SAE Media Group is proud to present the 5th Annual Future Soldier Technology USA Conference, taking place between June 4 and 6, 2023 in Arlington, VA.

Future Soldier Technology USA is the only dedicated conference of its kind in North America and will bring a unique focus to the future of soldier systems. The conference will discuss in detail soldier lethality, power management systems, mobility, sustainability and survivability. It will give you the opportunity to have your say, be part of the future, hear from industry experts as well as engage and network with senior program leaders and solution providers. Leaving with a detailed and exclusive understanding into the latest technology that will be used worldwide amongst soldiers and international countries.

Additionally, as soldiers and marines are increasingly integrated into an array of sensors and battlespace management systems, dismounted situational awareness is becoming a key area of overmatch capability.

Dismounted Situational Awareness Focus Day: June 4, 2024

The conference will feature a dedicated Dismounted Situational Awareness Focus Day with updates from US and NATO allied armed forces, discussing the modernisation of dismounted soldier communications and spatial awareness capabilities using existing and emerging next-generation equipment and technologies.

Main Conference: June 5-6, 2024

The two-day main conference will cover all other aspects vital to the modernisation of the future soldier. Key topics addressed will include:

  • Enhancing soldier lethality
  • Advanced target acquisition systems
  • Soldier sensors
  • Manned unmanned teaming
  • Communication systems
  • Battlespace management
  • Soldier sustainability
  • Systems trialling and evaluation
  • Synthetic training environments
  • Augmented reality
  •  Participate in the only event in North America focused solely on Soldier and Marine equipment modernization and capability developments
  • Listen to keynote briefings from senior US and NATO and allied dismounted soldier programme managers
  • Hear the latest developments from innovative and cutting-edge soldier modernization projects including PEO Soldier, Nett Warrior, IVAS, Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad and many others
  • Meet and network with the senior officers and civilians at the forefront of soldier capability development in the US Army and Marine Corps
  • Soldier modernisation is a key area of development for all militaries.
  • Enhancing soldier lethality, manoeuvrability, survivability, sustainability and situational awareness is essential for future force development.
  • The Unites States has the largest ground forces in the world and will require constant updating and modernisation to stay ahead of its adversaries. US soldier capability developers need to attend to learn about the latest updates and stay ahead of the curve.
  • US Army Futures Command and PEO Soldier are the essential Commands in charge of US soldier modernisation and will be in attendance.
  • This year’s forum will bring you access to key stakeholders across military, government, and industry to discuss the future of dismounted soldier modernisation.

Airboss Defence Group; Army C5ISR Center; Army Futures Command; Army Futures Command DECVOM-Armaments Center; Army Technology Research and Protection Center; Assistant Program Executive Office (APEO), PEO-Soldier; Assistant Secretary of Defence, Industrial Base Policy; ATSC; BRAZILIAN ARMY; Bren-Tronics, Inc.; British Army; British Army HQ; British Embassy; C5ISR Center; C5ISR RTI; Carver Scientific, Inc.; CD&I / USMC; CDAO; Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO); Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF); Cypress International; Defence Research and Development Canada; Defence Science and Technology Agency; Defence Science and Technology Agency, Singapore; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology (DASA R&T); Desert Tech, LLC; DEVCOM ARL; DEVCOM ARL - HCxS; DEVCOM Army Research Lab; DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory; DEVCOM C5ISR; DEVCOM C5ISR Center; DoD; DSTL; DSTL, UK MoD ; Elbit Systems; eMagin; Emagin Corporation; Glenair; goTenna; Hoffman Engineering Corp.; HQDA; HQDA G-8 ; Indiana National Guard; INVISIO Communications; Israeli Ministry of Defence; Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA); Joint Program Manager for CBRN Protection; JPM-Protection / JPEO-CBRND; JPRA; Leonardo DRS; Marathon Targets; Marine Corps Systems Command; Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory; MCDID, AFC; MilDef Inc.; Ministry of Defence; National Defence; National Simulation Center; NDMA (Norwegian defense material agency); Northrop Grumman; Norwegian defence military agency; Optics1; OTTO Engineering; OUSD R&E (Ctr); OUSD RE; Palantir; PEO IEW&S; PEO Soldier; Point Blank Enterprises; Product Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems; Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation ; SAE Media Group; Safran Optics 1; Soldier Lethality CFT, Army Futures Command; SoldierWorks, British Army; SparkCognition; SparkCognition Government Systems (SGS); TAK Product Center; Thales Defense & Security, Inc.; U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command; United States Marine Corps; US Army; US Army AFC DEVCOM C5ISR; US Army C5ISR Center; US Army CCDC AC; US ARMY DEVCOM AC; US Army DEVCOM C5ISR; US Army Futures Command - DEVCOM Armaments Center; US Army Medical Research and Development Command; US Army Reserve; US Army, PEO AVN, UAS Project Office; US Marine Corps Systems Command; US Special Operations Command; USA AFC DEVCOM-AC-JSSAP; USAMRDC; USArmy CCDC - Soldier Center; USSF; USSOCOM; USSOCOM/Program Manger Special Programs (PMSP); Viettel Hi-Tech; Wilcox Industries Corp.;

Sponsors and Exhibitors


Marriott Crystal City

Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, USA

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.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Marathon Targets

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Marathon Robotics provides Lethality Today to US, NATO, and Coalition Partners on four Continents. We’ve been selected by USMC to provide mobile trailers of Intelligent Robotic Targets at all key CONUS and OCONUS sites. We reinvent Live Fire Training with Intelligent Robots that look, move, and behave like real people. It’s the world’s most realistic live fire training: shoot one robot, the rest autonomously scatter for cover, or self-organize a swarming counterattack.

The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act describes our Autonomous Robotic Targets as “a vast improvement to training modality over existing systems and was value added in all training events/scenarios.”

Trevor Nash of Shepard Defence says: “The Marathon argument is very persuasive, but its challenge is to change a mindset - present for many centuries – that the aim of the range is to ‘train marksmanship.’ That mentality is wrong” overmatch and winning the firefight are more important.”

Marathon also cuts Range Modernization costs and time by 85% through ZIRM (Zero Infrastructure Range Modernization). No need to buy robots: use ZIRM cost avoidance to fund Technology-as-a-Service (TaaS) to rent robots for a week or year, with robot operators – 95% of them military veterans. Offices and rental fleets on 4 continents.


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Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport
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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:

‘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.


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.


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, SAE Media 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.


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

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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