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SMi Group are proud to present the 4th Annual Network Centric Warfare conference, taking place in Rome on the 3rd and 4th February 2020.

The modern battlespace requires agile, dynamic forces able to act with speed and precision. Militaries are increasingly equipped to do so by harnessing cutting-edge network technology to exploit an information advantage. By linking shooters, commanders and sensors in a fully networked environment, militaries can streamline decision-making, enhance situational awareness and increase mission effectiveness.

The Network Centric Warfare conference is designed to enable programme managers, military professionals and industry experts to discuss and explore the latest developments, technology and opportunities across the world. Given the critical need for seamless interoperability between allied forces and the nature of NCW as a force multiplier, attendees will gain valuable information for optimising their network capabilities both internally and in coalition.

The main themes for 2020 include: Network resilience, Artificial intelligence, Tactical network modernisation, Enabling Interoperability, Research and future advancements, and many more

  • At the only event with a focus on the Italian Army’s Forza NEC programme, meet and network with the senior leadership of the Italian Army including the Chief of Army Staff and Commander Logistics Command
  • Learn more about the world's leading network modernisation initiatives, including the Integrated Tactical Network, Tactical Edge Network, Mission Partner Environment and Mime programme
  • Hear from new speakers from across the world, such as the United States, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, France and Estonia
  • Explore opportunities and initiatives for greater interoperability between allied forces and meet senior military leaders from NATO, the Federated Mission Network Initiative and the EU CIS Group
  • Discover cutting-edge network technology from industry, military R&D and academia

Agency for Defence- Korea; Aosta Brigade IT ARMY; Avaya ; Bittium; Canadian Army; Center for Applied Studies; Comfordot; Comtech Systems, Inc; Czech Army Foreign Relations Office; Danish Defence Research Estab; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; ECI Telecom Ltd; EU Military Staff; Finnish Defence University; Fischer Connectors SA ; General Dynamics Mission Systems; German ArmyHQ; Insta DefSec Oy; Italian Army; Italian Army Aviation HQ; Italian Army General Staff; Italian Army Staff; Italian Army Transmission Command; Jane's Information Group; Leonardo; MBI Group; Military University Of Technology; Ministério da Defesa; Ministry of Defence, Austria; Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands; NATO Defence College Foundation; NATO M&S COE; NATO SHAPE; NC3A/NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency); Rafael - Advanced Defense Systems Ltd; Rajant Corporation; RNLAF; SatADSL S.A; The Elastic Network; UAE GHQ; UK MOD; Viasat, Inc.

Agency for Defence- Korea; Aosta Brigade IT ARMY; Avaya ; Bittium; Canadian Army; Center for Applied Studies; Comfordot; Comtech Systems, Inc; Czech Army Foreign Relations Office; Danish Defence Research Estab; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; ECI Telecom Ltd; EU Military Staff; Finnish Defence University; Fischer Connectors SA ; General Dynamics Mission Systems; German ArmyHQ; Insta DefSec Oy; Italian Army; Italian Army Aviation HQ; Italian Army General Staff; Italian Army Staff; Italian Army Transmission Command; Jane's Information Group; Leonardo; MBI Group; Military University Of Technology; Ministério da Defesa; Ministry of Defence, Austria; Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands; NATO Defence College Foundation; NATO M&S COE; NATO SHAPE; NC3A/NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency); Rafael - Advanced Defense Systems Ltd; Rajant Corporation; RNLAF; SatADSL S.A; The Elastic Network; UAE GHQ; UK MOD; Viasat, Inc;

Conference programme

8:15 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti, Former Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

9:00 Enhancing the Italian Army by Prioritising Communication Capabilities

Lieutenant General Giovanni Fungo

Lieutenant General Giovanni Fungo, Deputy Chief of Army Staff, Italian Army

• The importance of technological innovation in battlefield communications to equip an army for future warfare
• Network-enabled communications and their importance for modern militaries and coalition interoperability
• The Italian Army’s plans for optimising its networked communication systems as part of wider modernisation initiatives
• Plans for strengthening interoperability with key Italian allies

