The SAE Media Group Group are delighted to announce the first annual Future Armored Vehicles Survivability USA conference, taking place in Arlington, VA on the 26th and 27th September 2022.

Unlike any other event, the FAV Survivability USA conference is a meeting for the US armored vehicle community designed around a series of focused discussions on the strategies and technologies being adopted to enhance crew and platform survivability. As seen in recent operations, threats to the vehicle are increasing in both scope and size. With the continued proliferation of advanced anti-tank weaponry around the world, and as armed forces pivot to addressing near-peer adversaries, armored vehicle survivability is now more important than it ever has been.

As the only armored vehicle conference in North America dedicated to the area of survivability, this 2022 event will gather program managers, capability directors, commanders from the military, senior engineers, chief scientists, and platform managers from leading solution providers to discuss what the US Military and Industry partners are doing to best protect their armored vehicles and personnel.

This conference is a focused study on how to enhance survivability and addresses all layers of the survivability spectrum. Key capabilities that will be covered are signature management, situational awareness, armored and blast protection, C-IED, vehicle obscuration systems, active protection systems and an overall picture of integrated survivability.


Please note: this event is not officially affiliated with the US Army or Department of Defense.

  • Hear the latest survivability updates from the current and future armored vehicles that will drive US maneuver options for years to come
  • This will include platform specific briefs discussing the: Abrams, Bradley, NGCV, AMPV, OMFV, Stryker, JLTV, ACV, ARV and more
  • Learn from briefings on armored vehicles defensive capabilities from leading US Program Managers bringing together those at the heart of systems operation, training, development and integration
  • Benefit from this platform to advance armored vehicles active defense capabilities and network with those at the heart of protective technology design, development, and integration
  • Discuss key requirements for the countering of threats during contemporary and future operations such as IEDs, UAS, EW, ballistic threats, antitank guided missiles and many more

Conference agenda



Registration & Coffee



SAE Media Group Welcome Address

Mr Jack Overell

Mr Jack Overell, Production Manager - Defence, SAE Media Group



Providing Life Cycle Development and Support for US Army Ground Vehicles

Major General Darren Werner, Commanding General, US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command

  • Supporting and building US army readiness around the world
  • Conducting life cycle sustainment and repair of US armored vehicles to maximize survivability and crew protection
  • Challenges of providing sustainment support to US forces at home and abroad and TACOM’s work overcoming these
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    Adopting Networked Vehicle Sensor Technology to Detect and Protect Against CBRN Treats

    Colonel Robert Carter III, JPM CBRN Sensors, JPEO-CBRND, U.S. Army

  • Examining next generation CBRN sensors
  • Discussing modular systems to adapt platforms to mission specific requirements
  • Generating affordable CBRN protection capabilities through innovative, agile, results-oriented acquisition
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    Morning Coffee



    Emergency Egress Lighting – an Essential Safety Requirement

    Mr Keith White, Business Development Mananger , AeroGlow LLC

  • The need to identify egress points in Armoured Vehicles
  • Why Photo Luminescent Tape is unsuitable for marking egress points
  • Essential Emergency Egress Lighting System (EELS) requirements
  • How the AeroGlow Hatch Lighting and Orientation (HaLO) system meets your EELS requirements
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    Networking Lunch



    Countermine and Counter-Improvised Explosive Device technologies - Past and Present

    Mr Aaron LaPointe, Countermine Division Chief, US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center

    The presentation will cover a wide breadth of technologies the C5ISR Center has brought to bear in recent years to counter landmines and IEDs supporting vehicle and soldier survivability. Lessons learned from OEF and OIF will be discussed. Currently, Army Modernization Priorities drive investments in support of Next Generation Combat Vehicle with a need for further standoff and target discrimination capabilities.



