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SAE Media Group is proud to host the 9th annual Future Soldier Technology conference, returning to London on the 7th - 8th of March 2023, and with our popular Dismounted Situational Awareness Focus Day taking place on the 6th March 2023.

Building on the enormous success of SAE Media Group’s previous eight annual meetings, Future Soldier Technology 2023 will be an excellent international gathering of senior officers and programme managers who are seeking to enhance their programmes. Additionally, this forum offers an excellent platform for programme managers within the military to interface with senior experts from within the defence industry.

Future Soldier Technology 2023 will return to London larger than ever to discuss Soldier Modernisation Programmes, and how these projects are driving infantry capabilities into the future and making the dismounted soldier more lethal, protected and ready to fight in the challenging conditions of the modern-day battlefield.

Future Soldier Technology 2023 strives to enhance the learning and development of future soldier programme managers and practitioners through briefings and panel discussions. As the only dedicated future soldier focussed conference, we endeavour to deliver genuine insight and learning through the expertly selected participants who run our discussions and panels, ensuring the latest developments from all parts of the community (industry and military) are covered in great detail.

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

The two-day main conference will cover all other aspects vital to the modernisation of the future soldier. The morning of both days will feature plenary sessions, focusing on international soldier modernisation programme updates and with industry sponsor partners showcasing their solutions to the audience.

The main conference afternoons will split into streams, to focus on more specifically aspects of the dismounted soldier and their equipment.
Day One will cover soldier survivability in Stream A, discussing ballistic protection, hard and soft armour, mobility and more. Stream B will discuss how to solve the important issue of supporting the soldier’s equipment in the face of ever-growing power demands.

Day Two will cover the ever-growing importance of robotics and AI in supporting the dismounted solider in Stream A, from drones and UAVs for advances reconnaissance and situational awareness to unmanned ground vehicles for logistic and resupply support. Stream B will discuss on Night Vision and Optics, including the impact these advanced capabilities will have on dismounted soldier lethality.

3M Svenska AB; Albanian Embassy ; Armasuisse / Federal Office for Defence Procurement; Army HQ; Army HQ / DE&S / Digital Services; Australian Defence Staff ; BAE Systems; Batcis, MOD; Bren-Tronics, Inc.; British Army; British Army Headquarters; British Army HQ; Canadian High Commission; CCDC C5ISR Center, US Army ; CILAS; CSI Solutions Ltd; Danish Aquisition and Logistic; Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO); DE&S; Def Comrcl DCGP-21A-10; Defence Forces Ireland; Defence Intelligence; Department for International Trade; DEVCOM-Atlantic; Domo Tactical Communications (DTC); Dstl; DSTL, UK MoD; Dutch Armed Forces; Dutch MoD ; Embassy of Ukraine; Estonian Defence Forces; Excelitas; Falcom; Finnish Defence Forces; FOI; Frazer-Nash Consultancy; French Armed Forces Infantry School; Galvion; General Dynamics Mission Systems; Glenair; Glenair, Inc; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Inmarsat; Instro Precision Limited; INVISIO Communications; Israeli Ministry of Defence ; Italian Army; Italian Embassy; ITDU, British Army; Jankel; L3 Harris Technologies; L3Harris; Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT); MAB6; MilDef Ltd; MoD; MoD A Block (MAB); MOD BATCIS Delivery Team; NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA); NATO/Swedish Armed Forces ; New Zealand Defence Staff - London; Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency; Obsima Technology AS; OCCAR-EA; Persistent Systems; Petards Group Plc; Qioptiq ; Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies; Rheinmetall Canada Inc.; Rohde & Schwarz; Roke; Roke Manor Research Ltd; Rowden Technologies Ltd. ; Royal Marines; Safran Electronics & Defense; Safran Group; Safran Vectronix AG; SEA Ltd; Silvus Technologies, Inc; smart shooter; SurCom International; Swedish Armed Forces; Swiss Armed Forces; TE Connectivity - Aerospace, Defense & Marine; Teleplan Globe; Thales; Thales UK; THEON SENSORS S.A; THERMOTEKNIX SYSTEMS LTD; TNO; TommyWorks; TrellisWare Technologies/TERMINAL GUIDANCE LTD; UK Defence Security Exports; UK Ministry of Defence; UK MoD; UltraLYNX; US Army; US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DevCom); US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center ; US DoD Close Combat Lethality Task Force; Viasat Inc; Viasat UK;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
View Bio

9:00 UK MOD Future Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA) Capability

  • Background / context
  • Capability description
  • Delivery approach
  • Mr David Dalby

    Mr David Dalby, TacSys Delivery Team Soldier Systems Portfolio Lead, UK MOD

    9:30 Leveraging COTS and ATAK Software for Enhanced Mission Command and Situational Awareness

    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson

    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson, Product Manager Soldier Maneuver Sensors, PEO Soldier, US.. Army
    View Bio

  • Overview of the Nett Warrior (NW) programme
  • Providing next-generation capabilities with the Dismounted Operators Combat Kit – Lite (DOCK-L)
  • Leveraging TAK software for advanced situational awareness
  • Emerging products and future priorities for the PdM GSS portfolio
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Development of Portuguese Dismounted Soldier Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel Susana Margarida Gomes Pinto

    Lieutenant Colonel Susana Margarida Gomes Pinto, C4I/SCS Project Manager, Portuguese Army
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  • Requirements for the procurement of new dismounted C4I, weapons and sensor technologies
  • Working with industry to deliver enhanced soldier sensors and future battlespace management systems
  • Challenges facing ISTAR and situational awareness and overcoming through new conceptual processes
  • Development of the new-generation Portuguese soldier and maximising interoperability
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:00 Increasing French Dismounted Soldier Capabilities with Scorpion Dismounted CIS

    Major Simon de Bettignies

    Major Simon de Bettignies, Programme Manager for Light Infantry Weapons, Rockets and Dismounted CIS, French Army Staff
    View Bio

  • In the early 2000, French army deployed FELIN, which improved operational capabilities for infantry.
  • In 2022, Scorpion dismounted CIS is a new step with
  • Soldier better equipped with modular equipment

  • Situational awareness improved

  • Easier interoperability at each level, with vehicles, chiefs, other soldiers, and support units

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    12:30 Enhanced Situational Awareness for Dismounted War-Fighters at the Tactical Edge

  • Impact of enhance Situational Awareness (SA) on kill chain
  • SA and Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Developments in latest AR systems and associated technical challenges / opportunities
  • Dr Navin Mathur

    Dr Navin Mathur, Senior Scientist, US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center
    View Bio

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Network Enabled Army: Delivering Modern Communications to NZDF Land Units

  • NEA framework overview
  • Modernising NZDF C4ISR networks to enhance soldier situational awareness
  • Introducing the SitaWare battle management system
  • Transforming the NZDF into modern, agile, highly adaptive light combat force by 2025
  • Major Michael O'Connor

    Major Michael O'Connor, Capability Director Soldier Modernisation Office, New Zealand Defence Force
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    14:15 Digitization of Land-Based Operations (D-LBO): Enhancing Dismounted Soldier Communications for Greater Situational Awareness

    Dr Sebastian Gies

    Dr Sebastian Gies, Project Lead Soldier System D-LBO, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)
    View Bio

  • Ensuring digital networking of soldiers and vehicles for full situational awareness
  • Using the soldier on the battlefield as a digitalised sensor and effector
  • Integrating various communication capabilities to support dismounted operations
  • 14:45 Session Reserved for Sponsor - Glenair

    15:15 Digitising the Hungarian Soldier System to Enhance Situational Awareness

    Colonel János Pölöskei

    Colonel János Pölöskei, Branch Leader, Command and Control Systems Development Branch, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command Force Planning Directorate
    View Bio

  • Background and update on the HDF’s Digitised Soldier System
  • Requirements for the procurement of new dismounted C4I, weapons and sensor technologies
  • Utilising Command and Control functionalities to improve situational awareness for the dismounted soldier
  • 15:45 International Cooperation for the Support of Night Vision Optoelectronics and GPS Systems

