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The SMi Group are delighted to announce the 2021 Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference, taking place in London on the 30th November and 1st December,

Building on our critically acclaimed 2020 edition, the 22nd annual conference remains the preeminent forum for the international air mobility and airlift community – providing critical perspectives from heavy and tactical airlift, rotary wing and AAR industries.

In light of growing operational demands, coupled with recent examples of military support to civilian authorities in the recent COVID-19 epidemic, means that there has never been a more important time to view how armed forces, industry and governments are developing this force multiplier.

Covering key mission areas such as resource pooling and sharing, humanitarian support, AAR technical updates and news from multi-national and national procurement efforts – this comprehensive conference remains the an essential calendar date for those in the airlift and AAR community.


COVID Update: The UK government has announced that passengers arriving from amber countries who have been fully vaccinated in Europe and the USA will not have to quarantine when entering England. For more information on this please see the link here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-travel-update-government-waives-quarantine-for-arrivals-fully-vaccinated-from-europe-and-usa-while-also-confirming-international-cruise-restart

  • Strong host nation support from the RAF's Air Mobility Force and RAF Brize Norton
  • Listen to briefings from key allied partners across the strategic and tactical airlift sectors and develop an understanding of programme developments and future requirements
  • Refined focus on the air-to-air refuelling market and how this critical enabler provides mission support
  • Industry presentations from key commercial partners across the domain including Embraer, Airbus and AJW
  • Learn about key topics within the Military Airlift and AAR community including rotary wing AAR and airlift, resource pooling efforts, humanitarian and disaster relief airlift and rapid response and delivery capability

100th Air Refueling Wing; 15 Wing Air Transport; 916th Air Refueling Wing, US Air Force; AATTC, US Air National Guard; AFLCMC/WKDI KC-135 FMS, US Air Force; Air Command; Air Force; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence and Space; Airbus Group; Allied Support Services International Group Inc; ALVEST/TLD Headquarters Office; Armada International & Asian Military Review; Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports; Aviation Week ; Avidonn Consulting; Belgian Air Force 15Wing Air Tpt; Belgian Air Force Headquarters; Boeing; Brazilian Air Force; CAOC UEDEM; Dstl (MOD); DTAQ Europe Office; EATC; Embraer Defense & Security; ETAC – European Tactical Airlift Centre; European Air Transport Command; European Air Transport Command (EATC); German Air Force; German Airforce; Heavy Airlift Wing; Hungarian Air Force - HuAF; Hungarian Defences Forces, MH 59. SZD AIR BASE, Air Transport Squadron; Ikonos Press; INSPECTORATE FOR ARMED FORCES SUPPORT; Institute for Defense Analyses; Italian Air Force; Janes; Joint HQ; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company; Logistic Command; MCCE; Ministry of Defence; MITIGA Solutions; Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE); National Defence; NATO; NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine; NATO DACCC; NATO HQ; New Zealand Defence Staff - London; Ocean Software Pty Ltd; RAF Brize Norton; Raport-wto; RDAF; RID – Rivista Italiana Difesa; Royal Air Force; Royal Canadian Air Force; Royal Danish Air Force; Royal Danish Airforce; Royal Netherlands Air Force ; Shephard Press Limited; SMi Group Ltd; Spanish Air Force; Swedish Armed Forces; The Boeing Company; TLD; TLD America; TLD Europe ; U.S. Transportation Command; Ukrainian Embassy; UNITED STATES TRANSPORTATION COMMAND; US Air Force; US Air Force Reserve; US Europe Command (USEUCOM); US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM); Usaf; USAFE; USAFRICOM; USTRANSCOM; World Food Programme; Zespol Badan I Analiz Militarnych;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:45 SMi Group Welcome Address

Mrs Sadia Malick-Jones

Mrs Sadia Malick-Jones, Director, SMi Group Ltd

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Laurent Donnet

Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
View Bio

9:00 RAF Air Mobility – A Global Force Enabler

  • Air mobility at the centre of air power: moving ground forces across theatres of operation to respond to security and humanitarian challenges
  • Air-to-Air refuelling as a force multiplier for air assets – feedback from operation deployment of the Voyager in AAR operations
  • Joint and combined air mobility: how No 2 Group has enhanced collaboration with allies to deliver future capability


  • Air Commodore David Manning

    Air Commodore David Manning, Air Mobility Force Commander, Royal Air Force
    View Bio

    9:30 Air Mobility Command: Providing Global Air Mobility

  • Priorities for Air Mobility Command: develop the force and advance warfighting capabilities to maximize full-spectrum readiness and generate the credible capacity required to project the Joint Force and ensure strategic deterrence
  • Global effects and overview of air mobility operational wings
  • Developing Multi-Capable Airmen and Digitally-Adept Airmen for future operations
  • Fuelling the fight: AAR capabilities enabled by AMC
  • Feedback from Mobility Guardian 2021 and COVID-19 operations
  • Colonel Jeffrey T. Menasco

    Colonel Jeffrey T. Menasco, Deputy Director of OT&E, Directorate of Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Force
    View Bio

    10:00 Airlift for the 21st Century

    Mr Simon Johns

    Mr Simon Johns, Vice President Business Development & Sales, Europe & North Africa, Embraer

  • Delivering a Mission Relevant 21st Century Airlifter
  • How Maintenance Design delivers modern, affordable, low risk solutions with high availability rates
  • Exploiting modularity
  • How to achieve more operational effect with fewer platforms
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Airlift Capability for the Next Decade in the Portuguese Air Force (PRTAF): Challenges and Opportunities

    Major General Pedro Alexandre  E. Salvada

    Major General Pedro Alexandre E. Salvada, Director, Weapon Systems and Maintenance Directorate, Portuguese Air Force
    View Bio

  • The versatile capability of the C-295M
  • The Modernized C-130H – expected role for the future
  • KC-390: from Initial to Final Operational Capability – shaping the future of airlift in PRTAF
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor, Airbus

    Mr José Luis de Miguel

    Mr José Luis de Miguel, Head of Product Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space
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    12:00 The Airlift Coordination Centre: Harmonising National Capabilities

  • Who and what is the ALCC?
  • What lessons have been learned from ALCC operations?
  • Coordinating national assets to ensure rapid and effective multinational airlift capabilities
  • Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Bryce Dibble

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Bryce Dibble, Chief, Airlift Coordination Center, NATO DACCC
    View Bio

    Lieutenant Colonel Phillip A. Summers

    Lieutenant Colonel Phillip A. Summers, Plans Staff Officer, Airlift Coordination Center, NATO DACCC
    View Bio

    12:30 Increased Mission Scope and Improved Mission Success with Beyond Visual Line of Sight Connectivity

    Mr Paul Page

    Mr Paul Page, Technical Sales Director, Honeywell Aerospace
    View Bio

  • The need for Beyond Visual Line of Sight Connectivity in military environments
  • Challenges in today’s operations
  • Use cases for connectivity – Airlift mission focused
  • Honeywell Beyond Visual Line of Sight Connectivity solutions – value proposition
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 86th Airlift Wing: Building Airmen, Projecting Power, and Supporting Partners

    Colonel Sean Finnan

    Colonel Sean Finnan, Commander, 86th Operations Group, U.S. Air Force
    View Bio

  • The importance of the 86 AW as U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s largest wing
  • Overview of 86th Airlift Wing organization
  • Demonstrating robust capability to conduct JRSOI of supporting forces
  • Strengthening relations with joint and allied partners to optimize interoperability
  • 14:30 Flexible and Customizable Customer Support – It’s All About the End Result

    Ms Indra Duivenvoorde

    Ms Indra Duivenvoorde, Director, Europe & Israel, Boeing Global Services and Support
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  • Benefits of PBL Support Programs
  • Emerging Boeing Tools to Optimize Fleet Performance
  • KC-46A Program Update
  • 15:00 Reinforcing Participation and Coordination in Air Transport and AAR Operations to Maximise Joint Support Capabilities for Air Missions

    Group Captain Stuart Gregory

    Group Captain Stuart Gregory, Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe
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  • What is the MCCE?
  • What expertise does the MCCE provide?
  • ATARES Mechanism: facilitating mutual support through the exchange of services
  • Future challenges for the MCCE and participating nations
  • 15:30 Fueling More Fight through Innovative Operational Energy Solutions

    Mr Roberto Guerrero

    Mr Roberto Guerrero, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Air Force Operational Energy (SES), U.S. Air Force
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  • An introduction to USAF Operational Energy and its role
  • Enhancing combat capability and mitigating operational risk to the warfighter through energy informed solutions with a high return-on-investment
  • Advancing operational energy initiatives including: innovative planning software, aircraft drag and weight reduction technologies, advanced propulsion, aircraft engine sustainment, and wargaming
  • Creating an energy optimised air force and key timelines
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Industry Panel Debate: Supporting Military Operators for Airlift and AAR Operations

  • Where can industry support military operators in their deployment in strategic lift?
  • How can commercial operators can provide greater flexibility for military forces?
  • What can industry-military collaboration enable for strategic and tactical airlift?


  • Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio

    Mr Dominic Lyons

    Mr Dominic Lyons, Sales & Marketing Lead – Fixed Wing, Boeing Defence
    View Bio

    17:00 International Cooperation Within the MMF Programme to Develop and Sustain Multinational Capabilities

    Mr Jan Der Kinderen

    Mr Jan Der Kinderen, Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF) System Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
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  • Current status of the MMF project and its role in spear heading European collaboration
  • Capabilities provided by the Airbus A330 MRTT: transport, AAR, MEDEVAC and self-protection
  • MRTT cooperation as a force multiplier and the role of industry in the effort
  • Future developments and considerations for the MMF programme
  • 17:30 Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet Update

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen, Commander Multinational MRTT Unit (MMU), Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF)
    View Bio

  • MMF mission: provide global and reliant AAR, airlift and aeromedical evacuation capability
  • Vision for full operating capability by 2024 and IOC by 2021 – key timelines for delivery
  • Training of personnel: ADS training facilities in Seville and Getafe
  • Overcoming the challenges faced by COVID-19, particularly in training of new recruits
  • Update on MMF capabilities and rapid build-up of personnel and aircraft
  • 18:00 Developing Multinational Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Capabilities to Support NATO Allies

    Mr Donald Turnbull

    Mr Donald Turnbull, Deputy Head of Aerospace Capabilities, International Staff – Defence Investment, NATO HQ
    View Bio

  • Meeting the military airlift demands of NATO allies
  • NATO AAR Capability Development
  • Plans and priorities to enhance NATO airlift and AAR capabilities
  • 18:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio

    18:45 Post Conference Networking Reception Sponsored By Embraer

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio

    9:00 RAF Brize Norton: Supporting and Enhancing the RAF's Strategic and Tactical Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refuelling Capabilities

    Group Captain Simon Blackwell

    Group Captain Simon Blackwell, Commander Air Wing/DDH, RAF Brize Norton
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  • Commander Air Wing: role and responsibilities
  • Overview of Brize Norton’s air transport platforms: C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster III and the A400M Atlas
  • Utilising the A330 MRTT Voyager to enhance air-to-air refuelling capabilities and extend operational reach
  • Future plans and the path ahead for RAF Brize Norton and its members
  • 9:30 French Air Mobility Command: Providing Strategic Flexibility

  • Reactivity and adaptability – strategic assets within the French Air Force inventory and operational feedback
  • A400M and C130 modernisation – bridging tactical capability gaps
  • Operation Resilience – French Air Force support to civilian authorities during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Brigadier General Fabrice Feola

    Brigadier General Fabrice Feola, Commander, Airlift and Helicopter Brigade, French Air and Space Force
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    10:00 Session Reserved for AJW

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , AJW

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Development of Italian Airlift and AAR Capability to Overcome Modern Challenges

  • Update on recent procurement and upgrades of Italian Airlift and AAR platforms
  • Appraising the C-27J and C-130 as a means to provide flexible tactical capability
  • Domestic support within the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Guidelines for the future: benefiting from greater training and standardisation
  • Brigadier General Alessandro De Lorenzo

    Brigadier General Alessandro De Lorenzo , Commander, 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force
    View Bio

    11:30 Session Reserved for Leonardo

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Leonardo

    12:00 14th Wing: Airlift and AAR Capabilities

    Colonel Federico Merola

    Colonel Federico Merola, Commander, 14th Wing, Italian Air Force
    View Bio

  • Covid-19 game changer
  • Redeployment from Afghanistan
  • KC-767A AAR activity
  • AAR update
  • Certifications
  • 12:30 European Air Transport Command: Key Perspectives

  • Overview of the EATC’s role as the major air mobility force provider in Europe with large and flexible operational options for air transport, medical evacuation and air-to-air refuelling
  • Update on the transformation of the EATC’s current fleet to include A400-M, C130J, and A330 MRRT platforms
  • Generating a common tactical operating procedure
  • ATARES: a framework for pooling and sharing organisation
  • Major General Andreas Schick

    Major General Andreas Schick, Commander, European Air Transport Command (EATC)
    View Bio

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Extending Operational Reach Through Enhanced Air-to-Air Refuelling Capabilities

  • Extending reach through projected airpower in the European and African areas of responsibility as the USAFE’s only tanker unit
  • Overview of the KC-135 Stratotanker and its role in supporting USAFE operations
  • Forging partnerships and developing interoperability
  • Aerial refuelling to support rapid deployment and aeromedical evacuation
  • Colonel Gene A. Jacobus

    Colonel Gene A. Jacobus, Commander, 100th Air Refueling Wing, U.S. Air Force
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    14:30 Integration of the C-390 into the Brazilian Air Force to Enhance Military Airlift Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Luiz Fernando Rezende Ferraz

    Lieutenant Colonel Luiz Fernando Rezende Ferraz, Wing 2 Chief of Staff, Brazilian Air Force
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  • Strategic aims and ambitions of the Brazilian AF: prototyping and procuring the KC-90 to meet regional requirements
  • Tactical and strategic lift requirements within the Brazilian AOR
  • Enabling strategic reach through the C-390 air-to-air refuelling capabilities
  • The strategic importance of effective airlift capabilities for the BAF during the COVID-19 crisis
  • 15:00 SALIS: Providing Access to Unique Airlifting Capabilities for Member States

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna, Commanding Officer, Strategic Airlift Interim Solution Coordination Cell (SALCC)

  • Leveraging Antonov aircraft platforms to support national, NATO and EU operations
  • The importance of pooling resources to achieve shared airlift goals
  • The role of SALIS in enabling NATO nations to airlift urgent medical equipment and respond to the COVID-19 crisis
  • The role of SALIS in the Redeployment of NATO nations from Afghanistan
  • The future of SALIS post-2021
  • 15:30 Military Panel Debate: Lifting Together – Cooperation in Air Mobility Operations to Guarantee Access

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio

  • Multinational programmes as a force multiplier: together to become stronger and smarter
  • Growing together: integration to become more efficient and effective
  • How small and medium size nations can access a capability by joining efforts
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Preparing Future Airlift Personnel Through the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Centre

  • Mission: Increasing the war fighting effectiveness and survivability of Mobility Forces
  • Overview of AATTC capabilities to train the next generation of airlift personnel
  • Overcoming the huge challenges posed by COVID-19 and the path to return to normal


  • Colonel Barrett Golden

    Colonel Barrett Golden, Commandant, AATTC (Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center)
    View Bio

    17:00 Coordinating Civil-Military Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Mr Philippe Martou

    Mr Philippe Martou, Director Aviation Services - SCOA, United Nations World Food Programme
    View Bio

  • Impact of the pandemic on global aviation (passengers and cargo)
  • Setting-up a Global Aviation Response to the Pandemic (Passenger, cargo and COVID-19 Medevac)
  • Cooperation and coordination with the military
  • Lessons learned from the COVID-19 response – how can we be better prepared in the future?
  • 17:30 The Role of the Heavy Airlift Wing in Conducting COVID-19-Relief Emergency Response Missions

    Lieutenant Colonel Mikael Tormalm

    Lieutenant Colonel Mikael Tormalm, C-17 Squadron Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
    View Bio

  • Overview of the HAW structure, its mission, and the C-17 Globemaster platform
  • HAW role in COVID-19-relief Emergency Response Missions
  • The importance of maintaining effective multinational collaboration for rapid delivery
  • 18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    View Bio



    Air Commodore David Manning

    Air Commodore David Manning

    Air Mobility Force Commander, Royal Air Force
    Brigadier General Alessandro De Lorenzo

    Brigadier General Alessandro De Lorenzo

    Commander, 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force
    Colonel Barrett Golden

