SAE Media Group’s 4th annual ISR conference will take place in London on 20th/21st April. This year’s conference will address airborne ISR, naval ISR and land ISR. There will be a wide-range of European military speakers who will provide operational case studies, national updates and information about ISR training programmes. As well as this, the agenda will have speakers from research organisations who are cooperating with national militaries about future developments in the ISR field.

Due to technological advancements, ISR and in general electronic warfare are becoming more and more important in military action. Whether this is warfare or humanitarian operations, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance is playing and will continue to play a major role. Our ISR event will not only focus on Airborne ISR but also naval ISR and land ISR.

SAE Media Group’s ISR conference focuses on the people, processes and technologies of ISR. Our event does not solely focus on airborne ISR and the development of new information-gathering technologies; instead we have high calibre speakers from the Army and the Air Force who provide real life case studies on the people, processes and technologies in ISR and how to maximise operational efficiency. This conference will share solutions and provide best practices to the practical every-day issues of ISR.

- There will be a focus on all the three types of ISR – Naval, Airborne, and Land
- Listen to international military updates on current ISR capabilities
- Bringing together senior military personnel among other stake holders to create a common voice for the industry
- Hear about interoperability and cooperation between militaries in the ISR field
- Network with key opinion leaders in the industry

Military and civilian personnel, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents, Director, Partners, Heads and Managers working in:

  • ISR
  • NATO
  • Command, Control Communications and Computers
  • Airborne Network
  • Global Information Grid
  • Combat Air Patrol
  • LEMV
  • Operation Systems Developments
  • Defence Common Ground System
  • Remotely Piloted Air Systems
  • Alliance Ground Surveillance
  • UAVs
  • UASs
  • C4ISR

Previous attendees include: 

30 Commando IX; 3SDL; Atkins; Austrian Armed Forces; Aviation Week ; Cranfield University; Danish Armed Forces; DSTL; Egyptian Defence Office; Embassy of the Russian Federation; Embassy of Ukraine; European Air Group; GB Consulting bvba; Georgia Tech Research Institute; IHS Aerospace; Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems ; John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Lockheed Martin UK; Marine Risk Management; MINDEF, Singapore; Montrose Associates; NATO Communications and Information Agency; Office Of Naval Research Global - London; RAF Waddington; Raytheon; Raytheon Intelligence And Information Systems; Raytheon UK; Renishaw PLC; Republic of Singapore Air Force; Romania Defence Attache; Royal Marines ; State Research Institute of Aviation Systems (GosNIIAS); Thales Communications & Security; The Bureau of Investigative Journalism; The Mitre Corporation; Thinke Company Ltd; UKTI DSO; University of Portsmouth; Viasat; ViaSat, Inc.;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (Ret'd) George Harrison

Major General (Ret'd) George Harrison, Principal Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute

9:10 Understanding and Intelligence: Following the Money

·          Unlocking the value of doctrine

·          Revealing the enemy through financial intelligence

·          Identifying opportunities for disruption

·          Planning for action

Dr. Edwina Thompson

Dr. Edwina Thompson, Threat Finance Expert, Beechwood International

Brigadier Simon Deakin OBE

Brigadier Simon Deakin OBE, Director Force Development, HM forces

9:50 The Evolution of a C4I System in the Middle East

Martin Robertson

Martin Robertson, Military Advisor, Royal Saudi Air Force

·          Requirements capture

·          What's the capability gap?

·          Specifying the system

·          Evolving the system


10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 ISR Operations from the Defense Command Denmark Viewpoint

Major Jacob Bos

Major Jacob Bos, Airstaff, Defense Command Denmark

·          ISR around Arctic

·          Multi-use of ISR assets

·          ISR in a small Air force

11:40 Autonomous Systems in Context of Future ISR Capabilities

Lieutenant Colonel Jan Mazal

Lieutenant Colonel Jan Mazal, Chief Scientist in Military Tactics Department, Military Intelligence and ISR, University of Defence, Czech Republic

·          Approaches and trends in the Czech ISR development and future capabilities

·          Autonomous systems and robotics in ISR and military operations

·          Artificial intelligence and automation of intelligence analyses and decision-making processes

·          Advanced automated command and control

·          Applicability of automated mission control

·          Math modelling and programming of operational and tactical tasks

12:20 EDA effort in ISR capability development process

Alessandro  Vivoli

Alessandro Vivoli, Project Officer Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance Collection, European Defence Agency

·        The EDA framework;

·        The Capability Development process;

·        The study on persistent surveillance (SULTAN).


13:00 Networking Lunch

14:20 NATO’s Joint ISR

Robert Murray

Robert Murray, Head of ISR, Defence Investment Division, NATO Headquarters

·          Practical problems using ISR in a coalition

·          The capabilities of successful JISR

·          The role of AGS in JISR


Rob Munday

Rob Munday, Assessment Director NATO JISR Trial UV14, NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG)


  • Context
  • Trial Overview
  • Assessment Outcomes
  • Way Ahead 


  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 United States Air Force ISR 2015 Priorities

    Lieutenant General Robert Otto

    Lieutenant General Robert Otto, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, United States Air Force

    16:50 The RAF’s QWI ISR training programme

    Squadron Leader Rob Farrant

    Squadron Leader Rob Farrant, Sentinel Requirements Manager, Air ISTAR Project Team , Royal Air Force Waddington

    ·          An overview of the overall programme

    ·          The programme’s tactical training

    ·          Deployment of graduates after the programme

    ·          MSC ISR Management Course

    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (Ret'd) George Harrison

    Major General (Ret'd) George Harrison, Principal Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute

    9:10 The ISR Challenge: Fighting the Platform and Effective Product Exploitation

    Major Alexander Gray

    Major Alexander Gray, SO2 Plans, Army Headquarters

    ·        An analysis of the current situation regarding ISR.

    ·        Fighting the platform within the contemporary operating environment.

    ·        What is effective product exploitation.

    ·        The ISR Challenge: Thoughts for the future.


    9:50 Advanced Modelling and Decision Support in ISR Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel Petr Stodola

    Lieutenant Colonel Petr Stodola, Associate Professor, University of Defence, Czech Republic

    ·          Introduction to Decision Support Systems

    ·          Contemporary Decision Support in ISR Systems

    ·          Advanced Decision Support Concept

    ·          Models of Military Tactics for ISR Systems

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 How a civilian ISR capability can help the Defence community

    Jules Tilley

    Jules Tilley, Consultant, 3SDL




    -          Overview of 3SDL airborne ISR capability

    -          Interaction with the customer


    11:40 Maximising ISR collect through tactical level control

    Squadron Leader Daniel Hill

    Squadron Leader Daniel Hill, Air Battle Manager, 92 (R) Sqn, Air Warfare Centre, Royal Air Force

  • How do we tactically fuse ISR sensors from complimentary assets in near real time?
  • Where is the best location to do this? An Ops Room, ISR PED Centre, A CRC / AWACS?
  • Who has the knowledge to do this? Int operators conducting Ops, or Operators conducting Intelligence fusion


  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Innovative Synthesis of non-commercial Geo-Data and -Information into Intelligence Products for Comprehensive Approach Missions

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann, Director, Geospatial Department, Austrian Armed Forces



    ·          Commercial and non-commercial Geo-data and Geo-Information sources

    ·          GeoIntel Products for asymmetric warfare, Comprehensive Approach and Humanitarian Relief Missions

    ·          Crowd sourcing in the Geo-world as an innovative tool

    ·          Challenges for Geo-Crowd sourcing applications


    14:20 From Past to Present ISR in Operation Environment – A Turkish Perspective

    Captain Halil  Ibrahim Tokus

    Captain Halil Ibrahim Tokus, Student Officer, Turkish Air War College

    ·          Operational environment and ISR sources in the past

    ·          Changing operational environment and importance of ISR today

    ·          Present ISR sources in the operational area (Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya)

    ·          Foresight for ISR in the near future

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Followership in Cyberspace: Challenges and Opportunities in Third Generation Insurgencies

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Iftikhar Zaidi

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Iftikhar Zaidi, Former Commander 103 Infantry Brigade, North Waziristan, Lecturer in Defence Leadership at Cranfield Defence and Security, Cranfield University, Pakistan Armed Forces




    ·          Third Generation Insurgencies

    ·          Resilient Insurgent Networks in North Waziristan’s – A Case Study 

    ·          The Cyber Sanctuary: Leader – Follower relation in Global Networks

    ·          From the Black net to Physical Effects: Breaking the Decision Cycle

    ·          Challenges and Opportunities


    16:10 Geospatial technology developments and their potential disruptive implications for defence and security.

    Professor Mike Jackson

    Professor Mike Jackson, Emeritus Professor, Nottingham Geospatial Institute, University Of Nottingham






           ·         An introduction to the UK MOD funded Advanced Geospatial Information and Intelligence Services [AGIS] Research contract


    ·         The methodological approach adopted for the work item to study future trends and implications

    ·         Relevant geospatial technology developments

    ·         An exploration of possible trends

    ·         Some potential implications

    ·         Summary


    16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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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.

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    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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