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SAE Media Group is proud to present the 8th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference, taking place on the 1st and 2nd of February 2023.

With rapid technological advances changing the way maritime forces need to utilise and manage ISR capabilities across domains, Maritime and Littoral Reconnaissance and Surveillance systems and platforms have become a critical component of naval capability.

As the only Maritime ISR event with a specific focus on Space-Based Domain Awareness, Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 2023 follows seven very successful predecessors. With the previous events taking place in Rome, the event has brought forward a discussion on the growing need for more comprehensive and sophisticated Joint Maritime ISR capabilities in the Mediterranean and beyond, particularly following the Migrant Crisis that still remains.

Platforms and topics discussed include: Space based ISR, Airborne Platforms & Operations, C4ISTAR, Unmanned Maritime Systems, Hydrographic platforms and many more..
 

 

  • Keynote briefings from senior officers and military leaders from around the globe
  • A unique focus on Unmanned ISR platforms, Space-based Maritime Reconnaissance, Fleet Air Arm ISR capabilities, Sensors at Sea and more
  • Maritime equipment exhibition showcasing the latest technology
  • Informal networking time factored in so you can gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing maritime reconnaissance and surveillance systems today
     

Aerovironment; Armada International & Asian Military Review; Babcock International ; Belgian Navy ; Boeing; Canadian Armed Forces; CJOS COE; Commando Helicopter Force; C-SIGMA; e-BO Enterprises; Embassy of Brazil; European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA); General Atomics Aeronautical Systems UK; High Commission Of Malaysia; Hisdesat Strategic Services, Inc.; Honeywell; Horizon Technologies ; Italian Navy; Italian Navy General Staff; Joint Forces Command ; JTEPS (COM FOST); Kongsberg Satellite Services AS; Maxar; MDA; NATO; NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) ; NATO HQ MARCOM; Northrop Grumman; Office of Naval Research Global; Polish Navy; Royal Australian Navy; Royal Navy; Royal Navy Office of Chief Technology Officer; Royal Swedish Navy; Spanish Ministry of Defence - National Armament Directorate; Systems Engineering & Assessments Limited; Tekever Ltd; Teledyne Defence & Space; TNO; U.S. Navy; UKSC; Ultra Electronic; United Arab Emirates Embassy-The Military Attache’s Office; University of Edinburgh; US Navy; USMC; Vake As; Venlandon ltd; ViaSat Communications Inc; Viasat UK; Windward;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy

9:00 Advancing Airpower in Support of UK Maritime Operations

Captain Stuart Irwin

Captain Stuart Irwin, Commanding Officer RNAS Culdrose, Royal Navy

  •   Ensuring the continued security of British and allied interests in an era of increasing competition 
  • An overview of the fixed wing and rotary wing ISR assets being utilised by the Royal Navy
  •   The future of uncrewed air systems in the Royal Navy
  • 9:40 Future Force Development for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operations

    Commodore Jason Armstrong

    Commodore Jason Armstrong, Director General Naval Force Development, Canadian Armed Forces

  • An overview of the maritime reconnaissance capabilities of the Royal Canadian Navy
  • Modernisation of airborne ISR assets for Canadian maritime operations
  • Operation NANOOK and maintaining maritime domain defence in the Northern Regions
  • Multinational exercises in the High North and maintaining Artic maritime security
  • Planned capabilities – Including the introduction of uncrewed assets into the RCN fleet
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    10:20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:10 700X Naval Air Squadron

    Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard

    Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard, Commanding Officer 700X NAS, Royal Navy
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  • The Maritime Uncrewed Air System (UAS) centre of expertise.
  • Developing, generating and operating Maritime UAS Operational Capability
  • Maritime UAS Operational Capabilities that are in-service or entering service soon: Maritime ISR capabilities, Maritime Intra Theatre Lift Capabilities
  • 12:50 Autonomous Warfare and Its Use in Enhancing ISR Capabilities Within the Royal Australian Navy

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Commander Paul Hornsby, Operational Requirements Sponsor, Autonomous Warfare, Royal Australian Navy

  • A look at the future trends in Autonomous Warfare and AI
  • Considering the use of autonomy in ISR operations: future usecases and requirements for achieving operational capability
  • Deploying autonomous systems in Royal Australian Navy ISR missions to maximise capabilities and ensure mission success
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    13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Session Reserved for Aerodata AG