    Colonel Barrett Golden

    Commandant, AATTC (Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center)
    Colonel Sean Finnan

    Colonel Sean Finnan

    Commander, 86th Operations Group, U.S. Air Force
    Group Captain Simon Blackwell

    Group Captain Simon Blackwell

    Commander Air Wing/DDH, RAF Brize Norton
    Group Captain Stuart Gregory

    Group Captain Stuart Gregory

    Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe
    Lieutenant General Brian S. Robinson

    Lieutenant General Brian S. Robinson

    Deputy Commander, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Force
    Major General Andreas Schick

    Major General Andreas Schick

    Commander, European Air Transport Command (EATC)
    Major General Pedro Alexandre  E. Salvada

    Major General Pedro Alexandre E. Salvada

    Director, Weapon Systems and Maintenance Directorate, Portuguese Air Force
    Mr Roberto Guerrero

    Mr Roberto Guerrero

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Air Force Operational Energy (SES), U.S. Air Force

    Air Commodore David Manning

    Air Mobility Force Commander, Royal Air Force
    Air Commodore David Manning

    Air Commodore David (known as Manners) was educated in the Republic of Ireland and the Royal Air Force College Cranwell (graduating in August 1990). A command pilot, he has amassed over 3200 hours flying predominately C-130K, C-130J and C-17 aircraft in the low level and strategic air mobility roles respectively. He has flown on operations in the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iraq and in support of Operations in Libya. He commanded Number 99 Squadron (C-17) between September 2010 and July 2012 during surge tasking for Operations HERRICK and ELLAMY. He was appointed Aide de Camp to Her Majesty the Queen and commanded Royal Air Force Northolt from July 2015 to July 2017. Operational ground tours include Operation TELIC where he commanded the Operations Squadron in Basrah Air Base (2007) and Deputy Air Component Commander for Operations KIPION/SHADER (2018/19).

    Staff tours have included Urgent Operational Requirements Staff Officer for all Royal Air Force capabilities, Personal Staff Officer to the Deputy Commander in Chief Strike Command (2004 to 2007) and SO1 Strategic Mobility in the Equipment Logistic Support Capability Area of the Ministry of Defence (July 2008 to March 2010). On promotion to Group Captain in 2012 he assumed the appointment of the Headquarters Number 2 Group Senior Operator with responsibility for providing operating risk to life advice on 26 different air platforms and 14 different aerial delivery vehicles to the Operating Duty Holder (Air Officer Commanding Number 2 Group). Following completion of the Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC) 2014, he remained on the Staff as Assistant Director Warfare with responsibility for delivering the Operational Art and Campaigning Phase for HCSC 2015. He graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2018. On promotion to Air Commodore in June 2019 he assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Commandant of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He took up his new role as the Air Mobility Force Commander and Air Officer Air Mobility with effect 23 October 2020.

    A graduate of the Higher Command and Staff Course 14, Royal College of Defence Studies 18, he has a Masters of Art in Defence Studies from King’s College London, is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a double alumnus of the Windsor Leadership Trust, a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coopers. Married to Rachel (née Fryer) since 1993, they have 2 daughters, Libby and Emily. His main sport is triathlon (sprint, olympic and half iron man distances), is learning to play the guitar and he enjoys reading books on military history and strategy.

    Brigadier General Alessandro De Lorenzo

    Commander, 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force
    Brigadier General Alessandro De Lorenzo

    Gen. Alessandro DE LORENZO was born in Naples the 17 December 1969. He joined the Italian Air Force academy in 1989 with the LEONE IV class graduating in 1993 with a degree in aeronautical science. Actual assignment is Wing commander of the 46th Air Brigade in Pisa. project.
    After graduating as Military Pilot in 1994 at the Euro Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) in Sheppard AFB he was assigned at the 9° Squadron 4° Wing Grosseto AFB where he became Combat Ready Pilot on the F104-ASA All Weather Interceptor. In 1998 Gen. De Lorenzo was assigned at The Reparto Sperimentale di Volo (RSV), Italian Official test Center, and sent to Patuxent River NAS to attend the USN TPS class. In 1999 graduated as Experimental Test Pilot was in charge of several programs including C130-J, C27-J, ATR72-MP, Boeing KC767. In 2009 he has commanded the 311th test squadron of the RSV. In 2011 was deployed in Herat Afghanistan where he was the Wing Commander of the Joint Air Task Force. From 2011 to 2015 was responsible at the IV Department of the Air Staff “procurement” were he is the deputy chief of the II office responsible for all manned air vehicles. From 2015 to 2017 was appointed as Wing Commander of the Italian Official Test Center RSV in Pratica di Mare AFB. From 2017 to 2019 was assistant of the 4th department of the Secretariat of the Defense, were he was responsible for the procurement of the Italian flying assets, and national Program Manager of the Euro Male program. From 2019 to 2020 was responsible of the ground support assets in the Logistic Command of the Italian Air Force.
    Gen. De Lorenzo has more than 4500 Flying hours in more than 60 different flying machine including JET Heavy’s and Helicopters. He is been the display pilot of the G222 (season 2002, 2003 and 2006) F104-ASAM (season 2004) and C27-J (Season 2005).

    Brigadier General Fabrice Feola

    Commander, Airlift and Helicopter Brigade, French Air and Space Force
    Brigadier General Fabrice Feola

    1993: Pilot on C160 Transall at Transport Squadron 1/61 Touraine, BA 123 Orléans-Bricy.
    1996: Pilot instructor on C160 Transall at the 00-340 Transport Crew Training Center, BA 101 Toulouse-Francazal.
    1999: Chief of pilots on C160 Transall at Transport Squadron 1/64 Béarn, BA 105 Evreux-Fauville.
    2001: Promotion Commander of the Special Officer Training Course, BA 701 Salon-de-Provence.
    2002: Commander of the “Commandant Jean-serge Longy” promotion from the Air School, BA 701 Salon-de-Provence.
    2004: Education of the Joint Defense College at the Istituto superiore di stato maggiore interforze, Rome Italy.
    2005: Head of the standardization and control division, then second in command and commander of the 00-340 transport crews training center, BA 101 Toulouse-Francazal.
    2008: Drafting officer, projection-mobility-support section at the Air Force Headquarters Planning Office.
    2010: Drafting officer and deputy to the head of the forces equipment section in the plans, programming and evaluation division of the armed forces staff.
    2013: Commander of the 105 air base, commander of the Evreux Defense Base and departmental military delegate of Eure.
    March - May 2014: Commander of the Niamey Air Detachment - Operation Serval.
    2015: Head of the Air Force Staff Organization Office.
    2017: Assistant to the Director of Protection of Defense Facilities, Resources and Activities.
    2018: Head of the program coherence officers of the armed forces staff.
    2019: Assistant to the Deputy Head of Activity of the Air Force Staff and General Overseas and Foreign
    2021: Commander of the Air Support and Projection Brigade


    • Officer of the Legion of Honor
    • Officer of the National Order of Merit
    • Aeronautics medal
    • Combatant's cross
    • Overseas medal clip Chad and Sahel
    • National Defense Medal
    • Nation recognition title
    • Commemorative medal clip Former Yugoslavia

    Colonel Barrett Golden

    Commandant, AATTC (Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center)
    Colonel Barrett Golden

    Col. Barrett W. Golden serves as the Vice Commandant of the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC) at the 139th Airlift Wing, Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, Mo. Colonel Golden is a California native, graduated from Apple Valley High School in 1995 and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science. The Colonel also earned a Master of Science degree in Military Operational Arts and Sciences from Air University, Maxwell AFB AL
    in 2012.

    Colonel Golden began his service in 1999 with the Air National Guard. He attended Air Force Basic Training at Lackland AFB and Command Post Controller technical school at Keesler AFB. He then returned to an assignment with the 146th Airlift Wing as a traditional guardsman. Colonel Golden was selected in 2001 to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training. He received his commission from the Air National Guard Academy of
    Military Science, Knoxville, Tennessee in 2001, followed by Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, Columbus, Mississippi and initial C-130E training at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. Upon completion, Colonel Golden returned to the 146th Airlift Wing where he performed pilot duties aboard the Lockheed C-130 as a traditional guardsman.

