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SMi are proud to host the fourth annual Future Soldier Technology conference, which will convene in London on the 13th and 14th March 2018. This year's event will also include a dedicated pre-conference focus day on 12th March 2018 centred exclusively on dismounted soldier situational awareness – exploring how new technologies such as mobile deployable communications, land ISTAR, Command & Control networks and innovative immersive technologies and displays assist the warfighter.

Future soldier programmes continue to be critically important for dismounted infantry operations around the world. As militaries are expected to operate in diverse environments – from artic to urban landscapes – developing materials, technologies and capabilities that enable soldiers to survive and thrive has become ever more important.

As the only meeting solely dedicated to enhancing soldier modernisation programmes, Future Soldier Technology 2018 will provide a unique opportunity to see how emerging technologies and materials are used to overcome challenges in soldier modernisation programmes, from across the world.

It will explore the key categories for development, such as: survivability, lethality, sustainability, mobility and C4i. Along with soldier modernisation programmes from: IdZ-ES, FELIN, PEO Soldier, DE&S, ISSP, Soldat de Zukunft and more.

NEW FOR 2018: A pre-conference Focus Day on Soldier Situational Awareness on 12th March 2018!

VIP Treatment: To all the SMI delegates choosing to stay at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in February and March, we will offer an upgrade to a superior room and welcome drink voucher

At this years conference there will once again be an array of networking opportunities:

  • Meet an network with service providers as well as military and government end-users from around the world that make up the attendees and exhibitors at this year's conference
  • Join a post conference drinks reception hosted by Black Diamond Advanced Technology (BDATech)
  • More than three and a half hours of networking during the conference days

Hear the very latest advances from Armies, Future Soldier Programme Managers and Joint Force Commands related to:

  • Ballistic protection
  • Soldier lethality
  • C4i systems and situational awareness equipment
  • Night vision and optics
  • Winter warfare capabilities
  • Soldier system power solutions

As well as updates from a variety of national programmes.

The conference and focus day agenda is critical for anyone involved in dismounted soldier technology and equipment, including:

  • Future Soldier System Programme Managers
  • Industry OEMs
  • Directors for Land Forces Capability
  • Infantry Trials and Development Unit Commander
  • Infantry Leaders
  • Soldier Systems Researchers
     

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

9:00 Equipping the Modern Soldier and Maintaining the Combat Edge

Lieutenant Colonel Alex Hutton

Lieutenant Colonel Alex Hutton, Senior Requirements Manager Soldier Training and Special Programmes, Defence Equipment and Support

 

Technological, material and cultural developments to reduce the burden on the soldier and increase mobility and agility
•         Soldier Systems and communications for the dismounted soldier operating across the spectrum of operations, and integrating them into the wider network
•         Developing appropriate individual and collective training solutions to deliver forces at readiness – simulation in the Live, Virtual and Constructive environments.
•         Pulling lessons from Army experimentation through to delivery of appropriate technology.
 

9:30 Integrating Cyber Security into Soldier Systems to Optimise Operational Capability

Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert, Chief of Section Optics, Optronics, Acoustics - IdZ, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and in-Service Support (BAAINBw)

 

·          Building an integrated and ergonomic soldier system with IT-security developed within the realization phase of two different soldier systems
·          Generate network enabled capability with tactical data links, C4i, optronics and sensor systems 
·          Looking forward: working to next generation of soldier systems with open architecture standards to build interoperability within coalition partners and further promote standardised cyber protection networks

10:00 Dismounted Situational Awareness

Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle

Lieutenant Colonel Toby Lyle, SO1 Command and Battlespace Management, British Army

  • Why is this so important to the British Army now
  • The technology challenges
  • Integration with other programmes and our peers
  • Developing DSA by the Spiral model

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Creating a Standard for Soldier Connectivity

Mr Mark Owen

Mr Mark Owen, Director of Product Strategy and Development, TT Electronics - Connectors Business Unit

 

  • Meeting the challenges of interoperability
  • Today’s performance requirements vs tomorrow
  • How focussing of size and weight can be detrimental to mobility
  • Trading ease of use and reliability, against environmental and electrical performance

     

11:30 Enhancing Situational Awareness through Integrated Tactical ISTAR

Mr Chris Nicholls

Mr Chris Nicholls, Principal Analyst, DSTL

 

·          Overview of some of the Research and Development activity to enhance the Situational Awareness of soldiers including:
o    Navigation in GPS contested and denied environments
o    Detection of threats
o    Target handoff and cross-cueing
o    Integration of soldiers with tactical ISTAR assets
·          Challenges facing ISTAR and overcoming through new conceptual processes
o    The need to reduce cognitive burden
o    The role of autonomy to overcome personnel and training challenges
o    Integration and modularity

12:00 Technology developments that improve Situational Awareness for soldiers on the ground including

Mr Anthony White

Mr Anthony White, Chief Technology Officer, Ultra Electronics, Precision Control Systems

 

- Rapid integration of new equipment
- Multi-radio communications
- GPS denied tracking
- Non RF communications

- A real look to the future

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Employing Effective Command and Control to Build Situational Awareness within the NORMANS Programme

Mr Lars-Eric Olsen

Mr Lars-Eric Olsen, Principal Scientist C4i , FFI

 

·          ‘Paper to digital’: moving away from physical maps and notes within C2 by exploiting digitised battlespace
·          Integrating radar data into dismounted infantry displays to enable ‘red force’ aerial tracking by ground forces and build multi-domain situational awareness
o    Establishing interoperability between military branches to maximise available intelligence
·          Ensuring data is displayed manageably to avoid surplus information disrupting effective decision making   
·          Overcoming challenges of data sharing on joint operations to enable effective coalition capabilities
 

14:00 Combat Communications and Operational Data Security

Mr Jackson White

Mr Jackson White, Sales Director, Getac UK Ltd

14:30 Situational Awareness with the Blast Gauge - Immediate Response Through Real-Time Alerts

Mr Scott J Featherman

Mr Scott J Featherman, Business Development Manager, BlackBox Biometrics Inc

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 Exploring Dismounted Soldier System Usability with COTS GPS systems

Mr Jonathan Svensson

Mr Jonathan Svensson, Senior Scientist, Human Technology-Organisation, C4ISR , FOI

16:00 Advances in Immersive Technologies that will Enhance Situational Awareness

Dr Randall Hill

Dr Randall Hill, Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California

16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Situational Awareness Focus Day

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

9:00 Progress Towards Creating the Versatile Infantry Fighting Force of the 21st Century

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army

 

