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Future Soldier Technology Conference
The Only Event in Europe Solely Dedicated to the Enhancement of Future Soldier Equipment

12 March, 2018 - 14 March, 2018, London, United Kingdom

We are proud to host the fourth annual Future Soldier Technology conference, which will convene in London on the 13th and 14th March 2018. This year's event will also include a dedicated pre-conference focus day on 12th March 2018 centred exclusively on dismounted soldier situational awareness - exploring how new technologies such as mobile deployable communications, land ISTAR, Command & Control networks and innovative immersive technologies and displays assist the warfighter.

Future soldier
programmes continue to be critically important for dismounted infantry operations around the world. As militaries are expected to operate in diverse environments - from artic to urban landscapes - developing materials, technologies and capabilities that enable soldiers to survive and thrive has become ever more important.

As the only meeting solely dedicated to enhancing soldier modernisation programmes, Future Soldier Technology 2018 will provide a unique opportunity to see how emerging technologies and materials are used to overcome challenges in soldier modernisation programmes, from across the world.

It will explore the key categories for development, such as: survivability, lethality, sustainability, mobility and C4i. Along with soldier modernisation programmes from: IdZ-ES, FELIN, PEO Soldier, DE&S, ISSP, Soldat de Zukunft and more.

Benefits of Attending

At this years conference there will once again be an array of networking opportunities:
  • Meet an network with service providers as well as military and government end-users from around the world that make up the attendees and exhibitors at this year's conference
  • Join a post conference drinks reception hosted for GMRE
  • More than three and a half hours of networking during the conference days

Hear the very latest advances from Armies, Future Soldier Programme Managers and Joint Force Commands related to:
  • Ballistic protection
  • Soldier lethality
  • C4i systems and situational awareness equipment
  • Night vision and optics
  • Winter warfare capabilities
  • Soldier system power solutions
As well as updates from a variety of national programmes.

NEW FOR 2018: A pre-conference Focus Day on Soldier Situational Awareness on 12th March 2018!

Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Focus Day
Chaired by Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army

Who should attend

The conference and focus day agenda is critical for anyone involved in dismounted soldier technology and equipment, including:
  • Future Soldier System Programme Managers
  • Industry OEMs
  • Directors for Land Forces Capability
  • Infantry Trials and Development Unit Commander
  • Infantry Leaders
  • Soldier Systems Researchers


Copthorne Tara Hotel
Scarsdale Place, Kensington
London, United KingdomThe agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.


  • Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor, Director Pardus Defence & Security , Infantry Trials And Development Unit
  • Brigadier General Eldar Berli, Commander Brigade North, Norwegian Army
  • Captain Elisabet Hökerberg, Deputy Head of the Armed Forces Unit for Cold Weather Operations, Swedish Army
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher, Programme Manager , United States Marine Corps
  • Colonel Chris Dowling, Chief of Staff, 1st Marine Division , US Marine Corps
  • Colonel Matt Jackson, Deputy Brigade Commander, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, Royal Marines
  • David Baas, Deputy Director, Expeditionary Operations Training Group, US Marine Corps
  • Dr Carsten Cremers, Group Fuel Cells Leader, Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie
  • Dr Darren Browning, Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL
  • Dr Duncan Stewart, Duncan Stewart, Dismounted Soldier System Programme Technical Lead, DSTL-Royal Marines Reservist, DSTL
  • Dr Hans Kariis, Deputy Research Director Department of Electrooptical Systems, Swedish Defence Research Agency
  • Dr James Zheng, Chief Scientist, Soldier Protection and Equipment, PEO Soldier ,
  • Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert, Project Manager IdZ-ES, Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB)
  • Dr Myra Van Esch-Bussemakers, Director of Human Effectiveness, T N O Human Factors Research Institute
  • Dr Randall Hill, Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, Institute for Creative Technologies
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alex Hutton, Senior Requirements Manager Soldier Training and Special Programmes, Defence Equipment and Support
  • Lieutenant Colonel David Baas, Deputy Director, Expeditionary Operations Training Group, US Marine Corps
  • Lieutenant Colonel Frederic Aubanel, Deputy Director, Doctrine and Capability Development, French Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit
  • Major Christophe Wallner, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
  • Major Daniel Thibodeau, Project Director ISSP, Canadian Forces
  • Major Rune Nesland-Steinor, Project Manager Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norwegian Defence Logistical Organisation
  • Mr Alex Koers, Director, Microflown AVISA 
  • Mr Anthony White, Chief Technology Officer, Ultra PCS
    Mr Brian McDonald, Field Operations Manager , Persistent Systems LLC
  • Mr Christopher Briggs, Capability Advisor - Land ISTAR , DSTL
  • Mr Ciaran McCloskey, Product Line Manager Tactical Product UK, Thales UK
  • Mr Jackson White, Sales Director, Getac UK Ltd
  • Mr Jeppe Mueller, BMS Systems, GMRE Inc
  • Mr Johnathan Russell, Chairman for Dismounted Soldier Systems, Combat Clothing, Integrated Equipment and Protection, Land Capability Group, NATO and Principle Scientist, Protection Division, DSTL
  • Mr Jonathan Svensson, Human Factors Scientist, FOI
  • Mr Lars-Eric Olsen, Principal Scientist C4i , FFI
  • Mr Lee Peterson, Program Manager, ViaSat Inc
    Mr Luc De Beer, Project Manager, VOSS, Netherlands MoD
  • Mr Mark Owen, Director of product strategy and development, TT Electronics - Connectors Business Unit
  • Mr Matthew Walker, Deputy Director at Soldier Division, Lethality Branch, US Army
  • Mr Rhega Wenske, Executive Officer R&T, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology
  • Mr Rick Stone, VP of Strategic Planning & Director of UX & HSE, Black Diamond Advanced Technology Ltd
  • Mr Rob Garth, Director of Products, Video & Broadcast, Domo Tactical Communications (DTC)
  • Mr Scott J Featherman, Business Development Manager, BlackBox Biometrics Inc
  • Mr Sebastien Loze, European Director for Business Development, Rheinmetall Canada Inc
  • Mr Svein Martini, Principal Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment(FFI)
  • Ms Lisa Amling, VP of Product Development, Small Format Connector Systems, Glenair Inc.


Event details

SMi Defence
12 March, 2018
14 March, 2018
Copthorne Tara Hotel
United Kingdom


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