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SMi is proud to present the 6th Airborne ISR conference to be held in London on the 20th and 21st October 2021.

Airborne ISR continues to be an incredibly important capability for militaries. Effective ISR enables kinetic assets the resources they need to be effective on the battlefield. Perhaps more than this, ISR is an extremely capable deterrent in its own right and modern dissemination technology and techniques enables forces to deal with threats before they can cause harm.

SMi's 6th Annual Airborne ISR Conference seeks to cover in detail Maritime Patrol, Data Dissemination, UAV Technology, International Surveillance Cooperation, AWACS, 5th Generation ISR, Industrial Engagement, and Threat Evolution. 

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Hear the latest developments from leading international programmes from maritime and land domains


Discuss how nations are adopting and adapting technology to gain greater intelligence resolution


Explore how nations are engaging with on-another to disseminate and analyse information 
 

• Attend a conference where you can meet and network with leading programme managers


• Understand how nations are adopting systems and technologies to secure information and decision dominance

2xcel Aviation; Airbus ; Airbus Defence And Space; Australian High Commission; BAE Systems; Contractor; Department of International Trade; Dept of Defense; Eclipse; Embassy of Ukraine; French Air Force; German Air Force; Hensoldt Sensors GmbH; High Commission of India; Horizon Technologies; Israeli MoD; Kroll-Computer; L3Harris Reconnaissance Mission Systems; Leonardo; Leonardo Company; Marshall Aerospace; Ministry of Defence,UK; National Air and Space Operations Centre; NATO ; NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA); NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force; NATO HQ; NATO Industrial Action Group (NIAG); Nigerian Army; Plath GmbH; Portuguese Air Force; RAF High Wycombe ; RAF Waddington; Royal Canadian Air Force; Royal Singapore Air Force; Satcom Direct; Spacemetric; TNO; Transport Canada; UAE GHQ; United States Air Force;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:45 SMi Group Welcome Address

Mr Jack Overell

Mr Jack Overell, Senior Conference Producer/Project Lead US Defence Events, SMi Group Ltd

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Group Captain (Ret.) Paul J. Taylor

Group Captain (Ret.) Paul J. Taylor, MDI Capability, Leonardo UK Ltd
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9:00 Supporting US and Allied Naval Operations Through Effective Airborne ISR Capabilities

Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

Captain (N) Timothy Thompson, Commodore Task Force SIX SEVEN, US Navy
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  • The role of Task Force 67 and its land-based Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) duties
  • ISR and MPRA priorities for the 6th Fleet’s when operating in the European and African theatres
  • Overview of CTF-67’s ISR platforms, the P-8A Poseidon and MQ-4C Triton
  • A look at the path ahead for CTF-67 and the 6th Fleet
  • 9:40 Turning Airborne ISR into All-Domain Operations (ADO)

    Colonel Gianmarco Di Loreto

    Colonel Gianmarco Di Loreto, Vice Head, General Planning and Transformation Office, Aerospace Planning Department, Italian Air Force
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  • Current and future capabilities from the middle of the Mediterranean
  • Lessons identified from operating in the three flanks
  • Identifying challenges: terabytes of unprocessed data or top-notch pieces of info?
  • 10:20 Sensor Capability Insertion for Cost Effective, Multi-Domain ISR - Every Platform a Sensor

  • Advanced capabilities to meet multi-domain ISR demands at a fraction of traditional cost
  • Enabling assured ISR delivery at both the strategic and tactical level
  • Straightforward installations, highly reliable and sustainable through life
  • Mr David Shaw

    Mr David Shaw, Campaign Manager, Leonardo
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    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Breakthrough in Multi-Domain Operations and Airspace Integration of the MALE RPAS SeaGuardian

    Mr Christophe Fontaine

    Mr Christophe Fontaine, GA-ASI Europe Regional Director, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc
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  • MQ-9B ready to operate in civilian airspace iso Mil and outside Mod ops
  • Multidomain capabilities’ collection is enhancing current and future operations
  • MQ-9B is the perfect supplement of traditional air, sea and Land platform to ensure cost effective persistent collection
  • 12:10 Evaluating the Ability of the Airspace Surveillance and Control Command to Provide Support to Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Antanas Matutis

    Lieutenant Colonel Antanas Matutis, Air Base Commander, Lithuanian Air Force
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    • Providing ISR capabilities on NATOs contested Eastern flank
    • The importance of the NATO Air-Policing Mission in providing accurate information to national and multinational forces
    • The challenges to operating in a small-scale air force and the importance of shared contributions

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Enhancing RAF ISR Capabilities through the Acquisition of New Platforms and the Upgrade of Existing Systems

  • Overview of the current RAF ISR Fleet, including the Sentry, Reaper and Sentinel
  • Progress made in the development of Protector RG Mk1 and extending RAF ISR capabilities
  • Innovation and future developments for the UK’s ISTAR Fleet
  • Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

    Air Commodore Nicholas Hay, ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force
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    Group Captain James Beldon

    Group Captain James Beldon, ISTAR Force Deputy Commander, Royal Air Force
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    14:30 Airbus: UAS technology for Airborne ISR

  • Presenting Airbus UAS Small Tactical and Zephyr capabilities for ISR operations
  • How advanced, autonomous technology can support the future of Airborne ISR capabilities
  • Introducing ultra-persistent ISR from the Stratosphere
  • Ms Hayley Waterton

    Ms Hayley Waterton, Sales Business Officer, Airbus Defence & Space
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    Mr Peter Grogan

    Mr Peter Grogan, KAM Stratcom, Airbus Defence & Space
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    15:10 Panel Debate: Industry Development of Next Generation ISR Concepts

  • Examples of innovation of next-generation ISR concepts - what advances are driving change?
  • Key priorities for industry and military in the development of Airborne ISR capabilities
  • Working with military partners to test and evaluate emerging ISR concepts
  • How could industry work better with military partners to provide enhanced services and solutions?
  • Group Captain (Ret.) Paul J. Taylor

