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SMi is proud to announce the 15th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference, taking place on 26th – 27th January 2022.

From the strategic level down to the tactical, efficient and clear communications are key to operational success. The fast pace of modern warfare requires agile, highly adaptable forces capable of rapid movement whilst maintaining a consistent communication and situational awareness capability. Interoperability is also becoming increasingly important to ensure seamless command and control within a multinational coalition, especially given the rising operational tempo across Europe.

The Mobile Deployable Communications conference is designed to bring together global leading program managers, strategic decision-makers, industry experts and thought leaders to explore the latest developments in communications technology. MDC is the only truly international conference which focuses on deployable CIS.

Moving to London for the first time, there will be a new focus on the UK MOD's strategic communications programmes and the UK's tactical communications industry. With support from around the MOD, MDC 2022 will be an exciting addition to the calendar.

  • Hear updates and guidance from worldwide CIS program managers and communications experts
  • Learn about future requirements for equipment and procurement processes.
  • Meet and network with senior military leaders and industry during dedicated networking sessions across two days
  • Discover the latest communication technology to optimise battlefield command and control
  • Discuss key topics during a series of panel discussions on timely themes, such as battlefield 5G and cognitive load

Advantech Wireless; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence and Space; Airforce Inspectorate; Armament Inspectorate; Bundeswehr; CIS Division of CZE MOD; Command and Control Directorate, J6 ; Cyber Command, Estonian Defence Forces ; Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces ; DND; DTAQ Europe Office; Eid Empresa De Investigacao E Desenvolvimento Electronica S A; Embassy of Canada to Poland; EU Military Staff ; ex PL MOD; General Command of the Polish Armed Forces; General Dynamics UK; General Dynamics UK Limited; GISS Sp. z o.o.; Glenair; Glenair, Inc; Government of Canada; HARRIS ; iDirect Europe ; Inmarsat; Inmarsat Global Ltd; J-6 AFOC; Jane's Information Group; La Mairie de Bangaani; Military Communication Institute; Military Research and Analysis Group Ltd; Military University of Technology; Mitre Corporation; MOD KSA; MoD Saudi Arabia; National Allied Radio Frequency Agencies (NARFA); National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC); NATO Joint Warfare Centre; ND SatCom; NFIU POL, NATO Force Integration Unit Poland; NORSOCOM / J6; Norwegian Army; OCCAR; OCCAR/ESSOR PD; PCO S.A.; POL TACP CG; Polish Armed Forces; Portuguese Army; Romanian Defence Staff; Romanian Land Forces; Royal Netherlands Marine Corps; RUAG Holding AG ; RUAG Space; SAAB AB; Saab AB, Electronic Business Governance; SHAPE; Swedish Armed Forces; Synqor Inc; Teldat Sp. z o.o. sp.k.; Territorial Defence Forces Command; The Mitre Corp; The Mitre Corporation; UAE GHQ; Warsaw Garrison Command; WB Electronics;
 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins

Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins, Managing Director , BRL
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9:00 Royal Marines Communications Modernisation Vision

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald, SO1 Equipment Capability, Commando Force Project Team, Royal Marines
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  • The Commando Force concept.
  • Roadmap to Full Operating Capacity.
  • The proposed CIS solution.
     
  • 9:30 British Army Deployed Comms Modernisation

    Captain David Keegan

    Captain David Keegan, SO3 Communications Information Systems Trials & Development Unit, British Army
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  • Key activities and goals for CISTDU and how the programme will benefit the deployed warfighter
  • Cognitive and physical load: why is ease of use such a key requirement for effective and sustainable ground communications?
  • Survivability for deployed comms at Brigade level
  • Novel C2 and communications research: where CISTDU is going with its communications modernization mission
  • 10:00 The Connected Battlespace Is Now Extended To The Dismounted Soldier Domain

    Mr Daan Ruhe

    Mr Daan Ruhe, Global Product Specialist L-TAC, Inmarsat Global Government
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  • On-the-person, on-the-move satellite connectivity from Inmarsat: L-TAC and BGAN Patrol
  • Full integration with Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) and body worn interconnect solutions
  • Ongoing BGAN Patrol Trial programme with MODs around the world, first trial results released
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Last Mile in Communications

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier, Head of Communications and Electronic Warfare Planning, Austrian MOD
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  • The Last Mile in Asymmetric Warfare
  • Requirements
  • Solutions
  • 11:30 Technology and Operational Trends in CIS - How They Will Affect Future Capabilities

    Mr Ian Blower MBE

    Mr Ian Blower MBE, European Modernisation Director – Communication Systems, L3Harris Technologies

  • Commercial technology influences on operations.
  • The thirst for more…
  • How current and future threats can be addressed.
  • How can requirements setters future-proof their capabilities.
  • 12:00 Hungarian Armed Forces C4I Modernisation and Technical Advancement

    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Colonel Janos Poloskei, Branch Chief, Command and Control Systems Development Branch, Hungarian Defence Force
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  • Development in HUN deployable communications
  • New challenges
  • The view moving forward – integrating CIS into all platforms
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 RNLMC CIS Plans and Modernisation Requirements

    Major Menno van der Schaaf

    Major Menno van der Schaaf, SO2 CIS Operations/Branch Head CIS, Royal Netherlands Marine Corps

  • Overview of CIS modernisation elements and future integration of CIS update tranches into the RLNMC
  • Ensuring a dexterity and design mindset throughout the projects for amphibious use
  • Emerging technology: radar, laser and hyperspectral sensors, and what they offer to the soldier
  • Integration into TEN and other emerging programmes
  • 14:00 How can Military and Commercial Satellite Communications Better Enable Future Operations

    Mr Neil Fraser

    Mr Neil Fraser, Director Defence and Space Programmes, NSSL Global Ltd
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  • The challenges facing defence users across NATO, linked for context to some lessons from the 20 year Afghan campaign
  • Themes from the UK’s Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper including: persistent engagement, being more globally responsive; and the increasing role for small teams, special operations and assistance forces.
  • Taking that demand and a look at the satellite communications technology defence uses, together with lessons and perspective from users, deliverers and industry
  • Views on what technology and business opportunities defence can look to exploit in the coming years.
     
