational information across all agencies involved

Increasing the richness and timeliness of the information flow through the use of commercial technologies

Add new capabilities on demand
Erik Löwenadler
President and CEO
Ericsson Microwave Systems


10.35 · Coffee


10.55 · Delivering Network Enabled Capability for the UK

Central role of NEC in delivering UK Military Capability for Effects Based Operations

Essential elements of programme

Steps towards delivering mature UK NEC

Challenge of delivering NEC

Balance of investment – need for metrics

Future capability – a scenario
Air Vice Marshal Stephen Dalton
Capability Manager
(Information Superiority), UK MoD

11.35 · The Challenge of NATO Network Enabled Capability


Initial observations from recent conflicts

Key milestones

NATO NEC (NNEC) Conceptual Framework

NNEC Strategic Framework

Recent initiatives

Future plans

Network Centric Operations Industrial Consortium (NCOIC)

Key issues and challenges
Major General Ruud van Dam
Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS)
C4I, Allied Command Transformation, NATO

12.15 · Interoperability in the Global Battlespace

Without effective platforms from which to experiment and plan for Joint activity, Coalition Warfighters could be disadvantaged in preparing for combat in the global battlespace. Major General (Ret’d) Dean Cash, former Director Joint Futures Center, J9, Joint Forces Command, will discuss solutions to the issues facing future fighters, and ways in which thought leaders, military commanders, warfighters and industry can work together creatively to plan for the future.

Major General (USA Ret'd) Dean W. Cash
Director of Net- Centric Operations Enterprise
Net-Centric Systems, Raytheon

Stream A Stream B Stream C
14.20 · Network Enabled Capability: The UK Policy Perspective

Strategic and conceptual guidance

Definition and scope

Benefits and challenges

Dimensions and implementation

Development and maturity

Lieutenant Colonel John Ogden
Command & Battlespace Management, UK MoD
14.20 Network Centric Operations: Learnings from the Stryker Brigade

Overview of SBCT digital architecture

How the architecture is used in home station training

How the architecture is used in IRAQ

Lessons learned from both home station and the AOR

Path ahead for SBCT digital architecture

Colonel Peter Fuller
Project Manager
Stryker Brigade Combat Team, US Army
14.20 · Realising Integrated Knowledge- Based Command and Control (IKC2)

IKC2 is a key enabler to the transformation of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)

Programme features and implementation timeline

From ideas and technology to fielding ops capabilities

Challenges of digitising a conscript Army

Colonel David Koh
Head of Joint Communications and Information Systems Department
Singapore Armed Forces

15.00 · Network Centric Operations - Sense and Respond Logistics
• Deploying forces around the globe is placing specific challenges on the supporting logistics systems
• What role will sense and respond processes and RFID play in military logistics for deployed operations?
• What impact does it have on the required:
- Interoperability?
- Agility and adaptability?

This presentation includes case studies on the pioneering work currently underway with Ministries/Departments of Defence and lessons learned about sense and respond logistics from the industry

Leendert van Bochoven
Defence Leader
IBM Business Consulting Services

15.00 · Architectural Pillars For Communication-Enabled Capabilities

• Core services based on IT best practices
• A converged infrastructure leveraging IP network services
• A dynamic approach to network operation
• A maximisation of space-based assets

Volker Hodel
Defense Director
Alcatel Germany
15.00 · Breaking the Internet Protocol (IP) Bottleneck in NCW

Evolution of legacy communications to support NNEC

Implications of using IP over the air

High efficiency alternatives to IP

The direction forward

Tim Snodgrass
Advanced Architectures
Rockwell Collins

15.40 · Coffee

15.40 · Coffee

15.40 · Coffee

16.10 · Networking The Apache: A Case Study
The UK MoD recently introduced the Apache Mk1 into service. A development of the Boeing AH-64D, the UK Apache Mk1 employs enhanced engines and avionics to make it the world’s most capable Attack Helicopter. With powerful surveillance equipment in a highly survivable airframe, the Apache Mk1 will make a significant contribution to the UK Network Enabled Capability (NEC) programme. NEC adopts the principles of NCW but endeavours to achieve the benefits whilst avoiding the multi–billion $ costs. In order to deliver this contribution however, there are challenging issues to be overcome in term of the program, organisations, finance and equipment. These issues extend far beyond the Apache itself and are likely to be of interest to all involved in the development of Network Centric capabilities.

