DGI 2017 (past event)

23 - 25 January, 2017

44 (0) 207 368 9836

Geospatial Intelligence for Regional and Global Security

08:00 - 08:30 Welcome Coffee

Collect your programme and grab a coffee,tea or soft drink in the exhibition halls.

08:30 - 08:45 Geo-Political Change Shaping Threats to Global Security Today

Robert Murrett - Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism
Find out how world-leading expert on geo-politics Mr Murrett sees the threat environment in Europe and farther afield evolving during this opening scene-setter. A highlight at DGI this must-attend session will equip you with the strategic perspective to get even more from subsequent presentations and panel discussions
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Robert Murrett

Director
Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

Find out more about NATO’s current status and posture for defensive readiness vis-à-vis its application of JISR capabilities and intelligence contributions. Explore how the intrinsic value of the “responsibility to share” based on a need to know is enabling collective defense and a better-informed, shared understanding of security.
  • Update on NATO’s ISR assets including the Allied Ground Surveillance (AGS) system
  • How AGS will be complemented by imagery and other intelligence inputs to NATO’s JISR to vastly improve NATO’s situational awareness and direction across all echelons
  • Developments in legal and proprietary parameters enabling Allies and Partners to collectively share (geospatial and imagery) data and intelligence
  • How contributions from Allies and Partners are enabling the Alliance and Defense Partnerships to remain ready and appropriately strong
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Paul D. Nelson

Director of Intelligence, International Military Staff
NATO Headquarters

09:15 - 09:45 Threats to The Future of Security in Europe

Dr Gerhard Conrad - Director, EU Intelligence Situation Centre
Find out how two of the most senior intelligence leaders in Europe see the threat landscape in the region changing to get a better idea about what to prioritise in your own defence and security programmes. Drawing on operational experiences from 2016 and keeping an eye on what lies ahead in 2017 this unique session will provide you with two complimentary perspectives on how defence and safety will change next.

  • What are the top threats to security in Europe from an EU Military Staff perspective?
  • How EU military and security leaders are reorganising to meet a new level of threat
  • How will the new threat landscape impact the role of the EU and member nations?
  • Priorities for future collaboration and cooperation on defence and security in Europe
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Dr Gerhard Conrad

Director
EU Intelligence Situation Centre

09:45 - 10:15 Contextualising Increasing Operational Requirements for GEOINT in Terms of Big Data Management

Pascal Legai - Director, EU Satellite Centre
The international context (terrorism, migration, hybrid threats) requires a strong review of operational and situation awareness mechanisms to reinforce the credibility of the EU external action. In this context, it appears essential to rely on Earth Observation Space-based systems ensuring access to relevant pre-selected information at any time. In this regards, a real partnership with the data providers turns out crucial to focus only on useful geographic areas from an increasing amount of data coming from constellations of satellites with a higher revisit time, even a persistent coverage.

  • Why strong EU political orientation is required to face current threats
  • Operational capacity gaps to bridge as a priority
  • How the EU Sat Centre is helping to change information into actionable intelligence
  • The future role of the EU Sat Centre in delivering GEOINT to partners
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Pascal Legai

Director
EU Satellite Centre

Put your questions to the panel of senior intelligence leaders from NATO and the EU as they offer new thinking around how to improve exchange of geospatial information. Addressing major obstacles to overcome in policy, technology and process this discussion offers you a unique opportunity to improve your understanding of how intelligence will be shared in the future.

  • How is the sharing of geospatial information making a crucial difference in current operations?
  • What are the key capability gaps to bridge first when it comes to sharing geospatial information?
  • What you can do in your organisation to enable greater sharing of geospatial information with your Allies
  • Q&A with the panel of senior intelligence leaders from Europe
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Paul D. Nelson

Director of Intelligence, International Military Staff
NATO Headquarters

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Pascal Legai

Director
EU Satellite Centre

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Robert Murrett

Director
Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

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Robbie Schingler

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Managing Director,
Planet EU

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Joe Drummey

DNI Liaison/ USDI Representative to NATO
NGA

11:05 - 11:45 Morning Networking Break

Grab a coffee, tea or soft drink and start networking!