    Mr Cezary Szydlik

    Mr Cezary Szydlik, Project Coordinator in Land Combat Missiles, Electro-Optics and GPS Support Section, NATO Support and Procurement Agency
    View Bio

  • An overview of NSPA and the Night Vision Optoelectronics (NVO SP) and GPS Support Partnerships (GPS SP)
  • Life cycle support for NVO equipment for NATO nations - Priorities and challenges
  • NVO equipment to be supported in the future by the NVO SP
  • GPS equipment for Future Soldier
  • 16:15 Afternoon Tea

    16:45 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    17:15 Pitfalls of Technology: The Human Interface Errors

    Major Koen Ceulemans

    Major Koen Ceulemans, Innovation Officer Land Component, Belgian Defence
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  • Mission Command vs Real time micromanagement
  • AI vs the commanders bias
  • War for spectrum vs Information of value
  • 17:45 Developing and Equipping the Swedish Dismounted Soldier with C2 Capabilities

    Mr Jonathan Svensson

    Mr Jonathan Svensson, Senior Scientist in Human Factors, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

  • Overview of the recent evolution for a Swedish dismounted soldier C2 system
  • User insights from recent tests with the dismounted soldier C2 system on an infantry company
  • Developing a future C2 system based on soldier feedback
  • 18:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
    View Bio

    7:00 Registration & Coffee

    7:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
    View Bio

    8:00 Collaborating Successfully with Industry to Deliver ‘Future Soldier’

    Colonel Paul Cummings

    Colonel Paul Cummings, Dismounted Close Combat Portfolio Leader, STSP, DE&S, UK MOD

  • Overview of the STSP portfolio: Lethality, Survivability, Mobility, Surveillance and Target Acquisition, and RAS
  • How best to work with DE&S?
  • Future activities: lethality and STA upgrades, and survivability
  • 8:30 CCLTF: Adopting a Cross-Service Approach to Squad Modernisation

    Mr Michael T. McCarthy

    Mr Michael T. McCarthy, Deputy Director / Chief of Staff, U.S. DoD Close Combat Lethality Task Force
    View Bio

  • Collaborating across the DOD to accelerate the development of solutions
  • CCLTF’s 5 Lines of Effort: Human Performance, R&D, Tactical Power, AI, and Training
  • Cooperating with international allies and partners for squad modernisation
  • 9:00 Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor - Glenair

    9:30 Developing Future Requirements to Enhance the Fighting Capability Australian Dismounted Soldiers

  • Overview of current Australian Army dismounted combat lines of effort
  • Ensuring a connected, protected, lethal, and enabled future fighting force
  • Overcoming power challenges with the Soldier Power/Data management Distribution System (PDDS)
  • Integrating RAS and AI into dismounted missions for future warfare
  • Colonel Mick O Sullivan

    Colonel Mick O Sullivan, Director Dismounted Combat Program, Australian Army
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    10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    11:00 Future British Army Light Forces Capability Requirements

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Baxter

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Baxter, SO1 Light Forces, Army Futures Directorate, British Army
    View Bio

  • Context - Future Soldier and British Army Modernisation activities
  • Strategic Trends and Lessons Identified (eg. Conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh and Ukraine)
  • The Army HQ “engine of change” (setting SMART requirements and rapid procurement)
  • 11:30 Delivering British Army Soldier Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies, SO1 Soldier Systems, Tommyworks, British Army
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  • The status of TommyWorks in the British Army
  • Overcoming integration challenges to prepare for successful fielding
  • Update on TommyWorks projects under the wider ‘Future Soldier’ development and modernisation
  • 12:00 Delivering Dismounted Close Combat (DCC) Capability Through Trials and Development

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army
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  • Results from AWE Urban Sustain & Protect (S&P) in testing future sustainment and protection concepts and technologies
  • Enhancing DCC capability with UAS and swarm droning
  • Digital Soldier: preparing the soldier to compete and win in digital warfare
  • 12:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Day One Afternoon Parallel Streams

    Stream A: Soldier Protection and Survivability

    14.00 Chairman’s Welcome Remark

    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov, Chairman of CCIEP under LCGDSS, Danish Artillery Regiment

    14.10 Conducting Effective R&D to Ensure Dismounted Soldier Protection

  • Providing next-generation armour with the Powered Protection Integration (P2I) system to detect damage to system integrity
  • Protecting from the current and future growing laser threat with Laser Eye Protection
  • Overcoming the challenge of balancing survivability with power constraints, physical and cognitive burden issues

    Mr Jon Russell, Senior Principal Scientist, Passive Armour, DSTL, UK MOD

    14.40 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15.10 Developing S&T Solutions to Maximise Survivability for the Dismounted US Warfighter

  • CCDC SC: discovering, developing, and advancing S&T solutions to ensure America’s warfighters are protected, optimized, and lethal
  • Developing protection materials, protection systems, and protection equipment for the dismounted soldier
  • Future R&D focus areas to enhance survivability and protect against the threats of the future

    Dr Robb Wilcox, Chief Research Officer, US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
     

    Stream B: Dismounted Soldier Power Solutions

    14.00 Chairman’s Welcome Remarks

    Dr Darren Browning, Senior Technical Lead – Power Sources, DSTL, UK MOD

    14.10 UK and NATO Thoughts on Future Dismounted Power

  • The current status of dismounted power solutions for the UK military
  • Update on NATO LCG DSS Power Group perspectives and priorities
  • Next-generation power solutions: challenges and opportunities

    Dr Darren Browning, Power Sources Lead, DSTL, UK MOD

    14.40 Session Reserved for Sponsor – Ultra Electronics

    15.10 Enabling Soldier Lethality with Tactical Power Solutions

  • Overview of the US Army tactical power equipment
  • Focus areas developing future tactical power solutions to reduce Soldier Load and minimize logistical burden
  • Developing advanced fuel cells for dismounted Soldier operations

    Mr Ethan Wise, Civilian APM, Soldier Tactical Power, PM IVAS, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
     

     

  • Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov

    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov, Chairman of CCIEP under LCGDSS, Danish Artillery Regiment
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    Dr Darren Browning

    Dr Darren Browning, Senior Technical Lead - Power Sources, DSTL, UK MoD
    View Bio

    15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 Day One Afternoon Parallel Streams Continued

    Stream A: Soldier Protection and Survivability

    16.10 C2D2 Briefing

  • Survivability through signature control
  • Commander’s considerations
  • Focus on people, processes, and behaviours

    Lieutenant Colonel Arran Wade, Commanding Officer, Combined Arms Manoeuvre School, British Army

    16.40 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    17.10 Research and Development of Advanced Dismounted Soldier Protection Capabilities

  • Update on Swedish armour research and development
  • Developing protective equipment for harsh weather environments
  • Ensuring future equipment is compatible and integrated into current systems

    Dr Martin Hagström, Programme Manager Weapon and Protection, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

    17.40 Practical Experience and Scientific Tools to Assess Compatibility of a New Model Helmet with In Use Head Mounted Equipment

  • How compatibility with head mounted equipment was specified and assessed during procurement.
  • Practical experience and problems after issue.
  • Tools to assess the spatial interaction of head borne equipment.
  • Potential solutions, limitations, and drawbacks

    Mr Hein Jager, Senior Research and Development Officer, Clothing & Personal Equipment Branch, Defence Materiel Organisation, Dutch Armed Forces

    Stream B: Dismounted Soldier Power Solutions

    16.10 Supporting Israeli Forces in Modern Urban Operations With Advanced Power and Energy Solutions

  • Combining system engineering with advanced S&T solutions
  • R&D from basic stages (low TRL) with true operational need in mind
  • Enables energetic continuity and reduction of weight, while supporting the growing energetic demands of modern battlefield

    Senior Representative (Name Withheld for Security Reasons), Israeli Ministry of Defence

    16.50 ‘Fighting Light’: Reducing Soldier Weight and Burden with Next-Generation Power Technologies

