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SAE Media Group is proud to present the 4th Annual Future Soldier Technology USA Conference, taking place on the 6th & 7th June 2023 in Arlington, VA.

As militaries reorient and modernise their combat capabilities, the dismounted soldier and marine remain critical to the success of combat operations. Major strides are being made in providing soldiers with enhanced abilities to maneuver, detect, target and defeat threats at greater ranges and speed than ever before.

Critical to mission success, soldiers’ capabilities to engage and defeat new threats has been prioritised by Army Futures Command as a critical area for development. Future Soldier Technology USA will bring together military leaders and technical experts to address the evolving capability spectrum of dismounted technology of the US Armed Forces.
 

Future Soldier Technology USA is the only dedicated conference of its kind in North America and will bring a unique focus to the future of soldier systems. The conference will discuss in detail soldier lethality, power management systems, mobility, sustainability and survivability. Additionally, as soldiers and marines are increasingly integrated into an array of sensors and battlespace management systems, dismounted situational awareness is becoming a key area of overmatch capability.

Key Topics Addressed Will Include:

  • Enhancing soldier lethality
  • Next Generation Squad Weapon
  • Advanced target acquisition systems
  • Soldier sensors
  • Manned unmanned teaming
  • Communication systems
  • Battlespace management
  • Soldier sustainability
  • Systems trialling and evaluation
  • Synthetic training environments
  • Augmented reality
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  • The only event in North America specifically dedicated to soldier and marine equipment modernization and capability development
  • Hear from Leaders from PEO Soldier, US Army Futures Command, CCDC, USMC Systems Command, and many more
  • The best opportunity to meet key US program managers at the forefront of enhancing soldier lethality, survivability, situational awareness and system integration
  • The world’s biggest meeting of soldier modernization specialists from across NATO-aligned defence forces
  • Access the latest soldier equipment and technology providers from defence industry

Applied Research Associates; Army C5ISR Center; Army Futures Command; ARNG G3 TRS; AT&T Public Sector; BAE Systems - Electronic Systems; British Army; British Army HQ; Canadian Army; Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF); Conflict Kinetics; Curtiss-Wright; Cypress International; Defence Science and Technology Labs (DSTL); EECS; European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel; Excelitas Technologies; EXO Charge - Xentris Wireless; Glenair Inc; Glenair, Inc; HOFFMAN ENGINEERING; Institute for Defense Analyses; Israeli Ministry of Defence ; Joint Artificial Intelligence Center; Marathon Targets; Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory; National Defense University; NATO/Swedish Armed Forces ; NDMA; NGB; ODU USA; Ovzon LLC; PEO Soldier; PEO Soldier, US Army; Persistent Systems; Presidency of Defence Industries - SSB ; SCI Technology Inc.; SCI Technology, Inc; Silvus Technologies, Inc; SMi Group Ltd; Solution Now Enterprises LLC; Thales Defense & Security, Inc.; U.S. Department of Defense; Ultra Intelligence & Communications, Specialist Radio Frequency; United States Marine Corps; US Army; US Army C5ISR Center; US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DevCom); US Army DEVCOM C5ISR; US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence; US Army, PEO IEW&S / PM PNT; US Marine Corps Systems Command; US Special Operations Command; USAF/AFRL; USMC; USSOCOM, PM-SOF Lethality;

Conference programme

7:30 Registration & Coffee

8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
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8:30 PEO Soldier: Knowing Soldier's Challenges. Delivering Solutions

Brigadier General Christopher D. Schneider

Brigadier General Christopher D. Schneider, PEO Soldier, US Army
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  • PEO Soldier: Mission, Vision and Priorities
  • Overview of the PEO Soldier focus areas: Lethality, Command and Control, SA, Mobility and Safety
  • Adaptive Squad Architecture: furthering the connected soldier as an integrated weapons platform
  • Reducing costs and enhancing capability for the future warfighter
  • 9:00 Developing Medical Capabilities to Ensure US Armed Forces Remain in Optimal Health on the Battlefield

    Brigadier General Anthony McQueen

    Brigadier General Anthony McQueen, Commanding General, US Army Medical Research and Development Command

  • Establishing and maintaining the capabilities the US Army needs remain ready and lethal on the battlefield
  • Conducting effective R&D to address the US Military’s unique medical readiness requirements
  • Deploying wearable sensor technology to monitor health metrics in the field
  • 9:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:00 Developing Future Dismounted Soldier Requirements to Deliver the Best Trained and Most Capable Soldiers

