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SMi is proud to present the 7th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference, taking place on the 2nd and 3rd of February 2022.

With rapid technological advances changing the way maritime forces need to utilise and manage ISR capabilities across domains, Maritime and Littoral Reconnaissance and Surveillance systems and platforms have become a critical component of naval capability.

As the only Maritime ISR event with a specific focus on Space-Based Domain Awareness, Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 2022 follows six very successful predecessors. With the previous events taking place in Rome, the event has brought forward a discussion on the growing need for more comprehensive and sophisticated Joint Maritime ISR capabilities in the Mediterranean and beyond, particularly following the Migrant Crisis that still remains.

This year, with the geographical shift comes a subtle strategic one, providing a renewed focus on some of the strategic threats and technological challenges facing naval and joint forces from across the world. The conference retains an increased focus on space based maritime reconnaissance and the relation between the Littoral and Maritime Domains and ISR capabilities that occur here. The aim is to assist the advancement and engagement of Naval practitioners and Programme Managers through briefings, panel sessions and focused discussion groups on topics including Unmanned ISR platforms, Space-based Maritime Reconnaissance, Fleet Air Arm ISR capabilities, Sensors at Sea and more.

Platforms and topics discussed include: Space based ISR, Airborne Platforms & Operations, C4ISTAR, Unmanned Maritime Systems, Hydrographic platforms and many more.. 

  • Keynote briefings from senior officers and military leaders from around the globe
  • unique focus on Unmanned ISR platforms, Space-based Maritime Reconnaissance, Fleet Air Arm ISR capabilities, Sensors at Sea and more
  • Maritime equipment exhibition showcasing the latest technology
  • Informal networking time factored in so you can gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing maritime reconnaissance and surveillance systems today 

5th Department, Secretary of Defence; ADIT’s The Bulletin; AeroVironment; Agency for Defence- Korea; Australian Government; Capella Space; Centre of Maritime Research and Experimentation; CLS; Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence, NATO; Embassy of Ecuador; Embassy of Ukraine in Italy ; EMM; ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications); EUCAP Somalia; Eunavformed Op. Sophia; European Maritime Safety Agency; FLIR Systems Inc; Frontex Unit; General Atomics Aeronautical Systems; Hisdesat Strategic Services, Inc.; IHS Markit; ImageSat International N.V; Inmarsat; IT Navy General Staff; ITAF HQ 3rd Department; Italian Air Force - Maritime Air Inspectorate; Italian Airforce HQ; Italian Hydrographic Institute; Italian Navy; Italian Navy General Staff, 7th Dpt Ship Design & Combat System; Italian Navy HQ; Leonardo; Leonardo Helicopters; Maritime and Coastguard Agency; Maxar; Maxar Technologies; MDA; Ministry of National Defence; Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence; NATO Allied Maritime Command; NATO COE For Operations in Confined & Shallow Waters; NATO STO-CMRE; Ocean 4Future; Orbital Micro Systems Inc; Plans and Maritime Policy Employment of Forces and Maritime Security Department 1st Section – Operations, plans and training; Radley Consulting; Robin Radar Systems BV; Spanish Ministry of Defence; Swedish Defence University; The Royal Navy; U.S. Coast Guard; UAE GHQ; UGAL; United States Coast Guard; United States Navy; ViaSat Communications Inc; Windward; World View Enterprises, Inc;
 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy and Co-Founder and Director, NLA International
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9:15 Utilising Satellite Assets for Maritime Situational Awareness and the Future of Space Based Reconnaissance

Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares y Perez de Acevedo

Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares y Perez de Acevedo, Head of Satellite and Cyber Systems, National Armaments Directorate - Spanish MoD
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  • Overcoming limitations of traditional ISR platforms
  • Spanish satellite capabilities and future requirements for ISR
  • Combining Commercial and Military capabilities for improved data gathering
  • Working towards greater interoperability with NATO and allies
  • 9:45 Promoting Allied Integration and Developing Joint Capabilities to Enhance ISTAR Capabilities

    Commander Shawn Newman

    Commander Shawn Newman, Strategic Communications Staff Officer, CJOS COE
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  • CJOS CoE: Transforming Allied Maritime Potential Into Reality
  • Developing joint and multi-domain ISTAR capabilities through increasing the use of unmanned systems and artificial intelligence to enhance the information edge
  • Evaluating the challenges faced in the future operating environment and how increasing allied integration can assist in overcoming these
  • 10:15 Breakthrough in Persistent Multi-Domain Operations and Airspace Integration

    Mr Christophe Fontaine

    Mr Christophe Fontaine, GA-ASI Europe Regional Director, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc

  • MQ-9B ready to operate in civilian airspace iso military and outside Mod operations,
  • MQ-9B is a perfect Multidomain collection platform enhancing current and future operations,
  • MQ-9B is the perfect supplement of traditional air, sea and Land platform to ensure cost effective persistent collection.
  • 10:45 Morning Coffee

    11:15 Leveraging Space to Delivering Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance

    Mr Mitch Free

    Mr Mitch Free, Sr. Sales Director, JET, Maxar

  • Overview of Maxar’s Crow’s Nest Maritime Monitoring and Security (MMS) solution
  • Enhancing satellite-based maritime monitoring and security capabilities
  • Enabling maritime reconnaissance and surveillance assets to focus on targets that matter
  • 11:45 The Merlin Mk2 and Its Maritime Effectiveness for the Royal Navy

    Commander Chris Jones

    Commander Chris Jones, Commanding Officer 824 Naval Air Squadron, Merlin Helicopter Force, Royal Navy
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  • The Merlin Mk2; It’s capabilities and effectiveness
  • Operating ISR Platforms from the Carrier Strike Force
  • Interoperability of ISR platforms and the future of rotor based reconnaissance platforms within the Royal Navy
  • 12:15 Session Reserved for Sponsor, AeroVironment

    Mr Milton Quiros

    Mr Milton Quiros, Director of Business Development, Aerovironment
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    12:45 Networking Lunch

    13:45 HISDESAT Present and Future Satellite Capabilities for Maritime Domain Awareness

    Mr Miguel Angel Garcia Primo

    Mr Miguel Angel Garcia Primo, CEO, Hisdesat
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  • SAR PAZ satellite performances and experiences in Maritime Domain Awareness.
  • World SAR Constellation: TerraSAR-X & PAZ in Maritime Domain Awareness.
  • PAZ & Satellite AIS (eE) data fusion in Maritime Domain Awareness.
  • HISDESAT Maritime Domain Awareness Services.
  • Future: PAZ 2.
  • 14:15 Royal Navy Aviation: Platforms and Capabilities Within Maritime Reconnaissance

