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SMi Is proud to present the 3rd Annual Future Soldier Technology USA Conference, taking place on the 7th & 8th June 2022 in Arlington, VA..

As militaries reorient and modernise their combat capabilities, the dismounted soldier and marine remain critical to the success of combat operations. Major strides are being made in providing soldiers with enhanced abilities to maneuver, detect, target and defeat threats at greater ranges and speed than ever before.

Critical to mission success, soldiers’ capabilities to engage and defeat new threats has been prioritised by Army Futures Command as a critical area for development. Future Soldier Technology USA will bring together military leaders and technical experts to address the evolving capability spectrum of dismounted technology of the US Armed Forces.

Future Soldier Technology USA is the only dedicated conference of its kind in North America and will bring a unique focus to the future of soldier systems. The conference will discuss in detail soldier lethality, power management systems, mobility, sustainability and survivability. Additionally, as soldiers and marines are increasingly integrated into an array of sensors and battlespace management systems, dismounted situational awareness is becoming a key area of overmatch capability.

Key Topics Addressed Will Include:

  • Enhancing soldier lethality
  • Next Generation Squad Weapon
  • Advanced target acquisition systems
  • Soldier sensors
  • Manned unmanned teaming
  • Communication systems
  • Battlespace management
  • Soldier sustainability
  • Systems trialling and evaluation
  • Synthetic training environments
  • Augmented reality
  • The only event in North America specifically dedicated to soldier and marine equipment modernization and capability development
  • Hear from Leaders from PEO Soldier, US Army Futures Command, CCDC, USMC Systems Command, and many more
  • The best opportunity to meet key US program managers at the forefront of enhancing soldier lethality, survivability, situational awareness and system integration
  • The world’s biggest meeting of soldier modernization specialists from across NATO-aligned defence forces
  • Access the latest soldier equipment and technology providers from defence industry

ACIC; ADM Mat / DGLEPM / DSSPM; ADM Mat/DGLEPM/DSSPM; AFC DEVCOM; AFC DEVCOM C5ISR Center; AirBoss Defense Goup; Applied Research Associates; Army Futures Command ; Army Research Laboratory, Human Research and Engineering Directorate; Axon; British Army HQ; C5ISR Center CP&I; C5ISR Center PRD; Canadian Armed Forces – Directorate Soldier Systems Program Management; Canadian Army; CCDC C5ISR Center, US Army ; Close Combat Squad; Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army; Croft Consultants (representing Jane’s); DE&S; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; Defense; Defense Innovation Unit; Departement of National Defense; Department of Defense; Department of National Defence; Department of National Defence, Canada / Director Soldier System Program Management; Diggerworks; Domo Tactical Communications; Domo Tactical Communications (DTC); DRS Tactical Systems; Dstl; Estonian Defence Forces; Excelitas Technologies; FCDD- ACW-FN; FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment); Finnish Defence Forces; FN Herstal; FOI; High Commission of India; HiwináCorp; Ido LTD; Infantry Trials and Development Unit; InterComms Publications; Leonardo DRS; Marine Corps Systems Command; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence (DE&S); MoD; MoD A Block (MAB); MOD DE&S ; National Defence University (FIN); National Defense University; OTTO Engineering; PEO Soldier, PM IVAS; Redcom Laboratories, Inc; Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH; Royal Netherlands Army; Safran Optics 1; Solution Now Enterprises LLC; SRI International; Swedish Armed Forces; Tactical Defense Media; Tech Briefs Media Group; Thales Defense & Security, Inc.; Thales LAS France; THEON SENSORS S.A; UK MoD; Ultra Electronics; United States Marine Corps; US Army; US Army - Picatinny; US Army Armor School; US Army Research Laboratory; US Marine Corps; US Marine Corps Systems Command; USMC; USSOCOM J636 ;


Brigadier General Arthur Pasagian

Brigadier General Arthur Pasagian

Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, US Marine Corps
Brigadier General William R. Glaser

Brigadier General William R. Glaser

Director, Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
Colonel Chris Budihas

Colonel Chris Budihas

Director, Maneuver Battle Lab, US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence
Colonel Douglas Copeland

Colonel Douglas Copeland

PM Soldier Maneuver & Precision Targeting, PEO Soldier, US Army
Colonel Loyd Beal III

Colonel Loyd Beal III

Project Manager, Terrestrial Sensors, PEO, IEW&S, US Army
Colonel Scott J. Madore

Colonel Scott J. Madore

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

Colonel Troy Denomy

Project Manager Integrated Visual Augmentation System, PEO Soldier, US Army

Brigadier General Arthur Pasagian

Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, US Marine Corps
Brigadier General Arthur Pasagian

Brigadier General A.J. Pasagian of New York City, N.Y., enlisted in the Marine Corps in April 1987. After graduating recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, he entered a
commissioning program and was commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1990.
Brigadier General Pasagian's assignments as a logistician in the operating forces include platoon commander, detachment commander, company executive officer, squadron logistics officer, brigade support group executive officer, and battalion executive and commanding officer. He deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit during Operation Continue Hope in Somalia, and with Brigade Service Support Group-2 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Other assignments include the Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Directorate at Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Virginia, in 1999-2002, and as Requirements Officer for future expeditionary warfare ship programs at the N75/85 Division of the Navy staff from 2005-2007. He then served as Program Manager for Infantry Combat Equipment from 2007-2010 and as Director of the Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity from 2011-2014. Brigadier General Pasagian was assigned as Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2014-2016. Brigadier General Pasagian served as Marine Corps Systems Command Chief of Staff, in his most recent assignment from 2016-2018.
He is a graduate of the City University of New York (1990) in New York City, the Naval Postgraduate School (1999) at Monterey, California, and the Eisenhower School (2011) at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Brigadier General Pasagian holds a Bachelors Degree in History and Masters Degrees in Information Technology Management, and National Resource Strategy.
In May 2018, Brigadier General Pasagian was selected as the commander of Marine Corps Systems Command.

Brigadier General William R. Glaser

Director, Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
Brigadier General William R. Glaser

BG William R. Glaser is a native of Hendersonville, Tennessee and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Armor from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993. He served in various command and staff positions as a company grade officer in Germany, Macedonia, Fort Stewart, and as a Company Commander in the 3rd Infantry Division during Operation Desert Spring in Kuwait in 2002 and the Liberation Phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
As a field grade officer, he returned to the 3rd Infantry Division to serve as the Chief of Simulations, Battle Command Officer, and G3 Chief of Operations while deployed to Operations Iraqi Freedom V. He also served as the primary advisor to the J3, Kuwait Armed Forces in the Office of Military Cooperation – Kuwait and then as the Director of TRADOC Project Office – OneSAF at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Upon graduation from the U.S. Naval War College, BG Glaser served as the USAREUR G37 Chief of Exercises, the Deputy Commanding Officer of 2nd Cavalry Regiment, and the Director of the Joint Multinational Simulation Center, 7th Army Training Command in Germany. He was then centrally selected to serve as the Director, National Simulation Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and then returned to Germany to serve as the Chief of Staff of the 7th Army Training Command. His last assignment was as the Deputy Commanding Officer for the United States Army Cadet Command.

Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

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

As Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army COL (R) Hansen spent 26 years in the US Army in both the war fighting and acquisition fields. He held various command and staff positions in self-propelled, towed, and airborne artillery units and fire support elements. His research, development, and acquisition experience includes various assignments as a product,
project, or program manager in electric guns, armored vehicles, and precision guided munitions. In his last 4 years of service as the Project Manager for Soldier Warrior, he was responsible for weapons, clothing, and equipment for aviation crewmen (Air Warrior), dismounted Soldiers (Land Warrior, Ground Soldier Ensemble), and vehicle crewmen (Mounted Soldier).

Colonel Anh Ha

PEO SOF Warrior, SOF Acquisition Technology & Logistics, US Special Operations Command
Colonel Anh Ha

Colonel Chris Budihas

Director, Maneuver Battle Lab, US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence
Colonel Chris Budihas

In 1987, COL Budihas enlisted in the Marine Corps, later commissioned in 1994. After a short break in service working for General Elective, in 2001, COL Budihas commissioned in the Army. With experiences in Light, Mechanized, Stryker, and Marine infantry formations, he led at all levels from team to the brigade-level. Staff positions include Aide-de-Camp, Deputy Chief of Staff, Division Chief at U.S. Africa Command, and Chief of Staff, Fort Benning. COL Budihas’ has many combat and operational deployments that extend from Operations Desert Shield/Storm to most recently OIF and OEF.


Colonel Douglas Copeland

PM Soldier Maneuver & Precision Targeting, PEO Soldier, US Army
Colonel Douglas Copeland

Colonel Douglas W. Copeland graduated from Texas Christian University as a Distinguished Military Graduate, was commissioned in the U.S. Army Infantry and entered active duty in May 1997. His tactical assignments include service with the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment (25thInfantry Division) in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, serving as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Rifle Company Executive Officer; the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment in Fort Hood, Texas, serving as an Assistant Operations Officer and Company Commander – deploying with the battalion to Iraq in 2004 and participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005 as both a Mechanized Infantry Company Commander and Brigade Operations Officer.
COL Copeland entered the Army Acquisition Corps in 2005 and has held various acquisition and operational assignments: Assistant Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Capabilities Manager Soldier, Fort Benning, Georgia; Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier Liaison to the TRADOC Future Force Integration Directorate, Fort Bliss, Texas; Assistant Product Manager, Land Warrior, PEO Soldier, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Afghanistan; Assistant Product Manager, Ground Soldier for both the Land Warrior and Nett Warrior Programs, PEO Soldier, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Department of the Army System Coordinator for Soldier Warrior Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), Pentagon; Acquisition Advisor to the Commander, United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A), OEF, Afghanistan; USFOR-A Commander’s Action Group Operations Officer, OEF, Afghanistan; Executive Officer to the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management, ASA(ALT), Pentagon; Program Manager for Special Programs, United States Special Operations Command and Commander, Ground Applications Program Office, United States Army Special Operations Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Executive Officer to the Principal Military Deputy, ASA(ALT), Pentagon. COL Copeland is currently the Project Manager, Soldier Maneuver and Precision Targeting, PEO Soldier, Fort Belvoir, VA. He is responsible for leading the development, deployment and life cycle management of the U.S. Army’s night vision, weapon mounted sensor, small unmanned aircraft and precision targeting capabilities.
COL Copeland holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Christian University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the United States Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Acquisition University’s Program Manager and Executive Program Manager Courses, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School and the U.S. Army War College Fellowship Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
COL Copeland’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device and two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and several other awards and decorations including the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge.
COL Copeland is married to the former Catherine Brandenburg of Grayson, Georgia. They have two children, John Cameron (16) and Mary Catherine (12), and reside at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Colonel Loyd Beal III

Project Manager, Terrestrial Sensors, PEO, IEW&S, US Army
Colonel Loyd Beal III

COL Loyd Beal III currently serves as the Project Manager, Terrestrial Sensors for Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (PEO IEW&S). He joined the U.S. Army Reserves as an orthopedic specialist and was assigned to the 4005th U.S. Army Hospital located in Houston, Texas in 1991. In 2006, COL Beal joined the Army Acquisition Corps and served in several positions. COL Beal received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy from Prairie View A&M University in 1997, Master of Science Degree in Management from Troy University in 2004, Doctor of Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University in 2011, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2019. COL Beal’s military education includes Senior Service College, Acquisition Qualification Course, Combined Arms Service and Staff School, Army Logistics Management College, Maneuver Captains Career Course, and Engineer Officer Basic Course. He is a graduate of the Logistic and Technology Advance Program, Kenan-Flagler Business School, North Carolina University.

Colonel Paul E. Alessio

Project Manager, Maneuver Ammunition Systems, US Army
Colonel Paul E. Alessio

A native of Grove City, Pennsylvania, Colonel Paul Alessio is a 1994 graduate of Slippery Rock University. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps, where he served in several leadership and staff positions in 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. These positions included Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Maintenance Control Officer and Assistant Support Operations Officer.