·          Embedding voice, video and communication data services within dismounted soldier equipment
o    Successes of the MORPHEUS Project at delivering next generation battlefield tactical communications for the British Army
·          Enabling higher tempo operations and better, quicker decision making through improved situational awareness
o    Balancing future operational equipment requirements with physical and cognitive burdens on the Warfighter
o    Reducing the size and weight of communication apparatuses
·          Minimalising friendly fire incidents through effective utilisation of ‘blue force tracking’

9:30 Digitising Battlespace Management to Develop Dismounted Marine Situational Awareness

Lieutenant Colonel Michael McFerron

Lieutenant Colonel Michael McFerron, Plans Officer, 1st Marine Division/Operations, US Marine Corps

 

·         Enabling higher tempo operations, better decision making and improved unit cooperation through effective exploitation of ground domain awareness
·         Integrating digital displays into marine systems to maximise intelligence sharing on dismounted marine operations
·         Exploiting effective intelligence sharing across networks to build expeditionary capability
·         Future plans for training and further data capture within the USMC

10:00 BDATech Capabilities and Applications

Mr Rick Stone

Mr Rick Stone, VP of Strategic Planning & Director of UX & HSE, GMRE Inc

 

  • BDATech's approach to designing multi-mission set communications platforms
  • Required flexibility in communication platforms to combat modern threats & requirements
  • Utilizing the correct integrated software programs to ensure mission success

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Mission Critical Interconnectivity Solutions

Ms Lisa Amling

Ms Lisa Amling, VP of Product Development, Small Format Connector Systems, Glenair Inc.

 

  • Identification and Understanding of Mission Profiles
  • Functional requirements to meet the Profiles
  • Engineering and Vertically Integrated Manufacturing Capability
  • Full circle testing and validation
  • Uninterrupted chain of supply and worldwide support

11:30 Current Canadian Warfighting Capabilities in Context – the Integrated Soldier System Project

Major Daniel Thibodeau

Major Daniel Thibodeau, Project Director for the Integrated Soldier System Project ISSP, Canadian Forces

 

·          Incorporating wearable communication systems into battle suits to robustly network future dismounted infantry
·          Enhancing navigation, ISTAR and expeditionary capability through integration of tactical data links connected into the Land Command Support System (LCSS)
·          Transcending traditional unit formations: how the ISSP functions on the individual, squad and wider formational level
·          Utilising network centric communications for friendly force positional awareness, target acquisition and digital fire support
·          Building interoperability with coalition allies through compliance with NATO STAGNAG (standardised agreement) 4677 on dismounted soldier technology

12:00 Argus, the Soldier at Heart: Focusing More on the Needs than on the Tech

Mr Sebastien Loze

Mr Sebastien Loze, European Director for Business Development, Rheinmetall Canada Inc

 

  • Augmented warfighter awareness vs physical and cognitive burden : Finding the right balance.
  • Gadgets vs Tools : You can’t always get what you want.
  • Customized or Standardized : Reconciling the conundrum.

12:30 PALS, a Personal Acoustic Localization System for Each Soldier

Mr Alex Koers

Mr Alex Koers, Director, Microflown AVISA

 

  • Acoustic vector sensors as the enabler
  • Design options for the IP67 compliant mini AMMS
  • Test results
  • Outlook for urban warfare

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Preparing Royal Marines for Winter Warfare Operations

Colonel Matt Jackson

Colonel Matt Jackson, Deputy Brigade Commander, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, Royal Marines

 

·          An overview of the wet and dry artic environments and the challenges they present
·          The British approach to heat management: integrating effective cold weather combat clothing and heat management technologies into Marine soldier systems
·          Ensuring equipment functions within low temperature environments and operational experience overcoming hand-held communications technical challenges
·          Achieving mobility through utilisation of ‘ski warfare’ without adversely impacting soldier load carriage
 

14:30 Transforming Norwegian Weapon System Lethality with Dismounted Soldier Night Vision Technologies

Major Rune  Nesland-Steinor

Major Rune Nesland-Steinor, Head of Project Section Weapons and Optics, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency

 

·          The role of observation and long-range object measurement in building domain awareness for infantry
o    Achieving effective target acquisition capabilities for dismounted soldiers through multi-spectral imagining and long-range optics
o    How low light winter and artic operations magnify the need for effective night vision technologies
·          Working with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) to deliver bespoke solutions for weapon system optics
·          Integrating object measurement, fall-of-shot correction and extended detection ranges into Norwegian Army weapons
·          Enabling extended ISTAR observation missions with night vision that has noiseless operation and long autonomous battery time

15:00 Advancing Dismounted Soldier Munitions and Small Arms to Optimise Infantry Lethality

Mr Daryl Easlick

Mr Daryl Easlick, Deputy Director Lethality Branch, US Army

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Achieving Safety and Survival – Employing Effective Ballistic Protection and Combat Clothing

Mr Johnathan Russell

Mr Johnathan Russell, Project Technical Authority, Dismounted Survivability, DSTL

 

·          An overview of how the UK identified the VIRTUS requirements
·          Optimising combat clothing through use of new materials and technologies
·          Maximising soldier survivability through further research into effective ballistic protection and dismounted soldier systems

16:30 The World’s First Smart Radio – The MPU5

Mr Brian McDonald

Mr Brian McDonald, Field Operations Manager , Persistent Systems LLC

 

·         Building a MANET and a true distributed network across the battlefield
·         Audio, Data and Video to the Edge – remote access and control of disparate sensors
·         MPU5 as platform and Smart Radio – 3rd party applications, video encoding, modular radio cards, Radio over IP (RoIP)
·         Your own network, anywhere – Defense, Public Safety, Intelligence, Media and More …

17:00 Future Soldier Sustainability in Winter Warfare – How to Increase the Performance

Mr Svein Martini

Mr Svein Martini, Principal Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment(FFI)

 

·          Examining the main challenges and opportunities of artic warfare
·          An analysis of combat clothing and equipment required for winter operational environments
o    Balancing ballistic protection, reduced heat signature and equipment weight with insulation and survivability features
o    Successes of the Norwegian Unsupported Polar Expeditions in using minimal fuel consumption portable heating devices developed by FFI
·          Optimising nutrients and food supply during winter campaign through R&D

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

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

17:50 Black Diamond Advanced Technology Post Conference Drinks Reception at Bombay Brasserie, Kensington

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

9:00 Improving Expeditionary Warfare of the Future

Lieutenant Colonel David Baas

Lieutenant Colonel David Baas, Deputy Director, Expeditionary Operations Training Group, US Marine Corps

 

  • Maintaining balance: innovation/adaptation to changing circumstances while respecting the fundamental nature of ground conflict
  • The battle for situational awareness – common tactical picture, interoperable communications, and signature management
  • Enhancing fires at the small unit level; improving accuracy, timeliness, and access to information related capabilities
  • Equipping and sustaining – considering human factors within soldier systems to balance size, weight, and power of equipment used
  • Exploiting effective training to build expeditionary capability within multiple warzones

