SAE Media Group is proud to announce the 16th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference, taking place on 25th-26th January 2023.

From the strategic level down to the tactical, efficient and clear communications are key to operational success. The fast pace of modern warfare requires agile, highly adaptable forces capable of rapid movement whilst maintaining a consistent communication and situational awareness capability. Interoperability is also becoming increasingly important to ensure seamless command and control within a multinational coalition, especially given the rising operational tempo across Europe.

The Mobile Deployable Communications conference is designed to bring together global leading program managers, strategic decision-makers, industry experts and thought leaders to explore the latest developments in communications technology. MDC is the only truly international conference which focuses on deployable CIS.

Returning to London, there will be a renewed focus on the UK MOD's strategic communications programmes and the UK's tactical communications industry. With support from around the MOD, MDC 2023 will be an exciting addition to the calendar.

13 Sig Regt; Advantech Wireless; Argentine Army; Aselsan; Avanti Communications; Babcock Integrated Technology Limited; British Army; BRL; Cambium Networks Inc; ChainHomeHigh/Armada International Electronic Warfare Newsletter; Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO); Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; Defense Innovation Unit (OUSD R&E); Department for International Trade; DSTL; Embassy of Hungary; EU Military Staff/EU External Actions Service; European Defence Agency; FMN Secretariat; Forbes Communications; General Dynamics Mission Systems; GISS Sp. z o.o.; Glenair; GRC Ltd; Hardigg Uk Ltd; Hungarian Defence Forces; Hungarian Defence Forces Command; Inmarsat; JOINT COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT ELEMENT (AIRBORNE) ; Joint Interoperability & Data Link Training Center (JID-TC); Kenza telecom; Kongsberg; L3 Harris; L3Harris; Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT); Ministry of Defence, Austria; Ministry of Defence,Saudi Arabia; MOD ARMY; MoD NLD; Navy Information Warfare Center - Atlantic, US Navy; Netherlands Armed Force; Network Access Associates (OneWeb); Norwegian Army; NSSLGlobal Ltd; OCCAR ; Ovzon; Polish Armed Forces; REDCOM Laboratories, Inc; ROHDE & SCHWARZ Germany; Royal Marines; SurCom International; TAK Product Center; Teleplan Globe; Thales Defense & Security, Inc.; TrellisWare Technologies/TERMINAL GUIDANCE LTD; UK Armed Forces; UK Defence Security Exports; UltraLYNX; US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center; US Army Europe and Africa; USSF/SSC; Viasat Inc; Viasat Inc.; Viasat UK; VT iDirect;

Conference programme

8:20 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 CISTDU and British Army Deployed Comms Modernization

Captain Martin Maynard

Captain Martin Maynard, SO3 CIS TDU, British Army

  •  Key activities and goals for CISTDU and how the programme will benefit the deployed warfighter
  • Cognitive and physical load: why is ease of use such a key requirement for effective and sustainable ground communications?
  • Survivability for deployed comms at Brigade level
  • Novel C2 and communications research: where CISTDU is going with its communications modernization mission
  • 9:40 Comms for the Infantry Soldier: ITDU Updates

    Major Samuel Thomas

    Major Samuel Thomas, SO2 Command and Battlespace Management, British Army

  •  ITDU’s mission and why comms matters to the infantry soldier. How does ITDU fit into overall British Army comms modernization?
  • Conduct and findings of the integration hackathons
  • AWE22 Urban Series: what have we learned from the experience so far and how will we apply this to British Army development
  • Looking at AWE 2023 Blunt & Dislocate in reference to Deployable Comms
  • Insights from Project Convergence 2022 (PC22)
  • 10:20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:10 The Future Commando Force: The Royal Marines’ Tactical Communications Vision

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald, SO1 Equipment Capability, Develop Directorate, Royal Marines
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  •  The overall Future Commando Force vision and how the Royal Marines will adapt to face future conflict
  • Communications as a Future Commando Force modernization pillar: where we are going and why comms delivers the information advantage
  • Data sharing integration: work to create a fully networked marine
  • MarWorks and the digitized battlespace: the future of the RN/RM tactical data vision
  • Working with allies; interoperability is key
  • 12:50 Senior Representative US Army Europe & Africa

    13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Session Reserved for Inmarsat

    15:10 Bundeswehr Communications Modernisation and the Tactical Edge Networking Project

  • Main streams of Bundeswehr effort in communications modernization
  • Program timelines on integration and deployment
  • An update on the DEU/NLD TEN Program to deliver the world’s first shared battlefield network
  • Christian Peters

    Christian Peters, Program Leader Digitalization of Land Based Operations D-LBO, Bundeswehr
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    Peter Stracke

    Peter Stracke, Head of Section, Bundeswehr
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    15:50 Portuguese Air Force Deployable CIS

    16:30 Afternoon Tea

    17:00 Joint Interoperability & Data-Link Training Center: US Military's Tactical Comms Schoolhouse and Interoperability Development Partner

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Haeuptle

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Haeuptle, Deputy Director, Interoperability & Proponency Branch Chief, Joint Interoperability & Data Link Training Center (JID-TC)
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  •  The JID's mission to optimize CIS standards and interoperability
  • Courses offered by the JID for partner nations and their benefits for operational effectiveness
  • JADC2: what does this mean for our partner nations? How you will integrate into a JADC2 DOD comms structure
  • Op Convergence and greater architectural coherence
  • 17:40 Digitalization of the Hungarian Defence Force and Mobile Communications Developments

    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Colonel Janos Poloskei, Branch Leader, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
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  •  Looking back at 2022: Challenge and Success
  • Digitalization of HDF – plans, requirements, potential pathways, first results
  • The importance of cutting-edge MDC for Hungarian Forces – where does it fit within Zrinyi 2026 planning?
  • 18:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:20 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:00 J36 Division US National Guard: Innovation and Technology

    Colonel Daniel Bowles

    Colonel Daniel Bowles, J36 Division Chief, National Guard Bureau

  •  The impact of rapid technological innovation in deployable comms in the 21st Century
  • The utilization of this new technology
  • Appropriate use of deployable communications as part domestic responses

    9:40 Mission Partner C2 for Multi-Domain Operations

    Scott Lee

    Scott Lee, Cross Cutting Priority Lead for JADC2, US DOD
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  • Functional design
  • Data layer
  • Optimized decisions
  • Interoperability

    10:20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 The EU Strategic Compass for CSDP

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, CIS&CD Directorate, EU Military Staff/EU External Actions Service

  • The EU’s military and CIS ambitions 
  • The development of the EU’s CIS capabilities 
  • The current CIS projects led by the EUMS

    12:10 Austria’s Tactical Communications Network Development

    Lieutenant Colonel Dr Alexander Treiblmaier

    Lieutenant Colonel Dr Alexander Treiblmaier, Head of ICT Operations and Electronic Warfare Section, Austrian Armed Forces

  •   Implementation of the Future Tactical Communications Network (FTCN)
  • Development of FTCN to 2028
  •  Requirements because of upcoming Systems Warfare
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 European Secure Software Defined Radio Project Update

    Rhega Wenske

    Rhega Wenske, SDR Traversal Specialist, OCCAR

  • Introduction to OCCAR
  • The ESSOR Community
  • ESSOR Products Portfolio
  • ESSOR OC1 – Main achievements
  • Towards a deployable capability
  • 14:30 Contractors Support to EU Operations - CSO

    Miguel Saiz

    Miguel Saiz, Project Officer Support to EU Operations, European Defence Agency
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  •  Use of the Platform
  • The Participating members view
  • The industry view
  • Business Opportunities
  • Tailored Solution for Complex Demand
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Senior Representative, Defense Innovation Unit

    16:20 IST-ET-101: In-band Full-duplex Radio Systems

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


    Sponsors and Exhibitors



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    Past Attendee List


    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Inmarsat, delivering communication certainty to government.

    Across air, land and sea, if you need global mobile communications that absolutely must work, Inmarsat is the only solution you can rely on. Offering world-leading, global network reliability, unmatched at 99.9%, our satellite service is built for mobility. We respond in real time to operational needs, delivering borderless flexibility and requiring no advanced planning for users to move seamlessly across the globe. Our solutions are built to fit and as we invest more than $600m in research and development every year to ensure we remain at the forefront of global satellite innovation.


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    Army Technology


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

    21st Century Asian Arms Race


    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.

    Military Systems and Technology


    Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545

    Soldier Modernisation


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

    Defence Online


    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.

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    Asian Military Review


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

    Defence Global


    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.

    MySecurity Marketplace


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

    Desider Magazine


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

    Armada International


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


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