This Case Study will examine the issues and solutions around the development of an existing platform in the context of NEC/NCW and will evaluate:

How to exploit the Apache capability in terms of NEC

The essential relationship - MoD and industry

The existing organisation – can it deliver NEC?

Cost-effective NEC - what contribution can industry make?

Affordable NCW – the role and challenges of COTS

The Roadmap – 2010 and beyond

Major Jim R. Harrison
Project Manager – Mission Planning System
Apache AH64 IPT, UK MoD
16.10 · Networked Enabled Operations Within OOTW: The Networked Effectors-Sensor Demonstrator (NESD) Research Project
Operations Other Than War (OOTW) are the most probable form of operations the Swiss Armed Forces expect to be accomplishing in at least the next ten years. Although the risks due to hostile activities in OOTW are reduced when compared to traditional military operations, OOTW are often at greater level of complexity due to hidden risks and the coordination requirements with a big number of actors (civil authorities, NGOs, etc.).

The NESD Project tries to leverage the advantages of civil and military technologies and is an evolutionary project that in successive steps will network sensor data (e.g. from UAV) to C2-systems (e.g. a 3D virtual reality TOC) and improved effectors (e.g. a soldier carrying a wearable computer platform and networked through GSM/GPRS or UMTS).

Different types of demonstrations and applications will be shown in the next 3 years, including:

• Infantry battalion in a subsidiary surveillance mission
• Disaster relief corps in an earthquake scenario
• Special operations units in a rescue mission

The main objective of the project is to develop operational concepts and doctrine as well as to learn how current and future technologies can increase our efficacy and efficiency in the OOTW spectrum.

Riccardo Sibilia
Head of C2 Lab
Armasuisse, Swiss Department of Defence
16.10 · The IDF Digitised Army Programme
The Digitised Army Programme is a comprehensive programme aimed to guide the IDF Ground Forces along a process of transformation into Information Age warfare. The programme vision is army digitisation, under one comprehensive operational concept, in order to significantly upgrade the ground forces war fighting capabilities. The programme integrates existing computerised Ground Forces C4I systems with a variety of newly developed systems and applications. The programme consists of development, manufacturing and fielding efforts of both hardware and software, including:

Innovative headquarters concept

High bit-rate communication equipment

Advanced command and control applications

Sophisticated dissemination system

Monitoring systems

Ruggedised and tactical computers

Logistic support

System integration

The system will be used in all operational activities: training, routine activity, low-intensity conflicts and war.

Colonel Ofer Azari
Head of the Digitised Army Programme
C4I Branch – Technology Division
Israeli Defence Forces

Closing Plenary Sessions

16.50 · Visions for C4ISR and NCW

An industry view of integrated NCW

Why it is important to our military capability

The NCW Ops in the "Sensor to Shooter Chain"


Current capabilities and applications

Networking solutions today

Thomas E. Vice
Sector Vice President
Business Development
Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems (invited)

17.10 · NCW is not just about Technology; it’s about Transformation

The challenge of accepting the benefits of net-centricity?

Perspectives from a net-centric organization

Leveraging the commercial sector best practices into NCW
William R. Phillips
VP & Partner
Global Defence/NCO Leader
IBM Business Consulting Services

17.30 · Chairman’s Closing Remarks

17.30 · Networking Drinks Reception
Sponsored by: Ericsson

All conference attendees are cordially invited by Ericsson Microwave Systems to attend a Networking Drinks Reception straight after the close of Day One

19.00 · NCW Europe 2005 Gala Dinner
Sponsored by: Northrop Grumman
Conference Day Two

Thursday, 2nd June 2005

08.00 · Coffee and Registration

08.30 · Chairman’s Welcome and Introduction to Day One

Colonel Ralph Thiele
Bundeswehr Centre for Transformation
German Armed Forces

08.35 · Day Two Keynote Address: Command and Control in Network Centric Warfare

Operational requirements for Network Centric Warfare

Acquisition of C2 systems

Air Force CONTROLnet and the C2 constellation

Long-term planning

Lessons learned in exercises and operations

Future goals and challenges
Lieutenant General Charles L. Johnson II
Electronic Systems Centre, US Air Force

