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SMi Group are proud to announce that the second Military PNT conference will convene virtually on 17th – 18th May 2021 to provide an in-depth view of military PNT technology and assess the future of PNT for the Warfighter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be held on SMi's bespoke online conference platform.

GPS satellite navigation is currently essential to almost all military operations. From precision targeting for missiles to situational awareness and navigation for dismounted infantry, the loss of GPS is a catastrophic scenario in modern military operations. As both near-peer and asymmetric adversaries strengthen their EW and offensive cyber capabilities, this scenario is becoming less a possibility and more a certainty in future conflict.

To preserve effective PNT, it is critical that military and industry work together to provide new solutions and technology. The urgency is reflected by vastly increased investment in PNT technology across the world; by 2024, the PNT industry is expected to grow to $23 billion. There is a clear and pressing need for military decision-makers, industry partners and thought leaders to come together and discuss the future of military PNT. 

This conference will be held in British Summer Time (GMT+1)

Military PNT 2021 is the perfect occasion to hear from the most informed and renowned experts in the field of PNT. Join the two-day virtual conference and benefit from insights delivered by first-class scientists, researchers, academics and senior military figures.

  • Military briefings from the US DoD comprehensively covering present and future of US PNT
  • Hear about a diverse array of topics including PNT resilience, multi-sensor integration and Warfighter navigation requirements
  • Understand how the UK’s Positioning, Navigation and Timings landscape will look in a post-Galileo environment
  • Engage with senior military and industry leaders to understand the Warfighter’s needs for operating in degraded and denied environments with resilient PNT and explore capabilities showcased within a dedicated exhibition hall.

The SMi Virtual Conference Platform will deliver the following benefits:

  • Live and On-Demand speaker content: Get online access to the latest strategies and case studies from your market!
  • Network with all event attendees: Connect, see who’s attending, chat and share contact details with all online delegates, speakers and sponsors
  • Exhibit a Virtual Booth: Pack your customized booth full of documents and videos, and even show who is manning the booth during the event and who is hosting meetings
  • Host & Join Meetings & Socials: Join preferred speaking sessions, host your own meetings and even host virtual networking socials with inbuilt Zoom functionality

 

2d Space Operations Squadron; Airbus Defence & Space; Aluet Aerospace Engineering ; Armasuisse; Army Geospatial Information Center; Australian Defence Science and Technology Group; BHO Legal; Brazilian Air Force; British Army (Royal Artillery); CGI; Combat Capabilities Development Command; DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency); DEAL,Dehradun; Defence Science & Technology Group; Defence Science and Technology; Defence Science Technology Laboratory; Defense Threat Reduction Agency; DGA; DST Group, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE; DSTL; DTAQ Europe Office; Finnish Defence Forces; Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI; Forsberg Services Ltd; Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS; German Air Force; Indian DRDO; ISDEFE; Isotropic Systems; ITA MOD; Italian Defence General Staff ; Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Office of the Military Advisor; JAPCC; JNWC; Joint Air Power Competence Centre; L3Harris; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Space; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Lockheed Martin UK; London Economics Limited; MET Office; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence, Spain; Ministry of Defence, UK; MOD; MOD - UKStratCom; National Centre for Space Studies (CNES); National Physical Laboratory; NATO JEWCS; Netherlands MoD; Novatel Inc; PAF; PwC; RAF; Raft Systems Limited; RNLAF; Romanian Space Agency (ROSA); Royal Air Force; Royal Netherland Air Force; Royal Netherlands Air Force; SAF/SP; Safran Electronics & Space; Safran Electronics & Defense ; SJE Space Ltd; SPECIAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE; Spirent Communications Plc; Surrey Satellite Technology Limited; Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI); The Aerospace Corporation; TU-Vienna; U.S. Army; UK MOD; UK Space Agency; UK Strategic Command; UKStratCom; US Air Force; US Army; US ARMY CCDC C5ISR Center; US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command; US Space Force; Xona Space Systems;
 

Conference programme

All timings are in British Summer Time (GMT+1)

10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Stuart Eves

Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
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10:15 Robust Global Navigation System (R-GNS) and Main Lines of Effort in the UK MOD

Commander Jason Strutt

Commander Jason Strutt, SO1 Space, UK STRATCOM
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  • Update on R-GNS: creating a multi-constellation navigation system for next-gen PNT
  • Importance of international partnerships and collaboration with allies
  • Future development opportunities for GNSS alternative technology: embracing cutting-edge, innovative technology.
     