9:30 Preparing Swedish Army Units for Cold Weather Operations

Captain Elisabet Hökerberg

Captain Elisabet Hökerberg, Deputy Head of the Armed Forces Unit for Cold Weather Operations, Swedish Army

 

·         Cold weather impact on the human being
·         An overview of the subarctic operating environment and the main challenges it presents dismounted soldier formations
·         Swedish Armed Forces Cold Weather training concept
·         Ensuring that new equipment is tested in harsh climatic conditions before delivery to maximise its versatility
·         Future priorities to further develop cold weather capability

10:00 Denmark BMS Integration

Mr Jeppe  Mueller

Mr Jeppe Mueller, BMS Systems, GMRE Inc

 

  • Understanding end-user needs and engineering a solution
  • Integrating and training for success
  • What comes next? Creating a strategy for the future  

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 The German Military Approach to Infantry Soldier Development – IdZ-ES

Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert, Chief of Section Optics, Optronics, Acoustics - IdZ, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and in-Service Support (BAAINBw)

 

·         Current plans and requirements for dismounted close combat soldier enhancements in the Bundeswehr
·         Linking sensor and computer assets at the squad level for greater targeting and situational awareness capabilities
·         Exploring what future technologies will be integrated into the system as it matures
 

11:30 Delivering Effective and Reliable Comms Capability for Dismounted Soldiers

Mr Ciaran McCloskey

Mr Ciaran McCloskey, Product Line Manager Tactical Product UK, Thales UK

 

  •    Challenges of the Dismounted Soldier - Carriage, Environment, Enemy Action
  •       Comms Requirements for the Dismounted Users
  •      Technologies / Solution options – benefits, drawbacks, trade–offs and risks

     

  • 12:00 Tactical Mesh Networks for Specialised Military Communication Networks

    Mr Rob Garth

    Mr Rob Garth, Director of Products, Video & Broadcast, Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)

     

    • Introduction to MANET Self-Forming, Self-Healing Tactical Mesh Networks
    • Mesh Waveforms and access mechanisms – bespoke vs standards-based
    • MiMo transmission capabilities and real world limitations
    • Special Role Radio Application
      • SRR details
      • Unmanned Vehicle Applications
        • UXV applications
        • Artillery applications
        • SRR Radio providing increased Situational awareness to decision makers across multiple applications
           

    12:30 Small Form Factor Datalinks Bridge the Close Air Support Gap

    Mr Lee Peterson

    Mr Lee Peterson, Program Manager, Viasat Inc

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Research and Development of Advanced Power Sources for Future Soldier Platforms

    Dr Darren  Browning

    Dr Darren Browning , Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL

    14:30 Optimising Power Generation to Support Complex Soldier Systems

    Dr Carsten  Cremers

    Dr Carsten Cremers, Group Fuel Cells Leader, Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie

    15:00 Methods to Minimise and Evaluate Dismounted Soldier Signatures

    Dr Hans Kariis

    Dr Hans Kariis, Deputy Research Director Department of Electrooptical Systems, Swedish Defence Research Agency

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 A System of Systems Approach to Maximising the Lethality of Dismounted Soldiers

     Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor, Director Pardus Defence and Security & Former Commanding Officer Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army

    16:30 Developing Soldier Lethality Through the US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

    Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher

    Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher, Programme Manager , United States Marine Corps

    16:30 Implementing Ergonomic and Human Centric Future Soldier Programmes

    17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Commander Brigade North, Norwegian Army
    Colonel Chris Dowling

    Colonel Chris Dowling

    Chief of Staff, 1st Marine Division , US Marine Corps
    Colonel Matt Jackson

    Colonel Matt Jackson

    Deputy Brigade Commander, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, Royal Marines
    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Chief of Section Optics, Optronics, Acoustics - IdZ, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and in-Service Support (BAAINBw)
    Lieutenant Colonel Alex Hutton

    Lieutenant Colonel Alex Hutton

    Senior Requirements Manager Soldier Training and Special Programmes, Defence Equipment and Support
    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor

    Director Pardus Defence and Security & Former Commanding Officer Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army
     Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor

    Alex Hutton

    Senior Requirements Manager Soldier Training and Special Programmes, DE&S
    Alex Hutton

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Commander Brigade North, Norwegian Army
    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Captain Elisabet Hökerberg

    Deputy Head of the Armed Forces Unit for Cold Weather Operations, Swedish Army
    Captain Elisabet Hökerberg

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher

    Programme Manager , United States Marine Corps
    Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher

    Colonel Chris Dowling

    Chief of Staff, 1st Marine Division , US Marine Corps
    Colonel Chris Dowling

    Colonel Matt Jackson

    Deputy Brigade Commander, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, Royal Marines
    Colonel Matt Jackson

    Dr Carsten Cremers

    Group Fuel Cells Leader, Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie
    Dr Carsten  Cremers

    Dr Darren Browning

    Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL
    Dr Darren  Browning

    Dr Duncan Stewart

    Defence Analyst and Royal Navy Reservist, UK MoD , DSTL
    Dr Duncan Stewart

    Dr Hans Kariis

    Deputy Research Director Department of Electrooptical Systems, Swedish Defence Research Agency
    Dr Hans Kariis

    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Chief of Section Optics, Optronics, Acoustics - IdZ, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and in-Service Support (BAAINBw)
    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Dr Myra Van Esch-Bussemakers

    Director of Human Effectiveness, T N O Human Factors Research Institute
    Dr Myra Van Esch-Bussemakers

    Dr Randall Hill

    Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California
    Dr Randall Hill

    Lieutenant Colonel Alex Hutton

    Senior Requirements Manager Soldier Training and Special Programmes, Defence Equipment and Support
    Lieutenant Colonel Alex Hutton

    Lieutenant Colonel David Baas

    Deputy Director, Expeditionary Operations Training Group, US Marine Corps
    Lieutenant Colonel David Baas

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael McFerron

    Plans Officer, 1st Marine Division/Operations, US Marine Corps
    Lieutenant Colonel Michael McFerron

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Major Daniel Thibodeau

    Project Director for the Integrated Soldier System Project ISSP, Canadian Forces
    Major Daniel Thibodeau

    Major Rune Nesland-Steinor

    Head of Project Section Weapons and Optics, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency
    Major Rune  Nesland-Steinor

    Mr Alex Koers

    Director, Microflown AVISA
    Mr Alex Koers

    Mr Anthony White

    Chief Technology Officer, Ultra Electronics, Precision Control Systems
    Mr Anthony White

