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Close Air Support Conference

23 October, 2013 - 25 October, 2013, London, United Kingdom

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The Close Air Support Conference will be held on the 23rd, 24th & 25th October 2013 at The Old Royal Naval College 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.

2013 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. This must be done against a background of financial restraint that will put training and equipment programmes under pressure. CAS 2013 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

Event Format

The conference will be held at The Old Royal Naval College, London. The College is conveniently located in Greenwich, London and is easily reached from London airports and rail stations. The conference will follow the format of previous conferences namely a focus day examining the requirements of the dismounted JTAC followed by 2 days of presentations looking at contemporary national CAS programmes. The presentations are interspersed with generous breaks to allow private discussion and viewing of the exhibition area. A lunch will be provided each day as well as refreshments during breaks.

  • 23rd October – Focus Day – The Dismounted JTAC
  • 24th & 25th October – Main Close Air Support Conference


The Old Royal Naval College
King William Walk
SE10 9LW

The Old Royal Naval College offers excellent conference 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. There are very pleasant outside grounds overlooking the river Thames providing more space in pleasant weather.

The College is located in King William Walk, Greenwich in London. Numerous good transport links are available via road or underground rail. There are numerous hotels in the local area to suit all budgets.

The conference agenda is available as PDF under downloads.


  • Lt Col Andrew Tate, Former Artillery/JTAC Occupational Field Sponsor, Ground Indirect Fires Officer, GCE Branch, PP&O, HQ United States Marine Corps.
  • Wg Cdr Andy Eccleston, SO1 Equipment Capability, Joint Air Land Organisation (JALO), HQ Air Command
  • Mr Sean Mullins, Field Specialist, JTAC SME, Black Diamond Advanced Technology
  • Maj Tim Forbes, Branch Chief, Battlefield Airmen/BAO Program Manager, USAF
  • LtCol Eric Chapital, Chief, CAS Branch, AF/A3O-ACJ, USAF
  • LTC Christophe Aubé, Commander, French/German AGOS
  • Dr (Col Retd) Bill Powers, USMC Warfighting Laboratory
  • Gp Capt Mark Gorringe, Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation
  • LtCol B.W. "Rocco" Evans, Division Head of TACP and JFO schools at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific, United States Marine Corps
  • Kenny Duck, Vice-President, Battlespace Simulations, Inc. (BSI)
  • Lt Col Brian Filler, Commanding Officer, 169th Air Support Operations Squadron, Air National Guard
  • Mr Keith Seguin, AAJTS Program Manager, Trainer Development, Air Education and Training Command (AETC) 902nd MSG/TD
  • Mr Ryan Roche, Business Development, Fidelity Technologies Inc
  • Flt Lt Ian Lewis, XO, Air Battlespace Training Centre, RAF Waddington
  • Capt Julien Charpentier, FAC Capabilities Section, NATO Air North HQ
  • LTC Christophe Aubé, Commanding Officer, French/German AGOS
  • LtCol Eric Chapital, Chief, CAS Branch, AF/A3O-ACJ, USAF
  • LCL Rodolphe Wiese, 2IC FRA-DEU AGOS
  • Capt Ro Willemse, Chief Instructor, Netherlands Air Ground Operations School
  • Lt Col BK Nilssen, Section Leader, Norwegian Battlelab & Experimentation (NOBLE)
  • WO2 Christophe Théâtre, FAC and Ops Assistant, 3D/FAC, Belgium Defense FAC program management office
  • Lt. (OF-2 ITA Navy) Francesco “Spike” SPINOSA, FAC Training Section, Italian Air to Ground Operations School


Event details

Omega Conferences & Events
23 October, 2013
25 October, 2013
The Old Royal Naval College
United Kingdom


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