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As armed forces continue to prioritise dealing with near-peer adversaries, and with passive protection measures reaching their physical limit, integrating advanced vehicle protection systems, and particularly active protection systems (APS), as a means of improving survivability signatures continues to grow in importance.These systems can intercept ballistic weaponry through kinetic methods (Hard-Kill) or by interfering with warhead guidance and tracking systems (Soft-Kill). As the scope of APS and its potential continues to grow, armed forces around the world increasingly pursue the development and application of an integrated, modular mission system, in which best-of-field components can be introduced and selected to meet specific requirements.

As the only conference of its kind, Future Armored Vehicles Protection Systems USA, will provide unique briefings on the development and integration of Active Protection Systems, as well as the wider vehicle protection suites employed by armed forces around the world. These briefings will include insight into Modular Systems and architecture, Hard-Kill and Soft-Kill technology, layered approaches to survivability and battle proven systems.
 

Discuss a diverse range of topics including hard and soft kill technology, creating a modular and sophisticated open system architecture, platform specific considerations, and more

Understand the progress made, and the lessons learned from integrating cutting edge Active Protection Systems from senior officials from both host nation and international speakers, and the unique requirements specific to different platforms

As the importance of an open market-place and room for competition is stressed, hear from industry leaders testing, developing, and applying the cutting edge technology that will be used by armoured brigades for years to come

An unrivalled opportunity to meet and network with the military and industry decision makers in Vehicle Protection Systems, the experts who will define the future of the technology, and the end-user's who will be tasked with operating this technology
 

ADS - Gesellschaftfuer Aktive Schutzsysteme GmbH; AFV; Armoured Trials & Development Unit (ATDU); Army Futures Command; Artis, LLC; Aselsan; Australian Army; Australian Department of Defence; BAE SYSTEMS; Bay Shore Steel Works; BEI Precision Systems & Space Company; Canadian Army; Combat Development Centre for Ground Manoeuver; Corfin Industries LLC; Curtiss Wright; Defence Science & Technology Laborator; Diehl Defence; DSTL Porton Down; Elbit America; ELBIT/MI; ELTA Systems; Embassy Of Slovenia; FFI - Norwegian Defence Research Establishment; GDLS; General Dynamics Land Systems; General Dynamics Land Systems Australia; General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems; General Dynamics-OTS; GM Cap, Army HQ; Ground Vehicle System Cente; Honeywell; IMI Services USA Inc; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate ; Janes Missiles & Rockets; JPEO CBD ; Leonardo DRS; Leonardo DRS Company; Lexington Institute; Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control; Maneuver Requirements Division; Maneuver Requirements Division, Maneuver CDID ; MASS XV; MBTS / PEO GCS; Microflown AVISA; Northrop Gruman; Northrop Grumman; Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company; PEO Ground Combat Systems; Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems; RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems LTD; Raytheon; Redstone Test Center; Rheinmetall Active Protection GMBH; Saab Defense and Security USA; Soucek; SRC Inc; Swedish Armed Forces/Land warfare Centre; Tactical Defense Media; TenCate Advanced Armor; TNO; UAE Military Attache Office; Undersecretariat for Defence Industry ; Unified Business Technologies; United States Marine Corps; US Army; US Army Futures Command; US Army Research Laboratory ; US Army, Engineer Research and Development Center; UTC Aerospace Systems; WL Gore;
 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings

Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings, Former Program Executive Officer, PEO Ground Combat Systems
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9:10 The Fundamental Role of the US Army Test and Evaluation Command in Ensuring Armored Vehicle Excellence

Mr. James Amato

Mr. James Amato, Executive Technical Director / Deputy to the Commander, Army Test and Evaluation Command
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• Core ATEC programs aimed at armored vehicle development.
• Trials and testing as an essential element of APS procurement.
• Optimising survivability for the US Warfighter.
• Future ATEC efforts: Thorough testing of US armored vehicles moving towards the 2030s.
 

9:50 The Role of the VPS Office in enhancing US Army Vehicle Survivability

Ms. Lisa Gronowski

Ms. Lisa Gronowski, Project Manager, Vehicle Protection Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems

• VPS program success to-date.
• Updates on the Vehicle Protection System implantation for US Army systems.
• Developing safe and scalable modular protection systems
• MAPS Collaboration opportunities.
• Current and future fleet platform requirement gaps.
 

10:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

11:10 Morning Coffee

11:40 Stryker Brigade Combat Team Active Protection Systems Efforts and Priorities

Colonel William Venable

Colonel William Venable, Project Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, PEO Ground Combat Systems
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• The platform specific limitations and challenges of implementing APS systems onto the Stryker.
• Updates on the trial process for ‘off the shelf’ APS on the Stryker.
• Looking at the possibilities for solutions to enhance Stryker survivability, including the potential of ‘hybrid’ systems.
 

12:20 The Future of US Armor: Developments made in Creating and Realising the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Fleet and the work of PM Manuever Combat Systems

Colonel Jeffery Jurand

Colonel Jeffery Jurand, Project Manager, Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems
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• Narrowing capability gaps by creating a multi-faceted, multi-domain platform.
• Artificial intelligence and the role of target identification to maximise both survivability and lethality
• Emphasising open architecture as a means of maintaining operational advantages and allowing for constant development
• Future APS technology for NGCV platforms, the challenges and solution.
• APS in relation to new unmanned armoured vehicles.
 

13:00 Active Protection System Considerations for the US Army’s Combat Vehicle Vision

Major Gary P. Flowers II

Major Gary P. Flowers II, Mobile Protected Firepower/Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team

• APS and the plans for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicles.
• Formation based APS as part of the plans for the Armored Brigade Combat Teams.
• The next steps for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team in regard to implementing APS technology into combat vehicles.
 

13:40 Networking Lunch

14:40 Perspective from the EAIC on Active Protection Systems

Mr. Mario Blokken

Mr. Mario Blokken, Director, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel

  • Overview of European APS efforts
  • Possible challenges for the EAIC in regard to varied development of APS
  • Key work of the EAIC in APS development
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    15:20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    16:00 Evaluating Recent Developments as Part of the UK Active Integrated Protection Systems Research Project

    Mr. Richard  Hooper

    Mr. Richard Hooper, Programme Manager, Dstl, UK Ministry of Defence
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    • Developing processes in order to quantify and verify APS success.
    • An update on the Icarus Open Modular Architecture development.
    • Derisking COTS HK technology & options through the COTS Hard kill Evaluation and Test process.
    • Developing next generation soft kill options to add flexibility and enhance breadth of capability.
    • The next steps to accurately inform ongoing UK APS programs.
     

    16:40 Afternoon Tea

    17:10 Military Panel Discussion: Advancing Vehicle Protection Systems integration into the U.S. Army

     • What are the core operational considerations that drive armored vehicle protection system requirements 

    • Creating a modular ‘system of systems’ through partnership with Industry 
     • APS as part of comprehensive integrated mission system
    Major Gary P. Flowers II

    Major Gary P. Flowers II, Mobile Protected Firepower/Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team

    Colonel William Venable

    Colonel William Venable, Project Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, PEO Ground Combat Systems
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    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    Colonel Jeffery Jurand, Project Manager, Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems
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    Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings

    Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings, Former Program Executive Officer, PEO Ground Combat Systems
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    17:55 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings

    Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings, Former Program Executive Officer, PEO Ground Combat Systems
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings

    Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings, Former Program Executive Officer, PEO Ground Combat Systems
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    9:10 Enhancing Training at the Combined Arms Center to Keep Pace with US Army Armored Vehicle Development

    Brigadier General Charles T. Lombardo

    Brigadier General Charles T. Lombardo, Deputy Commanding General Combined Arms Center Training, Combined Arms Center
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    • Evaluating the work of CAC-T in regard to armored vehicles.
    • Training considerations as APS becomes more prevalent.
    • Revitalised training as a core element of operational integration of modern armor concepts.
     

    9:50 Assessing the Role of the Maneuver Centre of Excellence in Developing Doctrine and Capabilities for the Future of US Armor Platforms

    Colonel Esli Pitts

    Colonel Esli Pitts, Director of Training and Doctrine, Maneuver Center of Excellence
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    • Analysing the changing operational environment of today and the complex threats faced by armored personnel.
    • Developing agile and adaptive armor personnel and platforms and the integration of APS to guarantee mission success.
    • Maximising the operational capacity of US armor and APS as a force enabler.
     