    Colonel Golden began a full time Air National Guard career when hired as an air technician in 2009 into the Chief of Tactics position, 115th Airlift Squadron. Over the years, he rose to the rating of evaluator pilot in the C-130J aircraft. He has deployed on numerous worldwide missions in times of peace and war. In 2010, Colonel Golden
    deployed as the Chief of Tactics for C-130 operations, 455AEW, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

    In 2011, Col Golden began a tour at the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC), 139th Airlift Wing, St. Joseph, MO as an Active Guard Reserve in the United States Air Forces Reserves. He held a program manager position in the Advanced Tactics Aircrew Course, Assistant Director of Operations for the Development Division and Director of Operations for the Training Division within the AATTC. In 2019, Col Golden took command of the 139th Airlift Wing’s Operations Support Squadron and switched back to the Air National Guard.

    As a command pilot, he has flown over 4,000 hours, including Operation JOINT FORGE, CORONET OAK, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE AND RESOLUTE SUPPORT.

    Colonel Federico Merola

    Commander, 14th Wing, Italian Air Force
    Colonel Federico Merola

    Col. Federico Merola was born in Latina, Italy, on 27th September 1974.
    He joined the Italian Air Force Academy in 1992, where he graduated in 1996 with a degree in Aeronautical Science.
    He was then assigned to Sheppard AFB, Texas, where he completed his flight training at the Euro NATO Joint Jet pilot Training (ENJJPT) in 1997.
    His first operational assignment was the 46th Airlift Brigade, 2nd Airlift Squadron in Pisa, Italy, where he initially flew the Italian version of the C-27, the G222. After two years, he was sent to Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Georgia, to attend the factory training on the C130J, he then flew to Italy the first aircraft for the Italian Air Force in August 2000. During this time, he also flew in the Ex-Yugoslavia and Kosovo operations performing air lift and medevac missions.
    From 2001 to 2002, Col. Merola returned to the Air Force Academy to be part of a select team of officers responsible for the formation, training and the education of Cadets.
    From 2002 until 2010, he was part of the 31st Wing in Rome, Ciampino, 306th Special Transport Squadron. Flying the Dassault Falcon 50 and Airbus 319CJ aircrafts he took part in numerous VIP State flights, supported many government representatives, the Italian President of Republic and the Pope. Furthermore, he conducted hospital flights in support of Italian citizens needing emergency medical assistance around the globe.
    As Instructor and Evaluator pilot, he moved to the 31st Wing Aircrew Training Center where he served as Chief of the Standardization and Chief of A319 and F50 Training Section, being responsible for the aircraft and simulator training programs on both lines.
    In 2011 Col. Merola, joined the NATO Early Warning & Control Force E3A Component in Geilenkirchen (Germany) where he served into Squadron 3 for almost two years, taking part to the Operations OAA and OUP. He then moved to Training Wing, since Jan 2013 where he first served as Instructor and Evaluator Pilot and then as Aircrew Training Squadron Commander responsible for the initial training of all NATO crew members assigned to the E-3A Component.
    Returned from Germany in 2015 he attended the 126th Senior Course at the NATO Defense College in Rome.
    In 2016 and 2017 he attended the course for Public Affairs for International Students and the Joint Senior Public Affairs Course at the Defense Information School in Ft. Meade, Maryland, USA, the Joint American school which prepares and qualifies the Public Affairs Officers and the 10th Course of International journalism at the Institute for Global Studies in Rome and the course “NATO Senior Official Strategic Communications Familiarisation”, at the NATO SCHOOL in OBERAMMERGAU (Germany).
    On the same period, he moved to the Air Force HQ in Rome as deputy Chief of the Public Information Office, until November 2016 when he was then assigned to the General Defense Staff as deputy Chief of the Public Information Office.
    In the period august 2018 – February 2020 he was then appointed as Chief of Public Affairs at the General Office of the Air Force Chief of Staff and, at the same time, deputy of the 5th Department of Air Force HQ.
    His decorations include the NATO Operation EX JUGOSLAVIA, NATO Medal KOSOVO, Commemoration Cross IRAQ, NATO Medal Operation AFGHANISTAN ASSIST and the NATO Medal Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR.
    Col. Merola flew over 4900 hours, mainly on multi-crew multi-engine airframes, and e is qualified on eleven different airplanes.


    Colonel Gene A. Jacobus

    Commander, 100th Air Refueling Wing, U.S. Air Force
    Colonel Gene A. Jacobus

    Col Gene A. Jacobus is the Commander, 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United
    Kingdom, supporting four U.S. Air Force major command flying programs and more than 16,800 military, civilian, dependent, and retiree personnel. With 15 KC-135 aircraft, the wing is the only permanently assigned air refueling operation in the European theater.
    Prior to assuming his current position, Col Jacobus served as the Vice Commander, 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, where he assisted the Wing Commander in leading installation activities and assigned functions, providing support for 17 associate units, and daily operations of 63 KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft performing refueling, airlift, and aeromedical evacuation missions.
    Col Jacobus was commissioned through Air Force ROTC at Florida State University in 2000. He began his flying career at Charleston AFB, South Carolina, and has primarily flown the KC-135R/T and C-17. He has commanded at the squadron level and has experience in air refueling, airlift, air operations center, and contingency response operations.

    Colonel Jeffrey T. Menasco

    Deputy Director of OT&E, Directorate of Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Force
    Colonel Jeffrey T. Menasco

    Colonel Jeffrey T. Menasco is the Deputy Director of OT&E Directorate of Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration for HQ Air Mobility Command. He is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping personnel who operate, maintain, and sustain AMC's global operations. Colonel Menasco earned his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps from California State University Sacramento in 1994. He began his career as an Intelligence Officer in the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy, during the Balkan campaigns. He then completed pilot training at Corpus Christi NAS, Texas and has extensive overseas flying and operations experience. He has served in a multitude of operational and staff capacities at the wing, Headquarters Air Force and Combatant Command levels. His previous command positions include the 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota AB, Japan, 86th Operations Group, Ramstein AB, Germany and 317th Airlift Wing, Dyess AFB, TX. He is a Command Pilot with over 3,200 flying hours in the T-37, T-44, C-21, C-37, C-40 and C-130E/H/J aircraft with combat time over Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Commander Multinational MRTT Unit (MMU), Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF)
    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen van der Biezen started his Air Force career in 1981. After graduating from pilot training in 1985, he flew the NF-5 and F-16 and was assigned as squadron commander and Deputy Base Commander Airbase Volkel.

    In 2011, he switched to the Air Transport domain. He was assigned twice to the European Air Transport Command as Head OPS and Functional Division. As of 10 July 2019, he is assigned as the first Commander Multinational MRTT Unit.

    Col van der Biezen accumulated some 2,200 hours in the F-16 with a grand total of 4200 flying hours. During summer 2019, he converted to the A330 MRTT.

    Colonel Sean Finnan

    Commander, 86th Operations Group, U.S. Air Force
    Colonel Sean Finnan

    Col Sean M. Finnan is the commander, 86th Operations Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He commands one of the most busy and diverse operations groups in the Air Force, with assets that provide the European and African theatres with DV airlift, aeromedical evacuation support, combat-ready air transportation, and rapidly deployable equipment, supplies, and people. The 86th Operations Group consists of five squadrons, including an Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and a geographically-separated Air Base Squadron, and is home to more than 600 active-duty, Reserve, Department of Defense and local national Airmen. The group operates C-21A, C-37A and C-130J aircraft.

    Col Finnan entered the Air Force in 1998 as a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. His first assignment was as a Professional Development Instructor and Football Coach at the USAF Academy Preparatory School. Following undergraduate pilot training and C-130 training, Col Finnan was assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron as a Tactics Officer and Central Scheduler. In 2005, he was assigned to the 61st Airlift Squadron, where he served as a Flight Commander and Chief of Standardization/Evaluation. He graduated from the USAF Weapons School and in April 2008, he was assigned as Assistant Director of Operations in the 29th Weapons Squadron. In October 2008, he served at the Pentagon in the Directorate of Special Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition). Following training in the C-130J, he was assigned as the Director of Operations and then the Commander, 86th Operations Support Squadron. He also flew as an Instructor Pilot with the 37th Airlift Squadron. He then served as the Executive Officer to the Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa.

    Prior to his current assignment, Col Finnan was a Senior Developmental Education Student at the U.S. Naval War College, Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. He is a command pilot with more than 3,100 hours and has served in AETC, PACAF, AMC, ACC, and USAFE.