    Mr Brian McDonald

    Field Operations Manager , Persistent Systems LLC
    Mr Brian McDonald

    Mr Chris Nicholls

    Principal Analyst, DSTL
    Mr Chris Nicholls

    Mr Ciaran McCloskey

    Product Line Manager Tactical Product UK, Thales UK
    Mr Ciaran McCloskey

    Mr Daryl Easlick

    Deputy Director Lethality Branch, US Army
    Mr Daryl Easlick

    Mr Jackson White

    Sales Director, Getac UK Ltd
    Mr Jackson White

    Mr Jeppe Mueller

    BMS Systems, GMRE Inc
    Mr Jeppe  Mueller

    Mr Johnathan Russell

    Project Technical Authority, Dismounted Survivability, DSTL
    Mr Johnathan Russell

    Mr Jonathan Svensson

    Senior Scientist, Human Technology-Organisation, C4ISR , FOI
    Mr Jonathan Svensson

    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen

    Principal Scientist C4i , FFI
    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen

    Mr Lee Peterson

    Program Manager, Viasat Inc
    Mr Lee Peterson

    Mr Mark Owen

    Director of Product Strategy and Development, TT Electronics - Connectors Business Unit
    Mr Mark Owen

    Mr Rick Stone

    VP of Strategic Planning & Director of UX & HSE, GMRE Inc
    Mr Rick Stone

    Mr Rob Garth

    Director of Products, Video & Broadcast, Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)
    Mr Rob Garth

    Mr Scott J Featherman

    Business Development Manager, BlackBox Biometrics Inc
    Mr Scott J Featherman

    Mr Sebastien Loze

    European Director for Business Development, Rheinmetall Canada Inc
    Mr Sebastien Loze

    Mr Svein Martini

    Principal Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment(FFI)
    Mr Svein Martini

    Ms Lisa Amling

    VP of Product Development, Small Format Connector Systems, Glenair Inc.
    Ms Lisa Amling

    Sponsors

    Key Media Partners

    Supporters

    Preliminary Attendee List for 2018

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    Sponsors


    3M

    Sponsors
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    We strive to set the standard for confidence and trust by providing rugged, reliable protective communication equipment. 3M PELTOR™ solutions for today’s modern warfighter have been designed for use in combat and combat support operations, specifically, for use with firearms and ballistic combat helmets. The hearing protectors feature external microphones for environmental listening (aka Talk-Through) capability, so operators can maintain auditory situational awareness while still protecting their hearing. With more than 60 years of experience, the PELTOR brand promises quality communication solutions that help provide an excellent balance of comfort and protection. The advanced engineering and technology inherent with the PELTOR™ brand fits with the high standard of quality and innovation of a continuously evolving range of product solutions that you, our customers, come to expect from 3M.


    BAE Systems

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    At BAE Systems, we help our customers to stay a step ahead when protecting people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information. We provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of more than 83,000 people in more than 40 countries. From state of the art cyber threat detection to flight control systems that enable pilots to make better decisions, we never stop innovating to ensure that our customers maintain their advantage. This is a long-term commitment involving significant investments in skills. We also work closely with local partners to support economic development through the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology. As a business we continue to drive towards world class safety performance in all areas. From concept, design and manufacture through to use and disposal, we use cutting edge technology to minimise the safety and environmental impact of our products. We continually work to improve safety standards, including raising awareness of the role of our employees in identifying, managing and reducing safety risks throughout the life of our products.


    BlackBox Biometrics®, Inc.

    Sponsors
    https://b3inc.com/

    BlackBox Biometrics®, Inc. (B3) was founded in 2011 with the goal of providing live exposure assessment to overpressure associated with today’s signature war wound: traumatic brain injury. At the time when the Iraq War was nearing an end and the United States was ten-years into war in Afghanistan, over 200,000 U.S. service members had already been diagnosed with TBI. With nothing available to measure the blasts that often cause undetectable head injuries, soldiers and medical personnel were forced to face the effects of these injuries with inconsistent and subjective data. Seeing this need and the opportunity to improve the lives of soldiers and their families, B3 set out to measure the unseen. Funded by a DARPA grant, a small team assembled to develop a solution providing better triage data. The result was the Blast Gauge® System, a revolutionary sensor that has since been outfitted on U.S. Special Forces, the Army, and SWAT teams across the nation. Coupled with proprietary software, the complete system captures and interprets complex data associated with concussive events. This means faster and more accurate treatment for those serving on the frontlines, and better research for advancing the study of TBI. The newest Wireless Blast Gauge System is established as the world’s first and only system for wirelessly measuring repeated low-level blasts that cause long-term injury to the warfighter, and is used in seminal research with the US Navy. Through partnerships with major communications manufacturers, B3 is developing a new, ground-breaking situational awareness capability to be unveiled in 2018. Today, B3 continues to be the industry leader in measuring the unseen impact of concussive injuries. Our talented team is comprised of like-minded individuals—in engineering, operations, and business—all with the collective goal of improving lives through the creation of innovative technology.


    Domo Tactical Communications

    Sponsors
    http://www.domotactical.com/

    Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) is a global leader in Tactical IP Mesh technology. Whether on the battlefield, in critical surveillance applications or built in to autonomous land, sea and air vehicles, the DTC Mesh provides a seamless self-forming, self-healing MANET networking capability which can be relied on even in the toughest conditions. Leveraging a technical heritage stretching back over 50 years and incorporating he unrivalled COFDM waveform experience of the Domo team, DTC has a passion for innovation which keeps us one step ahead in the rapidly changing and increasingly challenging environments in which we perform. DTC can offer Mesh and point to point (P2P) COFDM systems in a variety of form factors to suit different deployment scenarios. A particularly good fit for soldier-worn applications is the new Special Role Radio (SRR). The SRR combines a familiar “soldier radio” physical form factor, “bullet proof” construction and simplified user interface with the ability to use standard MBITR-style battery packs, chargers and holsters. Based-on DTC’s game-changing SOL8 Software Defined Radio (SDR), the SRR is equally at home operating as a Mesh node, a P2P COFDM Transmitter or a P2P receiver streaming video to a tablet PC. The SRR also offers dual on-board HD-capable video encoders and support for a variety of different camera interfaces, an “open mic” full duplex audio channel, in-built GPS receiver and on board SD card storage as well as a full 2W of output power. DTC is delighted to be speaking at Future Soldier Technology. DTC Product Director Rob Garth will be providing a whistle-stop introduction to MANET Mesh networks, Mesh Waveforms and MiMo transmission technology before exploring some key Mesh use cases – for Special Forces, artillery and unmanned vehicle applications. We hope you can join us.


