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Returning for its 7th year the 2014 Mobile Deployable Communications Conference will address the key topics of CIS networks and tactical communications, C4ISR standardisation, interoperability across the global armed forces, operational experiences and future technologies.
The role of the communications systems has evolved hugely in the past 15 years. Simple having the ability to send text information is no longer adequate.

Military units are now relying on communication networks to relay information with sound, images, video. All of the military communication networks have to be secure, meaning that no interception is possible thus militating against reduced operational integrity.

Contemporary military operations, peacekeeping and stabilization missions require from the armed forces to take actions in unknown and very often distant areas. An example may be the mission of the Armed Forces in Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. Military operations are carried out in vast areas with poor telecommunications infrastructure. In such circumstances only modern systems of satellite communications may provide fast, reliable, interference- and interception-resistant information transfer in command centres, operating units and other sub-units (logistic, engineering, etc.).

This year the conference will address the communication equipment used by global armed forces when deployed, illustrating that the practical elements are just as significant as the technology which supports deployed soldiers.

Key Military speakers will deliver case study and experience led presentations giving delegates the opportunity to learn about and then discuss the experiences of other nations.

Here is what past delegates have said about SMi's Mobile Deployable Communications conference:

"Great discussions & briefs. It was interesting to get the different perspectives & lessons learned from key speakers from industry & national militaries. Good exchange of information on deployable comms & CIS networks."
US Army

"Very good Conference – well worth attending” iDirect

"Excellent organisation and relevance of presentations” NATO

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

"A very interesting & reliable conference. The event was inspiring & gave me many ideas which I hope will help me in my future work."
Slovakian MOD

"As always, flawless organisation and a good selection of speakers" Inmarsat

• Hear the UK MOD most recent update on UK Land Environment Tactical CIS
• Join the discussion on EU militaries working towards a truly mobile communications system during an interactive panel discussion
• Learn about the Italian view point on Network Centric Warfare
• Listen to a specific energy supply focused presentation from the Ministry of Defence, Austria
• Hear how the challenges of SOA - based communications in the tactical domain will effect ongoing operations from the Polish Institute of Military Communications Institute

A current topic which will be discussed is the withdrawal from Afghanistan. There will be a focus on the training given to the National Armies and Security Services Forces in communications and information systems by deployed soldiers. The importance of interoperability with regards to mobile deployable communications will also be addressed, offering an insight into the communications challenges which face multinational operations on the battlefield.
These questions and more will be answered at SMi's Mobile Deployable Communications 2014 conference. It is important that the current issues surrounding mobile deployable communications are addressed by leading military and industry personnel so that key solutions can be discussed and developed.


Army Command; Army Materiel Command; Astrium; Astrium Services; Avanti Communications Group ; Cambridge Consultants Ltd; CEO; Cisco Systems; Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance; Command Support Brigade; Cyber Defence; Cyberdefence; D T E C H Labs; DGA/SPOTT; Embassy of the Republic of Croatia; ESL AIT GmbH; EU Military Staff ; European Air Group; European Defence Agency; European Space Agency; Globecomm Europe; Harris CapRock; Hughes Network Systems; iDirect Europe ; Land Warfare Centre; Military Communication Works No1; Ministry of Defence, Austria; Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands; ML2.net srl Watt number IT08590021005; MoD; NATO ACT; Nato Communications And Information Systems Operating And Support Agency; PA Consulting Group; Paradigm Secure Communications; Polish MoD; Rohde & Schwarz; Royal Marines; Royal Navy of Oman; Ruag; Saab; Saab AB; Sangcom; SELEX Elsag Ltd; Signalhorn Trusted Networks GmbH; SIS Live; SurCom International; Thales Austria GmbH; Thales Communications & Security; Thuraya Telecommunications Company; Ukraine Embassy; Viasat ;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Nigel Beer

Nigel Beer, Managing Consultant, PA Consulting Group

9:10 The future of UK Land Environment Tactical CIS

Colonel Richard Spencer

Colonel Richard Spencer, Deputy Head Battlefield Tactical Communications and Information Systems Delivery Team, UK MoD


  • The Current state of the UK Tactical CIS in the Land Enviroment
  • The short term future of the current solution
  • The future challenge facing the UKs tactical CIS
  • The possible future solutions to meeting the demand

9:50 Energy supply in mobile communications

Horst Treiblmaier

Horst Treiblmaier, Chief of Communication, Ministry of Defence, Austria


  • Energy requirements determination
  •  Possibilities to meet the energy requirements
  •  A road map for the future
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Mobile Communication Capability of Austrian “Soldier 2015”