    Group Captain Simon Blackwell

    Commander Air Wing/DDH, RAF Brize Norton
    Group Captain Simon Blackwell

    Born in 1973, Group Captain Simon Blackwell joined the RAF in 1994 via a University Bursary at Southampton studying Aeronautics and Astronautics. Posted to 101 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton in 1997 to fly the VC10 in the AAR role, he completed back-to-back co-pilot and captain tours until 2004. In that time, he took part in operations over Kosovo in 1999 (Op ENGADINE) operating with Tornado GR1s from RAF Bruggen, Afghanistan in 2001 (Op ORACLE) and multiple detachments over Iraq (Op DESERT FOX, Op BOLTON and Ops NORTERN/SOUTHERN WATCH) including Op TELIC in 2003 where he led the first operational VC10 sortie. In 2004 he was posted to the 2 Gp Integrated Operations and Tasking Cell at RAF Brize Norton into the Air-to-Air Refuelling Coordination (AARC) Cell responsible for planning and delivering Defence’s AAR deployments.

    Thereafter, he was promoted to Squadron Leader (2006) and posted back to 101 Squadron as Flight Commander Plans, again flying the VC10 in the AT and AAR roles. A short tour followed in Kabul, Afghanistan at HQ ISAF as the ISAF Special Ops Forces Air Director from Feb – May 2009. After his op tour he was posted to the Capability Sponsor in MOD where he was responsible for pan-Defence Aircrew Systems. This period saw the publication of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. In the immediate wake of the Nimrod Review, he was also charged with improving Aviation Safety across the Capability Sponsor in the lead up to the formation of the MAA.

    Promoted to Wing Commander (2011), he completed the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Shrivenham alongside a Masters degree in Defence Studies, specialising in Political Islam. Following ACSC, he was posted to Air Operations at HQ Air Command in the A5 Division. Initially responsible for Strat Planning (operational input into the RAF Command Plan) and deployed Air infrastructure developments, including Al-Minhad AB (UAE), he was subsequently appointed A5 Chief of Staff. Following a deployment to Iraq in 2015, he was selected to command Number 10 Squadron operating the Voyager at RAF Brize Norton from Jan 2016 until May 2018. He was subsequently selected to be Personal Staff Officer to Deputy Commander Capability at RAF High Wycombe. Promoted to Group Captain in Apr 19, he was Deputy Head of the RAF’s Rapid Capability Office responsible for a number of innovative projects for the RAF.

    In Jul 20 he moved to his current role as the inaugural Commander Air Wing RAF Brize Norton where he is the Aviation Delivery Duty Holder for all 2 Gp assets at both Brize Norton and Northolt.

    Married to Nicky, they have three young children; Ella, Annabel and Edward. Living in Worcestershire, he is a keen DIY enthusiast and spends much of his time with his family, walking the dogs and tinkering with a long-running kit-car project.

    Group Captain Stuart Gregory

    Director, Movement Coordination Centre Europe
    Group Captain Stuart Gregory

    Group Captain Stuart Gregory is a British Royal Air Force Logistician with 25 years of expeditionary, operational experience. Since August 2019 he has been the Director of the Movement Coordination Centre Europe, which is a military multi-national body based out of Eindhoven Air Base in the Netherlands. The Movement Coordination Centre Europe is a broker for military transportation which is best described as Nation A wanting to deploy passengers, cargo or even a Brigade and Nation B offering to do the work. The MCCE is very active in US DEFENDER series deployments and has a high focus on Africa resupply.

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Commanding Officer, Strategic Airlift Interim Solution Coordination Cell (SALCC)
    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Lieutenant Colonel Luiz Fernando Rezende Ferraz

    Wing 2 Chief of Staff, Brazilian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Luiz Fernando Rezende Ferraz

    The Lieutenant Colonel Aviator Ferraz was born in Brazil and joined the Brazilian Air Force in 1996. During his career, he has qualified as an operational pilot in attack, airlift, reconnaissance and airborne early warning and control, having gained experience in the AT-26, AT-27, E-99, R-99 and KC-390. In addition, he also has been qualified as airborne chief controller and intelligence analyst. Academically, has the Command and Staff Course and has carried out 03 specializations, including: Master in Business Administration in Competitive Intelligence, Master in Business Administration in Public Management and Master in Business Administration in Strategic Planning and Management. Among the functions performed during the military career, the most relevant are the following: Commander of the 1st Wing of the 2nd / 6th Aviation Group; Commander of the 4th / 1st Command and Control Group; Chairman of the KC-390 Aircraft Implementation Task Force at the FAB and Squadron Leader of 1° Transport Troop Group. He currently holds the position of Wing 2 Chief of Staff, the wing responsible for developing the doctrine and integrating the KC-390 aircraft into the Brazilian Air Force.

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Bryce Dibble

    Chief, Airlift Coordination Center, NATO DACCC
    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Bryce Dibble

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew B. Dibble is the Chief, Airlift Coordination Center (ALCC) and Deputy, Senior National Representative (SNR), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allied Air Command Deployable Air Command and Control Center (DACCC), Poggio Renatico, Italy. In these roles, he directs NATO support including combat airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation, noncombatant evacuation operations (NEO), distinguished visitor (DV) and humanitarian aid missions. He leads 28 Joint and International officers in the Air Mobility Division for the Combined Forces Air Component Commander in Command and Control of NATO air transport and support operations.

    Lieutenant Colonel Dibble began his Air Force career by attending basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in March of 1993. Upon completion of basic training, he was assigned to Charleston Air Force Base, SC where he stayed until 2002 as a Utilities Systems Journeyman. Lieutenant Colonel Dibble received his commission as a graduate of Charleston Southern University, Detachment 772, in May 2002. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Touro University International in 2009 and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air University in 2016.

    Lieutenant Colonel Dibble has served in a variety of operational assignments throughout his career. He has served as the Deputy Commander, 92d Operations Group; Commander, 384th Air Refueling Squadron; Assistant Director of Operations, 92nd Air Refueling Squadron; Chief, Mobility, Bomber, Attaché Colonel Assignments, Air Force Colonel Management Office, Pentagon, Washington D.C.; Executive Officer to the Chief, Office of the Defense Representative-Pakistan; Chief Executive Officer, 92d Air Refueling Wing; Group Executive Officer, Director of Staff, 62d Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord; Squadron Executive Officer, Chief Scheduler, Chief of Long Range Mission Planning and Assistant Flight Commander, 436 Airlift Wing.

    Lieutenant Colonel Dibble is a command pilot, having logged more than 4,600 hours in the C-5A/B/AMP Galaxy, C-17A Globemaster, KC-135R/T Stratotanker, T-1A Jayhawk, and T-37B Tweet. He currently lives in Ferrara, Italy and is married to the former Candie Mynatt with his four daughters Kelsey, Madelyn, Sophia, and Ava.

    Lieutenant Colonel Mikael Tormalm

    C-17 Squadron Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
    Lieutenant Colonel Mikael Tormalm

    Lieutenant Colonel Mikael Tormalm is the Commander of the Heavy Airlift Squadron (HAS) of the Heavy Airlift Wing
    (HAW), HDF Pápa Air Base, Hungary. The HAS is the world’s first and only multinational C-17 Squadron.
    Lieutenant Colonel Tormalm, from Stockholm, Sweden, entered service in the Swedish Air Force 1994, and graduated as a Fighter
    pilot in 1997. His first assignment was to the legendary 213th Fighter squadron at the 21st Fighter Wing in Luleå, where he flew
    all versions of the SAAB 37 Viggen fighter until 2005, when he converted to the SAAB 39 Gripen fighter. After completing his
    assignment as Fighter pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Tormalm served as Instructor at the Swedish Air Force Pilot Training School,
    specializing in tactical flying training.

    Lieutenant Colonel Mikael Tormalm has also been assigned to the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters for three years, where
    he was responsible for procurement and training of pilots for the SAAB 39 Gripen system.

    Lieutenant Colonel Tormalm joined the Heavy Airlift Wing in 2014, and his most recent position has been as Director of Operations at the Heavy Airlift Squadron. With assuming the position as Commander of the Heavy Airlift Squadron, Lieutenant Colonel Tormalm will be the first Swede to command a multinational flying squadron. He is also the first Swedish C-17 Instructor Pilot, with 2,000 flying hours
    in the C-17 and a total of 4,000 flying hours.

