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Dec
2
Thu
2021
AFCEA London – December 2021- Virtual Meeting – Steve Vance – CGI – Big Data Strategy for Defence.
Dec 2 @ 17:00 – 18:15

AFCEA London Chapter – Virtual Meeting.

The guest speaker for our meeting on 2nd December will be Steve Vance – Director Space, Defence and Intelligence, CGI.   The title of Steve’s talk will be “Big Data Strategy for Defence” –Developing big data solutions for MOD processing Cyber, Space and Operational data using Open Source big data platforms, which if developed right, are secure, scalable and avoid vendor lock in enabling Front Line Commands to integrate data silos and sift information advantage from the masses – Fast.

Steve is a software delivery expert, agile technologist and thought leader with over 18 years’ experience developing software and data processing applications for CGI in many domains across Civil, Defence and Space. This has included the use of both propriety but also open source technology which offer a unique opportunity to mitigate risks posed by vendor lock in, benefit from community approaches while being cost effective. Steve has led Agile Teams leveraging such technology for programmes of work supporting MOD Space Domain Awareness, as well as recently leading development for the European Space Agency of a bespoke Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) for monitoring Global Navigation Satellite System Spectrum such as GPS and Galileo for cyber-attack from GNSS Interference relied on by many Front Line Command Capabilities.

This meeting is open only to pre-registered attendees and the closing date for bookings is 12:00 – 29th November 2021.

There is a nominal £10.00 charge for Non-Members.  AFCEA Members,  Gov & Mil guests continue to enjoy AFCEA UK Chapters’ virtual meetings free of charge.  Please check here for conditions of free attendance.

To register, click on “Tickets” in the Meeting box.  You will be re-directed to the booking form.

You will receive an automated confirmation email of your booking, which will include a personal meeting hyperlink – no password is required.

Dec
9
Thu
2021
AFCEA UK West Chapter – December 2021- Lt Col Andy Mathias, RLC – Army Digital Services **MEETING CANCELLED** @ Brickhampton Golf Club
Dec 9 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

**********  Please be advised that we have had to cancel the meeting on 9th December. Unfortunately, we did not achieve the minimum attendee number threshold to make this event financially viable. **********

Our December meeting will be on 9th December at the Brickhampton Golf Club, when our Guest Speaker will be Lt Col Andy Mathias, RLC –  Army Digital Services, HQ Army.  Please note the change of speaker from our original posting.

The subject of Andy’s talk will be “Culture and Leadership in software development: The drive towards empowered teams”

Army Digital Services (ADS) is refining and implementing its digital transformation but many challenges and hurdles remain. Some people might think that it’s all about the technology and what that will deliver but that is only a part of the story.

Few would argue that team empowerment is not a critical ingredient in successful delivery of software applications at scale. Nurturing that empowerment must surely be a deliberate activity that needs to resonate not just within the team itself but right throughout the organisation. Achieving this in the right balance, especially against a backdrop of inertia, is ultimately a product of culture and leadership.

This talk will provide a perspective from ADS on:

  • the importance of culture and leadership in setting the conditions for successful empowerment and hence delivery
  • the need to challenge legacy mindsets which act as a barrier to transformation
  • exploiting success as catalyst for growth at scale

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The running and management of this event will be governed by any Covid restrictions that may remain in place at the venue and the numbers of attendees may be limited accordingly.

For further information and booking details please see the information below. A version of the PDF can be downloaded here.

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Jan
13
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK West Chapter – January 2022 – Virtual Meeting – Reid Derby – Strategic Advisor on Innovation and Technology at Golden Valley Development
Jan 13 @ 18:00 – 20:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Virtual Meeting.

**Please note that due to the worsening Covid situation, our previously scheduled meeting at Brickhampton Golf Club on 13th January 2022 has been cancelled and we will hold a virtual meeting instead.**

Our Guest speaker will be Reid Derby – Strategic Advisor on Innovation and Technology at Golden Valley Development.  The title of Reid’s presentation is “Mission Driven Innovation in Cheltenham and Beyond: Your place in Golden Valley and the Cyber Tech Ecosystem”.

