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SAE Media Group is delighted to announce the 7th annual UAV Technology conference, taking place on the 26th and 27th September 2022.

Uncrewed aerial systems have become one of the most researched and pursued military technologies from the past decade and the market for drones and UAVs has grown exponentially. Their capabilities have advanced with the shifting of operational requirements, whether it be with ISR assets for long range reconnaissance missions, soldier-born battlefield awareness mini UAS or for remotely piloted combat drones for precision strikes. Demand for these indispensable capabilities has led to further development of their technical abilities.


UAVs are paving the way for the future of aerial warfare and this year's conference is where you can witness it all happen. UAV Technology 2022 is the leading international forum dedicated towards the development of uncrewed aerial systems, allowing for essential dialogue between military, industry and academia.

The conference will include presentations ranging from multi-national UAV development programmes, certification and regulation, Counter UAS/UAV technology, Stealth technology, the latest in drone R&D and future force design using these hi-tech military assets. We at SAE Media Group, look forward to welcoming the global UAV community to this leading conference to maintain dialogue, share ground-breaking ideas and furthering the concept of modern warfare.

UAV Technology 2022 is the foremost global meeting point for the UAV community. At this conference, you will hear from international UAV programme managers, leading industry experts and senior military officers using RPAS and uncrewed aerial vehicles, and learn about the future vision for uncrewed capability development. Join us for a two-day conference where you will hear about the latest procurement acquisition programmes, technological developments from industry and academia, and leave with a plan for your country's future UAV platform.

Armada; AYR Aviation Ltd; Black Diamond Advanced Technology; British Army; Collins Aerospace; Combat Capabilities Development Command – Atlantic (CCDC-ATL)/Army Futures Command (AFC); Cranfield University; Danish Acqusition and Logistics Organization; Defence Equipment and Support; Defense Post; EDF; Embassy of France ; Embassy of Ukraine; Enterprise Control Systems Ltd; Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support; Fizoptika; FN Herstal; French MoD; Frontex Unit; General Atomics; General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc; High Commission of India; IHS Markit; Infantry Trials and Development Unit; Leite Innovative Solutions, Lda; Leonardo; MAB2 MoD; Marshall Aerospace Defence Group; Mynaric AG; NAGSF; NATO AGSMA; NATO AIRCOM; Naval Postgraduate School; Netherlands MoD; Polish Armed Forces; Portuguese Army; Portuguese Navy; Radionor Communications; RAF Air Command, ISTAR Cap Del; RAF Waddington; Robin Radar Systems BV; Royal Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal Canadian Air Force; Safran; Schiebel Technology, Inc.; SENER AEROESPACIAL; Teleplan Globe AS; Transport Canada; U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command; UAE GHQ; UK MoD; US Air Force Office of Scientific Research ; US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command; USAF;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Director, IMP Castle Associates Limited
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9:00 Evolving the RAF’s UAV Capabilities to Deliver Battle-Winning Knowledge and Effect to Battlefield Commanders

Air Commodore Simon Strasdin

Air Commodore Simon Strasdin, ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force
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• Current UAV capabilities of the Royal Air Force and future development programs
• Information domination - Maximising ISTAR capabilities for intelligence gathering using uncrewed assets
• Future aerial domination – Combat capabilities and strategic importance of UAVs for combat missions
• Industrial cooperation to speed up the process for effective acquisition

10:00 Leonardo Unmanned Systems

Mr Luca Bellomo

Mr Luca Bellomo, Head of Aerial Unmanned Operations, Leonardo
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  • Leonardo Unmanned Background and Innovation headlines
  • Leonardo Unmanned Fixed Wing Aerial Vehicles
  • Leonardo Unmanned Rotary Wing Aerial Vehicles
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Hybrid Missions and the Challenges Therein

    Mr Leo McCloskey

    Mr Leo McCloskey, VP Marketing, Echodyne Corp.
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    11:30 The British Perspective to RPAS Certification and Safety Testing – Making way for the Protector RPAS

    • UK RPAS Certification – A Risk Based Approach
    • UK Protector – Safety Through Certification
    • International By Design
    • How the DE&S and partners in the British Military enable comprehensive testing and experimentation
    • A word on working with the MAA & CAA to integrate RPAS into UK skies

    Colonel Paul Hughes

    Colonel Paul Hughes, Chief Engineer and Type Airworthiness Authority, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Delivery Team, DE&S, UK MoD

