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SAE Media Group is proud to present the 9th annual Airborne ISR conference to be held in London on the 16th and 17th October 2024.

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 9th 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.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Brigadier General Andy Clark

Brigadier General Andy Clark

Commander, NATO Intelligence Surveillance and Reconaissance Force (NISRF)
Group Captain Rich Berry

Group Captain Rich Berry

ISTAR Deputy Force Commander, RAF
Lieutenant Colonel John Plitsch

Lieutenant Colonel John Plitsch

Program Manager, Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA), Fixed Wing Project Office, PEO Aviation
Major General Alexander Korb

Major General Alexander Korb

Commander, NATO AEW&C Force
Major General Matthew Jones

Major General Matthew Jones

Director Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Dir ISR, UK Strategic Command

Brigadier General Andy Clark

Commander, NATO Intelligence Surveillance and Reconaissance Force (NISRF)
Brigadier General Andy Clark

 Brigadier General Andy M. "Spoo" Clark is the Commander for the NATO ISR Force (NISRF), stationed at the Italian Air Force Base (ITAF), Sigonella, Italy. Prior to his current assignment, General Clark was the Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The unit was responsible for 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. Prior to that, 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.
General Clark commissioned in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin's Air Force Reserve Officer's Training Corps program. 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.Brig Gen Clark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in atmospheric science from the University of Wisconsin. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, Washington, D.C., a Masters of Strategic Science from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and was a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts. His military education includes the U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School and the U.S. Air Command and Staff College.Brig Gen Clark holds the rating of 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). His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with silver oak leaf cluster and oak leaf cluster, and Air Force Combat Action Medal.

Colonel Bishane Whitmore

Deputy Commander, 319th Reconnaissance Wing , US Air Force
Colonel Bishane Whitmore

Colonel Cristi Boangar

Chief of Land Forces Staff Deputy for Support, Romanian Army
Colonel Cristi Boangar

Colonel Florescu Virgil Nicu

Commander 18th ISR Brigade, Romanian Army
Colonel Florescu Virgil Nicu

Dr Stergious Isaakidis

Programme Manager, AGS & UAS, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
Dr Stergious Isaakidis

Group Captain (Ret'd) James Beldon

Former ISTAR Deputy Force Commander, RAF
Group Captain (Ret'd) James Beldon

 As an active service Royal Air Force officer, Group Captain Jim Beldon 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 served in Baghdad as NATO Mission Iraq’s Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Defence. He served as the Deputy Commander of the RAF’s ISTAR Force between 2021 and 2023 before leaving regular service and assuming a part-time Reservist role as a Group Captain in the UK’s Strategic Command. In civilian life, Jim serves as the senior Airborne ISR Consultant to Leidos Innovations UK.

Group Captain Edward Whitechurch

Assistant Head Integration, Royal Air Force
Group Captain Edward Whitechurch

 Group Captain Ed Whitechurch is a Fast Jet Weapons Systems Officer, whose service has spanned both Air to Air and Air to Ground roles on three front line aircraft types (Tornado F3, Tornado GR4 and an F15E exchange with the USAF), with staff experience in operations (UK Permanent Joint Headquarters) and management of Defence (Air Staff Strategy Team) and command experience on a UK Main Operating Base as Officer Commanding Operations Support Wing at RAF Waddington. On promotion to Group Captain in August 2023 he assumed the role of Assistant Head Integration within Air Capability Strategy.

Group Captain Rich Berry

ISTAR Deputy Force Commander, RAF
Group Captain Rich Berry

 Group Captain Berry joined the RAF in 1994, serving initially on the Nimrod MR2 at RAF Kinloss. Following a tour as a flying instructor at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, he returned to the Nimrod before posting to Air Command. Following Advanced Staff Course, he took command of 45(Reserve) Squadron, responsible for all aircrew training for the RAF’s multi-engine aircraft. After a tour in the Ministry of Defence, he served as the Programme Manager for the P-8A Poseidon MPA, and subsequently as the Programme Director for Poseidon and E-7 Wedgetail.
In March 2023, Berry was appointed as the Deputy ISTAR Force Commander.

Lieutenant Colonel John Plitsch

Program Manager, Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA), Fixed Wing Project Office, PEO Aviation
Lieutenant Colonel John Plitsch

 Lieutenant Colonel John A. Plitsch is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of the United States Military Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering in 2005. He holds a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Post Graduate School.
LTC Plitsch’s assignments began with the 2-10th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Drum. He completed duties as a maintenance and flight platoon leader, company executive officer, battle captain, and assistant S3. Deployments included the National Training Center (NTC); Kandahar, Afghanistan; and COB Speicher, Iraq. After attending the UH-60 Instructor Pilot Course, he was assigned to 1-212th Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker and had the privilege of activating and assuming command a new company charged with the execution of the UH-60A/M (Hybrid) Flight School XXI Program of Instruction.
After completing the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, LTC Plitsch served at the Redstone Test Center (RTC) as a Flight Test Division Chief, Account Manager, and Experimental Test Pilot (XP). This was followed by an assignment within the Missile Defense Agency as the assistant product manager for the AN/TPY-2 Radar Program (strategic phased-array surveillance radar) and a Hypersonic Threat Defense rapid prototype program. He then transitioned to the Technology Development Directorate (TDD) at Fort Eustis, Virginia as the Chief of the Rotorcraft In-Flight Laboratory and Program Manager for the Degraded Visual Environment-Mitigation (DVE-M) Program. LTC Plitsch most recently served within the Program Executive Office for Aviation as the first Product Lead for the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) Modernization Product Office. He is currently in the Fixed Wing Project Office team as the Product Manager for Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) and responsible for multiple high priority Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (A-ISR) jet programs and high-altitude platforms.
LTC Plitsch has completed all professional military training through Intermediate Level Education (ILE), Command and General Staff College. His aviation qualifications include: U.S. Army Experimental Test Pilot; UH-60A/L/M and Instructor Pilot; U.S. Army Fixed Wing Multi-Engine, C-12; UH-72; and various FAA certifications as a Flight Instructor and Commercial Pilot, including jet qualification in the Bombardier Global 6500. He is a Certified Acquisition Corps Member and holds the highest level of DAWIA certifications in both Program Management and Test and Evaluation.
LTC Plitsch's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal; the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal. He has also earned the Army Senior Aviator Badge and Air Assault Badge.
LTC Plitsch and his wife Jenny of Ontario, Canada have been married for eighteen years and are blessed with four children: Jacob (16), Aubrie (13), Ryan (11), and Annika (9). The family is actively involved in numerous youth activities related to church, school, and sports.

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Raisner

Commander, 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron , US Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Raisner

Lieutenant Commander Taylor Stang

MQ-4C SME, CTF - 67, US Navy
Lieutenant Commander Taylor Stang

Major General Alexander Korb

Commander, NATO AEW&C Force
Major General Alexander Korb

Major General Matthew Jones

Director Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Dir ISR, UK Strategic Command
Major General Matthew Jones

 Major General Matthew Jones commissioned into the Intelligence Corps in 1998. Over the years his operational service has included deployments to East Timor, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the wider Middle East, and Afghanistan. He commanded 4 Military Intelligence Battalion leading the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Groups of 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade and the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force. After promoting to Brigadier he commanded the 1st ISR Brigade and the 3rd (UK) Division Information Manoeuvre Group. He promoted to Major General and became Director ISR within Defence Intelligence in 2023. This role includes responsibility for intelligence collection, command of strategic intelligence capabilities, ISR coherence across Defence, counterintelligence, and intelligence training.

Major Thibault Leroy

MQ9 Reaper Pilot, Training Squadron Deputy Chief, French Air Force, Base Aérienne 709
Major Thibault Leroy

Senior Representative

, NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA)
Senior Representative

Wing Commander Dan Bell

OC 1 ISR Wing, Royal Air Force
Wing Commander Dan Bell

 Wing Commander Dan Bell BA(Hons) RAF

Wg Cdr Dan Bell is a Royal Air Force Intelligence Officer and is currently Officer Commanding 1 Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Wing (1 ISR Wg). His specialist areas include ISR, Processing Exploitation & Dissemination (PED), Human Intelligence and Operational Intelligence.

Previous roles include Duty Intelligence Watch Officer (DIWO), Squadron intelligence Officer for UK Typhoon, Imagery Analyst, and worked as a future capability specialist and global military team lead at the Joint Air Reconnaissance Centre (JARIC). In 2016 he stood up and commanded 1 ISR Sqn, providing PED to UK and Allied RPAS globally.

He has undertaken deployments and supported operations across Eastern Europe, the Near and Middle East with both conventional and special forces; most recently as ISR Strategy Chief in Combined Joint Task Force – Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, and as the Deputy Chief of ISR at Combined Air Operations Centre, Al Udeid.

Outside operational intelligence he has served as Aide de Campe to the Deputy Commander of NATO Joint Force Command, undertaken two tours in Intelligence Policy & Plans running Combat Ready programmes and supporting the development of future training models across all Air Intelligence specialisations, and established the Targets desk within UK Strategic Command (StratCom) Capability Development. He drafted Options to support UK targeting and fielded new analytic tools, delivered an End-to-end Targeting Capability Review for the UK’s Defence Targeting Enterprise, and worked with Defence and industry partners to develop artificial intelligence, machine learning and quantum-enabled capabilities under the UK StratCom ISR Spearhead initiative.

