International Fighter 2015 Conference

Issues under discussion at this 15th Annual International Fighter Conference will include EW and SEAD, advances in Munitions, reliance on space assets and low earth orbit technologies, LVC, advanced fighter radar technology, and the limitations of stealth.

The international community has witnessed an increase in irregular and asymmetric conflict; Boko Haram, ISIS, and the situation in East Ukraine. The kinetic response required to address these threats has highlighted the importance of air power and air superiority, including the use of fighter aircraft in non-traditional ISR roles.

With perspectives invited from both large and small nations, we are already able to confirm a range of exciting and relevant perspectives at both an operational and strategic level.

It is a big ambition to have when you have been bringing together Air Force Officers, Air Power advocates and industry for well over a decade – but we are aiming to make, and quietly confident, that 2015 will deliver the best conference experience yet. We have confirmed Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Former RAF Chief of the Air Staff (2009 to 2013), as the conference chairman and we have also arranged a number of excellent session chairs for the interactive panel discussions.

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2015 Will Feature:

  • Interactive Panel Discussions – including; Industry view of the Fighter Market, Senior Leadership 'Commanders' Forum', Communicating Air Power, The Future of Air Power 2035+, and The Optimum Live / Sythetic Training Balance
  • Focus day examining two key areas – A morning dedicated to Air Launch Weapons and an afternoon dedicated to EW and SEAD
  • Independent analysis and global trends in fighter aircraft. The state of the market, current headline hitting stories and the perception of defence procurement in an age of austerity
  • High-level presentations – we are honoured that several Chiefs of Air Staff and other senior leadership officials are delivering presentations and unparalleled insight into their work, challenges and future plans

As ever, if you are involved in the world of fighter aviation and wish to influence the content of this conference - please do get in touch before the beginning of June 2015 so we can leverage your expertise into generating an exceptional conference that adds value to all parties.

I’m looking forward to November, meeting new delegates and old friend, and learning more than ever about fighter aircraft, their use, procurement, the potential of new technologies, and the challenges faced.

Yours sincerely,

Alexander Stephenson
Director, International Fighter Conference (2013 - 2015)

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  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB LLD(Hon) DSc(Hon) BSc FRAeS CCMI RAF, Chief of the Air Staff 2009 to 2013, Royal Air Force
  • Alexander Stephenson, Director, International Fighter Conference, Defence IQ

Discussion Leaders

  • Air Vice Marshal (Ret) Sean Bell, Senior Advisor, Defence Growth Partnership
  • Colonel Professor John Andreas Olsen, Director in the Department of Security Policy, Norwegian MoD
  • Bill Sweetman, Editor, Defense Technology International
  • Keith A. Rigby CEng FIET, Principal Technologist - Weapons Integration, BAE Systems

Early Confirmed Speakers for 2015

  • Lieutenant General Sergei Drozdov, Commander of the Air Force, Armed Forces of Ukraine
  • Major General Jerry Harris, Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force
  • Major General Jan ASliwka, Chief of Polish Air Force Inspectorate, Polish Armed Forces
  • Major General Laurian Anastasof, Chief of the Air Staff, Romanian Air Force
  • Major General Samuel Ng'ang'a Thuita, Commander, Kenya Air Force
  • Air Vice Marshal Farooq Habib, Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Training), Pakistan Air Force
  • Air Vice Marshal M Naim Hassan, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operation and Training), Bangladesh Air Force
  • Air Commodore Michael Kitcher, Director General Capability Planning (DGCP), RAAF
  • Air Commodore Ian Duguid OBE, Typhoon Force Commander, Royal Air Force
  • Air Commodore Nick Laird, Head Doctrine, Air and Space, Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre, UK MoD
  • Colonel Didier Polomé, Chief of Operations, Belgian Air Component
  • The Commander or Deputy Commander, Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC), NATO
  • Wing Commander Matt J Grafton, OC, Air Battlespace Training Centre, RAF Waddington
  • Nathan 'Luthar' Hill, Division Chief, CAF Training, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force
  • Captain Gregory "Hyfi" Harris, Carrier Strike Aircraft and Programs Branch Head, OPNAV N98, U.S. Navy
  • Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Kleeman, ncoming Commander, Def 3/Warrior Prep Centre, Polygone EW Range, U.S. Air Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Kleinheyer, Station Commander, Tactical Air Wing 31 "Boelcke", German Air Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Chad Vaughn, F-35 Pilot, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Squadron Leader David Tucker, Staff Officer SEAD/EW, CAOC - Torrejón NATO
  • Major Justin Anhalt, Air Combat Command F-22 Program Element Monitor and Requirements Officer, U.S. Air Force
  • Oscar Bladh, Project Manager Survivability & EW Gripen E, Swedish FMV
  • Dr. Christian F. Anrig, Deputy Director of Doctrine Research and Education, Swiss Air Force
  • Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman KCMG, CBE, PC, FBA, Professor of War, King's College London
  • Professor Philip Sabin, Professor of Strategic Studies, King's College London
  • Professor Michael Clarke, Director General, The Royal United Services Institute
  • Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Jim “Longo” Long, Business Development, Air Dominance Mission Area, Raytheon

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Source: ASDEvents
Date: Oct 16, 2015