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SMi's 12th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference returns to Warsaw on the 31st January and 1st February 2019.

As data requirements for the modern warfighter continue to grow, there is a clear and present need to analyse the flexibility, interoperability and resilience of CIS systems among allied forces. With additional importance in the face of continued operations within asymmetrical and hybrid conflict zones - as well as near peer adversaries exploiting new electronic warfare technologies - the need to achieve secure communications has never been greater.

With over 120+ attendees, 7 hours of networking and an extensive exhibition space - Mobile Deployable Communications remains the key calendar date for anyone within the radio, LTE and ground segment community.

• Hear from leading industrial partners on how they are optimising radios and tactical communications and the latest innovation within
connectors, LTE and mesh networks
• Listen to critical national updates on mobile CIS alongside a unique focus on how special forces are deploying them within degraded and contested environments
• Meet and network with senior military staff within the J6, Command and Control Directorate, Polish General Staff
• Discuss how interoperable networks are being established across Europe and how greater flexibility is being achieved through generic architectural approaches

  • Heads of CIS
  • Tactical Communications Programme Managers
  • Heads of G6
  • Heads of Signals
  • Heads of Communications
  • Heads of J6

16th Mechanized Division; 9th Command Support Brigade of the General Command of the Polish Armed Forces; a4ESSOR S.A.S; Actia Telecom; Advantech, Advanced Microwave Tech, Inc; Airbus; Airbus Defence and Space; AQYR; Avanti Communications Group plc; Belgian Defence; Bittium; blackned GmbH; Brugg Kabel; C2IS Support Center; Canadian Army; Canadian Department of Defence; Command and Communications Systems Division - J6; Croatian Ministry of Defence; Cyberdefence; Defence Staff- Romanian Armed Forces; Department for International Trade; DIT DSO Export Support Team; DKWS; DTECH Labs, A Cubic Company; EHS Technologies; ELTA SIGINT, EW & Communications Division; Embassy of Canada to Poland; ESL AIT GmbH; EU Military Staff; European Defence Agency; Eutelsat; Fraunhofer Institute (IFU); Frequentis; Frequentis A G; General Command of Polish Armed Forces; General Command of the Polish Armed Forces; General Dynamics; General Dynamics Mission Systems; General Staff Of The Polish Armed Forces; GMRE Inc; GovSat; Harris Corporation; Honeywell Sp. z o.o.; IAI ELTA Systems; IHS Jane's; Inmarsat; Inspectorate for Implementation of Innovative Defence Technologies; Intecs Solutions SPA; Intelsat; Intelsat General; Jurado Group; JWK; KDC; KenBIT; Kongsberg Defence Systems; Latvijas Mobilais Telefons SIA; Lithuanian Armed Forces; Military Research and Analysis Group; Military Unit 4026; Military University of Technology; Ministry of Defence, Austria; Ministry of Defence, France; National Centre of Cryptology; NATO CIS Group; ND SatCom; Newtec Cy N.V.; Norquest Enterprises; Norsat International; Norwegian Armed Forces; NSSL Global; NSSL Global GmbH; NSSL Global Ltd; OCCAR; OCCAR-EA; Operational Command of the Polish Armed Forces; Polish Armed Forces; Portuguese Armed Forces; RUAG Holding AG; RUAG Schweiz AG; Safran Vectronix AG; SFCG; SurCom; SurCom International; Thales; Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd; Thales Communications & Security; Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications; United States Army Europe And Seventh Army; US Army Europe; Viasat; ViaSat Inc.; Wojsko i Technika magazine ; XTAR;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

Colonel Grzegorz Szmit, Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces
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9:00 CIS Requirements for the Polish Mission Network

Brigadier General Robert Drozd

Brigadier General Robert Drozd, Chief of the Command and Control, J6 Directorate, Polish Armed Forces

 

  • How the Polish Mission Network is structured and ambitions to integrate it to the FMN
  • Current C2 structures and how requirements for battlespace management are changing
  • Interoperability standards among NATO partners and how the Polish Armed Forces are working to ensure continuity of function
  • Capability planning and future equipment structures
  • Building a network that is adaptable to the modern era: cyber and resiliency considerations
  • Flexible architecture designs and future ambitions for the programme
  • 9:30 Connecting the Commander to the Front Line: The French Approach to Mobile Telecommunication

    Captain Guillaume Journaux

    Captain Guillaume Journaux, Deputy Head of Telecommunication Branch , DGA
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  • The DGA mission – equipping forces for operations in the 21st century
  • The important of SATCOM on the move for deployment and how it is integrated into existing platforms
  • PCN and FMN for interoperability
  • Artificial Intelligence for military use
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    10:00 Converged Connectivity for Multi-Mission Flexibility

    Mr Marty Conrad

    Mr Marty Conrad, Data Controller Products, ViaSat
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  • Best Available Network
  • Layered, Assured, and Resilient
  • Cyber Hardened
  • Flexible
  • Interoperable
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Romanian Battlefield Communication & Information Systems

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu, Deputy Head of Communications and IT Department, Romanian Defence Staff
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  • What CIS the Romanian Armed Forces are currently deploying and how it fits into wider NATO modernisation efforts
  • Work integrating tactical net-enabled capability into the Federated Mission Network
  • Radio spectrum management and ensuring that communications remain robust and resilient
  • Modernising IT equipment and ongoing procurement efforts
  • Operating in degraded and hostile battlespaces – key considerations
  • SATCOM and the space segment: current bandwidth & plans for growth in the data age
  • 11:30 A New Open Architecture for Information Guided Operations

     

  • The key outcomes required from Land Tactical Deployed C4I systems
  • Exploiting over 25 years’ experience in supplying C4I systems
  • The characteristics of the VERTEX delaminated and open information architecture to enable information guided operations
  • An example of exploiting external communication and information systems at Autonomous Warrior 2018
  • Dr Tim  Wilkinson

    Dr Tim Wilkinson, Chief Technologist, General Dynamics
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    Mr Tim Hooper

    Mr Tim Hooper, Business Development Manager, General Dynamics UK
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    12:00 Mission Network Solutions of the Armed Forces of Latvia

    Lieutenant Colonel Aleksandrs Holmanovs

    Lieutenant Colonel Aleksandrs Holmanovs, Head of J6 department, Latvian Armed Forces
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  • Current CIS architectures and the Latvian approach to communications-on-the-move
  • CIS requirements and development within the FMN framework
  • Building generic architecture to ensure C2 and situational awareness tools can be integrated to tactical communication systems
  • Maintaining the smooth transition of communications from static to mobile networks
  • Defence capabilities development: exploring tactical radio effectiveness
  • Reducing the size, weight and power to minimise the burden on the warfighter
  • 12:30 Session Reserved for Airbus

    Mr John Dowdell

    Mr John Dowdell , Product Manager , Airbus Defence & Space

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 From Critical to Exhausting Services Within Military 4G/5G Networks

     

  • Centralized vs. decentralized approach within military environments
  • Transition from 4G to 5G in tactical networks
  • Service Provisioning in tactical edge
  • End user security solutions in tactical environments
  • Scalability and massive data handling within military use cases
  • Mr Timo Haas

    Mr Timo Haas, CTO, Blackned GmbH
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    14:30 European Strategic and Tactical Communications Roundtable Discussion

     

  • How key battlegroups are maintaining interoperability across Central and Eastern Europe
  • Creating a holistic framework for communications architectures across the region – key challenges and considerations
  • Communications ‘on the ground’ terminal requirements from a commander’s perspective
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) for effective telemetry – enhancing global reach and feature flexibility
  • How to ensure your allies can access encrypted data without compromising cyber security standards
  • Integrating rugged systems that are compatible across all partner nations
  • Plans for further interoperability harmonisation and how industry can assist in achieving this
  • Brigadier General Robert Drozd

    Brigadier General Robert Drozd, Chief of the Command and Control, J6 Directorate, Polish Armed Forces

    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski, Director of Communications and Information Systems, EU Military Staff
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    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu, Deputy Head of Communications and IT Department, Romanian Defence Staff
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    Lieutenant Colonel Aleksandrs Holmanovs

    Lieutenant Colonel Aleksandrs Holmanovs, Head of J6 department, Latvian Armed Forces
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    Lieutenant Colonel Grzegorz  Wodzynski

    Lieutenant Colonel Grzegorz Wodzynski, Polish Liaison Officer, FMN Secretariat, SHAPE
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    15:10 DLBO Introduction to the Program and Flanking Research

     

  • Growth in the use of software defined radio’s and mobile CIS platforms
  • An overview of critical procurement projects: Mobile Tactical Communications (MoTaKo) and Mobile Tactical Information Network (MoTIV)
  • Overcoming router challenges for MANET radios and how to maintain ad hoc networks at the ‘last tactical mile’
  • Future priorities for German communications procurement and R&D
  • Battlespace management of the future – considering the space segment requirements for mobile networks
  • Mr Peter Stracke

    Mr Peter Stracke, Branch Chief, Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Information Management and Information Technology
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    Mr Peter  Sevenich

    Mr Peter Sevenich, Contact for Projects Network Architecture, MANET and ConSIS , Fraunhofer Institute
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    15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 CIS in the Belgian Land Component

    Colonel Herman Hendrickx

    Colonel Herman Hendrickx, G6, Land Component , Belgian Armed Forces
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  • New CIS organization at the Belgian Armed Forces (major changes)
  • The tactical Land Communications Program (Radio’s)
  • C2 evolutions at the Belgian Armed Forces
  • 16:40 Federate - Share – Win

    Lieutenant Colonel Grzegorz  Wodzynski

    Lieutenant Colonel Grzegorz Wodzynski, Polish Liaison Officer, FMN Secretariat, SHAPE
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  • Introduction to Federated Mission Networking (FMN)
  • Staying ahead of more global and complex threats & federation as an organisational model in response

  • Background
  • From Afghanistan Mission Network (AMN) to FMN

  • The FMN Framework
  • Enabling the connection of forces through the FMN Framework

  • Working with nations to ensure FMN Capabilities (services, procedures, staff) remain interoperable

  • Achieve FMN-Ready Forces 

  • Current Status
  • Timetables for further development

     

  • 17:10 ESSOR TLM Approach in Supporting the Coalition Interoperability

     

  • SDR solutions for the digital battlefield
  • Providing flexible and interoperable SDR capability across the ESSOR partner nations & upgrading legacy systems
  • Roadmaps for through life support for software defined radios
  • The Through Life Management (TLM) approach in OCCAR
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    Mr Charles Chedhomme

    Mr Charles Chedhomme, Commercial, Finance and Programme Management Support Officer, ESSOR Programme, OCCAR
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    Dr Fulvio Arreghini

    Dr Fulvio Arreghini, Technical Specialist, ESSOR Programme Division, OCCAR
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    17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit, Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces
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    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit, Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces
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    9:00 Modernising Communication Networks to Meeting US Army Requirements

     

  • Managing and coordinating IT requirements within NETCOM
  • The changing nature of expeditionary warfare - creating holistic networks that can be deployed in degraded environments
  • Deploying IT assets for forward deployed forces: how to create mobile communications for a 21st century force
  • Maintaining the cyber resilience of tactical radio networks and data sharing networks
  • Further high profile IT programmes planned and how they fit within the US Army's modernisation requirements
  • Brigadier General Christopher L. Eubank

    Brigadier General Christopher L. Eubank, 39th Chief of Signal, US Army Signal School
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    9:30 An Introduction to the Work of DG SPACE and How it Fits Within the Wider DND

     

  • Current Capabilities
  • Future Capabilities
  • Maintaining interoperability within the alliance and SATCOM bandwidth MOU’s with partner nations

     

  • Major Jason Clement

    Major Jason Clement, D/PD TNS-GEO, Canadian DoD
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    10:00 Operational Flexibility at the Tactical Edge

     

  • Policy, Concepts & Reality
  • Multi-Tiered Command and Control
  • Multi-Nation Radio Interoperability issues & solutions
  • Mr Francis Raveneau

    Mr Francis Raveneau, VP Sales and Marketing, Base Camp Connect
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    Colonel (Ret'd) Mike Sweeny

    Colonel (Ret'd) Mike Sweeny, VP of Government Strategy, REDCOM
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    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Mobile Deployable Communication Systems for Tactical Operations Roundtable Discussion

     

  • The US vision for a ‘Strong Europe’ – mission parameters and planned exercises
  • Creating one tactical network for joint and coalition operations: challenges to creating an interoperable network that is modular and flexible in design
  • The space segment requirements from the user & ensuring that terminals remain compatible with new SATCOM systems
  • From Marines to SOCOM balancing generic radio architecture with the requirements of the warfighter
  • Preventing communication paralysis – embedding cyber resiliency into IP-based software defined radios
  • Considering the size, weight and power requirements that communication systems add to the warfighter
  • Concluding remarks: how to optimise future mobile deployable communication systems
  • Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit, Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces
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    Captain Dez Hill

    Captain Dez Hill, G-6 Projects Officer , US Marine Corps
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    Major Jason Clement

    Major Jason Clement, D/PD TNS-GEO, Canadian DoD
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    Colonel Thomas Wirsching

    Colonel Thomas Wirsching, NATO CIS Group J5 Division Head, NATO CIS Group
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    Colonel Manfred Kutz

    Colonel Manfred Kutz, Assistant Chief of Staff, J6, NATO Multinational Corps Northeast
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    11:40 The Next Generation of Troposcatter Communications

     

  • A History of Troposcatter
  • Use Cases for Beyond Line of Sight Troposcatter Communications
  • Current Troposcatter Users
  • The CS67PLUS, Comtech’s New 100+ Mbps Troposcatter Radio
  • Mr Tom Sheehan

    Mr Tom Sheehan, Technical Marketing Manager, Comtech Systems, Inc

    Mr Scott Smith

    Mr Scott Smith, International Marketing Manager, Comtech Systems, Inc
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    12:10 Equipping Our Marines: CIS in Support Expeditionary Capabilities

    Captain Dez Hill

    Captain Dez Hill, G-6 Projects Officer , US Marine Corps
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  • Current areas of responsibility for the USMC and why this requires a flexible & expeditionary force
  • Integrating Networking-On-The-Move systems to support the warfighter
  • CIS requirements in the arctic from an end-user perspective
  • From platforms to radios exploiting the MUOS (Mobile User Objective System) for dismounted marines
  • Fielding plans for MUOS and feedback from design work
  • Maintaining effective C2 through a family of networkable communication infrastructure

     

  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Driving a Net-Enabled Approach to Special Forces Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Kev Simmons

    Lieutenant Colonel Kev Simmons, Director J6, NATO Special Operations HQ
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  • An introduction to what NSHQ does and how it fits within the NATO force structure
  • Creating adaptive and versatile forces by exploiting network enabled capability
  • Exploiting mesh networks to reduce node points of failure on missions
  • Integrating pan-NATO forces into a cohesive and interoperable network
  • Case study of the NATO FMN
  • Priorities for NSHQ to drive battlefield connectivity and future C2
  • Food for thought. final reflections on NEC in action
  • 14:10 Mobile deployable CIS and C2 systems in Network Centric Warfare

    Colonel Michele Antonio  Galantino

    Colonel Michele Antonio Galantino, Signal Department Deputy Chief, Army General Staff - Italian Army
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  • Current timetable to phase out the Larimart RV2/400 and introduce new Selex software defined radio’s
  • Ensuring that radios remain lightweight enough for dismounted soldier operations and integration into the Soldato Futuro
  • Limiting points of failure by networking radio communications through the Forza NEC programme
  • Working with industry to integrate C4i systems to the platform
  • Anticipated SATCOM requirements for the system – ensuring global coverage is secure and resilient
  • R&D in future radio programmes and defining requirements for industry
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 The Portuguese Approach to Mobile CIS

    Colonel Carlos Jorge de Oliveira Ribeiro

    Colonel Carlos Jorge de Oliveira Ribeiro, Deputy Director, Communications and Information Systems Directorate, Portuguese Army
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  • Current structure of the Portuguese Armed Forces and area of responsibility
  • Introduction of the PRC-525 multimode tactical radio system: roadmap for delivery
  • Integrating new tactical radios to the Army’s Tactical Communication and Information System (SIC-T)
  • Integrated Command & Control and Information Systems: from soldier (DSS) till main headquarters (HMS)
  • Developing the knowledge, products and solutions required for future operations
  • Overcoming challenges in supporting joint and coalition communication networks within operation
  • Path forward for future Portuguese software defined radios
  • 15:40 Enhancing Deployable CIS Capabilities

    Colonel Thomas Wirsching

    Colonel Thomas Wirsching, NATO CIS Group J5 Division Head, NATO CIS Group
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  • NATO CIS Support to Allied Operations and Missions
  • Recent and future developments of NATO Static and Deployable CIS
  • Setting requirements for future operational and tactical communications
  • Enhancing CIS interoperability across the Alliance
  • 16:10 Deployable Communications in Allied Command

    Colonel Manfred Kutz

    Colonel Manfred Kutz, Assistant Chief of Staff, J6, NATO Multinational Corps Northeast
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  • What is the role of MNC NE and what CIS requirements does the multinational force have?
  • Information sharing requirements for NATO’s response force: assurance considerations for the enhanced presence
  • Interoperability priorities for the corps and how different harmonisation approaches can be brought together
  • CIS in the field: recent experiences from deployed exercises
  • 16:40 R&D in C4i Systems

    Dr Joanna Sliwa

    Dr Joanna Sliwa, Head of C4I Systems, Military Communications Institute
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  • An introduction to the work of the Military Communication Institute and its organisational structure
  • Collaboration with other research agencies in building C4i capability
  • Why effective command and control remains important for modern operations & the role of tactical communications in achieving this
  • Minimising the size, weight and power of radio and CIS platforms to reduce soldier burden
  • Spectrum management in the increasingly congested frequency environment
  • Communication requirements for the future battlespace – key considerations
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit, Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Christopher L. Eubank

    Brigadier General Christopher L. Eubank

    39th Chief of Signal, US Army Signal School
    Brigadier General Robert Drozd

    Brigadier General Robert Drozd

    Chief of the Command and Control, J6 Directorate, Polish Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Director of Communications and Information Systems, EU Military Staff
    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces
    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Deputy Head of Communications and IT Department, Romanian Defence Staff
    Colonel Thomas Wirsching

    Colonel Thomas Wirsching

    NATO CIS Group J5 Division Head, NATO CIS Group
    Mr Peter Stracke

    Mr Peter Stracke

    Branch Chief, Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Information Management and Information Technology

    Brigadier General Christopher L. Eubank

    39th Chief of Signal, US Army Signal School
    Brigadier General Christopher L. Eubank

    BG Christopher L. Eubank is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from the Virginia Military Institute as an Armor officer; upon his promotion to Captain, he joined the Signal Corps. Throughout his 28 years of service, BG Eubank has deployed eight times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. BG Eubank’s previous assignment was the fifth Director of the J6 for the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart Germany. Currently BG Eubank serves as the 39th Chief of Signal and Signal School Commandant.

    BG Eubank is a graduate of numerous professional military ethic courses, including the U.S. Army War College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia Military Institute, a Master of Arts in Computer Resource and Information from Webster University and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA.
     

    Brigadier General Robert Drozd

    Chief of the Command and Control, J6 Directorate, Polish Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Robert Drozd

    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Director of Communications and Information Systems, EU Military Staff
    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Brigadier General Vasil SABINSKI began his military career in the General Staff Signal Brigade of the Bulgarian Armed Forces in 1988 after completion of a master's degree in Telecommunications from the "Vasil Levski" National Military University.

    He subsequently commanded at company and battalion level within the Signal Brigade as well as undertaking positions teaching communication and information systems (CIS) in the National Military University and being the Chief of Unit of the Bulgarian Armed Forces Strategic CIS Command.

    Selected for the General Staff Course at the "G.S.Rakovski" Defense and Staff College, he was promoted to Colonel on completion of the course in 2006 and appointed as the Deputy Commander of the Signal Brigade. In 2007 he moved to the Ministry of Defence, initially to be a Government expert on NATO and EU integration and interoperability and then as the Capability Management Branch Chief. In 2010, he was selected to be the Branch Chief for CIS Policy and Requirements within the EU Military Staff in Brussels, a position he held for 4 years before going back to Bulgaria to become the Commander of the Stationary CIS of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces.

    Promoted to General rank in August 2017, he returned to the EU Military Staff to assume the position of Director CIS with responsibility for developing policies and guidance for CIS and Cyber Defence in support of Common Security and Defence Policy operations and missions.

    Brigadier General SABINSKI is married, with two children.
     

    Captain Dez Hill

    G-6 Projects Officer , US Marine Corps
    Captain Dez Hill

    Captain Hill joined the Marine Corps in 2009 and served as a cyber network operator before commissioning as a C4 systems officer in 2012. He has since served as a radio platoon commander and battalion communications officer in the 4th Marine Logistics Group and as section officer-in-charge at the Marine Corps Cyber Operations Group. He is currently the G-6 projects officer at the Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, where he is primarily concerned with coalition C4 interoperability and posturing the northern flank of NATO and the European Arctic in support of EUCOM operational planning.
     

    Captain Guillaume Journaux

    Deputy Head of Telecommunication Branch , DGA
    Captain Guillaume Journaux

    Captain (Armament) Guillaume Journaux is the deputy head of the telecommunications branch of the Technical Directorate of the DGA (Délégation Générale de l’Armement), part of the French Ministry of Armed Forces. He is in charge of the technical roadmaps for future communication systems regarding technology, performance and interoperability.
    Graduated from the French Engineering Officer’s College ENSTA-Bretagne, Capt. Guillaume Journaux has worked on Land Tactical Communications and Software Defined Radio in the Test and Evaluation center DGA Information Superiority near Rennes.
     

    Colonel (Ret'd) Mike Sweeny

    VP of Government Strategy, REDCOM
    Colonel (Ret'd) Mike Sweeny

    Col Mike Sweeney, USMC (Ret) is the Vice President of Government Strategy for REDCOM Laboratories, Inc. Col Sweeney’s last duty assignment was at Marine Forces Pacific where he served as the Chief of Staff. Prior to that he served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander at U.S. Marine Special Operations Command. Col Sweeney has a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Master’s in Business Administration from National University.

    Colonel Carlos Jorge de Oliveira Ribeiro

    Deputy Director, Communications and Information Systems Directorate, Portuguese Army
    Colonel Carlos Jorge de Oliveira Ribeiro

    Colonel of Signals (Engineer) / (PRT Army)
    CARLOS JORGE DE OLIVEIRA RIBEIRO
    Was born 1964 and joined to the Army in 1983.
    Amongst other carrier courses, the Staff Course, the Flag Officer Course, the Electrical Engineering degree and Post-Graduations in Intelligence Warfare/Competitive Intelligence and Project Management.
    Signals Regiment: Support Services Company Commander (1993-94), Deputy Commander (2006-07), Commander (2014-16);
    UNAVEM III in Angola: Signals Company Deputy Commander (1995-96);
    Mechanized Brigade: Signals Company Commander (2001-02);
    Military Academy: Signals Courses Director and Professor (2002-06);
    Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff (2007-11);
    PRT MILREP: Assistant for EU Operations, Exercises and Cooperation (2011-14);
    Communications and Information Systems Directorate: Project Coordination Office Chief (2016-17), Deputy Director (2018-…).
     

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces
    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit was born on 05 December 1972.
    A graduate of the Military Technical Academy in Warsaw (1996) and the Institute of National Research Institute of Telecommunications in Warsaw (2008). He finished Doctoral Study in Military University of Technology in Warsaw (2014). I am doing my PhD study at Military University of Technology in Warsaw.
    In the years 1996-2003 he worked at the centre for Computer Science of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, where he was responsible for the design of military LAN/WAN, testing devices for compliance with the military requirements and technical support for exercises and missions. Then from 2003 to 2006 he worked at the Centre for Information Technology and Communications National Defence where he was the head of the systems Integration Section of the Telecommunications Networks Division. In 2007 was moved to the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications where among other things acts as a project manager for some key projects developing of the MoD networks infrastructure: (e.g. building a deployable mobile network). Since 2012 employee of the J6 of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces as the head of Mobile Deployable Communications and Information Systems. Than in 2015 became the Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch of the Command & Control Directorate – J6.
    He has international experience too. Since 1999 he had been working in the programme for testing the interoperability of NATO and PfP countries codenamed Combined Endeavour (CE) where from 2004 to 2012 worked in exercises management. He is Polish Armed Forces representative at NATO Capability Panel 1 and in IDT Command and Info at European Defence Agency.
    Privately, he is married, have two children, interested in history, sports (skiing, tennis, biking mountain, swimming, soccer - football, handball, volleyball) and tourism.

     

    Colonel Herman Hendrickx

    G6, Land Component , Belgian Armed Forces
    Colonel Herman Hendrickx

    LTC Herman Hendrickx, born in 1967, graduated from the Royal Military Academy (RMA) and obtained a master’s degree in civilian engineering (Polytechnic) in 1993. He completed his officers training at the CIS School in PEUTIE (Belgium).

    After several operational appointments at platoon and company level, and a period in the Joint Forces Command Headquarters in BRUNSSUM (Holland), he attended the Senior Officers’ Course at the Royal High Institute for Defence in 2001/2002.

    From 1995 until 2000, he executed six missions in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.

    After the Senior Officers Course, Maj Hendrickx was assigned to the Material Resources Division where he was responsible for the purchase of new Radio Relays for the Belgian Army.

    From January 2007 until July 2008 he attended the Dutch Advanced Staff Course in DEN HAAG (The Netherlands), where he obtained a master in “Security and Defence”.

    In September 2008, he was assigned as the Commander of the 10th CIS Gp in Leopoldsburg (Belgium). After this assignment, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in September 2011.

    In October 2011, he became Staff Officer at the Doctrine & Requirements Department of the Belgian Defence Staff where he wrote the ‘Ops CIS Support’ Doctrine.

    In July 2014, he became a teacher in CIS matters at the Royal High Institute for Defence in BRUSSELS (Belgium).
    Since May 2016, Col Hendrickx is, in his function as G6, the commander of the land CIS Units and the advisor in all CIS matters for the Belgian Land Component Command.
    In 2017, het was promoted to the rank of Colonel.
    Col Herman Hendrickx is married and has two daughters.


     

    Colonel Manfred Kutz

    Assistant Chief of Staff, J6, NATO Multinational Corps Northeast
    Colonel Manfred Kutz

    Colonel Manfred Kutz started his military career as Non Commissioned Officer in the DEU Signal Troops in 1978.

    After serving as platoon and company commander having been assigned as Battalion Commander, he was assigned as a Desk Officer to the DEU Ministry of Defence and responsible for all CIS related topics concerning NATO Response Force (NRF). In between he had served as G6 Staff Officer at the Division Level.

    Being an instructor at German Armed Forces Command and Staff College, he was responsible for the all Command and Control and CIS related topics and for Information Operations as well.

    Colonel Kutz is experienced in missions abroad after several assignments (UNOSOM, SFOR, KFOR, ISAF) and was responsible for establishment of the DEU CIS Network Operations Center as part of the Bundeswehr Communication and Information Systems Services Centre.

    Since January 2015, he is assigned as Assistant Chief of Staff Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast, being responsible for all the CIS topics related to the Headquarters and to prove CIS to the subordinated formations.

    Colonel Kutz is 60 years old, he is married and is living in Szczecin for more than four years.
     

