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The dismounted soldier and marine are still the greatest asset of any defence force and time and time again have proven vital for mission effectiveness in a variety of complex operational environments. As the global political and economic landscape has shifted and many soldier modernisation programme managers are evaluating changes in national defence strategies, it has never been more important to gather the community and share information on how dismounted operations can be improved with new equipment and technology advances.
 

Unlike other events, SETAF is a meeting for the soldier modernisation community that is designed around a series of focused discussion groups run by co-chairs who are selected experts on vital subject matter.

With no PowerPoint presentations, the SETAF meeting will dedicate the precious time of its participants to in-depth learning, networking and discussions, making it a complementary part of the soldier modernisation communities’ annual training and development programme.
 

SETAF Event Highlights

1. No Attendees only participants: SETAF’s unique discussion based format means we deliver only technical discussions lead by experts in their field
2. Participation confirmed from soldier system experts from Norway, Sweden, Finland, UK, US, Canada, Austria, Germany, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands
3. High Level Program Acquisition Master class hosted by Colonel Richard Hansen, former PM Soldier Warrior, US Army
4. Real solutions uncovered in the SETAF exhibition zone: the very latest technologies will be showcased to help advance the next generation of soldier system
 

1. No attendees, only participants. SETAF is an event where everyone gets involved in technical discussions, no one sits out and just observes!
2. Explore shared experiences and uncover opportunities for partnership and exchange of lessons learnt with new and innovative industry partners in the SETAF exhibition zone
3. SETAF Artic Focus Day: Don’t miss the chance to hear briefings from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Canada on how they optimise soldier systems and focus their design for sub-zero and low temperature harsh operational environments
4. Hear direct operational feedback from soldier systems tested in theatre and how this real life experience is redesigning the next phase of national programmes
5. Take advantage of over 20 hours of informal networking-more than at any other soldier system meeting in 2015!
 

   

Who you will meet at SETAF 2015


The participants of SETAF will cover the whole value chain of the soldier equipment market. The speakers and invited participants will be carefully selected to bring together those with active requirements for soldier technology and will ensure that as well as military leaders, the key system integrators and prime contractors participate. We will also make sure that the very latest technology innovators will be present to share their ground breaking equipment with a captive audience all looking to advance their soldier and marine programmes.


The audience will include, but not be limited to:


• National Soldier Modernisation Programme Managers (military)
• Chief Scientist, Chief Engineer and Technical Project Managers from Prime Contractors
• Military Project Leaders for the following areas:
o Soldier Power
o Soldier C4i and Situational Awareness
o Soldier Protective Clothing and Equipment
o Human Factors
o Soldier Weapons
o Night Vision and Thermal Optics
• Chief Scientists, soldier programmes
• NATO Land Capability Group 1-Dismounted Soldier Systems Chairs and Members
 

Conference programme

8:00 Coffee and Registration and Informal Introductions

8:30 Forum Welcome by SETAF Steering Committee Chairman

Colonel Richard  Hansen

Colonel Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army

8:45 Formal Opening by Host Nation Senior Officer

Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg

Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg , Former Quartermaster General/ Head of Defence Procurement , Norwegian Defence Staff

9:00 PANEL DISCUSSION-Providing Soldier With Real Time Mission Critical Digital Information And The Impact On Cost Weight And Power

·         Evaluating advances is digital display technology and the value this gives dismounted soldiers for real time decision making within the network
·         Balancing the digital delivery systems with weight and power
·         Keeping an eye on costs- can cutting edge digital handheld displays be procured and integrated into the soldier system within budget?
·         Learning from consumer devices: can military leaders take inspiration from the civilian smart and portable technology
Rune Lausand

Rune Lausand, Chief Scientist, FFI Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

Colonel Richard  Hansen

Colonel Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army

Duncan Stewart

Duncan Stewart, Dismounted Soldier System Programme Technical Lead, DSTL-Royal Marines Reservist, DSTL

9:30 PANEL DISCUSSION-Showcasing The Latest Industry Development In Soldier Equipment And Technology

·         Recent R&D and testing results  for soldier equipment and systems
·         Soldier system effectiveness in today’s market-what is next for the digitally networked soldier
·         Industry progress in reducing weight whilst increasing power
·         Why collaboration is key: both with industry partners and military stakeholders
·         Future capabilities and priorities for industry
Olaf  Aul

Olaf Aul , Chief Technical Leader, IdZ -ES, Rheinmetall Electronics

John Foley

John Foley, Project Director-FIST & Soldier System Lead , Thales

Patrick Curlier

Patrick Curlier, Patrick Curlier, Vice President Optronics and Defence Division Sagem Defense and Securite , Sagem

