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SMi is proud to announce the 14th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference, taking place online as a virtual event on 27th – 28th January 2021.
 

From the strategic level down to the tactical, efficient and clear communications are key to operational success. The fast pace of modern warfare requires agile, highly adaptable forces capable of rapid movement whilst maintaining a consistent communication and situational awareness capability. Interoperability is also becoming increasingly important to ensure seamless command and control within a multinational coalition, especially given the rising operational tempo across Europe.

Supported by the Portuguese Army, the Mobile Deployable Communications conference is designed to bring together leading program managers, strategic decision-makers, industry experts and thought leaders from Europe and further afield to explore the latest developments in communications technology. MDC is the only conference which focuses on CIS in the European operational environment through briefs from key regional partners and their international allies.
 

 

  • Supported by the Portuguese Army, the only conference addressing CIS in the European operational environment.
  • Hear updates and guidance from CIS program managers and communications experts
  • Learn about future requirements for equipment and procurement processes.
  • Meet and network with senior military leaders and industry during dedicated networking sessions across two days
  • Discover the latest communication technology to optimise battlefield command and control

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

Advantech Wireless; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence and Space; Airforce Inspectorate; Armament Inspectorate; Bundeswehr; CIS Division of CZE MOD; Command and Control Directorate, J6 ; Cyber Command, Estonian Defence Forces ; Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces ; DND; DTAQ Europe Office; Eid Empresa De Investigacao E Desenvolvimento Electronica S A; Embassy of Canada to Poland; EU Military Staff ; ex PL MOD; General Command of the Polish Armed Forces; General Dynamics UK; General Dynamics UK Limited; GISS Sp. z o.o.; Glenair; Glenair, Inc; Government of Canada; HARRIS ; iDirect Europe ; Inmarsat; Inmarsat Global Ltd; J-6 AFOC; Jane's Information Group; La Mairie de Bangaani; Military Communication Institute; Military Research and Analysis Group Ltd; Military University of Technology; Mitre Corporation; MOD KSA; MoD Saudi Arabia; National Allied Radio Frequency Agencies (NARFA); National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC); NATO Joint Warfare Centre; ND SatCom; NFIU POL, NATO Force Integration Unit Poland; NORSOCOM / J6; Norwegian Army; OCCAR; OCCAR/ESSOR PD; PCO S.A.; POL TACP CG; Polish Armed Forces; Portuguese Army; Romanian Defence Staff; Romanian Land Forces; Royal Netherlands Marine Corps; RUAG Holding AG ; RUAG Space; SAAB AB; Saab AB, Electronic Business Governance; SHAPE; Swedish Armed Forces; Synqor Inc; Teldat Sp. z o.o. sp.k.; Territorial Defence Forces Command; The Mitre Corp; The Mitre Corporation; UAE GHQ; Warsaw Garrison Command; WB Electronics;

Conference programme

10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt, Telecommunications Centre Chief, Portugese Army
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10:15 The Portuguese Approach to Mobile CIS

Brigadier General Luis Felipe Camelo Duarte Santos

Brigadier General Luis Felipe Camelo Duarte Santos, CIS Director, Portuguese Army
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  • Capability management per the 2014 PRT DoD capability planning directive
  • C2S as an enabler: command post, mobile and low echelon use of Army C2
  • Robust and resilient tactical DCIS – maintaining FMN compliance for deployable forces
  • GRC-525 tactical communications radio – working with EID to deliver the SDR by 2023
  • 10:45 US Army Europe: Enhancing Readiness and Interoperability across Europe

    Brigadier General Joseph A. Papenfus

    Brigadier General Joseph A. Papenfus, CIO/G-6, US Army Europe and Africa
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  • Enabling Mission Command Across U.S. Army Europe and Africa
  • Mission Partner Environment / Coalition Network and Interoperability
  • COVID-19 / Effectively working in a Dispersed Operational Environment

     

  • 11:15 Next Generation Deployable Communications: Meeting the demand for High-level, Digitalised, Interoperable, Tailored and Resilient Communications

    Mr Chand Svare Ghei

    Mr Chand Svare Ghei, CTO Nordics/Eastern Europe, Airbus Defence & Space

  • Addressing the Lego principle with virtual and physical infrastructure
  • FMN integration and interoperability
  • DCIS – the future service based model
     
  • 11:45 Morning Break

    12:15 Hungarian Defence Forces Communication Strategy

  • Evaluation of the C4i structures and systems utilised by HDF and their effect in the field
  • Budget considerations for future CIS planning and procurement strategy
  • Developing interoperable architectures for coalition operations
  • The view moving forward – integrating CIS into all platforms
     
  • Colonel István Birinyi

    Colonel István Birinyi, Deputy Director, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
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    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Colonel Janos Poloskei, Branch Chief, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
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    12:45 Glenair Deployable CIS Capabilities

    Mr Simon Coverdale

    Mr Simon Coverdale, Market Development, Glenair
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  • Building bridges
  • Dismounted to Mounted and back again
  • Walk on Walk off Capability upgrade
  • Remoting your signal
  • NATO Interoperable
  • 13:15 Austria’s Tactical Communications Network Development

