Mars Omega Ltd, formed by two ex-military officers has developed a tool to assist planning, intelligence and operations in a commercial context. Their experience of commerce has been forged in the difficult operating environment of the Niger Delta where "reading" the situation correctly is very difficult. The workshop will use the tool developed by Mars Omega as a framework to generate debate on the value of applying military C2I processes in a commercial setting.

Why should you attend this Master Class?

  • Re-discover the "cunning" in campaign planning
  • Learn to use relationship matrices
  • Assess the value of the Observe, Orient, Decide, Act (OODA) loop
  • Observe the benefits of a shared situation understanding on a GIS

Who should attend?

This Master Class would be ideal for those involved in:

  • Military planning or intelligence, particularly in Information Operations
  • Commercial sector risk managers, security, logistics, asset managers, planning staff and HSE from the oil and gas industry and other extractive industries
  • Government Departments who are interested in inter-Departmental cooperation and the exchange of information (Comprehensive Approach) and for those involved in crisis management.
  • NGOs concerned with sustainable development or anyone managing many projects over a wide area

About your Master Class leaders:

Chris Holtom CBE, Director, Mars Omega 

Chris Holtom is a retired British Army Brigadier with a long career in both the military and commercial sectors. Chris served 5 years in Northern Ireland. From 1994-1997, as Head of Defence Intelligence plans Chris was responsible for the development of defence intelligence systems and operational support.

From 1997-2001 Chris was Chief Executive of the Defence Intelligence & Security Centre at Chicksands, responsible for training all
defence personnel in intelligence and security disciplines and for the delivery of the Defence Human Intelligence (HUMINT) operational capability. He was also Director Intelligence Corps with responsibility for sustaining and evolving the capability of the Army’s Intelligence Corps. 

Chris is now a Director at Mars Omega, a consultancy providing strategic planning and operations implementation to the energy and defence sectors. Mars Omega Ltd owns the IPR for MOZAIC® a software tool developed to support commercial C2I. He was the lead intelligence subject matter expert for the ISOSCELES consortium (EDS, QinetiQ, Raytheon, Mars Omega) supporting the UK MOD on the intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance test bed research programme from 2004-2008. Chris designed the information process model for the Chevron Nigeria Security Liaison Unit and was the Project Executive for software aspects of the Security Information Network Centre for Shell Nigeria.

In association with:

Mars Omega is a consultancy that has developed MOZAIC, a commercial command, control and knowledge (C2K) application which blends proven commercial and military processes into a single effective and affordable system.

The MOZAIC product is a unique process that guides intuitive thought informing the operational plan in terms of outcomes, tasks, information requirements and measures of effect. The process is enabled by the MI-C3 technical platform.


Masterclass programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Building a Player Engagement Plan

9:45 Managing and Using an Intelligence Database Effectively

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Managing Day-to-Day Events Intelligently

11:45 Managing Situational Awareness

12:30 Discussion

13:00 Close of Master Class


Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

Buckingham Gate 45/51
London SW1E 6AF
United Kingdom

Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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