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SMi proudly presents its 5th annual Military Airlift & Rapid Reaction Operations conference. Taking place at the end of November in Frankfurt, and following on from sell-out events in Rome in 2007 and Seville in 2008, Military Airlift 2009 will bring together key senior policy and decision makers from the military air mobility, humanitarian mission; aircraft manufacturer and air charter communities.

This year we are placing special focus on airlift operations from Iraq and Afghanistan. Attend and hear comprehensive updates from key military and government speakers. What are the major challenges for civilian/military personnel in operations? How do you harmonise European military transportation support for disaster recovery? How important is effective supply chain management in accomplishing the logistics mission? Are we setting the building blocks for the future?

 Discuss these questions and many more with the people you want to meet from the airlift communtiy. 

 This conference comes with an opportunity to visit:

Ramstein Air Base – 2nd December

On the morning of the 2nd December, delegates will have the chance to visit the Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Part of the Kaiserslautern Military Community, Ramstein Air Base serves as headquarters for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and is also a North Atlantic Treaty Organization installation. Ramstein Air Base is located near the town of Ramstein, in the rural district of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Besides Americans, the installation's population is comprised of Canadian, German, British, French, Belgian, Polish, Czech, Norwegian, Danish
and Dutch forces.

Coach transport will be available; numbers are limited.



  • Assess the latest International and European programme updates;
    including the A400M and C-17
  • Identify the most-up-to-date capabilities 
  • Review the lessons learned from airlift operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Listen to multinational and coalition case studies
  • Interact with distinguished international speakers and attendees
  • Fully understand the role of airlift in humanitarian missions
  • Talk to the people that you want to meet from the airlift community


  • Rapid Response
  • Cargo Air Delivery
  • Air Refuelling 
  • Air Mobility
  • Aircraft Manufacturers
  • Air Expert, Strategy Department
  • Cargo Charter Analyst
  • Systems Engineers
  • Chief, Aviation Unit
  • Project Officer
  • VP Transport & Mission Aircraft
  • Defence Capability Marketing Director
  • Movement Operations
  • Transport and Medical Evacuations

 Feedback from Military Airlift 2008 –

  • “I would like to thank you again for another perfect conference. It is the highlight of the year in regards to NATO Conferences and we do attend quite a lot. The speakers themselves and the very professional organization around this event will drive this meeting forward and we are really looking forward to be a part of it again.” Senior Representative, National Air Cargo, 2008 Military Airlift Attendee
  • “A very good conference. I particularly enjoyed how easy it was to network with the international airlift community.” Senior Representative, Swedish FMV, 2008 Military Airlift Attendee
  • “Brilliant conference for the airlift community. Please keep me updated for 2009.” Senior Representative, United States Air Force, 2008 Military Airlift Attendee
  • “Very well run even with a fantastically defined group of speakers and attendees. Networking was very easy and fun.” Senior Representative, Canadian Operations Support Command, 2008 Military Airlift Attendee

Military Airlift & Rapid Reaction Operations Exhibition 2009 will be busy and vibrant. This is the perfect platform for companies to showcase their products and services. Meet with senior industry suppliers to get ideas and contacts and see how their latest products can enhance your airlift capabilities.

Over the last 3 years event sponsors have included the following companies: 

  • Airborne Systems
  • Air Partner
  • Alenia Aeronautica
  • AmSafe Bridport
  • Aviacon Zitotrans
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
  • Boeing
  • Chapman Freeborn Airchartering
  • Heliare
  • Intercomp Europe
  • MXI Technologies
  • National Air Cargo
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Polet Airlines
  • TLD Group
  • Volga Dnepr

For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact: sponsorshipdept@smi-online.co.uk

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Thomas Kane

Thomas Kane, Vice President Defence and Government Programmes, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings


Major General Joachim Wundrak

Major General Joachim Wundrak, Deputy Commander, German Air Force

  • Programme update and review
  • Ongoing developments in Germany
  • The A400M – assessing the benefits and major obstacles
  • The use of airlift to support operations
  • How is military/commercial cooperation developing?
  • Future goals

    Colonel John Budd

    Colonel John Budd, Commander 86th Operations Group, Headquarters US Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base

