24 - 25 September, 2018 |
Radisson Blu Hotel , Salwa, Kuwait

Conference Day One: Monday, 24 September 2018

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration, refreshments and networking

8:50 am - 8:55 am National anthem and IQPC welcome remarks

Captain Edward H Lundquist (Ret.)

Communications Committee Chair
Surface Navy Association

INTEROPERABILITY AND JOINT OPERATIONS

9:00 am - 9:20 am OPENING KEYNOTE: Increasing the interoperability of C4ISR systems in the Middle East

Eng. Khalid A. Hameed Al Hammadi - Director of GIS Directorate Central Informatics Organization
  • Overcoming the challenges inhibiting interoperability amongst militaries in the Middle East
  • Integrating systems to work seamlessly across industry and militaries
  • Establishing interoperability on existing and future C4ISR structures
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Eng. Khalid A. Hameed Al Hammadi

Director of GIS Directorate
Central Informatics Organization

  • Uncovering the issues and inhibitors of the GCC C4ISR process
  • Promoting cooperation and information sharing across all defence stakeholders for efficient EW capability
  • Developing efficient joint GCC C4ISR networks across J2, J3 military rank

Panellists:
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Colonel Dr. Eng. Mohammed Aseeri (Ret.)

Assistant Professor
National Centre for Radar and Electronics Warfare, KACST, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Ayad Aldaijy

CIO, Ministry of Environment
Water & Agriculture Saudi Arabia

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Brigadier Ali Abdullah Al Qahtani

CIO
Saudi Arabia General Directorate for Prisons

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Brig. Gen. Randolph Staudenaraus

Chief, Office of Military Cooperation
US State Department Kuwait

THE FUTURE OF ISR IN THE GCC

10:00 am - 10:20 am Upgrading C4ISR capabilities for the mission critical command to achieve a strategic advantage

Lt General Giorgio Battisti (Ret) - Former Training and Doctrine Commander Italian Army
  • A new concept of conducting operations and exercising decision-making
  • Enabling the commanders to apply the rule of centralised control and decentralised execution
  • System that provides knowledge superiority at all level of operations
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Lt General Giorgio Battisti (Ret)

Former Training and Doctrine Commander
Italian Army

10:20 am - 10:40 am Upgrading the systems of intelligence and surveillance across the regions armed forces

  • Understanding the role of ISR and C2 in the GCC context
  • Utilising cutting-edge technologies available
  • Improving Middle East command and control integration and functionality

10:40 am - 11:00 am NATO CASE STUDY: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in militaries’ Observe, Orient, Decide, Act (OODA)

Dr. John L Mahaffey - Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance NATO Communications and Information Agency
  • Examining the OODA loop to enhance critical battlefield decision making
  • Adopting artificial intelligence and machine learning methods across critical infrastructure and military to reduce latency in response
  • Better preparation for joint-wartime operations
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Dr. John L Mahaffey

Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance
NATO Communications and Information Agency

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning networking break and refreshments

CYBER DEFENCE ACROSS ARMED FORCES

  • Unifying the direction of cyberspace operations
  • Strengthening MOD, MOI and critical infrastructure cyberspace capabilities
  • Integrating multi-agency cyber expertise to overcome threats

Panellists:
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Major Nicolas Heyer

Co-Founder Cyber Innovation Hub
German Armed Forces

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Dr. Walter Christman

Founder and Chairman
Global Challenges Forum Foundation

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Major Mohamed Bin Haider Almarashda

Expert in National Cyber Security
Sharjah Police

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Interoperability and integration of secure communication systems to reduce latency

  • Turning information into actionable intelligence by fusing multiple modes of data collection
  • Optimising interoperability and integration of communication capabilities across land, sea and air
  • Improving cyber security capabilities across current communication channels

EXPANDING MARITIME ISR CAPABILITIES

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Identifying the most sophisticated naval ISR systems that can be deployed

Captain Edward H Lundquist (Ret.) - Communications Committee Chair Surface Navy Association
  • Deploying advanced maritime domain awareness systems and trainings
  • Combating asymmetrical threats from coastal and maritime domains
  • Joining airborne and naval ISR capabilities to optimise offence and defence operations

Captain Edward H Lundquist (Ret.)

Communications Committee Chair
Surface Navy Association

  • Identifying vulnerabilities to naval mounted cyber technologies
  • Safeguarding sensor systems, satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles and radars
  • Upgrading cyber defence systems and techniques across forces
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Colonel Ralph Thiele (Ret. German Airforce)

Member Advisory Board (Germany)
European Centre of Excellence for Hybrid Threats, Finland

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm Networking lunch

2:10 pm - 2:10 pm End of conference day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.