    Group Captain (Ret.) Paul J. Taylor, MDI Capability, Leonardo UK Ltd
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    Mr Christophe Fontaine

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

    Mr Paul Page, Technical Sales Director, Honeywell Aerospace
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    Mr David Shaw

    Mr David Shaw, Campaign Manager, Leonardo
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    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Near-Peer Competition: Focused Collect & Data Driven Reconnaissance

  • Focused Collect & Agile Combat Employment
  • Those with the best algorithms win
  • The path ahead for the 9 RW
  • Colonel Jason Eckberg

    Colonel Jason Eckberg, Vice Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing (ACC), US Air Force
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    17:00 Integrating Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) into the US Navy for Wider ISR Capabilities at Sea

    Captain (N) Thomas Lansley

    Captain (N) Thomas Lansley, PMA-266 Director of Navy Programs, NAVAIR, US Navy
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    • Introducing the MQ-8C Fire Scout into Naval operations for superior over-the-horizon targeting capabilities
    • Combining rotary and unmanned capabilities for optimal effectiveness
    • The future of naval ISR through the greater exploitation of unmanned platform potential across the fleet
     

    17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Group Captain (Ret.) Paul J. Taylor

    Group Captain (Ret.) Paul J. Taylor, MDI Capability, Leonardo UK Ltd
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    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Group Captain (Ret.) Paul J. Taylor

    Group Captain (Ret.) Paul J. Taylor, MDI Capability, Leonardo UK Ltd
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    9:00 Analysing the Uplifts Gained from the NATO AWACS Final Lifetime Extension Programme (FLEP)

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley, Executive Officer to the General Manager of NAPMA , NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAPMA)
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  • The role of the NATO AWACS in providing Joint Intelligences, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities
  • Ensuring operability of the AWACS fleet through the FLEP
  • Key features and drivers of the FLEP and the advantages gained from these

     

  • 9:40 Assessing the Ability of 51 Tactical Air Wing to Provide Live ISR Capabilities to Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge, Deputy Commander, Tactical Air Wing 51, German Air Force
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  • Supporting German and multinational personnel through manned and unmanned imaging and signal capturing airborne reconnaissance
  • Operating in a degraded environment and maintaining the flow of information
  • The future of airborne ISR and ensuring unmanned operators receive sufficient training
     
  • 10:20 The Move to Future ISR Platforms: Integrating the E-7 Wedgetail Into RAF Operations for Enhanced Capabilities

    • Overview of the E-7 Wedgetail and its capabilities
    • Preparing for the RAF E-7 to enter service
    • Overcoming the potential challenges faced when integrating a new platform
     

    Squadron Leader Andrew Armstrong

    Squadron Leader Andrew Armstrong, E-7 Wedgetail AEW Mk1 Requirements Manager, Royal Air Force
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    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Increased Mission Scope and Improved Mission Success with Beyond Visual Line of Sight Connectivity

    Mr Paul Page

    Mr Paul Page, Technical Sales Director, Honeywell Aerospace
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  • The need for Beyond Visual Line of Sight Connectivity in military environments
  • Challenges in today’s operations
  • Use cases for connectivity – ISR mission focused
  • Honeywell Beyond Visual Line of Sight Connectivity solutions – value proposition
  • 12:10 Assessing the Airborne ISR Capabilities of the Portuguese Air Force

    Captain Tiago Côrte-Real Rêgo Andrade

    Captain Tiago Côrte-Real Rêgo Andrade, Head of Tactics and Operational Procedures, 601 Squadron, Portuguese Air Force
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    • Optimising legacy platforms for enhanced efficiency and effectiveness
    • Maintaining a comprehensive maritime domain awareness and combining operational priorities for maximum operational capacity
    • The challenges to coordinating multidomain naval airborne ISR
    • The future of airborne ISR in the Portuguese Air Force

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 From Data Gathering to Decision Making

    Mr Nicola Toniazzi

    Mr Nicola Toniazzi, Head of Product Sales Support & Partnership - Airborne Systems, Leonardo
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  • The impact of airborne sensors evolution in the data gathering
  • How to exploit valuable information from plenty of data
  • Sharing information to support decision making
  • 14:30 Moving from Data to Information to Enhance USAF Decision-Making Capabilities

    Dr Qing Wu

    Dr Qing Wu, Senior Scientist for Processing and Exploitation, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States Air Force
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  • In USAF and USSF missions, the exponential growth of data demands advanced data analysis capabilities with higher processing performance, lower energy dissipation, and better system scalability
  • The need to successfully conduct mission operations requires size-weight-and-power (SWaP) efficient embedded high performance computing and edge AI capabilities, which can autonomously detect and classify targets, predict threats, recognize complex events, understand natural language, and perform cognitive reasoning to enable robust decision making
  • AFRL scientists and engineers are researching, developing, testing, evaluating and fielding novel edge computing technologies and edge AI-as-a-service capabilities in different platforms and systems to provide USAF and USSF with information and decision superiority in all domains
  • This AFRL research emphasis led to number of programs and projects that are structured around quickly delivering emerging capabilities now, as well as continuously advancing technologies for the future
     
  • 15:10 The Role of AI and Automation in Airborne Imagery Analysis to Provide Real-Time Intelligence

  • How does automatic detection of objects and events in airborne imagery work?
  • The role of AI, possibilities for machine learning, new AI techniques
  • Automatic interpretation of data: moving from data to information to intelligence
  • The role of edge computing for ISR
     
  • Mr Pieter Elands

    Mr Pieter Elands, Programme Manager, Intelligent Imaging Expertise Group, TNO
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    Major Antonie Franken

    Major Antonie Franken, A2 RNLAF NASOC and Head of RNLAF ISR-D, Royal Netherlands Air Force
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    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Unified Vision and its Role in Improving NATO’s Multinational JISR Interoperability

    Mr Rob Munday

    Mr Rob Munday, UV20 Deputy Event Manager, BICES Group Executive, NATO HQ
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    • NATO JISR Capability Development Strategy
    • Alliance JISR Improvements through testing, trials and evaluation
    • Where does Unified Vision fit in the JISR capability development continuum?
    • What next?