    Commander Colin McGannity

    Commander Colin McGannity, Deputy Air Wing Commander, UK Carrier Strike Group, Royal Navy
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  • Naval Aviation capabilities of the Royal Navy
  • Fixed wing aircraft and rotorcraft of the Royal Navy; P8 Poseidon, Merlin and Wildcat and their efficiency in ISR operations
  • The F-35 Lightning and its ISTAR applications from HMS Queen Elizabeth
  • 14:45 Operationalizing Earth Observation for Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance: MDA’s CHORUS – Next Generation multi-sensor Synthetic Aperture Constellation

  • MDA heritage of RADARSAT program enabling asymmetrical maritime operations and missions globally
  • CHORUS – MDA’s next generation multi-sensor X and C-band synthetic aperture constellation for maritime reconnaissance and surveillance
  • Maritime Insights platform launch – actionable intelligence from multi-sensor layered surveillance and information fusion for maritime domain awareness operations
  • Mr Robert Quinn

    Mr Robert Quinn, Director, Geointelligence, MDA
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    15:15 Space-Based Maritime Awareness

    Mr Guy Thomas

    Mr Guy Thomas, Managing Director, C-SIGMA LLC
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  • Leveraging innovative technologies to enhance maritime awareness
  • The importance of Global Maritime Awareness in a secure world
  • Drivers and goals of future innovations in the fi eld of space-based maritime awareness
  • 15:45 Session Reserved for Windward

    Mr Jonathan Fletcher

    Mr Jonathan Fletcher, Director of Government Sales, Windward
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    Mr John Butscinsky

    Mr John Butscinsky, Intelligence Solution Expert, Windward
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    16:15 Afternoon Tea

    16:45 I+D Space-Based Projects to Enhance Maritime Awareness

    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Ávila

    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Ávila, Satellite and Cyber Systems, PNT Systems, National Armaments Directorate - Spanish MoD
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  •  Permanent Structured Cooperation projects
  • European Defence Industrial Development Programme 2019-2020 projects
  • European Defence Fund calls 2021
  • 17:15 ISR Capabilities and Needs for the Belgian Navy for Effectively Monitoring Belgian Coastal Waters and Neighbouring Seas (Virtual)

    Commander Kurt De Winter

    Commander Kurt De Winter, Commanding Officer Coastal Security and Harbour Protection, Belgian Navy

  • Naval ISR platforms and future direction for the Belgian Navy
  • Upgrading the Belgian C2 system of the Maritime Situation Centre
  • Integrated system for multi-agency operations and disaster reaction capabilities
  • 17:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy and Co-Founder and Director, NLA International
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    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy and Co-Founder and Director, NLA International
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    9:15 Training the Royal Navy to Sense, Understand and Orchestrate Effects at an Enhanced Tempo and Across Domains

    Commodore Andrew Michael Stacey

    Commodore Andrew Michael Stacey, Commander Fleet Operational Sea Training, Royal Navy
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  • Training methodologies to ensure effective use of ISR platforms
  • ISR platforms used for training personnel
  • Trialling of new technologies and practices to improve national naval capabilities
  • 9:45 Autonomous Warfare and Its Use in Enhancing ISR Capabilities Within the Royal Australian Navy (Virtual)

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Commander Paul Hornsby, Navy Lead & Operational Requirements Sponsor, Warfare Innovation (Navy) Branch, Royal Australian Navy
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  • A look at the future trends in Autonomous Warfare and AI
  • Considering the use of autonomy in ISR operations: future use-cases and requirements for achieving operational capability
  • Deploying autonomous systems in Royal Australian Navy ISR missions to maximise capabilities and ensure mission success
  • 9:45 Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Across a Coalition Environments

    Rear Admiral Hans-Jörg Detlefsen

    Rear Admiral Hans-Jörg Detlefsen, Commander Maritime Air NATO (COM MARAIR NATO), NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)
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  • Joint-ISR missions and the interoperability of national systems within NATO blue water operations
  • Expanding data communication across national boundaries
  • The MPA/C-27 J as a reconfigurable platform for ISR and ASW capabilities
  • Integration of unmanned systems and their benefits compared to manned systems in maritime environments
  • 10:45 Morning Coffee

    11:15 Swedish Naval Technologies, AEW&C Systems and the Threat of “Grey Zone” Activities (Virtual)

    Captain (N) Fredrik Palmquist

    Captain (N) Fredrik Palmquist, Commander Naval Staff, Royal Swedish Navy
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  • Evaluating ISR capabilities and new developments
  • Countering “Gray Zone” activities
  • AEW&C systems and the new Saab GlobalEye proposal for improving future ISR capabilities
  • Swedish naval ship procurement direction
  • 11:45 Holistic Maritime ISR – Land, Sea, Air, and Space

    Mr John Beckner

    Mr John Beckner, CEO, Horizon Technologies
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  • Holistic, Multi-Domain Maritime ISR
  • Cooperative and non-Cooperative
  • Strong analytics backbone
  • 12:15 Canadian Space Surveillance Capabilities and Its Application to The Maritime Domain (Virtual)

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson, Director General and Components Commander, Space, Royal Canadian Air Force
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  • RADARSAT Constellation Mission and its capabilities within the maritime domain
  • Polar Epsilon 2 Project and its naval task force support capabilities
  • Surveillance and data for integrated missions and capabilities across the military and government
  • The Defence Enhanced Surveillance from Space Project (DESSP) and its future effects on capability on ISR
  • 12:45 Networking Lunch

    13:45 Modern Technologies in Conducting of the ISR activities in the Baltic Sea

    Commander Piotr Salak

    Commander Piotr Salak, Targeting Support Branch Chief, Intelligence Department, Maritime Component Command, Polish Navy
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  • Providing effective maritime situational awareness in NATOs contested eastern flank
  • Evaluating the platforms used for ISR operations in the Polish Navy
  • The challenges to operating in the Baltic Sea
  • Integrating new systems and collaborating with allies for comprehensive maritime
  • 14:15 Unmanned Maritime Systems Within NATO Operations and The MUS Initiative (Virtual)

    Commander (Ret.) Sean Trevethan

    Commander (Ret.) Sean Trevethan, Director of NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation and Coordination Cell, NATO

  • The Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) and its effects in creating interoperable unmanned maritime vehicles and systems for NATO nations
  • Information sharing, policy and doctrinal development for unmanned systems within NATO operations
  • Industry partners and growth opportunities
  • 14:45 Maturing and Transitioning Technology for Maritime ISR Systems from the Office of Global Naval Research

