Panel A1 – Host Nation Support – prerequisite for successful operations

Chair and Introduction: Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis, Chief of German Joint Support Service

  • Major General Josef D. Blotz, Director Operations, German Joint Support Service
  • Brigadier General Michael Claesson, Deputy Head, Plans and Policy Department, Defence Staff, Swedish Armed Forces HQ
  • Peter Esser, Chief Commercial Officer, Ecolog International
  • Major General John L. Gronski, Deputy Commanding General for Army National Guard, U.S. Army Europe
  • Bernd Heinen, Inspector of the NRW police, Ministry of the Interior of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Timo S. Koster, Director Defence Policy & Capabilities, DPP Division, NATO HQ
  • Lieutenant General (ret) Dr Klaus Olshausen, former German Military Representative MC/NATO
    and MC/EU

Panel A2 – Protection of Forces – better solutions  for new threats

Co-Chairs: Major General Karl Engelbrektson, Chief of Swedish Army & Lieutenant General (MC) Dr Michael Tempel, Chief of German Joint Medical Service

Introduction: Christopher J. Pehrson, Vice President, Strategic Development, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

  • Colonel Håkan Hedlund, Head of Army Department, T&D Staff, Swedish Armed Forces HQ
  • Colonel (GS) Thorsten Ludwig, Director Division IV, Counter-IED, German Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre
  • Brigadier General (MC) Bruno Most, DCOS Operations & Plans, German Joint Medical Command
  • Milad Youkhanna, Head of Business Unit Military & Law Enforcement, SCHUBERTH GMBH

Panel A3 – Enhanced Forward Presence – first results and recommendations

Chair: Lieutenant General Jörg Vollmer, Chief of German Army

Introduction: Lutz Kampmann, Senior Vice President Land Systems, RUAG Schweiz

  • Lieutenant General Leo Beulen, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Army
  • Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, Commanding General USAREUR
  • Lieutenant General Manfred Hofmann, Commander Multinational Corps Northeast
  • Major General Odin Johannessen, Chief of the Norwegian Army (CNORA)
  • Robertas Sapronas, Defence Policy Director, Ministry of National Defence, Lithuania
  • Major General Xavier Watteeuw, Deputy Military Representative of Belgium to the EU Military Committee

Panel A4 – Digitizing the Battlefield – command and control in joint and combined operations  

Chair: Rear Admiral Dr Thomas Daum, Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer, NATO Communications and Information Agency

Introduction: Peter Obermark, Special Representative of the Management Board, Rheinmetall AG

  • Colonel Nicolas Auboin, Head of Division Doctrine and Lessons Learned, Center for Doctrine and Command Academy (CDEC), French Army
  • Dr Dr Gerhard van der van der Giet, former CIO Bundeswehr, Senior Consultant Public, Computacenter AG
  • Marco Salvietti, Senior Vice President Defence Communication Systems, Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division, Leonardo SpA
  • Andreas Schiel, Head of Business Unit Command & Control Systems and Joint Fire Support, Defence & Public Security Division, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH
  • Major General Reinhard Wolski, Commander, German Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre

Panel A5 – Future Surveillance and Control – from Space to UAV

Chair: Lieutenant General Frank Leidenberger, Commander German Elements Multinational Corps and Basic Military Organization, German Army Headquarters

Introduction: Dr Fritz Merkle, Member of the Executive Board, OHB SE

  • Gerard Donelan, Vice President Defence, SES
  • Brigadier General Pascal Legai, Director EU Satellite Centre, Spain
  • Colonel (GS) Christoph Pliet, Branch Chief Planning II 3, German Ministry of Defence
  • François Rivasseau, Special Envoy for Space, Head of Security Policy Unit, European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Colonel Jason Roberson, Director of Space Forces, US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa
  • Simon Volkmann, Head of Sales and Customer Relations, Business Unit Aviation Operations, E.I.S. Aircraft

Panel A6 – Integrated Air and Missile Defence – joint and combined challenges

Chair: Lieutenant General Joachim Wundrak, Commander German Air Operations Command, Executive Director Joint Air Power Competence Centre

Introduction: Joseph P. DeAntona, Vice President & Business Development Executive, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Raytheon Company

  • Air Marshal Sir Christopher Harper, former Director General, HQ NATO International Military Staff
  • Brigadier General Michael Hogrebe, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, German Air Force Headquarters
  • Rear-Admiral Ulrich Reineke, Director Plans and Policy, German Naval Command; Chairman Maritime Theatre Missile Defence Forum
  • Jürgen Wlodarz, Vice President Integrated Air and Missile Defence, Member of the Board, MBDA Deutschland

Panel A7 – European Cooperation in Defence Procurement – limits, risks and opportunities

Chair: Matthias Mantey, Branch Chief, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service-Support (BAAINBw)

Introduction: Stephan Rechten, Partner, BEITEN BURKHARDT Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

  • IGA Thierry Carlier, Deputy Director International, Strategic, Technological Affairs, Secretariat-General for National Defence and Security (SGDSN), France
  • Valerie Evans, Head International Relations Group, DE&S, UK
  • Dr Markus Hellenthal, Executive Vice President, Business Leader Public Sector Germany, Capgemini
  • Dr Jörg Hennemann, Marketing Police, Military & Sports, Schmidt & Bender GmbH & Co KG
  • Brigadier General Norbert Huber, Director Armament and Procurement, MOD Austria
  • Jan Lindner, Vice President Central Europe, Panda Security SL

Panel B1 – How to enhance Europe’s strength and resilience to counter hybrid threats?

