The UN recently reported an ‘alarming’ 94 percent increase in IED incidents in the first four months of 2010, compared to 2009, and with June being named as the deadliest month in the Afghanistan war, with at least 100 coalition troops being killed, SMi’s Counter IED and Force Protection conference is well timed to address this pressing issue.
This conference brings together the highest calibre experts in the field to examine and analyse the challenges we face with IEDs. Potential solutions to the threat will be presented and assessed by a range of international defence specialists, who are keen not only to take lessons from operations, but also ensure the most vital issue raised by Bob Sneddon’s recent resignation is addressed: training for IED preparedness.
SMi’s Counter IED and Force Protection Conference is chaired by Maj (Ret’d) Chris Hunter, prominant counter-terrorist bomb disposal specialist, who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland between 1997 and 2007. He is joined by:
* General David E. Quantock, Commanding General, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence (MSCoE), US Army
* Lieutenant Colonel Geof McCarthy, Section Head, CIED Projects, Land Requirements, Canadian Forces
* Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Mike O’Bea, Capability Manager, Virtual Training Combined Arms Centre, TRADOC, US Army
* Colonel Michael Smith, Director, Training, Doctrine and Combat Developments, US Army Armour Centre Command Group
An Internationally-focused event, Counter IED and Force Protection has gathered serious interest from many agencies around the world, such as TRADOC, CALL, Netherlands CIED Joint Task Force, US Air Force, Bundeswehr Technology and Procurement Office and Canadian Forces Land Requirements.
Full speaker line-up available online: http://www.smi-online.co.uk/counter-ied.asp
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Counter IED and Force Protection is part of a portfolio of conferences from SMi Group Ltd. SMi Group Ltd provides high quality business conferences, training events and masterclasses in the Defence & Aviation, Security, Finance, Pharmaceutical, PFI&PPP and Energy sectors. For further information on SMi conferences, please see http://www.smi-online.co.uk