Now entering its fourth year, SAE Media Group’s Joint Forces Simulation and Training conference will discuss simulation training systems used globally by the armed forces. As an area with a wealth of opportunity for investment and the development of pioneering projects, our conference aims to cover the prevalent requirements and capabilities driving the marketplace.

The conference will be broken down into sessions, which will be grouped by themes accordingly. This year will feature presentations on allied cooperation, immersive environments and human simulation, physical combat training and distributed simulation. The presentations will be delivered by key military figures, leading academics and pioneering scientists. Surely a conference not to be missed!

The conference offers a diverse panel who will deliver innovative presentations on key issues in the fields of simulation and training. The conference will offer continuous opportunities over the two days to network with leading defence organisations and military personnel. What makes this conference unique is the unification of the services from the global armed forces and its aims to offer solutions for the future.


Joint Forces Simulation and Training 2013 will offer delegates the opportunity to:

  • NETWORK with leading industry sponsors, military figures and defence organisations across the two days
  • LISTEN to innovative and pioneering presentations delivered by highly respected military personnel and academics
  • DISCUSS the issues which matter at present and ways to develop solutions for the future
  • DEVELOP your knowledge on current and future projects within the simulation and training sector.
  • SOLVE- with the knowledge learned and the contacts made you can begin to develop solutions!

New developments for next year's conference include:

  • There will be more detailed focus on the implementation of simulation training for the armed forces
  • An improved breadth of case studies shared by the personal experiences of leading military figures will be discussed
  • A greater focus on physical combat training due to its importance in all sectors of the armed forces
  • The importance of allied cooperation through training exercises will be addressed
JBTSE Project Managers
JBTSE Commercial Managers
Joint Staff
PEOs Training
Training Project Managers
Business Development Managers for Training Solution Providers
Scientific Defence Advisors
Test and Evaluation Officers
Simulation Project Managers
Modelling and Simulation Analysts
Simulation Development Officers
Simulation Engineers
Defence Advisors
Technical Analysts
Simulator Standards Instructors
Scientific Defence Analysts
Product Development Managers
Project Support Executives
Senior Systems Engineers
Technical Integration Managers
Mission Planning Officers
Flight Test Engineers
Operations Managers
Capability Managers


AugustaWestland; Antycip Simulation; Army Combat School; Army Training Support Centre; ATEC; Australian Embassy; BAE Systems; CAE; Caspian Learning; Cassidian; Cranfield University; CTI-AIS; Cubic Innovation and Technology Centre; Cubic Simulation Systems; D C I S (A); Defence Intelligence And Security Centre; Defence Technical College Implementation Team; Egyptian Defence Office; Embassy Of Italy; Embassy of Ukraine; ETSA; Feteris-Ilto; Haldane-Spearman Consortium; Halldale Media Group; Headquarters No 22 (Training) Group, Directorate of Flying Training; Horizon Simulation; HQ Defence Technical Training; HQ Land Forces – DTrg(A); Institute for Creative Technologies; JBTSE IPT; Joint Helicopter Command; Jordan Embassy; LASER SHOT; Lockheed Martin; Logica UK; Meggitt Training Systems; Ministry of Defence, UK; NATO JEWCS; PEO STRI; PJHQ, J 6 Division; QinetiQ; Quintec Assoc. Ltd; RE-lion; Rheinmetall Defence Electronics; RNLDA / Simulation Centre Land Operations; Royal Air Force; Royal Armoured Corps, UK; Royal Netherlands Army; Saab Training Systems; Serco Defence Science & Technology; Swedish Air Force; Thales; US Army TRADOC, Combined Arms Centre; York Consulting Associates

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards , CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, ETC (Europe)


Al Potter

Al Potter, Business Development Director, Lockheed Martin UK

9:10 Training and Simulation at Joint Operational Levels

Colonel Simon Diggins

Colonel Simon Diggins, DACOS Mission Support and Training , Joint Forces Command

  • Joint Forces Command (JFC): who it is; what they do; and why    
  • JFC: defining the training requirement and standards   
  • How we train    
  • The role of simulation in our training: 'how much is enough'; is it all about cost?; 'what can't it do'; the future - level of ambition
  • 9:50 The Live/Synthetic Balance: Operational and Policy Perspectives

  • A policy perspective of the historical trends and drivers for increased use of simulation and the challenges and opportunities.
  • An operational perspective of the strengths and weaknesses of live and simulation-based training and mission preparation based on experience from Joint and Combined operations in Afghanistan and Libya
  • Andy Fawkes

    Andy Fawkes, Consultant, Thinke Company

    Rory Cunningham

    Rory Cunningham, Director, Yorvik Aviation

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Virtualising the platform

    David Smith

    David Smith, Chief Innovation Officer, Lockheed Martin GTL


  • Web based delivery of training
  • Virtual world framework
  • Cloud based virtual display technologies
  • 11:40 Flight Simulation Training Technology

    Ian Strachan

    Ian Strachan, Editor, ETSA

  • Statistics, procurement and costs
  • Military simulation and embedded training
  • The Future
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Interactive Panel Discussion: The Importance of Simulation Training to support Multinational Operations

  • The benefits of using synthetic environments to improve interoperability
  • The decrease in costs to train for multinational mission using simulators
  • The future developments which will continue to support interoperability on the battlefield
  • Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards , CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, ETC (Europe)