    Dr Rhett Jefferies

    Dr Rhett Jefferies, Technical Director, Office of Naval Research Global
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  • Assessing the work of the Office of Naval Research Global in Developing New Technologies for Superior Maritime Situational Awareness
  • Innovative sensor technology for greater and more efficient data harvesting
  • Collaborating with international partners for improving joint capabilities
  • 15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 EU Maritime Surveillance for EU Global Maritime Interests

    Ms Helena Ramón Jarraud

    Ms Helena Ramón Jarraud, Senior Project Officer for Maritime Surveillance, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
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  • Maritime Surveillance Services by European Maritime Safety Agency
  • Success stories of EU services in the civil domain
  • The way forward
  • 16:15 Enhancement of Naval ISR Capabilities Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (Virtual)

    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg, Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS, NAVAIR, US Navy
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  • Future Concepts of Operations for using unmanned systems for maritime reconnaissance
  • Unmanned systems being adopted by US Navy Aviation
  • Autonomous verses networked systems and applications of integrated surveillance systems across the US Navy and space-based assets
  • 16:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy and Co-Founder and Director, NLA International
    View Bio

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Director General and Components Commander, Space, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS, NAVAIR, US Navy
    Commander Chris Jones

    Commander Chris Jones

    Commanding Officer 824 Naval Air Squadron, Merlin Helicopter Force, Royal Navy
    Commander Colin McGannity

    Commander Colin McGannity

    Deputy Air Wing Commander, UK Carrier Strike Group, Royal Navy
    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Navy Lead & Operational Requirements Sponsor, Warfare Innovation (Navy) Branch, Royal Australian Navy
    Commodore Andrew Michael Stacey

    Commodore Andrew Michael Stacey

    Commander Fleet Operational Sea Training, Royal Navy
    Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares y Perez de Acevedo

    Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares y Perez de Acevedo

    Head of Satellite and Cyber Systems, National Armaments Directorate - Spanish MoD
    Rear Admiral Hans-Jörg Detlefsen

    Rear Admiral Hans-Jörg Detlefsen

    Commander Maritime Air NATO (COM MARAIR NATO), NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)

    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Director General and Components Commander, Space, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Brigadier General Mike Adamson

    Brigadier-General G. Michael (Mike) Adamson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1993 after completing his BA in Political Science & Int’l Affairs from Carleton University [Ottawa, ON].

    Receiving his Wings in 1995, he has over 3,000 hours as a CP-140 Aurora Air Combat Systems Officer, conducting operations domestically and deployed around the globe.

    BGen Adamson has been honoured to Command 405 Long-Range Patrol Squadron (2012-2014), and 14 Wing Greenwood (2017-2019). He has served in numerous HQ staff roles, notably as a Career Manager, Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, and Director of C4ISR within Chief of Force Development.

    BGen Adamson is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program (2008) and the National Security Program (2020) and has a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

    BGen Adamson was promoted to his current rank in 2020, and appointed as Director General Space, and the Joint Force Space Component Commander.

    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS, NAVAIR, US Navy
    Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

    CAPT Eric Soderberg is a Massachusetts native and a 1990 graduate of Lehigh university. In 1992, he earned his commission as a distinguished naval graduate of the aviation officer candidate school.
    CAPT Soderberg's first assignment was to helicopter anti-submarine squadron Eleven (HS-11) completing Mediterranean and Arabian gulf deployments aboard USS America and USS George Washington.
    In 1998, CAPT Soderberg entered USN Test pilot school, graduating in 1999. He subsequently served as a safety officer, test pilot and SH-60F/H platform coordinator at the rotary wing aircraft test squadron. While there, he worked extensively on the MH60S test and deployment program, beginning with the initial flight of the first airframe through acceptance into operational evaluation.
    Upon completing his test pilot tour, CAPT Soderberg became an instructor at the fleet replacement training squadron HC-3. In 2003, CAPT Soderberg became a department head with HS-8 where he served as the safety, operations and maintenance officer. During the 2005 around the world deployment on USS Carl Vinson, he was forward deployed to Camp Arifjan Kuwait, where in support of OIF he compiled nearly 100 hours of combat flight time operating in Iraq, completing several classified missions under enemy fire. During this same deployment, he earned his CDO underway qualification.
    He also completed an IA tour to the joint personnel recovery centre (JRPC) in the CENTCOM CA OC Located in Qatar.
    While stationed in NS Newport, in addition to graduating from the Naval war college in 2008, CAPT Soderberg was an associate fellow with the CNO's strategic studies group XXVI.
    Capt. Soderberg served as the Commanding officer of HSC-8, the first CVW MH-60S squadron to deploy under the Navy's Helo Master Plan. During his Naval careers, he amassed over 4000 flight hours in 22 different fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
    Capt. Soderberg has been assigned to NAVAIR since 2011, first as the MH-60S class desk followed by the MH-60S IPT lead and then as the military director of NAVAIR's cyber warfare detachment. CAPT Soderberg is currently assigned as the Program manager for PMA-266.

    Captain (N) Fredrik Palmquist

    Commander Naval Staff, Royal Swedish Navy
    Captain (N) Fredrik Palmquist

    Fredrik Palmquist is a Surface Warfare officer and has worked in several positions in the Missile boat- and the Corvette squadrons in Stockholm. He graduated from the Swedish Naval Academy in 1988 and took positions as PWO AAW and ASW and was the Commanding Officer of HMS Starkodder 1998-2000 and the Commanding Officer of the 41th Corvette squadron 2008-2010. He has also been deployed in UNIFIL MAROPS in Lebanon in 2006-2007 as Head of N5 in the German CTF staff during one year.


    He graduated from Command Collage in Stockholm in 2002 and held thereafter different positions in the Defense Staff. He was DCOS in the Defense Staff from 2012 and he was promoted to Captain (N) 2014 and took the same year the position as DCOM Naval Department at the Training and Procurement Staff until 2017 when he became COM 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla. From 2019 is Fredrik Palmquist Director of the Swedish Naval Staff.


    Fredrik Palmquist is a fellow and a member of the board of the Royal Swedish Society of Naval Sciences and is published several times with pieces about sub surface and surface warfare. He is the former President of the Rotary Club of Djursholm, former Chairman of the trust Drotting Victorias Örlogshem and has been the chairman of the Naval Club of Stockholm. He is also the vice Chairman of the town council in his hometown Danderyd.


    Golf and sailing are his main interests besides taking care of old fashion wooden boats.

