International Dismounted Soldier Conference 2023

October 31-November 1, 2023- London, United Kingdom

Enhancing Firepower, Data Superiority and Training Delivery for Tomorrow's Dismounted Forces

As nations around the world prioritise their dismounted soldier capabilities, as part of their ongoing military modernisation efforts, International Dismounted Soldier (IDS) 2023 will tackle the light forces community's highest priorities in enhancing their dismounted soldier capabilities; engaging with a diverse range of experts, senior military professionals, and industry representatives to ensure a comprehensive and informative discussion on the latest trends, challenges, and advancements in the field of dismounted soldier operations.

Coming at a critical time, when peer-on-peer conflict is increasingly likely and the benefits of fully utilising light forces is being seen more often in recent conflict, NEW for this year, the second annual International Dismounted Soldier conference will feature increased emphasis on delivering training to meet current threats, developments in doctrine, such as the Land Operating Concept 2030, and an increased international speaker faculty.

Join us to share experiences from recent conflicts or operations and hear from others who can provide valuable insights, or thought-leadership into innovative solutions employed by dismounted soldiers in various contexts, leading to valuable knowledge exchanges and partnerships.

Key Themes Include:

  • Infantry Tactics and Operations
  • Soldier Modernisation
  • Training and Readiness
  • Soldier Performance and Health
  • Improved Lethality and Technology
  • Specialised Soldier Roles
  • Collaboration and Interoperability
  • Urban terrain and Future Warfare
  • Doctrine and Concepts
  • Observations from Recent Case Studies

Top speakers, relevant topics, timely and fruitful discussions, excellent networking!

CO ITDU, British Army, 2022 Delegate

High quality event with excellent speakers and great forum to interact with other nations

Staff Officer Urban Operations, Royal Dutch Army, 2022 Delegate

One of the few events in the industry that, genuinely, has a panel of experts

4GD, 2023 Sponsor

2023 Speakers

  • Lieutenant General Sharon Nesmith, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, British Army
  • Major General Chris Barry CBE, Director Land Warfare, British Army
  • Major General Veiko-Vello Palm, Commander of the Estonian Division, Estonian Land Forces
  • Brigadier General Eugenio Dessi, Infantry School Commander, Italian Army
  • Brigadier General Jonas Lotsne, Director of Land Systems, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)
  • Brigadier General Monte Rone, Chief of Infantry and Director of Soldier Lethality CFT, US Army
  • Brigadier Mark Totten, OBE, Deputy Director Acquisition – Commando Forces, Royal Marines
  • Colonel Paul Cummings, Dismounted Close Combat Portfolio Leader, STSP, DE&S - UK MoD
  • Colonel Scott Macgregor, Director, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
  • Colonel Stuart Nasse, Assistant Head Military Capability Delivery, British Army
    Colonel János Pölöskei, Acting Director, Capability Development Office, HDF Defence Staff
    Colonel Thomas Putnam, Director, Close Combat Lethality Task Force, US DoD
  • Colonel Juhana Skyttä, Infantry Inspector, Finnish Army
  • Colonel Harm van der Have, Commander Manoeuvre Education and Training Center, Royal Dutch Army
  • Tim Gramp, Chief Engineer, US Marine Corps
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Peter Gerlach, G3 Staff Officer, Infantry Branch, ACCDC - German Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Hanlon, SO1 Soldier Systems, SoldierWorks, British Army
  • Major Michael O'Connor, Capability Director Soldier Modernisation Office, New Zealand Defence Force
  • Major Donatas Palavenis, Chief Specialist, Training and Doctrine Command of the Lithuanian Armed Forces
  • Major Ali Raju, Commanding Officer, Canadian Army Trials and Evaluations Unit
  • Anders Palm, Project Manager, Optronics System Section, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)
  • Mark Pickering, Principal Scientist, Land Guided Weapons, DSTL – UK MoD
  • Jonathan Russell, Technical lead Land Systems Programme Dismounted Protection Project, DSTL - UK MoD
  • Tom Van Beneden, Ammunition Support Partnership, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)

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