11:45 - 12:10 From Bollywood to Hollywood – Historic Challenges and Emerging Opportunities for GEOINT in the Indo-Pacific

Dennis Bowerman - Chief, NGA Support Team, PACOM
War fighters and decision makers have long been challenged by the sheer size, cultural issues, economic complexity and the security challenges associated with the Indo-Pacific region. As GEOINT evolves it is assuming an ever more important role in providing decision space in the Pacific to overcome some of these challenges. Find out how new methods and approaches including working more in the open will create critical partnerships to continue to address these challenges.

  • Using GEOINT to appreciate the sheer size (52% of the earth) and physical characteristics of the US Pacific Command (PACOM) AOR
  • How to consider the significant challenges to regional peace and security in the Pacific across these vast spaces of distance and time
  • How timely acquisition of GEOINT historically has and continues to provide actionable information for Pacific war fighters and policy makers alike; decision space is even more compressed in the era of Twitter and Instagram
  • How the coming wave of private industry-developed GEOINT offers the opportunity to partner in analytic capacity across the Pacific
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Dennis Bowerman

Chief, NGA Support Team
PACOM

12:10 - 12:35 Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation: Building Future GEOINT Capability

Reece Biddiscombe - Senior Analyst, Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO)

Reece Biddiscombe

Senior Analyst
Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO)

Find out more about the complexities of APAC as an operational environment from experts leading GEOINT agencies and teams in the region. Discover where threats will come from next in the region and how Allies operating there plan to predict future events faster and develop more robust strategies too. Highly interactive this session gives you the chance to get all your questions answered by a panel of experts on GEOINT in APAC.

  • What is the threat landscape in APAC today?
  • What are the major partnerships and relationships emerging in the region and how will these enable greater sharing of geospatial information in the future?
  • How Allies can leverage geospatial intelligence to predict and prevent unwanted events from occurring
  • What is the role of industry in supporting future requirements for GEOINT in the region?
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Dennis Bowerman

Chief, NGA Support Team
PACOM

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Robert Murrett

Director
Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

Reece Biddiscombe

Senior Analyst
Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO)

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A. Lyston Lea II

Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL), Principal Advisor
National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)

13:15 - 14:15 Lunch

Network and share a meal with new contacts, old friends and colleagues.

Group 11

Track A - Regional Perspectives

14:15 - 14:35 Best Practice Mission Management: Lessons Learned Partnering in North America Neil Thompson - Former Head Geospatial Intelligence Group, Canadian Armed Forces
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Neil Thompson

Former Head Geospatial Intelligence Group
Canadian Armed Forces

Track B – GEOINT at the Tactical Edge

14:15 - 14:35 Designing for the Future: How the US Army is Creating the Next Generation Communications and Network Requirements for Tactical Formation for 2040 and Beyond
Find out how the head of US Army Cyber and Communications Networks requirements sees cooperation between military and industry panning out to develop workable and affordable solutions for warfighters in future operations.

  • Current requirements for cyber, communications and geospatial capability at the tactical level
  • Top priorities to close gaps to deliver new networks for tactical formation
  • How the US Army will focus on interoperability in partnerships with industry going forwards
  • The next 3 big priorities for the US Army in cyber, network and geospatial

Track C – Interoperability & Inter-Agency Cooperation

14:15 - 14:35 Challenges for Civil-Military Cooperation in Geosciences and Geo-Intelligence Friedrich Teichmann - Director, Geospatial Institute, Austrian Armed Forces
In order to conduct Effect Based Operations and to follow a Comprehensive Approach during an operation, a successful civil-military cooperation of the relevant actors in the field is necessary. Similar to the three domains identified in the EU NEC concept, the different cooperation aspects related to “people”, “technology” and “process” will be addressed.