    Commander (Ret.) Sean Trevethan

    Director of NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation and Coordination Cell, NATO
    Commander (Ret.) Sean Trevethan

    Commander Chris Jones

    Commanding Officer 824 Naval Air Squadron, Merlin Helicopter Force, Royal Navy
    Commander Chris Jones

    Commander Chris Jones joined the Royal Navy in 2005 aged 18 and trained as a Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control Observer (NFO). Operational flying experience includes multiple tours in Op HERRICK (Afghanistan) and Op UNIFED PROTECTOR (Libya), alongside a number of maritime exercises. Chris became an Observer Instructor before staff tours in PJHQ and NCHQ, flight Command (which saw further operational Service in the Arabian Gulf), selection as Senior Observer and now Sqn Command. He has most recently supported the Crowsnest Programme during initial fielding and Operational deployment.

    Commander Colin McGannity

    Deputy Air Wing Commander, UK Carrier Strike Group, Royal Navy
    Commander Colin McGannity

    Colin McGannity was commissioned in 1998 and trained as an Airborne Early Warning Observer flying the Sea King Mks 2 & 7, E-2C Hawkeye and the Merlin Mk2. A warfare instructor and US Navy Weapons and Tactics Instructor, he Commanded on operations in 2011 embarked in HMS OCEAN off Libya and in 2012/13 in Afghanistan.

    Colin first Commanded 849 NAS (Sea King Mk 7) in 2013-14 before coordinating aviation support to the DfID Ebola mission in Freetown, Sierra Leone. After advanced staff training and promotion, he conducted a staff tour in Finance and Military Capability at MoD Main Building, which included responsibility for UK-US Carrier and Maritime Force Projection Cooperation. As CO 849 again in 2018-20, now in the Merlin helicopter, he shepherded Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) through a capability gap to enable Carrier Strike while protecting the Carrier Strike Groups.

    As the Crowsnest programme was entering Royal Navy service, Colin moved to the UK Carrier Strike Group Staff to be the Deputy Air Wing and Strike Warfare Commander, completing the first operational deployment of the UK Carrier Strike Group to the Far East during the CSG 21 deployment. This included employment of the largest 5th generation Carrier Air Wing with 18 UK and US F-35B plus 14 UK helicopters, and included engagement across a wide range of strategic international partners.

    Colin lives near Falmouth with his wife, Sophie and their young family. He plays the saxophone badly, enjoys many sports in Cornwall and tries to keep up with his children on winter holidays.

    Commander Kurt De Winter

    Commanding Officer Coastal Security and Harbour Protection, Belgian Navy
    Commander Kurt De Winter

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Navy Lead & Operational Requirements Sponsor, Warfare Innovation (Navy) Branch, Royal Australian Navy
    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Paul Hornsby is Navy Lead & Operational Requirements Sponsor for Autonomous Warfare. This includes representing Chief of Navy and Head of Navy Capability on various FVEY and NATO Steering Boards and Working Groups. Since early 2019, this has included being capability sponsor for multiple innovation projects. He regularly lectures internationally and consults to industry, academic and government entities. For these efforts he was recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia. Previously he was responsible for Navy’s Mine Warfare, Diving and Special Operations capability, and was concurrently Navy Lead for the successful Autonomous Warrior program (a series of FVEY operational and industry trials, that are yet to be surpassed US, UK and other allies). Prior to this, Hornsby was responsible for various Littoral Warfare projects, including Capability Sponsor for SEA 1180 (OPVs) and SEA 3036 (GCPB), in addition to drafting Navy’s position on most Army projects.


    His recent operational roles within HQJOC have included responsibility for maritime planning and commitments, including running a number of exercises in SE Asia. Prior to this he served with US Central Command as Branch Chief for US Joint Operations Planning covering US and Coalition maritime operations in the Middle East, in addition to US operations in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. For this he was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal by President Obama. With two US officers, Hornsby co-drafted the US Theatre Campaign Plan for all US operations in the Middle East, and is the only non-US officer to have led an entire Line-Of-Effort planning team, convening multiple US departments and agencies. He was previously the Australian Defence Force’s liaison with US Central Command Forward HQ where he worked with Coalition forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.


    In areas of strategic management Hornsby has previously been the RAN’s Director Navy Governance, Director Navy Business Improvements, Director Navy Improvement Strategies and Deputy CIO of the Navy. Prior to this he was the Operational Test Director for Mine Warfare and Hydrographic projects. At sea he has commanded patrol boats, mine hunters and the submarine rescue ship HMAS Protector. Additionally, he has commanded a number of Advance Force Task Groups as part of some large FVEY exercises. In areas of training he has been both Commanding Officer of the Navy’s Recruit Training School and Head of Faculty for Maritime Warfare Officers Training (previously EXAC).


    Despite a broad Navy career, he is better known outside the RAN for his Chairmanship of the International Federation HS (2004 to 2008) and as President of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (1999 to 2008). With the support of the then CN, among other achievements he established the tripartite MoUs with the IHO and Federation Internationale Geometric, in addition to having his views on maritime exploration and the future of undersea technology published widely. He retired from both positions in 2008 in order to pursue operational opportunities. Since 2013, he has been Chairman of Australia On The Map (AOTM).


    In his early career, he qualified in destroyers and frigates before serving as Diving Officer of HMA Ships Perth and Jervis Bay. Hornsby also served over a year in the US as part of the Commissioning Crew of HMAS Sydney, in addition to serving briefly with the Royal Marines 3rd Raiding Squadron, 10th Ghurkha Rifles and RN Units in SE Asia. He was awarded the Peter Mitchell Prize on graduating 1st in his class from the Royal Australian Naval College and UNSW. He holds degrees in marine geophysics (oil & gas) and history & philosophy of science, in addition to a number of graduate diplomas.

    Commander Piotr Salak

    Targeting Support Branch Chief, Intelligence Department, Maritime Component Command, Polish Navy
    Commander Piotr Salak

    CDR Piotr Salak joined the Polish Navy in 2001. After graduating from the Naval Academy, he was assigned to the 2nd Squadron of Amphibious and Mining Ships. After gaining experience on board naval vessels, he moved ashore to continue his duties as an intelligence analyst at the 6th Electronic Warfare Center. The next step in his career was the Maritime Component Command, where he held staff positions as a targeting specialist in the Planning Division, and then as an intelligence analyst in the Operations Division, where he continues to perform his duties to this day. Among his achievements is implementation and improvement of targeting procedures at the level of the Maritime Component Command. In recent years, CDR Piotr Salak has participated in numerous national and NATO exercises, during which he had the opportunity to exchange experience and prove his skills as an intelligence analyst and targeting support specialist. Privately, CDR Piotr Salak is married and has three children. He is interested in geopolitics, maritime history and building remote controlled models of ships in scale.

