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SAE Media Group is proud to host the 8th annual Future Soldier Technology conference, returning to London on the 8th - 9th of March 2022, and with our enormously popular Dismounted Situational Awareness Focus Day taking place on the 7th March 2022.

Building on the enormous success of SAE Media Group’s previous seven annual meetings, Future Soldier Technology 2022 will be an excellent international gathering of senior officers and programme managers who are seeking to enhance their programmes. Additionally, this forum offers an excellent platform for programme managers within the military to interface with senior experts from within the defence industry.

As the only dedicated future soldier focussed conference, we endeavour to deliver genuine insight and learning through the expertly selected participants who run our discussions and panels, ensuring the latest developments from all parts of the community (industry and military) are covered in great detail.

Future Soldier Technology 2022 will discuss Soldier Modernisation Programmes, and how these projects are driving infantry capabilities into the future and making the dismounted soldier more lethal, protected and ready to fight in the challenging conditions of the modern-day battlefield.

Particular focus will be paid to lessons learnt from major programmes, optics and night vision, ballistic protection, human factors and ergonomics, soldier lethality and soldier system power supply.

3M Svenska AB; 3M Uk Holdings Plc; 3M United Kingdom PLC; Armada International & Asian Military Review; Armasuisse / Federal Office for Defence Procurement; Army Academy; Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre; Army HQ / DE&S / Digital Services; Austrian Army; BAE Systems; Belgian Armed Forces; Blackfriars Associates Ltd; Bren-Tronics Inc; BREN-TRONICS INTERNATIONAL SOLUTIONS; Bren-Tronics, Inc.; British Army; British Army HQ; British Army Land Warfare Centre; Collins Aerospace; Combat Capabilities Development Command – Atlantic (CCDC-ATL)/Army Futures Command (AFC); Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army; Critical Solutions International, CSI; Croft Consultants (South West) Ltd; CSI Solutions Ltd; DALO; DE&S; Defence Equipment & Support; Defence Equipment and Support DE&S; Defence Forces IRL; Defence Science and Technology Agency; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; Dismounted Close Combat (DCC); Domo Tactical Communications (DTC); DSTA; Dstl; DTAQ Europe Office; Egyptian Defence Office; Embassy of Ukraine; ESLAIT; Export Support Team; Finnish Defence Forces; Fischer Connectors; Fraunhofer IOSB; French Air Force; French Army; Fy-Composites; Galvion UK Ltd; German Army; Ghana High Commission; Glenair, Inc; GlobalData; GMRE Inc; Government of Canada; Harris; Harris Electronic Systems; High Commission of India; High Commission of India, London; High Commission of Pakistan, London; HIPPO Multipower; HMEI; Hungarian Defence Forces Command; Hungarian Defence Forces Command (HDFC) ; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Infantry Trials and Development Unit; INVISIO Communications; Jane's Information Group; Kagwerks; Kinected SolutionsLtd; Kirintec Ltd; Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace; L3 Harris; L3 Harris Technologies; L3Harris; Libyan Embassy – Defence attache; MAB6; Marlborough Communications Ltd; Mass; Media Transasia Ltd; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment & Support; MoD of Spain; New Zealand Defence Staff; NP Aerospace Ltd; ODU Scandinavia; Oztek textile; Precision Technic Defence Limited; Presidential Guard / Libyan Army; QinetiQ Ltd; Qioptiq; Quortus; Racal Acoustics Limited; Radetec; RAF UK; Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies; Rheinmetall Canada Inc.; Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH; Rheinmetall Defence UK Ltd; Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH; Roke Manor Research Ltd; Rowden Technologies; Royal Marines; Saab AB; SAAB Technology; Safran Electronics & Defense; Silvus Technologies Inc; Silvus Technologies, Inc; Soteria Defence and Security Limited; Survivability DCC; Swedish Armed Forces; Swiss Armed Forces; Teleplan Globe AS; Thales; Thales LAS France; Thales UK; Theon Sensors S.A,; TNO; Trellisware Technologies Inc ; Turkisih Land Forces Command; UAE GHQ; UK MoD; Ultra; US Army; ViaSat Inc;
 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
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9:00 Developing DSA for the British Army

Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies, SO1 Soldier Systems, TommyWorks, British Army
View Bio

  • Current progress
  • How we are using experimentation to speed up development of an integrated capability
  • Future plans
  • 9:30 Enhancing Situational Awareness for the Dismounted Australian Soldier

    Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte

    Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte, Army Adviser, London, Australian Defence Staff
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  • Overview of Land 125, the Australian Defence Force’s Integrated Soldier System Project
  • Integrating AI into the soldier system to reduce the cognitive load and support rapid decision-making
  • Future plans for utilising AI and technology to increase overall efficiency in the Australian Army
  • 10:00 STAR-PAN C4ISR Platforms 

  • STAR-PAN interconnect systems providing network data access, peripheral connectivity and smart battery power management for dismounted soldier C4ISR electronics.
  •  Allowing the modern warfighter access to tactical radio communications, data links, real-time video downlink, night vision technologies, GPS/navigation, blue force tracking, personal computing, smart phone integration and supporting the specialist user with precision targeting. 
     
  • Mr Ringo Smits

    Mr Ringo Smits, Business Development, Tactical Interconnect Products, Glenair
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    Mr Andrew Murdoch

    Mr Andrew Murdoch, Business Development Manager, Glenair
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    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor - L3 Harris

    Mr Ian Blower

    Mr Ian Blower, Business Development Director - Europe, L3Harris
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    11:30 Increasing DSA for the Israeli Soldier to Optimise Performance and Overcome Disadvantages

    Major Yoav Galster

    Major Yoav Galster, PM Infantry & Commando, Israeli Ministry of Defence
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  • Overview of the disadvantages facing the modern solider and team
  • Intuitive solutions: improving DSA to overcome these disadvantages
  • Deploying UAVs, UGVs and AI to enhance DSA and optimise performance
  • 12:00 Communications on the Front Line

    Mr Charlie Bellsham

    Mr Charlie Bellsham, Senior Principal Systems Engineer, Defence & Security Systems Engineering, Thales UK

  • Operational Needs
  • Soldier Constraints
  • Suitable Technologies
  • Dismounted Soldier Integration
  • Innovation
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Transforming Soldier Situational Awareness through the Nett Warrior IVAS Programme (Virtual)

  • Leveraging commercial smart devices, Android Tactical Assault Kit Software (ATAK) software and secure Army tactical radios to provide a dismounted leader Mission Command and Situational Awareness
  • Improving DSA through ground soldier access to real-time data from airborne and land autonomous platforms
  • Increasing lethality and effectiveness in missions due to enhanced information-sharing and navigation
  • Overcoming soldier power generation constraints – a key challenge
  • Lieutenant Colonel Denny Dresch

    Lieutenant Colonel Denny Dresch, PdM Ground Soldier Systems, PEO Soldier, US Army
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    14:00 Developing Future Capabilities to Enhance Situational Awareness for the Dismounted Estonian Soldier

    Major Ivo Peets

    Major Ivo Peets, Senior Staff Officer, Project Manager for Future Capabilities Design, Estonian Defence Forces
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  • Enhancing situational awareness of light infantry with emerging technologies
  • The importance of effective DSA capabilities in providing troops with information to allow them to quickly and accurately make decisions to complete the mission
  • Future goals and challenges of the EDF in the field of DSA
  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Maximising Lethality and Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Through Enhanced Weapon Optics (Virtual)

    Lieutenant Colonel Sébastien Gasnier

    Lieutenant Colonel Sébastien Gasnier, Branch Deputy, Infantry Doctrinal and Advanced Studies Department, French Armed Forces Infantry School
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  • General update on the FELIN infantry combat system
  • Deploying image-intensifying and thermal imaging sights to support infantry situational awareness
  • Connecting weapon sights and communication systems to send real-time data to C2 centres
  • Moving from FELIN to Scorpion
  • 15:30 Research and Development into Networked, Mobile Dismounted Soldier Systems for the Norwegian Armed Forces

    Mr Johan M. Solli

    Mr Johan M. Solli, Product Manager Dismounted Soldier Solution, ICT-Division, Operative Services, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency

  • Experience and considerations with mounted and dismounted networked soldier systems with regard to soldier equipment, communications, endurance and power, cold and warm climate, EMC, BMS, administration, and vehicle, sensor and system integration
  • Research and experimentation with 3D audio, Indoor positioning, and IoT
  • Discussing the evolution and roadmap for Norwegian Soldier C4I
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    View Bio

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    View Bio

    9:00 ‘Future Soldier’: Transforming the British Army

    Brigadier John Clark CBE

    Brigadier John Clark CBE, Head Strategy, British Army HQ
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  • The future of the British Army following the 2021 Integrated Review
  • ‘Future Soldier’: transforming the British Army into a modern, more agile, more integrated and more expeditionary force
  • Adapting to the future battlefield to prepare for ever-increasing threats
  • Becoming an ‘early adopter’ of technology to harness its potential for competitive advantage
     
  • 9:30 Optimising Soldier Modernisation Through the Work of the Infantry Trials and Development Unit

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), British Army
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  • Updates on the work of the ITDU and its involvement in the ‘Future Soldier’ initiative
  • Outcomes of the Army Warfighting Experiment 21 and the focus on collective training
  • Arming robotic systems and integrating these into the combat network to support the dismounted soldier
  • 10:00 TommyWorks Initiative: Enhancing the Soldier System in the Information Age

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies, SO1 Soldier Systems, TommyWorks, British Army
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  • What is Tommyworks?
  • What are the core problems with current soldier systems?
  • Overview of the interoperability challenges faced when working with new equipment
  • Working closely with industry to solve these challenges
  • 10:30 Using the Standards for C4ISR Integration

    Mr Grant Guy

    Mr Grant Guy, UK BDM Military Interconnect and STAR-PAN SME, Glenair
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  • Interconnect systems providing network data access, peripheral connectivity and smart battery power management for dismounted soldier C4ISR electronics
  • Allowing the modern warfighter access to tactical radio communications, data links, real-time video downlink, night vision technologies, GPS/navigation, blue force tracking, personal computing, smart phone integration and supporting the specialist user with precision targeting.
     
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Beyond Vision, Perception, the Future Soldier System Key to Handle Tomorrow the Disputed Environments of the High Intensity Fighting

    Mr Pascal Sécretin

    Mr Pascal Sécretin, Imagers and Sensors Product Line Director, Thales
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  • What are the main “ line of operations” of the ongoing revolution relative to the perception subsystem? Thales point of view
  • 12:00 Acquiring Dismounted Infantry Technology in Support of Dismounted Soldier Operations

    Mr Nick Taylor

    Mr Nick Taylor, 1* Team Lead, Soldier, Training and Special Projects (STSP), DE&S, UK MOD
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  • Driving acquisition in 5 main areas: Lethality, Survivability, Mobility, Sustainability, and C4I
  • Maximising the efficiency of increasingly complex and power-intensive solider systems
  • Expanding soldier protection through developments in body armour and ballistic protection
  • The challenges and requirements of working with industry
  • 12:30 The Connected Battlespace is Now Extended to the Dismounted Soldier Domain

    Mr Daan Ruhe

    Mr Daan Ruhe, BD Manager & Global Product Specialist L-TAC, Government Land, Inmarsat
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  • On-the-person, on-the-move satellite connectivity from Inmarsat: L-TAC and BGAN Patrol
  • Full integration with Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) and body worn interconnect solutions
  • Ongoing BGAN Patrol Trial programme with MODs around the world, first trial results released
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 STRONG Programme: Enhancing Dutch Dismounted Soldier Capabilities

  • Providing advanced ballistic protection whilst maintaining comfort, mobility and functionality
  • Developing next-generation communication systems for the dismounted soldier
  • Feedback from the first operational unit issued with the STRONG equipment – what next?
  • Colonel Jan H. Vonk

    Colonel Jan H. Vonk, Program leader STRONG, Defence Material Organisation, Dutch MOD
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    Ms Ilse Kroesen

    Ms Ilse Kroesen, System Integration Manager Individual Soldier, Defence Materiel Organisation, Dutch Armed Forces
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    14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor, Instro Precision

    Mr Ryan Claughton

    Mr Ryan Claughton, Sales & BD Director, Instro Precision Limited

    15:00 Industry Panel Debate: Advancing Soldier Modernisation Through Innovation of Equipment and Technology

  • What advances are driving change in soldier modernisation?
  • Collaborating with fellow industry partners to advance soldier modernisation
  • How can industry work better with military partners to provide enhanced services and solutions?
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    View Bio

    Mr Grant Guy

    Mr Grant Guy, UK BDM Military Interconnect and STAR-PAN SME, Glenair
    View Bio

    Mr Daan Ruhe

    Mr Daan Ruhe, BD Manager & Global Product Specialist L-TAC, Government Land, Inmarsat
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    Mr Nick Wood

    Mr Nick Wood, Sales Manager – Major Accounts, Thales UK

    Mr Chris Wood

    Mr Chris Wood, Major Account Manager, L3 Harris Technologies

    15:45 Afternoon Tea

    16:15 Soldato Futuro: Optimising Dismounted Italian Soldier Capabilities for Future Warfare

    Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Forlani

    Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Forlani, Section Head, Engage, Protect, Sustain, Special Forces, Italian Army
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  • Overview of Soldato Futuro and its key focus areas: Protection, Survivability, Lethality, Situational Awareness, and Night-Vision Mobility
  • Accomplishments so far: augmented lethality and protection for the Italian dismounted Soldier
  • Short term goals and priorities for the Soldato Futuro programme: delivering enhanced situation awareness and nocturnal mobility capabilities
  • Looking at orienting next generation capability development efforts within larger allied frameworks to generate synchronized and coherent efforts
  • Exploring opportunities for medium- and long-term cooperation with allied and industry partners to overcome future challenges and keep up the pace
  • 16:45 Increasing the Lethality of the Dismounted Soldier

    Dr Nicolas  Mueller

    Dr Nicolas Mueller, Head Weapons and Ammunition, Armasuisse / Federal Office for Defence Procurement
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  • Increasing lethality to overcome current and future challenges on the battlefield
  • Overview of weapons and ammunitions project developments in Switzerland
  • Future outlook and plans, including a discussion of the potential applications of unmanned mobile systems
  • 17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
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    18:15 Networking Reception Sponsored by Glenair

    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    View Bio

    9:00 Future Commando Force: Modernising the Royal Marines

    Brigadier Mark Totten

    Brigadier Mark Totten, SRO Commando Forces, Royal Marines
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  • A new operating model for Commando Forces
  • Integrating technology for distributed effects
  • Enhancing partnerships to constrain adversaries
  • Working with industry to advance the pace of change
  • 9:30 Preparing the Swedish Soldier for the Contemporary Battlefield

    Lieutenant Colonel Johan Skiöld

    Lieutenant Colonel Johan Skiöld, Deputy Commander, Land Warfare Centre, Swedish Armed Forces
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  • Training combat personnel for future armed ground warfare using simulation software
  • Updates on developments in personal equipment and weapon systems to assist the future soldier
  • Integrating RPAS into dismounted soldier missions to boost effectiveness
  • Future plans to increase the sustainability and mobility of the modern Swedish Soldier
  • 10:00 Providing Evergreen Smartphone Technology to Enhance Situational Awareness in the Tactical, Deployed Environment

    Mr Thomas Eskriett

    Mr Thomas Eskriett, Head of Information Advantage, Roke
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  • How do you create a secure, open, tactical end user device with evolutionary design-led capability, ensuring future system extensibility?
  • Meet CC1, built in partnership with Samsung
  • More than just an EUD – how you deploy CC1 on operations
  • Soldier as a Platform – a common EUD provides the information backbone to extend close combat operations
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 US Army Research Efforts to Maximize Human Performance

    Dr Robb Wilcox

    Dr Robb Wilcox, S&T Lead, Human Systems Performance, US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
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  • Key research programs and technologies to improve dismounted Soldier performance
  • Research efforts to measure, predict and enhance Soldier cognitive and physical performance
  • Biotechnology to improve human performance
  • Soldier-systems performance challenges and new tools
  • 11:30 Future Cognitive Radio Technologies for Dismounted Soldier Communications

    Mr Rob Garth

    Mr Rob Garth, Director of Products, Video & Broadcast, Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)
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  • The evolution of MANET Mesh networks for the battlefield
  • What is Cognitive Radio and what benefits does it offer the Warfighter?
  • What challenges do Cognitive Radio systems face in a battlefield environment?
  • “Every radio a sensor” and Dynamic Spectrum Access
  • Current Cognitive capabilities and the future of Cognitive radio
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    12:00 Developing the NATO Future Soldier System

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Major Magnus Hallberg, LCD DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
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  • Updates on the work of the NATO Land Capability Group on Dismounted Soldier Systems
  • Ensuring interoperability to develop and modernise soldier systems throughout NATO nations
  • Analysis of the challenges faced and interaction with industry may help to identify new innovative technologies to solve integration and capability problems
  • A look at the path ahead for the LCG DSS
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Dismounted Solider System Finland: Increasing Lethality and Night Vision Capabilities (Virtual)

    Major Jari Tiilikka

    Major Jari Tiilikka, Dismounted Soldier Program Manager, Finnish Armed Forces
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  • Updates on the Finnish Soldier Modernisation Programme
  • Procuring new light weaponry and night vision equipment for the dismounted soldier
  • Advanced C4I to optimise performance
  • Future challenges and developments in the Finnish operating environment
  • 14:00 OCCAR: Enhancing Night Vision Capability for Participating Nations

    Mr Geert Vanlinthout

    Mr Geert Vanlinthout, Programme Manager, Night Vision Capability Programme, OCCAR-EA
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  • Overview of OCCAR and their NVC Programme
  • Development, Production and In-Service phases of Night Vision Goggles for participating nations
  • Common procurement: increasing interoperability and decreasing the logistic footprint in operational theatres
  • Collaborating with industry to achieve the best results
  • 14:30 Night Vision and Electro-Optical Equipment: Life Cycle Management through Support Partnerships

    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Mr Miguel Ramos, Chief Engineering & Project Support Branch Chief, Air and Land Combat Systems Programme, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
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  • An overview of the services Nations have agreed to perform in cooperation
  • Pros and cons of this common approach to life cycle management support
  • Examples of specific NVO systems
  • 15:00 Maximising Dismounted Power with Research and Alternative Energy Sources

    Dr Darren Browning

    Dr Darren Browning, Senior Technical Lead - Power Sources, DSTL, UK MoD
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  • Foreseeing and adapting to future power demand caused by additional equipment
  • Managing power distribution: methods to improve efficiency and reduce soldier load
  • Looking at battery-alternative power solutions
  • Leveraging and integrating COTS solutions
  • Ongoing standardisation efforts
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Improvements in Combat Protective Equipment to Maximise Soldier Survivability

    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Mr Jonathan Russell, Principle Scientist Platform Systems, DSTL, UK MoD
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  • Research and development in protective equipment for the dismounted soldier
  • Providing solider mobility with increased survivability
  • Discussing improvements in soldier survivability systems and looking at the challenges ahead
  • 16:30 Biologically-Linked Armament Configuration (BLAC) Laboratory Research (Virtual)

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa, Human Research Lead, Tactical Behaviour Research Laboratory, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)
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  • Investigations of novel Soldier-Armament integration using the human body's bioelectrical signals
  • Inventing biosensor devices for operations
  • Future research avenues for cyborg design
  • 17:00 Swiss Special Forces Command Field Test with Exoskeletons

    Major Marco Dâmaso

    Major Marco Dâmaso, System Portfolio Manager Special Units, Swiss Armed Forces
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  • Human Augmentation Full Body Exoskeleton Field Test from 2015
  • Purpose, goals and sequence of the 2021 Exoskeleton Field Test
  • Results with passive and powered exoskeletons
  • Where we want to go in the future
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Three

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier John Clark CBE

    Brigadier John Clark CBE

    Head Strategy, British Army HQ
    Brigadier Mark Totten

    Brigadier Mark Totten

    SRO Commando Forces, Royal Marines
    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Dr Robb Wilcox

    Dr Robb Wilcox

    S&T Lead, Human Systems Performance, US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Denny Dresch

    Lieutenant Colonel Denny Dresch

    PdM Ground Soldier Systems, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    SO1 Soldier Systems, TommyWorks, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Forlani

    Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Forlani

    Section Head, Engage, Protect, Sustain, Special Forces, Italian Army
    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    LCD DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
    Mr Nick Taylor

    Mr Nick Taylor

    1* Team Lead, Soldier, Training and Special Projects (STSP), DE&S, UK MOD

    Brigadier John Clark CBE

    Head Strategy, British Army HQ
    Brigadier John Clark CBE

    Brigadier John Clark was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1999. He has spent most of his career working with Airborne Forces although he has also served in armoured and mechanised units and formations, including as a mechanised brigade chief of staff. He has deployed on operations to Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan (three times) and Cyprus.
    Brigadier Clark has commanded at brigade level and below and has experience of war fighting, combat and construction engineering, capacity building/indigenous force training, UN peacekeeping, and developing and maintaining very high readiness forces. He has also worked in the Ministry of Defence on the Army Strategy team with specific responsibility for strategic communications and cross-government engagement.
    Brigadier Clark's education includes an undergraduate degree in Arabic (with Islamic Studies and History) from Oxford University, a master's degree in Military Art and Science from the US School of Advanced Military Studies, the UK Defence Higher Command and Staff Course and the Institute of Directors' Strategic Business Programme.
    From September 2016 to September 2018 he worked as the Military Assistant to the Prime Minister with responsibility for the political-military interface, all Defence matters and Middle East foreign policy within No 10 Downing Street. Following this, he was appointed to command 16 Air Assault Brigade, the Army's Global Response Force.
    From summer 2020 until publication, he worked in the Ministry of Defence on the Army's contribution to the Government's Integrated Review.
    He was appointed the Army’s Head of Strategy in February 2021.

    Brigadier Mark Totten

    SRO Commando Forces, Royal Marines
    Brigadier Mark Totten

    Brigadier Mark Totten joined the Royal Marines in 1998 and passed for duty in September 1999. His early career was dominated by Regimental duty - at 40 Commando Royal Marines, the United Kingdom Landing Force Support Group (now 30 Commando IX Group) and at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM). During this period, he saw operational service in Norther Ireland and Iraq, and had the privilege of training new-entry Royal Marines.

    Following promotion to Major, he returned to CTCRM as the Adjutant, before re-joining 40 Commando as Officer Commanding B Company. In this role he deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan, as part of the NATO Security and Assistance Force and was awarded an MBE for his contribution – recognition that rested on the efforts of the entire Company.

    Progressing to Lt Col in 2012, he spent a year as the lead planner within the UK’s 2* Amphibious Headquarters. From there, he returned to 3 Commando Brigade - first as the Chief of Staff within the Brigade Headquarters and then as Commanding Officer of 42 Commando Royal Marines. For his service to the Commando Brigade in these appointments he was promoted to OBE.

    As a Colonel, he was Chief of Staff to both the EU Naval Force ATALANTA, running counter piracy operations in the Horn of Africa, and to Commander UK Strike Force, the UK's 2* Maritime Component Command. After leading the team that developed the Future Commando Force concept for the Integrated Review of 2021, he was promoted to Brigadier and is now the Senior Responsible Owner for Commando Force Development within Navy Command.

    Brigadier Totten’s undergraduate degree is in modern languages and he has a MA in Defence Studies from King’s College London. He is a graduate of the Higher Command and Staff Course at the UK Defence Academy.

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    As Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army COL (R) Hansen spent 26 years in the US Army in both the war fighting and acquisition fields. He held various command and staff positions in self-propelled, towed, and airborne artillery units and fire support elements. His research, development, and acquisition experience includes various assignments as a product,
    project, or program manager in electric guns, armored vehicles, and precision guided munitions. In his last 4 years of service as the Project Manager for Soldier Warrior, he was responsible for weapons, clothing, and equipment for aviation crewmen (Air Warrior), dismounted Soldiers (Land Warrior, Ground Soldier Ensemble), and vehicle crewmen (Mounted Soldier).

    Colonel Jan H. Vonk

    Program leader STRONG, Defence Material Organisation, Dutch MOD
    Colonel Jan H. Vonk

    Colonel Jan H. Vonk graduated from the Academy in 1988. He started his career in operational positions varying from platoon to brigade level. He also served in Slovakia setting up the NATO/PfP Junior Staff Officers Course.
    In 2009 he finished the General Staff Officers Course in Hamburg followed by an assignment in 1 German Netherlands Corps. After this he reorganized 1 NLD CIMIC battalion into 1 NLD CMI Command as the CO. After this he served in 43 Bde HQ, Army HQ and the Land Warfare Centre. He has conducted 4 operational tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan.
    Colonel Vonk is program leader STRONG since 2019.

    Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte

    Army Adviser, London, Australian Defence Staff
    Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte

    Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte was appointed as the Army Adviser, London at Australia’s High Commission in London in 2020.

    He has seen operational service in East Timor (1999), Iraq (2006 & 2019), Afghanistan (2007/2008) and Fiji (2016). Colonel Bassingthwaighte is a graduate of the Royal Military College and the US Army Command and General Staff College and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in the 2009 Australia Day Honours List for his service as Officer Commanding, Combat Team SPEAR, RTF-3 on OP SLIPPER in Afghanistan.

    Dr Darren Browning

    Senior Technical Lead - Power Sources, DSTL, UK MoD
    Dr Darren Browning

    Dr Darren Browning works for Dstl as senior technical lead on Power Sources. He manages and performs research into a range of power systems for all three MOD services, but has recently specialised on the dismounted soldier. Darren also leads on a range of international collaborations including chairing the NATO Land Capability Group Power Team of Experts.
    Over the past 25 years he has worked for DRA, QinetiQ and now Dstl on many aspects of energy storage including batteries, fuel cells and energy harvesting for a wide range of military and commercial applications.

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

    Human Research Lead, Tactical Behaviour Research Laboratory, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)
    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

    Elizabeth Mezzacappa, PhD, is the Human Research Lead at the US Army’s Tactical Behavior Research Laboratory. Her research spans a wide range of human behavioral experiments related to armaments, including non-lethal weapon effectiveness, machine learning from human data for artificial intelligence, performance evaluation for counter-terrorism exercises, and psychophysiological methods for Soldier-Armament Integration. She has received a 2008 Army Science Best Paper Award, 2012 and 2013 Army Research and Development Achievement Awards, and the 2018 Military Operations Research Society Journal Award. Mezzacappa received her BAs from the University of Pennsylvania, her PhD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

    Dr Nicolas Mueller

    Head Weapons and Ammunition, Armasuisse / Federal Office for Defence Procurement
    Dr Nicolas  Mueller

    Dr. Nicolas G. Mueller studied chemistry, physics and national security. 6 years research in laser engineering, worked several years as ICRC coordinator/delegate, 1999-2001 in Afghanistan. Worked 2001-2005 as international strategy consultant. Subsequently in Joint Staff as PM Swiss Information Operations Force. 2007-2016 he was the federal crisis management advisor, directed the federal strategic crisis exercises, organized yearly OECD conferences and advised the Swiss Government in crisis early warning and -management. Since 2017 Head Weapons and Ammunition at armasuisse. General staff colonel, former deputy head of operations (G3) of Swiss Land Forces and reconnaissance battalion commander. Adjunct professor at Geneva School of Diplomacy, teaches national crisis management and future of warfare.

    Dr Robb Wilcox

    S&T Lead, Human Systems Performance, US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
    Dr Robb Wilcox

    Dr. Robb Wilcox is the US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center’s Science and Technology Lead for International Programs and Human Systems Performance. In these roles, he leads international engagements and important Soldier Center efforts in Human Systems Performance by shaping the strategy, research activities and relationships across a breadth of RDT&E efforts. He was previously the Director of the Soldier Performance Optimization Directorate at the DEVCOM SC and was responsible for approximately 120 soldier performance team leaders, scientists, engineers and specialists developing new capabilities through research and development to improve Soldier performance. Dr. Wilcox was also the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) – Atlantic based in London, UK from 2012-2017. In this role he served as the principal RDECOM-ATL technical expert in the UK, Europe, the Middle East as well as Africa for the Army.

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe joined the Army in 2001, commissioning into the Scots Guards. Initially posted to London on ceremonial duties, he then served as a Platoon Commander in the Guards Training Division, Catterick. Further postings included Poland, Canada and Germany where he was an Armoured Infantry Platoon and Company Commander. He worked in Joint Capabilities in the MoD during SDSR15 and is experienced in several other key Staff appointment roles, both in the MoD and in the Field Army. He has completed multiple tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and overseas short-term training tasks (STTT).

    Lieutenant Colonel Denny Dresch

    PdM Ground Soldier Systems, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Denny Dresch

    LTC Denny Dresch graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an Infantry officer in May 2003. His first duty assignment was with the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division where he served as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Anti-Armor Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion S-4. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2005-2006. Following his assignment with the 82nd Airborne Division, LTC Dresch was assigned to Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania where he served as an Assistant Battalion S-3 with the 1st Battalion, 307th Infantry (AC/RC). His battalion was responsible for the mobilization, training, and deployment of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) from the Pennsylvania National Guard.

    After completing the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course at Fort Benning, LTC Dresch served as an Assistant Brigade S-3 for the 4th SBCT, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during 2009-2010 where he served as Commander, Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry. Upon redeployment, LTC Dresch was assigned as the Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry.

    Following command, LTC Dresch attended the Army Acquisition Basic Course and was assigned as an Acquisition’s Staff Officer to the Training and Doctrine Command’s (TRADOC) Capabilities Integration Center at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. In this role, he worked closely with TRADOC Capability Managers and Capability Development Integration Directorates to execute annual Capability Needs Analysis. Following completion of Intermediate Level Education at Fort Belvoir, LTC Dresch was assigned to the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense as an Assistant Product Manager (APM). LTC Dresch was responsible for the cost, schedule and performance of the Automated Installation Entry. His next assignment was to the Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he served as an Acquisition Management Branch Assignment Officer. LTC Dresch was then assigned as the Military Deputy to the Director of the Night Vision Electronic Sensor Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia where he worked on the Integrated Visual Augmentation System. LTC Dresch has a Master’s in Business Administration from Liberty University. He has also completed the Acquisition Intermediate Qualification Course and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III trained in Program Management.

    LTC Dresch last served as the Assistant Executive Officer to the Military Deputy for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology.

    LTC Dresch’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He has been awarded the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School and Advance Airborne Course.

    LTC Dresch is married to the former Miss Rebecca Morris and has four children.

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    SO1 Soldier Systems, TommyWorks, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lt Col Gareth Davies took over as SO1 Soldier Systems in Jan 2019. His main role is to deliver new Dismounted Close Combat capabilities to service across the Defence Lines of Development. He is the lead in setting up TommyWorks, a new organisation focussing on Soldier System Integration and more agile and iterative delivery of future capabilities. Career wise, he has completed 5 operational tours as an infantry commander including Iraq and Afghanistan twice and has previous experience as a Requirements Manager for the FIST programme and Chief of Staff of Soldier, Training and Special Projects team within DE&S.

    Lieutenant Colonel Johan Skiöld

    Deputy Commander, Land Warfare Centre, Swedish Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Johan Skiöld

    Short military background of Lt Col Johan Skiöld

    85-86 Military service Ranger bn
    86-87 Officer academy
    87-90 Instructor Ranger bn (airborne ranger course 89)
    90-91 Officer academy (lt)
    91-92 Arctic ranger bn
    92-93 Plt leader ranger bn
    93-94 Captains course
    94-98 Plt leader ranger
    98-99 Major course
    99-01 Coy commander (air assault)
    01-03 Army HQ staff officer
    03-05 Coy com (air assault)
    05-07 Ranger reg G3/7
    07-09 National def college Lt Col
    09-10 C G3
    10-14 Com Bn (air assault) Afg 11-12.
    14-16 Com Education LWC
    16-17 Plans policy dep HQ
    17-20 OPR Swe army ex.
    20-- DCOM LWC

    Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Forlani

    Section Head, Engage, Protect, Sustain, Special Forces, Italian Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Forlani

    Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Forlani is a graduate of the Italian Military High School and the Military Academy.
    Graduate of the German Defense Command and Staff College (LGAN).
    Holds various academic degrees in Strategic, Political and International Security studies.
    Cavalry Officer, has commanded units from platoon to battalion in the armored and light armor reconnaissance roles.
    His operational tours include multiple services in Iraq and South Lebanon.
    He served in staff roles at the Italian Army General Staff and the German Army Command.
    Since October 2019 he serves as Section Head, Capability Development Directorate of the Italian Army General Staff.

    Lieutenant Colonel Sébastien Gasnier

    Branch Deputy, Infantry Doctrinal and Advanced Studies Department, French Armed Forces Infantry School
    Lieutenant Colonel Sébastien Gasnier

    LTC GASNIER joined the Infantry in 2001 after his initial course at the academy of Saint-Cyr. Posted in a Airborne Infantry Regiment from 2001 to 2009 as platoon leader to company commander, he has been deployed couple of times in Africa, in Pacific and served also within international commitments in Lebanon, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
    Teacher at the capitains’ course, staff college graduated, LTC GASNIER has been the first exchange officier posted in 1(UK)DIV HQ / YORK from 2015 to 2018.
    Currently based in Draguignan, he is the 2IC of the Infantry Doctrinal And Advanced Studies Department.
    LTC GASNIER is single and a rubgy fan, but exclusively in case of French victory over the British team.

    Major Ivo Peets

    Senior Staff Officer, Project Manager for Future Capabilities Design, Estonian Defence Forces
    Major Ivo Peets

    Education: 

    2006–2009 Estonian National Defence College (ENDC), professional higher education in Military Leadership; 2017-2021 Tallinn University , M.Sc studies in Governmental sciences; since 2021 PhD Doctoral Studies at Tallinn University (Defence planning and management).

    Professional career:

    2009–2011 Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), Kuperjanov Battalion, Platoon Commander; 2011–2013 Scouts Battalion, Platoon Commander (deployment to Afghanistan); 2013–2015 Kalev Battalion, Company Commander, 2015-2018 Battalion Staff Chief of Operations; 2018 - 2021 Estonian Defence Forces Headquartes, Analysis and Planning Department Senior Staff Officer; since 2020 Lead of Estonian Defence Forces Force Capability Development Project.

    Major Jari Tiilikka

    Dismounted Soldier Program Manager, Finnish Armed Forces
    Major Jari Tiilikka

    Major Jari Tiilikka is an infantry officer with over 20 years of experience in Finnish Defence Forces. He is currently serving as the Program Manager for Finnish Dismounted Soldier System program. His previous assignments include research (tactics and operational art) at Army Land Warfare Centre, tour of duty in ISAF operation and different positions in the Finnish urban warfare Centre of Excellence, Guard Jaeger Regiment.

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    LCD DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Infantry officer, the career consists of a mix of different positions within infantry and Mechanized battalions.
    Graduated from Staff collage 2002 and completed Battalion Commander Course 2003, since 2004 at Land Warfare Centre development department.
    Test and trial manager on Swedish soldier modernization, PM/ReqM on Combat clothing and PPE.
    A member of LCG DSS since 2004, Deputy Chairman 2012-18, Chairman 2019---
    Involved in the NORDEFCO project on Nordic Combat Uniform as leader of the User Working Group.

    Major Marco Dâmaso

    System Portfolio Manager Special Units, Swiss Armed Forces
    Major Marco Dâmaso

    Major Marco Dâmaso is an active duty officer in the Swiss Armed Forces since 1989 and currently works as a system portfolio manager for special units at the Swiss Armed Forces Planning Division. Furthermore, Marco is responsible for the development and implementation of the future soldier technologies as well as the soldier augmentation within the Swiss Armed Forces. After attending the Military Academy Marco served as an instructor in the Motorized Infantry School and in the Infantry Training Centre. Afterwards he worked for the “Army 21 reform program” to create and build up the Swiss Special Forces Command, where he was the head of training and R&D for the command for 14 years. During this time Marco initiated and conducted a field-test with a powered leg exoskeleton.

    Major Yoav Galster

    PM Infantry & Commando, Israeli Ministry of Defence
    Major Yoav Galster

    Education
    2015-2017 - M.B.A Business Management, Executive program
    2006-2010 - B.Sc Industrial Engineering

    Employment & Military
    IMOD \ DDR&D \ Land Systems Division \ Infantry & SF Branch
    2017-Now - Major, Head of Infantry & Commando section. Manage dismounted soldier R&D.
    IDF - Weapon Systems Department, Planning Division, Ground Forces Command
    Artillery branch
    2014-2017 - Major, Head of Rocket section. PM - budget, supervise tests, development and purchase of rockets & launchers.
    Infantry branch
    2009-2014 - Major, Head of Combat gear section. PM - budget, supervise tests, development and purchase of small arms, munitions, optics (sights, NVG, etc.), LCP.
    2005-2009 – Captain, Weapons section. Lead field tests, define combat needs - SMG's, mortars, RCWS, sniping etc.
    2004-2005 – Lieutenant, SF section. Lead field tests, define combat needs with the user etc.
    2000-2004 - Combat paratrooper & officer (Infantry Company Commander).
    2011-2020 – Reserve Infantry Company Commander

    Mr Andrew Murdoch

    Business Development Manager, Glenair
    Mr Andrew Murdoch

    Mr Andrew Murdoch has been with Glenair since 2018 working as the Business Development Manager and Subject Matter Expert on the STAR-PAN product line. Initially based in the UK, Andrew recently relocated to the United States where he is responsible for tactical interconnect solutions in USA/CAN/NZ/AUS/ASIA and Israel. Prior to this position, Andrew served 15 years as a Royal Marines Commando and member of United Kingdom Special Forces with multiple tours of Iraq, Afghanistan and other Global operational theatres. As a communications specialist and qualified JTAC, Andrew spent his final few years of military employment developing and testing soldier worn situational awareness and DACAS systems.

    Mr Charlie Bellsham

    Senior Principal Systems Engineer, Defence & Security Systems Engineering, Thales UK
    Mr Charlie Bellsham

    Mr Chris Wood

    Major Account Manager, L3 Harris Technologies
    Mr Chris Wood

    Mr Daan Ruhe

    BD Manager & Global Product Specialist L-TAC, Government Land, Inmarsat
    Mr Daan Ruhe

    Daan is the LTAC Product Specialist within Inmarsat’s Global Government Business Unit, a division that was created to focus specifically on the explicit requirements of government users across military, public safety, border protection and emergency services.

    Inmarsat is a global leader in mobile satellite communication and has been serving governments around the world since it was originally founded by the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1979 to ensure the safety of life at sea. The Global Government Business Unit is specifically tasked with delivering communication certainty to government across air, land and sea. If you need global mobile communications that must work, Inmarsat is the only solution that does so. Every time.

    Daan is responsible for managing Inmarsat’s L-TAC service. L-TAC, when coupled with the Spectra SlingShot applique and a small antenna, is a unique, lightweight, low-power satcom system that enables existing, in-service tactical military and commercial VHF/UHF radios to utilize Inmarsat’s global L-band GEO satellite coverage, effectively providing a radio repeater in space, allowing these radios to be used beyond line of sight, globally.

    Daan joined Inmarsat in 2015 having worked previously as a Solution Architect with Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Daan brings over 20 years of experience in telecommunications to the role and is a believer in true collaboration between government and industry to help build real solutions to real end user challenges. As such you are far more likely to find him out in the field, talking to operation teams about communications challenges and requirements, demonstrating capability and helping to find efficient solutions that help build situational awareness and deliver operational success.

    Mr Geert Vanlinthout

    Programme Manager, Night Vision Capability Programme, OCCAR-EA
    Mr Geert Vanlinthout

    Geert Vanlinthout, born 1964, lives in Leuven and Bonn.
    In 1987, he joined the Infantry Regiment Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn after completing his education at the Belgian Royal Military Academy. Throughout his military career, he has executed different functions in the unit, schools and headquarters: including company commander, staff officer at a German Division and NATO Headquarters Heidelberg, battalion commander, G3 at the Belgian Land Component Command Headquarters. He was deployed five times overseas: UNPROFOR, ISAF (3x), UNIFIL.
    In June 2015, he joined OCCAR-EA as Head of Corporate Support Division. Since May 2020, he leads OCCAR’s Night Vision Capability Programme.

    Mr Grant Guy

    UK BDM Military Interconnect and STAR-PAN SME, Glenair
    Mr Grant Guy

    Served 15 years in 29 Commando Royal Artillery. Serving as a fire controller on multiple operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan and various exercises throughout the world with commando forces.  
    Joined Glenair in January 2020 as the UK business development manager for MIL interconnect and STAR-PAN. 

    Mr Ian Blower

    Business Development Director - Europe, L3Harris
    Mr Ian Blower

    Ian Blower is European Modernisation Director for the Communications Systems Segment of L3Harris Technologies.
    L3Harris Communications Systems covers a broad portfolio, including tactical and airborne radios, night vision technology, and defence and public safety networks.
    He is responsible for the solution design, technology and capture of large modernisation programmes across Europe. He works with customers to understand their needs, assists with overall programme and system design, then leads the Company’s efforts to fulfill those requirements. He reports into Vice President Europe & Canada.

    He served in the British Army for 27 years, completing operational tours in Europe and the Middle East. Latterly, he specialised in Defence Procurement working on vehicle programmes, simulation and training systems and CIS from the strategic to tactical levels.
    He was awarded an MBE for his work in Combat Identification and antifratricide technology. On leaving the Army he worked in cyber, crypto and tactical CIS before joining L3Harris in 2017.
    He is a Chartered Engineer and member of the member of Institution of  Engineering and Technology. Ian has a BSc degree in Information Technology and an MSc in Defence Simulation and Modelling from Cranfield University. He also has an MA in Defence Studies – King’s College London and attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course at the UK’s Defence Academy

    Mr Johan M. Solli

    Product Manager Dismounted Soldier Solution, ICT-Division, Operative Services, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency
    Mr Johan M. Solli

    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Principle Scientist Platform Systems, DSTL, UK MoD
    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Jonathan is a Senior Principal Scientist within the Physical Sciences Group at Dstl, Porton Down, UK. He is technical lead for the Land Systems Programme Dismounted Protection Project, and Dstl’s Project Technical Authority for the Dismounted Solder Systems project.
    He is an active member of the NATO Land Capability Group Dismounted Soldier System (LCGDSS) Combat Clothing Individual Equipment and Protection (CCIEP) group, member of the STANAG 2920 Team of Experts, chair of the Head Borne Systems Team of Experts, and chair of STANAG 2902 Test and Evaluation Criteria for Combat Helmets.
    He is a subject matter expert in physical protection having joined Dstl in 2005, developing and analysing vulnerability and lethality concepts for UK land vehicles. He has spent the last 11 years working in the dismounted protection domain, researching, developing and supporting UK MOD procurement programmes, and technical lead for INVICTUS – the technical programme board for VIRTUS. Jonathan is also the Project Technical Authority for the Dismounted Soldier Systems Project, delivering an articulation of future dismounted soldier system capability that will enhance Ground Manoeuvre operational effectiveness. Focusing on the integration of technology from the broader S&T portfolio: lethality, protection, mobility, C4ISR and sustainability domains.
     

    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Chief Engineering & Project Support Branch Chief, Air and Land Combat Systems Programme, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Education: MSc in Aeronautical Engineering, PgC in Technology Management, Prince 2 and MSP Practitioner.
    Experience: 27 years of experience providing and managing in-service support for military systems. After 5 years serving in the Spanish Air Force as Project Officer at Logistics Center for Armament and Experimentation (CLAEX), he joined NSPA (former NAMSA) in 1999 responsible for anti-tank systems support, later expanded to Land Combat Missiles and Electro-Optical Systems and since 2014 responsible for the Engineering and Project Support Branch (Air and Land Combat Systems Programme) where he is leading a team of 50 engineers and technicians providing project support and technical assistance for Life Cycle Management of combat systems including missiles, artillery and armoured vehicles.

    Mr Nick Taylor

    1* Team Lead, Soldier, Training and Special Projects (STSP), DE&S, UK MOD
    Mr Nick Taylor

    Nick was appointed as the Head of Soldier, Training and Special Projects in the UK MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation in April 2018

    Nick has had a diverse career within the MoD since joining them in 1992. From December 2008, he was the Head of the Land and Joint Training and Simulation Systems Programme (JBTSE) in DE&S, responsible for the procurement and support of the British Army’s collective training systems as well as armoured vehicle gunnery and crew training systems. In August 2013, he was promoted to the Senior Civil Service in the Army Recruiting and Training Division as the Director Programmes, responsible for all major projects. In 2016, He moved assignments back to DE&S as the Head of Function for Project Management, initially in the Air Domain, but latterly for the whole of DE&S.

    As well as being a graduate of the UK Government’s Major Project Leadership Academy, Nick is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Chartered Project Professional with the Association for Project Management with 29 years’ experience of Project and Programme Management with the UK MoD.

    Mr Nick Wood

    Sales Manager – Major Accounts, Thales UK
    Mr Nick Wood

    Mr Pascal Sécretin

    Imagers and Sensors Product Line Director, Thales
    Mr Pascal Sécretin

    A graduate of Saint Cyr and Centrale Supélec, Pascal Sécretin joined the Thales Group in 2012 after a career as a paratrooper officer marked by numerous operational engagements overseas, notably in Africa, former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan.
    Formerly in charge of bids for intelligence information systems, UAVs and Scorpion, he successfully led the capture of the French SMDR contract for frontline ISTAR mini UAVs. He is currently Imagers and Sensors product line director.
    He proposes and leads the strategy for the perception capabilities of soldiers and contact units: mini UAVs, optronics, perception system.
    Pascal Sécretin is a Knight of the Légion d’Honneur.

    Mr Ringo Smits

    Business Development, Tactical Interconnect Products, Glenair
    Mr Ringo Smits

    Mr. Ringo Smits spent over 22 years in the Royal Netherlands Army before joining Glenair in 2020. He fulfilled various positions in both Armoured and Long-Range Reconnaissance units. The last decade of his military career he spent as a qualified JTAC and JTAC-Instructor, fulfilling multiple positions in this specialist field. His military career included multiple operational deployments to the Balkans and Afghanistan. At Glenair Ringo Smits is dedicated to working with NATO and NATO friendly countries to provide interoperability solutions for the War Fighters Data Communication and Power needs.

    Mr Rob Garth

    Director of Products, Video & Broadcast, Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)
    Mr Rob Garth

    Rob Garth is the Product Director for Video and IP MESH at Domo Tactical Communications (DTC). With a background in RF engineering, Rob has more than twenty years in the development and delivery of robust tactical and fixed wireless systems for both military and civil applications, from simple FM links to multi-Megabit COFDM MESH systems and data pipes on the ground, in the air and at sea.

    Rob was formerly Technical Director at Wood & Douglas, where he spearheaded the development of software-defined radio systems before leading the sale of W&D in 2013. Since joining DTC, Rob has been responsible for the product roadmap of DTC’s world-leading range of COFDM IP Mesh and Point To Point link products.

    Mr Ryan Claughton

    Sales & BD Director, Instro Precision Limited
    Mr Ryan Claughton

    Mr Thomas Eskriett

    Head of Information Advantage, Roke
    Mr Thomas Eskriett

    o Tom leads Roke’s Information Advantage business, comprising Soldier Systems, ISTAR, Tactical CIS and Multi Domain Integration. Tom is a Chartered Systems Engineer and Certified Enterprise Architect with experience leading the technical delivery of Force Protection, Electronic Warfare, Unmanned Systems, Soldier Platforms and Helicopter Mission Systems. Prior to joining Roke, Tom was a Systems Engineer with Lockheed Martin UK. He served in the British Army Reserves with 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment deploying on Operation Herrick 8. Tom is a graduate of the University of Sheffield and Henley Business School having studied Computer Systems Engineering and an MBA respectively.

    Ms Ilse Kroesen

    System Integration Manager Individual Soldier, Defence Materiel Organisation, Dutch Armed Forces
    Ms Ilse Kroesen

    Since mid-2018 Ms Ilse Kroesen has been working at the Defence Organisation Materiel on projects regarding equipment of the soldier. With her Msc degree and background as an Industrial Design Engineer the position as an System Integration Manager for developing an Individual Soldier System was a good match. In this role Ms Kroesen’s responsibilities were to develop, test and deliver a modular system for personal equipment regarding a vest-system, ballistic protection and backpacks. Within this modular system articles needed to be interfaced, but also with other systems, like C4I, CBRN, clothing and helmets.
    Since mid-2021 Ms Kroesen’s role as a System Integration Manager has been expanded in chairperson for the coordination board of the individual soldier. The main goal of this board is to coordinate the entire lifetime of the equipment within the cubic meters around the soldier and if needed giving advice in adapting new innovations. In these cubic meters different systems have interfaces with each other which has a huge effect on the capabilities and the performance of the soldier. Another important aspect is that the soldier has to operate in his own environment. For example, a soldier needs to sit safely and ready for action in a vehicle or in a Chinook. Ms Kroesen’s communication skills assist in achieving the required coordination and synchronization between all actors.

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Thales

    Gold Sponsor
    http://www.thalesgroup.com

    Thales In a world that is increasingly mobile, interconnected and interdependent, the security of people and goods, infrastructure and nations depends on leaders and organisations and their ability to decide and act in a timely fashion and obtain the best outcomes. In the markets that Thales serves - defence, security, space, aerospace and ground transportation - these decisions are often of critical importance. Navy, army and air force commanders, as well as air traffic controllers, policymakers and infrastructure operators, face these critical decisions and need full, relevant and reliable information to understand the situation and make the right choices. www.thalesgroup.com

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    3M

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.3m.com

    We strive to set the standard for confidence and trust by providing rugged, reliable protective communication equipment.

    3M™ PELTOR™ solutions for today’s modern warfighter have been designed for use in combat and combat support operations, specifically, for use with firearms and ballistic combat helmets. The hearing protectors feature external microphones for environmental listening (aka Talk-Through) capability, so operators can maintain auditory situational awareness while still protecting their hearing. With more than 70 years of experience the PELTOR brand promises quality communication solutions that help provide an excellent balance of comfort and protection. The advanced engineering and technology inherent with the PELTOR brand fits with the high standard of quality and innovation of a continuously evolving range of product solutions that you, our customers, come to expect from 3M.



    Bren Tronics

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.bren-tronics.com

    Bren-Tronics, Inc. (BTI) is a technology-based Power Systems company with over 45 years of experience in the design, development and manufacture of primary and rechargeable batteries, along with associated chargers and complete power systems. From design to production, BTI maintains complete in-house capabilities to develop fully integrated systems supporting US and Worldwide Military and Commercial markets.

    BTI has traditionally supported the dismounted soldier by providing the highest portable power and energy available in the smallest, lightest packages, whilst always maintaining the highest level of safety standards. Through the evolution of rechargeable battery systems, initially with Nickle Cadmium, through Nickle Metal Hydride to the current forefront of technology, Lithium Ion, BTI have consistently provided the warfighter with the best technology available.With reliability at the forefront of user’s requirements, BTI pride themselves with an outstanding field-proven record of dependability. In addition, BTI was the first battery manufacturer of rechargeable batteries to provide a visual state of charge indicator to further enhance the confidence of the user.

    Specific to the arena of the Future Soldier ideology, in 2004 BTI were the first to provide a battery specifically designed to be used as a centralised power source for the dismounted soldier. The SMP battery range from Bren-Tronics is unique in so much that the battery is designed around the most energy efficient Li Ion cell available. Consequently, the energy density (run time per weight and size) is the highest currently achievable.

    The SMP battery is currently in use by the German IDZ programme and recently the same battery has now been selected as the battery of choice for the Benelux “VOSS” Future Soldier programme.



    DTC

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.domotactical.com

    Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) is the global leader in Tactical IP Mesh technology (MANET), and COFDM transmissions systems. DTC mission-critical solutions secure, share and communicate real-time video, voice and data to enable Shared Situational Awareness (SSA) on land, on the sea and in the air. DTC has developed leading-edge technologies for successful operations in demanding environments, where COFDM solutions provide longer range, penetration

    DTC works with military, law enforcement, counter-terror units, governments, autonomous systems manufacturers and system integrators to meet key connectivity and communication challenges. Leveraging a technical heritage stretching back over 50 years and incorporating the unrivalled COFDM waveform experience of the Domo engineering team, DTC has a passion for innovation which keeps us one step ahead in the rapidly changing and increasingly challenging environments in which we perform - whether on the battlefield or the streets of our cities. High-performance communication systems enable our customers to securely monitor, communicate and share information with confidence in complex environments and the most demanding situations.

    The DTC Mesh Ultra waveform provides a seamless self-forming, self-healing MANET capability that can be relied on even in the toughest conditions. DTC SDR based technology provides High Data Rate (HDR) capability for large mesh formations with excellent spectral efficiency whilst also delivering ultra-low latency performance, end-to-end encryption and unrivalled robustness and range in challengingreal-world environments. DTC’s portfolio of products also seamlessly interlink to other IP bearers to form integrated communication and data network offering secure, fast and reliable access to data real-time video, audio, location-based information services. The DTC product range offers both OEM and packaged systems with excellent Size, Weight and Power (SWAP) characteristics to suit a wide range of mission requirements,



    Falcom

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://falcom.gn.com/

    At FalCom we create advanced hearing protection solutions that enable special operations, military, law enforcement and security personnel to communicate in the most extreme environments – all while providing world class hearing protection.

    FalCom is a part of the GN Group, a global leader in intelligent audio solutions for over 150 years. The GN Group’s unique portfolio of medical, professional and consumer audio solutions – and the deep research and development expertise behind this range of products - gives our brands unprecedented advantages in the med-tech, hearables and intelligent audio field.



    Inmarsat

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.inmarsat.com

    We are Inmarsat. And we deliver communication certainty to governments, globally. The governments of 80+ countries have depended on our services for over 40 years, and we invest in excess of $600m in research and development every year, enabling unprecedented new services for global mobility, delivering high performance connectivity. Everywhere.



    Instro Precision

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://instro.com

    Founded in 1964, Instro Precision are world leaders in Defence design and capability manufacturing. Our portfolio includes precision Motorized and Manual Pan & Tilts, ruggedized tripods, highly accurate North Finding systems, Cat-1 Target Acquisition capabilities, Remote Observation Systems and bespoke precision engineered defence equipment.

    We pride ourselves on our integrity, flexible approach and the ability to take a product from idea to production in days-and-weeks, as opposed to months-and-years. Instro Precision have a large Engineering team, from mechanical to software, plus highly experienced R&D specialists, who work closely with our customers to ensure our product line is at the cutting-edge, easy to use, intuitive but most importantly, reliable.

    Instro Precision have a rich and prosperous relationship with the UK MoD dating back to 1960s. Most recently, our XACT nv33 system was chosen as the next generation of UK MoDs Night Vision Goggles (NVG), and our world-leading sensor capability has been acquired for the Dismounted Joint Fires Integration (DJFI). Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Sandwich, Kent, will facilitate the production of these systems, along with the rest of our wide and varied portfolio.

    Broken into 4 Pillars of Business; Combat Vehicle Systems, Soldier Systems/Special Forces, Target Acquisition/Joint Fires and Core Product Line. The Portfolio covers multiple domains across defence, with supply across more than 65 countries around the globe, Instro Precision provide an established, dependable and innovative capability.

    As today's advancement in technology moves at such an accelerated rate, Instro Precision have rapidly developed the reputation as the centre of excellence for manufacturing in the UK. With our focus over the next 3-5 years being on the continuation of our interoperability with UK MoD, DSTL and DE&S; developing a product roadmap in support of the United Kingdom Future Soldier aspirations.



    L3Harris

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.L3Harris.com

    L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue, 48,000 employees and customers in more than 100 countries. L3Harris is accelerating innovation and providing affordable solutions to fast forward to tomorrow. Learn more at www.L3Harris.com



    Marlborough Communications LTD

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.marlboroughcomms.com/

    MCL are the leading supplier of INVISIO soldier communication ancillaries, hearing protection and situational awareness to the British Army and Specialist Ground Forces. INVISIO deliver seamless communication and hearing protection capability across dismounted infantry, ground manoeuvre platforms, littoral manoeuvres and aviation and air. These capabilities are deployed in huge numbers not only in the UK but globally including in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Denmark, among others. The simple, modular, and flexible design ensures the communication and interoperability needs of the soldier both mounted and dismounted are met whilst reducing the physical and cognitive burden. Continuous product innovation and spiral development as technology and new warfighting concepts develop are incorporated smoothly and continuously into the product portfolio to seamlessly support the future soldier. To learn more visit www.marlbroughcomms.com and www.invisio.com.



    Qioptiq Excelitas

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.excelitas.com

    Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies Company, designs and manufactures infra-red (Thermal), image intensified and fused weapon and surveillance sights and equipment. With more than 100,000 individual image intensified night sights in service with more than 58 different countries worldwide in a range of defence, police, border security, coastguard and search and rescue applications.

    Qioptiq in-service sights are military ruggedised, high performance and low power. We offer specialist solutions for a range of dismounted operators including Special Forces, National Defence Forces, Law Enforcement and Professional Security teams who demand the highest quality and absolute reliability.

    With a pedigree spanning over 40 years and as a prime supplier to UK MoD, Qioptiq products are renowned for quality and performance, designed with the operator in mind, and backed up with the closed-loop customer service expected of a premium brand. Our forward-thinking product architectures are aimed at integrating with Soldier Systems that enhance our troops' capabilities, delivering mission success. Qioptiq delivers high performance equipment for demanding environments and a fully integrated through life support service that exceeds our customers’ expectations.



    Roke Ranor

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.roke.co.uk

    Roke is a leading UK innovator in science and engineering. For over 60 years we’ve been improving the world through innovation by combining the physical and digital in new ways. Our journey began in defence but as the decades have rolled on, we're also inventing and engineering technically advanced data and communication systems in national security and for Fortune 500 companies. From innovations in computer vision powering the autonomous landing of a drone at sea, to an artificial intelligence inspection system that drastically reduces aircraft turnaround times by autonomously inspecting jet turbines. Right through to the technology behind Hawk-Eye tracking the trajectory of balls in sport. It all began at Roke.

    Roke people are curious and unashamedly technical. That’s why we’ve fostered an environment where some of the world’s finest minds have the time, trust and freedom to succeed. Our team of 600+ engineers are uniquely placed to use their deep knowledge of sensors, communications, cyber and AI to combine and apply these technologies to keep people safe whilst unlocking value. Working closely with our customers we solve real world technical challenges and help deliver critical missions. As a trusted partner, we welcome any problem confident that our consulting, research, innovation and product development will help them revolutionise and improve their world. We’re proud to be part of the Chemring Group plc, providing us with complementary expertise, corporate strength and access to international markets for our world-leading intellectual property



    Silvus Technologies

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://silvustechnologies.com

    Silvus Technologies develops advanced MIMO technologies that are reshaping broadband wireless connectivity for mission critical applications. Backed by an unmatched team of PhD scientists and design engineers, its technologies provide enhanced wireless data throughput, interference mitigation, improved range, mobility, and robustness to address the growing needs of its government and commercial customers. Silvus has demonstrated an aggressive product development cycle, with a focus on continually improving the size, weight, power, and cost–while simultaneously introducing next-generation features and capabilities. Silvus’ StreamCaster family of MIMO enabled mesh radio products are designed to address the growing demand for distributing video, voice and high-speed data in harsh tactical environments. StreamCaster radios, featuring MN-MIMO, join together to form a robust, self-healing, self-forming fluid mesh network to provide high-speed, reliable wireless video and data connectivity. Today, Silvus continues to innovate, with an ever-growing line up of R&D contracts, COTS products, and happy customers. The experience gained through our early research efforts made possible the StreamCaster radios, and new concepts currently incubating in our R&D labs will pave the way for tomorrow’s product breakthroughs



    steatite - Persistent Systems

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.steatite-communications.co.uk

    Persistent Systems offers a secure and scalable mobile networking capability based on its cutting-edge Wave Relay MANET Technology. Persistent’s products provide a total solution consisting of voice, video, and situational awareness to mobile users with no reliance on fixed infrastructure. For more than a decade, Persistent has been a pioneer in developing advanced MANET technology and commercialising it in the Defence and Industrial sectors.

    The company is represented in the UK by Steatite Ltd. Steatite is the UK’s only re-seller of Persistent Systems Wave Relay products, including the astounding MPU5 secure MANET radio. The company is at the forefront of advanced radio communications with an emphasis on defence, security and autonomous vehicle applications. However, our technology and knowledge extends far beyond this, making us well placed to help you with your most challenging communications requirements.

    Behind the delivery of every Steatite Communications deployment is a group of skilled, motivated and dedicated experts. This team combines decades of valuable and varied industry experience with incredibly detailed product knowledge, the result of which is a team of specialists at the top of their class to guide you with the selection and deployment of your Steatite Communications system.



    TELEPLAN GLOBE

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.teleplanglobe.no/

    Teleplan Globe delivers software products for defense, police and homeland security. FACNAV, our Multirole Battlespace Support (BMS) system suite, is selected by several nations as their main tactical toolkit. FACNAV follows the Joint Fire Support Coordinated Implementation Change Control Board (JFS CI CCB) recommendations and supporting Digital Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) and Digital Aided Fire Support (DAFS). Latest development includes an integrated ISR Module focused on Sensor integration and further exploitation of collected and shared data for further Targeting purposes. FACNAV as a suite, is multi-platform deployable, supporting Windows and Android. FACNAV (on Window) is a multirole configurable BMS, supporting HQ and Ground Troops requirements. With constant focus on SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) and Cost, FACNAV Mobile (Android) meets operational requirements for the “flexible and lightweight”. FACNAV application suite supports your tactical and operational needs, now! FACNAV – FIRST ON TARGET



    Thermoteknix

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.thermoteknix.com

    Thermoteknix is a leader in the design and manufacture of thermal imaging, night vision, fusion and target acquisition systems.

    Thermoteknix is renowned for delivering cutting edge mission-critical solutions designed to withstand the harshest environments to defence, security and policing forces. The company has been awarded multiple Queen’s Awards for Innovation and Export as it continues to advance dismounted soldier technology that delivers enhance situational awareness, target location and surveillance capabilities.

    The Thermoteknix Augmented Reality Tactical Interface Module (ARTIM) is the company’s latest development to support future soldier programmes across the industry. ARTIM delivers heads-up situational awareness to the user during outdoor on-the-move operations. ARTIM mounts to the back of the helmet to track where the user is located and where they are looking, receiving/publishing networked PLI (Position Location Information) data, and rendering an augmented reality overlay to the user. The data is displayed by the Thermoteknix ClipIR XD – a thermal imaging clip-on device mounted on an NVG – providing not only augmented reality data but also thermal imaging fusion. The system provides heads-up navigation and tracking of friendlies, using GPS and digital terrain elevation data (DTED) to deliver accurate visualisation of geo-spatial information.

    Thermoteknix is privately owned and has been successfully delivering thermal imaging innovation for 40 years.



    Ultra

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.ultra-pcs.com

    Ultra specialises in providing application engineered tailored solutions. We focus on our customers’ mission critical and intelligent systems in the defence, security, critical detection & control markets. Our capabilities and technologies can be found on many of the world’s long-term military programmes.

    UltraLYNX is a key component in the realisation of future dismounted situational awareness systems; Increased operational tempo, improved operational agility and effectiveness. By empowering the user to employ UltraLYNX as their role or mission demands, for the first time soldier technology can truly adapt to the users needs and evolve with the constant and rapidly changing situation on a modern battlefield.

    Designed from the ground up to deliver smart, open architecture, capable of providing users with a simple plug and play function of a range of common bearer and end user devices, while also providing the necessary technological infrastructure to support future systems growth and development; UltraLYNX provides the definitive standard for future soldier systems and delivers a truly integrated, scalable and open solution to meet current and future close combat challenges head on.


    Media Partners


    Aerospace & Defense Technology

    Official Media Partner
    http://www.aerodefensetech.com/

    For the past 12 years, Aerospace & Defense Technology has been the mil/aero industry’s most trusted source for cutting-edge design and engineering information. Whether it’s in-depth feature articles on the hottest technology topics, application briefs that illustrate innovative uses of products and systems, tech briefs that describe how specific technologies are developed, or new product information that highlights the latest releases to the market, Aerospace & Defense Technology has the resources engineers need to do their jobs better.

    Media Partners


    Armada International

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://armadainternational.com

    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


    Military Systems and Technology

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.militarysystems-tech.com

    Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545


    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.segurancaedefesa.com/

    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”) is the recognized leader among South American printed defense magazines. It has been in the market for 37 years, and presently is the only one of its kind in Brazil to be nationally distributed. Sold on news stands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector in Brazil and in South American countries.


    Global Military Communications

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.globalmilitarycommunications.com

    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.


    Asian Military Review

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


    ArmedForces.co.uk

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.armedforces.co.uk

    The DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY is an authoritative online information resource for all defence purchasers. This comprehensive listing of Defence Suppliers has enabled thousands of purchasing professionals to find exactly what they are looking for - in seconds. THE DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY provides a total overview of all the UK's Armed Forces - with a wealth of valuable information about the organisation and structure of the UK's Defence Services, as well as useful facts about developments in the UK Defence Industry Contact us: defenceenquiries@armedforces.co.uk Tel: 01743 241962 website: www.armedforces.co.uk


    Army Technology

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.army-technology.com

    Army-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on the defence industry, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more in the army sector. With a team of journalists around the world, army-technology.com, along with sister sites naval-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important field. When you combine this with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of military equipment suppliers, products and services, free white paper downloads and company press releases, you see why army-technology.com is the key point of reference for the defence industry.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

    Supporting Media Partners
    https://21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com/

    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


    Satnews Publishers

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.satnews.com

    SatNews is a leading provider of satellite events, news, publications, research and other satellite industry information in the commercial and military enterprises worldwide. SatNews hosts to the SmallSat Symposium and the Satellite Innovation conference, hosted in Silicon Valley. SatNews include Daily and Weekly News Services and SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine, published monthly. satnews.com


    Everything RF

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.everythingrf.com

    everything RF - www.everythingRF.com keeps you up to date with the RF & Microwave Industry. We publish industry news, white papers and technical articles. We have the largest RF & Microwave product database on the internet which consists of product catalogs from over 500 Manufacturers. Use parametric search tools to narrow down on products based on your requirement. Download datasheets, compare products and get quotations. Quotations are routed to the manufacturers (or their distributors) who get back to you with the details. Visit www.everythingRF.com to learn more.

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    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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    WHAT IS CPD?

    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.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    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.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    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.

    GLOBAL CPD

    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.

    CPD Certificates

    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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