    17:00 Creating Intelligent Solutions for the Improved Accuracy and Efficiency of Data Harvesting, Analysis and Dissemination

    Dr Wolfgang Koch

    Dr Wolfgang Koch, Head of Sensor Data and Information Fusion, Fraunhofer FKIE
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  • Artificial Intelligence, Technical Autonomy
  • Data-driven and Model-based Algorithms
  • Data Integrity, Blind Spots, Artifacts, Trust
  • Resposible Use, Ethically Aligned C5ISTAR
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Group Captain (Ret.) Paul J. Taylor

    Group Captain (Ret.) Paul J. Taylor, MDI Capability, Leonardo UK Ltd
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

    Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

    ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force
    Captain (N) Thomas Lansley

    Captain (N) Thomas Lansley

    PMA-266 Director of Navy Programs, NAVAIR, US Navy
    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Commodore Task Force SIX SEVEN, US Navy
    Mr Pieter Elands

    Mr Pieter Elands

    Programme Manager, Intelligent Imaging Expertise Group, TNO

    Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

    ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force
    Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

    Air Commodore Nick Hay was born in Bognor Regis in 1968 and commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1988. Nick is a Tornado Ground Attack Weapons Instructor with varied operational experience in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan, as Deputy Director Strategy Division in the Al Udeid Combined Air Operations Centre and during 2014, in command of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing and Bastion Joint Operating Base. On other flying duties, he served on the Strike Attack Operational Evaluation Unit, was the Senior Air-to-Ground Instructor at the Tactical Leadership Programme, Belgium and was privileged to command IX (Bomber) Squadron from 2008-2010. At staff, he has completed three tours in the Ministry of Defence (Equipment Capability, Plans and Military Strategic Operations Directorates) and was a fledgling member of Headquarters Joint Forces Command (HQ JFC) upon its formation in April 2012. Post his operational command tour in Bastion, Nick completed the 10-month Royal College of Defence Studies Course before returning to HQ JFC in July 2015 to fill the post of Deputy Head ISR, Cap C4ISR.
    In January 2016, Nick was promoted to Air Commodore and appointed as the Head of Capability C4ISR. For the next 34 months, he executed Senior Responsible Owner duties for the Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Protector Remotely Piloted Air System, New Style of Information Technology (Deployed) and the Future Beyond Line of Sight Military Satellite Communications Programmes in addition to executing the sponsoring role for a £28Bn C4ISR portfolio (10 year costs). In October 2017, Nick graduated from the Cabinet Office-led Major Projects Leadership Academy before taking over the role of ISTAR Force Commander, Number 1 Group a year later in October 2018. In his current role, he has the honour of executing 1-star Command responsibilities for a Force comprising eight current aircraft types, the Intelligence Analysts and support personnel of Number 1 ISR Wing and planning for the introduction of at least two next-generation aircraft capabilities by 2023 (Protector, Wedgetail).
    Nick is married to Carol, has three children and 2 dogs. His hobbies include: chairmanship of the IX(B) Squadron Association; dog-walking; playing golf and cricket; watching football and rugby.
     

    Captain (N) Thomas Lansley

    PMA-266 Director of Navy Programs, NAVAIR, US Navy
    Captain (N) Thomas Lansley

    A native of Clifton Park, New York, Captain Lansley graduated from Ithaca College, enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1997, commissioned through Officer Candidate School in December 1998 and designated a Naval Aviator in August 2000. He is a graduate of both the U.S. Naval War College, and the U.S. Joint Forces Staff College.
    CAPT Lansley is a career H-60 pilot amassing over 2,900 flight hours, including over 120 combat flight hours, with multiple operational deployments culminating in his command of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Fourteen (HSC-14).
    In addition, CAPT Lansley has served the Acquisition Community as: MH-60S Block 3A Armed Helicopter Weapons System Operational Test Director for Operational Test and Evaluation (OT-IIB); North Atlantic Treaty Organization Head Quarters, Supreme Allied Command Transformation (NATO ACT) Staff Officer assigned to the Strategic Management Branch responsible for multinational asset allocations and oversight; and Naval Air Systems Command Integrated Program Team (IPT) Lead for H-60 Air Vehicle, Avionics and Sustainment.
    CAPT Lansley recently assumed the role as the Director of Navy Programs for the Navy & Marine Corps Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Air Systems Program Office (PMA-266).

    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Commodore Task Force SIX SEVEN, US Navy
    Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

    Captain Tim Thompson graduated from Oregon State
    University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in
    Computer Science Engineering. He is also a graduate of
    the University of Arkansas, with a Master of Science in
    Operations Management and a graduate of Naval
    Postgraduate School with a Master of Business
    Administration and holds a Project Management
    Professional certification.
    His operational assignments include service with the
    “Grey Knights” of VP-46, where he was twice awarded
    Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN’s Crew of the
    Year; catapult and arresting gear officer onboard USS J.
    C. Stennis (CVN 74); department head with the “Golden
    Eagles” of VP-9; and Executive and 65th Commanding
    Officer of the “Fighting Marlins” of VP-40. He has accumulated over 3000 flight hours
    including over 400 combat flight hours in support of operations ENDURING FREEDOM,
    IRAQI FREEDOM and INHERENT RESOLVE.
    His shore assignments include Tactics and New Technologies Department Head with
    Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN (CPRW-10); VP sea and shore detailer at
    the Bureau of Naval Personnel (PERS-432); program lead for Headquarters exercises, U.S.
    Africa Command, J-7, Joint Training and Readiness Directorate; Military Assistant (MA) to the
    Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy (Management) and Executive Assistant to the Director,
    Office of Chief Management Officer (OCMO), responsible for supporting the Under Secretary of
    the Navy in the performance of his duties as the Department of the Navy’s Chief Management
    Officer.
    Before reporting as Commodore, Task Force SIX SEVEN, he completed a corporate fellowship
    with Deloitte, L.L.P., as part of the academic year 2019-2020 Secretary of Defense Executive
    Fellowship program.
    His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious
    Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (2 Awards), Navy Commendation Medal with Combat
    Distinguishing Device (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy Achievement
    Medal (5 awards), and various personal, campaign, and unit awards. He is married to the former
    Amy Davis of Wenatchee, Washington. They reside with their son Gabriel and their two
    Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Lucy and Piper.

    Captain Tiago Côrte-Real Rêgo Andrade

    Head of Tactics and Operational Procedures, 601 Squadron, Portuguese Air Force
    Captain Tiago Côrte-Real Rêgo Andrade

    Captain Tiago Andrade joined the Air Force in 2000, at the Air Force Academy. After graduating, he went to the United States of America, Laughlin Air Base, where he completed Undergraduate Pilot Training and flew T-6 Texan II and T-38C aircrafts. After returning to Portugal, he was stationed at the 103 Squadron, in Beja, where he flew the Alpha-Jet aircraft. In 2007 he went to Winnipeg, Canada, where he took at Canadian Forces Air Navigation School (CFANS) the Navigator Course. After finishing the course, he was assigned to the 501 Squadron where he flew the C-130H aircraft, having achieved all the qualifications. In 2013 he was appointed head of the Lajes Search and Rescue Center where he performed the functions of Search Coordinator and SAR Mission Coordinator. In 2016 Captain Tiago Andrade was assigned to the 601 Squadron where he flies the P-3C CUP+ aircraft, serving as NAVCOM instructor and head of the Tactics and Operating Procedures section. Captain Andrade has participated in several NATO and EU missions, namely in Afghanistan, Libya, Baltics and Mediterranean. He has about 3000 flight hours.
     

    Colonel Gianmarco Di Loreto

    Vice Head, General Planning and Transformation Office, Aerospace Planning Department, Italian Air Force
    Colonel Gianmarco Di Loreto

    Born in Rome, he joined the Air Force Academy in 1997 as a pilot. He got a Degree in Political Sciences and graduated as 1st of his class in 2001 and achieved the Military Fighter Pilot wings in 2004 at NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) School. Assigned to the Electronic Warfare TORNADO fighter jet in northern Italy, with 4 years of operational experience he then moved to Rome in 2008 after being selected as an Experimental Test Pilot by the Italian Flight Test Center. After having graduated in Edwards AFB (USA) as a Test Pilot in 2010, he accumulated 15 years of experience in the field of acquisition and aircraft experimentation on more than 80 different planes and helicopters (from the Blimp to the F-35). Among other duties, during his assignment at the 311st Squadron he completed the first transoceanic crossing of the F-35 and was responsible of many different testing campaigns, on top of being demo pilot of the C-27J Spartan transport aircraft. Nominated Squadron Commander in 2018, he was then selected to attend the Senior Course at the NATO Defence College in 2019. After graduating "with honor" and winning the Eisenhower Prize with his academic team, he was assigned to the Air Staff – Aerospace Planning Department – General Planning and Transformation Office as Section Chief. He is now Vice Head of the Office, responsible for the coherent development of the Air Force Main Capability Areas.
    He is married with Elena and next December Lorenzo will join the family!

    Colonel Jason Eckberg

    Vice Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing (ACC), US Air Force
    Colonel Jason Eckberg

    Colonel Jason Eckberg is the Vice Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, California. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is responsible for the entire U-2 Dragon Lady high altitude reconnaissance fleet, T-38 companion trainers, the nascent Common Mission Control Center, and the Beale Air Force Base installation. As Vice Commander, Colonel Eckberg oversees qualification, training, installation readiness, and preparation of an available high altitude reconnaissance force for Global Combatant Commanders. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is a unique combat wing, comprising 28 squadrons and detachments and a robust directorate staff, optimized to conduct global, 24/7 operations, with an annual flying allocation of more than 22,000 hours.

    Colonel Eckberg entered active duty in 1997, receiving his commission from AFROTC Detachment 730, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a Master Navigator, with over 2,000 hours in over 20 unique mission design series aircraft. Operationally, Colonel Eckberg flew global reconnaissance missions as an RC-135S Electronic Warfare Officer and Mission Commander. He is a graduate of USAF Test Pilot School, and has accumulated diverse experience in flight and electronic warfare test and evaluation. He deployed through Joint CREW Composite Squadron-1, supporting Counter-RCIED EW operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is married to Mary Ann Bruns of Central City, Nebraska.

    Colonel Jason Eckberg

    Vice Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing (ACC), US Air Force
    Colonel Jason Eckberg

    Dr Qing Wu

    Senior Scientist for Processing and Exploitation, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States Air Force
    Dr Qing Wu

    Dr. Qing Wu, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is the Senior Scientist for Processing and Exploitation, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York. He serves the Air Force as the principal scientific authority and independent researcher in the research, development, adaptation and application of technologies to manage, process and exploit massive amounts of multi-­intelligence, multi-domain data. Dr. Wu’s primary objectives are to advance knowledge of processing and exploitation means, including emerging technologies, to yield decision-quality information derived from diverse intelligence from air, space and cyber sources to meet Air Force needs; and to lead and enable rapid development, demonstration and transition of new processing and exploitation capabilities to the Air Force.
    Dr. Wu has been conducting scientific research and technology development in advanced computing architectures and very large-scale integrated circuits for more than 20 years. He is known for his research in energy efficient integrated circuits, statistical modeling and estimation of power consumption, dynamic power management, parallelized data analytics utilizing high performance computing, neuromorphic computing architectures, models and algorithms, and memristor based analog computing for artificial intelligence.
    Dr. Wu is author and co-author of more than 120 publications in international journals and conferences as well as 6 published patents. His publications are highly cited and their significance recognized by the academia, industry and government research communities. Dr. Wu has initiated, guided and co-authored some recent research papers published in high-impact journals such as Nature Electronics, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, IEEE Transactions, etc. He first and second-authored some earliest critical patents on emerging neuromorphic computing paradigm using the memristor devices and crossbar array architectures.

