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The SMi Group are pleased to present the next annual conference in the sell-out portfolio of Armoured Vehicle events: Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness (FAVSA) 2022, taking place on the 4th - 5th April 2022 in London.

Militaries around the world are continuing to evolve and develop their armoured vehicle capabilities to provide increased situational awareness in order to empower commanders to make more informed decisions on the battlefield. Modern threats and challenges such as the asymmetric and urban nature of modern warfare are fuelling industry to produce ever-more innovative solutions to ensure armoured vehicles can collate, integrate and use information and data through a range of sources previously unavailable.

This conference provides the unparalleled opportunity to hear from international military representatives, industry and system integrators who are continuing to drive innovation in the field of situational awareness technology. They will be sharing their insight into ongoing and future requirements and developing a wider understanding of the shared challenges faced.
 

Now in its 6th year as the only event of its kind, FAVSA 2022 will include wide-ranging contributions from those directly involved in allied nations development programmes as well as the engineers and technical experts behind the latest solutions such as: Vetronic Architectures,AI and AR technology, autonomous capabilities, CIS, sensor technology, active protection systems and crew display solutions.
 

  • Dedicated military briefings from host and allied nation speakers providing detailed details on recent research developments and programme updates
  • Gain the opportunity to hear from and meet with leading OEMs and System Integrators, pioneering modern situational awareness solutions including utilisation of AI technology and unmanned capabilities  
  • Network with peers and experts in the market to gather insight
  • Attend a platform for the advancement of armoured vehicles situational awareness, bringing together those at the heart of systems operations, training, development and integration

With particular focus on the collaboration between military, research and industry, Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness invites not only the key programme managers, capability directors and operational commanders from the armed forces, but also ensures the participation of senior engineers, chief scientists and platform managers from the leading solution providers are present.

ABAL Insight; Alan Bolster Consulting Inc; ASELSAN; BAE Systems; BAE Systems Hägglunds; Battlespace Publications; Brazilian Army; British Army; Canadian Armed Forces; CeramTec-ETEC GmbH; Department for International Trade; Department Of Defense; DSTL; ELTA Systems; Embassy of Ukraine; ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik GmbH; Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology; FLIR UAS; FNSS Defense Systems; Galleon Embedded Computing Limited; German MoD; Hensoldt Optronics; High Commission of India; IMP Castle Associates Limited; ISDEFE; KME; KONGSBERG Protech Systems; L3 ASA Ltd; Litef Gmbh; Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems Uk Limited; METRAVIB; Microflown AVISA; MILVA; MoD; MoD DE&S; Moog Inc.; NATO; New Zealand Defence Staff; Nexter; Nexter Group; Norwegian Defence Research Establishment; Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI); Observis; OPTSYS; Patria; Petards Joyce-Loebl Ltd; Plasan Sasa Ltd; Pleora Technologies; Pleora Technologies Inc; QinetiQ; Rafael LTD; RFEL Ltd; Rockwell Collins; Royal Netherlands Army; Saab AB; Secomak Ltd; Sekai Europe Gmbh; Shephard Media; Spanish MoD; SSM; Thales UK; UAE GHQ; UK MoD; Ultra Electronics ; US Army; Vetronics Research Centre; Vitavox;
 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr John  Crozier

Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, DSTL, UK MoD

9:00 Testing Future Armoured Vehicle Situational Awareness for the British Army’s Fleet

Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce

Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce, Commanding Officer, Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army
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• Updates and prioritises for the ATDU
• Testing and integrating SA technology into the AJAX and Boxer programmes
• Looking to Industry to overcome challenges facing multi-platform communication systems

 

9:30 Delivering Enhanced Situational Awareness Through Integration of Modular and Open System Assured PNT Technologies

Colonel Nickolas Kioutas

Colonel Nickolas Kioutas, Project Manager - Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), US Army
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• Update and overview of the Mounted PNT Project and wider PM PNT programme
• Delivering PNT capabilities in GPS denied environments
• Updates on developing “Fight Tonight” and Advanced MAPS Solution Capabilities
 

10:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

10:30 Morning Coffee Break

11:00 Development of Holistic Situational Awareness Capabilities on German Armoured Combat Vehicles and Main Battle Tank Platforms

Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne

Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne, Chief of the Armoured Forces Branch - Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
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• Ensuring network enabled capability (NEC) across all platforms
• Planned SA capabilities including optronics and sensors for PUMA AIFV
• Update on efforts to upgrade C2, digital interface and battle management system technology on the Leopard MBT
 

11:30 The Next Generation of Armoured Vehicle Capabilities in the Dutch Armed Forces

Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk, Commander Ground Maneuver Knowledge Center , Royal Netherlands Army
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• Looking forward to the next generation of armoured vehicles, trials of the Iveco 12kN
• Defence 2035, upgrading AFV situational awareness capabilities to enable multi-domain operations
• Programme update on modernisation of CV9035 and Boxer vehicle platforms
 

12:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

12:30 Lunch Break

13:30 System Integration as the Backbone of Innovative Situational Awareness

Mr Christian Jacques

Mr Christian Jacques, Director of Innovation , ARQUUS

  • Developing complete mission systems integrated into armoured vehicle
    vetronic architectures: Battlenet
  • Challenges of integrating multiple sensors and making information
    accessible to crews
  • Arquus’ future for situational awareness capabilities
  • 14:00 Resolving the challenges of situational awareness in Wheeled Armoured Vehicle Platforms

    Mr Jukka Lemola

    Mr Jukka Lemola, Product Manager, Patria
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    • Levels of situational awareness and end-user needs
    • Combining sensor data to create actual situational awareness
    • Solutions for situational awareness using optionally manned systems
    • Overview of Patria’s Armoured Modular Vehicle platforms and integrated Local Situational Awareness System (LSAS)
     

    14:30 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Enhanced situational awareness through Mission System Integration (MSI) underpinned by Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) and the Land Data Model (LDM)

    Mr Keith Smith

    Mr Keith Smith, Generic Vehicle Architecture Senior Manager, Ministry of Defence
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    • UK Mission System Integration, architecture alignment, and capability governance
    • The role of architecture, data and technical standards to achieve integration and interoperability
    • Developments in GVA and the LDM
     

    16:00 Overcoming The Challenges of the ‘Urban Canyon' Environment Through Effective Management and Exploitation of Information

    Mr John  Crozier

    Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, DSTL, UK MoD

  • Exploiting electronic architectures to enhance SA
  • Situational Awareness requirements in the future multi-domain battlespace
  • Predicting future advances in SA capabilities
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr John  Crozier

    Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, DSTL, UK MoD

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:00 Integrating Future Situational Awareness Technology to Enhance the US Army’s Next Generation of Combat Vehicles

    Major General Ross Coffman

    Major General Ross Coffman, Director, Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
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    • Advancements in the US Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle programme
    • Integration of semi-autonomous technologies and robotics into standard operating practise for armoured formations
    • Importance of continual development of C4ISR capabilities to ensure control of the future battlespace
     

    9:30 Future Proofing the Next Generation of Spanish Wheeled Combat Vehicles: Assessing the Situational Awareness Capabilities

    Colonel Adrian Benito

    Colonel Adrian Benito, Chief of 8x8 Dragon AFV Program, Spanish MoD
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    • Integration of new vehicles with the Joint Tactical Radio System Program to ensure maximum SA and interoperability
    • Increasing Situational Awareness using 360° panoramic cameras and infrared camera systems
    • Looking forward to development of a Local Situational Awareness System for the VCR programme
     

    10:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee Break

    11:00 Developing Infantry Fighting Vehicle Capabilities Across the Slovenian Army

    Lieutenant Colonel Gregor Vodeb

    Lieutenant Colonel Gregor Vodeb, Head of Combat Capability Development Branch, Slovenian Armed Forces
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  • A wider view of the Slovenian Ground Forces modernisation, and collaboration with industry
  • Challenges in fielding latest situational awareness technology into operations – users’ perspective.
     
  • 11:30 Challenges and Solutions for the Improvement of Situational Awareness and Targeting Capabilities in existing Canadian Armoured Vehicle Platforms.

