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SMi are proud to host the fourth annual Future Soldier Technology conference, which will convene in London on the 13th and 14th March 2018. This year's event will also include a dedicated pre-conference focus day on 12th March 2018 centred exclusively on dismounted soldier situational awareness – exploring how new technologies such as mobile deployable communications, land ISTAR, Command & Control networks and innovative immersive technologies and displays assist the warfighter.

Future soldier programmes continue to be critically important for dismounted infantry operations around the world. As militaries are expected to operate in diverse environments – from artic to urban landscapes – developing materials, technologies and capabilities that enable soldiers to survive and thrive has become ever more important.

As the only meeting solely dedicated to enhancing soldier modernisation programmes, Future Soldier Technology 2018 will provide a unique opportunity to see how emerging technologies and materials are used to overcome challenges in soldier modernisation programmes, from across the world.

It will explore the key categories for development, such as: survivability, lethality, sustainability, mobility and C4i. Along with soldier modernisation programmes from: IdZ-ES, FELIN, PEO Soldier, DE&S, ISSP, Soldat de Zukunft and more.

NEW FOR 2018: A pre-conference Focus Day on Soldier Situational Awareness on 12th March 2018!

At this years conference there will once again be an array of networking opportunities:

  • Meet an network with service providers as well as military and government end-users from around the world that make up the attendees and exhibitors at this year's conference
  • Join a post conference drinks reception hosted for GMRE
  • More than three and a half hours of networking during the conference days

Hear the very latest advances from Armies, Future Soldier Programme Managers and Joint Force Commands related to:

  • Ballistic protection
  • Soldier lethality
  • C4i systems and situational awareness equipment
  • Night vision and optics
  • Winter warfare capabilities
  • Soldier system power solutions

As well as updates from a variety of national programmes.

The conference and focus day agenda is critical for anyone involved in dismounted soldier technology and equipment, including:

  • Future Soldier System Programme Managers
  • Industry OEMs
  • Directors for Land Forces Capability
  • Infantry Trials and Development Unit Commander
  • Infantry Leaders
  • Soldier Systems Researchers
     

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

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

9:10 Developing the Agile and Versatile Infantry Forces of the Future Through Revolutionary Soldier Systems

Brigadier James Daniel MBE

Brigadier James Daniel MBE , Head Soldier, Training and Special Programmes, Defence Equipment and Support

 

·          Current work within the DE&S to develop communication solutions for non-mechanised infantry forces and how they are integrated into the wider network
·          Optimising power usage within soldier technologies to give infantry a battlefield edge for longer
·          Work within the Special Projects Search and Countermeasures (SPCS) to deliver unmanned ground vehicles to support warfighter situational awareness
·          Reducing soldier carry through technological and material innovations to increase troop mobility and agility

9:50 Integrating Cyber Security into Soldier Systems to Optimise Operational Capability

Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert, Chief of Section Optics, Optronics, Acoustics - IdZ, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and in-Service Support (BAAINBw)

 

·          Building an integrated and ergonomic soldier system with IT-security developed within the realization phase of two different soldier systems
·          Generate network enabled capability with tactical data links, C4i, optronics and sensor systems 
·          Looking forward: working to next generation of soldier systems with open architecture standards to build interoperability within coalition partners and further promote standardised cyber protection networks

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Enhancing Situational Awareness through Integrated Tactical ISTAR

Mr Christopher Briggs

Mr Christopher Briggs, Capability Advisor - Land ISTAR , DSTL

 

·          Overview of some of the Research and Development activity to enhance the Situational Awareness of soldiers including:
o    Navigation in GPS contested and denied environments
o    Detection of threats
o    Target handoff and cross-cueing
o    Integration of soldiers with tactical ISTAR assets
·          Challenges facing ISTAR and overcoming through new conceptual processes
o    The need to reduce cognitive burden
o    The role of autonomy to overcome personnel and training challenges
o    Integration and modularity

11:40 Creating a Standard for Soldier Connectivity

Mr Mark  Owen

Mr Mark Owen, Director of product strategy and development, TT Electronics - Connectors Business Unit

 

  • Meeting the challenges of interoperability
  • Today’s performance requirements vs tomorrow
  • How focussing of size and weight can be detrimental to mobility
  • Trading ease of use and reliability, against environmental and electrical performance
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12:20 Panel Discussion: Building Situational Awareness Through Effective Land ISTAR and Communication Networks

  • An overview of the diverse operating environments modern soldiers and marines conduct missions within
  • Supporting effective blue force tracking by optimising mobile deployable communication networks
  • Overcoming terrain challenges and soldier carry consideration within network systems and platforms
  • Maintaining domain awareness through exploitation of land ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance and target acquisition) of enemy combatants
  • Technological developments within micro-UAV's, robotic autonomous systems and night vision in support of ISTAR capabilities
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

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

    Brigadier James Daniel MBE

    Brigadier James Daniel MBE , Head Soldier, Training and Special Programmes, Defence Equipment and Support

    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert, Chief of Section Optics, Optronics, Acoustics - IdZ, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and in-Service Support (BAAINBw)