    Colonel Michele Antonio Galantino

    Signal Department Deputy Chief, Army General Staff - Italian Army
    Colonel Michele Antonio  Galantino

    Current Appointment: Signal Department Deputy Chief at Army General Staff

    Previous Work Experiences
    Main National Command Duties
    1989-1995: 7th Signal Regiment, 5th ”ROLLE” Battalion Platoon and Coy Commander in Sacile;
    2003-2004: “Rolle” Signal Battalion Commander in Sacile;
    2009-2011: 232nd Signal Regiment Commander in Avellino.

    Main National Staff Duties
    1995-1996: 7th Signal Regiment, 5th ”ROLLE” Battalion S1 cell Chief in Sacile;
    1997-1999: 7th Signal Regiment S1 cell Chief of the in Sacile;
    2004-2007: Signal Brigade S3 Ops cell Chief in Anzio;
    2008-2009 e 2011-2012: Signal Brigade Chief of staff in Anzio;
    2012-2016: Signal Corps Chief of staff;
    2017: Signal Department Deputy Chief at Army General Staff.

    Main international and operational Duties
    2001: Information System Manager Section head in HQ KFOR, Kosovo;
    2003: Planning Team leader during the “Antica Babilonia” Operation in IRAQ;
    2003-2004: JTFC4, “Rolle” Signal Battalion Commander during Joint Endeavour Operation in MNBW – Kosovo - KFOR;
    2005: ISAF Multinational Brigade Planning Team leader, Afghanistan Kabul;
    2007-2008: ISAF Regional Command West Chief CJ6, Afghanistan Herat.

    Education and Training
    He attendend the 166th course of the Army Military Academy in Modena, Advanced School of Military Studies in Turin, Staff Army Course and the Advanced Command and Staff course at the Joint services Command and Staff College;
    Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Turin;
    Degree in Military Science from the University of Turin;
    Master in Military Science from the University of LUISS in Rome;
    He has an airborne qualification and lifeguard qualification, and he is a PT and driving school military instructor.

    Military awards and decorations
    - Knight of the Italian Meritorious Military Order;
    - “Mauriziana” Cross for Long Service (50 yrs);
    - Long Period Achievment Gold Medal;
    - National Medal for Peace Support Operations;
    - NATO Medal for Joint Guardian Operation in Kosovo;
    - NATO Medal for Joint Endeavour Operation in Kosovo;
    - NATO Medal for ISAF in Afghanistan;
    - Spanish “Operaciones de Mantenimiento de Paz” Medal for Peace Support Operations.
     

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Deputy Head of Communications and IT Department, Romanian Defence Staff
    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Col Mihai Burlacu was commissioned with the 48th Signal Regiment in 1985. He was assigned in various command positions and after the university graduation was appointed with the CIS Command. He undertook various assignments in CIS Operations and Capability Planning within the J6 General Staff and afterwards between 1998-2001 and 2003-2007 worked as the C3 Representative to NATO. In 2008 he took over CIS Planning Branch/CIS Directorate and later the 48th CIS Centre. Between 2016-2017 he worked for EUAM as Senior IT Advisor in Ukraine. He assumed the current position in October 2017. He is married and has one son.

    Colonel Rui Manuel Marques Da Silva

    Army CIS Project Manager, Portuguese Armed Forces
    Colonel Rui Manuel Marques Da Silva

    1984/1988 Military Academy Signals Course
    1989/1992 University Education, Computer Systems Engineering
    1992/1993 CIS Platoon Commander, Signal Company, Mechanised Brigade
    1993/1994 Deputy Signal Company Commander in the ONUMOZ Operation (Mozambique)
    1994/1995 Company Commander, Electronic Militar Centre
    1995/1998 CIS Projects, Research & Development, Electronic Militar Centre
    1998/1999 Staff Officer Promotion Course, Military Studies
    1999/2000 Teacher of Tactical Communications and Information Systems, Military Academy
    2000/2002 Staff Course, Staff College, Lisbon
    2002/2004 Communications and Electronic Warfare Branch, CIS Division, Army Staff
    2004/2006 Chief of Engineering Support Group, Electronic Militar Centre,
    SIC-T Project Team Leader – Project to Develop a Deployable Communications and Information System for Portuguese Army
    2006/2008 Branch Chief, Command and Control, CIS Directorate,
    Radio GRC-525 Project Manager (Fiscalization and Support Mission)
    2008/2010 Deputy Commander, Electronic Militar Centre
    2010/2013 Branch Chief, Communications and Electronic Warfare, CIS Division, Army Staff
    2013/2016 NATO Defence Planning Process, CIS & Cyber Defence, Allied Commander Transformation (ACT)
    2016/…. Army Signal Centre Commander, CIS Directorate
    Army CIS Project Manager, CIS Directorate
     

    Colonel Thomas Wirsching

    NATO CIS Group J5 Division Head, NATO CIS Group
    Colonel Thomas Wirsching

    Colonel Wirsching was born in Bremerhaven/Germany on 24 July 1957. On 01 July 1976, he entered the Army as an Officer Cadet of the Tank Forces. He completed basic training, Platoon Leader and Officer training at Army Armoured Training Centre Munster and Army Officers School Hannover End 1977. From January 1978 to September 1984, he served as Platoon Leader and S2-Officer in different Tank Battalions in Northern Germany. !984 to 1986 he served as Company Commander of 2nd Coy/TankBn 314.


    When being accepted as professional Officer, COL Wirsching was transferred to the Army Signal Corps End 1984. He served in various positions in Signal Units at Division and Corps level as well as instructor at the Army Signal School. 1993 – 1996 he became S6-Officer of 31st Airborne Brigade. 1998 – 2000 Col Wirsching worked as Desk Officer in the SHAPE CIS Division. 2000 – 2002 he assumed the function of Commanding Officer of 610 SigBn, the DEU contribution for the new MNC NE.


    Followed by an appointment at the DEU War College as Army G6 Instructor. Between 2005 and 2008, He was assigned as Desk Officer to the Army Development Department at the DEU MOD.


    October 2008 he became Head G6 Land Component Command Heidelberg where he served until Mid 2011.


    In July 2011, he was assigned as NCSA Branch Head Configuration & Quality Management at SHAPE. Since July 2012 he assumed the roles and responsibilities as NATO CIS Group Head J5.


    Col Wirsching’s recent deployments where in 2010 for 1 year as Chief of Staff/MILAD to the NATO Senior Civilian Representative to AFG and in Spring 2013 as Dep CJ6 HQ ISAF.


    Col Wirsching is married to his wife Sonja and they have two sons, Patrick (30) and Mark-Robin (23).
     

    Dr Fulvio Arreghini

    Technical Specialist, ESSOR Programme Division, OCCAR
    Dr Fulvio Arreghini

    Fulvio Arreghini is a Commander of the Italian Navy, engineering corps. After the Naval Academy course he then served aboard different warships.
    He has been a lecturer at the Italian Naval Academy and University of Pisa and he worked at the Italian Navy experimentation centre for communication and electronics located in Livorno (CSSN ITE) focusing on Software Defined Radio test and evaluation and experimentation. He has a PhD in Communication Engineering with particular focus on SDR.
    His international experiences include being the Italian delegate at the NATO line of sight and beyond line of sight capability teams and a constant involvement in support to the Italian MoD in the Italian National SDR programme.
    Since February 2016 he is assigned to OCCAR EA in support to the ESSOR programme as technical specialist.
     

