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SAE Media Group are delighted to announce the inaugural Counter UAS Technology Europe Conference, taking place in London on 19 and 20 April 2023.

With the growing proliferation of small drones and UAS technology, European armed forces and security agencies seeking to protect critical national infrastructure at home and also forward deployed personnel operating abroad. The European Counter UAS market is constantly growing with new programmes and projects announced. There has therefore never been a more important time for European C-UAS stakeholders to meet and network at Counter UAS Technology Europe 2023.

Counter UAS Technology Europe 2023 will showcase the very latest technology in the market to ensure that European personnel, equipment and infrastructure are protected from the proliferation of drones.

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

 

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

Conference programme

7:30 Registration & Coffee

8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Roy Bookham

Mr Roy Bookham, Senior Principal Consultant, Counter-UAS, Platforms Systems Division, Dstl
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8:30 MoD Keynote: Driving Improvements on UK MoD C-UAS Capabilities: Latest Updates and Future Priorities

Group Captain Gary Darby

Group Captain Gary Darby, Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, UK Ministry of Defence
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• Developing innovative systems to enhance C-UAS efficiency: an overview of current UK MoD projects
• Working with solution providers to integrate sophisticated C-UAS technologies and improve emergency responses
• Adapting to rapidly changing airspace security situations: lessons learned from Ukraine
• Assessing civilian applications that could be repurposed for Defence requirements

9:00 Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor - Aaronia AG

9:30 Army HQ Keynote Address: C-UAS: A Single-Service View

Wing Commander Mark Bowden

Wing Commander Mark Bowden, SO1 Integrated Air and Missile Defence and SO1 All Arms Counter-sUAS, British Army
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• The UAS dilemma: threat proliferation, development and saturation
• Mitigating the threat: UK, partner nations and industry
• Framing the UAS 'counter' threat: fractures, stovepipes and fluidity
• Building and maintaining relationships
• The Land GBAD Programme: C-sUAS & C-SAT
• Organic self-protection: All-Arms C-sUAS

10:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Echodyne

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Detection and Classification of UAS in Complex Environments

Mr Lars Krogh Vammen

Mr Lars Krogh Vammen, Business Development Director, Weibel Scientific A/S
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• UAS characteristics and the impact on the countering of the UAS threat
• How to uphold performance in clutter rich environments
• How to get inside your opponents’ OODA loop
• There is no “one ring to rule them all” - It’s a system thing
 

11:30 C-UAS: A Unit Commander’s Perspective

Wing Commander Sam Wiseman

Wing Commander Sam Wiseman, Officer Commanding No 2 Force Protection C-UAS Wing, Royal Air Force
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• Journey from concept to operational delivery
• Current and future direction of travel
• Key lessons

12:00 Operational Experience with the Fielded Military GUARDION C-UAS Solution

Ms Daniela Hildenbrand

Ms Daniela Hildenbrand, Head of Business Unit C-UAS Solutions, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH
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• ESG as hardware-agnostic system integrator provides mission-proven GUARDION C-UAS solutions (fielded with German Armed forces)
• Importance of balancing customer expectations with technological limits of commercially available equipment (high degree of automation & reliability necessary)
• Independent system integrators can intelligently combine complementary sub-systems in close cooperation with end users in order to maximize the operational benefits

12:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - EdgeSource

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Developing Integrated Systems to Improve C-UAS Responses

Mr Mario Behn

Mr Mario Behn, DEU VNC/Principal Scientist, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, NCI, NATO
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• Embedding multi-sensor integration in C-UAS systems to maximise drone defeat
• Zero-second integration: improving efficiency through standardisation
• Adopting technology to establish a common for interfacing sensing, effector, and fusion

14:30 The Threat of Rogue Drones on the Rise: Defending Fixed and Moving Critical Assets from Malicious Drones

Mr Bill Haraka

Mr Bill Haraka, VP Defence & Security, Robin Radar Systems BV

• What makes a company with 33 years of experience in bird detection uniquely positioned to detect, track and classify drones for the Counter Drone (C-UAS) sector?
• The exponential increase in drone usage and recent examples of malicious intent, a holistic C-UAS solution, RADAR On The Move (OTM) and baseline C-UAS requirements for the protection of critical infrastructure and fixed and moving Military assets from small rogue drones
• What are the vital counter-UAS solutions and protective measures to the new drone threats facing our world?
 