  • 14:30 Portuguese Air Force Deployable CIS

    Major Ivo Cavaco

    Major Ivo Cavaco, Deployable CIS Chief, Portuguese Air Force
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  • Command and Control (CIS Perspective);
  • Portuguese CIS Specifi cations - Flexibility, Interoperability and Mobility;
  • Portuguese CIS C2 Networks.
  • 15:00 Session Reserved for Viasat

    Mr Simon Paterson

    Mr Simon Paterson, Business Development Director, Viasat

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 NOR Army C4IS and the Ongoing Operationalization of the NOR ARMY Signal Concept

    Lieutenant Colonel Lars Birkheim

    Lieutenant Colonel Lars Birkheim, Deputy Signal Inspector, Norwegian Army
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  • Norwegian Army Signal Concept
  • From a concept and an idea to a plan with decisive conditions
  • The result: NOR ARMY C4IS - a tactical platform suited to the Army
  • 16:30 Digital Modernisation of the Tactical Networking

    Mr Salvador Llopis

    Mr Salvador Llopis, Project Officer Communications and Information Systems , European Defence Agency
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  • Introduction to the EDA´s work on Communications and Information Systems (CIS)
  • Tactical CIS: State-of-the-art technology
  • CIS challenges in support of Command and Control Systems
  • 17:00 Argentine Army Mobile Communications

    Lieutenant Colonel Raul Machinandiarena

    Lieutenant Colonel Raul Machinandiarena, Chief of Communication Project Development Department, CIS General Directorate, Argentine Army
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  • Argentine Army CIS Support
  • Ground Deployable Systems
  • Integrated Mobile Communications
  • 17:30 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins, Managing Director , BRL
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    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins, Managing Director , BRL
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    9:00 C5ISR Center Research into Cutting-Edge Tactical Communications for the Global Warfighter

    Dr Rich Hoffmann

    Dr Rich Hoffmann, Protected SATCOM Team Lead, Joint SATCOM Engineering Center, US Army C5ISR Center
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  • Overview of C5ISR research and lines of effort for deployable communications
  • Importance of multiple redundancy layers for near-peer conflict: why fallback systems are required
  • Integrating multiple communications systems: how are we approaching this?
  • LEO, MEO and GEO constellations: US Army goal to integrate all three into a single communications system which flexibly adapts as needed
  • 9:30 Leveraging Commercial for Mobile Deployable Communications

    Major Austin Baker

    Major Austin Baker, Deputy Director, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit (OUSD R&E)
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  • Commercial’s Role and Value in “Fighting SATCOM”
  • Tactical ground stations in Multi-Domain Operations (MDO)
  • The role of commercial technologies in the U.S. Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) architecture
  • 10:00 Tactical Technologies to Address Emerging Threats

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name To Be Confirmed, REDCOM Laboratories, Inc

  • Capitalizing on existing tech while embracing new technology
  • Effective C2 for distributed and DIL environments
  • Reducing complexity while improving operational effectiveness
  • Improving interoperability with Joint and Coalition forces
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Joint Interoperability & Data-Link Training Center: US Military's Tactical Comms Schoolhouse and Interoperability Development Partner

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik J. Haeuptle

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik J. Haeuptle, Interoperability & Proponency Branch Chief, Chief, Joint Interoperability & Data Link Training Center (JID-TC), US DOD
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  • The JID’s mission to optimize CIS standards and interoperability
  • Courses offered by the JID for partner nations and their benefits for operational effectiveness
  • JADC2: what does this mean for our partner nations? How you will integrate into a JADC2 DOD comms structure
  • Op Convergence and greater architectural coherence
  • 11:30 UK CIS Research and Development: The Way Ahead

    Confirmed Senior Representative

    Confirmed Senior Representative, C4 Systems Group, CIS Division, DSTL

  • Accelerated Next Generation - Autonomous Resilient Architectures;
  • Generation After Next - Deployed Comms - Evolving against the Threat
  • MOD’s Chief Scientific Advisor’s next Information Systems research programme
  • 12:00 TAK Continuous Delivery: The Next 10 Years

    Mr Ryan McLean

    Mr Ryan McLean, Director, TAK Product Center
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  • The Future of Information Dominance
  • The TAK Mission and Framework
  • Agile Delivery for the Defense Community in the 21st Century
     
  • 12:45 Networking Lunch

    13:45 Space Force Ground Segment Development

    Dr Ray Warriner

    Dr Ray Warriner, Spectrum Warfare Division, Space Systems Command, US Space Force

  • Current plans for Wideband Follow-on program
  • Current plans for Flexible Terminals Interfaces
  • Current plans for Enterprise Management and Combined SATCOM Ops Management
     
  • 14:15 GREYNET: Secure, Disruption/Delay Tolerant Unified C2/SA Tactical Edge Network with Global Reach

