Wednesday, 9 July 2014

My NATO Workshop

I have been organising a NATO workshop entitled 'Cross-Domain Integrated System Health Management Capability' that will take place on 16th and 17th October in Brussels. We have just finalised our programme and enrolment has just been opened on NATO's public website. It is tremendously exciting to see the official announcement and the awesome set of papers and speakers.


The following is an excerpt from the official NATO Workshop announcement that includes the full programme of speakers.

Background
The mission of STO is to conduct and promote co-operative research and information exchange. STO consists of a three level organization: the Science and Technology Board (STB), the Panels and the Technical teams. The Mission of the Applied Vehicle Technology Panel (AVT) is to improve the performance, affordability and safety of vehicle platforms, propulsion and power systems through the advancement of appropriate technologies. The Panel addresses technology issues related to vehicle platforms, propulsion and power systems operating in all environments, including land, sea, air and space for both new and aging systems

Theme and Topics
Integrated Systems Health Management (ISHM) is the acquisition and exploitation of information on environmental conditions, asset attributes, usage, logistics, and cost to enable better decisions on life-cycle support. It is most successfully applied to enhance the management of high-value military assets such as aircraft, ships, armored vehicles and radar installations. ISHM is multidisciplinary and includes the comprehensive measurement, algorithmic analysis, and intuitive presentation of information by an ISHM system. Simply installing technology does not necessarily enhance military capability. A rigorous systems engineering approach is needed to develop ISHM capability and realize its full benefits. The mission of this technical team is to provide a full view of the state-of- the-art practice of ISHM across land, sea and air domains for any type of asset. The aim of the workshop is to gather and compare approaches from across all NATO nations describing the contributors to ISHM capability and their impact on military capability.
It is expected that the affordability and contribution of assets to military capability can be better maintained, managed and maximized through an ISHM approach. In this context it is important that the ISHM systems of NATO partners be interoperable.
Participants are asked to talk about:
  • 􏰀  Current capabilities with associated benefits and limitations;
  • 􏰀  Aspirational capability requirements with any desired benefits
    and potential limitations; and
  • 􏰀  Enablers of progress from current to aspirational ISHM capability