Keeping pace with operational requirements

4. - 5. Februar 2021

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Lutz Feldt

Lutz Feldt

Vice Admiral (Rtd) Lutz Feldt

Lutz Feldt joined the German Navy in 1965. He was commissioned in 1968. Sea duty assignments for 13 years with leadership functions on all command levels, including two tours as a commanding officer, provided a wide experience at sea with emphasis on operations, communications and electronic warfare.

Shore duty assignments in naval staffs, the Federal Ministry of Defence, in NATO as Assistant Chief of Staff Operations and Logistic. He became Commander Military District Coast, a national joined command, Commander in Chief of the German Fleet and Commander in Chief of Naval Staff in Bonn and Berlin. He retired in 2006, after having served in the Armed Forces for 41 years.

Since then, Vice Admiral Feldt has taken over several posts of honour: he was the President of the German Maritime Institute until 2012 and President of EuroDefense Germany until 2017. He has been contracted by the European Commission for the “Instrument for Stability”- Critical Maritime Routes”.

From 2009 to 2010 he was contracted by the European Defence Agency (EDA) as a member of the “Wise Pen Team”, working on the topic of maritime surveillance and maritime security. Another Study for EDA about European Naval Capabilities has been completed in June 2012.

He is now a Director of “Wise Pens International Limited” and is engaged by the EDA, the European Commission and several other institutions, dealing with the whole spectrum of maritime safety, security and defence matters. In this period he was involved in several Arctic studies and Conferences. Besides these topics he has given several lectures about leadership responsibilities and the interaction between military and political leaders.

Andreas Krause

Andreas Krause

Vice Admiral Andreas Krause,
Chief of the German Navy

Vice Admiral Andreas Krause is Chief of the German Navy. He joined the then Federal German Navy in 1976. He studied Education at the Bundeswehr University, Hamburg before joining the Submarine Flotilla in 1981.

From 1986 to 1989 he was the Commanding Officer of Submarine U 22. After Advanced maritime operations training (antisubmarine warfare), he took the 32nd Admiral Staff Officer Course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg.

After staff assignments in the Submarine Flotilla and the Ministry of Defence, Vice Admiral Krause was Branch Chief in the Joint Headquarters Northeast, Karup/Denmark from 1999 to 2001, followed by assignments as Branch Chief Naval Staff III 1 (Concept Development and Planning Guidelines, International Cooperation), Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Armed Forces Staff V (Joint Operations) and Deputy Chief of Staff, Naval Staff III (Concept Development, Planning and Operations) in the Federal Ministry of Defence.

From 2006 to 2008 he was Commander, Flotilla 1 and Director, Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW) and from 2008 to 2009 Deputy Commander in Chief, German Fleet. After another assignment in the Ministry of Defence as Director, Joint Operations Staff, Vice Admiral Krause became the Deputy Commander, NATO Allied Maritime Command, Naples (Italy). He was Vice Chief of the German Navy from 2013 until October 2014 when he took over as Chief of the German Navy.

Jan Wiedemann

NAVAL FORCES, Chairman MS&D 2021

Panel I:

Dr Stephan Apel

Dr Stephan Apel


Rear Admiral (Medical Corps) Dr. Stephan Apel is Surgeon General, German Navy. He joined the Bundeswehr as a conscript on 1 July 1976 and was transferred to the Navy as a Medical Service officer candidate in October the same year. From October 1976 till October 1982 he studied Human medicine at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. His military career began with a residency at the Bundeswehr Hospital in Kiel. From January 1984 to December 1985 Dr Apel served on board the Federal German Navy Frigate Bremen, before taking over as Commander, Medical Center, and Flight Surgeon, Naval Air Wing 1, Kropp/Jagel. After an assignment as Senior Medical Officer, Destroyer Flotilla, Wilhelmshaven from October 1991 to December 1995, he served at the Federal Ministry of Defence, Office of the Surgeon General, Bundeswehr, II 1 Chief, Situation Center Bosnia until 30 June 1996, when he became Senior Officer of the Medical Service and Deputy Command Surgeon, Fleet, at Fleet Command, Glücksburg. From September 2000 till March 2002 Dr Apel was Commander, Navy Medical Command East, Rostock, followed by assignments as Chief, Regional Medical Center 110, Kiel, Regional Medical Command I, Kiel, Chief of Health Affairs Division and the Bundeswehr Medical Service Headquarters, as DCOS, Directorate A. Since 16 March 2016 Dr. Apel has been Surgeon General of the Navy at the German Navy Command, Rostock. Special Missions/Assignments include: six-month observership at Naval Environmental Health Center, Norfolk/VA, USA, including a tropical medicine course in Puerto Rico, Senior Medical Officer, Naval Task Force Somalia, for the evacuation of German Army Contingent Somalia, Senior Medical Officer, National Commander, NATO EX "Strong Resolve 1999" and "Battle Griffin 2000", Commander, Medical Task Force, 8th Contingent KFOR and Commander, Medical Task Force, 27th Contingent KFOR.

