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SAE Media Group is proud to present the 6th Airborne ISR conference to be held in London on the 19 and 20 October 2022.

Airborne ISR continues to be an incredibly important capability for militaries. Effective ISR enables kinetic assets the resources they need to be effective on the battlefield. Perhaps more than this, ISR is an extremely capable deterrent in its own right and modern dissemination technology and techniques enables forces to deal with threats before they can cause harm.

SAE Media Group's 7th Annual Airborne ISR Conference seeks to cover in detail Maritime Patrol, Data Dissemination, UAV Technology, International Surveillance Cooperation, AWACS, 5th Generation ISR, Industrial Engagement, and Threat Evolution. 

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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander, NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO
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9:10 Generating the Future Force through Enhanced ISR Capabilities for the RAF

Air Commodore James Beck

Air Commodore James Beck, Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Strategy - Headquarters Air Command, RAF

9:40 UK Future ISTAR capability as part of the next generation RAF

Group Captain Shaun Gee

Group Captain Shaun Gee, Director Air ISTAR Programmes RPAS & TacISR & SRO Shadow Programme , RAF HQ Air Command

  • Onboarding new systems for maximum performance
  • Adjusting operational procedures to address changing mission threat profiles and challenges
  • Collaborating with industry partners to meet current and future requirements
  • 10:10 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor: Leonardo

    10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 NATO’s Allied Ground Surveillance Force – Providing Persistent ISR Capabilities for the Alliance

    Brigadier General Andrew  Clark

    Brigadier General Andrew Clark, Commander Air Ground Surveillance Force, NATO
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    • The mission and capabilities of NATO AGSF
    • Testing and integrating the RQ-4D Phoenix UAV into the AGSF fleet
    • 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

    11:40 Session Reserved for Sponsor: General Atomics

    12:10 Conducting Multi-Faceted, Multi-Theater ISR Operations for the US Air Force

    Colonel Eric Mack

    Colonel Eric Mack, Commander, 363d ISR Wing, USAF

    • Utilising innovative technology and platforms to conduct comprehensive geospatial threat analysis to deployed Air Force units
    • The growing importance of the space and cyber domains for ISR operations
    • Exploiting unprecedented quantities of data through integrating advanced AI technology

    12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Session Reserved for Sponsor: Inmarsat

    Sanaa Saadani-Keller

    Sanaa Saadani-Keller, Director Aviation Sector, Inmarsat
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    Airborne ISR and SATCOM Services; Fielding the optimum service for Beyond Line of Site connectivity

    • Advances in SATCOM technology has boosted BLOS capabilities
    • Multi-band enables multiple AISR applications.
    • How to get your SATCOM network to meet your ISR requirements
    • How to use your SATCOM as an enabler for advanced operational outcomes
    • The future for SATCOM in ISR – Innovation and turnkey solutions
     

    14:10 PANEL DISCUSSION: UK ISR – Capabilities, Challenges and Plans for the Future

    Group Captain James Beldon

    Group Captain James Beldon, ISTAR Force Deputy Commander, RAF Waddington
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    • Multi-domain operations and sharing capabilities and data
    • The challenges to operating in contested environments and maintaining information overmatch
    • The future of UK joint-ISR

    14:40 Providing High Altitude Surveillance to Maximize US and Joint Intelligence

    Colonel Jason Eckberg

    Colonel Jason Eckberg, Vice Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing (ACC), US Air Force
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    • The challenges to operating in a contested environment
    • Integrating enhanced sensors and systems to more efficiently and effectively disseminate the data gathered
    • The future of high-altitude ISTAR operations and the potential of unmanned and space-based teaming

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Enhancing Royal Canadian Air Force ISR Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger

    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger, Commanding Officer 415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron, 14 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
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    • Overview of the CP-140 Aurora’s Role in Conducting ISR Operations
    • Planned Upgrades to the CP-140 Aurora Legacy Platform to Support Maritime and Overland Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Missions
    • Future Procurement of ISR Systems and Planned Upgrades to Existing RCAF ISR Capabilities

