SMi's 8th annual MilSatCom Asia-Pacific conference will take place in Singapore, on 14th and 15th May 2018.

Following a highly successful conference in 2017, with a record number of nations gathering, a key theme that came out of the event was the increasing investment in protected tactical SatCom throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Advancing technology has rapidly increased commercial and military access to space and, with regional tensions and congestion in the space domain growing, the number of nations in the Asia-Pacific looking to embrace the space frontier is also on the rise. 

  • Hear how nations in the Asia-Pacific region are taking advantage of rapid technology developments to increase commercial and military access to space
  • Discuss the importance of implementing protected SatCom capabilities to ensure secure critical space assets in a region with rising tensions
  • Explore opportunities to develop commercial and international parternships with key nations in the region including Australia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam
  • Discuss how SatCom is utilised for humanitarian and disaster response across military and civilian life in Asia-Pacific
  • Heads of J6
  • Chiefs of Space
  • Heads of MilSatCom
  • Heads of C4

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jose del Rosario

Jose del Rosario, Research Director, Northern Sky Research

9:10 HOST NATION OPENING ADDRESS: Singapore's Space Development

Jonathan Hung

Jonathan Hung, President, Singapore Space & Technology Association

  • The mission of the SSTA and the current status of the Singapore space industry
  • Recent and future launches
  • Providing a neutral platform for information exchange between industry, government and academia
  • Collaboration with national and governmental associations to drive the regional space industry
  • Future prospects to advance Singapore's space ecosystems and its key role to the region
  • 9:50 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Developing Next Generation MILSATCOM Capabilities and the Importance of early Allied Involvement

    Deanna Ryals

    Deanna Ryals, Chief of International MilSatCom, U.S. Air Force

    • An update on the U.S. Protected Tactical Projects
    • Discussion on why early allied collaboration is critical for both cost-efficiency and satisfying collective user requirements
    • The importance of allies in the acquisition process to ensure successful integration for all parties
    • Next steps for Allied engagement in U.S. Next Generation capabilities

    10:30 Morning Coffee Sponsored by SES

    11:00 BLOS Solutions for an A2AD Environment

    Speaker Details to be Confirmed

    Speaker Details to be Confirmed, , Hughes

    • Applying Commercial Enterprise best practices to MILSATCOM programs
    • New developments in Protected SatCom waveforms and systems
    • Smaller, lighter terminals for quick deployments

    11:40 The Emerging Asia Pacific MilSatCom Landscape

    Jose del Rosario

    Jose del Rosario, Research Director, Northern Sky Research

    The U.S. Pivot, issues with North Korea, the South China Sea as well as China and India’s greater influence are just a few elements that have changed and will continue to change the military landscape in the Asia-Pacific. Greater demand for satellite capacity, as well as market dynamics, such as price, will drive competition and usage for a host of solutions from traditional FSS capacity to GEO-HTS and Non-GEO-HTS solutions. This presentation will cover:

    • Military demand for satcom through 2026 in capacity and revenue terms
    • Market dynamics affected customer demand elasticity
    • Applications driving growth

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Gigabit Communications Supporting Joint Tactical Task Forces

  • New SATCOM architectures supporting high speed, low latency connections on land, sea and air
  • Ubiquitous, resilient, low probability of jamming, high assurance connections
  • Recent case studies and applications including C2, C4ISR and whole of theatre communications
  • Glen Tindall

    Glen Tindall, Head, Government Sales, Asia-Pacific, SES

    14:00 Utilising Tactical Narrowband Satellite Communications for the Canadian Armed Forces

    Lieutenant Colonel Abde Bellahnid

    Lieutenant Colonel Abde Bellahnid, Directorate of Joint Capability, SATCOMS & SAR Requirements, Canadian Department of Defence

    • An overview of the space requirements directorate and its focus on the pacific region
    • Current challenges and key drivers to enhance next-generation requirements
    • Enhancing ground segment capabilities to ensure access anywhere at anytime
    • Developing allied cooperation to improve capability and asset sharing

    14:40 Afternoon Tea Sponsored by SES

    15:10 The Rapid Convergence of Unclassified Space and Maritime Situational Awareness

    Guy Thomas

    Guy Thomas, President, C-SIGMA

  • Unique opportunity is presenting itself
  • Unclassified Earth Observation Space Systems are rapidly increasing in numbers and capabilities
  • Data processing, Fusion and Analysis capabilities are also rapidly expanding
  • Combing these two events on a coordinated global scale would present the world with a new, much needed capability
  • World's ocean would become cleaner, safer, more productive, and smuggling of all types
  • Drugs, People, Arms, Contraband, would be better controlled
  • 15:50 Harnessing SatCom Assets to Respond to a Variety of Challenges in South East Asia

