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Counter UAS Technology Europe
16 April - 17 April 2024

Conference Overview

SAE Media Group are delighted to announce the second annual Counter UAS Technology Europe Conference, taking place in London on 16-17 April 2024.

With the growing proliferation of small drones and UAS technology, European armed forces and security agencies seeking to protect critical national infrastructure at home and also forward deployed personnel operating abroad. The European Counter UAS market is constantly growing with new programmes and projects announced. There has therefore never been a more important time for European C-UAS stakeholders to meet and network at Counter UAS Technology Europe 2024.

Counter UAS Technology Europe 2024 will showcase the very latest technology in the market to ensure that European personnel, equipment and infrastructure are protected from the proliferation of drones.

Speakers will feature from leading European C-UAS Programme Managers, wider international defence organisations and the top industry providers.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr Jyh-Shyang Seu

Dr Jyh-Shyang Seu

Assistant Research Fellow, Institute for National Defence and Security Research
Group Captain Gary Darby

Group Captain Gary Darby

Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, Ministry of Defence
Major General Adrian Ciolponea

Major General Adrian Ciolponea

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Representative in Europe, NATO HQ
Nataliia Kushnerska

Nataliia Kushnerska

Chief Operating Officer, Brave1, Ukraine

Amit Haimovich

VP, Sales, D-Fend Solutions
Amit Haimovich

Amit Haimovich is an experienced defense executive, with an extensive track record in developing and managing development programs and sales activities worldwide. Amit is a former pilot with the Israeli Air Force who served many years in various operational roles in both active duty and reserves.
After his departure from the Air Force, for 20 years, Amit held various management and executive positions at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), most recently as Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development for IAI’s MLM Division. Amit managed small and large teams, led business development and sales activities, and created a variety of successful collaborations with leading defense companies globally. During his professional career, Amit lived in the US for 3 years and in Singapore for 4 years, where he was responsible for the Southeast Asian regional business for IAI’s Systems, Missile, and Space Group. Amit is a graduate, Cum Laude, of the Open University of Israel in Management and holds an MBA degree in Finance from Reichman University in Herzliya, Israel.

Since 2019, Amit leads the sales teams of the Israeli company D-Fend Solutions as VP, Sales. D-Fend Solutions is the world leader in the RF-cyber counter-drone/C-UAS domain, focusing on providing safe, controlled, and reliable counter-drone/UAS solutions by using innovative cyber take-over technology. Amit and his team ensure world-class market leadership in this fast-growing domain.
 

 

Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski

Air and Missile Defence Department Chief, General Command of Polish Armed Forces
Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski

 
Kazimierz Dynski earned his commission from the Radar Engineering Military School. He is graduated from the National Defence University and the Air War College.
He started his career in Air Defence as a targeting officer up to A3 Division Chief of the POLAF HQ. He served as A7 Division Chief at the CC Air HQ Ramstein and J7 Deputy Chief the General Staff of the PAF, Deputy Chief of Staff - J3 Division Chief of the GENCOM and Director of the National Military Standardization Committee. He was assigned as commander of the 3rd Air Defence Brigade.

Captain Rens Govaers

Delegate of Bureau Rockets & Missiles C-UAS Project Team, General Directorate Material Resources, Belgian Armed Forces
Captain Rens Govaers

 Captain Rens Govaers joined the Belgian Armed Forces in 2010 as student at the Belgian Royal Military Academy where he graduated in 2015 with a master’s degree in Social and Military Sciences. After his graduation, he was assigned to the Belgian Airforce as a Force Protection officer. From 2016 to 2021, Captain Govaers was one of the responsible officers for the Airbase Security of Kleine-Brogel Airbase. Since his assignment to the Directorate General Material Resources in 2021, he is one of the members of the C-UAS Project Team which is tasked with the acquisition of C-UAS equipment.

Chung-Ling Hung

Director of Foresight Modeling and Simulation Section, System Development Center, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology
Chung-Ling Hung

Colonel Alessio Gronchi

Director, C-Mini/Micro UAS Centre of Excellence, Italian Army
Colonel Alessio Gronchi

 
Colonel Alessio GRONCHI, born on 4th September 1975 in Florence (Italy).
Main degrees: Master of Art in Political Science; Master’s Degree in International Strategic and Military Studies; Joint Services Staff Course
Main military courses and titles: Parachuting, Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol, Military Swimming Instructor, Military Driving Instructor, Military Legal Advisor
Main assignements:
• Liaison Officer in South Sudan (UNMISS)
• Head of the Air Defense Section - Italian Army General Staff
• Italian Military Advisor to Ministry of the Kosovo Security Forces
• Director of Italian Mini/Micro Counter UAS Center of Excellence
AOB: Keen sportsman (running, swimming, scuba diving). Married, with 2 children.

Colonel Steven D. Gutierrez

PM DE M-SHORAD, US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO)
Colonel Steven D. Gutierrez

 Colonel Steven D. Gutierrez is the PM for DE M-SHORAD with 30+ years of service and 16+ years of experience in major defense acquisition programs. He has led within the Infantry, Signal Corps, and Acquisition Corps in garrison and field environments and during combat deployments.
COL Gutierrez served as the PM for Virtual Training Systems at Program Executive Office Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation, is a Senior Service College graduate of the National Defense University and was the Director for DCMA Americas.
He leads the U.S. Army’s flagship Directed Energy program at the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office.

Dr Cristian Coman

Principal Scientist, NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
Dr Cristian Coman

 Dr Coman was born in Romania in 1972. He is educated as an Electronics and Electrical Engineer and received his engineer’s degree in 1996 from the Military Technical Academy, Bucharest, with a specialization in radio electronics for surface to air missiles. In 2006 he obtained a PhD degree from the Delft University of Technology, in The Netherlands with a thesis on sparse array antennas for radar and communication systems, and a second PhD degree (Cum Laude) from the Military Technical Academy, Bucharest with a thesis on short range radar tracking systems. He served in the Romanian Air Forces for 20 years.
He started his career as a researcher at the Military Equipment and Technologies Research Agency, in Bucharest. His research activities focused on air surveillance radars, tracking radars, as well as microwave and antenna systems.
In April 2006, Dr Coman started work at the NATO C3 Agency in The Hague where he led a variety of research and development projects in the areas of ground surveillance radars, evaluation of Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) trackers and supported the Multi-intelligence All-source Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Coalition (MAJIIC) project.
In 2019, Dr Coman was appointed to establish and lead a Counter-Drone Alliance RDO [Research via Development to Operations] Team (CDART), which is the NATO’s expertise centre for counter-drone technology and operations and is being created within the Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) Centre in The Hague.

Dr James Bailey

Air Power Strategist, US Air Force
Dr James Bailey

Dr Jyh-Shyang Seu

Assistant Research Fellow, Institute for National Defence and Security Research
Dr Jyh-Shyang Seu

Group Captain Gary Darby

Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, Ministry of Defence
Group Captain Gary Darby

 Group Captain Gary Darby joined the Royal Air Force in 1989 and has served globally, including on operations in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iraq. Whilst a military policeman by background, Gary has held a number of senior appointments within both security and cyber targeting and was recently embedded with US CYBERCOM, Maryland for 2 years. Before taking up his current post as Head of the UK MoD’s Joint C-UAS Office in February 2022, Gary was the MoD’s Assistant Head for Strategic Campaigning Counter Russia.

Jose Antonio Cebrian de Barrio

Head of Critical Communications SIRDEE, R&D Department and CUAs Department, Spanish Ministry of Interior
Jose Antonio Cebrian de Barrio

Lars Krogh Vammen

Head of Business Development Surveillance System, Weibel Scientific A/S
Lars Krogh Vammen

 Lars Krogh Vammen has a 21-year Danish Army background. He has served in various operational branches including 11 years in the Danish army air defense, as well as ISTAR and HUMINT. Lars Vammen has served in the Danish Defence Acquisitions and Logistics Organization (DALO) in the Land Equipment Division as System Manager Mortars & Artillery. Lars Krogh Vammen’s military service includes three deployments to Afghanistan, where he e.g. has served with the US Marine Corps in Helmand. Lars Vammen is now Director of Business Development in Weibel Scientific with the responsibility for the global expansion of the entire Weibel portfolio. The role covers the full scope of business development activities with governments and non-governmental organizations, EU organizations as well as B2B relations with other large OMEs and primes. He is responsible for the full portfolio of Weibel products, with radars for IAMD as main priority – which covers the XENTA radar for SHORAD and C-UAS purposes as well as the long range tracking and discrimination radars for ballistic missile defense. In this context Lars has been a part of a number NATO Industrial Advisory Group studies as well as the recently concluded NIAG Industrial Interface Group to GBAD (NIIGBAD).

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Haider

SME UAS, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre
Lieutenant Colonel Andre Haider

 Lieutenant Colonel Haider joined the German Armed Forces in April, 1992. He first served as Personnel
NCO in the 150th Rocket Artillery Battalion HQ. In his first assignment after promotion to Lieutenant
in 1998 he served as a platoon leader in the 150th Rocket Artillery Battalion. After three years, he was
posted at the 150th Rocket Artillery Battalion HQ as the CIS Branch Head.
Thereafter, he was assigned to the 325th Tank Artillery Battalion in Munster as a battery commander.
He then served as the commander of the maintenance and supply battery.
In 2008 he was posted at the 284th Signal Battalion in Wesel, again as a commander of a maintenance
and supply company. In 2010 he was the Deputy Commander of the German support staff to the 1st
NATO Signal Battalion in Wesel.
His last assignment was Deputy Battalion Commander of the 132rd Rocket Artillery Battalion in
Sondershausen.
In 2004/2005, Lieutenant Colonel Haider was posted at KFOR MNB(SW) as the Officer in Charge of the
resettlement of the Serbian refugees after the March 2004 riots in Prizren, Kosovo. In 2011, Lieutenant
Colonel Haider was the Officer in Charge for the rapid deployment of NATO’s German Operational
Reserve Forces Battalion to Kosovo.
Lieutenant Colonel Haider is married and has two daughters.
Since 2012 he has been assigned to the JAPCC Combat Air Branch as a Subject Matter Expert for
Unmanned Aircraft Systems. He authored White Papers on operations of ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft
Systems in Contested Environments’, creation of a ‘NATO / Multinational Joint Intelligence,
Surveillance and Reconnaissance Unit’, and ‘Legal and Ethical Implications of Increasing Unmanned
System Automation’. He is currently the JAPCC project lead of a study regarding the ‘Applicability,
Practicability and Implications of Amending Current Unmanned Aircraft System Classifications.

Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Schmidt

IAMD SME, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre
Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Schmidt

 LtCol Schmidt joined the German Air Force in July, 1993 and he studied Computer
Science at the Armed Forces University in Munich from 1994 to 1998.
His subject matter expertise is in the Area of Air and Missile Defense. In his first
assignments after achieving his Masters Degree he served as a Tactical Control Officer
and Reconnaissance Officer in a German PATRIOT Battery in Husum.
Thereafter he was transferred to the German PATRIOT Office in El Paso, TX, as a
specialist for computer aided studies. His main task there was to perform bilateral studies
with the US Army and the civilian company SAIC on the behaviour of the PATRIOT
weapon-system on a tactical level.
After three years in the United States he got an assignment as an Executive Officer of a
PATRIOT Battery in Roth. Thereafter, he became a Battery Commander of a PATRIOT
unit from 2006 - 2010.
After five years in Bavaria, he got his next assignment as the A3c in the 2nd Air Force
Division in Birkenfeld. Here his focuses were on Training, Exercises and Force Protection
for subordinate units.
In 2011, he got his second assignment in El Paso, Texas, this time as the Subject Matter
Expert for Integrated Air and Missile Defence in the Department for Combat
Development (DCD) at the German Air Force Air Defence School.
In August of 2015, LtCol Schmidt became the Subject Matter Expert for Ballistic Missile Defence before transitioning to Integrated Air and Missile Defence in the Combat Air Branch of the JAPCC, Kalkar.
LtCol Schmidt is married, has two sons and his hobbies are:
? Anything IT and electronics related
? Martial Arts

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Lushenko

Assistant Professor and Director of Special Operations, US Army War College
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Lushenko

Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

Assistant Branch Chief, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

Assistant Branch Chief Strategy and Operations Directorate I 6, C-sUAS, NATO Biometrics, Data Protection Military Intelligence, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch was born on May 08th 1968 in Harderberg near Osnabrueck Lower Saxonia.
1988 Airforce Basic Training Essen-Kupferdreh
1992 67. Officercourse Airforce Officerschool Fuerstenfeldbruck
1994 Electronic Warfare Officer Course Airforce Technical School Lechfeld
1994 - 2000 Electronic Warfare Officer (Duty Officer COMINT, Platoonleader)
Signal Sector D, Berlin-Gatow
2000 - 2002 Electronic Warfare Officer, Desk Officer
German Airforce Command A3Va, Cologne
2002 - 2003 Electronic Warfare Officer, Desk Officer
Strategic Reconnaissance Command, Directorate Future Development, Equipment Department, Rheinbach
2003 - 2006 Sector Commander
3./COMINT Bn 911, Stadum
2006 - 2009 Teaching Staff Officer Airforce
Strategic Reconnaissance School, Flensburg
2009 - 2012 J3 and Deputy Commander
COMINT Bn 911, Stadum
2012 - 2013 Deputy Commander and J3
Signal Analysis Center 91, Flensburg
2013 - 2014 Group Leader 4 Technical Analysis and Head of COMINT Department
Bundeswehr SIGINT Technical Analysis Center (BwSTAC), Hof
05/2014 – 07/2018 Assistant Branch Chief for the authorised representative FMOD within the Paliamentary Inquiry Council, SME SIGINT
FMOD Berlin
08/2018 – 10/2018 Assistant Branch Chief Strategy and Operations Directorate II 4, EUTM MLI
FMOD Berlin
11/2018 – 07/2019 Assistant Branch Chief Strategy and Operations Directorate I 1, C-sUAS, NATO Biometrics, Data Protection Military Intelligence FMOD, Berlin
07/2019 –
today Assistant Branch Chief Strategy and Operations Directorate I 6, C-sUAS, NATO Biometrics, Data Protection Military Intelligence
FMOD, Berlin
 

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Viala

Deputy CEM BAPPS, Air Defense and Air Operations Command, French Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Viala

Liisa Janssens

Scientist, Emerging Disruptive Technologies and Law, TNO
Liisa Janssens

 As a lead scientist of an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the department Military Operations, at the unit Defense, Safety & Security TNO (The Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research, founded by law in 1932 to enable business and government to apply knowledge) I combine theoretical and applied scientific research on the nexus of law, philosophy and AI technology (applied mathematics). In different engineering teams, I am the lead for formulating new questions on how to responsibly navigate AI development processes. In operational projects, for example, my role is to find new (technical) requirements and to build taxonomies and databases, all informed by ethics and the Rule of Law. This is necessary to establish (Responsible) AI applications which can be implemented in society.

Major General Adrian Ciolponea

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Representative in Europe, NATO HQ
Major General Adrian Ciolponea

n the 1st of August 2023, Major-General ConstantinAdrian Ciolponea has been appointed as SACT Representative in Europe. Prior to this, he was the Land Component Commander and also a Special Advisor to the Defence Minister.
MGen. Constantin-Adrian Ciolponea received his
commission in 1988, after graduating the Military
School for Officers, Sibiu, as an infantry officer. In
2004, he graduated the High Military Studies
Academy, Bucharest. He has been assigned to
numerous command and staff positions for operations and training, reconnaissance, special operations and airborne operations (1000 + military jumps), both in Romania and abroad.
Starting 2008, he commanded the 1st Special Operations Battalion, starting 2009 the
1st Special Operations Regiment and starting 2011 the 6th Special Operations Brigade.
In 2015 he has been appointed Deputy Commander at the 4th Infantry Division and in
2016 became deputy Land Forces Commander for training and operations.
During 2017-2021, MGen Constantin-Adrian Ciolponea was the Romanian National Military Representative to Supreme Headquarters Allied Power Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium and was the Dean of the National Military Representatives. From 2021 to 2022, he was appointed as the Deputy Commander of the Multinational Corps Southeast in Sibiu, Romania. Abroad, he served in a variety of assignments, most notably being: UN Military Observer Democratic Republic of Congo (2000-2001); Staff Officer in Afghanistan (2008, 2010, 2013); Staff Officer in Kosovo (2009). His military education includes several international courses, including: Army's Rangers Course for Officers, USA, (1996 – 1997 completion certificate) Special Operations Course, USA (2005); Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA (2006 - 2007); Advance Program in Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, Germany (2010); Counter Terrorism Special Forces Advanced Course, USA (2014); National War College, USA (2014 - 2015). MG Constantin-Adrian CIOLPONEA's decorations and awards include: UN Medal; The Army Achievement Medal; The Army Commendation Medal; General Staff Badge of Honour; Romanian Army Honour Emblem; Military Veteran Honorific title; Land Forces Emblem of Honour; National Order Military Virtue in rank of Knight; Air Force Emblem of Honour; Naval Forces Emblem of Honour in service of the Homeland - for 25 years of service" Honorary sign.
Major-General Constantin-Adrian CIOLPONEA is married and father of two

Major Michel K.C Koopman

Force Protection C-UAS Officer, Royal Netherlands Air Force
Major Michel K.C Koopman

 The Major Michel Koopman has been an FP officer for twenty years, the first four years as an ground defense force platoon commander. Then followed different functions as an training officer for ground defense forces and basic military personnel, in the same area’s he then did two tours as a Captain.
After a short staff tour he became an FP officer within the Army staff of an GBAD unit. At the last post before his current task, as an C-UAS program manager, he was Squadron Commander of the 640 Sqn at Airbase Volkel. Throughout the years he has been deployed to Afghanistan, Kirgizstan, Kuwait, Mali and Jordan. He’s married with Sabine and has 1 daughter of 7 years (Senna) and 1 dog (Stacey) and lives in the southern part of Holland. (Brabant)

Mario Behn

DEU VNC/Principal Scientist, NATO C&I Agency
Mario Behn

 Mario Behn is working at the NATO Communication and Information Agency (NCIA). He supports the Joint ISR Centre on Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) and Navigational Warfare (NAVWAR) as a German Voluntary National Contribution (VNC). Immediately before, he was the German National Technical Expert (NATEX) for IAMD/AirC2. He is a graduate from the German Federal Civil Service Academy (Senior Track in Defence Technology and Procurement) and holds two Master degrees (Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA & Business Administration, Koblenz University of Applied Sciences, Germany).

