Announcement - NEW DATES: 20th and 21st October  2021 | London, UK  - Venue TBC.

We are delighted to announce that we also have virtual participation options available. Please contact a member of the SMi Team for more information.customerservices@smi-online.co.uk

SMi is proud to present the 6th Airborne ISR conference to be held in London on the 20th and 21st October 2021.

Airborne ISR continues to be an incredibly important capability for militaries. Effective ISR enables kinetic assets the resources they need to be effective on the battlefield. Perhaps more than this, ISR is an extremely capable deterrent in its own right and modern dissemination technology and techniques enables forces to deal with threats before they can cause harm.

SMi's 6th Annual Airborne ISR Conference seeks to cover in detail Maritime Patrol, Data Dissemination, UAV Technology, International Surveillance Cooperation, AWACS, 5th Generation ISR, Industrial Engagement, and Threat Evolution. 

Hear the latest developments from leading international programmes from maritime and land domains

Discuss how nations are adopting and adapting technology to gain greater intelligence resolution

Explore how nations are engaging with on-another to disseminate and analyse information 

• Attend a conference where you can meet and network with leading programme managers

• Understand how nations are adopting systems and technologies to secure information and decision dominance

2xcel Aviation; Airbus ; Airbus Defence And Space; Australian High Commission; BAE Systems; Contractor; Department of International Trade; Dept of Defense; Eclipse; Embassy of Ukraine; French Air Force; German Air Force; Hensoldt Sensors GmbH; High Commission of India; Horizon Technologies; Israeli MoD; Kroll-Computer; L3Harris Reconnaissance Mission Systems; Leonardo; Leonardo Company; Marshall Aerospace; Ministry of Defence,UK; National Air and Space Operations Centre; NATO ; NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA); NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force; NATO HQ; NATO Industrial Action Group (NIAG); Nigerian Army; Plath GmbH; Portuguese Air Force; RAF High Wycombe ; RAF Waddington; Royal Canadian Air Force; Royal Singapore Air Force; Satcom Direct; Spacemetric; TNO; Transport Canada; UAE GHQ; United States Air Force;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 Near-Peer Competition: Focused Collect & Data Driven Reconnaissance

Colonel Heather Fox

Colonel Heather Fox, Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, US Air Force
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  • Focused Collect & Agile Combat Employment
  • Those with the best algorithms win
  • The path ahead for the 9 RW
  • 9:40 The Move to Future ISR Platforms: Integrating the E-7 Wedgetail Into RAF Operations for Enhanced Capabilities

    • Overview of the E-7 Wedgetail and its capabilities
    • Preparing for the RAF E-7 to enter service
    • Overcoming the potential challenges faced when integrating a new platform

    Squadron Leader Oliver Fuller

    Squadron Leader Oliver Fuller, E-7 Wedgetail AEW Mk1 Staff Officer, Royal Air Force
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    10:20 The Application of Machine Learning to Advanced ISR Sensors to Deliver Information Advantage

    Mr Jason Cowell

    Mr Jason Cowell, VP Capability/CTO Electronic Warfare, Leonardo

  • Advanced COMINT sensor collect from Tactical Platforms
  • Multi-spectral data collect and fusion in the ISR domain
  • Application of Machine Learning, Big Data and AI to information advantage
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

    12:10 Evaluating the Ability of the Airspace Surveillance and Control Command to Provide Support to Operations

    Colonel Dainius Guzas

    Colonel Dainius Guzas, Commander, Lithuanian Air Force
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    • Providing ISR capabilities on NATOs contested Eastern flank
    • The importance of the NATO Air-Policing Mission in providing accurate information to national and multinational forces
    • The challenges to operating in a small-scale air force and the importance of shared contributions

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Enhancing RAF ISR Capabilities through the Acquisition of New Platforms and the Upgrade of Existing Systems

    Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

    Air Commodore Nicholas Hay, ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force
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  • Overview of the current RAF ISR Fleet, including the Sentry, Reaper and Sentinel
  • Progress made in the development of Protector RG Mk1 and extending RAF ISR capabilities
  • Innovation and future developments for the UK’s ISTAR Fleet
  • 14:30 Overview of Israeli Airborne ISR Capabilities and the Integration of New Platforms to Provide Unprecedented Support to Operations

    Senior Official (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

    Senior Official (Name Withheld for Security Reasons), , Israeli Air Force

  • The role of the 122nd Nachson Squadron in conducting Israeli ISR operations
  • Integration of the new Oron Gulfstream G550 ISR platform into everyday operations
  • Advantages of the Oron: low maintenance, AI technology, enhanced flight capabilities
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 UK Science and Technology Opportunities and Challenges for Air ISR

    Dr Andrew Bennett

    Dr Andrew Bennett, Senior Principal Scientist - ISR Capability, DSTL, UK MoD

    • Responding to different obstacles to effective A-ISR, such as EW and cyber challenges
    • Overcoming complex A2/AD systems
    • The future operating environment for UK ISR and the path ahead

    16:20 The Role of AI and Automation in Airborne Imagery Analysis to Provide Real-Time Intelligence

  • How does automatic detection of objects and events in airborne imagery work?
  • The role of AI, possibilities for machine learning, new AI techniques
  • Automatic interpretation of data: moving from data to information to intelligence
  • The role of edge computing for ISR
  • Mr Pieter Elands

    Mr Pieter Elands, Programme Manager, Intelligent Imaging Expertise Group, TNO
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    Major Antonie Franken

    Major Antonie Franken, A2 RNLAF NASOC and Head of RNLAF ISR-D, Royal Netherlands Air Force
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    17:00 Moving from Data to Information to Enhance USAF Decision-Making Capabilities

    Dr Qing Wu

    Dr Qing Wu, Senior Scientist for Processing and Exploitation, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States Air Force

  • In USAF and USSF missions, the exponential growth of data demands advanced data analysis capabilities with higher processing performance, lower energy dissipation, and better system scalability
  • The need to successfully conduct mission operations requires size-weight-and-power (SWaP) efficient embedded high performance computing and edge AI capabilities, which can autonomously detect and classify targets, predict threats, recognize complex events, understand natural language, and perform cognitive reasoning to enable robust decision making
  • AFRL scientists and engineers are researching, developing, testing, evaluating and fielding novel edge computing technologies and edge AI-as-a-service capabilities in different platforms and systems to provide USAF and USSF with information and decision superiority in all domains
  • This AFRL research emphasis led to number of programs and projects that are structured around quickly delivering emerging capabilities now, as well as continuously advancing technologies for the future
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:00 Supporting US Army Europe Capabilities through Multi-Discipline Airborne ISR Operations to Maintain Joint Information Supremacy

    Colonel Derrick Lee

    Colonel Derrick Lee, Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence G2, NATO Allied Land Command

  • Evaluating the challenges to operating multi-domain airborne-ISR
  • The work of the USAREUR G2 team in providing actionable intelligence and information to decision makers
  • Collaborating with allies to retain information superiority
  • 9:40 Assessing the Ability of 51 Tactical Air Wing to Provide Live ISR Capabilities to Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge, Deputy Commander, Tactical Air Wing 51, German Air Force
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  • Supporting German and multinational personnel through manned and unmanned imaging and signal capturing airborne reconnaissance
  • Operating in a degraded environment and maintaining the flow of information
  • The future of airborne ISR and ensuring unmanned operators receive sufficient training
  • 10:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Supporting US and Allied Naval Operations Through Effective Airborne ISR Capabilities

    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson, Commodore Task Force SIX SEVEN, US Navy
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  • The role of Task Force 67 and its land-based Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) duties
  • ISR and MPRA priorities for the 6th Fleet’s when operating in the European and African theatres
  • Overview of CTF-67’s ISR platforms, the P-8A Poseidon and MQ-4C Triton
  • A look at the path ahead for CTF-67 and the 6th Fleet
  • 12:10 Integrating Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) into the US Navy for Wider ISR Capabilities at Sea

