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For modern mechanised forces, the ability to act quickly and decisively is vital. However, to perform in such a way, an intimate knowledge of the surrounding environment is necessary. Given the confined and highly protected nature of the armoured vehicle, this can often be difficult, with crews becoming easily disorientated. Additionally, the armoured vehicle is becoming increasingly relied upon as a gatherer and distributor of intelligence within the network, with fully digitalized platforms now setting the standard.


Future Armoured Vehicle Situational Awareness shall tackle these challenges head on, inviting programme managers, operational flag officers, research, as well as the senior engineers and technical directors responsible for increasing platform capability in this vital area. Operational case studies, key programmes, vetronics architectures and the development of advanced sensors, optronics and communication equipment shall be just some of the key areas presented by leading figures within the field. As well as providing an invaluable opportunity to gain insight into these areas, extensive opportunities for networking shall be offered to all who attend.
 

• Key focus on vehicle situational awareness
• Then only conference inviting senior technical directors and engineers from leading industry providers
• Key focus on the technology that goes into providing situational awareness. Gain an insight into this and network with those developing cutting edge solutions.
• Broad set of invited speakers from nations with both established and developing armoured vehicle programmes
 

   


Manufacturers and end users of the armoured vehicle’s:

• Communications and radio systems
• Night vision, thermal and IR cameras
• Optronics
• Vetronics
• Material development
• Armour
• Targeting systems
• Ballistic glass
• Ground based radar
• Jamming and Electronic Countermeasures
• Laser warning systems

 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis, Hellenic Army, Former Assistant Chief of Staff ACOS J6, CIS & Cyber Defence Directorate, SHAPE HQ, NATO

9:15 The Development of Morpheus as an Enhanced means of Battlefield Communication for UK Land Forces

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Cornell

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Cornell, Royal Signals, SO1 Requirements Manager, Battlefield and Tactical CIS Delivery Team, ISS, JFC, UK MoD

 

• Key requirements driving development of Morpheus
• Areas for improvement over the legacy Bowman system
• A modular system that will ensure the ability to securely implement upgrades in the future
• Future plans and timelines for introduction

9:45 Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Curtis

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Curtis, TRADOC Liaison Officer , US Army



• Understanding the threat
• Ends: Enduring Strategic Focus
• What we must do to modernize
• Ways: Available Today
• Ways: Required for Tomorrow
• The Capability Problem
 

10:15 Situational Awareness within the Skaraborg Regiments CV90: Concepts of Operation and Vehicle Capability

Colonel Stefan Sandborg

Colonel Stefan Sandborg, Deputy Commander, Skaraborg Regiment, Swedish Army


• The CV90’s place within the regiments mechanised force structure
• Operational feedback and successes
• Working with dismounted infantry to enhance vehicle situational awareness
• Platform Capability:
- Sensor Capability: A focus on detection and defeat of threats
- Detection and tracking of targets in all environments
- Communications: Communications and battle management within the network
• Future plans for capability enhancement

10:45 Morning Coffee and Networking in the Exhibition Area

11:15 One Glass, One Headset & Many Situations

Mr Guy  Davies

Mr Guy Davies, Capability Manager, Vehicle Systems, Optronics, Finmeccanica

 


• Implications of a standardised Human Machine Interface on board the military vehicle
• Vetronics architecture in support of multiple information streams
and services
• Situations – who shall be aware of what, how quickly, how reliably, for how long?
• Selex ES developments in vehicle-agnostic mission systems

11:45 How to Achieve and Exploit Superior Situational Awareness in a Modern Combat Vehicle

Major Ola Petter  Odden

Major Ola Petter Odden, Development Officer, Combat Lab, Norwegian Army Land Warfare Centre , Norwegian Armed Forces

 
• Possibilities and limitations in using battlefield management systems
• The need for redistribution of tasks within the vehicle crew
• Technology that will enable crew members to operate more autonomously
• An examination of camera systems and augmented reality

12:15 PANEL DISCUSSION: Operational Requirements for Future Armoured Vehicles

 

