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Day 1 - 15 October - Simulation to Enhance Training and Doctrine

09.10 - 9.15

Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jonny Ormerod, Director, BZTG Ltd

09.15 - 9.30

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Czech Training and Doctrine Strategic Update

Brigadier General Radek Hasala, Director, Training Command, Czech Armed Forces

09.30 - 10.00

War Gaming and Capability Development Planning

  • Wargaming and its’ exploitation possibilities

  • Capabilities development planning

  • Wargaming Capabilities development

Colonel Josef Melichar, Senior Researcher, Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies, Czech University of Defence

10.00 - 10.30

War Gaming and Doctrinal Experimentation in Support of Romanian National Defence

  • Romanian simulation facilities

  • ROU NAT SIMNET & DIS capabilities

  • War gaming and doctrinal experimentation in support of Romanian national defence

Colonel Dan Bunduc, Chief, War Gaming and Doctrines Experimentation Centre, Romanian Defence Staff

10.30 - 11.00

Morning Coffee and Networking in the Exhibition Area

11.00 - 11.30

Modelling and Simulation Supporting the Capability Planning Process

  • MS application in strategic decision domain overview

  • Introduction of the conceptual approach for the capability development optimization and its solution

  • Constructive wargaming as a key component in the decision tree (state graph)

  • Various budgetary limitations and capability development constrains could be easily simulated

  • Even though the solution is relatively very complex, particular components for the initial approximate solution are already available

Lieutenant Colonel Jan Mazal, Ph.D., Chief, Doctrine Education and Training Branch, NATO Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence

11.30 - 12.00

Interoperability in Training

Session reserved for SAAB

12.00 - 12.30

Back to the Future: Meet your Digital Twin

  • NATO’s new/old mission is assuring the territorial defence of Europe. But rapidly moving threat scenarios make planning difficult.

  • Nations are looking to create agile, fit for purpose training systems and new tools of analysis. Globally available technology can be the catalyst to achieve these goals.

  • Rapidly developing concepts in non-defence sectors such as the concept of ‘Digital Twin’ and Industry 4.0 are entering military thinking - though perhaps with different vocabulary. 

  • This presentation bridges military and civil domains, showing how every military now has the ability to experiment with advances in training, simulation, decision-support, concept and doctrine development.

Mr Rusmat Ahmed, Senior Vice President Sales, EMEA, Bohemia Interactive Simulations

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch and Networking in the Exhibition Area

13.30 - 14.00

New Simulation Technologies for the Slovak Armed Forces 

  • Comparison of MASA simulator training concept with current OneSAF simulator using doctrinal models of the Slovak Armed Forces

  • Possibilities of using AI in training

  • Testing of MASA interconnection with perspective C2 for Slovak Armed Forces

  • VR Capabilities: Introduction of technology to training, new possibilities of training, experimentation in the VR environment

Colonel Aurel Sabo, Director of the Simulation Centre, General Milan Rastislav Štefánik Military Academy, Slovakian Armed Forces

14.00 - 14.30

Lessons Identified using Virtual Reality in the Land Collective Training Environment

  • What was conducted in the pilot study

  • The actual utility of using VR en masse

  • The prioritised findings and next steps

Mr David Orwin, UK Head of Sales, Bohemia Interactive Simulations, Bohemia Interactive Solutions


Virtual Reality in training cadets of Military University of Land Forces

  • Live and virtual simulation solutions used in Military University of Land Forces

  • Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality in military training - future directions

Captain Wojciech Kalinowski, Lecturer, Tactical Simulation Department, Military University of Land Forces, Polish Army

15.00 - 15.30

Afternoon Coffee and Networking in the Exhibition Area

15.30 - 16.15

Bohemia Interactive Live Demonstration: OPERATION FOOTHOLD

  • Bohemia Interactive Simulations will demonstrate the power of virtual simulation by showcasing a live military scenario through its flagship desktop training software VBS3. 

  • The scenario will utilize VR-based systems to demonstrate Combined Arms training within a complex environment. Role players in the room will be immersed in the battlefield scenario through Virtual Reality technology, performing an attack with mounted and dismounted simulation stations, combining infantry, armoured and fires capabilities.

  • Operation Foothold showcases the benefits and effectiveness of VBS3 with VR for military training and simulation by letting soldiers experience a range of hostile simulated scenarios that aren’t easy to recreate on a training ground.

16.15 - 16.30

Q&A and Chairman's Closing Remarks

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jonny Ormerod, Director, BZTG Ltd

Day 2 - 16 October - Simulation for Decision Support

09.10 - 09:15

Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jonny Ormerod, Director, BZTG Ltd

09.15 - 09:30

Wargame Automation

  • Wargaming elements

  • Wargaming automation taxonomy  

  • Examples of different classes of wargame

Colonel (res) Dr. Jan Hodicky, M&S Staff Officer, Joint Force Development, NATO HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

09.30 - 10:00

Constructive Simulation within the Czech Armed Forces

  • Short intro

  • Experiment 2019 (Use of simulation to develop strategy and doctrine)

  • Project “GATE” (Future use of simulation to inform decision making)

Mr. Roman Jersák, Research and Development, Centre for Simulation and Training Technologies, Czech Armed Forces

10.00 - 10:30

Need for Doctrinal Support and Training to Gain Full Operational Capability of 7th Infantry-Heavy-Brigade

  • Doctrinal support for Infantry Heavy Brigade operations and training

  • Tailored training activities of the 7th INF-H-BDE focused on Full Operational Capability

Colonel Zdenek Mikula, Deputy Commander 7th Mechanised Brigade, Czech Armed Forces

10.30 - 11:00

Morning Coffee and Networking in the Exhibition Area

11.00 - 11.30

WPC Distributed Training Centre’s Holistic approach to supporting LVC Exercises

Clark Swindell, Director Modelling and Simulation, Warrior Preparation Centre, United States Air Force Europe

11.30 - 12.00

Decision Support for Headquarters

  • How to make sense of the cognitive overload of information military leaders are facing?

  • From a complex Common Operational Picture to digestible portions of information using vignettes

  • The architecture and implementation of Constructive Simulation being used DURING conflicts as compared to Constructive Simulation being used for Command Post Training and Operational Research

Mr. Hans ten Bergen, New Markets Development Manager, Services & Support, MASA GROUP

12.00 - 12.30

Development of Decision Support Tools to Support the Commander

  • Building a simulation independent platform

  • Utilizing reach back capabilities to assist the decision maker

  • Enabling decision support across security domains

Lieutenant (Navy) Linus Pocha, IT-Project Officer, Scientific Support & Interoperability, Office for Defence Planning, Bundeswehr

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch and Networking in the Exhibition Area

13.30 - 14.00

JCBRN Defence COE Modelling and Simulation Centre

  • The M&S mission/tasks

  • The M&S tools and capabilities

  • Example of the M&S achievements (successes, engagements, goals)

  • The M&S future developments (ambitions)

Major Robert Schnirch, Operation Support Department, CBRN Centre of Excellence, NATO

14.00 - 14.30

Constructive Simulation for Tactical Course of Action Analysis: Problems and Requirements in Combat with Peer Adversary

  • Understanding the Tactical Battlefield Area Evaluation for Decision Making and Simulation Support

  • NATO Science & Technology Collaborative Program of Work supporting Modelling and Simulation Effort of NATO Nations and Partners

Colonel (Ret.), PhD. Dipl Ing. MSS. Pavel Zuna, Director, Collaboration Support Office, NATO Science & Technology Organization

14.30 - 14.35

Q&A and Chairman's Closing Remarks

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jonny Ormerod, Director, BZTG Ltd