    15:10 Supporting Maritime Operations with Advanced Airborne ISR Platforms

    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger

    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger, Commanding Officer 415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron, 14 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
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  •  Supporting maritime operations with airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface (ASUW) capabilities
  • Conducting through-life test and evaluation (T&E) to optimise RCAF Long Range Patrol C2ISR capabilities
  • Upgrading the CP-140 Aurora Legacy Platform and plans to procure new ISR platforms to support current and future maritime patrol missions
  • 15:50 PATSIMAR: 2023

    Capitaine de frégate Johan Eidesheim

    Capitaine de frégate Johan Eidesheim, Commandant, CENTEX PATSIMAR, French Navy

  •  An overview of French maritime ISR platforms
  • Capability upgrades with the planned delivery of the Falcon 50M and Falcon 2000 Albatros aircraft
  •  Enhancing high-altitude observation capabilities, at-sea SAR and zone surveillance missions with optronic acquirements
  •  Multinational operations with NATO and international allies
  • 16:30 Afternoon Tea

    17:00 Utillising Enhanced Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology to Safeguard Mariners in UK Waters and Assist Search and Rescue (SAR)

    Jennifer Cooke

    Jennifer Cooke, Aviation Innovation and Future Technology Lead, Maritime & Coastguard Agency
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  • The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s future aviation strategy and priorities for supporting Search and Rescue
  • Modernisation of the UKSAR fleet
  • The development and integration of uncrewed assets for the MCA
  • 17:40 NGA 2025 – Delivering Trusted Geospatial Intelligence for US Navy Operations

    Captain Jon O'Connor

    Captain Jon O'Connor, Deputy Associate Director for Enterprise, NGA
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  • NGA’s mission, vision and structure
  • Providing GEOINT for US policymakers, military service members, and intelligence professionals
  • Synchronizing operations to realize a professional, interoperable, agile and integrated US GEOINT enterprise
  • 18:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy

    9:00 The Polish Perspective to Developing Maritime Situational Awareness Capabilities for NATO and its Allies

    Rear Admiral Krzysztof Jaworski

    Rear Admiral Krzysztof Jaworski, Commander of the Maritime Operations Center, Polish Navy
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  • Working with NATO allies to maintain naval security in the Baltic Sea and with NATO’s Eastern boarder 
  • The Gryf and Zefir UAV acquisition programmes and the benefits of uncrewed air systems for Polish maritime operations
  • Modernisation and procurement of new ISR assets for the Polish Navy – Including the F-35 Lighting II fighter and Leonardo AW101 helicopter
  • Synergy between Polish naval and air assets to develop a full intelligence picture
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    9:40 Interoperable Maritime Reconnaissance in Support of NATO and Allied Naval Operations

    10:20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 NATO AGS Force

  • NATO AGS Force overview and structure;
  • RQ-4 sensor capabilities
  • NAGSF support to Ukraine Crises
  • NAGSF Support to MARCOM (sea Guardian Op)
  • Milestones and Timeline
  • Challenge
  • Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pruitt

    Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pruitt, Flying Squadron Commander, ISR Sqn, Imagery Branch, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force
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    Captain Andrius Mika

    Captain Andrius Mika, ISR Squadron Surveillance Controller / Mission Director, ISR Sqn, Imagery Branch, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force

    12:10 Future Exploitation of digital ISR data for Operational Advantage

    Commander David Berry

    Commander David Berry, SO1 IW & C5ISR, Develop Directorate, Royal Navy

  • An outline of the key challenges facing the RN and he proliferation of data around the battlespace.
  • Enhancing C4; CEMA and ISR capabilities for maritime operations.
  • Future priorities for the RN IW development Team.
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    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 The Work of the Office of Naval Research in Developing Sensor and ISR Capabilities for the US Navy and its Allies

    Captain Andy Berner

    Captain Andy Berner, XO, Office of Naval Research Global, US Navy
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  •  An overview of the priorities of the ONR – Including the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE)
  • Multinational collaborative projects between ONR Global and allies to develop maritime ISR capabilities 
  • Dominance in the Cognitive Domain and enhancing decision superiority – Utilising analytics and AI to distil information and data into actionable decisions faster 
  • Future Naval Capabilities (FNC) and developing sensor, seeker and targeting capabilities for US naval assets
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    14:30 Building an Ecosystem: Connecting AI and Autonomy to US & UK Naval Programs