    Mr Curtis White

    Mr Curtis White, Senior Research Systems Engineer, Navy Information Warfare Center- Atlantic, US Navy
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  • Self-forming, self-provisioning and self-healing, transport agnostic tactical edge network ecosystem
  • Security, Scalability and Resiliency: providing ubiquitous/transparent comm and cross-agency collaboration features to meet operational complexity
  • GreyNet program update – how it can contribute to future command, control and communications
  • Looking to the future: where UAV and other capabilities can enhance on-the-move communications
  • 14:45 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 EU CIS Projects and Operational Context

    Colonel Christian Wagner

    Colonel Christian Wagner, Head of Division CIS&CD Policy and Requirements and Acting Deputy Director CIS&CD Directorate/EUMS, EU Military Staff/EU External Actions Service
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  • Enabling EU CSDP Military Operations and Missions Through Interoperable CIS
  • CIS&CD in the EU CSDP Environment
  • EU Military CIS Projects
  • Cyberspace as a Domain of military Operations
  • 15:45 Federated Mission Networking: Ensuring Interoperability within NATO and Spiral Updates

    Captain (N) Ettore Socci

    Captain (N) Ettore Socci, Director, FMN Secretariat
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  • The FMN’s goal and framework process: delivering coordination and standardization for the design and use of interoperable communications capabilities
  • Simplicity as a core enabler: how the FMN looks to maximise ease of use and implementation for its Affiliates
  • Updates to the FMN Spiral Specification Roadmap
  • Reports from the Coalition Interoperability Assurance and Validation process: what we are integrating
  • 16:15 European Secure Software Defined Radio Project Update

    Mr Charles Chedhomme

    Mr Charles Chedhomme, Finance Director ESSOR Programme, OCCAR

  • Scope and ambition of the ESSOR project: delivering common technologies for EU forces’ radios
  • SDR architecture update: the first and only jointly developed interoperable common waveform
  • Introduction of Belgium and Sweden to the ESSOR project and what this means moving forward
  • Ambitions to extend reach to other waveforms in the coming years
  • 16:45 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins, Managing Director , BRL
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Captain (N) Ettore Socci

    Captain (N) Ettore Socci

    Director, FMN Secretariat
    Captain David Keegan

    Captain David Keegan

    SO3 Communications Information Systems Trials & Development Unit, British Army
    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Head of Communications and Electronic Warfare Planning, Austrian MOD
    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Branch Chief, Command and Control Systems Development Branch, Hungarian Defence Force
    Dr Rich Hoffmann

    Dr Rich Hoffmann

    Protected SATCOM Team Lead, Joint SATCOM Engineering Center, US Army C5ISR Center
    Lieutenant Colonel Lars Birkheim

    Lieutenant Colonel Lars Birkheim

    Deputy Signal Inspector, Norwegian Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Raul Machinandiarena

    Lieutenant Colonel Raul Machinandiarena

    Chief of Communication Project Development Department, CIS General Directorate, Argentine Army

    Captain (N) Ettore Socci

    Director, FMN Secretariat
    Captain (N) Ettore Socci

    Born in Taranto on the 1st of April 1967, he joined the Italian Navy in 1985. After four years, he graduated at the Naval Academy, earning a degree in maritime and naval sciences.
    From 1990 to 2001, he served as operational officer on board of several warships, ranging from small frigate up to destroyer, sailing in Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf, Atlantic and Indian Ocean. As Lieutenant, he commanded the water tanker “Brenta”.
    From 2001 to 2004, he served ashore as Head of “Electronic Warfare” branch at the Studies and Projects department in the Italian Navy General Staff. During that period, he was national representative for the “NATO EW TRIALS" 2001, 2002 and 2003 and project leader for the "NATO EW TRIALS" 2004.
    He attended the 7th Joint High Level Staff Course at the Defence High Studies Centre in Rome (2004-2005). Later, he went back on board, firstly as executive officer of the frigate “Maestrale” (2005-2006), then as Commanding Officer of the oil tanker “Stromboli” (2006-2007).
    In 2007, back ashore he served as Head of “general staff” branch at the General Office of the Italian Chief of Defence.
    After a four-year term, in 2011 he was appointed Head of “Policy & Concepts” branch at the Italian Military Representation to the European Union Military Committee in Brussels. Promoted Navy Captain in 2012, in 2013-2014 he participated in the drafting of the EU Maritime Security Strategy, carried out by the "Friends of the Presidency (FoP) Group" of the Council of the European Union. During the Italian presidency semester, he co-chaired the FoP group, drawing up the EU Maritime Security Strategy Action Plan.
    Back in Italy from September 2015 to June 2017 the Augusta naval station, providing logistic and maintenance support to the Italian warships and their crews based and transiting in the military harbour in Sicily. In the same period he was President of the Navy Officers Club in Augusta.
    From July 2017 to December 2018, he served as Military Assistant to the Operation Commander in Operation SOPHIA (EUNAVFOR MED).
    From June 2019 to March 2020, with the “functional” rank of Rear Admiral (LH) he served as (the last) Force Commander in Operation SOPHIA and from May 2020 to October 2020 as (the first) Force Commander in Operation IRINI.
    Starting from 9 November 2020, Captain Ettore SOCCI is the FMN and AMN Secretariat Director at SHAPE (Mons – Belgium).
    Socci awards’ include commemorative crosses for EUNAVFORMED Operation SOPHIA and Operation IRINI in the Central Mediterranean, “Enduring Freedom” in Afghanistan, for operation in Somalia, for peace mission “SFOR” in Bosnia, for NATO Operation “Sharp Guard, Maritime Monitor, Maritime Guard”, for WEU Operation “Sharp Vigilance” in former Yugoslavia.
    Captain Ettore SOCCI lives in Brussels. He is married and he has one son and one daughter. His favourite motto is: “not one who begins but the one who perseveres”.

