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SMi Group is proud to host the 8th annual Future Soldier Technology conference, returning to London on the 8th - 9th of March 2022, and with our enormously popular Dismounted Situational Awareness Focus Day taking place on the 7th March 2022.

Building on the enormous success of SMi’s previous seven annual meetings, Future Soldier Technology 2022 will be an excellent international gathering of senior officers and programme managers who are seeking to enhance their programmes. Additionally, this forum offers an excellent platform for programme managers within the military to interface with senior experts from within the defence industry.

As the only dedicated future soldier focussed conference, we endeavour to deliver genuine insight and learning through the expertly selected participants who run our discussions and panels, ensuring the latest developments from all parts of the community (industry and military) are covered in great detail.

Future Soldier Technology 2022 will discuss Soldier Modernisation Programmes, and how these projects are driving infantry capabilities into the future and making the dismounted soldier more lethal, protected and ready to fight in the challenging conditions of the modern-day battlefield.

Particular focus will be paid to lessons learnt from major programmes, optics and night vision, ballistic protection, human factors and ergonomics, soldier lethality and soldier system power supply.

3M Svenska AB; 3M Uk Holdings Plc; 3M United Kingdom PLC; Armada International & Asian Military Review; Armasuisse / Federal Office for Defence Procurement; Army Academy; Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre; Army HQ / DE&S / Digital Services; Austrian Army; BAE Systems; Belgian Armed Forces; Blackfriars Associates Ltd; Bren-Tronics Inc; BREN-TRONICS INTERNATIONAL SOLUTIONS; Bren-Tronics, Inc.; British Army; British Army HQ; British Army Land Warfare Centre; Collins Aerospace; Combat Capabilities Development Command – Atlantic (CCDC-ATL)/Army Futures Command (AFC); Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army; Critical Solutions International, CSI; Croft Consultants (South West) Ltd; CSI Solutions Ltd; DALO; DE&S; Defence Equipment & Support; Defence Equipment and Support DE&S; Defence Forces IRL; Defence Science and Technology Agency; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; Dismounted Close Combat (DCC); Domo Tactical Communications (DTC); DSTA; Dstl; DTAQ Europe Office; Egyptian Defence Office; Embassy of Ukraine; ESLAIT; Export Support Team; Finnish Defence Forces; Fischer Connectors; Fraunhofer IOSB; French Air Force; French Army; Fy-Composites; Galvion UK Ltd; German Army; Ghana High Commission; Glenair, Inc; GlobalData; GMRE Inc; Government of Canada; Harris; Harris Electronic Systems; High Commission of India; High Commission of India, London; High Commission of Pakistan, London; HIPPO Multipower; HMEI; Hungarian Defence Forces Command; Hungarian Defence Forces Command (HDFC) ; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Infantry Trials and Development Unit; INVISIO Communications; Jane's Information Group; Kagwerks; Kinected SolutionsLtd; Kirintec Ltd; Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace; L3 Harris; L3 Harris Technologies; L3Harris; Libyan Embassy – Defence attache; MAB6; Marlborough Communications Ltd; Mass; Media Transasia Ltd; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment & Support; MoD of Spain; New Zealand Defence Staff; NP Aerospace Ltd; ODU Scandinavia; Oztek textile; Precision Technic Defence Limited; Presidential Guard / Libyan Army; QinetiQ Ltd; Qioptiq; Quortus; Racal Acoustics Limited; Radetec; RAF UK; Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies; Rheinmetall Canada Inc.; Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH; Rheinmetall Defence UK Ltd; Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH; Roke Manor Research Ltd; Rowden Technologies; Royal Marines; Saab AB; SAAB Technology; Safran Electronics & Defense; Silvus Technologies Inc; Silvus Technologies, Inc; Soteria Defence and Security Limited; Survivability DCC; Swedish Armed Forces; Swiss Armed Forces; Teleplan Globe AS; Thales; Thales LAS France; Thales UK; Theon Sensors S.A,; TNO; Trellisware Technologies Inc ; Turkisih Land Forces Command; UAE GHQ; UK MoD; Ultra; US Army; ViaSat Inc;
 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

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
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9:00 The Challenge of a Data-Driven Digital Ecosystem for the Land Environment to Meet the Demands of Modern Competition in a Multi-Domain Environment

Major General John Collyer

Major General John Collyer, Director Information, British Army

  • LE TacCIS programme: structure and sub-programmes
  • Delivering next generation agile Communication Information Systems (CIS)
  • Collaborating with industry for success
  • What will Le TacCIS deliver for the British Army’s Future Soldier?
  • 9:30 Developing DSA for the British Army