9:40 Defence Industry and European Strategic Autonomy: Land Perspective

Brigadier General Gianluca Carai

Brigadier General Gianluca Carai, Commander Italian Army General Planning Division, Italian Army

  • European defence Fund has demonstrated the appeal for success in strengthen the strategic autonomy and the EUGS objectives with particular emphasis on Land forces
  • Perhaps it seems a certain degree of risks has to be considered whether the EDF is to step up as the main – exclusive and predetermined – ways to set the vital ground in research and development supporting the EU defence strategic autonomy.
  • Common Foreign Policy and Common Defence are to be the vital ground for the implementation Strategy of the EDF in the Land perspective
  • Army Perspective and strategy for implementation of CDP planning.

     

  • 10:20 Netcentric C2 capability for Dismounted Applications

    Mr Carmine Apice

    Mr Carmine Apice, International Market Sales Manager, Leonardo S.p.A
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  • Land Open System Architecture
  • Tactical Interoperability Standard
  • Targeting Communication Control Kit Interoperability
  • Generic Open Soldier System Reference Architecture
     
  • 10:40 Solutions for Information, Communication & Interoperability

    Mr Giovanni Cocca

    Mr Giovanni Cocca, Comm & Ident CTO & Capability Manager, Leonardo Electronic Division, Leonardo S.p.A
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  • Information capture and dissemination
  • Passive Engagement for Distributed Weapon System
  • Intra Flight Wideband Link for Joint Combat Capabilities
  • Intra Flight Wideband Link
  • Software - Defined Radio technology
  • Enhanced Tactical Data Link technology
     
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Exploiting the Information Advantage through a Networked Force: US Battlefield Management and Network Architecture

    • Strategic benefits of a fully networked force through streamlined decision-making and enhanced operational effectiveness
    • Current US network capabilities and equipment
    • Maintaining and training network-capable soldiers: proven strategies for network support and optimisation
    • Plans for further network implementation and modernisation in the US military
     

    Mr Stuart Whitehead, SES

    Mr Stuart Whitehead, SES, Deputy Director Cyber and C4 Integration, Joint Chiefs of Staff J6
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    12:10 Star Pan Mission Success

    Mr Simon Coverdale

    Mr Simon Coverdale, Market Development, Glenair, Inc

  • Scalable Network Solutions
  • Smart Power Management
  • How the Mission Manager solves many issues today
     
  • 12:50 Exploiting the Information Advantage through the Mission Partner Environment (MPE)

    Colonel Neil Khatod

    Colonel Neil Khatod, Commander, 2nd Theater Signals Brigade, US Army
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  • US MPE as our contribution to NATO's federated mission network (FMN)
  • MPE in Defender 2020
  • Continued Integration of MPE into Training and Joint Operations with NATO Partners
     
  • 13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Tactical Edge Networking: DEU/NLD Program Connecting Mobile Forces

    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Colonel Robert Miedema, Tactical Edge Networking Program Manager, Netherlands Ministry of Defence
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    • Scope and organization of DEU/NLD program
    • Interaction with partners
    • First glance of spiral 1 (solution package for a NLD and a DEU battlegroup)

    15:10 Delivering Fully Digitized Land Forces to Enhance Operational Effectiveness

    Colonel Eduard Schnabel

    Colonel Eduard Schnabel, Head of Department Digitization Landbased Operations, German Armed Forces
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  • Progress of Land Forces digitization and modernisation programmes
  • German Digitization Strategy
  • Optimising integration of new and old technology
  • German Test and Trial Structures and the System Center Digitization Land
     
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 NATO C2 Centre of Excellence (C2COE): Driving Innovation in Network Enabled Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Paul Serné