  • Framework and scenarios for civil-military cooperation in the field of “geo”
  • Information/process aspect for cooperation
  • Technology aspect for cooperation
  • People aspect for cooperation
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Friedrich Teichmann

Director, Geospatial Institute
Austrian Armed Forces

Track D – Environmental Change

14:15 - 14:35 Satellite-Based Information for Environmental and Climate Security Services Stephen Briggs - Senior Adviser, Earth Observation, European Space Agency
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Stephen Briggs

Senior Adviser, Earth Observation
European Space Agency


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John Knight

Principal, Military School of Survey
UK MoD

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Monique (Q) Yates

Director
National Geospatial-Intelligence College, Human Development Directorate

Claire Bramma

Commanding Officer, Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE)
Ottawa Canada

Lieutenant Colonel Anders Haavik-Nilsen

Chief Instructor
Norwegian Military Academy

Group 12

Track A - Regional Perspectives

14:35 - 14:55 Using the Cloud to Optimise Visualization, Analysis, and Sharing of your Mission Critical National Geospatial Data to Improve National Security Brad Ward - Senior Vice President, Intergraph Government Solutions, Hexagon

Brad Ward

Senior Vice President, Intergraph Government Solutions
Hexagon

Track B – GEOINT at the Tactical Edge

14:35 - 14:55 Future Geospatial Interoperability for the ABCA Armies Dave Campey - S02 Geo IX ISR PED, Directorate Information, British Army Headquarters
Operations cannot be optimally planned and conducted without authoritative, quality GEOINT of sufficient volume and resolution. The paradigm shift from product-centric GEOINT to web services and data-centric delivery, rapidly advancing geospatial development, and emerging GIS technologies necessitate the review and update of key ABCA geospatial documents. This presentation will provide an update of ABCA Armies Doctrine and Standards and include findings following a review of Geo IERs.

  • ABCA Armies Geo Interoperability Five Year Plan
  • Current and Future ABCA Armies Geo Standards
  • Ground-Warfighter Geospatial Data Model (GGDM)
  • Geospatial information exchange requirements within an ABCA Headquarters
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Dave Campey

S02 Geo IX ISR PED, Directorate Information
British Army Headquarters

Track C – Interoperability & Inter-Agency Cooperation

14:35 - 14:55 All Data Was Not Created Equally Jim Dolan - Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Illuminate
Find out about the challenges and opportunities related to leveraging an ever growing spectrum of data sources to create information which accelerates informed decision-making in national security, defense and commercial environments.

  • Nature of the beast – how to cope with the ever increasing volumes of geo data
  • Rethinking how you manage your geo data to make better informed decisions
  • Applications of good geo data management in the defense, security and commercial environments
  • Key emerging challenges for managers of geospatial information to prioritise early on

Jim Dolan

Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Illuminate

Track D – Environmental Change

14:35 - 14:55 Using Meteorological Geospatial Understanding to Support UK Cross-Departmental Contributions to Multi-National Crisis Preparedness and Humanitarian Relief Gavin Iley - Head of International Crisis Management & Resilience, Met Office
The Met Office perspective on the power and value of partnerships across the community of interest in supporting environmental security preparedness, resilience and disaster relief and humanitarian responses.

  • Current / recent Met Office support to UK Cross-Departmental extreme weather event & environmental impact horizon scanning, engagement with multi-national resilience planning and capacity building.
  • Met Office support to humanitarian operations in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Met Office support to World Food Programme operations in the Middle East.
  • Possible next steps.
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Gavin Iley

Head of International Crisis Management & Resilience
Met Office

Track E – Future of Geospatial Analysis

14:35 - 14:55 Session Continued

Group 13

Track A - Regional Perspectives

14:55 - 15:15 European Cooperation to Find New Ways to Effectively Exploit Radar Imagery for Actionable Intelligence at the Tactical Level Davide Di Domizio - Project Officer Space, European Defence Agency
Find out how the EDA study dedicated to radar imagery exploitation discovered more effective solutions to assist the imagery analyst in managing this complex technology with the relevant tools and algorithms. Run in partnership with the EU Satellite Centre and military analysts from EDA member states this is a unique opportunity to understand a new and exciting development in the exploitation of radar imagery.

  • How the EDA is organized and structured to support research and development into the future of geospatial intelligence
  • Background to the EDA radar imagery project: objective, funding, timelines, partners
  • Key findings from the study that can be easily implemented by geospatial analysts in the short term
  • How technology is evolving to enable even greater exploitation of radar imagery for actionable intelligence

Davide Di Domizio

Project Officer Space
European Defence Agency

Track B – GEOINT at the Tactical Edge

14:55 - 15:15 Session Continued

Track C – Interoperability & Inter-Agency Cooperation

14:55 - 15:15 Information Management in Humanitarian Disaster Response Nigel Press - Chairman, MapAction
Based on experience of more than 70 field missions over 12 years, MapAction have a unique operational knowledge-bank that has helped define a procedural model applicable to disaster scenarios. We will describe this approach to getting appropriate data into the hands of responding agencies.