    Colonel Rhett D. Thompson

    Colonel Rhett D. Thompson, Director, Maneuver Capabilities & Integration Directorate MCDID, US Army
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  • Ensuring the readiness of the maneuver force through advanced Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership Development, Personnel, Facilities and Policies (DOTMLPF-P)
  • Defining and developing requirements for future soldier operational capabilities
  • Leveraging robotic capabilities in support of dismounted operations
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 IVAS: Increasing Lethality, Mobility, and Situational Awareness to Achieve Battlefield

    Mr Jason Regnier

    Mr Jason Regnier, Technology Management Director, PM IVAS, PEO Soldier, US Army
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  • Increasing lethality through advanced and rapid target acquisition
  • Optimizing situational awareness with next generation communication capabilities and HUD’s
  • Integration IVAS technology into vehicle platforms and UAS to ensure success in all future Multi-Domain Operations
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:00 TAK: The Allied Forces Platform for Information Domminance

    Mr Ryan McLean

    Mr Ryan McLean, Director, TAK Product Center
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  • TAK Product Center Vision, Mission, Strategy, and Products
  • Leveraging TAK software for precision targeting, surrounding land formation intelligence, situational awareness, navigation, and data sharing
  • TAK product and plugin composability to enable any mission and create decision superiority
  • 12:30 Delivering Mission-Critical Communications in All Operating Environments

    Lieutenant Colonel David Bergmann

    Lieutenant Colonel David Bergmann, Product Manager Ground Sensors, PM Terrestrial Sensors, PEO IEW&S

  • Deploying 3rd Generation Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) technologies for targeting and reconnaissance in low-light conditions
  • Leveraging autonomy to Enhance FLIR Capabilities
  • Providing real-time data in a single integrated platform
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Developing and Delivering Innovative and Relevant Small Arms Lethality to US Warfighters

    Lieutenant Colonel Trond Ruud

    Lieutenant Colonel Trond Ruud, Product Manager, Small Arms Fire Control, PM Soldier Lethality, PEO Soldier, US Army
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  • Overview of the new Product Manager Small Arms Fire Control portfolio
  • Enhancing solider lethality through the Family of Weapon Sights-Individual clip-on infrared weapon sight
  • Increasing target acquisition and hit accuracy with next-generation fire control systems
  • Future efforts to augment joint warfighter lethality with thermal and laser capabilities
  • 14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:00 Enabling Warfighters Overmatch in the Battlefield with Lethal Small Fire Ammunition Effects

    Mr David Ahmad

    Mr David Ahmad, Product Manager, Small Caliber Ammunition, PM MAS, JPEO A&A
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  • Developing and fielding capabilities to exceed Warfighter requirements
  • Managing production capabilities to meet current and future requirements
  • Overcoming supply chain challenges through industry collaboration
  • Supporting Next Generation Squad Weapon fielding
  • 15:30 Small Arms Science and Technology Activities

    Mr Matthew R. Moeller

    Mr Matthew R. Moeller, JSSAP Project Engineer; DEVCOM Lethality LoE Lead, US Army DEVCOM Armaments Center

  • Joint Service Small Arms Updates
  • Lethality Line of Effort Update
  • Discussion of the future of Lethality in Small Arms S&T
  • 16:00 Delivering Dismounted Close Combat (DCC) for the British Soldier

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies, SO1 Soldier Systems, Tommyworks, British Army
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  • Integrating RAS, AI and Drones through Human Machine Teaming (HMT)
  • Collaborating with US Army partners for greater delivery of capability
  • 16:15 Integrating New Capabilities Into the British Soldier System

    Lieutnant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Lieutnant Colonel Arthur Dawe, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), British Army
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  • Army Warfighting Experiment: discovering and leveraging emerging technologies 
  • Updates and lessons learnt from the Russia-Ukraine war
     
  • 16:30 Joint British Army Q&A Session

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies, SO1 Soldier Systems, Tommyworks, British Army
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    Lieutnant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Lieutnant Colonel Arthur Dawe, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), British Army
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    16:45 Afternoon Tea

    17:15 Providing Advanced Solutions for Dismounted Soldier Power Demands

    Ms Paula Latorre

    Ms Paula Latorre, Chief, Tactical Power Branch, US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center
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  • Overview of the US Army’s current Soldier tactical power capabilities
  • R&D efforts into future power technologies
  • Update on small handheld battery standardisation efforts
  • 17:45 Strengthening the U.S. Supply Chain for Advanced Batteries

    Mr Eric Shields

    Mr Eric Shields, Senior Battery Advisor, Assistant Secretary of Defence, Industrial Base Policy
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  • Review of efforts to secure the battery supply chain
  • Summary of battery standardization, and analytics initiatives
  • Summary of ongoing battery policy developments
  • 18:15 Developing Advanced Power and Energy Solutions to Support Israeli Forces

    Senior Representative (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

    Senior Representative (Name Withheld for Security Reasons), , Israeli Ministry of Defence

