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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.

Why attend:

MDC will give you a unique opportunity to meet and network with senior military leaders and industry. Discover the latest communication technology to optimise battlefield C2. Join the discussion and shape the future of communications technology.

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.

 

 What’s different this year:

Returning to London, there will be a 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 essential addition to the calendar.

 The only event that will:

Deliver real insight from the strategic level down to the tactical. This conference will cover the importance of efficient and clear communications and how you can achieve operational success.

Learn how to create an agile, highly adaptable force capable of rapid movement whilst maintaining consistent communication and situational awareness capability, essential to the fast pace of modern warfare. And discover how interoperability is becoming increasingly important to ensure seamless command and control within a multinational coalition.
 

 

 

This is the ONLY truly international communications conference specifically designed to focus on deployable CIS. It is a critical forum where you will find senior officers, military commanders, and industry experts brought together to discuss interoperability and innovation in cutting-edge communications.

National militaries:
• Military communications specialists
• Equipment procurement officers

Industry:
• Businesses looking to break into the regional market
• Established players in the regional market
• Developers and innovators in military technology

Transnational/Continental/Euro-Atlantic organisations/bodies:
• Organisations who wish to equalise allied defence capability
• Those who seek improvement of the security and strength of Europe’s front line

Conference programme

8:20 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (ret'd) Bill Robins

Major General (ret'd) Bill Robins, Managing Director , BRL
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9:00 Comms at the Tactical Edge: Experimentation & Trials Group (ETG) Updates

Major Samuel Thomas

Major Samuel Thomas, SO2 Command and Battlespace Management, ITDU, British Army
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  • The ETG, Who, Why, What and When
  • Why the Tactical Network is central to everything we do
  • Project Convergence 22: a case study in networking at the Tactical Edge
  • 9:30 CISTDU and British Army Deployed Comms Modernization

    WO2 Graham Le May

    WO2 Graham Le May, CISTDU Foreman of Signals, 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
  • 10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:30 Developments in Multi-Domain Communications

    Chris Wood

    Chris Wood, Major Account Manager, L3 Harris Technologies

    11:00 The UK Maritime 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
  • 11:30 DE&S FCG - Delivery Agent Perspective

    David Pheasant

    David Pheasant, DE&S Future Capability Group, Strategic Command & Air Portfolio Team Leader, DE&S UK MoD
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  • FCG Overview
  • Digital Battlespace Centre of Expertise
  • Delivering with Future Commando Force
  • Acquisition Options – Working with Industry
  • 12:00 Joint Q+A: Royal Marines and DE&S

    David Pheasant

    David Pheasant, DE&S Future Capability Group, Strategic Command & Air Portfolio Team Leader, DE&S UK MoD
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    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald, SO1 Equipment Capability, Develop Directorate, Royal Marines
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    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Connecting the Dismounted Soldier: Beyond Line of Sight Connectivity in the Field While On-The-Move

    Daan Ruhe

    Daan Ruhe, BD Manager & Global Product Specialist L-TAC, Government Land, Inmarsat
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    14:00 A Multidimensional View of Battlefield Digitisation

  • How to enable Multi-Domain Operations
  • Synchronizing different transmission media
  • Integrating applications and sensor systems
  • Creating a secure environment
  • Managing and operating a communications system
  • Darren Lock

    Darren Lock, Senior Solution Architect, Blackned GmbH
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    14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Enhancing EU military communications in a multi-domain operations environment

    Salvador Llopis

    Salvador Llopis, Project Officer Communications and Information Systems , European Defence Agency
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  • Information Superiority in Focus: An EU Capability Development Priority 
  • Work strands to address C4ISR technological challenges for the EU Armed Forces
  • 15:30 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
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General (ret'd) Bill Robins

    Major General (ret'd) Bill Robins, Managing Director , BRL
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    16:00 Drinks Reception Hosted By SAE Media

    8:20 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (ret'd) Bill Robins

    Major General (ret'd) Bill Robins, Managing Director , BRL
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    9:00 The EU Strategic Compass for CSDP

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

    Brigadier General Sean White, Director CIS & Cyber Defence, EU Military Staff/EU External Actions Service