As a company commander in 2002, Colonel Alessio deployed his Airborne maintenance company to Bagram, Afghanistan in support of 82nd Division (Airborne). He also served as Assistant G1, 18th Airborne Corps and Battalion Operations Officer, Corps Support Command, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Upon transition to the Acquisition Corps, Colonel Alessio served as Army Test and Evaluation Command System Team Chairman for Fire Support at Alexandria, Virginia.

Colonel Alessio had the privilege of serving in a variety of organizations at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. These included Group Leader, Defense Contract Management Agency; Administrative Contracting Officer (Forward), Camp Buehring, Kuwait; Deputy Product Manager for Non-Standard Ammunition; Assistant Product Manager for Large Caliber Ammunition; Assistant Product Manager and Fielding Officer for Precision Guided Munitions and Mortars (Forward) Bagram, Afghanistan; and Assistant Product Manager for Precision Guidance Kit, at both Picatinny Arsenal and forward at Bagram, Afghanistan.

Colonel Alessio transitioned from Program Executive Office Ammunition to Program Executive Office Soldier and served as Product Manager for Crew Served Weapons.

After departing Picatinny, Colonel Alessio served as Senior Acquisition Advisor for the Army Evaluation Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. In 2017, COL Alessio was assigned to United States Army, Pacific, Fort Shafter, Hawaii as a liaison officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.

Colonel Alessio is a graduate of the Ordnance Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and U.S. Army War College. He is Airborne and Air Assault qualified. Colonel Alessio holds a Master’s degree in Acquisition and Project Management and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies.

Colonel Alessio is married to Lieutenant Colonel Jenny Alessio. They have three children; Saoirse (10), Magnus (6), and Phaedra (4).

Colonel Rhett D. Thompson

Director, Soldier Requirements Division, Maneuver Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate, US Army
Colonel Rhett D. Thompson

COL Thompson earned his commission as an Infantry officer through ROTC in December 1996 at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He has served in numerous key command and staff positions and has served on multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Command experience includes OSUT Company Command, Mechanized Infantry Company Command, and Ranger Company Command. At the battalion level, he commanded 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. COL Thompson is most recently a graduate of the Navy War College, where he earned a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He and Stacy, his wife of over 22 years, have 2 children, Marshall (17) and Allison (14).

Colonel Scott J. Madore

Project Manager Soldier Lethality, PEO Soldier, US Army
Colonel Scott J. Madore

Colonel Scott Madore received his commission in the Infantry through the Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in December 1996. He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMASS-Lowell, a Masters of Business Administration in Project Management from Trident University, and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Colonel Madore previously served in numerous acquisition leadership positions to include the Assistant Product Manager for Hard Body Armor, ASA(ALT)-Kuwait Forward Operations Director, Department of the Army System Coordinator, Product Manager Ground Sensors, and Military Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Plans, Programs, and Resources. He currently serves as the Project Manager Soldier Lethality within Program Executive Office Soldier.

Colonel Troy Denomy

Project Manager Integrated Visual Augmentation System, PEO Soldier, US Army
Colonel Troy Denomy

COL Troy Denomy was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1996 and was first assigned to 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Ft. Campbell, KY. While assigned to 2-502nd Infantry Regiment, he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999 as the Multi National Division (North) Quick Reaction Force Company. In 2000, COL Denomy was assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division and served in various Brigade and Battalion staff positions, then commanded C Company, 2nd Battalion (Mechanized), 5th Cavalry Regiment, which included a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

In 2005, COL Denomy transitioned to the Army Acquisition Corps. His acquisition assignments include: Assistant Product Manager to the Joint Product Manager, Biological Detection Systems at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD; Department of the Army Systems Coordinator for Chemical and Biological Defense systems and for the PATRIOT system, the Missile Segment Enhancement Interceptor and the Medium Extended Air Defense System, Pentagon; Deputy Product Manager for the Acquisition Group, Acquisition & Engineering Office, Mission Integration Directorate at the National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, VA; and Product Manager for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems in Warren, MI. Following graduation from the US Army War College, COL Denomy served as the Executive Officer to the Principal Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).
COL Denomy is a graduate of the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College and a Master of Science degree from George Washington University.
COL Denomy’s awards and decorations include the Combat Infantrymen’s Badge, the Expert Infantrymen’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Bronze Star w/ “V”, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)), the Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), and the Army Achievement Medal with (1 OLC).
COL Denomy assumed the position of Project Manager Close Combat Squad in August 2018 and assumed integrated role of Project Manager Integrated Visual Augmentation as the organizations merged in December 2020.