    10:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 An Overview of the Work and Findings of the DEVCOM Analysis Center in Regard to Analysis of APS Technology

     

    • APS Survivability Analysis Framework
    • Modelling and Simulation to provide end-to-end analysis capability
    • Testing and Analysis to address system performance and operational effectiveness
    • Collaboration with other organizations to further APS development
    • Highlights of additional DAC APS M&S and Analyses enhancements
    Patrick J. O'Neill

    Patrick J. O'Neill, Director, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command - DEVCOM Analysis Center

    Patricia Frounfelker

    Patricia Frounfelker, Engineer, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command - DEVCOM Analysis Center

    12:20 Ensuring Success in Survivability Through Thorough Test and Evaluation of Active Protection Systems

    Mr. Patrick Thompson

    Mr. Patrick Thompson, Technical Director, Survivability Evaluation Directorate, Army Evaluation Center
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    • Priorities for the SEV in evaluating new APS technologies.
    • Changes to test and evaluation efforts based around integration of APS.
    • Challenges to evaluating both soft and hard kill systems.
     

    13:00 How Aviation Based Solutions for Long-Term Platform Survivability Against Evolving Threats Can Enhance APS Development for Ground Assets

    Colonel Kevin Chaney

    Colonel Kevin Chaney, Project Manager, Future Attack and Reconaissance Aircraft, PEO Aviation
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    • Lessons to be learned from active protection in the air domain.
    • Integrating multiple soft-kill measures to combat a variety of threats
    • Opportunities for collaboration and information sharing across the air and ground domains.
     

    13:40 Networking Lunch

    14:40 Assessing the Performance of the Explosively Formed Axe (EFA) and the Developments made in Applying and Integrating APS

    • Findings from operational testing of the EFA hard-kill system.
    • Overcoming passive protection limitations through integrating advanced APS
    • Data and power management implications of EFA and optimising systems
    • The future of APS testing at the Czech Military Research Institute.
     

    Assoc. Prof. Stanislav Rolc

    Assoc. Prof. Stanislav Rolc, Chief of Division, Material Engineering and Active Protection Lead, Czech Military Research Institute
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    Dr. Jan Krestan

    Dr. Jan Krestan, Materials Engineering Division , Czech Military Research Institute
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    15:20 Ensuring Operational Success for the Australian Military Through Effective Development and Integration of APS

    Mr. Rob Baker

    Mr. Rob Baker, Discipline Lead, Advanced Vehicle Protection, Defence Science and TechnologyGroup, Australian Department of Defence
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    • Optimizing countermeasures to increase lethality against threats and reduce collateral hazards.
    • Enhances to APS capability to counter salvos and swarms of threats.
    • Current Australian development and research plans in regard to both Hard and Soft Kill systems.
    • Future goals of Australian APS trials and implementation.
     

    16:00 Analysis of US Armored Vehicle programs in budgets and strategy

    Mr. Mark Cancian

    Mr. Mark Cancian, Senior adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies
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    • Evaluating Armored vehicle programs in the emerging Biden administration strategy.
    • Armored vehicle programs and Army modernization priorities.
    • Assessing recent congressional and administration actions.
     

    16:40 Afternoon Tea

    17:10 Industry Panel

    17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings

    Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings, Former Program Executive Officer, PEO Ground Combat Systems
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Assoc. Prof. Stanislav Rolc

    Assoc. Prof. Stanislav Rolc

    Chief of Division, Material Engineering and Active Protection Lead, Czech Military Research Institute
    Brigadier General Charles T. Lombardo

    Brigadier General Charles T. Lombardo

    Deputy Commanding General Combined Arms Center Training, Combined Arms Center
    Colonel Esli Pitts

    Colonel Esli Pitts

    Director of Training and Doctrine, Maneuver Center of Excellence
    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    Project Manager, Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems
    Colonel Kevin Chaney

    Colonel Kevin Chaney

    Project Manager, Future Attack and Reconaissance Aircraft, PEO Aviation
    Colonel William Venable

    Colonel William Venable

    Project Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, PEO Ground Combat Systems
    Dr. Jan Krestan

    Dr. Jan Krestan

    Materials Engineering Division , Czech Military Research Institute
    Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings

    Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings

    Former Program Executive Officer, PEO Ground Combat Systems
    Mr. James Amato

    Mr. James Amato

    Executive Technical Director / Deputy to the Commander, Army Test and Evaluation Command
    Mr. Mark Cancian

    Mr. Mark Cancian

    Senior adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Mr. Patrick Thompson

    Mr. Patrick Thompson

    Technical Director, Survivability Evaluation Directorate, Army Evaluation Center
    Mr. Richard  Hooper

    Mr. Richard Hooper

    Programme Manager, Dstl, UK Ministry of Defence
    Mr. Rob Baker

    Mr. Rob Baker

    Discipline Lead, Advanced Vehicle Protection, Defence Science and TechnologyGroup, Australian Department of Defence

    Assoc. Prof. Stanislav Rolc

    Chief of Division, Material Engineering and Active Protection Lead, Czech Military Research Institute
    Assoc. Prof. Stanislav Rolc

    Stanislav Rolc is chief of the material engineering division and has 32 years of experience as research scientist in military research institute. Principal investigator of number of EDA, MoD and other research projects aimed at protection of military equipment and personnel. Main focus: Passive, reactive and active armour protection systems. Author of more than 140 scientific papers. Senior Member of International Ballistic Society.

    Brigadier General Charles T. Lombardo

    Deputy Commanding General Combined Arms Center Training, Combined Arms Center
    Brigadier General Charles T. Lombardo

    BG Charles “Chuck” Lombardo was commissioned into Armor in 1993 after graduating from
    Missouri State University. His education includes, BA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    from Missouri State University in 1992, MA in Human Resource Management from Webster
    University in 2001 and MMAS from the School of Advanced Military Studies in 2015.
    From 1993 to 1997 BG Lombardo was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas where
    he served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Rifle Platoon Leader, Task Force Scout Platoon Leader and
    Battalion S1 in 3-67 Armor and 1-41 Infantry.
    Upon completion of the Field Artillery Advance Course and Infantry Officer Advance Course, BG
    Lombardo was assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado. In the 3rd
    ACR, BG Lombardo served as the Regimental Planner, Squadron Motor Officer, B Troop and HHT 1/3
    ACR Commander from 1997-2001. Upon completion of Troop Command, BG Lombardo served as a
    Scout Platoon Leader, Company and Brigade S3 Trainer at the Joint Maneuver Readiness Center in
    Hohenfels, Germany from 2001-2004.
    Upon completion of Intermediate Level Education, BG Lombardo served in the 1st Cavalry Division
    from 2005 to 2008 as the Chief of Training, S3 and XO for 1-7 CAV, and the Brigade Operations
    Officer for 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, with service to Baghdad as a part of OIF 06-08.
    Following completion of duties at Fort Hood, BG Lombardo’s next assignment was at Fort Monroe
    with service at Training and Doctrine Command Headquarters. He served as the Aide de Camp to the
    TRADOC Commanding General from 2008-2010. Following his service in TRADOC, BG Lombardo
    commanded 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment from 2010 to 2013 at Joint Base Lewis- McChord
    and Zabul, Afghanistan. After command, BG Lombardo served as a Special Assistant to the TRADOC
    Commanding General from September 2013 to June 2014. In 2014, BG Lombardo completed his
    Senior Service College as an Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Fellowship at the School of
    Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), followed with a year of service as a Seminar Leader in SAMS at
    Fort Leavenworth, KS from 2015 to 2016
    After completing the SSC fellowship, COL Lombardo commanded the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored
    Division from June of 2016 to June of 2018. The Iron Brigade executed the inaugural Army Warfighter
    Assessment, transitioned from TRADOC back to FORSCOM, executed NTC 17-08 and served as the
    CENTCOM Theatre reserve in Operations Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve from October 2017 to
    July 2018.
     

    Upon completion of Brigade Command, BG Lombardo was selected to serve as the 26th Commander
    of Operations Group at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA from 2018 to 2019. BG
    Lombardo’s most recent assignment was XO, NATO-Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) in Izmir,
    Turkey.