    16:10 Supporting US Army Europe Capabilities through Multi-Discipline

    Colonel Christina Bembenek

    Colonel Christina Bembenek, Commander, 66th MI Brigade, US Army Europe
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    • The role of the 66th MI Brigade in providing intelligence support to U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Africa
    • Utilising the IAI RQ-5 Hunter to conduct effective airborne ISR operations
    • The future of airborne ISR in the 66th MI BDE

    16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander, NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander, NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO
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    9:10 Providing Optimised Situational Awareness for US Forces through Superior Command and Control

    Colonel Keven Coyle

    Colonel Keven Coyle, Commander 552nd Air Control Wing, USAF

    • The role of the 552nd Air Control Wing in supporting multi-domain operations
    • Developing and upgrading E-3 Sentry capabilities to maintain the information edge
    • The future of the fleet and the priorities for a next generation air force
     

    9:40 Session Reserved for Sponsor: Honeywell

    Mr Paul Page

    Mr Paul Page, Technical Sales Director, Honeywell Aerospace
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    Resilient Beyond Visual Line of Sight Communications for ISR missions
    Contents:
    • ISR Collect, Process, Exploit, Disseminate Process
    • Focus on “Disseminate” part
    • How Honeywell SATCOM portfolio can provide real time, high speed data transfer to meet ISR requirements
    • Solutions by platform type: larger widebodies, smaller fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and UAVs
     

    10:10 Evaluating the Romanian Air Force ISTAR Capabilities and the Modernisation Priorities for the Future Force

    Colonel Traian-Flavius Marineanu

    Colonel Traian-Flavius Marineanu, Chief of Intelligence ROU Air Component Command, Romanian Air Force

    10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 Maintaining Effective ISTAR Operations in the Face of Emerging

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge*

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge*, Deputy Commander, Tactical Air Wing 51 Immelmann, German Air Force*

    Maintaining Effective ISTAR Operations in the Face of Emerging
    Threats
    • The requirements and responsibilities for 51 TAW
    • Upgrading existing systems to enhance performance
    • ISTAR operations in a multi-role environment

    11:40 Assessing the Capabilities of the 33rd ISR and Attack Wing

    Major Sebastien Gautier

    Major Sebastien Gautier, Chief of Operations, ED 2/33 SAVOIE, French Air & Space Force
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  • Evaluating the current capabilities and the French concept of employment of MQ-9
  • The rise of the 33rd Wing: a priority for the FASF
  • The future challenges for the 33rd Wing & the French MALE UAV
  • 12:10 Providing Comprehensive ISR Training in a Shifting Operational

    Wing Commander Rob Evans

    Wing Commander Rob Evans, Officer Commanding 54 Squadron, RAF Waddington

  • The importance of effectively trained and prepared ISR operators
  • Adjusting programmes to reflect changing realities and
    challenges
  • Planning for the future in preparing for today
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Breaking Barriers to Innovation: TEXAS

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow, Business Development, ACT Innovation, NATO ACT
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    The work of the innovation lab in protecting the future force
    • Integrating TEXAS and transforming command capabilities for
    allied personnel
    • The importance in accurately and efficiently disseminating the
    right information to the right people
    • The future priorities for innovating systems and procedures to
    address pain points and challenges

    14:10 NE-3A Status Update and Considerations Regarding the Sunset of the System

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley, Executive Officer to the General Manager of NAPMA, NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAPMA)
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    • Update on Platform Final Lifetime Extension Programme
    • Looking to the future - drawdown analysis towards 2035
    • Maintaining collective ISR and C2 capabilities into the next
    generation

    14:40 Portuguese ISR Capabilities - The Operators Perspective

    Major Helder Ferreira

    Major Helder Ferreira, 601 Squadron Commander, Portuguese Air Force

  • The obstacles to maintaining force situational awareness
  • The importance of collaboration in guaranteeing optimized
    joint intelligence
  • The future for Portuguese A-ISR
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 The role of the Autonomous Advance Force and ISR within the

    Captain William Docherty

    Captain William Docherty, SO3 ISR, Royal Marines
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    Rapidly developing tactics and equipment to exploit
    emerging technologies
    • Integrating autonomous systems into operational procedures
    • Shaping and evaluating the Future Commando Force ISR
    collection capacity

    16:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander, NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Andrew  Clark

