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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference programme

7:30 Registration & Coffee

8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

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

8:30 UK MOD Future Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA) Capability

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

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

    9:00 Leveraging COTS and ATAK Software for Enhanced Mission Command and Situational Awareness

    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson

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

  • Overview of the Nett Warrior (NW) programme
  • Providing next-generation capabilities with the Dismounted Operators Combat Kit – Lite (DOCK-L)
  • Leveraging TAK software for advanced situational awareness
  • Emerging products and future priorities for the PdM GSS portfolio
  • 9:30 Creating “Hyper Capable” Warriors through Ultimate Situational Awareness in Contested Environments

    Mr Ronen Gabbay

    Mr Ronen Gabbay, CEO, TrekAce Technologies

  • The OBJECTIVE challenges of Near Peer and Contested Environments on the individual warfighter
  • The SUBJECTIVE challenges of Near Peer and Contested Environments on the individual warfighter
  • Our RESPONSE: A new technology, a new paradigm, a PROVAN SOLUTION
  • Different applications to different operational requirements
  • Case studies to learn from.
  • 10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:30 Soldier System Challenge: Enhancing Collaborative Combat

    Mr Germain Samson

    Mr Germain Samson, Key Account Manager Land Combat Systems, Safran Electronics & Defense
    View Bio

  • The improvements from the initial French dismounted soldier program
  • On-going R&D programs in France and Europe
  • Key parameters on architecture
  • Focus on technology priorities
  • 11:00 Development of Portuguese Dismounted Soldier Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel Susana Margarida Gomes Pinto

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

  • Requirements for the procurement of new dismounted C4I, weapons and sensor technologies
  • Working with industry to deliver enhanced soldier sensors and future battlespace management systems
  • Challenges facing ISTAR and situational awareness and overcoming through new conceptual processes
  • Development of the new-generation Portuguese soldier and maximising interoperability
  • 11:30 Disruptive Innovative AI Technology, Revolutionising the Dismounted Soldier World

    Mr Doron Levi

    Mr Doron Levi, Regional Director B2B & Marketing, SMARTSHOOTER

  • True Fire Control Systems
  • Significant hit accuracy increase from current baseline
  • Effective against static and dynamic targets either ground or C-UAS
  • An order of magnitude CAPEX and OPEX cost reduction bringing a shooter to “qualified” level
  • FIRST ROUND HIT – ANY SHOOTER against ANY TARGET
  • Real-time SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
  • 12:00 Increasing French Dismounted Soldier Capabilities with Scorpion Dismounted CIS

    Major Simon de Bettignies

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

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

  • Situational awareness improved

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

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

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

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

    13:00 Networking Lunch

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

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

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

    14:15 Digitization of Land-Based Operations (D-LBO): Enhancing Dismounted Soldier Communications for Greater Situational Awareness

    Dr Sebastian Gies

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

  • Ensuring digital networking of soldiers and vehicles for full situational awareness
  • Using the soldier on the battlefield as a digitalised sensor and effector
  • Integrating various communication capabilities to support dismounted operations
  • 14:45 Glenair, STAR-PAN and How It Enables the Warfighter

    Mr Andrew Murdoch

    Mr Andrew Murdoch, Business Development Manager – Tactical Interconnect Products, Glenair

  • Glenair – STAR-PAN – The why
  • Building the blocks at all levels
  • Existing STAR-PAN User cases
  • Next Generation STARPAN
  • Future user cases
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    15:15 Digitising the Hungarian Soldier System to Enhance Situational Awareness

  • Background and update on the HDF’s Digitised Soldier System
  • Requirements for the procurement of new dismounted C4I, weapons and sensor technologies
  • Utilising Command and Control functionalities to improve situational awareness for the dismounted soldier
  • Colonel János Pölöskei

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

    Mr Jozsef Berenyi

    Mr Jozsef Berenyi, Head of Division, HM EI Zrt.

    15:45 International Cooperation for the Support of Night Vision Optoelectronics and GPS Systems

    Mr Cezary Szydlik

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

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

    16:45 Tactical Sensorium – A Paradigm Shift in Autonomyand Integration

    Dr James Luke

    Dr James Luke, Innovation Director, Roke
    View Bio

  • The ‘Sensorium’ Environment for Autonomous Supervision; Fusion; Analysis and Visualisation of sensor data
  • Autonomy ‘at the edge’ and ‘at scale
  • Integration of commercially available Geo-Intelligence
  • Use of commercial smartphone technology such as ‘CC1’ to provide a digital platform for the soldier
  • Resilient Position Navigation and Timing for Dismounted Soldier Systems
  • 17:15 Pitfalls of Technology: The Human Interface Errors

    Major Koen Ceulemans

    Major Koen Ceulemans, Innovation Officer Land Component, Belgian Defence
    View Bio