Dr Clifford Cook

Chief Engineer PdM Ground Soldier Systems, PM IVAS, PEO Soldier, US Army
Dr Clifford Cook

Dr. Clifford Cook received his Ph.D. in chemistry at The George Washington University in 2011. In his 10 year career he has made significant contributions to the research and development of Soldier Tactical Power (STP) Systems including Li-ion batteries, fuel cells, man portable generators, battery chargers, and power managers. He has served as the Assistant Product Manager of the STP team and managed the acquisition process of multiple systems including those listed above. He is currently serving as the Chief Engineer at Product Manager Ground Soldier Systems (PdM GSS) where he represents PdM GSS across the Army on three lines of effort including Nett Warrior system of systems, Soldier Tactical Power, and Production of Integrated Visual Augmentation System products.

Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

Human Research Lead, Tactical Behaviour Research Laboratory, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DevCom)
Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

Elizabeth Mezzacappa, PhD, is the Human Research Lead at the US Army’s Tactical Behavior Research Laboratory. Her research spans a wide range of human behavioral experiments related to armaments, including non-lethal weapon effectiveness, machine learning from human data for artificial intelligence, performance evaluation for counter-terrorism exercises, and psychophysiological methods for Soldier-Armament Integration. She has received a 2008 Army Science Best Paper Award, 2012 and 2013 Army Research and Development Achievement Awards, and the 2018 Military Operations Research Society Journal Award. Mezzacappa received her BAs from the University of Pennsylvania, her PhD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr Robb Wilcox

Director, Soldier Performance Optimization Directorate, CCDC Soldier Center, US Army
Dr Robb Wilcox

Dr. Robb Wilcox is the US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center’s S&T Lead for Human Systems Performance. In this role, he contributes to the important Soldier Center efforts in Human Systems Performance by shaping the strategy, research activities and relationships across a breadth of RDT&E efforts in this vital research area. He was previously the Director of the Soldier Performance Optimization Directorate at the DEVCOM SC and was responsible for approximately 120 soldier performance team leaders, scientists, engineers and specialists developing new capabilities through research and development to improve Soldier performance.

Dr. Wilcox was also the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) – Atlantic based in London, UK from 2012-2017. In this role he served as the principal RDECOM-ATL technical expert in the UK, Europe, the Middle East as well as Africa for the Army.

Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), British Army
Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe joined the Army in 2001, commissioning into the Scots Guards. Initially posted to London on ceremonial duties, he then served as a Platoon Commander in the Guards Training Division, Catterick. Further postings included Poland, Canada and Germany where he was an Armoured Infantry Platoon and Company Commander. He worked in Joint Capabilities in the MoD during SDSR15 and is experienced in several other key Staff appointment roles, both in the MoD and in the Field Army. He has completed multiple tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and overseas short-term training tasks (STTT).

Lieutenant Colonel Denny Dresch

Product Manager Ground Soldier Systems, PEO Soldier, US Army
Lieutenant Colonel Denny Dresch

LTC Denny Dresch graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an Infantry officer in May 2003. His first duty assignment was with the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division where he served as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Anti-Armor Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion S-4. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2005-2006. Following his assignment with the 82nd Airborne Division, LTC Dresch was assigned to Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania where he served as an Assistant Battalion S-3 with the 1st Battalion, 307th Infantry (AC/RC). His battalion was responsible for the mobilization, training, and deployment of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) from the Pennsylvania National Guard.

After completing the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course at Fort Benning, LTC Dresch served as an Assistant Brigade S-3 for the 4th SBCT, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during 2009-2010 where he served as Commander, Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry. Upon redeployment, LTC Dresch was assigned as the Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry.

