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SMi are proud to host the fifth annual Future Soldier Technology conference, which will convene in London on the 12th and 13th March 2019. This year's event will also include a dedicated pre-conference focus day on 11th March 2019 focused exclusively on dismounted situational awareness (DSA) – exploring how new technologies within mobile deployable communications, ISTAR, battlespace management, Command & Control networks, and innovative immersive technologies and displays are assisting the warfighter.

Future soldier programmes continue to be critically important for dismounted infantry operations around the world. As militaries are expected to operate in diverse environments – from Arctic to urban landscapes – developing materials, technologies and capabilities that enable soldiers to survive and thrive has become ever more important.

As the only meeting solely dedicated to enhancing soldier modernisation programmes, Future Soldier Technology 2019 will provide a unique opportunity to see how emerging technologies and materials are used to overcome challenges in soldier modernisation programmes, from across the world. It will explore the key categories for development, such as: survivability, lethality, sustainability, mobility and C4i. Along with soldier modernisation programmes from: IdZ-ES, FELIN, ISSP, Land 125, Sistemas de Combate do Soldado, and more.

Hear the very latest dveelopments from NATO-aligned Armies and Future Soldier Programme Managers related to:

  • Ballistic protection
  • Soldier lethality
  • C4i systems, battlespace management, and situational awareness
  • Night vision and optics
  • Winter warfare capabilities
  • Soldier system power solutions
  • Battlefield robotics and autonomous systems
  • Exoskeleton technology
  • Immersive technology and augmented reality

As well as updates from a variety of national programmes including:

  • UK
  • USA
  • France
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Portugal

At this year’s conference there will once again be an array of networking opportunities:

  • Meet and network with service providers as well as military and government end-users from around the world that make up the attendees and exhibitors at this year's conference
  • More than three and a half hours of networking during the conference days
  • Industry hosted evening networking drinks reception

The conference and focus day agenda is critical for anyone involved in dismounted soldier technology and equipment, including:

  • Future Soldier System Programme Managers
  • Industry OEMs
  • Directors of Land Forces Capability
  • Infantry Leaders
  • Soldier Systems Researchers 

10th Special Forces Group; 3M Svenska AB; 3M United Kingdom Plc; Aselsan; Australian Army; BAE Systems Land (UK); Battlespace Publications; Black Diamond Advanced Technology; BlackBox Biometrics Inc; Bren-Tronics Inc; British Army; Canadian Armed Forces; Canadian Forces; Cubic Defence UK Ltd; DE&S; Defence & Security Organisation; Defence Forces IRL; Department for International Trade; Department of Defence - Australia; Diamond Age Armor; DIT DSO Export Support Team; Domo Tactical Communications (DTC); DowDuPont; DSTL; Esterline Racal Acoustics; Export Support Team; Export Support Team, Defence and Security Organisation; Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB); FFI; Fischer Connectors Ltd; FLIR UAS; FN Herstal; FOI; Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie; French Army; Glenair, Inc; German Army; Getac UK Ltd; Glenair UK Ltd; GMRE Inc; Harris; Harris Systems Ltd; Home Office Centre for Applied Science Technology; IHS Jane's; Institute for Creative Technologies; Intercomms Publications; Jane's Naval C4I Systems; Kinneir Dufort; KME; Lockheed Martin UK Ltd; MBDA; Media Transasia Thailand Limited (A M R); Microflown AVISA; MoD Abbey Wood; MoD DE&S; NDMA; Netherlands MoD; Nexter Group; NFM; Norwegian Army; Norwegian Army Staff; Norwegian Defence Logistical Organisation; Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency; Norwegian Defence Research Establishment(FFI); Norwegian Defense Material Agency; NZDF Capability Branch; ODU Scandinavia; Omnetics Connector Corporation; Pardus Defence & Security; Persistent Systems LLC; Persistent Systems, LLC; Polish Armed Forces; Precision Control Systems; Precision Technic Defence Limited; Qioptiq ; Radetec; RAF; Revision Military; Rheinmetall Canada Inc; Royal Marines; Safran Electronics & Defense; Sea; Shephard Media; Source Tactical Gear; Special Forces Group Belgium; Sumitomo Corporation Europe Limited; SurCom International; Survitec Group Ltd; Swedish Army; Swedish Defence Research Agency; T N O Human Factors Research Institute; Thales UK; The Defence Forces; TNO; TNO Defence, Security and Saftey; TT Electronics - Power & Hybrid Business Unit; TT Electronics Plc; UK MoD; Ultra Electronics, Precision Control Systems; United States Marine Corps; United States Navy; US Army; US Marine Corps; Viasat; Viasat Inc; WL Gore;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret) Richard Hansen

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

9:00 British Army Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness and Combat Identification

Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle, SO1 Tactical Communications and Information Systems, British Army

  • Assessing technology and strategies available to the British Army to promote situational awareness in dismounted operations
  • Achieving decision superiority through enhanced battlespace management and situational awareness
  • The need for effective blue-force tracking to reduce fratricide
  • Developing more effective means of combat identification and battlespace management whilst engaging in manoeuvre warfare
  • 9:40 Manoeuvre Operations in the High North: Ensuring Soldier Connectivity and Battlespace Management During Dismounted Winter-Warfighting

    Brigadier General Jon Morten Mangersnes

    Brigadier General Jon Morten Mangersnes, Commander Norwegian Army Land Warfare Centre, Norwegian Armed Forces

  • The need for effective winter warfighting capabilities as the Baltic region becomes increasingly strategically important
  • Overcoming challenges in attaining dismounted situational awareness in low visibility environments: Leveraging sensors and digital C4I systems for more effective blue force tracking
  • Ensuring key navigation and communications equipment can function properly in harsh temperatures
  • Lessons to be learned from Norwegian approaches to dismounted manoeuvre warfare in Arctic conditions
  • 10:20 FIREFLY & SPIKE LR2

    Mr Gal Papier

    Mr Gal Papier, Head of marketing & BD, Precision Tactical Weapon Systems Directorate, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd

  •  FIREFLY- Loitering Miniature Munition ,Organic BLOS precision for the modern infantry. The FIREFLY revolutionize the modern close combat by allowing the maneuvering squads to rapidly deploy a small airborne munition that can fly up to 60 m , create immediate situational awareness and engage enemy insurgents behind cover.
  • SPIKE LR2- the 5th generation variant of the SPIKE Family , allowing precision engagement up to 5.5 km while maintain light weight and high lethality. The LR2 is now being integrated to the Lance turret on the Boxer platform for Australia and can be fired both by infantry (portable launcher) , by the Strike brigades mounted on vehicles and also from the army aviation helicopters.
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 The Impact of Connected Weapons in the Future Battlefield

    Mr Itay Weiss

    Mr Itay Weiss, CEO & Reserve Major, Israeli Navy Seals, Secubit Ltd

  • The Future Battlefield's challenges 
  • What information will we get from the Future Soldier
  • How AI will impact the Future Battlefield  
  • Weaponlogic & future systems integration
  • AI-powered decision making 
  • 12:10 How Robotics and Autonomous Systems are Enhancing British Dismounted Situational Awareness

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army

  • The potential for manned-unmanned teaming in British land ISR operations
  • How robotics and autonomous platforms help perfect land domain awareness through cognitive burden reduction and facilitated intelligence gathering
  • Emerging requirements and areas of development for the enhancement of autonomous land platforms following the Army Warfighting Experiment 2018
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Enhancing Dismounted Situational Awareness Through Autonomous Modular Sensing

    Mr Chris Briggs

    Mr Chris Briggs, Capability Advisor - Land ISTAR, DSTL

  • Sensor autonomy to provide persistent coverage in complex environments that robust to individual failures and responsive to changes in the environment
  • Sensor modularity to integrate multiple interoperable sensor technologies
  • Autonomous sensor management to reduce the decision making burden on the user
  • Supplying information rather than raw data to the end user, reducing the cognitive burden
  • 14:30 Maximising Operational Benefit from Dismounted Soldier Communications

    Mr Martin Smith

    Mr Martin Smith, Technical Manager, Thales UK

  • Communication Objectives
  • Minimising the Burden
  • Maximising the Operational Benefits
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Panel Discussion: Dismounted Situational Awareness in the 21st Battlefield

  • Assessing the challenges of the modern-day battlefield and the need for greater situational awareness
  • Overcoming challenges in establishing battlespace awareness and management
  • Innovations in establishing situational awareness in complex  urban battlefields
  • Colonel (Ret) Richard Hansen

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

    Mr Chris Briggs

    Mr Chris Briggs, Capability Advisor - Land ISTAR, DSTL

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army

    Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

    Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle, SO1 Tactical Communications and Information Systems, British Army

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel (Ret) Richard Hansen

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

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret) Richard Hansen

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

    9:00 An Update on the Procurement and Development of Dismounted Infantry Equipment in the UK

    Mr Nick Taylor CEng FIMechE MAPM RPP

    Mr Nick Taylor CEng FIMechE MAPM RPP, Soldier Training and Special Programmes Team Leader, DE&S

  • Update on British dismounted solider modernisation and acquisition: Increasing lethality, protection, mobility, and power
  • Enhancing manned-unmanned cooperation to reduce burden and increase mobility
  • Improving battlefield tactical communications with new generation systems and GPS
  • Meeting emerging protective clothing and equipment requirements
  • 9:30 The Future of French Dismounted Soldier Operations: Priorities for Capability Development

    Colonel Francois-Regis Dabas

    Colonel Francois-Regis Dabas, Director Infantry Capability Development Division, French Army

  • Enabling the French dismounted soldier to operate effectively and adapt to the changing nature of 21st century warfare
  • SCORPION: Ensuring French soldier are properly equipped to interact effectively with multiple military branches in multi-domain operations
  • Assessing new technologies and capabilities being developed through the SCORPION program
  • Prioritizing effective battlefield communications development and improving situational awareness to increase lethality and survivability
  • 10:00 Assessing Current Dismounted German Soldier Capabilities to Meet the Operational Requirements of the German Army

    Major Christophe Wallner

    Major Christophe Wallner, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army

  • Overview of current German missions and deployments, and the dismounted soldier capabilities needed for operational effectiveness
  • Command and control structures: communications, connectivity, and streamlined chains of command
  • Current technology in use for battlefield management, electronic displays and personal digital equipment
  • German personal protection equipment, and how the German dismounted soldier properly equipped for enhanced and survivability
  • 10:30 Modular Approach to Soldier Systems

  • Wearable Soldier Systems
  • Scalable Soldier Systems
  • Power Management
  • Human Factors in Soldier System
  • Mr Richard Stone

    Mr Richard Stone, Vice President of Strategic Planning, BDA Technology

    11:00 Morning Coffee

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Torstein Espolin Johnson

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

  • Overview of Norwegian approach to dismounted soldier operations, and the current needs of the Norwegian Army to operate effectively in hostile environments
  • Examining personal protection equipment in the Norwegian Army: the need for lighter but more durable body armour and tactical helmets, to aid ballistic protection and strengthen survivability
  • Enhancing Norwegian small arms to meet the needs of the dismounted soldier: Developing fused sights and other target identification accessories to increase lethality
  • The need for innovation in sensor technology, improving ISTAR capabilities through sensor fusion and improving behind enemy lines surveillance
  • 12:00 Next Generation Interconnectivity and Mission Success

    Ms. Lisa Amling

    Ms. Lisa Amling, VP of Product Development, Small Format Connector Systems, Glenair, Inc

  • Understanding Mission Profiles
  • Adaptive Technology to Meet the Profiles
  • Tactical Engineering and Integrated Manufacturing Capability
  • Field Testing and Deployment Success
  • Worldwide Technical and Logistical Support
  • 12:30 General Programme Update on the Development of Portuguese Dismounted Soldier Systems: Sistemas de Combate do Soldado

    Lieutenant Colonel Simao Sousa

    Lieutenant Colonel Simao Sousa, Capability Development and Force Planning Coordinator, Portuguese Army

  • Requirements for the procurement of new dismounted C4I, weapons and sensor technologies
  • Increasing soldier protection with new operational combat uniform and body armour
  • Challenges facing ISTAR and overcoming through new conceptual processes
  • The development of the new-generation Portuguese soldier and maximising interoperability
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 A Network of Capabilities for Every Soldier – Leveraging the Wave Relay Ecosystem to Connect UAS, UGV and Sensor Payloads to Dismounted Soldiers on the Battlefield

    Mr Brian McDonald

    Mr Brian McDonald, Field Operations Manager, Persistent Systems LLC

  • Networking the Battlefield – Audio , Video and Data to the Edge
  • The Wave Relay Ecosystem – Soldiers, Sensors, Drones, Robots
  • Coalition Interoperability - Tactical Radio Over IP (RoIP)
  • The Integrated Tactical Internet – Cloud Relay and Multiple Gateways
  • MPU5 as a Platform and Smart Radio – Processing at the Edge
  • 14:30 Enhancing All-Weather Nordic Dismounted Soldier Survivability with the Nordic Combat Uniform System

    Mrs Thrude J Leirvik

    Mrs Thrude J Leirvik, Project Manager Nordic Combat Uniform, Norwegian Defence Material Agency Material Investments

  • International cooperation amongst Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden to develop and procure combat ready uniform systems
  • Reinforcing existing combat uniforms outer, mid, and inner layers in the NORDEFCO countries
  • Balancing ballistic protection, camouflage, and mobility with the new NCU System
  • Update on the development process and foreseeable procurement
  • 15:00 How FN Herstal Responds to Operational Needs to Improve Soldier Lethality

  • Integrating ballistics and environment parameters to maximise hit probability
  • Enhancing combat effectiveness through marksmanship training
  • Mr Yves Roskam

    Mr Yves Roskam, Business Development Manager, FN Herstal

    Mr Francois Legras

    Mr Francois Legras, FN e-novation Product Manager, FN Herstal

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Connecting Advanced Radios to the Tactical Network

    Mr Mike Kocin

    Mr Mike Kocin, Director of International Programs, ViaSat, Inc.

  • Look at Advanced Tactical Network Architecture
  • Discuss Requirements Generation for the System
  • Review Advance Hardware/Software components of the Network
  • Discuss the Cloud Technology involved
  • Discuss impacts of Future advances to Radios
  • 16:30 Robotics and Battlefield Digitization: The Changing Nature of Dismounted Soldier Operations

    Mr Gerard de Boisboissel

    Mr Gerard de Boisboissel, Research Engineer, Saint-Cyr Military Academy Research Centre

  • The digitization of the battlefield that interconnects all military equipment, be it a vehicle or an equipment worn by the soldier
  • The emergence of robotic platforms and the gradual and ineluctable development of their autonomy
  • A change in the enemy operating modes to areas where the approach is difficult and costly in human lives
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    17:00 The Power of Manufacturing in Supporting the Warfighter

    Colonel (Ret'd) Silas Suchanek

    Colonel (Ret'd) Silas Suchanek, Independant Procurement Support Consultant, YDS (YAKUPOGLU)

  • Today’s warfighters are facing a greater range of challenges in more varied operational environments and need clothing, footwear and personal equipment to meet their needs
  • A requirement for multi-use/multi-purpose products to improve performance and protection
  • Manufacturers with requirements expertise are key in providing the design, development and production resources to create next generation products
  • Military Forces depend on capable manufacturers, working in partnership with materials suppliers, to meet their needs cost-effectively while improving quality, robustness and utility
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (Ret) Richard Hansen

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

    17:45 Evening Networking Drinks Reception Hosted by Lead Sponsor BDA Technology

    8:20 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret) Richard Hansen

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

    9:00 Further Enhancing British Dismounted Soldier Capabilities with Sustained Training and Improved Situational Awareness

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army

  • Maximising lethality, mobility, and survivability with enhanced situational awareness and improved command battlespace management
  • Embedding voice, video, and communication data services within the Warfighter’s equipment
  • Enhancing team spatial awareness with red/blue force tracking (BFT) and minimising fratricide
  • Feedback from the Army Warfighting Experiment 2018 and foreseeable burden reduction on British Infantry
  • 9:30 Enhancing Australian Dismounted Capabilities and Developing the Land 125 New Generation Infantry Fighting Force

    Colonel Mark Richards

    Colonel Mark Richards, Acting Director Diggerworks, Australian Army

    10:00 Dismounted Warrior Architecture

    Mr Jeppe Muller

    Mr Jeppe Muller, CEO, BDA Technology

  • Background and Past Performance
  • The Android End User Device and the route to an ATO
  • Power Solutions
  • The Seamless Connectivity and rates of Power and Data
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Integrating Hard and Soft Armour Technology into Canadian Combat Uniforms for Greater Ballistic Protection

    Mr Sean Cale

    Mr Sean Cale, Technical Authority and Life Cycle Manager / Chairman of NATO LCGDSS Combat Clothing and Individual Equipment Protection (CCIEP) Sub-Group, Canadian Department of National Defence

  • Protection versus mobility: Survivability trade-space driving modular and scalable armour
  • The need for greater quality of life as well as survivability, driving integration of high performance and novel material systems and new protective system concepts
  • Balancing weight, durability, and comfort for the dismounted soldier          
  • 11:30 The Blast Gauge System: Various Capabilities

    Captain (ret'd) Scott J Featherman

    Captain (ret'd) Scott J Featherman, Director of Business Development, BlackBox Biometrics Inc

  • Progress of US Blast Gauge programs
  • Future Soldier System integrations
  • Addition of Auditory Range sensing capability
  • Opportunities to partner
  • 12:00 Enhancing Dismounted Soldier Survivability with Effective Combat Clothing and Protection

    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Mr Jonathan Russell, Technical Lead, Dismounted Survivability, DSTL

  • Designing combat protective equipment and limiting burden: An update on the VIRTUS and PETREL projects and respective requirements
  • Integrating appropriate C4ISTAR equipment into existing armour
  • Maximising soldier survivability with advanced research into new resistant materials and effective ballistic protection
  • Outcome of the AWE 2018 exercise and emerging requirements
  • 12:30 Enhancing Soldier Lethality Through Innovative Virtual Reality Testing and Simulation

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa, Human Research Lead, US Army RDECOM ARDEC

  • Overview of the Tactical Behaviour Research Laboratory (TBRL), and the impact of human behaviour research on enhancing the future capacities of the dismounted soldier
  • Exploring soldier lethality analyses through virtual reality simulation: collecting and analysing simulated data for more effective research and testing
  • Current simulation projects striving to enhance soldier lethality
  • Overcoming challenges in collecting effective virtual reality data
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Assessing the Integration of Exoskeleton Technology in the Battlefield for the Dismounted Soldier

    Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Javier Garcia Alvarez

    Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Javier Garcia Alvarez, Directorate Application Services/JISR, NATO Communications and Information Agency

  • Overview of NATO programme to integrate exoskeleton technology to assist Explosive Ordnance Disposal units
  • Improving mobility, endurance and enhancing payload capacities through dismounted soldier exoskeletons
  • Testing and evaluating exoskeleton technology to ensure it meets the requirements for dismounted EOD operations
  • Assessing the maturity of current technology available on the market, and cooperating with industry to further the exoskeleton project
  • 14:30 The Dismounted Belgian Special Forces Operator of the Future

    Captain Jan Weuts

    Captain Jan Weuts, Belgian Liaison Officer/Capability Development: Dutch Army Special Forces Centre of Expertise for Special Operations, Belgian Special Forces

  • The Imperative for Self- Synchronization in Operations: towards SF swarming. Opportunities and Hurdles.
  • 'Humans Are More Important Than Hardware': the Future SF Operator as a System for Strategic Effect: towards man/machine- enabled SF 'Strategic- Tactical' Cognition, Decision- Making and Action. 
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Exploring New Approaches to Lethality for the 21st Century Soldier

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor, Director and Former Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), Pardus Defence & Security

  • Developing a system-of-systems approach to soldier capability development
  • Enhancing survivability, mobility, and sustainability  to create a more lethal 21st century soldier
  • The role of disruptive technology and RAS in increasing soldier lethality
  • 16:00 Developments in Adaptive Multispectral Camouflage and Signature Management for the Dismounted Soldier

    Dr Max Winkelmann

    Dr Max Winkelmann, Researcher of Signatorics, Fraunhofer IOSB

  • The need for greater signature management as the dismounted soldier carries more complex electronic equipment during operations
  • Developments in efforts to reduce thermal signatures, as the threat of more effective thermal sensing faces the modern-day soldier
  • Improving multi-spectral camouflage to reduce electronic and infrared signatures
  • Recent developments in soldier worn sensory-detector equipment, as part of a proactive approach to detection avoidance
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Three

    Colonel (Ret) Richard Hansen

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

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Jon Morten Mangersnes

    Brigadier General Jon Morten Mangersnes

    Commander Norwegian Army Land Warfare Centre, Norwegian Armed Forces
    Captain Jan Weuts

    Captain Jan Weuts

    Belgian Liaison Officer/Capability Development: Dutch Army Special Forces Centre of Expertise for Special Operations, Belgian Special Forces
    Colonel (Ret) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Dr Max Winkelmann

    Dr Max Winkelmann

    Researcher of Signatorics, Fraunhofer IOSB
    Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Javier Garcia Alvarez

    Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Javier Garcia Alvarez

    Directorate Application Services/JISR, NATO Communications and Information Agency
    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Simao Sousa

    Lieutenant Colonel Simao Sousa

    Capability Development and Force Planning Coordinator, Portuguese Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

    Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

    SO1 Tactical Communications and Information Systems, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Torstein Espolin Johnson

    Lieutenant Colonel Torstein Espolin Johnson

    Soldier System Coordinator, Norwegian Defence Material Agency
    Major Christophe Wallner

    Major Christophe Wallner

    Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
    Mr Jeppe Muller

    Mr Jeppe Muller

    CEO, BDA Technology
    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Technical Lead, Dismounted Survivability, DSTL
    Mr Nick Taylor CEng FIMechE MAPM RPP

    Mr Nick Taylor CEng FIMechE MAPM RPP

    Soldier Training and Special Programmes Team Leader, DE&S
    Mr Sean Cale

    Mr Sean Cale

    Technical Authority and Life Cycle Manager / Chairman of NATO LCGDSS Combat Clothing and Individual Equipment Protection (CCIEP) Sub-Group, Canadian Department of National Defence
    Mrs Thrude J Leirvik

    Mrs Thrude J Leirvik

    Project Manager Nordic Combat Uniform, Norwegian Defence Material Agency Material Investments

    Brigadier General Jon Morten Mangersnes

    Commander Norwegian Army Land Warfare Centre, Norwegian Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Jon Morten Mangersnes

    Captain (ret'd) Scott J Featherman

    Director of Business Development, BlackBox Biometrics Inc
    Captain (ret'd) Scott J Featherman

    Captain Jan Weuts

    Belgian Liaison Officer/Capability Development: Dutch Army Special Forces Centre of Expertise for Special Operations, Belgian Special Forces
    Captain Jan Weuts

    Colonel (Ret) Richard Hansen

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

    Colonel (Ret'd) Silas Suchanek

    Independant Procurement Support Consultant, YDS (YAKUPOGLU)
    Colonel (Ret'd) Silas Suchanek

    Colonel Francois-Regis Dabas

    Director Infantry Capability Development Division, French Army
    Colonel Francois-Regis Dabas

    Colonel Mark Richards

    Acting Director Diggerworks, Australian Army
    Colonel Mark Richards

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

    Human Research Lead, US Army RDECOM ARDEC
    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

    Dr Max Winkelmann

    Researcher of Signatorics, Fraunhofer IOSB
    Dr Max Winkelmann

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor

    Director and Former Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), Pardus Defence & Security
    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor

    Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Javier Garcia Alvarez

    Directorate Application Services/JISR, NATO Communications and Information Agency
    Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Javier Garcia Alvarez

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Lieutenant Colonel Simao Sousa

    Capability Development and Force Planning Coordinator, Portuguese Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Simao Sousa

    Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

    SO1 Tactical Communications and Information Systems, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

    Lieutenant Colonel Torstein Espolin Johnson

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

    Major Christophe Wallner

    Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
    Major Christophe Wallner

