Joint Air and Space Power Conference 2023

10–12 October 2023
Congress Centre Essen, Germany

Enhancing Deterrence and Defence through Joint Air Power

Credible, Capable, and Available

At the NATO Summit in Madrid 2022, nations agreed to set a new baseline for NATO’s deterrence and defence posture to continue protecting NATO’s population and defending every inch of allied territory at all times.  The agreement included enhancing our nations’ defensive capabilities and significantly strengthening NATO’s posture to ensure Allies’ security and deterrence our adversaries for the long term.  This commitment is in line with NATO’s 360-degree approach to leverage the land, air, maritime, cyber, and space domains, against all threats and challenges.

Allies committed to deploying additional robust in-place combat-ready forces on NATO’s eastern flank, to be scaled up from the existing battlegroups to brigade-size units where and when required, underpinned by credible rapidly available reinforcements, prepositioned equipment, and enhanced command and control.

The Joint Air and Space Power Conference 2023 will explore how NATO should further proceed on its path to address the challenges and opportunities to achieve deterrence and defence through NATO Joint Air Power.  NATO Joint Air Power will have to be credible, capable and available across domains to face a multi-faceted, demanding environment to contribute to the Alliance and ensure it remains a credible organization for the defence of its members and their shared values of freedom and democracy.

We would be delighted to meet you in Essen and encourage you to pass the message about this year’s theme and topics to members of your organization that might particularly benefit from participating in our Conference. Early registrations are very much appreciated to support our planning.

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Conference Panels

Panel 1
NATO Joint Air & Space Power to enhance deterrence & defence
As Russia’s invasion and the current stalemate in Ukraine remind us, Air Superiority is an essential catalyst to victory. Meanwhile, our adversaries capabilities to engaging us faster and from a greater distance, reducing the alert time and decision space to defend our territory. How must we adapt? The first panel will discuss recent changes in our security environment, as well as how the credibility, capability, and availability of Joint Air and Space Power can contribute to Allied deterrence and defence across all domains, services, and nations.
Panel 2
Enhancing readiness, availability, and resilience of Joint Air & Space Power
The second panel should offer suggestions to ensure that Joint Air & Space Power capabilities are positioned, prepared, and linked to immediately offer an effective defence. How can improved equipment, force availability, and readiness strengthen collective defence such that it is ready for high-intensity, multi-domain operations. Furthermore, how can NATO offer substantial reinforcements – and hence deterrence – to a threatened ally. In this perspective, it is important to confront the continuing discrepancy between limited defence budgets and the trade-offs between quality and quantity of equipment and forces.
Panel 3
Developing Joint Air & Space Power capabilities for Collective Defence
The third panel shall emphasize modern and future capabilities that help NATO maintain its technological superiority. What are tomorrow’s key technologies on which we should focus and spend our limited budgets? Should we rely mainly on civilian research and development, or are military proprietary developments better? Do we need new approaches to multinational defence planning, more jointly funded solutions, or better incentives to strengthen industrial cooperation?
Panel 4
Improving sustainability of NATO Joint Air & Space Power
NATO’s support for Ukraine’s defence against Russian aggression has clearly demonstrated the importance of logistics, industrial capacity for weapons, spare parts, and ammunition, as well as functioning supply chains across national borders in times of conflict. The final panel shall discuss how to improve these aspects in support of an effective and collective defence effort and should elaborate on the military, industrial, and political responsiveness if NATO has to follow its Article 5 commitments.

Why you should attend

Renowned experts from the political, academic, military and business spheres will debate in four themed panels, the challenges and questions raised inside this trifold, and how the Alliance and its partners might best evolve and leverage Air and Space capabilities to enhance and sustain NATO’s three core tasks of Collective Defence, Crisis Management and Cooperative Security.

This is your opportunity to hear from senior military and civilian leaders from across NATO and the nations on these topics of extreme importance, and to engage and contribute to a robust discussion aimed at strengthening and enhancing the Alliance.