10:00 PANEL DISCUSSION-Key Steps When Designing And Fielding A Winter Soldier System: How Technology Improvement Is Driving Enhanced Operational Performance

 

·         Unearthing the main challenges when designing a soldier system for extreme low temperatures
·         Soldier feedback from testing and equipment trials
·         Additional heating and insulation for key components and the impact on costs
·         How technology has developed to solve temperature challenges and harsh operating environmental conditions
·         What remain the key system challenges and what are arctic nations doing to overcome these?
Colonel Richard  Hansen

Colonel Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army

Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg

Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg , Former Quartermaster General/ Head of Defence Procurement , Norwegian Defence Staff

Duncan Stewart

Duncan Stewart, Dismounted Soldier System Programme Technical Lead, DSTL-Royal Marines Reservist, DSTL

 Major General Anukul  Chandra

Major General Anukul Chandra , Former Director General Equipment Management, Indian Army HQ

 Major Rune Nesland-Steinor

Major Rune Nesland-Steinor, Project Manager Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norweigan Defence Logistical Organisation

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Stream A- Discussion Groups- WINTER WARFARE Soldier Optimisation

  • Designing Soldier Equipment and Systems For Cold Weather Operations
  • Training Soldiers for Winter Warfare
  • Supporting cold weather operations through more effective logistical support
  • Human Factors relating to sub zero temperature environments
     
  • Rune Lausand

    Rune Lausand, Chief Scientist, FFI Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

    Duncan Stewart

    Duncan Stewart, Dismounted Soldier System Programme Technical Lead, DSTL-Royal Marines Reservist, DSTL

    Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg

    Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg , Former Quartermaster General/ Head of Defence Procurement , Norwegian Defence Staff

     Major General Anukul  Chandra

    Major General Anukul Chandra , Former Director General Equipment Management, Indian Army HQ

    Colonel Richard  Hansen

    Colonel Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army

    11:00 Stream B: Discussion Groups-Situational Awareness and Sensors

       Must Haves In The Soldier Handheld Situational Awareness Device: Making It Worth The Weight!
     
              - Essentials for GPS tracking and navigation 
              - What the troops want: lightweight, high resolution screens ,durability and power longevity
              - Friend or foe: quick and effective enemy detection/blue force tracking 
              - Multilevel security to ensure data protection 
              - Integrating into the wider system and ensuring interoperability with other systems

    Olaf  Aul

    Olaf Aul , Chief Technical Leader, IdZ -ES, Rheinmetall Electronics

    John Foley

    John Foley, Project Director-FIST & Soldier System Lead , Thales

    12:00 Stream A: Discussion Groups-Weight Reduction/Lightening The Load

    Where Is The Trade-Off Between Weight Reduction, Sustainability And Soldier System Effectiveness?
     
    ·         Identifying the load baseline; is this still too high?
    ·         What are the soldier equipment essentials for modern operations: can systems be streamlined further?
    ·         The importance in operational testing, evaluation and reprioritisation
    ·         Powering up: breaking the status quo on multiple power sources on the soldier
    ·         Is the smart vest the answer to protection, lightening the load and integrated power for all equipment

     

    Duncan Stewart

    Duncan Stewart, Dismounted Soldier System Programme Technical Lead, DSTL-Royal Marines Reservist, DSTL

    Darren  Browning

    Darren Browning , Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL

    12:00 Stream B: Discussion Groups-Situational Awareness and Sensors

    Delivering Data To Achieve The Tactical Operational Edge
     
    ·         Viewing the soldier as a sensor: the soldier consuming and creating situational awareness data
    ·         Incorporating multi sensor data fusion
    ·         The growing benefit of Micro UAVS in dismounted operation data collation
    ·         Incorporating data from other non-dismounted platforms: UAVS, Vehicles, Helicopters 
    ·         Overcoming collection and dissemination challenges for speedy command and control
    ·         Creating the systems and architecture needed to get real time data to the dismounted soldier for real time SA updates
    Colonel Richard  Hansen

    Colonel Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army

     Major General Anukul  Chandra

    Major General Anukul Chandra , Former Director General Equipment Management, Indian Army HQ

    Patrick Curlier

    Patrick Curlier, Patrick Curlier, Vice President Optronics and Defence Division Sagem Defense and Securite , Sagem

    Steven  Savage

    Steven Savage , Senior Scientist, Defence, Safety and Security FOI -POWER, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency

    13:00 Networking Lunch In Exhibition Zone

    14:00 PANEL DISCUSSION-Predictions For The Future Soldier 2030: What Will Be Required And How Will Technology Provide It?