    Brigadier General Andrew Clark

    Commander Air Ground Surveillance Force, NATO
    Group Captain James Beldon

    Group Captain James Beldon

    ISTAR Force Deputy Commander, RAF Waddington

    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Former Deputy Commander, NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO
    Air Commodore (ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO Air Commodore (Ret’d) Paddy Teakle is a freelance Defence Consultant. He has a long and distinguished background in Air Operations. After graduating from Navigator school he flew the Vulcan and Victor before joining the Tornado Force in 1985. He has over 2000 hours on Tornado including over 40 Combat Missions in the 1991 and 2003 Gulf Wars. His experience stretches from the Falklands campaign in 1982 through Iraq, Kosovo, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. His staff positions have predominantly been in operational HQs and doctrinal appointments. His last position was Deputy Commander of the NATO AWACS Force.

     

    Air Commodore James Beck

    Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Strategy - Headquarters Air Command, RAF
    Air Commodore James Beck

    Brigadier General Andrew Clark

    Commander Air Ground Surveillance Force, NATO
    Brigadier General Andrew  Clark

    Brig. Gen. Andy “Spoo” Clark is the Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The 380th AEW comprises four groups and 16 squadrons. He is responsible for the wing’s ground attack, air superiority, air refueling, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, air battle management, control and reporting center, theater security cooperation and airlift missions in support of overseas contingency operations in Southwest Asia. Brig. Gen. Clark entered active duty in January 1996 following his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Wisconsin. He served in several leadership positions at the squadron, group and wing level, including Director of Operations for the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California; Commander of the 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates; and Commander of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB, California. He is a command pilot with more than 4,100 hours in the U-2S, the AC-130U and various other aircraft. He has more than 1,300 combat hours accumulated during missions in Bosnia (1998), Kosovo (1999), Afghanistan (2001-2021), and Iraq (2003- 2021). Prior to his current assignment, Brig. Gen. Clark served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.

    Captain William Docherty

    SO3 ISR, Royal Marines
    Captain William Docherty

    Capt Docherty joined the Royal Marines in 2014, upon completion of Officer training at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, he was posted to 4 SCOTS, The Highlanders on an exchange draft as a Platoon Commander of a Mechanised Infantry Platoon. During his time with the Highlanders, he deployed on Op SHADER IV in Iraq as a Team Commander and later the Company Operations Officer, training the Iraqi Border Guards and the Iraqi Commandoes in their conflict with Daesh. He was then posted to the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines as a Recruit Troop Commander, leading 249 and 265 Troop through their 32-week Commando training course. He then went on to complete a Mortar Platoon Commanders Course before taking command of 42 Commando Mortar Troop working to develop mortar tactics during exercises in the UK and Germany. He later became the lead for developing partner relationships in West Africa where he planned and delivered multiple training packages with West African partners in Nigeria, Senegal and The Gambia. After completing an Intelligence Officer Course, he was posted to 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group as the SO3 ISR, shortly afterwards deploying to Norway to complete Artic Warfare training and taking part in the NATO exercise Cold Response 22. He is currently leading the Intelligence Cell at 30 Commando as the SO2 J2.

    Colonel Christina Bembenek

    Commander, 66th MI Brigade, US Army Europe
    Colonel Christina Bembenek

    Colonel Christina A. Bembenek graduated from West Point in 2000 with a degree in international relations and a concentration in the Chinese language. She has served in various intelligence positions at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, including multiple deployments to Kosovo and Iraq.
    Colonel Bembenek served as the Assistant S-2 for 2nd Brigade, 101st Infantry Division; commanded A/319th, 525 Battlefield Surveillance Brigade; and served as the Army Technical Control and Analysis Element Chief and Brigade S-3 in the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Meade, Maryland. At United States Central Command, she served as the intelligence officer on the Commander’s Action Group.
    Colonel Bembenek is also an Olmsted scholar; she completed her studies (in Arabic) at Mohammad V University in Rabat, Morocco in a master’s program in Public Law and Political Science. Her most recent operational assignment was as the 82nd Airborne Division G-2, where she provided critical intelligence to support the first deployment of the Immediate Response Force in over 30 years, as well as responded to various crises both in the United States and abroad. Following that assignment, she completed her Army War College fellowship at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace at Columbia University in New York City in 2021. She then served as the first Commandant of the Military Intelligence School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
    Colonel Bembenek has published articles in War on the Rocks, Center for New American Security, Small Wars Journal, and the Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin.
    Colonel Bembenek is married to Navy Commander (Retired) Bob Steltenpohl, a former SH-60 pilot and Middle East Foreign Area Officer.

    Colonel Eric Mack

    Commander, 363d ISR Wing, USAF
    Colonel Eric Mack

    Colonel Jason Eckberg

    Vice Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing (ACC), US Air Force
    Colonel Jason Eckberg

    Colonel Jason Eckberg is the Vice Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, California. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is responsible for the entire Air Force manned high-altitude reconnaissance fleet comprised of the U-2 DRAGON LADY aircraft, leads the nascent Common Mission Control Center, and is the installation command for the Beale Weapon System. As Vice Commander, Colonel Eckberg oversees qualification, continuation training, and mission verification for combat aircrew, as well as monitors the planning and execution of Joint Chiefs of Staff and Nationally tasked global reconnaissance missions. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is a learning organization, comprised of a command staff, an A-staff, and 26 squadrons and detachments, as well as a military treatment facility. The Wing supports a Total Force team including Distributed Ground Station West, the 940 Air Refueling Wing (AFRC), and the PAVE PAWS radar site (USSF). Colonel Eckberg entered active duty in 1997 through AFROTC. He is a Master Navigator with over 2,000 flying hours in over 20 unique mission design series air vehicles. He is a graduate of USAF Test Pilot School, Class 05B. Colonel Eckberg has conducted global reconnaissance operations, flight and electromagnetic warfare test, and Joint and Air Staff duties over a twenty year career. Colonel Eckberg commanded at the squadron and group levels. His degrees include a B.S. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University, M.S. in Administration, from Central Michigan University (the OTHER CMU), and an M.S. in Cyber Warfare from Air Force Institute of Technology. He is married to the former Mary Ann Bruns of Central City, Nebraska. They have no children, but do have on senior dog, Samson!

    Colonel Keven Coyle

    Commander 552nd Air Control Wing, USAF
    Colonel Keven Coyle

    Colonel Traian-Flavius Marineanu

    Chief of Intelligence ROU Air Component Command, Romanian Air Force
    Colonel Traian-Flavius Marineanu

    Group Captain James Beldon

    ISTAR Force Deputy Commander, RAF Waddington
    Group Captain James Beldon

    Group Captain Jim Beldon has acquired over 3,000 flying hours on the E-3D Sentry, serving on operations in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan and across the globe. He commanded 8 Squadron (AWACS) from 2012 to 2014 before serving in Defence Communications at the Ministry of Defence and as the RAF’s Director of Defence Studies. In 2020, he deployed to Baghdad as NATO Mission Iraq’s Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Defence, also serving as the Mission’s senior public affairs officer and COVID relief co-ordinator. He returned to the ISTAR Force in 2021 as Deputy Force Commander.

    Group Captain Shaun Gee

    Director Air ISTAR Programmes RPAS & TacISR & SRO Shadow Programme , RAF HQ Air Command
    Group Captain Shaun Gee

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Executive Officer to the General Manager of NAPMA, NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAPMA)
    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    LtCol. Jens Mieckley is the Executive Officer to the General Manager, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control (NAEW&C) Programme Management Agency (NAPMA) located in Brunssum, The Netherlands. The Agency is responsible for the Acquisition Management of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control (NAEW&C) Programme.
    LtCol Mieckley has extensive military experience in all aspects of AirC2. In his last assignment from 2010 until 2019 as the Branch Head of the Air Command and Control System (ACCS) Integration Branch at the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) at Uedem, DEU, he not only coordinated all integration activities as well as the required adaptation works in regards to the new NATO command structure of the new system, but also acted as the Test Director for the operational adaptation and fielding. In parallel he was the German representative in the specific governance boards for NATO commonly funded AirC2 systems, such as the Lifecycle Configuration Control Board (LCCB) or the Operational User Group (OUG).
    He also prepared the German Deployable Command and Control Centre (D-CRC) during his service there in 2008 to 2010 for its NATO Response Force (NRF) Certification as the Training and Preparation Program Office lead. In this timeframe he also supported the fielding of the German Improved Air Defense System (GIADS III), replacing the previous ARKONA system at CRC Erndtebrück.
    Earlier in his career he served as the General Project Officer of the German Air Force Command (GAFCOM) for implementation of Tactical Data Links (TDL) into platforms of the Air Force and in this role he represented the Air Force in the respective NATO governance fora, such as the Data Link Working Group (DLWG).
    Apart from duty as Surveillance Controller onboard the NATO E-3A and as Track Production officer and Fighter Controller in three German CRC, he graduated in all training courses of the German Air Defense System Service required to become a Master Controller.
    LtCol Mieckley joined the Air Force 1995 as a conscript, graduated Air Force Officer school 1997, followed by studying Aeronautics and Space Engineering at the Federal Armed Forces University in Munich.


