Announcement - NEW DATES: 20th and 21st October  2021 | London, UK  - Venue TBC.

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SMi is proud to present the 6th Airborne ISR conference to be held in London on the 20th and 21st October 2021.

Airborne ISR continues to be an incredibly important capability for militaries. Effective ISR enables kinetic assets the resources they need to be effective on the battlefield. Perhaps more than this, ISR is an extremely capable deterrent in its own right and modern dissemination technology and techniques enables forces to deal with threats before they can cause harm.

SMi's 6th Annual Airborne ISR Conference seeks to cover in detail Maritime Patrol, Data Dissemination, UAV Technology, International Surveillance Cooperation, AWACS, 5th Generation ISR, Industrial Engagement, and Threat Evolution. 

Hear the latest developments from leading international programmes from maritime and land domains

Discuss how nations are adopting and adapting technology to gain greater intelligence resolution

Explore how nations are engaging with on-another to disseminate and analyse information 

• Attend a conference where you can meet and network with leading programme managers

• Understand how nations are adopting systems and technologies to secure information and decision dominance

2xcel Aviation; Airbus ; Airbus Defence And Space; Australian High Commission; BAE Systems; Contractor; Department of International Trade; Dept of Defense; Eclipse; Embassy of Ukraine; French Air Force; German Air Force; Hensoldt Sensors GmbH; High Commission of India; Horizon Technologies; Israeli MoD; Kroll-Computer; L3Harris Reconnaissance Mission Systems; Leonardo; Leonardo Company; Marshall Aerospace; Ministry of Defence,UK; National Air and Space Operations Centre; NATO ; NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA); NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force; NATO HQ; NATO Industrial Action Group (NIAG); Nigerian Army; Plath GmbH; Portuguese Air Force; RAF High Wycombe ; RAF Waddington; Royal Canadian Air Force; Royal Singapore Air Force; Satcom Direct; Spacemetric; TNO; Transport Canada; UAE GHQ; United States Air Force;


Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force
Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS, NAVAIR, US Navy
Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

Commodore Task Force SIX SEVEN, US Navy
Colonel Dainius Guzas

Colonel Dainius Guzas

Commander, Lithuanian Air Force
Colonel Derrick Lee

Colonel Derrick Lee

Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence G2, NATO Allied Land Command
Colonel Heather Fox

Colonel Heather Fox

Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, US Air Force
Colonel Jay Haley

Colonel Jay Haley

Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence G2, US Army Europe
Major Helder Ferreira

Major Helder Ferreira

Commander, 601 Squadron, Portuguese Air Force
Mr Pieter Elands

Mr Pieter Elands

Programme Manager, Intelligent Imaging Expertise Group, TNO

Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force
Air Commodore Nicholas Hay

Air Commodore Nick Hay was born in Bognor Regis in 1968 and commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1988. Nick is a Tornado Ground Attack Weapons Instructor with varied operational experience in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan, as Deputy Director Strategy Division in the Al Udeid Combined Air Operations Centre and during 2014, in command of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing and Bastion Joint Operating Base. On other flying duties, he served on the Strike Attack Operational Evaluation Unit, was the Senior Air-to-Ground Instructor at the Tactical Leadership Programme, Belgium and was privileged to command IX (Bomber) Squadron from 2008-2010. At staff, he has completed three tours in the Ministry of Defence (Equipment Capability, Plans and Military Strategic Operations Directorates) and was a fledgling member of Headquarters Joint Forces Command (HQ JFC) upon its formation in April 2012. Post his operational command tour in Bastion, Nick completed the 10-month Royal College of Defence Studies Course before returning to HQ JFC in July 2015 to fill the post of Deputy Head ISR, Cap C4ISR.
In January 2016, Nick was promoted to Air Commodore and appointed as the Head of Capability C4ISR. For the next 34 months, he executed Senior Responsible Owner duties for the Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Protector Remotely Piloted Air System, New Style of Information Technology (Deployed) and the Future Beyond Line of Sight Military Satellite Communications Programmes in addition to executing the sponsoring role for a £28Bn C4ISR portfolio (10 year costs). In October 2017, Nick graduated from the Cabinet Office-led Major Projects Leadership Academy before taking over the role of ISTAR Force Commander, Number 1 Group a year later in October 2018. In his current role, he has the honour of executing 1-star Command responsibilities for a Force comprising eight current aircraft types, the Intelligence Analysts and support personnel of Number 1 ISR Wing and planning for the introduction of at least two next-generation aircraft capabilities by 2023 (Protector, Wedgetail).
Nick is married to Carol, has three children and 2 dogs. His hobbies include: chairmanship of the IX(B) Squadron Association; dog-walking; playing golf and cricket; watching football and rugby.

Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS, NAVAIR, US Navy
Captain (N) Eric Soderberg

CAPT Eric Soderberg is a Massachusetts native and a 1990
graduate of Lehigh University. In 1992, he earned his
commission as a Distinguished Naval Graduate of the Aviation
Officer Candidate School.
CAPT Soderberg’s first assignment was to Helicopter AntiSubmarine Squadron Eleven (HS-11) completing
Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf deployments aboard USS
America and USS George Washington.
In 1998, CAPT Soderberg entered USN Test Pilot School,
graduating in 1999. He subsequently served as Safety Officer,
Test Pilot, and SH-60F/H platform coordinator at the Rotary
Wing Aircraft Test Squadron. While there, he worked
extensively on the MH-60S test and development program,
beginning with the initial flight of the first airframe through
acceptance into Operational Evaluation.
Upon completing his test pilot tour, CAPT Soderberg became an instructor at the fleet
replacement training squadron HC-3. In 2003, CAPT Soderberg became a Department Head with
HS-8 where he served as the Safety, Operations, and Maintenance Officer. During the 2005
around the world deployment on USS Carl Vinson, he was forward deployed to Camp Arifjan
Kuwait, where, in support of OIF, he compiled nearly 100 hours of combat flight time operating
in Iraq, completing several classified missions under enemy fire. During this same deployment,
he earned his CDO underway qualification.
He also completed an IA tour to the Joint Personnel Recovery Center (JPRC) in the CENTCOM
CAOC located in Qatar.
While stationed in NS Newport, in addition to graduating from the Naval War College in 2008,
CAPT Soderberg was an associate fellow with the CNO's Strategic Studies Group XXVI.
CAPT Soderberg served as the Commanding Officer of HSC-8, the first CVW MH-60S
squadron to deploy under the Navy's Helo Master Plan. During his Naval Career, he amassed
over 4,000 flight hours in 22 different fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
CAPT Soderberg has been assigned to NAVAIR since 2011, first as the MH-60S Class Desk
followed by MH-60S IPT lead and then as the Military Director of NAVAIR’s Cyber Warfare
Detachment. CAPT Soderberg is currently assigned as the Program Manager for PMA-266.

Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

Commodore Task Force SIX SEVEN, US Navy
Captain (N) Timothy Thompson

Captain Tim Thompson graduated from Oregon State
University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in
Computer Science Engineering. He is also a graduate of
the University of Arkansas, with a Master of Science in
Operations Management and a graduate of Naval
Postgraduate School with a Master of Business
Administration and holds a Project Management
Professional certification.
His operational assignments include service with the
“Grey Knights” of VP-46, where he was twice awarded
Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN’s Crew of the
Year; catapult and arresting gear officer onboard USS J.
C. Stennis (CVN 74); department head with the “Golden
Eagles” of VP-9; and Executive and 65th Commanding
Officer of the “Fighting Marlins” of VP-40. He has accumulated over 3000 flight hours
including over 400 combat flight hours in support of operations ENDURING FREEDOM,
His shore assignments include Tactics and New Technologies Department Head with
Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TEN (CPRW-10); VP sea and shore detailer at
the Bureau of Naval Personnel (PERS-432); program lead for Headquarters exercises, U.S.
Africa Command, J-7, Joint Training and Readiness Directorate; Military Assistant (MA) to the
Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy (Management) and Executive Assistant to the Director,
Office of Chief Management Officer (OCMO), responsible for supporting the Under Secretary of
the Navy in the performance of his duties as the Department of the Navy’s Chief Management
Before reporting as Commodore, Task Force SIX SEVEN, he completed a corporate fellowship
with Deloitte, L.L.P., as part of the academic year 2019-2020 Secretary of Defense Executive
Fellowship program.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious
Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (2 Awards), Navy Commendation Medal with Combat
Distinguishing Device (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy Achievement
Medal (5 awards), and various personal, campaign, and unit awards. He is married to the former
Amy Davis of Wenatchee, Washington. They reside with their son Gabriel and their two
Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Lucy and Piper.