    Fischer Connectors

    Sponsors
    https://www.fischerconnectors.com

    Fischer Connectors has been designing, manufacturing and distributing high performance connectors and cable assembly solutions for more than 60 years. Known for their reliability, quality and resistance to extreme environments, Fischer Connectors’ solutions are used in fields requiring faultless quality, such as defence & security, medical, industrial, instrumentation, audiovisual, transportation and energy. In close partnership with its customers, Fischer Connectors continues to push the boundaries of connectivity to address design engineers’ need to minimize space and maximize performance in their devices used in Dismounted Soldier, Ground, Aerospace and Marine military applications. Fischer Connectors' solutions have been tested to MIL-standards, are used in most soldier modernization programs – especially in C4ISTAR technologies, and meet the need for safe and reliable operations.


    Getac Technology Corporation

    Sponsors
    http://www.getac.co.uk

    Getac Technology Corporation, founded in 1989, is one of the key subsidiaries of the MiTAC-Synnex Business Group. With 2016 revenue in excess of US$29 billion it is the third largest computing group in Taiwan. Getac have been manufacturing Mobile Computers for 28 years and are one of the world’s leading ruggedised computing solution suppliers, with the industry’s most extensive range of PCs, notebooks, tablets, handhelds and body worn devices. The PCs are specifically designed to meet the mission-critical computing needs of mobile workers who face the most demanding environments, whether indoors or out. The primary benefits are dust, water, vibration and shock resistance, certified to international testing criteria, such as MIL-STD 810G & 461F and IP ratings (IP54, IP65, IP68). This allied to state of the art technologies and an unparalleled selection of wireless communications options, including 4G, and military grade GPS means these products assist field workers to perform anytime, anywhere. Customers in Defence, Public Safety, Utilities, Telecommunications, Transportation, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Engineering and Construction have long recognised that Getac devices, along with Getac’s excellent, customised service are the ideal choice to satisfy their mobile computing needs. For more information, please visit: http://www.getac.co.uk


    Kent Modular Electronics (KME)

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    http://kme.co.uk/

    Kent Modular Electronics (KME) design and manufacture industrial grade LCD-TFT monitors for the worldwide marine, military, industrial, rail and large format markets. • Bespoke Displays • COTS and MOTS Displays • Water Resistant Capabilities • DESTAN Complaint • Zero Client Technology • GVA and Non GVA complaint • High Brightness and Deep Dimming • Fully Ruggedized • Night Vision Complaint • Sunlight Readable • EMC Compliant • MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461 • Inclusive of man portal displays for an array of functions KME offers customized display options for your specific project requirements. Dedicating our expert design team to your brief and manufactured to a highest standard we offer bespoke options for a range of military applications.


    Leonardo

    Sponsors
    http://www.leonardocompany.com/

    Leonardo is a world player in Aerospace, Defence and Security delivering integrated command and control systems for land, naval and air applications, stand-alone radar, communication, electro-optics, torpedoes, guns and smart ammunitions. A leader in the development of land artillery ranging from small caliber, 7.62 and 12.7 mm, to large caliber, 105 and 120 mm, Leonardo has developed innovative unguided ammunition (DART and VULCANO)


    Microflown AVISA

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    http://www.microflown-avisa.com

    Microflown AVISA (www.microflown-avisa.com) from the Netherlands is a trusted partner of several NATO countries in the field of acoustic situational awareness. Enabled by its revolutionary acoustic particle velocity sensor, the MEMS technology based Microflown transducer, AVISA delivers sensor nodes that able to: • detect • locate • track and • classify at the same time all sorts of audible events, such as: • Small Arms Fire • RPGs • mortars/ artillery • drones and attack helicopters Co funded by the Dutch Land forces in the Walking Ears project, Microflown AVISA has developed extremely low Size, Weight and Power IP67 compliant acoustic sensor nodes that are either: • man wearable • man portable (for Rest Over Night) On a single node level, this Personal Acoustic Localization System (PALS) provides: • location of a gunshot • direction of a blast On a networked level, PALS provides dots on the map for all audible events taking place, with display options like: • area • friend or foe small arms fire and / or 60 mm mortars As PALS has a modular design, it can be configured according to the end user requirements, integrating or leaving out self-contained functions like: • powering • geo referencing • communication • display


    Omnetics

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    http://www.omnetics.com/

    Omnetics Connector Corporation manufactures and designs Micro-miniature, Nano-miniature, and Hybrid connectors, wire harnesses, and cable assembly solutions for the toughest, smallest, and highest speed applications. These rugged miniature and ultra-miniature Mil-Spec based Micro-D, Nano-D, Circular, and Strip connector solutions aid in the interconnect and SWaP design requirements of your battlefield communications, computing, and other high performance devices, increasing the number of contacts for high speed compact circuitry in mission critical harsh environment applications. With a rich history of the miniaturization and ruggedization of interconnect harnesses, Omnetics Connector Corporation is proud to announce the development of our new COBRA™ connector system for the dismounted soldier. This unique design weighs under 35 grams and is compatible with the MOLLE straps of standard vests. It features 8 cleanable 5 AMP contacts which can handle USB 2.0 signals, and it offers a magnet free tactile latching system to avoid any signal interference. It is IP68 sealed in the mated and unmated state and can be terminated by the end user. The COBRA™ connector can be retro-fitted onto old vests with a clamp system designed for the standard MOLLE straps. Additionally, both halves of the connector can be fabric or bulkhead mounted, creating a plethora of design configurations. The design can also be modified to fit specific application requirements. Stop by Omnetics’ booth at Future Soldier Technology 2018 to learn more about our miniature and ruggedized connector solutions.


    Persistent Systems LLC (“Persistent”)

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    http://www.persistentsystems.com/

    Persistent Systems LLC (“Persistent”) offers a secure and “true” mobile ad-hoc networking platform with its Wave Relay® product line. The most recent product released by Persistent is the MPU5. The most advanced, most scalable, and most efficient Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) radio in the world. Built to create powerful, secure networks anywhere, the MPU5 unites all your critical data sources in real time – giving you and your team the confidence to make difficult decisions in the heat of the moment. Data, video, voice, and a fully integrated AndroidTM computer system makes the MPU5 the world’s first Smart Radio. The Wave Relay® MPU5’s ability, give operators access to sensors, UAVs, and enhances other battlefield enablers overall effectiveness. The situational awareness provided by the MPU5 is a tool that makes it much easier for operators to manage complex command and control scenarios with confidence. One Solution. Infinite Possibilities. Persistent was founded in 2007 by Dr. Herbert Rubens and Dr. David Holmer after completing their Computer Science doctorates from Johns Hopkins University. Collectively they have over 35 years of experience developing and implementing MANET technology and advanced online algorithms. They are the sole creators of our patented routing algorithm—Wave Relay®—which is at the core of our scalable and highly robust MANET technology. We are widely recognized as providers of the best performing MANET technology on the market. Today Dr. Rubens and Dr. Holmer are joined by 120+ personnel in three office locations: New York, NY (corporate headquarters); Pinehurst, NC; and Fort Collins, CO. In addition to our technical experts and support personnel, the Persistent workforce includes sales and engineering staff across the globe to support our customers both pre- and post-sales, and a NY-based ISO 9001:2015 certified supply chain and logistics team.