    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg, Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS, NAVAIR, US Navy
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    • Introducing the MQ-8C Fire Scout into Naval operations for superior over-the-horizon targeting capabilities
    • Combining rotary and unmanned capabilities for optimal effectiveness
    • The future of naval ISR through the greater exploitation of unmanned platform potential across the fleet

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Supporting US Army Europe Capabilities through Multi-Discipline Airborne ISR Operations to

    Colonel Bryan Hooper*

    Colonel Bryan Hooper*, Commander, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, US Air Force Europe

  • The role of the 66th MI Brigade in providing intelligence support to U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Africa
  • Utilising the IAI RQ-5 Hunter to conduct effective airborne ISR operations
  • The future of airborne ISR in the 66th MI BDE
  • 14:30 Assessing the Airborne ISR Capabilities of the Portuguese Air Force

    Major Helder Ferreira

    Major Helder Ferreira, Commander, 601 Squadron, Portuguese Air Force

    • Optimising legacy platforms for enhanced efficiency and effectiveness
    • Maintaining a comprehensive maritime domain awareness and combining operational priorities for maximum operational capacity
    • The challenges to coordinating multidomain naval airborne ISR
    • The future of airborne ISR in the Portuguese Air Force

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Analysing the Uplifts Gained from the NATO AWACS Final Lifetime Extension Programme (FLEP)

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley, Executive Officer to the General Manager of NAPMA , NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA)

  • The role of the NATO AWACS in providing Joint Intelligences, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities
  • Ensuring operability of the AWACS fleet through the FLEP
  • Key features and drivers of the FLEP and the advantages gained from these


  • 16:20 Unified Vision and its Role in Improving NATO’s Multinational JISR Interoperability

    Mr Rob Munday

    Mr Rob Munday, UV20 Deputy Event Manager, BICES Group Executive, NATO HQ

    • NATO JISR Capability Development Strategy
    • Alliance JISR Improvements through testing, trials and evaluation
    • Where does Unified Vision fit in the JISR capability development continuum?
    • What next?

    17:00 Creating Intelligent Solutions for the Improved Accuracy and Efficiency of Data Harvesting, Analysis and Dissemination

    Dr Wolfgang Koch

    Dr Wolfgang Koch, Head of Sensor Data and Information Fusion, Fraunhofer FKIE

  • Artificial Intelligence, Technical Autonomy
  • Data-driven and Model-based Algorithms
  • Data Integrity, Blind Spots, Artifacts, Trust
  • Resposible Use, Ethically Aligned C5ISTAR
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

    Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

    ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force
    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS, NAVAIR, US Navy
    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Commodore Task Force SIX SEVEN, US Navy
    Colonel Dainius Guzas

    Colonel Dainius Guzas

    Commander, Lithuanian Air Force
    Colonel Derrick Lee

    Colonel Derrick Lee

    Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence G2, NATO Allied Land Command
    Colonel Heather Fox

    Colonel Heather Fox

    Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, US Air Force
    Major Helder Ferreira

    Major Helder Ferreira

    Commander, 601 Squadron, Portuguese Air Force
    Mr Pieter Elands

    Mr Pieter Elands

    Programme Manager, Intelligent Imaging Expertise Group, TNO

    Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

    ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force
    Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