  • 10:45 Space-Based PNT Programme: Securing the UK’s Space-Based PNT Future

    Confirmed Senior Representative

    Confirmed Senior Representative, Space-Based PNT Programme, UK Space Agency

  • Insight into the aims and progress of the Space-Based PNT Programme: key timelines for commercial industry
  • Overcoming the challenges of mapping dependency to determine investment focuses
  • Innovation and disruption: why UKSA is actively seeking innovative ideas and why this is key for the PNT community
  • Collaboration with 5-Eyes and international partners to accelerate innovation
  • 11:15 Morning Break

    11:45 French PNT Requirements for Defence: Importance of Resilient PNT

    Commandant Marina Ballanger

    Commandant Marina Ballanger, Head of Navigation, Technical Division, DGA
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  • DGA’s PNT philosophy: why every armament programme requiring PNT has a dedicated team
  • The growing importance of anti-spoofing and resiliency in DGA programmes: what is being done to accelerate capability
  • Report on initial AI study: viability for future operational usage
  • 12:15 Italian MOD GNSS Updates and Work on Resilient PNT

    Commander Giancarlo Melicchio

    Commander Giancarlo Melicchio, GNSS Section Head, Italian Defence General Staff
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  • The importance of effective GNSS according to the Italian MOD’s Joint Integrated Concept
  • Hybrid systems for more robust PNT
  • Opportunity areas to enhance persistent navigation capability delivery
  • Future programmes and opportunities for collaboration and involvement
  • 12:45 NATO Efforts on Resilient PNT

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Vasen

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Vasen, Space SME, Joint Air Power Competence Centre
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  • Military use and dependence on PNT services
  • Intentional counter PNT actions by opponents and mitigating them
  • Environmental influences such as Space weather and means to reduce the risk
     
  • 13:15 Lunch Break

    14:00 2d Space Operations Squadron: Providing Assured PNT to the Warfighter through GPS Satellite Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Schriever

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Schriever, Commander 2nd Space Operations Squadron, US Space Force

  • Report on the November 2020 GPS III-04 launch and operational performance
  • Efforts to increase AI usage to augment human-led operations
  • Key performance upgrades for PNT satellite technology: the operator’s view
     
  • 14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:00 Resilient PNT Cross-Functional Team: Delivering End-to-End PNT to the Warfighter

  • USSF Resilient PNT Cross Functional Team overview and main lines of effort
  • Why effective PNT is important for the Space Force and what it must do to remain at the forefront of technology
  • Doctrinal considerations and ensuring a coherent strategic doctrine across all services
  • Mr Del Champ

    Mr Del Champ, Resilient PNT Cross-Functional Team Lead, US Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Kai Thompson

    Lieutenant Colonel Kai Thompson, Resilient PNT Cross-Functional Team Deputy Lead, US Space Force

    15:30 Afternoon Break

    16:00 SMC Architectures GPS System and Modernization Brief

    Colonel Ryan Colburn

    Colonel Ryan Colburn, Director Spectrum Warfare Division, SMC, US Space Force
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  • GPS Status/Future Plans
  • Overview, Global Impact of GPS, Constellation Status
  • GPS Enterprise Roadmap update – what it means to global stakeholders
  • Status (GPS III, IIIF, OCX, MCEU/COps, MGUE Incs 1 and 2)
     
  • 16:30 SMC PNT Partnership

    Captain Mike Telcide

    Captain Mike Telcide, Chief Partnership PNT Program Manager, SMC, US Space Force

  • SMC/ZAP Overview
  • ZAP Mission (w/ regards to PNT)
  • Seek, Identify, Engage
  • Current Projects
  • QZSS
  • FMS Cases
  • Partnership Building
  • Partnership by Design
  • Future PNT Opportunities

     
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Dr Stuart Eves

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
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    10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Stuart Eves

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
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    10:15 Joint Project 9380 Assured PNT in a Contested Environment

    Mr Luke Brown

    Mr Luke Brown, Assistant Secretary Space Services, Training Areas and Simulation, Joint Capability Group, Department of Defence
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  • Hardening ADF GPS Systems
  • Assured PNT Training, Test and Trials Capabilities
  • Alternate PNT Capabilities
  • Assured PNT Organisation
  • 10:45 Quasi-Zenith Satellite System: Japan’s Sovereign PNT System

