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SMi Is proud to present the 2nd annual Future Soldier Technology USA conference on the 9th & 10th June 2020 taking place in Arlington, Washington, USA. New this year will be a dismounted situational awareness focus day taking place on the 8th of June.

As militaries reorient and modernise their combat capabilities, the dismounted soldier remains 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 are increasingly integrated into an array of sensors and battlespace management systems, dismounted situational awareness is becoming a key area of overmatch capability. Our ‘Situational Awareness’ Focus Day will delve into the latest developments in this capability areas.

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
 

 

  • 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
     

Alpha Dawn; American Rheinmetall Systems; Army Research Laboratory/Asymmetric Warfare Group; Asymme tric Warfare Group (AWG) ; Asymmetric Warfare Group US Army ; BAE Systems; Booz Allen Hamilton; Canadian Armed Forces; Clark Street Associates; Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army; Cornet Technology Inc; Department of National Defence, Canada; Elta Ltd; Excelitas Technologies; FN America; FN Herstal; Glenair Inc; Glenair, Inc; GMRE Inc; Harris Night Vision; Hendrick Motorsports; Leonardo DRS; Marathon Targets; Meggitt Training Systems, inc.; Midcon Cables Co; Nexter Group; PEO Soldier, US Army; Project Manager Soldier Weapons, US Army; Psionic LLC; Radetec; Redcom Laboratories, Inc; Royal Marines, UK MoD; Safran Optics 1; SCI Technology Inc.; Secubit Ltd; Spearpoint Solutions & Technology Pty Ltd; State University of New York at Oswego; Tactical Defense Media; Thales Defense & Security, Inc.; Thales UK; U S Army Rapid Equipping Force; U. S. Marine Corps; U.S. Army Research Laboratory; Ultra Electronics ; University of Canterbury; US Army; US Army Aviation Research Development And Engineering Center; US Army CCDC AC; US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center; US Army Maneuver Battle Lab; US Marine Corps Systems Command; US Navy; USMC Training and Education Command; WL Gore;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

9:10 Enhancing the Capability of Dismounted Soldier Communication with Digitally Defined Systems

Colonel Garth Winterle

Colonel Garth Winterle, Project Manager, PM TR

• Mitigating communication difficulties in cluttered and restricted environments
• Leveraging commercial networks for tactical communications
• Developing tactical radio systems for Nett Warrior platform

9:50 Exploiting Personal Devices for Enhanced Soldier C4I Capabilities

Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris, PdM Ground Soldier Systems, US Army

• Nett Warrior trials testing and development
• Ensuring overmatch in decision and information dominance
• Secure-but-unclassified architecture; cost and benefits of open architecture
• Battlespace management implications for blue force tracking at multiple command levels
• Examining the marketplace for future applications to provide new capabilities for dismounted soldiers
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Equipping Soldiers with Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems for Enhanced Target Acquisition and Engagement

Colonel Douglas Copeland

Colonel Douglas Copeland, PM Maneuver and Precision Targeting, US Army

• Equipping soldiers with multispectral sensor systems to overcome
• Unmanned sensors integration into dismounted soldiers
• Edge computing and ‘onboard’ data analysis
• Current hardware software assessment and future capability acquisition

11:40 Defining the Future of Soldier Operational Capability for Multi-Domain Integrated Operations

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kennedy

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kennedy, Chief of Lethality Branch, US Army Armor School

• Future scope for dismounted systems
• Integrating soldiers into multidomain operations
• Leveraging C4I systems for squad level
• Analysing squad as a system model for delivering operational capability
 

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Canada’s cyclical Approach to developing the integrated Soldier System

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Corby

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Corby, Project Manager ISSP , Canadian Armed Forces

• Enabling technological advances to be leveraged throughout product lifecycle
• Digitising and modernising communication systems to incorporate additional sensors and technology
• Bridging the gap to the Canadian Army’s Secret level Land Command Support System (radio net)
• Future-plans for hardware and software enhancements
 

