Faced with military budget cuts and fluctuating energy prices the global military simulation and virtual training market is in an excellent position for growth as the demand for more cost effective, cohesive training systems across militaries increases. With the thinking that the military will probably have to cut back on live field exercises and increasingly rely on computer-based war gaming and training programmes to combat rapidly evolving threats, these projections create lucrative opportunities for the industry.

With rapidly evolving military threats and fast paced technological developments becoming the norm, strategic partnerships and joint R&D programs are expected to increase, as militaries increasingly work as a cohesive unit across multiple platforms - services, countries and continents.

?Returning for its seventh year and following on from the major success of previous events, SAE Media Group are proud to present the 7th annual Joint Forces Simulation & Training Conference, 3rd – 4th February, 2016, London. As modelling and simulation technologies and methods help organizations train to high-consequence scenarios, exercise and verify readiness, this is an event you do not want to miss. Join us and be part of a major networking experience where you will hear presentations, cases studies and panel discussions from international military services from UK, Europe and USA,  focusing on the latest developments and technological advances in the quest for a more unified military unit.

Key topics include:

• The live virtual balance…how to get it right?
• European Challenges: Why the Strategic Security Environment Matters to You
• Procurement innovation and best practise within the training and simulation sector
• Ex Trident Juncture 15
• Fully engaging your service professionals in virtual and constructive simulations using Immersive learning for future force effectiveness
• And much more!

This two day networking event will invite in depth discussion on the key drivers impacting joint forces training. Join use and gain in depth knowledge of the integrated training plans of key militaries from around the world.

Learn how militaries are ensuring they are mission ready across all disciplines as a single unit
Discover how to maximise the benefits of combined training exercises
Hear cutting edge presentations from key decision makers involved in training and simulation from across the globe
Network with your peers and build lasting relationships


JBTSE Project Managers
JBTSE Commercial Managers
Joint Staff
PEOs Training
Training Project Managers
Business Development Managers for Training Solution Providers
Scientific Defence Advisors
Test and Evaluation Officers
Simulation Project Managers
Modelling and Simulation Analysts
Simulation Development Officers
Simulation Engineers
Defence Advisors
Technical Analysts
Simulator Standards Instructors
Scientific Defence Analysts
Product Development Managers
Project Support Executives
Senior Systems Engineers
Technical Integration Managers
Mission Planning Officers
Flight Test Engineers
Operations Managers
Capability Managers

Alelo Inc.; Alpha Aviation Group; Army Training And Recruiting Agency; BAE Systems; BMATT CEE (Vyskov); Boeing Defence UK; Boeing Defence UK LTD; Bohemia Interactive Simulations; British Army; Close Air Solutions; Dstl; Embassy of Ukraine; Estonian National Defence College; ETSA; European Defence Agency; Fidelity technologies Corporation; Fujitsu Services; German Army Aviation School; Halldale Group; HAVELSAN A.S; Hidden Creative Lmited; Independent eLearning Consultant; Institute for Creative Technologies; INSYEN AG; Joint Air Power Competence Centre; L3 WESCAM; Military Academy / TRADOK / Norwegian Army; MoD; MoD UK; Motion Analysis Corporation; MSHATF; NATO; Navy Command HQ; NSC; PEO STRI; Plexsys Uk; RAF College; RAF High Wycombe; RAF Waddington; Royal Air Force; Royal Navy; Royal School of Military Engineering; Russian Embassy; Selex ES SPA; Shephard Media; Swedish Armed Forces; Thinke Company Ltd; TNO; Turkish Air Force (T U A F); Turkish Embassy; United States Marine Corps;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Andy Fawkes

Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

9:10 European Challenges: Why the Strategic Security Environment Matters to You

Lieutenant General Mark O. Schissler

Lieutenant General Mark O. Schissler, Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee, U.S. Air Force, NATO Military Committee, Brussels

• Emerging threats
• What got us here will not get us there
• Agility and adaptability are key to training and simulation

9:50 Preparing a Trained and Ready Force, Now and Into the Future

Major General Jonathan A. Maddux

Major General Jonathan A. Maddux, Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, PEO STRI

• Modernizing simulation and training enablers to prepare our troops for the future

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) The Use of Modelling and Simulation in Support of Plan Analysis, Wargaming & Command Post Exercises

Dr Erdal Cayirci

Dr Erdal Cayirci, Chief CAX Branch, Simulation, Modeling & C4, NATO JWC & University of Stavanger, Norway

• Understanding how the Joint Warfare Centre is key in delivering an effective operational preparation for NATO forces and partners
• Overview on CPX/CAX Planning and Execution
• Use of Simulation Systems

11:40 Advanced Distributed Learning Solutions as a Key Enabler of NATO’s Defence Education Enhancement Programs…NDU Warsaw Experiences and Recommendations

Captain Navy (ret.) Piotr Gawliczek

Captain Navy (ret.) Piotr Gawliczek, Associate Professor, National Defence Faculty , National Defence University, Warsaw
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• The essence of the transformation of the educational and training systems of NATO’s partner countries
• Towards the systematic ADL solutions. Case study – Defence Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) Ukraine
• NDU Warsaw unique experience regarding the innovative approach to ADL issues within civilian and military academic realm.  Solutions and recommendations



12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Simulation as a Cloud Service

Andy Fawkes

Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

• Why go to the Cloud?
• Lessons Learned
• Challenges and Opportunities
• A New Simulation Strategy?