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier, Head of Communications and EW Planning, Austrian MoD
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  • Implementation of the Future Tactical Communications Network (FTCN)
  • Development of FTCN to 2028
  • Requirements because of upcoming Systems Warfare 
  • 13:45 Lunch Break

    14:30 Interoperability of Battle Management Services

    Mr Timo Haas

    Mr Timo Haas, CTO, blackned GmbH
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  • Narrowband Communications
  • Next Generation Command & Control
  • The TacticalCore™
     
  • 15:00 Deployable Command and Control Centre

    Major Ivo Cavaco

    Major Ivo Cavaco, Deployable CIS Chief, Portuguese Air Force
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  • Command and Control - Several Organizations
  • Flexibility, Mobility and Interoperability
  • Types of Networks
     
  • 15:30 Afternoon Break

    16:00 US National Guard Bureau Deployable Communications Assets

    Lieutenant Colonel Robbie Reed

    Lieutenant Colonel Robbie Reed, Information Systems Branch Chief, CIO/J6, National Guard Bureau
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  • National Guard role in supporting domestic operations at an incident area
  • Interoperability requirements to support local, state, federal mission partners
  • Current and future capabilities to enable domestic mission command
     
  • 16:30 CIS Requirements for the Airborne Warfighter

    Chief Warrant Officer Four Shawn Petermann

    Chief Warrant Officer Four Shawn Petermann, Senior Technical Advisor, Joint Communications Support Element (Airborne)
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  • An introduction to Joint Communications Support Element and its role in supporting operations
  • Building interoperability with partner forces and developing share capability
  • Unique requirements for the Airborne Warfighter
  • Final concluding comments on where JCSE intends to develop moving forward
     
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt, Telecommunications Centre Chief, Portugese Army
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    10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt, Telecommunications Centre Chief, Portugese Army
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    10:15 Supporting NATO Operations Through Deployed Communications

    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis

    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis, Assistant Chief Of Staff ACOS J6 Cyberspace, NATO SHAPE
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  • An introduction to the work of NATO SHAPE and its role in supporting European forces
  • Where CIS can support coalition operations and utilising ad hoc networks for rapid response
  • How FMN is enabling interoperability and standardising CIS for partner nations
  • Concluding comments and thoughts on future requirements

     

     

  • 10:45 Enabling EU CSDP Military Operations and Missions Through Interoperable CIS

    Colonel Christian Wagner

    Colonel Christian Wagner, Head of Division CIS&CD Policy and Requirements, European Union Military Staff

  • The EU’s global strategy and shared vision for a stronger Europe – the CIS Level of Ambition
  • EU CIS capability development – the role of the EDF instrument
  • CIS objectives - C2 for CSDP, C2IS for MPCC and CIS interoperability with EU member states and partners
  • EU Operations WAN (EOW) and Operation/ Mission Networks – scope for CIS in the EU Information Domain
  • Current CIS projects including FMN compliance and EU communication modernisation
     
  • 11:15 Command and Control Systems - Taranis Suite and Panasonic Toughbook

    Mr Alexander Kamlage

    Mr Alexander Kamlage, Senior System Engineer, ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik GmbH
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  • Command and control systems of the next generation with the With the best mobile solutions for MoD
  • 11:30 Panasonic Rugged Products - Mission Unstoppable

    Mr Jacek Wielgus

    Mr Jacek Wielgus, Panasonic Business - Key Account Manger - Public Sector, Panasonic
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  • Panasonic Rugged Products Mission
  • Fields of usage
  • Ecosystems
  • Living examples (ESG?)
  • Future Tasks
     
  • 11:45 Morning Break

    12:15 Digital Modernisation of Tactical Networking

    Mr Salvador Llopis

    Mr Salvador Llopis, Project Officer CIS, European Defence Agency
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  • State-of-the-art technology for Tactical Communications and Information Systems
  • Technological challenges and trend analysis
     
  • 12:45 The ESSOR Programme

    Mr Charles Chedhomme

    Mr Charles Chedhomme, ESSOR Programme – Programme Control, Commercial and Financial Section Leader, OCCAR

  • Presentation to be confirmed
  • 13:15 Future Command and Control (C2) – A Vision for the Future and Tactical Network Development

    Mr Scott Lee

    Mr Scott Lee, Cross Cutting Priority Lead for JADC2, MITRE
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  • An introduction to Future C2 and support for Multinational All Domain Operations
  • Establishing Shared, Contextual Domain Situational Awareness, Visualization, and Understanding
  • Employment of Machine-Enabled Decision-Making
  • Resilient Network Development to enable Multinational All Domain Operations
  • Concluding thoughts and view on Future C2 Vision, Concepts, and Architecture


     

  • 13:45 Lunch Break

    14:30 The Integrator’s Role for Resilient Mobile Communications:

    Mr Ram Rao

    Mr Ram Rao, Director Engineering, Leonardo DRS
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  • Mobile communications in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ecosystem
  • Satellite operator agnostic
  • System resiliency for mobile communications
  • Cyber resiliency
  • Flexible networks and terminals
  • 15:00 Tactical Communications in the Battlefield/Combat

