ISR is the lynchpin of modern warfare and the methodology by which it is collected, analysed and disseminated continues to develop as forces encounter new and familiar challenges across air, land and sea in the 21st century. Both the cyber and space domains have seen and continue to see an incremental increase in offensive and defensive activity over recent years and, in these two domains, ISR finds itself yet more relevant,

As a part of our European defence portfolio which includes Global MilSatCom, Military Airlift and Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ISR 2012 will continue the tradition of establishing exceptional defence conferences for the community. Topics that willl be addressed at the 2012 conference include unmanned ISR; persistent ISR; COMINT and SIGINT; ISR interoperability between the Air, Land and Maritime domains; and future ISR technology.


If you are part of a joint or allied force, the responsible and fluid sharing of ISR can make the difference between mission success and failure. Overcoming the challenges presented by information sharing therefore must be considered as central to the security of our forces and each opportunity to discern best practice taken with aplomb.

Catering for those across air, land, sea, cyber and space, ISR 2012 will address case studies and challenges pertaining to end-users and programme teams across the international community. If you are a stakeholder in ISR technology, exploitation or development, then this event is the ideal forum for you. Our exhibition space will also give you the chance to demonstrate to and interact with fellow delegates and speakers outside of the conference hall.

This opportunity to present, discuss and exhibit your ISR capabilities and requirements should not be missed!


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3SDL is a leading provider of Acquisition Services to Defence & Security clients around the world. Our motivated, experienced and qualified consultants are security cleared to the highest levels. Through training, capability development, test and evaluation and smart acquisition support, we enable our customers to exceed their goals – every time.

Newtec Newtec


Newtec is a global industry leader, shaping the future of satellite communications. Offering state-of-the-art products and scalable, integrated solutions for broadcast, broadband access and backbone and trunking applications, Newtec helps customers achieve greater efficiency, increase performance and expand market reach. With its passionate commitment to R&D and its strong relationship with the European Space Agency (ESA), Newtec remains in the forefront of technological development, continuing the pioneering contributions that have led to industry standards including DVB, DVB-S2, DVB RCS and iSatTV Cenelec pr EN50478. Newtec’s worldwide customer base includes the industry’s most prestigious broadcasters, satellite operators, telcos, systems houses and broadcasting unions. Established in 1985 and headquartered in Belgium, Newtec has regional offices as well as additional R&D centres located in Stamford, Conn. (U.S.), Singapore, Beijing, Dubai, São Paulo, Berlin and France.

Resource UAS Resource UAS


Resource UAS are specialists in the delivery of fixed and bespoke foundation training for UAS Operators and Sensor Operators (for manned and unmanned platforms). Training consists of Ground School, High Fidelity Simulation and Live Flying Training. Instructors are all operationally experienced and current and able to deliver optimised ISR training solutions. Please visit http://www.resourcegroup.co.uk/Home/UASTraining/tabid/954/language/en-GB/Default.aspx




















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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dave Cummins

Dave Cummins, ,


Major General Stephen Schmidt

Major General Stephen Schmidt , NAEWC Force Commander , NATO

9:50 NATO AGS: A Critical ISR Component for the Alliance

Lieutenant Colonel Davide Salerno

Lieutenant Colonel Davide Salerno, Deputy Team Leader AGSIO, NATO

  • Why AGS?   
  • The Aircraft 
  • The Sensor: The Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program
  • AGS Employment: DATA Collection and Exploitation
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 European ISR Operations: Access Cooperation and Normalization

    Brian McNulty

    Brian McNulty, A3I, USAFE

    11:40 Be Ready for More Data: Meeting The Challenges Posed by ISR

    Koen Willems

    Koen Willems, Strategic Marketing Director, Newtec

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Practical Considerations for UAS Operator and ISR Sensor Operator Training

    Adrian Leatherland

    Adrian Leatherland, Business Development Director, Resource Group Ltd

  • Defining the needs for fundamentals training
  • Components required to meet legislation AND the customer requirement
  • The role of simulation in fundamentals training
  • 14:30 How to Tactically Integrate ISR into the Overall Operational Plan

    Squadron Leader (R) Ewen Stockbridge

    Squadron Leader (R) Ewen Stockbridge, ISR Expert, Inzpire

  • Understanding what ISR is and how it is best utilized
  • Understand the synergies that exist within joint operations
  • Combat ISTAR or Integrated Warfighting?
  • How integration is achieved
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Real Time Flight Capabilities of VTOL UAV´s

    Massimo Roldo

    Massimo Roldo, Software and Testing System Developer, A2 Tech

  • Convoy & Escort Protection
  • Troop Protection in urban environments
  • The use of "non lethal" weapons on the RV-VTOL25 UAV
  • The use of "Sniper Detection" sensors on the RV-VTOL25 UAV
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Dave Cummins

    Dave Cummins, ,

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dave Cummins

    Dave Cummins, ,

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Future of Remotely Piloted Aircraft for ISR

    Dr. Mark Maybury

    Dr. Mark Maybury, Chief Scientist, US Air Force

  • Increased endurance and survivability
  • Enhanced ISR coverage, accuracy, diversity
  • Increased on board processing and autonomy
  • 9:50 USAF ISR Reachback Operations

    Colonel Patrick 'Mike' Shortsleeve

    Colonel Patrick 'Mike' Shortsleeve, Commander 497th ISR Group, USAF

  • Focus on the USAF DCGS network-centric weapon system
  • Tasking ISR sensors and receiving, processing, exploiting, and disseminating data and information
  • DCGS and Air Force ISR platforms: U-2, RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper, MQ-1 Predator and the MC-12 Liberty
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Sea King Mk7: ISTAR Over Land and Sea

    Lieutenant Commander Paul Mullowney

    Lieutenant Commander Paul Mullowney, SKASaC Force ISR instructor, Royal Navy

    11:40 Maximising ISR Capability: It’s not all about buying more equipment

    Tony Reeves

    Tony Reeves, ISTAR Team Leader, 3SDL

  • Examples of the operational challenge
  • Interoperability supporting every line of development
  • A case study:  “The ISR and Targeting Project”
  • Government and Industry working together
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 The Changes in ISR Capabilities Within a Peace-Keeping Mission

    Major Tiziano Diamanti

    Major Tiziano Diamanti, ISR Expert, Italian Army

  • Peace Keeping vs. Traditional ISR: What are the differences?
  • The integration of ISR with tactical intelligence for force protection
  • Platforms and capability for Italian operations
  • 14:30 Current Trends in UAS & ISR Training

    Roy Peshin

    Roy Peshin, Chief Technology Officer, Simlat Ltd

  • Traditional and novel UAS training schemes
  • Test cases and technical and business aspects
  • Types of training and different platforms
  • 15:00 UAV Swarms in ISR Missions: Airborne Monitoring of Ground Traffic and Contaminant Cloud

    Dr. Hyosang Shin

    Dr. Hyosang Shin, Centre for Autonomous Systems, DISE Cranfield University

  • Classification and recognition for ground traffic behaviour
  • Standoff/antipodal tracking of suspicious ground vehicles by multiple UAVs
  • Optimal configuration of UAV swarm for dynamic monitoring of contaminant cloud
  • 15:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    Dave Cummins

    Dave Cummins, ,

    15:45 Afternoon Tea & Close of Conference



    Current Trends in UAS Training and Simulation

    Current Trends in UAS Training and Simulation

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    17th April 2012
    London, United Kingdom

    Practical ISR Training

    Practical ISR Training

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    17th April 2012
    London, United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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