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Announcement: We have now made this conference a virtual event. All speakers, attendees and sponsors will be able to access the full conference and its materials and will be able to log on remotely via the internet. Please contact a member of the SMi Team for more information customerservices@smi-online.co.uk

SMi Group are proud to host the 7th annual Future Soldier Technology VIRTUAL CONFERENCE on the 9th - 10th of March 2021.

Building on the enormous success of SMi’s previous six annual meetings, Future Soldier Technology 2021 will be an excellent international gathering of senior officers and programme managers who are seeking to enhance their programmes. Additionally, this forum offers an excellent platform for programme managers within the military to interface with senior experts from within the defence industry.

As the only dedicated future soldier focussed conference, we endeavour to deliver genuine insight and learning through the expertly selected participants who run our discussions and panels, ensuring the latest developments from all parts of the community (industry and military) are covered in great detail.

Future Soldier Technology 2021 will discuss Soldier Modernisation Programmes, and how these projects are driving infantry capabilities into the future and making the dismounted soldier more lethal, protected and ready to fight in the challenging conditions of the modern-day battlefield.

Particular focus will be paid to lessons learnt from major programmes, optics and night vision, ballistic protection, human factors and ergonomics, soldier lethality and soldier system power supply.

Hear invaluable keynote briefings delivered by senior military officers on leading soldier modernisation programmes.


Gain a unique focus on the human factors around new technologies, including ergonomics, carry distribution, new materials, durability, and tools used to operate in extreme weather environments.


Listen and engage in high level panel discussions featuring technical managers and project engineers from military as well as research agencies.

Make use of our networking lunch and coffee breaks to gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing future soldier programmes.
 

3M Svenska AB; 3M Uk Holdings Plc; 3M United Kingdom PLC; Armada International & Asian Military Review; Armasuisse / Federal Office for Defence Procurement; Army Academy; Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre; Army HQ / DE&S / Digital Services; Austrian Army; BAE Systems; Belgian Armed Forces; Blackfriars Associates Ltd; Bren-Tronics Inc; BREN-TRONICS INTERNATIONAL SOLUTIONS; Bren-Tronics, Inc.; British Army; British Army HQ; British Army Land Warfare Centre; Collins Aerospace; Combat Capabilities Development Command – Atlantic (CCDC-ATL)/Army Futures Command (AFC); Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army; Critical Solutions International, CSI; Croft Consultants (South West) Ltd; CSI Solutions Ltd; DALO; DE&S; Defence Equipment & Support; Defence Equipment and Support DE&S; Defence Forces IRL; Defence Science and Technology Agency; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; Dismounted Close Combat (DCC); Domo Tactical Communications (DTC); DSTA; Dstl; DTAQ Europe Office; Egyptian Defence Office; Embassy of Ukraine; ESLAIT; Export Support Team; Finnish Defence Forces; Fischer Connectors; Fraunhofer IOSB; French Air Force; French Army; Fy-Composites; Galvion UK Ltd; German Army; Ghana High Commission; Glenair, Inc; GlobalData; GMRE Inc; Government of Canada; Harris; Harris Electronic Systems; High Commission of India; High Commission of India, London; High Commission of Pakistan, London; HIPPO Multipower; HMEI; Hungarian Defence Forces Command; Hungarian Defence Forces Command (HDFC) ; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Infantry Trials and Development Unit; INVISIO Communications; Jane's Information Group; Kagwerks; Kinected SolutionsLtd; Kirintec Ltd; Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace; L3 Harris; L3 Harris Technologies; L3Harris; Libyan Embassy – Defence attache; MAB6; Marlborough Communications Ltd; Mass; Media Transasia Ltd; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment & Support; MoD of Spain; New Zealand Defence Staff; NP Aerospace Ltd; ODU Scandinavia; Oztek textile; Precision Technic Defence Limited; Presidential Guard / Libyan Army; QinetiQ Ltd; Qioptiq; Quortus; Racal Acoustics Limited; Radetec; RAF UK; Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies; Rheinmetall Canada Inc.; Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH; Rheinmetall Defence UK Ltd; Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH; Roke Manor Research Ltd; Rowden Technologies; Royal Marines; Saab AB; SAAB Technology; Safran Electronics & Defense; Silvus Technologies Inc; Silvus Technologies, Inc; Soteria Defence and Security Limited; Survivability DCC; Swedish Armed Forces; Swiss Armed Forces; Teleplan Globe AS; Thales; Thales LAS France; Thales UK; Theon Sensors S.A,; TNO; Trellisware Technologies Inc ; Turkisih Land Forces Command; UAE GHQ; UK MoD; Ultra; US Army; ViaSat Inc;