    Major Antonio Farinha

    Major Antonio Farinha, TACP Commander, Portuguese Air Force
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  • Joint Air Operations – Close Air Support
  • Interoperability and effective communications
  • Modular / Integrated Systems
     
  • 15:30 Afternoon Break

    16:00 Federated Mission Networking – Share and Win

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi, Federated Mission Networking Secretariat Director, NATO SHAPE

  • Introduction to FMN – the need to federate as a means to achieve a connected force that can deliver further with its resources
  • FMN framework – providing plans, templates and enterprise architectures needed to deliver alliance support in multinational operations
  • Key components for GMN – standardised procedures, capability roles and reference architectures
  • Enabling framework for the FMN and common actions and activities pre mission

     

  • 16:30 The Challenge of Electromagnetic Disruption

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele , Managing Director, Stratbyrd Consulting
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  • Context - A2/AD, C4ISR, Network Centric, Cyber
  • Specific EW Challenges
  • Dealing with the Threat
  • Disruptive Technologies ahead
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt, Telecommunications Centre Chief, Portugese Army
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Joseph A. Papenfus

    Brigadier General Joseph A. Papenfus

    CIO/G-6, US Army Europe and Africa
    Brigadier General Luis Felipe Camelo Duarte Santos

    Brigadier General Luis Felipe Camelo Duarte Santos

    CIS Director, Portuguese Army
    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis

    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis

    Assistant Chief Of Staff ACOS J6 Cyberspace, NATO SHAPE
    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Head of Communications and EW Planning, Austrian MoD
    Colonel István Birinyi

    Colonel István Birinyi

    Deputy Director, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command

    Brigadier General Joseph A. Papenfus

    CIO/G-6, US Army Europe and Africa
    Brigadier General Joseph A. Papenfus

    Brigadier General Papenfus became the CIO/G-6 for U.S. Army Europe in January 2020.
    Prior to this assignment he served as the Chief of Operations, Army CIO/G-6, Washington, DC. He has served an operational tour as the Director COMMS-I and Deputy Commander, Task Force-Signal / 160th Theater Strategic Signal Brigade, Afghanistan.
    Brigadier General Papenfus has served in a variety of leadership positions at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. Other Active Duty and Army Reserve duty assignments include the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Texas and Colorado; 534th Signal Company, Colorado; 12th Infantry Regiment, Colorado; 104th Division, Colorado; 5025th Military Police Detachment, Colorado; 1st Mobilization Brigade, Colorado; Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Strategic Command, Colorado; Division West - First Army, Colorado; AR Cyber Protection Bridge, Maryland; and the 98th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Arizona.
    Brigadier General Papenfus enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and was commissioned Active Duty in the Signal Corps and branch detailed to Armor, through Marquette University ROTC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, a Certificate in Crisis Leadership in National Security from George Washington University, a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Air War College. His other military schooling highlights include the Armor Officer Basic; Signal and Military Police Officer Advanced; Space Operations Officer Qualification (FA-40A); Information Systems Management Qualification (FA-53A); Basic Computer Network Operations Planners, Canadian Forces College Joint Command and Staff Program (JCSP); Senior Leader Seminar (Army War College); and the National Security Space Institute Space 300.
    Among Brigadier General Papenfus’ military awards are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Meritorious Service Medals, along with various service and campaign medals. He also holds the Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Air Force Space and Missile Badge, German Army Proficiency Badge (5th award) (Das Abzeichen für Leistungen im Truppendienst), and the Signal Corps Regiment Association Order of Mercury (Bronze and Silver).

    Brigadier General Luis Felipe Camelo Duarte Santos

    CIS Director, Portuguese Army
    Brigadier General Luis Felipe Camelo Duarte Santos

    BGEN Luis Filipe Camelo Duarte Santos assumed the post of Director of Communications and Information Systems Directorate as of January 2021. Prior to joining Army CIS Directorate, BGEN Luis Camelo held various positions namely NCI Academy Director (2020), at the Army Military Academy as Deputy Commander and Dean of Academics (2019), Army Personnel Branch Chief of Staff (2018-2019) and from 2016 to 2017 he attended the Flag Officers Course at the Command and Staff College.

    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis

    Assistant Chief Of Staff ACOS J6 Cyberspace, NATO SHAPE
    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis

    Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis Brigadier General Pantelis Arapis was born on November 19th 1966 on the island of KOS, one of the larger among the Dodecanese. He joined the Hellenic Military Academy in 1984, and was commissioned as Signals Second Lieutenant in 1988. During his military career, BGen Arapis has attended and graduated from various courses of the Hellenic Army Signals & Electronic Warfare School, and has been assigned to all available Staff and Command posts in Signals Units, including three unit-level Commanding Officer posts. From 2000 to 2002, he attended the CIS advanced course that runs in collaboration with the Informatics and Telecommunications Department of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). After graduating the Supreme Joint War College (SJWC) in 2005 at Thessaloniki, Greece, he received a number of staff appointments, such as G2 in Brigade level and as Intelligence Staff Officer in ISAF HQ (Kabul/Afghanistan) in 2007. He spent the next three years (2008-2010) to the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDGS), the sole Strategic-level HQ of the Hellenic Armed Forces, as a Defence Policy Directorate Staff Officer, being the custodian for OSCE issues and CFE inspections, a post that proved to be an extensive source of information and indeed a knowledge hub for various strategic, operational and diplomatic issues. Between 2011 and 2015, BGen Arapis had the opportunity to receive 2 Operational-level NATO HQ assignments; initially (LtCol) as an Intelligence Staff Officer at ALLIED FORCE COMMAND HQ MADRID, Spain, and subsequently (Col) as Director of Management in LANDCOM Izmir. In parallel, he attended the Hellenic National Defence College (via e-Iearning), thus deepening and enhancing his awareness in military diplomacy and strategic studies. Upon his return to Greece in 2016, he served as Chief of the Exploitation Department of the Intelligence Analysis Directorate at the HNDGS. During this tour, he acquired a Masters degree in Applied Strategy and International Security Studies from Plymouth University, and also graduated from the Terrorism and Security Studies course of the “George C. Marshall” European Center for Security Studies, keeping himself updated with the latest trends about the security environment and existing threats. After his promotion to Brigadier General on March 5th, 2019, he was assigned as ACOS J6 Cyberspace in SHAPE. His awards and decorations include all the medals-commemorations anticipated for an officer of his rank. BGen Pantelis Arapis is married to Maria Parisi, and they have a daughter.

    Chand Svare Ghei

    Chief Deployable CIS Engineer, Airbus Secure Communications
    Chand Svare Ghei

    Chand Svare Ghei served 11 years in the Norwegian Signals/Total Defence, after joining the service in 1996. Having made a name for himself as a DCIS expert, he went on to support NATO in a civilian capability in 2008, driving future technology and solutions. With more than 15 years of experience with DCIS, Chand has led the delivery and creation of technology and solutions for NATO exercises and operations. His broad experienced background includes, among others, time spent in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Bosnia. In his spare time he is a published author. In 2019 he went on to become Chief Engineer for Airbus Secure Communications, where his focus lies on developing and driving innovative digitalised technology solutions for the Nordics, Eastern Europe and international agencies including NATO and the UN.

    Chief Warrant Officer Four Shawn Petermann

    Senior Technical Advisor, Joint Communications Support Element (Airborne)
    Chief Warrant Officer Four Shawn Petermann

    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Shawn E. Petermann is in his 24th year of service in the United States Army. Throughout CW4 Petermann’s career he has served in numerous assignments ranging from M1A2 crewman to Senior Technical Advisor and he is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, with numerous deployments in support of both. His most notable assignments include 86th Signal Battalion, 3rd Signal Brigade (OIF 2006-08), the Joint Communications Unit (2012-18) and most recently the Joint Communication Support Element (Airborne) where he currently serves as the Technical Director, Innovation and Modernization. Additionally, his current concentrations include Strategic Vision 2025, posturing JCSE for Joint All-Domain Command and Control and integrated CEMA/EW capabilities into tactical baseband, all while following the DoD and Service specific technology trends.

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Managing Director, Stratbyrd Consulting
    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Colonel (R) Ralph D. Thiele is Managing Director of StratByrd Consulting Chairman Political-Military Society, Berlin, and. President EuroDefense – Germany. As former Commander of the Bundeswehr Transformation Centre he has introduced Network Enabling Capabilities into the German Armed Forces. While serving in the personal staffs of the German Armed Forces Vice Chief of Defence Staff and the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and in the Planning and Policy Staff of the German Minister of Defence Ralph Thiele has been directly involved in numerous national, European and NATO strategic, technological and political issues. He has been Chef de Cabinet and Chief of Staff at the NATO Defense College in Rome and Director of Faculty at the German General Staff and Command College in Hamburg and held a couple of operational assignments. As Managing Director Stratbyrd Consulting Colonel (R) Thiele has been consulting multiple projects in Europe, the Gulf region, Asia and South America dealing with C4ISR, Information and Communication Technologies, Cyber Security, EW, Network Enabled Capabilities, Industry Policy and Digitalization.

    Colonel Christian Wagner

    Head of Division CIS&CD Policy and Requirements, European Union Military Staff
    Colonel Christian Wagner

    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Federated Mission Networking Secretariat Director, NATO SHAPE
    Colonel Giuseppe Montesi

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Head of Communications and EW Planning, Austrian MoD
    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Colonel TREIBLMAIER joined the army 1978. He has got commissioned to Lieutenant in 1982 as a signal officer and served as a coy commander, commander of officers and warrant officers selection courses, deputy commander headquater battailon, G6 of the key zone and territorial command of Lower Austrian. He is qualified as a NBC officer, battailon and brigade commander. He holds a masterdegree in Security and Defence, a masterdegree of Arts in Military Leadership and has a civilian education to an engineer of communications technology.
    Since 1998 he servers in different functions in MOD Austria. His promotion to the rank of Colonel was 2008. Since 2008 he is the Head of Communications and Electronic Warfare in the ICT-Planning Division.
    Colonel TREIBLMAIER is married to his wife Christa and they have three sons, Alexander, Bernd and Richard. He is living in a little village 120km west of Vienna.
     