    Qioptiq

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    http://www.qioptiq.com

    TARGET ACQUISITION, ENGAGEMENT AND SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT Image Intensified, Thermal and Fused Weapon Sights Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies Company, designs and manufactures photonic products and solutions and is one of the world’s principal designers and manufacturers of infra-red (Thermal), image intensified and fused night vision weapon sights and surveillance equipment. More than 100,000 individual night sights have been supplied to over 58 different countries for a wide range of defence, police, border security, coastguard and search and rescue applications. Qioptiq also provides a range of world leading long-range boarder and vehicle mounted surveillance equipment utilising both visible, image intensifying and uncooled thermal imaging technology. WEAPON AIMING AND TARGET ACQUISITION Qioptiq provides a range of world leading weapon sights for a wide variety of platforms including individual assault weapons, light support weapons, crew-served weapons, anti-tank/anti-materiel weapons, and specialised sniper applications, using image intensifying and uncooled thermal imaging technology. SURVEILLANCE A range of surveillance equipment is also available utilising both visible image intensifying and uncooled thermal imaging technology. Monocular and Binocular eyepiece variants are available providing maximum flexibility for surveillance applications. Qioptiq in-service sights are military ruggedized, high performance and low power. Our mission is to deliver high performance equipment for demanding environments and a fully integrated through life support service that exceeds our customers’ expectations.


    Revision Military

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    https://www.revisionmilitary.com/

    Revision develops and delivers purpose-built protective equipment and innovative integrated solutions to forces around the world. All Revision products are built to enhance survivability for soldiers and tactical users operating in extreme environments and situations. The Company’s history began with eyewear and has expanded to include face, head, and torso protective solutions. Revision’s evolution continues with the addition of advanced and versatile lithium-ion soldier-worn energy products and air and ground vehicular power platforms. Across each of the Company’s Business Units, Revision brings together the finest technical minds, with wide-ranging expertise, in state-of-the-art facilities.


    Rheinmetall Canada Inc

    Sponsors
    https://www.rheinmetall.ca

    Rheinmetall Canada Inc. The leading soldier system house: Rheinmetall offers modular and flexible soldier systems solutions, ranging from a light version to a medium and extended version. This includes scalable technology, a wide variety of command and control and display solutions, different levels of integration, including variable vehicle integration, and Rheinmetall or third-party hardware and software. Rheinmetall Canada is a well-established company that has been involved in the development and delivery of soldier system components for the past 17 years and has performed several of these contracts for Canada. Argus is the soldier system designed by Rheinmetall Canada around the needs of the soldier, and on the delivery of low-level unit command. The system’s low weight and intelligent design impose a low physical and cognitive burden on the user, while delivering increased situational awareness. The system successfully completed rigorous trials undertaken over a qualification period of two years, based on the Canadian Armed Forces environmental condition requirements. Some of the implementations of Argus can be found internationally in mature and deployed systems including • Canada: Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP), • French Army future infantry soldier system intial phases, • Germany: Infantryman of the Future IdZ –ES for the German Army future soldier project, • Netherlands: Man Portable Air Defence (MANPAD) cueing system, part of the Army Ground Based Air Defence System


    Source Tactical Gear

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    https://sourcetacticalgear.com/37-virtus-soldier-system

    Source, through its Outdoor and Tactical Gear Brands, specializes in a range products designed to link individuals with their environment, in a manner to enhance comfort and performance. Source are the prime contractor for VIRTUS pulse one, the world’s only truly integrated personal protection and load carriage system for regular infantry. VIRTUS provides the chassis for the UK Generic Soldier Architecture, and Source have worked with DSTL on providing the chassis for Future Soldier Vision 2016, as well as a number of UK and international companies looking to integrate power and data onto the man; without compromising the performance of load carriage and protection sub-systems. Source are based in Tirat Carmel in Israel, and was founded by Yoki Gill in 1989. The management and design team of Source are largely drawn from serving and former members of elite IDF units – enabling Source to state that VIRTUS is “made by soldiers for soldiers”. VIRTUS was designed in conjunction with academic teams from the fields of Physiology, Sports Science and Bio-mechanics, and no other in-service system can demonstrate auditable performance increases across all 3 disciplines. Source provide their own soft ballistic solutions, and their analysis of UK biometric data has produced a step change in the manner in which body armour and tactical gear is sized. Through their UK Partner Falco-P, Source provide training and maintenance support direct to the end user, representing a unique capability within the soldier system arena.


    Thales

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    http://www.thalesgroup.com/uk

    Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence, Security and Space markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14.9 billion in 2016. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world. Thales Communications Thales is a world leader for tactical radios and on board communication solutions for land, air and naval forces worldwide. Thales has a long history of design, manufacture, and support of tactical communications equipment worldwide and has been a major provider of radio solutions for the dismounted soldiers in the British Army (formally Racal). Thales provided both the handheld Clansman PRC 349 and Cougar (the world’s first secure handheld radio) radios. Other noted products include MBITR (140,000 radios provided to 26 countries) and its subsequent JTRS developed software definable radio, JEM (over 40,000 delivered to the US Army), as well as the PR4G radio (over 120,000 supplied to more than 20 countries) and Panther/Jaguar Combat Net Radios. Soldier Systems Thales UK has worked closely with the UK MoD for over a decade to build an unrivalled expertise in the development and delivery of products and systems to increase the effectiveness and survivability of the soldier in dismounted close combat with specific expertise in: • Battlefield communications • Target locators & Designators • Integrated Soldier Systems • Local situational awareness • Anti-sniper effectors • Personal Counter-IED equipment and systems Our products are lightweight, rugged, accurate and reliable; offering increasing networked connectivity they enable critical mission information to be sent up and down the Command and Control chain, dealing with the fast-moving tempo of modern military operations. For further information visit www.thalesgroup.com/uk Thales UK, Secure Communication and Information Systems 350 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading RG2 6GF


    TT Electronics

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    http://www.ttelectronics.com/

    A global provider of engineered-electronics for performance critical applications We have years of experience and expertise in engineering and delivering electronics for applications in the harshest environments across industrial, transportation, aerospace, defence and medical markets. We work hard to develop strong long-term relationships with our customers, many of which are global leaders, working on cutting- edge innovation in some of the fastest growing markets in the global economy. Our Purpose is: To harness our leading expertise to engineer electronics that put our customers ahead. This means we work hard to keep our electronics expertise at the forefront of the latest developments in electronics. We work in a strategic partnership with our customers to apply our expertise from across a range of electronics disciplines to deliver competitive advantage for our customers. We think this helps us to deliver higher performing, more reliable products at pace to meet our customers’ needs with greater precision. Which is why we are confident in making Our Promise - Expert electronics you can rely on to get ahead.


