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28 February, 2017

08:00 AM - 08:50 AM REGISTRATION & COFFEE

08:50 AM - 09:00 AM CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

Thomas Bostick, Commanding General, USACE, US Army

Thomas Bostick

Commanding General, USACE
US Army

09:00 AM - 9:00 AM RESPONDING TO CURRENT AND EMERGING THREATS

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM THE CHALLENGES OF TUNNELS ON THE MODERN BATTLEFIELD

Ido Mizrachi, Chief of Combat Engineering, Central Command, Israeli Defence Forces
  • Gaining a deeper understanding and protecting military forces and civilians from subterranean threats in combat operations
  • The growing threat of tunnel warfare in international and domestic operations
  • The challenge of inter-agency cooperation
  • Best practice techniques and lessons learned

Ido Mizrachi

Chief of Combat Engineering, Central Command
Israeli Defence Forces

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM PROTECTED MOBILITY ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF CONFLICT

Richard Beatson, International Sales and Marketing Manager, Pearson Engineering
  • Doctrinal approach of manoeuvre warfare & momentum and the impact on Military Engineering requirements
  • Generic threat (mines through to IEDs) can exist from conventional armoured warfighting and asymmetric warfare, through peace enforcement, to peace keeping and post-conflict activities
  • Need to meet and defeat these threats across the spectrum of conflict and across the force elements
  • How these threats might be met & defeated in order to allow ‘freedom of manoeuvre’

Richard Beatson

International Sales and Marketing Manager
Pearson Engineering

10:00 AM - NaN:NaN AM IMPROVISED WARFARE AND HOW TO PREPARE THE FORCE

Richard Edwards, J5, Strategy, Plans and Policy Chief, Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO)

Richard Edwards

J5, Strategy, Plans and Policy Chief
Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO)

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM SUPPORTING THE BATTLEFIELD: MINE CLEARING, ARMOUR PROTECTED

Greg Harshberger, Foreign Military Sales Account Manager, Caterpillar Defense & Federal Products
  • The vital role of protected construction equipment in support of the battlefield
  • Developing customisable options and integration solutions for maximum effect
  • Capability overview: A look at the machines and tools within this program
  • Emerging technology and a look to the future

Greg Harshberger

Foreign Military Sales Account Manager
Caterpillar Defense & Federal Products

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:30 AM - NaN:NaN AM NSPA - WORKING WITH NATO ON MILITARY ENGINEERING PROJECTS IN EASTERN EUROPE

Lloyd Chubbs, Principal Planning Officer - Engineering (SHAPE), NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA)

Lloyd Chubbs

Principal Planning Officer - Engineering (SHAPE)
NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA)

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM DEVELOPING C-IED CAPABILITIES FOR THE FUTURE THREAT ENVIRONMENT

Sanjin Sumar, Sales Manager, DOK-ING
  • The fundamental challenges associated with mobility and route clearance
  • Driving effective C-IED capabilities and adapting to the future threat environment
  • Ensuring that existing platforms and technology can perform across different terrains and varying climatic conditions
  • Working in accordance with international policies and legislation

Sanjin Sumar

Sales Manager
DOK-ING

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM DRAGONS DEN: THE IMPACT OF LEGISLATION ON CURRENT & FUTURE CAPABILITIES

David Turns, Senior Lecturer, Centre for International Security & Resilience, Cranfield University
The OTTAWA Convention and International Humanitarian Law have given rise to the issue of how do you ensure countermobility is consistent with legislation. Whilst many believe there no longer exists a sufficient response, it is evident we need to adapt quickly to face a new era of warfare to counter the growing threats to both military and civilian personnel.

In this interactive session, we will differentiate between Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, as well as investigate a series of solutions, innovations and theories around how best to shape future capabilities, with the aim of demonstrating practical alternatives to drive improvements in countermobiilty.

You will also have the opportunity to pose a number of questions surrounding these changes in legislation, to ensure you take away practical learnings from this session.


David Turns

Senior Lecturer, Centre for International Security & Resilience
Cranfield University

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

1:30 PM - 1:30 PM PEACE SUPPORT & HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS

2:00 PM - NaN:NaN AM REACHING THE PEOPLE: WATER PURIFICATION, STORAGE & DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS IN HUMANITARIAN AND FIELD MISSIONS

Jason Parrish, Senior Program Manager, TECWAR

Jason Parrish

Senior Program Manager
TECWAR
  • Are military engineers fully trained and equipped to rapidly deploy and tackle international disaster relief and humanitarian crises
  • Diversification of the role and potential for this to supersede more typical military capabilities
  • What are the main challenges with working with domestic and international civilian agencies?
  • What are the primary differences between deploying for military operations and peacetime / humanitarian operations?

James Burke

Director of Engineering
Irish Defence Forces

Timothy Cross

Led the NATO response to the Humanitarian Crisis in Kosovo
British Army

Rob Hyde-Bales

Consulting Editor
C-IED Report

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM SITUATIONAL AWARENESS SESSION: SUPPORTING THE PEOPLE OF NAJARA

Joseph Reiterer, Chief, Civil-Military Cooperation Section, UN OCHA
In this problem solving session, you will be tasked with providing support to a UN Humanitarian Relief Programme in support for the (fictional) city of Najara, which is suffering from a recent Earthquake, claiming the lives of 45,000 people. Communication lines have been cut, transportation routes have been destroyed and emergency power will only last another 48 hours. In addition, experts predict numerous aftershocks in the coming days. No refugee camps have been set up and the main hospital has been destroyed. Time implications mean that you will have to prioritise a number of critical tasks, but in what order?

On your table you will find an envelope with more information outlining the incident, along with 15 key tasks, each of which are vital to providing relief from this tragedy. Your role over the next 45 minutes, in discussion with your peers is to prioritise the order you believe will provide the greatest assistance to the people of Najara. Once 45 minutes is up, a spokesperson from your table will be asked to briefly outline your thoughts and theories to better understand the reasoning behind your decisions.

Will everyone prioritise the same tasks? Will the justifications vary, and if so, by how much?

Although there is no definitive answer or doctrine supporting this exercise, the aim of this session is to prompt discussion, promote strategic thought and spark debate amongst your international peers.


Joseph Reiterer

Chief, Civil-Military Cooperation Section
UN OCHA

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM SHOW & TELL: RESERVED FOR TERMINATOR BREAKER

Ian Dawson, Managing Director, Terminator Breaker

Ian Dawson

Managing Director
Terminator Breaker

Tomonari Furukawa

Director, Terrestrial Robotics Engineering and Controls Lab
Virginia Tech (subject to final confirmation)

5:45 PM - 6:00 PM CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF DAY ONE

Thomas Bostick, Commanding General, USACE, US Army

Thomas Bostick

Commanding General, USACE
US Army