The US Army has long been at the forefront of Soldier Modernisation and along with the US Marine Corps MERS programme, PEO Soldier and Soldier Warrior ensure US warfi ghters are equipped with the very latest technologies and systems to optimise dismounted operations.

However, the process of setting capability requirements, trialing and shortlisting soldier equipment can be challenging as the battlefi eld becomes more heavily reliant on digitized equipment and the theatres in which we will fight will have become unconventional.
New priorities have become clear: digitization, modularity and power integration. Commitment however remains for reducing weight, increasing survivability and keeping costs to budget.

This unique workshop will showcase how the US Army delivers superiority across their soldier equipment spectrum and will enable you to understand not only the complex process in which the US Army engages and works with local and international industry, but how programme managers optimise their respective technology sets.


Drawing on his extensive experience as Former Programme Manager for PEO Soldier, Soldier Warrior, Colonel (ret) Richard Hansen will share his knowledge of programme management from acquisition to integration, addressing many of the challenges and successes associated with contemporary soldier modernisation projects.

• Future Soldier System Programme Managers
• Industry OEMs
• Directors for Land Forces Capability
• Infantry Trials and Development Unit Commander
• Infantry leaders
• Soldier Systems Researchers


Workshop LEADER


Richard Hansen

Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier

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

Workshop programme

14:00 Registration and Informal Networking

14:15 priorities of current soldier modernisation

Richard  Hansen

Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier
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14:45 The US Army Approach to capability setting, trialing and integrating new and innovative soldier equipment

Richard  Hansen

Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier
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15:15 Coffee and Refreshment Break

15:45 How past and new theatres will impact soldier equipment requirements and design

Richard  Hansen

Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier
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16:15 Digitization and the changing landscape of infantry technology development

Richard  Hansen

Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier
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16:45 Black Swans, other hazards, and opportunities to deliver programmes on budget and on time: lessons from an Ex-program Manager from Soldier Warrior

Richard  Hansen

Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier
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17:15 End of Workshop


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Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is perfectly situated in one of London’s most luxurious and beautiful areas within South Kensington. 

The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station for convenient travel to Hyde Park, London Eye, Tower Bridge plus more of London’s top attractions. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow. 

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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.


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.


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.


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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