27 - 29 November, 2018 | NH Prague City Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

MAIN CONFERENCE DAY TWO

8:00 am - 8:55 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

8:55 am - 9:00 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

9:00 am - 9:40 am KEYNOTE: PROVIDING EXPERTISE IN SUPPORT OF ALLICANCE LAND FORCES READINESS

·          Ensuring competency and standardisation of artillery assets
·          Overview of the recently established NATO Force Integration Units to enable high readiness in the Eastern flanks 
·          Assessing multinational training exercises and standardisation to enhance interoperatbility of European allies 

9:40 am - 10:20 am VISION FOR MODERNISING CZECH ARMY´S ARTILLERY ASSETS IN COMPLIANCE WITH NATO STANDARDS

Lieutenant Colonel Marcel Křenek - Chief of Artillery Department Land Forces HQ, Czech Army
·          Outlining procurement plans to meet NATO standards: examining requirements to replace the 152mm mounted DANA howitzer
·          Addressing situational awareness, target acquisition, and requirements for advanced fire control system to enhance target engagement
·          Evaluating considerations for system integration
·          Ensuring interoperability of the Czech Land Forces to increase participation in multinational missions 
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Lieutenant Colonel Marcel Křenek

Chief of Artillery Department Land Forces HQ
Czech Army

10:20 am - 11:00 am MODERNISATION AND INTEGRATION OF ROMANIAN ARTILLERY - AS AN INDIVIDUAL NATION AND AS PART OF THE NATO COLLECTIVE FORCE

Colonel Daniel Condruz - Section Head for Fire Support, Romanian Army
·          Operating the Romanian native-made, highly mobile, multiple rocket launcher which has been used operationally in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan, and Iraq
·          What is the planned future for Romanian artillery?
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Colonel Daniel Condruz

Section Head for Fire Support
Romanian Army

11:00 am - 11:40 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 am - 12:20 pm IMPLEMENTATION OF JFS IN THE AUSTRIAN ARMED FORCES

Lieutenant Colonel Bertram Hadeyer - Artillery Branch, Austrian Armed Forces
·          Addressing cooperation with the Latvian MoD and the self-propelled howitzer agreement
·          Attaining freedom of manoeuvre and advancing neutralisation of enemy assets by increasing range and rate of fire
·          Advancing close air support 
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Lieutenant Colonel Bertram Hadeyer

Artillery Branch
Austrian Armed Forces

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm SLOVENIAN MODERNISATION PRIORITIES: ENHANCING CAPABILITY IN LINE WITH NATO STANDARDS

Jurij Jurtela - Senior Military Specialist, Slovenian Ministry of Defence
·          Accelerating C2 to advance target engagement and precision
·          Achieving freedom of manoeuvre through effective firepower projection
·          Evaluating sustainment of existing assets and accelerating howitzer fire rate while avoiding overheating challenges
·          Identifying procurement objectives in light of the planned increase in defence expenditure 
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Jurij Jurtela

Senior Military Specialist
Slovenian Ministry of Defence

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm MODERNISING ARTILLERY IN SUPPORT OF SLOVAK GROUND FORCE OPERATIONS

Colonel Pavol Barančík - Fire Support Coordinator & Chief Of Artillery, J9, Slovak Armed Forces
·          Overview of current Slovak Ground Force capability and insight into the strategic purpose and operational intent of indirect fire modernisation
·          Developing the artillery command and fire control system (DELOSYS) to be deployed on battalion and battery levels in conjunction with various artillery units
·          Procurement of close and short-range 3D radars
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Colonel Pavol Barančík

Fire Support Coordinator & Chief Of Artillery, J9
Slovak Armed Forces

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS WITH EASTERN EUROPEAN ALLIES

Colonel Marc LaFortune - Commander Combat Support Brigade and Director Artillery, Canadian Army
·          Analysing current capabilities, the M777 lightweight howitzer and attaining robust interoperability
·          Assessing Operation Reassurance and the Canadian Army’s engagement in multinational training exercises to enhance artillery capabilities at the battalion and brigade-level of Eastern European allies
·          Outlining efforts to support the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence mission and examining the recent deployment of an additional artillery battery to Latvia to improve indirect fire support 
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Colonel Marc LaFortune

Commander Combat Support Brigade and Director Artillery
Canadian Army

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm ADVANCING INDIRECT FIRE CAPABILITY AND MORTAR WEAPONS SYSTEMS FOR THE STRYKER AND THE FUTURE FORCE

Colonel Will McDonough - Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems, US Army (Subject to Final Confirmation)
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Colonel Will McDonough

Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems
US Army (Subject to Final Confirmation)

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: INDIRECT FIRE SUPPORT WITHIN A RAPIDLY CHANGING AND FLUID THREAT CONTEXT

·          Evaluating methods to attain interoperability and reflecting on multinational training exercises
·          Addressing rate of fire and maintaining maneuverability in different operating environments
·          Improving firing sequence and instituting soft launch procedures for long-range missile systems

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF MAIN CONFERENCE