Joint forces prepare for future operations

On the 12th of November 2013 a Joint Battlespace Management Symposium was held at RAF Boulmer Ops Site at the SABM building. The symposium was held at the Dowding centre in the SABM building.

On the 12th of November 2013 a Joint Battlespace Management Symposium was held at RAF Boulmer Ops Site at the SABM building. The symposium was held at the Dowding centre in the SABM building.

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The School of Aerospace Battle Management at RAF Boulmer hosted the inaugural Joint Battlespace Management Symposium.

Endorsed by Joint Forces Command, the three-day event saw 45 delegates from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, Royal Air Force and United States Marine Corps coming together with the aim of learning from each other to provide a collective understanding of how to prepare for future joint operations.

Wing Commander Grant Philip, Officer Commanding School of Aerospace Battle Management, said: “The nature of conflict is changing and together we need to consider just how we might best operate in a constantly-changing environment.

“Bringing together multi-Service Battlespace Management practitioners at this Symposium has, I hope, provided a catalyst for thinking about how we should train for, and operate in Battlespace Management roles in the joint environment for future military operations.”

Group Captain Paul Atkinson, the Air Surveillance and Control Systems (ASACS) Force Commander, spoke of the value of the symposium.

“With an extremely positive contribution from all delegates, most with recent operational experience in Afghanistan and Libya, the briefings and working group discussions have given us all food for thought on the way ahead for future Air-Maritime and Air-Land Integration,” he said.

The symposium also had an address and a question-and-answer session from Mark Francois, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, who was visiting RAF Boulmer at the time.