    Colonel Esli Pitts

    Director of Training and Doctrine, Maneuver Center of Excellence
    Colonel Esli Pitts

    Colonel Pitts has 33 years of experience with infantry, armor, and reconnaissance formations. He commanded tank and headquarters companies and a combined arms battalion. His staff experiences include operations- then executive officer of a reconnaissance squadron, then operations officer then executive officer of an armored brigade combat team. His operational deployments include Kuwait twice, Kosovo, Macedonia, three tours in Iraq, and a deployment to Israel and the West Bank. He served as an instructor of tactics at CGSC, a battalion/task force senior maneuver trainer at Hohenfels, Germany, and is currently the director of training and doctrine at the Maneuver Center.

    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    Project Manager, Maneuver Combat Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems
    Colonel Jeffery Jurand

    COL Jeffery W. Jurand graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1998 and commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor. He initially served as both a Tank and Scout Platoon Leader in 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX. In November 2001 he deployed as an Assistant Operations Officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division to Kuwait as Operation Enduring Freedom began.

    Following the Armor Captains Career Course, he then served as a Rear Detachment Commander and Assistant Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS. In June 2005, he assumed command of C/1-34 AR. In May 2006, C/1-34 AR tripled in size, converted to a motorized company and COL Jurand commanded the company during its subsequent deployment in support of OIF 06-07. Upon re-deployment, he transitioned into the Army Acquisition Corps.

    In 2008, COL Jurand was assigned to the Army Research Laboratory at Adelphi, MD and served as a counter-IED Project Team Lead. There he led project teams conducting limited development and experimentation with both developmental and off-the-shelf technology and led initial fielding efforts in Afghanistan in support of Joint IED Defeat Organization’s (JIEDDO) efforts. In 2010 he was reassigned to Warren, MI where he served as an Assistant Product Manager for Mobility and Power Generation Systems in the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Program. In 2013 he was nominated and selected for an assignment with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at Fort Bragg, NC. There he served as both a Product Director for Sensitive Activities and Chief of Requirements. COL Jurand assumed responsibilities as Product Manager, Heavy Tactical Vehicles in June 2016. In June 2020, COL Jurand was reassigned to the Pentagon and served as the Executive Officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)).

    COL Jurand has a B.S. in Engineering Science from Vanderbilt University and an M.Eng in Project Management from University of Maryland, College Park. He attended the U.S. Army War College Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, PA in 2019-2020 where he studied cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
     

    Colonel Kevin Chaney

    Project Manager, Future Attack and Reconaissance Aircraft, PEO Aviation
    Colonel Kevin Chaney

    Colonel Chaney started his military career at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School in July 1990. He received a Regular Army commission in 1995 from the United States Military Academy after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He holds a holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Naval Post-Graduate School and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Air War College.

    Colonel Chaney began his aviation service as a Maintenance Platoon Leader in C Company, 2nd Aviation Maintenance Company at Camp Stanley, Korea. In January 1998, he transferred to the 21st Cavalry Brigade where he served as the Brigade Aviation Maintenance Officer. After completing the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course in 2001, he was assigned to Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. While at Hunter Army Airfield, Colonel Chaney served as the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion Production Control Officer and Company Commander for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. In 2003, he transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas to serve as the Company Commander and Observer/Controller Team Chief for C Company, 2nd Battalion, 291st Regiment.

    After transferring into the Acquisition Corps, Colonel Chaney was stationed at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama in 2007. At Redstone Arsenal, Colonel Chaney was the Assistant Product Manager for the T-700 Engine Controls Program and the UH-60 Modernization Product Office. In 2010, Colonel Chaney joined Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology) as a Department of the Army Systems Coordinator for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile and Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle. He later served as the Executive Officer to the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management before being selected to be a Special Assistant to the Director of the Army Staff in the Executive Communications and Control. In 2013, Colonel Chaney assumed the duties for the Product Manager for Infrared Countermeasures at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. In 2016, he was hand selected by the Acting Secretary of the Army to be his Acquisition Military Assistant. Colonel Chaney completed the Air War College in 2018 and assumed the duties as the Project Manager (PM) for Aircraft Survivability Equipment. In 2021, the Army selected Colonel Chaney for a second command and he assumed the duties as the PM for Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft.

    Colonel Chaney‘s awards and decorations include Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medals, and other Army commendation and achievement medals. In 2015, Colonel Chaney was selected as the Army’s Product Manager of the Year. He is an Army Aviator and graduate of the Air Assault course.
     

