9-11 October 2018
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Conference Day One: Monday, 9 October 2018

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration, refreshments and networking

8:50 am - 9:00 am Welcome remarks from IQPC

SECURING MARITIME COMMUNICATION & SEA ROUTES

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Rear Admiral Ahmed Al Sabab Al Teneiji

Chairman
Former Chief of Naval Staff, UAE Navy, OPV Middle East

9:10 am - 9:30 am OPENING KEYNOTE SPEECH: Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ vision to secure maritime communication and sea routes in the region

Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily - Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Saudi Arabia
  • Interoperability and joint operations to maintain peace and stability in the Middle East
  • Role of technology to comply with the international maritime law
  • Future advancements and procurements
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Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily

Commander
Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Saudi Arabia

9:30 am - 9:50 am KEYNOTE: Developing an integrated border management strategy across the Northern and Southern borders of Saudi Arabia to neutralise incidents

Vice Admiral (Lieutenant General) Awad Al-Balawi - Director General Saudi Border Guards, Saudi Arabia
  • Developing a strong security perimeter across the sea and land
  • Saudi Arabia’s next-generation preparedness to safeguard its 8000+ kilometres of borders
  • Being vigilant always: Using the right combination of reconnaissance planes, combat helicopters, surveillance and communication towers to develop an integrated border management concept
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Vice Admiral (Lieutenant General) Awad Al-Balawi

Director General
Saudi Border Guards, Saudi Arabia

  • What are the major issues faced in current maritime coalitions across the globe?
  • Developing new methods and tactics needed to enhance maritime information sharing and boost interoperability
  • Maritime law: Where does each country stand in its deployment?
  • What technologies can navies deploy in order to achieve a better and swifter decision making process across joint operations?
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Captain Edward Lundquist (R)

U.S. Navy, Communications, Committee Chair
Surface Navy Association, USA

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Vice Admiral Ahmad Al-Mulla (R)

Former Advisor to Deputy Prime Minister, and Defence
Minister Kuwait Ministry of Defence, Kuwait

Senior Representatives

Royal Saudi Naval Forces
Saudi Arabia

10:20 am - 10:50 am Ribbon-cutting ceremony and exhibition tour

Networking coffee break

STRENGTHENING MARITIME SECURITY

10:50 am - 11:10 am Showcasing USCENTCOM military operations and activities with allies and partners to increase regional security and stability in support of enduring U.S. interests and its partners in the Middle East

Brigadier General Darren Cole - Director of Deployment and Distribution Operations Center United States Central Command, USA
  • Ensuring an effective posture and counter state and non-state threats to US interests and its allies in the Middle East
  • Strengthening allies and partnerships in the region with allied nations
  • Disrupting and countering VEOs (violent extremist organisations) and their networks
  • Deterring and countering state aggressors
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Brigadier General Darren Cole

Director of Deployment and Distribution Operations Center
United States Central Command, USA

11:10 am - 11:30 am EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Enhancing navies and coast guards in the region to build strong anti-missile shield systems

  • Creating a strong and powerful shield against supersonic missiles, medium-range missiles, drone and unmanned aerial attacks
  • Improving precision and accuracy of threat detection
  • Building the ability of navies and coast guards to engage with multiple threats at the same time

11:30 am - 11:50 am Italian Navy: Increasing combat readiness capabilities of the Joint Operational Command to achieve maritime security

Vice Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone - Commander Joint Operational Command, Italy
  • Modernising the existing OPV fleet with state-of-the-art naval platform upgrades: Planning, designing and deployment
  • Overview of the force structure to exercise complete sea control
  • Using the right combination of frigates, helicopters, fixed-wing aircrafts, anti-missile shields, submarine support, parachute assault, search and rescue, torpedoes and more across varied operational commands to achieve sea superiority
  • Improving decision making across the command and control rooms of joint operational commands with the right data dissemination and resourcing
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Vice Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone

Commander
Joint Operational Command, Italy

11:50 am - 12:10 pm Shipbuilding 4.0 to boost maritime security: The new era of digital shipbuilding with smart and data-rich manufacturing approach

  • Replacing old and legacy platforms with data-efficient planning and a single common repository design data centre
  • How 3D modelling, blue prints for future frigates, simulations and predictive maintenance technologies can be used to embrace shipbuilding
  • How 4.0. simulations and post-war scenarios can be utilised to train navies and coast guard officials using digital platforms

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Prayer and networking coffee break

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm AFRICAN CASE STUDY: Fighting piracy and maritime threats in the Gulf of Guinea

Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo - Chief of Naval Staff Ghana Navy Ghana
  • Tackling the highest levels of maritime piracy in the world in the Gulf of Guinea
  • Managing asymmetrical threats like human smuggling, arms trade, mass migration, narcotics trade, oil theft, fisheries smuggling apart from the terrorism threat faced by West Africa
  • Working with key stakeholders like the ports authority, maritime agencies, coast guards, marine police units apart with 54 other nations to achieve sea superiority in the West African region
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Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo

Chief of Naval Staff Ghana Navy
Ghana

12:50 pm - 1:10 pm Case study from the Bay of Bengal, Asia: Developing a comprehensive maritime security programme

Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury - Director General Bangladesh Coast Guard, Bangladesh
  • Exercising effective control, to ensure safety and security and protect national and international maritime interest at sea
  • Overcoming challenges of control piracy, illegal trafficking, fishery protection, oil, gas and critical infrastructure protection in Bangladesh waters and coastal areas
  • Developing a comprehensive maritime security programme with the streamlined efforts of pontoons, vessels, outposts, command and control stations and training manpower
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Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury

Director General
Bangladesh Coast Guard, Bangladesh

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm Overcoming challenges of the contemporary maritime security environment

Brigadier General (R) Giuseppe Morabito - Member of NATO Defense College Foundation (NDCF) Italian Armed Forces, Italy
  • Overview of the activities of UN, NATO, EU to tackle the piracy problem in the Indian Ocean
  • How can navies and coast guards build capabilities to anticipate future threats?
  • Comparing old versus new threats and what the navies need to change in their incident response to improve maritime security
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Brigadier General (R) Giuseppe Morabito

Member of NATO Defense College Foundation (NDCF)
Italian Armed Forces, Italy

CROSS-DOMAIN NAVAL INTEGRATION

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Networking coffee break

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm INDUSTRY UPDATE: How can OPVs build offensive capabilities by integration?

  • How can integrating shipboard electronic warfare (EW) systems with the maritime control centre help?
  • What can navies and coast guards do to improve early detection of threats, analysis of threat warnings and protection?
  • How can the integration of cyber defence tools with electronic warfare equipment be used to mitigate threats and launch offensive operations?

2:10 pm - 2:30 pm Integrating data to avoid duplication for safer maritime operations with multiple stakeholders

Senior Representatives - French Joint Command Middle East France
  • Developing an integrated data platform to avoid duplication of efforts, overlapping infrastructures and unnecessary expenditure
  • Operating a suite of systems which receive, process and distribute information on vessel traffic reports (LRIT, SafeSeaNet), satellite monitoring (CleanSeaNet), and port state control (THETIS)
  • Enhancing national capacity for vessel traffic monitoring, port state control, and maritime pollution preparedness and response

Senior Representatives

French Joint Command Middle East
France

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: How can threats be mitigated using cross-domain integration?

Senior Representatives - Royal Saudi Naval Forces Saudi Arabia
Senior Representatives - French Joint Command Middle East France
  • Integrating cyber space and electromagnetic warfare into the traditional combat domains
  • What can possibly go wrong during this system integration?
  • Data dissemination: What can be shared without compromise on national integrity?

Senior Representatives

Royal Saudi Naval Forces
Saudi Arabia

Senior Representatives

French Joint Command Middle East
France

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm Closing remarks from the Chairman and end of conference day one

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Lunch break and refreshments

COUNTRY BRIEFINGS

Gain exclusive insights on country-specific requirements and projected procurements through these closed-door, invitation-only high-ranking briefs.

Invited attendees include: Members of Ministries of Defence, Ministries of Interior, Generals of Armed Forces, Coast Guards armament and procurement departments, trade agencies, high commissioners and ambassadors.

This session will be specifically looking at existing, short and medium-term requirements of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and Saudi Coast Guard. With localised manufacturing and logistics distribution in Saudi Arabia, this closed-room session offers an opportunity for solution providers to get in-depth information about these requirements, thus enabling them to be a part of the long-term vision plan.

Senior Representatives

Royal Saudi Naval Forces
Saudi Arabia

Senior Representatives

Saudi Coast Guard
Saudi Arabia

Senior Representatives

German Navy Command
Germany

The session focuses on the US presence and their deployment requirements in the region, to support their allies and maintain regional stability. With USCENTCOM’s initiatives across the Middle East and African regions being very prominent, this meeting will be a meeting point for specific short, medium and long-term requirements.
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Brigadier General Darren Cole

Director of Deployment and Distribution Operations Center
United States Central Command, USA

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm OPV Middle East 2018 awards and gala dinner

8:00 pm - 8:00 pm End of awards and gala dinner

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.