    Dr Wolfgang Koch

    Head of Sensor Data and Information Fusion, Fraunhofer FKIE
    Dr Wolfgang Koch

    Wolfgang Koch studied Physics and Mathematics at the Aachen Technical University (RWTH Aachen), Germany, where he earned a Dr. rer. nat. degree in Theoretical Physics. For many years, he is head of the department “Sensor Data and Information Fusion SDF” at Fraunhofer FKIE, an institute of the Fraunhofer Society, the largest institution for applied research in Europe. On various topics within the area of sensor data and information fusion, he has published a well-referenced text book on target tracking and sensor data fusion, 16 handbook chapters and well above 200 journal and conference articles.
    Wolfgang Koch is a fellow of the IEEE, where he serves for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (T-AES) and as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS). In 2015 he has been appointed an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and Chairman of the German IEEE AESS Chapter. In 2013, he served as President of the International Society of Information Fusion (ISIF). On his areas of expertise he is active in the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) for many years. At Bonn University, he holds a habilitation degree on “Applied Computer Science” and regularly delivers lecture series on Sensor Data and Information Fusion. In 2016, he was General Co-Chair of the IEEE ISF International Conference on Information Fusion, Heidelberg, Germany.

    Group Captain (Ret.) Paul J. Taylor

    MDI Capability, Leonardo UK Ltd
    Group Captain (Ret.) Paul J. Taylor

    A recently retired Royal Air Force Group Captain, Paul now works for Leonardo in MDI capability. He has 37 years of experience across a wide range of operational roles on Fast Jet, Air C2 and ISTAR operations, and in MOD, multi-national and joint staff posts. He has flown on coalition operations over Iraq and Bosnia as a Tornado navigator and as an E-3D AWACS Squadron Commander, Tactical Director and ISR Package Commander, with direct command of Air C2 and ISR missions. He has held roles as an operational campaign planner at RAF Air Command and at US CENTCOM, and as a capability planner for C4ISR and EW capability. Paul has two Masters Degrees in Defence Studies and Grand Strategy, and has taught strategy and campaign planning to senior United States and international officers at the USAF’s Air War College.

    Group Captain James Beldon

    ISTAR Force Deputy Commander, Royal Air Force
    Group Captain James Beldon


    Group Captain Jim Beldon is a navigator, whose service has principally been in the Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) field. He has over 3,000 flying hours on the E-3D Sentry, and has served on operations in the Balkans (including Operation ALLIED FORCE – the NATO intervention in Kosovo in 1999), Iraq, Afghanistan and across the globe. He was appointed MBE in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List in recognition of his contribution as a PJHQ desk officer to UK operations in Afghanistan, Africa and the Asian Tsunami relief effort. In 2008, he commanded the Nimrod R1 detachment in support of Operation HERRICK (Afghanistan). He has served at various grades at the UK Ministry of Defence, the Permanent Joint Headquarters and the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He graduated from the UK’s Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2009 and was selected to be a Chief of the Air Staff’s academic fellow, undertaking a full-time Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, where he specialised in India, China and US foreign policy.

    He commanded 8 Squadron (AWACS) from 2012 to 2014 before serving in Defence Communications at the Ministry of Defence between 2014 and 2017. He was appointed as the RAF’s Director of Defence Studies in 2017, where his duties included directing the RAF’s post-graduate research, the organization and delivery of the Chief of the Air Staff’s Air and Space Power Conference, management of the RAF’s academic fellows, and speechwriter for the Chief of the Air Staff.

    In Spring 2020, he deployed to Baghdad as NATO Mission Iraq’s Senior Policy, Strategy and Plans Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Defence, also serving as the Mission’s senior public affairs officer and COVID relief co-ordinator. He returned to the ISTAR Force in January 2021, and currently serves as the RAF’s ISTAR Deputy Force Commander at RAF Waddington.

    Married with children, Group Captain Beldon is a trustee of the Royal Air Force Club.

    Lieutenant Colonel Antanas Matutis

    Air Base Commander, Lithuanian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Antanas Matutis

    Lieutenant Colonel Antanas Matutis was born on the 16th of November in 1976. In 1999 he graduated from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University as a pilot-engineer. Same year LTC Antanas Matutis joined Lithuanian Air Force, Helicopter squadron. In the squadron he was trained as Mi-8/17 HIP pilot. During his career officer served in different positions: flight commander, deputy squadron commander. As additional duty officer for 10 years was Sea Survival Instructor. After Staff duty at Air Base level (Chief of S3) officer took command for the Helicopter squadron in Siauliai Air Base Lithuanian Air Force in 2014. In 2016 he graduated from Air Command and Staff Collage, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL, USA. After graduation of the Air Command and Staff Collage officer was assigned to Lithuanian Air Force Headquarters for another staff tour in position of the Chief of A3 section. Finally, in August of 2017 Lieutenant Colonel Antanas Matutis took command for Lithuanian Air Force Siauliai Air Base.
    Flying experience is approximately 1900 hours. Most of these hours are on HIP helicopters. Officer was deployed two times in Afghanistan with Lithuanian Air Advisory Team.

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Executive Officer to the General Manager of NAPMA , NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAPMA)
    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Military Career
    1995-1996 – LAR 2, Bude/NL: Conscript, Boot Camp Training, later Drill Instructor- Enlisted- Officer Candidate
    1996-1997 – OSLw Fürstenfeldbruck: Officer Course of the Air Force – Junior Officer Candidate
    1999-2003 - V./TSLw 2 Erndtebrück: Intercept/Fighter Controller and Track Production Officer at Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) Erndtebrück
    2003-2004 - NATO E3A Component Geilenkirchen: Surveillance Controller E3A (3. SQ and Training Wing), assisting the buildup and execution of the Tactical Data Link (TDL) Course at Training Wing - OF-1
    2004 – 2008 - LwFüKdo (GAFCOM) Köln: General Project Officer for TDL of GAFCOM, GAF Project Advisor/Consultant for TDL projects of GAF namely: EF2000, GIADS III (L16 Study), Patriot, Tornado (ASTA 3), A400M, A310 MRTT, NH-90 CSAR (Study), MEADS, ACCS, SAMOC, HERGIS, L16 FNL, EUROHAWK (Study), CSI/IIP, NBS-CRAM (Study). GAF Representative in the respective TDL NATO group, Data Link Working Group (DLWG) - OF-1 - OF-2
    2008 – 2010 - EinsFüBer 3 EinsGrp verlegefähig Holzdorf/Schönewalde: Track Production Officer at the DEU Deployable CRC (DCRC), as well as Interface Control Officer (ICO) for Link 16 operations of DCRC and Project Officer for the Training and Preparation Program in order to prepare the DCRC for NRF Certification - OF-2
    2010-2010 - EinsFüBer 2 Stab, Erndtebrück: Master Controller at CRC Erndtebrück and Supporting Officer for the fielding of GIADS III at the CRC (as replacement to ARKONA) - OF-2
    2010-2019 - DDO/DtA CAOC UEDEM: Branch Head DEU ACCS Implementation Office and principal Liaison Officer between DEU Procurement Office, NATO and DEU AF for the ACCS fielding of CAOC and DCAOC Uedem. DEU representative in the NATO LCCB (Lifecycle Configuration Control Board), executing specific governance over all NATO commonly funded AIRC2 systems, namely ACCS, AirC2IS, ICC, MASE, ITC, ISP, NISP, JTS/FAST, ASDE (now ALF Link 1), ASIM, JCHAT and NIRIS. DEU AF representative in the NATO LSSC (Lifecycle System Support Committee) for the above mentioned systems - OF-2 - OF-4.
    2019- today – NAPMA: Executive Officer to the General Manager - A-4 (OF-4 seconded)

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Deputy Commander, Tactical Air Wing 51, German Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    LtCol Runge joined the German Air Force in 1983 as a Weapon Systems and Electronic
    Warfare Officer initially flying RF-4E PHANTOM and since 1993 on the MRCA
    TORNADO. He achieved more than 3.000 flight hours during several tours with the German
    Luftwaffe, US Air Force and Royal Air Force. He held several staff assignments in higher
    headquarters as well as leadership positions in Tactical Air Wings. He participated in the
    German EURO HAWK and HERON 1 programs providing operational and conceptual
    expertise. Between 2016 and 2021, he deployed several times with the UN mission
    MINUSMA operating the HERON 1 RPAS as Sqn Commander and Tactical Operator. Since
    October 2017, he has been serving as the Deputy Commander of Tactical Air Wing 51
    “Immelmann”.

    Major Antonie Franken

    A2 RNLAF NASOC and Head of RNLAF ISR-D, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Major Antonie Franken

    Major Antonie Franken was born on the 3rd of March in 1987 and currently lives in the Netherlands with his wife and two kids. He is the A2 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force and also head of the recently established RNLAF ISR division. His division is responsible for managing all RNLAF ISR activities and the coordination between the tactical, operational and strategic level. The division is focused on intelligence fusion and production and the planning and coordination of intelligence requirements, collection activities and assessment across the air force. Major Franken has been deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010, Mali in 2014 and CAOC Qatar in 2017.

    Mr Christophe Fontaine

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

    As Regional Director of Europe for International Strategic Development at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), Christophe "Taraz" Fontaine is primarily responsible for liaising with current customers and promoting opportunities for the company's full line of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems to European customers.

    Mr David Shaw

    Campaign Manager, Leonardo
    Mr David Shaw

    David Shaw is a former Electronic Warfare Instructor in the Royal Air Force with extensive experience in Fast Jet ISR provision. David now works across the Surveillance radar portfolio at Leonardo, advising end users on matching CONOPS with integration solutions.

    Mr Jack Overell

    Senior Conference Producer/Project Lead US Defence Events, SMi Group Ltd
    Mr Jack Overell

    Mr Nicola Toniazzi

    Head of Product Sales Support & Partnership - Airborne Systems, Leonardo
    Mr Nicola Toniazzi

    I was born in Grosseto in the south of Tuscany where Nicola got a degree in Aerospace Engineering at Pisa University in 2003. One year later I moved to Trieste where I live with my family.
    I have been working for Leonardo company for almost 20 years and in 2010 he has been certified as Project Management Professional.
    I spent almost the whole time in Leonardo working in the service domain, at the beginning as technical leader for the setup of the F2000 Typhoon training service of the first Italian ASTA simulator and then as the Project Manager for the performance based Tornado Training Service for IAF. In 2015 I moved to Marketing taking care of Electronics Division Innovative Services as well as working as Divisional Country manager in Australia and Mexico.
    I have been working on RPAS matters for ten years and I am now the Head of Product Sales Support & Partnership for the Line of Business Airborne Systems in the Electronics Division of Leonardo.