  • Deploying E-Lighter Technology to recharge batteries in the field
  • Analysing the argument of COTS vs Development of new dismounted power technologies
  • Leveraging energy planning technologies to fight light
  • Keeping inventory healthy: training soldiers store batteries correctly

    Major Rens Pater, Senior Staff Officer, Defense Centre of Expertise for Soldier and Equipment, Dutch Ministry of Defence

    17.20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    17.50 Ensuring Safety of Dismounted Power Solutions

  • Deploying scalable battery solutions for the dismounted soldier
  • Ensuring the battery design safety
  • Overview of FOI’s dismounted power projects and future priorities

    Mr Wilhelm Sahlén, Research Engineer, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
    Mr Elias Lallo, Research Engineer, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

  • Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov

    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov, Chairman of CCIEP under LCGDSS, Danish Artillery Regiment
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    Dr Darren Browning

    Dr Darren Browning, Senior Technical Lead - Power Sources, DSTL, UK MoD
    View Bio

    18:10 Day One Afternoon Parallel Stream Chair Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    18:30 Networking Reception Hosted by Lead Sponsor Glenair

    7:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
    View Bio

    8:30 Project MERCURY: Presenting the British Army Technology Challenges of Tomorrow to Industry Today

    Colonel Dan Anders-Brown

    Colonel Dan Anders-Brown, Customer Interface Team Lead, MERCURY Programme Manager, Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD

  • Creating a shared ecosystem of development and delivery which has LIS at the heart.
  • Delivering a systemically protected, optionally crewed, electrified battlefield to our warfighters
  • 9:00 Optimizing US Infantry for Future Operations and Warfare

    Mr Travis Thompson

    Mr Travis Thompson, Deputy Director, U.S. Army Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team
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  • Key modernization technologies for the US Infantry
  • The growth in unmanned systems to aid dismounted operations
  • Lethality: assessing the next generation of soldier weapons
  • How will conflict and warfare evolution change the focus of the US Army
  • US Army Futures Command roadmap for soldier modernization
  • 9:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    10:00 NATO LCD DSS: Maintaining the Dismounted Soldier as the Focus

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Major Magnus Hallberg, LCG DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
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  • Overview of the LCG DSS portfolio and structure
  • Pursing cooperative procurements based on informed requirements to enhance interoperability
  • Opportunities for industry to demonstrate new and innovative technologies to solve integration and capability problems
  • Future priorities for the NATO LCG DSS
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    11:30 STRONG Programme: Increasing Dutch Dismounted Soldier Capabilities

  • Overcoming the challenges of integrating new concepts and equipment effectively
  • Advancing DSA with next-generation personal C4I equipment
  • Future plans and priorities for the military with a system-integration approach
  • Colonel Art van Beekhuizen

    Colonel Art van Beekhuizen, Project Manager Soldier Modernisation Program, Defence Materiel Organisation, Dutch Armed Forces
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    Ms Ilse Kroesen

    Ms Ilse Kroesen, System Integration Manager Individual Soldier, Defence Materiel Organisation, Dutch Armed Forces
    View Bio

    12:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    12:30 Digitisation of Dismounted Soldiers in the Joint All-Domain Operational Environment

    Colonel Tibor Szabo

    Colonel Tibor Szabo, Chief Senior Advisor to the Chief of Transformation, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
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  • Leveraging digital technology for quicker situational awareness on the battlefield to identify and neutralise threats
  • Creating information networks to determine the overall battlespace picture
  • Teaming with next generation armoured platforms for greater survivability
  • Using AI for data processing and management
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Day Two Afternoon Parallel Streams

    Stream A: Integration of Robotics and AI

    14.00 Chairman’s Welcome Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

    14.10 MOD DES Future Capability Group: Land Systems Opportunities

  • FCG: current plans and opportunities for industry collaboration
  • Integrating AI and robotics to augment and support dismounted solider capabilities
  • Generating Mass and Tempo whilst reducing risk by leveraging Human-Machine Teaming
  • Project Thesus (where next): providing ‘last mile’ resupply of combat equipment with automated vehicles
  • Combat UAS, Combat UGVs, C-UAS, and integrated C2 systems

    Mr James Gavin, Head - Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MOD

    14.40 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15.10 Supporting Dismounted Operations with Future Loitering Munition Capabilities

  • Lessons learned from the Ukraine and Karabakh wars
  • Loitering munitions as a fire support element, compared to other means
  • Trends in APS systems and how to defeat them
  • Requirements and needs from the market for future loitering munition systems
  • Dr Nicolas G. Mueller, Head Weapons and Ammunition, armasuisse - Federal Office for Defence Procurement

    Stream B: Night Vision and Optics

  • 14.00 Chairman’s Welcome Remarks

    Mr Nils Teschner, Technical Project Officer, Night Vision Capability (NVC), OCCAR-EA

    14.10 Enhanced Night Vision Goggle - Binocular (ENVG-B): the Next Generation of Night Vision

  • Rapidly delivering integrated sensors, night vision and optics technologies into the US Soldier System for first engagement against all targets
  • Enhancing detection and visibility in limited visibility conditions to improve soldier performance
  • Pairing with the Family of Weapon Sight (FWS-I) for Passive Target Acquisition (PTA)
  • Wirelessly connecting with Nett Warrior technologies to enhance SA through Augmented Reality

    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson, Product Manager, Soldier Maneuver Sensors, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army

    14.40 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15.10 Enhancing Dismounted Soldier Surveillance and Detection Capabilities with Next-Generation Night Vision Goggles

  • Determining user requirements for British Army night vision
  • Collaborating with industry to meet these requirements
  • Integrating advanced optics for STA and SA

    Major Mark Stone, Requirements Manager Surveillance and Target Acquisition, Dismounted Close Combat, British Army

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    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
    View Bio

    Mr Nils Teschner

    Mr Nils Teschner, Technical Project Officer, Night Vision Capability (NVC), OCCAR-EA

    15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 Day Two Afternoon Parallel Streams Continued

    Stream A: Integrating Robotics and AI

    16.10 Supporting Future US Army Combat Operations with Robotics and AI

  • Bridging Infantry capability gaps with the integration of sUAS+AI to increase small unit lethality
  • Protection: Dismounted Soldier Manned / Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T)
  • Optimising sUAS: Enhancing Soldier / Small Unit Situational Awareness (SA) for both dismounted and mounted combat elements
  • AI enhancements that enable small unit movement / manoeuvre, fire and manoeuvre

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Brabner, Air Branch Chief, Robotics Requirements Division, US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence M-CDID

    16.40 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    17.10 Commando Forces Littoral Strike – Leveraging Autonomy and Integrating Fires

  • Dispersed operations. Commando operations in a contested battlespace
  • Leveraging Autonomy. Autonomous systems to enable FIND
  • Integrating Fires. Delivering organic tactical precision strike. Digitising joint long range precision fires for decisive effect
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Jerrold, Systems Acquisition, Commando Force Programme, Royal Marines

  • 17.40 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

  • Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army

  •  Stream B: Night Vision and Optics
  • 16.10 Leveraging Advanced Optics, Thermal, and Night Vision Capabilities for Harsh Climate Operations

  • Update on Night Combat Capability ‘2020’ and future plans for new thermal and fusion capabilities by 2025
  • Incorporating new thermal and optic capabilities into legacy weaponry
  • Integrating night vision capabilities with squad C4I systems
  • Challenges of operating in arctic conditions and the importance of thermal and night vision for STA

    Major Matti Finnilä, Project Manager DSS Night Combat Project, Finnish Defence Forces Research Center

    16.40 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    17.10 Procuring Night Vision Technologies for Stronger Swedish Defence

  • Overview of Swedish night vision capabilities
  • Collaborating with industry for effective and timely procurement to keep at the speed of relevance
  • Overcoming the challenges of power constraints in operating night vision technologies
  • Future priorities in procuring advanced night vision and thermal optics for the dismounted Swedish soldier

    Mr Anders Palm, Project Manager, Optronics System Section, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)

    17.50 Night Vision for the Dismounted Belgian Soldier: Present Situation and Future Perspectives

  • Night Vision and Doctrine / Requirements
  • Image Intensifiers
  • Thermal Optics

    Captain Konstantijn Strick, Material Manager for Weapons and Sensors, Belgian Ministry of Defence

    18.20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr Nils Teschner, Technical Project Officer, Night Vision Capability (NVC), OCCAR-EA

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    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
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    Mr Nils Teschner

    Mr Nils Teschner, Technical Project Officer, Night Vision Capability (NVC), OCCAR-EA

    18:20 Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
    Colonel Dan Anders-Brown

    Colonel Dan Anders-Brown

    Customer Interface Team Lead, MERCURY Programme Manager, Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
    Colonel Mick O Sullivan

    Colonel Mick O Sullivan

    Director Dismounted Combat Program, Australian Army
    Colonel Paul Cummings

    Colonel Paul Cummings

    Dismounted Close Combat Portfolio Leader, STSP, DE&S, UK MOD
    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    SO1 Soldier Systems, Tommyworks, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson

    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson

    Product Manager Soldier Maneuver Sensors, PEO Soldier, US.. Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Baxter

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Baxter

    SO1 Light Forces, Army Futures Directorate, British Army
    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    LCG DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
    Mr Michael T. McCarthy

    Mr Michael T. McCarthy

    Deputy Director / Chief of Staff, U.S. DoD Close Combat Lethality Task Force
    Mr Travis Thompson

    Mr Travis Thompson

    Deputy Director, U.S. Army Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team

    Captain Konstantijn Strick

    Material Manager for Weapons and Sensors, Belgian Ministry of Defence
    Captain Konstantijn Strick

    2007-2012: Royal Military Academy, Brussels
    2012-2015: ISTAR Battalion, Heverlee: Formation to recce platoon commander, recce platoon commander
    2015-2017: Platoon Commander and instructor in the joint NCO school, Sint-Truiden
    2017-present: Material Manager for dismounted Weapons and Sensors, Defense Staff, Evere (Brussels)

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    As Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army COL (R) Hansen spent 26 years in the US Army in both the war fighting and acquisition fields. He held various command and staff positions in self-propelled, towed, and airborne artillery units and fire support elements. His research, development, and acquisition experience includes various assignments as a product,
    project, or program manager in electric guns, armored vehicles, and precision guided munitions. In his last 4 years of service as the Project Manager for Soldier Warrior, he was responsible for weapons, clothing, and equipment for aviation crewmen (Air Warrior), dismounted Soldiers (Land Warrior, Ground Soldier Ensemble), and vehicle crewmen (Mounted Soldier).

    Colonel Art van Beekhuizen

    Project Manager Soldier Modernisation Program, Defence Materiel Organisation, Dutch Armed Forces
    Colonel Art van Beekhuizen

    Colonel Art van Beekhuizen is at the moment Project Manager Soldier Modernisation within the Defence Materiel Organisation of the NLD MoD.
    He started his military career in 1993 at the Naval Academy. His first appointment was platoon commander within the 23rd Inf Coy of the 2nd Marine Battalion. Throughout the years he was assigned infantry and logistic appointments. He completed Staff College in 2012-2013. From 2019-2022 he was CO of the Marine Barracks Savaneta on Aruba.
    His first operational tour was as a Battle Captain responsible for Logistic Supply within the UN Mission Ethiopia Eritrea in 2000-2001. He did two tours to Afghanistan. One as a Company Commander and one as head of a police training assessment team stationed at Camp Eggers in Kabul.
    His current goal is to increase the awareness within projects that the cubic meter around the dismounted soldier is a system. To secure operational effectiveness, survivability and sustainment are key to success.

    Colonel Dan Anders-Brown

    Customer Interface Team Lead, MERCURY Programme Manager, Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD
    Colonel Dan Anders-Brown

    Colonel János Pölöskei

    Branch Leader, Command and Control Systems Development Branch, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command Force Planning Directorate
    Colonel János Pölöskei

    Col János Pölöskei is the branch head of the HDFC Force Development Directorate, Command and Control Systems Development Branch, where he is leading his team in the field of preparation of procurements of land and air command and control systems and radar systems.

    He started his career in 1987 and graduated as an artillery officer from the military college in 1990. Before starting with procurement activities he spent several years in tactical level positions from platoon to brigade level. After a successful career in lower positions he became an operations planner at operational and strategic level, where he participated several NATO and national planning activities.

    Col Pölöskei went for mission to Kosovo in 2003 and 2017, and to Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006 where he got valuable operational experiences.
    He currently is studying the second year in the Doctoral School of the National University of Public Service and researches the field of capability development.

    Colonel Mick O Sullivan

    Director Dismounted Combat Program, Australian Army
    Colonel Mick O Sullivan

    Colonel O’Sullivan commissioned as an Infantry Officer, with initial regimental service as a rifle and reconnaissance platoon Commander. More recently, Colonel O’Sullivan Commanded the 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment.

    Colonel O’Sullivan project management and capability development roles have included Army Headquarters as the desk officer for soldier systems, Project Manager for the Dismounted Battle Management System, Navy Headquarters in an Amphibious role amongst others.

    Colonel O’Sullivan is currently the Director Dismounted Combat Program and is responsible for the whole of life Program management for projects and equipment used by soldiers, sailors and aviators when dismounted.

    Colonel Paul Cummings

    Dismounted Close Combat Portfolio Leader, STSP, DE&S, UK MOD
    Colonel Paul Cummings

    Colonel Tibor Szabo

    Chief Senior Advisor to the Chief of Transformation, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
    Colonel Tibor Szabo

    Colonel Tibor Szabo is a chief senior advisor to the Chief of Transformation of Hungarian Armed Forces.
    He is served the Hungarian Armed Forces in a various position, with over 37 years of service. Worked for almost 20 years for Hungarian missile air defense system from platoon to a commanding post position. Worked for Hungarian ministry of defense as a strategic and senior strategic defense planner. From 2004 until 2008 worked for the NATO HQ as a Deputy Defense Counsellor in Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Hungary to NATO (Brussels). From 2009 until 2011 he was aided to be the Military Assistant to the Chief of Defense of Hungary. From 2011 until 2014 he served as a branch head for the Department for Defense Planning, Strategic Analyst and Assessment Branch, Hungarian Ministry of Defence. From 2014 until 2019 worked for Allied Command Transformation, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Strategic Analysis Branch as a branch head and responsible for the Supreme Allied Commander of Transformation’s (SACT) Long-Term Military Transformation Program. He had a six month assignment to KFOR HQ as the Commander of Camp Novoselo, which is responsible to contribute to a safe and secure environment, support and coordinate the international humanitarian effort and civil presence, support the development of a stable, democratic, multi-ethnic and peaceful Kosovo. From 2019 until he has been working for Hungarian Armed Forces Joint Command as a chief senior advisor
    to the Chief of Transformation.
    Colonel Szabo's education includes Bachelor’s degree in air defense strategy from ZALKA Mate Military Academy, Budapest (1983). Master’s degree in air defense tactics and operations in ZSUKOV Military College, Tver, Russia (1991). Master’s degree in air defense operations in ZRÍNYI Miklos Military College, Budapest (1992). Master’s degree in economics and public administration in Budapest CORVINUS University of Economics (1997). He finished a NATO/Partner Operational Staff Officers course (2001), Resource Management Education Programme Course (2002), the Military Training Assistance Programme Course (2003). He had a Foresight Orientation Course in Huston University, Texas in 2017 and finished the NATO Senior Officer Policy Course in 2018.
    Colonel Szabo is married and proud father of two and grandfather of three.

    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov

    Chairman of CCIEP under LCGDSS, Danish Artillery Regiment
    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov

    Niels Moelleskov has been a NCO for 40 years and in the last 30 years been working as an SME on Individual Equipment for the Danish Soldiers. Recently Niels has been involved in the project for the new Nordic Combat Uniform system as the Danish User Representative.
    Niels has been a member of CCIEP for more than 15 years and since last year has been the Chairman of the Group.
    Niels's latest Deployment was to the Afghan National Officers Academy in Kabul in 2014/15 where he acted as a mentor in the S7/Skill at Arms Section.

    Dr Darren Browning

    Senior Technical Lead - Power Sources, DSTL, UK MoD
    Dr Darren Browning

    Dr Darren Browning works for Dstl as senior technical lead on Power Sources. He manages and performs research into a range of power systems for all three MOD services, but has recently specialised on the dismounted soldier. Darren also leads on a range of international collaborations including chairing the NATO Land Capability Group Power Team of Experts.
    Over the past 25 years he has worked for DRA, QinetiQ and now Dstl on many aspects of energy storage including batteries, fuel cells and energy harvesting for a wide range of military and commercial applications.

    Dr Martin Hagström

    Programme Manager Weapon and Protection, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
    Dr Martin Hagström

    Martin Hagström is a Deputy Research Director at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI). Martin is the programme manager of the Weapons and protection area and responsible for the support to the Swedish Armed Forces’ weapons and protection research planning. He has served in several different positions at FOI and participated in a number of national and international research projects. Martin has a background in systems and control and besides work on legal aspects of autonomous weapon systems he is involved in analysis of systems of systems and assessment of combat effectiveness.

    Dr Navin Mathur

    Senior Scientist, US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center
    Dr Navin Mathur

    Dr. Navin Mathur has over 14 years of experience working with US Army C5ISR Center/RTI. Dr. Mathur is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the area of Augmented Reality (AR), Assured PNT (APNT) and targeting. Dr. Mathur’s current work focus is in the area of developing technologies to support Augmented Reality (AR) and Far Target Location (FTL) systems. Dr. Mathur’s current research focus is in the area of: effective utilization of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) techniques to enhance dismount Situational Awareness (SA) at the tactical edge. Dr. Mathur has earned his BS, MS, and PhD in Electrical Engineering.

    Dr Nicolas G. Mueller

    Head of Weapons and Ammunition, armasuisse - Federal Office for Defence Procurement
    Dr Nicolas G. Mueller

    Dr. Nicolas G. Mueller studied chemistry, physics and national security. 6 years research in laser engineering, worked several years as ICRC coordinator/delegate, 1999-2001 in Afghanistan. Worked 2001-2005 as international strategy consultant. Subsequently in Joint Staff as PM Swiss Information Operations Force. 2007-2016 he was the federal crisis management advisor, directed the federal strategic crisis exercises, organized yearly OECD conferences and advised the Swiss Government in crisis early warning and -management. Since 2017 Head Weapons and Ammunition at armasuisse. General staff colonel, former deputy head of operations (G3) of Swiss Land Forces and reconnaissance battalion commander. Adjunct professor at Geneva School of Diplomacy, teaches national crisis management and future of warfare.

    Dr Robb Wilcox

    Chief Research Officer, US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
    Dr Robb Wilcox

    Dr Sebastian Gies

    Project Lead Soldier System D-LBO, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)
    Dr Sebastian Gies

    Dr. Sebastian Gies is the Project Lead for the Soldier System D-LBO (Digitization of Land-Based Operations) at the German Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw; Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support).
    Graduating from the Philipps-University Marburg after obtaining a B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD (Dr. rer. nat) in physics, he worked at Sandia National Laboratories as a Postdoctoral Appointee before joining the BAAINBw as a project management professional.

    Lieutenant Colonel Arran Wade

    Commanding Officer, Combined Arms Manoeuvre School, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Arran Wade

    Lt Col Wade was commissioned into the 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in 2002 and has amassed 13 years of Regimental Duty in the Unit.

    He has deployed in a broad spectrum of roles across a range of operations from Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, and Iraq including numerous Short Term Training Teams across the wider Levant and Persian Gulf. He has gained command combat experience from Fire Support Group command, Company command and as a Task Force Deputy Commander. He has also worked closely with a US partner force, as an embedded liaison officer.

    He has commanded the UK Jungle and Tracking School in Brunei and formalised an exchange with the US Lightening Academy Jungle Warfare Division, based in Honolulu, Hawaii. For his staff appointments he has been employed within the Security, Policy & Operations Directorate, MOD, focused on Counter Terrorism and UK Operations.

    Lt Col Wade completed both the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) in 2011 and the Advanced Staff College in 2020, taking over command at CAMS in March 2021.

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe joined the Army in 2001, commissioning into the Scots Guards. Initially posted to London on ceremonial duties, he then served as a Platoon Commander in the Guards Training Division, Catterick. Further postings included Poland, Canada and Germany where he was an Armoured Infantry Platoon and Company Commander. He worked in Joint Capabilities in the MoD during SDSR15 and is experienced in several other key Staff appointment roles, both in the MoD and in the Field Army. He has completed multiple tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and overseas short-term training tasks (STTT).

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    SO1 Soldier Systems, Tommyworks, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lt Col Gareth Davies took over as SO1 Soldier Systems in Jan 2019. His main role is to deliver new Dismounted Close Combat capabilities to service across the Defence Lines of Development. He is the lead in setting up TommyWorks, a new organisation focussing on Soldier System Integration and more agile and iterative delivery of future capabilities. Career wise, he has completed 5 operational tours as an infantry commander including Iraq and Afghanistan twice and has previous experience as a Requirements Manager for the FIST programme and Chief of Staff of Soldier, Training and Special Projects team within DE&S.

    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson

    Product Manager Soldier Maneuver Sensors, PEO Soldier, US.. Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson

    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson is a native of Augusta, Georgia and received her Commission through the U.S. Army Reserve Officer’s Training Program in 2002, upon graduation from Augusta State University. She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Branch, where she served in operational units at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Gordon and Fort Stewart, GA. Previous operational assignments for Lieutenant Colonel Johnson include Battalion Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Staff Officer, Commander, Charlie Company, 369th Signal Battalion, and a deployment to Iraq as the Battle Captain, ACoS G-2, 3d Infantry Division.
    Lieutenant Colonel Johnson was assessed in the Army Acquisition Corps in 2011. In 2011, she was assigned to the Night Vision Electronics and Sensors Directorate as a Science and Technology Project Officer and later as an Assistant Product Director for Threat Detection Systems. She was later assigned to Project Management Office, Soldier Sensors and Lasers where she served as an Assistant Product Manager for the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle. Following her tenure as an Assistant Product Manager, she was selected to serve as the Executive Officer to the Program Executive Officer Soldier. Lieutenant Colonel Johnson was later assigned to the Pentagon, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)) where she served as a Department of the Army Systems Coordinator (DASC) for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle Program (AMPV). Upon completion of her tenure as a DASC, she was selected to serve as the Assistant Executive Officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology). Lieutenant Colonel Johnson completed a Training with Industry tour with partner Motorola Solutions, and recently completed an assignment as a Program Manager for the International Solutions Office, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
    Lieutenant Colonel Johnson’s education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from Augusta State University in Biology and a Master of Business Administration specializing in Human Resource Management from the University of Phoenix. Her military education includes the Chemical Officer Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, Army Acquisition Basic Course, and the Command and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education. She is a certified member of the Army Acquisition Corps with Level III certification in Program Management and Level II certification in Science and Technology Management.
    Lieutenant Colonel Johnson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation Award.
    Lieutenant Colonel Johnson has two children: Emani (15) and Elijah (14).