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies, SO1 Soldier Systems, TommyWorks, British Army
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  • Current progress
  • How we are using experimentation to speed up development of an integrated capability
  • Future plans
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Enhancing Situational Awareness for the Dismounted Australian Soldier

    Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte

    Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte, Army Adviser, London, Australian Defence Staff
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  • Overview of Land 125, the Australian Defence Force’s Integrated Soldier System Project
  • Integrating AI into the soldier system to reduce the cognitive load and support rapid decision-making
  • Future plans for utilising AI and technology to increase overall efficiency in the Australian Army
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:00 Transforming Soldier Situational Awareness through the Nett Warrior IVAS Programme

  • Leveraging commercial smart devices, Android Tactical Assault Kit Software (ATAK) software and secure Army tactical radios to provide a dismounted leader Mission Command and Situational Awareness
  • Improving DSA through ground soldier access to real-time data from airborne and land autonomous platforms
  • Increasing lethality and effectiveness in missions due to enhanced information-sharing and navigation
  • Overcoming soldier power generation constraints – a key challenge
  • Lieutenant Colonel Denny Dresch

    Lieutenant Colonel Denny Dresch, PdM Ground Soldier Systems, PEO Soldier, US Army
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    12:30 Maximising Lethality and Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Through Enhanced Weapon Optics

    Lieutenant Colonel Sébastien Gasnier

    Lieutenant Colonel Sébastien Gasnier, Branch Deputy, Infantry Doctrinal and Advanced Studies Department, French Armed Forces Infantry School
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  • General update on the FELIN infantry combat system
  • Deploying image-intensifying and thermal imaging sights to support infantry situational awareness
  • Connecting weapon sights and communication systems to send real-time data to C2 centres
  • Moving from FELIN to Scorpion
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Increasing DSA for the Israeli Soldier to Optimise Performance and Overcome Disadvantages

    Major Yoav Galster

    Major Yoav Galster, PM Infantry & Commando, Israeli Ministry of Defence
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  • Overview of the disadvantages facing the modern solider and team
  • Intuitive solutions: improving DSA to overcome these disadvantages
  • Deploying UAVs, UGVs and AI to enhance DSA and optimise performance
  • 14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:00 Development of Portuguese Dismounted Soldier Systems to Enhance Situational Awareness

    Major Pedro Miguel Martins Grifo

    Major Pedro Miguel Martins Grifo, Staff Officer (Area Coordinator – C4I, ISTAR and EW) at Capability Branch, Portuguese Army*

  • Requirements for the procurement of new dismounted C4I, weapons and sensor technologies
  • Working with industry to deliver enhanced soldier sensors and future battlespace management systems
  • Challenges facing ISTAR and situational awareness and overcoming through new conceptual processes
  • The development of the new-generation Portuguese soldier and maximising interoperability
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Developing Future Capabilities to Enhance Situational Awareness for the Dismounted Estonian Soldier

    Major Ivo Peets

    Major Ivo Peets, Senior Staff Officer, Project Manager for Future Capabilities Design, Estonian Defence Forces
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  • Enhancing situational awareness of light infantry with emerging technologies
  • The importance of effective DSA capabilities in providing troops with information to allow them to quickly and accurately make decisions to complete the mission
  • Future goals and challenges of the EDF in the field of DSA
  • 16:30 Research and Development into Networked, Mobile Dismounted Soldier Systems for the Norwegian Armed Forces

    Mr Johan M. Solli

    Mr Johan M. Solli, Product Manager Dismounted Soldier Solution, ICT-Division, Operative Services, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency

  • Experience and considerations with mounted and dismounted networked soldier systems with regard to soldier equipment, communications, endurance and power, cold and warm climate, EMC, BMS, administration, and vehicle, sensor and system integration
  • Research and experimentation with 3D audio, Indoor positioning, and IoT
  • Discussing the evolution and roadmap for Norwegian Soldier C4I
  • 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
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    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
    View Bio

    9:30 Optimising Soldier Modernisation Through the Work of the Infantry Trials and Development Unit

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), British Army
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  • Updates on the work of the ITDU and its involvement in the ‘Future Soldier’ initiative
  • Outcomes of the Army Warfighting Experiment 21 and the focus on collective training
  • Arming robotic systems and integrating these into the combat network to support the dismounted soldier
  • 10:00 TommyWorks Initiative: Enhancing the Soldier System in the Information Age

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies, SO1 Soldier Systems, TommyWorks, British Army
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  • What is Tommyworks?
  • What are the core problems with current soldier systems?
  • Overview of the interoperability challenges faced when working with new equipment
  • Working closely with industry to solve these challenges
  • 10:30 Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor, Glenair

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Glenair

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Acquiring Dismounted Infantry Technology in Support of Dismounted Soldier Operations

    Mr Nick Taylor

    Mr Nick Taylor, 1* Team Lead, Soldier, Training and Special Projects (STSP), DE&S, UK MOD
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  • Driving acquisition in 5 main areas: Lethality, Survivability, Mobility, Sustainability, and C4I
  • Maximising the efficiency of increasingly complex and power-intensive solider systems
  • Expanding soldier protection through developments in body armour and ballistic protection
  • The challenges and requirements of working with industry
  • 12:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor, L3Harris

    Mr Ian Blower

    Mr Ian Blower, Business Development Director - Europe, L3Harris
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    12:30 Optimising Soldier Manoeuvre Capability Through the Canadian ISSP

  • Increasing the efficiency of communication devices to enhance situational awareness
  • Maximising manoeuvre capability with reliable navigation systems
  • Overcoming the challenges of integrating technological developments to create a homogenous ISSP
  • Major Philippe Rhéaume

    Major Philippe Rhéaume, Soldier System Project Director, Directorate Land Requirement, Canadian Armed Forces
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    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 STRONG Programme: Enhancing Dutch Dismounted Soldier Capabilities

    Colonel Jan H. Vonk

    Colonel Jan H. Vonk, Program leader STRONG, Defence Material Organisation, Dutch MOD
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  • Providing advanced ballistic protection whilst maintaining comfort, mobility and functionality
  • Developing next-generation communication systems for the dismounted soldier
  • Feedback from the first operational unit issued with the STRONG equipment – what next?
  • 14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:00 Modernising Czech Armed Forces Dismounted Soldier Capabilities

    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    Colonel Zdenek Mikula, Director of Land Forces Development Department, Capabilities Development Division, Czech Armed Forces
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  • 16:10 Afternoon Tea

    16:40 Optimising US Infantry for Future Operations and Warfare

    Colonel (Ret.) Kurt “Travis” Thompson

    Colonel (Ret.) Kurt “Travis” Thompson, Deputy Director, Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
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  • Key modernization technologies for the US Infantry
  • The growth in unmanned systems to aid dismounted operations
  • Lethality: assessing the next generation of soldier weapons
  • How will conflict and warfare evolution change the focus of the US Army
  • US Army Futures Command roadmap for soldier modernization
  • 17:10 Increasing the Lethality of the Dismounted Soldier

    Dr Nicolas  Mueller

    Dr Nicolas Mueller, Head Weapons and Ammunition, Armasuisse / Federal Office for Defence Procurement
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  • Increasing lethality to overcome current and future challenges on the battlefield
  • Overview of weapons and ammunitions project developments in Switzerland
  • Future outlook and plans, including a discussion of the potential applications of unmanned mobile systems
  • 17:40 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
    View Bio

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    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
    View Bio

    9:00 Future Commando Force: Modernising the Royal Marines

    Brigadier Mark Totten

    Brigadier Mark Totten, SRO Commando Forces, Royal Marines
    View Bio

  • A new operating model for Commando Forces
  • Integrating technology for distributed effects
  • Enhancing partnerships to constrain adversaries
  • Working with industry to advance the pace of change
  • 9:30 Preparing the Swedish Soldier for the Contemporary Battlefield

    Lieutenant Colonel Johan Skiöld

    Lieutenant Colonel Johan Skiöld, Deputy Commander, Land Warfare Centre, Swedish Armed Forces
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  • Training combat personnel for future armed ground warfare using simulation software
  • Updates on developments in personal equipment and weapon systems to assist the future soldier
  • Integrating RPAS into dismounted soldier missions to boost effectiveness
  • Future plans to increase the sustainability and mobility of the modern Swedish Soldier
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 US Army Research Efforts to Maximize Human Performance

    Dr Robb Wilcox

    Dr Robb Wilcox, S&T Lead, Human Systems Performance, US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
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  • Key research programs and technologies to improve dismounted Soldier performance
  • Research efforts to measure, predict and enhance Soldier cognitive and physical performance
  • Biotechnology to improve human performance
  • Soldier-systems performance challenges and new tools
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor, Domo Tactical Communications

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)

    12:00 Developing the NATO Future Soldier System

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Major Magnus Hallberg, LCD DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
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  • Updates on the work of the NATO Land Capability Group on Dismounted Soldier Systems
  • Ensuring interoperability to develop and modernise soldier systems throughout NATO nations
  • Analysis of the challenges faced and interaction with industry may help to identify new innovative technologies to solve integration and capability problems
  • A look at the path ahead for the LCG DSS
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 OCCAR: Enhancing Night Vision Capability for Participating Nations

    Mr Geert Vanlinthout

    Mr Geert Vanlinthout, Programme Manager, Night Vision Capability Programme, OCCAR-EA
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  • Overview of OCCAR and their NVC Programme
  • Development, Production and In-Service phases of Night Vision Goggles for participating nations
  • Common procurement: increasing interoperability and decreasing the logistic footprint in operational theatres
  • Collaborating with industry to achieve the best results
  • 14:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    14:30 Dismounted Solider System Finland: Increasing Lethality and Night Vision Capabilities

    Confirmed Senior Representative

    Confirmed Senior Representative, Dismounted Soldier System Programme, Finnish Armed Forces

  • Updates on the Finnish Soldier Modernisation Programme
  • Procuring new light weaponry and night vision equipment for the dismounted soldier
  • Advanced C4I to optimise performance
  • Future challenges and developments in the Finnish operating environment
  • 15:00 Maximising Dismounted Power with Research and Alternative Energy Sources

    Dr Darren Browning

    Dr Darren Browning, Senior Technical Lead - Power Sources, DSTL, UK MoD
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  • Foreseeing and adapting to future power demand caused by additional equipment
  • Managing power distribution: methods to improve efficiency and reduce soldier load
  • Looking at battery-alternative power solutions
  • Leveraging and integrating COTS solutions
  • Ongoing standardisation efforts
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Swiss Special Forces Command Field Test with Exoskeletons

    Major Marco Dâmaso

    Major Marco Dâmaso, System Portfolio Manager Special Units, Swiss Armed Forces
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  • Human Augmentation Full Body Exoskeleton Field Test from 2015
  • Purpose, goals and sequence of the 2021 Exoskeleton Field Test
  • Results with passive and powered exoskeletons
  • Where we want to go in the future
  • 16:30 Improvements in Combat Protective Equipment to Maximise Soldier Survivability

    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Mr Jonathan Russell, Principle Scientist Platform Systems, DSTL, UK MoD
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  • Research and development in protective equipment for the dismounted soldier
  • Providing solider mobility with increased survivability
  • Discussing improvements in soldier survivability systems and looking at the challenges ahead
  • 17:00 Investigating the Impact of Human Factors to Enhance the Future Soldier

    Dr Elizabeth Mezzacappa

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

  • Investigating the human portion of an armaments performance equation to provide analytic proof of performance effectiveness for armaments systems
  • Utilising virtual reality to generate and collect data about tactical behaviour
  • Inventing the Future of Warfare’ and the path ahead for future research and development
  • 17:30 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 Mark Totten

    Brigadier Mark Totten

    SRO Commando Forces, Royal Marines
    Brigadier Matthew Cansdale

    Brigadier Matthew Cansdale

    Head of Future Force Development, Britsh Army
    Colonel (Ret.) Kurt “Travis” Thompson

    Colonel (Ret.) Kurt “Travis” Thompson

    Deputy Director, Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Dr Robb Wilcox

    Dr Robb Wilcox

    S&T Lead, Human Systems Performance, US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Denny Dresch

    Lieutenant Colonel Denny Dresch

    PdM Ground Soldier Systems, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    SO1 Soldier Systems, TommyWorks, British Army
    Major General John Collyer

    Major General John Collyer

    Director Information, British Army
    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    LCD DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
    Mr Nick Taylor

    Mr Nick Taylor

    1* Team Lead, Soldier, Training and Special Projects (STSP), DE&S, UK MOD

    Brigadier Mark Totten

    SRO Commando Forces, Royal Marines
    Brigadier Mark Totten

    Brigadier Mark Totten joined the Royal Marines in 1998 and passed for duty in September 1999. His early career was dominated by Regimental duty - at 40 Commando Royal Marines, the United Kingdom Landing Force Support Group (now 30 Commando IX Group) and at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM). During this period, he saw operational service in Norther Ireland and Iraq, and had the privilege of training new-entry Royal Marines.

    Following promotion to Major, he returned to CTCRM as the Adjutant, before re-joining 40 Commando as Officer Commanding B Company. In this role he deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan, as part of the NATO Security and Assistance Force and was awarded an MBE for his contribution – recognition that rested on the efforts of the entire Company.

    Progressing to Lt Col in 2012, he spent a year as the lead planner within the UK’s 2* Amphibious Headquarters. From there, he returned to 3 Commando Brigade - first as the Chief of Staff within the Brigade Headquarters and then as Commanding Officer of 42 Commando Royal Marines. For his service to the Commando Brigade in these appointments he was promoted to OBE.

    As a Colonel, he was Chief of Staff to both the EU Naval Force ATALANTA, running counter piracy operations in the Horn of Africa, and to Commander UK Strike Force, the UK's 2* Maritime Component Command. After leading the team that developed the Future Commando Force concept for the Integrated Review of 2021, he was promoted to Brigadier and is now the Senior Responsible Owner for Commando Force Development within Navy Command.

    Brigadier Totten’s undergraduate degree is in modern languages and he has a MA in Defence Studies from King’s College London. He is a graduate of the Higher Command and Staff Course at the UK Defence Academy.

    Brigadier Matthew Cansdale

    Head of Future Force Development, Britsh Army
    Brigadier Matthew Cansdale

    Brig Cansdale commissioned into The Parachute Regiment in 1998. His time at Regimental Duty in 2 and 3 PARA was interspersed with operational commitments, deploying to Northern Ireland in 1998 and 2004, Sierra Leone in 2002, to Iraq for the invasion in 2003, and four times to Afghanistan in 2002, 2008, 2010/11 and 2014/15. He was Mentioned in Despatches following command of A Company 3 PARA in Southern Afghanistan in 2008 and made an MBE following command of the Brigade Reconnaissance Force in Helmand Province in 2010/11. He served as Commanding Officer 3 PARA 2015-16.

    At Staff, Brig Cansdale served in the Defence Equipment and Support organization and as SO2 Leadership at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he was responsible for writing the British Army’s first leadership doctrine. Following Command, he served as Military Assistant to Commander Field Army. After service as Assistant Head Equipment Plans and a brief stint in Ground Manoeuvre he moved, in 2020, to be Head Future Force Development.

    Married to Becks and with four young children Brig Cansdale still occasionally plays, but now mostly coaches, a range of ball sports.

    Colonel (Ret.) Kurt “Travis” Thompson

    Deputy Director, Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    Colonel (Ret.) Kurt “Travis” Thompson

    Retired Colonel Travis Thompson serves as the Deputy Director of the Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served in the U.S. Army from 1994 until 2020.
    Mr. Thompson commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1994 following graduation from the United States Military Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Management.
    His assignments included a wide array of jobs within the Close Combat Force, including the 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Infantry Division, 1st Armored Division, and the 101st Airborne Division, with a mix of airborne, air assault, and mechanized infantry formations. He also served in various assignments within FORSCOM, TRADOC, and Army Futures Command. He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Mr. Thompson earned a master’s degree in Operations Research and a professional degree in Industrial Engineering from the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in New York City. Following graduate school, he served as an instructor and assistant professor in the Systems Engineering Department at the United States Military Academy from 2004-2006.
    Mr. Thompson was one of the original members of the Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team, serving as the Chief of Staff from October 2017 until his retirement in March of 2020. He previously served as the Director of Soldier Requirements Division and TRADOC Capabilities Manager Soldier (TCM-Soldier) within Maneuver Capabilities Development and Integration Division (MCDID) from 2015-2019. He has served as the Deputy Director of the SL CFT since April 2020.
    Mr. Thompson and his wife Christine have one daughter Ashley.

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel (Ret'd) 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 Jan H. Vonk

    Program leader STRONG, Defence Material Organisation, Dutch MOD
    Colonel Jan H. Vonk

    Colonel Jan H. Vonk graduated from the Academy in 1988. He started his career in operational positions varying from platoon to brigade level. He also served in Slovakia setting up the NATO/PfP Junior Staff Officers Course.
    In 2009 he finished the General Staff Officers Course in Hamburg followed by an assignment in 1 German Netherlands Corps. After this he reorganized 1 NLD CIMIC battalion into 1 NLD CMI Command as the CO. After this he served in 43 Bde HQ, Army HQ and the Land Warfare Centre. He has conducted 4 operational tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan.
    Colonel Vonk is program leader STRONG since 2019.

    Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte

    Army Adviser, London, Australian Defence Staff
    Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte

    Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte was appointed as the Army Adviser, London at Australia’s High Commission in London in 2020.

    He has seen operational service in East Timor (1999), Iraq (2006 & 2019), Afghanistan (2007/2008) and Fiji (2016). Colonel Bassingthwaighte is a graduate of the Royal Military College and the US Army Command and General Staff College and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in the 2009 Australia Day Honours List for his service as Officer Commanding, Combat Team SPEAR, RTF-3 on OP SLIPPER in Afghanistan.

    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    Director of Land Forces Development Department, Capabilities Development Division, Czech Armed Forces
    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    COL Mikula was born in Trebíc (Czech Republic) the 27th of October 1972. He started studying at the Military High School in Martin (Slovak Republic) in 1987 and graduated in 1991. He continued with his education at the Military University of the Ground Forces in Vyškov (Czech Republic) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1995 and master’s degree in 2000. He attended Defense Management as a postgraduate at the Military University in Brno from 2002 to 2003. COL Mikula graduated US Army War College in 2018 with degree Master of Strategic Studies.

    COL Mikula started his military service in the 1st Artillery Brigade in 1995 where he held the positons of Platoon Leader, Battery Commander, Chief of Division Fire Support Cell, Chief of G2, Battalion Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander. From 2010 to 2014, COL Mikula was assigned to the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade where he performed as Chief of G3/G5 and as the 41st Mechanized Battalion Commander. Since 2014, he has held the position as Chief of the Mechanized & Infantry Department of Capabilities Development and Planning Division (General Staff) and from 2018 was assigned as 7th Mechanized Brigade Deputy Commander.
    COL Mikula has been deployed in foreign operations in 2004 and 2006 KFOR - Kosovo, 2007-2008 NATO Training Mission – Iraq and 2011-2012 ISAF – Afghanistan (OMLT Wardak).
     

    Dr Darren Browning

    Senior Technical Lead - Power Sources, DSTL, UK MoD
    Dr Darren Browning

    Dr Darren Browning works for Dstl as senior technical lead on Power Sources. He manages and performs research into a range of power systems for all three MOD services, but has recently specialised on the dismounted soldier. Darren also leads on a range of international collaborations including chairing the NATO Land Capability Group Power Team of Experts.
    Over the past 25 years he has worked for DRA, QinetiQ and now Dstl on many aspects of energy storage including batteries, fuel cells and energy harvesting for a wide range of military and commercial applications.

    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 Nicolas Mueller

    Head Weapons and Ammunition, Armasuisse / Federal Office for Defence Procurement
    Dr Nicolas  Mueller

    Dr. Nicolas G. Mueller studied chemistry, physics and national security. 6 years research in laser engineering, worked several years as ICRC coordinator/delegate, 1999-2001 in Afghanistan. Worked 2001-2005 as international strategy consultant. Subsequently in Joint Staff as PM Swiss Information Operations Force. 2007-2016 he was the federal crisis management advisor, directed the federal strategic crisis exercises, organized yearly OECD conferences and advised the Swiss Government in crisis early warning and -management. Since 2017 Head Weapons and Ammunition at armasuisse. General staff colonel, former deputy head of operations (G3) of Swiss Land Forces and reconnaissance battalion commander. Adjunct professor at Geneva School of Diplomacy, teaches national crisis management and future of warfare.

    Dr Robb Wilcox

    S&T Lead, Human Systems Performance, US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
    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

    PdM 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 Johan Skiöld

    Deputy Commander, Land Warfare Centre, Swedish Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Johan Skiöld

    Short military background of Lt Col Johan Skiöld

    85-86 Military service Ranger bn
    86-87 Officer academy
    87-90 Instructor Ranger bn (airborne ranger course 89)
    90-91 Officer academy (lt)
    91-92 Arctic ranger bn
    92-93 Plt leader ranger bn
    93-94 Captains course
    94-98 Plt leader ranger
    98-99 Major course
    99-01 Coy commander (air assault)
    01-03 Army HQ staff officer
    03-05 Coy com (air assault)
    05-07 Ranger reg G3/7
    07-09 National def college Lt Col
    09-10 C G3
    10-14 Com Bn (air assault) Afg 11-12.
    14-16 Com Education LWC
    16-17 Plans policy dep HQ
    17-20 OPR Swe army ex.
    20-- DCOM LWC

    Lieutenant Colonel Sébastien Gasnier

    Branch Deputy, Infantry Doctrinal and Advanced Studies Department, French Armed Forces Infantry School
    Lieutenant Colonel Sébastien Gasnier

    LTC GASNIER joined the Infantry in 2001 after his initial course at the academy of Saint-Cyr. Posted in a Airborne Infantry Regiment from 2001 to 2009 as platoon leader to company commander, he has been deployed couple of times in Africa, in Pacific and served also within international commitments in Lebanon, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
    Teacher at the capitains’ course, staff college graduated, LTC GASNIER has been the first exchange officier posted in 1(UK)DIV HQ / YORK from 2015 to 2018.
    Currently based in Draguignan, he is the 2IC of the Infantry Doctrinal And Advanced Studies Department.
    LTC GASNIER is single and a rubgy fan, but exclusively in case of French victory over the British team.

    Major General John Collyer

    Director Information, British Army
    Major General John Collyer

    Major Ivo Peets

    Senior Staff Officer, Project Manager for Future Capabilities Design, Estonian Defence Forces
    Major Ivo Peets

    Education: 

    2006–2009 Estonian National Defence College (ENDC), professional higher education in Military Leadership; 2017-2021 Tallinn University , M.Sc studies in Governmental sciences; since 2021 PhD Doctoral Studies at Tallinn University (Defence planning and management).

    Professional career:

    2009–2011 Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), Kuperjanov Battalion, Platoon Commander; 2011–2013 Scouts Battalion, Platoon Commander (deployment to Afghanistan); 2013–2015 Kalev Battalion, Company Commander, 2015-2018 Battalion Staff Chief of Operations; 2018 - 2021 Estonian Defence Forces Headquartes, Analysis and Planning Department Senior Staff Officer; since 2020 Lead of Estonian Defence Forces Force Capability Development Project.