    Colonel István Birinyi

    Deputy Director, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
    Colonel István Birinyi

    1986-1988 104th National Air Defense Missile (SA-2) Regiment, Sarbogard - Battery Commander
    1988-1990 104th National Air Defense Missile (SA-2) Regiment, Technical Operating Service, Repairing Company, Sarbogard - Company Commander
    1990-1991 104th National Air Defense Missile (SA-2) Regiment, Technical Operating Service, Sarbogard - Head of Service
    1991-1993 11/5th Air Defense Missile (SA-2) Unit, Air Defense Missile Operator Training Base, Sarbogard - Deputy Commander
    1993-1996 11/5th Air Defense Missile (SA-2) Unit, Material Technical Service, Sarbogard - Head of Service
    1996-1997 11/5th Air Defense Missile (SA-2) Unit, Logistics Service, Sarbogard - Head of Service
    1997 11/2nd Air Defense Missile (SA-2) Battalion, Sarbogard - Deputy Commander
    1997-2001 Air Defense Staff, Defense Planning Directorate, Veszprem - Planning Officer
    2001-2003 Air Forces Command, Force Planning and Cooperation Directorate, Veszprem - Senior Defense Planning Officer
    2003-2004 Air Forces Command, Force Planning and Cooperation Directorate, Veszprem - Head of Directorate
    2004-2006 Air Forces Command, Service Planning Directorate, Veszprem - Head of Directorate
    2006-2010 Ministry of Defense, Force Planning Department, Force Planning and Modernization Branch - Head of Branch (Deputy Head of Department)
    2010-2016 Hungarian Defense Forces General Staff, Force Planning Directorate, Force Planning Branch - Head of Branch (Deputy Head of Directorate)
    2016-2020 Deputy National Military Representative Hungary to SHAPE 2020- Deputy Head of Directorate, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command (Deputy ACOS J5)

    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Branch Chief, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Col János Pölöskei is the branch head of the HDFC Force Development Directorate, Command and Control Systems Development Branch, where he is leading his team in the field of preparation of procurements of land and air command and control systems and radar systems.
    He started his career in 1987 and graduated as an artillery officer from the military college in 1990. Before starting with procurement activities he spent several years in tactical level positions from platoon to brigade level. After a successful career in lower positions he became an operations planner at operational and strategic level, where he participated several NATO and national planning activities.
    Col Pölöskei went for mission to Kosovo in 2003 and 2017, and to Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006 where he got valuable operational experiences.
    He currently is studying the second year in the Doctoral School of the National University of Public Service and researches the field of capability development.
    He enjoys spinracing, running and Pilates gymnastics in his free time. He likes testing Linux distributions for home use as well.
    He is married with Andrea and is a proud father of his sons, Dávid and Kristóf.
     

    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

    Telecommunications Centre Chief, Portugese Army
    Colonel Rui Jorge Fernandes Bettencourt

    Colonel Rui Bettencourt joined the Portuguese Army in 1986, graduating from the Military Academy in 1991 as a Signals Officer and, in 1995, graduated in Computers and Electronics Engineering - Telecommunications at Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon.

    He initiated his career as a software developer and systems analyst at the Portuguese Army ADP Department, where later on achieved the position of Software Development Section Head. Following these junior officer years, he served at Joint HQ SOUTHLANT/Joint Command Lisbon, later returning to the Army to attend the Staff Course and Joint Staff Course at the Command and Staff College (Instituto Universitario Militar, current denomination), where he was invited to serve as a Doctrine and Academic Research Officer and later as an Army Education Branch Instructor. From 2012 through 2014, Colonel Bettencourt served in the Army Communications and Information Systems (CIS) Directorate as Head of the Command and Control Branch and Head of Information and Knowledge Management Branch. In 2014 he was stationed at the Army Combined Arms School (Escola das Armas) as Head of Signals Branch, returning in 2016 to the CIS Directorate as Head of the CIS Operations Department, at the Army CIS and Cyber Centre (Centro de Transmissoes do Exercito).

    From 2017 to 2020 he was appointed Military Advisor to the Portuguese Army Chief of Staff.

    From his international experience:

    As Captain, Head of the HQ IT Cell of the European Union Monitor Mission (ECMM/EUMM), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1st semester 2000);
    As Major, J6 Helpdesk Officer of Joint HQ SOUTHLANT and Customer Support Centre Head of Joint Command Lisbon, Oeiras (2003 and 2004)
    As Lieutenant-colonel, ADP Systems Engineer/Project Manager at NATO Consultation Command and Control Agency (NC3A/NCIA), Brussels (2009 through 2012).
    Colonel Bettencourt was promoted to the current rank in April 2019 and is currently the Commander of the Army CIS and Cyber Centre at the Portuguese Army CIS Directorate, Lisbon.

    Lieutenant Colonel Robbie Reed

    Information Systems Branch Chief, CIO/J6, National Guard Bureau
    Lieutenant Colonel Robbie Reed

    Lieutenant Colonel Robbie Reed hails from Bigelow, Arkansas. He is married to Tonia from Tyronza, Arkansas and has three children, Ethan, Kennedy, and Berkley. LTC Reed enlisted the Arkansas Army National Guard as a TOW/Dragon Missile Systems Repairer in 1996 and commissioned as a Signal Officer through Officer Candidate School in 2002. He served as a traditional Guardsman for 22 years before joining the Active Guard Reserve program in 2018. His civilian career included positions in United States Senator Mark Pryor’s office and Verizon Wireless Corporate. LTC Reed is a graduate of the Joint Combined Warfighting School, Advanced Operations Course, Intermediate Level Education, and the Signal Captains Career and Basic Courses. He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Webster University. LTC Reed’s assignments include: Platoon Leader, Alpha Company, 212th Signal Battalion, Hot Springs, Arkansas; Platoon Leader, Charlie Company, 212th Signal Battalion, Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq; Company Commander, Charlie Company, 212th Signal Battalion, Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq; Family Readiness Liaison, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Little Rock, Arkansas; Company Commander, Charlie Company, 39th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; S6, 1-153rd Infantry Battalion, Malvern, Arkansas; S6, 2-153rd Infantry Battalion, Searcy, Arkansas; S6, 39th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan; S6, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Little Rock, Arkansas; S3, 39th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Conway, Arkansas; Joint Implementation Commission Deputy, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo; Joint Operations Branch Chief, National Guard Bureau J6, Arlington, VA; J63 Division Chief, National Guard Bureau J6, Arlington, VA; Information Systems Branch Chief, National Guard Bureau J6, Arlington, VA. LTC Reed’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the Combat Action Badge

    Major Antonio Farinha

    TACP Commander, Portuguese Air Force
    Major Antonio Farinha

    Major António Farinha was born on the 10th of March 1983 in Castelo Branco, an important town from the interior of Portugal. He joined the Portuguese Air Force Academy in 2001 and he was graduated in Aerospace Engineering, specialization in Avionics in 2007, where was promoted to Lieutenant.
    Major António Farinha was initially posted to Air Base 5, in Monte Real, in the Metrology Laboratory and afterwards in the Avionics Section, belongs to the F-16 Maintenance Group. According with his interest and will to serve the Air Force in an operational unit, in May 2009 he attends the Forward Air Control (FAC) course ran by Tactical Air Control Party unit, Air Command in Lisbon, Portugal. He attends to several survival and tactical courses in special tactic units to become a combat ready FAC, ends of 2010.
    He participated in a wide range of national and international exercises, since 2010 until nowadays, supporting a several Army and Navy units, at Company and Battalion level, such as Allied Strike exercise 10 and 11 in Germany, all the series of Real Thaw exercise, Hot Blade and European Air Tactical Transport under the umbrella of European Defense Agency and Trident Juncture 15 in Portugal, under NATO organisation. He was assigned several times to the Exercise Control cell to lead Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) and Ground Liaison Officers during planning and execution phases.
    Major António Farinha attend the Basic Command Couse at Air Force Academy in 2012, where was promoted to the rank of Captain. After that, he was placed in the TACP unit, Air Command in Lisbon, as Operations Officer. In 2013 he attends the JTAC course at Netherlands Air to Ground Operations School, in Schaarsbergen unit, close to Arnehm village in Netherlands.
    In 2014 he was assigned to the European Union Training Mission in Mali, at Koulikoro Training Camp as TACP team leader to train the Malian armed forces in Close Air Support operations. He was deployed two times to this mission, ending in the middle of 2016. In the beginning of 2017, he was deployed in support of Portuguese Army Commandos to Central African Republic, under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission – MINUSCA, as Air Operations Officer and TACP team leader from the Portuguese Quick Reaction Force.
    End of 2017, after his returning to Portugal, he attends to the Staff Officer Course which ends in the middle of 2018, and after that he was promoted to Major and was assigned TACP Commander from TACP unit, in Lisbon, Air Command. End of 2018, he returns to Central African Republic, to MINUSCA/QRF mission supporting the Portuguese Paratroopers.
    Besides his intense military job, his leisure time is spent on travel with his girlfriend and sons, enjoys beach, nature and sports.
     

    Major Ivo Cavaco

    Deployable CIS Chief, Portuguese Air Force
    Major Ivo Cavaco

    Maj Ivo Cavaco was born on the 6th of May 1974 in Vila Franca de Xira, a small town near Lisbon. He has been in the Air Force since 1994. After his high school studies, he started his military career as an enlisted officer (Electrotechnics Maintenance Officer). After one year of formation he mainly worked as planner for military and technical training.
    From 2001 to 2004 he attended the Academy Course and specialized in Communications and Information Systems. After his graduation he served several years as Chief of a Communications Centre and also as Course Director/Instructor.
    Early after the end of his course for senior officer (Major), in 2015, he was sent to the Air Command (Portuguese Air Force) where he was designated to be the Chief for Deployable Communication and Information Systems. In this place, as responsible for the Deployable Systems, he participated in several national and international missions and exercises were the Portuguese Air Force was involved, highlighting those carried out under the aegis of NATO and UN.
    Maj Ivo Cavaco is married and has two daughters. Currently he and his family live near the place where he was born.
     

    Mr Alexander Kamlage

    Senior System Engineer, ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik GmbH
    Mr Alexander Kamlage

    12-year military background as an officer in the mountain infantry branch of the federal armed forces. Since 2019 working for the ESG Business unit "Command and Control & Joint Fire Support".