    Lieutenant Colonel Tormalm have studied Aeronautical engineering and holds a Civil Flight Certificate, CPL and ATPL.

    In his spare time Lieutenant Colonel Mikael Tormalm enjoys traveling, good food and wine, motorcycles and fast cars. He is married to Susanne and have two daughters, Emma and Juni.

    Lieutenant Colonel Phillip A. Summers

    Plans Staff Officer, Airlift Coordination Center, NATO DACCC
    Lieutenant Colonel Phillip A. Summers

    Lieutenant Colonel Phillip A. Summers, is the Plans Staff Officer for NATO’s Airlift Coordination Center. Lt Col Summers is directly responsible for coordinating and planning intra-theater airlift for NATO contingency operations. During peacetime, he facilitates the process and procedural development of airlift planning with the Joint Logistics Support Group and Air Command’s A4. Lt Col Summers is also responsible for teaching strategy and airlift operations for NATO’s Initial Functional Joint Force Air Component Training (IFJT).

    Lt Col Summers commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Clemson University after graduation in 2006. Lt Col Summers has performed flying missions in all regions of the world including the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Pacific islands. He has held various unit leadership positions including Flight Commander, Chief of Squadron Safety, Assistant Operations Officer, Group Evaluations Officer, and Wing Executive Officer.

    Lt Col Summers is a senior pilot with more than 2,600 hours in the C-130E/H, C-5M, T-44A, and T-34C. His operational experience includes multiple deployments to Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait and Bagram AB, Afghanistan. He has served in major USAF operations including ENDURING FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, INHERENT RESOLVE, and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL.

    Lieutenant General Brian S. Robinson

    Deputy Commander, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Force
    Lieutenant General Brian S. Robinson

    Lt. Gen. Brian S. Robinson is Deputy Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The command serves as U.S. Transportation Command’s air component, executing the air mobility mission in support of the Joint Force, allies and partners with a fleet of nearly 1,100 aircraft. The command encompasses 18th Air Force, the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, the 618th Air Operations Center and 17 wings and two groups, which provide rapid global mobility from more than 100 locations worldwide. Nearly 107,000 active-duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Airmen and civilians comprise the air mobility total force, providing command and control of inter-theater and intra-theater airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation, global air mobility support, and presidential and senior leader air transport in support of national interests.

    Prior to assuming his current role, Lt. Gen. Robinson served as the Director of Operations,
    Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, where he was responsible for directing the all-domain command and control and deployment of forces and the distribution of supplies and equipment for humanitarian, peacetime and wartime operations for the Department of Defense, including joint training and exercises.

    Lt. Gen. Robinson has held staff assignments at Joint Staff, Headquarters Air Force Staff, Air Mobility Command and the U.S. Air Forces Central 609th Combined Air Operations Center. He has commanded at the squadron, wing, operational and global 618th AOC levels.

    Lt. Gen. Robinson is a native of Philadelphia where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Philadelphia University in 1987. He received his commission from Air Force Officer Training School in 1987 and attended undergraduate pilot training, later serving as a T-38B first assignment instructor pilot before moving on to a series of operational assignments in the C-130 E/H/J and the C-17A, which represent the full range of tactical and strategic airlift and aerial delivery. Lt. Gen. Robinson is a weapons officer and command pilot with more than 4,400 hours in airlift and trainer aircraft.

    Major General Andreas Schick

    Commander, European Air Transport Command (EATC)
    Major General Andreas Schick

    General Schick joined the German Air Force in 1980. After earning his wings as a jet pilot in 1985 he was a pilot, instructor pilot and squadron leader in the Fighter Wing 71 “Richthofen” for a period of eleven years. Subsequent to his military career, he fulfilled various command staff posts and took on several leadership assignments in the German Air Force, including an international posting at SHAPE.
    In 2007, he became Base Commander of the Fighter Wing 73 "Steinhoff" in Laage, during which time he was also deployed at ISAF HQ, Kabul as a CJ3 Air and Senior National Representative.
    From 2013 to 2014, he assumed the position of Branch Head Military Policy and Strategy formulation/ CHoD Representation in International Organizations at the Ministry of Defence, followed by the position of Director Flying Operations at the Air Force Forces Command in Cologne. He was promoted to Brigadier General in December 2015, where he was also deployed to operation “Counter Daesh” in Incirlik as the first Commander of the DEU Contingent. He held the position as Chief of Staff at the European Air Transport Command in Eindhoven Airbase from 2017-2020 and assumed the role of commander of the EATC in September 2020.

    Major General Pedro Alexandre E. Salvada

    Director, Weapon Systems and Maintenance Directorate, Portuguese Air Force
    Major General Pedro Alexandre  E. Salvada

    Major General Pedro Alexandre Entradas Salvada is currently Director of the Weapons Systems and Maintenance Directorate, for which he was designated in December 2020.
    He was born in Beja, Portugal, in January 1966.
    Completed his masters degree in Mechanical Engineering (Energy branch) from Lisbon University, Instituto Superior Técnico. Also completed a masters degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in USA.
    He began his officer career in the Portuguese Air Force, in 1990. After concluding the military and technical training at the Air Force Academy he was stationed at the Weapon System Maintenance Directorate, where he served from 1995 to 2001 performing several engineering roles at the Quality and Engineering Department.
    Between 1994 and 1997 was a teacher in the Air Force Academy, teaching Aerodynamics, Thermodynamics, Operational Investigation, and Propulsion Systems.
    Between 2004 and 2007 he held the position of Portugal “Senior Country Representative”, representing the Portuguese Air Force at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, USA.
    In 2006 he was granted as an Aeronautical Engineering Specialist by the Order of Engineers.
    In 2007 returned to the Weapon System Maintenance Directorate where he served as the F-16 Weapons System Manager, Engineering/Modification Coordinator for the F-16/MLU program, Head of Quality and Deputy Director.
    In 2010 be was appointed Portuguese National Representative for the “Operational and Logistics Requirements” Sub Committee of the F-16 Multinational Fighter Program, position he held until 2017.
    In 2013 he was appointed as F-16 Sale Program Manager, becoming the Head of the Program in March 2019.
    After being promoted to Brigadier General in December 2018 he was nominated Director of the Engineering and Programs Directorate until December 2020.
    He has several praises and medals, including an “Emblem of Honor” from the Romanian Air Force.
    Major General Pedro Salvada is married and has two boys.

    Mr Dominic Lyons

    Sales & Marketing Lead – Fixed Wing, Boeing Defence
    Mr Dominic Lyons

    Dominic (Dom) Lyons is currently Fixed Wing Sales & Marketing Lead for Boeing Defence UK (BDUK). In this role he is responsible for leading business growth across current and future fixed wing platforms. Dom joined BDUK in December 2017 as Business Development Lead for P-8A Poseidon.
    Prior to that Dom spent 4 years with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group initially as Marketing Executive and then becoming Marketing Director in January 2016, with responsibility for developing key strategic relationships for the company.
    Dom joined Marshall ADG from Rolls-Royce where he spent 23 years in a variety of roles. Following a Rolls-Royce sponsorship through University he started his career in Engineering. This led to a secondment to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina where he provided technical support to the USMC Harrier fleet both at home and on overseas deployments.
    Following his return to the UK in 2001, Dom then provided support to the UK Joint Force Harrier fleets at RAF Wittering and RAF Cottesmore. This period saw Dom on-board ship as he supported the entry into service of the GR7/9A Harrier.
    In 2004 Dom was appointed Customer Executive Fixed Wing Support at RAF Wyton working with the MoD Project Teams. During this period he worked closely with the MoD on the transition to availability contracts for engine support, including a secondment to the MoD transformation team.
    He returned to Rolls-Royce Bristol in 2009 as Vice President UK Combat, responsible for engine support for the UK Harrier, Tornado, Typhoon, and Hawk aircraft fleets. A move to the Civil Engines business saw Dom become a Sales Director in Rolls-Royce Derby. During this period he was responsible for sales campaigns for Trent engines and long term support contracts adding around $9bn to the order book.
    Married to Sarah, a head teacher, they live in Rutland, and have 3 grown up children.
    In his spare time Dominic enjoys cycling, running, walking Monty (his black Labrador) and skiing.