    Major Philippe Masse

    Major Philippe Masse, Project Director – Light Armoured Vehicle Specialist Variant Enhancements, Canadian Army Headquaters
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    • Overview of the Canadian Armed Forces modernisation and integration programmes across the wider armoured vehicle fleet
    • Embedding the latest developments in optics/precision and targeting and sighting systems
    • Optimizing battlefield management systems to improve the LAV 6.0 C4ISTAR
     

    12:00 Life Cycle Management through Support Partnerships

    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Mr Miguel Ramos, Engineering & Project Support Branch Chief, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
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    • An overview of the services Nations has agreed to perform in cooperation
    • Pros and cons of this common approach to life cycle management support
    • Examples of specific armoured systems and situational awareness capabilities
     

    12:30 Lunch Break

    13:30 Developing a European Standard for Modular Unmanned Ground Systems in Support of Manned Armoured Vehicle Formations

    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Mr Martin Jõesaar , Chief of iMUGS Project Office, Estonian Centre for Defence Investment
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    • The enhancement of situational awareness through hybrid manned and unmanned systems
    • The importance for unmanned system integration and open architectures for NATO interoperability
    • Lessons from the Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System’s programme (iMUGS)
     

    14:00 Safety & Security in Unmanned Platforms' Situational Awareness Architectures

  • The increasing importance of SA functions to the unmanned platform
  • The need for cost-effective safe and secure communication and data processing
  • Potential methods to achieve affordable SA subsystem architecture design
  • Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis, Technical Director, Vetronics Research Centre
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    Mr Alexander Andriotis

    Mr Alexander Andriotis, Technical Expert, System Safety, SCERTAS GmBH

    14:30 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 From Manned to Unmanned Platforms: Teaming, Platooning and the Use of UAVs

    Professor Antonios Tsourdos

    Professor Antonios Tsourdos, Head of the Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems Centre, Cranfield University

  • How autonomous systems can enhance manned vehicles understanding of the operating environment
  • 16:00 A Human- Centered Approach: The Importance of Understanding Crew Workloads to Implementing New Technologies into The Cockpit to Increase Situational Awareness

    Dr Thomas Ferris

    Dr Thomas Ferris, Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University

  • Assessing the aims and progress of the US Army Futures Command Crew
    Optimization and Augmentation Technologies programme
  • Working towards reducing cognitive overload and physiological strain on
    crews in an increasingly information congested environment
  • Looking forward: How this research can be used for the development of AI technology into the future
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr John  Crozier

    Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, DSTL, UK MoD

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Adrian Benito

    Colonel Adrian Benito

    Chief of 8x8 Dragon AFV Program, Spanish MoD
    Colonel Nickolas Kioutas

    Colonel Nickolas Kioutas

    Project Manager - Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), US Army
    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Technical Director, Vetronics Research Centre
    Lieutenant Colonel Gregor Vodeb

    Lieutenant Colonel Gregor Vodeb

    Head of Combat Capability Development Branch, Slovenian Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce

    Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce

    Commanding Officer, Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    Commander Ground Maneuver Knowledge Center , Royal Netherlands Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne

    Chief of the Armoured Forces Branch - Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
    Major General Ross Coffman

    Major General Ross Coffman

    Director, Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    Major Philippe Masse

    Major Philippe Masse

    Project Director – Light Armoured Vehicle Specialist Variant Enhancements, Canadian Army Headquaters
    Mr Alexander Andriotis

    Mr Alexander Andriotis

    Technical Expert, System Safety, SCERTAS GmBH
    Mr Christian Jacques

    Mr Christian Jacques

    Director of Innovation , ARQUUS
    Mr Jukka Lemola

    Mr Jukka Lemola

    Product Manager, Patria
    Mr Keith Smith

    Mr Keith Smith

    Generic Vehicle Architecture Senior Manager, Ministry of Defence
    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Chief of iMUGS Project Office, Estonian Centre for Defence Investment
    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Engineering & Project Support Branch Chief, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)

    Colonel Adrian Benito

    Chief of 8x8 Dragon AFV Program, Spanish MoD
    Colonel Adrian Benito

    CAREER PATH
    2003-2008: Staff Officer at the Medical Directorate of the Army, Madrid, Spain.
    2008-2010: Staff Officer at the Logistics Division of the Army Staff, Madrid, Spain.
    2013-2017
    2010-2013: Chief of Staff of the Army Medical Brigade, Madrid, Spain.
    2017-2019: Plans Branch Chief of the main Operational Logistics Force HQ Mayor Staff,
    A Coruña, Spain.
    2019- : Chief of 8x8 AFV Dragón Programme, SP MOD, Madrid, Spain.


