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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

All timings are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

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 Opening Keynote British Army Perspectives on Optimising Soldier Modernisation

• 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

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Sheldrick

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Sheldrick, SO1 Combat Systems and Bearers, British Army

9:45 Acquiring Dismounted Infantry Technology in Support of Dismounted Soldier Operations

• 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
 

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 Duncan Mann

Colonel Duncan Mann, Dismounted Close Combat Portfolio Leader, DE&S, UK MOD

10:15 Glenair Deployable CIS Capabilities

Mr Simon Coverdale

Mr Simon Coverdale, Market Development, Glenair, Inc

• Building bridges
• Dismounted to Mounted and back again
• Walk on Walk off Capability upgrade
• Remoting your signal
• NATO Interoperable

10:45 Morning Coffee

11:15 Future Soldier System – Enabled by GuardStack

Mr Timo Haas

Mr Timo Haas, CTO, blackned GmbH
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• Technology
• Interoperability
• Operational Availability

11:45 Maximising Lethality and Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Through Enhanced Weapon Optics

Lieutenant Colonel Sébastien Gasnier

Lieutenant Colonel Sébastien Gasnier, Branch Deputy, Infantry Doctrinal and Advanced Studies Department, French Armed Forces Infantry School
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• 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
 

12:15 Tactical Radio Communications: Meeting the Needs of the UK Customer in the Next Decade and Beyond

Mr Mark Rynehart

Mr Mark Rynehart, Senior Account Manager StratCom Capture Lead LE TacCIS, Thales UK

• How are engineering manufacturing companies responding to the new operational contexts envisioned by UK MOD?
• Which key drivers for change in tactical communications are important (and why) to both End Users and Industry?
• What choices are open to the UK MOD in the procurement of future tactical communication technologies?

12:45 Networking Lunch

13:45 Future Soldier - Some Limits of the Technological Approach: A Special Operations Forces Perspective

• Why SOF requires remaining at the forefront of Future Soldier Technology
• Uncovering the limitations of the technological approach and some dangers of overreliance on technology
• Remedial highlights from a BEL & NLD SOF- academic perspective
 

Captain Jan Weuts

Captain Jan Weuts, Belgian LNO at the NLD Special Operations Warfare Centre, Belgian Special Forces

Mr Funs Titulaer

Mr Funs Titulaer, Scientific Advisor, Netherlands Special Operations Command

14:15 SAS & PAS – Intuitive Optimum

Senior Official (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

Senior Official (Name Withheld for Security Reasons), PM Commano & Infantry, Israeli Ministry of Defence

• Overview of dismounted soldier and team disadvantages
• Problems occurring for dismounted soldiers
• Suggestion for methodical & intuitive solution

14:45 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
 

15:15 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
 

15:45 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
 

16:15 Afternoon Tea

16:45 Delivering Tactical Overmatch for Light Forces

Mr Rob O'Connor

Mr Rob O'Connor, International Business Development Manager, HIPPO Multipower
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• Use of manned, optionally manned and unmanned ATVs for load carriage, combat resupply and CASEVAC
• Use of manned, optionally manned and unmanned ATVs for fire support and C4ISR
• Use of light tactical vehicles to provide electrical power generation for light forces

17:15 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
 

17:45 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
 

18:15 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

Major Chris Burr

Major Chris Burr, SO2 Force Development, 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines

• 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

• Examples of innovation of soldier systems - what advances are driving change?
• Working with military partners to test and evaluate emerging equipment and technology
• Collaborating with fellow industry partners to advance soldier modernisation
• How could industry work better with military partners to provide enhanced services and solutions?
 

Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen

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

Mr Rob O'Connor

Mr Rob O'Connor, International Business Development Manager, HIPPO Multipower
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Mr Ringo Smits

Mr Ringo Smits, Business Development, Tactical Interconnect Solutions, Glenair
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Mr Mark Rynehart

Mr Mark Rynehart, Senior Account Manager StratCom Capture Lead LE TacCIS, Thales UK

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 Benefits of MANET Technology for Dismounted Situational Awareness

Mr Rob Garth

Mr Rob Garth, Product Director, Video and IP MESH, Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)
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  • Key characteristics of MANET Mesh Networks
  • Mesh Routing
  • Waveforms
  • Channel Access Mechanisms
  • Comparison with other communications architectures
  • Evolution of MANET Technology
  • Software Defined Radio solutions for MANET Networks
     