    Dr Duncan Stewart

    Dr Duncan Stewart, Defence Analyst and Royal Navy Reservist, UK MoD , DSTL

    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen

    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen, Principal Scientist C4i , FFI

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Proceedings of the German MoTaKo Programme

    Mr Rhega Wenske

    Mr Rhega Wenske, Chief Officer R&T & International Cooperation MoTaKo, , The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)

     

    ·     
    ·         Overview, Objective, and Timeline of the MoTaKo Programme
    ·         National and Alliance Defence within the framework of NATO and the EU - The "new" task of the Bundeswehr and the consequences for operational and technological requirements and system design
    ·         Persisting deficiency of interoperability capabilities of multinational land forces

     

    14:40 Maximising Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Through Integration of Network Enabled Technologies

    Dr Duncan Stewart

    Dr Duncan Stewart, Defence Analyst and Royal Navy Reservist, UK MoD , DSTL

     

    ·          An overview of historic technical trials with Nett Warrior within British Armed forces and how it has influenced current thought processes on creating robustly networked forces
    ·          Analysis of how data is shared between platforms such as helmet mounted battlecams and infantry formations and command and control
    ·          Balancing additional technologies with soldier load carriage considerations - creating the ergonomic soldier systems of the future
    ·          Weaving further domain awareness technologies into existing combat clothing to maximise operational intelligence

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Exploring Dismounted Soldier System Usability with COTS GPS systems

    Mr Jonathan Svensson

    Mr Jonathan Svensson, Senior Scientist, Human Technology-Organisation, C4ISR , FOI

     

     

     

    ·          Lessons learnt from the FOI’s participation in soldier modernisation programmes and research on dismounted soldier systems
    ·          Long term study of a motorized Army platoon using a COTS blue force tracking system
    ·          Considerations on display size, night-op usage, usability, transmission and system users
    ·          Individual spatial ability and improvement from different levels of support on spatial tasks such as navigation and target reporting
     

    16:30 Advances in Immersive Technologies that will Enhance Situational Awareness

    Dr Randall Hill

    Dr Randall Hill, Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California

     

    ·          Training advanced situational awareness leveraging advances in distance learning (CVIT – Captivating Virtual Instruction for Training)
    ·          One World Terrain – tools for building and using a 3D geospatial database by small units in the field
    ·          Experimentation with human-robot teams
    ·          Research in multimodal sensing for reading the emotional state of humans

    17:10 Employing Effective Command and Control to Build Situational Awareness within the NORMANS Programme

    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen

    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen, Principal Scientist C4i , FFI

     

    ·          ‘Paper to digital’: moving away from physical maps and notes within C2 by exploiting digitised battlespace
    ·          Integrating radar data into dismounted infantry displays to enable ‘red force’ aerial tracking by ground forces and build multi-domain situational awareness
    o    Establishing interoperability between military branches to maximise available intelligence
    ·          Ensuring data is displayed manageably to avoid surplus information disrupting effective decision making   
    ·          Overcoming challenges of data sharing on joint operations to enable effective coalition capabilities
     

    17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Situational Awareness Focus Day

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

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

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

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

    9:10 Progress Towards Creating the Versatile Infantry Fighting Force of the 21st Century

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army

     

    ·          Embedding voice, video and communication data services within dismounted soldier equipment
    o    Successes of the MORPHEUS Project at delivering next generation battlefield tactical communications for the British Army
    ·          Enabling higher tempo operations and better, quicker decision making through improved situational awareness
    o    Balancing future operational equipment requirements with physical and cognitive burdens on the Warfighter
    o    Reducing the size and weight of communication apparatuses
    ·          Minimalising friendly fire incidents through effective utilisation of ‘blue force tracking’

    9:40 Lessons Learned from FELIN to Pave the Way for the Next Generation Enhanced Dismounted Soldier

    Lieutenant Colonel Frederic Aubanel

    Lieutenant Colonel Frederic Aubanel, Deputy Director, Doctrine and Capability Development, French Army

     

    • FELIN: a global system, drawbacks and success
    • What Next?
      • Mounted and dismounted, different technological challenges.
      • Technology acceptance for infantry men
      • Dismounted soldier and collaborative fight project

    10:10 BDATech Capabilities and Applications

    Mr Rick Stone

    Mr Rick Stone, VP of Strategic Planning & Director of UX & HSE, Black Diamond Advanced Technology Ltd

     

    • BDATech's approach to designing multi-mission set communications platforms
    • Required flexibility in communication platforms to combat modern threats & requirements
    • Utilizing the correct integrated software programs to ensure mission success

    10:50 Morning Coffee

    11:20 Current Canadian Warfighting Capabilities in Context – the Integrated Soldier System Project

    Major Daniel Thibodeau

    Major Daniel Thibodeau, Project Director for the Integrated Soldier System Project ISSP, Canadian Forces

     

    ·          Incorporating wearable communication systems into battle suits to robustly network future dismounted infantry
    ·          Enhancing navigation, ISTAR and expeditionary capability through integration of tactical data links connected into the Land Command Support System (LCSS)
    ·          Transcending traditional unit formations: how the ISSP functions on the individual, squad and wider formational level
    ·          Utilising network centric communications for friendly force positional awareness, target acquisition and digital fire support
    ·          Building interoperability with coalition allies through compliance with NATO STAGNAG (standardised agreement) 4677 on dismounted soldier technology

    11:50 Mission Critical Interconnectivity Solutions

    Ms Lisa Amling

    Ms Lisa Amling, VP of Product Development, Small Format Connector Systems, Glenair Inc.

     

    • Identification and Understanding of Mission Profiles
    • Functional requirements to meet the Profiles
    • Engineering and Vertically Integrated Manufacturing Capability
    • Full circle testing and validation
    • Uninterrupted chain of supply and worldwide support

    12:20 Update on the Improvement of Army Combat Helmets Within the PEO Soldier Programme

    Dr James Zheng

    Dr James Zheng, Chief Scientist, Soldier Protection and Equipment, PEO Soldier , US Army

     

    • The challenge of ballistic protection: providing analogous levels of safety whilst reducing helmet weight
    • Successes employing Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) to improve the strength-weight ratio of infantry helmets
      • How the Advanced Combat Helmet Generation II (ACH Gen II) has reduced helmet weight whilst retaining the same levels of protection
      • How the integrated head protection system will include an enhanced helmet, visor and mandible that protects the lower jaw
      • Looking forward: PEO ambitions to use new materials for further mitigate soldier carry burden

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PALS, a Personal Acoustic Localization System for Each Soldier

    Mr Alex Koers

    Mr Alex Koers, Director, Microflown AVISA

     

    • Acoustic vector sensors as the enabler
    • Design options for the IP67 compliant mini AMMS
    • Test results
    • Outlook for urban warfare

    14:20 Panel Discussion: Enhancing Interoperability Standards Among Allied Future Soldiers to Improve Coalition Operations

  • Generating common integrated soldier system architecture within soldier modernisation programmes
  • Ensuring dismounted soldiers have access to coalition partner networks to streamline communication and intelligence sharing
  • Developing joint operational capabilities through shared training and exercises
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army

    Major Daniel Thibodeau

    Major Daniel Thibodeau, Project Director for the Integrated Soldier System Project ISSP, Canadian Forces

    Dr James Zheng

    Dr James Zheng, Chief Scientist, Soldier Protection and Equipment, PEO Soldier , US Army

    14:40 Transforming Norwegian Weapon System Lethality with Dismounted Soldier Night Vision Technologies

    Major Rune  Nesland-Steinor

    Major Rune Nesland-Steinor, Head of Project Section Weapons and Optics, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency

     

    ·          The role of observation and long-range object measurement in building domain awareness for infantry
    o    Achieving effective target acquisition capabilities for dismounted soldiers through multi-spectral imagining and long-range optics
    o    How low light winter and artic operations magnify the need for effective night vision technologies
    ·          Working with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) to deliver bespoke solutions for weapon system optics
    ·          Integrating object measurement, fall-of-shot correction and extended detection ranges into Norwegian Army weapons
    ·          Enabling extended ISTAR observation missions with night vision that has noiseless operation and long autonomous battery time

    15:20 Advancing Dismounted Soldier Munitions and Small Arms to Optimise Infantry Lethality

    Mr Matthew Walker

    Mr Matthew Walker, Deputy Director at Soldier Division, Lethality Branch, US Army

     

    ·          Current development of soldier launched munitions to provide dismounted infantry with a greater variety of force projection and limit reliance on aerial and naval fire support
    ·          Integrating Precision Guided Mortar Munitions (PGMM) into soldier systems to improve weapon accuracy and targeting capabilities
    ·          Creating a more versatile and independent dismounted soldier force through utilisation of advanced weapon systems
    ·         Considering weapon requirements and capability gaps within US soldier modernisation  

    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Session Reserved for Fischer Connectors

    16:50 Achieving Safety and Survival – Employing Effective Ballistic Protection and Combat Clothing

    Mr Johnathan Russell

    Mr Johnathan Russell, Project Technical Authority, Dismounted Survivability, DSTL

     

    ·          An overview of how the UK identified the VIRTUS requirements
    ·          Optimising combat clothing through use of new materials and technologies
    ·          Maximising soldier survivability through further research into effective ballistic protection and dismounted soldier systems

    17:20 Methods to Minimise and Evaluate Dismounted Soldier Signatures

    Dr Hans Kariis

    Dr Hans Kariis, Deputy Research Director Department of Electrooptical Systems, Swedish Defence Research Agency

     

    ·          Analysis of the growing requirement for stealth operations against near-peer and asymmetrical enemy combatants
    ·          Camouflage and signature management for dismounted soldier operations
    ·          Utilising modelling techniques to evaluate camouflage effectiveness
    ·          Future research and development of signature management technologies
     

    17:50 Future Soldier Sustainability in Winter Warfare – How to Increase the Performance

    Mr Svein Martini

    Mr Svein Martini, Principal Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment(FFI)

     

    ·          Examining the main challenges and opportunities of artic warfare
    ·          An analysis of combat clothing and equipment required for winter operational environments
    o    Balancing ballistic protection, reduced heat signature and equipment weight with insulation and survivability features
    o    Successes of the Norwegian Unsupported Polar Expeditions in using minimal fuel consumption portable heating devices developed by FFI
    ·          Optimising nutrients and food supply during winter campaign through R&D

    18:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

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

    18:30 GMRE Post Conference Drinks Reception

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

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

    9:10 Key Considerations for Artic Soldier Systems – Driving Operational Performance Through Technological Developments

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli, Commander Brigade North, Norwegian Army

     

    ·          Analysis of the main challenges for soldier systems designed for extreme low temperatures
    ·          Working to develop nanowire networked infantry gloves that absorb sweat and generate heat
    o    Optimising touch screen technologies for soldiers in low temperatures – balancing heat conservation and usability
    ·          Additional heating and insulation for key components and impact on soldier effectiveness
    ·          Lessons learnt from the recent Cold Response allied exercises

    9:40 Preparing Royal Marines for Winter Warfare Operations

    Colonel Matt Jackson

    Colonel Matt Jackson, Deputy Brigade Commander, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, Royal Marines

     

    ·          An overview of the wet and dry artic environments and the challenges they present
    ·          The British approach to heat management: integrating effective cold weather combat clothing and heat management technologies into Marine soldier systems
    ·          Ensuring equipment functions within low temperature environments and operational experience overcoming hand-held communications technical challenges
    ·          Achieving mobility through utilisation of ‘ski warfare’ without adversely impacting soldier load carriage
     

    10:10 Preparing Swedish Army Units for Artic and Cold Weather Operations

    Captain Elisabet Hökerberg

    Captain Elisabet Hökerberg, Deputy Head of the Armed Forces Unit for Cold Weather Operations, Swedish Army

     

    ·         Cold weather impact on the human being
    ·         An overview of the arctic operating environment and the main challenges it presents dismounted soldier formations
    ·         Swedish Armed Forces Cold Weather training concept
    ·         Ensuring that new equipment is tested in harsh climatic conditions before delivery to maximise its versatility
    ·         Future priorities to further develop cold weather capability

    10:40 Denmark BMS Integration

    Mr Jeppe  Mueller

    Mr Jeppe Mueller, BMS Systems, GMRE Inc

     

    • Understanding end-user needs and engineering a solution
    • Integrating and training for success
    • What comes next? Creating a strategy for the future  

    11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 Fulfilling Shifting Soldier Operational Demands Through the German Army IdZ-ES Programme

    Major Christophe  Wallner

    Major Christophe Wallner, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army

     

    ·          Considering key trends in combat environments – where the next generation warfighting domains will be
    o    How current operational demands require versatile equipment deployable to urban, winter, woodland and mountainous terrain
    ·          Incorporating weather protected clothes into the German Army through the IdZ-ES (Enhanced System) programme
    o    Building effective heat management through propagation of ventilation vests within ballistic body armour
    o    Managing human factors through integration of power capabilities into low weight clothing
    ·          Integrating battle management systems into infantry stock with touchscreen communication systems and C4i networks
    o    Overcoming BMS limitations by making systems of the future more user-friendly
     

    12:10 Session Reserved for Ultra PCS

    12:40 Austria´s Steps towards an Integrated Dismounted Soldier System: Soldier 2018 – Future Soldier

    Colonel Johanes  Bogner

    Colonel Johanes Bogner , Head of Project Team, Soldat de Zukunft, Austrian MoD

     

    ·          Enhanced capabilities to increase interoperability in a multinational environment
    ·          Optimising protection, lethality, mobility, communications
    ·          Future ambition in the Soldier Modernisation Programme

    13:10 Networking Lunch

    14:10 Research and Development of Advanced Power Sources for Future Soldier Platforms

    Dr Darren  Browning

    Dr Darren Browning , Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL

     

    ·          Current power requirements for dismounted soldiers within the British Army
    ·          Technical options in support of power supply sources
    ·          Balancing size and weight of energy cells with the operational requirements of future soldiers
    o    Current R&D in reduced weight and ergonomic battery packs for soldiers
    ·          Working to NATO Land Capability Group STANAG 4695 to build interoperability among coalition forces

    14:40 Session Reserved for Domo Tactical Communications

    15:10 Optimising Power Generation to Support Complex Soldier Systems

    Dr Carsten  Cremers

    Dr Carsten Cremers, Group Fuel Cells Leader, Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie

     

    ·          Consideration of current energy requirements of dismounted soldier systems
    ·          Limiting the flammability and other vulnerabilities of power packs utilised through development of new materials and chemical processes
    ·          Exploiting new lightweight power supplies to increase soldier mobility and improve load carriage
    ·          Current status of research and development into new battery solutions for long distance dismounted operations
     

    15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 A System of Systems Approach to Maximising the Lethality of Dismounted Soldiers

     Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor, Director Pardus Defence and Security & Former Commanding Officer Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army

     

    • The individual soldier as a system
    • The soldier as part of a section/squad
    • The section within a platoon
    • The platoon within a company
    • Logistical second and third order consequences

    16:40 Developing Soldier Lethality Through the US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

    Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher

    Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher, Programme Manager , United States Marine Corps

     