    Connie  Rahakundini Bakrie

    Connie Rahakundini Bakrie, Executive Director, Indonesia Maritime Studies

    • Assessing the key challenges faced by Indonesia in South East Asia
    • How to control and manage space debris
    o Creating awareness of an urgent and growing issue
    • Utilizing SatCom to secure the sea lines of communication
    o Developing and fulfilling technology requirements for information superiority in cooperation with allied forces

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Glen Tindall

    Glen Tindall, Head, Government Sales, Asia-Pacific, SES

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Difficult Task of Evolving from Guns & Bullets to Cyber and Space

    Thomas van der Heyden

    Thomas van der Heyden, Senior Programme Advisor, SatKomHan Programme Officer, Ministry of Defense, Republic of Indonesia

  • Defence capabilities today are technology driven - with new systems sometimes delivered almost at the end of their useful life - due the speed at which technological advances are being implemented
  • Different enemy, different tactics, and different weapons demand a radical change in mind-set and the accompanying modernization of forces
  • The difficulty is one of education - not only for our military but also for our legislative and executive branches as well
  • Today satellites deliver cost effective Force Multipliers only dreamed of in the past
  • earth observation imagery of the battle field viewed simultaneously by the frontline troops as well as general staff thousands of kilometers away

  • interoperable communication forair, land and sea forces - unifying and optimizing the commander's resources

  • unprecedented levels of security protecting against; intercept, tracking, and jamming

  • affordable “intel collection tools” once thought to be available to only a few global players


    9:50 Strengthening the Indian MilSatCom Presence in the Space Domain with State-of-the Art Infrastructure

    Colonel Kapil Jaiswal

    Colonel Kapil Jaiswal, Director, Directorate of System Applications, Directorate General of Signals, Indian Army

    • MilSatCom: a key component for armed forces development
    • Enhancing the inventory through small constellation satellite systems
    • Utilizing the geostationary naval communication and surveillance satellite to cover activities in the Asia-Pacific region
    • Future focuses and developments: the CArtosat-2 series satellite providing information superiority

    10:30 Morning Coffee Sponsored by SES

    11:00 Optimising Assets to Develop a Unified and Integrated SatCom Programme for the Philippine Navy

    Captain Marcos Imperio

    Captain Marcos Imperio, Assistant Chief of Fleet Staff for Weapons Communications Electronics and Information Systems , Philippines Navy (Subject to Final Confirmation)

    • Key areas of utilization for SatCom by the Philippine Navy
    • Enhancing SatCom to meet growing data requirements through high-bandwidth connectivity
    • The importance of the multi-national coordination centre to support allied partnerships
    • Developing C4ISR capabilities to meet future requirements in the maritime theatre

    11:40 New Developments in the Philippine Space Program and Policy

    Rogel Mari Sese

    Rogel Mari Sese, Program Leader, Philippine National Space Programme

    • Growing utilisation of satcom and space capabilities in Philippines
    • The importance and benefits of having a space programme and agency
    • Challenges facing the development of a national programme

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 How the Philippine Government has Provided Effective Communication Support in Response to Emergency and Disaster Situations

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Nicolas D Ojeda Jr

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Nicolas D Ojeda Jr, Deputy Executive Director , Information and Communications Technology Office (ICT Office)

    • Existing capabilities and the importance of mission-ready forces
    • Importance of interoperability and coordination between military and civil units in disaster response scenarios
    • Case studies, lessons learned, and future requirements to ensure rapid response asset availability

    14:00 Military and Civilian Space Applications in Vietnam

    Ngo Duy Tan

    Ngo Duy Tan, Deputy Director, Center for Small Satellite Control and Exploitation, Space Technology Institute, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

    • Demand for space data and high resolution space imagery
    • Procuring and developing tools and software for data analysis
    • Importance to coordinate and collaborate with allies in the region
    • GISTAN Project: Partnership between Vietnam and Thailand and targeted launch for 2018

    14:40 Afternoon Tea Sponsored by SES

    15:10 MilSatCom Requirements in Asia-Pacific: Key Trends and Challenges

    Dr Graham  Ong-Webb

    Dr Graham Ong-Webb, Research Fellow, Military Studies Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

    • Critical space nations and opportunities to share assets through cooperation
    • Growing civilian and military cross-over in space use
    • Meeting growing data requirements through next-generation cost-effective capabilities

    15:50 The Growing Needs for New Space Law and Policy to an Increasingly Congested Domain?

    Guoyu Wang

    Guoyu Wang, Deputy Director, Institute of Space Law, Beijing Institute of Technology

    • Improving space policy in an ill-defined domain
    • Supporting national, regional and global space use
    • How the space and satellite community will need to adapt and prepare for large constellations

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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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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