Conference programme

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen

Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

9:00 Optimising Soldier Modernisation Through the Work of the Infantry Trials and Development Unit and Tommyworks

• Updates on the work of the ITDU and Tommyworks
• Outcomes of the Army Warfighting Experiment 20, which focussed on Agile C3 (Command, Control, and Communication)
• Developments to reduce the burden on soldiers in harsh environments to maximise soldier sustainability
 

Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke

Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army

Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies, SO1 Soldier Systems, British Army HQ

9:30 Acquiring Dismounted Infantry Technology in Support of Dismounted Soldier Operations

Mr Nick Taylor CEng FIMechE MAPM RPP

Mr Nick Taylor CEng FIMechE MAPM RPP, Head of Soldier, Training and Special Projects, DE&S, UK Ministry of Defence

• Driving acquisition in 5 main areas: Lethality, Survivability, Mobility, Sustainability, and C4I
• Maximising the efficiency of increasingly complex and power-intensive solider systems
• Expanding soldier protection through developments in body armour and ballistic protection
• The challenges and requirements of working with industry
 

10:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor Glenair

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Maximising Lethality and Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Through Enhanced Weapon Optics

Colonel Frédéric Edel

Colonel Frédéric Edel, Director, Infantry Development Directorate, French Armed Forces

• General update on the FELIN infantry combat system
• Deploying image-intensifying and thermal imaging sights to support infantry situational awareness
• Connecting weapon sights and communication systems to send real-time data to C2 centres
• The future procurement aims for FELIN
 

11:30 Session Reserved for Blackned

12:00 Optimising the German Dismounted Soldier – Infanterist der Zukunft - Extended System (IDZ-ES)

Lieutenant Colonel Simon Wierzbicki

Lieutenant Colonel Simon Wierzbicki, Project Manager IdZ-ES, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support

• Overview of the IDZ-ES solider system
• Updates on the programme, including upgraded C2 capabilities, increased battery power capacities, and the realisation of sensor-to-shooter capabilities
• The way ahead: future aims and areas of improvement for the German dismounted soldier system
 

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Digitising the Combat Soldier through Enhanced Dismounted Situational Awareness

Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle, SO1 Command and Battlespace Management, British Army

• Developing DSA within the LE Tac CIS Capability Change Programme
• Appraising the benefits of DSA technology for the dismounted soldier
• Modernising communications to optimise the role of the infantry soldier in combat scenarios
 

14:00 The Role of Emerging Technology in Strengthening Dismounted Soldier Capabilities for the Swiss Special Forces Command

Major Marco Dâmaso

Major Marco Dâmaso, System Portfolio Manager Special Units, Swiss Armed Forces

• Providing an overview of the Swiss Special Forces Command
• Appraising the current acquisition projects
• Discussing and analysing emerging technologies
• Outlining the path ahead for future developments to enhance dismounted soldier capabilities
 

14:30 Transforming Norwegian Weapon System Lethality with Dismounted Soldier Night Vision Technologies

Lieutenant Colonel Rune Nesland-Steinor

Lieutenant Colonel Rune Nesland-Steinor, Project Manager, Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency Land Systems

• Utilising auxiliary equipment to maximise the lethality of weaponry
• Deploying thermal imaging devices to enhance target acquisition capabilities
• Future development plans for night vision technology procurement
 

15:00 Dismounted Soldier System Finland - Building Night Combat Capability

Major Jari Tiilikka

Major Jari Tiilikka, Program Manager, Dismounted Soldier System, Finnish Defence Forces

• Updates on the Finnish Soldier Modernisation Programme, Dismounted Soldier System Finland (2020-2035)
• Building new night combat capability – comprehensive approach, C4I, Power management
• Capability building - Lessons Identified
• Future challenges and developments in the field of night combat
 

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Modernising Infantry to Increase Soldier Lethality

