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Returning for its 3rd annual installment, SMi's Mobile Deployable Communications event will once again lead the way in providing the latest overview of in-theatre tactical communications, national roadmaps, technology, interoperability and industry support.

With the pace of NATO operations in Afghanistan increasing and the challenges becoming more diverse, hear the lessons learned in the field and ensure that your organisation is best placed to support the military on operations. What technology is in use and what new technology is being deployed?

Also learn directly from first responders and emergency services. How do their experiences and needs compare with those of the military and what comparisons can be drawn?

Providing secure and interoperable mobile deployable communications is imperative in achieving greater situational awareness and superior operational capabilities. Attend this event to share experiences, network with the people that matter and maximise your capabilities.

 For speaking opportunities at Mobile Deployable Communications please contact smiproduction@smi-online.co.uk

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Attend Mobile Deployable Communications 2010 and:

  • Learn about NATO's steps towards interoperable mobile deployable communications
  • Analyse the latest operational experiences from both NATO and national perspectives
  • Discuss the communications experiences and needs from the perspective of emergency services, charities and first responders
  • Assess the current technology being deployed and what solutions industry are providing for the end user
  • Address the security challenges facing military communications experts in the field
  • Network with key decision makers from the military and industry and assess the latest technology on offer in our exhibition area


Industry Profile Includes:

Presidents, CEOs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Analysts and Officers for:

  • Communication Systems and Tactical Communication Systems
  • Land Systems and Solutions
  • Systems Engineering
  • Strategy
  • Technical Experts
  • Satellite Systems
  • System Architecture and System Design
  • Project and Programme Management
  • Government and Defence Accounts
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Business Development


Military Profile Includes:

Commanders, Branch Chiefs, Directors, Assistant Directors, Staff Officers, Project & Programme Managers, Engineers for:

  • Communications Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Signals Brigades / Battalions
  • Procurement and Acquisition
  • J6
  • CIS
  • Operational Support
  • Research and Development
  • Planning and Development

 Mobile Deployable Communications 2009

"Again, a very interesting event with lots of contacts" - ND SatCom

"Thank you for coorinating this very interesting conference. Looking forward to the next one" - Irish Defence Forces

"Much better than I expected and very relevant" - Netherlands Ministry of Defence

"This conference provided me with some useful information and proved to be an excellent professional experience" - UK Royal Marines

"Extremely useful and a first class networking opportunity" - NATO Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps


Organisations in attendance in 2009 include:

Cisco Systems, EADS Astrium Services, Thales, Selex Communications, Norsat International, General Dyamics UK, Thales Alenia Space, Intracom Defence Electronics, ND SatCom, Vega, Over Horizon, SAAB, Alcatel-Lucent, Ultra Electronics, Paradigm Services, Northrop Grumman, EMS SatCom, SWE-DISH Satellite Systems, TTComm, Iridium Satellites.......and more!

Plus military delegations from:

NATO HQ, NC3A, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, UK, USA, DISA, Czech Republic, Norway, Poland, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain...


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret'd) Nigel Beer

Colonel (Ret'd) Nigel Beer, , PA Consulting

9:10 NATO's Steps Towards Interoperable Mobile Communications

Malcolm Green

Malcolm Green, Chief, Network Information Infrastructure (NII) Communications, NATO C3 Agency

  • NATO strategy for deployable communications
  • Re-thinking network design and connectivity
  • Strategy on how to enhance capabilities
  • Role for industry in the future

    Brigadier Ivan Hooper

    Brigadier Ivan Hooper, Commander, 1 Signal Brigade, British Army

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Rapidly Deployable Communications Packages

    Colonel Thomas Byrge

    Colonel Thomas Byrge, Commander, 3d Combat Communications Group, US Air Force

  • Combined forces deployed networks
  • Lessons learned
  • Future challenges
  • 11:30 Enabling Communications on the Move

    Murray Duff

    Murray Duff, Mobility Manager, Global Government Solutions Group, Cisco

  • The paradox of mobile networking
  • Mobile Ad-Hoc communications
  • Radio aware routing
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch hosted by Cisco

    13:30 FDF Deployable CIS Concept in International Missions

    Captain Jouko Vankka

    Captain Jouko Vankka, Research Engineer, Finnish Army Signals School, Finnish Defence Forces

  • Commercial SATCOM as a network backbone
  • Service concept - FDF IP based services in operations
  • Future developments and considerations for the future
  • 14:10 Distributed Tactical Communications System

    Igor Marchosky

    Igor Marchosky, DTCS Technical Manager, Naval Surface Warfare Center, US Navy

  • System architecture
  • Current applications / state of the system
  • Way forward
  • 14:50 NATO Deployable CIS