Michael W. Baze

Michael W. Baze

Rear Admiral, U.S. SIXTH Fleet

Rear Admiral Baze is Director, Maritime Headquarters, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa/ U.S. SIXTH Fleet. He commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1990 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1992. He deployed multiple times flying the SH-60B in support of detachment and carrier operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He also served as a flight instructor, operations and administrative officer twice at HSL 41 in San Diego July 1996-March 1998, and Sept. 2001-June 2002.

Rear Admiral Baze was the aide to the President, Board of Inspection and Survey in Norfolk, Virginia April 1998-Aug. 1999. He then earned a Master of Science in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California 1999-2001, serving also as an associate fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group.

His significant staff assignments have included service on the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. as an action officer in the J-3 Joint Operations Division, and then as an aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Jan. 2005-Nov. 2006. He served as deputy director for Aviation Distribution and head air combat placement officer at Navy Personnel Command March 2010-Feb. 2012, and later became the director of Aviation Warfare Distribution (PERS-43) Dec. 2016-July 2019. In command, he led the men and women of HSL-45 and USS America (LHA 6), the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship, July 2012-Aug. 2016. In his current assignment, he is the Director of Maritime Headquarters (N4/5/8/9) supporting naval component theatre engagement development, resource programming and operational planning in support of U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.

Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean

Hervé Bléjean

Vice Admiral, Director General, Military Staff of the European Union

Vice Admiral Bléjean entered the French Naval Academy in 1984. His initial career revolved around operational experience aboard different warships, particularly during the Iraq-Iran War 1987-88 (Operation PROMETHEE), in the field of mine warfare, in the operational management of a destroyer and in training, especially during the first sea trials of the aircraft carrier CHARLES DE GAULLE. After this, he served on board USS NICHOLSON as Assistant Operations Officer, and then took command of the training ship LEOPARD and of the Navigation Training Flotilla. He then served as Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Naval Staff.

On completion of the Staff Course at the Defence College in 2000, VAdm Bléjean served as the official representative of the Human Resources Director at the Ministry of Defence and then as an executive assistant to the Head of Human Resources Policy of the Navy Headquarters. In 2002, he took command of the surveillance frigate FS VENDÉMIAIRE, deploying for six months in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Promoted to the rank of Captain in 2005, he was appointed as the Head of the Naval Operations Department at the Joint Headquarters Operations Centre. In this appointment, he was responsible for the Non-combatant Evacuation Operation in Lebanon, and prepared the groundwork for French policy on counter-piracy around the Horn of Africa. In 2007, he took command of the helicopter carrier JEANNE D’ARC and the associated naval training group, which he led through Operation THALATINE that resulted in the successful liberation of 30 hostages from Somali pirates. In 2010, after completing his Advanced Military Studies at the National Defence Institute, he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Military Office of the Prime Minister, specifically in charge of the State Responsibilities at Sea, and of nuclear deterrence. Promoted to Rear Admiral (LH) in September 2013, he assumed duties as Deputy Commander of the French Maritime Force (FRMARFOR). In this position, he took command of the Combined Task Force 150, engaged in anti-terrorist operations in the Indian Ocean, then of the EU Naval Force ATALANTA. Between June 2015 and March 2016, he also assumed the role of First Deputy Commander EUNAVFOR MED for Operation SOPHIA. In 2016, VAdm Bléjean, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at Joint Force Command Naples, became particularly involved in the certification process of this HQ as it prepared to become the lead for the NATO Response Force (NRF) in January 2017. He conducted operations with the NATO force in Kosovo (KFOR) and the NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo that works in partnership with the European Union operation ALTHEA. In 2017 VAdm Bléjean became the Deputy Commander at the Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM), Northwood, UK. In this position, he took command of the Maritime Component South during Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018, the most important NATO LIVEX ever organized since the end of the Cold War.

EU Member State Chiefs of Defence elected VADM Hervé Bléjean in May 2019 as Director General of the EU Military Staff (DGEUMS). He took over this position on the 1st of July 2020.

Christian Bock

Christian Bock

Rear Admiral Christian Bock,

Rear Admiral Christian Bock is Director NATO Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW). He joined the Navy in July 1988, subsequently achieved a Master “Business Administration” and served on minehunting- and support vessels, holding command of a minehunter from 1998 until 2000.

After a period at the German MOD (Naval Staff Plans and Policy) and following the staff course at the German Armed Forces General Staff and Command College in Hamburg, he was seconded to SACT as Military Assistant for the 2* and 3* level in 2003.

Back to sea from 2005 – 2007, he served as the Deputy Squadron Commander of the 3rd Minesweeper Squadron in Kiel, followed by a posting at the German MOD Joint Staff Current Operations Branch.

From 2008 to 2010, Commander Bock was appointed Commanding Officer of the 5th Minesweeper Squadron, including a detachment as Commander German contingent UNIFIL.

Following a second assignment at the German MOD Joint Staff (conceptual planning), he joined the Federal Chancellery as Deputy Division Head "Military Aspects of Security Policy" in 2011.

From 2013 to 2015, promoted Captain (N), he was responsible for Maritime Operations (Horn of Africa region) at the Bundeswehr Joint Forces Operations Command in Potsdam.

Back to the MoD again, he held a Branch Chief post in the Planning Directorate until 2018, since when Rear Admiral Bock has been serving as Commander Flotilla 1 and Director NATO COE CSW.

Michael Howlett

Michael Howlett

Michael Howlett, COE, ICC Commercial Crime Services

Michael Howlett is CEO of ICC Commercial Crime Services. He joined the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in May 1994 and closely co-ordinates with the IMB’s banking, shipping, insurance and trading company members with regards to loss prevention and advice. He also works closely with the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The IMB PRC is a single point of contact for the shipping community to report acts of piracy and armed robbery from anywhere in the world. The IMB PRC is regarded as the primary source of information on piracy attacks globally. Michael has travelled on investigations to many countries, spoken at numerous conferences and seminars worldwide and written papers on areas connected with the subject of piracy, fraud and malpractice in trade finance and international trade. In January 2020, Michael Howlett became the CEO of ICC Commercial Crime Services – the anti-crime unit of the International Chamber of Commerce – of which IMB is a part.

Robert Koch

Dr Robert Koch

Commander, (S.G.) Dr Robert Koch,
German Navy

Commander (S.G.) Dr Robert Koch received his diploma in Computer Science in 2002. After that, he had a comprehensive operational and technical training in the German Navy and built up a broad experience in the design, implementation, and operation of high-security networks and systems while being Deputy Weapon Engineering and Weapon Engineering Officer onboard of German frigates.

He received his PhD in 2011, his habilitation in 2017 and his Venia Legendi in 2018. Now Commander Dr Koch is a lecturer in Computer Science at the German Armed Forces University and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (University of Bonn), and research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE).

His main areas of research are network and system security with a focus on intrusion detection in encrypted networks, attack detection and identification of manipulations, the security of Commercial off-the Shelf (COTS) products, anonymity in cyberspace, security visualization and the application of machine learning techniques.

After building up the penetration testing capability for the Bundeswehr, Robert is now Action Officer for Cyber Policy in the Federal Ministry of Defence.

Dr Marc Lanteigne

Dr Marc Lanteigne

Associate professor and researcher in politics, security and international relations, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, adjunct researcher at the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík as well as at Ruhr University Bochum (Germany)

Originally from Montréal, Canada, Dr Marc Lanteigne is an associate professor and researcher in politics, security and international relations at The Arctic University of Norway. He received his Ph.D. from McGill University, Montréal, Canada. He has conducted research and fieldwork in numerous parts of the Arctic and Northern Europe, including Alaska, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as Northern Canada, as well as in China, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia and has teaching and research experience in Canada, China, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom. He has taught courses in international relations and comparative politics, including Asia and Europe and guest lectured on Arctic and Antarctic issues in China, Japan, North America and Western Europe, including a regular summer short course at Peking University and a lecture on China’s developing polar policies at The Bookworm, Beijing, July 2017. Dr Lanteigne is the editor of OtC, Over the Circle, Arctic Politics and Foreign Policy and the author of several articles on Chinese and East Asian politics and foreign policy, as well as the book Chinese Foreign Policy: An Introduction, which had its third edition released in 2016, and a fourth edition in July 2019.

Captain (Royal Danish Navy) Niels Ole Markussen

Captain (Royal Danish Navy) Niels Ole Markussen


Panel II:

Dr Hans Christop Atzpodien

Dr Hans Christoph Atzpodien,
Federation of German Security & Defence Industries (BDSV)

Dr Hans Christoph Atzpodien (born 1955) studied Law at Bonn University where he also earned his doctorate degree. He started his professional career as a member of the legal department of Otto Wolff AG, Cologne, in 1982. In 1990 he joined Thyssen Industrie AG, Essen, followed by several high level management positions in the Thyssen-/thyssen¬krupp-Group, amongst them as Managing Director/CEO of Thyssen(Krupp)Transrapid System GmbH (1997-2001), Member of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp Technologies AG (2001-2009), CEO/Chairman of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG (2007-2012), CEO/Chairman of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG (2013-2015) and Chairman of various Supervisory Boards, amongst them ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH and Atlas Elektronik GmbH (until end of 2016). In August 2017 Dr Atzpodien took over as Managing Director of the Federation of German Security and Defence Industries (BDSV e.V.), Berlin.

Thorsten Bochetin

Thorsten Bochetin

Director Sales Anti-Submarine Warfare, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK

Before joining ATLAS ELEKTRONIK in 2010 he served as an active duty officer in the German Navy with surface warfare training and experience on destroyers, frigates and minehunters. Mr. Bochentin's ultimate sea posting was as Principal Warfare Officer for Underwater Warfare on then newly commissioned first-of-class F124 type frigate "Sachsen". His experience at ATLAS ELEKTRONIK concerned heavyweight torpedoes, anti-submarine sonars and, especially, torpedo defence with the SeaSpider Anti-Torpedo-Torpedo. He holds advanced degrees from the German Federal Armed Forces University Hamburg and the University of Wales.

Christoph Fenske

Christoph Fenske

Christoph Fenske,
RENK AG, Germany

After graduating from Technical University of Hamburg in 1999 where he got a degree in Marine Engineering, Christoph Fenske joined MTU Friedrichshafen as Project Engineer for Marine Propulsion Systems working on yacht and fast ferry programmes as well as on various naval projects such as the Littoral Combat Ship programme of the U.S. Navy.

In 2012, Christoph was promoted Director of Naval Application Engineering and was eventually responsible for the mechanical, electrical and automation engineering for MTUs’ naval projects. In July 2019, he became General Manager Marine Special Gears of Renk AG and thus is responsible for the business unit of marine gear boxes typically used in demanding naval, yacht, fast ferry and special purpose vessels.

Rangesh Kasturi

Rangesh Kasturi

President, L3Harris Maritime International, Montreal, Canada

With a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University, he started his career at CAE in 1984 and has accumulated over 35 years of experience in systems engineering, project engineering, proposals management, strategic planning, business development, contract negotiations, acquisitions, P&L and general management. Maritime International includes the MAPPS, Calzoni, Oceania, and Communications Systems Canada businesses of L3Harris. Rangesh is responsible for the global business of Maritime International comprising four businesses in eight countries on four continents and customers worldwide. He leads the continuing geographic and sectoral diversification & growth strategies of the business through organic growth and acquisitions. L3Harris Maritime International is a global provider of control and simulation solutions for the marine, nuclear power generation and space sectors, naval handling systems, visual landing aids, integrated navigation systems, and maritime domain awareness solutions. Rangesh Kasturi has been President of L3Harris Maritime International since July 2019.

Dr Sarah Kirchberger

Dr Sarah Kirchberger, Institute for Security Policy,
Kiel University (ISPK)

Dr Sarah Kirchberger (b. 1975) is the Head of the Center for Asia-Pacific Strategy and Security at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK) and Visiting Research Fellow, European Institute for Chinese Studies (EURICS). She is the author of Assessing China's Naval Power: Technological Innovation, Economic Constraints, and Strategic Implications (Springer, 2015). Sarah Kirchberger holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sinology from the University of Hamburg.

Before joining the faculty of the Asia-Africa-Institute at the University of Hamburg as an Assistant Professor of Contemporary China in 2010, she had served for three years as a naval analyst with shipbuilder Blohm + Voss, Hamburg, charged with analysing naval developments world-wide in cooperation with technical departments and naval sales executives.

Originally trained as a specialist of Chinese Communist Party history during studies in Hamburg, Trier, and Taipei, Sarah Kirchberger began researching China's naval development during 2011, and has since continued to focus on related topics. Other current research interests include domestic Chinese reform discourses within the CCP; military-technological co-operation between China, Russia and Ukraine, the strategic importance of the South China Sea for China's military planners and China’s space and naval strategy.

Dr Jannis Kranz

Dr Jannis Kranz

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems

Dr Jannis Kranz studied product development and did his PhD on design methods and guidelines for Additive Manufacturing at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) before working several years in the additive manufacturing industry with a focus on engineering and development projects for Additive Manufacturing. He joined the thyssenkrupp TechCenter Additive Manufacturing in 2018 in order to build up the engineering and consultancy services.

Dr Markus Schneider

Dr Markus Schneider

French-German Research Institute of Saint Louis (ISL)

Carsten Strawitzki

Carsten Stawitzki

Vice Admiral Carsten Stawitzki,
Federal German Ministry of Defence

Vice Admiral Carsten Stawitzki studied Electrical Engineering at the Helmut Schmidt - Bundeswehr University in Hamburg and afterwards served on various assignments on board and in staff functions. He took the 40th Admiral Staff Officers Course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg and was deployed to Afghanistan as Second-in-Command ISAF Regional Command North in 2013.

From 2013 to 2016 he was Commnadant Marineschule Mürwik (Naval Academy) and then led the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College. Vice Admiral Carsten Stawitzki was appointed National Armaments Director (NAD) and Head of the Directorate-General for Equipment within the Federal Ministry of Defence in April 2018.

Jenna Tuck

Jenna Tuck

Modest Tree Company, Canada

Jenna Tuck has recently joined Modest Tree as the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Global Business Development. Jenna leads the company’s international market positioning efforts and oversees the company’s on-going expansion initiatives into emerging markets. Jenna’s goal is to drive the delivery of integrated digitization solutions aligned to changing customer requirements.

Jenna brings to her role a well-established background in training, simulation, business development, and professional services. Jenna has spent the past 12 years acquiring and honing her skills in the training and simulation industry across various phases of project development and delivery. This includes, but is not limited to; content development; production management; programme and installation management; proposal and  product development; customer relations; and marketing and sales.

Embracing the core values of innovation, education, and evolution—Jenna is deeply passionate about; technological improvements in education; STEM initiatives; and leveraging emerging technologies to improve learner experiences. Jenna has contributed to numerous initiatives aligned with these passions; this includes serving as a board member for Women in Defense (WID), initiating the central florida Young Professionals Outreach Network (YPON), and participating in various speaking engagements at events to include the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Conference and Interservice/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC).