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SMi's 12th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference returns to Warsaw on the 31st January and 1st February 2019.

As data requirements for the modern warfighter continue to grow, there is a clear and present need to analyse the flexibility, interoperability and resilience of CIS systems among allied forces. With additional importance in the face of continued operations within asymmetrical and hybrid conflict zones - as well as near peer adversaries exploiting new electronic warfare technologies - the need to achieve secure communications has never been greater.

With over 120+ attendees, 7 hours of networking and an extensive exhibition space - Mobile Deployable Communications remains the key calendar date for anyone within the radio, LTE and ground segment community.

• Hear from leading industrial partners on how they are optimising radios and tactical communications and the latest innovation within
connectors, LTE and mesh networks
• Listen to critical national updates on mobile CIS alongside a unique focus on how special forces are deploying them within degraded and contested environments
• Meet and network with senior military staff within the J6, Command and Control Directorate, Polish General Staff
• Discuss how interoperable networks are being established across Europe and how greater flexibility is being achieved through generic architectural approaches

  • Heads of CIS
  • Tactical Communications Programme Managers
  • Heads of G6
  • Heads of Signals
  • Heads of Communications
  • Heads of J6

16th Mechanized Division; 9th Command Support Brigade of the General Command of the Polish Armed Forces; a4ESSOR S.A.S; Actia Telecom; Advantech, Advanced Microwave Tech, Inc; Airbus; Airbus Defence and Space; AQYR; Avanti Communications Group plc; Belgian Defence; Bittium; blackned GmbH; Brugg Kabel; C2IS Support Center; Canadian Army; Canadian Department of Defence; Command and Communications Systems Division - J6; Croatian Ministry of Defence; Cyberdefence; Defence Staff- Romanian Armed Forces; Department for International Trade; DIT DSO Export Support Team; DKWS; DTECH Labs, A Cubic Company; EHS Technologies; ELTA SIGINT, EW & Communications Division; Embassy of Canada to Poland; ESL AIT GmbH; EU Military Staff; European Defence Agency; Eutelsat; Fraunhofer Institute (IFU); Frequentis; Frequentis A G; General Command of Polish Armed Forces; General Command of the Polish Armed Forces; General Dynamics; General Dynamics Mission Systems; General Staff Of The Polish Armed Forces; GMRE Inc; GovSat; Harris Corporation; Honeywell Sp. z o.o.; IAI ELTA Systems; IHS Jane's; Inmarsat; Inspectorate for Implementation of Innovative Defence Technologies; Intecs Solutions SPA; Intelsat; Intelsat General; Jurado Group; JWK; KDC; KenBIT; Kongsberg Defence Systems; Latvijas Mobilais Telefons SIA; Lithuanian Armed Forces; Military Research and Analysis Group; Military Unit 4026; Military University of Technology; Ministry of Defence, Austria; Ministry of Defence, France; National Centre of Cryptology; NATO CIS Group; ND SatCom; Newtec Cy N.V.; Norquest Enterprises; Norsat International; Norwegian Armed Forces; NSSL Global; NSSL Global GmbH; NSSL Global Ltd; OCCAR; OCCAR-EA; Operational Command of the Polish Armed Forces; Polish Armed Forces; Portuguese Armed Forces; RUAG Holding AG; RUAG Schweiz AG; Safran Vectronix AG; SFCG; SurCom; SurCom International; Thales; Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd; Thales Communications & Security; Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications; United States Army Europe And Seventh Army; US Army Europe; Viasat; ViaSat Inc.; Wojsko i Technika magazine ; XTAR;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

Colonel Grzegorz Szmit, Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces

9:00 CIS Requirements for the Polish Mission Network

Brigadier General Robert Drozd

Brigadier General Robert Drozd, Chief of the Command and Control, J6 Directorate, Polish Armed Forces

 

 

 

  • How the Polish Mission Network is structured and ambitions to integrate it to the FMN
  • Current C2 structures and how requirements for battlespace management are changing
  • Interoperability standards among NATO partners and how the Polish Armed Forces are working to ensure continuity of function
  • Capability planning and future equipment structures
  • Building a network that is adaptable to the modern era: cyber and resiliency considerations
  • Flexible architecture designs and future ambitions for the programme
  • 9:40 Connecting the Commander to the Front Line: The French Approach to Mobile Telecommunication