     

    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow

    Business Development, ACT Innovation, NATO ACT
    Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow

    LCol Jon Clow is a 4000 hour pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Operational flying includes time on fighters and electronic warfare aircraft. He is a SME in the realm of pilot training and pilot training systems. LCol Clow is an A1 Qualified Flying Instructor, led the re-envisioning of the RCAF pilot training system in 2011 and is a former Commandant of 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School. LCol Clow holds an Honours BA in Strategic Studies and a Masters of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. His Master’s thesis on pilot training in the Public/Private Partnership contractual environment is published in a book on Defence Resource Management. LCol Clow is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Joint Command and Staff College and of USAF War College. He has deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation RESOLUTE SUPPORT. LCol Clow currently works at the Allied Command Transformation’s Innovation Hub, an organic, agile DevSecOps software factory, in Business Development, and is a NATO-level AIRC2 SME.

    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger

    Commanding Officer 415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron, 14 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger
    Biography – Fugger LCol Keith Fugger joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1996 as an Air Navigator, graduating from the Royal Military College in 2000 with a BSc in Space Science. He was initially posted to 405 Maritime Patrol Squadron in Greenwood, Nova Scotia as an Acoustics Sensor Officer on the CP140 Aurora and deployed on Operation APOLLO in 2003 enforcing UN sanctions in the Southern Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. He deployed in 2004 on Operation ATHENA in Kabul, Afghanistan to command the venerable SPERWER unmanned aircraft system operated by the 5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada. Upon his return, he became a Tactical Navigator on the CP140 Aurora and directed numerous maritime patrol missions across the North Atlantic. In 2010, he assumed operational flight test duties at the Maritime Proving & Evaluation Unit in Greenwood followed by technical flight test duties at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment in Cold Lake, Alberta and at a detachment in Trenton, Ontario. After completing major test programs on the CP140 Aurora and CC150 Polaris aircrafts, he was posted to the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre’s Concept Development & Experimentation Branch supporting development of the future Air Force and contributing air Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance expertise to the future Navy, Army and Special Operations Forces as well as to joint programs. He returned to Greenwood in 2017 as Deputy Commanding Officer of 415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron and attended Joint Command and Staff College, earning a Master’s in Defence Studies in 2020. He assumed command of 415 Squadron in Greenwood in June 2022 and looks forward to collaborating with national and international partners on future Joint ISR capability development activities.

    Major Helder Ferreira

    601 Squadron Commander, Portuguese Air Force
    Major Helder Ferreira

    Major Sebastien Gautier

    Chief of Operations, ED 2/33 SAVOIE, French Air & Space Force
    Major Sebastien Gautier

    Major GAUTIER Sébastien joined the French Air & Space Force Academy in 2005. After academic and flying training, and after he earned his wings, he was appointed Weapon System Officer in 2012 and posted at Istres Air Base (AB), where he flew on the Mirage 2000 N for 4 years for the nuclear deterrence mission, and also for conventional missions. In 2015, he was engaged in the Middle East within the Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). After his 2-ship qualification, he was selected to a position at Saint-Dizier AB in 2016 to fly on the Rafale. He flew numerous missions abroad, while participating in high-intensity international exercises. He was certified Mission Commander at TLP NATO course, and served a second tour in Iraq and Syria. He was named Flight Commander and Deputy Chief of Operations in his Rafale Squadron. In 2020, after 4 years on board an omni-role fighter jet, he was appointed to the newly-created second MQ-9 Reaper Squadron as a sensor operator, to support the rise of the 33rd Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Attack Wing. Subsequently, he was engaged twice in the Great Sahara. After 2 years as a Chief of operations in 2/33 Squadron, he joined the command staff of the 33rd Wing. Finally, Major GAUTIER acquired, through his experience a total of 1700 flight hours and 41 war missions on fighter jets, and 450 flight hours and 79 war missions operating the MQ-9 Reaper.