    Lieutenant Colonel Paul Serné, Branch Chief, C2 Centre of Excellence

  • An introduction to the role of the C2COE
  • Conclusions of the Future of the Command Post study: technical and human aspects
  • An update on the MDO C2 Demonstrator project: incorporating state-of-the art technology with C2

     
  • 17:00 Maximising Operational Effectiveness through French NCW Capabilities: Today and Tomorrow

    Captain Jean-Baptiste Colas

    Captain Jean-Baptiste Colas, Associate Director, French Ministry of Defence
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    • Bringing new battlefield perception through the Scorpion program to gather forces and follow the heart of the action
    • Creating deep networks closer to the human experience
    • Good and bad data killers
    • The digital funnel dilemma
     

    17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti, Former Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti, Former Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

    9:00 Network Centric Warfare and the Forza NEC Programme: Delivering the Italian Army's Network Centric Warfare Initiatives to Optimise Soldier Capability and Lethality

    Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

    Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo, Commander Logistics Command, Italian Army

    • Strategic implications of programme delivery
    • Managing a staggered introduction
    • Ensuring coalition interoperability throughout programme development
    • Future of the Forza NEC programme and upcoming equipment requirements
     

    9:40 The Russia Challenge and Defence Innovation in Ukraine

    Mr Mark Opgenorth

    Mr Mark Opgenorth, Strategic Development, Trident Defence

  • Russian advances in network-centric warfare
  • Lessons from the conflict in Eastern Ukraine
  • Volunteers, entrepreneurs and the defence ecosystem
     
  • 10:20 The Role of the ITB in the Development of the Forza NEC

    Major General Claudio Minghetti

    Major General Claudio Minghetti, Commandant, Simulation Centre, Italian Army
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  • FNEC programme objectives
  • The Concept Development & Experimentation method – ITB
  • Training & Experimentation – how they support each other
     
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Increasing Task-Force Effectiveness through the NATO Federated Mission Network Programme

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi, Federated Mission Networking Secretariat Director, NATO Shape
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  • Current state of the Federated Mission Networking initiative
  • Overview of current partners’ progress along the spiral specifications
  • Reports on the use of the Federated Mission Networking Framework Products in recent NATO exercises
  • Future of the programme and looking ahead to the next stage of
    The Federated Mission Networking initiatives

     
  • 12:10 Promoting Interoperability Within EU-Led Missions through the Optimisation of Networked Communications

    Colonel Heinrich Krispler

    Colonel Heinrich Krispler, Deputy Director and Branch Chief Policy and Requirements, EU Military Staff
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    • Current EU networked C4ISR capabilities and plans for development to maximise operational effectiveness
    • Ensuring interoperability between multinational coalitions and standing EU infrastructures
    • Effective strategies for enabling a robust crisis response through networked communications
     

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Increasing Cyber Interoperability Between European Armies

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Mr Mario Blokken, Director Permanent Secretariat, European Army Interoperability Centre

  • Integrating cyber command structures in the modern army
  • The challenge of communication: could European armies use common cryptographic systems?
  • Raising awareness of the weakest link: training the European soldier to behave in the cyber environment
     
  • 14:30 Future Pathways of Network Centric Warfare Within Europe

    Ms Karolina Muti

    Ms Karolina Muti, Junior Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali

  • The concept of Network Centric Warfare and its evolution
  • Network Enabled Capabilities and Command and Control systems
  • The added value of networking systems in international missions
  • Mapping trends and developments thanks to European programs
  • Network Enabled Capabilities: a potential game-changer in the civilian domain
  • Potential collaborative opportunities arising from multilateral frameworks
  • 15:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti, Former Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

    15:20 Afternoon Tea and Closing Networking

    15:50 End of Conference

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Gianluca Carai

    Brigadier General Gianluca Carai

    Commander Italian Army General Planning Division, Italian Army
    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Federated Mission Networking Secretariat Director, NATO Shape
    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Tactical Edge Networking Program Manager, Netherlands Ministry of Defence
    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Former Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army
    Major General Claudio Minghetti

    Major General Claudio Minghetti

    Commandant, Simulation Centre, Italian Army
    Mr Stuart Whitehead, SES

    Mr Stuart Whitehead, SES

    Deputy Director Cyber and C4 Integration, Joint Chiefs of Staff J6

    Brigadier General Gianluca Carai

    Commander Italian Army General Planning Division, Italian Army
    Brigadier General Gianluca Carai

    Captain Jean-Baptiste Colas

    Associate Director, French Ministry of Defence
    Captain Jean-Baptiste Colas

    Former squad leader then combat platoon leader, Jean-Baptiste COLAS is today building the innovations of tomorrow within the French Defense Innovation Agency.
    Graduate of Ecole Centrale Paris and the military schools of St Cyr, he is passionate about new technologies and the deep power of human centric innovation.
    He also served as the innovation advisor for the French Government Defense procurement and technology agency and was head of office French army digital transformation.
     

    Colonel Eduard Schnabel

    Head of Department Digitization Landbased Operations, German Armed Forces
    Colonel Eduard Schnabel

    Officer Candidate, University Studies
    1991 University-Entrance Diploma „Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium“ Kaiserslautern
    1991-1994 Officer Candidate Supply and Transport Branch, German Army Hermeskeil, Bremen, München
    1994-1998 Academic Studies at the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg: Industrial Engineering and Management Hamburg

    Armed Forces Employments
    1999 Head of Department for Materiel Management
    Base Depot Obertshausen

    2000 Head of Business Organisation
    Base Depot Obertshausen

    2001 Head Central Matters
    Materiel Control Center Logistics Brigade 2 Germersheim

    2002 Division Head Staff Divison 6 (Command and Control Support)
    Staff Logistics Brigade 2 Germersheim

    2003-2005 Company Commander, 4th Supply Battalion 12 and 5th Logistics Battalion 12 Ellwangen, Veitshöchheim

    2003 Staff Officer Course
    Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr Hamburg

    2005-2007 National General/Admiral Staff Officer Course
    Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr Hamburg

    2007-2008 Referee Fundamental Principles Armament
    Army Office Division In-Service Support, Bad Neuenahr

    2008-2010 Referee „Heeresinstandsetzungslogistik (HIL)“
    Army Staff in Federal Ministry of Defence, Logistics Department, Bonn

    2010-2012 Referee „Fundamental Principles in international Armament and Equipment Cooperation“
    Army Staff in Federal Ministry of Defence, Logistics Department Bonn

    2012-2015 Personal Referee to the Head of the Subdirectorate
    „Material Operational Readiness, Logistics, Command and Control Support, Military Pharmacy and Medical Service Technology and Development“
    Federal Ministry of Defence Directorate-General for Forces Policy, Bonn

    3/2014-9/2014 Liaison Officer German Joint Forces Operations Command for ISAF/Resolute Support Afghanistan, Masar-E-Sharif

    10/2015-04/2018 Referee Material Capability Management
    German Army Headquarters, Strausberg

    since 05/2018 Head of Department Digitization Landbased Operations
    German Army Headquarters, Strausberg
     

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Federated Mission Networking Secretariat Director, NATO Shape
    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi was born in Senigallia on November 22nd 1965. After the graduation, in 1984, he joined the Military Academy in Modena part of the 166° course “Dignità”. Colonel Montesi was promoted 2nd Lieutenant within the Signal Corps in 1986, and assigned to the Application School in Turin where, in 1988, he was promoted 1st Lieutenant. From 1990 to 1994, he served as 3rd Signal Company Commander of the 41st Signal Battalion “Frejus” in Turin. From 1994 to 1997, he served as S1 of the 41st Signal Battalion. Then from 1997 to 2002 he served as a Staff Officer in the Alpine Brigade “Taurinense”. During the aforementioned period he was deployed abroad taking part to the following operations: SFOR (Bosnia), AFOR (Albania), KFOR (Kosovo). Promoted Lieutenant Colonel in 2003 he was moved to the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps ITA, in Solbiate Olona. During that period he was deployed in Afghanistan, ISAF HQ, as a COS MA. He commanded the “Spluga” Signal Battalion in 2006 and 2007. Then was COS of the Logistic Brigade of the NRDC ITA in 2008. From 2008 to 2011 he was CIS Branch Head of the C4I and Transformation Division of the Allied Command Transformation (Norfolk Virginia). From 2011 to 2013 he was the 3rd Signal Regiment Commander in Rome. From 2013 to 2017 was Branch Head into the C4I and Transformation Division of the Italian Defence General Staff in Rome. He is the FMN Secretariat Director since 2017 at SHAPE (BEL).
    He got four Master degrees in: Information Communication Technology in 1995 at the University of Turin; Strategic Science in 2001 at the Application School in Turin; International Strategical-Military Studies in 2002 at the LUISS University in Rome; Science Politic at the University of Trieste in 2005.
     

    Colonel Heinrich Krispler

    Deputy Director and Branch Chief Policy and Requirements, EU Military Staff
    Colonel Heinrich Krispler

    After joining the Austrian military in 1985, Colonel Heinrich Krispler graduated from the Austrian Military Academy as a signal officer in 1989. He then served as a platoon commander, company commander and staff officer in the Austrian Armed Forces Signal and Electronic Warfare Regiment. Subsequently, he was the deputy system engineer officer in the Air Surveillance Brigade and was then deployed to develop concepts and strategies for the overall transformation of the Austrian CIS/Cyber Forces within the Ministry of Defence. He was then appointed to be the Head of the CJ6 division of the Austrian Joint Forces Command, a position he held for more than 9 years. Since May 2015, Colonel Krispler has been the Deputy Director for CIS and Cyber Defence as well as the Branch Chief for CIS and Cyber Defence Policy and Requirements in the EU Military Staff where he is primarily responsible for strategic planning and advice. Colonel Krispler has 3 academic master degrees in the areas of Telecommunication Engineering, Information Technology and Information Management.
     

    Colonel Neil Khatod

    Commander, 2nd Theater Signals Brigade, US Army
    Colonel Neil Khatod

    Colonel Neil K. Khatod received his commission through the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French. He also has degrees from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters of Human Relations in Human Resource Management, from the University of Maryland with a Masters of Science in Information Technology, and from the National War College with a Masters of Science in National Strategy and Policy.
    His military education includes the Signal Officer Basic Course, United States Marine Corps Command and Control Systems Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, US Army Command and General Staff College, Argentine Escuela de Guerra (Command and Staff College), and the National War College. He is also a graduate of the Airborne and Jumpmasters courses.

    His previous assignments include: Platoon Leader, 50th Signal Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Battalion S6, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Brigade S6, 2nd Brigade 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany; Company Commander, 2nd Brigade 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany; Division G6 Plans Officer, 1st Infantry Division, Wurzburg, Germany; Company Commander, 121st Signal Battalion, Kitzingen, Germany; Brigade S6, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany; Combat Development Project Officer, Capabilities Development and Integration Division, US Army Signal Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Chief of Concepts, Capabilities Development and Integration Division, US Army Signal Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Battalion S3, 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Camp Victory, Iraq; Battalion Executive Officer, 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Plans Officer, 5th Signal Command, USAREUR, Wiesbaden, Germany; Chief of C4 Plans & Projects, 5th Signal Command, Wiesbaden, Germany; ARCENT Forward, Kabul, Afghanistan; Chief of Plans and Exercises, 5th Signal Command, USAREUR, Wiesbaden, Germany; Battalion Commander, 72nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Schweinfurt, Germany; Chief of Current Operations, USCENTCOM J6, MacDill AFB, Florida; Operations Division Deputy Chief, USCENTCOM J6, MacDill AFB, Florida; Operations Division Chief, USCENTCOM J6, MacDill AFB, Florida. Most recently he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3, 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional), Army Central Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

    Colonel Khatod’s awards and decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (6th Award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award), NATO Medal, and the Master Parachutist Badge.
     