Following command, LTC Dresch attended the Army Acquisition Basic Course and was assigned as an Acquisition’s Staff Officer to the Training and Doctrine Command’s (TRADOC) Capabilities Integration Center at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. In this role, he worked closely with TRADOC Capability Managers and Capability Development Integration Directorates to execute annual Capability Needs Analysis. Following completion of Intermediate Level Education at Fort Belvoir, LTC Dresch was assigned to the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense as an Assistant Product Manager (APM). LTC Dresch was responsible for the cost, schedule and performance of the Automated Installation Entry. His next assignment was to the Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he served as an Acquisition Management Branch Assignment Officer. LTC Dresch was then assigned as the Military Deputy to the Director of the Night Vision Electronic Sensor Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia where he worked on the Integrated Visual Augmentation System. LTC Dresch has a Master’s in Business Administration from Liberty University. He has also completed the Acquisition Intermediate Qualification Course and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III trained in Program Management.

LTC Dresch last served as the Assistant Executive Officer to the Military Deputy for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology.

LTC Dresch’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He has been awarded the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School and Advance Airborne Course.

LTC Dresch is married to the former Miss Rebecca Morris and has four children.

Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

SO1 Soldier Systems, TommyWorks, British Army
Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

Lt Col Gareth Davies took over as SO1 Soldier Systems in Jan 2019. His main role is to deliver new Dismounted Close Combat capabilities to service across the Defence Lines of Development. He is the lead in setting up TommyWorks, a new organisation focussing on Soldier System Integration and more agile and iterative delivery of future capabilities. Career wise, he has completed 5 operational tours as an infantry commander including Iraq and Afghanistan twice and has previous experience as a Requirements Manager for the FIST programme and Chief of Staff of Soldier, Training and Special Projects team within DE&S.

Lieutenant Colonel Kyle Yanowski

Chief of Software, TRADOC Proponent Office – Synthetic Training Environment, US Army Combined Arms Center
Lieutenant Colonel Kyle Yanowski

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Percy

Director Land Requirements 5, Soldier Systems, Canadian Army
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Percy

Lieutenant-Colonel Percy was born in Collingwood, Ontario. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990 and attended the Royal Military College of Canada. He was commissioned into The Royal Canadian Regiment in 1994 and was posted to 1 RCR. While with 1 RCR he served as a mechanized platoon commander and as Anti-Armour Platoon Commander in Bosnia as part of the NATO Sustainment Force. After his first regimental tour, Lieutenant-Colonel Percy attended the Land Force Technical Staff Programme at RMC Kingston. In 1999 he was posted to the Directorate of Land Requirements. In 2002, he joined CANSOFCOM as a deputy operations officer. In 2004, Lieutenant-Colonel Percy completed the Army Operations Course and was subsequently appointed as a unit Adjutant. Following the Combat Team Commanders Course in 2006, Lieutenant-Colonel Percy was posted to 3 RCR as Officer Commanding Oscar Company. He commanded 3 RCR Rear Party for Rotation 6 of Op ATHENA. In 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Percy was posted to 1 RCR as OC Foxtrot Company and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. He was subsequently appointed Deputy Commanding Officer of 1 RCR. In June 2012 Lieutenant-Colonel Percy joined the Pakistan Army Command and Staff College in Quetta. He returned to Canada in June 2013 and was posted to the J5 Branch of 1st Canadian Division. As Deputy Commanding Officer of the Disaster Assistance Response Team, Lieutenant-Colonel Percy deployed to the Philippines in November 2013. After a year as Executive Assistant to the Division Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Percy was promoted to his current rank in 2015 and appointed J5 of 1st Canadian Division. In 2017 he became J3 of 1st Canadian Division. In 2018, Lieutenant-Colonel Percy deployed to the Middle East for Operation PROTEUS where he served as the Training Operations Officer for the United States Security Coordinator. His principal duties involved assisting the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to modernize and improve their training methods. After returning from the Middle East, he served with Chief of Programme as Director Defence Programme Coordination 3, responsible for Army and CANSOFCOM capital equipment projects before moving to his current position as Director Land Requirements 5. Lieutenant-Colonel Percy has been married to Annalisa for 16 years. They have no children but Annalisa's penchant for rescuing Dalmatians ensures they stay active.

Major Yoav Galster

PM Infantry & Commando, DDR&D, Israeli Ministry of Defence
Major Yoav Galster

2015-2017 - M.B.A Business Management, Executive program
2006-2010 - B.Sc Industrial Engineering

Employment & Military
IMOD \ DDR&D \ Land Systems Division \ Infantry & SF Branch
2017-Now - Major, Head of Infantry & Commando section. Manage dismounted soldier R&D.
IDF - Weapon Systems Department, Planning Division, Ground Forces Command
Artillery branch
2014-2017 - Major, Head of Rocket section. PM - budget, supervise tests, development and purchase of rockets & launchers.
Infantry branch
2009-2014 - Major, Head of Combat gear section. PM - budget, supervise tests, development and purchase of small arms, munitions, optics (sights, NVG, etc.), LCP.
2005-2009 – Captain, Weapons section. Lead field tests, define combat needs - SMG's, mortars, RCWS, sniping etc.
2004-2005 – Lieutenant, SF section. Lead field tests, define combat needs with the user etc.
2000-2004 - Combat paratrooper & officer (Infantry Company Commander).
2011-2020 – Reserve Infantry Company Commander

Mr Chris Woodburn

Deputy, Maneuver Branch, Ground Combat Element Division, Capabilities Development Directorate, Combat Development and Integration, United States Marine Corps
Mr Chris Woodburn

Mr. Woodburn was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in 1987 and graduated from The Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course in 1988. As an infantry officer, he held the billets of Rifle Platoon Commander, Heavy Machine Gun Platoon Commander, 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Battalion Logistics Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, and Battalion Executive Officer. He also served as the Deputy, Current Operations and Future Operations Officer at the Marine Expeditionary Force level. Mr. Woodburn’s combat deployments include OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/STORM and two tours to OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Mr. Woodburn also served as a training company commander at the School of Infantry and commanding officer for a Marine Corps Recruiting Station. He is certified in Program Management from a tour at Marine Corps Systems Command and earned a Master’s Degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2003. He completed his military career as a lieutenant colonel while serving as the Infantry Combat Equipment and Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad Capabilities Integration Officer, Ground Combat Element – Fires and Maneuver, Capabilities Development Directorate at Quantico, VA.
Upon retirement in 2013, Mr. Woodburn joined the U.S. civil service and continues to work at the Capabilities Development Directorate. He worked initially as the requirements officer for Marine Corps small arms and combat optics and now supervises capabilities development for the infantry and reconnaissance communities as the Deputy for the Maneuver Branch.

Mr David May

Senior Cyber Intelligence Advisor, US Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon
Mr David May

Mr. David May assumed duties as the Senior Cyber Intelligence Advisor, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, TRADOC, and Fort Gordon, Georgia on 13 June 2016. He is responsible for providing authoritative technical advice and recommendations to senior officials regarding Army policy, doctrine, and cyber intelligence programs to include planning, resourcing and execution of cyberspace and other multi-discipline support operations.

Career Chronology:

  • Senior Cyber Advisor, MHM Innovations, Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • Deputy Director, Joint Force Headquarters, Army Cyber Command, Fort Gordon, Georgia.
  • Retired from the Army at the rank of Colonel following 26 years of active service
  • Director of Intelligence, Cyber National Mission Force, US Cyber Command, Fort Meade
  • Deputy Director, Cyber National Mission Force, US Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland
  • Chief, Afghanistan Remote Operations Cryptologic Center (AROCC), Bagram, Afghanistan
  • Commander, 707th & 206th Military Intelligence Battalions, NSA/CSS Georgia
  • Deputy Chief, Analysis and Production, NSA/CSS Georgia
  • Director of Operations, European Security Operations Center, NSA/CSS Europe
  • Deputy Division Chief for SIGINT Operations, NSA/CSS Europe
  • Chief, Theater Cryptologic Operations Center, NSA/CSS Europe
  • XO, 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion, NSA/CSS Colorado
  • S3, 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion, NSA/CSS Colorado
  • Operations officer, 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Meade, NSA/CSS Washington
  • Company Commander, 297th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • ACE Collection Manager, 297th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • S4, 297th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • Chief, Intelligence Support Group Element, Camp Doha, Kuwait
  • BDE Assistant S2, 2nd BDE, 3rd Infantry Division, Germany
  • Ground Surveillance Radar Platoon Leader, 501st Military Intelligence Battalion, Germany
  • S2, 16th Engineer Battalion, both in Nurnberg, Germany, and during Desert Shield/Storm