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    LCD DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Infantry officer, the career consists of a mix of different positions within infantry and Mechanized battalions.
    Graduated from Staff collage 2002 and completed Battalion Commander Course 2003, since 2004 at Land Warfare Centre development department.
    Test and trial manager on Swedish soldier modernization, PM/ReqM on Combat clothing and PPE.
    A member of LCG DSS since 2004, Deputy Chairman 2012-18, Chairman 2019---
    Involved in the NORDEFCO project on Nordic Combat Uniform as leader of the User Working Group.

    Major Marco Dâmaso

    System Portfolio Manager Special Units, Swiss Armed Forces
    Major Marco Dâmaso

    Major Marco Dâmaso is an active duty officer in the Swiss Armed Forces since 1989 and currently works as a system portfolio manager for special units at the Swiss Armed Forces Planning Division. Furthermore, Marco is responsible for the development and implementation of the future soldier technologies as well as the soldier augmentation within the Swiss Armed Forces. After attending the Military Academy Marco served as an instructor in the Motorized Infantry School and in the Infantry Training Centre. Afterwards he worked for the “Army 21 reform program” to create and build up the Swiss Special Forces Command, where he was the head of training and R&D for the command for 14 years. During this time Marco initiated and conducted a field-test with a powered leg exoskeleton.

    Major Philippe Rhéaume

    Soldier System Project Director, Directorate Land Requirement, Canadian Armed Forces
    Major Philippe Rhéaume

    Major Philippe Rhéaume joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1996 as an infantry Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a master’s degree in applied sciences. Member of the Royal 22e Régiment, he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and twice to Afghanistan. Appointed for the first time to the Directorate Land requirements (DLR), he was Project Director (PD) of the Small Arm Modernization Program. Following an assignment to JFC Naples, he returned to DLR as PD of the Night Vision System Modernization (NVSM) and the Integrated Soldier System Program (ISSP).

    Major Yoav Galster

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

    Education
    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 Geert Vanlinthout

    Programme Manager, Night Vision Capability Programme, OCCAR-EA
    Mr Geert Vanlinthout

    Geert Vanlinthout, born 1964, lives in Leuven and Bonn.
    In 1987, he joined the Infantry Regiment Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn after completing his education at the Belgian Royal Military Academy. Throughout his military career, he has executed different functions in the unit, schools and headquarters: including company commander, staff officer at a German Division and NATO Headquarters Heidelberg, battalion commander, G3 at the Belgian Land Component Command Headquarters. He was deployed five times overseas: UNPROFOR, ISAF (3x), UNIFIL.
    In June 2015, he joined OCCAR-EA as Head of Corporate Support Division. Since May 2020, he leads OCCAR’s Night Vision Capability Programme.

    Mr Ian Blower

    Business Development Director - Europe, L3Harris
    Mr Ian Blower

    Ian Blower is European Modernisation Director for the Communications Systems Segment of L3Harris Technologies.
    L3Harris Communications Systems covers a broad portfolio, including tactical and airborne radios, night vision technology, and defence and public safety networks.
    He is responsible for the solution design, technology and capture of large modernisation programmes across Europe. He works with customers to understand their needs, assists with overall programme and system design, then leads the Company’s efforts to fulfill those requirements. He reports into Vice President Europe & Canada.

    He served in the British Army for 27 years, completing operational tours in Europe and the Middle East. Latterly, he specialised in Defence Procurement working on vehicle programmes, simulation and training systems and CIS from the strategic to tactical levels.
    He was awarded an MBE for his work in Combat Identification and antifratricide technology. On leaving the Army he worked in cyber, crypto and tactical CIS before joining L3Harris in 2017.
    He is a Chartered Engineer and member of the member of Institution of  Engineering and Technology. Ian has a BSc degree in Information Technology and an MSc in Defence Simulation and Modelling from Cranfield University. He also has an MA in Defence Studies – King’s College London and attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course at the UK’s Defence Academy

    Mr Johan M. Solli

    Product Manager Dismounted Soldier Solution, ICT-Division, Operative Services, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency
    Mr Johan M. Solli

    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Principle Scientist Platform Systems, DSTL, UK MoD
    Mr Jonathan Russell