    MISSIONS ABROAD
    2003-2004: Restructuring officer at the SFOR HQ, Sarajevo, BiH.
    2014-2015: CJ Operation Centre Director, at ISAF and Resolute Support missions HQs,
    Herat, Afghanistan.
    2017: Malian Armed Forces Training officer at EUTM, Bamako, Mali.


    ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
    General Officer training course.
    Staff Officer Graduated.
    Logistics High Management Course.
    Mastering In Management of Defense Acquisitions.


    Mother tongue. Spanish.
    English, NATO SLP 3.2.3.2.
    French, NATO SLP 4.3.3.3.
    German, NATO SLP 2.2.2.2.

    Colonel Nickolas Kioutas

    Project Manager - Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), US Army
    Colonel Nickolas Kioutas

    Colonel Nickolas Kioutas is the Project Manager for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PM PNT). Prior to becoming Project Manager, COL Kioutas graduated from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Before attending the War College, he served in the Pentagon as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Process Innovation and Integration where he spearheaded the SECARMY and Chief of Staff of the Army's acquisition reform efforts.
     

    COL Kioutas began his Army career in the Aviation branch, flying CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and commanding units in South Korea and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
    After Company Command at Fort Bragg, and the Combined Logistics Captain's Career Course, he transitioned to the Acquisition Corps, and began his first acquisition assignment as a Combat Developer at the Army Cyber Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia. During this assignment, COL Kioutas began his longtime involvement with robotic and unmanned systems development which spanned the range of acquisition and command activities to include requirements development, science and technology development, program management, testing, sustainment, and operational command. Highlights include assignments as the Deputy Commander for Task Force Observe Detect Identify Neutralize (TF ODIN) in Iraq, the Product Manager Joint Robotics, the Product Manager Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and the Product Manager Unmanned Aircraft Systems Modernization.


    COL Kioutas is a native of Rolling Meadows, Illinois. He holds a BS from the United States Military Academy, West Point and Master's Degrees in Systems Engineering, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, and Strategic Studies.COL Kioutas is married to Shellie Kioutas, an Army veteran, with whom he raised four children; Alexa, Allina, Cassandra, and Nicko.

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Technical Director, Vetronics Research Centre
    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis is the Technical Director of Vetronics Research Centre UK and Vetronics Research Centre EU. Since 2004 at the Vetronics Research Centre UK he has worked on several UK DSTL funded military land-systems fundamental research programmes, and on UK government funded information security research & development programmes. Since 2020 at the Vetronics Research Centre EU he has been working on EC EDIDP and EDA research programmes on Modular UGV and Active Protection System architectures. His areas of expertise are high-integrity embedded systems, safety & security architectures for military vehicle platform, low-latency secure embedded communication networks, and embedded systems offensive & defensive cybersecurity.

    Lieutenant Colonel Gregor Vodeb

    Head of Combat Capability Development Branch, Slovenian Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Gregor Vodeb

    Civilian Education
    • Bachelorette of Economic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    • Masters in Logistics, University of Maribor, Slovenia
    Military carrier education:
    • SAF NCO school, 1993
    • SAF Officer school, 2002
    • US Army Staff Course, (MCCC), 2007
    • SAF Command and Staff course, 2011
    • Masters of Strategic Studies, United States Army War Collage, Carlisle, PA, USA


    Military courses:
    • Armor Reconnosainsse Company Commander Course, PanzerTruppenSchulle, Germany, Bundeswehr, 1997
    • Airborne Course, US Army, 2004
    • US Army Ranger school 2004
    • NATO SOF COPD course, Belgium, 2015
    • NATO Senior Officer Policy Course, NATO School, Oberammergau, Germany, 2021

