Time: 0930 - 1100
The introduction of the F-35 and other leading-edge weapon systems into Western air forces over the next 10 years presents many opportunities and challenges. In particular, the collection, synthesis and sharing of the information generated by these weapon systems allow degrees of battlespace awareness not previously imaginable. The challenges of command, control and communications of the future joint force will need new concepts and methods. Many of the old concepts will be superseded by new and innovative ways of thinking.
Like the RAAF, the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is acquiring the F-35 and other advanced weapon systems. In 2016, the RNLAF embedded an officer at the APDC for 12 months, under the auspices of an International Fellowship, with the task of examining new concepts for 5th-generation air command and control (C2) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). At the same time, the RAAF established a dedicated project under Plan Jericho to consider what its 5th-generation command, control, communications and computers (C4) system might look like. Those involved in both programs have collaborated extensively, challenging each other’s ideas and providing new insights. The results will be outlined in a seminar to be hosted by the APDC.
Lieutenant-Colonel Bart Hoeben
Lieutenant-Colonel Hoeben was commissioned in the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1991. After training as a fighter controller and air battle manager, he served in air command & control positions in The Netherlands and Germany and was deployed several times for NATO peacekeeping and peace-enforcing operations. In 2007, Bart worked in the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office in Washington, DC. Returning to The Netherlands, he was assigned to a joint ISR requirements position in the Ministry of Defence. After graduating from Netherlands Defence College in 2012-2013, Bart returned to the Ministry of Defence as a Senior Staff Advisor in unmanned aircraft systems, space and air operations control. Currently, he is the International Fellow at APDC, researching concepts of 5th-generation C2 and ISR.
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