    Captain David Keegan

    SO3 Communications Information Systems Trials & Development Unit, British Army
    Captain David Keegan

    Captain Dave Keegan commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals in 2015 and completed a short attachment with the 3rd Divisional Signal Regiment before attending the Troop Commanders Course at the Royal School of Signals. He was then posted to the 1st Signal Regiment as a Bowman Troop Commander, providing the deployable headquarters to 104 Logistic Brigade. Alongside this task, he also deployed on interoperability exercises to Romania, as well as leading the UK technical Team during Locked Shields 17.

    Post Troop Command he was posted as an In-Service Degree Officer to Trojan Squadron in Newcastle, where he gained a first in Computer Sciences (Security and Resilience). In July 2020 he took up his current role as SO3 CIS TDU, taking part in several trials, including the Army Warfighting Experiment, against the backdrop of COVID-19.

    Outside of work Capt Keegan is an active member of the Garrison Mess and enjoys outdoor pursuits. An exceptionally keen caver, he is active beneath the ground in the Yorkshire Dales and the Mendips.

    Colonel Christian Wagner

    Head of Division CIS&CD Policy and Requirements and Acting Deputy Director CIS&CD Directorate/EUMS, EU Military Staff/EU External Actions Service
    Colonel Christian Wagner

    I started my military career in the Austrian Air Operation Center in the position of an Electronic Warfare Officer & Teamleader from 1990-2000.

    From 2000 to 2008 I held the position of G6 of the 3th Mechanized Infantry Brigade/AAF responsible for CIS planning and support for missions and exercises

    From 2008 to 2014 I held the positon of the Senior Officer Specialist for NEC Architecture Development in the Joint C2 Staff/J6 Division/MoD responsible for the development of architectural products for a comprehensive approach to Network Enabled Capabilities

    In 2014 I held the position of the Deputy Director CIS Planning Division and Head of Doctrine Department MoD with the responsibility for the Overarching Architecture and Doctrine development for national C3 system

    From 2014 to 2020 I held the position of the Senior Officer Specialist for CIS Security & Cyber Defence in ICT Planning Division/MOD.

    In May 2020 I started my tour in EUMS

    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Head of Communications and Electronic Warfare Planning, Austrian MOD
    Colonel Horst Treiblmaier

    Colonel TREIBLMAIER joined the army 1978. He has got commissioned to Lieutenant in 1982 as a signal officer and served as a coy commander, commander of officers and warrant officers selection courses, deputy commander headquater battailon, G6 of the key zone and territorial command of Lower Austrian. He is qualified as a NBC officer, battailon and brigade commander. He holds a masterdegree in Security and Defence, a masterdegree of Arts in Military Leadership and has a civilian education to an engineer of communications technology.

    Since 1998 he servers in different functions in MOD Austria. His promotion to the rank of Colonel was 2008. Since 2008 he is the Head of Communications and Electronic Warfare in the ICT-Planning Division. In 2021 he was graduated in General Staff.

    Colonel TREIBLMAIER is married to his wife Christa and they have three sons, Alexander, Bernd and Richard. He is living in a little village 120km west of Vienna.
     

    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Branch Chief, Command and Control Systems Development Branch, Hungarian Defence Force
    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Col János Pölöskei is the branch head of the HDFC Force Development Directorate, Command and Control Systems Development Branch, where he is leading his team in the field of preparation of procurements of land and air command and control systems and radar systems.

    He started his career in 1987 and graduated as an artillery officer from the military college in 1990. Before starting with procurement activities he spent several years in tactical level positions from platoon to brigade level. After a successful career in lower positions he became an operations planner at operational and strategic level, where he participated several NATO and national planning activities.

    Col Pölöskei went for mission to Kosovo in 2003 and 2017, and to Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006 where he got valuable operational experiences.

    He currently is studying the second year in the Doctoral School of the National University of Public Service and researches the field of capability development.

    He enjoys spinracing, running and Pilates gymnastics in his free time. He likes testing Linux distributions for home use as well.

    He is married with Andrea and is a proud father of his sons, Dávid and Kristof.

    Confirmed Senior Representative

    C4 Systems Group, CIS Division, DSTL
    Confirmed Senior Representative

    Dr Ray Warriner

    Spectrum Warfare Division, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
    Dr Ray Warriner

    Dr Rich Hoffmann

    Protected SATCOM Team Lead, Joint SATCOM Engineering Center, US Army C5ISR Center
    Dr Rich Hoffmann

    Mr. Rich Hoffmann leads a research and development team at the US Army Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber-defense, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. His current focus is technologies that add resiliency to Wideband SATCOM. Mr. Hoffmann’s early efforts include supporting strategic satellite terminal development including the upgrade of the Washington-Moscow Hotline and project lead for several tactical satellite control systems. His major contributions include functioning as the lead engineer on the Secure, Mobile, Anti-jam, Reliable, Tactical Terminal (SMART-T), and Transmission Lead for Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T). Mr. Hoffmann received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University. He is an Army Acquisition Corps member and is Level III certified in Systems Engineering and Program Management.