    Deployments:
    • SFOR, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2003 – Company Commander
    • KFOR, Kosovo, 2008 - Company Commander
    • KFOR, Kosovo, 2009 – Battalion Executive officer
    • MNJHQ Ulm, Germany, 2013 -2016, Civil Military Interaction (CMI) Branch
    • KFOR, Kosovo, 2018 – Battle Group West, Deputy Commander & National Contingent Commander

    Military Duties:
    • Squad Leader, Platoon Leader, 1993 -2000 (Armored – Mechanized Unit)
    • S3 Staff Officer, 2001
    • 2IC and Company Commander 2002 – 2008 (6x6 APC)
    • BN XO, 2008 - 2010 (6x6 APC)
    • Officer Staff Course Instructor, 2012
    • MA to CHOD, 2012
    • Brigade COS, 2013
    • Staff officer, operational – strategic level, 2013 – 2016
    • Brigade COS, 2017
    • Battalion Commander 2018 – 2020
    • Combat Capability Developement Branch, 2021 -

    Married to Nina. Two sons: Val (14) and Tristan (9).
    Leisure time activities:
    • Sports (running, cycling, hiking, basketball, alpine skiing, cross country skiing…)
    • Travelling
     

    Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce

    Commanding Officer, Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce

    Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce commissioned into the Blues and Royals with a passion for reconnaissance, he served in the Household Cavalry Regiment before stints in training, at mounted duty and in media operations; also as the Operations Officer for the Brigade Reconnaissance Force in Iraq.


    After Staff College, he served in the Permanent Joint Headquarters J3 (Operations) before commanding C Squadron HCR. He has also worked in Military Strategic Effects, for the European Training Mission in Mogadishu and on the AJAX programme. More recently he has been in the Joint Force Headquarters.


    Foremost are his passion for flying (fixed winged aircraft), skiing (generally with a small parachute - speed riding) and reforming the Army's least useful anachronisms.
    He assumed command of the Armoured Trials and Development Unit in August 2021.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    Commander Ground Maneuver Knowledge Center , Royal Netherlands Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    EDUCATION
    2016 School of Advanced Military Studies
    2015 Command and General Staff College
    2015 Advanced Command and Staff Course – Land Operations
    2013 Intermediate Command and Staff Course – Joint Curriculum
    2012 Intermediate Command and Staff Course – Land Operations
    2007 Royal Netherlands Military Academy, Bachelor of Science
    1999 Royal Netherlands Military Academy, Officer’s Diploma


    SERVICE RECORD (including deployments)
    2019- (Present) Commander of Ground Maneuver Knowledge Development Center
    2017-2019 Strategic Analyst and deputy Senior National Representative at US CENTCOM
    2015-2017 Staff courses
    2012-2015 Deputy G3, Plans Officer, 11 Air Maneuver Brigade (AASLT/ ABN)
    Executive Officer in G3 shop, Plans Officer in NATO IRF BDE
    2012-2015 Team leader, Netherlands ACOTA Burundi
    Netherlands Team leader in international team, training Burundi Infantry BN for AMISOM
    2009-2012 Exchange Officer, JRTC Fort Polk Louisiana
    Company Senior Trainer/ Mentor and BDE current operations Senior Trainer/ Mentor
    2007-2009 Company Commander, Charlie company, 44 Mechanized Infantry Battalion Deployed to
    Afghanistan (ISAF) in 2008; Commander Netherlands detachment Deh Rawod district, Uruzgan
    Province
    2006-2007 Battalion Intelligence Officer, 44 Mechanized Infantry Battalion
    Participated in Joint/ Combined exercise Caribbean Lion and
    2003-2006 Company Executive Officer, 11 Infantry Battalion Grenadiers en Jagers (AASLT)
    Returned to old BN in its Parachute Company; Deployed to Iraq (SFIR) in 2005
    2001-2002 Advanced Officer Education
    Royal Netherlands Military Academy
    1999-2000 Platoon Leader, 11 Infantry Battalion Grenadiers en Jagers (AASLT)
    Deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina (SFOR) in 2000
    1993-1994 Scout/ RTO, 1 (NLD/BEL) UN Transportation Battalion
    Deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina in 1994 (UNPROFOR) as scout vehicle driver