    Karl Thurnhofer

    Karl Thurnhofer, Head of IT Communication , Austrian Army

  • Structure of network: Plan of the deployable and mobile network; interfaces; Services in the network;
  • Radio capabilities: Features of the radios; Data rate and/or security features at the different levels of the mobile network from the RAP to the soldier;
  • Terminals: Planned terminals for the soldier; terminals for the mobile combat-standing; Services in the battlefield
  • 11:40 Sharing Data over Challenging Military Networks

    Lawrence Poynter

    Lawrence Poynter, Product Director, iORA Software Limited

  • Challenges for sharing data in deployed environments  
  • Problems with the available military networks in ensuring a consistent and holistic view of data
  • Mitigating the effect of reduced or unavailable network resources - strategies that support information sharing and collaboration
  • 12:20 Challenges of SOA - based communications in the tactical domain

    Joanna Sliwa

    Joanna Sliwa, Head of C4I Systems, Military Communications Institute


  • SOA applications in the tactical domain
  • SOA challenges in disadvantaged grids
  • Solutions in terms of communications, security and protocol stack
  •  Ongoing work of NATO CSO and EDA on the tactical SOA – based communications
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Deployable Communications Package (DP) in support of EU military exercises and operations

    Krasimir Yordanov

    Krasimir Yordanov, Chief IT & Security Branch, EU Military Staff


  • DP Shelter project status
  • Deployable CIS in support of EU military exercises and operations
  • DP deployment during MILEX13 (problems and achievements)
  • DP way ahead
  • 14:40 Experience with the Operation of Mobile CIS System of Slovak Armed Forces

    Aurel  Sabó

    Aurel Sabó, Deputy Commander , Mobile CIS Base of Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic


  • Introduction
  • Mission and Tasks
  • Capabilities of Deployable CIS System
  • Upgrading Existing Communication System to Achieve Next-Generation Operability
  • Operational Concept of the Mobile CIS System
  • Mobile CIS System – Deploy Experience
  • 15:20 Resilient Voice Services for the Tactical Internet

    Robin Edgar Hansen

    Robin Edgar Hansen, Team Leader SW design, RUAG

  • What is the Tactical Internet and why services need to be resilient and de-centralized
  • What challenges is a VoIP telephony solution faced with in such environments
  • Why existing enterprise VoIP solutions are not designed for the Tactical Internet
  • How RUAG Tactical Telephony TTEL solves the challenges
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 The Italian land Forces digitization process and the program FORZA NEC

    Antonio Gucciardino

    Antonio Gucciardino, Scientific Co-ordinator (Former Director General of the Italian Land Armaments), University of Roma-Tor Vergata


  • Forza NEC is the main program started by the Italian MoD to digitize the Land Force Component, including the Amphibious assets.
  • Program development in three main phases: 

       - Project definition;

         - CD&E;

         - Full capability acquisition.

  • The first phase is over and the second phase is ongoing, with two major contracts signed and another one to be finalized by the end of this F.Y.Forza NEC is going to develop a wide range of different platforms: vehicles, UAV, UGC, soldier platform, network devices, radios (SDR), radars, EW, Command Posts and so on.
  •  All of these platforms have one common characteristic: they are linked to a common network, wide, robust, secure, that is the glue of the program, wiring and connecting almost everything
  •  In this network are present and have to work together : portable handheld radios, vehicular C4 applications, Command post radios, etc..
  • Cooperation of all these devices and more, is the main goal we have to achieve to get a real "Network Enabled Capabilities"
  • 17:00 The various communication technologies applied in the Italian program Forza NEC

    Col. Angelo Gervasio

    Col. Angelo Gervasio, Italian General Secretariat Of Defence, FORZA NEC Directorate, Vice Director, Italian Army


  •  The network is a mix of different technologies:
         - satellite;
         - SDR;
         - tactical radios;
         - switching systems;
         - SOTM;
         - computer.
  •  Each technology is the state of the art today available, like the Hand Held SDR Radio, the switching system MSR and the Satcom On The Move.
    Let's illustrate them and highlight their main characteristics.