    Wing Commander Richard Long

    Wing Commander Richard Long, Protector International Strategy - Ops&Trg, DE&S, UK MoD

    12:00 The Future Capability Group and Advancing UAV Innovation

    Mr James Gavin

    Mr James Gavin, Head of the Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
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    • DE&S Strategy 2025 and pursuing agile UAV capabilities, pre-concept into Operations
    • An overview of DE&S’ FCGs UAV and autonomy programmes, including the Heavy Lift Challenge, Human Machine Teaming, Multi-Domain Integrate Swarms and more
    • Working with industry and the Defence Battlelab to include SMEs and new partners in the UAV innovation process

    12:30 Lunch Break

    13:30 Safely Integrating Uncrewed Aerial Systems and Advanced Air Mobility Operations into the U.S. National Airspace System

    • An overview of the joint FAA and NASA Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) collaboration
    • Key priorities and challenges associated with military UAS integration into US skies
    • Highlighting cooperation between civilian and military organisations
    • International partnerships, including industry and academia, for UTM development
    • The Difference in Approach between UAS and AAM integration

    Ms Angela Stubblefield

    Ms Angela Stubblefield, Senior Representative, UK, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
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    14:00 Panel Discussion - UAS Integration into Home Nation Skies

    • What are the key challenges facing civil and military authorities when introducing UAS?
    • How are current regulations and systems being adapted to integrating uncrewed air vehicles?
    • Your final thoughts on creating a safe environment for the integration of UAS/RPAS

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Director, IMP Castle Associates Limited
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    Major General Karsten Stoye

    Major General Karsten Stoye, Head of Civil-Military Coordination Division, EUROCONTROL

    Ms Angela Stubblefield

    Ms Angela Stubblefield, Senior Representative, UK, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
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    Mr Philip Binks

    Mr Philip Binks, Head of Air Traffic Management, Altitude Angel
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    14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Jamming Resilient Ultra-Long Range Wireless Communication for UAS Operators: Never-Seen-Before Technology to Combat Electronic Warfare Threats

    Mr Oystein Pedersen

    Mr Oystein Pedersen, Business Development Manager, Radionor Communications AS

  • Ultra-high wireless transfer capacity
  • Ultra-long communication range
  • Built-in GNSS-independent navigation
  • Lowest electromagnetic visibility
  • Extremely jamming resilient
  • 15:30 The 22d Attack Squadron – Utilising the MQ-9 Reaper for ISR and Strike Missions

    • An overview of the 22 Attack Squadron – Mission and UAV Capabilities
    • Operational successes from using the MQ-9 Reaper and technical requirements for future missions
    • Developing new UAV training strategies and capabilities for UAV operator teams
    • Future operational priorities for the 22 Attack Squadron and the 432nd Wing

    Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Christensen

    Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Christensen, Commander, 22d Attack Squadron, United States Air Force

    16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Director, IMP Castle Associates Limited
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    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Director, IMP Castle Associates Limited
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    9:00 Developing Frameworks and Standards to Integrate RPAS into European Skies and Enhancing ATM Coordination

    Major General Karsten Stoye

    Major General Karsten Stoye, Head of Civil-Military Coordination Division, EUROCONTROL

    • EUROCONTROL’s Civil/Military Cooperation in Aviation Framework
    • Current priorities for the integration of military RPAS platforms into civilian airspace
    • Upgrading Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems and coordination to factor in RPAS
    • Challenges to securing ATM systems from threats and vulnerabilities
    • Future coordination required by civilian and military partners for the integration of RPAS into European skies

    9:30 NATO AGS Developments Almost Two Years After IOC Declaration

    Colonel Stefano Bianca

    Colonel Stefano Bianca, Deputy Commander, Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (AGSF), NATO
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    • The mission and capabilities of NATO AGSF
    • Testing and integrating the RQ-4D Phoenix UAV into the AGSF fleet
    • Lessons learned from Ukraine – Cooperation between NATO forces and utilising their ISR capabilities effectively to ensure Collective Defence
    • Combatting NATO’s Threat Index using UAVs – Conventional warfare, piracy, hybrid warfare, migration, and more
    • Challenges to creating an accurate battlefield threat picture – Linking sensors and disseminating collected intelligence
    • Working with the NSPA to ensure continued life cycle management and support for the UAV fleet

    10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:45 British Army UAS Tactical Capability and Operational Advantages

