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SMi Is proud to present the 2nd Annual Future Soldier Technology USA conference on the 8th & 9th June 2021 taking place as a Virtual Conference, with online access only. All times reflect US Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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, US Army Armor School, PEO 3C3T, USMC Systems Command, CCDC, Canadian DND 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

Past attendees have included: 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

All timings are in Eastern Daylight Time (BST-5)

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

9:00 Integrating Soldier Technology to Provide Scalable Adaptive Solutions

Major General Anthony Potts

Major General Anthony Potts, Program Executive Officer, 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

9:30 Maximizing Soldier Situational Awareness and Performance Through New Technology Acquisition

Colonel Troy Denomy

Colonel Troy Denomy, PM IVAS, PEO Soldier, US Army

• Integrating Soldier Systems For the US Army: reducing complexity and delivering performance
• Optimizing tactical networks through platform integration
• Squad integration: adopting new technology to ensure combat overmatch
• Powering for the future: analyzing how soldier power R&D will enable future technology
• IVAS developments and next steps
 

10:00 Modernizing the Soldier through Technology: An Industry Perspective

Jerry Hathaway

Jerry Hathaway, Senior Vice President / General Manager, Electro-Optical Infrared Systems, Leonardo DRS

• Getting advanced technologies in the soldiers hands sooner for evaluations
• Align acquisition cycles schedules to allow for advanced technology evaluation and when successful have acquisition plan that supports this advancement (modernization)
• Don’t be afraid to fail! Plan for spiral development on new technologies and learning across all stakeholders (Govt, Industry, and Soldier)
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Narrowing Capability Gaps to Ensure Long-Term Future Soldier Operability

Mr Travis Thompson

Mr Travis Thompson, Deputy Director, Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team, US 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.

11:30 Maximising Soldier Lethality for Next Generation Combat Operations

Colonel Scott J. Madore

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

• PM priorities - Pursuit of Soldier Lethality capabilities
• Enhancing individual and crew served weapons for lethality overmatch
• Soldier Lethality systems and capabilities of the future
 

12:00 Building to Future Army Requirements Today

Sal Ceravolo

Sal Ceravolo, Strategic Planning & Research Manager, Redcom Laboratories, Inc

• Making communications systems that are faster, lighter, and more interoperable
• Improving ease of use at the tactical edge
• Building a bridge to future Army requirements such as CMOSS, wireless, and SDR
 

12:30 Defining the Future of Soldier Operational Capability for Multi-Domain Integrated Operations

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kennedy

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

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Exploiting Personal Devices for Enhanced Soldier C4I Capabilities

Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris, PdM Ground Soldier Systems, Close Combat Squad/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
 

14:30 Next Generation MANET Mesh technology for Dismounted Soldier Communications

Rob Garth

Rob Garth, Product Director, Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)

• Key characteristics of MANET Mesh Networks
o Mesh Routing
o Waveforms
o Channel Access Mechanisms
• Comparison with other communications architectures
• Evolution of MANET Technology – MeshUltra and MeshUltra-X
• Software Defined Radio solutions for MANET Networks
 

15:00 Industry Panel Discussion: Optimizing Soldier Operations Through Enhanced System Integration

• Evaluating the latest trends in soldier system and equipment design: an industry perspective
• Creating networks and architectures that allow interoperability between different soldier technologies
• Working with program managers to gain feedback from test and evaluation
• Balancing weight and power requirements
• Building in usability: human factors for the next generation soldier
 

Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

Rob Garth

Rob Garth, Product Director, Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)

Sal Ceravolo

Sal Ceravolo, Strategic Planning & Research Manager, Redcom Laboratories, Inc

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Canada's Cyclical Approach To Developing The Integrated Soldier System

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Percy

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

• Enabling technological advances to be leveraged throughout product lifecycle
• Digitizing and modernizing 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
 

16:30 The Need For Strategic Investment By The DoD In AI For Maneuver To Ensure We Are Resourcing Capabilities To Increase The Lethality And Survivability Of Maneuver Formations

Colonel (Rtd) John Cochran

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

• The latest AI innovation for the warfighter
• How AI can increase lethality
• Optimizing survivability through AI
 

17:00 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

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

9:00 Enhancing Soldier Lethality and Survivability through Marine Corps Equipment Modernization and Development

Brigadier General Arthur Pasagian

Brigadier General Arthur 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
• The future vision for Marine Expeditionary Forces to succeed in multi-domain operations
 

9:30 Promoting Collaboration and Standards For Soldier Systems: A NATO LCG DSS Update

Major Magnus Halberg

Major Magnus Halberg, PM Soldier Equipment, Development, Swedish Armed Forces

• Current initiatives and priorities for NATO LCG DSS
• STANAGS: the latest on cooperation across the group
• Future plans and focus
 

10:00 Maximizing Combat Effectiveness of Future Soldiers Through Advanced Science & Technology Research

Dr Robb Wilcox

Dr Robb Wilcox, Director, Soldier Performance Optimization Directorate, Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army

• How CCDC test and evaluate new soldier equipment and technology
• Working with industrial partners through trials to ensure a robust and effective equipment testing phase
• Latest R&D: what will next generation soldier technology look like in 2040?
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Infantry Weapons: Ensuring Optimal Lethality and Combat Effectiveness for Dismounted Marines

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

Roberto Gonzalez

Roberto Gonzalez, Deputy Program Manager , US Marine Corps

David B Tomlinson

David B Tomlinson, Infantry Weapons Officer, US Marine Corps

11:30 Optimising Squad Lethality for Dismounted Marine Corps

Mr Christopher Woodburn

Mr Christopher Woodburn, Deputy Maneuver Branch, Capabilities Development Directorate, Combat Development and 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

12:00 Transforming UK Soldier Capabilities at the Infantry Trials and Development Unit

  • Integrating innovative technology to enhance operational reach
  • Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) and the capability gains
  • An overview of Tommyworks and the path ahead
  • Lieutenant Colonel Neil Locke

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

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

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Ensuring Soldier Combat Sustainability with Enhanced Individual Combat Equipment

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Konicki

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Konicki, Program Manager, Individual Combat Equipment, Ground Combat Element Systems, USMC Systems Command

    • Delivering Combat clothing and survivability for marines
    • Testing new clothing for safer more effective dismounted maneuver
    • Integrating power and comms into marine clothing
     

    14:00 The UK Approach to Soldier Survivability

    Jonathan Russell

    Jonathan Russell, Principal Scientist, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

    • How the UK MoD protect soldier through science, technology, and system design
    • Evaluating the latest soldier equipment for survivability, weight, and ergonomic efficiency
    • Testing and Evaluation of Soldier Protective Clothing and Ballistic Protection
    • Working with NATO partners to deliver STANAGS
    • Human factors
     

    14:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

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    Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel (Rtd) John Cochran

    Colonel (Rtd) John Cochran

    Former Acting Director of the Secretary of Defence Close Combat Lethality Task Force, Department of Defense
    Colonel Scott J. Madore

    Colonel Scott J. Madore

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

    Colonel Troy Denomy

    PM IVAS, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Konicki

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Konicki

    Program Manager, Individual Combat Equipment, Ground Combat Element Systems, USMC Systems Command
    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, Soldier Requirements Division M-CDID, US Army Armor School
    Lieutenant Colonel Neil Locke

    Lieutenant Colonel Neil Locke

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    PdM Ground Soldier Systems, Close Combat Squad/Ground Soldier Systems, US Army
    Major General Anthony Potts

    Major General Anthony Potts

    Program Executive Officer, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Deputy Maneuver Branch, Capabilities Development Directorate, Combat Development and Integration, US Marine Corps Systems Command
    Mr Travis Thompson

    Mr Travis Thompson

    Deputy Director, Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command

    Brigadier General Arthur Pasagian

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

    Colonel (ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

    Colonel (Rtd) John Cochran

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

    Colonel Scott J. Madore

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

    Colonel Troy Denomy

    PM IVAS, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel Troy Denomy

    Courtney Stiles

    Business Development Manager, Redcom Laboratories, Inc
    Courtney Stiles

    David B Tomlinson

    Infantry Weapons Officer, US Marine Corps
    David B Tomlinson

    Dr Robb Wilcox

    Director, Soldier Performance Optimization Directorate, Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army
    Dr Robb Wilcox

    Jerry Hathaway

    Senior Vice President / General Manager, Electro-Optical Infrared Systems, Leonardo DRS
    Jerry Hathaway

    Jonathan Russell

    Principal Scientist, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
    Jonathan Russell

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Konicki

    Program Manager, Individual Combat Equipment, Ground Combat Element Systems, USMC Systems Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Konicki

    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, Soldier Requirements Division M-CDID, US Army Armor School
    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kennedy

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    SO1 Soldier Systems, British Army HQ
    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Percy

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Neil Locke

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    PdM Ground Soldier Systems, Close Combat Squad/Ground Soldier Systems, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Vince Morris

    Major General Anthony Potts

    Program Executive Officer, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Major General Anthony Potts