    UltraLYNX

    Sponsors
    http://www.ultra-pcs.com

    The need for improving how we fit technology and increase capability, such as situational awareness, onto the soldier is well understood. Finding a way to reduce this burden has been the driving force behind UltraLYNX; which provides an open man-worn architecture that enables the efficient distribution of power and data that is lightweight and scalable. UltraLYNX is a key component in the realisation of the benefits of any future situational awareness system; Increased operational tempo, improved operational agility and effectiveness and more efficient force application in a Combined, Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational command (CJIIM) organisational context. The benefits delivered by better situational awareness and more efficient power management will contribute to reducing the cognitive and physical burden on the soldier. UltraLYNX has intelligent power management, which allows devices to be supplied from a central power source, typically a Lithium Ion battery. This means that the use of technologies such as wireless charging extend mission operability. Each port can individually switch power to and from the central power bus, providing the user with control of the sources and loads that are connected. In addition, each port also provides overload protection as well as real time monitoring of power consumed. UltraLYNX has a smart hub allowing USB device drivers and message routing to be installed locally. This means that customisation of the End User Device (EUD) software kernel is no longer required. The EUD operates in device mode with network connectivity being achieved via reverse USB tethering. UltraLYNX also supports applications where no End User Device is required such as autonomous sensing or minimal user interaction. UltraLYNX provides the definitive standard for future soldier systems that provides a truly integrated and open systems solution.


    Viasat

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    http://www.viasat.com

    At Viasat, we’re driven to connect every warfighter, platform, and node in the battlespace. As a global communications company, we power millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world – connections with the capacity to transform the mission – in the air, on the ground, and at sea. Our customers depend on us for connectivity that counts, whether we’re securing the U.S. Government’s networks, delivering satellite and wireless communications to the remote edges of the battlespace, or providing senior leaders with the ability to perform mission-critical communications while in flight. We’re driven to redefine connectivity for the battlespace.

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    Shephard Media’s mission is to be the aerospace, defence and security industry's first choice for business data, analysis and news. We believe that obtaining the information you need should be easy and affordable. Our content is instantly accessible, encourages debate and helps you with your key decisions. Shephard Media delivers the best journalistic experience and innovative coverage.

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    Defense Conferences

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    Market Research Media Ltd, a leading market research firm, provides comprehensive market research reports and forecasts to assist governmental and corporate decision makers understand the dynamics of world’s technology markets. Fortune 500 companies, US Congress and EU government bodies rely on our strategic insights.


    International Journal of Ultra-Wideband Communications and Systems

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    IJUBWCS is a scholarly, refereed and peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to disseminating technical information in the areas of ultra wideband (UWB) communications and systems across the globe.


    Airforce Technologies

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    Used daily as means of creating partnerships and as a point of reference by professionals within the air force industry, this comprehensive resource supplies the latest news releases, detailed information on industry projects, white papers, event information and a thorough breakdown of products and services.


    Combat Aircraft magazine

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    http://www.combataircraft.net

    With in-depth editorial coverage alongside the finest imagery from the world’s foremost aviation photographers, Combat Aircraft is America’s best-selling military aviation magazine. With thought-provoking opinion pieces, detailed information and rare archive imagery, Combat Aircraft is your one-stop-source of military aviation news and features from across the globe. Visit www.combataircraft.net for more information.


    Defense Express

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    Limited Liability Company “DEFENSE EXPRESS MEDIA AND CONSULTING” highlights events in security, defense and military cooperation areas. Regular information products of the company: - Daily News Wire and Analysis on http://www.defense-ua.com; - Weekly newsletter “Ukrainian Defense Survey”; - “DEFENSE EXPRESS” Magazine; - “Ukrainian Defense Review” Magazine (in English); - Book series “Weapons of Ukraine”. Company also provides advice and assistance based on deep analytical skills and knowledge of the conditions and characteristics of Ukrainian military market to companies, government bodies and intermediaries in the implementation of their strategy, relating to finding new partners and interests promoting.


    Inderscience Publishers

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    Inderscience is a dynamic, leading, independent journal publisher. The company disseminates the latest research across the broad fields of science, engineering and technology; management, public and business administration; environment, ecological economics and sustainable development; computing, ICT and internet/web services, and related areas. Inderscience offers over 35 years' experience in publishing and has succeeded in building a substantial collection approaching 400 high-quality peer-reviewed international research journals in both online and print formats. We offer a variety of ways to keep up-to-date with the latest published leading-edge research while our online collection represents a fully-searchable digital archive of around 60,000 articles.


    Air International

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    Over the years, AIR International has established an unrivalled reputation for authoritative reporting and coverage across the full spectrum of aviation subjects. With more pages than ever, all still dedicated to commercial and military aviation, we have more correspondents and top aviation writers from around the world, offering even more exciting news, features and stunning photography.


    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.


    International Journal of Emergency Management

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    http://www.inderscience.com/ijem

    In today's increasing globalised and connected world with rapidly advancing technologies and changing weather patterns, critical infrastructures and social structures are threatened by natural and manmade disasters. Planning for future possible emergencies is essential; their assessment and management equally so. IJEM provides a refereed international forum bringing the latest research to bear on the issues involved, with a focus on contingencies and emergencies as well as crisis and disaster management and planning.


    Aviation News

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    http://www.aviation-news.co.uk/

    As Britain’s longest established monthly aviation journal, Aviation News is renowned for providing the best coverage of every branch of aviation. Now incorporating Classic Aircraft, each issue features the latest news and in-depth features, plus firsthand accounts from pilots putting you in the cockpit. Covering both modern military and civil aircraft, as well as classic types from yesteryear, it features subjects from World War Two, through the Cold War years to present day. Aviation News brings you the past, present and future of flight.


    IHS Janes

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    http://www.janes.ihs.com

    With a legacy of over 100 years as Jane's, IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security delivers the world’s leading defence and security insight to help you make critical decisions. Our renowned open-source intelligence and powerful analytical tools encompass data on equipment, technology, parts, standards and logistics, as well as objective analysis of markets, programmes and budgets, risk and capabilities assessments, training and consulting services. Government, military and defense organizations gain insight into, plan for and act upon critical threats in the current global national-security environment. Businesses leverage tools and resources for more cost-effective defense-system design, delivery and support. Over 3000 thought leaders provide you with actionable intelligence for expedited and improved decision making. Customers, prospects and the media outlets alike rely upon IHS thought leaders for analysis, forecasts, and perspectives on topics, events, and issues that impact the global business landscape.