Ms Deborah Olson

Joint Project Manager for Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Protection, JPEO-CBRND, US Army
Ms Deborah Olson

Ms. Deborah C. Olson was chartered in August 2021 as the Joint Project Manager for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Protection (JPM CBRN Protection) within the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND). Ms. Olson is a certified Level III Program Manager with over eighteen years’ experience in acquisition. In this role, she is responsible for the development, fielding, sustainment, and modernization of CBRN protection and hazard mitigation equipment for the Joint Forces. The JPM CBRN Protection portfolio currently consists of 20 Programs of Record and over 70 programs in sustainment.




Hilton Arlington

950 North Stafford Street, Arlington VA, Virginia, USA

A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.


Glenair – Tactical Interconnect Hubs and Power Management Solutions


Glenair is a global manufacturer of interconnect technology for high-reliability applications. Our lightweight/miniature connectors are used on a wide variety of platforms from fixed wing and rotor aircraft, to ground vehicles and every class of UAV. Glenair MouseBud interconnects are designed for direct incorporation into soldier vest personal area networks. Our Series 804 Mighty Mouse tactical soldier interconnects have become industry standards and are used on more JTAC and DACAS systems than all other miniaturized connector series combined. Glenair multiport STAR-PAN™ USB hub and power distribution systems are designed for maximum open-system compatibility incorporating Ethernet and USB data interfaces. GSA compliant USB 2.0. STAR-PAN™ is both Nett warrior and NATO compatible. The STAR-PAN™ System is capable of smart charging and power distribution utilizing the broad range of current in-service military batteries, as well as Direct Current (DC) power sources. Newly released STAR-PAN™ Mission-Manager adds on-the-fly device integration and hardware management to complex C4ISR systems. The STAR-PAN™ product line is an open architecture system and is compliant with the NATO standard.

Media Partners

Tactical Defense Media


TDM publications provide readers with insights into DoD and homeland security program requirements and industry technologies, including mounted and dismounted protection systems, intel and comms applications, tactics, and training. Our mission focus is centered on collecting expert opinion regarding best practices and lessons learned through the eyes of military and civilian authorities, warfighters, and law enforcement.

Asian Military Review


Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.

Defence Today


Defence Today is an online publication covering the latest in global defence and security news, defence intelligence and strategic insight. Terrorism and emerging threats, defence industry coverage, the latest technology developments and emerging platforms and systems. Military equipment profiles and industry showcases. Advertising, press releases and event listings are available.

21st Century Asian Arms Race


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.

Soldier Modernisation


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.

Homeland Security Corporation (HSRC)


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.

Army Technology


Army-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on the defence industry, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more in the army sector. With a team of journalists around the world, army-technology.com, along with sister sites naval-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important field. When you combine this with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of military equipment suppliers, products and services, free white paper downloads and company press releases, you see why army-technology.com is the key point of reference for the defence industry.

Military Systems and Technology


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

Armada International


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.

Unmanned Systems Technology (UST)


Unmanned Systems Technology (UST) is dedicated to technology and innovation within unmanned air, land, sea and space systems. UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com provides insight into new products, technologies and suppliers within the unmanned systems sector. Unmanned Systems Technology magazine is a technical publication that delves into the science and engineering of unmanned systems.


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Hilton Arlington

950 North Stafford Street
Arlington VA 22203

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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.


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.


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.


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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