    Mr Satoshi Kogure

    Mr Satoshi Kogure, Executive Director for Quasi-Zenith Satellite System QZSS, National Space Policy Secretariat (NSPS), Cabinet Office in the Government of Japan
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  • The need for a sovereign PNT system and why Japan chose to remain GPS compatible
  • Progress towards a GPS independent satellite system around 2023
  • QZSS Key technology: Inter Satellite Ranging and Two-way ranging system between SV and ground tracking station for second generation QZSS
     
  • 11:15 Panel: Future Threat Environment and Allied Partnerships

  • How will we be fighting in the future and what does this mean for PNT provision? What threats to PNT will we face
  • Do we need to improve the way we develop PNT systems to ensure continued overmatch? Should we be changing the way we work with allies to facilitate this?
  • No weak links: how can we ensure maximum resilience in a “system-of-systems” approach to future PNT while ensuring interoperability?
  • Dr Stuart Eves

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
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    Commander Jason Strutt

    Commander Jason Strutt, SO1 Space, UK STRATCOM
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    Mr Luke Brown

    Mr Luke Brown, Assistant Secretary Space Services, Training Areas and Simulation, Joint Capability Group, Department of Defence
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    Mr Satoshi Kogure

    Mr Satoshi Kogure, Executive Director for Quasi-Zenith Satellite System QZSS, National Space Policy Secretariat (NSPS), Cabinet Office in the Government of Japan
    View Bio

    11:45 Morning Break

    12:15 CNES Work into Cutting-Edge PNT Technology

    Ms Helene Gautier

    Ms Helene Gautier, Head of Navigation System and Projects Unit, CNES

  • Insight into the latest work within CNES
  • The potential of blockchain for PNT applications
  • Future trends and technological innovations
  • 12:45 Spanish Sovereign PNT Programme Development and Industrial Involvement

    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Avila

    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Avila, PNT Systems, Spanish MoD
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  • Overview of PNT’s role in overall Spanish MOD lines of effort in space
  • Insight into current modernisation programmes to provide assured PNT to Spanish personnel and allies
  • Spanish industry involvement in pan-European programmes (including GEODE) and the importance of a strong industrial base for national security
  • 13:15 Lunch Break

    14:00 Alt-PNT at the US Army’s A-PNT Cross-Functional Team: Trusted Future Capability for the Army’s Warfighters

    Mr Willie Nelson (SES)

    Mr Willie Nelson (SES), Director, A-PNT Cross Functional Team, US Army
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  • Overview of the A-PNT CFT’s progress in its Alt-PNT programs and other lines of effort
  • The importance of Alt-PNT for the US Army’s PNT community and why contested environments are expected in future conflict
  • Future of PNT development: looking ahead
     
  • 14:30 US Army Quantum and Alternative PNT Project

    Dr Adam Schofield

    Dr Adam Schofield, Senior Scientific Technical Manager for PNT, C5ISR Center, US Army
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  • Motivations for investment into quantum technology for uninterrupted PNT
  • Aim of the project: integrating emerging quantum tech with conventional PNT solutions
  • Difficulties of miniaturization and novel ways to overcome this
     
  • 15:00 Defense Innovation Unit’s Role in Bridging the Military-Commercial Gap

    Major Nicholas Estep, PhD

    Major Nicholas Estep, PhD, Technical Program Manager, Defense Innovation Unit, US DoD

  • Private-Commercial investment in innovation far out-paces DoD investment and dual-use technologies offer the means to tap into and capitalize on that private-commercial investment
  • Incorporation of commercial technologies is no longer an optional endeavor – it is now a central pillar to national security and staying competitive across the elements of national power
  • Relationships with small and non-traditional innovative businesses and risk-tolerant contract vehicles are key to bridging the military-commercial gap
  • 15:30 Afternoon Break

    16:00 Impact of Space Weather on Space-Based and Ground-Based PNT Systems

    Mr Simon Machin

    Mr Simon Machin, Space Weather Programme Manager, UK Met Office
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  • The space weather phenomena and global regions, where significant impacts to PNT services are most likely
  • What space weather means in the equation for a resilient PNT solution
  • Current and future forecasting of impacts to PNT capability - Limitations and expectations
     
  • 16:30 The Real Threat of Jamming and Spoofing for the Modern Warfighter

    Mr Alexander  Rugamer

    Mr Alexander Rugamer, Group Manager Specialized GNSS Receivers, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS
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  • Insight into Fraunhofer’s recent jamming and spoofing demonstrator event
  • Not just a theoretical threat: implications for modern equipment and operations
  • Looking ahead to future demonstration events and applications
     