09.15 · Army Command and Control in Network Based Operations

The Army’s role in an almost exclusively joint and multinational environment

New demands and requirements

Army command and control on the network

The necessity of temporary ad-hoc inter-linking

Combining the Bundeswehr command and control culture - "Führen mit Auftrag" and "Innere Führung" - with the possibilities that Network Based Operations provide

Accelerating processes and procedures in Army command and control

Optimising effectiveness in engagement capabilities
Major General Jürgen Ruwe
designated Vice Chief
German Army

09.55 · Technical Challenges of Interoperability in Network Centric Operations

The need to ensure agility and interoperability in coalition operations

Technical obstacles in platform and systems design and integration

Human factors considerations

Assessing solutions to technical challenges
Alan Murdoch
Chair, Technical Council
Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC)


10.35 · Coffee


10.55 · Defence Transformation: Italian Approach to the NCW/NEC Concept

The experiences carried out by Italian armed forces starting from the first Gulf War and in the Balkans, until recent operations antiterrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq demonstrate more and moreclearly how the dominance in the management of information constitutes a real "source of power". One solution to achieve Information Superiority is the development of Network Enabled Capabilities (NEC) and the application of network centric concepts. The capability to make networked its own forces in a "centric conception" is the key to get the information superiority, increase the "situation awareness", and the cooperation and synchronisation among deployed units; the final result being the required efficacy of the mission.

• "Network Centric Operation" is considered a focal concept in the Italian Defence General Staff "Joint Operational Requirement"
• The NCW/NEC concept is the bridge to the future, bringing advanced technologies to the operational users to increase their combat capabilities, to gain information dominance through better situation awareness
• Italy has launched a transformation programme, following the experience of its Armed Forces and those of many other nations leading this sector
• The Italian NCW process is designed as a joint effort within the Defence Forces

Rear Admiral Antonio Peca
Assistant Chief of Telecommunications and Informatics Department
Italian General Staff

11.35 · Network Based Defence from a Swedish Viewpoint

New threats, new tasks

Balance between military capability and political ambition

Technology offers new opportunities to build new capabilities

With the network we can have the right engagement system in place on time

Transformation is no longer a technical problem

Connecting is the first step, understanding is the next
Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Johan Kihl
Former Chief of Staff
Swedish Armed Forces

12.15 · NATO Allied Ground Surveillance (AGS) Core System in the NATO Network Environment

Overview of the AGS effort: history behind the project

AGS core requirements and capabilities: describing the operational requirement and product

Emphasis on interoperability, harmonisation, and C2ISR: to ensure the system supports/enhances the NATO network environment

Status of the programme: to describe current efforts and plans for the AGS system
Major General Lars Christian Fynbo
Head of AGS-3


12.55 · Lunch


Stream A Stream B Stream C
14.10 · Delivery of Transformation and Network Centric Capabilities
This can be achieved by:

Dedicated battle labs

National and multinational concept development and experimentation

Powerful operations research and modelling and simulation tools

Focus on NATO Response Force capabilities and effects based operations

Colonel Ralph Thiele
Bundeswehr Centre for Transformation
German Armed Forces

14.10 · Implementation of Network-Centric Concepts and Systems in the French Armed Forces

Future French plans with regard to NCW

NCW implementation in the operational context

Conceptual development

Objectives for system procurement

Progressing towards coalition NCW operations

Key issues and challenges

Colonel Gilbert Botella
Operational Consistency Officer and Capability Manager
Joint Defence Staff, MoD France
14.10 · Implementing Tactical Net-Centricity: US Army Future Combat Systems*

Brief programme overview/net-centric highlights

SOSCOE - tailoring net-centric services for a tactical environment



A framework for information dissemination management

Colonel Jonathan A. Maddux
Project Manager
Unit of Action Network Systems' Integration
US Army

* 2nd Place for Best Contributions to the Development of NCW Theory
(Washington DC, January 2005)

14.50 · The German CROP Vision 2010

CROP – the German approach

Introduction in the most relevant German CROP modules

ConOps to reach a first CROP capability in 2010

First Impression Report of the first German CROP experiment "Common Arrangement 04"