    Supporting international military projects like Switzerland and Lithuania; Responsible for own projects within international context. Military requirement management for international customers, to get tailored made software solutions for the user. Cooperation with hardware manufacturer to get the best and complete system.

    Mr Charles Chedhomme

    ESSOR Programme – Programme Control, Commercial and Financial Section Leader, OCCAR
    Mr Charles Chedhomme

    Mr Jacek Wielgus

    Panasonic Business - Key Account Manger - Public Sector, Panasonic
    Mr Jacek Wielgus

    Working for Panasonic Computer Products Division since 2007; Focused mainly on sales and projects in Public sector with direct and non-direct cooperation; Responsible for sales in Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia; Involved into successful projects improving national security by delivering tailored made solutions based on Panasonic products, especially by cooperation with Sis/ISVs partners.

    Mr Ram Rao

    Director Engineering, Leonardo DRS
    Mr Ram Rao

    Ram Rao is currently the Director of Advanced Engineering Technologies for the Global Enterprise Solutions business unit of Leonardo DRS. The Advanced Engineering Technologies group supports the Leonardo DRS mission in delivering global, mission-critical information and communication technology solutions. In his role, he is responsible for setting both short-term and long-term technology goals and plays a vital role in developing the technology direction and vision for the company.
    Ram has over 30 years of expertise in satellite communications. Prior to joining DRS, he worked at leading companies like TetraTech, WorldSpace, and Hughes. Ram has a Masters degree in Electronics and Communication from Bangalore University, an MBA in International Business from Georgetown University and has earned Six Sigma Black Belt, PMP, and PMI-RMP certifications.
     

    Mr Salvador Llopis

    Project Officer CIS, European Defence Agency
    Mr Salvador Llopis

    Salvador Llopis currently works as Project Officer Communications and Information Systems (CIS) at the European Defence Agency (EDA) in Brussels. He worked previously at EDA as Project Officer Cyber Defence Technology and moderator of the Cyber Research and Technology Working Group. He graduated from the Spanish Army Military Academy as Signal Officer. He holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of cyber situational awareness, the intersection of cognitive science, data science, human system integration. decision-support technologies and tactical telecommunications. He has over 10 referred publications in these areas.

    Mr Scott Lee

    Cross Cutting Priority Lead for JADC2, MITRE
    Mr Scott Lee

    Scott joined MITRE in March 2000 and supported various US Department of Defense initiatives spanning C2 systems design, enterprise architecture, and future force development. He recently was assigned as the Cross-Cutting Priority Lead for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) after finishing a tour as the manager of MITRE’s engineering and analytic support to USEUCOM, USAFRICOM, and USAREUR/USARAF. He is responsible for establishing a vision, concept, and enabling architecture for JADC2 across all of MITRE’s supported sponsors.
     

    Mr Simon Coverdale

    Market Development, Glenair
    Mr Simon Coverdale

    Mr Simon Coverdale, Market Development, Glenair, Inc More than 20 years’ experience in the Military and Commercial Markets With the last 3 years dedicated to working with NATO and NATO friendly countries on interoperability solutions for the War Fighters Communication and Power needs.

    Mr Timo Haas

    CTO, blackned GmbH
    Mr Timo Haas

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

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    Airbus

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.securecommunications-airbusds.com

    Airbus are world leaders in providing global fixed and mobile secure communication services to governments, militaries and security forces. Indeed, as the world’s number one private-sector military communications provider, we deliver the flexibility, resiliency and security required by demanding governments and militaries. And we do this for all communications applications, whether they’re land, airborne or naval. As a truly global organisation, we at Airbus understand local markets, allowing us to support our customers wherever they are. With regional strategic sales and support services in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, our presence on the ground where our customers need us most is bolstered by our global reach.


    blackned

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://blackned.de/?lang=en

    blackned is a high-tech software manufacturer and specialist for mission-critical communication systems, based in Bavaria, Germany. Our product portfolio GuardStack offers command, control and communication solutions to bring services to the end-user at any time without delay and interruptions. GuardStack Software Suite addresses the most stringent communications and information sharing requirements armed forces are facing at the tactical edge. The solution efficiently and effectively manages the ever-changing communications conditions presented in harsh environments. The patented MeshFLOW mechanism guarantees service delivery at all times and enables real-time communication across all levels of a corresponding command and control hierarchy. Our Mission Critical Push-to-Talk over Cellular and Push-to-Video solutions follow the Anytime and Anywhere communication approach aligned to an always-on strategy. Therefore, GuardStack provides a secure middleware, connecting innovative and emerging broadband technologies such as 4G/5G with tactical radio communication technology such as long-range VHF and UHF. The platform-independent GuardStack Collaboration Client serves as the key to the connection, integration and use of legacy radios in a robust and path-independent IP communication solution and therefor guarantees a cost efficiency transition. As a result, we have developed into one of Europe's leaders in the design and operation of deployable and highly mobile tactical cellular networks.