  • Mission Command vs Real time micromanagement
  • AI vs the commanders bias
  • War for spectrum vs Information of value
  • 17:45 Developing and Equipping the Swedish Dismounted Soldier with C2 Capabilities

    Mr Jonathan Svensson

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

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

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

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

    7:00 Registration & Coffee

    7:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

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

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

    Colonel Paul Cummings

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

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

    Mr Michael T. McCarthy

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

  • Collaborating across the DOD to accelerate the development of solutions
  • CCLTF’s 5 Lines of Effort: Human Performance, R&D, Tactical Power, AI, and Training
  • Cooperating with international allies and partners for squad modernisation
  • 9:00 STAR-PAN and the Future of C4ISR Power and Data Management

    Mr Grant Guy

    Mr Grant Guy, UK UK Business Developer, STAR-PAN and MIL Interconnect, Glenair

  • The first with the most
  • Creating commonality on the battlefield
  • Modular approach to the STAR-PAN ecosystem
  • The future of power and data management in the war fighters hands
  • Next generation power and data management solutions
  • 9:30 Developing Future Requirements to Enhance the Fighting Capability Australian Dismounted Soldiers

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

    Colonel Mick O Sullivan, Director Dismounted Combat Program, Australian Army
    View Bio

    10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Marathon Robotics

    Mr Ralph Petroff

    Mr Ralph Petroff, President North America, Marathon Robotics, Marathon Targets
    View Bio

    11:00 Future British Army Light Forces Capability Requirements

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Baxter

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

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

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

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

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

  • Results from AWE Urban Sustain & Protect (S&P) in testing future sustainment and protection concepts and technologies
  • Enhancing DCC capability with UAS and swarm droning
  • Digital Soldier: preparing the soldier to compete and win in digital warfare
  • 12:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - KWESST

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Day One Afternoon Parallel Streams

    STREAM A: Soldier Protection and Survivability STREAM B: Dismounted Soldier Power Solutions

    14.00 Chair’s Opening Remarks
     

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

    14.00 Chair’s Opening Remarks
     

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

    14.10 Conducting Effective R&D to Ensure Dismounted Soldier
    Protection

  • Providing next-generation armour with the Powered Protection Integration (P2I) system to detect damage to system integrity
  • Protecting from the current and future growing laser threat with Laser Eye Protection
  • Overcoming the challenge of balancing survivability with power constraints, physical and cognitive burden issues Mr Jon Russell, Senior Principal Scientist, Passive Armour,
    DSTL, UK MOD
  • 14.10 UK and NATO Thoughts on Future Dismounted Power

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

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

  • 14.40 Session Reserved for Sponsor - Thales

    14.40 Physical Integration of STAR-PAN as a Power and Data Solution on the Dismounted Soldier

  •  The Integration on the Dismounted Soldier
  • Evolution of our equipment based on Soldier feedback
  • How can STAR-PAN Ecosystem can be the link between Dismounted and Mounted configuration for the Soldier
  • SPAR Interface to easily manage Power Solutions on the Battlefield
  • Mr Grégoire Olivier, Business Development for Tactical Interconnect Solutions, Glenair

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

    Dr Robb Wilcox, Chief Research Officer, U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center 

  • 15.10 Enabling Soldier Lethality with Tactical Power Solutions

  • Overview of the US Army tactical power equipment
  • Focus areas developing future tactical power solutions to reduce Soldier Load and minimize logistical burden
  • Developing advanced fuel cells for dismounted Soldier operations Mr Ethan Wise, Civilian APM, Soldier Tactical Power, PM IVAS, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
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    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov

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

    Dr Darren Browning

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

    15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 Day One Afternoon Parallel Streams Continued

    STREAM A: Soldier Protection and Survivability STREAM B: Dismounted Soldier Power Solutions

    16.10 C2D2 Briefing

  • Survivability through signature control
  • Commander’s considerations
  • Focus on people, processes, and behaviours Lieutenant Colonel Arran Wade, Commanding Officer, Combined Arms Manoeuvre School, British Army
  •  16.10 We Have the Power, but do you have the Energy?

  • The Soldier Battery
  • Power consumption/interrogation tool
  • UltraLYNX case studies
  • Mounted / Dismounted Soldier Interface
  • A look to the future….