    Mr Paul Page

    Technical Sales Director, Honeywell Aerospace
    Mr Paul Page

    Paul is an experienced aerospace professional, with +20 years of multiple roles in all sectors of the industry (commercial and defense), ranging from account management, customer support, engineering and sales. In his current role of Technical Sales Director, he is responsible for sales enablement of Honeywell’s military Beyond Visual Line of Sight SATCOM communications solutions for the EMEA and APAC regions. He has an Executive MBA in Aviation Management, is a Chartered Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has two kids and is a passionate Rugby Union coach.

    Mr Peter Grogan

    KAM Stratcom, Airbus Defence & Space
    Mr Peter Grogan

    After joining the British Army and Royal Corps of Signals, his first 13 years’ service was spent in Germany,
    Northern Ireland and Canada. He attended the Army Command and Staff Course and commanded 3 Infantry
    Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron in Armagh, Northern Ireland, where he was awarded the Queen’s
    Commendation. At JHQ Wilton he planned, supported and deployed on UK contributions to operations in Croatia,
    Bosnia, Rwanda, Angola and Kuwait. He went on Loan Service to the Royal Army of Oman from 1996 until 1998.
    He then ran a Public Private Partnership and after Regimental Command he joined the Defence Communication
    Services Agency (DCSA), where he led on all operational planning in conjunction with PJHQ. He deployed to Iraq
    in 2003 to form and lead the CIS commercialisation team, and again in 2004 to run the Joint Force CIS (JFCIS).
    In 2004 he formed the Contingent Operations Branch in the then ISS, which supported global UK operations. He
    deployed as Commander JFCIS in 2007. In November 2008, he became Team Leader of the Defence Fixed
    Networks (DFN) IPT, working alongside British Telecommunications plc. DFN joined Networks Team in 2009.
    In 2010 he became Head C4ISR at the British Embassy Washington DC. Here he covered all aspects of C4ISR
    including cyber and space, and worked to a multitude of senior strategic UK and US stakeholders and agencies.
    In May 2013 he joined Airbus Defence and Space, where he led a major bid. He assumed the Joint Forces
    Command (JFC) account manager role in 2015, where he was required to operate across the breadth of Airbus
    Defence and Space’s portfolio, with particular focus on SF, cyber, space and C4ISR. His role is broad, and
    involves business development, customer relationship management, portfolio alignment, S&T investments and
    support to business unit capability development.
    Married with two grown sons his more active interests have been curtailed by a succession of injuries, but still
    include walking his spaniel Barney, trekking, alpine skiing and experimental DIY. He is a BSAC national diving
    instructor and was a Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Supervisor. He remains an avid Leicester Tigers supporter and
    still marvels at how the Leicester City Football Club won the English Premiership; proof that anything is possible.
    He completed the Cranfield MBA course in 2001 and a Diploma in Strategic Defence Acquisition in 2012

    Mr Pieter Elands

    Programme Manager, Intelligent Imaging Expertise Group, TNO
    Mr Pieter Elands

    Pieter Elands joined the Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO in 1987, after his graduation as an Aeronautical Engineer at Delft University of Technology. He worked as a propulsion engineer on rocket and ramjet propulsion. Hereafter, he had various management positions in the area of Protection, Munitions and Weapons and in IT.
    In 2012 he became Program Manager for Unmanned Systems. Presently, he is in charge of several research programs on unmanned and autonomous systems and automation of the intelligence cycle. He is the acting TNO-liaison to the RNLAF.

    Mr Rob Munday

    UV20 Deputy Event Manager, BICES Group Executive, NATO HQ
    Mr Rob Munday

    Since retirement from the Royal Air Force in 2006, Rob Munday has been involved in providing UK industry with advice on future NATO C4ISR projects and has participated in several NATO feasibility studies into various GBAD and C4ISR related topics. Rob is currently the Deputy Manager (DM) for NATO’s Joint ISR event UNIFIED VISION 2020 (UV20), scheduled to be executed in June 2020. Rob has been involved in NATO’s UV trials series since 2011, having led the assessment of UV12 and UV14 before becoming the DM for UV16 and UV18.

    Ms Hayley Waterton

    Sales Business Officer, Airbus Defence & Space
    Ms Hayley Waterton

    Hayley joined Airbus in 2018 as part of the UK Defence and Space graduate scheme, rotating through different departments across the business before taking up a position as part of the UAS product marketing team. Based in Farnborough Hayley was responsible for marketing Zephyr, the Airbus High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) and the small tactical UAS portfolio. Hayley is currently in the UK Regional sales team supporting the Vice President of the UK.
    Hayley holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Reading University.
     

    Squadron Leader Andrew Armstrong

    E-7 Wedgetail AEW Mk1 Requirements Manager, Royal Air Force
    Squadron Leader Andrew Armstrong

    Squadron Leader Armstrong joined the RAF as a pilot in 2007 and following his training he was posted onto on the E-3D Sentry AEW Mk1. He participated in multiple operations over the Middle East and North Africa, and numerous NATO Assurance Missions over Eastern Europe and the Baltics. He is a Qualified Multi Engine Tactics Instructor. In 2019, he was posted to HQ Air Capability Delivery – ISTAR in the role of E-7 Wedgetail AEW Mk1 Requirements Manager.

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    97 Cromwell Road , London, United Kingdom

    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is perfectly situated in one of London’s most luxurious and beautiful areas within South Kensington. 

    The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station for convenient travel to Hyde Park, London Eye, Tower Bridge plus more of London’s top attractions. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow. 

    This distinctive hotel in south London has so much to offer to make all guests really feel at home. The latest Holiday Inn relaunch is not just about the new look and feel for the hotel but to offer guests more benefits during their stay including a pillow menu for extra comfort during their sleep and a curved shower rail for more spacious feel. 

    In addition to our 906 rooms, all business guests can take advantage of our meeting and conference facilities including High Speed Internet Access and unlimited Starbucks coffee at The Academy. Our hotel’s professional event planners are on board to help take the hard work and stress away from planning your next event. 

    So whether you in London on business or pleasure, make the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum your first choice of hotel and book your accommodation for our lowest internet rate guarantee. 

    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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    AirBus

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
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    The future of autonomous flight – certifiable, safe and secure – begins with Airbus. The company’s heritage in manned flight is leveraged to supply robust, dependable unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Airbus has supported military forces for nearly a decade with unmatched performance. We ensure higher flexibility and dynamic reactivity to real-time situational change, providing a holistic response to threats. Unmanned Aircraft Systems and solutions for military and civil use. Enhancing defence power through information superiority.



    Honeywell

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    Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. The Aerospace business unit builds aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components and more. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights and safer skies and airports. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero.



    ISR JOBS

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    Targeting solely the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) career field, our intentions are straightforward and simple; connect experienced professionals and transitioning military members directly with ISR employers.

    ISR is a very wide and diverse career area covering Aerospace, Airborne, Land-based, Maritime and Subsea areas. We aim to build an exclusive ISR community where employers requiring these unique skillsets can find top-notch, highly skilled candidates.



    Phase One

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    Phase One A/S is a leading researcher, developer and manufacturer of medium format and large format digital cameras, software and imaging solutions.

    Founded in 1993, Phase One is a pioneer of digital photography. Phase One has developed core imaging technologies and a range of digital cameras and imaging modules. Phase One provides the world’s highest image quality in terms of resolution, dynamic range, color fidelity and geometric accuracy. As such, Phase One has grown to become the leading provider of high-end imaging technology across many business segments. This includes both hardware and software for aerial mapping, industrial inspection, cultural heritage digitization and defense & space, as well as serving the world’s most demanding photographers.

    Our compact iXM-RS camera series are the ultimate cameras for Airborne ISR missions. With a resolution of up to 150 MP, they can easily be integrated from small tactical UAVs to large MALE UAV systems and manned aircrafts, expanding the capabilities of your missions with Wide Area Motion Imaging (WAMI) for enhanced situational awareness and air dominance.


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    Key.aero was created by Key Publishing to bring the best of expert aviation content online. You can now easily access in one place outstanding content from our world-leading aviation publications including Aeroplane, FlyPast, Airforces, Air International, Airports of the world, Airliner World, Aviation News, Combat Aircraft and PC Pilot. Plus, enjoy articles, video and content created exclusively for key.aero. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about aviation is now just one click away!


    Asian Military Review

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


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    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


    Unmanned Systems Technology Magazine

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    Unmanned Systems Technology magazine is focused entirely on the innovative engineering that's successfully pushing boundaries on land, in the air, at sea and even through the universe. Published bi-monthly, UST provides independent coverage of the engineering at the heart of unmanned vehicles. Subscribe today!


    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA

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    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”) is the recognized leader among South American printed defense magazines. It has been in the market for 37 years, and presently is the only one of its kind in Brazil to be nationally distributed. Sold on news stands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector in Brazil and in South American countries.


    Robotics Tomorrow

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    RoboticsTomorrow.com is an Online Trade Magazine featuring Products, Companies, News, Articles and Events for the Industrial Automation, Robotics and Unmanned Vehicle industries. With an emphasis on the state of the art and on the horizon technologies that have strong prospects of commercialization, our philosophy is to create an outlet where the industry can share information and report on itself.


    Blog Before Flight

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    http://www.blogbeforeflight.net/

    Blog Before Flight is an online news and information website related to the aviation and aerospace industries. It offers daily news about new products, future projects, military exercises and operations, airshow info and reportages made in close contact with the international armed forces. Blog Before Flight combines technical concepts with a common language to reach everyone wants to know more about aviation.


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    SecurityClearedJobs.com is an on-line job board designed and marketed to attract candidates who work within Defence, Government and Nuclear sectors. We advertise 1000’s of job opportunities both on a Permanent and Contract basis covering opportunities within all industry sectors. Visit our site www.SecurityClearedJobs.com to search for your next job opportunity.


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    Epicos is a global, multifaceted portal providing Aerospace and Defense industries around the world with business intelligence and active support to access opportunities on international procurements, industrial cooperation and offsets. Epicos has carried out extensive industry analysis and mapping of capabilities of A&D Industries and offers this knowledge to its members helping them to identify business opportunities and to build strategic alliances. Additionally, Epicos supports the global A&D industry through a wide range of on-line services and products including but not limited to: a large online procurement database, an updated Business Directory, an e-library with extensive information regarding procurement and offsets processes systems and an up to the minute news database.


    Satnews Publishers

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    SatNews is a leading provider of satellite events, news, publications, research and other satellite industry information in the commercial and military enterprises worldwide. SatNews hosts to the SmallSat Symposium and the Satellite Innovation conference, hosted in Silicon Valley. SatNews include Daily and Weekly News Services and SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine, published monthly. satnews.com


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    Drone Nodes is online communication platform that brings together experts in drone research, start-ups, business, and education from across the globe.Through our website, you'll read up on the technology we're following both through professional as well as recreational means. It's quite an exciting market to watch over much as the personal computer has been in the past century!


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    Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545


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    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is perfectly situated in one of London’s most luxurious and beautiful areas within South Kensington. 

    The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station for convenient travel to Hyde Park, London Eye, Tower Bridge plus more of London’s top attractions. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow. 

    This distinctive hotel in south London has so much to offer to make all guests really feel at home. The latest Holiday Inn relaunch is not just about the new look and feel for the hotel but to offer guests more benefits during their stay including a pillow menu for extra comfort during their sleep and a curved shower rail for more spacious feel. 

    In addition to our 906 rooms, all business guests can take advantage of our meeting and conference facilities including High Speed Internet Access and unlimited Starbucks coffee at The Academy. Our hotel’s professional event planners are on board to help take the hard work and stress away from planning your next event. 

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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.

    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.

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