SMi Group first annual Future Armored Vehicles Active Protection Systems will convene on 11th -12th June 2019

Rebel groups are increasingly better equipped with man-portable anti-armor weapons and laser guided missile systems. In order to maintain maximum armored vehicle staying power in modern battlespaces, many nations are seeking to upgrade their vehicle survivability through the use of Active Protection Systems (APS). These systems can intercept ballistic weaponry through kinetic methods (Hard-Kill) or by interfering with warhead guidance and tracking systems (Soft-Kill).

As the only conference of its kind, Future Armored Vehicles Active Protection Systems USA, will provide unique briefings on the development and integration of Active Protection Systems. These briefings will include insight into Modular Systems, Hard-Kill and Soft-Kill technology, layered approaches to survivability and battle proven systems.

• Hear the latest developments of the US and international programs for developing Modular and Integrated Active Protection Systems.

• Listen to briefings from senior officers from within the US Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS) alongside international program leaders.

• Learn about the opportunities for industry, created by the development of open architecture.

• Explore the integration of Active Protection Systems as part of a modern, layered approach to survivability.

Meet and network with military and industry decision makers in Active Protection and Vehicle Protection Systems.

US Army; British Army; Bundeswehr; Rafael Advanced Defense Systems; Israeli Military Industries; Rheinmetall Active Protection GmbH; Raytheon; BAE Systems; Artis; Thales; Saab Avitronics; Hensoldt; Lacroix-Defence; TenCate; Denel Dynamics; Elbit Systems; RADA Electronic Industries; Ferranti Technologies; UTC Aerospace; Abaco; TE Connectivity; Ultra Electronics; Curtiss-Wright; Kongsberg Gruppen ASA; Moog Inc; Oshkosh Defence; Frazer-Nash; Booz Allen Hamilton;


Colonel Glenn Dean

Colonel Glenn Dean

Project Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, US Army
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos

Product Manager Vehicle Protection Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems
Major General Cedric Wins

Major General Cedric Wins

Commander, US Army Research Development and Engineering Command
Mr David Marck

Mr David Marck

Project Director, Main Battle Tank Systems, Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems

Colonel Glenn Dean

Project Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, US Army
Colonel Glenn Dean

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos

Product Manager Vehicle Protection Systems, PEO Ground Combat Systems
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos

Major General Cedric Wins

Commander, US Army Research Development and Engineering Command
Major General Cedric Wins

Mr David Marck

Project Director, Main Battle Tank Systems, Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems
Mr David Marck


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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