    Mr Tony White, Chief Technology Officer, Ultra Precision Control Systems

  • 16.40 Session Reserved for Sponsor - TrekAce Technologies Ltd

     

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

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

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

  • 17.10 Research and Development of Advanced Dismounted Soldier Protection Capabilities

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

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

  • 17.10 Session Reserved for Sponsor - Inmarsat
     

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

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

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

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

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

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

  •   18.10 Ensuring Safety of Dismounted Power Solutions
  • Deploying scalable battery solutions for the dismounted soldier
  • Ensuring the battery design safety
  • Overview of FOI’s dismounted power projects and future priorities Mr Wilhelm Sahlén, Research Engineer, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

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

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    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov

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

    Dr Darren Browning

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

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

    18:30 Networking Reception Hosted by Lead Sponsor Glenair

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

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

    9:00 Project MERCURY: Presenting the British Army Technology Challenges of Tomorrow to Industry Today

    Colonel Dan Anders-Brown

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

  • Creating a shared ecosystem of development and delivery which has LIS at the heart.
  • Delivering a systemically protected, optionally crewed, electrified battlefield to our warfighters
  • 9:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

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

    Major Magnus Hallberg

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

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

    11:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    11:30 STRONG Programme: Increasing Dutch Dismounted Soldier Capabilities

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

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

    Ms Ilse Kroesen

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

    12:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

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

    Colonel Tibor Szabo

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

  • Leveraging digital technology for quicker situational awareness on the battlefield to identify and neutralise threats
  • Creating information networks to determine the overall battlespace picture
  • Teaming with next generation armoured platforms for greater survivability
  • Using AI for data processing and management
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Day Two Afternoon Parallel Streams

    STREAM A: Integration of Robotics and AI STREAM B: Stream B: Night Vision and Optics

    14.00 Chair’s Opening Remarks
     

    Miss Agnes Wamagui, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Robotics and AI, InnovateUK KTN

    14.00 Chair’s Opening Remarks
     

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

    14.10 MOD DES Future Capability Group: Land Systems Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

  • 14.40 Building Autonomy for the Defense Enterprise

  • Autonomy is a software problem, from the stack to scaling the development process
  • Colin has experience running government autonomy programs and learned some hard lessons on how to do it right
  • There is a template for building autonomy for scalability
  • Start with data, build your environments for flexibility and CI/CD, leverage the fleet

    Mr Colin Carroll, Director of Government Relations, Applied Intuition

  • 14.40 ARCAS: The Future of Dismounted Situational Awareness

  • Weapon system agnostic application to enhance dismounted soldier situational awareness, increasing both lethality and survivability
  • Reduces soldier cognitive burden through provision of vital data into weapon sight or helmet mounted eye piece
  • Suite of capability options include, but are not limited to, night vision, friend or foe identification, hostile fire detection and navigational aids

    Mr Tom Kinnaird, Sales Manager, Instro Precision Limited

  • 15.10 Supporting Dismounted Operations with Future Loitering Munition Capabilities

  • Lessons learned from the Ukraine and Karabakh wars
  • Loitering munitions as a fire support element, compared to other means
  • Trends in APS systems and how to defeat them
  • Requirements and needs from the market for future loitering munition systems

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

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

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

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

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    Miss Agnes Wamagui

    Miss Agnes Wamagui, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Robotics and AI, InnovateUK KTN
    View Bio

    Mr Nils Teschner

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

    15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 Day Two Afternoon Parallel Streams Continued

    STREAM A: Integration of Robotics and AI STREAM B: Stream B: Night Vision and Optics

    16.10 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    16.10 Leveraging Advanced Optics, Thermal, and Night Vision Capabilities for Harsh Climate Operations

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

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

  • 16.40 Panel Debate: The Role of Robotics and AI in Dismounted Soldier Missions

    Panellists TBC

    16.40 Session Reserved for Sponsor

     

    17.10 Commando Forces Littoral Strike – Leveraging Autonomy and Integrating Fires

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

    Determining user requirements for British Army night vision

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

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

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

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

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

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    Miss Agnes Wamagui

    Miss Agnes Wamagui, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Robotics and AI, InnovateUK KTN
    View Bio

    Mr Nils Teschner

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

    18:20 Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

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

    Colonel Dan Anders-Brown

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

    Colonel Mick O Sullivan

    Director Dismounted Combat Program, Australian Army
    Colonel Paul Cummings

    Colonel Paul Cummings

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Baxter

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

    Major Magnus Hallberg

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

    Mr Michael T. McCarthy

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

    Captain Konstantijn Strick

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

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

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

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

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

    Colonel Art van Beekhuizen

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

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

    Colonel Dan Anders-Brown

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

    Colonel János Pölöskei

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

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

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

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

    Colonel Mick O Sullivan

    Director Dismounted Combat Program, Australian Army
    Colonel Mick O Sullivan

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

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

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

    Colonel Paul Cummings

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

    Having read for a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Liverpool before entering the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in January 2000, Colonel Paul Cummings commissioned into The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in December of that year.

    His career at Regimental Duty saw him based in Germany for his early years with deployments to Bosnia, Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Most recently, he commanded 6 Armoured Close Support Battalion REME between August 2017 and February 2020, deploying the Battalion to Canada twice and to Oman in 2019 where he commanded the Combat Service Support and Theatre Enabling Group for the joint Omani-British Exercise Khanjar Oman. His proudest moment in command was collecting the Worshipful Company of Turner’s trophy on behalf of his soldiers and officers, awarded to the best REME Battalion 2019.