    Jeffrey Brewer

    Jeffrey Brewer, US co-director, NavalX London Tech Bridge
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  • The role and mission of NavalX London Tech Bridge
  • Building an ecosystem, making connections, and improving communications
  • Solving complex naval warfare challenges with innovative solutions
  • Connecting US and UK naval needs and challenges with expert solution providers across industry and academia. 
  • Sharing information, concepts and platforms between allies
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    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 A Growing Tidal Wave in Space

    Guy Thomas

    Guy Thomas, Director, C-SIGMA
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  •  The explosive growth in the numbers and capabilities of Space Systems have changed the Maritime World at its core.
  • Impact of the launch of the first S-AIS constellation by ORBCOMM
  • Pairing Imaging systems, both SAR and Optical, with S-AIS and the more recent additions of ELINT and visible light detecting satellites 
  • Channel Logistics’ combination of system outputs via an AI-based maritime all-source analytical tool 
  • Similar tools moving forward
  • 17:00 Session Reserved for The National Reconnaissance Office

    17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert, Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Captain Andy Berner

    Captain Andy Berner

    XO, Office of Naval Research Global, US Navy
    Captain Jon O'Connor

    Captain Jon O'Connor

    Deputy Associate Director for Enterprise, NGA
    Guy Thomas

    Guy Thomas

    Director, C-SIGMA
    Jennifer Cooke

    Jennifer Cooke

    Aviation Innovation and Future Technology Lead, Maritime & Coastguard Agency
    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger

    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger

    Commanding Officer 415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron, 14 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard

    Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard

    Commanding Officer 700X NAS, Royal Navy
    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy
    Rear Admiral Krzysztof Jaworski

    Rear Admiral Krzysztof Jaworski

    Commander of the Maritime Operations Center, Polish Navy

    Bryan Hager

    Commodore, Commander, Task Force SIX SEVEN
    Bryan Hager

    Capitaine de frégate Johan Eidesheim

    Commandant, CENTEX PATSIMAR, French Navy
    Capitaine de frégate Johan Eidesheim

    Captain Andrius Mika

    ISR Squadron Surveillance Controller / Mission Director, ISR Sqn, Imagery Branch, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force
    Captain Andrius Mika

    Captain Andy Berner

    XO, Office of Naval Research Global, US Navy
    Captain Andy Berner

     Captain Andy “Big Tuna” Berner, a native of Chatham, New Jersey, graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1996 with  a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and a minor in Spanish. He holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science in Defense Technology and Systems from the National University of Singapore (Temasek Defense Systems Institute). 

    Captain Berner’s early operational assignments include HSL-43, where he flew the SH-60B and deployed in USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61) and USS 
    RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG 60). He also served as Quality Assurance Officer. As “MiniBoss” aboard USS WASP (LHD 1), he completed numerous underway exercises and a surge deployment in support of operations in Lebanon. Captain Berner completed his Department Head tour with HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan as Detachment THREE Officer in Charge aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). He also served as Maintenance Officer when HSL-51 earned the 2009 "Golden Wrench" and "Battle E" awards. 
     
    Captain Berner transitioned to the MH-60R and served as the Commanding Officer of HSM-73. He led the “BattleCats” throughout a ten month combat deployment in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE with 12 aircraft and 310 personnel on five different ships including the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). During his tenure, HSM-73 earned the 2014 and 2015 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Aviation Safety awards, the 2014 Captain Arnold J. Isbell award for Undersea Warfare and Surface Warfare excellence, and 
    the 2015 “Battle E” award.Captain Berner’s shore tours include duty as Flag Aide to Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), assignment to The Joint Staff as Operations Officer within the Joint Operations 
    Directorate, United States Central Command Division (JODCENT) and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Regional Operations (J-33). Captain Berner also served on the OPNAV staff as an Operations Analyst and the Undersea Warfare Branch Head for the Director, Assessments Division (N81). 
     
    Most recently, Captain Berner served as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) Space Field Activity (NSFA) where he led the Navy Element at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and served as Co-Chair of the Naval NRO Coordination Group (NNCG). He is a VS-8 Space Operations Officer and a member of the Information Warfare Community. Captain Berner has several personal decorations, but he is most proud of his unit awards that reflect credit on 
    the successful teams he has rowed with and the many skilled professionals he has been privileged to work alongside. Captain Berner reported as Executive Officer, ONR Global, in May 2021.

    Captain Jon O'Connor

    Deputy Associate Director for Enterprise, NGA
    Captain Jon O'Connor

     Captain Jon O’Connor was appointed Deputy Associate Director for Enterprise in March 2022.  In this role, he supports the Associate Director for Enterprise in his duties as the GEOINT Functional Manager’s senior representative executing GEOINT functional management, leading and overseeing the National System for Geospatial Intelligence, the Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence, all international partners, and industry and academia to realize a fully integrated and interoperable GEOINT Enterprise. Captain O’Connor also assists in managing the military Service NGA Support Teams, NGA’s international partnerships, and the development and implementation of GEOINT policy and guidance for NGA.

    Captain O’Connor is a native of Virginia Beach and graduated cum laude from Roanoke College in 1994. He was commissioned via Officer Candidate School at NAS Pensacola in 1997.
    At sea, in 1998 he served as Squadron Intelligence Officer for Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Two and embarked upon USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in 1999 supporting Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. In 2004, he reported to U.S. Seventh Fleet as Fleet Collections Manager. In 2015, he reported to Battleforce Seventh Fleet as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence embarked upon USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). There he provided intelligence support to all Carrier Strike Groups operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region winning Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific’s Intelligence and Cryptologic Team of the Year for 2015. He returned to U.S. Seventh Fleet in January 2020 where he became the first Fleet Information Warfare Commander in the U.S. Navy.
     
    Ashore, Captain O’Connor reported to U.S. Naval Forces, Japan in 2000, serving as an
    Intelligence Liaison Officer with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. In 2002, he attended Naval Postgraduate School and was selected as an Associate Fellow for the CNOs Strategic Studies Group XXIII. He graduated with a Masters in National Security Affairs, East Asia and a Masters in Defense Decision Making. In 2007, he was selected for Halsey Group Alfa at the U.S. Naval War College. Captain O’Connor studied wargaming analysis and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies. He reported to U.S. Pacific Command in 2008 where he served as the Deputy Chief of the China Division and personally designed the divisions daily intelligence product. From 2011 to 2012, he served as Flag Aide to both Admiral Walsh and Admiral Haney, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. In 2013, he reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations where he assisted in the establishment of Navy Information Forces Command and was the N2N6 Liaison to Admiral Howard and Vice Admiral Donegan. In 2017, he reported to NORAD-U.S. Northern Command and served as the Division Chief for the Mission Support Division. He reported to NGA in 2021 to become the first Major Commander of NGA Navy.
    Captain O’Connor is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College. Captain O’Connor was given the Admiral Inman Award for Intelligence in 2004. In 2021, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force presented him the Japanese Defense Cooperation Award. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star and the Navy Achievement Medal with one gold star as well as various unit awards. 
     

    Captain Stuart Irwin

    Commanding Officer RNAS Culdrose, Royal Navy
    Captain Stuart Irwin

    Commander David Berry

    SO1 IW & C5ISR, Develop Directorate, Royal Navy
    Commander David Berry

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Operational Requirements Sponsor, Autonomous Warfare, Royal Australian Navy
    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Commodore Jason Armstrong

    Director General Naval Force Development, Canadian Armed Forces
    Commodore Jason Armstrong

    Dimitrios Kalogiannis

    Air Vehicle Operator & Mission Commander, Hellenic Air Force (HAF)
    Dimitrios Kalogiannis

    Guy Thomas

    Director, C-SIGMA
    Guy Thomas

    Guy is the former US' Science & Technology Advisor for Maritime Domain Awareness (2003-2012) and creator of both space-based AIS & C-SIGMA, the basis for Task #1 of the US' National Space Policy.

     
    He has been involved in reconnaissance operations and systems development in the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, DHS, and Johns Hopkins/APL for many years. He also served as US DHS S&T SME for unclassified Space. The academic advisor (technology) to the Multinational Maritime Security Center of Excellence, he is a contributing editor for SpaceWatch Global.
     
    A Distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, he was awarded the DHS Distinguished Career Service Award in 2012 and the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation's Individual Achievement Award in 2015. He has been nominated for the US' National Medal for Technology & Innovation and the Space Technology Hall of Fame.
     

    Jeffrey Brewer

    US co-director, NavalX London Tech Bridge
    Jeffrey Brewer

    Mr. Jeffrey Brewer is the US co-director of the London Tech Bridge, a collaboration between the US Navy and Royal Navy to foster connectivity, agility, and innovation.  It supports dialogue, joint investment, and cooperative development between two navies as they endeavor to advance from Interoperability to Interchangeability.  Set in Central London’s booming technology ecosystem spanning academia, industry, and government, it is ideally positioned to harness technology faster for Sailors and Marines.

    Previously, he was the Technology Maturation & Transition Division Director for the Naval Sea Systems Command Technology Office (NAVSEA-05T).  During this assignment, he oversaw a broad portfolio of research and development programs with a focus on transitioning technology to the US Navy fleet.  This $175MM portfolio included the NAVSEA Small Business Innovative Research program, cross-platform ship technologies, future fleet planning, and fleet operational energy programs.  
    Prior to this, he led the F-35 Joint Program Office Strategic Initiatives team.  This group conducted projects to transform the organization from within by applying technology and developing new processes.  He played a critical role in developing several strategic policy documents for the program, including its Concept of Operations, Digital Strategy, and Strategic Sourcing Plan.  
    He served as the science and technology analyst for the OPNAV Surface Warfare Division (N96).  He managed the Division’s interactions with the science and technology community, including the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DoD research laboratories, and academia.
    From 2009 to 2015, he led the Continuous Process Improvement Program at the Navy International Programs Office.  He began his career as an engineer in the Aircraft Survivability Division at the Naval Air Systems Command.  He supported the F-35, the presidential helicopter, the MH-60, and various unmanned aerial vehicles.  He has experience in stealth technology, low observables, ballistics and lightweight armor, acoustics, and infrared and radio frequency countermeasures.  
    Mr. Brewer has a degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and certifications in both Program Management and Systems Engineering from the Defense Acquisition University.  He is an American Society of Quality certified Six Sigma Black Belt and has been practicing process improvement since 2006.
    Jeff and his wife Heather live in London, their base for exploring the UK and Europe for the next three years.  He enjoys hiking, biking, travelling, and brewing.  
     

    Jennifer Cooke

    Aviation Innovation and Future Technology Lead, Maritime & Coastguard Agency
    Jennifer Cooke

     Jennifer began her career in aviation as a ground handler for a start-up company at her local airfield and quickly worked up to Operations Manager. From there, she moved into Rotary Wing Aircraft Operations and Safety Management before securing a role with HM Coastguard in the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre. For five years she was part of the tasking authority providing operational support to the UK fleet of Search and Rescue Helicopters before joining the MCA Aviation Technical Team in April 2020 as the Aviation Innovation & Future Technology Lead. In her current role she is part of the team responsible for the technical aspects of the procurement and acceptance of UKSAR2G: a 10 year contract replacing the current Coastguard Helicopter and Fixed Wing Search and Rescue and Aerial Surveillance services. She will be leading on innovation throughout the contract, engaging with industry to discover new technology that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of UK Search and Rescue which will ultimately save lives. 

    Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pruitt

    Flying Squadron Commander, ISR Sqn, Imagery Branch, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pruitt

     Lieutenant Colonel Douglas “Frodo” Pruitt is the Commander of the Flying Squadron for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF), stationed at the Italian Air Force Base (ITAF), Sigonella, Italy.

    Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Pruitt was the Director of Operations at the 7th Reconnaissance Squadron, Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. As the Director of Operations, Lt Col Pruitt was responsible for the launch and recovery of all USAF RQ-4B missions supporting the EUCOM/AFRICOM Area of Operations. Prior to that Lt Col Pruitt served on the Secretary of the Air Force’s Staff as Chief of the Air Force Sensitive Activities Management Office. In this selectively manned position, he oversaw execution of AF Sensitive Activities and advised AF senior leaders on policy, support, and employment of Sensitive Activities. 

    Lt Col Pruitt is a 2003 graduate of the University of Oregon, earning his commission through ROTC. He continued from college to enter Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training and after a tour in the C-130 he was then selected 
    to attend Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and proceeded to Vance AFB, Oklahoma. He graduated in 2010 with the Distinguished Graduate award and other top honors and proceeded to fly the C-17. 
     
    Lt Col Pruitt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Oregon. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Education and his military education includes the U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air Command 
    and Staff College, Aviation Mishap Investigation and Aviation Safety Program Management Course, the DoD Advanced planner and Due Diligence Course, and the Air Force Combat Ammunition Center Senior Leader Course. 
    He is also a trained Military Deception Officer, RQ-4 Electronic Combat Officer, and an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. 
     
    Lt Col Pruitt is a Senior Pilot with more than 3,300 hours in the RQ-4B/D, C-17A, C-130E/H/J, T-1A, T-6A, and T-43. He has flown more than 240 combat missions and has deployed numerous times in support of Operations ENDURING, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, INHERENT RESOLVE and many other contingencies. His awards and 
    decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with Eleven Oak Leaf Clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Air Force Combat Action Meda

    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger

    Commanding Officer 415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron, 14 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Keith Fugger

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

    Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard

    Commanding Officer 700X NAS, Royal Navy
    Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard

     Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard read for a BSc in Theoretical Physics at University College London prior to starting BRNC in Sep 05. Basic Observer Course at 750 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) followed, he joined 849 NAS in Nov 08 for training on the Sea King Mk 7 Airborne Surveillance and Control (SKASaC). He was awarded his Observer Wings in Oct 09 and subsequently joined 854 NAS. Whilst serving on 854 NAS he completed three tours on OP HERRICK, was based at RAF NORTHOLT for OP OLYMPICS and planned the squadron’s return from land-based operations to the maritime domain. 

     

    He was selected for the Aerosystems Course and graduated in Aug 13 with an MSc with Distinction in Aerospace Systems. Three years working as a Trials Officer within the Aircraft Test and Evaluation Centre at MoD Boscombe Down followed. He was the lead Trials Officer for the CROWSNEST project and led the operational flight test of Lockheed Martin’s proposal. Alongside this, he was involved in/led numerous flight trials evaluating software and hardware modifications to the SKASaC. 
     
    In Apr 16, Howard returned to RNAS Culdrose to complete an abridged Merlin Mk2 conversion at 824 NAS. Thereafter, joining the CROWSNEST Combined Test Team to lead the Merlin Helicopter Force contingent. He participated in a range of rig, ground and flight test activities for the aircraft, training system and ground preparation facility which ultimately culminated in its initial Release To Service. He is a subject matter expert in Radar, Link 16 and IFF. He was presented a Herbert Lott Innovation and Invention award for his development of an image matching algorithm.
    In Jul 21, Howard assumed command of 700X NAS and was responsible for training, developing, and operating the Royal Navy’s Uncrewed Air Systems (UAS). He delivered the Heavy Lift Challenge alongside DE&S’s Future Capabilities Group and enabled trials of Banshee from HMS Prince of Wales. Alongside a range of other UAS trials, he has overseen training of remote pilots from all Services and generated PUMA flights for operational tasking. 
     
    Married with two young children (10 and 9), free time is at a premium; however, hobbies include kayaking and walking. He has a keen interest in technology. He has recently completed a BSc in Computing and IT with the Open University and an MSc in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance at Cranfield University. He supports a range of Defence Digital activities associated with coding and machine learning. 
     

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Former UK National Hydrographer, Royal Navy
    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Nick Lambert

    Rear Admiral Krzysztof Jaworski

    Commander of the Maritime Operations Center, Polish Navy
    Rear Admiral Krzysztof Jaworski

    Rear Admiral (OF-7) Krzysztof  ‘Kris’ Jaworski  was born in 1966, and is a 1990 graduate of the Polish Naval Academy with the Master of Navigation and Naval Armament. Additionally, he holds master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, DC  (2015). Moreover,  RADM Jaworski graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, RI in 1998. He has had multiple command and staff positions throughout the last 28 years.