    ·         A look back at the soldier modernisation boom and where programmes succeeded in creating a step change in soldier technology
    ·         Lessons learnt from the programme community and how these influence todays approaches
    ·         How have major conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq changed the future of soldier programme requirement setting and acquisition
    ·         What will the soldier technology and equipment look like in 2030
    ·         The role of equipment manufacturers and technology providers driving innovation for the future soldier
    Colonel Richard  Hansen

    Colonel Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army

    Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg

    Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg , Former Quartermaster General/ Head of Defence Procurement , Norwegian Defence Staff

    Duncan Stewart

    Duncan Stewart, Dismounted Soldier System Programme Technical Lead, DSTL-Royal Marines Reservist, DSTL

     Major Rune Nesland-Steinor

    Major Rune Nesland-Steinor, Project Manager Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norweigan Defence Logistical Organisation

    14:45 4G Standard For Multi Mission Night Vision

    Gert  Nutzel

    Gert Nutzel, Chief Scientist, PHOTONIS Netherlands B.V.

    15:30 Afternoon Coffee and Networking In The Solutions Zone

    16:00 Stream A. Discussion Groups-POWER

    More Power Less Weight: Making The Dream A Reality
     
    ·         A step by step look at current power sources available for the soldier and their pros and cons
    ·         Is creating one power source to integrate the soldier system still a viable option for many programmes?
    ·         Developments in renewable energy sourced technology
    ·         Are standard AA batteries the answer for all soldier equipment
    ·         Challenges in low temperature environments
    ·         Distribution and ergonomic considerations for multiple power sources
    Darren  Browning

    Darren Browning , Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL

    Steven  Savage

    Steven Savage , Senior Scientist, Defence, Safety and Security FOI -POWER, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency

    16:00 Stream B. Discussion Groups -Night Vision

    Maximising Soldier Operations Under Dark: Evaluating The Latest Night Vision Technologies Available And Which Will Best Suit Your Needs
     
    ·         Assessing the key necessities:
    o    Enhancing the field of view
    o    High performance in all conditions
    o    Ergonomic design 
    o    Lightweight and compact
    o    Image intensifying
    ·         Addressing the need for power
    ·         Evaluating magnification levels and accuracy
    ·         Examining current technology on the market and which will perform best for your programme
     Major Rune Nesland-Steinor

    Major Rune Nesland-Steinor, Project Manager Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norweigan Defence Logistical Organisation

    Gert  Nutzel

    Gert Nutzel, Chief Scientist, PHOTONIS Netherlands B.V.

    17:00 Stream A. Discussion Groups-POWER

    Balancing Soldier Power and Reduced Weight with New Diesel Fuel Technologies

    Netherlands Hosted VOSS Programme Experts

    Derek Riezebos

    Derek Riezebos, Project Manager -VOSS-E-Lighter Programme , Netherlands MoD

    Neils Dierckx

    Neils Dierckx, Power EXPERT , Netherlands MoD

    17:00 Stream B. Discussion Groups -Night Vision

    Optimisng Lethality Through Advanced Night Vision Weapons Sight Capabilities
     
    ·         Why night vision goggles are not always enough
    ·         Target acquisition and accuracy optimisation
    ·         Power and durability considerations
    ·         Integrating with legacy sensor systems as well as other weapon system components
    ·         Usability not just in the dark but in all weather conditions: from snow to sandstorms
    ·         Evaluating the latest technologies on the market and their success factors in operations
     Major General Anukul  Chandra

    Major General Anukul Chandra , Former Director General Equipment Management, Indian Army HQ

    Colonel Richard  Hansen

    Colonel Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army

    18:00 End of SETAF Day 1

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel Richard  Hansen

    Colonel Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army

    8:45 PANEL DISCUSSION-Fact or Fiction? COTS Will Become The Future For Soldier Modernisation Programmes As Defence Forces Look For A More Cost Effective And Modular Soldier System Design

    ·         Assessing the benefit vs risk of a COTS approach to soldier system development
    ·         Integrating equipment for mission effectiveness: can COTS stand up against a bespoke and programme specific soldier system strategy?
    ·         Optimising weight and power: how to balance in the COTS approach
    ·         Examples of purely COTS created soldier systems and their successes and challenges
    ·         Is the system of systems still a viable option for the majority of defence nations?
    Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg

    Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg , Former Quartermaster General/ Head of Defence Procurement , Norwegian Defence Staff

    John Foley

    John Foley, Project Director-FIST & Soldier System Lead , Thales

    Olaf  Aul

    Olaf Aul , Chief Technical Leader, IdZ -ES, Rheinmetall Electronics

     Major General Anukul  Chandra

    Major General Anukul Chandra , Former Director General Equipment Management, Indian Army HQ

    9:30 Special Guest Presentation-Leader as Coach, Advancing Your Capabilities and Revenue Through Dynamic Leadership.