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik J. Haeuptle

    Interoperability & Proponency Branch Chief, Chief, Joint Interoperability & Data Link Training Center (JID-TC), US DOD
    Lieutenant Colonel Erik J. Haeuptle

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik J. Haeuptle is the Joint Staff, J7, Joint Interoperability & Data Link Training Center, Branch Chief of Interoperability & Proponency. The Interoperability & Proponency Branch of the JID-TC exists to advance Multi-TADL Network & Joint Data Network interoperability through engagement with Joint Staff, Combatant Commanders, Allied & Coalition partners, Service components, and DoD Agencies. I&P provides subject matter expertise to CCMDs for Multi-Tactical & Joint Data Network operations in order to enhance the lethality of the Joint Warfighter and ensure all domain readiness for the next war.

    Lt Colonel Haeuptle earned his commission in 2003 from Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 620 and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, he spent a year awaiting training at Eglin AFB in the 728th Air Control Squadron and as a 33d Operations Group executive officer. Lt Col Haeuptle then attended Undergraduate Air Battle Manager Training at Tyndall AFB, FL and then became an E-3B/C Air Weapons Officer, Air Surveillance Officer, and Assistant Flight Commander for the 963d Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. After his Tinker assignment, he became an Air Liaison Officer/Fighter Duty Officer and Weapons & Tactics Flight CC & Director of Logistics for the 682d Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, Ft Bragg, NC. Following that assignment, he served as the lead Air Battle Manager and Mission Crew Commander Instructor as well as an Assistant Director of Operations in the 330th Combat Training Squadron, Robins AFB, GA. After leaving his assignment at Robins, he became the Director of Operations, 14th Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, Ft Bragg, North Carolina. Finally, Lt Col Haeuptle became the Commander of the 682d Air Support Operations Squadron, deactivated the unit, and then stood up the 818th Operations Support Squadron, the TACPs first-ever OSS.

    Lieutenant Colonel Haeuptle is a senior Air Battle Manager with over 2075 hours, 105 Combat Sorties, and over 1200 combat hours logged in the E-3 AWACS and E-8 JSTARS. As a Senior Air Battle Manger with over 5 deployments, he supported Operations NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE. Finally, as a Tactical Air Control Party Officer, he supported Operation Enduring Freedom as a Senior Air Director in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Lieutenant Colonel Lars Birkheim

    Deputy Signal Inspector, Norwegian Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Lars Birkheim

    2021- Deputy Signal Inspector Norwegian Army
    2020-2021 Section-head Tactics, NOR Army Warfare School
    2019-2021 NOR Command and Staff College, master’s in military studies, Oslo
    2017-2019 G-6 in NOR Special Operations Command (FSK)
    2015-2017 Signal Squadron Commander NORSOC (FSK)
    2011-2015 2iC Signal Squadron NORSOC (FSK)
    2008-2011 Signal Troop Commander, Ground Based Air Defence Battalion, NOR Air Force
    2005-2008 NOR Air Force Academy, bachelor’s in military studies, Trondheim
    Pre-Academy; Signal Battalion in Brigade North, and Junior Officer School.

    39 years old. Married and father of two wonderful kids, settled in Elverum, approx 1,5 hrs cardrive north of Oslo. Broad tactical experience from several services and from several leadership levels. Deployed to KFOR in 2003, ISAF with Battle Group 3 in Kabul 2004-2005, and with ISAF SOF and TF-51 to Kabul in 2014 (mentoring CRU222 in Kabul). Enjoys roadcycling, football and golf.

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

    SO1 Equipment Capability, Commando Force Project Team, Royal Marines
    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

    Lt Col Macdonald joined the Royal Marines in Feb 1999 and, on completion of recruit training, specialised as an RM Signaller, deploying with the 3 Commando Brigade HQ and Signals Squadron to Kosovo (Op AGRICOLA IV) and Afghanistan (Op JACANA).

    He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2003 and, after completing initial troop commands, specialised as a Radio Signals Officer before joining the Commando Helicopter Force, deploying to Iraq (Op TELIC VII and VIII). This was followed by a move to HQ 3 Commando Brigade as the SO3 J6 and Battle Captain, deploying to Afghanistan (Op HERRICK IX). As an acting Major, he then took charge of the Trials and Training Support Group within the Defence CBRN Centre.

    On promotion to Major, his initial SO2 appointment was as the Officer Commanding the CIS Training Company at the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines (CTCRM). He was then selected for Sub-Unit Command and assumed command of the Communications Squadron, 30 Commando (Information Exploitation) Group RM. He then returned to CTCRM, as the Second in Command or the Specialist Training Wing. This was followed by a broadening appointment outside the RM. In his final role as a Major, he was appointed to be the Second in Command of 30 Cdo IX Gp RM.

    On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he assumed his current role in Navy Command HQ, as the SO1 Equipment Capability in the Commando Force Project Team within the Develop Directorate.

    Lieutenant Colonel Raul Machinandiarena

    Chief of Communication Project Development Department, CIS General Directorate, Argentine Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Raul Machinandiarena