  • 17:00 Research into Cutting-Edge Timing Technology

    Dr Leon Lobo

    Dr Leon Lobo, Head of the National Timing Centre NPL, to be used once announced, National Physical Laboratory
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  • Importance of contingency measures for military timing applications and why timing loss is catastrophic
  • Update on R&D efforts
  • Potential for greater use of quantum technology in the military domain
     

     

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

    Dr Stuart Eves

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Captain Mike Telcide

    Captain Mike Telcide

    Chief Partnership PNT Program Manager, SMC, US Space Force
    Commander Giancarlo Melicchio

    Commander Giancarlo Melicchio

    GNSS Section Head, Italian Defence General Staff
    Commander Jason Strutt

    Commander Jason Strutt

    SO1 Space, UK STRATCOM
    Confirmed Senior Representative

    Confirmed Senior Representative

    Space-Based PNT Programme, UK Space Agency
    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Avila

    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Avila

    PNT Systems, Spanish MoD
    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Schriever

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Schriever

    Commander 2nd Space Operations Squadron, US Space Force
    Major Nicholas Estep, PhD

    Major Nicholas Estep, PhD

    Technical Program Manager, Defense Innovation Unit, US DoD
    Mr Del Champ

    Mr Del Champ

    Resilient PNT Cross-Functional Team Lead, US Air Force
    Mr Willie Nelson (SES)

    Mr Willie Nelson (SES)

    Director, A-PNT Cross Functional Team, US Army
    Ms Helene Gautier

    Ms Helene Gautier

    Head of Navigation System and Projects Unit, CNES

    Captain Mike Telcide

    Chief Partnership PNT Program Manager, SMC, US Space Force
    Captain Mike Telcide

    Colonel Ryan Colburn

    Director Spectrum Warfare Division, SMC, US Space Force
    Colonel Ryan Colburn

    Col. Ryan Colburn leads a team charged with designing and integrating the United States Space Force’s current and future integrated satellite communications and position navigation and timing enterprise architectures. He works with military, commercial, allied and government partners to ensure SMC is able to design, acquire, integrate and field the space systems needed to support today’s warfighters.

    Commandant Marina Ballanger

    Head of Navigation, Technical Division, DGA
    Commandant Marina Ballanger

    Marina Ballanger is the lead of navigation expertise at DGA since 2017. This position consists in supporting armament programs for PNT requirements and qualification strategy, preparing the future and maintaining associated technical skills within DGA. Prior assignments includes a position as a Cooperative Program Person at the GPS Directorate from 2014 to 2017 and several assignments related to GNSS (NAVWAR expert, GNSS projects manager and lead of the radionavigation team at DGA MI, a technical center located in Brittany). She has a degree in Electronics and Signal Processing from ENSEEIHT, an engineering school located in Toulouse, France.

    Commander Giancarlo Melicchio

    GNSS Section Head, Italian Defence General Staff
    Commander Giancarlo Melicchio

    Chief of GNSS Section - Program Office of the General Space Office in the Italian Defence General Staff. Italian Space Agency Deputy Advisor for the earth observation sector in ESA Program Board.

    Commander Jason Strutt

    SO1 Space, UK STRATCOM
    Commander Jason Strutt

    Jason Strutt joined the Royal Navy straight from school. Following a broad range of sea and shore based engineering appointments, he was given the privilege of serving as the Weapon Engineer Officer in HMS LIVERPOOL. He then took up the position of a lead Weapon Engineering sea-rider within the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation. Four Years in Washington DC as a liaison officer for maritime network enabled capabilities came next before returning to the UK to become the capability manager for Battlespace Management Systems. He then deployed to the Horn of Africa as a member of EUNAVFOR, acting as a liaison officer between EU military and civil missions to assist with capacity building in the area.

    On returning to the UK, he has held posts in Joint Forces Command as the Requirements Manager for deployed Information Services and in Navy Command Head Quarters where he led a team of naval capability managers who were responsible for all Information Warfare enabling capabilities. Currently Jason is serving in UK Strategic Command as the Capability Development Manager for Space based Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Position, Navigation and Time, and Satellite Communications.