  • Typical operational conditions in humanitarian disasters including no reliable internet access
  • Key challenges of sharing complex data amongst a wide range of users from different backgrounds
  • How to control data collection before and during events
  • Examining the needs and requirements of non-specialists who often don’t know what they need, but require simple but informative products
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Nigel Press

Chairman
MapAction

Track D – Environmental Change

14:55 - 15:15 Operationalising Shared Environmental Intelligence Joseph C. Casas - Missions Formulation Manager, Science and Space Technology Projects Office , NASA MSFC
Forward-deployed to the National Space Science & Technology Center (NSSTC) Mr Spehn serves as the USEUCOM Liaison to the technology development community including the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), and the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC). This role positions him perfectly to discuss the challenges and opportunities of working on Arctic research and operations. Keep visiting the DGI agenda website page for more information about Mr Spehn’s presentation.
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Joseph C. Casas

Missions Formulation Manager, Science and Space Technology Projects Office
NASA MSFC

Track E – Future of Geospatial Analysis

14:55 - 15:15 Explaining the Benefits of Object-Based Analysis (OBA) To Enable Richer Geospatial Intelligence Now and in the Future Todd Bacastow - Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence College of Earth and Mine, Penn State University
The science and art of geospatial analysis are changing. Object-Based Analysis (OBA) moves the analyst’s thinking from differences between maps and images to a knowledge-dialog where the analyst examines data changes in space and time. This departs from the conventional GEOINT approach where the map layer is the organizing construct.

  • Object-Based Analysis (OBA) is driven by the move to Object-Based Intelligence (OBI)
  • In OBA, the geospatial analyst thinks in terms of a narrative in space and time
  • Activity-based intelligence (ABI) is OBA
  • Implications of OBA to the tradecraft and learning are far reaching
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Todd Bacastow

Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence College of Earth and Mine
Penn State University

Group 14

Track A - Regional Perspectives

15:15 - 15:45 NORAD-USNORTHCOM GEOINT and the Arctic Dr Hal Moore - GS15, DAFC Chief, Homeland Defense, NORAD USNORTHCOM J8
As the Arctic continues to be a key region of interest to all nations, especially those in close proximity or involved in trade in the region, it is crucial to understand how GEOINT is enabling greater security and stability there. Find out about the latest developments and possible future scenarios from Colonel Hamilton:

  • NORAD NORTHCOM Arctic Defence Strategy and Concepts
  • N-NC GEOINT Arctic process
  • Possible arctic scenarios
  • Current findings working defense in the Arctic
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Dr Hal Moore

GS15, DAFC Chief, Homeland Defense
NORAD USNORTHCOM J8

Track B – GEOINT at the Tactical Edge

15:15 - 15:45 Experiences of a Small Geo-organization Meeting National Requirements for Better Geospatial Intelligence Colonel Tore Brendan - Commanding Officer, Norwegian Military Geographic Service, Norwegian Army
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Colonel Tore Brendan

Commanding Officer, Norwegian Military Geographic Service
Norwegian Army

Track C – Interoperability & Inter-Agency Cooperation

15:15 - 15:45 Panel Discussion: Civil-Military Co-operation on Geospatial Information Sharing for Emergencies and Crisis Response Friedrich Teichmann - Director, Geospatial Institute Austrian Armed Forces Einar Bjorgo - Programme Manager, UNITAR Nigel Press - Chairman, MapAction Dr Emlyn Hagen - Disaster Risk Reduction Program Manager, iMMAP
Find out how to influence the way you cooperate with different agencies in future operations by hearing lessons learned from experts from different operational backgrounds. Drawing on recent experiences in the Europe and the Middle East representatives from the UN, an NGO and the EU will provide up-to-date technical, human and policy perspectives.