15:00 Collaborating with Allied Nations to Advance C-UAS Capabilities

Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre Papy

Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre Papy, NATO Defence Against Terrorism DAT Counter UAV Chairman and Professor, Department of Ballistics and Weapon Systems , NATO and Belgium Royal Military Academy
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• Developing efficient systems capable of neutralising new threats
• Testing market solutions to ensure they meet C-UAS needs
• Working towards a synchronised C-UAS strategy among NATO nations
• Creating data-sharing mechanisms to facilitate cooperation and collaboration

15:30 Counter-Drone Solutions and Concepts for Control and Continuity in Sensitive Scenarios

Mr Martin Broomhead

Mr Martin Broomhead, UK General Manager, D-Fend Solutions
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• The emerging drone threat in sensitive and challenging environments
• Shortcomings of traditional, legacy C-UAS technologies in the detection and mitigation of drone threats
• Next-gen, smart, cyber-centric counter-drone approach with operational agility and flexibility, while maintaining safety, control, and continuity

16:00 Afternoon Tea

16:30 Adjusting Procurement Practices to an Ever-Evolving C-UAS Landscape

Captain Rens Govaers

Captain Rens Govaers, Delegate of Bureau Rockets & Missiles C-UAS Project Team, General Directorate Material Resources, Belgian Armed Forces
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• Belgian approach to C-UAS in an international environment
• Addressing current challenges in procuring new technology to counter the growing threat of enemy UAS
• How realistic are requirements and how to make sure industry is ready for it

17:00 Integrating Advanced C-UAS Capabilities within France’s Defence System

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Viala

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

• Developing a laser defence system: key insights into France’s latest C-UAS updates
• Strategies to secure sensitive sites in France, as well as army bases in external operations
• Designing advanced systems to detect, classify, and safely neutralise micro and mini UAS

17:30 Protecting European Skies: Latest Updates to the European C-UAS Legislation

Mr Max Brandt

Mr Max Brandt, Policy Officer - DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
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• Key insights into the latest C-UAS regulation published by the European Commission
• Community building and information sharing: strategies to facilitate operational and practical cooperation between EU nations
• Top tips for preparing aerodromes to mitigate risks from unauthorised drone use
• Adopting a risk-based approach to implementing C-UAS solutions: testing and procurement guidance
• Practical tools for preventing and handline collisions of manned aircraft with UAS

18:00 Prevention and Integration: Adopting Whole Government Approaches to Expand National C-UAS Capabilities

Major Michel K.C Koopman

Major Michel K.C Koopman, Cdt 640 SQN NLD Air Force Staff Officer / C-UAS Program Manager, Royal Netherlands Air Force

• Integrating C-UAS systems in other national services to maximise defence capabilities
• Tips for facilitating stakeholders’ access to funding for new defence technologies
• Strategies to foster cooperation with the international community on C-UAS systems
• Establishing cross-agency training facilities to increase accessibility and enable interagency collaboration

18:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Mr Roy Bookham

Mr Roy Bookham, Senior Principal Consultant, Counter-UAS, Platforms Systems Division, Dstl
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18:40 Drinks Reception Hosted by Aaronia AG

7:30 Registration & Coffee

8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Roy Bookham

Mr Roy Bookham, Senior Principal Consultant, Counter-UAS, Platforms Systems Division, Dstl
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8:30 The Polish Armed Forces Strategy to Counter UAS – Challenges and Opportunities

Brigadier General Kazimierz  Dynski

Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski , Air and Missile Defence Departament Chief, General Command of Polish Armed Forces
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• The evolving threat of UAS: observations from the Russia-Ukraine war
• UAS in multi-domain operations: from detection to engagement
• Developing strategic partnerships to improve C-UAS responses
 

9:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Northrop Grumann

9:30 Defending Sensitive Targets, Military Command Posts and Moving Troops: The Challenge of Developing Proper C-UAS systems in PeSCo and National Programmes

Colonel Alessio Gronchi

Colonel Alessio Gronchi, Director, Italian Counter-Mini/Micro UAS Centre of Excellence, Italian Army
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• Protecting troops both in homeland security operations and in international theatres: the challenge of the “on the move” capability
• Cooperating and working with other nations in the development of anti-drone projects to devise advanced C-UAS technologies: advantages and limits
• Establishing a Centre of Excellence (CoE) to facilitate C-UAS testing
 

10:00 Working in Partnership to Advance Ground-Based Air Defence

Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

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

• Developing joint testing programmes to expand European defensive potential
• Ensuring full interoperability with existing NATO-integrated C-UAS architecture
• Working with other European nations to procure C-UAS solutions with rapid deployment and reaction time

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Convexum

11:30 Drone Warfare: Full Spectrum of Technology & Solution to Deal with a Wide Range of UAS Threats

Mr Sam Ong

Mr Sam Ong, CEO, TRD Singapore
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• Outlining the range of C-UAS technologies available today: Which is better? Radar? RF? Jamming? Spoofing? Take Control? Hard Kill? Others?
• Developing a full spectrum C-UAS solution: fixed site, mobile, man portable, operating as a system of systems
• Understanding the challenges of developing efficient C-UAS capabilities and the need for C-UAS test centre
• Future UAS trends and C-UAS R&D

12:00 Latest Updates on the C-UAS Capabilities of the Spanish Army

Lieutenant Colonel Alejandro Fresno Calvo

Lieutenant Colonel Alejandro Fresno Calvo, 71st AAA Regiment/1st Group Cmdr, Spanish Army
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• C-UAS doctrine in the Spanish Armed Forces and in the Army
• Latest exercises and operations to test C-UAS as part of the AAA Defence system
• Future C-UAS plans for the Spanish Army
 

12:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor - Fortem Technologies

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 U.S. Combat Training School: Advancing sUAS Training in Europe

Dr James Bailey

Dr James Bailey, SUAS Lead, US Air Forces Europe
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• Interoperability in an unprecedented environment
• Developing Air Base Air Defence in the absence of the Army
• Providing OPFOR to test C-UAS operational capabilities
• Managing electromagnetic air spaces: Blue & Red force deconfliction

14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

15:00 Building Robust International Relationships to Improve the Effectiveness of US C-UAS Technologies

Mr John Gibbs

Mr John Gibbs, AMD Capability Area Lead, U.S. Army DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center

• Partnering with other nations to advance C-UAS capabilities
• Insights into the DEVCOM’s C-UAS portfolio and key efforts to support the Army’s Air and Missile Defense Modernisation
• Working with the JCO and other service branches to maximise the potential for the US Military’s C-UAS program

15:30 Developing Successful Dual-Use Technologies

Mr Darshan Divakaran

Mr Darshan Divakaran, Senior Manager, Strategic Innovation & Partnerships, AFWERX
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• Integrating emerging technologies into military C-UAS strategies
• Building robust partnerships to overcome international challenges
• Working with the commercial sector to improve C-UAS solutions

16:00 Afternoon Tea

16:30 Procurement of New Technology Capabilities for a Small Defence Force

Captain Kasper Wiese Korshoj

Captain Kasper Wiese Korshoj, Deputy Chief UAS / C-UAS Branch, Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization

• Danish approach to C-UAS in an international environment
• Current challenges: technology developments drive the operational needs and requirements cannot keep up
• Addressing organisational maturity to acquire, implement and deploy a CUAS capability
 

17:00 Augmenting Procurement Capabilities to Ensure a Sustainable C-UAS Strategy

Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis, Contract, Programme Manager, Greek Ministry of National Defence
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• Counter UAS assets/caps in Hellenic Air Force
• Procuring sustainment for Counter UAS capabilities
• Evaluating procuring options

17:30 Panel Discussion: Working Together to Combat C-UAS Threats: Increasing Operational Interoperability, Readiness and Effectiveness

• Joint prevention: developing international partnerships to protect allies from C-UAS threats
• Developing interoperable systems to enable integration into other air defence systems
• Lessons from Ukraine: the role of cooperation in bolstering C-UAS capabilities

Mr Mario Behn

Mr Mario Behn, DEU VNC/Principal Scientist, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, NCI, NATO
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Brigadier General Kazimierz  Dynski

Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski , Air and Missile Defence Departament Chief, General Command of Polish Armed Forces
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Group Captain Gary Darby

Group Captain Gary Darby, Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, UK Ministry of Defence
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Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

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

Dr James Bailey

Dr James Bailey, SUAS Lead, US Air Forces Europe
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18:00 Partnership Working to Successfully Intercept Illegal Drone Activity: Lessons Learned from the Norwegian Police and INTERPOL C-UAS Collaboration

Mr Jan Otto Johansen

Mr Jan Otto Johansen, Head of CUAS, Norwegian National Police/EOD
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• Collaborating with partner agencies and industry experts to evaluate and test drone countermeasures
• Developing effective detection, tracking and identification processes to ensure the safety of airport environments
• Delivering workshops and presentations to address drone incursions with a view to evidence retention
 

18:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Mr Roy Bookham

Mr Roy Bookham, Senior Principal Consultant, Counter-UAS, Platforms Systems Division, Dstl
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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Brigadier General Kazimierz  Dynski

Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski

Air and Missile Defence Departament Chief, General Command of Polish Armed Forces
Group Captain Gary Darby

Group Captain Gary Darby

Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, UK Ministry of Defence
Wing Commander Mark Bowden

Wing Commander Mark Bowden

SO1 Integrated Air and Missile Defence and SO1 All Arms Counter-sUAS, British Army

Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski

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

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

Captain Kasper Wiese Korshoj

Deputy Chief UAS / C-UAS Branch, Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization
Captain Kasper Wiese Korshoj

Captain Rens Govaers

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

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

Colonel Alessio Gronchi

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

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

Dr James Bailey

SUAS Lead, US Air Forces Europe
Dr James Bailey

2021-05 – present
US Air Forces Europe - Africa (GS-13) – Kaiserslautern, Germany
Combat Training School - Small Drone Program Manager
• Integrates sUAS solutions throughout the European & African theater
• Trains & educates Air Component Staff on IAMD concepts & designs
• Networks with NATO and other partners to develop operational products
 

Group Captain Gary Darby

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

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

Lieutenant Colonel Alejandro Fresno Calvo

71st AAA Regiment/1st Group Cmdr, Spanish Army
Lieutenant Colonel Alejandro Fresno Calvo

LtCl (OF4) Alejandro Fresno joined de Spanish Army military academy in 1996, graduating as Artillery officer in 2001. He has participated in two missions in BiH and has covered almost all positions into the AAA chain of command in units integrated into the Air Defence (System (Battery Cmdr, AAA Command Post Chief and Sam Allocator). In NATO he has covered the position of Battlefield Coordination Element (BCE) in CAOC Torrejón for two years.
He and his team have been involved in many AAA life firing and testing exercises and now, as 1st AAA Group Cmdr in the 71st AAA Regiment, he leads field tests and iniciatives to improve C-UAS fight in the SP Army.
He was designaded as AAA Cluster Cmdr to protect the NATO Summit that took place in june 2022 in Madrid integrating the cluster into the SP National Air Defence System, where C-UAS capabilities were deployed as well.
 

Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre Papy

NATO Defence Against Terrorism DAT Counter UAV Chairman and Professor, Department of Ballistics and Weapon Systems , NATO and Belgium Royal Military Academy
Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre Papy

LtCol (OF4) Prof Alexandre Papy (ir PhD) has a master and a PhD in engineering where he specialized in weapon systems and ballistics.
After a military training as a GBAD/IF officer he has been working in an artillery operational unit where he lead the Fire Direction Center.
He then became an Assistant, Associate Professor and then Professor in the department of weapons systems and ballistics of the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, Belgium.

At NATO level, he did start working in the field of non-lethal capabilities where he used to be chairman of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Capability Group and is still chairing the standardization and CUAV subgroups.
He broadened his scope some years ago by being active in the field of counter-UAV.
He is part of different NATO and EU Counter UAS initiatives and is chairing the NATO DAT C-UAV project where he recently directed the NNTEX-22C exercise.
His main domains of expertise are the neutralization part of the kill chain and field experimentation.
 

Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

Contract, Programme Manager, Greek Ministry of National Defence
Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

Lt Col N. Oikonomakis is a Staff Officer (OF4) at General Directorate for Defence Investments & Armaments in Ministry of National Defence. He is responsible for the management of Principal Contracts with Companies & Government to Government Agreements in the field of Aeronautics (F-35, F-16 Viper Upgrade, F-16 BLK 52+ ADV Upgrade, FOS Patriot, FOS AEW&C, FOS Crotale NG-GR, etc.).
He has more than 13 years’ flying experience in managing and directing air operations, as well as working experience in projects/programs development from inception to completion. His operational background includes flying with Greek and NATO AWACS (more than 2200 flying hours), planning and executing a wide range of peacetime and wartime Airborne Battle Management, C2 & Joint ISR operations.
He lectures International Business, Financial Management, Contemporary Issues in Marketing and Project Management at New York College of Athens for University of Bolton and University of Greenwich.

Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

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

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Viala

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

Major Michel K.C Koopman

Cdt 640 SQN NLD Air Force Staff Officer / C-UAS Program Manager, Royal Netherlands Air Force
Major Michel K.C Koopman

Mr Darshan Divakaran

Senior Manager, Strategic Innovation & Partnerships, AFWERX
Mr Darshan Divakaran

Darshan “Dash” Divakaran is an aerospace intrapreneur and technology evangelist with expertise in uncrewed aviation, aviation development, geospatial analysis, emerging technologies, and program management. His areas of expertise in uncrewed aviation also includes Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS), Uncrewed Traffic Management (UTM) Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and related emerging technologies. He has led many efforts to work with the public and private sector to develop, integrate and manage national programs and initiatives. He is also an FAA certified commercial pilot with multi engine rating and holds a FAA part 107 remote pilot certificate.

Currently Dash is the Senior Manager for Strategic Innovation & Partnerships for AFWERX, the innovation arm of the Department of Air Force. In his role he leads efforts to promote innovation and integration through interagency, federal, state, and academic partnerships. In addition, he supports the industry engagement, outreach, and educational initiatives for AFWERX. He is also the airspace integration and industry engagement lead on the AFWERX Agility Prime program, the non-traditional program to accelerate the commercial market for advanced air mobility vehicles.
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/darshandivakaran
 

Mr Jan Otto Johansen

Head of CUAS, Norwegian National Police/EOD
Mr Jan Otto Johansen

Jan Otto Johansen is a Norwegian Police Superintendent with more than 15 years of operational experience from different branches within Law enforcement. As Head of C-UAS at the National Police, Mr. Johansen has supported numerous organizations worldwide, sharing his knowledge and experience about police use of drones and drone countermeasures. AS the operational commander Mr. Johansen was responsible for the planning, execution and evaluation of the INTERPOL Drone Incursion Exercise held at Oslo Airport.

Mr John Gibbs

AMD Capability Area Lead, U.S. Army DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center
Mr John Gibbs

Mr Lars Krogh Vammen

Business Development Director, Weibel Scientific A/S
Mr Lars Krogh Vammen

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

Mr Mario Behn

DEU VNC/Principal Scientist, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, NCI, NATO
Mr Mario Behn

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

Mr Martin Broomhead

UK General Manager, D-Fend Solutions
Mr Martin Broomhead

Martin currently operates as the General Manager and Sales Director for D-Fend Solutions’ UK business interests. He has worked within the Aerospace industry for the past 15 years and during this time, has held senior management roles for Boeing, Thales and QinetiQ including UK AH-64E Sustainment Bid Director, Head of Business Development for Global Defence Aviation Services and Business Director for South East ASIA. Prior to this, Martin served with the British Army Air Corps as a Helicopter Pilot for 25 years.

Mr Max Brandt

Policy Officer - DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
Mr Max Brandt

Max Brandt is policy officer in the counter-terrorism unit of DG HOME. As part of the resilience team, he works on critical infrastructure, countering risks posed by Unmanned Aerial Systems and hybrid threats. He is also in charge of a task force on secure communication. Previously, he worked in the field of security research in the Commission, focusing on the protection of critical infrastructure. Before joining the Commission, he worked as chief of staff to a Member of the European Parliament.

Mr Roy Bookham

Senior Principal Consultant, Counter-UAS, Platforms Systems Division, Dstl
Mr Roy Bookham

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

Roy returned to Dstl in 2009 and has worked to the present day as the Senior Principal Consultant for Counter-UAS (C-UAS), responsible for producing and delivering C-UAS R&D Strategy for the UK MOD. In this post, he advises a wide range of UK Stakeholders on C-UAS issues.
 

Mr Sam Ong

CEO, TRD Singapore
Mr Sam Ong

Sam Ong is the Founder and CEO of TRD Singapore. TRD is a full-fledged system integrator for a complete detect-and-defeat C-UAS solution, as well as an OEM for defeat systems known as the ORION Anti-Drone System that has been deployed and proven in over 20 countries around the world since 2017 including in airbases and airports. Prior to founding TRD in 2011, Sam has served more than 25 years in the Singapore Military, including 3 years with the US Marine Corps at their War Fighting Lab to develop new capabilities for Counter Terrorism and Emerging Threats. He holds a Master’s degree in Defence Technology Management and has years of experience in C-UAS.