    Commander Shawn Newman

    Strategic Communications Staff Officer, CJOS COE
    Commander Shawn Newman

    CDR Newman is a native of Seminole, Florida and is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Auburn University, and Marine Corps University, where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, a master’s degree in Management of Information Systems, and a master’s degree in Military Studies. CDR Newman is also a graduate of the Naval War College and the Naval Postgraduate School certificate programs.
    CDR Newman began serving in 1998 as a Nuclear Electronics Technician. He was later commissioned as a Submarine Officer in 2004 and selected for lateral transfer to his current specialty as an Information Professional in 2015. He has completed both submarine and surface deployments to several areas of responsibility, executing numerous missions vital to national security.
    CDR Newman’s sea tours include a division officer assignment aboard USS MICHIGAN (SSGN 727) where he served in various roles in engineering and weapons departments. He served as the Navigator and
    Operations Officer aboard USS SPRINGFIELD (SSN 761) and as the Submarine Operations Officer on Carrier Strike Group TWELVE aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). He has also served as the
    Information Systems Officer aboard USS BATAAN (LHD 5).
    CDR Newman’s shore assignments include tours as the Nuclear Programs Officer for Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Unit Auburn-Tuskegee Consortium, the Mission Support Branch Manager and
    Cyber Security Inspection Team Officer in Charge at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. TENTH Fleet, Office of Compliance and Assessment, and as the Executive Officer for Naval Computer and
    Telecommunications Station Hampton Roads.
    CDR Newman assumed duties are as the Strategic Communications Staff Officer for the Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence in Norfolk, Virginia in April 2021.
    CDR Newman's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Navy Good Conduct Medal, and various campaign/service/qualification awards. He holds qualifications as a Submarine Warfare Officer, Information Warfare Officer, Information Professional Intermediate Officer, a Battle Watch Captain, LHD Tactical Action Officer, and a Force Tactical Action Officer

    Commodore Andrew Michael Stacey

    Commander Fleet Operational Sea Training, Royal Navy
    Commodore Andrew Michael Stacey

    Educated at Abingdon School and the University of London, Andrew joined the Royal Navy in 1993 as a Seaman Officer. Early appointments included Far East and Gulf
    deployments in the frigates HMS CORNWALL and BRILLIANT, the Dartmouth
    Navigation Training Ship HMS ORWELL and in HMS SHEFFIELD. Qualifying as a Principal Warfare Officer in 1999, he was deployed in HMS KENT in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist
    attacks and was subsequently awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.

    Commands have included the Patrol Ship HMS DUMBARTON CASTLE operating in the South Atlantic, the Mine Hunter HMS CHIDDINGFOLD and the T23 Frigate HMS IRON
    DUKE conducting Disaster Relief and Counter Narcotics operations in the Caribbean and North Atlantic.

    Naval Staff appointments have centred on the Maritime Battle Staff both in Plans and Current Operations (Op TELIC/Op IRAQI FREEDOM) and as Captain of the Joint Training and Exercise Planning Staff (responsible for the JOINT WARRIOR exercise series). In the Ministry of Defence he served as the Naval Staff desk lead for Defence Reform implementation and in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office as the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and additionally, as the Military Assistant to the Political Director.

    Joint Staff roles have included an appointment to the Permanent Joint Headquarters as the Middle East Operations Team Leader (Op SHADER/Op INHERENT RESOLVE). Most recently he served for two years as the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the UK Carrier Strike Group, deploying twice with HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH for F-35B trials and Operational Testing.

    A graduate of the UK Higher Command and Staff Course and the US Combined Force Maritime Component Commander’s Course, he lives in rural Oxfordshire with his wife and two teenage children. Andrew assumed the new position of Commander Fleet Operational Sea Training in March 2020.

    Conrado Avila

    PNT Systems, Spanish Ministry of Defence
    Conrado Avila

    Dr Rhett Jefferies

    Technical Director, Office of Naval Research Global
    Dr Rhett Jefferies

    Dr. Rhett W. Jefferies became Technical Director of the Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) in February 2020. He previously served as Science Director in Santiago Chile for Interdisciplinary Science beginning in July 2018. He leads command technical experts to facilitate international research collaborations in emerging science and technology, seek innovations and revolutionary technology advances and accelerate technology transition to the fleet.

    Dr. Jefferies has 30 years of leadership and management experience, 25 years involved in research and development. Prior to joining ONRG, Dr. Jefferies conducted fundamental and applied research spanning a wide range of technology areas including renewable energy production, propulsion, multi-phase flows, flow control and marine vehicles as an Associate Research Professor at The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory. He was a member of the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Graduate Faculty and served as Principal Investigator (PI), co-PI and test engineer for projects funded by government and industry, often employing advanced instrumentation and optical diagnostic techniques.

    From November 2009 – July 2013 he implemented and managed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program to accelerate technology development in partnership with industry, to reduce fuel burn, emissions and noise of commercial aircraft. Previous to the FAA, Dr. Jefferies served over 20 years in a variety of technical and staff positions in the US Air Force. These included three assignments as program manager in the Air Force Research Laboratory developing technology to improve aircraft, engine and missile performance, and managing basic fluid mechanics research in the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). He was also Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Aeronautics Laboratory in the Aeronautics Department of the US Air Force Academy.

    Dr. Jefferies is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Ávila

    Satellite and Cyber Systems, PNT Systems, National Armaments Directorate - Spanish MoD
    Lieutenant Colonel Conrado Ávila

    Conrado Ávila joined the Spanish Army as an officer of the Engineers Weapon. With twenty six years’ experience, in both of the Spanish Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior, he have achieved significant challenges as the provision of C4ISR capabilities to the Spanish National Coordination Centre of the European Border Surveillance System, and in several projects to obtaining earth observation satellite capabilities for surveillance and intelligence in the fight against organized crime, in collaboration with European agencies as EU SATCEN, FRONTEX, EMSA and ESA.

    Miguel Angel García Primo

    CEO, Hisdesat
    Miguel Angel García Primo

    Mr Christophe Fontaine

    GA-ASI Europe Regional Director, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc
    Mr Christophe Fontaine

    Mr Guy Thomas

    Managing Director, C-SIGMA LLC
    Mr Guy Thomas

    Guy Thomas, inventor of satellite AIS (S-AIS) and author of the C-SIGMA (Collaboration in Space for International Global Maritime Awareness) concept, basis for Implementation Task #1 of the US National Space Policy), did not start off as an inventor. For the first 23 years of his professional life Guy was a special intelligence officer, a true “SPOOK”, operating in the shadow world of highly classified surveillance operations and systems development in the Navy and Air Force. He subsequently spent over 30 years in classified research and development before he became the US’ Science & Technology Advisor for Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) from 2003-2012.

    Guy is one of the very few naval officers to serve in operations of national significance in all three environments, on, over and under the sea, leading intelligence collection operations in cruisers and submarines, spending nearly a year in hostile waters, and in both USN and USAF reconnaissance aircraft with over 2,000 hours in unfriendly airspace.

    He is the Author of “A Silent Warrior steps Out of the Shadows”, his autobiography, which was recently cleared for publication after a 19 month review by six organizations of the Intelligence Community.

    Mr John Beckner

    CEO, Horizon Technologies
    Mr John Beckner

    John Beckner has been active in aerospace, both in and out of government, for more than thirty years. A California native, he worked for various Republican members on the House Foreign Affairs, and Armed Services Committees. He subsequently was Director of Aerospace Business Development for Teledyne Industries Inc. in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium through 1993 when Horizon Technologies was formed as an aerospace consultancy.
    In 2013, Beckner managed the transition of Horizon Technologies into a tech startup company with its ground-breaking FlyingFish™ and BlackFish™ SIGINT systems now sold worldwide. Horizon Technologies is now a Global Leader in Innovative SIGINT and Space-Based Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Intelligence Solutions via our public/private partnership with the UK Government; Amber™. Amber™ is a space-based maritime intelligence data service. Horizon Technologies completed its Series A in 2021 and is discussions with Virgin Orbit about another investment round.

    Mr John Butscinsky

    Intelligence Solution Expert, Windward
    Mr John Butscinsky

    John is Windward's Intelligence Solutions Expert. His focus lies on optimizing Artificial Intelligence technology to detect deceptive shipping practices, security threats and sanction evasion. He is assisting Windward to implement intelligence systems into governmental agencies worldwide. Before joining Windward, John was managing defense and homeland security projects in West Africa focusing on fighting illegal maritime activities, piracy, and IUU fishing.

    Mr Jonathan Fletcher

    Director of Government Sales, Windward
    Mr Jonathan Fletcher

    In his role as Director of Government Sales, Jonathan Fletcher oversees the commercial activities of Windwards government focused maritime solutions within Europe. Jonathan has a wealth of relevant commercial and contractual experience with over 10 years working within the government, defense and law enforcement sector providing SaaS solutions and fostering long term strategic client partnerships by driving customer engagement, value and success.

    Mr Miguel Angel Garcia Primo

    CEO, Hisdesat
    Mr Miguel Angel Garcia Primo

    Miguel Angel Garcia Primo is Master Aeronautical Engineer from the Higher Technical School of Aeronautical Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Madrid and Civil Servant in compassionate leave from the Spanish National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) Advanced Scientifics body, belonging to the Ministry of Defense. Miguel has accumulated more than 32 years of experience in the aerospace sector, mainly as system engineer, program manager and Chief Operating and Technical Officer.
    Currently and since October 2019, Miguel is Chief Executive Officer of Hisdesat, the Spanish operator for government satellite services.
    Previously and since the company creation in 2001, Miguel has been the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technical Officer of HISDESAT. From this position, he has managed the operations of the company and the satellite programs (MILSATCOM, Earth Observation and AIS by satellite).
    Also he belongs to the Board of Directors of the American company XTAR dedicated to secure communications satellites since 2005, the Spanish company Airbus DS GEO SGSA dedicated to geo-information services since 2008 and the Canadian company exactEarth dedicated to the Maritime Traffic Monitoring through an AIS satellites constellation since 2010.
    Miguel previously worked at the National Institute of Aerospace Technology INTA since 1989 until 2001, where his last position was Deputy General Manager for Research and Programs, both space and aeronautical.
    Miguel has several awards and honors, most notably the first class Cross to the Aeronautical Merit with white emblem in 1995 from the Spanish Air Forces and the Juan de la Cierva award of AENA Foundation in 1998, and has had numerous publications in journals and conferences.
    He is graduate in the XXXVI National Defense Course by the Higher Center for National Defense Studies CESEDEN in Spain.
    Miguel A. García Primo born and lives in Madrid. He is married and has two daughters.

    Mr Milton Quiros

    Director of Business Development, Aerovironment
    Mr Milton Quiros

    Milton S. Quiros is the AeroVironment Director of International Business Development for Canada, Latin America and Egypt. Prior to working for AeroVironment, he served in the United States Army for over 23 years. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993, he was commissioned as an Aviation Officer. Milton was both a rotary wing and fixed wing pilot rated in many aircraft and spent most of his career flying military intelligence platforms such as Quickfix (EH-60), Guardrail (RC-12) and ARL (Dash 7). He was also one of the first Army UAS company commanders having commanded a Hunter UAV company in 2000-2001 with missions in support of the United States Border Patrol and Operation Joint Guardian in Macedonia/Kosovo. During his career, he deployed and flew combat and combat support missions in Korea, Colombia, Iraq and Afghanistan. His last assignment was the Technical Assistance Field Team Chief (Aviation) in Melgar, Colombia where he was responsible for over 45 USG owned helicopters supporting the Regional Helicopter Training Center, SOUTHCOM’s flagship for security cooperation. While at AeroVironment, he led the effort to secure a $13M ID/IQ DOD contract. This contract is structured to provide Raven UAS’ to SOUTHCOM AOR Countries. In addition, he secured contracts with Canada that provided Puma UAS’ to the Canadian Navy and Army. In February of 2021 he has given responsibility of AeroVironment’s largest international customer, Egypt.

    Mr Mitch Free

    Sr. Sales Director, JET, Maxar
    Mr Mitch Free

    Mr Robert Quinn

    Director, Geointelligence, MDA
    Mr Robert Quinn

    Robert Quinn is the MDA Director of Geointelligence for the Space portfolio of the Government of Canada Department of National Defence (DND) and Department of Fisheries & Oceans. This includes MDA new business development activities in geointelligence and support under contract for operations in maritime and space domain awareness. Of note, this includes the provision of operational support for space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) all domain awareness operations exploiting MDA’s RADARSAT-2and other space missions to the Government of Canada for both domestic and global operations including in-theatre support to international coalition operations.
    Leading to his current role, Mr. Quinn transitioned from the Canadian Armed Forces after a 33-year career as a senior naval officer in the Royal Canadian Navy serving as Combat Officer and Above Water Warfare Controller in Canadian Iroquois Class destroyers and Halifax Class frigates. Of note, Mr. Quinn joined MDA most recently from the Canadian DND Director General Space organization serving 13 years as the Project Director of the Polar Epsilon and Polar Epsilon 2 capital equipment projects. As Polar Epsilon Project Director, he was responsible for the CAF Operational Requirements and Concept of Operations integrating space-based radar maritime domain awareness information supporting CAF operations. This included fusion of multiple space-based ISR sensors in particular space-based radar and automated identification systems delivering advanced exploitation techniques supportive of DND maritime operations globally. Consequently, Mr. Quinn possesses an in-depth technical knowledge of the required space and ground systems associated with the RCM and RADARSAT-2 systems. Additionally in DG Space, Mr. Quinn was the CAF operational authority for space-based maritime domain awareness operations.
    Mr. Quinn has been awarded the following decorations: CAF Special Service Medal (NATO); NATO (Former Yugoslavia); Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal; and Canadian Forces Decoration 2nd clasp. He graduated from the Royal Roads Military College (1984) with a Bachelor of Arts in Military & Strategic Studies, and Dalhousie University (1995) with a Masters of Arts in International Affairs.