    Colonel Michel Pardoux

    Colonel Michel Pardoux, Head of Telecommunications Technical Branch, French Ministry of Defence
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  • The DGA mission – equipping forces for operations in the 21st century
  • Building effective C2 links between commanders and forward deployed units
  • The importance of SATCOM on the move for deployment and how it is integrated into existing and future platforms
  • Air combat: going more digital and more connected ?
  • How to build communication resiliency and protect against cyber threats
  • 10:20 Session Reserved for Viasat

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 V4 Strategic and Tactical Communications Roundtable Discussion

     

     

     

  • What reactivation of the Visegrad EU Battlegroup means for member state communications integration
  • Creating a holistic framework for communications architectures across the region – key challenges and considerations
  • Communications ‘on the ground’ terminal requirements from a commander’s perspective
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) for effective telemetry – enhancing global reach and feature flexibility
  • How to ensure your allies can access encrypted data without compromising cyber security standards
  • Integrating rugged systems that are compatible across all partner nations
  • Plans for further interoperability harmonisation and how industry can assist in achieving this
  • Brigadier General Robert Drozd

    Brigadier General Robert Drozd, Chief of the Command and Control, J6 Directorate, Polish Armed Forces

    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski, Director of Communications and Information Systems, EU Military Staff
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    12:10 Session Reserved for General Dynamics

    12:50 Deploying Software Defined Handheld Radio’s in the Italian Armed Forces

    Lieutenant Colonel Valerio Golino

    Lieutenant Colonel Valerio Golino, Head of Tactical Radio Assets Policy and Procurement, Italian Army*

     

     

     

  • Current timetable to phase out the Larimart RV2/400 and introduce new Selex software defined radio’s
  • Ensuring that radios remain lightweight enough for dismounted soldier operations and integration into the Soldato Futuro
  • Limiting points of failure by networking radio communications through the Forza NEC programme
  • Working with industry to integrate C4i systems to the platform
  • Anticipated SATCOM requirements for the system – ensuring global coverage is secure and resilient
  • R&D in future radio programmes and defining requirements for industry
  • 13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Romanian Battlefield Communication & Information Systems

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu, Deputy Head of Communications and IT Department, Romanian Defence Staff
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  • What CIS the Romanian Armed Forces are currently deploying and how it fits into wider NATO modernisation efforts
  • Work integrating tactical net-enabled capability into the Federated Mission Network
  • Radio spectrum management and ensuring that communications remain robust and resilient
  • Modernising IT equipment and ongoing procurement efforts
  • Operating in degraded and hostile battlespaces – key considerations
  • SATCOM and the space segment: current bandwidth & plans for growth in the data age
  • 15:10 R&D in C4i Systems

     

     

     

  • An introduction to the work of the Military Communication Institute and its organisational structure
  • Collaboration with other research agencies in building C4i capability
  • Why effective command and control remains important for modern operations & the role of tactical communications in achieving this
  • Minimising the size, weight and power of radio and CIS platforms to reduce soldier burden
  • Spectrum management in the increasingly congested frequency environment
  • Communication requirements for the future battlespace – key considerations
  • Lieutenant Colonel Bartosz Jasiul

    Lieutenant Colonel Bartosz Jasiul, Head of Cyber Security Laboratory, Military Communications Institute
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    Dr Joanna Sliwa

    Dr Joanna Sliwa, Head of C4I Systems, Military Communications Institute
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    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Tactical Communications at the First and Last Mile Through MANET Radio’s

     

     

     

  • Growth in the use of software defined radio’s and mobile CIS platforms
  • An overview of critical procurement projects: Mobile Tactical Communications (MoTaKo) and Mobile Tactical Information Network (MoTIV)
  • Overcoming router challenges for MANET radios and how to maintain ad hoc networks at the ‘last tactical mile’
  • Future priorities for German communications procurement and R&D
  • Battlespace management of the future – considering the space segment requirements for mobile networks
  • Mr Peter Stracke

    Mr Peter Stracke, Branch Chief, Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Information Management and Information Technology

    Mr Peter  Sevenich

    Mr Peter Sevenich, Contact for Projects Network Architecture, MANET and ConSIS , Fraunhofer Institute*

    17:00 CIS in the Belgian Land Component

    Colonel Herman Hendrickx

    Colonel Herman Hendrickx, G6, Land Component , Belgian Armed Forces
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  • Current structure of the Belgian CIS & NEC teams and its adaptive approach to warfighting
  • Integrating communications into BEST soldier modernisation efforts and ensuring forces can flexibly fight in urban terrains
  • The changing operational demands on the Belgian land component
  • Current CIS equipment: evaluation of software defined radios and Astrid terminal systems
  • Timeline for multi-role radio introduction and SATCOM requirements
  • Feedback from Operational Vigilant Guardian and other city-wide operations
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit, Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit, Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces

    9:00 ‘Sword of Freedom’ – Communications on the Eastern Frontier of the Alliance

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name to be Confirmed, US Army Europe

     

     

     

  • An introduction to the AOR (area of responsibility) of US Army Europe and the unique challenges within the European combatant command
  • NATO’s military footprint across the region and the feedback from Exercise Steadfast Cobalt 2018
  • Improving access to tactical FM radios at the company and battalion level to increase communications
  • Operating in degraded cyber and EW environments – key challenges for USARMEUR
  • Developing a common operating picture – streamlining platforms used by allied partners in the region
  • Maintain effective blue force tracking to build effective situational awareness in coalition deployments
  • 9:40 DG GROW: Meeting SATCOM Requirements for the Warfighter

    Major Jason Clement

    Major Jason Clement, Senior Officer, Canadian Armed Forces

     

  • An introduction to the work of DG GROW and how it fits within the wider DND
  • Delivering next-generation SATCOM-on-the-move capability for the warfighter
  • Frequency management within the increasingly congested space-segment
  • Maintaining interoperability within the alliance and SATCOM bandwidth MOU’s with partner nations
  • Ensuring communications remain secure and robust
  • Timeline for DG GROW to enhance space-based satellite systems
  • 10:20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Mobile Deployable Communication Systems for Tactical Operations Roundtable Discussion

     

     

     

  • The US vision for a ‘Strong Europe’ – mission parameters and planned exercises
  • Creating one tactical network for joint and coalition operations: challenges to creating an interoperable network that is modular and flexible in design
  • The space segment requirements from the user & ensuring that terminals remain compatible with new SATCOM systems
  • From Marines to SOCOM balancing generic radio architecture with the requirements of the warfighter
  • Preventing communication paralysis – embedding cyber resiliency into IP-based software defined radios
  • Considering the size, weight and power requirements that communication systems add to the warfighter
  • Concluding remarks: how to optimise future mobile deployable communication systems
  • Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit, Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name to be Confirmed, US Army Europe

    Lieutenant Colonel Kyle Lands

    Lieutenant Colonel Kyle Lands , Senior Office, J6, US EUSOCOM

    Major Jason Clement

    Major Jason Clement, Senior Officer, Canadian Armed Forces

    Mr Jiral Shah

    Mr Jiral Shah, Senior Engineer, DISA

    12:10 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:50 COMSATCOM & EMSS – Supporting the Modern Warfighter

    Mr Jiral Shah

    Mr Jiral Shah, Senior Engineer, DISA

     

     

     

  • Transponded capacity – providing dedicated bandwidth on COMSATCOM in X & Ku frequencies
  • Developing high bandwidth terminals and ensuring they can exploit available SATCOM capacity
  • The Enhance Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) programme – providing warfighters with global communications
  • SATCOM-on-the-move challenges and key approaches to overcome them
  • Optimising global handheld voice, data and sim-less short burst data (SBD) communications
  • What next for DISA? Networking systems effectively and developing the ground segment
  • 13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Tactical Communications for Special Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Kyle Lands

    Lieutenant Colonel Kyle Lands , Senior Office, J6, US EUSOCOM

     

     

     

  • Current area of responsibility for Special Operations Command Europe
  • Existing capability within the ground communications segment
  • BLOS (beyond line of sight) communication requirements for special forces and SATCOM systems
  • Working with SOFWERX on tactical communication procurement
  • Deploying to arctic and other degraded environments: key CIS considerations
  • Minimising the size, weight and power burdens for deployable radios
  • 15:10 Driving a Net-Enabled Approach to Special Forces Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Kev Simmons

    Lieutenant Colonel Kev Simmons, Director J6, NATO Special Operations HQ
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  • An introduction to what NSHQ does and how it fits within the NATO force structure
  • Creating adaptive and versatile forces by exploiting network enabled capability
  • Exploiting mesh networks to reduce node points of failure on missions
  • Integrating pan-NATO forces into a cohesive and interoperable network
  • Case study of the NATO FMN
  • Priorities for NSHQ to drive battlefield connectivity and future C2
  • Food for thought. final reflections on NEC in action
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 The Portuguese Approach to Mobile CIS

    Colonel Rui Manuel Marques Da Silva

    Colonel Rui Manuel Marques Da Silva, Army CIS Project Manager, Portuguese Armed Forces
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  • Current structure of the Portuguese Armed Forces and area of responsibility
  • Introduction of the PRC-525 multimode tactical radio system: roadmap for delivery
  • Integrating new tactical radios to the Army’s Tactical Communication and Information System (SIC-T)
  • Integrated Command & Control and Information Systems: from soldier (DSS) till main headquarters (HMS)
  • Developing the knowledge, products and solutions required for future operations
  • Overcoming challenges in supporting joint and coalition communication networks within operation
  • Path forward for future Portuguese software defined radios
  • 17:00 Enhancing Deployable CIS Capabilities

    Colonel Thomas Wirsching

    Colonel Thomas Wirsching, NATO CIS Group J5 Division Head, NATO CIS Group
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  • NATO CIS Support to Allied Operations and Missions
  • Recent and future developments of NATO Static and Deployable CIS
  • Setting requirements for future operational and tactical communications
  • Enhancing CIS interoperability across the Alliance
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit, Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Robert Drozd

    Brigadier General Robert Drozd

    Chief of the Command and Control, J6 Directorate, Polish Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Director of Communications and Information Systems, EU Military Staff
    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces
    Colonel Michel Pardoux

    Colonel Michel Pardoux

    Head of Telecommunications Technical Branch, French Ministry of Defence
    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Deputy Head of Communications and IT Department, Romanian Defence Staff
    Colonel Thomas Wirsching

    Colonel Thomas Wirsching

    NATO CIS Group J5 Division Head, NATO CIS Group
    Mr Peter Stracke

    Mr Peter Stracke

    Branch Chief, Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Information Management and Information Technology

    Brigadier General Robert Drozd

    Chief of the Command and Control, J6 Directorate, Polish Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Robert Drozd

    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Director of Communications and Information Systems, EU Military Staff
    Brigadier General Vasil Sabinski

    Brigadier General Vasil SABINSKI began his military career in the General Staff Signal Brigade of the Bulgarian Armed Forces in 1988 after completion of a master's degree in Telecommunications from the "Vasil Levski" National Military University.

    He subsequently commanded at company and battalion level within the Signal Brigade as well as undertaking positions teaching communication and information systems (CIS) in the National Military University and being the Chief of Unit of the Bulgarian Armed Forces Strategic CIS Command.

    Selected for the General Staff Course at the "G.S.Rakovski" Defense and Staff College, he was promoted to Colonel on completion of the course in 2006 and appointed as the Deputy Commander of the Signal Brigade. In 2007 he moved to the Ministry of Defence, initially to be a Government expert on NATO and EU integration and interoperability and then as the Capability Management Branch Chief. In 2010, he was selected to be the Branch Chief for CIS Policy and Requirements within the EU Military Staff in Brussels, a position he held for 4 years before going back to Bulgaria to become the Commander of the Stationary CIS of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces.

    Promoted to General rank in August 2017, he returned to the EU Military Staff to assume the position of Director CIS with responsibility for developing policies and guidance for CIS and Cyber Defence in support of Common Security and Defence Policy operations and missions.

    Brigadier General SABINSKI is married, with two children.
     

    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Chief of the IT Infrastructure Branch J6, Polish Armed Forces
    Colonel Grzegorz Szmit

    Colonel Herman Hendrickx

    G6, Land Component , Belgian Armed Forces
    Colonel Herman Hendrickx

    LTC Herman Hendrickx, born in 1967, graduated from the Royal Military Academy (RMA) and obtained a master’s degree in civilian engineering (Polytechnic) in 1993. He completed his officers training at the CIS School in PEUTIE (Belgium).

    After several operational appointments at platoon and company level, and a period in the Joint Forces Command Headquarters in BRUNSSUM (Holland), he attended the Senior Officers’ Course at the Royal High Institute for Defence in 2001/2002.

    From 1995 until 2000, he executed six missions in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.

    After the Senior Officers Course, Maj Hendrickx was assigned to the Material Resources Division where he was responsible for the purchase of new Radio Relays for the Belgian Army.

    From January 2007 until July 2008 he attended the Dutch Advanced Staff Course in DEN HAAG (The Netherlands), where he obtained a master in “Security and Defence”.

    In September 2008, he was assigned as the Commander of the 10th CIS Gp in Leopoldsburg (Belgium). After this assignment, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in September 2011.

    In October 2011, he became Staff Officer at the Doctrine & Requirements Department of the Belgian Defence Staff where he wrote the ‘Ops CIS Support’ Doctrine.

    In July 2014, he became a teacher in CIS matters at the Royal High Institute for Defence in BRUSSELS (Belgium).
    Since May 2016, Col Hendrickx is, in his function as G6, the commander of the land CIS Units and the advisor in all CIS matters for the Belgian Land Component Command.
    In 2017, het was promoted to the rank of Colonel.
    Col Herman Hendrickx is married and has two daughters.


     

    Colonel Michel Pardoux

    Head of Telecommunications Technical Branch, French Ministry of Defence
    Colonel Michel Pardoux

    COL Michel Pardoux is the head of the telecommunications technical branch of the DGA. He is mainly in charge of defining the S&T actions for military communications, representing France in several cooperation groups and chairing the spectrum technical commission. He is also responsible for developing the skills of the engineers working for program managers and adapting them to the constantly evolving technologies. He defines the technical investments policy for the telecommunications systems  in coherence with the programs’ needs.


    He was previously in charge of the deterrence transmission systems for the nuclear forces, managing 3 armament programs, several other projects and related S&T actions.
    COL Michel Pardoux has a ten years’ experience in managing telecommunications programs for the French armed forces, going from tactical networks for the army to VLF systems for the navy.


    Before becoming a program manager in telecommunications systems, he has occupied several positions managing programs for public works machinery, energy supply and water treatment systems for the army, and as an engineer in electronics and optronics test benches, IFF programs and robotics.
    COL Michel Pardoux is former auditor of the Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence.
     

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Deputy Head of Communications and IT Department, Romanian Defence Staff
    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Col Mihai Burlacu was commissioned with the 48th Signal Regiment in 1985. He was assigned in various command positions and after the university graduation was appointed with the CIS Command. He undertook various assignments in CIS Operations and Capability Planning within the J6 General Staff and afterwards between 1998-2001 and 2003-2007 worked as the C3 Representative to NATO. In 2008 he took over CIS Planning Branch/CIS Directorate and later the 48th CIS Centre. Between 2016-2017 he worked for EUAM as Senior IT Advisor in Ukraine. He assumed the current position in October 2017. He is married and has one son.

    Colonel Rui Manuel Marques Da Silva

    Army CIS Project Manager, Portuguese Armed Forces
    Colonel Rui Manuel Marques Da Silva

    1984/1988 Military Academy Signals Course
    1989/1992 University Education, Computer Systems Engineering
    1992/1993 CIS Platoon Commander, Signal Company, Mechanised Brigade
    1993/1994 Deputy Signal Company Commander in the ONUMOZ Operation (Mozambique)
    1994/1995 Company Commander, Electronic Militar Centre
    1995/1998 CIS Projects, Research & Development, Electronic Militar Centre
    1998/1999 Staff Officer Promotion Course, Military Studies
    1999/2000 Teacher of Tactical Communications and Information Systems, Military Academy
    2000/2002 Staff Course, Staff College, Lisbon
    2002/2004 Communications and Electronic Warfare Branch, CIS Division, Army Staff
    2004/2006 Chief of Engineering Support Group, Electronic Militar Centre,
    SIC-T Project Team Leader – Project to Develop a Deployable Communications and Information System for Portuguese Army
    2006/2008 Branch Chief, Command and Control, CIS Directorate,
    Radio GRC-525 Project Manager (Fiscalization and Support Mission)
    2008/2010 Deputy Commander, Electronic Militar Centre
    2010/2013 Branch Chief, Communications and Electronic Warfare, CIS Division, Army Staff
    2013/2016 NATO Defence Planning Process, CIS & Cyber Defence, Allied Commander Transformation (ACT)
    2016/…. Army Signal Centre Commander, CIS Directorate
    Army CIS Project Manager, CIS Directorate
     

    Colonel Thomas Wirsching

    NATO CIS Group J5 Division Head, NATO CIS Group
    Colonel Thomas Wirsching

    Colonel Wirsching was born in Bremerhaven/Germany on 24 July 1957. On 01 July 1976, he entered the Army as an Officer Cadet of the Tank Forces. He completed basic training, Platoon Leader and Officer training at Army Armoured Training Centre Munster and Army Officers School Hannover End 1977. From January 1978 to September 1984, he served as Platoon Leader and S2-Officer in different Tank Battalions in Northern Germany. !984 to 1986 he served as Company Commander of 2nd Coy/TankBn 314.


    When being accepted as professional Officer, COL Wirsching was transferred to the Army Signal Corps End 1984. He served in various positions in Signal Units at Division and Corps level as well as instructor at the Army Signal School. 1993 – 1996 he became S6-Officer of 31st Airborne Brigade. 1998 – 2000 Col Wirsching worked as Desk Officer in the SHAPE CIS Division. 2000 – 2002 he assumed the function of Commanding Officer of 610 SigBn, the DEU contribution for the new MNC NE.


    Followed by an appointment at the DEU War College as Army G6 Instructor. Between 2005 and 2008, He was assigned as Desk Officer to the Army Development Department at the DEU MOD.


    October 2008 he became Head G6 Land Component Command Heidelberg where he served until Mid 2011.


    In July 2011, he was assigned as NCSA Branch Head Configuration & Quality Management at SHAPE. Since July 2012 he assumed the roles and responsibilities as NATO CIS Group Head J5.


    Col Wirsching’s recent deployments where in 2010 for 1 year as Chief of Staff/MILAD to the NATO Senior Civilian Representative to AFG and in Spring 2013 as Dep CJ6 HQ ISAF.


    Col Wirsching is married to his wife Sonja and they have two sons, Patrick (30) and Mark-Robin (23).
     

    Dr Joanna Sliwa

    Head of C4I Systems, Military Communications Institute
    Dr Joanna Sliwa

    Joanna Sliwa holds the position of Head of C4I Systems Department in Military Communication Institute (MCI) in Zegrze, Poland. She graduated from the Faculty of Electronics and Computer Science of Warsaw University of Technology in 2003. Since 2003 she has been working in MCI. She was involved in development of Polish Network Enabled Capability Feasibility Study and NATO working groups focusing on Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP), Information Infrastructure Supporting NCW Communications, SOA challenges Over Real Time and Disadvantaged Grids and SOA recommendations for disadvantaged grids in the tactical domain. In 2011 she received with Honours Ph.D. in telecommunications from Military University of Technology. She is the author and co-author of dozens of articles related to tactical communications, service oriented architecture, ontology engineering and reasoning, cyber security and information protection. Currently she is leading and actively taking part in national and international R&D projects related to traffic optimisations for DIL (Disconnected, Intermittent and Limited) networks, cyber threats’ detection and risk assessment in IT infrastructures.

    Lieutenant Colonel Bartosz Jasiul

    Head of Cyber Security Laboratory, Military Communications Institute
    Lieutenant Colonel Bartosz Jasiul

    Lieutenant Colonel Bartosz Jasiul is the Principal Expert and the Head of Cyber Security Laboratory in Military Communication Institute in Poland. He obtained MSc degree in 1998 from the Faculty of Cybernetics of Military University of Technology and MBA in 2010 from Leon Kozminski University. In 2014 he defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Modeling of selected cyber threats with ontology and Petri nets” at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. He is the author of dozens of articles and journal manuscripts related to cyber security, cryptology and information protection. He is also the co-author of a few certified cryptographic solutions applied with success in Polish Armed Forces. His main areas of interest are: intrusion detection, cyber security, public key infrastructure and Network Enabled Capability security.

    Lieutenant Colonel Kev Simmons

    Director J6, NATO Special Operations HQ
    Lieutenant Colonel Kev Simmons

    Lt Col Kev Simmons has 36 years of experience in delivering deployable CIS capability from the Strategic level to the tactical edge. Prior to taking up his current post as the Director J6 at the NATO Special Operations HQ in Mons Belgium, his last two post have been in support of ‘at readiness’ elements of UKSF and conventional supporting airborne forces both in UK and on operations. Having now served at NSHQ for almost three years he has added significant knowledge of NATO to his portfolio.

    Lieutenant Colonel Kyle Lands

    Senior Office, J6, US EUSOCOM
    Lieutenant Colonel Kyle Lands

    Lieutenant Colonel Valerio Golino

    Head of Tactical Radio Assets Policy and Procurement, Italian Army*
    Lieutenant Colonel Valerio Golino

    Major Jason Clement

    Senior Officer, Canadian Armed Forces
    Major Jason Clement

    Mr Jiral Shah

    Senior Engineer, DISA
    Mr Jiral Shah

    Mr Peter Sevenich

    Contact for Projects Network Architecture, MANET and ConSIS , Fraunhofer Institute*
    Mr Peter  Sevenich

    Mr Peter Stracke

    Branch Chief, Federal Office of the Bundeswehr for Information Management and Information Technology
    Mr Peter Stracke

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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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