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SMi is proud to present the 3rd annual Maritime Information Warfare conference to be held in London. With rapid technological advances changing the way maritime forces utilise and manage information, the ability to wage information warfare has become a critical component of naval capability. Gaining operational effectiveness through "information advantage" is critical to the abilities of any Navy on the world stage. The initial draft of the programme looks at engaging with the cutting edge of information warfare; learning lessons and taking inspiration from exercises across NATO, in particular the Royal Navies Ex Information Warrior in 2017/2018.


This event is about discussing strategies, systems, and new technologies to increase information warfare capabilities, as well as the challenges associated with engaging in information warfare.

The main themes within the conference include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Information Exploitation and Big data, Cyber Security and Defence, Command Control Communication and Computers (C4), and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR).
 

Harnessing the power of data and information through artificial intelligence and protecting information from new cyber threats are increasingly important trends in the world today: be that attacks on IT systems themselves or enemy intelligence gathering. However, the defence sector has generally been behind the commercial world with regards to these new trends.

Previous iterations of this conference have been very successful in addressing this. Important characters, such as Admiral (ret'd) George Zambellas, Vice Admiral Michael Gilday and Commodore Ian Annett, have given attendees unprecedented insights into the status and future of information warfare for both NATO forces and Industry alike. The third iteration intends to continue in this vein, bringing the best and most up-to-date sector knowledge to those who need it.

  • Holistic coverage of Maritime Information Warfare, a wide range of themes that reflect the key aspects of the UK’s Information Warrior Exercise
  • Close attention paid to Artificial Intelligence, in particular how a mixture of automation and machine learning is building the platforms and capabilities of the future
  • Updates on information Warfare Compatibility and Platforms across NATO
  • Emphasis on Cyber Warfare, and the importance of more effective Cyber Defence as the maritime sphere becomes more information technology-centric
  • Clarification on the different ways NATO Navies interpret and take advantage of concepts such as Information Exploitation and Cyber Security

 

Airbus; Arpege; BAE Systems; BAE Systems Applied Intelligence; BAE Systems Submarines; BT; Canadian Armed Forces; Canadian High Commission; Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence; CyberSmart; Department Of National Defence, Canada; Dstl; Egyptian Defence Office; EU Naval Force; EUNAVFOR; ImageSat International N.V.; Janes Information Group; Liquid Robotics; Lockheed Martin UK; Met Office; Ministry of Defence; MoD The Netherlands; NATO; NATO Allied Maritime Command; Naval Command German Navy; NAVAL GROUP : SIREHNA; Naval War College; Netherlands Navy; Nextlabs; Portuguese Navy; Roke Manor Research Ltd; Royal Navy; Royal Navy UK; Sirius Constellation; Stratbyrd Consulting; Thales; Thinke Company Ltd; TNO; TNO Science and Industry; UAE GHQ; UK MoD; US Navy; US Navy War College; Willis Towers Watson;

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Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

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Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
Kensington
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

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WHAT IS CPD?

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.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

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.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

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.

GLOBAL CPD

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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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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