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Returning for its fourth annual installment, SMi's Mobile Deployable Communications event will once again lead the way in providing the latest overview of in-theatre tactical communications, national roadmaps, technology, NATO and ISAF interoperability and industry support.

With the pace of NATO operations in Afghanistan increasing and the challenges becoming more diverse, hear the lessons learned in the field and ensure that your organisation is best placed to support the military on operations. What technology is in use and what new technology is being deployed?

Providing secure and interoperable mobile deployable communications is imperative in achieving greater situational awareness and superior operational capabilities. Attend this event to share experiences, network with the people that matter and maximise your capabilities.

Mobile Communications

 For speaking opportunities at Mobile Deployable Communications please contact smiproduction@smi-online.co.uk

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Attend Mobile Deployable Communications 2011 and:

  • Learn about NATO's steps towards interoperable mobile deployable communications
  • Analyse the latest operational experiences from both NATO and national perspectives
  • Discuss the communications experiences and needs from the perspective of emergency services, charities and first responders
  • Assess the current technology being deployed and what solutions industry are providing for the end user
  • Address the security challenges facing military communications experts in the field
  • Network with key decision makers from the military and industry and assess the latest technology on offer in our exhibition area


Industry Profile Includes:

Presidents, CEOs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Analysts and Officers for:

  • Communication Systems and Tactical Communication Systems
  • Land Systems and Solutions
  • Systems Engineering
  • Strategy
  • Technical Experts
  • Satellite Systems
  • System Architecture and System Design
  • Project and Programme Management
  • Government and Defence Accounts
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Business Development

 Mobile CIS

Military Profile Includes:

Commanders, Branch Chiefs, Directors, Assistant Directors, Staff Officers, Project & Programme Managers, Engineers for:

  • Communications Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Signals Brigades / Battalions
  • Procurement and Acquisition
  • J6
  • CIS
  • Operational Support
  • Research and Development
  • Planning and Development

 Mobile Deployable Communications Past Events:

"Again, a very interesting event with lots of contacts" - ND SatCom

"Thank you for coorinating this very interesting conference. Looking forward to the next one" - Irish Defence Forces

"Much better than I expected and very relevant" - Netherlands Ministry of Defence

"This conference provided me with some useful information and proved to be an excellent professional experience" - UK Royal Marines

"Extremely useful and a first class networking opportunity" - NATO Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps


Previous organisations in attendance in include:

Cisco Systems, EADS Astrium Services, Thales, Selex Communications, Norsat International, General Dyamics UK, Thales Alenia Space, Intracom Defence Electronics, ND SatCom, Vega, Over Horizon, SAAB, Alcatel-Lucent, Ultra Electronics, Paradigm Services, Northrop Grumman, EMS SatCom, SWE-DISH Satellite Systems, TTComm, Iridium Satellites.......and more!

Plus military delegations from:

NATO HQ, NC3A, NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, UK, USA, DISA, Czech Republic, Norway, Poland, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain...


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Nigel Beer

Nigel Beer, Principal Consultant, Communications and Electronics Practice, PA Consulting Group


Brigadier General Wlodzimierz Nowak

Brigadier General Wlodzimierz Nowak, Director of Operations NCSA, NATO Communications And Information Systems Operating And Support Agency
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Brigadier General Gregory Brundidge

Brigadier General Gregory Brundidge , Director , USEUCOM

  • Ensuring information dominance and interoperable C4 systems
  • C4I provision for military operations and crisis response
  • 10:30 Deployable CIS for EU Mission Support

    Teodor Aldea

    Teodor Aldea, Information Technology and IT Security Branch Chief, European Union Military Staff

  • Operation and maintenance of deployable CIS systems in support of CSDP activities
  • Provision of CIS expertise to EUM operations
  • Providing mobile CIS for crisis response and exercise
  • 11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Delivering Deployable CIS

    Major Lee Keily

    Major Lee Keily , OC , 1st NATO Signal Batallion

  • Expanding commitment to ISAF deployed forces
  • Developing capability: the need to be responsive to developing requirements
  • The NATO deployable CIS structure: meeting the challenges of operating in a multinational environment 
  • 12:10 US Dept of Defence Collaboration and 'Netted' Communications

    Jackson Kemper

    Jackson Kemper, Vice President, Iridium Communications

  • Overview of Mobile Satellite Services in the US Department of Defence
  • Future Outlook
  • Netted Communications
  • Availability of other MOD's
  • Commercial Plans
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch - Sponsored by Cisco


    Major Guillaume Corriveau

    Major Guillaume Corriveau, High Assurance Guard, TAV Guard , Canadian Armed Forces

    Mark Baxter

    Mark Baxter, Deputy USAREUR G-6, US Army

    Major Lee Keily

    Major Lee Keily , OC , 1st NATO Signal Batallion

    14:40 Milsatcom or Commercial Satcom or Don’t Care?

    Gordon McMillan

    Gordon McMillan, Director, Government Services, Inmarsat

  •  The current silo approach
  • The importance of risk and threat assessment
  • Technology as an enabler
  • Aggregate to optimise flexibility and minimise cost
  • Many solutions are possible
  • 15:10 Networking in a Mobile Environment

    Pat Ryan

    Pat Ryan, Director, National Security and Defense, Cisco Systems

  • There is a critical need for on-demand network connectivity for homeland-security and emergency-response applications
  • In disaster situations, regular network connectivity is often unavailable due to damaged network infrastructure or a lack of network capacity
  • Government response teams and tactical military teams require versatile network platforms that deliver:
  • High performance in a small form factor
  • Portability
  • Low power consumption
  • Ability to handle harsh environments
  • Sophisticated networking capabilities such as QoS, to ensure the most important data gets through when links are degraded, and security to protect the network and the data transmitted over the network.
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Deployable CIS in Southern Afghanisatan

    David Lish

    David Lish, Commander of the Deployable Communications Module Company , British Army

  • Kanadahar Signal Support Group
  • Forward located Deployable CIS
  • Deployable to FOB Apache
  • 16:40 Deployable CIS across the Slovak Armed Forces

    Major Aurel Sabó

    Major Aurel Sabó, Deputy Commander of the Mobile CIS Base, Armed forces of the Slovak Republic

  • Upgrading existing communication systems to achieve next-generation operability
  • Operating new equipment within a NATO force coalition
  • The importance of secure modular and mobile communication networks
  • Update on the MOKYS CIS acquisition
  • 17:10 Maintaining and Adapting Existing C2 Communications for Future Use

    Andre Poot

    Andre Poot, Head, Design Team (TITAAN), C2 Support Centre, Royal Netherlands Army

  • Adapting exisitng C2 systems to suit current operational needs
  • Delivering a system fit for purpose
  • 17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Nigel Beer

    Nigel Beer, Principal Consultant, Communications and Electronics Practice, PA Consulting Group

    8:30 Re-Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Nigel Beer

    Nigel Beer, Principal Consultant, Communications and Electronics Practice, PA Consulting Group


    Brigadier General Antonio Tangorra

    Brigadier General Antonio Tangorra, Director VI , Ministry of Defence, Italy

    ·                 Problems and solutions to limited bandwidth

    ·                 Sharing between communication platforms


    Mark Baxter

    Mark Baxter, Deputy USAREUR G-6, US Army

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Adapting CIS Capability to Achieve Greater Interoperability

    Major Guillaume Corriveau

    Major Guillaume Corriveau, High Assurance Guard, TAV Guard , Canadian Armed Forces

  • CIS cross-domain solutions for Afghan ops
  • Experiences with deployed CIS and coalition operability
  • Adapting CIS capability to a US dominated system
  • Lessons from recent ISAF deployment
  • 11:40 MiliTRACS: a secure Ku-band Mobile Service for Military and Public Safety Logistics

    Guy De Balbine

    Guy De Balbine, Senior Consultant, Eutelsat

  • Bi-directional operator/automated messaging with dense adaptive track reporting
  • Security through LPD/LPI and end-to-end, never reused, mobile specific encoding of all traffic
  • Built on top of a fully proven COTS satellite network for reliability and low cost to own and operate
  • Available now with seamless coverage over Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 NATO Deployable CIS

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Delorey

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Delorey, C4ISTAR Branch (Deployable CIS), NATO Joint Airpower Competence Centre

  • Current status
  • Addressing NATO's future DCIS needs
  • Procurement strategies for NATO DCIS
  • 14:20 Czech CIS Teaching and Training

    Lieutenant Colonel Josef Kaderka

    Lieutenant Colonel Josef Kaderka, Assistant Professor, Czech Republic, Department of Communication and Information Systems , University of Defence

  • The role of the University of Defence
  • Experience with cisco networking academy
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 NATO Force Tracking System in Afghanistan

    Harry Pickett

    Harry Pickett, Military and Government Account Manager, EMS Global Tracking

  • An overview of the current NATO Force Tracking System deployed in Afghanistan.
  • Future trends and developments in Force Tracking Systems

    Mehmet Cem Kizil

    Mehmet Cem Kizil, Chairman, Military Committee Maritime Standardisation Board, NATO Standardisation Agency

  • Standardisation and environment
  • NSA structure
  • Standardisation process and interoperability
  • 16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

    Nigel Beer

    Nigel Beer, Principal Consultant, Communications and Electronics Practice, PA Consulting Group


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