    ·          Creating a more agile, flexible & lethal Marine – developing schemes of manoeuvre in future operations that are coordinated with fire support platforms
    ·          Integrating hand-held UAS and tactical data relays for ground forces to improve situational awareness & ISTAR capabilities
    ·          Considering the role of NCO’s and squad leaders within battle formations and how they will increase the effectiveness of combat units in close quarters combat
    ·          Building lethality through effective trails and development of soldier systems  

     

    17:10 Implementing Ergonomic and Human Centric Future Soldier Programmes

    Dr Myra Van Esch-Bussemakers

    Dr Myra Van Esch-Bussemakers, Director of Human Effectiveness, T N O Human Factors Research Institute

     

    ·          Streamlining communication and tactical data link complexity to ensure user friendliness and improve situational awareness
    ·          Working across allied partners to create interoperability standards on information displays
    ·          Considering size and weight effect on soldiers of ballistic protection and its effect on Warfighter combat
    o    Balancing future soldier demands through utilisation of new lightweight and mobility friendly materials and e-textiles
     

    17:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

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

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Commander Brigade North, Norwegian Army
    Brigadier James Daniel MBE

    Brigadier James Daniel MBE

    Head Soldier, Training and Special Programmes, Defence Equipment and Support
    Dr James Zheng

    Dr James Zheng

    Chief Scientist, Soldier Protection and Equipment, PEO Soldier , US Army
    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Chief of Section Optics, Optronics, Acoustics - IdZ, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and in-Service Support (BAAINBw)

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor

    Director Pardus Defence and Security & Former Commanding Officer Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army
     Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Commander Brigade North, Norwegian Army
    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Brigadier James Daniel MBE

    Head Soldier, Training and Special Programmes, Defence Equipment and Support
    Brigadier James Daniel MBE

    Captain Elisabet Hökerberg

    Deputy Head of the Armed Forces Unit for Cold Weather Operations, Swedish Army
    Captain Elisabet Hökerberg

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

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

    Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher

    Programme Manager , United States Marine Corps
    Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher

    Colonel Johanes Bogner

    Head of Project Team, Soldat de Zukunft, Austrian MoD
    Colonel Johanes  Bogner

    Colonel Matt Jackson

    Deputy Brigade Commander, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, Royal Marines
    Colonel Matt Jackson

    Dr Carsten Cremers

    Group Fuel Cells Leader, Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie
    Dr Carsten  Cremers

    Dr Darren Browning

    Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL
    Dr Darren  Browning

    Dr Duncan Stewart

    Defence Analyst and Royal Navy Reservist, UK MoD , DSTL
    Dr Duncan Stewart

    Dr Hans Kariis

    Deputy Research Director Department of Electrooptical Systems, Swedish Defence Research Agency
    Dr Hans Kariis

    Dr James Zheng

    Chief Scientist, Soldier Protection and Equipment, PEO Soldier , US Army
    Dr James Zheng

    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Chief of Section Optics, Optronics, Acoustics - IdZ, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and in-Service Support (BAAINBw)
    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Dr Myra Van Esch-Bussemakers

    Director of Human Effectiveness, T N O Human Factors Research Institute
    Dr Myra Van Esch-Bussemakers

    Dr Randall Hill

    Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California
    Dr Randall Hill

    Lieutenant Colonel Frederic Aubanel

    Deputy Director, Doctrine and Capability Development, French Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Frederic Aubanel

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Major Christophe Wallner

    Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
    Major Christophe  Wallner

    Major Daniel Thibodeau

    Project Director for the Integrated Soldier System Project ISSP, Canadian Forces
    Major Daniel Thibodeau

    Major Rune Nesland-Steinor

    Head of Project Section Weapons and Optics, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency
    Major Rune  Nesland-Steinor

    Mr Alex Koers

    Director, Microflown AVISA
    Mr Alex Koers

    Mr Christopher Briggs

    Capability Advisor - Land ISTAR , DSTL
    Mr Christopher Briggs

    Mr Jeppe Mueller

    BMS Systems, GMRE Inc
    Mr Jeppe  Mueller

    Mr Johnathan Russell

    Project Technical Authority, Dismounted Survivability, DSTL
    Mr Johnathan Russell

    Mr Jonathan Svensson

    Senior Scientist, Human Technology-Organisation, C4ISR , FOI
    Mr Jonathan Svensson

    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen

    Principal Scientist C4i , FFI
    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen

    Mr Mark Owen

    Director of product strategy and development, TT Electronics - Connectors Business Unit
    Mr Mark  Owen

    Mr Matthew Walker

    Deputy Director at Soldier Division, Lethality Branch, US Army
    Mr Matthew Walker

    Mr Rhega Wenske

    Chief Officer R&T & International Cooperation MoTaKo, , The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)
    Mr Rhega Wenske

    Mr Rick Stone

    VP of Strategic Planning & Director of UX & HSE, Black Diamond Advanced Technology Ltd
    Mr Rick Stone

    Mr Svein Martini

    Principal Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment(FFI)
    Mr Svein Martini

    Ms Lisa Amling

    VP of Product Development, Small Format Connector Systems, Glenair Inc.
    Ms Lisa Amling

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    We strive to set the standard for confidence and trust by providing rugged, reliable protective communication equipment. 3M PELTOR™ solutions for today’s modern warfighter have been designed for use in combat and combat support operations, specifically, for use with firearms and ballistic combat helmets. The hearing protectors feature external microphones for environmental listening (aka Talk-Through) capability, so operators can maintain auditory situational awareness while still protecting their hearing. With more than 60 years of experience, the PELTOR brand promises quality communication solutions that help provide an excellent balance of comfort and protection. The advanced engineering and technology inherent with the PELTOR™ brand fits with the high standard of quality and innovation of a continuously evolving range of product solutions that you, our customers, come to expect from 3M.


    Domo Tactical Communications

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    Fischer Connectors

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.fischerconnectors.com

    Fischer Connectors has been designing, manufacturing and distributing high performance connectors and cable assembly solutions for more than 60 years. Known for their reliability, quality and resistance to extreme environments, Fischer Connectors’ solutions are used in fields requiring faultless quality, such as defence & security, medical, industrial, instrumentation, audiovisual, transportation and energy. In close partnership with its customers, Fischer Connectors continues to push the boundaries of connectivity to address design engineers’ need to minimize space and maximize performance in their devices used in Dismounted Soldier, Ground, Aerospace and Marine military applications. Fischer Connectors' solutions have been tested to MIL-standards, are used in most soldier modernization programs – especially in C4ISTAR technologies, and meet the need for safe and reliable operations.


    Microflown AVISA

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.microflown-avisa.com

    Microflown AVISA (www.microflown-avisa.com) from the Netherlands is a trusted partner of several NATO countries in the field of acoustic situational awareness. Enabled by its revolutionary acoustic particle velocity sensor, the MEMS technology based Microflown transducer, AVISA delivers sensor nodes that able to: • detect • locate • track and • classify at the same time all sorts of audible events, such as: • Small Arms Fire • RPGs • mortars/ artillery • drones and attack helicopters Co funded by the Dutch Land forces in the Walking Ears project, Microflown AVISA has developed extremely low Size, Weight and Power IP67 compliant acoustic sensor nodes that are either: • man wearable • man portable (for Rest Over Night) On a single node level, this Personal Acoustic Localization System (PALS) provides: • location of a gunshot • direction of a blast On a networked level, PALS provides dots on the map for all audible events taking place, with display options like: • area • friend or foe small arms fire and / or 60 mm mortars As PALS has a modular design, it can be configured according to the end user requirements, integrating or leaving out self-contained functions like: • powering • geo referencing • communication • display


    Omnetics

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.omnetics.com/

    Omnetics Connector Corporation manufactures and designs Micro-miniature, Nano-miniature, and Hybrid connectors, wire harnesses, and cable assembly solutions for the toughest, smallest, and highest speed applications. These rugged miniature and ultra-miniature Mil-Spec based Micro-D, Nano-D, Circular, and Strip connector solutions aid in the interconnect and SWaP design requirements of your battlefield communications, computing, and other high performance devices, increasing the number of contacts for high speed compact circuitry in mission critical harsh environment applications. With a rich history of the miniaturization and ruggedization of interconnect harnesses, Omnetics Connector Corporation is proud to announce the development of our new COBRA™ connector system for the dismounted soldier. This unique design weighs under 35 grams and is compatible with the MOLLE straps of standard vests. It features 8 cleanable 5 AMP contacts which can handle USB 2.0 signals, and it offers a magnet free tactile latching system to avoid any signal interference. It is IP68 sealed in the mated and unmated state and can be terminated by the end user. The COBRA™ connector can be retro-fitted onto old vests with a clamp system designed for the standard MOLLE straps. Additionally, both halves of the connector can be fabric or bulkhead mounted, creating a plethora of design configurations. The design can also be modified to fit specific application requirements. Stop by Omnetics’ booth at Future Soldier Technology 2018 to learn more about our miniature and ruggedized connector solutions.


    Revision Military

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    Revision develops and delivers purpose-built protective equipment and innovative integrated solutions to forces around the world. All Revision products are built to enhance survivability for soldiers and tactical users operating in extreme environments and situations. The Company’s history began with eyewear and has expanded to include face, head, and torso protective solutions. Revision’s evolution continues with the addition of advanced and versatile lithium-ion soldier-worn energy products and air and ground vehicular power platforms. Across each of the Company’s Business Units, Revision brings together the finest technical minds, with wide-ranging expertise, in state-of-the-art facilities.


    Source Tactical Gear

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
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    Source, through its Outdoor and Tactical Gear Brands, specializes in a range products designed to link individuals with their environment, in a manner to enhance comfort and performance. Source are the prime contractor for VIRTUS pulse one, the world’s only truly integrated personal protection and load carriage system for regular infantry. VIRTUS provides the chassis for the UK Generic Soldier Architecture, and Source have worked with DSTL on providing the chassis for Future Soldier Vision 2016, as well as a number of UK and international companies looking to integrate power and data onto the man; without compromising the performance of load carriage and protection sub-systems. Source are based in Tirat Carmel in Israel, and was founded by Yoki Gill in 1989. The management and design team of Source are largely drawn from serving and former members of elite IDF units – enabling Source to state that VIRTUS is “made by soldiers for soldiers”. VIRTUS was designed in conjunction with academic teams from the fields of Physiology, Sports Science and Bio-mechanics, and no other in-service system can demonstrate auditable performance increases across all 3 disciplines. Source provide their own soft ballistic solutions, and their analysis of UK biometric data has produced a step change in the manner in which body armour and tactical gear is sized. Through their UK Partner Falco-P, Source provide training and maintenance support direct to the end user, representing a unique capability within the soldier system arena.