    • An overview of the British Army’s tactical UAS ISR capability
    • Synergy between small UAS and operational UAVs for battlefield intelligence collection and dissemination
    • Considerations for the rapid development of UAS for international militaries and adjusting to the speed of relevance
    • Ukraine case study – Lessons learned from the operational advantages gained from employing UAS on the battlefield

    Colonel Craig Palmer

    Colonel Craig Palmer, Commander, Surveillance Group and Lead Land UAS, Warfare Branch, Land Warfare Centre, British Army
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    11:15 The Canadian Perspective to RPAS Experimentation and Integration

    Lieutenant Colonel Julien Letarte

    Lieutenant Colonel Julien Letarte, RPAS Project Director, DAR 8, Royal Canadian Air Force

    • Updates on the RPAS Project Status with achieved Project milestones
    • Planned outcomes and capabilities of the Canadian RPAS
    • Working with Industry partners to achieve goals and receive a system for operational use by 2024
    • Challenges to integration and certification into Canadian skies

    11:45 Lunch Break

    12:45 The Role of RPAS in Future German and International Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst, Program Director UAS, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment,Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)

    • Introducing the Heron TP RPAS into the German Air Force under the Lease Contract
    • Enhancing situational awareness and intelligence gathering capabilities for German and UN military operations
    • Plans for procuring an owned RPAS into the German Air Force
    • Assisting with the development of the European MALE RPAS Project
    • Cooperation with industry partners to continue RPAS operations

    13:15 Panel Discussion - International Military UAV Capability & Innovation

    • What are the key technologies driving innovation for military UAVs?
    • What are the main military requirements from modern UAVs to ensure operational efficiency?
    • The Military-Industry Relationship – How does industry work with the end user to meet requirements?
    • Your final thoughts on the future of UAV technology

    Lieutenant Colonel Julien Letarte

    Lieutenant Colonel Julien Letarte, RPAS Project Director, DAR 8, Royal Canadian Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst, Program Director UAS, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment,Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)

    13:45 Afternoon Tea

    14:30 The Present and Future of the RPAS Concept in the Greek Armed Forces

    Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

    Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis, Contract, Programme Manager, General Directorate for Defence Investments & Armaments, Greek Ministry of National Defence
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    • An overview of the Hellenic Air Force’s RPAS programs
    • Updates on the sub-contract for the operational leasing of MALE category UAV system for the Hellenic Air Force – The HERON I
    • Future RPAS programs and challenges to future integration

    15:00 RPAS Simulation and Testing for Military Operations

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Limited

    • The Human Challenges of Automation and Remote Operation
    • The Role of Simulation in Support of UAV Development and Operations
    • The Future Role of Humans in UAV Operations?

    15:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Director, IMP Castle Associates Limited
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Air Commodore Simon Strasdin

    Air Commodore Simon Strasdin

    ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force
    Colonel Paul Hughes

    Colonel Paul Hughes

    Chief Engineer and Type Airworthiness Authority, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Delivery Team, DE&S, UK MoD
    Colonel Stefano Bianca

    Colonel Stefano Bianca

    Deputy Commander, Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (AGSF), NATO
    Lieutenant Colonel Julien Letarte

    Lieutenant Colonel Julien Letarte

    RPAS Project Director, DAR 8, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Christensen

    Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Christensen

    Commander, 22d Attack Squadron, United States Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

    Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

    Contract, Programme Manager, General Directorate for Defence Investments & Armaments, Greek Ministry of National Defence
    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst

    Program Director UAS, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment,Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)
    Major General Karsten Stoye

    Major General Karsten Stoye

    Head of Civil-Military Coordination Division, EUROCONTROL
    Major Joseph Ritter

    Major Joseph Ritter

    Lead Evaluator Pilot and MQ-9 Branch Chief, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
    Mr James Gavin

    Mr James Gavin

    Head of the Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
    Ms Angela Stubblefield

    Ms Angela Stubblefield

    Senior Representative, UK, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

    Air Commodore Simon Strasdin

    ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force
    Air Commodore Simon Strasdin

    Air Commodore Simon Strasdin joined the RAF in March 1992 as a Navigator. He has flown over 3700 hours and completed multiple flying tours, operating the Tornado GR1/4 and the F15-E Strike Eagle. As a Qualified Weapons Instructor he has completed 13 operational tours of duty throughout the Middle East and Afghanistan.