    Colonel Richard  Hansen

    Colonel Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army

    10:15 PANEL DISCUSSION-Evaluating Emerging Threats And Their Potential Strategic Impact On Future Dismounted Operations

     

    ·         Lessons learnt from Iraq and Afghanistan and changes needed for dismounted operational strategy for future regional conflicts  
    ·         How technology will support soldier missions in the face of an unpredictable enemy  
    ·         The need for better situational awareness and greater target acquisition
    ·         How industry and militaries need to collaborate to defeat the threat
    ·         What’s the end game and how can dismounted operations play their part?
    Olaf  Aul

    Olaf Aul , Chief Technical Leader, IdZ -ES, Rheinmetall Electronics

    Colonel Richard  Hansen

    Colonel Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army

     Major Rune Nesland-Steinor

    Major Rune Nesland-Steinor, Project Manager Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norweigan Defence Logistical Organisation

    Duncan Stewart

    Duncan Stewart, Dismounted Soldier System Programme Technical Lead, DSTL-Royal Marines Reservist, DSTL

    Lt Colonel Pawel Sweklej

    Lt Colonel Pawel Sweklej, Soldier System TYTAN - Project Manager, General Command of the Polish Armed Forces

    11:00 Morning Cofee In Solutions Zone

    11:30 Keynote Presentation-Human Factors Considerations For Soldier Systems

    Adelbert  Bronkhorst

    Adelbert Bronkhorst, Principal Scientist, TNO Defence, Security & Safety

      

    12:15 PANEL DISCUSSION-Protective Clothing

    • Advances in lightweight ballistic protection

    • Flame resistance components that work

    • A look at disease mitigation

    • Fragmentation concerns and strategies to overcome

    Colonel Richard  Hansen

    Colonel Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army

    Patrick Curlier

    Patrick Curlier, Patrick Curlier, Vice President Optronics and Defence Division Sagem Defense and Securite , Sagem

    Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg

    Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg , Former Quartermaster General/ Head of Defence Procurement , Norwegian Defence Staff

     Major General Anukul  Chandra

    Major General Anukul Chandra , Former Director General Equipment Management, Indian Army HQ

    13:00 Networking Lunch In Exhibitions Zone

    14:00 End of SETAF Norway 2015

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Richard  Hansen

    Colonel Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army
    Darren  Browning

    Darren Browning

    Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL
    John Foley

    John Foley

    Project Director-FIST & Soldier System Lead , Thales
    Lt Colonel Pawel Sweklej

    Lt Colonel Pawel Sweklej

    Soldier System TYTAN - Project Manager, General Command of the Polish Armed Forces
    Olaf  Aul

    Olaf Aul

    Chief Technical Leader, IdZ -ES, Rheinmetall Electronics
    Rune Lausand

    Rune Lausand

    Chief Scientist, FFI Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

    Major General Anukul Chandra

    Former Director General Equipment Management, Indian Army HQ
     Major General Anukul  Chandra

    Major Rune Nesland-Steinor

    Project Manager Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norweigan Defence Logistical Organisation
     Major Rune Nesland-Steinor

    Adelbert Bronkhorst

    Principal Scientist, TNO Defence, Security & Safety
    Adelbert  Bronkhorst

    Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg

    Former Quartermaster General/ Head of Defence Procurement , Norwegian Defence Staff
    Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg

    Colonel Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, , US Army
    Colonel Richard  Hansen

    Darren Browning

    Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL
    Darren  Browning

    Derek Riezebos

    Project Manager -VOSS-E-Lighter Programme , Netherlands MoD
    Derek Riezebos

    Duncan Stewart

    Dismounted Soldier System Programme Technical Lead, DSTL-Royal Marines Reservist, DSTL
    Duncan Stewart

    Gert Nutzel

    Chief Scientist, PHOTONIS Netherlands B.V.
    Gert  Nutzel

    John Foley

    Project Director-FIST & Soldier System Lead , Thales
    John Foley

    Lt Colonel Pawel Sweklej

    Soldier System TYTAN - Project Manager, General Command of the Polish Armed Forces
    Lt Colonel Pawel Sweklej

    Neils Dierckx

    Power EXPERT , Netherlands MoD
    Neils Dierckx

    Niels Dierckx

    Power EXPERT , Netherlands MoD
    Niels Dierckx

    Olaf Aul

    Chief Technical Leader, IdZ -ES, Rheinmetall Electronics
    Olaf  Aul

    Patrick Curlier

    Patrick Curlier, Vice President Optronics and Defence Division Sagem Defense and Securite , Sagem
    Patrick Curlier

    Rune Lausand

    Chief Scientist, FFI Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
    Rune Lausand

    Steven Savage

    Senior Scientist, Defence, Safety and Security FOI -POWER, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency
    Steven  Savage

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    WHAT IS CPD?

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

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

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

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

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

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, 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.

    GLOBAL CPD

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

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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