    His staff appointments have largely been in capability and acquisition, with several tours of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), and in logistics as Deputy Chief of Staff 102 Logistic Brigade. His first post in DE&S was as the Heavy Logistic Vehicles Requirements Manager, and then on promotion to Lieutenant Colonel as the Military Assistant to the 3* Chief of Materiel (Land). He returned to DE&S, to the Vehicle Support Team, in 2020 on promotion to Colonel, spending a year as the Senior Operations Manager heading up the Optimisation portfolio, looking to drive efficiencies across the in-service vehicle fleet, before moving to become Deputy Head and, latterly, Acting Head. He was appointed to his current post in May 2022 where he and his team are responsible for delivering Dismounted Close Combat capability - Survivability, Lethality, and Surveillance & Target Acquisition - to the Army and United Kingdom Strategic Command.

    Colonel Cummings is a graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course, holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from King’s College London, and is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. A keen, although slightly lapsed, cyclist, Colonel Cummings is married to Caroline a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser with whom he has two young daughters.

    Colonel Tibor Szabo

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

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

    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov

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

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

    Dr Darren Browning

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

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

    Dr James Luke

    Innovation Director, Roke
    Dr James Luke

    With over 25 years’ experience delivering artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to National Security and Defence clients, he has held several key leadership roles, including CTO for UK Public Sector in IBM Global Business Services, Chief Architect for IBM Watson Tools and the lead architect for the IBM Text Analytics Group.

    As Innovation Director he is responsible for driving investment, development and exploitation of innovation activities, balancing focus on customer campaigns with exploratory work to build opportunities, skills and intellectual property for Roke’s future. One of his key focuses is to support current and future product development in domains including cyber, electronic warfare, counter-measures, agile software and situational awareness technologies.

    James read for his first degree in Electronic Engineering Systems at the Royal Naval Engineering College (RNEC), working on radar, communications and electronic warfare. After leaving the Royal Navy, James worked on data analysis in Formula 1 and witnessed the importance of being the first to exploit cutting edge technologies.

    In 2003, James completed his PhD with the Image, Speech and Intelligent Systems Group of the University of Southampton, and researched the application of intelligent agents to detect previously unseen computer viruses.

    He is passionate about artificial intelligence (AI) and, specifically, about using AI to solve real world problems. As an experienced programmer, in recent years he has focussed on natural language understanding and extracting meaningful data from documents. James is also an accomplished inventor with over 20 patents in AI (and several more pending!).

    Dr Martin Hagström

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

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

    Dr Navin Mathur

    Senior Scientist, US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center
    Dr Navin Mathur

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

    Dr Nicolas G. Mueller

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

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

    Dr Robb Wilcox

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

    Dr Sebastian Gies

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

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Arran Wade

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

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

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

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

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

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

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

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

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson

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

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Baxter

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

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Susana Margarida Gomes Pinto

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

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

    Lieutenant Colonel William Jerrold

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

    Major Koen Ceulemans

    Innovation Officer Land Component, Belgian Defence
    Major Koen Ceulemans

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

    Major Magnus Hallberg

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

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

    Major Mark Stone

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

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

    Major Matti Finnilä

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

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

    Major Michael O'Connor

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

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

    Major Rens Pater

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

    My name is Rens Pater, I have been working at the Defense Expertise Center Military and Equipment since November 2020. Here I mainly work on the Energy dossier for the military on foot. Some things we are currently working on are: Testing external power sources to achieve a battery reduction, which should lead to less weight for the soldier operating on foot. Less weight can yield advantages in mobility, but also in agility. Examples are the E Lighter and the Fuel Cell systems. Because we are getting more and more equipment within the armed forces with a plug or a battery, we are also working on centralizing the purchase of equipment that involves energy in one way or another. I started in the distant past as a guided weapon soldier, trained as a Tactical officer Hawk and Patriot. Subsequently retrained to the field of Force Protection. Been on missions several times in these positions. Including Afghanistan and Jordan.

    Major Simon de Bettignies

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

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

    Miss Agnes Wamagui

    Knowledge Transfer Manager - Robotics and AI, InnovateUK KTN
    Miss Agnes Wamagui

    Working as a Knowledge Transfer Manager, Agnes is part of the Complex Systems team in KTN, focusing on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Her main focus is to help companies identify how they could use robots to improve their business processes and increase the awareness of digital technologies. Where innovation is required, Agnes supports by providing valuable connections, expertise, funding and investment opportunities.

    With a background in Computer Science, programming and working with robots (for example, humanoid robot (NAO)), Agnes uses her applied knowledge of robotics in the robotics and AI industry. She has helped to develop the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Landscape map, which serves as a platform for Robotics and AI organisations to be featured and to showcase their technologies, projects and test facilities, whilst offering the possibility to collaborate and interact with other organisations.

