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Close Air Support Conference

5 November, 2012 - 7 November, 2012, London, United Kingdom

The Conference

The 10th Annual Close Air Support Conference will be held on the 5th, 6th & 7th November 2012 at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. The aim of the Close Air Support Conference is to provide an opportunity for military, government and industry personnel involved with Close Air Support and Close Air Support programmes to share programme updates, future requirements, new technologies and Lessons Identified relating to Close Air Support and contemporary operations.

The Close Air Support Conference will be attended by requirements and acquisition officials from the Land and Air Systems divisions on national procurement bodies, as well as senior military Officers from nations across the world. Also present will be the senior management of the leading industry contractors providing relevant technologies.

The Event

The conference will be held at The Royal Aeronautical Society, London. The Society is conveniently located in central London and is easily reached from London airports and rail stations. The conference will follow the format of previous conferences namely a study day examining Future CAS followed by 2 days of presentations looking at contemporary national CAS programmes. The presentations are interspersed with generous breaks to allowprivate discussion and viewing of the exhibition area. A lunch will be provided each day as well as refreshments during breaks.

  • 5th November – Study Day – Future Close Air Support: Accelerating the Kill Chain
  • 6th & 7th November – Main Close Air Support Conference

2012 Conference Overview

With military operations in Afghanistan due to end in 2014 the focus now is embedding the hard won lessons following 10 years of combat experience. CAS 2012 will feature presentations from various nations that focus on the preparation, training, equipment and joint fires support provided to the JTAC/JFO/TACP for the dismounted fight. Topics to be covered include:

  • Air Land Integration
  • Digital Interoperability
  • Doctrinal Updates
  • Air Platform Capabilities
  • National Equipment & Training Programmes
  • Synthetic Training


The Royal Aeronautical Society
No 4 Hamilton Place

Accommodation Options:
Accommodation must be organised directly by delegates themselves. There is no accommodation at The Royal Aeronautical Society itself. The society is located directly next door to the London Intercontinental Hotel. The Holiday Inn London Mayfair is 5 minutes walk up Piccadilly.

These and many other hotels can be found on . Type "Hotels" into the product/service box followed by "W1J 7BQ" into Location box. A list of local hotels
will be shown. Military & Government delegates can get lower cost accommodation at the Union Jack Club.

Military & Government delegates (including overseas) could try the Union Jack Club at Waterloo for accommodation. The Union Jack Club is the British Armed Forces London club and provides discounted accommodation for service personnel equivalent to a three star hotel. The club is conveniently located in central London opposite Waterloo Station. Accommodation charges at the club are a fraction of standard London hotel charges. Accommodation MUST be organised directly with the club by the delegate. The cost is NOT included in the delegate fee for the conference. IT IS ADVISABLE TO BOOK EARLY AS ACCOMMODATION IS VERY POPULAR.

Room Prices at the Union Jack Club:
Single en-suite room from £66.50 per night.
Single Basic (shared bathroom facilities) from £52.00 per night
Double/Twin en suite from £116.00 per night

The Tariff does NOT include the price of breakfast. (Full English £ 8.50 - £ 8 only if you pay at Reception on arrival)

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads.


  • Dr. Bill Powers, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities
  • Lt Col Rustan "2Dawgs" Schwichtenberg, Commander, TAC(P) Combat Readiness Training
  • Norman Lange, Director of Product Development, Black Diamond Advanced Technology
  • Mr Adam Pratty, Senior Scientist, Air Ground Targeting Section, QinetiQ
  • Major Rob Klarenbach, Project Manager, Maneuver Targeting Systems, PM-Soldier Precision Targeting Devices, PEO Solider, US Army
  • Mr Ian Mitchell, Marketing Director, Instro Precision Ltd
  • Col Tom Webster, Commander, ACC A3F Joint Integration Division, Air Combat Command, USAF
  • Col John Shapland, Commander, 435 Air Ground Operations Wing, USAF
  • Wing Commander Andy Bolt, SO1 Equipment Capability, Joint Air Land Organisation
  • Lt Col Brian Filler, Commander, 169th Air Support Operations Squadron, United States Air Force
  • Capt Julien “Archie” Charpentier, FAC Capabilities Section, HQ Allied Air Command, NATO.
  • Gary DeYoung - President - Battlespace Simulations
  • W. Garth Smith - President - MetaVR
  • Charles Williamson, Vice President Simulation and Training Division, Fidelity Technologies Corporation
  • Major, Jeffrey "Richie" Hughes, Joint Action Officer, Air Land Sea Application (ALSA) Center.
  • CDR Tim ’’Fitz’’ Fitzpatrick, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), Combat Air Branch: Maritime/Carrier/FAC(A) Operations, NATO
  • Major Hans Larssen, Officer Commanding Forward Air Control Training & Evaluation Cell, Swedish Army
  • LCL Christophe Aube, Commander, French-German Air Ground Operations School
  • Major Olaf Rohnberg, Senior German Officer, French-German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force
  • Tara K Maurer, Product Manager, Harris Corporation
  • Tim Almond, Director Strategic Development, Europe, L3 Communications Systems – West
  • Major Michael Johnson, 2ic Fire Support Department, Danish Army Fire Support Training Centre
  • Capt Peter Rønning-Jensen, Lead JTAC Instructor, Danish Army Fire Support Training Centre
  • Captain Joseph Oldford, Royal Canadian Air Force, Tactical Air Control Party Standards Officer.


Event details

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5 November, 2012
7 November, 2012
The Royal Aeronautical Society
United Kingdom

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