Agenda Day 2

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM REGISTRATION & COFFEE

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

9:00 AM - 9:40 AM PROVIDING COMBAT SUPPORT TO ENSURE MOBILITY ACROSS A WIDE SPECTRUM OF OPERATING ENVIRONMENTS

Colonel Peter Quaite, Commander 170 Infrastructure Support Engineer Group, British Army
· Assessing capabilities of the Titan Armoured Bridge Layer, providing for close bridging support to battle groups
· Evaluating the role of the Armoured Engineer Squadron in Estonia and determining emerging technological requirements to advance the Enhanced Forward Presence initiative
· Discussing the recent acquisition of the JLTV vehicle acquisition and considering the requirement to modernize the Challenger 2
· Examining current research and development programmes to avoid the ‘skill fade’ phenomenon

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Colonel Peter Quaite

Commander 170 Infrastructure Support Engineer Group
British Army

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM ATTAINING GROUND MANEUVER SUPERIORITY AND AUGMENTING COUNTER-MOBILITY IN URBAN OPERATIONS

Colonel Jochen Gumprich, Head of Army Engineering, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, Bundeswehr
· Examining field force engineering and methods to advance technical engineering capabilities and expertise
· Enhancing counter-mobility and force protection through incorporation of explosive barriers
· Identifying capabilities to reinforce terrain, disrupt, and delay adversarial forces

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Colonel Jochen Gumprich

Head of Army Engineering, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre
Bundeswehr

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM EXAMINING EMERGING REQUIREMENTS, CURRENT PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR THE GOTA ENGINEER REGIMENT

Colonel Michael Giner, Army Chief of Engineers and Commander of the Göta Engineer Regiment , Swedish Army
· Assessing the role of the regiment in providing rapidly deployed combat support for international missions
· Employing unmanned ground systems and sensor technology to attain combat superiority
· Examining emerging technical requirements and procurement plans for the next decade

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Colonel Michael Giner

Army Chief of Engineers and Commander of the Göta Engineer Regiment
Swedish Army

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM ADVANCING TRAINING TO ATTAIN INTEROPERABILITY AND PREPARE ENGINEERS FOR MISSIONS IN AUSTERE ENVIRONMENTS

Brigadier General Robert Whittle, Commandant,
· Integrating doctrine, organisation, training, and personnel management to boost engineer skills and maintain high readiness
· Determining ways to advance know-how and integrate recent technological innovations into the training system
· Preparing military engineers to provide combat support at various stages of foreign deployment and domestic engagements

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Brigadier General Robert Whittle

Commandant

12:20 PM - 1:00 PM IDENTIFYING TRAINING REQUIREMENTS TO PREPARE ENGINEERS FOR FOREIGN DEPLOYMENT AND CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS

Brigadier General Josef Kopecky, Commander of the Training Command- Military Academy,
· Assessing the Czech experience in Afghanistan
· Attaining an integrated, comprehensive training system to augment combat support, route clearance capabilities, and mobility of the land forces
· Investing into training and remote counter-IED technologies to achieve interoperability and increase engagement in multinational efforts

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Brigadier General Josef Kopecky

Commander of the Training Command- Military Academy

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM DEVELOPING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT DATABASES TO REINFORCE NETWORK-CENTRICITY AND ENHANCE BATTLESPACE AWARENESS

Lieutenant Colonel Stephane Lexpert, Chief of Studies and Expertise Department at Joint Explosive Ordnance Warfare Centre, French Ministry of Defence
· Outlining the recently developed information management database, CITHARE
· Deployment of Counter-IED Exploitation Laboratory (CIEL), Counter-IED Threat Analysis, Report and Exploitation (CITHARE) software
· Meeting the requirement for sophisticated exploitation capabilities in small, short-term operating theatres, not lasting long enough for incorporation of large scale level 2 exploitation facilities

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Lieutenant Colonel Stephane Lexpert

Chief of Studies and Expertise Department at Joint Explosive Ordnance Warfare Centre
French Ministry of Defence

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM EXAMINING REQUIREMENTS TO ENHANCE AMPHIBIOUS COUNTER-IED CAPABILITIES

Colonel Attila Csurgo, Commander 1st EOD and River Fleet Regiment, Hungarian Armed Forces
· Preparing for the Iron Cat exercise to attain interoperability and improve mechanisms for disposal of explosive devices
· Considering modernisation of navigation systems to enhance IED detection in rivers
· Utilising sensor technology and remote equipment for route proving and mobile detection

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Colonel Attila Csurgo

Commander 1st EOD and River Fleet Regiment
Hungarian Armed Forces

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM THE PRIORITIES, CHALLENGES AND REQUIREMENTS TO COUNTER THE THREAT OF IEDS

Colonel Rob Hyde-Bales, Consulting Editor, C-IED Report
· Identifying technological advancements and efficient strategies to reduce IED manufacture and placement
· Examining the effectiveness and appropriateness of counter-IED equipment, such as ground penetrating radars in detecting Improvised Explosive Devices
· Employing a systematic approach and improving operational capabilities to alleviate threats in mine/ERQ affected countries

Colonel Rob Hyde-Bales

Consulting Editor
C-IED Report

4:40 PM - 5:20 PM ALIGNING CAPABILITIES TO THE FUTURE THREAT ENVIRONMENT

Cameron Stanley, UK Liaison Officer, Joint Improvised Threat-Defeat Organization
· Current requirements submitted by the US Department of Defence for equipment against IED and EOD threats
· Assessing future requirements for counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism theatres of operation
· Evaluating technologies to defeat the threat of improvised explosive devices in Iraq

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Cameron Stanley

UK Liaison Officer
Joint Improvised Threat-Defeat Organization

5:00 PM - 5:10 PM CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF DAY TWO