    Colonel Ryan Howell

    Project Manager Main Battle Tank Systems, US Army
    Colonel Ryan Howell

    Colonel William Venable

    Project Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, PEO Ground Combat Systems
    Colonel William Venable

    Colonel Bill Venable was commissioned in 1996 as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry through the U.S. Army’s Green to Gold program after graduating from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Procurement and Acquisitions Management from Webster University. He is a 2018 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College. COL Venable is a Doctoral student in Purdue University’s Technology Leadership and Innovation program.

    His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Ranger Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Acquisition University’s Executive Program Manager’s Courses, and Senior Service College.

    Colonel Venable has served in a variety of command and staff positions including: Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer with the 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA and Battalion S3-Air, Battalion S4, Infantry Rifle Company Commander, and Aide de Camp to the Commanding General, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI. Since 2006, he has served as an Acquisition Officer in a variety of positions including: Assistant Project Manager for Project Manager – Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Warren, MI; ASA(ALT) Operations Officer for the US Army Network Integration Evaluation, Fort Bliss, TX, and the Department of the Army (ASA(ALT)) Trailboss for Capability Set 13 Network Modernization, Arlington, VA. From December 2013 to August 2016, he served as the Product Manager for Common Systems Integration (ground control), in the U.S, Army’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office, Redstone Arsenal, AL. His most recent assignments include Branch Chief, Electronics and Special Developments, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, GA and Director, ASA(ALT), Forward CENTCOM, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Resolute Support, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

    His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), the Army Achievement Medal (6th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), the Iraq Campaign Medal (2nd Campaign Star), the Afghan Campaign Medal (2nd Campaign Star), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), and the NATO Medal. Other awards include the U.S. Army Ranger Tab, the U.S. Army Parachutists Badge, the U.S. Army Air Assault Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge.

    Colonel and Mrs. Melody Venable currently maintain their home in Columbus, GA with their three dogs.
     

    Dr. Jan Krestan

    Materials Engineering Division , Czech Military Research Institute
    Dr. Jan Krestan

    Jan Krestan is responsible for research and development of national and international projects in the areas of armor protection of persons, military vehicles and buildings, with a particular focus on new special armor materials, processing technology and applications.

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Bodenhamer

    Director, Combat Systems Integration Directorate, Army Futures Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Bodenhamer

    Lieutenant Colonel Bodenhamer is currently serving as the Director of the Combat Systems Integration Directorate at Army Futures Command in Austin, Texas. He received his commission as an Armor officer and transitioned to Acquisitions Corps in 2012. LTC Bodenhamer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Point, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas, a Master of Science in National Security and Resource Strategy from The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia.

    Major Gary P. Flowers II

    Mobile Protected Firepower/Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team
    Major Gary P. Flowers II

    Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings

    Former Program Executive Officer, PEO Ground Combat Systems
    Major General (Ret'd) Brian Cummings

    Before joining Cypress International, Brian served at in all levels of Department of Defense acquisition management organizations and was a Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Ground Combat Systems, PEO Soldier Programs, and Deputy PEO for Combat Support & Combat Service Support. As a PEO and DPEO, he was responsible for budgeting, development, production, and fielding of components and systems to support the Army. Brian is an Infantry officer with numerous tactical assignments to include the 1st Infantry and 101st Airborne Division. Brian also had numerous previous assignments both operational and acquisition which includes service in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq wars.

    Brian has led and conducted many strategic engagements with senior leaders of companies operating in the Defense Industrial Base. His experience includes network systems, energy programs, weapons programs, soldier programs and technology development, and legacy and future combat vehicle development and associated technologies, and the enabling combat support and service support programs.

     

    Mr. James Amato

    Executive Technical Director / Deputy to the Commander, Army Test and Evaluation Command
    Mr. James Amato

    Mr. James Amato was appointed as the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) Executive Technical Director/Deputy to the Commander position in October 2020. In this capacity, he oversees the technical execution of all ATEC test plans and reports, as well as the command’s evaluation strategy and analyses. He is also responsible for integrating the command’s instrumentation, policy, modeling and simulation, and continuous business improvement projects. He ensures that Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense senior leaders have the essential information required before weapons and equipment are placed into the hands of Soldiers and throughout the lifecycle of those systems.
     

