The Joint Air & Space Power Conference 2020 will take place from 8-10 December 2020, in Essen, Germany.
In 2020 the Joint Air & Space Power Conference will focus on how NATO leverages emerging technologies in support of Air & Space Power. Specifically, how do new capabilities operating in and through Space integrate into NATO Operations; both from a standpoint of additional capability contribution as well as potentially new challenges? Additionally, Information Competition coupled with an increasingly congested and contested electromagnetic spectrum, indispensable to modern military operations, causes questions as to how NATO secures and exploits Information and Information Flow. Furthermore, as NATO acquires new capabilities while continuing to rely on legacy systems, how do operators manage the battlespace across all operational domains? And lastly, what are those technologies currently in the mind’s eye but have a decade or more before they will be realized in the battlespace, and what must we do today to prepare for their eventual entrance into the arena?
Space. In the closing days of 2019 NATO recognized Space an operational domain, referencing its importance in keeping the Alliance safe and in addressing security challenges, in line with international law. As NATO continues to integrate terrestrial and extra-terrestrial operations, what will be NATO’s role in ensuring freedom of movement in and through Space? Not only to ensure access to ever-increasingly important Space-based services to terrestrial operations, but also to enable operations in Space in pursuit of freedom of movement for extra-terrestrial operations.
Competing in the Information Environment. Great power competition involves myriad activities that generally occur below the threshold of actual armed conflict. This range between pervasive peace and all-out war is sometimes referred to as the gray zone, and the battles here are increasingly being fought using information and information technology to influence public perceptions and exert influence on and through both military and non-military instruments of power. The information flow that enables these gray zone exchanges is inextricably reliant on access to and security of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) to allow for the use of communication technologies through which the information flow occurs.
Battlespace Management. Today the Battlespace has become more complicated than it ever was in the past. This is due to the year to year military use of ever more sophisticated high-tech equipment in each operational domain in order to be able to gain an advantage during military operations to ensure mission success. Currently those who possess the most up-to-date information, and are able to better manage that information, are more likely to be one step ahead in congested and contested Battlespace, and that Battlespace now includes Space and Cyberspace, in addition to the traditional domains of Land, Sea, and Air.
Future Developments. Many of today’s military conflicts are still largely contested with predominately Industrial Age forces and mind-set … both of which are increasingly changing. The exponential growth in technology, coupled with increasing applications, and understanding, of those technologies is rapidly changing the tools we use in our daily lives and in the conduct of military operations. As NATO transitions more firmly into the Information Age, the tools it utilizes to address security issues and ensure the safety of the Alliance have the potential to increasingly alter the way in which NATO goes about its business.