  • Overview of US airlift activities and capabilities at the Ramstein Air Base
  • Achievements to date
  • US efforts to work with European allies
  • Assessing and understanding the major challenges
  • Looking ahead: Future requirements
  • 10:10 The European Airlift Challenge

    Philippe Rutz

    Philippe Rutz, Leader , European Air Transport Command

  • The European outlook
  • Organisational review for 2009
  • Mission Statement and current Initiative
  • Is the EATC helping to counter the airlift shortfall?
  • Future Technologies 
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 European Air Transport Fleet – Tackling the Airlift Challenge

    Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet, Project Officer in Deployability, European Defence Agency

  • How is the EDA helping to counter the airlift shortfall?
  • Scope and objectives of the EATF
  • Multinational participation
  • EATF roadmap
  • Conclusions
  • 11:40 Acquisition, Management and Support of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) C-17 Programme

    Gunnar Borch

    Gunnar Borch , General Manager, NATO Airlift Management Agency

  • Background of the C-17 Programme
  • Where are we now?
  • How to structure the cooperation
  • Potential/future development
  • 12:10 MEDEVAC- Civilian Air Ambulance Support, Reducing the Burden for a Strained Military Medical System

    Robert Lamb

    Robert Lamb, President , RMSI

  • Bringing medical solutions to hostile and remote environments
  • Bridging the operational gap
  • Testing systems in operational environments
  • Lessons learned and moving forward
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch Sponsored by BAE Systems

    14:00 IRCM…Taking it to the Next Level

    Jack Pledger

    Jack Pledger , Director, IRCM Business Development, Northrop Grumman

  • A description on Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM) and how they work
  • A review of the threat and the threat envelope
  • IRCM installations and systems
  • Non-traditional installations
  • A discussion of the next generation of IRCM capabilities
  • 14:30 The Movement Coordination Centre Europe – MCCE Update

    Colonel Freek van der Vaart

    Colonel Freek van der Vaart, Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe

  • Activities at the centre
  • How are we contributing to an increase in operational effectiveness?
  • Capabilities and methods
  • What next?
  • 15:00 The Use of Pre-Owned Aircraft to Address Demands on Future Military Air Transport Requirements

  • BAE systems regional aircraft and the management of assets
  • The replacement of ageing military air transport aircraft
  • The use of  pre-owned utility aircraft to release valuable TacAT assets  
  • Innovative ideas from BAE to ease the strain on military budgets
  • Andy Whelan

    Andy Whelan, Director Sales, BAE Systems Asset Management

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Increased Emphasis on Aerial Resupply in Expeditionary Operations

    Nicholas Linkowitz

    Nicholas Linkowitz, Head Logistics Vision Section, Marine Corps System Command, USA

  • Resupply demands of future expeditionary operations in a distributed environment
  • USMC Near-term air delivery/air drop capabilities
  • Challenges of Aerial Resupply from the sea
  • Adjusting the Distribution Chain and packaging demands
  • Development and deployment of Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS’s)
  • 16:30 EADS Military Transport Aircraft: Meeting the Rapid Reaction Challenge

  • Programme review and current outlook
  • Current capabilities
  • Maximising mission effectiveness
  • Future outlook
  • Peter Scoffham

    Peter Scoffham, Vice President Defence Capability Marketing, Airbus Military

    Neil Smith

    Neil Smith, Director of Business Development Air Force Programs, EADS North America

    17:00 Supplementing & Enhancing Airlift Solutions – The Role of Civil Transport Aircraft in Peacekeeping & Relief Operations

    Shahe Ouzounian

    Shahe Ouzounian, Chief Operating Officer, Chapman Freeborn

  • The historical role of commercial aircraft in airlift operations
  • Analysis of how different NATO countries outsource their current requirements
  • By design or by chance? The increased use of certain commercial aircraft types
  • Military airlift at a crossroads: What is the future of the civilian component?
  • Expanding options in heavy lift: How the A400M, KC-390, C-17 and other projects could alter the landscape
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:40 Networking Drinks Reception Sponsored by Chapman Freeborn & Polet Cargo Airlines

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Thomas Kane

    Thomas Kane, Vice President Defence and Government Programmes, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings


  • Understanding and assessing the importance of fast and effective airlift support for operations
  • The importance of multinational airlift implementation
  • Addressing the logistics challenge in coalition operations
  • Major challenges for civil/military coordination in support of operations
  • New potential for emerging missions
  • Timothy Zadalis