Ms Daniela Hildenbrand

Head of Business Unit C-UAS Solutions, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH
Ms Daniela Hildenbrand

Daniela Hildenbrand is Head of Business Unit Counter-UAS Solutions at ESG. With an academic background (LL.M.) and previous experience in international affairs, diplomacy and international law focusing on intelligence, unmanned aerial reconnaissance and Shared Situation Awareness, her objective is the harmonisation of enhanced perspectives for the constructive use of UAS with a significant reduction of their misuse for criminal and terroristic purposes.

Wing Commander Mark Bowden

SO1 Integrated Air and Missile Defence and SO1 All Arms Counter-sUAS, British Army
Wing Commander Mark Bowden

The British Army HQ lead for C-sUAS and IAMD, Bowden has strong operational pedigree, commanding No II Sqn RAF Regt and completing multiple operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. A career Air FP operator, his previous roles include tours in PJHQ and State ceremonial duties.

Wing Commander Sam Wiseman

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

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

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The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.
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Sponsors and Exhibitors


Advanced Protection Systems

Gold Sponsor
http://apsystems.tech/en/

Advanced Protection Systems from Gdynia creates pioneering FIELDctrl 3D MIMO radars and SKYctrl anti-drone systems that detect and neutralise unmanned aerial vehicles.

The company independently develops, manufactures and implements every component of the technology in-house: from integrated circuits, electronics, mechatronics to software and final implementation.

Advanced Protection Systems radar technologies protect key locations around the world. The company cooperates, among others, with telecommunication corporations from the Gulf region, the airport network in Norway, the Azoty Group and the Port of Gdynia.

The SKYctrl system has been part of the equipment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces since the end of September and is already being used in the war zone.

"So far, this is the best system that I and the other units have seen and experienced," shared one of the Ukrainian commanders.



Convexum

Gold Sponsor
http://www.convexum.com

Convexum was founded in 2017 by young entrepreneurs from an IDF elite intelligence unit, with the mission of building an end-to-end counter-drone solution designed for dense urban areas, with no interference and no collateral damage.

Led by top C-UAS experts and powered by the world’s elite counter-drone research team, Convexum developed a field-proven, technology-leading counter-drone solution that can effectively defend airports, prisons, oil & gas facilities, critical infrastructure, government facilities, mass events, and more. Convexum C-UAS solution automatically detects, tracks, takes over, and safely lands unauthorized commercial drones in a designated zone, without interfering with other communications nor creating any risks of collateral damage. The system covers a wide range of commercial drones that represent most commercial drones flown today around the world.

It can be deployed in fixed, portable, and car-mounted modes to answer a wide range of use cases and requirements.



Echodyne

Gold Sponsor
https://www.echodyne.com

Echodyne, the radar platform company, designs and delivers innovative, high performance, compact, solid-state radars built on proprietary Metamaterials ESA (MESA®) technology. Ideally suited for advanced 4D situational awareness, Echodyne’s commercially priced electronically scanned array radars are used by defense and government agencies, defense contractors, and security integrators for counter-UAS, portable ISR, border security, and critical infrastructure protection applications and autonomous machine developers for unmanned aerial and ground vehicle applications. Privately held, the company is based in Kirkland, Washington, and is backed by Bill Gates, NEA, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital, Vanedge Capital, and Lux Capital among others. For more information, please visit: Echodyne.com


Edgesource Corporation

Gold Sponsor
http://www.edgesource.com

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



ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH

Gold Sponsor
http://www.esg.de/en

ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH has been one of the leading German providers of design, integration, in-service support and operation of complex, security-related electronic and IT systems for five decades. ESG provides products and services for German and international customers from government authorities, the fields of defence and public security and industry. ESG is a certified aviation company for aircraft and aviation equipment for the Bundeswehr (German Federal Armed Forces) and an aviation engineering company in line with EASA Parts 21J/G and EASA Part 145. As a special systems company for mission avionics, simulation and training, as well as special deployment systems, ESG offers customized solutions. In the field of C-UAS, ESG is the lead system integrator for the GUARDION consortium and provider of the state-of-the-art C3I software ELYSION. In this role, ESG is currently supplying the German Armed Forces with C-UAS systems for field camp protection


Northrop Grumman Corporation

Gold Sponsor
http://www.northropgrumman.com

Northrop Grumman is a technology company, focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with capabilities they need to connect, advance and protect the U.S. and its allies. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our 90,000 employees define possible every day.



TDR

Gold Sponsor
http://www.trd.sg/

TRD is a pioneer in the Counter-UAS domain, beginning operations from a small consultancy firm in 2011 and growing massively into a full-fledged system integrator for complete detect-and-defeat Counter-UAS solution, as well as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for defeat systems with its flagship ORION Drone Gun products that are already fielded and proven in over 20 countries since 2017.

Having first succeeded in its home-ground, TRD has further established operations in different parts of the world and proceeded to be at the forefront of the industry, competing head-to-head against global companies and winning competition for international projects along the company's strategy of Grow ASEAN Go Global.

TRD develops and owns all its Counter-UAS mitigation products including the newly developed first-in-the-world ORION-H9 Drone Gun and the ORION-12 wide-band selectable jammer that has been proven to be able take down 4G/5G drones in its live demonstrations in Estonia and Thailand.

Today, TRD’s systems span across the world in various segments from safeguarding vital installations such as oil and gas and international airports, to VVIP force and event protection as well as military applications.

TRD is now embarking on the next bound of its journey, implementing advanced soft kill, directed energy weapon, hard kill and drone-on-drone capabilities into its overall solution to defend against more sophisticated and emerging drone threats including the latest kamikaze drones.



Weibel Scientific A/S

Gold Sponsor
www.weibelradars.com

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


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D-Fend Solutions Ltd.

Sponsors
https://www.d-fendsolutions.com

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


Fortem Technologies

Sponsors
https://fortemtech.com/

Fortem Technologies is the leader in airspace awareness, security, and defense for detecting and defeating dangerous drones. Through an advanced, end to end system of distributed radar, AI at the Edge, deep sensor integration, and autonomous drone capture, Fortem monitors and defends the world’s venues, infrastructures, cities, and regions. The same system is accelerating the safety of the world’s airspace for urban air mobility.


OpenWorks Engineering

Sponsors
http://www.openworksengineering.com

OpenWorks Engineering has developed innovative technologies that are already deployed in integrated counter-drone systems used by the world’s leading security and counter terrorism authorities, the SkyWall family.

SkyWall systems offer defence and security organisations the capability to autonomously classify, track and capture drone targets; protecting the public, VIPs, service personnel, and critical and sensitive infrastructure from the threats posed by drones.

The SkyWall Autonomous Optics products make use of the latest developments in deep-learning neural network classification to quickly and reliably detect and classify a target. They achieve industry leading tracking performance by controlling the camera motion using AI, applicable to new and existing PTZ hardware

SkyWall Net Capture systems are operationally deployed and provide the ability to physically capture a drone in a specifically designed ‘drone entangling’ net. They are often used in conjunction with electronic countermeasures for a layered defence, or in environments where electronic attack cannot be deployed. They offer a cost effective, proportionate and physical response to the drone threat.

All SkyWall products are designed to be integrated with a simple to use software development kit. Many C-UAS systems already have the SkyWall interface implemented.



RAJANT KINETIC MESH®

Sponsors
https://rajant.com/

RAJANT KINETIC MESH® NETWORKS are battle-tested wireless military networks for mission-critical applications. Federal, military and defense personnel continually grapple with the complexities of establishing and maintaining broadband connectivity in remote and often hostile environments —but wireless military mesh network capability is extremely critical for situation awareness, tactical strategies, convoy communications, and more. https://rajant.com/markets/federal-military-civilian/


Robin Radar Systems

Sponsors
https://www.robinradar.com/

We are Robin Radar Systems. Technology leader in tracking and classification of small objects. At Robin Radar Systems, we’ve specialised in detecting and tracking small objects for 33 years. Birds actually. And even though we started with tracking birds, we validated our data with drones, in order to prove our radar tracking accuracy. So we’re in a unique position, with a wealth of experience, to detect, track, and classify (read separate) birds from drones. Drone detection radar: ELVIRA® covers a full 360 degrees and comes with a standard instrumented range of five kilometres. ELVIRA® provides unlimited coverage by combining multiple radar devices into an integrated sensor network. The output from multiple radars is incorporated into one unambiguous picture, meaning a single drone causes a single alarm. Bird radar: Our range of bird radars track the exact flight paths of both flocks and individual birds up to 10 kilometres. They automatically detect and log hundreds of birds simultaneously, including their size, speed, direction and flight path. With our avian radars, you'll be tracking in real-time, 24/7, all around your airport. You’ll have all the information you need to mitigate bird strikes, and even intervene, when necessary.

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Armada International

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http://armadainternational.com

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


Defence Global

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http://barclaymedia.uk.com/

Defence Global provides an essential link between the Defence & Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, Government and Military sectors globally. Defence Global is a quarterly, tri-service publication providing articles and informative analysis from respected journalists and writers worldwide to attract a sophisticated and broad audience. Defence Global is published in February, May, August and November, with a professional and stylish design in both printed copy and digital format. The printed copies are perfect bound, full colour throughout with high quality art and photography. Defence Global is used as a reference tool providing a professional and intelligent read. We work with industry experts and corporate clients to include Defence and Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, as well as Governments, MoDs, Military Authorities and Senior Management Teams.


Uncrewed Systems Technology Magazine

Supporters
http://www.ust-media.com

Uncrewed Systems Technology magazine focuses entirely on the innovative engineering that's successfully pushing boundaries on land, at sea, in flight and even through the universe. The magazine is unique - the first ever publication to focus entirely on providing independent coverage of the engineering at the heart of uncrewed vehicles. It applies the same rigorous scientific approach to this brave new world as critically acclaimed Race Engine Technology has brought to the subject of racing powertrain technology. Published 6-times a year, we probe today's cutting-edge projects to provide in-depth research insights - rigorous investigation is backed by professional peer review and critical analysis.


ASD MEDIA

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http://www.asd-network.com

Professionals in the Aerospace & Defence market use the ASD Media internet platforms to:
  • Be informed on the latest market developments; www.asd-network.com
  • Find the latest business news; www.asd-network.com
  • Find the upcoming events; www.asd-network.com
  • Find companies and organizations; www.asdsource.com
  • Distribute news globally. www.asdwire.com
The ASD Media platforms are well known and used intensively, your company is able to benefit from these large numbers of users. Be informed with ASD-Network; Create exposure for your company with ASDSource, distribute your news with ASDWire or advertise with us, build your brand and increase traffic to your company’s website.

For more detailed information please contact with: ASD MEDIA
Stefan.koopman@asdmedia.nl


Unmanned Systems Technology

Supporters
http://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com

Unmanned Systems Technology.com (UST) is dedicated to technology and innovation within unmanned systems. Our website and weekly e-newsletter provide up-to-the-minute information about technological developments in this sector – both military and commercial – to a global audience, with over 80,000 visitors from over 200 countries every month. Our comprehensive supplier profiles showcase products, services and capabilities in the unmanned land, sea and air vehicle industry.


Defence Online

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https://www.defenceonline.co.uk/

Defence Online is one of the fastest-growing communities of key decision makers representing defence sector buyers and influencers within the Ministry of Defence, Prime Contractors and Industry. Providing up-to-date and informative news, insight and intelligence, Defence Online allows organisations to engage directly with a range of sector-based solutions, designed specifically to enhance their knowledge and understanding of this ever-evolving marketplace. No matter the size of your organisation, Defence Online has a range of advertising and marketing solutions to suit your business development requirements, connecting you with a marketplace worth over £19 billion annually in the UK alone.


My Dear Drone

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https://mydeardrone.com/

Are you a UAV Fan? MyDearDrone is perfect for you because it's a free, original and best community to learn everything from news, reviews, guides and much more about drone and it's technology. So come and experience the Quadcopter (UAV) world with us.


Robotics Tomorrow

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http://www.RoboticsTomorrow.com

RoboticsTomorrow.com is an Online Trade Magazine featuring Products, Companies, News, Articles and Events for the Industrial Automation, Robotics and Unmanned Vehicle industries. With an emphasis on the state of the art and on the horizon technologies that have strong prospects of commercialization, our philosophy is to create an outlet where the industry can share information and report on itself.


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.


C-UAS Hub

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http://cuashub.com

This information hub for Counter-UAS and airspace awareness content includes news, original articles, vendors, products, services, jobs, events, multimedia content, and a comprehensive reference library. This site is an excellent resource for professionals from the defense, public safety, government, academia, critical infrastructure, corporate security, and private security sectors.


Soldier Modernisation

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http://www.soldiermod.com

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


UAS Weekly

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http://www.uasweekly.com/

UASweekly.com is an independent and authoritative source for Unmanned Aerial Systems and Drone industry news and information. Our industry-focused approach provides you with the latest news, product reviews, videos, and unbiased perspective on the UAS and commercial drone market.


Asian Military Review

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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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Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
Kensington
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

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WHAT IS CPD?

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

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

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

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

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

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GLOBAL CPD

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

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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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