  • 17:40 Panel Discussion: Challenges for modern mobile Defence forces in moving big data over low bandwidth networks

    Rear Admiral Phillip Wilcocks

    Rear Admiral Phillip Wilcocks, former senior British Royal Navy officer, Advisory Member, iOra

    WO2 (YofS) RM Stephen Scott MBE

    WO2 (YofS) RM Stephen Scott MBE, COMUKAMPHIBFOR J6 Yeoman of Signals , Royal Marines

    Col. Angelo Gervasio

    Col. Angelo Gervasio, Italian General Secretariat Of Defence, FORZA NEC Directorate, Vice Director, Italian Army

    Michael McCarthy

    Michael McCarthy, Director of Operations and Program Manager, US Army

    18:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Nigel Beer

    Nigel Beer, Managing Consultant, PA Consulting Group

    9:10 Breaking the Paradigms: The US Army Mobility Project

    Michael McCarthy

    Michael McCarthy, Director of Operations and Program Manager, US Army

  • CSDA is changing how soldiers access knowledge, training, data across the Training, Admin and Operational Domains
  • The Army continues to lead the efforts to bring mobile computing technologies to the soldier at the leading edge of the battlefield.
  • The Army continues to share Insights and Lessons Learned from the CSDA project across DoD and Agencies and Departments of the Government


  • 9:50 Mobile Deployable Communications & the Military Role in Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Recovery

    Martin Jarrold

    Martin Jarrold, Chief, International Programme Development, Global VSAT Forum


  • The Military & Non-Military Agency Mobile Communications Environment
  • The Inter-Agency Space: Building Robust Communications Systems for non-Military Stakeholders in the Field
  • Combining Inter-Agency Satellite Communications Platforms: Case Studies in Emergency Response, Emergency Management, and Humanitarian Development Programmes
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Transforming Military mobile deployed communications

    David Lawford Mee

    David Lawford Mee, Busines Development Manager - Defence - Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia, Cisco Systems Limited

    Edwin Tromp

    Edwin Tromp, Vertical Solutions Architect, Cisco Systems

    11:40 Deployed Communications in the Littoral Environment

    WO2 (YofS) RM Stephen Scott MBE

    WO2 (YofS) RM Stephen Scott MBE, COMUKAMPHIBFOR J6 Yeoman of Signals , Royal Marines


  • Introduction
  • What is the Littoral environment
  • Tactical communications
  • Strategic Communications
  • Contingency planning
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Norwegian Armed Forces - Deployable Communication Modules in Operations

    Nils Gaute Prestmo

    Nils Gaute Prestmo, CIS Task Group, Norwegian Armed Forces

  • Utilization of COTS
  • Norwegian Strategic Asset
  • A decade of operations in Afghanistan
  • 14:00 How mobile communications support the French navy missions

    Noel Deniau

    Noel Deniau, Head of Tactical and Strategic Communications, French Ministry of Defence

  • Overview of the current situation
  • Enhancement through the CONTACT programme
  • Overall naval networking
  • 14:40 The scope and the importance of technical certifications for the DCIS Operational Readiness

    Giuseppe Curro

    Giuseppe Curro, Head of Training Management, Nato Communications And Information Systems Operating And Support Agency


    • The DCIS Operational Readiness Concept
    • The DCIS Training Aim
    • The Generational gap
    • The Qualification challenge
    • The Certification Process
    • Conclusion

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Cognitive Radio Technology: Are licensed users really protected

    Kamran Arshad

    Kamran Arshad, Senior Lecturer in Communications Engineering, University Of Greenwich

  • Brief overview of cognitive radio technology;
  • Existing approaches for the protection of licensed users;
  • Overview of spectrum sensing and algorithms;
  • Overview of spectrum database approach (from Ofcom point of view);
  • Case Study: Ensuring QoS of opportunistic users and maintaining protection of licensed users simultaneously (if time permits)
  • 16:20 The demand for capacity in deployable mobile satellite communications

    Claude Rousseau

    Claude Rousseau, Senior Analyst, Northern Sky Research (NSR)


    ·         How Can Satellites Meet Global Mobility Requirements
    ·         What Band and Capacity Demand for What Mobile Platform?
    ·         Quenching the Bandwidth Demand Thirst of Airborne and Unmanned Aerial Systems
    ·         The Impact of High-Throughput Satellites on Mobile Deployable Communications

    17:00 Panel Discussion - EU militaries working towards a truly mobile communications system

    Horst Treiblmaier

    Horst Treiblmaier, Chief of Communication, Ministry of Defence, Austria

    Martin Jarrold

    Martin Jarrold, Chief, International Programme Development, Global VSAT Forum

    Giuseppe Curro

    Giuseppe Curro, Head of Training Management, Nato Communications And Information Systems Operating And Support Agency

    17:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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