14:00 Estonian Approach to Enhance Manoeuvrability and Lethality of Light Infantry with RAS

Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik, Senior Staff Officer/Future Solutions, Estonian Defence Forces

• Overview of Estonian RAS program
• Mixing manned and unmanned – examples of use cases
• RAS implications on TTP-s – challenges and preliminary outcomes

14:40 Afternoon Tea

15:10 Integrating the Dismounted Soldier into Joint-Multi Domain Operations

Mr Christopher Stone

Mr Christopher Stone, Deputy Director, TRADOC Capabilities Manager Infantry Brigade Combat Teams TCM IBCT, US Army Armor School

• Developing adaptable and flexible infantrymen, leveraging systems and training
• The role of Situational awareness to the dismounted soldier
• Training and development environments to generate dismounted manoeuvre capability
• Ensuring the Us Army can deploy lethal, Joint MDO from an infantry perspective
 

15:50 PANEL DEBATE: Assessing the Future of Soldier Capabilities Amid Developing C4I Capabilities

• Enhancing lethality by improving network capabilities and optimizing situational awareness
• Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) and extending the operational reach of the squad through integrating RAS
• Collaborating with industry to maximize efficiency and technical developments

Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

Colonel Douglas Copeland

Colonel Douglas Copeland, PM Maneuver and Precision Targeting, US Army

Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris, PdM Ground Soldier Systems, US Army

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Corby

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Corby, Project Manager ISSP , Canadian Armed Forces

Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik, Senior Staff Officer/Future Solutions, Estonian Defence Forces

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

Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

9:10 Integrating Soldier Technology to Provide Scalable Adaptive Solutions

Brigadier General Anthony Potts

Brigadier General Anthony Potts, Commanding General PEO Soldier, US Army

• Harmonising squads and integrating systems to enable the soldier
• Capability focus: Lethality, Mobility and Safety
• Adaptive Squad Architecture, leveraging industrial advances by generating a community of interest
• Reducing costs and enhancing capability

9:50 Focusing on Lethality to Drive Future Soldier Combat Effectiveness

  • Dismounted lethality in the modern context
  • Leveraging AI for Small Unit Tactical Manuever, Lethality and Survivability
  • Defeating tougher targets at greater ranges
  • Moving acquisition from the industrial age to the information age
  • Examining ammunition and weapon systems capabilities for the NGSW
  • Colonel John Cochran

    Colonel John Cochran, Acting Director of the Secretary of Defence Close Combat Lethality Task Force, Department of Defense

    10:30 Session Reserved for Leonardo DRS

    11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 Narrowing Capability Gaps to Ensure Long-Term Future Soldier Operability

    Colonel Kurt Thompson

    Colonel Kurt Thompson, Deputy Director, Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team, Army Futures Command

    • Adaptive Squad Architecture (ASA), ensuring developments in soldier equipment support all elements of the warfighter kit
    • Assessing the uplifts gained from the integration of the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (ENVG-B)
    • Future plans and leveraging emerging technologies in the pursuit of overmatch.

    12:20 Session Reserved for Glenair

    13:00 Maximising Soldier Lethality for Next Generation Combat Operations

    Colonel Elliot Caggins

    Colonel Elliot Caggins, PM Soldier Weapons PEO Soldier, US Army

    • Enhancing individual and crew served weapons for lethality overmatch
    • The PEO’s priorities for pursuing soldier lethality capability
    • Improving loading and ammunition integration

    13:40 Networking Lunch

    14:40 Optimising Squad Lethality for Dismounted Marine Corps

    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Mr Christopher Woodburn, Deputy Maneuver Branch, Fires and Maneuver Integration, US Marine Corps Systems Command

    • Lethality from a squad perspective
    • Evolution in weapons and fire control for rifleman squads
    • Major lethality acquisition programmes including the Carl Gustav
    • USMC perspectives and requirements for NGSW

    15:20 Ensuring Soldier Combat Sustainability with Enhanced Individual Combat Equipment

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Konicky

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Konicky, PM Individual Combat Equipment, USMC

    16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Assessing the Future of Dismounted Soldier Operations through the Testing and Evaluation of Future Equipment

    Session Reserved for Senior Official

    Session Reserved for Senior Official, , US Army Test and Evaluation Command

    17:10 Maneuver Battle Lab (MBL) in defining the current force and shaping the Future Force

    Mr Edwin Davis

    Mr Edwin Davis, Director Maneuver Battle Lab, US Army Armor School

  • Integrating live and simulation capabilities to accelerate learning and applied capability
  • Understanding the role of air and ground robotics in the future force
  • Understanding how Brigade Combat Teams organize and fight given the evolving potential of robotics
  • 17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

    9:10 Optimizing Special Operations Forces (SOF) Activities Through Rapid and Focused Special Operations Specific Capabilities

    Colonel Joel Babbitt

    Colonel Joel Babbitt, Program Executive Officer, AT&L, SOF Warrior, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM )

    “DRIVING THE FUTURE”

  • Hyper Enabled Teams
  • Current Innovation
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Vision for 2030
     
  • 9:50 Meeting High Priority Requirements for Soldier Equipment to Deliver Rapid Force Adaptability

    Colonel Joe Bookard

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

    • Leveraging innovation from industry to improve soldier capabilities
    • Adapting to rapid requirements with agile collaborative efforts
    • Managing rapid integration with expeditionary laboratories and fabrication facilities
     

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Transforming UK Soldier Capabilities at the Infantry Trials and Development Unit

    Lieutenant Colonel Neil Locke

    Lieutenant Colonel Neil Locke, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army

  • Integrating innovative technology to enhance operational reach
  • Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) and the capability gains
  • An overview of Tommyworks and the path ahead
  • 11:40 Assessing Current Capabilities of the USMC in Ensuring Optimal Lethality and Combat Effectiveness for Dismounted Personnel

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Hough

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Hough, PM Infantry Weapons, USMC

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Leveraging Industrial Progress for Optimising Ammunition in Dismounted Soldier Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Lunoff

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Lunoff, PdM Small Calibre Ammunition, US Army

    • Acquisition programmes for the dismounted soldier portfolio
    • Lightening soldier loads with modern ammunition technology
    • Optimising small calibre rounds for dynamic environments

    14:00 Staying ahead of threats through situational awareness

    Dr Jeffrey Zabinski

    Dr Jeffrey Zabinski, PM Weapons and Materials Research, US Army

    • Current advancements in dismounted ISR and battlefield sensing capabilities
    • ‘Nowcast’ capability for future operating environments
    • Signal processing and distributing data through flexible and adaptable networks

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Easing the Logistics Burden Associated with Military Feeding and Reducing the Combat Load of Individual Soldiers

    Mr Stephen M. Moody

    Mr Stephen M. Moody, Director, Combat Feeding Directorate , US Army Futures Command

  • Technologies for the reduction of weight and volume of individual rations
  • Changing eating behaviours and their application to military feeding
  • Nutritional interventions for improved performance and recovery
  • Tailored nutrition for mission requirements and operational environment
  • 15:50 Enhancing Warfighter Capabilities through Advanced Training and Virtual Reality Testing

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa*

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa*, Human Research Lead, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center

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

    Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Anthony Potts

    Brigadier General Anthony Potts

    Commanding General PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel Douglas Copeland

    Colonel Douglas Copeland

    PM Maneuver and Precision Targeting, US Army
    Colonel Elliot Caggins

    Colonel Elliot Caggins

    PM Soldier Weapons PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel Garth Winterle

    Colonel Garth Winterle

    Project Manager, PM TR
    Colonel Joe Bookard

    Colonel Joe Bookard

    Director, Rapid Equipping Force, US Army
    Colonel Joel Babbitt

    Colonel Joel Babbitt

    Program Executive Officer, AT&L, SOF Warrior, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM )
    Colonel John Cochran