Presentation of the current German CROP experiment "Common Umbrella 05"

Major Stephan Kramer
CD&E / Evaluation Division
Bundeswehr Centre for Transformation
German Armed Forces
14.50 · Teaming for Transformation: A Case for Collaborative Concept Development and Experimentation

Facing difference: how to manage non-intrusive distributed simulation

Prepare, engage, analyse: hardware in the loop, stimulation and simulation

Man in the loop and sensorcommander- shooter integration

Solving the exploitation and dissemination bottlenecks: technical fusion, semantic machines and service-based networks

Valery Rousset
Director, Concept
Development & Experimentation -
Thales Battlespace Transformation Centre
14.50 · The Dutch Approach to NCW

The Business Model that enables C2 Systems development and implementation in the Netherlands Armed Forces

The Command and Control Support Centre

The NRF- 4 C2 Support Package: TITAAN and ISIS*

NATO C2 Centre of Excellence

Colonel Geerlof Kanis
Command and Control Support Centre (C2SC)
MoD Netherlands

* WINNER 2 for Best NCW Programme from a Coalition Partner
(Washington DC, January 2005)

15.30 · Coffee

15.30 · Coffee

15.30 · Coffee

15.50 · Requirements for Interoperability of Tactical Battle Management Systems in Network-Centric Operations

The need for interoperability on the tactical level

Required standardisation, possible selections

Technical challenges

The "Open Community": an industrial co-operation on a voluntary basis to provide mutually proprietary but necessary standards for interoperability

Examples of respective Battle Management Systems

Means for validation

Till von Westerman
Head of Transformation
Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH
15.50 · NCW Implementation in New-NATO Countries: The Romanian Experience

NATO requirements for interoperability

NCW implementation: management of the process and performance indicators

The Romanian experience: sharing lessons learned

The way ahead

Colonel Aurelian Ionescu
IT Adviser & Chief Information Officer
Romanian MoD
15.50 · NATO Network Enabled Capability Feasibility Study

Vision for NATO network enabled forces and operations

Vision for new networking and information sharing

Defining transformational phases

Developing a roadmap and implementation strategy

Key issues for NATO nations

Dr Tom Buckman
Chief Architect
NATO C3 Agency

Closing Keynote Address (Plenary)

16.30 · German Plans for Network Centric Operations: the Air Force Perspective

German Air Force plans and policy with regard to NCW

Key requirements and resources

Procurement objectives

Future challenges
Lieutenant General Heinz Marzi
Vice Chief of Staff
German Air Force

17.10 · Chairman’s Final Remarks and Close of Conference


Please click on Workshop titles to learn more

Workshop A: How To Build 'on Demand' Solutions For Shared Situation Awareness Across Multiple Agencies

Workshop B: Information Age Transformation Workshop And War Game Session

Workshop C: Training And Operational Performance In Nec: Keeping Design And Deployment Aligned

Workshop Dinner: Welcome Barbeque and Beer Tasting


Pre-Conference Workshops: Tuesday, 31st May 2005

08.30 - 17.00 · Workshop A: How To Build 'on Demand' Solutions For Shared Situation Awareness Across Multiple Agencies

The workgroup sessions and hands-on demo sessions will grow insights and provoke thoughts on the use of networkbased capabilities on demand.
The morning workgroup sessions will address the implications of an 'on demand' approach with respect to:

Security and trust

Information modeling and information exchange

On demand connectivity
The afternoon demo and lab sessions will offer the participants live experiences of using a situation adapted C4ISR system. Key focus areas are:

Role based security

On demand information exchange

Ad hoc connectivity
08:00 · Registration and Coffee

08:40 · Chairman’s Welcome

09:00 · Introduction to workshop including short demo

Theory and Question at issue

On demand – Security and Trust

On demand – Interoperability

On demand – Connectivity


10:00 · Coffee


10:30 · Workshop - split in to three sessions/groups, in separate rooms


12:30 · Lunch


13:30 · Present results of workshop (15 minutes per group)

14:15 · Demonstration of a Situation Adapted C4ISR System


14:45 · Coffee


15:15 · Hands-on Session in Demo Environment

17:00 · Summary and Close of Workshop

Workshop Leader


With partners from The Swedish Armed Forces

08.30 - 12.30 · Workshop B: Information Age Transformation Workshop And War Game Session