    Air Commodore Nick Hay was born in Bognor Regis in 1968 and commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1988. Nick is a Tornado Ground Attack Weapons Instructor with varied operational experience in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan, as Deputy Director Strategy Division in the Al Udeid Combined Air Operations Centre and during 2014, in command of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing and Bastion Joint Operating Base. On other flying duties, he served on the Strike Attack Operational Evaluation Unit, was the Senior Air-to-Ground Instructor at the Tactical Leadership Programme, Belgium and was privileged to command IX (Bomber) Squadron from 2008-2010. At staff, he has completed three tours in the Ministry of Defence (Equipment Capability, Plans and Military Strategic Operations Directorates) and was a fledgling member of Headquarters Joint Forces Command (HQ JFC) upon its formation in April 2012. Post his operational command tour in Bastion, Nick completed the 10-month Royal College of Defence Studies Course before returning to HQ JFC in July 2015 to fill the post of Deputy Head ISR, Cap C4ISR.
    In January 2016, Nick was promoted to Air Commodore and appointed as the Head of Capability C4ISR. For the next 34 months, he executed Senior Responsible Owner duties for the Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Protector Remotely Piloted Air System, New Style of Information Technology (Deployed) and the Future Beyond Line of Sight Military Satellite Communications Programmes in addition to executing the sponsoring role for a £28Bn C4ISR portfolio (10 year costs). In October 2017, Nick graduated from the Cabinet Office-led Major Projects Leadership Academy before taking over the role of ISTAR Force Commander, Number 1 Group a year later in October 2018. In his current role, he has the honour of executing 1-star Command responsibilities for a Force comprising eight current aircraft types, the Intelligence Analysts and support personnel of Number 1 ISR Wing and planning for the introduction of at least two next-generation aircraft capabilities by 2023 (Protector, Wedgetail).
    Nick is married to Carol, has three children and 2 dogs. His hobbies include: chairmanship of the IX(B) Squadron Association; dog-walking; playing golf and cricket; watching football and rugby.

    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS, NAVAIR, US Navy
    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    CAPT Eric Soderberg is a Massachusetts native and a 1990
    graduate of Lehigh University. In 1992, he earned his
    commission as a Distinguished Naval Graduate of the Aviation
    Officer Candidate School.
    CAPT Soderberg’s first assignment was to Helicopter AntiSubmarine Squadron Eleven (HS-11) completing
    Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf deployments aboard USS
    America and USS George Washington.
    In 1998, CAPT Soderberg entered USN Test Pilot School,
    graduating in 1999. He subsequently served as Safety Officer,
    Test Pilot, and SH-60F/H platform coordinator at the Rotary
    Wing Aircraft Test Squadron. While there, he worked
    extensively on the MH-60S test and development program,
    beginning with the initial flight of the first airframe through
    acceptance into Operational Evaluation.
    Upon completing his test pilot tour, CAPT Soderberg became an instructor at the fleet
    replacement training squadron HC-3. In 2003, CAPT Soderberg became a Department Head with
    HS-8 where he served as the Safety, Operations, and Maintenance Officer. During the 2005
    around the world deployment on USS Carl Vinson, he was forward deployed to Camp Arifjan
    Kuwait, where, in support of OIF, he compiled nearly 100 hours of combat flight time operating
    in Iraq, completing several classified missions under enemy fire. During this same deployment,
    he earned his CDO underway qualification.
    He also completed an IA tour to the Joint Personnel Recovery Center (JPRC) in the CENTCOM
    CAOC located in Qatar.
    While stationed in NS Newport, in addition to graduating from the Naval War College in 2008,
    CAPT Soderberg was an associate fellow with the CNO's Strategic Studies Group XXVI.
    CAPT Soderberg served as the Commanding Officer of HSC-8, the first CVW MH-60S
    squadron to deploy under the Navy's Helo Master Plan. During his Naval Career, he amassed
    over 4,000 flight hours in 22 different fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
    CAPT Soderberg has been assigned to NAVAIR since 2011, first as the MH-60S Class Desk
    followed by MH-60S IPT lead and then as the Military Director of NAVAIR’s Cyber Warfare
    Detachment. CAPT Soderberg is currently assigned as the Program Manager for PMA-266.