    Dr Joanna Sliwa

    Head of C4I Systems, Military Communications Institute
    Dr Joanna Sliwa

    Joanna Sliwa holds the position of Head of C4I Systems Department in Military Communication Institute (MCI) in Zegrze, Poland. She graduated from the Faculty of Electronics and Computer Science of Warsaw University of Technology in 2003. Since 2003 she has been working in MCI. She was involved in development of Polish Network Enabled Capability Feasibility Study and NATO working groups focusing on Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP), Information Infrastructure Supporting NCW Communications, SOA challenges Over Real Time and Disadvantaged Grids and SOA recommendations for disadvantaged grids in the tactical domain. In 2011 she received with Honours Ph.D. in telecommunications from Military University of Technology. She is the author and co-author of dozens of articles related to tactical communications, service oriented architecture, ontology engineering and reasoning, cyber security and information protection. Currently she is leading and actively taking part in national and international R&D projects related to traffic optimisations for DIL (Disconnected, Intermittent and Limited) networks, cyber threats’ detection and risk assessment in IT infrastructures.

    Dr Tim Wilkinson

    Chief Technologist, General Dynamics
    Dr Tim  Wilkinson

    Dr Tim Wilkinson received his BSc and PhD from the University of Leeds UK in 1984 and 1989. His PhD was in the cellular radio area sponsored by Racal, which later formed Vodafone. He subsequently worked for a year as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds on radio propagation for tactical radio in conjunction with the Royal Signals Research Establishment. In 1990 he spent a year in Australia as a Research Fellow at Sydney University on mobile satellite terminals and at Phillips, later to become Sepura, in Melbourne on PMR radio design. Back in the UK, he worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds carrying out link simulations in a collaborative project with industry on building the first demonstrator of DECT, which ultimately became the dominant cordless telephone technology globally. In 1991 he moved to the University of Bradford to manage a group researching the new emerging subject area of Wireless LANs.
    In 1994, Tim joined Hewlett Packard Research Labs to manage a group researching connectivity solutions for all HP products. This work inspired many research projects around the world, generating hundreds of citations, and developing concepts that were ultimately embedded into LTE.
    In 2001, Tim moved to IPWireless as VP of Technical Marketing. He evangelised the use of 3GPP derived technologies for new applications, with one of the trials culminating in winning the contract to supply what is still the world’s largest public safety broadband network in New York City. This success of IPWireless resulted in its acquisition by General Dynamics in 2012. This culminated in General Dynamics delivering the first ‘starter networks’ for the US FirstNet Public Safety Broadband Network in Colorado and New Mexico.
    Tim is currently Chief Technologist at General Dynamics Mission Systems in the UK.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Aleksandrs Holmanovs

    Head of J6 department, Latvian Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Aleksandrs Holmanovs

    LtCol Aleksandrs Holmanovs is a Latvian National Armed Forces (LNAF) Communication and Information Systems (CIS) specialist with 11 years Air Force service experience and 8 years’ experience at JHQ level. LtCol Holmanovs earned a Bachelor of Science in Radioelectronics at Riga Aviation University, 1999 and Master of Science in Electronic at Transport and Communication Institute, 2001. He managed significant Air Force CIS projects: BALTNET development, Air surveillance system installation, Air-Ground-Air communication system deployment, Air Operation Centre’s CIS infrastructure development. 2010 – 2013 he led LNAF JHQ INFOSEC Branch and got an exceptional experience in the areas of CIS security and Cyber Defence. 2013 - 2016 he was working at SHAPE J6 directorate Service Management branch as a lifecycle manager for NATO Core Enterprise services (CES) and coordinate CIS operational planning and budgeting. In 2017 LtCol Holmanovs passed ITIL intermediate level certification. From August 2017 LtCol Holmanovs is LNAF JHQ Head of J6 department, Latvian C3B Principal and representative on FMN MG.

    Lieutenant Colonel Grzegorz Wodzynski

    Polish Liaison Officer, FMN Secretariat, SHAPE
    Lieutenant Colonel Grzegorz  Wodzynski

    Lt Col Grzegorz Wodzynski was commissioned into the the 17th Mechanized Brigade in 1997. He undertook CIS Operations and Capability Planning assignments within various units of the Polish Armed Forces and subsequently he served at JFC Naples between 2006-2009. In 2009 he assumed command of the C2IS Branch within the Polish Armed Force’s C2IS Support Centre. Most recently 2010-2016, he was involved in preparation and deployment of the Polish network extension of Afghanistan Mission Network called the White Eagle Network and in the implementation of Polish solution for Federated Mission Networking called the Polish Mission Network. He assumed his current position within the FMN Secretariat in July 2016. He is married and has two daughters.

    Lieutenant Colonel Kev Simmons

    Director J6, NATO Special Operations HQ
    Lieutenant Colonel Kev Simmons

    Lt Col Kev Simmons has 36 years of experience in delivering deployable CIS capability from the Strategic level to the tactical edge. Prior to taking up his current post as the Director J6 at the NATO Special Operations HQ in Mons Belgium, his last two post have been in support of ‘at readiness’ elements of UKSF and conventional supporting airborne forces both in UK and on operations. Having now served at NSHQ for almost three years he has added significant knowledge of NATO to his portfolio.

    Major Jason Clement

    D/PD TNS-GEO, Canadian DoD
    Major Jason Clement

    Major Jason Clement, Deputy Project Director TNS-GEO.

    Maj Clement joined the Canadian Armed Forces Sept 1991 as an Army Signals Officer and has worked both on the operational side and support side. Has worked in a number of field positions including Operations Officer, Chief of Staff and Unit CO. Posted to NDHQ he has held several project management positions on communications projects, as an Industrial Security Officer, a Liaison Officer for 7 Defence renewal projects and currently employed with DG Space as the Deputy Project Director TNS-GEO. During his career he has deployed on 4 operations and a tour with NATO as the JFC Naples JOC IMO.
     

    Mr Charles Chedhomme

    Commercial, Finance and Programme Management Support Officer, ESSOR Programme, OCCAR
    Mr Charles Chedhomme

    Charles Chedhomme is a military “radar and communication” Engineer of the French DGA (Defence Procurement Agency). He graduated in 2005 at ENSIETA French Engineering Armament School with a specialisation done in Military Technical Academy of Bucharest. He then served as an Electronic Warfare and Radar technical expert for several years.
    He is experienced in management of weapons programs. He has been Program Manager from various areas from Radio Frequency R&T contracts to operational assets like C160 Gabriel (French SIGINT Airborne system). He also served as the French international Software Defined Radio manager and CONTACT deputy program director for 3 years.
    His international experiences include being the French National Program Coordinator for ESSOR, the French National Program Officer for COALWNW and Tactical Radio Liaison Officer in a Middle East Country.
    Since July 2016 he is assigned to OCCAR EA in support to the ESSOR programme.
     

