Joint Air and Space Power Conference 2023

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.

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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.


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