    9:30 Development of Tactical Communications for a Modern Full-scale War

  •  FDF approach to the use of tactical comms in modern warfare
  • FDF methods of implementing new tactical networking capabilities
  • Technical solutions for scalable, reconfigurable and interoperable high performance tactical networks
  • Future trends and new technologies for further development
  • Maj. (Eng.) Arto Hokkanen

    Maj. (Eng.) Arto Hokkanen, Staff Engineer, Defence Command Finland

    Harri Romppainen

    Harri Romppainen, Vice President, Defense & Security, Bittium
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    10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:45 J-63 Division US National Guard: Innovation and Technology

    Colonel Daniel Bowles

    Colonel Daniel Bowles, J-63 Division Chief, National Guard Bureau
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  •  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
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    11:15 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?
  • 12:00 Networking Lunch

    13:00 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
  • 13:30 Transforming Canadian Battlefield Management Through Ongoing Digitization to Increase Operational Effectiveness

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Abde Bellahnid

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Abde Bellahnid, SATCOM Section Head, Canadian Armed Forces

  •  Lessons from the current large-scale digitization across the Canadian military
  • Implementing proven strategies for effective training in Network Centric Warfare at all levels
  • Future of Canadian network implementation and Canadian Army cyber strategy
  • Tactical narrowband SATCOM status
  • 14:00 Afternoon Tea

    14:30 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
  • 15:00 European Secure Software Defined Radio Project Update

    Rhega Wenske

    Rhega Wenske, Transversal SDR Specialist , OCCAR
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  • Introduction to OCCAR
  • The ESSOR Community
  • ESSOR Products Portfolio
  • ESSOR OC1 – Main achievements
  • Towards a deployable capability
  • 15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Major General (ret'd) Bill Robins

    Major General (ret'd) Bill Robins, Managing Director , BRL
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Daniel Bowles

    Colonel Daniel Bowles

    J-63 Division Chief, National Guard Bureau
    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Branch Leader, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Abde Bellahnid

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Abde Bellahnid

    SATCOM Section Head, Canadian Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Dr Alexander Treiblmaier

    Lieutenant Colonel Dr Alexander Treiblmaier

    Head of ICT Operations and Electronic Warfare Section, Austrian Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Haeuptle

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Haeuptle

    Deputy Director, Interoperability & Proponency Branch Chief, Joint Interoperability & Data Link Training Center (JID-TC)
    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

    SO1 Equipment Capability, Develop Directorate, Royal Marines
    Major General (ret'd) Bill Robins

    Major General (ret'd) Bill Robins

    Managing Director , BRL
    Major Samuel Thomas

    Major Samuel Thomas

    SO2 Command and Battlespace Management, ITDU, British Army
    Miguel Saiz

    Miguel Saiz

    Project Officer Support to EU Operations, European Defence Agency
    Rhega Wenske

    Rhega Wenske

    Transversal SDR Specialist , OCCAR

    Brigadier General Sean White

    Director CIS & Cyber Defence, EU Military Staff/EU External Actions Service
    Brigadier General Sean White

    Chris Wood

    Major Account Manager, L3 Harris Technologies
    Chris Wood

    Colonel Daniel Bowles

    J-63 Division Chief, National Guard Bureau
    Colonel Daniel Bowles

    COL Daniel A. Bowles is the National Guard Bureau’s Joint Command Control, Communications and Computers (C4) Operations Division Chief. In this capacity, COL Bowles provides C4/IT/communications support to the National Guard by enabling integrated IT capabilities for the National Guard JFHQ-S in support of the homeland security, homeland defense, and civil support missions. He also provides deployable and interoperable communications technologies to the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, JFHQ-S, and its mission partners for use as a reliable and secure collaborative environment enabling interagency communications. Additionally, he is responsible for the Executive Communications Team that provides critical communications to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau while outside of the National Capital Region.

     

    Colonel Janos Poloskei

    Branch Leader, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
    Colonel Janos Poloskei

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

     
    He started his career in 1987 and graduated as an artillery officer from the military college in 1990. Before starting with procurement activities he spent several years in tactical level positions from platoon to brigade level. After a successful career in lower positions he became an operations planner at operational and strategic level, where he participated several NATO and national planning activities.
     
    Col Pölöskei went for mission to Kosovo in 2003 and 2017, and to Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006 where he got valuable operational experiences.
    He currently is studying the second year in the Doctoral School of the National University of Public Service and researches the field of capability development.
     