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Delorey

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Delorey, C4ISTAR Branch (Deployable CIS), NATO Joint Airpower Competence Center

  • Current status
  • Addressing NATO's future DCIS needs
  • Impact of NATO transformational activities such as NNEC and NSP2K
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Threats to Spectrum Access and the Impact on Wireless Systems Operations

    Colonel John Hickey

    Colonel John Hickey, Commander, Joint Spectrum Centre, Defence Spectrum Organisation, Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA)

  • The evolving defence spectrum environment
  • meeting global spectrum challenges
  • New technologies to meet future requirements
  • 16:30 Airborne and Nettedcomms on the Move

  • Who needs comms on the move?
  • An overview of the current state of the art
  • What EADS Astrium Services bring to the picture
  • Issues and practicalities in security
  • David Adams

    David Adams, Business Development Director, EADS Paradigm Secure Communications

    Satwinder Chana

    Satwinder Chana, Systems Design Authority , EADS Paradigm Secure Communications

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:20 Post conference drinks reception sponsored by EADS Astrium Services & Paradigm

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Nigel Beer

    Colonel (Ret'd) Nigel Beer, , PA Consulting


    Lieutenant Colonel Zbyšek Weiss

    Lieutenant Colonel Zbyšek Weiss, Commander, 3rd NATO Signal Battalion, Bydgoszcz, Poland, NATO

  • Czech national requirements
  • Czech participation in current operations in NATO
  • Lessons learned from operations
  • 9:50 Secure Mobile Communication Solution Approved for EU and NATO SECRET

    Erik Sennfalt

    Erik Sennfalt, Country Manager, Sectra Communications

  • One device over multiple networks
  • The Tiger XS concept / network independence
  • Tiger XS over GSM, PSTN, and ISDN
  • Tiger XS over satellite - Iridium, Inmarsat, Thuraya
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee


    Brigadier David Hargreaves

    Brigadier David Hargreaves, Commander, 2 Signal Brigade, British Army

  • UK approach to national resilience
  • Inter-agency working and the defence contribution to resilience
  • Innovative solutions
  • 11:30 Mobile Communications for Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

    Paul Wehrli

    Paul Wehrli, Head of Telecom Sector and Deputy Head of ICT Operations, International Committee of the Red Cross

  • Setting up mobile communications during emergencies
  • Case studies
  • Challenges encountered
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:30 The Challenges of US Network Interoperability with NATO in 2010

  • Tactical coalition interoperability
  • US culture change
  • Coalition service level management culminating in the over-arching requirements for data standards
  • Lieutenant Colonel Dave Wills

    Lieutenant Colonel Dave Wills, Chief of Network Engineering, J6, United States Central Command

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Hoyt

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Hoyt, Chief of Strategic Programs and Multi-National Information Sharing, United States Central Command

    14:10 Interoperability for Expeditionary Operations - Canadian Perspective

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander (Sandy) Schwab

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander (Sandy) Schwab, Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, J6, Canadian Forces

  • Cross-domain interoperability solutions
  • Challenges and experiences from ISAF coalition interoperability 2009
  • 14:50 HeATS & GrATS - Tracking Forces in Afghanistan

    Dan Mercer

    Dan Mercer, Vice President Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, Iridium Communications

    Brian Gibbs

    Brian Gibbs, Programme Director, Intelligence & Digital Security Division, QinetiQ

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Joint Battlespace Awareness ISR Integration Capability (JBAIIC) Programme Initiatives, Experimentation, and Results

    Commander Joseph Utschig

    Commander Joseph Utschig, Research Associate, Naval Postgraduate School, USA

  • Cursor on target and common tactical picture threads
  • Integration of civilian technology into ISR communication requirements
  • Close air support digitization
  • The way ahead
  • 16:30 Interoperability at the Nexus of Enhanced Transatlantic Cooperative Security

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Bob Watson

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Bob Watson, Interoperability Division Combined Interoperability Programme Manager, US European Command J6

  • Interoperability is the critical element of our success from full spectrum of operations but noticeable apparent in command and control as well as communications. NATO and our collective strength to assist in ISAF is showing how old paradigms have to be changed.
  • Cooperative security agreements must become more flexible to incorporate lessons learned in information sharing and improving our abilities to improve our strategic and operational objectives
  • Interoperability is challenging and requires constant monitoring and improvement of tactics, techniques and procedures but more importantly requires us to work with our policy makers to ensure effectiveness of our initiatives
  • 17:10 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference


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