• Lessons learnt from counter insurgency missions, the need for timely and accurate intelligence to meet constantly adapting mission requirements
• Maintaining decision advantage in a contested environment: Contingency planning for a technologically advanced enemy
• Working towards interoperability within the network and amongst strategic partners during coalition operations
• Current requirements and capability gaps that industry and research must fill

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Cornell

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Cornell, Royal Signals, SO1 Requirements Manager, Battlefield and Tactical CIS Delivery Team, ISS, JFC, UK MoD

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Nielsen

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Nielsen, Commander, Armoured Division, Danish Army Combat and Fire Support School, Danish Army

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis, Hellenic Army, Former Assistant Chief of Staff ACOS J6, CIS & Cyber Defence Directorate, SHAPE HQ, NATO

Major Ola Petter  Odden

Major Ola Petter Odden, Development Officer, Combat Lab, Norwegian Army Land Warfare Centre , Norwegian Armed Forces

Colonel Stefan Sandborg

Colonel Stefan Sandborg, Deputy Commander, Skaraborg Regiment, Swedish Army

13:00 Networking Lunch in Exhibition Area

14:00 Strategies and Architectures for Land Open Systems

Mr Ian Burch

Mr Ian Burch, Assistant Head Open Systems, Land Equipment, DE&S

 

• An overview of DE&S work in in this important area
• The strategy behind creating an agile open system
• Ensuring and increasing integration between land equipment
• Optimising system integration
• Future electronic architectures that will enhance capability and increase modularity in these areas

14:30 Spanish Army Communication and Information Systems (CIS) Evolution: Lessons Learned from the Emergency Military Unit (UME) CIS Program


• Brief introduction to the Spanish Army CIS evolution
• CIS Technological projects: 8x8 Program (TBD)
• Starting point. Lessons learn from the UME CIS Program

Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Martinez De Bujo Larrea

Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Martinez De Bujo Larrea, Chief Programs Branch CIS UME, C4ISR & Space Head, Deputy General Directorate for Management Programs, National Armaments Directorate, Spanish MOD

Captain Carlos  Alberto Alvarez Garcia

Captain Carlos Alberto Alvarez Garcia, Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer, Armaments and Material Directorate, Spanish MoD

Mr Jose  Conrado Gonzalez Garcia

Mr Jose Conrado Gonzalez Garcia, Head Engineer, Branch CIS UME, C4ISR & Space Head, Deputy General Directorate for Management Programs, National Armaments Directorate, Spanish MoD

15:00 Vehicle Mission Systems with Open System Architecture: Contributions by the EDA LAVOSAR Studies

Dr Norbert Haerle

Dr Norbert Haerle, Vice President, Technology Strategies, Mission Equipment, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• The demand for comprehensively network mission systems on a vehicle platform
• The role of modular open architectures for efficient system integration and enhanced mission effectiveness
• Contributions to open architectures for mission systems by LAVOSAR
• How will open architectures change future mission systems and what will be next?

15:30 Afternoon Tea in the Exhibition Area

16:00 Integration of NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture, German Systronics Demonstrators and Crew Station Technology

Mr Hans  Maas

Mr Hans Maas, Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Vetronics Project Leader, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology

 
• NATO Generic Vehicle Architectures will enhance Capability and increase Modularity
• NGVA Governance
• NGVA Integration and German Systronics Demonstrators
• Crew-centric Crew Station Technology

16:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Optimising Armoured Vehicle Survivability Through Enhanced Situational Awareness


• An overview of past, contemporary and future threats to the armoured vehicle
• The role of threat detection and situational awareness in the layered approach to survivability: Can enhanced situational awareness replace conventional survivability measures such as heavy armour?
• Balancing operator experience and training with electronically assisted situational awareness

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis, Hellenic Army, Former Assistant Chief of Staff ACOS J6, CIS & Cyber Defence Directorate, SHAPE HQ, NATO

Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek

Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek, Section Chief, Land, JEWCS, NATO