    Mr Donald Turnbull

    Deputy Head of Aerospace Capabilities, International Staff – Defence Investment, NATO HQ
    Mr Donald Turnbull

    Don Turnbull was born and educated in the West of Scotland and graduated from the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in 1985. He served 31 years in the RAF as a pilot and has just under 5000 hrs on the C130K, C130J and as a Qualified Flying Instructor with Central Flying School. He has flown on operations in the Falkland Islands, Gulf War 1, the Balkans, Somalia, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Following nearly 14 years of continuous flying tours, Don was posted to the fledgling UK Joint Helicopter Command in 2000 to work on the development of training for 16 Air Assault Brigade and the development of the Joint Air Manoeuvre capability. Following a 6 month operational detachment to Pakistan in 2002, where he commanded Forward Mounting Base (South) in Karachi, he was posted to the UK Ministry of Defence where the focus was the capability development of the RAF Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refuelling fleets and the development of support to Airborne Forces. He then attended Advanced Staff College in India before returning to take command of No XXIV Sqn RAF. This was followed by a further tour in the UK MoD on International Relations, which involved the development of the RAF International Security Cooperation Strategy and the conduct of global Airman-to-Airman staff talks. Don was then selected to be the UK Defence Attaché to Sweden and Finland (2010-2013), which involved the development of opportunities for training, support on operations and support to the UK defence industry. He then moved to NATO Allied Command Transformation – Staff Element Europe to work on the NATO Defence Planning Process (NDPP) before joining the International Staff (IS) in NATO HQ in 2015. In his role in Aerospace Capabilities in IS-Defence Investment Don has managed the NATO Air Force Armaments Group (NAFAG) and the Joint Capability Group on Vertical Lift. This broad portfolio covers the capability development of weapon effectiveness and interoperability; network enabled weapons; Electronic Warfare and Defensive Aids; Air Mobility, including Air Drop and Support to Special Forces; Joint ISR; and Joint All Domain C2. Special projects have included Distributed Synthetic Training (DST), the Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC), Precision Air Drop (PAD), NATO Flying Training Europe (NFTE), ATM-CNS Performance Equivalence, Rapid Air Mobility (RAM) and the capability development of AAR.

    Don has a BSc Computer Science (1984) and an MSc (1st Class) in Defence & Strategic Studies from the University of Madras (2005). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM), and he works as a volunteer for the RAF Charitable Trust where one of his roles is manager of the Concours d’Elegance competition at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). He has also completed charity bike rides in support of the Royal British Legion, including the Prudential London Ride 100 and the RBL London to Paris. Other interest include sailing, tennis, music, cooking, wine and sabrage.

    Mr Jan Der Kinderen

    Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF) System Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Mr Jan Der Kinderen

    Jan der Kinderen was born on August 6th 1962 in the Netherlands. He is married to Natasja and they currently live in Tuntange, Luxembourg.

    After finishing Law School and a short civilian career, he started his Air Force career in 1985 as a Logistics Officer. After several logistics positions, among which foreign assignments in Goose Bay, Canada and Hill AFB in Utah, USA, he was admitted to the NLD General Staff College, where he graduated in 2001, with a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.

    After assignements in Planning and Policy, and deployments to Iraq (2005) and DR Congo (2006), Jan der Kinderen was assigned to NATO/ACT in 2006 as Head of Movement & Training Policy, Doctrine and Training until 2010. In 2012 he became Director of Facility Services of the NLD Support Command and was promoted to Colonel. At the end of 2015 he was transferred to the Defense Materiel Command as Program Manager for Satellite Communication and Project Leader for the MRTT project. In that role he was Chairman of the MMF SPC from 2016 – 2018.

    Jan der Kinderen applied for the position of MMF System Manager at NSPA in 2018 and took the position on 1 February 2019 (seconded).

    Mr José Luis de Miguel

    Head of Product Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space
    Mr José Luis de Miguel

    José-Luis de Miguel was named Head of Product Marketing at Airbus Defence & Space based in Madrid (Spain) in January 2016. As responsible for Product Marketing, he directs all Marketing activities related to Airbus Defence & Space products, with the focus on Military Aircraft and Space Systems.
    Previously he had been Head of Process Integration for Airbus Defence & Space based in Ottobrunn (Germany) (2013-2016), being responsible for the integration and improvement of the divisional activities through the deployment of global processes and lean practices.
    Before that, José-Luis had been responsible for Software Development and Systems Engineering at Cassidian based in Getafe (Spain) taking care of development activities of all Air Systems related projects, including among others EF Typhoon Enhancements, Atlante Tactical UAS and concept & demonstration activities for HALE/MALE UAS and Future Combat Air Systems.
    José-Luis was previously the Head of Strategy of the Cassidian Air Systems Business Unit based in Manching (Germany) and prior to this, he was part of the EADS Sales & Marketing team for Eurofighter Typhoon (Ottobrunn, Germany).
    José-Luis joined EADS (-CASA) in Spain in 2000. He served in various engineering positions during his early career years, mainly related to Aircraft Preliminary Design and Flight Control Systems Design & Test.
    José-Luis earned a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (including a 1 year exchange at Stuttgart University), with the focus on Aircraft Design, Propulsion and Missiles. During his university years he also collaborated with The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (Brussels, Belgium) in gas turbine related research activities.

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet is working as a freelance aviation expert consultant since November 2016 at AviDonn Consulting and still a colonel at the Belgian Air Force Reserve.
    He joined the Royal Military Academy in 1985 and graduated as a military pilot in 1990. He served on F-16 from 1991 until 2007 and totalizes 2100 flying hours on the type, including 120 war missions. He flew during the first weeks of Operation Allied Force in 1999 over Kosovo and was the first commander of the initial Belgian F-16 detachment in Afghanistan in 2005.
    After his operational assignments, he attended Staff College in Paris and worked at the Belgian Joint Headquarters’ Strategy Department in the Capabilities Development Branch as air expert and advisor to the Chief of Defence. He subsequently joined the European Defence Agency (EDA) in April 2009 in the Capabilty Development Directorate and stayed until October 2016. First, as Project Officer in Deployability where he tackled strategic air and sea lift issues, then as Programme Manager for Airlift and AAR. He was in charge of several ventures, out of which EDA’s European Air Transport Fleet partnership signed in 2011 by twenty Member States. He led the multinational C27J and C295 projects as well as AAR initiatives like one dealing with A400M aerial refuelling role equipment and another one regarding AAR clearances and certification. In 2012, he initiated an AAR project that resulted into the now well-known Multinational MRTT Fleet Programme. He was also the EDA expert for Jet Pilot Training providing inputs for the Advanced European Jet Pilot Training (AEJPT) Programme hosted by the EDA from 2008 to 2012.

    Mr Paul Page

    Technical Sales Director, Honeywell Aerospace
    Mr Paul Page

    Paul is an experienced aerospace professional, with +20 years of multiple roles in all sectors of the industry (commercial and defense), ranging from account management, customer support, engineering and sales. In his current role of Technical Sales Director, he is responsible for sales enablement of Honeywell’s military Beyond Visual Line of Sight SATCOM communications solutions for the EMEA and APAC regions. He has an Executive MBA in Aviation Management, is a Chartered Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has two kids and is a passionate Rugby Union coach.

    Mr Philippe Martou

    Director Aviation Services - SCOA, United Nations World Food Programme
    Mr Philippe Martou

    Philippe Martou totalled more than 5000 hours on the C130 and flew in many Peace Keeping and Peace Enforcement Operations including The Gulf War in 1991, Bosnia in 1993, Rwanda in 1994, Zaire in 1996 and Kosovo in 1999. He also acquired extensive experience flying in Humanitarian Airlift and Airdrop missions in Somalia between 1991 and 1998, South Sudan between 1992 and 1999, Kenya 1995 - 1996 and Angola 1996.

    Philippe joined the United Nations World Food Programme as Chief Air Transport Officer in DRC in 2001, was then transferred to Afghanistan in 2002, to Pakistan in 2005 before going to UNWFP HQ in January 2006 as Deputy Chief of Aviation Services and deployed to many sudden onset Emergencies such as the 2004 Tsunami, the 2006 Lebanon war, different Emergencies in Pakistan - Earthquake & flood response, Myanmar Nargis Emergency, Haiti Earthquake, the Philippines cyclone responses, Kenya floods and others. He did a two year duty in Baghdad, followed by an additional two years in Nyala, Darfur, after which he spent three years in Eastern Congo/DRC as Coordinator and Head of Area Office.