    Colonel John Cochran

    Acting Director of the Secretary of Defence Close Combat Lethality Task Force, Department of Defense
    Colonel Kurt Thompson

    Colonel Kurt Thompson

    Deputy Director, Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team, Army Futures Command
    Dr Jeffrey Zabinski

    Dr Jeffrey Zabinski

    PM Weapons and Materials Research, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Konicky

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Konicky

    PM Individual Combat Equipment, USMC
    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Lunoff

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Lunoff

    PdM Small Calibre Ammunition, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kennedy

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kennedy

    Chief of Lethality Branch, Soldier Requirements Division M-CDID, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kennedy

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kennedy

    Chief of Lethality Branch, US Army Armor School
    Lieutenant Colonel Neil Locke

    Lieutenant Colonel Neil Locke

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Corby

    Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Corby

    Project Manager ISSP , Canadian Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Senior Staff Officer/Future Solutions, Estonian Defence Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Hough

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Hough

    PM Infantry Weapons, USMC
    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    PdM Ground Soldier Systems, US Army
    Mr Christopher Stone

    Mr Christopher Stone

    Deputy Director, TRADOC Capabilities Manager Infantry Brigade Combat Teams TCM IBCT, US Army Armor School
    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Deputy Maneuver Branch, Fires and Maneuver Integration, US Marine Corps Systems Command
    Mr Edwin Davis

    Mr Edwin Davis

    Director Maneuver Battle Lab, US Army Armor School
    Mr Stephen M. Moody

    Mr Stephen M. Moody

    Director, Combat Feeding Directorate , US Army Futures Command

    Brigadier General Anthony Potts

    Commanding General PEO Soldier, US Army
    Brigadier General Anthony Potts

    Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

    Colonel Douglas Copeland

    PM Maneuver and Precision Targeting, US Army
    Colonel Douglas Copeland

    Colonel Elliot Caggins

    PM Soldier Weapons PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel Elliot Caggins

    Colonel Garth Winterle

    Project Manager, PM TR
    Colonel Garth Winterle

    Colonel Joe Bookard

    Director, Rapid Equipping Force, US Army
    Colonel Joe Bookard

    Colonel Joel Babbitt

    Program Executive Officer, AT&L, SOF Warrior, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM )
    Colonel Joel Babbitt

    Colonel John Cochran

    Acting Director of the Secretary of Defence Close Combat Lethality Task Force, Department of Defense
    Colonel John Cochran

    Colonel Kurt Thompson

    Deputy Director, Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team, Army Futures Command
    Colonel Kurt Thompson

    Dr Jeffrey Zabinski

    PM Weapons and Materials Research, US Army
    Dr Jeffrey Zabinski

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Konicky

    PM Individual Combat Equipment, USMC
    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Konicky

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Lunoff

    PdM Small Calibre Ammunition, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Lunoff

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kennedy

    Chief of Lethality Branch, Soldier Requirements Division M-CDID, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kennedy

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kennedy

    Chief of Lethality Branch, US Army Armor School
    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kennedy

    Lieutenant Colonel Neil Locke

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Neil Locke

    Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Corby

    Project Manager ISSP , Canadian Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Corby

    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Senior Staff Officer/Future Solutions, Estonian Defence Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Hough

    PM Infantry Weapons, USMC
    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Hough

    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    PdM Ground Soldier Systems, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    Mr Christopher Stone

    Deputy Director, TRADOC Capabilities Manager Infantry Brigade Combat Teams TCM IBCT, US Army Armor School
    Mr Christopher Stone

    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Deputy Maneuver Branch, Fires and Maneuver Integration, US Marine Corps Systems Command
    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Mr Edwin Davis

    Director Maneuver Battle Lab, US Army Armor School
    Mr Edwin Davis

    Mr Stephen M. Moody

    Director, Combat Feeding Directorate , US Army Futures Command
    Mr Stephen M. Moody

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