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Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Summit
The world's leading forum for maritime ISR professionals

26 September, 2017 - 28 September, 2017, Rome, Italy

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The maritime domain plays host to some of the greatest threats to international security. As Mediterranean nations continue to tackle illegal migration - nearly 16 000 migrants have arrived on Italian shores since January - the wider ISR community must do battle with piracy, drug smuggling and illegal fishing. The operational in-tray is overflowing, with commanders requiring multi-role capabilities that can deliver persistent surveillance for a range of missions.

Industry has worked hard to realise a networked, multi-platform approach to maritime intelligence-gathering. Now more than ever, operators can take advantage of a range of sophisticated sensors, which can plug in to the broader network to deliver high-resolution coverage.

As data linkage approaches maturity, data exploitation takes a front seat. Maritime ISR cannot afford to ignore the need for a robust PED function, capable of processing multiple data sources to support intelligent and rapid decision-making. For the operators who are not supplanted by intuitive data analytics, effective training will be key. Only then can they meet the challenge of delivering accurate surveillance to support global maritime security, no matter the challenge at hand.

Join us in Rome for the 15th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance summit, as over 150 members of the ISR community target multi-role capabilities for a multi-threat environment.

Attend Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance to:

  • Understand how to better process, exploit and disseminate gathered information, taking advantage of enhanced data analytics to deliver decision-making superiority for your maritime forces
  • Implement enhanced information-sharing with your operational partners, force multiplying regional and national capabilities to eliminate gaps in coverage and establish a collaborative approach to reconnaissance
  • Develop multi-role capabilities for your ISR assets, allowing you to support a diversion mission brief that includes counter-narcotics, counter-illegal migration and EEZ protection operations
  • Discover how to interface high-resolution geospatial technology with your other ISR assets, in order to deliver persistent surveillance and to support a multi-domain approach to intelligence-gathering
  • Leverage and integrate multiple remote sensors, including hyperspectral imaging, UAVs and advanced radar, and use them to augment the range, accuracy and coverage of your existing maritime patrol aircraft, in readiness to identify detection-resistant threats

''Very useful and very very helpful...a great opportunity to meet people and share ideas''
Vice Admiral Rinaldo Veri, Commander, Allied Command Naples, NATO

''A good mix of Navy, Coast Guard and industry speakers, providing a very comprehensive view of MPA capability. A good insight on the gaps and where MPA are going in the future''
Martin Darkins, BAE Systems

''Participation In the MRS Forum in previous years has provided an outstanding opportunity to discuss emerging challenges we share with other members. Each nation faces slightly different problem sets, with varying magnitudes while performing essentially the same missions. We expect this year to provide the same opportunities to discuss our shared challenges and solutions and meet our counterparts around the globe''
LCDR Jeffrey B Dorwart, Coast Guard Aviation Forces (CG-711)


Mercure Rome West
Viale Eroi di Cefalonia, 301, 00128 Roma, Italy
Phone: +39 06 5083 4111

Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee; however we have put together a HotelMap that displays discounted accommodation for hotels in the area near to Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance 2017. The map displays live availability and allows you to book directly with each hotel:

Please note: We will never recommend, approve or appoint any third party rooming service to act on our behalf. Please be extremely wary if you are approached by any such companies. We will always endeavour to negotiate the best available rates for you so please use the Hotel's website link provided.Pre-Conference Focus Afternoon: 26 September 2017

Main Conference: 27-28 September 2017

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

2017 Speakers

  • Vice Admiral Alexandru Mirsu, Commander-in-Chief, Romanian Naval Forces Staff
  • Vice Admiral Carlos Martinez-Merello, Joint Armed Forces CIS Director, Spanish Ministry of Defence
  • Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Chief of the Plans and Operations Department, Italian Coast Guard
  • Rear Admiral Robert Hayes, Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations (CG-2), US Coast Guard
  • Rear Admiral A.J. Vogt, Incoming Assistant Commandant for Response Policy, US Coast Guard
  • Rear Admiral Amilcar Villavicencio Palacios, Director, National Directorate of Maritime Domain, Ecuadorian Navy
  • Rear Admiral PM Wickramasinghe, Commander North Central Naval Area, Sri Lanka Navy
  • Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino (Or Nominated Deputy), Operation Commander, EUNAVFOR Mediterranean
  • Commodore Mustapha Bala Hassan, Deputy Director Maritime Domain Awareness, Nigerian Navy
  • Commodore Georgios Tsogkas, Commandant, NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre
  • Admiral (Retd.) Georges Bosselut, Project Coordinator, EU CRIMARIO
  • Commander Kakiuchi Atsushi, Warship Equipment Planning Officer, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force
  • Captain Dermot Mulholland, Branch Head - Strategic Plans & Policy, Combined Joint Operations from the Sea, Centre of Excellence
  • Colonel Gjert Lage Dyndal, Strategic Analysis Capability Team, NATO HQ
  • Lieutenant Commander Cristian Fiallos Peralta, Head of Information Analysis, National Directorate of Maritime Domain, Ecuadorian Navy
  • Wing Commander Jim Henderson, SO1 P8 Sentinel, ISTAR Force Headquarters, Royal Air Force
  • Major Jon Boucher, Head of Intelligence and Security, EUNAVFOR Somalia
  • Mr Frank Francis, Director, Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre
  • Dr John Mittleman, Naval Center for Space Technology, US Naval Research Laboratory
  • Mr Markku Mylly, Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency
  • Mr Alexandru Chiric, Policy Office, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
  • Professor Guy Thomas, Director, C-SIGMA
  • Confirmed Representative, MARAIR, NATO Allied Maritime Command


Event details

Defence IQ
26 September, 2017
28 September, 2017
Mercure Rome West


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