National Fire Control Symposium Focuses on ‘Strengthening the Warfighter’
HONOLULU — The 25th National Fire Control Symposium (NFCS) is scheduled to meet at the Fort Shafter conference facility on Oahu, Hawaii, Feb. 5-9. This site was specifically encouraged by the NFCS Advisory Committee to bring the event closer to the operators, event organizers announced.
Numerous service and joint commands, located on the island of Oahu, will provide ample opportunity to engage with operators tasked with providing the country with frontline defense. The NFCS has for more than two decades served the Integrated Fire Control Community of Interest (IFC-COI).
With its restricted format, the NFCS is in a unique position to cultivate lasting relationships between the forward operators, the service communities, warfare centers, laboratories and industry partners. The 2018 theme, “Sharpening the Spear – Strengthening the Warfighter,” is intended to build upon the dialogue initiated by U.S. Pacific Fleet at the “Sea of Dreams” Conference held in September 2016.
The 2018 symposium features more than 130 speakers in 20 technical sessions that include such topics as: Cyber Warfare (Threat, Exploitation, Assurance, Attack and Defense); Directed Energy, Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare; Electronic Warfare; Hypersonics/Conventional Prompt Strike and Hypersonic Threat Defense; Joint Integrated Fire Control; Kill Chain and Distributed Lethality; Live, Virtual and Constructive Modeling and Simulation; Machine Learning; Theater and Homeland Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense; Utilizing Space as a Force Enhancer or Force Applier; and Unmanned and Autonomous Systems (Sensors, Weapons and Platforms, including Counter-UAS).
The 2018 NFCS will provide a continued opportunity for dialogue that will resonate with the challenges the front-line commanders face as the importance of the Pacific theater continues to increase in our national priorities. Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, will kick off the Plenary session as the keynote speaker. Rear Adm. David J. Hahn, chief of naval research; Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific; Rear Adm. Jon A. Hill, deputy director, Missile Defense Agency; Brig. Gen. Stephen L.A. Michael, deputy chief of staff for Operations, U.S. Army Pacific; and leadership from the Air Force will all speak at the event.
New this year, will be a Science and Technology roundtable discussion. This interactive engagement with the NFCS attendees is intended to help stimulate dialogue regarding the operators’ needs and the technology investments that are being made or planned. Additional event features include a technical poster session, an exhibit show, and many networking and collaboration functions.
Following the technical program, attendees may participate in a tour of the Pacific Missile Range Facility, on the island of Kauai, on Feb. 9. This tour will provide a unique opportunity to witness firsthand the investments being made in IFC testing capability.
Initially launched in 1992 by the Air Force, and subsequently supported by the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the NFCS now is an industry-sponsored event. The size and focus of the NFCS promotes a greater number of productive contacts and collaborative relationships, and provides an overview of a larger number of external research efforts while providing U.S. researchers with a deeper understanding of the state-of-the-art and the warfighter’s perspective.
Information about the NFCS is available online at: https://www.usasymposium.com/nfcs/default.php