As defence technology accelerates and new capability becomes available to the
dismounted soldier, programme managers must make considered decisions when
procuring and integrating new equipment into their respective systems.
Modern soldier programme managers face an array of day to day challenges. Whether
this be working with R&D departments to define what is possible for the soldier, right
through to managing procurement and the financials behind the programme. This
workshop will share the US Army experiences right up to the modern day on how to
effectively manage large soldier system procurements.


Improve your knowledge of soldier equipment development and acquisition in this unique workshop. Whether you are a military programme manager, a defence research scientist or an equipment manufacturer, this workshop will give you the tools to enhance the way you develop capability for the dismounted soldier and will allow you the ability to exchange information and ideas with likeminded industry contacts. Some of the areas covered shall include:

• Gain an insight into effective procurement strategies for commercial off the shelf equipment
• Strategies for the effective allocation of budgets to ensure projects are delivered on time and in full
• Optimise collaboration with the key stakeholders within the soldier modernisation process, to ensure efficiency and de-confliction of resources

Colonel Hansen's considerable experience in this field makes him the ideal person to lead this focused discussion group.

• National Soldier Modernisation Programme Managers
• Chief Scientist, Chief Engineer and Technical Project
Managers from Prime Contractors
• Military Project Leaders for the following areas:
- Soldier Power
- Soldier C4i and Situational Awareness
- Soldier Protective Clothing and Equipment
- Human Factors
- Lethality
- Night Vision and Thermal Optics
• Chief Scientists, soldier programmes
• NATO Land Capability Group 1-Dismounted Soldier
Systems Chairs and Members

Workshop LEADER


Richard Hansen

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

PEO Soldier

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.
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

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Registration and Informal Networking

9:30 Assessing the modern day duties of a soldier programme manager

10:00 Working with R&D departments to define capability for current and future soldiers

10:30 Morning Coffee and Informal Networking

11:00 Strategies for the creation of a modular soldier

11:30 Managing budgets and financial reporting

12:00 Working with international partners to deliver joint capability

12:30 Chairmans Closing Remarks


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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, 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.


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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