    TT Electronics

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://

    A global provider of engineered-electronics for performance critical applications We have years of experience and expertise in engineering and delivering electronics for applications in the harshest environments across industrial, transportation, aerospace, defence and medical markets. We work hard to develop strong long-term relationships with our customers, many of which are global leaders, working on cutting- edge innovation in some of the fastest growing markets in the global economy. Our Purpose is: To harness our leading expertise to engineer electronics that put our customers ahead. This means we work hard to keep our electronics expertise at the forefront of the latest developments in electronics. We work in a strategic partnership with our customers to apply our expertise from across a range of electronics disciplines to deliver competitive advantage for our customers. We think this helps us to deliver higher performing, more reliable products at pace to meet our customers’ needs with greater precision. Which is why we are confident in making Our Promise - Expert electronics you can rely on to get ahead.


    UltraLYNX

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
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    The need for improving how we fit technology and increase capability, such as situational awareness, onto the soldier is well understood. Finding a way to reduce this burden has been the driving force behind UltraLYNX; which provides an open man-worn architecture that enables the efficient distribution of power and data that is lightweight and scalable. UltraLYNX is a key component in the realisation of the benefits of any future situational awareness system; Increased operational tempo, improved operational agility and effectiveness and more efficient force application in a Combined, Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational command (CJIIM) organisational context. The benefits delivered by better situational awareness and more efficient power management will contribute to reducing the cognitive and physical burden on the soldier. UltraLYNX has intelligent power management, which allows devices to be supplied from a central power source, typically a Lithium Ion battery. This means that the use of technologies such as wireless charging extend mission operability. Each port can individually switch power to and from the central power bus, providing the user with control of the sources and loads that are connected. In addition, each port also provides overload protection as well as real time monitoring of power consumed. UltraLYNX has a smart hub allowing USB device drivers and message routing to be installed locally. This means that customisation of the End User Device (EUD) software kernel is no longer required. The EUD operates in device mode with network connectivity being achieved via reverse USB tethering. UltraLYNX also supports applications where no End User Device is required such as autonomous sensing or minimal user interaction. UltraLYNX provides the definitive standard for future soldier systems that provides a truly integrated and open systems solution.

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    Aviation News

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    SecurityClearedJobs.com

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    http://www.SecurityClearedJobs.com

    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.


    IHS Janes

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    With a legacy of over 100 years as Jane's, IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security delivers the world’s leading defence and security insight to help you make critical decisions. Our renowned open-source intelligence and powerful analytical tools encompass data on equipment, technology, parts, standards and logistics, as well as objective analysis of markets, programmes and budgets, risk and capabilities assessments, training and consulting services. Government, military and defense organizations gain insight into, plan for and act upon critical threats in the current global national-security environment. Businesses leverage tools and resources for more cost-effective defense-system design, delivery and support. Over 3000 thought leaders provide you with actionable intelligence for expedited and improved decision making. Customers, prospects and the media outlets alike rely upon IHS thought leaders for analysis, forecasts, and perspectives on topics, events, and issues that impact the global business landscape.


    UAS Weekly

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    SourceSecurity.com

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    SourceSecurity.com is the world's leading security industry publication, with an audience of over 180,000 visits monthly. SourceSecurity.com US Edition is specifically dedicated to the US and Americas security market. In addition to its unique and unrivalled comparative database of security products comprising over 18,000 products, including CCTV camera brackets & mounts, security bollards and barriers, video servers and access control system & kits, content includes news & analysis, latest applications, and a directory of security companies and security events. The site also features in-depth coverage of products and applications in vertical markets such as government & public services, remote monitoring and industrial & commercial security. Dedicated areas for network IP security and biometric security recognise the emergence and growth of these technologies, while experts from the industry contribute their valuable insights on business and technology trends. With its depth and breadth of content, SourceSecurity.com is the definitive resource for the security industry.


    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.


    International Journal of Radio Frequency Identification Technology and Applications

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    http://www.inderscience.com

    IJRFITA provides the primary forum to report and address the fundamental engineering and physical issues of RFID tag operation and tag/reader communication. The tag technologies will include backscatter, chip-less RFID and other alternatives to the classical chip and antenna combinations. The perspective is one of the hardware physical and mathematical foundations as opposed to enterprise software communicating with readers and the commercial product numbering systems.


    Air International

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    http://www.airinternational.com

    Over the years, AIR International has established an unrivalled reputation for authoritative reporting and coverage across the full spectrum of aviation subjects. With more pages than ever, all still dedicated to commercial and military aviation, we have more correspondents and top aviation writers from around the world, offering even more exciting news, features and stunning photography.