Mr Christopher Woodburn

Mr Christopher Woodburn, Deputy Branch Head, Maneuver Branch, Ground Combat Element Division - Fires and Maneuver, U. S. Marine Corps

• Developing new weaponry to enhance the lethality of the dismounted soldier
• Upgrading ammunition to increase lethality and the probability of hit
• Developing ‘smart’ targeting and optics systems to reduce soldier error
 

16:30 Maximising Dismounted Power with Research and Alternative Energy Sources

Dr Darren Browning

Dr Darren Browning, Senior Technical Lead - Power, DSTL

• Foreseeing and adapting to future power demand caused by additional equipment
• The challenge of improving efficiency in the face of ever-increasing power demands
• Potential challenges of working with high-specific energy sources
• Ongoing standardisation efforts
 

17:00 Adapting and Managing Dismounted Soldier Power Supply to Accommodate Advanced Soldier Systems

Dr Carsten Cremers

Dr Carsten Cremers, Team Leader Fuels Cells, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT

• Evaluating the current energy requirements of dismounted soldier systems
• Exploiting new lightweight power supplies to increase soldier mobility and improve load carriage
• Update on research and development into new electrochemical power solutions for long distance dismounted operations
 

17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen

Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen

Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

9:00 The Role of Technology in Generating and Enhancing Soldier Capability in the Future Operating Environment

Brigadier Richard Cantrill

Brigadier Richard Cantrill, Commander, 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines (Subject to Final Confirmation)

• Assessing the unique requirements of the Royal Marines Commandos equipment
• Examining the Future Operating Environment
• Facilitating Agile C2 through developments in technology
 

9:30 LCG DSS Future View of NATO Soldier System Development

Major Magnus Hallberg

Major Magnus Hallberg, LCG DSS Chairman, NATO / Swedish Armed Forces

• Updates on the work of the NATO Land Capability Group on Dismounted Soldier Systems
• Working together to develop and modernise soldier systems throughout NATO nations
• Analysis of the challenges faced and a look at the path ahead for the LCG DSS
 

10:00 Industry Panel: Advancing Soldier Equipment and Technology Through Industry Innovation and Collaboration

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Optimising the Use of Robotics and Autonomous Systems to Enhance Situational Awareness for the Dismounted Soldier

Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont, SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army

• Updates on British Army RAS projects and developments
• Utilising RAS to support the dismounted soldier by enhancing situational awareness on the battlefield
• Appraising the new strategic opportunities created by greater integration of robotics and autonomous systems
 

11:30 Developing and Supplying Effective Equipment and Materiel to Meet the Needs of the Modern Norwegian Dismounted Soldier

Lieutenant Colonel Torstein Espolin Johnson

Lieutenant Colonel Torstein Espolin Johnson, Soldier System Coordinator, Norwegian Defence Material Agency

• Utilising equipment to enhance situational awareness for the dismounted Norwegian soldier
• Discussing the adoption of more advanced digital personal equipment in the Norwegian Armed Forces
• Future plans and developments to enhance situational awareness
 

12:00 Preparing the Swedish Soldier for the Contemporary Battlefield

Colonel Rickard Johansson

Colonel Rickard Johansson, Commander, Swedish Land Warfare Centre, Swedish Armed Forces

• Training combat personnel for future armed ground warfare through the use of simulation software
• Updates on developments in personal equipment and weapon systems to assist the future soldier
• Future plans to increase the sustainability and mobility of the modern Swedish Soldier
 

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Improvements in Combat Protective Equipment to Maximise Soldier Survivability

Mr Jonathan Russell

Mr Jonathan Russell, Principal Scientist, Passive Armour, DSTL

• Research and development in protective equipment for the dismounted soldier
• Ensuring soldier mobility whilst increasing survivability
• Discussing improvements in soldier survivability systems and looking at the challenges ahead
 

14:00 Industry Driven Integration and Advancement of Canada’s Next Gen Load Carriage and Body Armour

• Establish a novel procurement approach to obtain improved equipment for solving issues of weight, functionality and integration and scaling to the threat level
• Future threats and how the equipment must adapt to them, taking advantage of the advancements that industry makes, with a rapid integration philosophy
• Review the key considerations examined for load carriage and body armour properties
• Overview of the user trial acceptance program
 