14:00 Stress management in a modern training environment

Captain Bjorn Persson

Captain Bjorn Persson, Head of Education Programmes, Air Combat Training School, Swedish Armed Forces

• Can we optimize learning for new environments?
• Performance and mental workload.
• Design of training for a new era.
• Digital natives and digital immigrants; a difference in learning styles

14:40 Afternoon Tea

15:10 Simulation and training… needs, wants and latest developments

• What are the latest developments in the field?
• Reviewing what products or tools do militaries need that they don’t have already?

Captain Navy (ret.) Piotr Gawliczek

Captain Navy (ret.) Piotr Gawliczek, Associate Professor, National Defence Faculty , National Defence University, Warsaw
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Colonel John M. Ferrell

Colonel John M. Ferrell, Deputy Director, NATO Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence, Italy

Dr Erdal Cayirci

Dr Erdal Cayirci, Chief CAX Branch, Simulation, Modeling & C4, NATO JWC & University of Stavanger, Norway

15:50 Utilization of M&S in Scientific Work at University of Defence

Colonel Jaroslav Kozubek

Colonel Jaroslav Kozubek, Head of Department, Department of Tactics/ K-110, Faculty of Military Leadership, University of Defence, Brno, Czech Republic

• Scientific Work and Outputs of Department of Tactics
• Development of Autonomous Systems for UGV Platform
• Possibilities of Utilization the Virtual Simulation Tools for Scientific Work

16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Colonel John M. Ferrell

Colonel John M. Ferrell, Deputy Director, NATO Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence, Italy

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Andy Fawkes

Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

9:10 Training at Joint Operational level – Lessons from Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2015

Brigadier General Indrek Sirel

Brigadier General Indrek Sirel, Assistant Chief of Staff, Joint Force Command Brunssum
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•         Setting the Exercise Context and Scenario
•         Training Implications and Challenges
•         Key Highlights from the Exercise – CPX and LIVEX
•         Integration of ‘Modern Warfare’ and New Threats
•         Key Lessons for the Future in the post-Afghanistan era

9:50 Development of Blended Learning at the Royal School of Artillery

Major Mark Thurley

Major Mark Thurley, SO2 Simulation, Royal School of Artillery

• Innovation
• Trust the trainers
• Training

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Overview of the NATO M&S COE

Colonel John M. Ferrell

Colonel John M. Ferrell, Deputy Director, NATO Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence, Italy

• Mission and organization
• M&S in NATO and the COE’s role
• M&S Professional Education in NATO
• Supporting Future CAX in NATO

11:40 Multinational Helicopter Training

Squadron Leader Michael Gallagher

Squadron Leader Michael Gallagher, Chief Instructor for Rotary Tactics, European Defence Agency

• Why do we need multinational training?
• How can it be delivered?
• What are the lessons identified?
• What does the future hold?

12:20 Joint Fires Concept - How to Groom the System

Lieutenant Adam Skubida

Lieutenant Adam Skubida, TACP CO/Instructor , Polish Air Force Academy

  • Combat Enablers - Training and capabilities perspective
  • Commanders and staff planners as subjects to groom
  • Breaching the gap between sim standardisation training and real live reality
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Procurement innovation and best practise within the training and simulation sector

    Captain Jerry Pett

    Captain Jerry Pett, DACOS Future Training and Training Acquisition, Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy

    • The growing global requirement to do more with less is pushing the drive for cost effective procurement
    • How do you procure ‘fast moving simulation and training technology’ in a fast moving world
    • Innovation in the procurement process… what is in the pipeline?
    • Is collaborative buying of training equipment the way forward
    o What are the pros and cons?
    o What lessons can be learned?

    14:40 Distance Education for The Military Masses

    Professor Walt Wildemann

    Professor Walt Wildemann, Director , College of Distance Education, US Naval War College

    • The U.S. Navy’s Professional Military Education Program
    • Numbers Matter: From Hundreds to Tens of Thousands
    • Technological Transition

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Fully engaging your service professionals in virtual and constructive simulations using Immersive learning for future force effectiveness

    Dr Randall Hill

    Dr Randall Hill, Executive Director, USC Institute for Creative Technologies

    • Understanding how in the near future a greater proportion of military training will be provided by immersive solutions
    • Training systems that use advanced software and hardware combinations
    • Recognizing the almost ideal fit between innovative technology and evolving customer requirements

    16:30 Medical Simulation and Training within NATO Special Operation Forces

     Ryan  Melville

    Ryan Melville , Combat Medical Technician (UK), Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), NATO Special Operations Headquarters

    • Allied Centre for Medical Education (ACME)
    • What is medical simulation
    • Positive and negative effects of medical simulation
    • NSHQ Special Operation Medical Branch

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Andy Fawkes

    Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd


    Combat Medical Technician (UK)
    Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), NATO Special Operations Headquarters
    Thinke Company Ltd
    Assistant Chief of Staff
    Joint Force Command Brunssum
    Head of Education Programmes, Air Combat Training School
    Swedish Armed Forces
    DACOS Future Training and Training Acquisition
    Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy
    Associate Professor, National Defence Faculty
    National Defence University, Warsaw
    Head of Department, Department of Tactics/ K-110, Faculty of Military Leadership
    University of Defence, Brno, Czech Republic
    Deputy Director
    NATO Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence, Italy
    Chief CAX Branch, Simulation, Modeling & C4
    NATO JWC & University of Stavanger, Norway
    Executive Director
    USC Institute for Creative Technologies
    TACP CO/Instructor
    Polish Air Force Academy
    Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee
    U.S. Air Force, NATO Military Committee, Brussels
    Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation
    SO2 Simulation
    Royal School of Artillery
    College of Distance Education, US Naval War College
    Chief Instructor for Rotary Tactics
    European Defence Agency



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