    1. PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION

    a. Places an dates where served
    1) Signal Corps Army School (1999)
    2) 181st Signal Battalion “Major Sergeant Santiago BURATOVICH” as Chief of Section (1999- 2001)
    3) Non-Commissioned Officers School “Sergeant CABRAL” as Instructor (2002)
    4) Non-Commissioned Officers Army School “Sergeant CABRAL” as Instructor (2003)
    5) National Military College as Instructor (2004 – 2006)
    6) Army Engineering University “General Nicolás Manuel SAVIO” (2007 – 2011)
    7) Communications and Informatics General Directorate (2012 – 2015)
    8) 602nd Signal Battalion (2016 – 2017)
    9) 10th Mechanized Signal Company (2018 – 2019)
    10) Argentine Task Force in United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (2020)
    11) Communications and Informatics General Directorate (2020– 2021)

    b. Positions held

    1) Student in the Signal Army School (1999)
    2) Communication Center Platoon Leader (1999 – 2001)
    3) Signal Instructor for NCO (2002 – 2003)
    4) Signal Instructor for Cadets (2004 – 2006)
    5) Student of Electronic Engineering (2007 – 2011)
    6) Chief of Management of Communication Systems (2012 – 2015)
    7) Deputy Commanding Officer of the 602nd Signal Battalion (2016 – 2017)
    8) Commanding Officer of the 10th Mechanized Signal Company (2018 – 2019)
    9) Professor in the Army Engineering University “General Nicolás Manuel SAVIO”
    10) Tutor of internships from the Army Engineering University “General Nicolás Manuel SAVIO” (2012 – 2014)
    11) Chief Logistics Officer of Argentine Task Force in United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (2020)

    c. Skills and Titles

    1) Paratrooper Skill
    2) Mechanized Skill
    3) Skier Troop Skill
    4) Applied Mathematics Graduate – National Military College
    5) Military Engineer – Army Engineering University “General Nicolás Manuel SAVIO”
    6) Electronic Engineer – Army Engineering University “General Nicolás Manuel SAVIO”

    d. Foreign Missions

    1) Interchange with Argentine Air Force (2000)
    2) Experts Interchange in Research and Development Projects with the Arme Concept and Capability Development Center (Cologne, Germany) (2015)
    3) Experts Work Team for the Design and Installation for the Army´ Satellite Teleport Vision Technologies Systems (2015)
    4) Argentine Task Force in United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (2020)

    e. Distinctions

    1) From the John F. Kennedy University in Argentina – For having the second best scor in the Military School
    2) Merit Reward in Signal Corps – For having the best score in the Military College in the the Signal Branch
    3) Merit Reward in Signal Corps – For having the best score in the Signal Basic Course
    4) Uruguay National Army´s Medal – For having the best final average score in the Army Engineering University in the year 2012
    5) Peruvian Army´s Medal – For having the best final average score in the Army Engineering University in the year 2012
    6) Merit Reward in Signal Corps – For being the Signal Corps Officer with the best average score in the Army Engineering University in the year 2012
    7) Honor Mention from the National Academy of Engineering -– For having the best final average score in the Army Engineering University in the year 2012
     

    Major Austin Baker

    Deputy Director, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit (OUSD R&E)
    Major Austin Baker

    MAJ Austin C. Baker is a native of Farmington, Michigan, and a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering. He received his commission as an Army Quartermaster officer in December 2008 and attended the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course at Ft. Lee where he was named the distinguished honor graduate. His first operational assignment was with the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment stationed at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii. In August 2009, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to FOB Warrior, Iraq as a maintenance platoon leader and subsequent executive officer with the Squadron’s Forward Support Troop. In January 2012, he deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Squadron’s S4 OIC. MAJ Baker also served as the 2-6 Unit Movement Officer for 7 major movements over two years. In November of 2013 he completed the Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course at the Army Logistics University in Fort Lee, Virginia, and was again named the distinguished honor graduate. Following completion of the Captain’s Career Course, MAJ Baker was selected for transfer to Functional Area 40 (Space Operations) and completed certification in June 2014. MAJ Baker was then selected as Aide-de-Camp to Brigadier General Timothy R. Coffin, Commanding General of White Sands Missile Range, United States Army Test and Evaluation Command. In November 2015, MAJ Baker re-stationed to Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA to serve as lead Operations Officer and Chief of the US Strategic Command’s Laser Clearinghouse, which provides laser deconfliction to Department of Defense, civil, academic, and commercial laser systems in order to protect space systems and humans in space, consistent with national security requirements. Following a below-zone promotion to Major, MAJ Baker re-stationed to Fort Leavenworth, KS for the Command and General Staff Officer Course and graduated second out of sixty-two in his section. In June 2020, MAJ Baker joined the Defense Innovation Unit to serve as a program manager in its space portfolio. MAJ Baker’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Valorous Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral “3”, NATO Medal, the Air Assault Badge, and the Basic Space Badge.

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins

    Managing Director , BRL
    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins

    Major General (Retd) Bill Robins
    CB, OBE, BSc(Eng), MPhil, C Eng, FIET, FBCS, CITP

    Bill Robins led tactical communications in airborne, mechanized and armoured formations of the British Army. He commanded the Army’s Electronic Warfare Regiment in the early 80s during the Cold War, defined the requirement for the UK Government protected Crisis Management Centre and chaired the Management Board for the MOD/BT PFI programme for Defence Fixed Telecommunications.

    He now runs his own Defence and Security consultancy, BRL. He is a Senior Associate Fellow of RUSI.

    Major Ivo Cavaco

    Deployable CIS Chief, Portuguese Air Force
    Major Ivo Cavaco

    Maj Ivo Cavaco was born on the 6th of May 1974 in Vila Franca de Xira, a small town near Lisbon. He has been in the Air Force since 1994. After his high school studies, he started his military career as an enlisted officer (Electrotechnics Maintenance Officer). After one year of formation he mainly worked as planner for military and technical training.
    From 2001 to 2004 he attended the Academy Course and specialized in Communications and Information Systems. After his graduation he served several years as Chief of a Communications Centre and also as Course Director/Instructor.
    Early after the end of his course for senior officer (Major), in 2015, he was sent to the Air Command (Portuguese Air Force) where he was designated to be the Chief for Deployable Communication and Information Systems. In this place, as responsible for the Deployable Systems, he participated in several national and international missions and exercises were the Portuguese Air Force was involved, highlighting those carried out under the aegis of NATO and UN.
    Maj Ivo Cavaco is married and has two daughters. Currently he and his family live near the place where he was born.

