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SMi's 4th annual Close Air Support conference will take place on the 6th and 7th June in London, United Kingdom. Close air support (CAS), air action by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft against hostile targets in close proximity to friendly forces, has been and will always be an integral element to land-air operations. Over the past century, CAS has gone from light air strafing on muddy battlefields to intricate C2 coordination of targeted air strikes and support via advanced technological systems and platforms.

The June 2018 conference aims to bring together military and government personnel and key industry figures to discuss the latest developments in CAS operations and systems. Topics to be discussed include air-to-ground operations, personnel training and mission simulation, digitally aided close air support (DACAS), joint fire targeting and delivery, battlespace management, and national programme updates.
 

  • Provide a platform for the advancement of close air support, both in the air and on the ground, with an intent to further bridge the gap
  • Hear the very latest technological developments from research and industry that are enhancing combat effectiveness and connectivity
  • Gain updates on strategic partners' respective CAS programmes and the work of leading industry OEMs
  • Deliberate key requirements for targeting, processing, and delivery of close air support
  • Network with and build co-operation between strategic partners, and educate industry on the unique needs of the operator and end user

Military:

  • Combat air
  • Joint fires and targeting
  • Joint air land organisations
  • Targeting and ISR
  • Joint forward air control
  • Joint terminal attack control
  • Joint forward air component commander

Industry/Developers of next generation:

  • Close air support platforms
  • Avionics and sensors
  • Smart and guided munitions
  • Air and ground based targeting
  • Command and control
  • Mobile deployable communications

AirLand Integration Ltd; Brazilian Army; CILAS; Czech Air Force; French Air Force; German Air Force; German Army; GMRE Inc; HQ ARRC AOCC; Indra Sistemas S A; Israeli Air Force; Israeli Defence Office; Italian Air Force; Italian Embassy; JALO; JFC Cap C4ISR; Joint Air Land Organisation; Joint Helicopter Command; MBDA UK Ltd.; Ministry of Defence, UK; NATO; Niteworks; RAF; Rheinmetal Defence; Rockwell Collins UK Ltd; Royal Air Force; Royal Marines; Royal Netherlands Air Force; Safran Electronics & Defense; Singapore Armed Forces; U.S. Air Force; UK MoD; United States Marine Corps; US AIR FORCE; US Embassy London; USAFE WPC; Via Sat Inc; Viasat Inc; Zodiac Aerospace - Data Systems;

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Colonel William Kirby

Colonel William Kirby

Commander, 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, US Army Europe
Mark Manwaring

Mark Manwaring

Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation , Royal Air Force
Nader Samadi

Nader Samadi

Commander, German Air Ground Operations School, French/German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force

Captain Oscar Delgado

48th Fighter Wing Ground Liaison Detachment, Department Of The Air Force
Captain Oscar Delgado

Colonel William Kirby

Commander, 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, US Army Europe
Colonel William Kirby

Jan Smerda

JTAC SME, Czech Air Force
Jan Smerda

John Mahaffey

Senior Scientist, NATO C3 AGENCY
John Mahaffey

Klaas Jan Zeldenrijk

Staff Officer, Air Land Integration, Land Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Army
Klaas Jan Zeldenrijk

Mark Manwaring

Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation , Royal Air Force
Mark Manwaring

Nader Samadi

Commander, German Air Ground Operations School, French/German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force
Nader Samadi

Ringo Smits

Staff Officer, Air Land Integration, Land Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Army
Ringo Smits

Ryan Mannering

Chief Pilot, Voodoo Air
Ryan Mannering

Shawn Basco

Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Chairman, NATO, United States Marine Corps
Shawn Basco

Thierry Aguilar

Head, Close Air Support Digitalisation, French Air Force
Thierry Aguilar

VENUE

Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

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Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
Kensington
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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