Major Ola Petter  Odden

Major Ola Petter Odden, Development Officer, Combat Lab, Norwegian Army Land Warfare Centre , Norwegian Armed Forces

Ian Pothecary

Ian Pothecary, Project Technical Authority for the Land Survivability Analysis Project , DSTL

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis, Hellenic Army, Former Assistant Chief of Staff ACOS J6, CIS & Cyber Defence Directorate, SHAPE HQ, NATO

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:15 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis, Hellenic Army, Former Assistant Chief of Staff ACOS J6, CIS & Cyber Defence Directorate, SHAPE HQ, NATO

9:30 Situational Awareness and C2 Capabilities within Denmark’s PIRANHA

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Nielsen

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Nielsen, Commander, Armoured Division, Danish Army Combat and Fire Support School, Danish Army

 

• Radio communications equipment within the Piranha V
• Situational awareness and blue force tracking via GPS, automatic location and navigation reporting
• Command and control capabilities within the vehicle
• A Net-Centric Approach: Integration of the battle command integration programme, local and on-board situational awareness suite, the health and usage monitoring system, collective protection systems and the remote weapon station

10:00 Role of Multi-sensor and RADAR in Future Situational Awareness Systems

Mr Tal Yeshaya

Mr Tal Yeshaya, Colonel Retired, Senior Business Development Consultant, IAI Elta Systems

 

• The challenge-A complex operational environment
• Future situational awareness systems-Key capabilities and architectures
• Multi-sensor and RADAR  as a key element in current and future situational awareness systems
• An overview of the current capabilities and future plans

10:30 Approaches to Communications and Information Systems Training for Armoured Forces

Lieutenant Colonel Jez Miles

Lieutenant Colonel Jez Miles, Commanding Officer, Armoured Centre CIS School, British Army

 

• An overview of programme structure, the need for tactical as well as technical training
• Effective means of simulation for the preparation of trainees, combining synthetic and live exercises
• Challenges associated with providing affordable and operationally relevant training for armoured vehicle crews
• Feedback from on-going programmes and plans for the future, considering the development of training for new platforms such as Ajax

 

11:00 Morning Coffee and Networking in Exhibition Area

11:30 ‘A New World’ – Converged Vehicle and Communications Information Systems

Mr Darren Lock

Mr Darren Lock, Director C4 Ground Mission Systems and Strategic Products , General Dynamics UK

 

•         The benefits to be gained by the programmatic and architectural alignment of MORPHEUS and Vehicle Electronic Architectures
•         Information – Parity or Primacy?
•         Considerations behind the development and delivery of an open future tactical C4I architecture design
•         The impact this approach could have on current and future land platform programmes
 

12:00 Fighting in the Urban Canyon: The UK S&T Strategy for Developing Comprehensive Situational Awareness for Mounted Close Combat

 

• The history of the Vehicle Systems Integration (VSI) and Vetronics Research Centre (VRC) contracts
• The Urban Canyon problem for Mounted Close Combat (MCC)
• The four areas of UK MOD Vetronics R&D to achieve improved situational awareness in urban environments:
   1. Hemispherical sensing for MCC platforms
   2. Sensor fusion in the urban environment
   3. Information management for MCC crews
   4. Novel Human Machine Interfaces

Mr Mark Emerton

Mr Mark Emerton, Technical Authority, Mounted Combat Systems Research Project, DSTL

12:30 Networking Lunch In Exhibitiion Area

13:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: How Industry Is Responding To Today’s Complex Operational Environment


• Assessing the evolution of 21st century confl ict and where industry
see the need for a change to the status quo
• Common feedback from military programme managers and how
this translates to future capability shifts
• The latest R&D trends and where industry are investing their future
spend to improve vehicle situational awareness
• Future predictions for vetronics requirements and architectures

Dr Norbert Haerle

Dr Norbert Haerle, Vice President, Technology Strategies, Mission Equipment, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis, Hellenic Army, Former Assistant Chief of Staff ACOS J6, CIS & Cyber Defence Directorate, SHAPE HQ, NATO