    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Tactical Edge Networking Program Manager, Netherlands Ministry of Defence
    Colonel Robert Miedema

    Robert Miedema became an NLD Army Signal Officer in 1991 and completed a wide variety of command and staff functions in the Netherlands and abroad. He attended the Netherlands General Staff College and the US Army Command & General Staff College.

    Colonel Miedema participated in operational deployments in former Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
    In 2018 he is appointed program manager tasked to realize IT modernization in the mobile domain of the NLD Armed Forces. In June 2019 DEU and NLD signed an MOU to merge program organizations in this field; Combined Program Organization Tactical Edge Networking (TEN) is born.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Paul Serné

    Branch Chief, C2 Centre of Excellence
    Lieutenant Colonel Paul Serné

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Former Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army
    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

    Commander Logistics Command, Italian Army
    Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

    Lieutenant General Giovanni Fungo

    Deputy Chief of Army Staff, Italian Army
    Lieutenant General Giovanni Fungo

    Major General Claudio Minghetti

    Commandant, Simulation Centre, Italian Army
    Major General Claudio Minghetti

    Major General Minghetti was born in Ravenna in 1964 and attended the Military Academy in Modena (166th Course).
    In 1988, he was assigned to the 3° Battalion Bersaglieri “CERNAIA”, initially located in Pordenone and then moved to Caserta. He served there till 1996 when he went to Civitavecchia where he attended the 123° Staff Officers Course at the Italian War College. After the course he was assigned to the 8th Bersaglieri Regiment as Head Operations,Training and Information Office.
    In 2001, promoted Major, he attended the Senior Staff Course at the ESFAS in Spain, and then he served in the Ops Room in the Army General Staff Headquarters in Rome.

    In 2004, promoted Lieutenant Colonel, he was appointed Battalion Commander of the first Bersaglieri Battalion “LA MARMORA” in Cosenza.

    In 2009, promoted Colonel, he was appointed as Regiment Commander of the 8th Bersaglieri Regiment in Caserta. Under his command the Regiment deployed twice for the homeland security operation “STRADE SICURE” in Caserta and abroad (2010) as part of the operation UNIFIL “LEONTE”.

    In summer 2011, he served as Bersaglieri Brigade “GARIBALDI” Chief of Staff and then, on March 2012 he was posted as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the Regional Command West within ISAF operation, in Herat (Afghanistan).

    In 2012 he was assigned to the Stand Up Team of the NATO Command in Smirne (Turkey) as Commander’s Coordination Officer.

    On the 1° December 2012, when the NATO Allied Land Command was established, he was the Commander’s Executive Officer and then his Strategic Advisor.

    In 2014 he was appointed Deputy Commander of the Bersaglieri Brigade “GARIBALDI” and then became, from March 2015 to December 2016, the Brigade Commander.

    From December 2016 to June 2017, he was Commander of the Train, Advise, Assist Command West within NATO Resolute Support Mission in Herat (Afghanistan).

    From July 2017 to September 2019 he served as Army Commander in Sicily. On July 2019 he was promoted Major General and the 20th September 2019 he became the Commandant of the Army Simulation Centre.

    Major General MINGHETTI has a Ph. D. in Strategic Sciences, he is married with Mrs. Blanca Maria and they have one daughter.

    He is passionate for history, philosophy and swimming.