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Exhibitor Information

The Joint Air and Space Power Conference, organised annually by the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), offers a splendid opportunity to discuss imminent and future challenges in the Air and other interconnected domains. Together with the team of the Messe Essen Congress Centre, the JAPCC provides a unique setting to enable far-reaching debates for high-ranking leaders and experts from politics and the military, as well as from academia and industry. The conference will as usual be an ideal venue for a stimulating exchange of thoughts and ideas. Industry involvement is greatly valued as part of the networking and cooperation activities that have made the JAPCC conference so special.

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Conference Speakers

We are looking forward to welcoming our distinguished speakers and panellists to our annual Joint Air & Space Power Conference and thank all those who already agreed to announce their participation.

Keynote Speaker


Rob Bauer

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Chairman of the Military Committee
Admiral Rob Bauer (Royal Netherlands Navy) is the 33rd Chair of the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). As the Military Adviser to the Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council, Admiral Bauer is NATO’s most senior military officer.

James H. Dickinson

United States Army
Commander US Space Command
As the Commander of U.S. Space Command, General Dickinson is responsible for defending U.S. and Allied interests in the space domain while providing space-enabled combat effects to joint warfighters around the world.

NATO Joint Air & Space Power to enhance deterrence & defence

Lieutenant General

Aurelio Colagrande

Italian Air Force
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force
Lieutenant General Aurelio Colagrande graduated as military pilot in 1986 at the European NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training in Sheppard AFB – TX, USA. As of 12 January 2022, Lieutenant General Colagrande is the Italian Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff.
Lieutenant General

Kai Rohrschneider

German Army
Director-General for Forces Policy of the German MoD
Lieutenant General Kai Rohrschneider currently serves as Director-General for Forces Policy in the German Federal Ministry of Defence. His principal responsibility is ensuring the readiness of the Bundeswehr and providing ready forces for deterrence, defence and crisis management.

Armin Schwarz

Member of the German Parliament and Defence Committee
Armin Schwarz was born on June 3, 1968 in Bad Arolsen. After high school graduation in 1987 and completion of military service, he embarked on studies in English, Social Studies (Politics/Economics), and Education at Marburg and Wolverhampton (UK) in 1988.
Lieutenant General

Andre Steur

Royal Netherlands Air Force
Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force
Lieutenant General André Steur started his military career in 1988 at the Royal Military Academy in Breda. On 14 April 2023, Steur was promoted to Lieutenant General and assumed the position of Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
Brigadier General

Tron Strand

Royal Norwegian Air Force
Commander of the Royal Norwegian Air Operations Centre
Brig Gen Strand commands all national and subordinate air assets, air wings, and air force forces on behalf of the Chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF), overseeing military air operations in Norway and acting as the RNoAF’s primary operational advisor.
Major General

Jonas Wikman

Swedish Air Force
Commander of the Swedish Air Force
Jonas Wikman is a 1993 graduate from the Air Force Flying Training School and started his career as a light attack pilot and flight instructor before transition-ing to J 35 Draken and later to the JAS 39 Gripen. Major General Wikman was appointed Commander of the Swedish Air Force in December 2022.

Enhancing readiness, availability, and resilience of Joint Air & Space Power


Justin Bronk

Senior Research Fellow and Editor of RUSI Defence Systems
His particular areas of expertise include the modern combat air environment, Russian and Chinese ground-based air defences and fast jet capabilities, the air war during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, unmanned combat aerial vehicles and novel weapons technology.
Major General

Claudio Gabellini

Italian Air Force
Commander of the Italian Air & Space Operations Command
Major Gen. Gabellini is Commander of the Air & Space Operations Command (Poggio Renatico, Italy) since 2019. In 2016 he was Chief of Staff of NATO HQ AIRCOM in Ramstein and from 2019 to 2022 NATO DACCC Commander in Poggio Renatico.
Brigadier General