    Colonel Simon Diggins

    Colonel Simon Diggins, DACOS Mission Support and Training , Joint Forces Command

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Immersive Training Technology development in NATO

    Paul Thurkettle

    Paul Thurkettle, E-Learning Program Manager, NATO

  • Present and future requirements
  • NATO for the next 10 years working with the Smart Defence and Connected Forces Initiative (CFI) principals,
  • Delivering quality education and training using a mixture of online SCORM compliant courses as well as immersive learning
  • An outline their progress, challenges and successes
  • 15:50 How Simulations are Helping the Army as a Profession

    Dave Valcourt

    Dave Valcourt, Vice President, Will Interactive

  • Leader development and the internalization of the Army as a Profession through the ranks continue as top priorities for the US Army. 
  • CAPE, the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, has embraced the use of Virtual Experience Immersive Learning Simulation (VEILS) to deliver this training to the force. 
  • During this presentation we will demonstrate the pedagogy of VEILS and enable the audience to experience “A Special Trust”, the newest VEILS, targeting Stewardship of the Army as a Profession at the strategic leader level.
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards , CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, ETC (Europe)

    16:35 Post-Conference Drinks - Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards , CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, ETC (Europe)

    9:10 Distributed Mission Operations & Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) Environments

    Timothy James

    Timothy James, Business Development Manager, Lockheed Martin

    9:50 Warfighter Training in the Human Dimension

    Randall Hill

    Randall Hill, Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, Institute for Creative Technologies

  • ELITE:  Leader development with Virtual Humans
  • UrbanSIM: Mission Command using Social Simulation
  • SimCoach: Web-accessible Coaching for Post Traumatic Stress Injuries
  • Emerging technologies that will change how immersive training is delivered
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:40 Evolving Robotics for Combat Operations

    Stephanie Lackey

    Stephanie Lackey, Acting Program Director, University Of Central Florida

    <ul> <li>Human-Robotic Interaction</li> <li>Emerging trends in unmanned systems for military applications</li> <li>Interfaces, simulations, gaming and standards<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul>

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:10 Decision of Human-in-the-loop Experimentation

  • An explanation of human-in-the-loop experimentation
  • How physiological data collected from a human team member can influence the behaviours and actions exhibited by a robot team member
  • Future developments at the Institute for Simulation and Training to support robotics training within the military
  • Eric Ortiz

    Eric Ortiz, Research Faculty, University Of Central Florida

    Daniel Barber

    Daniel Barber, Assistant Professor, University Of Central Florida

    14:50 Physiologically Driven Robot Decision-Making

    Lauren Reinerman

    Lauren Reinerman, Assistant Professor, University Of Central Florida

  • Revolutionizing the method by which humans and robots communicate will enable effective and efficient cooperation for optimized mission performance.
  • A direct input for implicit communication is that of human physiological response, measured using Electroencephalogram (EEG), Electrocardiogram (ECG), functional Near-Infrared (fNIR), Transcranial Doppler Sonography (TCD), and Eye Tracking, to cognitive or emotional state changes.
  • Low, medium, and high workload profiles will be determined for creating a closed-loop system in which the robot's behaviour will adapt according to workload state needs.
  • 15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards , CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, ETC (Europe)

    15:35 Afternoon Tea



    Brigadier General Grzegorz Buszka

    Brigadier General Grzegorz Buszka

    Deputy Commander, NATO Joint Force Training Centre
    Jim Blake

    Jim Blake

    Program Executive Officer, PEO STRI

    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

    CBE AFC, FRAeS, FCIM, ETC (Europe)
    Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards

    Amarily Segui

    Amarily Segui

    Amela Sadagic

    Research Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
    Amela Sadagic

    Andy Fawkes

    Consultant, Thinke Company
    Andy Fawkes

    Brigadier General Grzegorz Buszka

    Deputy Commander, NATO Joint Force Training Centre
    Brigadier General Grzegorz Buszka

    Colonel Simon Diggins

    DACOS Mission Support and Training , Joint Forces Command
    Colonel Simon Diggins

    Daniel Barber

    Assistant Professor, University Of Central Florida
    Daniel Barber

    Dave Valcourt

    Vice President, Will Interactive
    Dave Valcourt

    Edward Jones

    Technical Analyst, Dstl
    Edward Jones

    Eric Ortiz

    Research Faculty, University Of Central Florida
    Eric Ortiz

    Ian Strachan

    Editor, ETSA
    Ian Strachan

    Jim Blake

    Program Executive Officer, PEO STRI
    Jim Blake

    Lauren Reinerman

    Assistant Professor, University Of Central Florida
    Lauren Reinerman

    Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Peterson

    Division Head, Training Support Division, NATO Joint Force Training Centre
    Lieutenant Colonel Daniel  Peterson

    Neil Sierens

    Consultant, Yorvik Aviation
    Neil Sierens

    Paul Thurkettle

    E-Learning Program Manager, NATO
    Paul Thurkettle

    Randall Hill

    Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, Institute for Creative Technologies
    Randall Hill

    Stephanie Lackey

    Acting Program Director, University Of Central Florida
    Stephanie Lackey

    Thomas Lasch

    Chief, Models & Simulations Branch, US Army Europe, 7th Army Training Command
    Thomas Lasch

    Timothy James

    Business Development Manager, Lockheed Martin
    Timothy James

    Warrant Officer Johnny Jensen

    SNCO/R&D Branch, Army
    Warrant Officer Johnny Jensen

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    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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