    Mr Francis Raveneau

    VP Sales and Marketing, Base Camp Connect
    Mr Francis Raveneau

    Francis Raveneau is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for BaseCampConnect. In his 20-year career he served several companies in their international business development, mainly in Electronics. Prior to working at BaseCampConnect he was responsible for the business development of Asia and the Americas for a subsidiary of Danaher, a Fortune-500 company. Francis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Laval University with specialization in International Business at the École Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble. He has also attended Executive training programs from Harvard Business School.

    Mr John Dowdell

    Product Manager , Airbus Defence & Space
    Mr John Dowdell

    Mr Marty Conrad

    Data Controller Products, ViaSat
    Mr Marty Conrad

    Marty Conrad is the Director, Narrowband Systems Solutions, Government Systems at Viasat. In his current position he is responsible for assisting international government customers in solving complex system level communications problems. He works across multiple ViaSat government business areas and encompassing multiple innovative ViaSat RF, satellite communications and secure networking technologies.

    Mr. Conrad has over 38 years of experience in the communications business. He has been with Viasat in numerous roles encompassing multiple business development and sales for the past 18 years. His areas of expertise are narrowband (UHF) and wideband (L, X, Ku and Ka Band) satellite communications, data in transit and data at rest encryption, and tactical communications systems. Prior to joining Viasat, he retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service as a Secure Communications Systems expert.

    At Viasat, we’re driven to connect every warfighter, platform, and node in the battlespace. As a global communications company, we power millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world. With innovations spanning in our secure satellite and wireless communications, we’re driven to redefine connectivity for the battlespace.
     

    Mr Peter Sevenich

    Contact for Projects Network Architecture, MANET and ConSIS , Fraunhofer Institute
    Mr Peter  Sevenich

    Dipl. Phys.  Peter Sevenich, since 1998 at Fraunhofer Institut for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE. He is Head of the Robust Networks Research Group and responsible for the research areas architectures for coalition networks, wireless tactical networks and sensor/effector networks.
    Peter Sevenich  is the German governmental expert for the EDA CapTech IAP4 that focuses on the area of Communication, Information Systems and Cyber Defence as well as the German representative in the NATO STO IST Working Group on Heterogeneous tactical networks focusing on improving connectivity and network efficiency.
    In the multinational test and demonstration project Coalition Networks for Secure Information Sharing (CoNSIS/FIST) he is member a of the Steering Committee.
     

    Mr Peter Stracke

    Branch Chief, Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Information Management and Information Technology
    Mr Peter Stracke

    Since July 2016 Mr. Peter Stracke is Branch Chief at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The „Mobile Tactical Communication“ branch focus on ground radio communication and software defined radio. The branch is mainly formed by the program organization for the realization of the “Digitization of Landbased Operations” (D-LBO) program. D-LBO aims to provide IT services for networked operations, in the area of mobile IT, starting with the dismounted soldier up to the level of deployable command posts.
    After he had received a degree in automation engineering and electrical communication engineering he joined the Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement in 1992.
    Since 1998 he has worked in different assignments in the field of radio communications.
    Between 2013 and 2016 he was senior administrative officer at the German Federal Ministry of Defense. His assignment was in the Military Communication and Information Systems branch with focus on radio communications.
     

    Mr Scott Smith

    International Marketing Manager, Comtech Systems, Inc
    Mr Scott Smith

    Scott Smith is an International Marketing Manager for Comtech Systems in Orlando, Florida. Scott is responsible for the sales and marketing of Comtech’s Troposcatter and other communications solutions throughout Europe. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Scott also earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

    Mr Tim Hooper

    Business Development Manager, General Dynamics UK
    Mr Tim Hooper

    Tim Hooper has more than 30 years’ experience working with defence forces to provide them with resilient and secure communication and information systems.
    Since 2016, Tim has been leading the Business Development for General Dynamics UK supporting a number of defence forces to digitise their land tactical C4I systems.
    Following a degree in Engineering and a post graduate diploma in marketing, Tim joined Racal Acoustics where he progressed to lead their Sales and Marketing team. In this role, he secured a number of contracts providing a number of armies with new communication products and systems including the UK, the Netherlands, Canada, Norway and Sweden.
    Following the merger with Thales, Tim moved to Paris where he gained experience working at a Corporate level. This included the Product Manager for Soldier Systems and then the Strategy Director for Services.
    Tim now lives in Bristol, UK and is married with three children.
     

    Mr Timo Haas

    CTO, Blackned GmbH
    Mr Timo Haas

    Timo is managing director and one of the founding partners of blackned GmbH - a systems integration and consulting company based in Heimertingen, Germany.
    The main activity of the company is the development and improvement of operational wireless and wired communication infrastructure systems. The focus of their work lies in a software appliance driven by military experience called RIDUX. This solution with the patented MESH EPC for 4G and the integrated complete collaboration suite offers users a completely autonomous security and communication framework with a focus on tactical edge systems and information transmission in a constantly dynamically changing environment. Add-ons such as an in-house created Android software application enable collaboration solutions to be used seamlessly and without network border effects.
    This is complemented by a hardened and compact processing unit - the Mobile Unified Platform (MUP). The combination of hardware and software in adaptation of various communication media up to analog radio devices creates a holistic approach to service delivery in tactical and strategic environments.
    Timo has direct experience with deployable LTE and other wireless transmission systems. He served as a commissioned communications officer in the German Air Force for 12 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in business information systems.
     

    Mr Tom Sheehan

    Technical Marketing Manager, Comtech Systems, Inc
    Mr Tom Sheehan

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    Airbus

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    Airbus are world leaders in providing global fixed and mobile secure communication services to governments, militaries and security forces. Indeed, as the world’s number one private-sector military communications provider, we deliver the flexibility, resiliency and security required by demanding governments and militaries. And we do this for all communications applications, whether they’re land, airborne or naval. As a truly global organisation, we at Airbus understand local markets, allowing us to support our customers wherever they are. With regional strategic sales and support services in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, our presence on the ground where our customers need us most is bolstered by our global reach.


