23 - 25 October, 2018 | Hilton London Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Conference Day One

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration and Welcome Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:10 am Chairman's Opening Remarks

•    Range versus precision fires – the need for precision
•    Targeting and intelligence preparation of the battlespace
•    Ukraine’s need of a reconnaissance-strike system

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Major General Andrii Koliennikov

Deputy Director, Central Scientific Research Institute of the Armament and Military Equipment Directorate
Armed Forces of Ukraine

9:50 am - 10:30 am Usmc Future Warfighting Concepts – Translating Fires Concept To Capability

Scott Kinner - Concept and Doctrine Developer, Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group U.S. Marine Air-Ground Task Force
•    USMC Warfighting Concept from 2030
•    Megacities, contested air spaces, degraded environments
•    Fires concepts and USMC requirements thinking for mortars  
•    Lighter, more adaptable, more resourceful, and faster in relation to the enemy
•    Networking for Rapid/Precise Fires
•    Success in Urban Operations/ Complex Terrain
•    Fire Support systems for near peer fights

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Scott Kinner

Concept and Doctrine Developer, Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group
U.S. Marine Air-Ground Task Force

10:30 am - 12:00 am Morning Coffee and Networking

11:00 am - 12:00 am Czech Armed Forces 120mm Mortar Requirement And Future Digitized Fires Capabilty

Martin Šufajzl - Project Manager, Artillery & Mortars Armaments & Acquisition Division, Czech Ministry of Defence
•    Preparing for tender in 2021 for 120mm
•    Czech requirement for a digitalized, automated fire direction and fire coordination system
•    Cost versus effectiveness
•    Related artillery projects

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Martin Šufajzl

Project Manager, Artillery & Mortars
Armaments & Acquisition Division, Czech Ministry of Defence

11:40 am - 12:10 pm Hawkeye: Innovation For Infantry

Major General (Ret) Mark McDonald - Senior Advisor AM General
•    The need for high mobility and survivability
•    Emplacement and displacement
•    Versatility in firing options
•    Importance of simplicity in operations
•    Lethality

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Major General (Ret) Mark McDonald

Senior Advisor
AM General

11:40 am - 12:20 pm Spanish Army Indirect Fires Development

Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Cano Artero - Battalion Infantry Commander Spanish Army
•    EIMOS
•    Mortar modernisation and future needs for Spanish Infantry
•    Spanish Armed fires concepts

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Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Cano Artero

Battalion Infantry Commander
Spanish Army

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch and Networking

•    The role of the 173rd in the context of European deterrence and readiness
•    Mortars and indirect fire assets used by the 173rd
•    Challenges as an airborne group
•    Training

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Lieutenant Colonel Kurt Cyr

Deputy Commander, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
U.S. Army

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Danish Army 120mm Mortar – Range And Lethality For The Future Fight

Major Mike Johnsson - Head of Mortars/Fire Support Division Royal Danish Army
•    The 120mm CARDOM mounted in the Danish Army’s new PIRANHA 5 APC
•    Danish Army target acquisition
•    Autonomous Heavy Mortars
•    Mortar Digitalization



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Major Mike Johnsson

Head of Mortars/Fire Support Division
Royal Danish Army

2:40 pm - 12:00 am Afternoon Tea and Networking

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm Future Development Of Romanian Mortar Systems

•    Romanian armed fires concepts
•    Challenges in the development of Romanian mortars capabilities
•    Mortar effectiveness/success in complex terrain

3:50 pm - 4:40 pm Smart Defence: How Can The Army Work With Industry To Deliver Capability More Effectively?

•    What to industry view as the main trends in terms of capability priorities for armed forces?
•    Organisational culture and strategic thinking in Army programme offices today
•    How can the Army work with Industry more effectively, so that they can enhance capability rather than simply replace it?
•    Cost-informed requirement setting through the prism of munitions purchases
•    Thoughts on standardisation and mutual frameworks for munitions development

4:40 pm - 4:50 pm Chairman's Closing Remarks