Mr Darren Lock

Mr Darren Lock, Director C4 Ground Mission Systems and Strategic Products , General Dynamics UK

Mr Tal Yeshaya

Mr Tal Yeshaya, Colonel Retired, Senior Business Development Consultant, IAI Elta Systems

14:15 Considering the Role of Electronic Warfare in the Current and Future Land Battlespace

Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek

Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek, Section Chief, Land, JEWCS, NATO

 

• An overview of on-going operational developments and the JEWCS’s preparation in this domain
• An observation of the armoured vehicles increased digitalisation, what vulnerabilities does this pose for the platform and the broader network?
• Defensive solutions for the protection of platforms and the network from EW attacks
• Current potential for the offensive use of EW assets during land warfare
• NATO recommendations and future timelines for the preparation of land forces via training and procurement
 

14:45 Afternoon Tea and Networking in Exhibition Area

15:15 The Vetronics Research Centre: Developments in the Field of Systems Architecture and Integration

Dr Periklis Charchalakis

Dr Periklis Charchalakis, Technical Manager, Vetronics Research Centre

15:45 PANEL DISCUSSION: Vetronics Architecture

 
• The need for standardisation: Reducing costs and increasing capability
• Information management: Sensor fusion, data distribution, big data, information overload
• Exploitation of automotive technologies: Maximise gain from commercial R&D and manufacturing
• Situational awareness for asymmetric warfare: Reactive adaptation through agile sensor development and integration

 

Dr Periklis Charchalakis

Dr Periklis Charchalakis, Technical Manager, Vetronics Research Centre

Dr Obowoware Obi

Dr Obowoware Obi, Technical Manager, Vetronics Research Centre

Mr Hans  Maas

Mr Hans Maas, Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Vetronics Project Leader, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology

Mr Pieter Karssen

Mr Pieter Karssen, Senior Technician, Vetronics, Netherlands Ministry of Defence

16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis, Hellenic Army, Former Assistant Chief of Staff ACOS J6, CIS & Cyber Defence Directorate, SHAPE HQ, NATO

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Colonel Stefan Sandborg

Colonel Stefan Sandborg

Deputy Commander, Skaraborg Regiment, Swedish Army
Dr Norbert Haerle

Dr Norbert Haerle

Vice President, Technology Strategies, Mission Equipment, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics
Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Martinez De Bujo Larrea

Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Martinez De Bujo Larrea

Chief Programs Branch CIS UME, C4ISR & Space Head, Deputy General Directorate for Management Programs, National Armaments Directorate, Spanish MOD
Lieutenant Colonel Peter Nielsen

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Nielsen

Commander, Armoured Division, Danish Army Combat and Fire Support School, Danish Army

Captain Carlos Alberto Alvarez Garcia

Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer, Armaments and Material Directorate, Spanish MoD
Captain Carlos  Alberto Alvarez Garcia

Colonel Stefan Sandborg

Deputy Commander, Skaraborg Regiment, Swedish Army
Colonel Stefan Sandborg

Dr Norbert Haerle

Vice President, Technology Strategies, Mission Equipment, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics
Dr Norbert Haerle

Dr Obowoware Obi

Technical Manager, Vetronics Research Centre
Dr Obowoware Obi

Dr Periklis Charchalakis

Technical Manager, Vetronics Research Centre
Dr Periklis Charchalakis

Ian Pothecary

Project Technical Authority for the Land Survivability Analysis Project , DSTL
Ian Pothecary

Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Martinez De Bujo Larrea

Chief Programs Branch CIS UME, C4ISR & Space Head, Deputy General Directorate for Management Programs, National Armaments Directorate, Spanish MOD
Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Martinez De Bujo Larrea

Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek

Section Chief, Land, JEWCS, NATO
Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek

Lieutenant Colonel Jez Miles

Commanding Officer, Armoured Centre CIS School, British Army
Lieutenant Colonel Jez Miles