  • Combining system engineering with advanced S&T solutions
  • R&D from basic stages (low TRL) with true operational need in mind
  • Enables energetic continuity and reduction of weight, while supporting the growing energetic demands of modern battlefield
  • 18:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
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    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
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    9:00 Advancing Dismounted Soldier Modernisation and Readiness Through US Army Reserves Innovation

    Brigadier General Heather Reuter

    Brigadier General Heather Reuter, Deputy Commander, 75th Innovation Command, US Army Reserve
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  • An overview of the 75th Innovation Command and driving soldier modernisation
  • Key dismounted soldier programs being developed by the 75th Innovation Command and the US Army Reserves
  • Providing a ‘screening force’ to enhance army innovation and provide access to the private sector
  • Future cooperation between the 75th IC, the wider US Army Futures Command ecosystem and industry to develop dismounted soldier capabilities
  • 9:30 CCLTF: Ensuring Overmatch Against Pacing Threats

  • Accelerate the development of solutions through pan-DoD collaboration
  • CCLTF’s 5 Lines of Effort: Human Performance, R&D, TacticalPower, AI, and Training
  • Adjusting to focus on the future horizon
  • Colonel Shannon Nielsen

    Colonel Shannon Nielsen, Director, US DOD Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF)

    Mr Michael T. McCarthy

    Mr Michael T. McCarthy, Deputy Director/ Chief of Staff, US DOD Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF)
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    10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Increasing Lethality, Protection, and Target Acquisition Capabilities in Support of USSOCOM Operations

    Colonel Anh Ha

    Colonel Anh Ha, Program Executive Officer - SOF Warrior , US Special Operations Command

  • Overview of the PEO SOF warfighting focus areas
  • Leveraging next generation technologies to support the future SOF warfighter and enhance situational awareness
  • Achieving decisive overmatch at the tactical level with advanced weaponry and ammunition
  • Vision for the future
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:00 USMC Infantry Battalion Modernization Update

    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Mr Christopher Woodburn, Deputy Branch Head, Maneuver Branch, Ground Combat Element Division - Fires and Maneuver, US Marine Corps
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  • Collaborating with DOD partners to pursue infantry modernization objectives
  • Improving lethality through rifle and small arms upgardes whilst maintaining mobility
  • Maximising low-light lethality with the Squad Binocular Night Vision Goggle (SBNVG)
  • Ensuring survivability with upgrades armor and helmets
  • 12:30 Experimentation: Supporting the Army Modernization Enterprise

    Mr Seth Spoenlein

    Mr Seth Spoenlein, Assistant Director of Systems Integration, US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center
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  • Experimentation strategy
  • Rapid maturation of operationalized and integrated  networked capabilities
  • Technology integration
  • Partnering mechanisms
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Squad Virtual Trainer: Ensuring Warfighters Are Prepared for Future Operating Environments

    Colonel Greg Pavlichko

    Colonel Greg Pavlichko, Director, National Simulation Center
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  • Overview of the US Army’s training strategy and future plans
  • Exploiting technology to optimize human performance
  • Utilising Synthetic Training Environments for replicate complex operating environments
  • 14:30 PEO STRI: Delivering New Training and Simulation Capabilities to Enhance Future US

    Ms Karen D. H. Saunders

    Ms Karen D. H. Saunders, PEO Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, US Army
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  • Providing relevant integrated modeling and simulation capabilities to achieve US Army readiness
  • Preparing the future dismounted soldier for IVAS using the Squad Immersive Virtual Trainer (SiVT) Capability to rapidly conduct and repeat squad-level training in a mixed reality-based synthetic environment
  • Leveraging new technologies at pace to modernize capabilities
  • 15:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:30 Developing Advanced Virtual Training Capabilities to Prepare the USMC to defeat an Ever-Evolving Adversary

    Lieutenant Colonel Marcus J. Reynolds

    Lieutenant Colonel Marcus J. Reynolds, Program Manager for Training Systems, US Marine Corps Systems Command
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  • Creating a live, virtual and constructive all-domain combat training environment to meet the demands of multi-domain operations
  • Improving Marine Corps training with live, virtual and synthetic technologies to operate in the Live Virtual Constructive-Training Environment
  • Working with industry partners to develop and field the concepts, systems and capabilities needed to fulfil the tenants of the LVC-TE
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 NATO LCD DSS: 2023 Update

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Major Magnus Hallberg, NATO LCG DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
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  • Overview of the LCG DSS portfolio and structure
  • Pursing cooperative procurements to enhance interoperability
  • Future priorities for the NATO LCG DSS
  • 17:00 Canada’s Soldier Operational Clothing and Equipment Modernization (SOCEM) Initiative