     

    Mr Paul Page

    Technical Sales Director, Honeywell Aerospace
    Mr Paul Page

    Paul is an experienced aerospace professional, with +20 years’ experience in multiple roles across the industry (commercial and defense), ranging from account management, customer support, engineering and sales. In his current role of Technical Sales Director, he is responsible for sales enablement of Honeywell’s military Beyond Visual Line of Sight SATCOM communications solutions for the EMEAI and APAC regions. He has an Executive MBA in Aviation Management, is a Chartered Engineer with Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has two children and is a passionate Rugby Union Mini and Youth Coach.

    Sanaa Saadani-Keller

    Director Aviation Sector, Inmarsat
    Sanaa Saadani-Keller

    Sanaa leads Inmarsat’s Aviation sector business for global government. Responsible for new business development in the government sector for ISR, Head of State and MRT. She has over 10+ years with the SATCOM aviation sector, primarily focusing on new growth in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

     

    Wing Commander Rob Evans

    Officer Commanding 54 Squadron, RAF Waddington
    Wing Commander Rob Evans

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    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.

     

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Lieutenant Colonel Antanas Matutis

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Mr Pieter Elands & Major Antonie Franken

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Mr Christophe Fontaine

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Captain Tiago Andrade

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Captain Timothy Thompson

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Captain Thomas Lansley

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Leonardo

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    Leonardo, a global high-technology company, is among the top world players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Organised into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA, where it also operates through subsidiaries that include Leonardo DRS (defense electronics), and joint ventures and partnerships: ATR, MBDA, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Avio. Leonardo competes in the most important international markets by leveraging its areas of technological and product leadership (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cyber Security and Space.


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    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

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    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator®, Reaper® and Gray Eagle UAS programs of record and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. Celebrating over 25 years of aviation innovation, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, multi-mission capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight, enabling situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas.


    Honeywell

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    Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. The Aerospace business unit builds aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components and more. It’s hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights and safer skies and airports. For more information, visit www.aerospace.honeywell.com



    Inmarsat

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

    Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. Operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for more than 40 years, it owns and operates the world’s most diverse portfolio of satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio.

    Over 100 Governments around the world rely on Inmarsat as their commercial satcom provider for mission-critical communications, in some of the most volatile and remote regions of the world. Our government aviation solutions maximise operational capability, providing reliable connectivity at any latitude, longitude or altitude.

    INTELLIGENCE. SURVEILLANCE. RECONAISSANCE.

    At the core of every successful ISR mission is the timely and reliable transfer of data, be that the delivery of situational awareness from the operational source to HQ, or the transfer of communication and data between HQ and operation teams. Inmarsat is the conduit that guarantees the certainty of communications to allow this seamless transfer anywhere in the world, with no need for advanced planning or location reporting.

    Real time transfer of data, images and video can be the critical link to mission success. Modern ISR operations require simultaneous sharing and receiving of real-time information. Inmarsat delivers the broadband link that ensures situational awareness and has access to a number of advanced surveillance technologies that enhance situational awareness and deliver real-time intelligence. With the cost efficiency of each sortie exponentially increasing based on the information that can be transferred in flight, Inmarsat’s ISR solutions are increasingly seen as a capability multiplier for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Communication certainty – anywhere, anytime, any situation. We don’t just believe it’s possible, we’ve built the satellite network that uniquely makes it so. In an uncertain world, we believe in certainty.


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    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”) is the recognized leader among South American printed defense magazines. It has been in the market for 37 years, and presently is the only one of its kind in Brazil to be nationally distributed. Sold on news stands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector in Brazil and in South American countries.


