SMi Is proud to present the 2nd annual Future Soldier Technology USA conference on the 8th & 9th June 2021 taking place in Arlington, Washington, USA. New this year will be a dismounted situational awareness focus day taking place on the 7th of June.

As militaries reorient and modernise their combat capabilities, the dismounted soldier remains critical to the success of combat operations. Major strides are being made in providing soldiers with enhanced abilities to maneuver, detect, target and defeat threats at greater ranges and speed than ever before.

Critical to mission success, soldiers’ capabilities to engage and defeat new threats has been prioritised by Army Futures Command as a critical area for development. Future Soldier Technology USA will bring together military leaders and technical experts to address the evolving capability spectrum of dismounted technology of the US Armed Forces.

Our ‘Situational Awareness’ Focus Day will delve into the latest developments in this capability areas.

Key Topics Addressed Will Include:
• Enhancing soldier lethality
• Next Generation Squad Weapon
• Advanced target acquisition systems
• Soldier sensors
• Manned unmanned teaming
• Communication systems
• Battlespace management
• Soldier sustainability
• Systems trialling and evaluation
• Synthetic training environments
• Augmented reality

Focus Day programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 Enhancing the Capability of Dismounted Soldier Communication with Digitally Defined Systems

Colonel Garth Winterle

Colonel Garth Winterle, Project Manager, PM TR

• Mitigating communication difficulties in cluttered and restricted environments
• Leveraging commercial networks for tactical communications
• Developing tactical radio systems for Nett Warrior platform

9:50 Exploiting Personal Devices for Enhanced Soldier C4I Capabilities

Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris, Product Manager Ground Soldier Systems, US Army

• Nett Warrior trials testing and development
• Ensuring overmatch in decision and information dominance
• Secure-but-unclassified architecture; cost and benefits of open architecture
• Battlespace management implications for blue force tracking at multiple command levels
• Examining the marketplace for future applications to provide new capabilities for dismounted soldiers

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Equipping Soldiers with Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems for Enhanced Target Acquisition and Engagement

Colonel Douglas Copeland

Colonel Douglas Copeland, PM Maneuver and Precision Targeting, US Army

• Equipping soldiers with multispectral sensor systems to overcome
• Unmanned sensors integration into dismounted soldiers
• Edge computing and ‘onboard’ data analysis
• Current hardware software assessment and future capability acquisition

11:40 Defining the Future of Soldier Operational Capability for Multi-Domain Integrated Operations

Lieutenant Chris Kennedy

Lieutenant Chris Kennedy, Chief of Lethality Branch, US Army Armor School

• Future scope for dismounted systems
• Integrating soldiers into multidomain operations
• Leveraging C4I systems for squad level
• Analysing squad as a system model for delivering operational capability

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Canada’s cyclical Approach to developing the integrated Soldier System

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Corby

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Corby, Project Manager ISSP , Canadian Armed Forces

• Enabling technological advances to be leveraged throughout product lifecycle
• Digitising and modernising communication systems to incorporate additional sensors and technology
• Bridging the gap to the Canadian Army’s Secret level Land Command Support System (radio net)
• Future-plans for hardware and software enhancements

14:00 Estonian Approach to Enhance Manoeuvrability and Lethality of Light Infantry with RAS

Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik, Senior Staff Officer/Future Solutions, Estonian Defence Forces

• Overview of Estonian RAS program
• Mixing manned and unmanned – examples of use cases
• RAS implications on TTP-s – challenges and preliminary outcomes

14:40 Afternoon Tea

15:10 Integrating the Dismounted Soldier into Joint-Multi Domain Operations

Mr Christopher Stone

Mr Christopher Stone, Deputy Director, TRADOC Capabilities Manager Infantry Brigade Combat Teams TCM IBCT, US Army Armor School

• Developing adaptable and flexible infantrymen, leveraging systems and training
• The role of Situational awareness to the dismounted soldier
• Training and development environments to generate dismounted manoeuvre capability
• Ensuring the Us Army can deploy lethal, Joint MDO from an infantry perspective

15:50 PANEL DEBATE: Assessing the Future of Soldier Capabilities Amid Developing C4I Capabilities

• Enhancing lethality by improving network capabilities and optimizing situational awareness
• Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) and extending the operational reach of the squad through integrating RAS
• Collaborating with industry to maximize efficiency and technical developments

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

Colonel Douglas Copeland

Colonel Douglas Copeland, PM Maneuver and Precision Targeting, US Army

Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris, Product Manager Ground Soldier Systems, US Army

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Corby

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Corby, Project Manager ISSP , Canadian Armed Forces

Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik, Senior Staff Officer/Future Solutions, Estonian Defence Forces

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One


Sponsors and Exhibitors


Hilton Arlington

950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia, USA

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