IEDs remain the biggest threat to ISAF forces in Afghanistan, causing more casualties than conventional weapons consistently since 2008. At SMi’s Counter IED and Force Protection conference, the challenge posed by IEDs will be examined and analysed, and potential solutions presented and assessed. Serving military personnel and experts will provide insight into what has become the biggest issue facing troops in the Middle East, as well as creating an excellent networking environment in which to explore responses to the threat.

An Internationally-focused event, Counter IED and Force Protection is already gathering serious interest from many agencies around the world, such as TRADOC, CALL, Netherlands CIED Joint Task Force, US Air Force, Bundeswehr Technology and Procurement Office and Canadian Forces Land Requirements. Attend the conference and be involved in a wide multi-national forum with the key contributors to NATO and ISAF. 

As IEDs continues to present a significant threat to deployed forces, ensure that you attend this event to respond to one of the most important issues in defence today.


For further information contact production@smi-online.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7827 6100

  • Assess the challenges posed by IEDs to forces on the ground
  • Explore different international responses to IEDs and homemade bombs
  • Learn about advances in Force Protection Technology
  • Speak with key figures dealing with the IED threat

 For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact: sponsorshipdept@smi-online.co.uk

Military Profile:
Officers – Training
Officers – Operational
Plans, Policy and Doctrinal Staff
Land Warfare Centres
Analysis and Experimentation
SO1, SO2 and SO3

Industry Profile:
Commercial Directors
Sales Directors
Marketing Directors
Business Development Managers
Technical Developers
Heads of R&D
Managers Land Combat Systems

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Chris Hunter QGM

Chris Hunter QGM, Counter IED Analyst, Kratos Enterprises (Former Senior IED Intelligence Analyst, British Armed Forces)

9:10 The IED as an Enduring Threat - The US Army Way Ahead

Major General David E. Quantock

Major General David E. Quantock, Commanding General, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, US Army

  • The US Army CIED Strategy
  • Strategy Lines of Effort
  • Challenges and Opportunities
  • 9:50 SPECIAL ADDRESS - Canadian Experience in Afghanistan

    Lieutenant Colonel Geoff McCarthy

    Lieutenant Colonel Geoff McCarthy, Section Head, Canadian Forces

  • Operational overview of CF activities in Afghanistan related to IEDs
  • Lessons learned from past attacks
  • Impact of IEDs on training, doctrine and equipment used
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 IED Exploitation by Netherlands Forces

    Major Dick Bouwhuis

    Major Dick Bouwhuis, Staff Officer Technology, Joint Task Force Counter IED

  • What Afghanistan has taught Netherlands Forces
  • Methods in applying these lessons
  • Implications for future training and future deployments
  • 11:40 Incorporating C-IED requirements with holistic Force Protection Requirements in the Ground Combat Vehicle -- Operational Implications

    Colonel Michael Smith

    Colonel Michael Smith, Director, Training, Doctrine and Combat Developments, US Army Armour Centre Command Group

  • How do you balance increased weight against mobility and transportability requirements?
  • Is 'Weight' truly a major operational consideration?
  • How do you strike the balance between defeating the IED and being able to avoid the IED?
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Effects of IEDs on Future Armoured Vehicle Design

    Major Angus Benson Blair

    Major Angus Benson Blair, SO2 Land Platform Survivability, DSTL

  • Examining the strategic triangle of ‘Protection, Mobility, Firepower’ in the context of hybrid wars
  • Assessing what effect the asymmetric threats of current conflicts will have on future vehicle designs 
  • Will IEDs become a structural driver for the next 50 years?
  • 14:20 MRAP - M-ATV OIL/TTP

    George  Mordica

    George Mordica, Chief, Analysis Division, Center for Army Lessons Learned

  • CALL overview
  • Observations, insights and lessons
  • MRAP / MRAP - M-ATV publications
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Research on the Effects of IEDs on Vehicles and Occupants

    Engelbert  Waßmuth

    Engelbert Waßmuth, Branch Manager - VG20, IABG

  • Aspects of protection technologies (Passive, Reactive, and Active)
  • Occupant safety measures
  • Test and Validation methodology of protection against IED threats
  • 16:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Chris Hunter QGM

    Chris Hunter QGM, Counter IED Analyst, Kratos Enterprises (Former Senior IED Intelligence Analyst, British Armed Forces)

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Chris Hunter QGM

    Chris Hunter QGM, Counter IED Analyst, Kratos Enterprises (Former Senior IED Intelligence Analyst, British Armed Forces)

    9:10 Building Collaborative Efforts to Counter IEDs

  • Background to the EDA
  • The EDA approach to encourage collaboration
  • EDA CIED projects from a capabilities and research perspective
  • Jim Blackburn

    Jim Blackburn, Assistant Capability Director, European Defence Agency

    Chiara Gabbrielli

    Chiara Gabbrielli, Counter IED Coordination Officer, European Defence Agency

    9:50 Employing Unmanned Systems against IEDs - Training in Command and Control at the Small Unit Level

    Mike  O’Bea

    Mike O’Bea, TRADOC Capability Manager, Virtual Training Combined Arms Centre, US Army PEO STRI

  • Gaps in training small ground and aerial systems employment
  • Preventing skills lapse; sustainment training strategies
  • Lessons from in-theatre
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Making IED Threat Detection an Integral Part of Training

    Professor Alan Hatcher

    Professor Alan Hatcher, , The Intl School For Search & Explosives Engineers

  • Making IED identification and action instinctual
  • Preparing the force to meet the threat 
  • Imparting this training to a wide variety of personnel
  • 11:40 Assault IED Defeat: EOD Support to Hostage Rescue and Counter-suicide Bomber Incidents

    Chris Hunter QGM

    Chris Hunter QGM, Counter IED Analyst, Kratos Enterprises (Former Senior IED Intelligence Analyst, British Armed Forces)

  • Analysing 'lessons learned' from a number of Assault IEDD operations around the world
  • Outlining the tactics, techniques and procedures
  • Neutralising complex IEDs employed during rapid interdiction operations in hostile (non-permissive) environments
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 The Engineering Aspect of Counter-IED Operations

    Xavier  Thiebaut

    Xavier Thiebaut, School of Engineering, French Army

  • The transformation of Engineers
  • through the restructuring of the French Forces
  • through the comeback in NATO
  • Ways to benefit from the operational challenges
  • development of CIED training
  • development of national CIED capability
  • the Engineer’s role in Force Protection
  • Perspectives for the future
  • 14:20 Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device - VBIED

    Matar Alshamsi

    Matar Alshamsi, Director, Abu Dhabi Bomb Data Center

    15:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Chris Hunter QGM

    Chris Hunter QGM, Counter IED Analyst, Kratos Enterprises (Former Senior IED Intelligence Analyst, British Armed Forces)

    15:10 Afternoon Tea



    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

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

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




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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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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