    He has been awarded: Knight of Italian Military Order, two Bronze Cross of Merit of the Italian Army, Knight of Italian Order of Merit, the Legion of Merit (Officier) of the United States of America, the Slovenian Medal for Multinational Cooperation (I°degree) and the Silver Medal for Military Valor of Lebanese Armed Forces among others commemorative medals for participating in operations abroad.
     

    Mr Carmine Apice

    International Market Sales Manager, Leonardo S.p.A
    Mr Carmine Apice

    Carmine APICE, Electronics Engineer, graduated in the University “La Sapienza” in Rome. Currently Sales Manager in the Land & Battlefield Systems Line of Business promoting Leonardo’s Land Command and Control Systems and Border Control solutions for a wide range of customers worldwide. He has previously served as Project Engineering Manager and System Engineer of various project in the Joint Command and Control and Intelligence domain, where he gathered an extensive experience in Military Systems Interoperability matters, architectural frameworks and NATO Standardization and Validation processes.

    Mr Giovanni Cocca

    Comm & Ident CTO & Capability Manager, Leonardo Electronic Division, Leonardo S.p.A
    Mr Giovanni Cocca

    Giovanni Cocca has a more than 30 years experience in Avioncs Equipment and System design and integration starting from first activities in Selenia SpA up to the last involvement, in the last 12 years, in CTO& Capability groups at various level inside Leonardo organization.
    Currently is the Head of the Capability group for the Communication and Identification Line of Product into the Electronics IT Division
     

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Director Permanent Secretariat, European Army Interoperability Centre
    Mr Mario Blokken

    Mr Mark Opgenorth

    Strategic Development, Trident Defence
    Mr Mark Opgenorth

    Mr Simon Coverdale

    Market Development, Glenair, Inc
    Mr Simon Coverdale

    Mr Stuart Whitehead, SES

    Deputy Director Cyber and C4 Integration, Joint Chiefs of Staff J6
    Mr Stuart Whitehead, SES

    Mr. Whitehead serves as the Deputy Director for Cyber and Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) Integration (DD C5I), within Directorate for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers/Cyber, Joint Staff J6.
    He supports and advises the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding Joint Command and Control requirements; interoperability of legacy and future Command and Control capabilities with Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance systems, joint warfighting systems and cyber; oversees the DoD requirements for Joint Fires, Joint Close Air Support and Combat Identification mission areas, and supports the development of accelerated joint warfighting capabilities through joint capability assessments, in order to achieve a coherent Joint Force.
    Appointed to the Senior Executive Service in July 2007, he served as the Executive Director for the U.S. Joint Forces Command, Joint Capability Development Directorate (USJFCOM J8) and Assistant Deputy Director for Command and Control Integration, Joint Staff J8. Mr. Whitehead assumed his current position in April 2012.
    Mr. Whitehead served on active duty from 1980 to 2007, in a variety of U.S. Army armor and cavalry command and staff assignments in Germany, Kuwait, Turkey and the United States, including tank company commander; doctrine writer and instructor; division plans officer; cavalry squadron commander; Chief of Contingency Operations, Kosovo Forces; J5, NATO Joint Command Southeast; and Director, US Army TRADOC Program Integration Office for Battle Command.
    Additionally, Mr. Whitehead is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Science and the US ArmyWar College, Advanced Strategic Studies Program where he earned degrees in operational and strategic planning.
    Mr. Whitehead graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in
    1980, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree. Beyond two master’s degrees from military colleges, he also has a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.
    Mr. Whitehead received several military awards for meritorious service, has been published in journals, and provided numerous presentations to scientific, management, capability and material development forums. He is a recognized innovator and leader in implementing systems of systems engineering practices and bringing warfighter involvement to lifecycle management.