    His sea tours include commanding officer, Tarantul-class corvette; flotilla and squadron staff officer and chief of staff. Finally, in 2007 he was appointed as a commander of the Fast Patrol Boat Squadron and was promoted to Captain.
    Ashore, RADM Jaworski assumed duties as the senior naval advisor to the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces as well as served in Maritime Operational Division N-3, Polish Navy HQ. 
     
    His operational deployment includes chief of staff, Deputy Support Operations, NATO Training Mission Afghanistan, Kabul. Afterwards, he was assigned as a Deputy of Chief of Armament Directorate, Navy Inspectorate, General Command of the Polish Armed Forces.
     
    His staff assignments also include chief of staff, 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla, Swinoujscie (2015) as well as commander of 3rd Ships’ Flotilla in Gdynia (2016) followed by his promotion to flag officer in November 2016.
     
    He assumed his current position as Maritime Component Commander in May 2018 and in August  he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (upper half).
     
    Jaworski’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Cross of Merit, Silver Long Service Medal, Afghanistan  Star, Gold Medal of Merit for National Defense, Gold Medal of the Armed Forces in the Service of the Fatherland, Non-Article 5 Medal, Pro Patria Medal and other various personal, unit and service awards. 
     
    RADM Jaworski and his wife have been happily married for more than 30 years and have two adult sons. He is an active long-distance runner. He is interested in maritime history, particularly the Polish Navy engagement during WW2.
     

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

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

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

     

    A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.
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    Past Attendees List 2022

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Mitchell Free - Maxar

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Commander Hans-Jorg Detlefsen - NATO

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    Past Speaker Presentation - John Beckner

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Commander Mike Adamson - Royal Canadian Air Force

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Commander Colin McGannity

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Commodore Andrew Stacey

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Commander Chris Jones

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Alfonso Perez

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Hisdesat

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Synmax

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.synmax.com/

    SynMax is a satellite data analytics company which specializes in the use of commercial satellite images to find and monitor oil and gas assets and provide maritime intelligence data. SynMax – Hyperion is the world’s only near real-time frac crew monitor which makes daily observations of frac activity in every major oil and gas play in the US. Hyperion has used this proprietary satellite data to build a first of its kind short term oil and gas production model which can predict near-term changes in oil and gas production. Synmax – Theia is a comprehensive maritime domain awareness solution providing daily global monitoring of all vessels 30m and above across millions of km2 of ocean. Our proprietary AI enables maritime event detection at strategic and tactical levels and detection of true dark ships

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    ASD MEDIA

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.asd-network.com

    Professionals in the Aerospace & Defence market use the ASD Media internet platforms to:
    • Be informed on the latest market developments; www.asd-network.com
    • Find the latest business news; www.asd-network.com
    • Find the upcoming events; www.asd-network.com
    • Find companies and organizations; www.asdsource.com
    • Distribute news globally. www.asdwire.com
    The ASD Media platforms are well known and used intensively, your company is able to benefit from these large numbers of users. Be informed with ASD-Network; Create exposure for your company with ASDSource, distribute your news with ASDWire or advertise with us, build your brand and increase traffic to your company’s website.

    For more detailed information please contact with: ASD MEDIA
    Stefan.koopman@asdmedia.nl


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

    Supporting Media Partners
    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.


    World Maritime News

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.worldmaritimenews.com

    World Maritime News delivers expert coverage of the industry sectors that matter most to you and your business. This includes news and updates on markets, projects, vessels, equipment, research, shipyards, shipping companies and the authorities dominating these markets. From breaking news, technological advances to shipping activities, World Maritime News experienced and well-respected team of editors, columnists and correspondents will keep you well informed. Whether you are a project employee, manager, captain, authority or executive, the place to find the latest developments in the maritime industry is on www.worldmaritimenews.com.


    ARMSCOM.net

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.armscom.net

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


    Naval Technology

    Supporting Media Partners
    http://www.naval-technology.com

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


    Defence Online

    Supporting Media Partners
    https://www.defenceonline.co.uk/

    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.


    Armada International

    Supporting Media Partners
    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.


    Defence Global

    Supporting Media Partners
    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.

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

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

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

     

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    WHAT IS CPD?

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

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

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

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

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

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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