The Joint Fires Conference will be held at the Victory Services Club in central London on the 23rd & 24th April 2013. The aim of the conference will be to examine the likely development of Joint Lethal & Non Lethal Fires in the Coalition environment during the next decade.
2013 will end with US led coalition forces still engaged in a decade long counter insurgency campaign in Afghanistan. Western governments envisage an end to kinetic military involvement in that theatre by 2015. However, much remains to be done and other parts of the world remain unstable. Meanwhile most of the contributory nations face significant financial retrenchment at home. This will force many to reconsider their defence priorities for the next decade with implications for deployable forces. In these circumstances it is likely that a future conflict involving western nations will be, by necessity, a coalition operation.
In both the current and a possible future conflict achieving the greatest possible effect from the fewest possible assets at the lowest possible cost will be a high priority. Efficient and effective integration of Joint and Coalition fires offers an opportunity to achieve greatest effect. During the course of the current operation in Afghanistan many important Joint Fires lessons have been learnt and implemented by the participating nations. However, it remains unclear how many of these capabilities will be retained within core competencies in the different nations with implications for future coalition capabilities. An objective review of these lessons, their likely application in current and future conflict, an assessment of required capabilities and an examination of associated risk mitigation at the international level is timely.
The 2013 conference seeks to:
- Generate and disseminate knowledge within the international Joint Fires community
- Elaborate on the rationale and justification for the development of Joint Fires
- Deliver unique operational perspectives at a time when many nations are seeking to understand future operating environments
- Provide knowledge and the ideal learning environment for military procurement chiefs to make informed and balanced future investment decisions
- Raise questions and generate debate on the implementation of Joint Fires
- Be the perfect platform for industry to inform the international Joint Fires community on capability developments
Victory Services Club
63-79 Seymour Street London W2 2HF
The Victory Services Club offers superior conference facilities. The club has a first class air conditioned lecture theatre with a cinema style screen and modern audio visual facilities. Generously proportioned breakout rooms offer comfortable areas for refreshments, viewing exhibits and networking. Wireless broadband internet is available free of charge to delegates throughout the building allowing people to remain connected whilst at the event.
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Delegates attending the conference may book accommodation at the Victory Services Club itself. The Club offers discounted accommodation to suit various budgets. Prices are significantly lower than standard London hotel rates.
Accommodation is not included in the delegate fee and must be organised by the delegate directly with the Club.
To book telephone reservations on +44 (0)207 020 7723 4474 extn. 241.
Rooms cost from £45 per nightThe conference agenda is available as PDF under downloads.
List of Speakers:
- Col John Thomas Smith, Director, Joint and Combined Integration Directorate, Fires Centre of Excellence, Ft Sill, US Army
- Col Andrew MacMannis, Ground Combat Element Branch, Operations Division, PP&O / HQMC
- Col John Musgrave, Capability Director, Capability Directorate, Combat Support, British Army
- Lt Col Simon West, SO1 Land 1, Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre, UK MoD
- Lt Col Francisco José Martin Moya, Chief, Training & Doctrine (JADOCART), Spanish Army Artillery
- Lt Col Philippe de Fonclare, Capability Branch, French Army Artillery
- Capt (Navy) Jarmo Pennala, Deputy Chief of Operations, OPS Division, Finnish Defence Command
- Maj Tim Slinger, Ground Indirect Fires Advocate, GCE Branch, Operations Division, PP&O / HQMC
- Major Nicolai Meulengracht, Senior Staff Officer, Danish Artillery Regiment
- Lt Col Michael Villumsen, Head of Study & Doctrine Division, Danish Artillery Regiment
- Lt Col Henrik Knape, Head of Development
- Maj Niklas Edelsvärd, Fire Support Officer, Artillery School, Swedish Armed Forces
- Gp Capt Paul ‘PJ’ Wallace MA BSc RAF, Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation, UK MoD
- Mr Charles Martin, Business Development Director, Fidelity Technologies Inc
- Lt Col Ian Blewett, SO1 G7 Simulation, HQ British Army Recruiting & Training Directorate
- Lt Col (Retd) Martyn Armstrong, Senior Training Advisor, Team Minerva
- Wg Cdr Steve Chapman, Officer Commanding, Air Battlespace Training Centre, RAF Waddington
- Col Mike Frazier, Fires & Effects Coordinator, RC SW, United States Marine Corps