He has twice worked for NATO: firstly as the INTEL Team Chief for HQ NATO Air Command (AIRCOM) STANEVAL; then returning to AIRCOM in 2021 as the Deputy Director of Intelligence, leading the Targets, Training, ISR Ops and Analysis Collation & Fusion (ACF) teams during a period of unprecedented activity generated by the RUS/UKR invasion. He was selected for Advanced Staff Training in 2022, and took command of 1 ISR Wing in early 2023.

Benefits of attending

  • Hear the latest developments from leading international programmes from maritime and land domains
  • Discuss how nations are adopting and adapting technology to gain greater intelligence resolution
  • Explore how nations are engaging with on-another to disseminate and analyse information
  • Attend a conference where you can meet and network with leading programme managers
  • Understand how nations are adopting systems and technologies to secure information and decision dominance

Here’s why you can’t afford to miss Airborne ISR 2024:

You'll get access to key subject-leaders from the UK, US, and Europe for interactive discussions focused on your challenges. Build a greater understanding of how the landscape has changed in the last year and the implications this has for you. Take your place at this conference and you'll come away with vital information into new advancements and emerging trends, that you won’t get anywhere else.

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Conference agenda

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8:00

Registration & Coffee

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8:50

Chairman's Opening Remarks

Group Captain (Ret'd) James Beldon, Former ISTAR Deputy Force Commander, RAF

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9:00

Joint ISR Multi-Domain Coordination

Major General Matthew Jones, Director Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Dir ISR, UK Strategic Command

• Generating ISR cohesion across the MoD
• Processing at the edge to deliver C4ISR
• Delivering information at the speed of relevance to the tactical level
 

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9:30

RAF ISTAR Capabilities for the 21st Century

  • Current RAF ISTAR Capabilities
  • Next Generation ISTAR Capabilities
  • Challenges for the 21st Century
  • Group Captain Rich Berry, ISTAR Deputy Force Commander, RAF

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    10:00

    Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor

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    10:30

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    Leveraging AI to Fuse Data at the Speed of Relevance

    Group Captain Edward Whitechurch, Assistant Head Integration, Royal Air Force

     • RAF’s approach to AI
    • RAF and AI experimentation
    • Operational application of AI - RAF focus areas

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    11:30

    ISR and PED in a Contested Operating Environment

    Wing Commander Dan Bell, OC 1 ISR Wing, Royal Air Force

     • Countering the challenges posed by collection at range
    • Posturing for meshed approaches to ISR and PED
    • Data-centricity, and coping with ‘data deluge’
    • Data labelling, classifi cation, sharing, stove-pipes and availability.
    • AI/ML vs human-machine teaming
    • Flat vs 3D reporting in a dynamic operation environment.
    • Inculcating a GEOINF approach to analysis and production:
    Structured Observation Management (SOM), Object Based Production
    (OBP) and Disposition of Forces (DoF)
    • The critical enabling functions of Intelligence Requirements
    Management and Collection Operations/Orchestration Management.
    • How to advocate for ISR capabilities in a time of fi nancial austerity

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    12:00

    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

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    12:30

    Networking Lunch

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    13:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    14:00

    On the wings of change - Refocusing Strategic Unmanned Reconnaissance in the Space Era

    Colonel Bishane Whitmore

    Colonel Bishane Whitmore, Deputy Commander, 319th Reconnaissance Wing , US Air Force

    • Refining global performance variables for disparate customers
    • Redesigning systems and processes to embody agility
    • Elevating partnerships for shared goal and outcomes
     

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    14:30

    Integrating New Fixed Wing ISR Assets into the US Army

    Lieutenant Colonel John Plitsch, Program Manager, Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA), Fixed Wing Project Office, PEO Aviation

     • Fixed-Wing A-ISR Modernization to meet Multi-Domain Operation
    • High Accuracy Detection and Exploitation System (HADES)
    • Contractor-Owned, Contractor-Operated (COCO) A-ISR Aircraft:
    ARTEMIS, ARES, ATHENA, and JET TRAINERS

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    15:00

    Afternoon Tea

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    15:30

    Target-Centric Reconnaissance and Sensor Optimization

    Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Raisner

    Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Raisner, Commander, 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron , US Air Force

    • Bridging the gap between ISR past and future
    • Emphasizing the dynamic nature of airborne ISR
    • The Reconnaissance Professional
     

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    How the US Army and Air Force are integrating new capabilities to ensure persistent ISR across all domains