Timo Olavi Herranen

Finnish Air Force
Chief of Staff of the Finnish Air Force
Brigadier General Timo Olavi Herranen is currently the Chief of Staff of the Finnish Air Force. His career is notable for various assignments, including roles as Flight Officer and Flight Instructor from June 1994 to June 1997, Deputy Flight Commander from July 1997 to January 2000, …
Brigadier General

Miguel Orduña

Spanish Air and Space Force
Head of the Air Staff’s Plans & Policy Directorate
Brigadier General Orduna is in charge of the Plans and Policy Directorate of the Air Staff since 5th, August 2022. His previous assignment, as Colonel, was Commander of the Albacete Air Force Base and the 14th Wing.
Major General

Ruprecht von Butler

German Army
Commander of the 10th Armoured Division
Maj Gen von Butler joined the Bundeswehr in 1986 as officer candidate in the Armoured Recce Battalion 12 in Ebern. He pursued studies at the University of the Bundeswehr in Hamburg graduating in a diploma of industrial engineering.

Developing Joint Air & Space Power capabilities for Collective Defence


Gregory Alegi

LUISS University
Historian, Department of Political Science at LUISS University
Professor Gregory Alegi is a writer and historian. He teaches History and Politics of the USA at LUISS University and Strategic Studies at UNINT, both in Rome. He also taught Aviation history at the ITAF Academy for about 20 years and frequently comments on these topics on TV and radio.
Lieutenant General

David J. Julazadeh

Supreme Allied Command Transformation
Deputy Chief of Staff, Capability Development
Lt. Gen. Dave Julazadeh is the Deputy Chief of Staff, Capability Development, Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Virginia. He is responsible for developing operational and strategic capability requirements on behalf of 30 North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations.

Jill Long

Senior Professor of Leadership and Strategic Studies
Prof. Dr Jill Long has over 30 years’ professional experience in the national and international security environment. Jill is a retired Colonel and experienced aviator who flew the O/A-10 and KC-135R in multiple combat missions.
Brigadier General

Chris Sage

United States Air Force
Director Joint Air Power Capabilities, NATO IMS
Brig. Gen. Christopher S. Sage is Head, Joint Air Power and Space Staff Element, serving as the single point of contact for all Joint Air Power and Space issues across the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters.

Juliana Süß

Research Analyst and Policy Lead on Space Security at RUSI
Juliana holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London and a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading. She is also the host of the podcast War in Space.

Improving sustainability of NATO Joint Air & Space Power

Brigadier General

Xavier Foissey

French Air Force
Deputy Director of the European Air Group
He is currently the Deputy Director of the European Air Group since 2022 at RAF High Wycombe in the UK. He has taken part in Op LICORNE, Op EUFOR and Op BARKHANE and has 3,500 flying hours and 66 Operational Sorties completed.

Harald Mannheim

Airbus Defence & Space
Managing Director at Airbus Defence & Space
Harald Mannheim is Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space GmbH. Additionally, since July 2022, Harald is the Head of Connected Intelligence Germany and represents all Connected Intelligence activities towards the German authorities.
Major General

Dariusz Ryczkowski

Polish Air Force
Deputy Commander Joint Support and Enabling Command
Major General Ryczkowski dedicated 15 years of his military career to the Polish Air Forces where he served as an engineer and senior specialist and assumed his role as Deputy Commander of the Joint Support and Enabling Command 1 June 2021.
Major General

Cezary Wiśniewski

Polish Air Force
Deputy General Commander of the Polish Armed Forces
Maj Gen Wiśniewski represented the Polish defence interests as the Defence, Military, Naval, and Air Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, USA. In 2021, he assumed the role of General Command Deputy Commander.

Dirk Zimper

Director Future Systems at MBDA
In 2022 Dr Zimper was appointed as Member of the Board and Director Future Systems of MBDA Germany. He supervises all activities within the field of laser technologies, new air defence concepts & technologies, hypersonics, unmanned systems as well as emerging and disruptive technologies.
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