    Mr Serge Côte

    Mr Serge Côte, Manager, Soldier Operational Clothing and Equipment Modernization (SOCEM), DSSPM, National Defence / Government of Canada
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  • Human factors as critical drivers for high level requirements
  • Gender Base Analysis Plus (GBA+):design features to remove barriers to inclusiveness and to increase usability of the system
  • Lessons learned from allied nations
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
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    17:45 USMC Gruntworks Facility Tour

    Mr Mark Richter

    Mr Mark Richter, Program Manager, Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad, US Marine Corps Systems Command

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Christopher D. Schneider

    Brigadier General Christopher D. Schneider

    PEO Soldier, US Army
    Brigadier General Heather Reuter

    Brigadier General Heather Reuter

    Deputy Commander, 75th Innovation Command, US Army Reserve
    Colonel Anh Ha

    Colonel Anh Ha

    Program Executive Officer - SOF Warrior , US Special Operations Command
    Colonel Rhett D. Thompson

    Colonel Rhett D. Thompson

    Director, Maneuver Capabilities & Integration Directorate MCDID, US Army
    Ms Karen D. H. Saunders

    Ms Karen D. H. Saunders

    PEO Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, US Army

    Brigadier General Anthony McQueen

    Commanding General, US Army Medical Research and Development Command
    Brigadier General Anthony McQueen

    Brigadier General Christopher D. Schneider

    PEO Soldier, US Army
    Brigadier General Christopher D. Schneider

    Brigadier General Christopher D. Schneider received his commission an Infantry Officer from the United States Military Academy in 1994. His tactical assignments include: Rifle and Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Headquarters and Headquarters Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Assistant S-3, 1st Infantry Division; Assistant G-3 Training Officer for XVIII Airborne Corps; Airborne Rifle Company Commander and an Airborne Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander in 3-325 A.I.R, 82d Airborne Division; and Ranger Assistant Operations Officer, 75th Ranger Regiment. He has multiple operational/combat deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

    Brigadier General Schneider entered the Acquisition Corp 2005 and served in numerous assignments to include: (LTC/COL) Assignment Officer in the Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Virginia; Product Manager for Soldier Maneuver Sensors in PEO Soldier; Branch Chief for the Acquisition Branch in the Human Resources Command; Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition; Project Manager for Soldier Sensors and Lasers and as the Assistant Program Executive Officer (APEO) for Futures and Integration in PEO Soldier. Project Manager for the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, a Rapid Prototyping initiative in PEO Solider. He recently served as the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).

    Brigadier General Schneider’s military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School, Air Assault School, Bradley Leader Course, Scout Platoon Leader Course, Jumpmaster Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Army Acquisition Basic Course, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, and the National Defense University. Brigadier General Schneider has received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a M.B.A. from Liberty University, and a M.S. in National Resourcing and Strategy from the Eisenhower School.

    His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Service Medal, Iraq Service Medal, Valorous Unit and Superior Unit Award, Senior Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Combat Infantryman Badge.

    Brigadier General Schneider is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and is married to COL Maria Schneider, an Army Acquisition Officer and native of Miami, Florida. They have three children: Michelle, Jacob, and Luke.

    Brigadier General Heather Reuter

    Deputy Commander, 75th Innovation Command, US Army Reserve
    Brigadier General Heather Reuter

    Brigadier General Heather A. Reuter joined the 75th Innovation Command, headquartered in Houston, TX, on 1 September 2021.
    General Reuter was born in La Mesa, California. She entered the U.S. Army Reserve upon graduation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1996 and was commissioned into the Quartermaster Corps.
    Prior to her current assignment, General Reuter served as the Chief of Staff, 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Marysville, Washington, from 2020 to 2021; Commander, 2nd Brigade, 95th Training Division, Vancouver, Washington, from 2018 to 2020; Student, Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS), Norfolk, Virginia, from 2017 to 2018; Commander, 418 Quartermaster Battalion (Petroleum Supply), Marana, Arizona, from
    2015 to 2017.
    Other assignments include S-3, 1st Brigade, Pacific Division, 75th Training Division, Garden Grove, California; Executive Officer, 371st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, March Armed Forces Reserve Base, California; Team Leader, 75th Training Division (Battle Staff), Garden Grove, California; Staff Observer Controller Trainer, 75th Training Division, (Battle Staff), Garden Grove, California; Commander, 316th Quartermaster Company (Water Supply), Oceanside, California; S1, Personnel Officer, 419th Quartermaster Battalion (Water Supply), Irvine, California; Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 419th Quartermaster Battalion (Water Supply), Irvine, California; Platoon Leader, 316th Quartermaster Company (Water Supply), Oceanside, California.
    General Reuter is a graduate of the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course; the Transportation Officer Advanced Course; the Combined Arms and Services Staff School; the Command and General Staff College; and the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and a Master of Science in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) at the Joint Forces Staff College.
    Personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hour glass and M device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Training Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and Overseas Service Bar.

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
    As Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army COL (R) Hansen spent 26 years in the US Army in both the war fighting and acquisition fields. He held various command and staff positions in self-propelled, towed, and airborne artillery units and fire support elements. His research, development, and acquisition experience includes various assignments as a product,
    project, or program manager in electric guns, armored vehicles, and precision guided munitions. In his last 4 years of service as the Project Manager for Soldier Warrior, he was responsible for weapons, clothing, and equipment for aviation crewmen (Air Warrior), dismounted Soldiers (Land Warrior, Ground Soldier Ensemble), and vehicle crewmen (Mounted Soldier).

    Colonel Anh Ha

    Program Executive Officer - SOF Warrior , US Special Operations Command
    Colonel Anh Ha

    Colonel Greg Pavlichko

    Director, National Simulation Center
    Colonel Greg Pavlichko

    Colonel Greg Pavlichko is a recent United States Army War College graduate. Before his attendance at the War College, COL Pavlichko was assigned to 7th Army Training Command, Europe, where he served as the Chief of Operations for the Joint Multinational Simulation Center at Grafenwoehr, Germany.

    COL Pavlichko was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Armor in August 1999, after graduating as the Distinguished Military Graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His first assignment was as Platoon Leader in Hawk Company, Second Squadron, Second Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Then, as a 1st Lieutenant, he was the executive officer for Ghost Troop, Second Squadron, Second Armored Cavalry Regiment. He then attended the Armor Captains Career Course and was stationed in Vilseck, Germany.
    While stationed in Vilseck, COL Pavlichko was the Chief of the Command Training Branch at the Combined Arms Training Center. He was responsible for planning, developing, and executing the Company Commander and First Sergeant Course, the Rear Detachment Commanders' course, and the US Army Europe Battalion and Brigade Pre-Command Course. COL Pavlichko's next assignment was to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany. He was the 1-37 AR BN assistant S-3 and then Company Commander, Charlie Company 1-37 AR. As company commander, he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Deployed initially to Rabiya, Charlie Company relocated to Ramadi.
    After company command, COL Pavlichko was selected to be a Simulation Operations officer and assigned to the Directorate of Simulations at Fort Rucker, Alabama. While at Fort Rucker, he was the Aviation Training Exercise Branch Chief and the deputy Flight School XXI program manager. COL Pavlichko was responsible for Aviation Training Exercises, using a mixture of virtual and constructive simulations to enable FORSCOM to certify all aviation battalions and brigades deploying to Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Additionally, as deputy FSXXI program manager, he was responsible for managing the simulations used in flight school at Fort Rucker.
    COL Pavlichko then attended the University of Central Florida, received a master's degree in Modeling and Simulations, and attended resident ILE. After ILE, he reported to the National Simulation Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. While at the NSC, he was assigned to TCM Gaming as the requirements chief. While assigned to TCM Gaming, COL Pavlichko executed multiple verification, validation, and accreditation tests of Virtual Battle Space 3. He also led teams that developed, tested, and fielded Disaster SIM, ELITE Lite, and ELITE Sharp.
    His next assignment was Chief of Collective Training at the Joint Base Lewis McChord Mission Training Complex in Washington state. At the JBLM MTC, he was the lead planner for all battalion and brigade collective training events on the MTC. He designed and supported dozens of brigade-level exercises. In addition, he developed the largest LVC-IA brigade exercise at JBLM and supported multiple division-level certification exercises. COL Pavlichko was then selected to be the Chief of Operations at JMSC. During this assignment, COL Pavlichko led a team of teams that resourced and planned exercises across Europe and assisted the training of V Corps as they established themselves in Europe.
    Colonel Pavlichko holds a Master of Modeling and Simulations degree from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 4 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal with 3 OLC, the OIF Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
    COL Pavlichko and his wife, Cari, have two children, Brandon and Chase.

    Colonel Rhett D. Thompson

    Director, Maneuver Capabilities & Integration Directorate MCDID, US Army
    Colonel Rhett D. Thompson

    COL Rhett Thompson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 1996 and was commissioned an Infantry officer in the United States Army.

