General del Aire F. Javier Garcia Arnaiz (SDF), in his role as Director of the European Air Group, was the Chairman of the Meeting. The Chiefs of Air Staff received a review of the EAG’s busy year from the Deputy Director, Brigadier General Giacomo De Ponti (ITAF), who highlighted some of the many projects in which the EAG staff have been active.
The Steering Group was informed of significant progress made in many areas of interoperability in Air Power, in particular interoperability within the future combat environment across a broad spectrum of Air Power roles. One example of this is the EAG’s work in Interoperability of Future Combined Air Operations, which includes all aspects of interoperability and uses their 4th/5th Generation Aircraft Information Forum to provide views focusing on areas of interest where future interoperability work could be feasible. Other important work focuses on Future Multinational Red Air Requirements, Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) and Future Force Protection Initiatives. Additionally, the EAG continues to manage other Tasks within the Air Cyber, Communication Information Systems and Logistics domains as well as coordinating their highly successful VOLCANEX exercises to thoroughly test their products prior to release to the EAG Nations.