    Philippe Martou took up his duties as Director WFP Aviation Services on 01 June 2019, after serving from May 2017 as Chief of the Preparedness Branch within the Emergency Preparedness & Support Response Division (OSE).

    Mr Roberto Guerrero

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Air Force Operational Energy (SES), U.S. Air Force
    Mr Roberto Guerrero

    Mr. Roberto I. Guerrero, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations, and Environment, Washington, D.C. Mr. Guerrero is responsible for providing oversight and direction for all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, and execution of plans, policies, and programs for the effective and efficient use of the Air Force’s $5 billion Operational Energy Bill in support of its global mission.

    Mr. Guerrero earned his commission as an ensign in the Navy through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1988 and received his wings as a Naval Aviator in 1989. He held assignments in Florida, California, Virginia and Texas, culminating his Navy career in 1999 as an Operations Officer and Flight Instructor in the T-34C. In 2000, Mr. Guerrero was selected for interservice transfer to the Air Force. He qualified on the E-3 AWACS and held assignments in Oklahoma and Okinawa, Japan, where he commanded the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron. He later served at the Air Force Safety
    Center as a Division Chief and concluded his military career as the center's Vice Commander. During his military service, he participated in OperationsDEEP FREEZE, KOREAN CONTINGENCY, NOBLE EAGLE, and flew 24 combat missions over Afghanistan during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He was a Command Pilot with more than 4,100 flight hours, including more than 350 combat hours.

    Mr. Guerrero entered the civil service in 2010 where he served as Deputy Chief of Safety, U.S. Air Force, and Executive Director, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. Following this tour of duty, he was Director of Staff, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Georgia.

    Mr Simon Johns

    Vice President Business Development & Sales, Europe & North Africa, Embraer
    Mr Simon Johns

    Mrs Sadia Malick-Jones

    Director, SMi Group Ltd
    Mrs Sadia Malick-Jones

    Ms Indra Duivenvoorde

    Director, Europe & Israel, Boeing Global Services and Support
    Ms Indra Duivenvoorde

    Indra is director of Government Services for Europe and Israel within International Government and Defence, Boeing Global Services. She is responsible for the growth and execution of international defense business in this region, and is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
    Indra joined Boeing in 2003 and has served in a wide variety of roles across business development, sales, international strategic partnerships and program execution for the company’s manufacturing and services divisions within commercial and defense.
    Prior to joining International Government and Defence, Indra served as director of salesfor Boeing Commercial Airplanes with responsibility for Central Europe, Spain and Portugal.
    In 2017, Indra served as a senior program manager, Vertical Lift programs for Boeing Global Services in the Netherlands, establishing performance-based logistic support on AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) resulting into increased operational availability and affordability. She also successfully established a Boeing phase maintenance organization and obtained Military Airworthiness Regulations (MAR-145) accreditation for Apache and Chinook at Logistic Center Woensdrecht (LCW). As the Boeing LCW Site Lead, Indra collaborated
    with the RNLAF and the Dutch industry to identify opportunities to enhance Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) capabilities in the region.
    In 2010, she joined the International Strategic Partnerships organization as a project  manager across Europe. In this role she was responsible for expanding the Boeing footprint in markets across Europe by successfully implementing industrial participation programs and building alliances and partnerships to enable future growth in both existing and new markets.
    Indra began her career supporting Chinook programs and sales campaigns (e.g. F/A18, KC-46, Rotorcraft, UAVs) through Boeing’s Global Support Network, as well as the company’s International Support Systems organization.
    Indra graduated from the University of The Hague with a BSc in European Studies in 2003 and is currently an Executive MBA Candidate at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

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    AJW Group

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    AJW Group is the world-leading independent specialist in the global supply, exchange, repair and lease of airframe and engine spare parts with 6,000 aircraft under contract. Through an innovative and collaborative approach, the company delivers highly effective and tailored component supply chain solutions to the commercial and business jet sectors. Our years of experience and approach we take for commercial aviation can also be replicated in the military world and we see an opportunity for this going forward.

    The Group has operational hubs and local offices across Africa, Asia Pacific, China, CIS, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North America. Our multilingual teams are available 24/7/365 supporting over 1,000 airlines in 117 countries.

    Services include: Part Sales & Support, Supply Chain Solutions, Asset Management Services, Contracted Component Support (PBH and pool access), Component MRO (AJW Technique), Engine Services and Leasing & Capital services.

    AJW Technique is a state-of-the-art facility that forms the centralised hub for the Groups maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service. The facility is focused on delivering world class reliability and turn times, minimised AOG costs and superior warranties.


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    Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, C4ISR, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, and performance-based logistics and training. Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace innovation. Its broad range of capabilities includes creating new, more efficient members of its commercial airplane family, creating advanced technology solutions for military customers and integrating aircraft, defense systems and warfighters through network-enabled solutions.


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    Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. The Aerospace business unit builds aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components and more. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights and safer skies and airports. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero.


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    Leveraging the design and integrated support of commercial and military aircraft, trainers and unmanned aerial vehicles, Leonardo has developed mission-specific aircraft. The C27J is the most flexible, robust and reliable tactical transport aircraft on the market. Designed to support a variety of missions such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions and tactical transport and built to operate from short unpaved runways in the harshest environments. Leonardo is a world player in Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space, developing advanced components to fully integrated systems and platforms.

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    Defence Today


    Defence Today is an online publication covering the latest in global defence and security news, defence intelligence and strategic insight. Terrorism and emerging threats, defence industry coverage, the latest technology developments and emerging platforms and systems. Military equipment profiles and industry showcases. Advertising, press releases and event listings are available.

    Soldier Modernisation


    Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.

    Global Military Communications


    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.



    Epicos is a global, multifaceted portal providing Aerospace and Defense industries around the world with business intelligence and active support to access opportunities on international procurements, industrial cooperation and offsets. Epicos has carried out extensive industry analysis and mapping of capabilities of A&D Industries and offers this knowledge to its members helping them to identify business opportunities and to build strategic alliances. Additionally, Epicos supports the global A&D industry through a wide range of on-line services and products including but not limited to: a large online procurement database, an updated Business Directory, an e-library with extensive information regarding procurement and offsets processes systems and an up to the minute news database.

    Military Systems and Technology


    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



    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

    21st Century Asian Arms Race


    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.

    Asian Military Review


    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.

    Homeland Security Research Corporation


    HSRC provides premium off-the-shelf market reports on present and emerging technologies and industry expertise, enabling global clients to gain time-critical insight into business opportunities. All reports include in-depth information and analysis of emerging markets, technologies, and industries broken down by geography, market, vertical, technology, product, and revenue stream. Our reports support Homeland Security & Public Safety communities worldwide in their strategic decision-making process, providing up-to-date market knowledge, analysis, and insights. HSRC offers customized research services geared towards providing our clients with clear, actionable recommendations designed to empower decision-making and to help exploit emerging opportunities in the market. The customized research services provide a deep analysis of specific markets and eco-systems, target geographies, strategic segments and verticals, competitor analysis and technological benchmarks. The custom research services are provided as an ad hoc assignment or as an ongoing service.

    Blog Before Flight


    Blog Before Flight is an online news and information website related to the aviation and aerospace industries. It offers daily news about new products, future projects, military exercises and operations, airshow info and reportages made in close contact with the international armed forces. Blog Before Flight combines technical concepts with a common language to reach everyone wants to know more about aviation.



    SecurityClearedJobs.com is an on-line job board designed and marketed to attract candidates who work within Defence, Government and Nuclear sectors. We advertise 1000’s of job opportunities both on a Permanent and Contract basis covering opportunities within all industry sectors. Visit our site www.SecurityClearedJobs.com to search for your next job opportunity.

    Armada International


    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.

    Airport Suppliers


    Airport Suppliers is the global airport industry’s number one meeting place for buyers, vendors, specifiers, decision makers, architects, consultants and system integrators. The portal encompasses all aspects of airport equipment, technology, design and services. We provide a comprehensive breakdown of products and services from leading industry contractors, with up-to-date news and press releases when exciting developments occur. With links to the most important airport related organisations and governing bodies in the world

    Airforce Technologies


    Used daily as means of creating partnerships and as a point of reference by professionals within the air force industry, this comprehensive resource supplies the latest news releases, detailed information on industry projects, white papers, event information and a thorough breakdown of products and services.


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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, SMI 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@smi-online.co.uk

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