    Major Menno van der Schaaf

    SO2 CIS Operations/Branch Head CIS, Royal Netherlands Marine Corps
    Major Menno van der Schaaf

    Mr Charles Chedhomme

    Finance Director ESSOR Programme, OCCAR
    Mr Charles Chedhomme

    Mr Curtis White

    Senior Research Systems Engineer, Navy Information Warfare Center- Atlantic, US Navy
    Mr Curtis White

    Mr. White is a Senior Research System Engineer in the Advanced Communications and Sensing Competency for Naval Information Warfare Center-Atlantic, Charleston SC. He has 40 years experience in inter-disciplinary applied R&D at Southwest Research Institute and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

    For the past 8 years, he has continued to expand his earlier work in Communications, Command & Control for Anti-Access/Area Denied Tactical Edge Networks. This work implements novel IoT concepts supporting multi-agency, multi-echelon unified wireless networks providing, highly robust secure voice, video, and data. The goal is to create a self-forming, self-healing Disruption, Delay Tolerant global network that is is completely autonomous and decentralized.

    Mr Daan Ruhe

    Global Product Specialist L-TAC, Inmarsat Global Government
    Mr Daan Ruhe

    Daan is the LTAC Product Specialist within Inmarsat’s Global Government Business Unit, a division that was created to focus specifically on the explicit requirements of government users across military, public safety, border protection and emergency services.

    Inmarsat is a global leader in mobile satellite communication and has been serving governments around the world since it was originally founded by the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1979 to ensure the safety of life at sea. The Global Government Business Unit is specifically tasked with delivering communication certainty to government across air, land and sea. If you need global mobile communications that must work, Inmarsat is the only solution that does so. Every time.

    Daan is responsible for managing Inmarsat’s L-TAC service. L-TAC, when coupled with the Spectra SlingShot applique and a small antenna, is a unique, lightweight, low-power satcom system that enables existing, in-service tactical military and commercial VHF/UHF radios to utilize Inmarsat’s global L-band GEO satellite coverage, effectively providing a radio repeater in space, allowing these radios to be used beyond line of sight, globally.

    Daan joined Inmarsat in 2015 having worked previously as a Solution Architect with Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Daan brings over 20 years of experience in telecommunications to the role and is a believer in true collaboration between government and industry to help build real solutions to real end user challenges. As such you are far more likely to find him out in the field, talking to operation teams about communications challenges and requirements, demonstrating capability and helping to find efficient solutions that help build situational awareness and deliver operational success.

    Mr Ian Blower MBE

    European Modernisation Director – Communication Systems, L3Harris Technologies
    Mr Ian Blower MBE

    Mr Neil Fraser

    Director Defence and Space Programmes, NSSL Global Ltd
    Mr Neil Fraser

    Neil Fraser served 26 years in the British Army, which included: 3 years as the lead for UK MOD global satellite and strategic radio communications projects and services, largely through the Skynet 5 PFI; 3 tours in Afghanistan including the initial deployment to Kabul soon after 9-11 commanding 216 Parachute Signal Squadron, working in a US Task Force with government and civilian agencies, and then a year after forming 22 Signal Regiment taking the unit on operations to provide UK theatre communications; service in Northern Ireland, across the Balkans, as a Joint Operational Planner, and with Airborne, Armoured and Commando forces. He joined Viasat in late 2013 and moved to NSSLGlobal as Director Defence and Space Programmes in early 2020. He has Masters degrees in the Design of Information Systems and Defence Studies

    Mr Ryan McLean

    Director, TAK Product Center
    Mr Ryan McLean

    TAK Continuous Delivery - the future of Information Dominance. That's Ryan's "why". As a developer by trade and engineer by degree, Ryan does software so the US wins the next fight. His software adventures have spanned the users of Defense R&D and Test, commercial web development, and the US Citizenship and Immigration enterprise - and some ethical hacking here and there. As TAK Product Center Director, Ryan leads a pipe-hitting team of passionate technologists that empowers more than 2,000 developers to deliver a family of open-source, networked geospatial platforms to over 200,000 military, federal, civilian, and international users. Ryan's hobbies include non-techy things like carpentry and yardwork, but he also relentlessly muses about new tech startup concepts. And, he's always "almost done" with another tech tutorial. Ryan keeps it real in central Indiana.

    Mr Salvador Llopis

    Project Officer Communications and Information Systems , European Defence Agency
    Mr Salvador Llopis

    Salvador Llopis currently works as Project Officer Communications and Information Systems (CIS) at the European Defence Agency (EDA) in Brussels. He worked previously at EDA as Project Officer Cyber Defence Technology and moderator of the Cyber Research and Technology Working Group. He graduated from the Spanish Army Military Academy as Signal Officer. He holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of cyber situational awareness, tactical telecommunications, command and control systems and the intersection of cognitive science, data science, human system integration and decision-support technologies. He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Defence and Security Technologies and programme committee member of various conferences. He has over 10 referred publications in these areas.

    Mr Simon Paterson

    Business Development Director, Viasat
    Mr Simon Paterson

    Senior Representative

    Name To Be Confirmed, REDCOM Laboratories, Inc
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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

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

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

     

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

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://grcltd.net/

    Satellite, RF, cloud and IP connectivity specialists, GRC design, integrate and support communication systems serving defence, government, emergency response and commercial users. Our partnerships and Tier 1 VAR (Value-Added Reseller) status with leading hardware and airtime providers, ensure cost-effective, intelligently integrated solutions, backed up by through life support and training.