    Mr. Amato formerly served as the Director of the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA)
    as a direct report unit to the Army Materiel Command from August 2013-February 2019. He later
    became the Director of the Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Data and Analysis
    Center (DAC) when AMSAA transitioned into the U.S. Army Futures Command and CCDC. He served in this role from February 2019 until October 2020.
     

    As Director of CCDC DAC, Mr. Amato led a diverse organization of 650 Civilians and Soldiers who
    delivered objective analysis, experimentation, and data across the entire life cycle of weapon systems -- enhancing Readiness and enabling Modernization. These world-class engineers, data scientists, mathematicians, and operations research analysts informed critical decisions on requirements trades, technology investments, acquisition strategies and risk, test and evaluation, cyber resiliency, soldier performance, sustainment alternatives, and lifecycle cost.
     

    Mr. Amato was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in September 2008 and served as the
    Executive Director of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Hood, Texas – a position he held until July 2013. He led operational testing of Army and Joint weapons to determine effectiveness, suitability, and survivability. Mr. Amato also served as ATEC’s Executive Agent for the first five Network Integration Evaluations. In addition, he was responsible for the Forward Operational Assessment teams, who deployed into Iraq and Afghanistan to collect Soldier feedback on weapons systems and
    equipment.

    Mr. Mark Cancian

    Senior adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Mr. Mark Cancian

    Mark Cancian (Colonel, USMCR, ret.) is a senior adviser with the CSIS International Security Program. He joined CSIS in April 2015 from the Office of Management and Budget, where he spent more than seven years as chief of the Force Structure and Investment Division, working on issues such as Department of Defense budget strategy, war funding, and procurement programs, as well as nuclear weapons development and nonproliferation activities in the Department of Energy. Previously, he worked on force structure and acquisition issues in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and ran research and executive programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In the military, Colonel Cancian spent over three decades in the U.S. Marine Corps, active and reserve, serving as an infantry, artillery, and civil affairs officer and on overseas tours in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Iraq (twice). Since 2000, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he teaches a course on the connection between policy and analysis. A prolific author, he has published over 40 articles on military operations, acquisition, budgets, and strategy and received numerous writing awards. He graduated with high honors (magna cum laude) from Harvard College and with highest honors (Baker scholar) from Harvard Business School.

    Mr. Patrick Thompson

    Technical Director, Survivability Evaluation Directorate, Army Evaluation Center
    Mr. Patrick Thompson

    Patrick Thompson currently serves as a Technical Director within the Survivability Evaluation Directorate, U.S. Army Evaluation Center, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command. Mr. Thompson has over 35 years of research, development, test and evaluation experience with multiple platforms and survivability domains. His current focus is survivability evaluation of ground- and air-based platforms, focusing on system characteristics that contribute to surviving the threat-contested environments of the modern battlefield.

    Mr. Richard Hooper

    Programme Manager, Dstl, UK Ministry of Defence
    Mr. Richard  Hooper

    Richard Hooper is the Land Systems Programme Manager at Dstl, responsible for the delivery of Science and Technology across the Land environment. Previously a Principal Vetronics Engineer in Platform Systems Division, Dstl, he led the UK Icarus Technical Demonstration Programme, developing architecture standards to support an agile Modular Integrated Protection System (MIPS) capability for land platforms.

    Mr. Rob Baker

    Discipline Lead, Advanced Vehicle Protection, Defence Science and TechnologyGroup, Australian Department of Defence
    Mr. Rob Baker

    Rob Baker completed an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree with honours at the University of Adelaide in 1998 and commenced with Weapons Systems Division at the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) in 2000 into as a Weapons Modeller and Analyst.
    Rob has worked on Army, Navy and Air force programs conducting research and delivering advice and support to acquisition and capability development mainly associated with weapons systems and operational support with a focus on missile systems.
    Rob’s experience and background includes a secondment to UK DSTL in 2007, deployment to Afghanistan as an operations analyst in 2010, probabilistic range safety expertise, and 4 years as an advisor with the Australian Special Forces.
    Since early 2016, Rob has been leading the Active Protection Systems program at DST Group. This has involved conducting research, leading research teams, managing various collaborative programs with partner nations and providing advice to Army and the Land 400 Project on Active Protection systems and Anti-Tank guided missiles.
     

    Ms. Lisa Gronowski

    Project Manager, Vehicle Protection Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems
    Ms. Lisa Gronowski

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