Network Centric Operations (NCO) are increasingly being viewed as a cornerstone to the ongoing transformation from Industrial Age to Information Age militaries. Furthermore, the employment of network-centric concepts has emerged as a key uniting approach in building effective international coalitions. To date, a variety of briefings, articles, and books have helped to introduce network centric concepts and associated value/benefit propositions, and to stimulate discussion and thinking. This workshop will introduce key themes and ideas for embarking on Information Age transformation of leadership, technologies and forces. The workshop’s focus will be on providing real world examples and StrikeCom, a participative war game, to illustrate crucial concepts. The combination of top-level case studies on recent coalition operations and the war game offer a unique opportunity to get engaged in the NCO core issues and their management.

1. Presentation on US Navy Task Force 50* (OEF)

a. Case Study 45 minutes
b. Q&A 10 minutes

2. War Game on Network Centric Operations

a. Introduction 15 minutes
b. Execution 60 minutes
c. After Action Review 30 minutes

3. Presentation on NATO Operation Task Force Fox*

a. Case Study 45 minutes
b. Q&A 10 minutes

4. Conclusions 15 minutes

*Case studies sponsored by U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Force Transformation

Workshop Leader

Lex Bubbers
Lex Bubbers is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA). Since 2001 he has been one of the directors of Reinforce Business Innovation (, a company that focuses on information age transformation processes within the defense and public security sector.

Mark Adkins, PhD
Director of Research at the University of Arizona’s Center for the Management of Information. He has taught courses in small group decision making, organisational communication, communication skills, public speaking, and group facilitation . He has worked extensively with U.S. and coalition forces to improve communication, collaboration and decision processes.

John Kruse, PhD
Director of Systems Development at the Center for the Management of Information. He has worked extensively with a wide range of educational, governmental and military groups to develop group processes and software that supports collaborative work. Dr. Kruse has served as a U.S. Army reservist for over seventeen years.

StrikeCom software was developed at the Center for the Management of Information at the University of Arizona

13.30 - 17.00 · Workshop C: Training And Operational Performance In Nec: Keeping Design And Deployment Aligned

The early experience of delivering changes to operational capability through more effective exploitation of information has highlighted the absolute necessity of keeping training firmly up-to-date and ensuring that measurements of operational effectiveness encourage the right approach. This emphasis is even more important in the international, multi-agency environment in which military forces and their suppliers are working today and in the future. This workshop will profile the characteristics and explore methods of improving coherence in training all of those involved in designing and developing the components of Network Enabled Capability. The workshop’s focus will be on linking this to operational performance, providing scenario based analysis of current pressures, and historically based studies to draw key lessons learned from recent and past operations.

1. Structuring, evaluating and adapting NEC focused training for modern operations

a. Case Study 45 minutes
b. Q&A 10 minutes

2. Scenario development to extract key training components for designers and practitioners

a. Introduction 15 minutes
b. Execution 60 minutes
c. Structuring the key findings 30 minutes

3. Scenario based evaluation of major components

a. After Action Review 30 minutes
b. Developing the next steps 10 minutes

4. Conclusions 15 minutes

Workshop Leader

Brigadier (Ret’d) Philip Pratley
A key figure in the development of the research, training, and development of capability requirements underpinning UK's Network Enabled Capability programme, and the associated Command and Battlespace Management initiative. An Associate Partner in Defence Strategy and Solutions, Philip has extensive experience in leading syndicates and in evaluation of operational effectiveness, communication strategies, collaboration and decision processes. Previously a Brigadier in the British Army, with service in command, on operations, in the MOD, and as an instructor at the Staff College.

Workshop Dinner: Welcome Barbeque and Beer Tasting (Free For Workshop Attendees)

On the evening before the main conference, workshop attendees will enjoy a barbeque on the banks of the Rhine. The attractive riverside lawn of the IKBB will provide the perfect setting to get to know speakers, exhibitors and fellow attendees in a relaxed environment.

You can still take advantage of this great opportunity to kick-start your NCW Europe experience, even if you’re unable to attend any workshops. Simply tick the opt-in box on the booking form or ask our customer services staff to register you for this additional function at a cost of only €35.


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