Focus Day: Perspectives from Special Operations

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Registration & Welcome Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM Chairman's Opening Remarks

• Improving trans-regional agility against VEO’s and the use of AI and big data in the future fight
• USASOC perspectives on the drivers of change in land-based conflict

Major General Clay Hutmacher

Director of Operations, J-3
U.S. Special Operations Command

1:45 PM - NaN:NaN AM Special Operation Forces – Land Forces C2ISR Integration

Major General Jaime Iñiguez Andrade, Commander, Spanish Joint Special Operations Command
• SOF – Land Forces C2ISR integration challenges
• The need for more effective integration and management of ISR capabilities in the land domain
• The SOCC NRF 2018 organisation and preparation

Major General Jaime Iñiguez Andrade

Spanish Joint Special Operations Command

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Capability Development For Special Forces Today And Tomorrow

• Key capabilities to enable Special Forces’ decision making in contemporary operations
• The need for a true multi-intelligence UAS capability
• Increasing range, reducing signatures and the SWAP considerations of contemporary and future UAS
• The PED challenge – what is needed?
• Sustainment challenges in a context of overreach

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Afternoon Tea & Networking

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM Sustaining Tactical Advantage: Unmanned Assets In The Colombian Combat Arena

Major General Jorge Arturo Selgado Restrepo, Commander, Joint Operations, Colombian Special Operations
• Colombia’s post-conflict ISR needs: real-time, tactical mobility and situational awareness
• The Colombian Army UAV Arsenal: Parrot AR-Drone, the Aerovironment RQ-11B Raven, and the Aerovironment RQ-20 Puma UAV’s
• Integrating UAVs with the Army Cobra 2.0 and 3.0 tactical vehicle to extend situational awareness in counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency missions

Major General Jorge Arturo Selgado Restrepo

Commander, Joint Operations
Colombian Special Operations

4:15 PM - 4:55 PM ISR, Special Reconnaissance & Counterterrorism: Implications for BEL Special Forces Group & Current, Near-Future & Future evolutions

Lieutenant Colonel Etienne Schmitz, Commanding Officer, Belgian Special Forces Group Captain Jan Weuts, Head of R&D, Belgian Special Forces Group
• Belgian Special Forces Group’s ISR practices and current & near- future ISR capabilities.
• Belgian Special Forces Group’s outlook on the future of C2, ISR and SF
• Special Warfare aviation (2025- 2027) the grand enabler

Lieutenant Colonel Etienne Schmitz

Commanding Officer
Belgian Special Forces Group

Captain Jan Weuts

Head of R&D
Belgian Special Forces Group
• Defining grey zone conflicts
• Cognitive factors of the grey zone: understanding adversary and populace perceptions and decision-making and the implications for intelligence preparation of the battlespace
• How can we train commanders to understand influence and behaviour change in the same manner that they understand the role and implications of kinetic effects in the land environment?
• Measuring influence versus control and the need for empirical findings to gain understanding of cognitive factors in grey zone conflicts

Dr Nicholas Wright

Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security
University of Birmingham

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM Chairman's Closing Remarks

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Closing Drinks Reception