  • Lessons learned from operations where military and non-military organisations have succeeded and failed
  • How relationships between military and non-military organisations are being refashioned to enable greater interoperability and trust
  • What is missing from the relationships that you can personally influence from your organisation?
  • How can technology play a role in future cooperation and collaboration?
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Einar Bjorgo

Programme Manager
UNITAR

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Friedrich Teichmann

Director, Geospatial Institute
Austrian Armed Forces

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Nigel Press

Chairman
MapAction

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Dr Emlyn Hagen

Disaster Risk Reduction Program Manager
iMMAP

Track D – Environmental Change

15:15 - 15:45 Biological Effects on Geo-Acoustics Dr Nicholas Chotiros - Associate Director, US Office of Naval Research Global
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Dr Nicholas Chotiros

Associate Director
US Office of Naval Research Global

Track E – Future of Geospatial Analysis

15:15 - 15:45 The Joint Military / Civilian Program Delivery Approach – How Algonquin College works alongside the Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE) to keep their members at the cutting edge of Geomatics Technology and Tradecraft Kevin Crichlow - Professor Canadian Military Geomatics Training, Algonquin College
The audience will learn about the mechanics of how Algonquin College successfully delivers value for money to the Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE) of the Canadian Armed Forces. These methods will include details curriculum planning methodologies, curriculum QA / QC processes, new technology and tradecraft integration and the setup of the physical instructional environment. This information can be used as a benchmark by other Armed Forces that are interested in pursuing a similar type of business model with respect to their Geomatics / GIS / GEOINT training programs.

  • Successful strategies to improve quality assurance and quality control aspects of the program
  • Lessons learned delivering military trade occupational education and training with economies of scale such as Academic Licensing for program related software
  • How students are taught to find, assess, rate and exploit a wide range of open data sources
  • Benefits of embedding military members of the Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE) in a tight coupling that brings together military training plan requirements, provincial curriculum requirements and the actual delivery of the curriculum

Kevin Crichlow

Professor Canadian Military Geomatics Training
Algonquin College

15:45 - 16:15 Afternoon Break

Nicky Bell Royal Engineers

Commander, 42 Engineering Regiment Joint Forces Intelligence Group,
UK MoD

Staff Sgt David Havenhand

2IC Special Support Team (SST), 42 Engr Regt (Geo)
UK MoD

Sgt Scott Vickery

Special Support Team (SST), 42 Engr Regt (Geo)
UK MoD

Cpl Will Greene

Special Support Team (SST)
42 Engr Regt (Geo)

16:50 - 17:15 UN Deployment of Geospatial Intelligence for Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Missions

Einar Bjorgo - Programme Manager, UNITAR
Find out how the United Nations is organising and prioritising the use of satellite imagery to protect and save more lives in humanitarian and disaster relief missions. Returning to DGI after 3 years Dr Bjorgo will offer the latest developments from the UNOSAT project as well as lessons learned from recent UN operations.

  • How UNOSAT fits into the UN approach to cooperation and collaboration to protect and save more lives
  • How UNOSAT has evolved to offer essential capability
  • Lessons learned deploying geospatial intelligence in HADR missions
  • How developments in satellite imagery will make a difference to future operations
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Einar Bjorgo

Programme Manager
UNITAR

17:15 - 17:40 Lessons Learned Responding to the Migration Crisis in Europe

Alexander Fuchs - Head of Service Development, Operational Division, Frontex
Find out how Europe’s border security agency is addressing the ever changing challenges of managing the migration crisis in the region. Balancing conflicting political opinions, humanitarian needs and requirements and multiple agencies Frontex has to tread a careful path to support security and stability where it is needed most.

  • How Frontex fits into regional security networks in Europe
  • How Frontex balances multiple demands to help deliver security and stability in Europe
  • How Frontex manages geospatial information to enhance situational awareness along Europe’s borders
  • New challenges emerging from the migration crisis in Europe for nations to acknowledge and prioritise
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Alexander Fuchs

Head of Service Development, Operational Division
Frontex

17:40 - 17:50 Unconference Live: Your Chance to Ask Questions

Robert Murrett - Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism
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Robert Murrett

Director
Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

17:50 - 23:59 End of Conference