    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Commodore Task Force SIX SEVEN, US Navy
    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Captain Tim Thompson graduated from Oregon State
    University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in
    Computer Science Engineering. He is also a graduate of
    the University of Arkansas, with a Master of Science in
    Operations Management and a graduate of Naval
    Postgraduate School with a Master of Business
    Administration and holds a Project Management
    Professional certification.
    His operational assignments include service with the
    “Grey Knights” of VP-46, where he was twice awarded
    Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN’s Crew of the
    Year; catapult and arresting gear officer onboard USS J.
    C. Stennis (CVN 74); department head with the “Golden
    Eagles” of VP-9; and Executive and 65th Commanding
    Officer of the “Fighting Marlins” of VP-40. He has accumulated over 3000 flight hours
    including over 400 combat flight hours in support of operations ENDURING FREEDOM,
    His shore assignments include Tactics and New Technologies Department Head with
    Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN (CPRW-10); VP sea and shore detailer at
    the Bureau of Naval Personnel (PERS-432); program lead for Headquarters exercises, U.S.
    Africa Command, J-7, Joint Training and Readiness Directorate; Military Assistant (MA) to the
    Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy (Management) and Executive Assistant to the Director,
    Office of Chief Management Officer (OCMO), responsible for supporting the Under Secretary of
    the Navy in the performance of his duties as the Department of the Navy’s Chief Management
    Before reporting as Commodore, Task Force SIX SEVEN, he completed a corporate fellowship
    with Deloitte, L.L.P., as part of the academic year 2019-2020 Secretary of Defense Executive
    Fellowship program.
    His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious
    Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (2 Awards), Navy Commendation Medal with Combat
    Distinguishing Device (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy Achievement
    Medal (5 awards), and various personal, campaign, and unit awards. He is married to the former
    Amy Davis of Wenatchee, Washington. They reside with their son Gabriel and their two
    Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Lucy and Piper.

    Colonel Dainius Guzas

    Commander, Lithuanian Air Force
    Colonel Dainius Guzas

    Colonel Dainius GUZAS has a pilot – engineer qualification.
    He finished Syzran military pilot school (Russian Federation), Captains course at Lithuanian Military Academy, Lithuania,Joint Command and General Staff and Higher Command Studies course at Baltic Defense College, Estonia.
    During his military carreer he served in different positions, from platoon comander to Deputy Military Representative for Air Defence, Lithuanian Permanent Delegation to NATO and EU. Also Colonel Dainius Guzas has an experience in International operations: International mission in Multinational Corps HQ, Iraq (MNC-I)(2008) and Air Advisory Team, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan (2011).
    His flying experience is more than 2000 h (over 100 h in combat conditions). Types flown: An-2, Mi-8T, Mi-8MTV, Mi-8MTVV-5.
    Since May 2017, Colonel Dainius Guzas is the commander of Lithuanian Air Force.

    Colonel Derrick Lee

    Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence G2, NATO Allied Land Command
    Colonel Derrick Lee

    Colonel Heather Fox

    Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, US Air Force
    Colonel Heather Fox

    Colonel Heather Fox is the Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, CA. She is responsible for
    approximately 7,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, and the entire Air Force high-altitude reconnaissance
    fleet of U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is comprised of four groups and four overseas
    operating locations, executing worldwide missions in support of all six geographic combatant commanders.
    Colonel Fox is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force
    Academy, and started her career as a T-38 instructor
    pilot before transitioning to the U-2 program as a mission
    pilot. Col Fox’s staff duties have included exchange
    officer service in the UK Royal Air Force Strategy
    Division, the Joint Staff J3 Reconnaissance Division, and
    as a strategist and speech writer for the 19th Chairman
    of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She has earned three
    Master's Degrees from the American Public University,
    King’s College London, and the National Defense
    University. Her combat experience includes missions
    over Iraq and Afghanistan during Operations IRAQI
    FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, and she has
    commanded EQ-4, RQ-4, and U-2 combat missions for
    SENTINAL, as well as Sensitive Reconnaissance
    Operations in the Arabian Gulf.
    Colonel Fox is a command pilot with over 2,400 hours in
    the U-2, E/RQ-4, and T-38A. She has flown 69 combat
    missions in the U-2 and has over 650 hours of combat
    time. Prior to her current position, she was a student at
    the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School for
    National Security and Resource Strategy.