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Brabner

    Air Branch Chief, Robotics Requirements Division, US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence M-CDID
    Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Brabner

    LTC Michael P. Brabner is a U.S. Army Infantry and Acquisition Corps (AC) officer. He has served in the 101st Airborne Division and 25th Infantry Division with combat deployments to Iraq as a platoon leader and Afghanistan as a Rifle Company Commander. As an AC officer he has served as; an Assistant Product Manager for Project Manager office, Maneuver Ammunition Systems, the Science and Technology Advisor to the FCoE CDID, Test Officer for the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, and is currently serving as the Air Branch Chief for the Robotics Requirements Division at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Baxter

    SO1 Light Forces, Army Futures Directorate, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Baxter

    Lt Col Mike Baxter is SO1 Light Forces, responsible for Dismounted Close Combat and Soldier Systems capability within the British Army’s Futures Directorate. As such his team develop future requirements for the Air Manoeuvre, Light and Light Mechanised Brigade Combat Teams (BCT), including any General Service or common requirements for Soldier Systems and land equipment for all Army BCTs and Force Elements, plus coordination with the Royal Marines and RAF Regiment.
    Mike has been an infantry soldier for over 30 years and deployed on operational tours in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as tours of the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, the Middle East and Africa. He has served, both operationally and in staff appointments, at Company, Battalion and Brigade HQ level plus appointments at Phase 1 Training, as a liaison officer with the RAF and at DE&S.
    Prior to his current appointment (in Jan 21), he was on the Mechanised Infantry Programme, procuring Boxer vehicles for the British Army.

    Lieutenant Colonel Susana Margarida Gomes Pinto

    C4I/SCS Project Manager, Portuguese Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Susana Margarida Gomes Pinto

    Lieutenant Colonel SUSANA PINTO is the C4I Project Manager of the Portuguese Soldier's Combat System Program.
    She was born in Lisbon in 1980 and graduated from the Portuguese Military Academy in 2004 as an Electrical and Computer Engineering Officer.
    Throughout her military life, she served in several Portuguese Army Units, namely she was posted in the Light Infantry Brigade as a Platoon Leader of the Signal´s Company, later she was CIS Tactics instructor in Combined Arms School and currently she is the Head of Information System´s Department in Army´s CIS Directorate.
    Internationally, she was posted in KFOR Tactical Reserve Manoeuvre Battalion as the CIS Officer (Sep07-Mar08).

    Lieutenant Colonel William Jerrold

    Systems Acquisition, Commando Force Programme, Royal Marines
    Lieutenant Colonel William Jerrold

    Major Koen Ceulemans

    Innovation Officer Land Component, Belgian Defence
    Major Koen Ceulemans

    Joined Belgium Defence in 1999, went through the Royal Military Acadamy and became a lieutenant within the Para-commando Regt. Multiple deployments in Africa and Middle East. Since 2016 heavily involved with the transformation to Special Operations Regiment.
    Since 2020 started to promote Innovation within the Special Operations Regiment and now seating as Innovation Officer for the Landcomponent.
    Nerd, geek, broadly interested in technology and an adept of lifelong learning. Loves to start DIY projects. Not an SME more a Jack-Of-All-Trades.
    Happily married and has fantastic twin daughters.

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    LCG DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Infantry officer, the career consists of a mix of different positions within infantry and Mechanized battalions.
    Graduated from Staff collage 2002 and completed Battalion Commander Course 2003, since 2004 at Land Warfare Centre development department.
    Test and trial manager on Swedish soldier modernization, PM/ReqM on Combat clothing and PPE.
    A member of LCG DSS since 2004, Deputy Chairman 2012-18, Chairman 2019---
    Involved in the NORDEFCO project on Nordic Combat Uniform as leader of the User Working Group.

    Major Mark Stone

    Requirements Manager Surveillance and Target Acquisition, Dismounted Close Combat, British Army
    Major Mark Stone

    Maj Mark Stone joined the Army in 2011 and commissioned into the Parachute Regiment. He served in posts as Platoon Commander of a rifle platoon, and a specialist machine gun platoon, before serving for 2 years in he US Army’s 82 Airborne Division as a UK exchange officer. Upon return he commanded the Intelligence, Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Company in the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. This role set him up to complete the United Kingdom Defence Academy Battlespace Technology Course (BTC14) to then assume the role as the Requirements Manager for the British Army’s Dismounted Close Combat night vision systems.

    Major Matti Finnilä

    Project Manager DSS Night Combat Project, Finnish Defence Forces Research Center
    Major Matti Finnilä

    Major Matti Finnilä is the project manager for Small Arms Family 2030-, Night Combat Capability 2025- and Soldier Equipment-projects of the Dismounted Soldier Program in the Finnish Army. He is also the chief instructor of the Sniper Center of Excellence. Major Finnilä has 20 years' experience of both light and mechanized infantry including two deployments to Afghanistan.

    Major Michael O'Connor

    Capability Director Soldier Modernisation Office, New Zealand Defence Force
    Major Michael O'Connor

    Major O’Connor enlisted into the New Zealand Army in January 1981 serving as an Infantry soldier in the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. He has served with the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment in both Singapore and New Zealand, and has completed postings to the 2nd/1st Infantry Battalion and reserve infantry units obtaining the rank of Warrant Officer Class One holding a number of senior appointments. Throughout his soldier career Major O’Connor has undertaken a range of regimental, staff and training appointments including postings as an instructor at the Army Schools and Cadre appointments, completing his soldier career in Army General Staff as the infantry career manager.
    Major O’Connor was commissioned in 2012 as a general list officer at the rank of Captain and appointed as the adjutant for 5th/7th Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment and was subsequently promoted to Major as the Executive Officer in 2015. In 2017 he was posted to Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand as a Staff Officer planning, for overseas operations. He was posted to the Australian Army Land Warfare Centre in 2018 as an instructor at the Officer Training Wing.
    Major O’Connor has deployed on operations with the Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt, the United Nations in East Timor, the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan and as a staff officer within the Headquarters of the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve based in Kuwait.
    Major O’Connor is a graduate of the New Zealand Command and Staff College (Joint) and holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Victoria University, of Wellington.
    Major O’Connor was appointed as the Capability Manager Soldier Modernisation Office on 12 December 2021.

    Major Rens Pater

    Senior Staff Officer, Defense Centre of Expertise for Soldier and Equipment, Dutch Ministry of Defence
    Major Rens Pater

    Major Simon de Bettignies

    Programme Manager for Light Infantry Weapons, Rockets and Dismounted CIS, French Army Staff
    Major Simon de Bettignies

    MAJ de Bettignies joined the Army in 2008 after his initial course at the academy of Saint-Cyr. Posted in Armoured Infantry Regiment from 2008 to 2016 as platoon leader to company commander, he has been deployed couple of times in Africa, and served within international commitments in former Yugoslavia, Lebanon and Mali.
    Teacher at military courses at several times (NCOs, lieutenant and capitains’ course), Major de Bettignies is French staff college and Spanish war college graduated.
    Currently based in Versailles, he is programm directory for light infantry weapons, rockets and dismounted CIS.
    MAJ de Bettignies is married with 4 children (3 boys, and finally one girl) and a rubgy fan, but exclusively in case of French victory over the British team.

    Mr Anders Palm

    Project Manager, Optronics System Section, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)
    Mr Anders Palm

    Born in Stockholm 1964
    Graduated 1984 Certified upper secondary school engineer, computer systems.
    Enlisted 1984, Conscript 2nd Lt 1985, 2nd Btn Lappland Brigade I 20, Umeå.
    Officer’s academy 1985-1987.
    2Lt 1987
    Karlberg Military Academy 1st Lt 1989-1990
    Company Commanders School 1992-1993 Captain.
    CO Infcoy 1993-1994
    Instructors course Mortar/Forward Observer
    UNPROFOR 1995, TUZLA
    Instructors course FO vehicle 90
    1997 Lifeguards Brigade, I 1, Stockholm
    Forward Observer trainer, Mortar Platoon commander.
    2004-2010 Development Officer Lifeguards Regiment.(UAS/UGV, Future soldier program, Unattended Grouns sensors etc.)

    2010-present FMV, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, Optronics section.
    Member of NATO Land Command Group Dismounted Soldier Systems Weapons & Sensor Group
    Married since 1991, 4 children.