    Defence Online

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    Defence Online is one of the fastest-growing communities of key decision makers representing defence sector buyers and influencers within the Ministry of Defence, Prime Contractors and Industry. Providing up-to-date and informative news, insight and intelligence, Defence Online allows organisations to engage directly with a range of sector-based solutions, designed specifically to enhance their knowledge and understanding of this ever-evolving marketplace. No matter the size of your organisation, Defence Online has a range of advertising and marketing solutions to suit your business development requirements, connecting you with a marketplace worth over £19 billion annually in the UK alone.


    ASD MEDIA

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    Professionals in the Aerospace & Defence market use the ASD Media internet platforms to:
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    For more detailed information please contact with: ASD MEDIA
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    Uncrewed Systems Technology Magazine

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    Uncrewed Systems Technology magazine focuses entirely on the innovative engineering that's successfully pushing boundaries on land, at sea, in flight and even through the universe. The magazine is unique - the first ever publication to focus entirely on providing independent coverage of the engineering at the heart of uncrewed vehicles. It applies the same rigorous scientific approach to this brave new world as critically acclaimed Race Engine Technology has brought to the subject of racing powertrain technology. Published 6-times a year, we probe today's cutting-edge projects to provide in-depth research insights - rigorous investigation is backed by professional peer review and critical analysis.


    Robotics Tomorrow

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    RoboticsTomorrow.com is an Online Trade Magazine featuring Products, Companies, News, Articles and Events for the Industrial Automation, Robotics and Unmanned Vehicle industries. With an emphasis on the state of the art and on the horizon technologies that have strong prospects of commercialization, our philosophy is to create an outlet where the industry can share information and report on itself.


    Key.Aero

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    Key.aero was created by Key Publishing to bring the best of expert aviation content online. You can now easily access in one place outstanding content from our world-leading aviation publications including Aeroplane, FlyPast, Airforces, Air International, Airports of the world, Airliner World, Aviation News, Combat Aircraft and PC Pilot. Plus, enjoy articles, video and content created exclusively for key.aero. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about aviation is now just one click away!


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    GeoConnexion International and GeoConnexion UK bring you the latest news and stories plus reports from geotechnology industries in UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia. Coverage of topics such as 3D Visualisation, Remote Sensing, LiDAR, Cloud, Mobile Mapping, Navigation with emphases on healthcare, public safety, retail, the environment, utilities, surveying, LBS, transport/ logistics, telecommunications and more. Subscribe to GeoConnexion magazines and sign up for free GeoConnexion Newsletters: visit GeoConnexion.com Tel: +44 1223 279151; Email: info@geoconnexion.com


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


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    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.


    Defence Today

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    Defence Today is an online publication covering the latest in global defence and security news, defence intelligence and strategic insight. Terrorism and emerging threats, defence industry coverage, the latest technology developments and emerging platforms and systems. Military equipment profiles and industry showcases. Advertising, press releases and event listings are available.


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    Unmanned Systems Technology.com (UST) is dedicated to technology and innovation within unmanned systems. Our website and weekly e-newsletter provide up-to-the-minute information about technological developments in this sector – both military and commercial – to a global audience, with over 80,000 visitors from over 200 countries every month. Our comprehensive supplier profiles showcase products, services and capabilities in the unmanned land, sea and air vehicle industry.


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    ARMSCOM.net is a B2B /B2G platform for brokers of military goods. ARMSCOM.net is dedicated for Aerospace and Defense Industry with database containing more than 4000 companies and 3400 defense industrial sectors. Add Company and Products Profiles. For more information e-mail: armscom.net@gmail.com or visit http://www.armscom.net, tel.: + 372 816 946 77


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    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


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    Defence Global provides an essential link between the Defence & Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, Government and Military sectors globally. Defence Global is a quarterly, tri-service publication providing articles and informative analysis from respected journalists and writers worldwide to attract a sophisticated and broad audience. Defence Global is published in February, May, August and November, with a professional and stylish design in both printed copy and digital format. The printed copies are perfect bound, full colour throughout with high quality art and photography. Defence Global is used as a reference tool providing a professional and intelligent read. We work with industry experts and corporate clients to include Defence and Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, as well as Governments, MoDs, Military Authorities and Senior Management Teams.


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    Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.


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    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”) is the recognized leader among South American printed defense magazines. It has been in the market for 37 years, and presently is the only one of its kind in Brazil to be nationally distributed. Sold on news stands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector in Brazil and in South American countries.


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

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

     

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, 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.

    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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