Mr Sean Cale

Mr Sean Cale, Technical Authority, Ballistic Personal Protection, Canadian Department of National Defense

Ms Michelle Furnald

Ms Michelle Furnald, Technical Authority, Load Carriage and Sleeping Systems, Canadian Department of National Defense

14:30 Adaptive Camouflage for the Dismounted Soldier

Dr Max Winkelmann

Dr Max Winkelmann, Scientist, Signatorics, Fraunhofer IOSB

• Evaluating the challenges of transferring adaptive camouflage concepts to the dismounted soldier, with focus on power supply, weight, and integration
• Update on the ACAMS II EDA/EU project, which is attempting to solve these challenges
• Discussion of preliminary results
 

15:00 Canada’s Cyclical Approach to Developing the Integrated Soldier System

Mr Serge Côte

Mr Serge Côte, Project Manager, Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP), Director of Soldier Systems Program Management (DSSPM), Canadian Department of National Defense

• Past, current and future challenges with the ISSP project
• Successfully attempting to deal with rapid technological evolution through a cycle approach
• Approaching the challenge of connectivity to the C4I system of systems of the Canadian Army
• Lessons learned since the inception of the ISSP project
 

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Investigating the Impact of Human Factors to Enhance the Future Soldier

Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa, Human Research Lead, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center

• Investigating the human portion of an armaments performance equation to provide analytic proof of performance effectiveness for armaments systems
• Utilising virtual reality to generate and collect data about tactical behaviour
• ‘Inventing the Future of Warfare’ and the path ahead for future research and development
 

16:30 The Effects of Equipment Mass, Bulk and Stiffness on Operational Performance

Dr Milene Catoire

Dr Milene Catoire, Scientist, Training & Performance Innovation, TNO

• The importance of reducing mass, bulk and stiffness of equipment for the future soldier
• Examining human factors for soldier mobility
• Developing systems for complex equipment management including C4I and advanced protection
 

17:00 Increasing Dismounted Situational Awareness through the Integration of Robotics into Combat Operations

Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey, Senior Enlisted Advisor, United States Naval Special Warfare Command

  • Networking Autonomous systems with dismounted soldiers to enhance situational awareness
  • Leveraging robotics to support the dismounted soldier
  • Discussing Manned-Unmanned considerations for complex  operations
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel Frédéric Edel

    Colonel Frédéric Edel

    Director, Infantry Development Directorate, French Armed Forces
    Colonel Rickard Johansson

    Colonel Rickard Johansson

    Commander, Swedish Land Warfare Centre, Swedish Armed Forces
    Dr Carsten Cremers

    Dr Carsten Cremers

    Team Leader Fuels Cells, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT
    Dr Darren Browning

    Dr Darren Browning

    Senior Technical Lead - Power, DSTL
    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke

    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Rune Nesland-Steinor

    Lieutenant Colonel Rune Nesland-Steinor

    Project Manager, Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency Land Systems
    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    LCG DSS Chairman, NATO / Swedish Armed Forces
    Mr Nick Taylor CEng FIMechE MAPM RPP

    Mr Nick Taylor CEng FIMechE MAPM RPP

    Head of Soldier, Training and Special Projects, DE&S, UK Ministry of Defence

    Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel Frédéric Edel

    Director, Infantry Development Directorate, French Armed Forces
    Colonel Frédéric Edel

    Colonel Rickard Johansson

    Commander, Swedish Land Warfare Centre, Swedish Armed Forces
    Colonel Rickard Johansson

    Dr Carsten Cremers

    Team Leader Fuels Cells, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT
    Dr Carsten Cremers

    Dr Darren Browning

    Senior Technical Lead - Power, DSTL
    Dr Darren Browning

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

    Human Research Lead, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center
    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

    Dr Max Winkelmann

    Scientist, Signatorics, Fraunhofer IOSB
    Dr Max Winkelmann

    Dr Milene Catoire

    Scientist, Training & Performance Innovation, TNO
    Dr Milene Catoire

    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Andy Locke

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    SO1 Soldier Systems, British Army HQ
    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont

    Lieutenant Colonel Rune Nesland-Steinor

    Project Manager, Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency Land Systems
    Lieutenant Colonel Rune Nesland-Steinor

    Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

    SO1 Command and Battlespace Management, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    LCG DSS Chairman, NATO / Swedish Armed Forces
    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Major Marco Dâmaso

    System Portfolio Manager Special Units, Swiss Armed Forces
    Major Marco Dâmaso

    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Deputy Branch Head, Maneuver Branch, Ground Combat Element Division - Fires and Maneuver, U. S. Marine Corps
    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Principal Scientist, Passive Armour, DSTL
    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Mr Nick Taylor CEng FIMechE MAPM RPP

    Head of Soldier, Training and Special Projects, DE&S, UK Ministry of Defence
    Mr Nick Taylor CEng FIMechE MAPM RPP

    Mr Sean Cale

    Technical Authority, Ballistic Personal Protection, Canadian Department of National Defense
    Mr Sean Cale

    Mr Serge Côte

    Project Manager, Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP), Director of Soldier Systems Program Management (DSSPM), Canadian Department of National Defense
    Mr Serge Côte

    Ms Michelle Furnald

    Technical Authority, Load Carriage and Sleeping Systems, Canadian Department of National Defense
    Ms Michelle Furnald

    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

    Senior Enlisted Advisor, United States Naval Special Warfare Command
    Senior Chief Petty Officer James Harvey

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    blackned

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://blackned.de/?lang=en

    blackned is a high-tech software manufacturer and specialist for mission-critical communication systems, based in Bavaria, Germany. Our product portfolio GuardStack offers command, control and communication solutions to bring services to the end-user at any time without delay and interruptions. GuardStack Software Suite addresses the most stringent communications and information sharing requirements armed forces are facing at the tactical edge. The solution efficiently and effectively manages the ever-changing communications conditions presented in harsh environments. The patented MeshFLOW mechanism 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, GuardStack provides a secure middleware, connecting innovative and emerging broadband technologies such as 4G/5G with tactical radio communication technology such as long-range VHF and UHF. The platform-independent GuardStack 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. 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.


    Bren-Tronics

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.bren-tronics.com

    Bren-Tronics, Inc. (BTI) is a technology-based Power Systems company with over 45 years of experience in the design, development and manufacture of primary and rechargeable batteries, along with associated chargers and complete power systems. From design to production, BTI maintains complete in-house capabilities to develop fully integrated systems supporting US and Worldwide Military and Commercial markets.

    BTI has traditionally supported the dismounted soldier by providing the highest portable power and energy available in the smallest, lightest packages, whilst always maintaining the highest level of safety standards. Through the evolution of rechargeable battery systems, initially with Nickle Cadmium, through Nickle Metal Hydride to the current forefront of technology, Lithium Ion, BTI have consistently provided the warfighter with the best technology available. With reliability at the forefront of user’s requirements, BTI pride themselves with an outstanding field-proven record of dependability. In addition, BTI was the first battery manufacturer of rechargeable batteries to provide a visual state of charge indicator to further enhance the confidence of the user.

    Specific to the arena of the Future Soldier ideology, in 2004 BTI were the first to provide a battery specifically designed to be used as a centralised power source for the dismounted soldier. The SMP battery range from Bren-Tronics is unique in so much that the battery is designed around the most energy efficient Li Ion cell available. Consequently, the energy density (run time per weight and size) is the highest currently achievable.

    The SMP battery is currently in use by the German IDZ programme and recently the same battery has now been selected as the battery of choice for the Benelux “VOSS” Future Soldier programme.

    To see the latest advancements in Future Soldier Power provisions, including the new NETT+ battery, pls visit us at Future Soldier Technology on 9th and 10th March 2021.



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    TrellisWare Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in highly advanced algorithms, waveforms, and communications systems that range from small form factor radio products to fully integrated solutions. Our TSM™ waveform is incorporated into a wide range of systems, including TrellisWare radios and trusted industry partner radios, as well as multiple government and commercial solutions. TrellisWare is delivering the next generation of communications for military and commercial markets When Nothing Else Works™.

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    Defence Today is an online publication covering the latest in global defence and security news, defence intelligence and strategic insight. Terrorism and emerging threats, defence industry coverage, the latest technology developments and emerging platforms and systems. Military equipment profiles and industry showcases. Advertising, press releases and event listings are available.


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    Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545


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    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


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    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.


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    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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