    Mr Cezary Szydlik

    Project Coordinator in Land Combat Missiles, Electro-Optics and GPS Support Section, NATO Support and Procurement Agency
    Mr Cezary Szydlik

    Cezary Szydlik is Project Coordinator in Land Combat Missiles, Electro-Optics and GPS Support Section.
    He graduated from Military Academy of Technology in Warsaw and he granted the degree of Master of Science and Engineer of Electromechanics. After 20 years of service in Polish Land Forces, he joined NATO Supply & Procurement Agency (former NAMSA) in 2012 responsible for anti-tank systems support, since 2017, he is ATGM project coordinator in Land Combat Missiles & Electro Optics Air and Land Combat Systems Programme Office.
    He has 30 years of experience providing and managing in-service support for military combat systems including missiles, artillery and armoured vehicles.

    Mr David Dalby

    TacSys Delivery Team Soldier Systems Portfolio Lead, UK MOD
    Mr David Dalby

    Mr Elias Lallo

    Research Engineer, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
    Mr Elias Lallo

    Elias Lallo is a chemical engineer working in the field of safe energy storage solutions for defence applications. His recent work at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) has focused in researching and developing safe and robust lithium-ion battery solutions for use in military systems.

    Mr Ethan Wise

    Civilian APM, Soldier Tactical Power, PM IVAS, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Mr Ethan Wise

    Mr Hein Jager

    Senior Research and Development Officer, Clothing & Personal Equipment Branch, Defence Materiel Organisation, Dutch Armed Forces
    Mr Hein Jager

    Hein Jager (62) is a Polymer Chemist and worked at TNO in the areas of CBRN Defence and Textile Research. In 2007 he became a Research and Development Officer for the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation in Soesterberg. He is responsible for research and development projects on soldier protection and camouflage and the technical lead for the Helmet and VOSS programmes. He was the chairman of the NATO STANAG 2920 Ed 3. and STANAG 4296 revision committees. He is the chair of the International Personal Armour Committee organizing the bi-annual Personal Armour System Symposium (PASS).

    Mr James Gavin

    Head - 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 Jon Russell

    Senior Principal Scientist, Passive Armour, DSTL, UK MoD
    Mr Jon Russell

    Jonathan is a Senior Principal Scientist within the Physical Sciences Group at Dstl, Porton Down, UK. He is technical lead for the Land Systems Programme Dismounted Protection Project, and Dstl’s Project Technical Authority for the Dismounted Solder Systems project.
    He is an active member of the NATO Land Capability Group Dismounted Soldier System (LCGDSS) Combat Clothing Individual Equipment and Protection (CCIEP) group, member of the STANAG 2920 Team of Experts, chair of the Head Borne Systems Team of Experts, and chair of STANAG 2902 Test and Evaluation Criteria for Combat Helmets.
    He is a subject matter expert in physical protection having joined Dstl in 2005, developing and analysing vulnerability and lethality concepts for UK land vehicles. He has spent the last 11 years working in the dismounted protection domain, researching, developing and supporting UK MOD procurement programmes, and technical lead for INVICTUS – the technical programme board for VIRTUS. Jonathan is also the Project Technical Authority for the Dismounted Soldier Systems Project, delivering an articulation of future dismounted soldier system capability that will enhance Ground Manoeuvre operational effectiveness. Focusing on the integration of technology from the broader S&T portfolio: lethality, protection, mobility, C4ISR and sustainability domains.

    Mr Jonathan Svensson

    Senior Scientist in Human Factors, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
    Mr Jonathan Svensson

    Mr Michael T. McCarthy

    Deputy Director / Chief of Staff, U.S. DoD Close Combat Lethality Task Force
    Mr Michael T. McCarthy

    Mr. Michael T. McCarthy is a Department of the Army Civilian currently serving as the Deputy Director of the Close Combat Lethality Task Force, one of five Secretary of Defense Cross Functional Teams. Prior to his current assignment, Mike served as the Chief of Future Operations and Requirements Integration. His prior included serving as the Plans Officer to the Commanding General of for the Army Futures Command Task Force and as the Deputy to the Commanding General of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. From 2009 to 2016, Mr. McCarthy led the U.S. Army’s “Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications” project for assessing the military utility of mobile technologies across the Army. Mr. McCarthy served various command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, and Korea following his commission into the Field Artillery upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute. Mr. McCarthy is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College receiving a Master of Arts in Operations, Tactics, and Training. He is a 2015 graduate of the Air War College, earning a Master of Arts in National Security Studies and Theory from The U.S. Air War College Grand Strategy curriculum. Mr. McCarthy is a 2016 graduate of the prestigious Defense Senior Leader Development Program.

    Mr Nils Teschner

    Technical Project Officer, Night Vision Capability (NVC), OCCAR-EA
    Mr Nils Teschner

    Mr Travis Thompson

    Deputy Director, U.S. Army Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team
    Mr Travis Thompson

    Retired (COL) Travis Thompson serves as the Deputy Director of the Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team at Fort Benning, GA. He served in the U.S. Army from 1994 until 2020.

    Thompson commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1994 following graduation from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management. His first assignment was with the 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division (ABN), FT Bragg, NC, from 1995 to 1997, where he served as a Rifle and Anti-Armor Platoon Leader, Rifle Company Executive Officer, and Assist BN S3.

    Following graduation from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Thompson served as the Battalion Maintenance Officer, Commander of B Company, and Headquarters Company for 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division (M), Fort Stewart, GA, from 1998 to 2002. After company command, he served as the Brigade Logistics Officer for 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (M).

    He earned a Master’s Degree in Operations Research and a Professional Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in New York City, New York from 2002-2004. Following graduate school, he served as an Instructor and Assistant Professor in the Systems Engineering Department at the United States Military Academy from 2004-2006.

    After graduation from the US Army Command and General Staff College, Thompson served as a Battalion Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division (M) in Baumholder, Germany from 2007-2009. During this assignment he deployed to Sadr City, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn from April 2008 to May 2009.

    He served as a joint operations officer at FORSCOM HQs in the G3/5/7 Exercises Branch as the UNIFIED ENDEAVOR team lead from 2009-2011. Thompson assumed command of the 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry (IN OSUT/BCT), Ft. Benning, GA, from April 2011 to April 2013.

    After Command, Thompson served as the Deputy Commander of the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), from May 2013 to June 2015. This included a deployment to Train Advise and Assist Command Northeast in Regional Command (East) Afghanistan as part of an SFAAT from February to November 2015. He served as the senior advisor to the 201st Corps Chief of Staff. He then assumed duties as the Director Soldier Requirements Division and TRADOC Capabilities Manager Soldier (TCM-Soldier) in August 2015 and also serves as the Chief of Staff for the Soldier Lethality Cross Functional Team since October 2017.

    Thompson’s military training and education includes the Basic Airborne Course, the Jumpmaster Course, the Air Assault Course, Ranger School, the Bradley Leader Course, the Infantry Mortar Leader Course, the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff School.

    His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (x2), Meritorious Service Medal (x5), Army Commendation Medal (x5), Army Achievement Medal (x4), Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

    Thompson and his wife Christine have one daughter Ashley, who attends Auburn University.

    Mr Wilhelm Sahlén

    Research Engineer, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
    Mr Wilhelm Sahlén

    Wilhelm Sahlén has been working as a research engineer at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) just over three years. Wilhelm has a background in mechanical engineering and takes roles like researcher and project manager. The projects are towards the Swedish armed forces to ensure a safe implementation of lithium batteries in military applications.