    Armada International

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    http://armadainternational.com

    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


    International Journal of Trust Management in Computing and Communications

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    http://www.inderscience.com/ijtmcc

    The volatile growth of the internet and globalization that influences every facet of life are fuelled by the rapid acceleration of computing/communication technologies. Although security is a major concern, we must also protect ourselves from false/misleading information provided by some information/service providers. Traditional security mechanisms cannot protect against this type of threat. Trust management mechanisms on the other hand can provide protection. IJTMCC provides a forum for discussion on theoretical and practical aspects of the latest developments in this area.


    Global Military Communications

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    http://www.globalmilitarycommunications.com

    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.


    Combat Aircraft magazine

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    http://www.combataircraft.net

    With in-depth editorial coverage alongside the finest imagery from the world’s foremost aviation photographers, Combat Aircraft is America’s best-selling military aviation magazine. With thought-provoking opinion pieces, detailed information and rare archive imagery, Combat Aircraft is your one-stop-source of military aviation news and features from across the globe. Visit www.combataircraft.net for more information.


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    ArmedForces.co.uk

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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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    IJSN proposes and fosters discussion on and dissemination of network security related issues.


    International Journal of Satellite Communications Policy and Management

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    http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=ijscpm

    IJSCPM aims to improve the state-of-the-art of worldwide research in the areas of satellite systems, networks, components, policy, management and services by publishing high-quality papers in this area, and by exposing readers to the various methodologies, tools, techniques, algorithms, results and applications involved.


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    Satnews Publishers is a leader in the delivery of timely and accurate news and data for the commercial and military satellite industries. Satnews publications include Satnews Daily, Weekly, Mobile, SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine. Our data products include the International Satellite Directory and SatFinder, both industry standard tools. Visit: www.satnews.com.


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    Copybook’s global military network is designed to facilitate business between defence contractors, governments and defence procurement companies worldwide. We cover the latest military news, developments, events, exhibitions and we help promote military products through working with specific military experts. If you supply to the military, you can simply add your company for free today. You can then network with other military suppliers, arrange meetings and network at leading military events worldwide. SIGN UP FOR FREE today! Copybook – Your Global Business Network


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    IJIDSS proposes and fosters discussion on the development of novel computational intelligence techniques and their application to support systems used by defence personnel. The scope of application covers strategic, tactical and operational decision-making across the entire defence sector, covering areas such as intelligence gathering and analysis, capability assessment, tactics modelling and evaluation and logistics management as well as military systems integration and both semi-autonomous and autonomous systems.


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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.


    International Journal of Ultra-Wideband Communications and Systems

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    IJUBWCS is a scholarly, refereed and peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to disseminating technical information in the areas of ultra wideband (UWB) communications and systems across the globe.


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    Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.


    Homeland Security Corporation (HSRC)

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    Homeland Security Research Corp. (HSRC) is a Washington, DC-based international market research and strategic consulting firm serving the homeland security community. HSRC provides premium market, technology and industry expertise that enables our global clients to gain critical insight into the business opportunities that exist within the Homeland Security & Homeland Defense market. Government clients include the US, UK, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Canada, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Finland, and Singapore. US Congress, DHS, US Army, US Navy, DOD, DOT, GAO, NATO, and the EU are among others. HSRC serves over 600 private sector clients, including all major defense contractors and many Fortune 500 companies. 40% discount on all HSRC reports to Conference attendees. Offer expires 30-Nov-2017. To redeem the discount contact our sales dept. with the name of the report & Promo Code HSRC301117 – sales@hsrc.biz


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


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    In today's increasing globalised and connected world with rapidly advancing technologies and changing weather patterns, critical infrastructures and social structures are threatened by natural and manmade disasters. Planning for future possible emergencies is essential; their assessment and management equally so. IJEM provides a refereed international forum bringing the latest research to bear on the issues involved, with a focus on contingencies and emergencies as well as crisis and disaster management and planning.


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    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.


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    Crisis Response Journal is the international publication focusing on response, resilience, continuity and security issues arising from large scale natural and man-made disasters, emergencies and terrorist attacks. CRJ analyses past events to draw vital lessons for the future, while constantly scanning the horizon to identify and help mitigate new threats.


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    Military Systems & Technology is an on-line resource for the International Military Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a major platform for communication between buyers and sellers. It profiles the very latest Military Systems and Technology from Defence Companies around the Globe. Also listing up and coming Military Exhibitions and Events.


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    Inderscience is a dynamic, leading, independent journal publisher. The company disseminates the latest research across the broad fields of science, engineering and technology; management, public and business administration; environment, ecological economics and sustainable development; computing, ICT and internet/web services, and related areas. Inderscience offers over 35 years' experience in publishing and has succeeded in building a substantial collection approaching 400 high-quality peer-reviewed international research journals in both online and print formats. We offer a variety of ways to keep up-to-date with the latest published leading-edge research while our online collection represents a fully-searchable digital archive of around 60,000 articles.


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    The realisation of wireless connectivity is bringing fundamental changes to telecommunications and computing and profoundly affects the way we compute, communicate and interact. It provides fully distributed and ubiquitous mobile computing and communications, thus bringing an end to the tyranny of geography. IJWMC addresses the state-of-the-art of all aspects of wireless communications and mobile computing.

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    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.

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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.

    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.

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

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

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

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

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