    He has served in numerous key command positions in Mechanized, Ranger, and Airborne units and has served in staff positions in Joint Special Operations Command and Army Futures Command prior to assuming his current position as the Director of Maneuver Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate. He has multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

    COL Thompson is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the US Naval War College. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Economics, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

    COL Thompson and his wife Stacy have two children, Marshall, and Allison

    Colonel Shannon Nielsen

    Director, US DOD Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF)
    Colonel Shannon Nielsen

    Lieutenant Colonel David Bergmann

    Product Manager Ground Sensors, PM Terrestrial Sensors, PEO IEW&S
    Lieutenant Colonel David Bergmann

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    SO1 Soldier Systems, Tommyworks, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lt Col Gareth Davies took over as SO1 Soldier Systems in Jan 2019. His main role is to deliver new Dismounted Close Combat capabilities to service across the Defence Lines of Development. He is the lead in setting up TommyWorks, a new organisation focussing on Soldier System Integration and more agile and iterative delivery of future capabilities. Career wise, he has completed 5 operational tours as an infantry commander including Iraq and Afghanistan twice and has previous experience as a Requirements Manager for the FIST programme and Chief of Staff of Soldier, Training and Special Projects team within DE&S.

    Lieutenant Colonel Marcus J. Reynolds

    Program Manager for Training Systems, US Marine Corps Systems Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Marcus J. Reynolds

    Lt. Col. Marcus J. Reynolds assumed command of the Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS) in Orlando, Florida, on April 22, 2022. In this role, he serves as Marine Corps Systems Command’s executive agent assigned to manage acquisition and life-cycle support of Marine Corps ground training systems, devices and training support services. He has served more than a decade overseas including deployments throughout the IndoPacific area of responsibility as well as combat deployments to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

    Lieutenant Colonel Trond Ruud

    Product Manager, Small Arms Fire Control, PM Soldier Lethality, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Trond Ruud

    LTC Trond S. Ruud is a native of Saint Joseph, Missouri and served with A Company 189th Ordnance Battalion under the Simultaneous Membership Program with Missouri Western State University Reserve Officer Training Corps, from 2001 to 2003.
    LTC Ruud received his Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery through the Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Missouri Western State University in 2003, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.
    His past officer assignments include: Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, C-1/377th AFAR, Fort Campbell, KY; Executive Officer, HHC-2/320th FAR, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and FOB Warrior, Iraq; Fire Support Officer, Border Transition Team 4351, Zurbatiyah Port of Entry, Iraq; Targeting Officer, Operations Fires, G-3, United States Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany; Operations Officer to The Commanding General, United States Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany. Company Commander, USAG Baden-Wurrtemburg, Heidelberg, Germany.
    LTC Ruud transitioned to the Acquisition Corps immediately following his company command and was first assigned to the 644th Contingency Contracting Team, 903rd Contracting Battalion, 409th Contracting Support BDE where he was a contracting team leader between 2012-2015. He would then serve as an Assistant Product Manager for Product Manager Ground Soldier Systems at Fort Belvoir, VA. Following his first APM assignment he was recruited and selected to go work in support of a special mission unit as a developmental APM under Product Manager Communications and Intelligence Support Systems under Special Operations Command before leaving to work as a Department of Army Systems Coordinator for Soldier Weapons in the Pentagon. LTC Ruud was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff to ASA(ALT), in support of the CoS, PDEP, MILDEP and AAE.
    LTC Ruud has completed Command and General Staff College and the Acquisition Intermediate Qualification Course. LTC Ruud is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III trained in Program Management, and Level III in Contracting. He completed his MBA in 2012.
    LTC Ruud recently completed a fellowship program under Training with Industry at Sig Sauer in Newington, New Hampshire.
    LTC Ruud’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
    LTC Ruud has two children, Carter (18 years) and Nolan (9 years).

    Lieutnant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), British Army
    Lieutnant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe joined the Army in 2001, commissioning into the Scots Guards. Initially posted to London on ceremonial duties, he then served as a Platoon Commander in the Guards Training Division, Catterick. Further postings included Poland, Canada and Germany where he was an Armoured Infantry Platoon and Company Commander. He worked in Joint Capabilities in the MoD during SDSR15 and is experienced in several other key Staff appointment roles, both in the MoD and in the Field Army. He has completed multiple tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and overseas short-term training tasks (STTT).

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    NATO LCG DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Infantry officer, the career consists of a mix of different positions within infantry and Mechanized battalions.
    Graduated from Staff collage 2002 and completed Battalion Commander Course 2003, since 2004 at Land Warfare Centre development department.
    Test and trial manager on Swedish soldier modernization, PM/ReqM on Combat clothing and PPE.
    A member of LCG DSS since 2004, Deputy Chairman 2012-18, Chairman 2019---
    Involved in the NORDEFCO project on Nordic Combat Uniform as leader of the User Working Group.