Nataliia Kushnerska

Chief Operating Officer, Brave1, Ukraine
Nataliia Kushnerska

 Nataliia Kushnerska is an experienced business leader and project management professional.

For 15 years, Nataliia has been the General manager at the event agency Diplomat Service, leading more than 50 projects in Ukraine and abroad. Nataliia also has experience working with government institutions; she's been an advisor to the First Deputy Minister of Economy.

Since early 2023, as Chief Operations Officer at the Ukrainian defense tech cluster Brave1, Nataliia has been responsible for cooperation with government institutions, enterprises, developers, funds, startups, and Ukrainian Defense tech representatives.

With Brave1 officially launched on April 26th, 2023, Nataliia and her team unite the Defense tech ecosystem, scale it up, and push it forward to bring the victory closer through tech innovations.

Education: Kyiv National Linguistics University, Master's degree "Translator English, Italian, French languages."

Private First Class Harijs Osis

C-UAV Specialist, National Armed Forces Of Latvia
Private First Class Harijs Osis

Reserve Captain Andrus Padar

Expert of Remote Sensing Research and Development Centre / Head of S2 section, Estonian Academy of Security Sciences
Reserve Captain Andrus Padar

Roy Bookham

Chief Scientist, C-UAS Platforms Division, DSTL
Roy Bookham

Roy Bookham, is a former RAF Aero systems Engineering Officer who served for more than 30 years on front line Fast Jet and Helicopter Squadrons and on research and demonstration projects in the UK and overseas. On leaving the RAF in 2001, Roy joined Dstl as a Team Leader in the Air and Weapons Systems Department (AWSD) at Farnborough. He and his team delivered a wide range of products to underpin a number of important UK MOD Air acquisitions. After 3 years at Farnborough, Roy was seconded from Dstl to UK MOD London as Deputy Director Science Theatre Airspace (TA). In a 5 year period (2004 to 2009) he and his staff managed and provided objective scientific support to TA at a time of considerable turbulence and real pressure from the operational theatres. This support ranged from HLOA, through research and demonstration, to the direct input of scientific and technical evidence to equipment acquisition business cases and, increasingly, to develop and underpin solutions to short notice Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs) for operations overseas. Roy returned to Dstl in 2009 and has worked to the present day as the Senior Principal Consultant for Counter-UAS (C-UAS), responsible for producing and delivering C-UAS R&D Strategy for the UK MOD. In this post, he advises a wide range of UK Stakeholders on C-UAS issues.

Scott Page

CTO- Roke (Futures) | Vigil AI, Roke
Scott Page

Sean Bittick

C-UAS and Capability Development Officer, Innovation, Hybrid and Cyber Division, NATO
Sean Bittick

 Sean Bittick is a C-UAS and Capability Development officer for the Innovation, Hybrid, & Cyber (IHC) Division at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. He contributes to the evolution of the Defence Against Terrorism Programme of Work (DAT POW) and its role within the IHC Division and serves as Secretary for the C-UAS Working Group (to include updating the Terms of Reference, Doctrine development, and the Programme of Work), and liaises with internal and external C-UAS stakeholders. His formational experiences derived from service in the United States Armed Forces at the Tactical, Operational, and Strategic levels within the Air Force’s Security Forces career field as well as service out of uniform with the Joint Counter Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office (JCO). Sean holds a Master of Arts Degree in European and Eurasian Studies from the George Washington University.

Senior Representative

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Senior Representative

Squadron Leader Hugo Morris

SO2 Counter-small Uncrewed Air Systems, Project 6 Lead, British Army HQ
Squadron Leader Hugo Morris

 Squadron Leader Morris joined the RAF Regiment in 2000. His first assignment was as a Flight Commander on 26 Squadron with operational deployments to Op RESINATE SOUTH in Kuwait and Op TELIC I in Iraq. In 2004, he was posted to RAF Honington as the Ground Defence Training Officer and Officer Commanding the Nuclear Accident Response Team. After a second Op TELIC tour commanding an Iraq Department of Border Enforcement Training Team, in September 2006 Morris was amongst the first Bowman Signals Officers and assigned to 3 Squadron. During 3 Squadron’s Op HERRICK deployment in southern Afghanistan, Morris concurrently commanded a Rifle Flight and Support Weapons Flight.

On return from Afghanistan Morris joined the Bowman Training and Advisory Group (Joint), responsible for converting 3 Commando Brigade and 16 Air Assault Brigade units to the Bowman communication system. This role required a four-month deployment embarked on HMS Ocean whilst on attachment to 40 Commando Royal Marines. Following an extended Op HERRICK (LANSBURY) Afghanistan tour with UK Special Forces and the Security and Intelligence Agencies at the end of his Bowman role, in January 2012 Morris was posted to the Joint Counter-Terror Training and Advisory Team as the Pakistan High-Threat Team Leader on Op MONOGRAM

Returning from two years in Pakistan in January 2014, Morris was posted to the Full Spectrum Coordination Cell in London, a joint Ministry of Defence and Security and Intelligence Agency body for whom he spent a year in the United States as Liaison Officer. Promoted to Squadron Leader in November 2015 whilst in the United States, Morris returned to the UK in January 2016 for his first OF3 tour as the Close Combat and C-UAS Capability Development staff officer at Air Command. In November 2018 he was assigned to the Defence Portfolio & Approval Secretariat as the Air Desk Officer, during which time Morris deployed for eight months with UK Special Forces on Op BLANCA in Afghanistan in a high-threat mentoring capacity. In October 2022 Morris returned to the CUAS world as SO2 C-sUAS in Army HQ Programmes Directorate, responsible for the delivery of Land GBAD Project 6.

Morris is married to Caroline, a consultant Transplant physician, and they have a son, Rufus, aged 8.

Stephan Kraschansky

Managing Director AARONIA AT, AARONIA AG
Stephan Kraschansky

Stephen Lloyd

Senior Director, BlueHalo
Stephen Lloyd

 “Stephen Lloyd, a seasoned aviation and aerospace professional with over 45 years of experience, currently serves as Senior Director at BlueHalo. Retiring from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2015 after a 40-year tenure, Mr. Lloyd has since provided consulting guidance to government agencies, including the Department of Defense (DOD), and commercial clients. His expertise spans the National Airspace System (NAS), operational safety programs, SMS for piloted and unmanned operations, CUAS, and Federal Aviation Regulations. As a former FAA Executive and Director for Safety, Air Traffic Operations (ATO), Mr. Lloyd led ATO Safety programs, chaired the FAA ATO Safety Committee, and collaborated with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Currently, his diverse experience is supporting clients in autonomous aviation transportation operations, safety programs, UAS Traffic Management Systems (UTM), and counter UAS systems (CUAS). A key member of the AFRL SkyVision GBDAA Team, Mr. Lloyd's contributions were recognized with prestigious awards, including the 2019 ATCA Annual Civilian Team Award, the 2020 AUVSI Excellence Award in Technology & Innovation, and the 2020 Aviation Week Program Excellence Award.”

Wing Commander Sam Wiseman

Officer Commanding No 2 Force Protection C-UAS Wing, Royal Air Force
Wing Commander Sam Wiseman

 With over twenty-five years’ experience in the Royal Air Force Regiment, Wing Commander Sam Wiseman is a specialist in Airfield Force Protection. He has completed a multitude of operational tours, including several whilst serving as part of the United Kingdom’s respective Very High Readiness Air Assault and Commando Brigades. Sam has commanded in all ranks held and is a graduate of the United Kingdom’s Advanced Staff and Command Course. His staff experience include postings to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence and its Permanent Joint Headquarters. Sam is currently the Officer Commanding of Number 2 Force Protection Wing; the United Kingdom’s only dedicated Fixed Site Counter-Uncrewed Air System formation.

 Why should you attend? 

  • Hear from European Senior Leadership and Programme Managers on how they are utilising technology to combat UAS
  • Meet and Network with international speakers from NATO and allied nations to discover how they are protecting their defence networks from drone attack
  • Listen to how innovative technology is driving advancement and enabling defence to counter drone swarms and attacks
  • Meet industry solution providers to discover how to leverage their C-UAS platforms

 Returning to London, larger than ever before, and in a new venue, the two-day conference will uncover the latest C-UAS programmes and projects, including:

  • Achieving effective AI integration into C-UAS capabilities
  • Operating kinetic solutions in domestic environments
  • NATO Allied Transformation Command’s perspective
  • The Ukrainian experience of developing, testing and fielding C-UAS

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Conference agenda

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7:30

Registration & Coffee

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8:20

Chair's Opening Remarks

Roy Bookham, Chief Scientist, C-UAS Platforms Division, DSTL

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8:30

MoD Keynote: How the UK MoD is Preparing for the Continually Evolving UAS Threat Landscape

Group Captain Gary Darby, Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, Ministry of Defence

  • Developing innovative systems to enhance C-UAS efficiency: an overview of current UK MoD projects
  • Assessing the future of UAS and CUAS technology and measuring current capability to enable a proactive stance
  • Determining the extent to which AI/ML and expert learning will upend current orthodoxy
  • Collaborating with allies across the spectrum of C-UAS programme maturity
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    Thinking out of the bands - Detection and Mitigation of non-standard frequency sUAS as a must-have!

    Stephan Kraschansky

    Stephan Kraschansky, Managing Director AARONIA AT, AARONIA AG

     • C-UAS Challenge: Rogue drones on non-standard frequencies present a significantly growing security threat.
    • Frequency Dilemma: Non-standard frequency drones simply evade regulations and existing CUAS solutions, posing massive challenges for security efforts.
    • Communication Disruption Risk: These drones can disrupt own essential communications as a side effect, emphasizing the need for timely neutralization.
    • Rising of layered CUAS Demand: The increasing incidents of hostile drone activities also by non-state actors call for robust and multi layered Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CUAS) to protect critical assets of our society.
    • Comprehensive Defense: A multi-layered CUAS system, covering detection and jamming capabilities across the usable electromagnetic spectrum, is essential to effectively counter nowadays drones.
    • Covering standard frequencies only is simply not enough any more

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    RAF Keynote: Lessons Learned from the Introduction of a Kinetic C-UAS Capability

    Wing Commander Sam Wiseman, Officer Commanding No 2 Force Protection C-UAS Wing, Royal Air Force

  • How the RAF has developed the capacity to track, identify and defeat hostile drones
  • Improving the protection of key infrastructure including air bases in the UK and abroad
  • Embracing technological advancements and ensuring future system scalability
  • Specific challenges posed by kinetic solutions and assessment of the most effective methods
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    Countering the Biggest Threat to Ground Forces with "Second-Generation C-UAS Systems"

    Lars Krogh Vammen, Head of Business Development Surveillance System, Weibel Scientific A/S

  • What is the biggest threat, and why are drones considered a significant risk?
  • What are the needs of the end user?
  • From a radar perspective... NATO study: New Generation of Counter UAS Systems to Defeat Low Slow and Small (LSS) Air Threats and CSIS Report: Countering small uncrewed aerial systems
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    10:30

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Echodyne

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    11:30

    Army HQ Keynote Address: Achieving General Force Protection Capabilities and Initial Operational Learnings Six Months into Project 6

  • Enhancing the dismounted C-UAS capabilities of front line operators through targeted procurement of new systems
  • Achieving interoperability and effective integration through platform specific technology insertions and ensuring compatibility with existing systems
  • The role of advanced image processing in automatic target acquisition to maximise mitigation success rate
  • Future developments and roadmap up to 2030
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    Squadron Leader Hugo Morris, SO2 Counter-small Uncrewed Air Systems, Project 6 Lead, British Army HQ

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    VigilantHalo- Mobile and Modernized Airspace Command and Control

    Stephen Lloyd, Senior Director, BlueHalo

  • ATC Space technology , Air Defense , Directed Energy , Sensing and Tracking are the foundation of VigilantHalo
  • CUAS technology vs. real world experience
  • Advantages of data distribution and multi sensor integration

    Secure, micro-services-based architecture enabling cloud, mobile and fixed-site deployments
  • VigilantHalo’s core is a data fusion platform, enabling Plug-n-Play
     
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    12:30

    The Italian Lines of Effort for Developping New C-UAS systems.

    Colonel Alessio Gronchi, Director, C-Mini/Micro UAS Centre of Excellence, Italian Army

  • The ongoing projects for the homeland security operations and for the protection of the troops
  • The C-UAS “on the move” capability: advantages and technical limits
  • The possible cooperation in a PeSCo project
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    Networking Lunch

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    Session Reserved for Sponsor - Robin Radar Systems

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    The French Experience of Deploying C-UAS Technology to Protect Large Scale Events: Lessons learned from the 2023 Rugby World Cup

    Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Viala

    Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Viala, Deputy CEM BAPPS, Air Defense and Air Operations Command, French Air Force

  • Working alongside the police and other security agencies to ensure CUAS security at the 2023 Rugby World Cup
  • Implementing a modular and easily transportable system capable of identifying and responding to UAS technology in an urban environment
  • Final preparations for the 2024 Olympics and necessary considerations to be made in the lead up to global scale events
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    RF-Cyber C-UAS - Considerations and Advanced Topics

    Amit Haimovich, VP, Sales, D-Fend Solutions

    • Next Generation C-UAS Approaches and Capabilities for the Most Challenging Homeland Security Environments & Sectors
    • Evolving drone threats as reflected in the most recent incidents across sectors, including urban and border environments, critical infrastructure sites and multiple homeland security scenarios.
    • Traditional Legacy C-UAV technology challenges and technological innovations to overcome the constraints and protect personnel, assets, and sites
    • Optimized operational deployments and configurations for varied use cases, scenarios, and sectors, including the need for extreme on the go mobility and flexibility
    • Openness, integration, and the emerging optimal layered and escalating defense concept
    • Control, Safety, and the Quest for Continuity

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    Afternoon Tea

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    Terrain-Independent Long-Range C-UAS Detection and Effector Guidance With 3rd Generation AESA Radar Technology

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , HENSOLDT

    - Impact of the complex european terrain on radar based Micro UAV detection and classification
    - Enabling system designs to ensure same radar performance independent from actual terrain
    - What Hard-Kill Effectors expect from their corresponding radar sensors within C-UAS applications
    - Synergies between classical GBAD and C-UAS Class 1 regarding Sensor-to-Shooter Links
    - Insights in development and applications with 3rd Generation AESA Radar System SPEXER 2000
     

     

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    Working With Other European Nations to Proactively Identify and Mitigate Future UAS Threats

    Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch, Assistant Branch Chief, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany

  • Protecting critical facilities in Germany with systems capable of upgrades to match future threats
  • Ensuring current urgent operational requirements are met
  • Deepening exchanges with other European military and civilian organisations
  • Recognising the need for multiple C-UAS solutions
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    Integrating Soft and Hard Kill Options into Existing C-UAS Programmes to Operate in a Domestic Environment

    Major Michel K.C Koopman, Force Protection C-UAS Officer, Royal Netherlands Air Force

  • Assessing kinetic options that are both capable of addressing security challenges and can also be operated in densely populated urban areas
  • Integrating C-UAS systems in other national services to maximise defence capabilities
  • Establishing cross-agency training facilities to increase accessibility and enable interagency collaboration
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    Closing International Keynote Address: The Consideration and Strategy of C-UAS System Development in Taiwan

    Dr Jyh-Shyang Seu

    Dr Jyh-Shyang Seu, Assistant Research Fellow, Institute for National Defence and Security Research

    Chung-Ling Hung

    Chung-Ling Hung, Director of Foresight Modeling and Simulation Section, System Development Center, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology

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    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Roy Bookham, Chief Scientist, C-UAS Platforms Division, DSTL

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    Networking Reception Hosted by Lead Sponsor AARONIA AG

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    Registration & Coffee

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    Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Roy Bookham, Chief Scientist, C-UAS Platforms Division, DSTL

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    Achieving Thorough Integration of UAS Countermeasures to Achieve Tactical Operational Requirements

    Major General Adrian Ciolponea, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Representative in Europe, NATO HQ

  • Introductory remarks on behalf of General Philippe Lavigne, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO Allied Command Transformation
  • Leveraging C-UAS measures in the planning, synchronization and support of all combat groups
  • Recognising C-UAS as an imperative for force protection and integrating capabilities into all Task Forces to enhance operational effectiveness
  • NATO SACT's perspective on the "drone arms race" and requisite acceleration in the adoption of novel technologies to counter malicious drone use
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    Building the Polish Integrated Multi-Layered AMD and C-UAS Concept

    Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski , Air and Missile Defence Department Chief, General Command of Polish Armed Forces

  • Developing layered defence capabilities through leveraging proven capability and partner solutions
  • Updates on the SKYctrl C-UAS programme implementation by the Polish Armed Forces
  • Developing an integrated and data centric C2 system
  • Continuing to strengthen C-UAS capabilities on NATO’s eastern flank amidst growing provocations
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    Leveraging Tech Clusters to Rapidly Establish a C-UAS Advantage at a Time of Conflict: Ukraine’s Brave1 Initiative

    Nataliia Kushnerska, Chief Operating Officer, Brave1, Ukraine

  • Accelerating the domestic development of C-UAS capabilities to Proactively respond to significant hostile UAS technology leverage
  • Uniting state, military and private sector developers to provide cutting edge capabilities on the battlefield
  • Countering the drone threat at a time of resource scarcity: lessons learned from the antiShahed hackathon and plans for future iterations

     

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    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor- Northrop Grumman

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    Morning Coffee

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    Towards Plug-and-Play C-UAS

    Scott Page

    Scott Page, CTO- Roke (Futures) | Vigil AI, Roke

     In this talk Roke will discuss the ambitious challenge of developing plug-and-play C-UAS solutions and outline a number of key open challenges that must be addressed in order to deliver a true end-to-end interoperability vision.