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Curtis

TRADOC Liaison Officer , US Army
Lieutenant Colonel Joe Curtis

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Cornell

Royal Signals, SO1 Requirements Manager, Battlefield and Tactical CIS Delivery Team, ISS, JFC, UK MoD
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Cornell

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Nielsen

Commander, Armoured Division, Danish Army Combat and Fire Support School, Danish Army
Lieutenant Colonel Peter Nielsen

Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis

Hellenic Army, Former Assistant Chief of Staff ACOS J6, CIS & Cyber Defence Directorate, SHAPE HQ, NATO
Major General (ret) Vasileios Raptis

Major Ola Petter Odden

Development Officer, Combat Lab, Norwegian Army Land Warfare Centre , Norwegian Armed Forces
Major Ola Petter  Odden

Mr Darren Lock

Director C4 Ground Mission Systems and Strategic Products , General Dynamics UK
Mr Darren Lock

Mr Guy Davies

Capability Manager, Vehicle Systems, Optronics, Finmeccanica
Mr Guy  Davies

Mr Hans Maas

Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Vetronics Project Leader, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology
Mr Hans  Maas

Mr Ian Burch

Assistant Head Open Systems, Land Equipment, DE&S
Mr Ian Burch

Mr Jose Conrado Gonzalez Garcia

Head Engineer, Branch CIS UME, C4ISR & Space Head, Deputy General Directorate for Management Programs, National Armaments Directorate, Spanish MoD
Mr Jose  Conrado Gonzalez Garcia

Mr Mark Emerton

Technical Authority, Mounted Combat Systems Research Project, DSTL
Mr Mark Emerton

Mr Pieter Karssen

Senior Technician, Vetronics, Netherlands Ministry of Defence
Mr Pieter Karssen

Mr Tal Yeshaya

Colonel Retired, Senior Business Development Consultant, IAI Elta Systems
Mr Tal Yeshaya

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http://www.dsalert.org

Defence and Security Alert (DSA) is the first and the only ISO 9001:2008 certified, world-class monthly Indian magazine in defence and security journalism. Committed to global defence and security, DSA covers a strictly research based spectrum of dynamic scenarios in India and challenging horizons beyond national borders. DSA is the only Indian magazine in this genre, available on the Indian Air Force (IAF) Intranet.

We present DSA to you as an ideal platform in the domain of defence and security 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.



SEGURANÇA & DEFESA

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http://www.segurancaedefesa.com/

SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”), the recognized leader among South American defense magazines. In the market for 29 years, its staff includes the best experts in the field. Sold on newstands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector.


DefenseFile.com

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http://www.defensefile.com

DefenseFile.com is a free online news and product resource for the global defense and aerospace industries. DefenseFile is a valuable resource for procurement executives and others involved in specifying and purchasing defense-related goods and services within aerospace, marine and navy, land, manufacturing, personnel and backup equipment sectors.


Military Systems and Technology

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http://www.militarysystems-tech.com

Military Systems & Technology is an on-line resource for the International Military Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a major platform for communication between buyers and sellers. It profiles the very latest Military Systems and Technology from Defence Companies around the Globe. Also listing up and coming Military Exhibitions and Events.


ASD MEDIA

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http://www.asd-network.com

Professionals in the Aerospace & Defence market use the ASD Media internet platforms to:
  • Be informed on the latest market developments; www.asd-network.com
  • Find the latest business news; www.asd-network.com
  • Find the upcoming events; www.asd-network.com
  • Find companies and organizations; www.asdsource.com
  • Distribute news globally. www.asdwire.com
The ASD Media platforms are well known and used intensively, your company is able to benefit from these large numbers of users. Be informed with ASD-Network; Create exposure for your company with ASDSource, distribute your news with ASDWire or advertise with us, build your brand and increase traffic to your company’s website.

For more detailed information please contact with: ASD MEDIA
Stefan.koopman@asdmedia.nl


International Journal of Vehicle Information and Communication Systems

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http://www.inderscience.com/ijvics

IJVICS provides a refereed reference in the field of vehicle networking, information and communication systems.