    Ms Karolina Muti

    Junior Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali
    Ms Karolina Muti

    Ms Karolina Muti

    Junior Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali
    Ms Karolina Muti

    Senior Representative

    , Glenair
    Senior Representative

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    Network Centric Warfare 2020 Brochure

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    Speaker Interview with Colonel Heinrich Krispler, EU CIS Directorate

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    Speaker Interview with Stuart A. Whitehead (SES), Joint Chiefs of Staff J6

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    Speaker Interview with Colonel Giuseppe Montesi, Federated Mission Networking Secretariat

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    Glenair is a global manufacturer of interconnect technology for high-reliability applications. Our lightweight/miniature connectors are used on a wide variety of platforms from fixed wing and rotor aircraft, to ground vehicles and every class of UAV. Glenair MouseBud interconnects are designed for direct incorporation into soldier vest personal area networks. Our Series 804 Mighty Mouse tactical soldier interconnects have become industry standards and are used on more JTAC and DACAS systems than all other miniaturized connector series combined. Glenair multiport STAR-PAN™ USB hub and power distribution systems are designed for maximum open-system compatibility incorporating Ethernet and USB data interfaces. GSA compliant USB 2.0. STAR-PAN™ is both Nett warrior and NATO compatible. The STAR-PAN™ System is capable of smart charging and power distribution utilizing the broad range of current in-service military batteries, as well as Direct Current (DC) power sources. Newly released STAR-PAN™ Mission-Manager adds on-the-fly device integration and hardware management to complex C4ISR systems. The STAR-PAN™ product line is an open architecture system and is compliant with the NATO standard.


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    Trident Defence is a commercial enterprise established by Noosphere Ventures with the mission of ensuring the success of Ukraine through defense investment and security cooperation with the US, NATO, and the EU. ArtOs is one of the most essential project of Trident Defence. ArtOS – is an artillery fire control complex designed to optimize the work of artillery batteries of different type (towed, self-propelled, rocket) and acts as all-in-one solution for communication, collection of intelligence data and ammunition accounting. https://tridentdefence.com/ https://artos.tech/en/

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    Armada International

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    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.


    Defence Today

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    Epicos

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    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.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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    Global Defence Technology

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    Aviation News

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    Defence and Security Alert

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    Defence and Security Alert (DSA) is the first and only ISO 9001:2015 certified, world-class monthly Indian magazine in defence and security journalism. Covering a strictly research based spectrum of dynamic scenarios in India and challenging horizons beyond national borders, DSA is the only Indian defence magazine available on the intranets of Indian Air Force (IAF) and Border Security Force (BSF). DSA is an ideal platform in this domain to showcase your products, services and cutting-edge technologies. DSA is very extensively circulated among key policy and decision makers in the federal and 28 state governments and corporate world in India and worldwide through print and online editions.


    Defense Express

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    Limited Liability Company “DEFENSE EXPRESS MEDIA AND CONSULTING” highlights events in security, defense and military cooperation areas. Regular information products of the company: - Daily News Wire and Analysis on http://www.defense-ua.com; - Weekly newsletter “Ukrainian Defense Survey”; - “DEFENSE EXPRESS” Magazine; - “Ukrainian Defense Review” Magazine (in English); - Book series “Weapons of Ukraine”. Company also provides advice and assistance based on deep analytical skills and knowledge of the conditions and characteristics of Ukrainian military market to companies, government bodies and intermediaries in the implementation of their strategy, relating to finding new partners and interests promoting.


    Military Systems and Technology

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    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


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    RF GlobalNet

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    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


    FAM Fuerzas Militares

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    Ikonos Press is a international publishing company dedicated to Defence Communication. We work with the main international defence companies and MoD around the world, participating in the main internacional defence fairs. We publish the next magazines:

    FAM-Fuerzas Militares: the best selling defence magazine in Spanish language. Distributed in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

    FAM-World Naval Forces: Special edition magazine in English to be distributed in the main international naval fairs.

    FAM-World Military Forces: Special edition magazine in English to be distributed in the main international air/defence fairs. WWW.FUERZASMILITARES.COM


    Defence Suppliers

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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.

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