    Mr Brian McDonald

    Field Operations Manager, Persistent Systems LLC
    Mr Brian McDonald

    Mr Chris Briggs

    Capability Advisor - Land ISTAR, DSTL
    Mr Chris Briggs

    Mr Francois Legras

    FN e-novation Product Manager, FN Herstal
    Mr Francois Legras

    Mr Gal Papier

    Head of marketing & BD, Precision Tactical Weapon Systems Directorate, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd
    Mr Gal Papier

    Mr Gerard de Boisboissel

    Research Engineer, Saint-Cyr Military Academy Research Centre
    Mr Gerard de Boisboissel

    Mr Itay Weiss

    CEO & Reserve Major, Israeli Navy Seals, Secubit Ltd
    Mr Itay Weiss

    Mr Jeppe Muller

    CEO, BDA Technology
    Mr Jeppe Muller

    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Technical Lead, Dismounted Survivability, DSTL
    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Mr Martin Smith

    Technical Manager, Thales UK
    Mr Martin Smith

    Mr Mike Kocin

    Director of International Programs, ViaSat, Inc.
    Mr Mike Kocin

    Mr Nick Taylor CEng FIMechE MAPM RPP

    Soldier Training and Special Programmes Team Leader, DE&S
    Mr Nick Taylor CEng FIMechE MAPM RPP

    Mr Richard Stone

    Vice President of Strategic Planning, BDA Technology
    Mr Richard Stone

    Mr Sean Cale

    Technical Authority and Life Cycle Manager / Chairman of NATO LCGDSS Combat Clothing and Individual Equipment Protection (CCIEP) Sub-Group, Canadian Department of National Defence
    Mr Sean Cale

    Mr Yves Roskam

    Business Development Manager, FN Herstal
    Mr Yves Roskam

    Mrs Thrude J Leirvik

    Project Manager Nordic Combat Uniform, Norwegian Defence Material Agency Material Investments
    Mrs Thrude J Leirvik

    Ms. Lisa Amling

    VP of Product Development, Small Format Connector Systems, Glenair, Inc
    Ms. Lisa Amling

    Nick Taylor

    Director, Soldier Training and Special Programmes, Ministry of Defence
    Nick Taylor

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Key Media Partners

    Supporters

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    2019 Preliminary attendee list

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    What some of our exhibitors will be showcasing

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    Sponsor/Exhibitor Interview with Getac Technology Corporation

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    Speaker/Sponsor Interview with Glenair, Inc.

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    3M

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.3m.com

    We strive to set the standard for confidence and trust by providing rugged, reliable protective communication equipment. 3M™ PELTOR™ solutions for today’s modern warfighter have been designed for use in combat and combat support operations, specifically, for use with firearms and ballistic combat helmets. The hearing protectors feature external microphones for environmental listening (aka Talk-Through) capability, so operators can maintain auditory situational awareness while still protecting their hearing. With more than 60 years of experience, the PELTOR brand promises quality communication solutions that help provide an excellent balance of comfort and protection. The advanced engineering and technology inherent with the PELTOR brand fits with the high standard of quality and innovation of a continuously evolving range of product solutions that you, our customers, come to expect from 3M.


    Amphenol

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.amphenol.co.uk

    Amphenol is the world leader in the design, manufacture, and supply of high-performance interconnect systems for military and commercial aerospace harsh environment applications. Amphenol provides an unparalleled product breadth, from military specification connectors to customized high-speed board level interconnects; from flexible to rigid printed circuit boards; from backplane systems to completely integrated assemblies. Key markets supported are avionics, radar, communications, ordnance, missiles, engines, ground vehicles and tanks, man-worn systems, space, and all levels of aviation. Amphenol is a technology innovator that designs to meet customers’ needs from program inception. Amphenol thinks globally, acts locally


    BlackBox Biometrics

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://b3inc.com

    BlackBox Biometrics®, Inc. was founded in 2011 with the goal of providing live exposure assessment to overpressure associated with today’s signature war wound: traumatic brain injury. At the time when the Iraq War was nearing an end and the United States was ten-years into war in Afghanistan, over 200,000 U.S. service members had already been diagnosed with TBI. With nothing available to measure the blasts that often cause undetectable head injuries, soldiers and medical personnel were forced to face the effects of these injuries with inconsistent and subjective data. Seeing this need and the opportunity to improve the lives of soldiers and their families, BlackBox Biometrics set out to measure the unseen. Funded by a DARPA grant, a small team assembled to develop a solution providing better triage data. The result was the Blast Gauge® System, a revolutionary sensor that has since been outfitted on U.S. Special Forces, the Army, and SWAT teams across the nation. Coupled with proprietary software, the complete system captures and interprets complex data associated with concussive events. This means faster and more accurate treatment for those serving on the frontlines, and better research for advancing the study of TBI. The newest Generation 7 now includes a deployment battery, secure Interrogated Wireless™, and capacity to store hundreds of events. All these improvements are aimed at making the Wireless Blast Gauge System the world’s first and only system for measuring repeated low level blasts that cause long-term injury to the warfighter. Today, BlackBox Biometrics continues to be the industry leader in measuring the unseen impact of concussive injuries. Our talented team is comprised of like-minded individuals—in engineering, operations, and business—all with the collective goal of improving lives through the creation of innovative technology.


    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. For example: The SMP battery is 100 Wh for a weight of 0.48Kg (208 Wh / Kg) The CWB battery is 142 Wh for a weight of 1.18Kg (120 Wh / Kg) 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.


    Fischer Connectors

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

    Fischer Connectors has been designing, manufacturing and distributing high performance connectors and cable assembly solutions for more than 60 years. Known for their reliability, quality and resistance to extreme environments, Fischer Connectors’ solutions are used in fields requiring faultless quality, such as defence & security, medical, industrial, instrumentation, audiovisual, transportation and energy. In close partnership with its customers, Fischer Connectors continues to push the boundaries of connectivity to address design engineers’ need to minimize space and maximize performance in their devices used in Dismounted Soldier, Ground, Aerospace and Marine military applications. Fischer Connectors' solutions have been tested to MIL-standards, are used in most soldier modernization programs – especially in C4ISTAR technologies, and meet the need for safe and reliable operations.


    FN Herstal

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

    A LONG-TERM PARTNER FOR DEFENSE AND SECURITY FORCES. FN Herstal is the Defense and Security entity within the Herstal Group, which also includes the hunting and sports shooting business of Browning and Winchester Firearms. Across its three prestigious brands the Herstal Group has 2,900 employees producing a turnover of more than €800 million in 2017. The Group, which is fully owned by the Walloon Region (one of the three Regional Governments of Belgium), has a customer base in over 130 countries. Beyond Belgium, the Herstal Group has a worldwide presence, with facilities and offices in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Finland, the United States (Missouri, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia), Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Japan. FN Herstal designs, develops and manufactures a complete range of state-of-the-art, innovative solutions developed around small caliber firearms and associated ammunition. Millions of FN product references are in service around the world with Defense, Security and Law Enforcement forces. Investment in its technology, manufacturing facilities and dedicated workforce has resulted in the company’s excellent reputation for quality, backed up by AS/EN 9100 certification. FN Herstal product portfolio includes portable firearms; less lethal systems; airborne weapon systems (crew served and fixed-forward); land and sea weapon systems (remote weapon stations, pintle-mounted); small caliber ammunition; an FN e-novation line composed of a marksmanship training system, high-grade sighting aid for 40mm grenades, and shot counter with dedicated software for smart small arms management. FN Herstal also provides an effective support service for all of its products on a worldwide basis. FN Herstal is the parent company of three fully owned entities: FN America in the USA, FNH UK in the United Kingdom and Noptel in Finland.


    Getac Technology Corporation

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.getac.co.uk

    Getac Technology Corporation, founded in 1989, is one of the key subsidiaries of the MiTAC-Synnex Business Group. Getac have been a leading provider of Mobile Computing Solutions for over 30 years and is one of the world’s leading ruggedised computing solution suppliers. The Getac portfolio encompasses an extensive range of PCs, notebooks, tablets and handheld devices. Getac computers are specifically designed to meet the mission-critical computing needs of mobile workers who face the most demanding environments, whether indoors or out. The primary benefits are dust, water, vibration and shock resistance, certified to international testing criteria, such as MIL-STD 810G & 461F and IP ratings (IP54, IP65, IP68). This allied to state of the art technologies and an unparalleled selection of wireless communications options, including 4G, and military grade GPS means these products assist field workers to perform anytime, anywhere. Customers in Defense, Public Safety, Utilities, Telecommunications, Transportation, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Engineering and Construction have long recognised that Getac devices, along with Getac’s excellent customised service are the ideal choice to satisfy their mobile computing needs.


    Harris Communication System

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

    Harris Communication Systems is the number one supplier of airborne and ground tactical radios to defence and public safety organisations as well as being the world leader for night vision technologies. Harris provides integrated system solutions for U.S. and international defence and public safety networks and has been a trusted partner to the U.S. Department of Defense and allied forces for more than 100 years. Around the world, warfighters and first responders look to Harris for mission-critical communications solutions that give them a clear advantage – making them safer, faster and more effective. Harris’ systems support mission agility and information dominance through the industry’s best-in-class technologies, proven interoperability, optimised Size, Weight and Power and software-defined architectures. We design, build and deliver solutions for today’s network-centric battlespace; current and next-generation ground, in-vehicle and airborne tactical radios, and advanced command and control battle management systems. When darkness falls, our night vision technologies lead the way with real-time connectivity, thermal fusion abilities, and Gen 3 image intensifiers with unmatched clarity, low- and no-light performance and superior tube longevity. First responders rely on us for anytime, anywhere connectivity through converged P25 LMR and LTE two-way radios, innovative network applications and mission-critical communication platforms. • Harris has more than 1 million tactical radios deployed. • Harris was first to integrate simultaneous communications of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Signals Intelligence into a single handheld radio. • Harris is pioneering next-generation tactical networks for the world’s most technologically advanced elite forces. • Harris remains the world leader in night vision technology, with more devices produced than all other manufacturers combined.


    Natek Power Systems AB

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.natek.se

    The military is fast approaching the need to find a reliable solution to harvest renewable energy. The critical, key element is the charging unit, taking available energy from a variety of sources and efficiently converting it into storage. For more than 25 years NATEK has been leading the way in this field, providing innovative and versatile solutions to defence forces all over Scandinavia. Using their chargers in the Arctic, they have been designed and built to withstand the most extreme weather conditions on Earth. And as technology quickly advances towards digital dependency NATEK is perfectly positioned to step in and provide the adaptable power conversion needed. Militaries will be battlefield ready using charging units that are compact, rugged and powerful enough to use in any scenario. Taking the energy wherever it can be found and converting it reliable and intelligently into stored energy. Imagine being able to charge all your different batteries with one unit? No more dependencies. Freedom to get the job done. This was the dream, and now, this is the reality.


    Omnetics Connector Corporation

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

    Omnetics Connector Corporation manufactures and designs Micro-miniature, Nano-miniature, and Hybrid connectors, wire harnesses, and cable assembly solutions for the toughest, smallest, and highest speed applications. These rugged miniature and ultra-miniature Mil-Spec based Micro-D, Nano-D, Circular, and Strip connector solutions aid in the interconnect and SWaP design requirements of your battlefield communications, computing, and other high-performance devices, increasing the number of contacts for high speed compact circuitry in mission critical harsh environment applications. With a rich history of the miniaturization and ruggedization of interconnect harnesses, Omnetics Connector Corporation is proud to announce the development of our new COBRA™ connector system for the dismounted soldier. This unique design weighs under 35 grams and is compatible with the MOLLE straps of standard vests. It features 8 cleanable 5 AMP contacts which can handle USB 2.0 signals, and it offers a magnet free tactile latching system to avoid any signal interference. It is IP68 sealed in the mated and unmated state and can be terminated by the end user. The COBRA™ connector can be retro-fitted onto old vests with a clamp system designed for the standard MOLLE straps. Additionally, both halves of the connector can be fabric or bulkhead mounted, creating a plethora of design configurations. The design can also be modified to fit specific application requirements. Stop by Omnetics’ booth at Future Soldier Technology 2019 to learn more about our miniature and ruggedized connector solutions.


    Persistent Systems

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

    Persistent Systems offers a secure and “true” mobile ad-hoc networking system with its Wave Relay product line. Since inception, the company’s core products have been most utilized by the government sector as well as some by some industrial clients. Today, Persistent Systems has the opportunity to grow its customer base to both industrial and commercial applications. The most recent product released by Persistent Systems is the MPU5. The most advanced, most scalable, and most efficient Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) radio in the world. Built to create powerful, secure networks anywhere, the MPU5 unites all your critical data sources in real time – giving you and your team the confidence to make difficult decisions in the heat of the moment. Data, video, voice, and a fully integrated AndroidTM computer system makes the MPU5 the world’s first Smart Radio. The MPU5 empowers you to succeed in any application - from Live Event Broadcasting to Special Operations - by taking your network further and faster than ever before. Leverage integrated Radio over IP (RoIP) to easily communicate between agencies. Lighten your load while increasing your capability. Stream full HD video across vast geographic areas and customize your device by installing 3rd party Android™ applications directly on the MPU5. Take advantage of all of these capabilities no matter where your network takes you. One Solution. Infinite Possibilities.


    Rafael

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.rafael.co.il

    Rafael develops and manufactures advanced defense systems for the Israeli Defense Forces and the defense establishment, as well as for foreign customers around the world. The company offers its customers a diversified array of innovative solutions at the leading edge of global technology, from underwater systems through naval, ground, and air superiority systems to space systems. Rafael is one of Israel's largest defense companies, with 2016 net profit of $123 million and record-high orders totaling $2.8 billion. Rafael is the largest employer in Northern Israel with approximately 7,500 employees and numerous subcontractor and service suppliers, indirectly providing employment for some 20,000 households.


    Reski OY

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.reski.fi

    Reski is a start-up company based in Finland and specialized in Augmented Reality Tactical solutions aimed at the Defense industry. We develop head-mount AR systems for the dismounted soldier. Our goal is to develop intuitive, easy to use, reliable, sturdy and secure headgear technology that will augment the user in terms of communication, situational awareness and mission effectiveness. We're attending the SMI conference to discuss applications of Augmented Reality systems on the battlefield.


    Revision Military

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

    Revision develops and delivers purpose-built protective equipment and innovative integrated solutions to forces around the world. All Revision products are built to enhance survivability for soldiers and tactical users operating in extreme environments and situations. The Company’s history began with eyewear and has expanded to include face, head, and torso protective solutions. Revision’s evolution continues with the addition of advanced and versatile lithium-ion soldier-worn energy products and air and ground vehicular power platforms. Across each of the Company’s Business Units, Revision brings together the finest technical minds, with wide-ranging expertise, in state-of-the-art facilities.


    Secubit Ltd

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://secubit-ltd.com

    Secubit brings military veterans together with AI & product design experts on a mission to transform tactical readiness worldwide. We develop and manufacture innovative products, bringing global armies and law enforcement agencies to the next level of tactical performance. Secubit aims to redefine the perception of weapon usage & tactical readiness by developing an eco-system powered by AI, connectivity and shared knowledge base. Our technology, both from tactical & maintenance perspectives, will ultimately drive the force to perform more efficiently.


    Thales

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

    Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 64,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14.9 billion in 2016. With over 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world. Thales is a leading global supplier of secure end-to-end satellite communication solutions for land, air and naval forces, using civilian and military satellites. The company is prime contractor and responsible for implementation of France's Syracuse III ground segment and networks. The company is also in charge of convergence of the Astride/Syracuse theatre networks and is prime contractor for the Venus On the Move French VAB light armoured vehicles for the French armed forces. Since 2001, Thales Alenia Space has supplied 15 military or dual-use satellites to armed forces in France, Italy, Germany, Brazil and the Middle East. Thales’s System 21 multi-waveform satcom transmission system offers anti-jam capability, complies with NATO standards and is deployed in France and other NATO member countries.


    TT Electronics

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

    TT Electronics is a global provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications. With nearly 5,000 staff members operating from 28 key locations around the world, TT designs, develops, manufactures and delivers a wide range of electronic components, power conversion, manufacturing and IoT solutions for applications in the medical, industrial, aerospace and defence and transportation sectors. The TT Electronics’ brand AB Connectors specialises in the design, test and manufacture of high-performance electronic connectors and interconnect solutions, supplying a range of global customers in aerospace, defence, rail and industrial markets. The AB product portfolio which includes miniature connectors, high power connectors, soldier systems, harness assemblies and box systems typically serve within key applications such as signalling, communication and power distribution. Operating from the principle site in Abercynon, South Wales, our research and development teams have an excellent track record for developing innovative industry solutions and our engineers have extensive experience in designing a range of product configurations to meet customer specific requirements for the most demanding environments. From plant layout to production line set-up and quick changeover processes, we offer the ideal service, with a flexible manufacturing environment and accredited facilities. Quality systems and approvals include ISO9001 along with various product and market sector approvals including the military Mil-std 790 and mass transit IRIS certifications and environmental approval to ISO14001. As a result of these qualifications AB Connectors has been awarded several major customer approvals and accreditations. AB Connectors total commitment to providing customers with high levels of service, cost effectiveness, quality and innovative solutions in interconnection products make it the ideal first choice supply partner.


    Viasat

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

    At Viasat, we’re on a mission to connect every warfighter, platform, and node in the battlespace. As a global communications company, we power millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world – connections that have the capacity to transform the mission – in the air, on the ground, and at sea. Our customers depend on us for connectivity that brings greater operational capabilities, whether we’re securing the U.S. Government’s networks, delivering satellite and wireless communications to the remote edges of the battlespace, or providing senior leaders with the ability to perform mission-critical communications while in flight. We’re a team of fearless innovators, driven to redefine what’s possible. And we’re not done – we’re just beginning.


    Yakupoglu Tekstil Deri (YDS)

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.ydsboots.co.uk

    YAKUPOGLU was founded in 1927 and is located on a total of 72.000m² grounds, of which 50.000m² is a closed production area. We have over 1500 skilled workers and 20 Engineers in our facilities. We have ISO EN 9001 Quality Assurance System Certificate, OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System Certificate, Laboratory Accreditation Certificate, membership of SATRA Laboratories and we are committed in improving our product quality. Our on going research program about the latest technology is designed to ensure that we follow up the new developments in the marketplace and to take necessary action in investing where needed. Quality control is paramount in our fully equipped accredited laboratory and throughout the production process by means of Statistical Process Control. And with this in mind our employees always strive to improve our existing products and to develop new ones. Our footwear production is specialized and has a profession in fields of SAFETY and MILITARY purposes. We are always interested in diversifying and expanding our product line for the civilian market as well. Our product spectrum generally consists of Safety Footwear, Good Year Welted and Unit Soled Shoes, Gore-tex Breathable and Water Resistant Boots, Summer Boots, Winter and Cold Climate Boots and Snow Boots. We start off by cutting out the leather and other raw materials, and then go on by sewing uppers, lasting and soling and carrying out all other processes under controlled conditions within our factory.

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    Soldier Modernisation

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    http://www.soldiermod.com

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

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    Satnews Publishers

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    http://www.satnews.com

    Satnews Publishers is a leader in the delivery of timely and accurate news and data for the commercial and military satellite industries. Satnews publications include Satnews Daily, Weekly, Mobile, SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine. Our data products include the International Satellite Directory and SatFinder, both industry standard tools. Visit: www.satnews.com.


    Asian Military Review

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    http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

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


    Epicos

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    http://www.Epicos.com

    Epicos is a global, multifaceted portal providing Aerospace and Defense industries around the world with business intelligence and active support to access opportunities on international procurements, industrial cooperation and offsets. Epicos has carried out extensive industry analysis and mapping of capabilities of A&D Industries and offers this knowledge to its members helping them to identify business opportunities and to build strategic alliances. Additionally, Epicos supports the global A&D industry through a wide range of on-line services and products including but not limited to: a large online procurement database, an updated Business Directory, an e-library with extensive information regarding procurement and offsets processes systems and an up to the minute news database.


    Homeland Security Research Corporation

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    http://www.homelandsecurityresearch.com

    HSRC provides premium off-the-shelf market reports on present and emerging technologies and industry expertise, enabling global clients to gain time-critical insight into business opportunities. All reports include in-depth information and analysis of emerging markets, technologies, and industries broken down by geography, market, vertical, technology, product, and revenue stream. Our reports support Homeland Security & Public Safety communities worldwide in their strategic decision-making process, providing up-to-date market knowledge, analysis, and insights. HSRC offers customized research services geared towards providing our clients with clear, actionable recommendations designed to empower decision-making and to help exploit emerging opportunities in the market. The customized research services provide a deep analysis of specific markets and eco-systems, target geographies, strategic segments and verticals, competitor analysis and technological benchmarks. The custom research services are provided as an ad hoc assignment or as an ongoing service.


    RF Globalnet

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    VertMarkets, Inc., publishes industry-specific trade magazines that serve key decision-makers and professionals in a select set of targeted vertical markets. As a complement to VertMarkets' leading online industry Web sites, the magazines offer readers compelling editorial, providing news analysis, market trends, technical reviews, case studies, technical papers, and other educational articles authored by some of the most respected experts in the industries we serve. Additionally, each magazine has a comprehensive Buyer's Guide section designed to promote the latest innovations and products from the leading companies in the market. VertMarkets' circulation model aligns directly with the needs of our readers, as our magazines are aggressively distributed at and around many key industry Tradeshows throughout the year. VertMarkets plans to continue building on the support we give our readers by expanding our magazine publishing business.


    Defence and Security Alert

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    http://www.dsalert.org

    Defence and Security Alert (DSA) is the first and only ISO 9001:2015 certified, world-class monthly Indian magazine in defence and security journalism. Covering a strictly research based spectrum of dynamic scenarios in India and challenging horizons beyond national borders, DSA is the only Indian defence magazine available on the intranets of Indian Air Force (IAF) and Border Security Force (BSF). DSA is an ideal platform in this domain to showcase your products, services and cutting-edge technologies. DSA is very extensively circulated among key policy and decision makers in the federal and 28 state governments and corporate world in India and worldwide through print and online editions.


    ArmedForces.co.uk

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    http://www.armedforces.co.uk

    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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    Market Research Media Ltd, a leading market research firm, provides comprehensive market research reports and forecasts to assist governmental and corporate decision makers understand the dynamics of world’s technology markets. Fortune 500 companies, US Congress and EU government bodies rely on our strategic insights.


    Defence Today

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    http://defencetoday.com

    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.


    Defense Express

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    http://www.defense-ua.com

    Limited Liability Company “DEFENSE EXPRESS MEDIA AND CONSULTING” highlights events in security, defense and military cooperation areas. Regular information products of the company: - Daily News Wire and Analysis on http://www.defense-ua.com; - Weekly newsletter “Ukrainian Defense Survey”; - “DEFENSE EXPRESS” Magazine; - “Ukrainian Defense Review” Magazine (in English); - Book series “Weapons of Ukraine”. Company also provides advice and assistance based on deep analytical skills and knowledge of the conditions and characteristics of Ukrainian military market to companies, government bodies and intermediaries in the implementation of their strategy, relating to finding new partners and interests promoting.


    Technologies.org

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    Technologies.org is a collaborative research tool maintained and supported by team of market analysts to track, monitor and share vital information on the latest technology trends by following money trail of government grants and venture capital deals. Sharing market intelligence data helps all parties develop a more complete integrated picture of market and technology trends.


    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA

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    http://www.segurancaedefesa.com/

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


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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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.


    Global Military Communications

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


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    With a legacy of over 100 years as Jane's, IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security delivers the world’s leading defence and security insight to help you make critical decisions. Our renowned open-source intelligence and powerful analytical tools encompass data on equipment, technology, parts, standards and logistics, as well as objective analysis of markets, programmes and budgets, risk and capabilities assessments, training and consulting services. Government, military and defense organizations gain insight into, plan for and act upon critical threats in the current global national-security environment. Businesses leverage tools and resources for more cost-effective defense-system design, delivery and support. Over 3000 thought leaders provide you with actionable intelligence for expedited and improved decision making. Customers, prospects and the media outlets alike rely upon IHS thought leaders for analysis, forecasts, and perspectives on topics, events, and issues that impact the global business landscape.


    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.

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    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.

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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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