    Ms Helena Ramón Jarraud

    Senior Project Officer for Maritime Surveillance, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
    Ms Helena Ramón Jarraud

    Official of the European Commission since 1995. Joined the European Maritime Safety Agency in 2006 and has been since then working in different projects of EU maritime interest including the EU traffic monitoring System SafeSeaNet and the EU Oil pollution Response network. In 2016 she joint the Maritime Surveillance Unit , to manage satellite based and UAV based services in support of civil Maritime Surveillance.

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert

    Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy and Co-Founder and Director, NLA International
    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Nick Lambert

    A master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. Globally connected, Nick is a key thought leader on Blue Economy potential and tech innovation in associated domains.
    He advises on a wide range of marine and maritime issues, including: the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies; the evolution of eNavigation and GNSS vulnerability; near or real time situational awareness (especially from space based assets and applications), and maritime training and education.
     

    Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares y Perez de Acevedo

    Head of Satellite and Cyber Systems, National Armaments Directorate - Spanish MoD
    Rear Admiral Alfonso Perez de Nanclares y Perez de Acevedo

    RAdm. Alfonso Pérez de Nanclares y Pérez de Acevedo joined the Naval Academy in 1979 and graduated as Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1984.
    He has spent most of his career in afloat Units and Staffs, both national and NATO, as well as European Union. He has commanded four ships: FPB “Ordoñez”, OPV “Serviola”, FFG “Santa María” and LPD “Galicia”, and has also served for four years in the Spanish Air Force 221 Squadron as TACCO (P3 Tactical Coordinator). During this period, he deployed to Operations “Active Endeavour” and “Enduring Freedom”, as Executive Officer of the frigate SPS “Canarias”.
    He coursed Naval Communications Studies and graduated in the Naval War College.


    Promoted to RAdm. on November 2015, he served as Head of Operations Branch in SP Navy HQ until November 2016, when he assumed command of the Naval Action Group 1 (COMGRUP-1).


    In 2017 he was designated Deputy Commander (DCOM) of the Operation “Atalanta” in the OHQ in Northwood (UK) and in 2018 was deployed as Force Commander of EUNAVFOR SOMALIA on board his Flag Ship SPS “Castilla”.


    After his deployment he served as DCOM in the HRF (M) SP HQ (SPMARFOR) until he was assigned to his current position in February 2020.
    RAdm. Pérez de Nanclares is married to Isabel Fernández, and they have four daughters.
     

    Rear Admiral Hans-Jörg Detlefsen

    Commander Maritime Air NATO (COM MARAIR NATO), NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)
    Rear Admiral Hans-Jörg Detlefsen

    Hans-Jörg Detlefsen was born in 1963 in Böel/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, initiated his military career in 1983.

    After naval officer training, he conducted his flight training on fighter/bomber aircraft in Sacramento, USA; Cottesmore,UK; and Fürstenfeldbruck and Jever in Germany. He graduated as a naval aviator for TORNADO aircraft in 1989.

    In 1999, he became squadron leader at Naval Air Wing 2 Eggebek. From 2003 to 2004, he served as group commander and was responsible for the transfer of naval air capabilities to the German Air Force after the decision was made to reduce naval air capabilities.

    He has collected more than 2,000 flying hours in 15 years of active flying duty. During this time, he commanded German naval fighter/bombers several times on extended flights in international exercises, including weapons and missile training (live firing) abroad.

    From 1997 to 1999, he attended the general staff course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg. After assignments as military assistant to the German Naval Fleet Commander and as desk officer in the Ministry of Defence, he returned to the Command and Staff College in 2004 as a tutor on the Joint General Staff course.

    From 2006 to 2008 he worked as a military assistant to the Minister of Defence. After promotion to captain, was assigned to the post of military advisor and Division Head in the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU in Brussels.

    In 2012 he returned to Nordholz/Cuxhaven as Chief of Staff of the Naval Air Command. In 2013, he became Commander-in-Chief of Naval Air Command. During that period, he was in charge of reorganising the naval air forces and prepared for the introduction of new types of aircraft, helicopters and drones into the German Navy.

    In 2016, he was appointed as Head of Division in the Directorate-General for Security and Defence Policy at the Ministry of Defence in Berlin, with responsibility for the FMOD’s bilateral relations and military capacity-building worldwide. On year later in 2017, he was appointed as Head of Division for military matters and security policy at the Federal Chancellery. In 2018, he was the interim Head of the Inter-ministerial working group on hybrid threats. In June 2019, he took over command of NATO Maritime Air Command (COM MARAIR). Hans-Jörg has two grown children.

    Rear Admiral Detlefsen qualifications include the US Navy Flag Level Course Maritime Component Commander and the Senior Navigator course with the US Air Force. Additionally he has had training on speaking, communication, and moderator skills, completed the UN observer course participant at NORDIC UN and the EU Defence College High-Level Course on Sector Security Reform (SSR/ DDR).

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://mdacorporation.com/corporate/

    Founded in 1969, MDA is one of Canada’s most successful technology companies and an internationally recognized leader in space robotics and sensors, radar satellites and ground systems, communication satellite payloads, antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defence and maritime systems and geospatial imagery products and analytics. With a deep and diverse technology base, MDA’s global reach and heritage serving government and commercial space and defence markets with innovative and iconic solutions is unparalleled. MDA operates from locations in Richmond, BC; Brampton and Ottawa, ON; Montreal, QC; Halifax, NS; Houston, TX; and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.mdacorporation.com.

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    AeroVironment

    Sponsors
    http://www.avinc.com

    At AeroVironment, our purpose is to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. Our solutions give our customers a fresh vantage point, positioning them to see the world with new eyes and extending their reach beyond the line of sight. That is the power of our breakthrough unmanned aircraft systems, perfected and refined over a half century. Whether they are warfighters searching for an enemy, border patrol agents searching for people in need of assistance, our customers choose AeroVironment because our systems generate actionable intelligence reliably, creating a path to goals that would otherwise be unattainable. AeroVironment, Inc. designs, develops, produces, supports, and operates a portfolio of products and services for government agencies and businesses. The company offers unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and related services primarily to organizations within the U.S. Department of Defense and to international allied governments. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Simi Valley, California.