  • Setting the scene - the plug and play nirvana
  • Open standards – syntax vs semantics
  • Lessons learnt and busting myths
  • Open challenges – sensor calibration and characterisation
  • On end-to-end customer experience
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    Assessing the Viability of Next Generation Kinetic, Laser and High-Powered Microwave Systems: Latest Updates from RCCTO

    Colonel Steven D. Gutierrez, PM DE M-SHORAD, US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO)

  • Using operational learnings from Ukraine to inform domestic capability development
  • Collaborating with industry to measure the effectiveness of new kinetic options
  • Overview of the Army Multi-Purpose High Energy Laser (AMP-HEL) system
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    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - APS

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    Catalysing Strategic Initiatives and Supporting USAFE’s C-UAS Priorities: The Pentagon’s Checkmate Strategic Studies Group

    Dr James Bailey

    Dr James Bailey, Air Power Strategist, US Air Force

  • The value of providing independent, critical assessment of proposed strategic actions for USAFE regarding C-UAS policy formulation
  • Avoiding “fighting the last war” by looking across the full spectrum of conflict and proactively preparing for future UAS threats
  • Tracking the evolution of C-UAS tech and how it impacts future developments
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    Networking Lunch

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    Panel Discussion- AI and C-UAS: Responsibly Innovating to Maximise Competitive Advantage

  • Scoping out use cases for AI application and maximising performance improvement
  • Identifying knowledge gaps in existing procedures from R&D to procurement
  • Assessing ethical and practical requirements and considerations to achieve effective AI integration
  • Dr Cristian Coman, Principal Scientist, NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)

    Lieutenant Colonel Paul Lushenko

    Lieutenant Colonel Paul Lushenko, Assistant Professor and Director of Special Operations, US Army War College

    Liisa Janssens, Scientist, Emerging Disruptive Technologies and Law, TNO

    Sean Bittick, C-UAS and Capability Development Officer, Innovation, Hybrid and Cyber Division, NATO

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    Lessons Learned from C-UAS Tie23 and Looking Ahead to Tie24

    Mario Behn, DEU VNC/Principal Scientist, NATO C&I Agency

  • Ensuring high tech C-UAS solutions work together effectively in a range of testing scenarios
  • Working with over 300 participants from 18 member and partner nation NATO allies
  • Assessing the real world viability of emerging technologies in C-UAS including AI
  • Future plans for NATO to continue collaborating with industry to advance the C-UAS market
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    Session Reserved for Sponsor - Edgesource

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    Afternoon Tea

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    Joint Services Panel Discussion: Aligning Capabilities Across Services and Ensuring a Cohesive Procurement Strategy

  • Overview of current interagency efforts to procure and integrate effective C-UAS systems
  • Ensuring effective protection of critical defence infrastructure, installations and assets: insights into leading European militaries
  • Lessons learned from Ukraine and areas of focus for future unified strategies
  • Jose Antonio Cebrian de Barrio

    Jose Antonio Cebrian de Barrio, Head of Critical Communications SIRDEE, R&D Department and CUAs Department, Spanish Ministry of Interior

    Reserve Captain Andrus Padar

    Reserve Captain Andrus Padar, Expert of Remote Sensing Research and Development Centre / Head of S2 section, Estonian Academy of Security Sciences

    Captain Rens Govaers, Delegate of Bureau Rockets & Missiles C-UAS Project Team, General Directorate Material Resources, Belgian Armed Forces

    Private First Class Harijs Osis

    Private First Class Harijs Osis, C-UAV Specialist, National Armed Forces Of Latvia

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    A Comprehensive Approach to Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems

  • The difference of having to counter commercial drones or military UAS
  • The challenge of drone defense under peacetime regulations
  • Education and training for countering UAS in wartime
  • Immediate drone response measures in peacetime
  • Lieutenant Colonel Andre Haider, SME UAS, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre

    Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Schmidt, IAMD SME, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre

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    Chair's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Roy Bookham, Chief Scientist, C-UAS Platforms Division, DSTL


    Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Representative in Europe
    NATO HQ
    Head UK Joint C-UAS Office
    Ministry of Defence
    Chief Operating Officer
    Brave1, Ukraine
    Assistant Research Fellow
    Institute for National Defence and Security Research
    Managing Director AARONIA AT
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    Director, C-Mini/Micro UAS Centre of Excellence
    Italian Army
    PM DE M-SHORAD
    US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO)
    Officer Commanding No 2 Force Protection C-UAS Wing
    Royal Air Force
    C-UAS and Capability Development Officer, Innovation, Hybrid and Cyber Division
    NATO
    Scientist, Emerging Disruptive Technologies and Law
    TNO
    VP, Sales
    D-Fend Solutions
    Air and Missile Defence Department Chief
    General Command of Polish Armed Forces
    Delegate of Bureau Rockets & Missiles C-UAS Project Team, General Directorate Material Resources
    Belgian Armed Forces
    Director of Foresight Modeling and Simulation Section, System Development Center
    National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology
    Principal Scientist
    NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency)
    Air Power Strategist
    US Air Force
    Head of Critical Communications SIRDEE, R&D Department and CUAs Department
    Spanish Ministry of Interior
    Head of Business Development Surveillance System
    Weibel Scientific A/S
    SME UAS
    NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre
    IAMD SME
    NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre
    Assistant Professor and Director of Special Operations
    US Army War College
    Assistant Branch Chief
    Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
    Deputy CEM BAPPS, Air Defense and Air Operations Command
    French Air Force
    Force Protection C-UAS Officer
    Royal Netherlands Air Force
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    NATO C&I Agency
    C-UAV Specialist
    National Armed Forces Of Latvia
    Expert of Remote Sensing Research and Development Centre / Head of S2 section
    Estonian Academy of Security Sciences
    Chief Scientist, C-UAS Platforms Division
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    British Army HQ
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    BlueHalo is purpose-built to provide industry-leading capabilities in the domains of Space, C-UAS and Autonomous Systems, Cyber, and AI/ML. BlueHalo focuses on inspired engineering to develop, transition, and field next-generation capabilities to solve the most complex challenges of our customers’ critical missions and reestablish our national security posture in the near-peer contested arena. Learn more at http://www.bluehalo.com.



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    Echodyne is a U.S. designer and manufacturer of advanced radar solutions for government and homeland security applications. The company’s proprietary metamaterials electronically scanned array (MESA®) is a rare breakthrough in advanced radar engineering. Leveraging a novel physics-design approach, Echodyne combines solid-state, low-SWaP designs with advanced software capabilities to deliver superior performance and data integrity, radically improving system performance and enhancing safety. With leading positions in counter-drone, border security, public safety, and VIP asset security, security companies and governmental agencies rely on Echodyne radar for extraordinary accuracy and consistent, reliable operation. For more information, please visit: Echodyne.com.



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    Roke is a leading UK innovator in science and engineering. For over 60 years we’ve been improving the world through innovation by combining the physical and digital in new ways. Our journey began in defence but as the decades have rolled on, we're also inventing and engineering technically advanced data and communication systems in national security and for Fortune 500 companies. From innovations in computer vision powering the autonomous landing of a drone at sea, to an artificial intelligence inspection system that drastically reduces aircraft turnaround times by autonomously inspecting jet turbines. Right through to the technology behind Hawk-Eye tracking the trajectory of balls in sport. It all began at Roke.

    Roke people are curious and unashamedly technical. That’s why we’ve fostered an environment where some of the world’s finest minds have the time, trust and freedom to succeed. Our team of 600+ engineers are uniquely placed to use their deep knowledge of sensors, communications, cyber and AI to combine and apply these technologies to keep people safe whilst unlocking value. Working closely with our customers we solve real world technical challenges and help deliver critical missions. As a trusted partner, we welcome any problem confident that our consulting, research, innovation and product development will help them revolutionise and improve their world. We’re proud to be part of the Chemring Group plc, providing us with complementary expertise, corporate strength and access to international markets for our world-leading intellectual property



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    Weibel Scientific is a high-tech radar company that since the 1970s has been dedicated to provide precision data for user all over the world. The modern day company develops and produces a wide range of tactical and instrumentation X-band Doppler-based radars, utilizing CW, MFCW and FMCW waveforms for small object detection and tracking with high resolution in both the velocity and range domain. Weibel Scientific’s portfolio ranges from small muzzle velocity radars to radars for the full IAMD spectrum. The technology covers applications from counter drone operations around high value targets through SHORAD/LLAD to air surveillance radars for GBAD and upper tier air defense applications and BMD capable radars. Throughout the last 40 years, Weibel has provided more than 5000 radars to more than 50 countries.


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    Anduril is a defense products company. Unlike most defense companies, we don’t wait for our customers to tell us what they need. We identify problems, privately fund our R&D and sell finished products off the shelf. Ideas are turned into deployed capabilities in months, not years, saving the government and taxpayers money along the way.



    D-Fend Solutions Ltd.

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    https://www.d-fendsolutions.com

    D-Fend Solutions is the leading counter-drone takeover technology provider, enabling full control, safety and continuity during rogue drone incidents across complex and sensitive environments, to overcome both current and emerging drone threats. With hundreds of deployments worldwide, EnforceAir, the company’s flagship offering, focuses on the most dangerous drone threats in military, public safety, airport, prison, major event and critical infrastructure environments. D-Fend Solutions’ technology has been chosen as best-in-class and is in deployment at top-tier U.S. government agencies – including with U.S. military, federal law enforcement and homeland security – as well as major international airports globally. EnforceAir autonomously executes RF, cyber-takeovers of rogue drones for a safe landing and outcome, ensuring the smooth flow of communications, commerce, transportation and everyday life.


    Edgesource Corporation

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    http://www.edgesource.com

    Edgesource provides a complete package of advanced sUAS/CsUAS technical development to include rapid prototyping, technical exploitation, digital forensics, systems & software engineering, integration, and post-deployment systems and software support services. The team provides complex systems analysis, design and development, and rapid prototyping for C5ISR systems, sensors, sUAS and C-sUAS technologies for battlefield advantage.



    HENSOLDT

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    https://www.hensoldt.net/

    HENSOLDT – the Sensor House. With more than 70 years’ experience in the development, production and service of Radars for ground, sea, air and space, HENSOLDT is an internationally renowned sensor house and also has significant expertise in Optronics and Electronic Warfare. HENSOLDT possesses sophisticated production and testing capabilities dedicated to high-performance radar systems like the TRS-4D, TRML-4D, SPEXER and Twinvis, delivering the highest quality “Made in Germany” products for our national and international customers. With its own Microwave Factory and certified clean rooms within the facility in Ulm, HENSOLDT is capable of producing very compact and powerful technology to the highest standards


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    L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue, 48,000 employees and customers in over 100 countries. L3Harris.com



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    MSI-Defence Systems has a rich heritage in the design and manufacture of defence equipment in the UK.

    The company expanded rapidly through the early 20th century and was manufacturing defence equipment prior to the First World War. Searchlight assemblies and mechanical computers are just some of the many items designed and built for the Navy, Army and fledgling Air Force.

    In the 1930s, working with the UK Admiralty Research Establishment, the company became heavily involved in the supply of electro-mechanical computers for both surface ship large gun fire control and submarine torpedo fire control systems.

    With the advent of digital control technologies in the 1970s, the company migrated to the design and supply of sophisticated above water and underwater weapons and sensor platforms, the core technologies employed by the company today.



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    Founded in 2010, we’re dedicated to supplying and integrating innovative systems that create safer spaces globally for all.

    With a wide range of solutions designed to offer comprehensive situational intelligence in the face of risks both on the ground and in the air, we’re on a mission to help provide the expertise needed to lead the protection of people, property, and planet.

    Holding decades of experience, we always tailor our solutions to meet the technical requirements and risks faced by our clients. As a result, we ensure comprehensive awareness, and always aim to support a site’s security, regardless of the environment or sector.



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    QinetiQ is an integrated global defence and security company focused on mission-led innovation. We have been researching aerial threats and developing and consulting on Counter Drone solutions for more than a decade. Our purpose is protecting lives by serving the national security interests of our customers. We employ more than 8,000 highly-skilled people, committed to creating new ways of testing technologies, systems, and processes to make sure they meet operational needs; and enabling customers to deploy new and enhanced capabilities with the assurance they will deliver the performance required.



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    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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