Past event: International Dismounted Soldier

This year's International Dismounted Soldier (IDS) conference, chaired by Lieutenant General (Ret.) James Bashall, will focus on infantry's role in multi-domain warfare, Command and Control at range, Future Soldier Programs, enhancing organic firepower, training and simulation, challenges posed by future operating environments, and doing all this mindful of the burden placed on the dismounted soldier.

The theme for the 2022 conference is Enhancing Future Soldier Firepower and Lethality. Alongside these highly relevant topics the conference agenda will include a day dedicated to identifying lessons from the conflict in Ukraine, considering the challenges and potential that the dismounted soldier can face in contemporary conflict.

The IDS forum is dedicated to bringing together end-users and industry to advance current capability for the solider platform.

Attend the Conference to:

  • Gain insight from NATO and partner nations on increasing dismounted close combat lethality and survivability
  • Optimize the soldier platform by integrating critical technologies and advanced equipment while managing the cognitive and physical burden
  • Identify potential lessons that can be learned from contemporary conflicts, specifically the role of the dismounted soldier in Ukraine – looking at complex terrain and the use of anti-armour capabilities
  • Share best practice to ensure interoperability can continue to be achieved for collective defence and future coalition operations
  • Understand how armies and marine corps are addressing the most pressing challenges faced by the dismounted soldier in the contemporary congested battlespace
  • Discuss organic dismounted firepower and learn from current procurement projects to understand how nations are advancing their capability to deliver lethal effects

"Excellent perspectives and knowledge sharing,"
Delegate 2017

"Extremely valuable event"
Delegate 2017

"This event was very good to see the current state of mortars"
Engineer, US Army, Delegate 2015

2022 Chairman

  • Lieutenant General (Ret.) James Bashall, Conference Chairman, British Army

2022 Speakers

  • Lieutenant General Sir Ralph Wooddisse CBE MC, Commander Field Army, British Army
  • Lieutenant General Gaetano Zauner, Deputy Chief of Staff, Italian Army
  • Major General Donn Hill, Commanding General, Security Force Assistance Command, US Army
  • Major General Veiko-Vello Palm, Deputy Commander, Estonian Defence Forces
  • Brigadier Nick Cowey, Head of Military Capability Delivery, British Army
  • Brigadier Matthew Cansdale, Head Future Force Development, British Army
  • Brigadier Mark Totten, Programme Director – Future Commando Force, Royal Marines
  • Brigadier Mike Fayers, Head of Military Capability Plans, British Army
  • Brigadier General David C. Walsh, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, US Marine Corps
  • Brigadier Justin Stenhouse, Commander, 11th Security Force Assistance Brigade, British Army
  • Brigadier General Juan Hernández, Deputy Director of Doctrine, Organization and Materials, Spanish Army
  • Brigadier Rob Hedderwick, Commander, Army Special Operations Brigade, British Army
  • Colonel Sarah Craig, Director, Diggerworks, Australian Department of Defence
  • Colonel Andy Hadfield, Commandant, School of Infantry, British Army
  • Colonel John Spencer, Chair of Urban Warfare Studies, Modern War Institute at West Point
  • Colonel Rhett Thomson, Director, Maneuver Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate, US Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Cristiano Refi, Chief of JTAC STANEVAL, ITA Joint Air Operations School, Italian Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies, SO1 Soldier Systems, TommyWorks, British Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Mike Baxter, SO1 Light Forces, British Army
  • Brigadier (Rtd) Ben Barry, OBE, Senior Fellow Land Warfare, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
  • Dr Anthony King, Professor in War Studies, Warwick University
  • Stephen A Zadrick, Chairman and CEO, Client–, Milamagic

Please fill in your name and email to receive the Conference Agenda of this event.

  • Two Day Conference: 6 – 7 December 2022
  • Lessons from Ukraine Day: 8 December 2022


Copthorne Tara Hotel
Scarsdale Pl, Kensington, W8 5SY
London, UK

Accommodation Venues
Group Rate: We have reserved a selection of rooms at The Copthorne Tara London Kensington at a discounted group rate, subject to availability.
Rates from: £140.00 per room, per night.
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Event details
Organizer : IQEU
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-23848

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