    Ms Ilse Kroesen

    System Integration Manager Individual Soldier, Defence Materiel Organisation, Dutch Armed Forces
    Ms Ilse Kroesen

    Since mid-2018 Ms Ilse Kroesen has working at the Defence Organisation Materiel on projects regarding equipment of the soldier. With her Msc degree and background as an Industrial Design Engineer the position as an System Integration Manager for developing an Individual Soldier System was a good match. In this role Ilse's responsibilities were to develop, test and deliver a modular system for personal equipment regarding a vest-system, ballistic protection and backpacks. Within this modular system articles needed to be interfaced, but also with other systems, like C4I, CBRN, clothing and helmets.
    Since mid-2021 Ilse's role as a System Integration Manager has been expanded in chairperson for the coordination board of the individual soldier. The main goal of this board is to coordinate the entire life time of the equipment within the cubic meters around the soldier and if needed giving advice in adapting new innovations. In these cubic meters different systems have interfaces with each other which has a huge effect on the capabilities and the performance of the soldier. Another important aspect is that the soldier has to operate in his own environment. For example, a soldier needs to sit safely and ready for action in a vehicle or in a Chinook. Ilse's communication skills assist in achieving the required coordination and synchronization between all actors.

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    Applied Intuition

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    http://www.appliedintuition.com/

    As the foremost enabler of autonomous vehicle development, Applied Intuition equips engineering, product, and testing teams with software that makes it faster, safer, and easier to bring autonomy to both commercial and defense markets. Applied’s suite of products focuses on all domain simulation and analytics for development, testing, and evaluation. Companies of all sizes use Applied to comprehensively test and rapidly accelerate their autonomous vehicle development. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in Washington DC, Los Angeles, Detroit, Tokyo, Munich, and Seoul, Applied is composed of software and automotive experts from the top companies in the world (such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Waymo, Tesla, Aptiv, GM, and Bosch). Applied Intuition is a non-traditional small business that is leveraging its commercial technologies and successes to accelerate autonomy in defense.


    Ultra

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    http://www.ultra-pcs.com

    Ultra specialises in providing application engineered tailored solutions. We focus on our customers’ mission critical and intelligent systems in the defence, security, critical detection & control markets. Our capabilities and technologies can be found on many of the world’s long-term military programmes.

    UltraLYNX is a key component in the realisation of future dismounted situational awareness systems; Increased operational tempo, improved operational agility and effectiveness. By empowering the user to employ UltraLYNX as their role or mission demands, for the first time soldier technology can truly adapt to the users needs and evolve with the constant and rapidly changing situation on a modern battlefield.

    Designed from the ground up to deliver smart, open architecture, capable of providing users with a simple plug and play function of a range of common bearer and end user devices, while also providing the necessary technological infrastructure to support future systems growth and development; UltraLYNX provides the definitive standard for future soldier systems and delivers a truly integrated, scalable and open solution to meet current and future close combat challenges head on.


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    Bren Tronics

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    http://www.bren-tronics.com

    Bren-Tronics, Inc. (BTI) is a technology-based Power Systems company with over 45 years of experience in the design, development and manufacture of primary and rechargeable batteries, along with associated chargers and complete power systems. From design to production, BTI maintains complete in-house capabilities to develop fully integrated systems supporting US and Worldwide Military and Commercial markets.

    BTI has traditionally supported the dismounted soldier by providing the highest portable power and energy available in the smallest, lightest packages, whilst always maintaining the highest level of safety standards. Through the evolution of rechargeable battery systems, initially with Nickle Cadmium, through Nickle Metal Hydride to the current forefront of technology, Lithium Ion, BTI have consistently provided the warfighter with the best technology available.With reliability at the forefront of user’s requirements, BTI pride themselves with an outstanding field-proven record of dependability. In addition, BTI was the first battery manufacturer of rechargeable batteries to provide a visual state of charge indicator to further enhance the confidence of the user.

    Specific to the arena of the Future Soldier ideology, in 2004 BTI were the first to provide a battery specifically designed to be used as a centralised power source for the dismounted soldier. The SMP battery range from Bren-Tronics is unique in so much that the battery is designed around the most energy efficient Li Ion cell available. Consequently, the energy density (run time per weight and size) is the highest currently achievable.

    The SMP battery is currently in use by the German IDZ programme and recently the same battery has now been selected as the battery of choice for the Benelux “VOSS” Future Soldier programme.



    Marlborough Communications LTD

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    https://www.marlboroughcomms.com/

    MCL are the leading supplier of INVISIO soldier communication ancillaries, hearing protection and situational awareness to the British Army and Specialist Ground Forces. INVISIO deliver seamless communication and hearing protection capability across dismounted infantry, ground manoeuvre platforms, littoral manoeuvres and aviation and air. These capabilities are deployed in huge numbers not only in the UK but globally including in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Denmark, among others. The simple, modular, and flexible design ensures the communication and interoperability needs of the soldier both mounted and dismounted are met whilst reducing the physical and cognitive burden. Continuous product innovation and spiral development as technology and new warfighting concepts develop are incorporated smoothly and continuously into the product portfolio to seamlessly support the future soldier. To learn more visit www.marlbroughcomms.com and www.invisio.com.



    Panasonic Connect

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    https://connect.panasonic.com/en/

    TOUGH is staying connected when it matters most For over 25 years, TOUGHBOOK has been redefining the possibilities of access to data and applications in the most challenging environments. As the industry leaders in rugged mobile computing, TOUGHBOOK develops mission-ready laptops, tablets and handhelds that are trusted by international defence partners and tested to the strictest military standards for reliability and durability. Our rugged COTS-based devices for the defence sector are built to handle any mission. Where others fail, TOUGHBOOK is on hand to support the team and ensure they are always ready to work and keep the data safe. Put your trust in our dedicated security features.

    To match the high requirements of mission-critical applications, we offer a wide range of modular customisation options such as integrated bespoke military connectors and interfaces, encrypted SSDs, as well as accessories, vehicle dockings and carrying solutions.


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    Army Technology

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    Army-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on the defence industry, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more in the army sector. With a team of journalists around the world, army-technology.com, along with sister sites naval-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important field. When you combine this with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of military equipment suppliers, products and services, free white paper downloads and company press releases, you see why army-technology.com is the key point of reference for the defence industry.


    Armada International

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    http://armadainternational.com

    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.


    Asian Military Review

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    http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


    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.


    Defence Global

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    www.barclaymedia.uk.com

    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.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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    https://21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com/

    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.


    Satellite Evolution Group

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    ArmedForces.co.uk

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    http://www.armedforces.co.uk

    The DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY is an authoritative online information resource for all defence purchasers. This comprehensive listing of Defence Suppliers has enabled thousands of purchasing professionals to find exactly what they are looking for - in seconds. THE DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY provides a total overview of all the UK's Armed Forces - with a wealth of valuable information about the organisation and structure of the UK's Defence Services, as well as useful facts about developments in the UK Defence Industry Contact us: defenceenquiries@armedforces.co.uk Tel: 01743 241962 website: www.armedforces.co.uk


    Unmanned Systems Technology (UST)

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    http://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com/

    Unmanned Systems Technology (UST) is dedicated to technology and innovation within unmanned air, land, sea and space systems. UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com provides insight into new products, technologies and suppliers within the unmanned systems sector. Unmanned Systems Technology magazine is a technical publication that delves into the science and engineering of unmanned systems.


    MySecurity Media

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    www.mysecuritymedia.com

    A dedicated media provider for security and technology professionals, as well as end-users across multiple channels. Stay updated by downloading the MySecurity Media app now!


    Desider Magazine

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    https://www.des.mod.uk/desider-magazine/

    Desider is our monthly corporate magazine, aimed at readers across the wider MOD, armed forces and industry. The publication covers stories and features about support to operations and equipment acquisition. It also covers the work of people in DE&S and its partners in industry, and other corporate news and information.


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    For the past 12 years, Aerospace & Defense Technology has been the mil/aero industry’s most trusted source for cutting-edge design and engineering information. Whether it’s in-depth feature articles on the hottest technology topics, application briefs that illustrate innovative uses of products and systems, tech briefs that describe how specific technologies are developed, or new product information that highlights the latest releases to the market, Aerospace & Defense Technology has the resources engineers need to do their jobs better.


    Soldier Modernisation

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    http://www.soldiermod.com

    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.


    MySecurity Marketplace

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    Connecting security and technology professionals to the latest events, education and technology across a global security domain.

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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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