  • 12:00 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
     

    12:30 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
     

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 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
     

    14:30 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

    15:00 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
     

    15:30 Using Synthetic Environments to Enhance Man-Machine Teaming

    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
  • 16:00 Session Reserved for Glenair Webinar

    16:30 Afternoon Tea

    17:00 Emerging Innovations to Reduce the Soldiers Physical Burden

    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
     

    17:30 Investigating the Impact of Human Factors in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning 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
     

    18:00 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 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 Jari Tiilikka

    Major Jari Tiilikka

    Program Manager, Dismounted Soldier System, Finnish Defence Forces
    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

    Captain Jan Weuts

    Belgian LNO at the NLD Special Operations Warfare Centre, Belgian Special Forces
    Captain Jan Weuts

    Colonel (Retd) Richard Hansen

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

    Colonel Duncan Mann

    Dismounted Close Combat Portfolio Leader, DE&S, UK MOD
    Colonel Duncan Mann

    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 Matt Sheldrick

    SO1 Combat Systems and Bearers, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Sheldrick

    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 Sébastien Gasnier

    Branch Deputy, Infantry Doctrinal and Advanced Studies Department, French Armed Forces Infantry School
    Lieutenant Colonel Sébastien Gasnier

    LTC GASNIER joined the Infantry in 2001 after his initial course at the academy of Saint-Cyr. Posted in a Airborne Infantry Regiment from 2001 to 2009 as platoon leader to company commander, he has been deployed couple of times in Africa, in Pacific and served also within international commitments in Lebanon, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
    Teacher at the capitains’ course, staff college graduated, LTC GASNIER has been the first exchange officier posted in 1(UK)DIV HQ / YORK from 2015 to 2018.
    Currently based in Draguignan, he is the 2IC of the Infantry Doctrinal And Advanced Studies Department.
    LTC GASNIER is single and a rubgy fan, but exclusively in case of French victory over the British team.

    Lieutenant Colonel Torstein Espolin Johnson

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

    Major Chris Burr

    SO2 Force Development, 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines
    Major Chris Burr

    Major Jari Tiilikka

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

    Major Magnus Hallberg

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

    Mr Christopher Woodburn

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

    Mr Funs Titulaer

    Scientific Advisor, Netherlands Special Operations Command
    Mr Funs Titulaer

    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Principal Scientist, Passive Armour, DSTL
    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Mr Mark Rynehart

    Senior Account Manager StratCom Capture Lead LE TacCIS, Thales UK
    Mr Mark Rynehart

    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 Ringo Smits

    Business Development, Tactical Interconnect Solutions, Glenair
    Mr Ringo Smits

    Mr. Ringo Smits spent over 22 years in the Royal Netherlands Army before joining Glenair in 2020. He fulfilled various positions as a team leader and platoon sergeant in both Armoured and Long Range Reconnaissance units between 1998-2006.
    After graduating at the Royal Military Academy in 2007, he was promoted to platoon commander in one of the Joint ISTAR Command Reconnaissance Squadrons.
    The last decade of his military career he spent as a qualified JTAC and JTAC-Instructor, fulfilling multiple positions in this specialist field. In his last position he was responsible for the JTAC user requirements and development of the NLD DACAS Program. His military career included multiple operational deployments to the Balkans and Afghanistan.
    At Glenair Ringo Smits is dedicated to working with NATO and NATO friendly countries to provide interoperability solutions for the War Fighters Data Communication and Power needs.

    Mr Ringo Smits

    Business Development, Tactical Interconnect Solutions, Glenair
    Mr Ringo Smits

    Mr Rob Garth

    Product Director, Video and IP MESH, Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)
    Mr Rob Garth

    Rob Garth is the Product Director for Video and IP MESH at Domo Tactical Communications (DTC). With a background in RF engineering, Rob has more than twenty years in the development and delivery of robust tactical and fixed wireless systems for both military and civil applications, from simple FM links to multi-Megabit COFDM MESH systems and data pipes on the ground, in the air and at sea.

    Rob was formerly Technical Director at Wood & Douglas, where he spearheaded the development of software-defined radio systems before leading the sale of W&D in 2013. Since joining DTC, Rob has been responsible for the product roadmap of DTC’s world-leading range of COFDM IP Mesh and Point To Point link products.

