30 April - 2 May, 2018 | Armed Forces Officers Club, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Agenda Day 1

7:00 am - 7:55 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

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General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE,

DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017)
Conference Chairman

8:15 am - 8:45 am INCREASING DEFENCE EXPENDITURE TOADVANCE MILITARY CAPABILITY

·          Upgrading vehicle protection and incorporating full suite of ammunition
·          Advancing Fuchs 2 vehicle configuration to enable specialised NBC reconnaissance operations
·          Integrating cutting-edge technology to enhance direct fire support of modular and infantry fighting vehicles
·          Assessing emerging requirements and procurement plans for the UAE Armed Forces 

8:45 am - 9:15 am FUTURE CAPABILITIES AND DEVELOPMENTS

·          The original MRAP met a specific need to improve survivability, however was limited in size, weight, mobility and off road performance
·          Capability trends in user requirements include a need for mobility, rapid deployment over distance, crew protection, tactical mobility through terrain, flexible/adaptable platforms, self-defence weapons, logistics support and value for money
·          Changing design priorities calls for a multi-role wheeled vehicle that provides combat AFV capability with high levels of protection and mobility
·          The N35 multi-mission family of vehicles offer high levels of protection, combat and tactical mobility, operational and strategic mobility, high payload, modular design and manufactured in UAE
·          The N35 is characterised by very high mobility, proven survivability, excellent situational awareness, compact design, and system readiness

9:15 am - 12:00 am ACHIEVING SHORT-TERM DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES TO ENHANCE READINESS

Major General Masood Azizi - Deputy Minister, Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs
·          Assessing ways to fulfill the objectives of Strategic Document 2020
·          Developing technical readiness,  armour, weapons, and ammunition
·          Upgrading lethality by advancing mortar systems and equipping turrets with laser-guided missiles
·          Activating signed cooperation protocols and expanding military cooperation
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Major General Masood Azizi

Deputy Minister
Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs

9:45 am - 10:30 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

10:30 am - 12:00 am VEHICLE SURVIVABILITY IN A MINE & IED THREAT ENVIRONMENT

·          Overview of recent Lebanese developments operations including Dawn of the Jurd
·          Examining regional challenges and collective action to defeat terrorism
·          Outlining development and future anticipated capabilities for the land forces 
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Brigadier General (ret) Maroun Hitti

Advisor for Security & Defense, Office of the Prime Minister
Lebanese Armed Forces

11:00 am - 11:30 am ENHANCING AND DEPLOYING IMPROVED ARMOURED VEHICLE CAPABILITY

Lt. Gen (R) Giorgio Battisti - Former Commander of Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army
·          Preparing troops for the future operational environment, ensuring high readiness
·          Outlining requirements for expeditionary operations and identifying key challenges of foreign deployment
·          Accelerating mobility of troops in austere environments to increase mission effectiveness 
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Lt. Gen (R) Giorgio Battisti

Former Commander of Training and Doctrine Command
Italian Army

11:30 am - 12:00 am THE UK CONCEPTUAL FORCE (LAND) 2035 - WHAT IT MIGHT MEAN FOR THE FUTURE ARMOURED VEHICLE FLEET

Colonel James P Cooke - Assitant Head Concepts Directorate of Capability ,
• Why we need to change to face new threats and challenges
• The doctrinal premise to a new way of warfare
• The technology we’d need to harness
• The structures and force design to deliver it
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Colonel James P Cooke

Assitant Head Concepts Directorate of Capability

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH AND DHURH PRAYER (12:20)

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm STRENGTHENING MILITARY CAPABILITY BY EQUIPPING TROOPS WITH INTEROPERABLE SKILLS

Colonel Sulaiman bin Khaled bin Slaiman Al-Zakawani - Oman Defence College , Armed Forces of Oman
 
·          Ensuring vehicle survivability through improved blast and fragmentation protection of main battle tanks
·          Incorporating mortar systems, howitzers, and anti-tank weapons systems
·          Increasing involvement in multinational training exercises to ensure preparedness of troops for multinational deployment
 
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Colonel Sulaiman bin Khaled bin Slaiman Al-Zakawani

Oman Defence College
Armed Forces of Oman

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE NATO DEFENCE COLLEGE’S EDUCATION TO THE MENAP REGION

Brigadier Guiseppe Morabito - Director, Middle East Faculty, NATO Defence College
·          Education as a tool to identify methodologies, maximize mission effectiveness and achieve combat superiority
·          Examining interoperability and methods to enable joint operations
·          Obstructing skill fade: Providing a review of NATO Defence College’s courses to the Middle East 
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Brigadier Guiseppe Morabito

Director
Middle East Faculty, NATO Defence College

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm ENHANCING C2 AND INTRODUCING AUTONOMOUS OPERATION

Brigadier General Ubaid Al'Kaabi - Former Assistant Commander for Development and Support ,
·          Minimising casualties by increasing the use of unmanned ground vehicles
·          Evaluating the need to attain rapid reaction capacity and assessing the lessons learned from operations in Yemen
·          Accelerating mobility in different terrain including contested environments, jungles, mountains, deserts
·          Enhancing communications, command, and control to optimise fire support 
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Brigadier General Ubaid Al'Kaabi

Former Assistant Commander for Development and Support

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General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE,

DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017)
Conference Chairman