    Major Magnus Halberg

    PM Soldier Equipment, Development, Swedish Armed Forces
    Major Magnus Halberg

    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Deputy Maneuver Branch, Capabilities Development Directorate, Combat Development and Integration, US Marine Corps Systems Command
    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Mr Travis Thompson

    Deputy Director, Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    Mr Travis Thompson

    Rob Garth

    Product Director, Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)
    Rob Garth

    Roberto Gonzalez

    Deputy Program Manager , US Marine Corps
    Roberto Gonzalez

    Sal Ceravolo

    Strategic Planning & Research Manager, Redcom Laboratories, Inc
    Sal Ceravolo

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    Axon

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    In the Battle of the Narratives with our near peer adversaries, Axon protects life and captures truth. Maintaining security and situational awareness requires equipment that integrates across each mission profile. Less Lethal capabilities like our conducted energy weapons send a message to our partners that we value life. Our technology gives the warfighter more control and more options in real world operations and our body worn cameras capture truth in every engagement. In training and on the battlefield, Axon provides soldiers with smarter technology.


    Domo Tactical Communications

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    http://www.domotactical.com

    Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) is a global leader in Tactical IP Mesh technology (MANET), and COFDM transmissions systems. DTC mission-critical solutions secure, share and communicate real-time video, voice and data to enable Shared Situational Awareness (SSA) on land, on the sea and in the air. DTC has developed leading-edge technologies for successful operations in demanding environments, where COFDM solutions provide longer range and penetration.

    DTC works with military, law enforcement, counter-terror units, governments, autonomous systems manufacturers and system integrators to meet key connectivity and communication challenges. Leveraging a technical heritage stretching back over 50 years and incorporating the unrivalled COFDM waveform experience of the Domo engineering team, DTC has a passion for innovation which keeps us one step ahead in the rapidly changing and increasingly challenging environments in which we perform - whether on the battlefield or the streets of our cities. High-performance communication systems enable our customers to securely monitor, communicate and share information with confidence in complex environments and the most demanding situations.

    The DTC Mesh Ultra waveform provides a seamless self-forming, self-healing MANET capability which can be relied on even in the toughest conditions. DTC SDR based technology provides High Data Rate (HDR) capability for large mesh formations with excellent spectral efficiency whilst also delivering ultra-low latency performance, end-to-end encryption and unrivalled robustness and range in challenging real-world environments. DTC’s portfolio of products also seamlessly interlink to other IP bearers to form integrated communication and data network offering secure, fast and reliable access to data real-time video, audio, location-based information services. The DTC product range offers both OEM and packaged systems with excellent Size, Weight and Power (SWAP) characteristics to suit a wide range of mission requirements.



    REDCOM

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    https://www.redcom.com/

    REDCOM Laboratories, Inc. is a U.S. company that specializes in the development of advanced strategic, operational, and tactical communication solutions with a focus on interoperability, flexibility, and ease of use. REDCOM has a long history of successful deployments at the highest levels of government, in telephone networks around the globe, and in leading Department of Defense (DoD) communications programs for the Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy. REDCOM’s Sigma® software is currently the C2 platform of choice for multiple programs within the U.S. Army.

    REDCOM’s Core Capabilities include:

    • Warfighter C2 solutions for the Tactical Edge • Secure voice communications • Secure conferencing • Interoperability (e.g. radio, TDM, satellite, LTE, and IP) • Continuity of Ops in Denied Environments • Low-SWaP, resilient & scalable hardware and software

    REDCOM’s Key Differentiators:

    • Ruggedness and resiliency in harsh environments • 40+ years of telecom experience • JITC certified: multiple products listed on the DoDIN APL • Ability to customize solutions for government clients • Software valued for its unique efficiency and ease of use • Hardware & software designed & engineered in the U.S.A.


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


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    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.


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    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.


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    MILMAG International is a monthly, online magazine. It covers developments in the defence and space industry, including presentations of new technology solutions as well as analysis of decisions taken by policymakers. Michal Jarocki is the Editor-in-Chief of MILMAG International. He has a year’s long experience in publishing stories and analyses in British, German and Polish press.


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    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.


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


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    The Satellite Evolution Group delivers a portfolio of must-read publications including; Satellite Evolution Asia; Satellite Evolution EMEA; and Satellite Evolution Global. Containing news, analysis, case studies, and renowned Q&As - the magazines are a must-read. In addition to print magazines, the Satellite Evolution Group delivers products across a complete multimedia platform including email, CD, HTML, audio, and video streaming.


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    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


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    Warfare.Today is an online magazine devoted to current military operations and development, technology, defence news and security analysis. We draw on a massive range of sources to deliver holistic reporting across the defence sector, but with a primary bias towards the UK Armed Forces.


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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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