    Hisdesat

    Sponsors
    https://www.hisdesat.es/

    Operator of Spanish satellite government services that provides secure satellite communications services to government agencies in different countries and it also offers radar Earth Observation services through the PAZ satellite. Constellations of maritime Satellite Traffic Information Satellites (AIS). SATCOM: Satellite multi-domain hyperconnectivity. -Secure communications: 2 satellites, SpainSAT and XTAR-EUR, covering 2/3 of Earth. New Program SPAINSAT NG (X, Ka-Mil y UHF bands). EO: SAT PAZ (radar) designed for multiple purposes: border control, intelligence, environmental monitoring, protection of natural resources, military operations, enforcement of international treaties, surface monitoring, city and infrastructure planning, monitoring of natural catastrophes and high-resolution mapping, among many others. SAT AIS: The satellite-based maritime traffic information system receives AIS signals from the vessels that are equipped with this system. It will provide an accurate picture of the world’s maritime traffic in real time.


    Horizon Technologies

    Sponsors
    http://horizontechnologies.eu

    Horizon Technologies is a Global Leader in Innovative Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) and Space-Based Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Intelligence Solutions.

    Horizon Aerospace Technologies is the world leader in airborne Sat Phone monitoring systems for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications, equipping governments worldwide by enhancing their SIGINT capabilities. We are the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the FlyingFish™, BlackFish™ SIGINT system which is in operation on numerous platforms worldwide including SAR missions via NATO and FRONTEX in the Mediterranean Sea.

    Horizon Space Technologies is the prime contractor for the UK Government’s AMBER™ SIGINT space program. AMBER™ will consist of twenty four (24) CubeSats providing global Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) data services to commercial & governmental organisations including the UK National Maritime Information Centre (NMIC) (led by the Royal Navy).

    Applications for the Amber™ system include monitoring and identification of Non-Cooperative vessels / “Dark Targets” involved in illegal activities, such as Piracy, Smuggling, IUU Fishing, Transhipments and Terrorism.



    TEKEVER

    Sponsors
    https://www.tekever.com/

    TEKEVER offers a proven family of UAS as well as a flexible surveillance-as-a-service solution, delivering real-time intelligence to enhance critical decision making. We are a proven global leader in UAS base maritime surveillance solutions, making oceans safer across Europe and the UK. TEKEVER brings to the market three unmanned aerial systems; AR3, AR4 and AR5. These platforms are supported by ATLAS, providing real time data dissemination to remote users, getting the data to where it needs to be. These systems recently took part in the NATO REP(MUS) exercise in Portugal, demonstrating their capabilities, as well as their interoperability with existing systems.


    Windward

    Sponsors
    http://www.windward.eu

    “The vastness of the oceans has always been a great place to hide. But even the best kept secrets leave a trace. Windward believes deep context is key to catching vessels that are up to no good. Our machine learning algorithms are trained by the best domain experts and data scientists to expose anomalous ship activities and generate leads on unknown targets. Our clients include the United Nations Security Council, Frontex and Italy's Guardia di Finanza.”

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    Defence and Security Alert

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    http://www.dsalert.org

    Defence and Security Alert (DSA) is the first and only ISO 9001:2015 certified, world-class monthly Indian magazine in defence and security journalism. Covering a strictly research based spectrum of dynamic scenarios in India and challenging horizons beyond national borders, DSA is the only Indian defence magazine available on the intranets of Indian Air Force (IAF) and Border Security Force (BSF). DSA is an ideal platform in this domain to showcase your products, services and cutting-edge technologies. DSA is very extensively circulated among key policy and decision makers in the federal and 28 state governments and corporate world in India and worldwide through print and online editions.


    Naval Technology

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    http://www.naval-technology.com

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


    Defense Advancement

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    https://www.defenseadvancement.com/

    DefenseAdvancement.com (DA) is a defense marketing and supplier sourcing platform, showcasing supplier capabilities across aerospace, land, naval and security domains. Operated by the team behind UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com, DA connects governments, armed forces and the entire defense and security supply chain, giving suppliers an online platform to showcase their technologies and capabilities.


    Army Technology

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    http://www.army-technology.com

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


    ASD MEDIA

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    http://www.asd-network.com

    Professionals in the Aerospace & Defence market use the ASD Media internet platforms to:
    • Be informed on the latest market developments; www.asd-network.com
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    The ASD Media platforms are well known and used intensively, your company is able to benefit from these large numbers of users. Be informed with ASD-Network; Create exposure for your company with ASDSource, distribute your news with ASDWire or advertise with us, build your brand and increase traffic to your company’s website.

    For more detailed information please contact with: ASD MEDIA
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    Unmanned Systems Technology

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    https://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com/

    Unmanned Systems Technology.com (UST) is dedicated to technology and innovation within unmanned systems. Our website and weekly e-newsletter provide up-to-the-minute information about technological developments in this sector – both military and commercial – to a global audience, with over 80,000 visitors from over 200 countries every month. Our comprehensive supplier profiles showcase products, services and capabilities in the unmanned land, sea and air vehicle industry.


    Airforce Technologies

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    http://www.Airforce-technology.com

    Used daily as means of creating partnerships and as a point of reference by professionals within the air force industry, this comprehensive resource supplies the latest news releases, detailed information on industry projects, white papers, event information and a thorough breakdown of products and services.


    Defence Global

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    www.barclaymedia.uk.com

    Defence Global provides an essential link between the Defence & Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, Government and Military sectors globally. Defence Global is a quarterly, tri-service publication providing articles and informative analysis from respected journalists and writers worldwide to attract a sophisticated and broad audience. Defence Global is published in February, May, August and November, with a professional and stylish design in both printed copy and digital format. The printed copies are perfect bound, full colour throughout with high quality art and photography. Defence Global is used as a reference tool providing a professional and intelligent read. We work with industry experts and corporate clients to include Defence and Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, as well as Governments, MoDs, Military Authorities and Senior Management Teams.


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    The DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY is an authoritative online information resource for all defence purchasers. This comprehensive listing of Defence Suppliers has enabled thousands of purchasing professionals to find exactly what they are looking for - in seconds. THE DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY provides a total overview of all the UK's Armed Forces - with a wealth of valuable information about the organisation and structure of the UK's Defence Services, as well as useful facts about developments in the UK Defence Industry Contact us: defenceenquiries@armedforces.co.uk Tel: 01743 241962 website: www.armedforces.co.uk

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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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:

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    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.

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    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.

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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.

    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.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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