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Main Conference Day Two

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM REGISTRATION AND COFFEE


Major General (Retd.) Stig Oestergaard Nielsen

Former Commander
Danish Joint Arctic Command

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM DELIVERING MARITIME RECONNAISSANCE AND PATROL TO PROMOTE HIGH NORTH SAFETY AND SECURITY

Rear Admiral Georg Larusson, Director General, Icelandic Coast Guard
  • Understanding the critical challenges faced by the Icelandic Coast Guard in the High North maritime environment, including increases in sea traffic and changes in climatic conditions, and using them to inform Iceland’s national priorities for maritime safety and security
  • Identifying the critical improvements necessary to cope with the growing demands on SAR and security-enforcement
  • Leveraging developments in surveillance and patrol capability to maximise coverage and speed up response time, in spite of limited communications, harsh conditions and an absence of infrastructure
  • Collaborating with regional partners to promote information sharing and work towards complete domain awareness for the High North

Rear Admiral Georg Larusson

Director General
Icelandic Coast Guard

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM COMPARING A NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL APPROACH TO THE ENHANCEMENT OF MARITIME SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

Captain Sakari Martimo, Project Manager European Arctic Maritime Capabilities, Finnish Ministry of Defence
  • Developing the Arctic’s infrastructure to support maritime patrol in an austere and vast environment. Using seabasing to increase the reach of Arctic patrol vessels
  • The Finnish Navy’s approach to improving maritime domain awareness. Developing naval sensors to ensure maximum coverage
  • The EDA’s perspective on the operational challenges of climate change. Managing the increase in Arctic traffic
  • What are the prospects for a collaborative European approach to maritime surveillance in the Arctic?

Captain Sakari Martimo

Project Manager European Arctic Maritime Capabilities
Finnish Ministry of Defence

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM DEEPENING COLLABORATIVE SECURITY FOR ARCTIC WATERS

Commander Ben Lofstad, Branch Head, NATO Shipping Centre
  • Understanding the role of NATO’S Shipping Centre in promoting collaboration between military and merchant shipping, and exploring the Centre’s contribution to safety and security for Arctic waters
  • In what way is NATO’s new Maritime Security Operation Sea Guardian helping to build capacity for the Arctic? Using operational lessons learned to identify critical improvements in international maritime capability
  • What challenges do Arctic conditions pose to maritime domain awareness, and what are the critical technologies necessary to improve communications and reconnaissance for operations in the High North?

Commander Ben Lofstad

Branch Head
NATO Shipping Centre

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM EQUIPPING AND TRAINING INFANTRY FOR LAND-BASED PATROL OPERATIONS ON ARCTIC TERRITORY

Colonel Timo Mäki-Rautila, Deputy Commander, Jaeger Brigade, Finnish Army
  • What are the challenges of equipping and training infantry for operations in polar climates?
  • Using land operations to secure Finland’s interests in the High North
  • The Jaeger Brigade’s experience of training and operating with regional partners; applying lessons learned to enhance the future delivery of patrol and reconnaissance

Colonel Timo Mäki-Rautila

Deputy Commander, Jaeger Brigade
Finnish Army
  • Adapting military vehicles for use in the Arctic, and integrating UAV technology to better inform the deployment of land-based patrols
  • Analysing the experience of small units training and exercising in cold and mountainous areas, and identifying lessons learned from collecting information about the enemy forces, terrain or other conditions in order to support the higher command with situational awareness in Arctic conditions
  • Working with the Finnish Jaeger Brigade to enhance operational effectiveness in the High North

Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Hedmark

Commander, Cold Weather Operations Unit, Norrbotten Regiment
Swedish Armed Forces

Lieutenant Colonel Mathias Holmqvist

Commanding Officer, Swedish Ranger Battalion
Swedish Armed Forces

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM MAXIMISING BLOS COMMUNICATIONS IN THE ARCTIC TO SUPPORT SECURITY, POLICING AND A SEARCH AND RESCUE FUNCTION

Mr Bjørn Tegner Bay, Chief Constable, Greenland Police
  • Introducing a police perspective on operations in polar regions; assessing key requirements for a non-military organisation that includes an SAR function
  • Meeting the challenge of poor satellite coverage for land-based police operations in the Arctic, and developing new solutions for BLOS communication
  • Examining the recent testing of a portable radio network on the LIVEX exercise, and considering its suitability for future military operations
  • Combining military and civilian resources to enhance the SAR function. The Greenlandic experience of including staff from civilian ships on police rescue and patrol vessels

Mr Bjørn Tegner Bay

Chief Constable
Greenland Police

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM EXPLORING THE POTENTIAL FOR IMPROVED SATELLITE COVERAGE IN POLAR REGIONS

Dr Jens Olaf Pepke Pedersen, Senior Scientist, Technical University of Denmark
  • Examining how to leverage polar-orbiting satellites to improve communications and reconnaissance in the Arctic
  • Developing high-resolution equipment to increase earth-observation ability, mapping conditions in real-time to ensure tactical awareness on the ground
  • The role of satellites in reporting on climatic conditions, and the utility of that data as a means to enforce operational effectiveness and safety
  • Nano satellites as a part of an Arctic space infrastructure: experiences so far

Dr Jens Olaf Pepke Pedersen

Senior Scientist
Technical University of Denmark

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM THE AIR AND MARITIME SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGES FOR CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT IN THE ARCTIC

Mr Dale Reding, Director General S&T Air Force and Navy, Defence Research and Development Canada
  • The development of Canadian air and maritime capabilities to support enhanced operations and situational awareness in the Arctic
  • All-Domain arctic defence S&T challenges (C4ISR, platform, environmental monitoring, big data, communication)
  • Introducing Canada’s international collaborative engagement program for polar research

Mr Dale Reding

Director General S&T Air Force and Navy
Defence Research and Development Canada

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

  • ADAC is currently conducting specific Science and Technology Research in support of U.S. Coast Guard and other DHS maritime mission needs in modeling, technology solutions, sensor and platform development, integrated ice hazards programs, decision management support, community based observer, information fusion, mariner courseware development, education and more
  • ADAC is oriented to provide solutions to assist USCG in Search and Rescue, Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Response and Security missions
  • A key driver for ADAC is solutions that support the operational decision maker
  • ADAC is advancing a comprehensive research network that invests an array of academic and industry partners and as an unclassified activity seeks to support the Public Good
  • ADAC is increasingly balancing its efforts in near term with longer lead research, that can provide technology solutions across time spans ranging near term (in approx. 2 to 5 years) and long term (in 15-20 years)
  • In addition to innovating research, ADAC seeks to create innovative approaches to generating new research…in order to find better ways to reduce risk and enhance mission for the Arctic Operator

Major General (Retd.) Randy Kee

Executive Director, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, A US Department of Homeland Security Center of Maritime Research
University of Alaska

5:10 PM - 5:50 PM IS RUSSIA AN EMERGING THREAT TO ARCTIC SECURITY?

Dr Jørgen Staun, Researcher in Russian Foreign Policy, Royal Danish Defence College
  • Using the Russian example to understand the challenges of Arctic security
  • How is Russian activity in the Arctic developing, and what threat does this pose to the peaceful development of regional governance and economic activity?
  • Understanding Russia’s view of the Arctic region, and using it to inform a collective international response, both military and political, to security in the High North

Dr Jørgen Staun

Researcher in Russian Foreign Policy
Royal Danish Defence College

5:50 PM - 5:50 PM END OF MAIN CONFERENCE