    Jonathan is a Senior Principal Scientist within the Physical Sciences Group at Dstl, Porton Down, UK. He is technical lead for the Land Systems Programme Dismounted Protection Project, and Dstl’s Project Technical Authority for the Dismounted Solder Systems project.
    He is an active member of the NATO Land Capability Group Dismounted Soldier System (LCGDSS) Combat Clothing Individual Equipment and Protection (CCIEP) group, member of the STANAG 2920 Team of Experts, chair of the Head Borne Systems Team of Experts, and chair of STANAG 2902 Test and Evaluation Criteria for Combat Helmets.
    He is a subject matter expert in physical protection having joined Dstl in 2005, developing and analysing vulnerability and lethality concepts for UK land vehicles. He has spent the last 11 years working in the dismounted protection domain, researching, developing and supporting UK MOD procurement programmes, and technical lead for INVICTUS – the technical programme board for VIRTUS. Jonathan is also the Project Technical Authority for the Dismounted Soldier Systems Project, delivering an articulation of future dismounted soldier system capability that will enhance Ground Manoeuvre operational effectiveness. Focusing on the integration of technology from the broader S&T portfolio: lethality, protection, mobility, C4ISR and sustainability domains.
     

    Mr Nick Taylor

    1* Team Lead, Soldier, Training and Special Projects (STSP), DE&S, UK MOD
    Mr Nick Taylor

    Nick was appointed as the Head of Soldier, Training and Special Projects in the UK MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation in April 2018

    Nick has had a diverse career within the MoD since joining them in 1992. From December 2008, he was the Head of the Land and Joint Training and Simulation Systems Programme (JBTSE) in DE&S, responsible for the procurement and support of the British Army’s collective training systems as well as armoured vehicle gunnery and crew training systems. In August 2013, he was promoted to the Senior Civil Service in the Army Recruiting and Training Division as the Director Programmes, responsible for all major projects. In 2016, He moved assignments back to DE&S as the Head of Function for Project Management, initially in the Air Domain, but latterly for the whole of DE&S.

    As well as being a graduate of the UK Government’s Major Project Leadership Academy, Nick is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Chartered Project Professional with the Association for Project Management with 29 years’ experience of Project and Programme Management with the UK MoD.

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    Bren Tronics

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    Bren-Tronics, Inc. (BTI) is a technology-based Power Systems company with over 45 years of experience in the design, development and manufacture of primary and rechargeable batteries, along with associated chargers and complete power systems. From design to production, BTI maintains complete in-house capabilities to develop fully integrated systems supporting US and Worldwide Military and Commercial markets.

    BTI has traditionally supported the dismounted soldier by providing the highest portable power and energy available in the smallest, lightest packages, whilst always maintaining the highest level of safety standards. Through the evolution of rechargeable battery systems, initially with Nickle Cadmium, through Nickle Metal Hydride to the current forefront of technology, Lithium Ion, BTI have consistently provided the warfighter with the best technology available.With reliability at the forefront of user’s requirements, BTI pride themselves with an outstanding field-proven record of dependability. In addition, BTI was the first battery manufacturer of rechargeable batteries to provide a visual state of charge indicator to further enhance the confidence of the user.

    Specific to the arena of the Future Soldier ideology, in 2004 BTI were the first to provide a battery specifically designed to be used as a centralised power source for the dismounted soldier. The SMP battery range from Bren-Tronics is unique in so much that the battery is designed around the most energy efficient Li Ion cell available. Consequently, the energy density (run time per weight and size) is the highest currently achievable.

    The SMP battery is currently in use by the German IDZ programme and recently the same battery has now been selected as the battery of choice for the Benelux “VOSS” Future Soldier programme.



    DTC

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    Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) is the 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, 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 that 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 challengingreal-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,



    L3Harris

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    L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue, 48,000 employees and customers in more than 100 countries. L3Harris is accelerating innovation and providing affordable solutions to fast forward to tomorrow. Learn more at www.L3Harris.com



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    Silvus Technologies develops advanced MIMO technologies that are reshaping broadband wireless connectivity for mission critical applications. Backed by an unmatched team of PhD scientists and design engineers, its technologies provide enhanced wireless data throughput, interference mitigation, improved range, mobility, and robustness to address the growing needs of its government and commercial customers. Silvus has demonstrated an aggressive product development cycle, with a focus on continually improving the size, weight, power, and cost–while simultaneously introducing next-generation features and capabilities. Silvus’ StreamCaster family of MIMO enabled mesh radio products are designed to address the growing demand for distributing video, voice and high-speed data in harsh tactical environments. StreamCaster radios, featuring MN-MIMO, join together to form a robust, self-healing, self-forming fluid mesh network to provide high-speed, reliable wireless video and data connectivity. Today, Silvus continues to innovate, with an ever-growing line up of R&D contracts, COTS products, and happy customers. The experience gained through our early research efforts made possible the StreamCaster radios, and new concepts currently incubating in our R&D labs will pave the way for tomorrow’s product breakthroughs


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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

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    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.

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