Chair: Ambassador Jirí Sedivy, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to NATO, Congress President BSC 2015–2017

Introduction: Joel Bollö, CEO, MSAB

  • Lieutenant General Thierry Corbet, Commander Rapid Reaction Corps France
  • Dr. Dirk Freudenberg, Academy for Crisis Management, Emergency Planning, and Civil Protection at the German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (AKNZ/BBK)
  • Professor Shaul Kimhi, Psychology Department, Tel-Hai College, Israel
  • Johan Lagerlöf, Defence Policy Director, Swedish Ministry of Defence
  • Hanna Smith, PhD, Director of Strategic Planning and Responses, The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, Finland
  • Dr Volker Strecke, Senior Business Development Manager, Arrow ECS AG

Panel B2 – Future Combat Aircraft – new capabilities against new threats

Co-Chairs: Major General Mats Helgesson, Chief of Swedish Air Force & Lieutenant General Karl Müllner, Chief of German Air Force

Introduction: Mr Jerker Ahlqvist, Vice President, Head of Gripen, Deputy Head of Business Area Aeronautics, Saab AB & Bertram Gorlo, Head of Sales Central Europe, Airbus Defense and Space

  • Air Commodore Robert Adang, Deputy Director European Air Group, Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Brigadier General Gerald Funke, Head of Division Strategic Defence Planning and Concepts, German Federal Ministry of Defence
  • Colonel Lars Jäderblom, Head of Fighter Program, Plans and Finance Department, Swedish Armed Forces HQ
  • Gary North, Vice President for Customer Requirements, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Panel B3 – C5ISR – a tactical view on the first / last mile

Chair: Brigadier General Jens-Olaf Koltermann, Head of IT-Division, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service-Support (BAAINBw)

Introduction: Dr Kai Martius, CTO, secunet Security Networks AG

  • Michael Kranawetter, National Security Officer, Microsoft Deutschland
  • Colonel (GS) Robert Miedema, Strategic Advisor, Policy Directorate/Central Staff, Dutch Ministry of Defence
  • Brigadier General Peter Mirow, Director Planning, German Army Headquarters
  • Heiko Seebode, Head of Business Segment IT & Land Systems, Defence & Public Security Division, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH
  • Peter Stracke, Branch Chief, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service-Support (BAAINBw)
  • Dr Timo Unger, Key Account Manager Defence DACH, Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH

Panel B4 – Future Land Forces – in the operational environment

Chair: Major General Reinhard Wolski, Commander, German Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre

Introduction: Oliver Dörre, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Thales Deutschland

  • Christian Goettfert, Director International Business & Services Europe Central, General Dynamics European Land Systems
  • Colonel Håkan Hedlund, Head of Army Department, T&D Staff, Swedish Armed Forces HQ
  • Major General Günter Katz, Commander Flying Units, Air Force Forces Command
  • Brigadier General (MC) Bruno Most, DCOS Operations & Plans, German Joint Medical Command
  • Major General Chris Tickell, Director Capability British Army, Army Headquarters, UK

Panel B5 – Cyber Security – how to build up a resilient European cyber and information domain?

Co-Chairs: Lieutenant General Ludwig Leinhos, Chief of German CID Service & Arne Schönbohm, President German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)

Introduction: Juan Santamaria, CEO, Panda Security SL

  • Josip Benkovic, Director Sales Public Sector, Palo Alto Networks
  • Dr Christoph Erdmann, CEO, Secusmart
  • Colonel DI (FH) Mag Heinrich Krispler, Acting CIS/Cyber Director and Branch Chief Policy and Requirements, EU Military Staff, European External Action Service
  • Klaus Lenssen, Chief Security Officer, Head of Security & Trust Office Germany, Cisco Germany
  • Taimar Peterkop, Director General, Information Systems Authority (RIA), Estonia

Panel B6 – European Naval Cooperation – best practices for multinational naval capability development   

Chair: Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, Chief of German Navy

Introduction: Marco De Fazio, Senior Vice President Naval & Air Defence Systems, Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division, Leonardo SpA

  • Captain (N) Oliver Berdal, Program Manager New Submarines, Norwegian Ministry of Defence
  • Sabine Hipp, Head of Sales & Marketing, Member of the Executive Committee, HENSOLDT
  • Jörg Jährig, Branch Chief, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service-Support (BAAINBw)
  • Rear Admiral Ulrich Reineke, Director Plans & Concept, International Cooperation, German Naval Command
  • Dr Rolf Wirtz, CEO, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems