Day 2 - 29 November 2017

Morning Registration

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Registration & Welcome Coffee

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Opening Remarks by Conference Chairman

Mike Chen, Chairman, STEi Institute


Mike Chen

STEi Institute

Morning Plenary Sessions - Enhancing Coastal Surveillance Through Aerial Surveillance

According to data put out by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), military spending by ASEAN countries reached US$34.9bn in 2013, jumping more than double since the US$15.7bn recorded in 2000. For the thirteen year period between 2000 and 2013, Indonesia military budget quadrupled, Malaysia’s defence spending doubled and Thailand’s military expenditures grew by 75%, all on the back of remarkable economic growth in these countries. This session examines the various modernization trends occurring in navies and air-forces in Southeast Asia, what is being spent on and the geo-political issues that drive procurement strategies in the region.


Dr. Shang-Su Wu

Research Fellow, Coordinator for Military Transformations Programme
Institute of Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, RSIS

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Role of Royal Malaysian Air Force in Complementing Maritime Surveillance and Operations Efforts in Malaysia’s EEZ

BG Dato’ Yazid Bin Arshad , Head of Staff - Air Region 1 Headquarters, Royal Malaysian Air Force
  • Overview of RMAF’s aerial surveillance capabilities
  • Taking stock of the RMAF’s aerial surveillance efforts across Malaysia’s EEZ
  • Role the RMAF plays in search and rescue operations and the assets needed to effectively conduct these missions
  • Highlighting upcoming acquisition plans to enhance the RMAF’s surveillance and SAR operations: Long-range, MPA, helicopters, transport planes and fighter requirements


BG Dato’ Yazid Bin Arshad

Head of Staff - Air Region 1 Headquarters
Royal Malaysian Air Force

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Morning Tea-Break


Ian Burke

Director of Sales, International Defense and Intelligence Programs, South Asia

Wayne Hoyle

Director of Business Development
MDA Geospatial Services

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Overcoming Challenges in Maritime Border Management – Viewpoint from the Royal Thai Navy

Cdr.Tunsit Sirilai, Head of Forces Structure Planning Section, Naval Operations Department , Royal Thai Navy


Cdr.Tunsit Sirilai

Head of Forces Structure Planning Section, Naval Operations Department
Royal Thai Navy
  • How are Coast Guards faring with operations including SAR, illegal fishing, marine pollution, maritime patrol, humanitarian assistance and illegal immigration?
  • What are some of the key challenges involved in these operations?
  • The role of the multi-purpose vessel—Is this a genuine requirement for Coast Guards?
  • Dealing with transnational operations: Highlighting the importance of inter-agency cooperation


Mike Chen

STEi Institute

Major David Hastiadi

Assistant Deputy Director for Infrastructures

Supt Matusin Hj Jumat (*Pending final confirmation)

Commanding Officer
Brunei Marine Police

First Admiral Maritime Dato' Wan Mohd Affandi Wan Ahmad

Director of Sultan Ahmad Shah Maritime Academy (AMSAS)
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

Lt. Col Phouvanh Xayasith

Deputy Director General of Immigration Department
Ministry of Public Security Laos

Networking Lunch

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch

Roundtable Discussion on Future Technology in Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance - 6 Topics @ 30-Mins Each – 3 Rotations

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Topic 1: Cyber Vigilance at Sea: How to Secure Assets from Remote Hacking and Impact on Maritime Security

Robert Hewson, Head of Communications, SAAB Asia-Pacific


Robert Hewson

Head of Communications
SAAB Asia-Pacific

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Topic 4: Implementing a Cost-Effective Unified Multi-Platform Communication System across Asia: Is this Possible

  • Determining if a unified multi-platform communication system is necessary for coastal surveillance
  • Examining the potential benefits of installing such systems across various maritime agencies in the region
  • Analysing the various stumbling block to install such a system – cost, language, national security, etc.

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Topic 2: Tackling Maritime Terrorism, Piracy, Kidnapping and Human Trafficking in Asia

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Topic 5: Cost-Effective Solutions to Overcome Growing Security Threats- How Can Governments and Services Do More with Less?

Christopher Aw, Regional Lead, Public Sector Programs, MarkLogic Corporation
  • Identifying some of the growing maritime security threats that the region is facing
  • Examining ways to implement cost-effective solutions, including leveraging on technology, process automation and unmanned vessels.
  • Discuss ways to capitalise and leverage the various agencies existing operational capabilities in order to reduce wastage and cost

Christopher Aw

Regional Lead, Public Sector Programs
MarkLogic Corporation

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Topic 3: Developing Effective Autonomous Surveillance Capabilities - Unmanned Underwater, Surface and Air Vehicles

Commo Loumer P Bernabe, Commander, Naval Forces Central, Philippine Navy Capt Rommel Anthony SD Reyes, Deputy Commander, Naval Operations, Naval Forces West, Philippine Navy
  • Examining the operating, manpower and maintenance cost of using unmanned vehicles for coastal surveillance missions
  • Determining the best strategy to integrate unmanned vehicles into existing coastal surveillance activities
  • Identifying the most effective use of UAVs, USVs and UUVs


Commo Loumer P Bernabe

Commander, Naval Forces Central
Philippine Navy

Capt Rommel Anthony SD Reyes

Deputy Commander, Naval Operations, Naval Forces West
Philippine Navy

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Topic 6: Developing Satellite Imaging & Geospatial Technology To Monitor Areas With Limited Aero-Maritime Resources

  • Understanding the challenges involved in producing accurate data for mariners in Asia
  • Examining how geospatial technology to create accurate hydrographic and oceanographic maps to enhance maritime safety
  • Highlighting the importance of geospatial intelligence in assisting humanitarian and SAR missions

Afternoon Plenary Sessions - Maritime Defence and Surveillance Capabilities and Asset Modernisation

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Afternoon coffee break

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Incorporating Cyber Warfare and Defence Technologies into Maritime Security Agencies

Lt Col (R) Sazali Sukardi, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Research, CyberSecurity Malaysia
The maritime industry is not immune to cyber attacks, which have cost companies around USD400bn every year. Cyber security in the maritime industry is a major concern as current maritime regulations and policies mainly focus only on physical aspects of security and safety. With the increasing use of new, sophisticated communications technologies and advancement in broadband technologies towards ‘Big Data’ and 'Ship Intelligence', the maritime industry is vulnerable to cyber-crime unless it develops a better awareness of ICT (information, communication technology) security and adopts security best practice.

This session will focus on:

  • Understanding new and emerging maritime cyber security risks and regulation
  • Analysing the various of cyber attacks could happen in the maritime industry and how to prevent them from happening
  • Examining the consequences of a maritime cyber attack


Lt Col (R) Sazali Sukardi

Senior Vice-President, Strategic Research
CyberSecurity Malaysia

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM Overcoming Challenges in Modernizing and Retrofitting Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN) Ageing Armada

Captain Baharudin Wan Md Nor, Director of Strategic Management, Royal Malaysian Navy
Much has been said about the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN) “15 to 5” transformation plan and its impact on the future procurement strategy of the RMN in the next few years. However, challenges remain aplenty, especially those that are fiscal and tactical in nature. This session looks at what the RMN is prioritizing in its procurement, how RMN is diversifying its supplier base and the challenges faced in retrofitting existing platforms to meet operational requirements.
  • Examining RMN’s landmark procurement deal of four Chinese-made littoral mission ships (LMS) and what it means for the navy’s future procurement plans and local defence industry
  • Analysing the role of the local shipyards and defence manufacturers in the “15-to-5” transformation plan


Captain Baharudin Wan Md Nor

Director of Strategic Management
Royal Malaysian Navy

Closing Remarks

4:15 PM - 4:25 PM Closing Remarks from Conference Chairman