    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Deputy Branch Head, Maneuver Branch, Ground Combat Element Division - Fires and Maneuver, US Marine Corps
    Mr Christopher Woodburn

    Mr. Woodburn was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in 1987 and graduated from The Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course in 1988. As an infantry officer, he held the billets of Rifle Platoon Commander, Heavy Machine Gun Platoon Commander, 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Battalion Logistics Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, and Battalion Executive Officer. He also served as the Deputy, Current Operations and Future Operations Officer at the Marine Expeditionary Force level. Mr. Woodburn’s combat deployments include OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/STORM and two tours to OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
    Mr. Woodburn also served as a training company commander at the School of Infantry and commanding officer for a Marine Corps Recruiting Station. He is certified in Program Management from a tour at Marine Corps Systems Command and earned a Master’s Degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2003. He completed his military career as a lieutenant colonel while serving as the Infantry Combat Equipment and Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad Capabilities Integration Officer, Ground Combat Element – Fires and Maneuver, Capabilities Development Directorate at Quantico, VA.
    Upon retirement in 2013, Mr. Woodburn joined the U.S. civil service and continues to work at the Capabilities Development Directorate. He worked initially as the requirements officer for Marine Corps small arms and combat optics and now supervises capabilities development for the infantry and reconnaissance communities as the Deputy for the Maneuver Branch.

    Mr David Ahmad

    Product Manager, Small Caliber Ammunition, PM MAS, JPEO A&A
    Mr David Ahmad

    Mr. David Ahmad is the Product Manager for Small Caliber Ammunition responsible for life cycle management of direct fire small caliber ammunition from 5.56mm to .50 Caliber for the Army, other services and agencies under the Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition mission. He oversees efforts in the modernization of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant while maintaining production.
    Prior to becoming the PdM SCA, he served as the Systems of Systems Integration Manager for the Directorate of Integration, JPEO A&A focusing on supply chain risk. Earlier leadership roles included Future Weapons Division Chief for Individual Weapons, and Product Director for Heavy Machine Guns.
     

    Mr Eric Shields

    Senior Battery Advisor, Assistant Secretary of Defence, Industrial Base Policy
    Mr Eric Shields

    Mr. Eric Shields is a Senior Battery Advisor in the Industrial Base Policy office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He formerly held the position of Department of Navy’s Deputy Director for Operational Energy and has led operational energy and lithium battery safety efforts for the Navy and Marine Corps at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock. Mr. Shields has experience with lithium battery safety and performance, expeditionary renewable energy systems, hybrid and microgrid systems, and human energy behaviors. Mr. Shields holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

    Mr Jason Regnier

    Technology Management Director, PM IVAS, PEO Soldier, US Army
    Mr Jason Regnier

    Mr. Jason Regnier has 30+ years of Army R&D and Acquisition. After completing a BSEE at UT Knoxville, and an MSEE at the George Washington University, he began his federal career at Fort Belvoir in Countermine and Night Vision. In 2003 he moved to PEO Soldier to work systems engineering, international and the Nett Warrior program as the Deputy Product Manager in 2007. In 2018 he was selected to be the Technical Director for the IVAS program.

    Mr Mark Richter

    Program Manager, Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad, US Marine Corps Systems Command
    Mr Mark Richter

    Mr Matthew R. Moeller

    JSSAP Project Engineer; DEVCOM Lethality LoE Lead, US Army DEVCOM Armaments Center
    Mr Matthew R. Moeller

    Mr Michael T. McCarthy

    Deputy Director/ Chief of Staff, US DOD Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF)
    Mr Michael T. McCarthy

    Mr. Michael T. McCarthy is a Department of the Army Civilian currently serving as the Deputy Director of the Close Combat Lethality Task Force, one of five Secretary of Defense Cross Functional Teams. Prior to his current assignment, Mike served as the Chief of Future Operations and Requirements Integration. His prior included serving as the Plans Officer to the Commanding General of for the Army Futures Command Task Force and as the Deputy to the Commanding General of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. From 2009 to 2016, Mr. McCarthy led the U.S. Army’s “Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications” project for assessing the military utility of mobile technologies across the Army. Mr. McCarthy served various command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, and Korea following his commission into the Field Artillery upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute. Mr. McCarthy is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College receiving a Master of Arts in Operations, Tactics, and Training. He is a 2015 graduate of the Air War College, earning a Master of Arts in National Security Studies and Theory from The U.S. Air War College Grand Strategy curriculum. Mr. McCarthy is a 2016 graduate of the prestigious Defense Senior Leader Development Program.

