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With future combat environments growing in diversity and unknowns, the demand for realism in training is greater now than ever before. Critical challenges in making training as authentic and demanding as possible to create a robust representation of the physical, mental and ethical challenges on the battlefield must be crucial for any land forces to win in a complex world.

For all areas within land forces, such as for the dismounted soldier, manned and unmanned vehicles, and fire support, traditional training, multinational exercises and simulation systems are growing in importance to optimise the effectiveness, efficiency and interoperability of individual nations and their allies.

With that in mind, the SMi Group are delighted to announce the 8th Annual Land Forces Simulation and Training 2017 conference, where we will bring together the most senior simulation and training experts to debate, share information and network with likeminded peers and industry partners.
 

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  • Learn how land forces are ensuring they are mission ready for future combat demands
  • Discover how future capabilities will be implemented and the benefits for military simulation & training
  • Hear cutting edge presentations from key decision makers involved in training and simulation from across the globe
  • Meet and network with programme managers and peers throughout the two day conference

Algerian Embassy; CAE UK; DE&S; Defence Equipment and Support; Draken International; Egyptian Defence Office; Embassy Of The Russian Federation; ETSA; European Defence Agency; Halldale Group; IHS Janes; Institute for Creative Technologies; Joint Force Command Brunssum; JSCSC; Maritime Training Systems (M T S) D E & S; MOD Abbeywood; MOD UK; National Defence University of Poland; NATO Headquarters; NATO Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence ; Navy Command HQ; PEO STRI; Pitch Technologies Ltd.; Polish Air Force; Rheinmetall Defence Electronics; Royal Air Force, UK; Royal Army Medical Corps; Royal Military School of Engineering; Royal School of Artillery; Swedish Armed Forces; Systems Consultants Services Limited (SCS); Technical University Of Valencia; Thales Group; Thinke Company Ltd; University of Defence Brno; University of Stavanger; US Army Simulation Training; US Naval War College; Virtual Reality Media, a.s. ;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant Colonel Jonny  Ormerod

Lieutenant Colonel Jonny Ormerod, SO1 Simulation, Training Branch Field Army, UK Armed Forces

9:10 UK MoD Host Nation Address

Colonel Alistair Rodgers

Colonel Alistair Rodgers, Assistant Head for Training Capability Development, UK MoD

9:50 Ensuring Operational Overmatch through Effective Simulation and Training at the 7th Army Training Command

Brigadier General Tony Aguto

Brigadier General Tony Aguto, Commanding Officer, 7th Army Training Command, U.S Army Europe

  • An overview of the 7th Army Training Command and its role as the U.S Army's largest overseas training command
  • Providing realistic, tailor-made training solutions, live-fire ranges, combat manoeuvres and simulation centers to the US and its allies
  • The importance of joint allied training and feedback from recent exercises
  • 7th Army success at Europe's Best Warrior
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Providing Effective, Strategic, and Proven Training for the German Land Forces

    Brigadier General Ralf Lungershausen

    Brigadier General Ralf Lungershausen, Commandant of the Land Systems Technology Training Center, German Armed Forces

    • An overview of the key role and focuses of the Training Center Technology Landsysteme
    • Optimising technology on land systems through tehnological enhancements and acquisitions across the land forces
    • Enhancing training through comprehensive evaluation and continuous further development of technology and training land systems
     

    11:40 Utilising a Synthetic Training Facility through an Immersive, Computer Generated Environment to Train up to 250 Military Personnel

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Harman

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Harman, SO1 CATT, UK MoD

  • An overview of CATT's mission and its importance to the UK MoD
  • Working with Lockheed Martin to create the most demanding and intensive ground training system to ensure personnel are mission-ready
  • Fulfilling its role as a high-intensity battlefield manoeuvre warfare trainer whilst adapting to the changing nature of operational needs
  • Amalgamating CATT with the Command and Staff Trainer (CAST) and TActical Engagement Simulation (TES) assets
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Presentation Details to be Confirmed

    Dr Laurel Allender

    Dr Laurel Allender, Director, Human Research and Engineering Directorate, Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Army

    14:00 The Challenges of Simulation Supporting Army Digitization Experiments and Operational Integration

    Lieutenant Colonel Marco Biagini

    Lieutenant Colonel Marco Biagini, CD&E Branch Chief, NATO M&S COE

  • Setting objectives to effectively acquire and utilise the correct tools of simulation
  • The importance of developing and maintaining skilled personnel
  • Looking ahead: achieving a complete immersive virtual environment for the dismounted soldier
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Modelling and Simulation in Support of Training in NATO

    Commander Federico Perez Duenas

    Commander Federico Perez Duenas, Head Modelling and Simulation Coordination, NATO STO / CMRE

  • STO organisation
  • Areas of research
  • NMSG activities related to training
  • 16:00 Enhancing Training for the Czech Armed Forces at the Center of Simulation and Training Technologies (CSTT), Brno, The Czech Republic

    Lieutenant Colonel Jiri Simmer

    Lieutenant Colonel Jiri Simmer, Commander of the Centre of the Simulation and Training Technologies, Army of the Czech Republic

    • CSTT introduction
    • CAX preparation and conduct on the Brigade / Battalion level of the land forces
    • Tactical training and exercise with the support of the Simulation and Simulators on the company / platoon level
    • CSTT connectivity in 2019 and beyond – distributed exercises
     

    16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonny  Ormerod

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonny Ormerod, SO1 Simulation, Training Branch Field Army, UK Armed Forces

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonny  Ormerod

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonny Ormerod, SO1 Simulation, Training Branch Field Army, UK Armed Forces

    9:10 DSALT2 Targeting Immersion- Training Royal Artillery Battery Commanders in a Synthetic Air Land Environment

    Wing Commander Martin Rendall

    Wing Commander Martin Rendall, Officer Commanding Air Battlespace Training Centre, Royal Air Force

  • The advantages of creating virtual battlespaces and training environments not feasible in the real peace time world
  • Ensuring a cost efficient centre with QinetiQ's off-the-shelf-equipment
  • The importance of the after action review capability
  • Looking ahead: goals for DSALT2, its successor, and the increasing importance of simulation
  • 9:50 Providing the NATO Alliance with Effective Electronic Warfare Expertise and Training

    Commander Christopher Dobson

    Commander Christopher Dobson, Commanding Officer, NATO JEWCS

  • An overview of the current and future goals of NATO JEWCS
  • Challenges facing EW simulation and training for land forces
  • Providing a realistic hostile electro-magnetic environment for contingency planning, force integration and exercises at NATO JEWCS
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Enhancing Tactical Training and Mission Rehearsal at the Center for Simulation Land (CSim)

    Major Jan Vandamme

    Major Jan Vandamme, Head of Implementation Team Land Simulations, Belgium Army

  • Utilizing the CSim center to increase education and training efficiency without cost, safety risk, time limitations or lack of material
  • Feedback from the center following the implementation of Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3)
  • Benefits of powerful after action review capabilities and discrete mission rehearsal for future combat training
  • 11:40 Providing the NATO Alliance with Effective Electronic Warfare Expertise and Training

    Jean-Paul Massart

    Jean-Paul Massart, Deputy Chief of C2 Operations Services , NATO C3 Agency

  • The benefits of moving away from traditional platforms to a service orientated IT structure
  • Ensuring agility in order to adapt to NATO's changing mission
  • The importance of interoperability between NATO nations achieved through collective training 
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Overcoming Training Limitations for Drivers and Gunners of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) at the Polish Military Academy of Land Forces

    Major Marcin Bielewicz

    Major Marcin Bielewicz, Lecturer, Land Forces Military Academy

  • The challenges of rehearsing coordinated manoeuvres and using live training scenarios
  • Effectively utilising the VBS2Fusion and VBS2 to improve coordinated and realistic simulation scenarios
  • Encouraging flexibility and creativity in training scenarios that are not limited to the terms and conditions of safety through the built in scenario editor
  • 14:30 Preparing for Future Combat in the Urban Environment at the TNO

    Wim Huiskamp

    Wim Huiskamp, Chief Scientist Modelling, Simulation and Gaming, ETSA CIC

  • An overview of the TNO'S programme on Live, Virtual and Constructive Simulation with a focus on land forces
  • Developing a hybrid approach to warfare training and simulation
  • Focusing on enhancing the realism of simulation to prepare land forces for future combat
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Immersive Technologies & Learning Science: Making the Future Force Effective

    Dr Randall Hill

    Dr Randall Hill, Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, Institute for Creative Technologies

  • Introduction: The Human Dimension- optimizing human performance in the future force
  • The Virtual/Augmented Reality revolution: opportunities and pitfalls
  • The rise of intelligence machines and their role in training and operations
  • Immersive technology is not enough: designing immersive experiences that maximize learning
  • This talk will include real examples of emerging technologies and applications that are in use or on the horizon
  • 16:20 Simulation- Are We There Yet?

    Andy Fawkes

    Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

  • What does success look like in exploiting simulation? What might land training look like if we realised the full potential of simulation
  • How far have we come and how far is there to go? A review of the land training journey in the use of simulation
  • Move faster? Should we be advancing more quickly and if so what might be holding us back
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonny  Ormerod

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonny Ormerod, SO1 Simulation, Training Branch Field Army, UK Armed Forces

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    Commander Christopher Dobson

    Commander Christopher Dobson

    Commanding Officer, NATO JEWCS
    Lieutenant Colonel Jiri Simmer

    Lieutenant Colonel Jiri Simmer

    Commander of the Centre of the Simulation and Training Technologies, Army of the Czech Republic
    Wing Commander Martin Rendall

    Wing Commander Martin Rendall

    Officer Commanding Air Battlespace Training Centre, Royal Air Force

    Andy Fawkes

    Director, Thinke Company Ltd
    Andy Fawkes

    Brigadier General Ralf Lungershausen

    Commandant of the Land Systems Technology Training Center, German Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Ralf Lungershausen

    Colonel Alistair Rodgers

    Assistant Head for Training Capability Development, UK MoD
    Colonel Alistair Rodgers

    Commander Christopher Dobson

    Commanding Officer, NATO JEWCS
    Commander Christopher Dobson

    Commander Federico Perez Duenas

    Head Modelling and Simulation Coordination, NATO STO / CMRE
    Commander Federico Perez Duenas

    Dr Laurel Allender

    Director, Human Research and Engineering Directorate, Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Army
    Dr Laurel Allender

    Dr Randall Hill

    Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, Institute for Creative Technologies
    Dr Randall Hill

    Jean-Paul Massart

    Deputy Chief of C2 Operations Services , NATO C3 Agency
    Jean-Paul Massart

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Harman

    SO1 CATT, UK MoD
    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Harman

    Lieutenant Colonel Jiri Simmer

    Commander of the Centre of the Simulation and Training Technologies, Army of the Czech Republic
    Lieutenant Colonel Jiri Simmer

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonny Ormerod

    SO1 Simulation, Training Branch Field Army, UK Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Jonny  Ormerod

    Lieutenant Colonel Marco Biagini

    CD&E Branch Chief, NATO M&S COE
    Lieutenant Colonel Marco Biagini

    Major Jan Vandamme

    Head of Implementation Team Land Simulations, Belgium Army
    Major Jan Vandamme

    Major Marcin Bielewicz

    Lecturer, Land Forces Military Academy
    Major Marcin Bielewicz

    Wim Huiskamp

    Chief Scientist Modelling, Simulation and Gaming, ETSA CIC
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    Wing Commander Martin Rendall

    Officer Commanding Air Battlespace Training Centre, Royal Air Force
    Wing Commander Martin Rendall

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