Returning for its fifth annual installment, SAE Media Group's Mobile Deployable Communications event will once again lead the way in providing the latest overview of in-theatre tactical communications, national roadmaps, technology, NATO and ISAF interoperability and industry support. Providing secure and interoperable mobile deployable communications is imperative in achieving greater situational awareness and superior operational capabilities. Attend this event to share experiences, network with the people that matter and maximise your capabilities.


Attend Mobile Deployable Communications 2011 and:


  • Learn about NATO's steps towards interoperable mobile deployable communications
  • Analyse the latest operational experiences from both NATO and national perspectives
  • Discuss the communications experiences and needs from the perspective of emergency services, charities and first responders
  • Assess the current technology being deployed and what solutions industry are providing for the end user
  • Address the security challenges facing military communications experts in the field
  • Network with key decision makers from the military and industry and assess the latest technology on offer in our exhibition area



"Again, a very interesting event with lots of contacts"
ND SatCom

"Thank you for coorinating this very interesting conference. Looking forward to the next one"
Irish Defence Forces

"Much better than I expected and very relevant"
Netherlands Ministry of Defence

"This conference provided me with some useful information and proved to be an excellent professional experience"
Royal Marines

"Extremely useful and a first class networking opportunity"
NATO Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

"A very interesting & reliable conference. The event was inspiring & gave me many ideas which I hope will help me in my future work."
Slovakian MOD

"A very interesting & really necessary event to participate in"

"Great discussions & briefs. It was interesting to get the different perspectives & lessons learned from key speakers from industry & national militaries. Good exchange of information on deployable comms & CIS networks."
US Army


The 2012 Event is Sponsored By:





Previous organisations in attendance include:

Cisco Systems, EADS Astrium Services, Thales, Selex Communications, Norsat International, General Dyamics UK, Thales Alenia Space, Intracom Defence Electronics, ND SatCom, Vega, Over Horizon, SAAB, Alcatel-Lucent, Ultra Electronics, Paradigm Services, Northrop Grumman, EMS SatCom, SWE-DISH Satellite Systems, TTComm, Iridium Satellites.......and more! 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Nigel Beer

Nigel Beer, Managing Consultant, PA Consulting Group

9:10 Mobile Deployable Communications in LitM Contingency Operations

  • Scope and role of 3 Commando Brigade
  • Current comms systems
  • Bowman, Afghan Mission Network interoperability and technical challenges
  • Amphibious operations
  • Future concepts
  • Warrant Officer Trevor Austin (Yeoman of Signals)

    Warrant Officer Trevor Austin (Yeoman of Signals), 30 Commando Communications Squadron, Royal Marines

    Colour Sergeant Steve Scott (Yeoman of Signals)

    Colour Sergeant Steve Scott (Yeoman of Signals), 30 Commando Communications Squadron, Royal Marines

    10:10 Beyond Ka Band

    Raymond Adams

    Raymond Adams, Government and Defence Account Manager, NSSL Global

  • Leveraging Ku- and L-Band services to provide real solutions today and into the future
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Information Services – Training for Operations

    Captain Martin Murray

    Captain Martin Murray, SO3, Land Warfare Centre

  • Overview of Collective Training Group (including Collective Training Establishments and key hybrid foundation / mission specific training events)
  • Overview of UK forces mission specific training progression and how mobile deployable CIS support this
  • Challenges of training the ‘operational information environment’ – replication, simulation or emulation?
  • Key mobile deployable CIS – tactical, operational and strategic capabilities
  • Integrating ISTAR – the challenges of providing a homogenous ‘information environment’
  • The ‘application space’
  • 11:30 Realizing the Promise of Current and Future Mobile Networks

    Edwin Tromp

    Edwin Tromp, Consulting and Vertical Solution Architect, Cisco Systems

  • Achieve a unified experience by integrating multiple access technologies
  • Discover how a converged network platform can be used to improve service delivery
  • Merge existing and future infrastructure to deliver advanced tactical capabilities
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch Sponsored by Cisco