    Confirmed Senior Representative

    Space-Based PNT Programme, UK Space Agency
    Confirmed Senior Representative

    Dr Adam Schofield

    Senior Scientific Technical Manager for PNT, C5ISR Center, US Army
    Dr Adam Schofield

    Dr. Adam R. Schofield currently serves as Senior Scientific Technical Manager (SSTM) for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) within the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) C5ISR Center. Dr. Schofield is the senior technical leader for the center in PNT technologies where he serves as the primary technical authority for PNT research and development activities. In this role, Dr. Schofield provides technical guidance to senior leaders and interfaces with key stakeholders across the academic, industrial, and defense communities to communicate and represent Army needs for future PNT capability. Dr. Schofield holds a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of California, Irvine where his research focused on the design, fabrication, packaging, and characterization of micro inertial sensors.

    Dr Leon Lobo

    Head of the National Timing Centre NPL, to be used once announced, National Physical Laboratory
    Dr Leon Lobo

    Focussed on developing and delivering a national timing strategy, Dr Leon Lobo is leading the programme at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL), developing capability toward a national resiliency in timing, stimulating the development of an assured supply chain and addressing the skills gap in timing technologies and dissemination solutions. Dr Lobo joined NPL in 2011 as Group Leader for the Time & Frequency group, working with the team managing the UK’s time scale and developing atomic clocks. He led the team developing NPLTime®, NPL’s certified fibre-delivered time dissemination solution to the City of London for high-frequency trading and regulatory compliance.

    Dr Stuart Eves

    Director, SJE Space Ltd
    Dr Stuart Eves

    In 2018, Stuart Eves founded his own space consultancy company, SJE Space Ltd, after spending 16 years with the UK Ministry Of Defence, and 14 years with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). His recent book "Space Traffic Control", describes the measures needed to maintain the space environment and protect satellites from both natural hazards and man-made threats. Stuart has an MSc in Astrophysics, a PhD in satellite constellation design, and has been a fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society for more than 25 years.

    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Avila

    PNT Systems, Spanish MoD
    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Avila

    Conrado Ávila joined the Spanish Army as an officer of the Engineers Weapon. With twenty six years’ experience, in both of the Spanish Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior, he have achieved significant challenges as the provision of PNT capabilities to the Spanish Security Forces. Currently is working in the modernisation of PNT systems for Spanish Armed Forces based in development of Galileo PRS.

    Lieutenant Colonel Kai Thompson

    Resilient PNT Cross-Functional Team Deputy Lead, US Space Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Kai Thompson

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Schriever

    Commander 2nd Space Operations Squadron, US Space Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Schriever

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Vasen

    Space SME, Joint Air Power Competence Centre
    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Vasen

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Vasen DipEng, MSc served for several years in commanding and staff positions within the artillery branch, including a deployment to KFOR as company commander of the GE ISTAR-company before becoming a career intelligence officer. Serving in positions responsible for IMINT planning and technical assessments, including positions at the office of military studies as a senior analyst for Space systems and head of Space intelligence at the German Space Situational Awareness Centre (GSSAC). Since October 2017 he serves as Space Intelligence SME at the JAPCC e.g. responsible as OPFOR Space planner in TRJN17, TRJE18, TRJU19 and STJUJA20.

    Major Nicholas Estep, PhD

    Technical Program Manager, Defense Innovation Unit, US DoD
    Major Nicholas Estep, PhD

    Mr Alexander Rugamer

    Group Manager Specialized GNSS Receivers, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS
    Mr Alexander  Rugamer

    Alexander Rügamer received his Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Wuerzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany in 2007. Since then he has been working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in the field of GNSS receiver development. He was promoted to Senior Engineer in February 2012. Since April 2013, he is head of a research group dealing with secure GNSS receivers and receivers for special applications. His main research interests focus on GNSS multi-band reception, integrated circuits and immunity to interference.

    Mr Del Champ

    Resilient PNT Cross-Functional Team Lead, US Air Force
    Mr Del Champ

    Mr Luke Brown

    Assistant Secretary Space Services, Training Areas and Simulation, Joint Capability Group, Department of Defence
    Mr Luke Brown

    In 2019, Luke Brown took up the duties of the Assistant Secretary Space and Communications branch of the Australian Department of Defence Joint Capabilities Group. In this role he is the Capability Manager for military Satellite Communications, GPS and, more recently, Defence Training areas and Simulation.

    Luke originally joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1982. As an Aeronautical Engineer he worked on mostly transport aircraft. In the early 1990s Luke also worked as part of the RAAF team in development of the Defence Airworthiness framework.

    From 1996 Luke worked in various acquisition engineering and project management roles in Aerospace and Guided Weapons. After transitioning to the public service in 1999 he continued in Defence acquisition including secondment with the UK MoD and the Air-to-Air refuelling aircraft team in Madrid, Spain. Prior to his current appointment, Luke was the Chief Engineer of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

    Luke has a Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical) from RMIT, a Master of Science (Aerospace Systems Engineering) from Loughborough University, UK, and a Master of Business (Complex Project Leadership) from QUT. Luke is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

    Mr Satoshi Kogure

    Executive Director for Quasi-Zenith Satellite System QZSS, National Space Policy Secretariat (NSPS), Cabinet Office in the Government of Japan
    Mr Satoshi Kogure

    Satoshi Kogure is executive director for Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), National Space Policy Secretariat (NSPS), Cabinet Office in the Government of Japan. He received an MS in aeronautical engineering from Nagoya University in 1993 and another MS in aerospace engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001. He started his career at satellite operation division in National Space Development Agency (NASDA), former Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA) in 1993. He has been working for the development of QZSS at JAXA from the initial stage of the project since 2001.
    He is a member of Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Science, The Institute of Positioning, Navigation and Timing of Japan, U.S. Institute of Navigation and a co-chair of MGA since 2017.
     

    Mr Simon Machin

    Space Weather Programme Manager, UK Met Office
    Mr Simon Machin

    Simon Machin is the Met Office Space Weather Programme Manager and lead for Defence and Security, having worked within the Met Office on space weather impacts relevant to defence for over a decade.

    The Met Office is the national weather service in the UK and owns of the space weather risk on behalf of the UK government. The Met Office role is to increase the awareness and knowledge of space weather and to deliver space weather products and services to UK government departments, critical infrastructure providers and members of the public.

    Simon is responsible for the coordination and direction of scientific research to operations, leading to the delivery of space weather services aligned to customer requirements. This is achieved through understanding of impact, effect and mitigations alongside appropriate means of communication to deliver high value services, underpinned by robust science, to users from across the defence community.

    Mr Willie Nelson (SES)

    Director, A-PNT Cross Functional Team, US Army
    Mr Willie Nelson (SES)

    Mr. Nelson is a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Director, Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (APNT) Cross functional Team (CFT), U.S. Army Futures Command. As the CFT Director, he is responsible for synchronizing PNT, Navigation warfare, and Army Space capability development efforts across the U.S. Army to narrow capability gaps through experimentation and technical demonstrations to inform, develop and rapidly transition capability requirements to the Army Acquisition system. His previous assignments include: Director, Programs and Technology, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC / ARSTRAT) where he directed research, development and test programs for space, missile defense, directed energy and hypersonic weapon technologies; Acting Deputy Director of the Technical Center (SMDC ARSTRAT); Director or Space and Strategic Systems (SMDC/ARSTRAT); and as a Senior Executive Service Developmental Assignment, he served Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/4 for Current Operations at US Army Materiel Command. Prior to these assignments, he served 13 years in technical and leadership positions at the Missile. Defense Agency (MDA). His positions include MDA's Deputy Chief Engineer, where he led Agency-level technical integration of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, and as the Chief Engineer for the Targets and Countermeasures Program Office, where he led the engineering workforce in the acquisition of air and ground-launched missile systems and re-entry systems. He served in several other key test and engineering roles for MDA in Huntsville, Alabama, and Washington D.C. As the Director for Mission Management & Integration, he led mission management, test planning and readiness activities for all MDA flight and ground tests. He also served as the Chief of Flight Test Resources managing the coordination, planning and integration of test range assets, ship and airborne mobile sensors, and range safety systems. He also led Site Activation Task Force personnel supporting the presidential-directed Initial Defense Operation emplacing the nation's first operational Ground Based Midcourse Defense interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Mr. Nelson earned a U.S. Air Force commission through ROTC at the University of Texas at Austin, and retired as a Space and Missile Officer after 20 years of combined active duty and reserve service. During his military career, he served as Chief of Strategy at USSTRATCOM's Joint Space Operations Center and Chief of Weapons and Tactics at 14th Air Force Headquarters. He also served as Launch Director for Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office space launch missions, Program Test Manager at the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center and ICBM Missile Combat Crew Commander. His operational deployments include Operations Northern Watch, Noble Eagle, and Enduring Freedom. He earned the Command Space Operations Badge and Master Missile Operations Badge. Mr. Nelson is a Defense Acquisition Corps member and Level III certified in Engineering and Test & Evaluation. He is married, and they have five children.

    Ms Helene Gautier

    Head of Navigation System and Projects Unit, CNES
    Ms Helene Gautier

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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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