Following its highly successful inaugural event in 2017, the SMi Group are proud to announce the third annual MilSatCom USA conference which will take place in Arlington, Virginia on 27th-28th June 2018.

With the space and cyberspace domains growing ever more congested, contested, and competitive, ensuring effective resiliency and protection on future MilSatCom systems is more crucial than ever before. The USA MilSatCom acquisition process will also be a key focus with contemporary and crucial issues such as the Wideband AoA and utilisation of ComSatCom being addressed by senior government, military and industry representatives.

Further topics to be addressed include as assessment of the threats facing the space domain such as space congestion and debris, EW, jamming, anti-satellite capabilities and cyber. This conference will bring together key government and military personnel as well as industry and will provide the ideal forum to discuss how further comprehensive collaboration can benefits all parties and stakeholders.

• Hear an update from Air Force Space Command and Strategic Command on their response to evolving threats
• Learn about the MilSatCom programmes from national allies and how international collaboration can benefit future strategies
• Hear crucial updates on the Wideband AoA from key stakeholders including PDSA, AT&L and other senior DoD representatives
• Join the discussion on key topics of resilient MilSatCom architectures, the military utilisation of ComSatCom systems and the importance of flexibility and multi-mission functionality


 • Directors of J6
• Heads of Space Branch
• MilSatCom Programme Managers
• Heads of C4ISR
• Directors of Network Services
• Heads of Space Policy


53rd Signal Battalion; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Australian Department of Defence; BAE Systems Inc; boeing; British Defence Staff; British Embassy; Canadian Armed Forces; Canadian Defence Liaison Staff; Canadian DND/DG Space; Comtech Command and Control Technologies; Comtech Telecommunications Corp; DARPA; Datapath; Defence Information Systems Agency; Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) ; Defense Information Systems Agency/IE22; Department for International Trade; Dept. of Commerce-ITA; DISA; General Dynamics Satcom Technologies; GSA; HQ SACT - NATO; Hughes Network Systems; IDIRECT GOVERNMENT; Inmarsat, Inc; Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada; Intelsat General; Intelsat General Corporation; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; Knight Sky; L3 Technologies; LinQuest; Lockheed Martin Space System Company; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company; Luxembourg Directorate of Defense; MACOM; MEXICAN SPACE AGENCY; NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency); Northern Sky Research, LLC; Northrop Grumman; Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems; Northrop Grumman Australia; Northrop Grumman Mission Systems; Object Management Group; Orbital ATK; Orbital Research; PDSA Staff; Radiance Technologies; RT Logic; SAF/SP; Semper Fortis Solutions; SES GLOBAL; SES Government Solutions ; SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation; SMC; SMC/MCI; SpaceNews, Inc; Spectra Group; Thales Alenia Space; The Aerospace Corporation; The Avascent Group; The Joint Staff; The Traville Group; U.S North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Northern Command; U.S. Air Force; U.S. Air Force Cost Analysis Agency; U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command; U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory; U.S. Army; U.S. Centcom; U.S. Department of Defence; U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. Headquarters Department of the Army; U.S. Naval Research Laboratory; U.S. Space and Missile Systems Center; U.S. Special Operations Command; U.S. Strategic Command; ViaSat; White House Office Of Science And Technology Policy; World Teleport Association; XTAR;


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Key Bridge Marriott

1401 Lee Highway
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Key Bridge Marriott

Explore Washington, DC from one of the most conveniently-located hotels in Arlington, VA, Key Bridge Marriott. Located across the river from Georgetown via a pedestrian friendly bridge, our hotel offers access to the Nation's Capital, as well as many vibrant Northern Virginia neighborhoods



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


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

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