    13:25 The NATO Deployable CIS Capability

    Lieutenant Colonel Bruno De San Nicolas

    Lieutenant Colonel Bruno De San Nicolas, Section Head Communication Services, NATO ACT

  • Current status
  • Capability planning for future needs
  • Current implementation activities (DCIS, Wireless and SATCOM)
  • 14:05 Securing Commercial SATCOM Networks

    Jackson Kemper

    Jackson Kemper, Vice President, Iridium Communications

  • Ground Infrastructure/Gateways
  • Subscriber Devices
  • National vs. Coalition Standards
  • Future Plans/Strategies
  • 14:45 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 Resilient, Mobile Satcom for the Warfighter

    Keith Norton

    Keith Norton , Managing Director, Paradigm

  • Solutions for Maritime, Manpack and Airborne requirements
  • Future growth of UHF using integrated wave form technology
  • High data rate mobile communications using X Band
  • 15:55 Resilient, High Data Rate Communication in Tactical Environment: Needs, Challenges, and Potential Solutions

    Dr. Bharat Doshi

    Dr. Bharat Doshi, Director, Johns Hopkins University

    16:35 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Nigel Beer

    Nigel Beer, Managing Consultant, PA Consulting Group

    9:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Integrated and Deployable Communications for Rapid Response - A EUCOM Perspective

    Brigadier General Gregory  Brundidge

    Brigadier General Gregory Brundidge , Director , USEUCOM

  • Ensuring information dominance and interoperable C4 systems
  • C4I provision for military operations and crisis response
  • 9:40 Deployable Communications – The Maritime Challenge

    Commander Nigel Chandler

    Commander Nigel Chandler , Fleet Communications Officer, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Case study – Coalition maritime operations in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf
  • The tyranny of distance – the enemy of maritime operations
  • What is the requirement
  • What solutions are currently available and how can industry help
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Interoperability During Uncertain Times

    Commodore (R) David Burton

    Commodore (R) David Burton, Chief Technology Officer, NC3A

  • What and Where will NATO’s next Operation be?
  • Interoperability as a Force Multiplier
  • NATO’s Future Mission Network
  • Cyber Security concerns
  • Industry supported Open Standards
  • Vision and strategic roadmap
  • Architectural Framework for NATO C3
  • 11:30 The Challenges of Communications Interoperability and Standardisation Across NATO

    Colonel Jörg Dronia

    Colonel Jörg Dronia, Joint Branch Chief, NATO Standardisation Agency

  • Implementing broader and more innovative deployable communications using Ka-Band
  • Current activities at the agency
  • Practical and structural barriers to standardisation
  • Plans for the future
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:25 Networking the Theatre

    Patrick Heuline

    Patrick Heuline , Satcom & Tactical Networks Head of Marketing, Thales Communications & Security

  • Communications services requirements evolution for Homeland Defense and Security
  • Networking solutions for Defense forces applicable in combat, peace keeping and disaster relief situations
  • Use of multiple bearers (LOS, BLOS, Combat Net radio (CNR), Professional Mobile Radio (PMR)), interoperability, flexibility
  • Narrow to broadband services, mobile services, services availability and resilience
  • Integrated communication nodes examples
  • 14:05 Czech CIS Teaching and Training

    Colonel Vlastimil Maly

    Colonel Vlastimil Maly, Head of Communication and Information Systems Dept, University of Defence, Czech Republic

  • Current status in CIS and communications
  • Future plans for Czech communications
  • The role of the University of Defence
  • 14:45 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications (CSDA) in the US Army

    Michael McCarthy

    Michael McCarthy, Director of Operations and Program Manager, Brigade Modernization Command, US Army

    15:55 Mobile-Deployable CIS in Support of EU Operations

    Colonel Teodor Aldea

    Colonel Teodor Aldea, IT Security Branch Chief, European Union Military Staff

  • CSDP after the Lisbon Treaty
  • Mobile CIS in support of CSDP activities
  • The EUs deployable CIS package
  • 16:35 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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