    Staff assignments have included: Equipment Capability (Air to Surface Weapons); Joint Capability Development; Defence Reform (2011 - Lord Levine Review); Assistant to Chief of Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Pentagon); Military Aviation Authority Oversight and Assurance; and Programme Director - Lossiemouth Development Programme.

    Simon completed the Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2010, gaining an MA in Defence Studies, and Higher Command and Staff Course in 2022. In 2018 he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his work in Aviation Safety and in 2022 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire following a period of deployed operations in the Middle East.

    Simon has completed command appointments at the squadron, Expeditionary Air Wing and Expeditionary Air Group levels, prior to taking his current appointment in June 2022 as the ISTAR Force Commander, based at RAF Waddington.

    Simon is married to Andrea and they have two children; hobbies include amateur small-holder, enthusiastic DIYer, hiking, cycling, gardening and looking after pet dogs, sheep and horses.

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Director, IMP Castle Associates Limited
    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat works as an independent consultant in vehicle systems, electronic countermeasures, surveillance, and counter-terrorism technology; he is also a founding director of CSB Defence, a consultancy company operating across a number of technology sectors in defence and security. In both roles, he helps companies to find opportunities and win business. He has spoken at or chaired conferences on vehicle survivability and situational awareness,
    robotics and autonomous systems, counter-drone and counter-IED. Ian went into officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1983. As a Russian graduate, he had a busy Cold War. After that unexpected success, he alternated between mainstream Royal Signals appointments and posts in equipment capability, security, and counterterrorism in the UK and with the United Nations. Highlights of his earlier career including waking up on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall the morning after it came down and spending his birthday with his Regiment up to his chest in the cold, muddy River Ouse when it flooded York in 2000. His final seven years in uniform were spent, first as a colonel and finally as a brigadier, heading Special Projects and Force Protection teams in the UK MOD’s procurement organization, Defence Equipment and Support. Among other areas he was responsible for the UK’s counter-IED systems, force protection surveillance and active protection systems for armoured vehicles.

    Colonel Craig Palmer

    Commander, Surveillance Group and Lead Land UAS, Warfare Branch, Land Warfare Centre, British Army
    Colonel Craig Palmer

     Colonel Craig Palmer took command of the newly formed Field Army Surveillance Group upon its formation on 1 Apr 22.  The group operates small UAS force elements which are integrated in o each of the Army’s Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs). 

     
    Colonel Palmer is both the Aviation Delivery Duty Holder for Army Specified Class 2 UAS and Customer User for the capability.  He has also been appointed as chair of the Army UAS Steering Group.
     
    Prior to command of the Surveillance Group, he commanded a Phoenix UAV Battery in 2005 and deployed it with the 3 Para Battlegroup to Afghanistan with the then newly acquired Desert Hawk 1+ system.  He subsequently worked as Chief of Staff for the Special Projects Capability Branch overseeing a portfolio of £1.6bn.  
     
    He later commanded the Army’s premier UAS unit, 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery during the peak-ISTAR years of the Afghanistan campaign. Following command, he was the first programme manager for the WATCHKEEPER programme, introducing it into service.  He spent 3 years as the UK MoD lead for Full Spectrum/Multi-Domain Targeting before a spell at DE&S  as Senior Requirements Manager for the Mobile Fires 155mm artillery programme.
     

    Colonel Paul Hughes

    Chief Engineer and Type Airworthiness Authority, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Delivery Team, DE&S, UK MoD
    Colonel Paul Hughes

    Colonel Stefano Bianca

    Deputy Commander, Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (AGSF), NATO
    Colonel Stefano Bianca

    ITA-AF Col. (OF-5) Stefano BIANCA
    NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Force
    Force Deputy Commander and Training Centre Commander
    Col. Stefano BIANCA was born in La Spezia (Italy), on February 15th 1970. He joined the Italian Air Force Academy as a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) on 20th Sept. 1990, attending ‘Marte IV’ class, and went through standard ITA Air Force aircrews training abroad, in Randolph AFB (USA), RAF Cottesmore AB (UK), and RAF Coningsby (UK). As a Combat Ready WSO he was first assigned to XII Sqn in Gioia del Colle AFB (Italy), in the Air Defence role on the Tornado F-3 (Air Defence Variant) and then to 154th Sqn in Ghedi AFB (Italy), as a bomber in the strike/nuclear role on Tornado PA-200. He is qualified on the following aircraft: SF-260, T-37, T-38, T-43, MB339A and C, Tornado F-3 ADV and Tornado PA-200, flying a total of almost 1700 hrs. Col. Bianca is married since 1996 with Christine, American citizen and former USAF employ. They have two children: Daniel (age 26) and Isabel (age 24).