    Base Camp Connect

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    For the next generation of highly mobile military unit and Special Ops teams, radio, telephony and data network systems access are critical to their success. Mobility also means serving in harsh conditions with limited resources and the specter of unstable/unpredictable communications. Our highly resilient communication systems are easy to transport, deploy and operate. Our portfolio of portable communication systems provide the pinnacle in interoperability in order to interconnect any communications technology in a secure way for your unit and coalition partners. BaseCampConnect is a Canadian company that has been proudly serving various military, special ops, public safety, and USAR teams around the world. Our mission is to keep building the most interoperable and reliable tactical communications solutions for mission-critical objectives. We build small-sized portable tactical kits that can connect to any network, any SAT and any type of radio to provide a fully integrated, secured interoperable forward operating base. The many variants of the BaseCampConnect can incorporate a simple radio interoperability kit all the way to secured /encrypted telephony, data and radio interoperability systems for different user types and needs. Our enhanced tactical kits that incorporate state of the art security & encryption carry those of features that were built by REDCOM with their decades of experience in the Defense & Security world. REDCOM solutions span the gap between disparate systems and allow for on-the-move configurations via a GUI interface, connecting resources laterally based on mission requirements. The REDCOM solution we incorporate has been carefully evaluated for cybersecurity (CS) and interoperability (IO) by JITC and is on the DoDIN Approved Product List.


    blackned

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    http://solutions.blackned.de/en

    blackned is a high-tech IT and consulting company based in Southern Germany. Our portfolio offers command, control and communication solutions for different industries with the aim to bring services to the end user at any time without delay and without interruptions. Building on our many years of experience addressing the demanding mission critical communications needs of defence forces and first responders, our solutions focus on user-friendly, intuitive interfaces designed to improve performance while reducing complexity. Our solutions are tailored to efficiently and effectively manage the constantly changing communications conditions presented in harsh environments. As a result, we have developed into one of Europe's leaders in the design and operation of deployable and highly mobile tactical cellular networks. Our adaptive and hardened inhouse software solution RIDUX, already meets the diverse network requirements for a team of first responders up to a cellular system capable of servicing a complete base camp with several thousand users. Our unique approach of a fully integrated SDN-EPC architecture meets the ever-increasing requirements for transmission rates while at the same time providing the necessary reliability. The MeshFLOW mechanism developed by us guarantees service delivery at all times and enables real-time communication across all levels of a corresponding command and control hierarchy. Our Mission Critical Push-to-Talk over Cellular and Push-to-Video solutions follow the Anytime and Anywhere communication approach aligned to an Always on strategy. Therefore, our solutions serve as an extension or complete replacement of existing digital radio solutions and offer you today the possibilities of tomorrow's state-of-the-art technologies in the field of broadband data transmission. The platform-independent RIDUX Collaboration Client serves as the key to the connection, integration and use of legacy radios in a robust and path-independent IP communication solution and therefor guarantees a cost efficiency transition.


    Comtech Systems

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    http://www.comtechsystems.com

    Founded in 1967, Comtech Systems, Inc. has spent over 50 years designing and implementing cutting-edge solutions to the toughest communications challenges worldwide. In addition to the US military, our customers include foreign governments and militaries across the globe. Additionally, we provide remote communication solutions to the commercial sector, including some of the world’s largest energy companies, such as Royal Dutch Shell, Petronas, and PEMEX. Comtech Systems, Inc. has two interrelated focuses: Modern Troposcatter Communications Troposcatter provides a high data-rate, low latency, over-the-horizon communication link at ranges far beyond what is achievable with line-of-sight communications, without the need to rely upon satellites or intermediate relays. With Comtech troposcatter modems used in over 90% of the modern troposcatter systems deployed worldwide, Comtech is the undisputed leader in advanced troposcatter technology. Over 40 years of continuous troposcatter research and development (more than any other company in the world) have made Comtech responsible for a number of industries “firsts:” • The first 50 Mbps troposcatter terminal • The first Troposcatter specific Forward Error Correction [FEC] • Automatic Power Control and Code Rate to maximize performance and reduce interference • The first operational troposcatter link on an offshore floating platform • Rapidly deployable troposcatter systems that can be deployed in under one hour Complex Communication Network Design and Systems Integration Comtech Systems, Inc. draws upon decades of experience in a vast array of communications technologies to provide customized video, voice, and data network solutions specifically designed to meet each client’s unique needs. Comtech has designed and delivered these systems to military and commercial customers on every continent except Antarctica, utilizing HF/VHF/UHF, Microwave, Troposcatter, Satellite, and Fiber technologies, as well as many others. Comtech expertise has been utilized for a wide variety of applications, ranging from commercial telecom and offshore oil platform communications to air defense systems and secure military networks.


    General Dynamics Mission Systems

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    http://www.gdmissionsystems.com

    General Dynamics’ Fortress® LTE solutions deliver rapidly deployable and scalable end-to-end LTE networks that provide ‘always on’ access to vital information including real-time video, voice and data. Fortress LTE solutions are frequency agile, and the low-size, weight and power (SWaP) make them ideal for harsh, permanent or temporary deployments where net¬work access may not be available. Fortress wireless solutions are relied on by law enforcement, first responders military personnel and commercial customers worldwide to provide reliable communications, anytime, anywhere.


    GISS

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    GISS executes technologically advanced projects in the fields of satellite and military communication and air traffic control. Based on our experience and engineering capabilities we design and manufacture range of Ku and X bands satellite terminals starting from man-pack up to flyaway applications. Our man-pack terminals - SatPack Cobalt – is in operation of Polish Armed Forces. We are also providing integration, modernization and service activities for military satcom applications.


    Hytec Inter

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    http://www.hytec.co.jp/english

    Hytec Inter provides solutions for streaming live video over bandwidth constrained networks. Powered by our unique video codec HEVC-ULC, we make it possible to deliver critical video feeds stably over Tactical IP radio, 3G/LTE or satellite links. Our solutions have been developed for applications in defence, disaster relief, SAR and border control.


    Thuraya

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    http://www.thuraya.com

    Thuraya, is the mobile satellite services subsidiary of Yahsat, a leading global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), fully owned by Mubadala Investment Company. Established in 1997, Thuraya offers innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, government, broadcast media, maritime, military, aerospace and humanitarian NGO. Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two-thirds of the globe by MSS, quasi-global VSAT coverage and around the world through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically advanced and dependable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Through relevant partnerships, Thuraya stays ahead by delivering solutions and supporting applications that meet the rapidly transforming nature of market demands. Thuraya remains committed to keeping everyone within reach in any circumstance by making accessible the essential tools required for vital connectivity.


    Viasat

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    http://www.viasat.com

    At Viasat, we’re driven to connect every warfighter, platform, and node in the battlespace. As a global communications company, we power millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world – connections with the capacity to transform the mission – in the air, on the ground, and at sea. Our customers depend on us for connectivity that counts, whether we’re securing the U.S. Government’s networks, delivering satellite and wireless communications to the remote edges of the battlespace, or providing senior leaders with the ability to perform mission-critical communications while in flight. We’re driven to redefine connectivity for the battlespace.

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    Refined luxury and modern sophistication await you here at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel. Perfectly situated in the heart of the vibrant city centre, our hotel makes it easy for you to experience the best of Poland's capital, while also offering a peaceful sanctuary to return to at the end of a productive day. Our recently renovated lodging showcases boutique comforts including pillowtop bedding, comfortable workspaces, high-speed Internet, and 24-hour room service. Many of our hotel rooms also provide fantastic views of Warsaw city centre. Stop by Parmizzano's, our hotel restaurant, for a taste of Italy here in Poland - or gaze out at the Warsaw skyline as you sip a drink at Panorama Bar & Lounge. SPA FOR YOU, our deluxe hotel spa, is the perfect escape for busy travelers, with a range of refreshing treatments. And our 28,000 square feet of well-appointed event venues set the stage for unforgettable city gatherings. We look forward to making you feel completely at home here at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel.

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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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