Colonel Dainius Guzas

Commander, Lithuanian Air Force
Colonel Dainius Guzas

Colonel Dainius GUZAS has a pilot – engineer qualification.
He finished Syzran military pilot school (Russian Federation), Captains course at Lithuanian Military Academy, Lithuania,Joint Command and General Staff and Higher Command Studies course at Baltic Defense College, Estonia.
During his military carreer he served in different positions, from platoon comander to Deputy Military Representative for Air Defence, Lithuanian Permanent Delegation to NATO and EU. Also Colonel Dainius Guzas has an experience in International operations: International mission in Multinational Corps HQ, Iraq (MNC-I)(2008) and Air Advisory Team, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan (2011).
His flying experience is more than 2000 h (over 100 h in combat conditions). Types flown: An-2, Mi-8T, Mi-8MTV, Mi-8MTVV-5.
Since May 2017, Colonel Dainius Guzas is the commander of Lithuanian Air Force.

Colonel Derrick Lee

Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence G2, NATO Allied Land Command
Colonel Derrick Lee

Colonel Heather Fox

Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, US Air Force
Colonel Heather Fox

Colonel Heather Fox is the Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, CA. She is responsible for
approximately 7,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, and the entire Air Force high-altitude reconnaissance
fleet of U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is comprised of four groups and four overseas
operating locations, executing worldwide missions in support of all six geographic combatant commanders.
Colonel Fox is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force
Academy, and started her career as a T-38 instructor
pilot before transitioning to the U-2 program as a mission
pilot. Col Fox’s staff duties have included exchange
officer service in the UK Royal Air Force Strategy
Division, the Joint Staff J3 Reconnaissance Division, and
as a strategist and speech writer for the 19th Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She has earned three
Master's Degrees from the American Public University,
King’s College London, and the National Defense
University. Her combat experience includes missions
over Iraq and Afghanistan during Operations IRAQI
commanded EQ-4, RQ-4, and U-2 combat missions for
SENTINAL, as well as Sensitive Reconnaissance
Operations in the Arabian Gulf.
Colonel Fox is a command pilot with over 2,400 hours in
the U-2, E/RQ-4, and T-38A. She has flown 69 combat
missions in the U-2 and has over 650 hours of combat
time. Prior to her current position, she was a student at
the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School for
National Security and Resource Strategy.

Colonel Jay Haley

Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence G2, US Army Europe
Colonel Jay Haley

Dr Andrew Bennett

Senior Principal Scientist - ISR Capability, DSTL, UK MoD
Dr Andrew Bennett

Dr Qing Wu

Senior Scientist for Processing and Exploitation, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States Air Force
Dr Qing Wu

Dr Wolfgang Koch

Head of Sensor Data and Information Fusion, Fraunhofer FKIE
Dr Wolfgang Koch

Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

Executive Officer to the General Manager of NAPMA , NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA)
Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

Deputy Commander, Tactical Air Wing 51, German Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

LtCol Runge joined the German Air Force in 1983 as a Weapon Systems and Electronic
Warfare Officer initially flying RF-4E PHANTOM and since 1993 on the MRCA
TORNADO. He achieved more than 3.000 flight hours during several tours with the German
Luftwaffe, US Air Force and Royal Air Force. He held several staff assignments in higher
headquarters as well as leadership positions in Tactical Air Wings. He participated in the
German EURO HAWK and HERON 1 programs providing operational and conceptual
expertise. Between 2016 and 2021, he deployed several times with the UN mission
MINUSMA operating the HERON 1 RPAS as Sqn Commander and Tactical Operator. Since
October 2017, he has been serving as the Deputy Commander of Tactical Air Wing 51

Major Helder Ferreira

Commander, 601 Squadron, Portuguese Air Force
Major Helder Ferreira

Mr Jason Cowell

VP Capability/CTO Electronic Warfare, Leonardo
Mr Jason Cowell

Mr Pieter Elands

Programme Manager, Intelligent Imaging Expertise Group, TNO
Mr Pieter Elands

Pieter Elands joined the Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO in 1987, after his graduation as an Aeronautical Engineer at Delft University of Technology. He worked as a propulsion engineer on rocket and ramjet propulsion. Hereafter, he had various management positions in the area of Protection, Munitions and Weapons and in IT.
In 2012 he became Program Manager for Unmanned Systems. Presently, he is in charge of several research programs on unmanned and autonomous systems and automation of the intelligence cycle. He is the acting TNO-liaison to the RNLAF.

Mr Rob Munday

UV20 Deputy Event Manager, BICES Group Executive, NATO HQ
Mr Rob Munday

Mr Tony Duthie

Head of Land and Maritime Marketing, Leonardo
Mr Tony Duthie



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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.

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