Asian Military Review

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http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


Soldier Modernisation

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http://www.soldiermod.com

Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.


Global Military Communications

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http://www.globalmilitarycommunications.com

Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.


Defense-update.com

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http://www.defense-update.com

Defense Update highlights worldwide defense programs, including; land warfare covering armor and infantry and support elements,aerospace, naval, C4ISR, EW, Cyber Warfare, intelligence and net-centric warfare, unmanned systems and robotics, and homeland defense. Written by experienced defense journalists from different nations, with contribution by analysts specializing in different fields, Defense Update provides comprehensive coverage of specific defense related topics, including Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV), Future Combat Systems, Aerospace – and unmanned systems as well as robotics and Precision Strike weapons. It also covers in-depth analysis of developing trends in Command, Control, Communications and Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR).


Copybook - Military

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http://www.copybook.com/military

Copybook’s global military network is designed to facilitate business between defence contractors, governments and defence procurement companies worldwide. We cover the latest military news, developments, events, exhibitions and we help promote military products through working with specific military experts. If you supply to the military, you can simply add your company for free today. You can then network with other military suppliers, arrange meetings and network at leading military events worldwide. SIGN UP FOR FREE today! Copybook – Your Global Business Network


Homeland Security Research Corporation

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http://www.homelandsecurityresearch.com

Homeland Security Research Corporation is an international market and technology research firm specializing in the Homeland Security (HLS) & Public Safety (PS) Industry. HSRC provides premium market reports on present and emerging technologies and industry expertise, enabling global clients to gain time-critical insight into business opportunities. HSRC’s clients include U.S. Congress, DHS, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, NATO, DOD, DOT, GAO, and EU, among others; and HLS & PS government agencies in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Singapore. With over 750 private sector clients, including major defense and security contractors, and Fortune 500 companies, HSRC earned the reputation as the industry’s Gold Standard for HLS & PS market reports.


Defence Industries

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http://www.defence-industries.com

Defence Industries, our one-of-a kind business venture has been an across- the –board network that intensifies the defence industries market by promoting paramount companies in the sector. Being an industry specific market resource center, defence industries allies buyers and suppliers across the global defence industry, for better business outputs. Used as a means that creates partnerships and as a point of reference by professionals within the defence industry, this comprehensive resource is a knowledge bank of the latest news releases, detailed information on industry projects, forthcoming events, white papers, interviews by industry professionals about the latest technologies developed in the industry, informative articles, and an elaborate categorization of products and services. Our promotional strategies, targeted at an array of relevant professionals, enhance market-visibility, in the Defence Industry.


International Journal of Vehicle Performance

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http://www.indersicence.com/ijvp

IJVP, a journal of the International Association for Vehicle Design, addresses multidisciplinary issues relevant to performance of ground vehicle systems and sub-systems for vehicle engineers/scientists. Its scope covers theoretical and experimental developments in performance analyses/assessments of ground vehicles including road, off-road, all-terrain and guided vehicles. In light of the diversified performance requirements for different vehicles, IJVP focuses on identification of measures relevant to different performance aspects of a vehicle system and new concepts/methods/pioneering techniques in analysis/assessment/improvements in vehicle performance.


International Journal of Vehicle Design

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http://www.inderscience.com/ijvd

IJVD, the journal of vehicle engineering, automotive technology and components, has been established for over a quarter of a century as an international authoritative reference in the field. It publishes the Proceedings of the International Association for Vehicle Design, which is an independent, non-profit-making learned society that exists to develop, promote and coordinate the science and practice of vehicle design and safety.


Pro Security Zone

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http://www.prosecurityzone.com

ProSecurityZone brings the latest security news to professionals throughout the world every day, offering them industry insight, new developments and inspiring ideas. Each day, news is added to our growing archive, creating a rich and valuable information resource for anybody involved or interested in the security industry. With free access, free publication of news and free newsletter distribution, both users and suppliers have the world of security at their fingertips.

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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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