    Dr Andrew Bennett

    Senior Principal Scientist - ISR Capability, DSTL, UK MoD
    Dr Andrew Bennett

    Dr Qing Wu

    Senior Scientist for Processing and Exploitation, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States Air Force
    Dr Qing Wu

    Dr Wolfgang Koch

    Head of Sensor Data and Information Fusion, Fraunhofer FKIE
    Dr Wolfgang Koch

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Executive Officer to the General Manager of NAPMA , NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA)
    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Deputy Commander, Tactical Air Wing 51, German Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    LtCol Runge joined the German Air Force in 1983 as a Weapon Systems and Electronic
    Warfare Officer initially flying RF-4E PHANTOM and since 1993 on the MRCA
    TORNADO. He achieved more than 3.000 flight hours during several tours with the German
    Luftwaffe, US Air Force and Royal Air Force. He held several staff assignments in higher
    headquarters as well as leadership positions in Tactical Air Wings. He participated in the
    German EURO HAWK and HERON 1 programs providing operational and conceptual
    expertise. Between 2016 and 2021, he deployed several times with the UN mission
    MINUSMA operating the HERON 1 RPAS as Sqn Commander and Tactical Operator. Since
    October 2017, he has been serving as the Deputy Commander of Tactical Air Wing 51

    Major Antonie Franken

    A2 RNLAF NASOC and Head of RNLAF ISR-D, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Major Antonie Franken

    Major Antonie Franken was born on the 3rd of March in 1987 and currently lives in the Netherlands with his wife and two kids. He is the A2 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force and also head of the recently established RNLAF ISR division. His division is responsible for managing all RNLAF ISR activities and the coordination between the tactical, operational and strategic level. The division is focused on intelligence fusion and production and the planning and coordination of intelligence requirements, collection activities and assessment across the air force. Major Franken has been deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010, Mali in 2014 and CAOC Qatar in 2017.

    Major Helder Ferreira

    Commander, 601 Squadron, Portuguese Air Force
    Major Helder Ferreira

    Mr Jason Cowell

    VP Capability/CTO Electronic Warfare, Leonardo
    Mr Jason Cowell

    Mr Pieter Elands

    Programme Manager, Intelligent Imaging Expertise Group, TNO
    Mr Pieter Elands

    Pieter Elands joined the Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO in 1987, after his graduation as an Aeronautical Engineer at Delft University of Technology. He worked as a propulsion engineer on rocket and ramjet propulsion. Hereafter, he had various management positions in the area of Protection, Munitions and Weapons and in IT.
    In 2012 he became Program Manager for Unmanned Systems. Presently, he is in charge of several research programs on unmanned and autonomous systems and automation of the intelligence cycle. He is the acting TNO-liaison to the RNLAF.

    Mr Rob Munday

    UV20 Deputy Event Manager, BICES Group Executive, NATO HQ
    Mr Rob Munday

    Mr Tony Duthie

    Head of Land and Maritime Marketing, Leonardo
    Mr Tony Duthie

    Squadron Leader Oliver Fuller

    E-7 Wedgetail AEW Mk1 Staff Officer, Royal Air Force
    Squadron Leader Oliver Fuller

    Squadron Leader Ollie Fuller is an Air Operations (Controller) and currently serves as the E-7 Wedgetail AEW Mk1 Staff Officer in ISTAR Force Headquarters. He is currently developing the organisational construct and future training plan for the E-7 along with managing the profiles of his personnel in RAAF Williamtown, Australia, who are deployed on SEEDCORN activity building their qualifications for the nascent RAF capability. Having spent 8 years as Boeing E-3D Sentry mission crew he is excited to be a part of the Wedgetail programme and its integration into the RAF.



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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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