    Mr Rob O'Connor

    International Business Development Manager, HIPPO Multipower
    Mr Rob O'Connor

    Rob O’Connor is a retired Army officer. He was commissioned into the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (now the Yorkshire Regiment) in 1990 and has 26 years of experience as an infantry officer including command of a rifle platoon, close observation platoon, support weapons company and an armoured infantry rifle company. His last appointment was command of the Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU). He has spent more than six years deployed on operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia and Northern Ireland.

    After gaining a Master’s degree from Cranfield University (faculty of Military Science, Technology and Management) Rob spent two years in the Directorate of Equipment Capability – Ground Manoeuvre (DEC GM) in the Ministry of Defence. Key projects included the Javelin Anti-Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW), the New Light Anti Armour Weapon (NLAW), the Anti-Structures Munition (ASM), the Surveillance System and Range Finder (SSARF) and Grenade Machine Gun (GMG). Other roles in the capability space include the Dismounted Close Combat Programme manager at Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and command of ITDU. ITDU is responsible for the test and evaluation of military equipment prior to its acceptance into service. In addition ITDU runs an experimentation programme which looks at all lines of development including training, equipment, organisation and doctrine. Key projects included VIRTUS body armour and load carriage, Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA), the Light Tactical Mobility Platform (LTMP) and the Platoon Combat Experiment (PCE).

    On leaving the Army Rob set up Pardus Defence & Security Ltd, a consulting firm specialising in the provision of business development support. In this role Rob has supported HIPPO Multipower in the development of their series of amphibious all terrain vehicles.

    Mr Sean Cale

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

    Mr Simon Coverdale

    Market Development, Glenair, Inc
    Mr Simon Coverdale

    Mr Timo Haas

    CTO, blackned GmbH
    Mr Timo Haas

    Timo Haas is CEO and founder of blackned, a high-tech software manufacturer and specialist for mission-critical communication systems, based in Bavaria, Germany. Timo holds a degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Applied Science Ulm. Prior to founding blackned, Timo has served the German Air Force for 12 years where he retired as an Officer in 2009.

    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

    Senior Official (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

    PM Commano & Infantry, Israeli Ministry of Defence
    Senior Official (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

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    Speaker interview with Mr Cale and Ms Furnald, Canadian Department of National Defense

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    Speaker interview with Lt Col Locke and Lt Col Davies, British Army

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    Speaker interview with Major Jari Tiilikka, Finnish Defence Forces

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    Speaker interview with Major Magnus Hallberg, NATO / Swedish Armed Forces

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    Speaker interview with Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center

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    Speaker Interview with SCPO James Harvey, US Naval Special Warfare Command

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    Speaker Interview with Mr Jonathan Russell, DSTL

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    Speaker Interview with Dr Max Winkelmann, Fraunhofer IOSB

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    Speaker interview with Dr Darren Browning, DSTL

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    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.



    Domo Tactical Communications

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    http://www.domotactical.com

    Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) is a global leader in Tactical IP Mesh technology (MANET), and COFDM transmissions systems. DTC mission-critical solutions secure, share and communicate real-time video, voice and data to enable Shared Situational Awareness (SSA) on land, on the sea and in the air. DTC has developed leading-edge technologies for successful operations in demanding environments, where COFDM solutions provide longer range and penetration.

    DTC works with military, law enforcement, counter-terror units, governments, autonomous systems manufacturers and system integrators to meet key connectivity and communication challenges. Leveraging a technical heritage stretching back over 50 years and incorporating the unrivalled COFDM waveform experience of the Domo engineering team, DTC has a passion for innovation which keeps us one step ahead in the rapidly changing and increasingly challenging environments in which we perform - whether on the battlefield or the streets of our cities. High-performance communication systems enable our customers to securely monitor, communicate and share information with confidence in complex environments and the most demanding situations.

    The DTC Mesh Ultra waveform provides a seamless self-forming, self-healing MANET capability which can be relied on even in the toughest conditions. DTC SDR based technology provides High Data Rate (HDR) capability for large mesh formations with excellent spectral efficiency whilst also delivering ultra-low latency performance, end-to-end encryption and unrivalled robustness and range in challenging real-world environments. DTC’s portfolio of products also seamlessly interlink to other IP bearers to form integrated communication and data network offering secure, fast and reliable access to data real-time video, audio, location-based information services. The DTC product range offers both OEM and packaged systems with excellent Size, Weight and Power (SWAP) characteristics to suit a wide range of mission requirements.



