INVISTA and SEA Confirmed Speakers for Future Soldier Technology 2017

SMi Group Reports: INVISTA and SEA join Future Soldier Technology Conference 2017

London, United Kingdom, January 13, 2017 --( SMi Group is thrilled to announce two additional expert speakers for the third annual Future Soldier Technology conference.

As the only conference solely dedicated to enhancing soldier modernisation programmes, Future Soldier Technology will cover the greatest challenges and next generation solutions that are enabling infantry to conduct operations in today’s and tomorrow’s battlefields.

The two additional expert speakers for the Future Soldier Technology conference are:

1). Jonathan Long- Global Innovation Manager at INVISTA will be speaking on day one on "Soldiers-Core of Military Capability"

Jonathan Long’s Bio: The newest member of the military marketing team for INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand, a registered trademark for durable fabrics. Long has more than 20 years of Department of Defense acquisition experience in government and private industry. Long served as the director of operations for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army and in the private sector, worked as director of business development for the largest manufacturer of military clothing and textiles products.

Long also has an extensive army career. He served as chief, procurement division for the Army Contracting Command; Department of the Army systems coordinator; and Military deputy to the deputy commanding general. Retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of active duty as a lieutenant colonel.

2). Laurence Bedford, Senior Principal Consultant, Research & Technical Support Division at SEA will be speaking on day one on "Delivering Dismounted Effect: Technology to capability"

Laurence Bedford’s Bio: 5 years’ experience on Soldier Systems research positions and roles include: Infantry Military Advisor to Dstl; Dstl Land Battlespace Department Team Leader; SEA Infantry Domain Subject Matter Expert to the Delivering Dismounted Effect Programme; SEA Programme Manager for Delivering Dismounted Effect Programme. This was preceded by 20 years military experience as an Infantry Officer with significant operational and training experience.

They will be joining 20 more expert speakers from organizations leading soldier modernization representing: British Army, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, United States Marine Corps, US Army Northern Welfare Training Center, Canadian Forces, T N O Human Factors Research Institute, Thales, UK MoD, DSTL, PEO Soldier, United Marines Corps, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency, Rheinmetall Electronics.

Conference organizer, SMi Group, have released the event agenda on their website: this includes the full conference agenda, or download a PDF brochure.

SMi are also pleased to announce Revision Military have confirmed their participation as event sponsors and exhibitors. Revision Military build high-performance protective solutions for the evolving needs of the modern soldier. Delegates will get the chance to meet them at this year's event.

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Future Soldier Technology 2017
13th and 14th March 2017
London, United Kingdom

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