    Mr Anders Palm

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

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

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

    Mr Andrew Murdoch

    Business Development Manager – Tactical Interconnect Products, Glenair
    Mr Andrew Murdoch

    Mr Cezary Szydlik

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

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

    Mr Colin Carroll

    Director of Government Relations, Applied Intuition Inc
    Mr Colin Carroll

    Colin leads the Federal and Defense Business at Applied Intuition. Prior to Applied, Colin was the Chief Operations Officer at the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, the organization charged with transforming the US military through AI and automation. Colin was a plank member of Project Maven, a geospatial AI R&D program, and has spent time as an engineer at JHU APL and as a Marine Corps Officer. Colin serves as an industry commissioner for the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security Commission.

    Mr David Dalby

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

    Mr Doron Levi

    Regional Director B2B & Marketing, SMARTSHOOTER
    Mr Doron Levi

    Mr Elias Lallo

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

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

    Mr Ethan Wise

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

    Mr Germain Samson

    Key Account Manager Land Combat Systems, Safran Electronics & Defense
    Mr Germain Samson

    Germain started to work for Safran ten years ago at the sensor level, providing resonating gyroscopes for various civilian and military applications. Then he moved towards the equipment level providing portable optronics products to British and Canadian military forces. He is now in charge of soldier system business development, from HMI interactions to the handling of power and data in dismounted combat.

    Mr Grant Guy

    UK UK Business Developer, STAR-PAN and MIL Interconnect, Glenair
    Mr Grant Guy

    Mr Grégoire Olivier

    Business Development for Tactical Interconnect Solutions, Glenair
    Mr Grégoire Olivier

    Mr Hein Jager

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

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

    Mr James Gavin

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

    James Gavin is the head of the Future Capability Group (FCG) at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).

    The FCG exists to help explore new capabilities so that they can then be exploited at scale. Increasingly projects are ‘Agile By Default’ to deliver early operational advantage. The Group works closely with all the Front-line Commands, DSTL and central MOD areas such as the DIU and DASA. James has served in the military, the civil service and industry before joining DE&S. He is a passionate advocate of delivering Operational Advantage through a better application of strategic thinking on innovation, inclusive cultures and sustainability.

    Mr Jon Russell

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

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

    Mr Jonathan Svensson

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

    Mr Jozsef Berenyi

    Head of Division, HM EI Zrt.
    Mr Jozsef Berenyi

    Mr Michael T. McCarthy

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

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

    Mr Nils Teschner

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

    Currently working as a Technical Project Officer, Nils Teschner is the technical focal point of the Night Vision Capability programme in OCCAR-EA. In this role, he manages technical, ILS & ISS requirements, drafts statements of work, manages risks, and monitors contract execution.
    Nils holds MSc degrees in both aerospace engineering and philosophy. From 2004 to 2014, he served in the German Army and left as a Captain. In previous positions, he worked in OCCAR-EA as the Technical Publication Manager for the Tiger helicopter programme and as In-Service Support Officer in the German Army Aviation branch.

    Mr Ralph Petroff

    President North America, Marathon Robotics, Marathon Targets
    Mr Ralph Petroff

    Petroff is a serial entrepreneur who has spent his entire career commercializing transformative technologies. He has helped build three such start-ups into worldwide market leaders. Marathon makes Autonomous Robotic Training Systems, commercial autonomous ground robots used by militaries on 4 continents. The ARTS enable ‘Lethality Today’ and also ZIRM – Zero Infrastructure Range Modernization.
    Petroff has testified a dozen times as an expert witness before Congress, and has been interviewed by The New York Times, Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Politico, and others. He graduated (cum laude) from Stanford University, and is co-inventor on a patent for UWB in mobile phones. Petroff was born in Canada, raised in Saigon and Huntsville, Alabama. He is married to biotech entrepreneur Peggy Sammon and have 4 adult children, and 4 grandchildren.

    Mr Ronen Gabbay

    CEO, TrekAce Technologies
    Mr Ronen Gabbay

    Mr Tom Kinnaird

    Sales Manager, Instro Precision Limited
    Mr Tom Kinnaird

    Tom Kinnaird is a Sales Manager within Instro Precision, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, which specialises in Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities.

    Mr Tony White

    Chief Technology Officer, Ultra Precision Control Systems
    Mr Tony White

    Based at Ultra PCS for the last 21 years, Tony leads the Research & Development activities in the fields of power management, computer/network solutions and situational awareness for the Land Systems part of the business.
    Covering Vehicles, Soldiers and Bases, Tony has worked on all of the UK Generic Architecture standards and more recently, has been exploring the next generation of wearable technology for the war fighter.
     