    Defence Suppliers

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    http://www.defence-suppliers.com

    Defence-Suppliers provides a unique platform to present your latest equipment and systems to the world's defence and security industry. We are a key information resource for MODs, DODs, decision makers, governments, prime contractors, service chiefs, defence ministers, police forces and system integrators. Delivering a comprehensive breakdown of products and services from leading industry contractors, with up-to-date news and press releases when developments occur. With links to all the major industry events, the portal provides an opportunity for visitors to develop international relationships and generate new business opportunities.


    International Journal of Satellite Communications Policy and Management

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    http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=ijscpm

    IJSCPM aims to improve the state-of-the-art of worldwide research in the areas of satellite systems, networks, components, policy, management and services by publishing high-quality papers in this area, and by exposing readers to the various methodologies, tools, techniques, algorithms, results and applications involved.


    Epicos

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    http://www.Epicos.com

    Epicos is a global, multifaceted portal providing Aerospace and Defense industries around the world with business intelligence and active support to access opportunities on international procurements, industrial cooperation and offsets. Epicos has carried out extensive industry analysis and mapping of capabilities of A&D Industries and offers this knowledge to its members helping them to identify business opportunities and to build strategic alliances. Additionally, Epicos supports the global A&D industry through a wide range of on-line services and products including but not limited to: a large online procurement database, an updated Business Directory, an e-library with extensive information regarding procurement and offsets processes systems and an up to the minute news database.


    International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing

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    The realisation of wireless connectivity is bringing fundamental changes to telecommunications and computing and profoundly affects the way we compute, communicate and interact. It provides fully distributed and ubiquitous mobile computing and communications, thus bringing an end to the tyranny of geography. IJWMC addresses the state-of-the-art of all aspects of wireless communications and mobile computing.


    European Sting

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    http://www.europeansting.com

    The European Sting is the new online, Brussels based, European media that was born to bring a different critical and truly independent angle to European News and Affairs. The Sting is giving every day the fierce fight for a better and stronger European Union through constructive criticism and unique insights. We are treating daily in a unique way European Politics, Economics, Foreign Affairs, Business and ICT Agenda. We are committed to bridge the gap between Brussels and the EU member states by freely voicing the views of every European citizen. Tired of reading the basics? Visit http://www.europeansting.com and be part of the Hive that disrupts European Media.


    Military Systems and Technology

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    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


    Global Military Communications

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    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.


    Satnews Publishers

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    Satnews Publishers is a leader in the delivery of timely and accurate news and data for the commercial and military satellite industries. Satnews publications include Satnews Daily, Weekly, Mobile, SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine. Our data products include the International Satellite Directory and SatFinder, both industry standard tools. Visit: www.satnews.com.


    Crisis Response Journal

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    Crisis Response Journal is the international publication focusing on response, resilience, continuity and security issues arising from large scale natural and man-made disasters, emergencies and terrorist attacks. CRJ analyses past events to draw vital lessons for the future, while constantly scanning the horizon to identify and help mitigate new threats.


    International Journal of Radio Frequency Identification Technology and Applications

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    http://www.inderscience.com

    IJRFITA provides the primary forum to report and address the fundamental engineering and physical issues of RFID tag operation and tag/reader communication. The tag technologies will include backscatter, chip-less RFID and other alternatives to the classical chip and antenna combinations. The perspective is one of the hardware physical and mathematical foundations as opposed to enterprise software communicating with readers and the commercial product numbering systems.


    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA

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    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.


    Aerospace Technology

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    International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems

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    http://www.inderscience.com/ijidss

    IJIDSS proposes and fosters discussion on the development of novel computational intelligence techniques and their application to support systems used by defence personnel. The scope of application covers strategic, tactical and operational decision-making across the entire defence sector, covering areas such as intelligence gathering and analysis, capability assessment, tactics modelling and evaluation and logistics management as well as military systems integration and both semi-autonomous and autonomous systems.


    Satellite Evolution Group

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    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.


    Homeland Security Corporation (HSRC)

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    HSRC provides premium off-the-shelf market reports on present and emerging technologies and industry expertise, enabling global clients to gain time-critical insight into business opportunities. All reports include in-depth information and analysis of emerging markets, technologies, and industries broken down by geography, market, vertical, technology, product, and revenue stream. Our reports support Homeland Security & Public Safety communities worldwide in their strategic decision-making process, providing up-to-date market knowledge, analysis, and insights. HSRC offers customized research services geared towards providing our clients with clear, actionable recommendations designed to empower decision-making and to help exploit emerging opportunities in the market. The customized research services provide a deep analysis of specific markets and eco-systems, target geographies, strategic segments and verticals, competitor analysis and technological benchmarks. The custom research services are provided as an ad hoc assignment or as an ongoing service. See our market leading reports at: https://homelandsecurityresearch.com/reports/


    International Journal of Trust Management in Computing and Communications

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    http://www.inderscience.com/ijtmcc

    The volatile growth of the internet and globalization that influences every facet of life are fuelled by the rapid acceleration of computing/communication technologies. Although security is a major concern, we must also protect ourselves from false/misleading information provided by some information/service providers. Traditional security mechanisms cannot protect against this type of threat. Trust management mechanisms on the other hand can provide protection. IJTMCC provides a forum for discussion on theoretical and practical aspects of the latest developments in this area.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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    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.


    SecurityClearedJobs.com

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    SecurityClearedJobs.com is an on-line job board designed and marketed to attract candidates who work within Defence, Government and Nuclear sectors. We advertise 1000’s of job opportunities both on a Permanent and Contract basis covering opportunities within all industry sectors. Visit our site www.SecurityClearedJobs.com to search for your next job opportunity.


    Copybook - Military

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    Copybook’s global military network is designed to facilitate business between defence contractors, governments and defence procurement companies worldwide. We cover the latest military news, developments, events, exhibitions and we help promote military products through working with specific military experts. If you supply to the military, you can simply add your company for free today. You can then network with other military suppliers, arrange meetings and network at leading military events worldwide. SIGN UP FOR FREE today! Copybook – Your Global Business Network


    Technologies.org

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    Technologies.org is a collaborative research tool maintained and supported by team of market analysts to track, monitor and share vital information on the latest technology trends by following money trail of government grants and venture capital deals. Sharing market intelligence data helps all parties develop a more complete integrated picture of market and technology trends.


    ArmedForces.co.uk

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    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.

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    WHAT IS CPD?

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

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

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

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

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

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    GLOBAL CPD

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

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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