    Hippo Multipower

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    https://hippomultipower.com/

    Since 2016 Hippo Multipower has been developing the amphibious All Terrain Support Vehicle (ATSV). The ATSV has four key characteristics:

    • Payload. The vehicle can carry over 750 kg on the cargo deck in addition to 300 kg in the crew area. This is sufficient to support a dismounted rifle platoon for 72 hours, allowing soldiers to "fight light.” It is also capable of towing 2000 kg (eg a trailer of mortar ammunition). The ATSV can be rapidly reconfigured with different mission payloads eg platoon support vehicle carrying equipment and supplies, surveillance platform, weapons platform, command post, radio rebroadcast, casualty evacuation, engineer support.

    • Mobility. The ATSV has superb strategic, operational and tactical mobility. It can be deployed to the theatre of operations by fixed wing aircraft; internally carried by CH-47, underslung by utility helicopter or towed behind conventional vehicles. Amphibious, the ATSV has excellent terrain accessibility in jungles, swamps, mountains, mud and desert. A track kit can be fitted for deep snow.

    • Exportable power. An internal 5 kW generator and silent watch battery pack allows the ATSV to power all of a platoon’s equipment and recharge batteries, driving down the burden on both the soldier and the logistics chain. There is sufficient power for electronic counter measures, surveillance equipment, engineering tools, radio rebroadcast, etc. The ATSV can also export hydraulic power for engineer tools.

    • Optional robotics. The ATSV is drive by wire allowing it to be configured for robotic operation. The ATSV has been demonstrated to the British Army in both remote control and autonomous operation. Even when configured as an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), the ATSV retains the ability to be operated by a human drive; providing resilience in heavily contested electromagnetic environments or when emission controls limit the use of electronic devices.



    Thales

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.thalesgroup.com/

    In a world that is increasingly fast moving, unpredictable – and full of opportunities – our customers come to us with big ambitions: to make life better, and to keep us safer.

    Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talent and cultures, our architects design and deliver decisive technologies for decisive moments in five markets: Defence & Security, Digital Identity and Security, Aerospace, Space, and Ground Transportation.

    With a digital revolution underway in all the markets that Thales serves, Thales is investing heavily in the four technological pillars of connectivity/IoT, Big Data, artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity. Today, Thales is developing solutions for tomorrow’s data-driven, autonomous, immersive world – from autonomous platforms to collaborative combat systems, from connected cockpits to secure clouds and cyber-protected communications, from self-learning radars to virtual reality solutions for training and predictive maintenance. Thales provides a unique range of technologies and services and is a trusted partner for our customers in their digital transformation, offering new ways of working, within new ecosystems that make tomorrow possible today.

    With its 30,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales in the UK is a team of over 6,500 experts, including 4,500 highly skilled engineers, located across 10 key UK sites.

    With a heritage of over 130 years, Thales in the UK understands the importance of developing skills for the future, which is why they have over 400 apprentices and graduates across the UK. Thales is committed to supporting its people, and continuously developing talent, and highly skilled experts.

    Thales helps its customers think faster and act smarter – Decisive Technology for Decisive Moments.



    TrellisWare Technologies

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.trellisware.com

    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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    Armada International

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    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


    Homeland Security

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    The DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY is an authoritative online information resource for all defence purchasers. This comprehensive listing of Defence Suppliers has enabled thousands of purchasing professionals to find exactly what they are looking for - in seconds. THE DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY provides a total overview of all the UK's Armed Forces - with a wealth of valuable information about the organisation and structure of the UK's Defence Services, as well as useful facts about developments in the UK Defence Industry Contact us: defenceenquiries@armedforces.co.uk Tel: 01743 241962 website: www.armedforces.co.uk


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    Army-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on the defence industry, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more in the army sector. With a team of journalists around the world, army-technology.com, along with sister sites naval-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important field. When you combine this with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of military equipment suppliers, products and services, free white paper downloads and company press releases, you see why army-technology.com is the key point of reference for the defence industry.


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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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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    This is a professionally edited magazine which focuses on the most important problems of the Polish military, security and defence industry. Much attention is paid on the current political and military situation in the region, new models of armament and military equipment, weaponry exhibitions, current tenders and laid contracts.

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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.

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