    Mr Wilhelm Sahlén

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

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

    Ms Ilse Kroesen

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

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

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    , Israeli Ministry of Defence
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    KWESST

    Gold Sponsor
    http://https://www.kwesst.com/

    KWESST Inc. Company Description KWESST Inc. develops and commercializes proprietary next-generation C4ISR technologies that deliver a tactical advantage for military and security forces operating in the dismounted domain. Through its Digitization line of business, KWESST focuses on meeting the challenge of fully digitizing the Tactical Edge: those commanders, soldiers, operators, and sensor systems operating in the dismounted domain. Leveraging the game-changing advantages of TAK (Team Awareness Kit) as a foundational capability, KWESST brings C4ISR integration down to the lowest tactical echelons. KWESST is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. KWESST trades on the TSX Venture Exchange (KWE), on the NASDAQ as KWE and KWESW


    Marathon Targets

    Gold Sponsor
    http://marathon-targets.com

    Marathon Robotics provides Lethality Today to US, NATO, and Coalition Partners on four Continents. We’ve been selected by USMC to provide mobile trailers of Intelligent Robotic Targets at all key CONUS and OCONUS sites. We reinvent Live Fire Training with Intelligent Robots that look, move, and behave like real people. It’s the world’s most realistic live fire training: shoot one robot, the rest autonomously scatter for cover, or self-organize a swarming counterattack.

    The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act describes our Autonomous Robotic Targets as “a vast improvement to training modality over existing systems and was value added in all training events/scenarios.”

    Trevor Nash of Shepard Defence says: “The Marathon argument is very persuasive, but its challenge is to change a mindset - present for many centuries – that the aim of the range is to ‘train marksmanship.’ That mentality is wrong” overmatch and winning the firefight are more important.”

    Marathon also cuts Range Modernization costs and time by 85% through ZIRM (Zero Infrastructure Range Modernization). No need to buy robots: use ZIRM cost avoidance to fund Technology-as-a-Service (TaaS) to rent robots for a week or year, with robot operators – 95% of them military veterans. Offices and rental fleets on 4 continents.


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    Applied Intuition

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    http://www.appliedintuition.com/

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


    Inmarsat

    Sponsors
    http://www.inmarsat.com

    In an uncertain world, we believe in certainty: communication certainty. Anywhere, anytime, in any situation and we’ve built the unique satellite network that makes it happen. In 2022 will see the launch of BGAN Patrol, extending our mobility communications to include communications for the dismounted solider. Inmarsat’s Orchestra network of networks will provide a seamless, scalable solution for governments and military forces around the world. Heeding our end users’ operational requirements, we are creating new commercially flexible, bespoke leasing and ISR solutions. Our satellite and network architecture roadmap delivers not only communication certainty, but also ensures future innovation.



    Instro Precision

    Sponsors
    http://instro.com

    Founded in 1964, Instro Precision are world leaders in Defence design and capability manufacturing. Our portfolio includes precision Motorized and Manual Pan & Tilts, ruggedized tripods, highly accurate North Finding systems, Cat-1 Target Acquisition capabilities, Remote Observation Systems and bespoke precision engineered defence equipment.

    We pride ourselves on our integrity, flexible approach and the ability to take a product from idea to production in days-and-weeks, as opposed to months-and-years. Instro Precision have a large Engineering team, from mechanical to software, plus highly experienced R&D specialists, who work closely with our customers to ensure our product line is at the cutting-edge, easy to use, intuitive but most importantly, reliable.

    Instro Precision have a rich and prosperous relationship with the UK MoD dating back to 1960s. Most recently, our XACT nv33 system was chosen as the next generation of UK MoDs Night Vision Goggles (NVG), and our world-leading sensor capability has been acquired for the Dismounted Joint Fires Integration (DJFI). Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Sandwich, Kent, will facilitate the production of these systems, along with the rest of our wide and varied portfolio.

    Broken into 4 Pillars of Business; Combat Vehicle Systems, Soldier Systems/Special Forces, Target Acquisition/Joint Fires and Core Product Line. The Portfolio covers multiple domains across defence, with supply across more than 65 countries around the globe, Instro Precision provide an established, dependable and innovative capability.

    As today's advancement in technology moves at such an accelerated rate, Instro Precision have rapidly developed the reputation as the centre of excellence for manufacturing in the UK. With our focus over the next 3-5 years being on the continuation of our interoperability with UK MoD, DSTL and DE&S; developing a product roadmap in support of the United Kingdom Future Soldier aspirations.



    Roke

    Sponsors
    http://www.roke.co.uk

    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



    Safran Electronics & Defense

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    https://www.safran-group.com/companies/safran-electronics-defense

    Safran Optics 1 is a global leader in full-service design and production of electro-optic and navigation systems. Leveraging core competencies in defense technologies, Optics 1 provides unmatched, first-class mission solutions for military and law enforcement personnel. The company also offers solutions for commercial, aerospace, industrial, medical and research industries. Optics 1’s product portfolio includes devices and modules for surveillance and reconnaissance missions for dismounted soldier, airborne, naval and land vehicle operations. Optics 1 designs, develops, and manufactures products at its headquarters in Bedford, New Hampshire. The company also has additional research and development and engineering capabilities in Simi Valley and Costa Mesa, California. As part of the Safran Group, Optics 1 is also proud to provide capabilities from Safran Vectronix and Safran Electronics and Defense.


    SMARTSHOOTER

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    https://smart-shooter.com/

    SMARTSHOOTER is a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of innovative fire control systems that significantly increase the accuracy, lethality and situational awareness of small arms while greatly reducing training costs. The SMASH family of fire control systems include handheld operated, remotely controlled, UGV & UAV mounted systems.

    Ideal for open field, urban-combat, and C-UAS use cases, SMARTSHOOTER's SMASH technology enhances every mission's effectiveness through the ability to accurately engage and hit ground, aerial, and naval, either static or moving targets during both day and night operations. Using AI, computer vision and advanced algorithms, the SMASH family of fire control systems ensures precise hit capabilities, enhances forces' situational awareness and lethality and reduces collateral damage.

    Built as an external add-on solution that can be integrated into different types of assault rifles and light machineguns, the SMASH Fire Control Systems ensures that shot accuracy will not be affected by human errors such as fatigue and stress, nor by the target movement.

    Fielded and operational, SMARTSHOOTER SMASH family of solutions provides end-users with a "One Shot – One Hit" capability across multiple mission areas, creating a significant advantage for the infantry soldier and ultimately revolutionizing the world of small arms and optics.



    Thales

    Sponsors
    http://www.thalesgroup.com

    Thales In a world that is increasingly mobile, interconnected and interdependent, the security of people and goods, infrastructure and nations depends on leaders and organisations and their ability to decide and act in a timely fashion and obtain the best outcomes. In the markets that Thales serves - defence, security, space, aerospace and ground transportation - these decisions are often of critical importance. Navy, army and air force commanders, as well as air traffic controllers, policymakers and infrastructure operators, face these critical decisions and need full, relevant and reliable information to understand the situation and make the right choices. www.thalesgroup.com


    Ultra

    Sponsors
    http://www.ultra-pcs.com

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

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

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


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    Elbit Systems UK

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    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.



    3M

    Exhibitors
    http://www.3m.com

    We strive to set the standard for confidence and trust by providing rugged, reliable protective communication equipment.

    3M™ PELTOR™ solutions for today’s modern warfighter have been designed for use in combat and combat support operations, specifically, for use with firearms and ballistic combat helmets. The hearing protectors feature external microphones for environmental listening (aka Talk-Through) capability, so operators can maintain auditory situational awareness while still protecting their hearing. With more than 70 years of experience the PELTOR brand promises quality communication solutions that help provide an excellent balance of comfort and protection. The advanced engineering and technology inherent with the PELTOR brand fits with the high standard of quality and innovation of a continuously evolving range of product solutions that you, our customers, come to expect from 3M.



    Bittium

    Exhibitors
    http://www.bittium.com

    Bittium is a trusted Finnish company with over 35 years of experience in advanced radio communication technologies. For the Defense & Security market Bittium provides the most modern products and solutions for tactical & secure communications. The products and solutions for tactical communications bring broadband data and voice to all troops across the battlefield. For secure communications Bittium offers proven mobile devices and cyber security solutions certified up to CONFIDENTIAL level. Bittium is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Exchange.



    Bren Tronics

    Exhibitors
    http://www.bren-tronics.com

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

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

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

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



    British Army

    Exhibitors
    http://www.army.mod.uk

    The British Army protects the United Kingdom’s interests at home and abroad, providing a safe and secure environment in which all British citizens can live and prosper. Protecting the nation and its dependent territories will always be our first role. Highly trained soldiers are ready to deploy anywhere at any time to meet a variety of challenges. Ranging from support to the Police following a terrorist attack, to specialist capabilities such as bomb disposal and intelligence experts, 24 hours a day 365 days a year, we are always ready to serve.



    C3IA

    Exhibitors
    https://c3ia.co.uk/

    C3IA provides technical and security services to the public and private sectors, supporting critical defence programmes. We specialise in system engineering, ICT, information assurance and NCSC certified cyber services. Partnered with Silvus, KTAC and DKG we’re a major reseller of StreamCaster MANET radios, tactical monitoring solutions and Instant Connect software.