    Timothy Zadalis, Commander, 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, United States Air Force

    9:40 European Union Military Staff – Coordinating Multinational and Coalition Operations

    Philippe Rives

    Philippe Rives, Branch Chief, Logistics Directorate Ground Chief Resource Support, EU Military Staff

  • Overview and update of operations at the EUMS
  • Meeting the operational airlift requirements
  • Harmonising European military transportation support for disaster recovery
  • International civil/military cooperation and coordination
  • How do we improve?
  • 10:10 Normalisation of the Aviation Sector in Afghanistan

    Gardar Forberg

    Gardar Forberg, Aviation Expert, Operations Division, Training Activities Coordination and Aviation Sector, NATO HQ

  • Civil Aviation in Afghanistan, past and present
  • NATO's role in the rehabilitation of the aviation sector
  • Scope of the aviation normalisation efforts
  • Future outlook - the way ahead
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 Multinational Support for AFRICOM Operations

    Dennis D'Angelo

    Dennis D'Angelo, Chief, AFRICOM Deployment Distribution Operations Center, Operations and Logistics, US AFRICOM

  • Update of the AFRICOM mission
  • Information sharing and interoperability with other nations to support AFRICOM operations
  • Importance of effective supply chain management in accomplishing the logistics mission
  • Securing long term operational goals from effective multinational support
  • 11:40 Assured Access to Strategic Airlift - the Success Story of the NATO Strategic Airlift Interim Solution

    Paul Steiner

    Paul Steiner, Chief, Transport and Warehousing, NAMSA

  • An assessment of the multinational airlift consortium
  • How did the programme evolve?
  • Providing NATO with strategic airlift capabilities
  • Which NATO bodies have a central role?
  • Next steps
  • 12:10 Commercial Carriers – Tactical Usage in Active War Zones

    Alex Munro

    Alex Munro, Sales Director Middle East, National Air Cargo Middle East

  • The traditional view for commercial carriers
  • Offering solutions to tactical lift requirements closer to the “active zone”
  • Delivering true end to end “factory to foxhole solutions for the warfighter
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Origins of Strategic Airlift Capability – An Operational Case Study

    John Zazworsky

    John Zazworsky, Commander, SAC Heavy Airlift Wing, USAF

  • Background to the SAC Heavy Airlift Wing
  • Standing up the wing
  • Lessons learned from operations
  • The future direction
  • 14:30 Airlift Lessons from Afghanistan – A French Insight

    Lieutenant Colonel Christophe Bultez

    Lieutenant Colonel Christophe Bultez, Programme Officer, French Forces

  • Organisational overview and update
  • Lessons learnt from Afghanistan in the last 12 months
  • Meeting operational requirements
  • National and international collaboration to aid operational success
  • Setting the building blocks for the future
  • 15:00 Volga-Dnepr's Ilyushin 76TD-90VD - The Instantly Available Solution for Strategic Airlift

    Dmitry Grishin

    Dmitry Grishin , Vice President Sales, Ruslan International

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 UN Airlift Operations – Supporting Urgent Mission Requirements

    James Smith

    James Smith, Officer in Charge, Movement Control Section, United Nations

  • Update of the UN Mission
  • Case study - providing relief and support
  • Interoperability and information sharing with the military to aid operational effectiveness
  • Logistical coordination to aid the speed and mobility of the response
  • 16:30 Greater Private Sector Augmentation to aid in Humanitarian Operations – Assessing the MONUC Mission

    Doug Brooks

    Doug Brooks, President, IPOA

  • Overview of the climate in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • The MONC mission
  • Deployment of Western nations to aid in the struggle – What outcome has this had?
  • Benefits of using the private sector - Providing the capacity and skills necessary to enhance the international humanitarian efforts
  • Using case studies to show how private sector capabilities and capacities could help fill the peacekeeping gaps
  • Final conclusions
  • 17:00 Providing Effective Logistics Support for Humanitarian Relief Missions

    Michel Schaffner

    Michel Schaffner, Head, ICRC Aviation Services, International Committee of the Red Cross

  • Presentation of ICRC mission
  • Case studies from previous emergency operations
  • Challenges faced
  • What can we do better?
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


    Hilton Frankfurt

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    Frankfurt 60313

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