    Glenair – Tactical Interconnect Hubs and Power Management Solutions

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

    Glenair is a global manufacturer of interconnect technology for high-reliability applications. Our lightweight/miniature connectors are used on a wide variety of platforms from fixed wing and rotor aircraft, to ground vehicles and every class of UAV. Glenair MouseBud interconnects are designed for direct incorporation into soldier vest personal area networks. Our Series 804 Mighty Mouse tactical soldier interconnects have become industry standards and are used on more JTAC and DACAS systems than all other miniaturized connector series combined. Glenair multiport STAR-PAN™ USB hub and power distribution systems are designed for maximum open-system compatibility incorporating Ethernet and USB data interfaces. GSA compliant USB 2.0. STAR-PAN™ is both Nett warrior and NATO compatible. The STAR-PAN™ System is capable of smart charging and power distribution utilizing the broad range of current in-service military batteries, as well as Direct Current (DC) power sources. Newly released STAR-PAN™ Mission-Manager adds on-the-fly device integration and hardware management to complex C4ISR systems. The STAR-PAN™ product line is an open architecture system and is compliant with the NATO standard.


    Leonardo DRS

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

    Leonardo DRS is the #1 SATCOM integrator for the U.S. Government and a leader in satellite-based Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for defense, intelligence, and federal/civil markets. Specializing in mission-critical solutions, Leonardo DRS provides tailored global communications and enterprise IT solutions, rapid response support, engineering expertise, and a dedicated team of field service representatives. Leonardo DRS produces transformational results, where mission success is measurable, implementation is risk averse, and solutions are best value.


    Panasonic Mobile Solutions Business

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://business.panasonic.co.uk/mobile-solutions/

    Panasonic Mobile Solutions Business is a Business Unit of Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU). Headquartered in Wiesbaden (Germany), Mobile Solutions Business helps mobile workers improve productivity with its range of Toughbook rugged notebooks, business tablets and handhelds. As European market leaders, Panasonic had a 45% revenue share of sales of rugged and durable notebooks and tablets in 2019 (VDC Research, March 2020).

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    Everything RF

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    http://www.everythingrf.com

    everything RF - www.everythingRF.com keeps you up to date with the RF & Microwave Industry. We publish industry news, white papers and technical articles. We have the largest RF & Microwave product database on the internet which consists of product catalogs from over 500 Manufacturers. Use parametric search tools to narrow down on products based on your requirement. Download datasheets, compare products and get quotations. Quotations are routed to the manufacturers (or their distributors) who get back to you with the details. Visit www.everythingRF.com to learn more.


    The IET

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    https://milsatcoms.theiet.org/?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=milsatcoms&utm_content=smi

    We are the IET and we inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community to engineer a better world. As a diverse home across engineering and technology, we share knowledge that helps make better sense of the world in order to solve the challenges that matter. It’s why we are uniquely placed to champion engineering. Our Milsatcoms conference offers technical updates for military and satellite engineers, and takes place online over four half-day sessions on 9-12 March 2021. The programme of expert speakers includes the UK Space Agency, Inmarsat Global Government, NSSL Global Ltd, Dstl, EuroDefense, the Satellite Applications Catapult and Orbital Solutions. And it is free to attend for all military and government personnel.


    Military Systems and Technology

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    http://www.militarysystems-tech.com

    Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545


    Satnews Publishers

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.satnews.com

    SatNews is a leading provider of satellite events, news, publications, research and other satellite industry information in the commercial and military enterprises worldwide. SatNews hosts to the SmallSat Symposium and the Satellite Innovation conference, hosted in Silicon Valley. SatNews include Daily and Weekly News Services and SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine, published monthly. satnews.com


    World Teleport Association

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.worldteleport.org

    Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (WTA) has been the only trade association that focuses on the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations. Companies that do business with teleports also find that WTA is the best investment they can make to open new channels to the industry.


    Satellite Evolution Group

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.satellite-evolution.com

    The Satellite Evolution Group delivers a portfolio of must-read publications including; Satellite Evolution Asia; Satellite Evolution EMEA; and Satellite Evolution Global. Containing news, analysis, case studies, and renowned Q&As - the magazines are a must-read. In addition to print magazines, the Satellite Evolution Group delivers products across a complete multimedia platform including email, CD, HTML, audio, and video streaming.


    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.


    ArmedForces.co.uk

    Supporting Media Partners
    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


    Global Military Communications

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.globalmilitarycommunications.com

    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.


    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.


    Wojsko i Technika

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    http://zbiam.pl/nasze-wydawnictwa/wojsko-i-technika/

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


    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA

    Supporting Media Partners
    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.


    Teletimes International

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    http://www.teletimesinternational.com

    Teletimes International, a premier business publication focused towards the Telecom, Satellite and ICT sectors of the Middle East, Asia and Africa, proactively leverages knowledge and insights from executives and decision makers. In its 14th year of publication, Teletimes is media partner to almost all major events and conferences in these regions. Envisioning a scholarly publication, Teletimes actively participates in high profile industry events, seminars, conferences and exhibitions to provide the latest research, analyses and developments to its readers. Teletimes has achieved a qualitative edge by capitalizing on the age-old need for information. Visit www.teletimesinternational.com for Online Edition and more information.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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    https://21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com/

    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.


    Armada International

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    http://armadainternational.com

    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.


    Army Technology

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    http://www.army-technology.com

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

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    WHAT IS CPD?

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

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

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

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

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

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    GLOBAL CPD

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

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