    Colonel Bishane Whitmore

    Colonel Bishane Whitmore, Deputy Commander, 319th Reconnaissance Wing , US Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Raisner

    Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Raisner, Commander, 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron , US Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel John Plitsch, Program Manager, Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA), Fixed Wing Project Office, PEO Aviation

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    16:30

    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Group Captain (Ret'd) James Beldon, Former ISTAR Deputy Force Commander, RAF

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    8:30

    Registration & Coffee

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    8:50

    Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Group Captain (Ret'd) James Beldon, Former ISTAR Deputy Force Commander, RAF

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    9:00

    NATO AWACS – Utilising the E-3A and Future Components to Provide Persistent ISR

    Major General Alexander Korb

    Major General Alexander Korb, Commander, NATO AEW&C Force

    • Introducing NATO shared ISR capabilities
    • Promoting joint capabilities for collective security
    • Adapting to changing scenarios to maintain comprehensive command and control across the alliance

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    9:30

    NE-3A Upgrade Status and Sunset Considerations

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA)

  • Status on the NE-3A modernization programs
  • Update on several minor modifications
  • Timeline to fleet retirement and follow-on systems
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    10:00

    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

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    10:30

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    NATO’S ISR Force: Fused Intelligence at the Speed of Need

    Brigadier General Andy Clark, Commander, NATO Intelligence Surveillance and Reconaissance Force (NISRF)

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    11:30

    Life Cycle Management of NATO's Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) System

    Dr Stergious Isaakidis

    Dr Stergious Isaakidis, Programme Manager, AGS & UAS, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)

    • Overview of different types of UAV sensors/ systems/ ISR collection assets
    • The Agency now supports different types of UAV platforms supporting ISR
    • Agency (LQ) portfolio from Nano-micro all the way up to MALE and HALE
    • Provide a status update on where we stand with NATO and nations
     

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    Synergising NATO’s Crewed and Uncrewed ISR Assets

    Major General Alexander Korb

    Major General Alexander Korb, Commander, NATO AEW&C Force

    Brigadier General Andy Clark, Commander, NATO Intelligence Surveillance and Reconaissance Force (NISRF)

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    12:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    13:00

    Networking Lunch

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    14:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    15:00

    MQ-4C Triton UAS Intorduction to EUCOM

    Lieutenant Commander Taylor Stang

    Lieutenant Commander Taylor Stang, MQ-4C SME, CTF - 67, US Navy

  • Introduction of MQ-4C TRITON capabilities.
  • MQ-4C TRITON and P-8A complementary operations
  • MQ-4C TRITON Capability Growth path
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    15:30

    Afternoon Tea

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    16:00

    33rd ISR & Attack Wing – Evaluating ISR Capabilities

    Major Thibault Leroy

    Major Thibault Leroy, MQ9 Reaper Pilot, Training Squadron Deputy Chief, French Air Force, Base Aérienne 709

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    16:30

    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Group Captain (Ret'd) James Beldon, Former ISTAR Deputy Force Commander, RAF


    Commander
    NATO Intelligence Surveillance and Reconaissance Force (NISRF)
    Deputy Commander, 319th Reconnaissance Wing
    US Air Force
    Chief of Land Forces Staff Deputy for Support
    Romanian Army
    Commander 18th ISR Brigade
    Romanian Army
    Programme Manager, AGS & UAS
    NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Former ISTAR Deputy Force Commander
    RAF
    Assistant Head Integration
    Royal Air Force
    ISTAR Deputy Force Commander
    RAF
    Program Manager, Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA), Fixed Wing Project Office
    PEO Aviation
    Commander, 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron
    US Air Force
    MQ-4C SME, CTF - 67
    US Navy
    Commander
    NATO AEW&C Force
    Director Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Dir ISR
    UK Strategic Command
    MQ9 Reaper Pilot, Training Squadron Deputy Chief
    French Air Force, Base Aérienne 709
    NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA)
    OC 1 ISR Wing
    Royal Air Force

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    Chair letter - Group Captain (Ret'd) James Beldon

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    Past Presentation Speaker - Jason Rose,OF-4, USA

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    Hilton London Kensington

    179-199 Holland Park Avenue
    London W11 4UL
    United Kingdom

    Hilton London Kensington

    At the heart of the Holland Park district, our hotel is 10 minutes from Westfield London shopping center. We're blocks from Shepherd's Bush Underground station, linking to central London, and Kensington Palace and Gardens are two miles from us. Enjoy 24-hour access to our fitness center.

     
    Join us in WestEleven for hearty buffet breakfast, a great way to start the day! Our Avenue Bar and Lounge serves light bites throughout the day as well as a delicious, seasonal dining menu.”
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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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