    Afternoon Tea



    Procuring the Next Generation Amphibious Combat Vehicle to Support Future Distributed Marine Forces

  • Replacing the Amphibious Assault Vehicle with the Amphibious Combat Vehicle as the primary means of tactical mobility for the Marine infantry battalion at sea and ashore
  • Keeping up with ever-changing emerging technologies to ensure procurement moves at the speed at relevance
  • Survivability capabilities of the ACV: balancing protection and payload priorities
  • ACV variants and their different mission sets, capabilities and protection
  • Colonel Timothy F. Hough, Program Manager Advanced Amphibious Assault (PM AAA), US Marine Corps

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew W. Hohl, Mobility/Counter-Mobility Branch Head, Capabilities Development Directorate, US Marine Corps



    Upgrading Canadian Combat Vehicles for Maximum Protection and Survivability

  • Planned upgrades to the survivability profiles of the Light Armoured Vehicle
  • The new Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV) and its role in CAF operations
  • Overview of the Canadian Army’s Vehicle Protection Systems Program
  • Future plans and priorities for enhancing the survivability of Canadian armoured vehicles
  • Colonel Etienne Gauthier, Director - Armour Vehicle Program Management , Canadian Armed Forces



    SAE Media Group Closing Remarks



    Registration & Coffee



    SAE Media Group Opening Remarks

    Mr Jack Overell

    Mr Jack Overell, Production Manager - Defence, SAE Media Group



    Evolving US Army Armor Training Priorities with the Integration of New Armored Vehicle Platforms

    Colonel Donald Braman, Deputy Commandant, US Armor School

  • Continuing excellence in training with both new and enhanced armored platforms
  • Maximising crew survivability by developing capable, adaptive and agile armor leaders who understand and can respond to battlefield threats
  • Creating a survivable armored force through effective doctrine and training
  • Challenges faced with the development of new platforms
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    AEC: Conducting Extensive Evaluation of Survivability Components and Requirements for Current and Future US Armored Vehicles

  • Ensuring future US armored vehicles are effective, suitable, survivable, and safe
  • Testing and examining entire armored platforms, not individual components, to create a holistic survivability evaluation
  • Assessing the combined effects of the threat from Multi-Domain Operations and how to overcome these
  • Mr Patrick Thompson, Technical Director, Survivability Evaluation Directorate, Army Evaluation Center



    Morning Coffee



    Forging the Narrative-Data, Intelligence and Requirements

    Mr. Duane Stefaniak

    Mr. Duane Stefaniak, Deputy Chief, Foreign Intelligence Technology Division, Headquarters, Department of the Army, DCS G-4

  • Supporting Army Acquisitions with threat-informed decision making
  • Likely threat systems on the future battlefield
  • Implications of recent conflicts to the armored fight
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    Developing Future Requirements for US Armored Vehicle Protection Capabilities

    Mr Thomas J Stafford, Deputy Director, Capabilities Development Integration Directorate, CDID, Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence

  • The changing nature of warfare and impacts on future AFV survivability requirements
  • Developing capabilities for US manned maneuver formations and platforms
  • Supporting future strategies to ensure the primacy of US forces
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    Networking Lunch

    Deputy Commandant
    US Armor School
    Director - Armour Vehicle Program Management
    Canadian Armed Forces
    U.S. Army
    Program Manager Advanced Amphibious Assault (PM AAA)
    US Marine Corps
    Mobility/Counter-Mobility Branch Head, Capabilities Development Directorate
    US Marine Corps
    Commanding General
    US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command
    Countermine Division Chief
    US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center
    Business Development Mananger
    AeroGlow LLC
    Technical Director, Survivability Evaluation Directorate
    Army Evaluation Center
    Deputy Director
    Capabilities Development Integration Directorate, CDID, Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence
    Deputy Chief, Foreign Intelligence Technology Division
    Headquarters, Department of the Army, DCS G-4




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    950 North Stafford Street, Arlington VA, Virginia, USA

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    Long Programme


    Short Programme


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    Speaker Biographies





    AeroGlow LLC


    AeroGlow is a small defence business with a UK office in Salisbury and a US office in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It delivers Emergency Egress Lighting Systems (EELS) for Military Platforms worldwide. The Hatch Lighting and Orientation (HaLO) System is a water, roll-over and blast operated emergency escape lighting system that has seen more than 10 years of active service. HaLO mitigates egress and drowning risks on numerous vehicles replacing the ineffective photo-luminescent tape often used to mark vehicle exit points. HaLO remains an enduring requirement providing various nations with escape lighting capability. It is fitted to many platforms including SOCOM MRAP and JLTV, USMC ACV and numerous other Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Protected Mobility fleets including AJAX and Boxer in the UK. Around 6,000 HaLO systems have now been delivered.

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