    Inmarsat

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

    We are Inmarsat. And we deliver communication certainty to governments, globally. The governments of 80+ countries have depended on our services for over 40 years, and we invest in excess of $600m in research and development every year, enabling unprecedented new services for global mobility, delivering high performance connectivity. Everywhere.



    L3Harris

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.L3Harris.com

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



    NSSLGLobal

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

    NSSLGIobaI delivers critical communications to defence users on land, at sea and in the air including for the UK MOD and many NATO countries, together with other Government Departments and Agencies. NSSLGlobal is the largest provider of commercial satcom to European militaries across L, C, Ku and Ka bands bringing together services from multiple MSS and VSAT providers to bring global choice and resilience. NSSLGlobal provides best-in-class satellite and engineering solutions using bearer agnostic baseband solutions across a variety of satcom IP bearers, LTE or any other IP platform and providing connectivity into classified defence networks via our defence approved gateways.

    With more than 50 years’ experience, NSSLGlobal provides crew and operational communications to commercial and defence users, serving over 4,000 vessels and supporting over 20,000 land users. Many of our engineers are ex-armed forces, and understand the needs of government customers, able to develop tailored solutions to meet very specific requirements. With teleports and offices globally, an R&D arm in Norway, offices throughout Europe and Headquartered in the UK, NSSLGlobal can deliver engineering support to defence users wherever it is needed.



    RedCom

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    http://www.redcom.com

    REDCOM specializes in the development of advanced strategic, operational, and tactical communication solutions with a focus on interoperability, flexibility, and ease of use. REDCOM’s MIL-spec products are optimized for low size, weight, and power (SWaP), making them the ideal communications core for denied environments or deployments to the tactical edge.

    Our C2 software Sigma® is already fielded with the U.S. Army, delivering voice, video, chat, and transcoding in one lightweight software instance. Our latest innovation, Sigma® XRI, enables effective IP-RF interop and full C2 capabilities in one small form factor platform.

    REDCOM’s customers include all branches of the U.S. military, government agencies, partner nations, public safety organizations, and integrators. All REDCOM products are proudly designed, built, and supported in the United States. Learn more at www.redcom.com



    Viasat

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

    At Viasat, we’re on a mission to connect every warfighter, platform, and node in the battlespace. As a global communications company, we power millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world – connections that have the capacity to transform the mission – in the air, on the ground, and at sea. Our customers depend on us for connectivity that brings greater operational capabilities, whether we’re securing the U.S. Government’s networks, delivering satellite and wireless communications to the remote edges of the battlespace, or providing senior leaders with the ability to perform mission-critical communications while in flight. We’re a team of fearless innovators, driven to redefine what’s possible. And we’re not done – we’re just beginning.


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    Asian Military Review

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    http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

    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.


    Satellite Evolution Group

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    http://www.satellite-evolution.com

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


    The IET

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    https://milsatcoms.theiet.org/?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=milsatcoms&utm_content=smi

    We are the IET and we inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community to engineer a better world. As a diverse home across engineering and technology, we share knowledge that helps make better sense of the world in order to solve the challenges that matter. It’s why we are uniquely placed to champion engineering. Our Milsatcoms conference offers technical updates for military and satellite engineers, and takes place online over four half-day sessions on 9-12 March 2021. The programme of expert speakers includes the UK Space Agency, Inmarsat Global Government, NSSL Global Ltd, Dstl, EuroDefense, the Satellite Applications Catapult and Orbital Solutions. And it is free to attend for all military and government personnel.


    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.


    Everything RF

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    http://www.everythingrf.com

    everything RF - www.everythingRF.com keeps you up to date with the RF & Microwave Industry. We publish industry news, white papers and technical articles. We have the largest RF & Microwave product database on the internet which consists of product catalogs from over 500 Manufacturers. Use parametric search tools to narrow down on products based on your requirement. Download datasheets, compare products and get quotations. Quotations are routed to the manufacturers (or their distributors) who get back to you with the details. Visit www.everythingRF.com to learn more.


    Army Technology

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    http://www.army-technology.com

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


    World Teleport Association

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    http://www.worldteleport.org

    Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (WTA) has been the only trade association that focuses on the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations. Companies that do business with teleports also find that WTA is the best investment they can make to open new channels to the industry.


    Teletimes International

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    http://www.teletimesinternational.com

    Teletimes International, a premier business publication focused towards the Telecom, Satellite and ICT sectors of the Middle East, Asia and Africa, proactively leverages knowledge and insights from executives and decision makers. In its 14th year of publication, Teletimes is media partner to almost all major events and conferences in these regions. Envisioning a scholarly publication, Teletimes actively participates in high profile industry events, seminars, conferences and exhibitions to provide the latest research, analyses and developments to its readers. Teletimes has achieved a qualitative edge by capitalizing on the age-old need for information. Visit www.teletimesinternational.com for Online Edition and more information.


    Military Systems and Technology

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    http://www.militarysystems-tech.com

    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


    Soldier Modernisation

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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.


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    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.


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


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    This is a professionally edited magazine which focuses on the most important problems of the Polish military, security and defence industry. Much attention is paid on the current political and military situation in the region, new models of armament and military equipment, weaponry exhibitions, current tenders and laid contracts.


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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.


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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

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

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

     

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

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