28-30 August 2019

Workshop conference day


Mr Brian Lihani - Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch, HQ NORAD
UAV’s present a major threat to militaries across the globe as they are able to operate without detection from conventional surveillance systems. While drones and UAV’s have existed for a number of years, the world’s defence organisations continue to lack a comprehensive and effective solution to this developing threat.
This session will focus on how UAV risks should be addressed within the military organisation, and how industry can be engaged most effectively to build a joint response to these challenges. Key topics that workshop participants will focus on include: 
·          How will UAVs, hyperglide vehicles, stealth technology, advanced cruise missiles, drones affect future surveillance systems?
·          Will examine the capabilities of these types of airborne systems
·          How do windfarms affect radars now and in the future?
·          Discuss how industry and allies will have to cope with these issues in the development of future surveillance systems
By attending this workshop, you will be able to;
·          Identify the future immediate threat to your organisation from UAV’s
·          Manage your surveillance systems to effectively reduce the external limiters to your radar systems
·          Engage effectively with industry and military peers to develop effective partnerships in countering UAV’s
About your workshop leader
Mr Brian ‘Bear’ Lihani, Acting Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch, HQ NORAD
Mr. John Brian Lihani is Chief, Radar Warning Branch, Operations Directorate, HQ NORAD,  Peterson AFB, CO.  He is a senior air defense operations analyst and as branch chief he directs, organizes and exercises management over employees assigned to the Radar Warning Branch.  Manages branch tasking processes and enforces command directives providing oversight for operational integration of existing and new systems to accomplish NORAD’s aerospace control and warning mission.
Mr. Lihani is from Pasadena, California.  After graduation from the University of Kentucky and receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant, he entered the Air Force in 1977.  He earned his Master of Science degree in Aerospace Operations from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1997.  His military background includes various duties in as a Personnel Staff Officer, Director of Base Personnel, Base Commander Executive Officer, Air Battle Manager, Unit Commander, Director Sector Operations Control Center, and Commander of the Air Warning Center inside the legendary Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.
Mr Lihani has served with NATO forces and Republic of Korea forces.  He has participated in Top Gun, Red Flag, Adversary Tactics and Top Scope competitions.

Mr Brian Lihani

Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch