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As the US Army and Marine Corps seek to enhance their capabilities in preparation for potential ‘near-peer’ conflict, there is renewed focus on the most crucial and unchanging conduit of dismounted warfare: the individual soldier.

In line with the creation of US Army Futures Command and the key US Army modernization priority of increasing Soldier Lethality, Future Soldier Technology USA will bring together a community of senior military leaders, program managers, and researchers at the forefront of delivering enhanced soldier capabilities, from the US and beyond. 

Future Soldier Technology USA is the only dedicated soldier and marine equipment modernisation conference in North America. With a unique focus on lightening the load and delivering greater lethality through advanced technology, this event will enable dismounted soldier and marine program managers to meet and test the latest equipment capable of enhancing infantry operations.

Key Topics Addressed Will Include:

  • Enhancing lethality
  • Lightening the load
  • Increasing soldier power
  • Optimising night vision
  • Dismounted situational awareness
  • Maximising survivability
  • Transforming manoeuvrability
  • Leveraging Augmented Reality (AR)

With senior support from the US Army’s PEO Soldier, Marine Corps Systems Command, Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), Army Futures Command: Cross Functional Team Soldier Lethality, the Rapid Equipping Force, US Army Research Laboratory, Maneuver Battle Lab, this is the only place to hear the very latest developments in soldier modernization from the key decision makers at the heart of the world’s best military.  

Participate in the only event in North America focused solely on Soldier and Marine equipment modernization and capability development
Hear the latest developments from innovative and cutting-edge soldier modernization projects including Soldier Warrior, Nett Warrior, IVAS, Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad and many others
Meet and network with the senior officers and civilians at the forefront of soldier capability development in the US Army and Marine Corps

 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

9:00 Transforming the Warfighter’s Equipment and Capabilities to Dominate the 21st Century Battlefield

Brigadier General Anthony Potts

Brigadier General Anthony Potts, Commanding General PEO Soldier, US Army (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • Improving close combat preparedness to ensure the infantry soldier can fight and win in complex tactical environments
  • Providing next generation weapons and ensuring the soldier is equipped with effective optronic accessories for maximum lethality
  • Reducing physical and cognitive burden through Adaptive Soldier Architecture
  • Closely coordinating programmes and projects to ensure effective capability integration
  • Ensuring capability development is equally prioritized as well as equipment and materiel modernization
  • 9:30 Enhancing Soldier Lethality and Survivability through Marine Corps Equipment Modernization and Development

    Brigadier General A.J. Pasagian

    Brigadier General A.J. Pasagian, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, USMC

  • Prioritizing lethality, mobility, and survivability in Marine Corps equipment modernization programmes
  • Improving firepower through new combat weapon suites
  • Lightening the load for Marines: acquiring better, lighter and more effective personal protective equipment
  • Ensuring survivability is not compromised through lighter protective equipment
  • The future vision for Marine Expeditionary Forces to succeed in multi-domain operations
  • 10:00 Next Generation Interconnectivity Powering Mission Success

    Mr Mathias Nakatsui

    Mr Mathias Nakatsui, System Engineering Manager, STAR-PAN System Architect, Glenair, Inc.

  • Understanding Mission Profiles
  • Adaptive Technology to Meet the Profiles
  • Tactical Engineering and Integrated Manufacturing Capability
  • Tactical Applications
  • Worldwide Technical and Logistical Support
     
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Delivering Lethality Overmatch and Close Combat Superiority Through Innovative New Technologies

    Mr Joe L'Etoile

    Mr Joe L'Etoile, Director Close Combat Lethality Task Force, UD DoD (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • The Close Combat Lethality Task Force’s mission increasing dismounted soldier lethality and overmatch
  • Upgunning infantry squads through the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW), providing greater accuracy and lethality, whilst reducing recoil and weight
  • Further projects leveraging innovative S&T for greater soldier lethality
  • Increasing agility within acquisition and capability development, working with industry and research to deliver the best possible equipment
  • 11:30 Next Generation Weapon Systems for the Dismounted Soldier: Increasing Range and Accuracy

    Colonel Elliott Caggins

    Colonel Elliott Caggins, Project Manager Soldier Weapons PEO Soldier, US Army

  • Enhancing individual and crew served weapons for lethality overmatch
  • The Squad Designated Marksman rifle: Increasing range, accuracy, and lethality for infantry squads
  • Boosting small arms firepower through the modular handgun system (MHS), with enhanced laser and light-based aiming
  • Increasing efficiency through wireless fire control, improving loading and ammunition integration
  • Testing and fielding the latest weapons and weapon technology
  • 12:00 Chasing the Future, Running from the past of Soldier Systems

    Mr Jerrry Hathaway

    Mr Jerrry Hathaway, Vice President and General Manager, Electro-Optical & Infrared Systems, Leonardo DRS

  • Advances into new Soldier capabilities are being driven by commercial technology.
  • Developing systems and capabilities which utilize commercial’s rapid advances with an eye toward the primary missions of shooting, moving, communicating and sustaining both on and off the battlefield will require a new paradigm in defense research, development, testing and production.
  • Advanced soldier systems such as ENVG-B and IVAS are bridging these commercial and defense worlds and creating new unique capabilities and challenges, some of which are presented here.
  • 12:30 The Future of Lethality: Embedding Immersive Technologies into Soldier Systems for Enhanced Capabilities

    Colonel Travis Thompson

    Colonel Travis Thompson, Chief of Staff, Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team and Director of Soldier TCM-S, US Army CDID

  • The future of lethality for the dismounted soldier: How the cross functional team for soldier lethality can deliver cutting edge advancements in soldier capability
  • Integrating immersive technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) into dismounted soldier technology
  • Supplying real time tactical data to the soldier in the wearer’s field of vision, including blue force tracking and geospatial information
  • Other current and future programmes aimed at enhancing soldier lethality, and the CFT’s vision for future soldier lethality
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Soldier System Integration and Architecture Building for Improved Combat Effectiveness

    Colonel Troy Denomy

    Colonel Troy Denomy, Project Manager Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

  • Soldier modernization through a ‘system of systems’ approach, integrating multiple systems for enhanced capabilities
  • Building a soldier architecture to increase situational awareness and reduce combat load
  • Improving power and weight considerations through a central processing unit and a single battery source
  • The need for greater processing power to ensure an effective single architecture
  • Integrating new capabilities whilst educing design and manufacture work
  • 15:00 Nett Warrior: Integrating C4I Technology to Achieve Greater Dismounted Situational Awareness

    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris, Product Manager Ground Soldier Systems, PM SWAR, US Army

  • Ensuring faster and more informed battlefield decision making by increasing dismounted situational awareness
  • Leveraging COTS smartphone technology to aid the warfighter
  • Combining tactical navigation, targeting, and communications data in a single display
  • Ensuring effective connectivity through multiple networks, for greater communication reliability
  • Increasing integrated capabilities through open architecture design
  • 15:30 The Impact of Connected Weapons in the Future Battlefield

    Mr Itay Weiss

    Mr Itay Weiss, CEO & Reserve Major Israeli Navy, Secubit Ltd

  • The Future Battlefield's challenges
  • What information will we get from the Future Soldier
  • How AI will impact the Future Battlefield
  • Weaponlogic & future systems integration
  • AI-powered decision making
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 A Human Factors Approach to Enhancing Soldier Modernization and Lethality

    Dr Corde Lane

    Dr Corde Lane, Director, Human Research & Engineering Center, US Army Research Laboratory

  • Engaging in innovative human performance research to further future soldier capabilities
  • Evaluating and reducing cognitive and physical burdens to the dismounted soldier
  • Empowering the soldier through research & analysis supporting the Synthetic Training Environment, increasing lethality battle preparedness
  • Research and experimentation to human/system integration in support of the notion of ‘soldier as a system’
  • 17:00 Transforming Soldier Mobility through Robotics & Autonomous Systems

    Colonel (Ret'd) Edwin Davis

    Colonel (Ret'd) Edwin Davis, Acting Director Maneuver Battle Lab, US Army

  • Embedding RAS into dismounted soldier operations
  • How the Maneuver Battle Lab is expanding RAS capabilities through advanced testing and experimentation
  • Lightening the load through the Squad Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport
  • Leveraging miniature land and air-based RAS, such as soldier borne Nano-drones
  • Potential for further autonomous sensors to improve dismounted situational awareness
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

    9:30 Empowering the Warfighter and Maximizing Combat Effectiveness Through Advanced Science & Technology Research

    Mr Douglas Tamilio

    Mr Douglas Tamilio, Director Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, US Army CCDC

  • Ensuring soldiers are effectively equipped and to face the challenges of the modern battlefield
  • Advanced research with a ‘human factors’ focus to maximize the potential of the warfighter
  • Optimizing soldier performance including lethality and sustainability through research and experimentation
  • Taking a holistic approach to soldier protection, developing new innovative materials to transform survivability
  • 10:00 The Soldier and the Changing Nature of Warfare in the 21st Century

    Major General (Ret'd) John Charlton

    Major General (Ret'd) John Charlton, Former Commander US Army Test Evaluation Command, US Army Test and Evaluation Command

  • Assessing the past development of the modern infantry soldier to further understand potential future soldier requirements
  • The wars of the future: The role of the individual soldier in the multi-domain warfare concept
  • Emphasising human factors in soldier capability enhancement: the need to consider soldier physical and mental performance as well as new technology
  • Challenges in developing and acquiring new soldier equipment in an era of rapid technological change
  • 10:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Enhancing Royal Marines Equipment and Capabilities to Meet Future Operational Requirements

    Brigadier Matt Jackson DSO RM

    Brigadier Matt Jackson DSO RM, Commander, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, Royal Marines

  • Current priorities and efforts to ensure the individual Royal Marine is able to dominate diverse battlefield environments
  • Preparing Marines for urban, mountain, jungle, and littoral warfare, and equipping them for operational success
  • Leveraging new technology to aide situational awareness and communications in dismounted operations
  • Future vision for Royal Marine squads reflecting the changing nature of warfare
  • 12:00 Empowering the Australian Soldier through Next Generation Equipment Acquisition and Capability Integration

    Brigadier David Smith

    Brigadier David Smith, Director General Integrated Soldier Systems, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Australian Defence Forces

  • Land 125: providing Australian soldiers with advanced gear and equipment that meet the modern combat requirements
  • Improving ballistic protection through the Australian Soldier Combat System: new body armour and helmet requirements
  • Increasing survivability by reducing signature detectability
  • Future sub-phases and integrating innovative exoskeleton and battlefield UAVS
  • 12:30 Session Reserved for FN America

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Facilitating Agile Equipment Development to Enhance the Warfighter’s Fighting Capabilities

    Colonel Joe Bookard

    Colonel Joe Bookard, Director of Rapid Equipping Force , US Army

  • The role of REF in rapid non-standard equipment development to augment soldier equipment modernization efforts
  • Meeting the needs of the dismounted soldier to ensure increased lethality and survivability
  • Working closely with dismounted soldier and in theater to ensure the most agile equipment development
  • Priorities in non-standard equipment development: mission control, fire protection, and dismounted ISR
  • Lessons to be learned from the REF’s agile processes
  • 14:30 Strengthening Soldier Lethality by Adapting to Complex and AsymmetricThreats

    Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Kurz

    Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Kurz, Squadron Commander , Asymmetric Warfare Group

  • Contributing to soldier capability development through the work of the Asymmetric Warfare Group
  • The need for agile response to new and complex threats in the 21st century battlefield to prepare soldiers for multi-domain operations
  • Enhancing lethality and survivability for the dismounted soldier
  • Identifying and bridging capability gaps through close work with partnership with other Army organizations
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Integrated Soldier System Suite: Enhancing Dismounted Situational Awareness for Canadian Infantry Soldiers

    Session Reserved for Project Director ISSP, Name TBC

    Session Reserved for Project Director ISSP, Name TBC, , Department of National Defence

  • Developing new integrated C4I systems for the dismounted soldier to improve the close combat common operating picture
  • Network-enabled communications for greater command and control functions
  • Leveraging enhanced navigation, night vision goggles and thermal binoculars, wearable communication systems into battle uniforms, and multi-modal soldier information systems
  • 16:00 Soldier Modernization in the next Decades: Encouraging Agility and Innovation,Respecting Lessons Learned

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

    • Big “A” Acquisition as a “Team of Teams”
    • Building awareness of and managing the risks and opportunities of innovation and integration
    • Managing polarities at play: Visionary AND Practical, Agile AND Deliberate, Creative AND Disciplined
    • Benchmarking industry and government best practices that transition new ideas to integrated capabilities
     

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

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    Brigadier David Smith

    Brigadier David Smith

    Director General Integrated Soldier Systems, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Australian Defence Forces
    Brigadier General A.J. Pasagian

    Brigadier General A.J. Pasagian

    Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, USMC
    Brigadier Matt Jackson DSO RM

    Brigadier Matt Jackson DSO RM

    Commander, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, Royal Marines
    Colonel (Ret'd) Edwin Davis

    Colonel (Ret'd) Edwin Davis

    Acting Director Maneuver Battle Lab, US Army
    Colonel Elliott Caggins

    Colonel Elliott Caggins

    Project Manager Soldier Weapons PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel Joe Bookard

    Colonel Joe Bookard

    Director of Rapid Equipping Force , US Army
    Colonel Troy Denomy

    Colonel Troy Denomy

    Project Manager Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Kurz

    Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Kurz

    Squadron Commander , Asymmetric Warfare Group
    Major General (Ret'd) John Charlton

    Major General (Ret'd) John Charlton

    Former Commander US Army Test Evaluation Command, US Army Test and Evaluation Command

    Brigadier David Smith

    Director General Integrated Soldier Systems, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Australian Defence Forces
    Brigadier David Smith

    Brigadier General A.J. Pasagian

    Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, USMC
    Brigadier General A.J. Pasagian

    Brigadier Matt Jackson DSO RM

    Commander, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, Royal Marines
    Brigadier Matt Jackson DSO RM

    Colonel (Ret'd) Edwin Davis

    Acting Director Maneuver Battle Lab, US Army
    Colonel (Ret'd) Edwin Davis

    Colonel Elliott Caggins

    Project Manager Soldier Weapons PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel Elliott Caggins

    Colonel Joe Bookard

    Director of Rapid Equipping Force , US Army
    Colonel Joe Bookard

    Colonel Troy Denomy

    Project Manager Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
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    Dr Corde Lane

    Director, Human Research & Engineering Center, US Army Research Laboratory
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    Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Kurz

    Squadron Commander , Asymmetric Warfare Group
    Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Kurz

    Major General (Ret'd) John Charlton

    Former Commander US Army Test Evaluation Command, US Army Test and Evaluation Command
    Major General (Ret'd) John Charlton

    Mr Douglas Tamilio

    Director Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, US Army CCDC
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    Mr Itay Weiss

    CEO & Reserve Major Israeli Navy, Secubit Ltd
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    Mr Jerrry Hathaway

    Vice President and General Manager, Electro-Optical & Infrared Systems, Leonardo DRS
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    Mr Mathias Nakatsui

    System Engineering Manager, STAR-PAN System Architect, Glenair, Inc.
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    Travis Thompson

    COS, Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team and Director of Soldier TCM-S, US Army
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