    Lieutenant Colonel Julien Letarte

    RPAS Project Director, DAR 8, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Julien Letarte

    Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Christensen

    Commander, 22d Attack Squadron, United States Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Christensen

    Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

    Contract, Programme Manager, General Directorate for Defence Investments & Armaments, Greek Ministry of National Defence
    Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

    Lt Col N. Oikonomakis is a Staff Officer (OF4) at General Directorate for Defence Investments & Armaments in Ministry of National Defence. He is responsible for the management of Principal Contracts with Companies & Government to Government Agreements in the field of Aeronautics (F-16 Viper Upgrade, FOS Patriot, FOS AEW&C, FOS Crotale NG-GR,etc.).
    He has more than 13 years’ flying experience in managing and directing air operations, as well as working experience in developing or overseeing projects/programs from concept to completion. His operational background includes flying with Greek and NATO AWACS (more than 2200 flying hours), planning and executing a wide range of peacetime and wartime Airborne Battle Management, C2 & Joint ISR operations.
    He lectures International Business, Contemporary Issues in Marketing and Project Management at New York College of Athens.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst

    Program Director UAS, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment,Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)
    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst

    Major General Karsten Stoye

    Head of Civil-Military Coordination Division, EUROCONTROL
    Major General Karsten Stoye

    Major Joseph Ritter

    Lead Evaluator Pilot and MQ-9 Branch Chief, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
    Major Joseph Ritter

    Major Joseph Ritter is the Lead Evaluator Pilot and MQ-9 Branch Chief, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. He leads the management of MQ-9 flying and tactical standards for the command, providing operational guidance to 5 flying squadrons and over 700 aircrew, ensuring special operations MQ-9s continually meet the requirements of the Joint Force. He is AFSOC’s lead pilot for the introduction of SATCOM launch and recovery.

    Maj Ritter entered the Air Force in 2008, and initially flew the RC-135 Rivet Joint. In 2012, he became a Project Engineer with the Big Safari Program, flying the RC-135, NC-135, and KC-135, and was central to the United Kingdom RC-135 acquisition. In 2015 he cross-trained to the MQ-9 Reaper, leading operations in multiple attack squadrons before moving to AFSOC in 2020. Maj Ritter has deployed to CENTCOM, EUCOM, and PACOM, and has supported operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Libya. His research on remotely piloted aircraft operations has been published by War on the Rocks and the Modern War Institute.

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Director, Thinke Company Limited
    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr James Gavin

    Head of the Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
    Mr James Gavin

    James Gavin is the head of the Future Capability Group (FCG) at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).

    The FCG exists to help explore new capabilities so that they can then be exploited at scale. Increasingly projects are ‘Agile By Default’ to deliver early operational advantage. The Group works closely with all the Front-line Commands, DSTL and central MOD areas such as the DIU and DASA. James has served in the military, the civil service and industry before joining DE&S. He is a passionate advocate of delivering Operational Advantage through a better application of strategic thinking on innovation, inclusive cultures and sustainability.

    Mr Leo McCloskey

    VP Marketing, Echodyne Corp.
    Mr Leo McCloskey

    Leo McCloskey is a senior executive with comprehensive experience across many business disciplines – marketing, field marketing, product marketing, product management, service design, service transition, strategic sales, business development, partnerships & alliances, service delivery processes, program management, project management, high-value long-term contract negotiations, solution design and delivery, customer relationship management. Recognized throughout career for strategic vision, innovation, operational excellence, and the ability to define, create and deliver large complex customer wins. He currently works as Vice President, Marketing at Echodyne, one of the leading radar companies in the UAS space, including at NPUASTS and also including a wide number of governmental and commercial entities. Echodyne are the radar people of the UAS industry.

    Mr Luca Bellomo

    Head of Aerial Unmanned Operations, Leonardo
    Mr Luca Bellomo

    Luca Bellomo is the Head of Aerial Unmanned Operations of Leonardo S.p.a. corporate office, being responsible for the business development initiatives for all Aerial Unmanned product lines.

    Mr Oystein Pedersen

    Business Development Manager, Radionor Communications AS
    Mr Oystein Pedersen

    Mr Philip Binks

    Head of Air Traffic Management, Altitude Angel
    Mr Philip Binks

    Philip Binks joined Altitude Angel May of 2018 to take up the newly created position of Head of Air Traffic Management.

    Previously, Philip worked for the UK’s largest ANSP, NATS where he held the position of RPAS Domain Expert and Solution Architect. In this role he was the focal point for all RPAS activities. In addition, Philip supported several high-profile programmes such as the UK’s Pathfinder programme, the Industry Action Group, and held a seat on the ICAO RPAS Panel.

    Having begun his career in aviation as an Air Traffic Controller for the RAF, Philip has an unrivalled knowledge of ATM and airspace, and understands the complexities of integrating drones safely into our airspace.

    Ms Angela Stubblefield

    Senior Representative, UK, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
    Ms Angela Stubblefield

    Angela Stubblefield is the first Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Senior Representative posted in the U.K. in nearly ten years. She has almost 30 years of comprehensive expertise and demonstrated success in advancing aviation safety, national security policy, threat analysis, emergency operations planning, and investigations oversight. As a leader, Ms. Stubblefield is a highly respected advisor within the FAA and other Departments and Agencies, who works collaboratively to resolve high-profile, high-impact aviation safety, national security, and crisis response challenges. Prior to her assignment to London in December 2021, Ms. Stubblefield served as the FAA Chief of Staff for two years, led the Agency’s interagency, industry, and labor engagement on COVID-19 international travel issues, supported the ungrounding of the 737 MAX aircraft, and was a key advisor to the Administrator and Secretary on civil aviation safety and operational support to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
    Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Ms. Stubblefield served for more than six years as the FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety and led a cross-functional FAA team focused on a variety of operational and policy issues related to the errant or malicious use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), federal implementation of Counter-UAS authority, and planning the safe integration of C-UAS technologies into the National Airspace System. Ms. Stubblefield has also held positions in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, the Transportation Security Administration, and the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity. She began her national security career as an active duty United States Marine.. Ms. Stubblefield graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Philosophy. She also earned a Master of Arts in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics from the George Mason University School of Public Policy.

    Wing Commander Richard Long

    Protector International Strategy - Ops&Trg, DE&S, UK MoD
    Wing Commander Richard Long

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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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    Preliminary Attendee List (As of 20th September 2022)

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    Short Agenda

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    Full Agenda

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    Speaker Interview - Ms Angela Stubblefield - U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

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    Speaker Interview - Major Joseph Ritter - U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command

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    Speaker Biographies

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    UAV Technology 2022 Brochure

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    2021 PAST PRESENTATION – Lieutenant Colonel Julien Letarte, Royal Canadian Air Force

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    2021 PAST PRESENTATION – Mr Luca Bellomo, Leonardo

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    2021 PAST PRESENTATION – Lieutenant Colonel David Hind, U.S. Air Force

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    2021 PAST PRESENTATION – Colonel Manuel Dubs, Swiss Air Force

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    2021 PAST PRESENTATION – Colonel Manuel AROCA Corbalan, National Armament Directorate (Spanish Minister of Defence)

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    2021 PAST PRESENTATION – Colonel Timothy Monroe, U.S. Air Force

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Echodyne

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    Echodyne, the radar platform company, designs and delivers innovative, high performance, compact, solid-state radars built on proprietary Metamaterials ESA (MESA®) technology. Ideally suited for advanced 4D situational awareness, Echodyne’s commercially priced electronically scanned array radars are used by defense and government agencies, defense contractors, and security integrators for counter-UAS, portable ISR, border security, and critical infrastructure protection applications and autonomous machine developers for unmanned aerial and ground vehicle applications. Privately held, the company is based in Kirkland, Washington, and is backed by Bill Gates, NEA, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital, Vanedge Capital, and Lux Capital among others. For more information, please visit: Echodyne.com


    Leonardo

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    Leonardo is a global high-tech company and a leading player in Aerospace, Defence and Security

    The company plays a prominent role in major international strategic programmes and is a trusted technological partner of governments, defence agencies, institutions and enterprises. Innovation, continuous research, digital manufacturing and sustainability are the cornerstones of Leonardo’s business worldwide.


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    Radionor

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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, 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.

    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@saemediagroup.com

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