    REMARKS
    2012-2015 Volunteer Project Officer with TNO (Netherlands Defense innovation organization)

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne

    Chief of the Armoured Forces Branch - Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne


    Military background
    1985 Entry into the german armed forces
    1989 Study mechanical engineering, University of German Armed Forces Hamburg; graduated as a diploma mechanical engineer
    1988-1998 Different positions as platoon leader and company commander in the armoured infantry troop
    1998 Chief Instructor officers training at the infantry school
    2000-2004 Officer/senior officer, different armaments departments german forces
    2004 Deputy battalion commander, armoured infantry battalion
    2006 G4 logistics, amored brigade
    2008 G3 armament department, former German Army Office
    2010 Battalion Commander, armoured infantry battalion 371
    2013 Project director IFV PUMA&MARDER, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support
    2016 Ministry of Defense
    2020 - Chief of the Armoured Forces Branch, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre in Cologne

    Operations abroad
    1997 SFOR
    2007 KFOR
    2012 ISAF

    Lieutenant Colonel Linne is married and has two adult sons.
     

    Major General Ross Coffman

    Director, Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    Major General Ross Coffman

    MG Ross Coffman graduated from Centre College and earned his commission as an Armor Officer from the University of Kentucky.
    He was first assigned to 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas where he served as a Platoon Leader, Troop Executive Officer, and Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment Commander. During this assignment, the unit deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operations Desert Shield and Storm.


    Following the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, MG Coffman then served with 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment as Squadron Maintenance Officer, Adjutant, and Troop Commander with deployments to Haiti and Bosnia.
    After Troop Command, MG Coffman served as an Observer Controller at the National Training Center with the Cobra Team and attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
    He joined the 3rd Infantry Division in 2002 and deployed as an operations officer during the invasion of Iraq and later as a Brigade Operations Officer and Executive Officer during OIF III.
    Following his assignment to Fort Stewart, MG Coffman joined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force South (JIATF-S) in Key West, Florida and conducted counter narcotics operations in the SOUTHCOM AOR.
    MG Coffman next returned to Fort Stewart, Georgia and commanded 1-64 Combined Arms Battalion during its deployment to Northern Iraq, and later served as the 3rd Infantry Division G-3.


    MG Coffman then attended Harvard University as an AWC National Security Fellow and Commanded 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division and the NTC’s Operations Group.
    Following Command, MG Coffman served as the 1st Infantry Division’s Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver with service at Fort Riley, Kansas and Poland.
    MG Coffman has been a member of incredible units that were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, The Valorous Unit Award, The Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, and The Superior unit award.

     

    Major Philippe Masse

    Project Director – Light Armoured Vehicle Specialist Variant Enhancements, Canadian Army Headquaters
    Major Philippe Masse

    Major Philippe Masse was born in Montréal, Québec. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1998. He became an Infantry Officer of the Royal 22e Régiment after graduation from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2004.


    Major Masse served with his regiment as a Platoon Commander, Operations Officer, Company second-in-command (2ic) and Officer Commanding the Parachute Company. He was deployed in Afghanistan twice. First, as a light infantry platoon commander at the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team in 2006-07. The second deployment was as the Parachute Company 2ic for the Canadian Battle Group in 2010-11.
    His extra regimental postings include experience at the Canadian Special Force Command Headquarters (CANSOFCOM HQ) as international operations planner and strategic liaison officer. He also served as the executive assistant of the Commander 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
    In 2017, Maj Masse completed the Army Technical Staff Officer program (ATSO), and transitioned to the project and acquisition domain as the Project Director for the Light Armoured Vehicle Specialist Variant Enhancements project (PD LAV SVE). Maj Masse is currently employed as part of the Directorate of Land Requirements (DLR) of the Canadian Army Headquarters.
     

    Mr Alexander Andriotis

    Technical Expert, System Safety, SCERTAS GmBH
    Mr Alexander Andriotis

    Mr Christian Jacques

    Director of Innovation , ARQUUS
    Mr Christian Jacques

    Mr John Crozier

    Technical Partner, DSTL, UK MoD
    Mr John  Crozier

    Mr Jukka Lemola

    Product Manager, Patria
    Mr Jukka Lemola

    Mr Jukka Lemola is a representative of the Finnish defence industry company Patria, who has a comprehensive service with both the Finnish Defence Forces and the defence industry.


    During his 28-year military career he specialized in material projects connected to infantry troops and he has been involved in numerous Finnish Defence Forces’ material projects consisting, among other things, ballistic protection, weapon-, C4i-, sensor- and vehicle-systems. He has exceptional understanding of the customer and the end-user needs in defence industry.
    Mr Lemola has served in several locations, in and outside of Finland, with his last role being Research Officer at the FDF’s Army Research Centre. On leaving the FDF, Mr Lemola joined the Finnish defence industry company FY-Composites. Mr Lemola currently serves as a Product Manager at Patria.
     

    Mr Keith Smith

    Generic Vehicle Architecture Senior Manager, Ministry of Defence
    Mr Keith Smith

    Keith was a Royal Air Force avionics apprentice and spent 20 years in air force service. Keith joined the Ministry of Defence in 1996 and has worked in systems engineering roles on major projects in the Air and Land domains.

    Keith has been the lead for the development of the UK Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) approach and standard since 2011. As well as being responsible for the GVA Standard, he has led and championed the development and use of the Land Data Model (LDM), which is key to achieving the MOD aspiration of interoperable open systems architectures and wider cross system interoperability.
     

    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Chief of iMUGS Project Office, Estonian Centre for Defence Investment
    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Mr Martin Jõesaar served in the Estonian Defence Forces for 16 years as an officer. He added valuable contribution into the integration of Short Range Air Defence Missile Systems to the existing units at the early stage of his career. However, the latter part and the majority of his time was spent on helping to build up the Special Operations Forces Unit in order to meet the new challenges of NATO. This included different command positions within in the structure and contribution as an instructor and an operations officer at the HQ, including a deployment to Afghanistan under CJSOTF10 in 2012.


    In 2019, Mr Jõesaar left the military in a rank of major and joined the Defence Industry side instead as the COO of an unmanned aerial systems developer and producer Threod Systems, based in Estonia. Additionally to the everyday coordination, ensuring the smooth process flow internally in the factory, one of the main roles for him was sharing the end-user experience. Threod Systems specialises on providing the state of the art equipment tailored according to the needs of the military and security forces. In which it is crucial to understand the intelligence collection details and its connections to the higher level HQ planning process for providing the full solution for the clients.
    In the end of 2020, Mr Jõesaar accepted the offer to become the representative of the participating member states of the iMUGS project. By being the link between the industry consortium and the participating nations, he will play the key role in ensuring the full transparency of the project and helping all counterparts to understand the process in the mutual way. Coordinating such a complex international and multilingual project was the kind of challenge he gladly accepted.
     

    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Engineering & Project Support Branch Chief, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Education: MSc in Aeronautical Engineering , PgC in Technology Management, and Prince 2 and MSP Practitioner.
    Experience: 27 years of experience providing and managing in-service support for military systems. After 5 years serving in the Spanish Air Force as Project Officer, I joined NSPA (former NAMSA) in 1999 responsible for anti-tank systems support, later expanded to Land Combat Missiles and Electro-Optical Systems and since 2014 responsible for the Engineering and Project Support Branch (Air and Land Combat Systems Programme) where I lead a team of 50 engineers and technicians providing project support and technical assistance for Life Cycle Management of combat systems including missiles, artillery and armoured vehicles.
     

    Periklis Charchalakis

    Technical Director, Vetronics Research Centre
    Periklis Charchalakis

    Professor Antonios Tsourdos

    Head of the Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems Centre, Cranfield University
    Professor Antonios Tsourdos

    Thomas Ferris

    Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
    Thomas Ferris

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


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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, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

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

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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