    DTC

    Exhibitors
    http://www.domotactical.com

    Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) is the global leader in Tactical IP Mesh technology (MANET), and COFDM transmissions systems. DTC mission-critical solutions secure, share and communicate real-time video, voice and data to enable Shared Situational Awareness (SSA) on land, on the sea and in the air. DTC has developed leading-edge technologies for successful operations in demanding environments, where COFDM solutions provide longer range, penetration

    DTC works with military, law enforcement, counter-terror units, governments, autonomous systems manufacturers and system integrators to meet key connectivity and communication challenges. Leveraging a technical heritage stretching back over 50 years and incorporating the unrivalled COFDM waveform experience of the Domo engineering team, DTC has a passion for innovation which keeps us one step ahead in the rapidly changing and increasingly challenging environments in which we perform - whether on the battlefield or the streets of our cities. High-performance communication systems enable our customers to securely monitor, communicate and share information with confidence in complex environments and the most demanding situations.

    The DTC Mesh Ultra waveform provides a seamless self-forming, self-healing MANET capability that can be relied on even in the toughest conditions. DTC SDR based technology provides High Data Rate (HDR) capability for large mesh formations with excellent spectral efficiency whilst also delivering ultra-low latency performance, end-to-end encryption and unrivalled robustness and range in challengingreal-world environments. DTC’s portfolio of products also seamlessly interlink to other IP bearers to form integrated communication and data network offering secure, fast and reliable access to data real-time video, audio, location-based information services. The DTC product range offers both OEM and packaged systems with excellent Size, Weight and Power (SWAP) characteristics to suit a wide range of mission requirements,



    Galvion

    Exhibitors
    http://www.galvion.com

    Galvion exists to empower military and tactical missions around the world. Our Armor, and Active Power and Data Systems divisions work independently as well as collaboratively to design, develop and deliver integrated, purpose-built solutions that enhance the agility and survivability of the modern warfighter and other demanding end-users.



    L3Harris

    Exhibitors
    http://www.l3harris.com

    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



    Marlborough Communications LTD

    Exhibitors
    https://www.marlboroughcomms.com/

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



    Overwatch Aerospace

    Exhibitors
    http://www.overwatch-aerospace.com

    Overwatch Aerospace is a British UAV business delivering the next generation of loitering munitions and drone systems, to enable positive mission outcomes in the most complex environments.

    Our team is a blend of the best engineering minds and operational experience enabling us to rapidly deliver cutting edge UAV product solutions to where they are needed most. Our Pholos II platform is a flexible drone capability that is now deployed and proven in delivery of kinetic effects.



    Panasonic Connect

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

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

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



    Steatite

    Exhibitors
    https://www.steatite-communications.co.uk/

    Steatite is the UK’s only re-seller of Persistent Systems Wave Relay products, including the astounding MPU5 secure MANET radio. The company is at the forefront of advanced radio communications with an emphasis on defence, security and autonomous vehicle applications. However, our technology and knowledge extends far beyond this, making us well placed to help you with your most challenging communications requirements

    Behind the delivery of every Steatite Communications deployment is a group of skilled, motivated and dedicated experts. This team combines decades of valuable and varied industry experience with incredibly detailed product knowledge, the result of which is a team of specialists at the top of their class to guide you with the selection and deployment of your Steatite Communications system.



    Thermoteknix

    Exhibitors
    http://www.thermoteknix.com

    Thermoteknix is a leader in the design and manufacture of thermal imaging, night vision, fusion and target acquisition systems.

    Thermoteknix is renowned for delivering cutting edge mission-critical solutions designed to withstand the harshest environments to defence, security and policing forces. The company has been awarded multiple Queen’s Awards for Innovation and Export as it continues to advance dismounted soldier technology that delivers enhance situational awareness, target location and surveillance capabilities.

    The Thermoteknix Augmented Reality Tactical Interface Module (ARTIM) is the company’s latest development to support future soldier programmes across the industry. ARTIM delivers heads-up situational awareness to the user during outdoor on-the-move operations. ARTIM mounts to the back of the helmet to track where the user is located and where they are looking, receiving/publishing networked PLI (Position Location Information) data, and rendering an augmented reality overlay to the user. The data is displayed by the Thermoteknix ClipIR XD – a thermal imaging clip-on device mounted on an NVG – providing not only augmented reality data but also thermal imaging fusion. The system provides heads-up navigation and tracking of friendlies, using GPS and digital terrain elevation data (DTED) to deliver accurate visualisation of geo-spatial information.

    Thermoteknix is privately owned and has been successfully delivering thermal imaging innovation for 40 years.



    TrellisWare Technologies

    Exhibitors
    http://www.trellisware.com

    TrellisWare Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in highly advanced algorithms, waveforms, and communications systems that range from small form factor radio products to fully integrated solutions. Our TSM™ waveform is incorporated into a wide range of systems, including TrellisWare radios and trusted industry partner radios, as well as multiple government and commercial solutions. TrellisWare is delivering the next generation of communications for military and commercial markets When Nothing Else Works™.

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    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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    https://21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com/

    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


    Soldier Modernisation

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    WHAT IS CPD?

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

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

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

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

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

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    GLOBAL CPD

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

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    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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