    Daan Ruhe

    BD Manager & Global Product Specialist L-TAC, Government Land, Inmarsat
    Daan Ruhe
    Daan is the LTAC Product Specialist within Inmarsat’s Global Government Business Unit, a division that was created to focus specifically on the explicit requirements of government users across military, public safety, border protection and emergency services.
     
    Inmarsat is a global leader in mobile satellite communication and has been serving governments around the world since it was originally founded by the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1979 to ensure the safety of life at sea. The Global Government Business Unit is specifically tasked with delivering communication certainty to government across air, land and sea. If you need global mobile communications that must work, Inmarsat is the only solution that does so. Every time.
     
    Daan is responsible for managing Inmarsat’s L-TAC service. L-TAC, when coupled with the Spectra SlingShot applique and a small antenna, is a unique, lightweight, low-power satcom system that enables existing, in-service tactical military and commercial VHF/UHF radios to utilize Inmarsat’s global L-band GEO satellite coverage, effectively providing a radio repeater in space, allowing these radios to be used beyond line of sight, globally.
     
    Daan joined Inmarsat in 2015 having worked previously as a Solution Architect with Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Daan brings over 20 years of experience in telecommunications to the role and is a believer in true collaboration between government and industry to help build real solutions to real end user challenges.  As such you are far more likely to find him out in the field, talking to operation teams about communications challenges and requirements, demonstrating capability  and helping to find efficient solutions that help build situational awareness and deliver operational success. 
     

    Darren Lock

    Senior Solution Architect, Blackned GmbH
    Darren Lock

     Darren is an accomplished systems architect and integrator with 39 years' experience in the design, development and deployment of complex systems. He has a broad technology background including flight simulation systems, networking, CTI, middleware and application development. For the last 19 years Darren has been responsible for the design and deployment of the UK Land Environment Tactical CIS solution (Bowman) and the target system architecture for the MORPHEUS programme. He has recently joined blackned GmbH as a Senior Solution Architect, where he contributes to the development of land force digitisation solutions using the blackned Tactical Core. Darren thrives in collaborative and innovative work environments.

    David Pheasant

    DE&S Future Capability Group, Strategic Command & Air Portfolio Team Leader, DE&S UK MoD
    David Pheasant

    Mr Pheasant joined the MOD in Sep 99 and has worked in DE&S and its predecessors throughout his 23 years as a Civil Servant.  Having spent time in multiple domains and worked through DE&S transformation he has seen first-hand how DE&S change has been implemented, embedded and where further change to the approach taken to some acquisition projects will accelerate delivery.  As Team Leader for the Strategic Command and Air portfolios in the Future Capability Group, in the Integrated Battlespace Operating Centre, he is working on ways to accelerate the pull through of experimentation and innovation into recognised projects that will deliver sustainable capability to the end user.

    Harri Romppainen

    Vice President, Defense & Security, Bittium
    Harri Romppainen

    Harri Romppainen has over 20 years of professional experience in wireless systems and tactical communications. After joining Bittium in 1998, he has held several positions in R&D, sales and product management. He is passionate about tactical communications and Software Defined Radio (SDR) based systems, capabilities, and business. He is currently responsible for business management in Defense & Security business unit at Bittium. 

     

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Abde Bellahnid

    SATCOM Section Head, Canadian Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Abde Bellahnid

    Lieutenant Colonel Dr Alexander Treiblmaier

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Haeuptle

    Deputy Director, Interoperability & Proponency Branch Chief, Joint Interoperability & Data Link Training Center (JID-TC)
    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Haeuptle

     Lieutenant Colonel Erik J. Haeuptle is the Joint Staff, J7, Joint Interoperability & Data Link Training Center, Deputy Director and Branch Chief of Interoperability & Proponency. The Interoperability & Proponency Branch of the JID-TC exists to advance Multi-TADL Network & Joint Data Network interoperability through engagement with Joint Staff, Combatant Commanders, Allied & Coalition partners, Service components, and DoD Agencies. I&P provides subject matter expertise to CCMDs for Multi-Tactical & Joint Data Network operations in order to enhance the lethality of the Joint Warfighter and ensure all domain readiness across the full range of military operations.

    Lt Colonel Haeuptle earned his commission in 2003 from Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 620 and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, he spent a year awaiting training at Eglin AFB in the 728th Air Control Squadron and as a 33rd Operations Group executive officer. Lt Col Haeuptle then attended Undergraduate Air Battle Manager Training at Tyndall AFB, FL and then 
    became an E-3B/C Air Weapons Officer, Air Surveillance Officer, and Assistant Flight Commander for the 963d Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. After his Tinker assignment, he became an Air Liaison 
    Officer/Fighter Duty Officer and Weapons & Tactics Flight CC & Director of Logistics for the 682d Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, Ft Bragg, NC. Following that assignment, he served as the lead Air 
    Battle Manager and Mission Crew Commander Instructor as well as an Assistant Director of Operations in the 330th Combat Training Squadron, Robins AFB, GA. After leaving his assignment at Robins, he became the 
    Director of Operations, 14th Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, Ft Bragg, North Carolina. 
     
    Finally, Lt Col Haeuptle became the Commander of the 682d Air Support Operations Squadron, deactivated the unit, and then stood up the 818th Operation Support Squadron, the TACPs first-ever OSS.
     
    Lieutenant Colonel Haeuptle is a senior Air Battle Manager with over 2075 hours, 105 Combat Sorties, and over 1200 combat hours logged in the E-3 AWACS and E-8 JSTARS. As a Senior Air Battle Manger with over 5 deployments, he supported Operations NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and 
    INHERENT RESOLVE. Finally, as a Tactical Air Control Party Officer and Air Liaison Officer, he supported Operation Enduring Freedom. 

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

    SO1 Equipment Capability, Develop Directorate, Royal Marines
    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

     Lt Col Macdonald joined the Royal Marines in Feb 1999 and, on completion of recruit training, specialised as an RM Signaller, deploying with the 3 Commando Brigade HQ and Signals Squadron to Kosovo (Op AGRICOLA IV) and Afghanistan (Op JACANA).

     
    He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2003 and, after completing initial troop commands, specialised as a Radio Signals Officer before joining the Commando Helicopter Force, deploying to Iraq (Op TELIC VII and VIII). This was followed by a move to HQ 3 Commando Brigade as the SO3 J6 and Battle Captain, deploying to Afghanistan (Op HERRICK IX). As an acting Major, he then took charge of the Trials and Training Support Group within the Defence CBRN Centre.
     
    On promotion to Major, his initial SO2 appointment was as the Officer Commanding the CIS Training Company at the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines (CTCRM). He was then selected for Sub-Unit Command and assumed command of the Communications Squadron, 30 Commando (Information Exploitation) Group RM. He then returned to CTCRM, as the Second in Command or the Specialist Training Wing. This was followed by a broadening appointment outside the RM. In his final role as a Major, he was appointed to be the Second in Command of 30 Cdo IX Gp RM.
    On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he assumed his current role in Navy Command HQ, as the SO1 Equipment Capability in the Commando Force Project Team within the Develop Directorate.
     

    Maj. (Eng.) Arto Hokkanen

    Staff Engineer, Defence Command Finland
    Maj. (Eng.) Arto Hokkanen

    Major General (ret'd) Bill Robins

    Managing Director , BRL
    Major General (ret'd) Bill Robins

      Bill Robins led tactical communications in airborne, mechanized and armoured formations of the British Army. He commanded the Army’s Electronic Warfare Regiment in the early 80s during the Cold War, defined the requirement for the UK Government protected Crisis Management Centre and chaired the Management Board for the MOD/BT PFI programme for Defence Fixed Telecommunications. 

     
    He now runs his own Defence and Security consultancy, BRL. He is a Senior Associate Fellow of RUSI
     

    Major Samuel Thomas

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

     In 2006, Major Thomas gained a BEng in Command, Control, Communication and information Systems from Cranfield University, before commissioning into The 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment in December 07. He served in C (Essex) Company for five years, initially as 9 Platoon Commander and latterly as the Company 2nd in Command, including deployments to Afghanistan’s Helmand Province on Op HERRICK 11 and 16. He then moved onto be the Regimental Signals Officer, followed by a posting to PJHQ J2 as the Lead Analyst for South Asia and Afghanistan. 

     
    Upon promoting to Major, he completed the Battlespace Technology Course and Intermediate Command and Staff Course, before taking over as the Dismounted Close Combat SO2 for Surveillance, Target & Acquisition in DE&S, where he wrote the requirements for the British Army’s latest generation of Light Forces night vision equipment. His most recent operational deployment was in Summer 2021 to Poland on OP CABRIT 9, where he commanded D (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire) Company, the Light Mechanised Infantry Reconnaissance Troop for the US-led, NATO enhanced Forward Presence, Battlegroup Poland. In his current role at ITDU, within the ETG, Maj Thomas is the user advocate for Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA). 
     

    Miguel Saiz

    Project Officer Support to EU Operations, European Defence Agency
    Miguel Saiz

     Miguel Saiz started his career in 1996 at IT Private Sector, leading numerous projects related to IT strategy, consulting, and Systems Implementation, Head of committees for the New Technologies across different Spanish Administration bodies.

     
    He joined the European External Action Service in 2013 as Chief of IT for the Civilian CSDP Missions in Africa and the Middle East, implementing his work in field of IT Systems, VSat and Secure Communications. In 2016 he joined CPCC HQ in Brussels as IT Strategy and Planning Manager, responsible for the governance and standardization of IT systems and VSat communications across all the CSDP Civilian Missions.
     
    In 2021 he joined EDA European Defence Agency as Project Officer in Support to EU Operations, in charge of the CIS side of the EU SatCom Market and the CSO Contractors Support to Operations.
     

    Rhega Wenske

    Transversal SDR Specialist , OCCAR
    Rhega Wenske

     Born in Germany, Rhega Wenske spent his early adulthood in Nepal, receiving an interdisciplinary education and being an active volunteer for UNICEF. Returning to Germany, he joined the Bundeswehr as an army officer, specializing in geospatial analysis. Leaving the military service in 2012, he continued maintaining a strong relationship with the German Army as an independent consultant. 

     
    He re-joined the Bundeswehr in 2014 as a civil servant in the armament service with an emphasis on military mobile communication solutions. Since then, he traversed the positions as the LoS TacComms Service Manager and R&T Manager within the D-LBO Programme and was the governmental representative within multiple multinational standardisation fora (NATO CaP1 LoS CaT. EDA SDR SSG, FMN TES). 
     
    In parallel, Rhega Wenske was entrusted with the position as the national ESSOR Programme Manager. This encompassed comprehensive task such as the initial integration of Germany into the ESSOR Programme of OCCAR and related development activities, which was successfully concluded in 2019 as well as the launch of subsequent ESSOR activities as one of the 15 EDIDP pilot projects in 2021. Rhega Wenske joined OCCAR in 2021 and is currently a team member of the ESSOR Programme Division.
     

    Salvador Llopis

    Project Officer Communications and Information Systems , European Defence Agency
    Salvador Llopis

     Salvador Llopis works as Project Officer Communications and Information Systems (CIS) and Senior Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Technical Lead at the European Defence Agency (EDA) in Brussels. He chairs the EDA Project Team CIS – a group of governmental experts from the participating Member States. He graduated from the Spanish Army Military Academy as Signal Officer. Among other technical qualifications, he holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering. His research interests lie in the areas of cyber situational awareness, tactical telecommunications, command and control systems, system engineering and architecture development, and decision-support technologies. He is co-author of several referred publications in the above-mentioned areas. He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Defence and Security Technologies. He is a regular speaker at international conferences.

     

    WO2 Graham Le May

    CISTDU Foreman of Signals, British Army
    WO2 Graham Le May

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    http://www.ndsatcom.com

    With over three decades of experience, ND SATCOM is the premier supplier of and integrator for innovative satellite communication equipment systems and solutions to support customers with critical operations anywhere in the world. Customers in more than 130 countries have chosen ND SATCOM as a trusted and reliable source of high-quality and secure turnkey and custom system-engineered communication solutions. The company’s products and solutions are used in more than 200 transnational networks in government, military, telecom and broadcast environments.

    ND SATCOM’s flagship product, the SKYWAN platform, enables international users to communicate securely, effectively and quickly over satellite.