    Mr Ryan McLean

    Director, TAK Product Center
    Mr Ryan McLean

    Continuous Delivery – the future of Information Dominance. Continuous Delivery is Ryan's "why." As a developer by trade, Ryan builds and leads national security software organizations so the US wins the next fight.
    His DevOps adventures span the users of Defense R&D and Test, Air Force Combat Search and Rescue, and the US Citizenship and Immigration Service enterprise (and some ethical hacking).
    As TAK Product Center Director, Ryan leads a pipe-hitting team of passionate technologists that empowers more than 3,000 developers to deliver a family of open-source, networked geospatial platforms to over 350,000 military, federal, civilian, and international users. TAK is the technical baseline for 18 US Government Programs of Record, and it is a key component of every combat theater, each National Special Security Event, and many wildland fire responses.
    As the USSOCOM PEO-SOF Digital Applications Chief Engineer, Ryan drives the technical vision and execution of a large software and data portfolio delivering Special Operations-peculiar digital capabilities to SOF users across the globe.
    In both roles, the pursuit of Continuous Delivery is the means to an end – to empower the user.
    Ryan is an experienced leader in building organizations around culture, process, and tools. He is a computer engineer by degree, a software engineer by trade, and loves to delight users. Ryan is a Combat Veteran and a Major in the Air Force Reserve.
    Ryan's hobbies include carpentry and yardwork, but he also relentlessly muses about new tech startup concepts and is always "almost done" with another tech tutorial. Ryan keeps it real in Indiana.

    Mr Serge Côte

    Manager, Soldier Operational Clothing and Equipment Modernization (SOCEM), DSSPM, National Defence / Government of Canada
    Mr Serge Côte

    Serge Côte is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. Serge also obtained a Master of Science in Project Management from the Université du Québec. Following his service as a Combat System Engineering Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, Serge moved to industry where he filled different product development and management roles in navigation simulators and e-learning projects. In 2009, Serge returned to Public Service with the Department of National Defence as a project manager in the Materiel Group. He has been leading the Soldier Operational Clothing and Equipment Modernisation Initiative since 2020.

    Mr Seth Spoenlein

    Assistant Director of Systems Integration, US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center
    Mr Seth Spoenlein

    Mr. Seth Spoenlein serves as the Assistant Director, Systems Integration Portfolio within the Engineering and Systems Integration Directorate (ESI) under the U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM); Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland.

    In this capacity, Mr. Spoenlein supports the ESI Directorate within the C5ISR Center. He provides strategic guidance for the S&T community with an emphasis on integration of technologies. In his role supporting the C5ISR Center, he assists the ESI Director in providing the strategy for the organization in Soldier-centered design, evaluating C5ISR systems in lab and field environments and a unified C5ISR Prototype Integration Facility.

    Mr. Spoenlein previously served as the Senior Scientific Technical Manager, Integrated Networks, Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate (S&TCD), supporting both the Network-Cross Functional Team (N-CFT) and the C5ISR Center and Associate Director, Office of Science & Technology within DEVCOM C5ISR Center as the Directorates’ Chief Engineer forming the organization’s strategic technical vision and responsible for planning the Directorates’ S&T investments. In addition, Mr. Spoenlein led the establishment and guidance of cooperative partnerships with other U.S. defense services, international defense partners, and research laboratories.

    Over the course of his career, Mr. Spoenlein has held various technical and leadership positions in the areas of satellite communications, terrestrial networking, Systems Engineering, and Modeling & Simulations that resulted in changes to the Army and Joint Network. Additionally, Mr. Spoenlein served as a government advisor to the Army Science Board for four consecutive years.

    Mr. Spoenlein is a graduate from Lehigh University and Stevens Institute of Technology. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and M.E. in Systems Engineering. He is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and is a graduate of the APG Senior Leader COHORT program in 2017.

    His awards include the Department of the Army – Dr. Wilbur Payne Memorial Award – For Excellence in Analysis, 2016; the U.S. Army Achievement and Commanders Medals for Civilian Service 2018, 2009; and CERDEC Employee of the Year awards in 2006, 2009, and 2017.

    Ms Karen D. H. Saunders

    PEO Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, US Army
    Ms Karen D. H. Saunders

    Ms. Karen D. H. Saunders, SES, serves as the Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) in Orlando, Florida. PEO STRI executes a multi-billion-dollar testing, training, and threat portfolio annually, with a staff of more than 1,200 military, government civilian and service support contractors. The organization also manages Foreign Military Sales programs supporting 67 countries. She is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence/Robotics) from the Naval Postgraduate School and National Security Strategy from the National War College.

    Ms Paula Latorre

    Chief, Tactical Power Branch, US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center
    Ms Paula Latorre

    Ms. Paula Latorre is the Tactical Power Branch Chief working for the Power Division at DEVCOM C5ISR. She received her Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and her Masters in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of technology. Ms. Latorre has worked in the Power and Energy community for 15 years and has 5 patents on cathode material for lithium rechargeable batteries. Paula Latorre continues to support her branch to provide innovative portable power and energy solutions for the warfighter to improve system runtime, situational awareness, and overall tactical overmatch amongst our adversaries.

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