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2024 Air and Space Power Conference, National Convention Centre, Canberra, 8-9 May 2024.  

The 2024 Air and Space Power Conference focuses on building air and space power capability in the context of the ADF’s capstone concept, integrated campaigning. The conference delves into lessons from recent conflicts and industry experience to position national air and space power for current and future strategic challenges. The conference examines these issues in the context of the Defence Strategic Review, the current regional environment and future threat casting to build resilience in an ‘always operating’ model. A holistic view of National defence will be addressed through insights from the PM&C Taskforce and the industry approach to embracing the uncertain future to reduce fragility.

The underpinning purpose of the 2024 Air and Space Power Conference is the provision of professional military education on topics of relevance; this conference is the only event on the Air Force calendar focused primarily on enhancing air power education outside of specific Professional Military Education and Training courses.

The conference is open to all Defence Personnel, Defence Contractors, Defence Industry and members of the public.

TO REGISTER FOR THE AIR AND SPACE POWER CONFERENCE CLICK HERE

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conference - Day 1

wednesday May 8th 2024

0830 - 0840 Conference Opening & Welcome To Country Group Captain Michael Sleeman 
Master of Ceremonies
Director Air and Space Power Centre, Royal Australian Air Force
0840 - 0900 Welcome Address

Air Marshal Rob Chipman, AO, CSC 
Chief of Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force
 

Lieutenant General John Frewen, AO, DSC 
Chief of Joint Capabilities, Australia

0900 - 0930 National Defence Strategy TBD
0930 - 1030 Strategic Update in the Region Mr Bilahari Kausikan 
Former Permanent Secretary of Singapore's Foreign Ministry
1030 - 1100 Morning Tea -
1100 - 1200 Keynote Address Air Chief Marshal The Lord Stuart Peach, GBE, KCB, DL
Prime Minister's (UK) Special Envoy to the Western Balkans
1200 - 1245 Historical Perspective of Military Posture and Readiness Dr Liam Kane
Lecturer in Military History, Deakin University
 
1245 - 1345 Lunch -
1345 - 1500 Panel Session:

Readiness and Resilience Across the Domains

Group Captain Hannah Jude-Smith, AM
Panel Moderator
Chief of Staff to the Chief of Defence Force

Air Vice-Marshal Wendy Blyth, AM 
Head of Air Force Capability, Royal Australian Air Force

Major General Greg Novak, AM 
Commander Defence Space Command, Australia

Major General Ana Duncan, AM, CSC
Head Defence Cyber Warfare Division, Australia

Brigadier Sean Parkes, DSC, DSM
Deputy G7, Forces Command, Australia

Rear Admiral Chris Smith, AM, CSM, RAN
Commander Australian Fleet

1500 - 1530 Afternoon Tea -
1530 - 1600 Mobilising for a No Fail Mission Mr Tom Rogers
Commissioner, Australian Electoral Commission
1600 - 1630 Middle Power Deterrence Mr Hugh Jeffrey
Deputy Secretary Strategy, Policy, and Industry, Australia
1630 - 1645 Close of Day Group Captain Michael Sleeman
Master of Ceremonies
Director Air and Space Power Centre, Royal Australian Air Force
1700 - 1930 Air and Space Power Conference Reception Air and Space Power Conference Reception

Held at the National Convention Centre Canberra, light refreshments and drinks provided. Open to all delegates with a valid conference registration.  

 

 

conference - day 2

Thursday May 9th 2024

0830 - 0835 Conference Day 2 Opening Group Captain Michael Sleeman
Master of Ceremonies
Director Air and Space Power Centre, Royal Australian Air Force
0835 - 0930 Keynote Address General B. Chance Saltzman
Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force
0930 - 1000 Integrating Civilian and Military Space Capabilities Ms Katherine Bennell-Pegg
Australian Astronaut Candidate and Director of Space Technology, Australian Space Agency 
1000 - 1030 Morning Tea -
1030 - 1130  Panel Session:

Building Ready and Resilient People to Enable Air and Space Operations

Group Captain Jo Brick
Panel Moderator
Director Strategic Issues Management, Royal Australian Air Force

Warrant Officer Air Force Ralph Clifton
Warrant Officer of the Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force

TBD

1130 - 1200 Operating in Northern Australia Mr Dino Otranto
Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals
1200 - 1230 Resiliency Through Networking and Northern Bases Air Vice-Marshal Glen Braz, AM, CSC, DSM
Air Commander Australia
1230 - 1330 Lunch -
1330 - 1400 'Always Operating' Model - Organisational, Structural and Cultural Elements Lieutenant General Greg Bilton, AO, CSC 
Chief of Joint Operations, Australia
1400 - 1430  Threat Casting to Develop Sustainable Readiness and Resilience Professor Peter Dean, PhD, SFHEA
Director, Foreign Policy and Defence, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney
1430 - 1500 Preparing the Australian Defence Force for the Future General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC
Chief of the Defence Force, Australia
1500 - 1530 Afternoon Tea -
1530 - 1630 National Mobilisation: Perspectives on the Ukraine Conflict General James B. Hecker
Commander US Air Forces Europe
1630 - 1645 Closing Address 

Air Marshal Rob Chipman, AO, CSC
Chief of the Air Force, Australia
 

Lieutenant General John Frewen, AO, DSC 
Chief of Joint Capabilities, Australia