    NSSLGLobal

    Sponsors
    https://www.nsslglobal.com

    NSSLGIobaI delivers critical communications to defence users on land, at sea and in the air including for the UK MOD and many NATO countries, together with other Government Departments and Agencies. NSSLGlobal is the largest provider of commercial satcom to European militaries across L, C, Ku and Ka bands bringing together services from multiple MSS and VSAT providers to bring global choice and resilience. NSSLGlobal provides best-in-class satellite and engineering solutions using bearer agnostic baseband solutions across a variety of satcom IP bearers, LTE or any other IP platform and providing connectivity into classified defence networks via our defence approved gateways.

    With more than 50 years’ experience, NSSLGlobal provides crew and operational communications to commercial and defence users, serving over 4,000 vessels and supporting over 20,000 land users. Many of our engineers are ex-armed forces, and understand the needs of government customers, able to develop tailored solutions to meet very specific requirements. With teleports and offices globally, an R&D arm in Norway, offices throughout Europe and Headquartered in the UK, NSSLGlobal can deliver engineering support to defence users wherever it is needed.


    Exhibitors


    Elbit Systems UK

    Exhibitors
    https://www.elbitsystems-uk.com/

    Elbit Systems UK Ltd is a Defence, Technology and Aerospace company with three wholly owned subsidiaries and two joint ventures in the UK. Across 16 sites around the UK we employ over 600 people engaged in a range of high tech and specialist manufacturing activities, with a similar number of jobs sustained directly in our UK supply chain. We work on a range of different technologies for both military and civilian applications.

    Elbit Systems E-LynX family of Software-defined Radios and associated tactical networking solutions provide an operationally proven network capable of seamlessly connecting strategic to edge tactical environments in a multi-domain context. Enabling technical, procedural and cognitive interoperability is central to our design methodology and when coupled with Elbit’s highly innovative TORCH-X family of C2 battle management solutions assured high-tempo C2 in a degraded and disrupted and multi-national operational environment is a reality.



    Etherstack

    Exhibitors
    https://www.etherstack.com/

    Over the past two decades, the role of software in tactical communications has increased exponentially. This increases capability, but also brings additional complexity in developing, acquiring, deploying, and using equipment and systems.

    Etherstack helps manufacturers and defense organizations navigate this. We take responsibility for the specification and development of underlying components in a tactical system, allowing our clients to concentrate on issues relevant to end users such as requirements, architecture, form-factor, delivery, training and support.



    INVISIO

    Exhibitors
    http://www.invisio.com.

    INVISIO is a global market leader within advanced communication and hearing protection systems for security and defense forces. The company develops and sells advanced systems that enable professionals in noisy and mission critical environments to communicate and work effectively, while protecting their hearing.

    INVISIO systems are based on simplicity, modularity and flexibility to fit the communication needs of both the mounted and dismounted professional, regardless of operational requirements.Seamless plug and play integration between headsets, control units, intercoms, and interface cables is key to the versatility of the INVISIO system, as it allows for deployment of new equipment without the need for updating existing INVISIO equipment.

    The solutions are developed for specific end-user applications and marketed under the two brands INVISIO and Racal Acoustics. Sales are via the headquarters in Copenhagen and sales offices in the USA, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Thailand and via a global network of partners. Read more on www.invisio.com.



    Satcube

    Exhibitors
    http://www.satcube.com

    Satcube manufactures game-changing satellite terminals to enable high-performance broadband – any time, quickly and cost-effectively.

    The innovative Satcube Ku lightweight, portable satellite terminal is a highly compact, user-friendly device that delivers seamless connectivity empowering people at work, businesses and global organizations, to communicate and deliver critical services at any time.

    Satcube is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, with a global network of strategic resellers


    Media Partners


    Military Systems and Technology

    Supporters
    http://www.militarysystems-tech.com

    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


    MySecurity Marketplace

    Supporters
    www.mysecuritymarketplace.com

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


    Army Technology

    Supporters
    http://www.army-technology.com

    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.


    Satellite Evolution Group

    Supporters
    http://www.satelliteevolution.com



    Armada International

    Supporters
    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.


    ArmedForces.co.uk

    Supporters
    http://www.armedforces.co.uk

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


    Asian Military Review

    Supporters
    http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

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


    MySecurity Media

    Supporters
    www.mysecuritymedia.com

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


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

    Supporters
    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.


    Defence Online

    Supporters
    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.


    Soldier Modernisation

    Supporters
    http://www.soldiermod.com

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


    Desider Magazine

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

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


    Defence Global

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    http://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

    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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