The Golden Valley Development will create a vibrant pioneering Garden Community integrating hi- tech business, residential and leisure uses. At its heart will be Cyber Central: the UK home of cyber, digital and creative sectors arising from Cheltenham’s international reputation for leadership in cyber innovation. With a significant development site adjacent to GCHQ in a highly accessible location with great connectivity, the opportunity exists to create a destination of global significance. It will require the highest standards of environmental sustainability integrating exemplar homes as part of a thriving and inclusive campus and garden community, defined by its quality in design, public spaces and approach to connectivity both digitally and physically”. Reid will be looking into what this really means and the opportunities for industry across the West of England.

The Meeting will be free for AFCEA Members but there may be a charge for non-members, once the Virtual package has been finalised.

Register your interest to attend with and full details will be provided when available.

For further information see below.

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Jan
27
Thu
2022
AFCEA London – January 2022 – BT – Central London *FULLY BOOKED* @ BT
Jan 27 @ 18:00 – 21:00

AFCEA London Chapter

**Please note that we have reached maximum numbers for this event so we cannot take any more bookings**

BT are again very generously hosting our January AFCEA London Chapter meeting at a “prestigious central London venue”.  This is always a very popular event and will be a great start the New Year, 2022!

Our speaker for the evening will be Maj Gen (rtd) Jonathan (Jon) Cole –  Director, Defence – BT Enterprise and the topic his presentation will be BT’s Sustainability agenda.  Jonathan will build out from the recently launched BT Manifesto and also weave in some other perspectives of how they will achieve this.  See here for more information (opens a new web page).

Jonathan (Jon) Cole is the BT Director for Defence, operating as a part of BT Enterprise. He leads the Profit and Loss account, which includes business development, sales, major bids, service operations and contract management. His business unit currently provides services to Ministry of Defence through Defence Fixed Telecommunications System (DFTS) and Integrated User Services (IUS) and some other contracts that are crucial to Defence’s role.

Jon is excited to be leading his team at a time of great change for Defence. He is committed to working with his customers and partners to help deliver a modern, secure digital backbone that users can exploit in many ways in pursuit of the national interest.

Prior to joining BT he completed a 35 year career in the British Army, culminating at Major General as the Army’s Director for Information, which included being Chief Information Officer at Board level. He had a wide range of operational, policy and acquisition roles, predominantly in Digital & Information Technology, Intelligence and Security. 

A Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineering and Technology, he has a BEng(Hons) in Electronics, an MSc in Defence Technology, and an MA in International Security and Strategy.

This meeting is open only to pre-registered attendees.  Due to Covid security precautions currently in place at the venue, the number of attendees will be limited to a maximum of 54 people.  Understandably, this is much lower than in previous years, so places will be offered on a first come first served basis.  In fairness to all, only one booking per person will be accepted.  In the event that we are over-subscribed, we will operate a waiting list.  Any unsuccessful bookings will be notified and refunded.

On-line bookings for this event will close sharp at 17:00 – 21st January.

To register, click here for direct access to the booking form.  You will receive an automated confirmation email of your booking and Joining Instructions will be sent out a few days before the event.

Please note that booking fees for all face-to-face meetings in 2022 have been increased by £5 across the board.  Click here for conditions regarding preferential rates.  We will be honouring existing pre-paid tickets for those who have them banked.

Feb
10
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK West Chapter – February 2022 – Brigadier Philip Muir MBE, Commander 1 (UK) Signal Brigade @ Hub8 Brewery
Feb 10 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

Following the unavoidable cancellation of our recent planned meetings, the good news is that we’re holding an in-person meeting on the 10 February and have identified a new and interesting venue – the Hub8 Brewery in Cheltenham.  Our guest speaker will be Brigadier Phil Muir MBE, Commander 1 (UK) Sig Bde and Chief G6 HQ ARRC Headquarters 1st (United Kingdom) Signal Brigade.  Brig Muir’s presentation will be “The challenge for 1 (UK) Signal Brigade”

The defence and security landscape has been developing for several years and the changes appear to be accelerating into the future. The Integrated Review highlighted many of the challenges we face and outlined how we were to address them. Technological developments are also accelerating, with the provisioning of ICS in the battlespace needing to match the capabilities that users take for granted in their everyday lives.  To tackle some of these issues there is a requirement for agile thinking, concept development, experimentation, and innovation.

1 (UK) Signal Brigade will be impacted by all these issues and Brig Muir will outline his vision as to how the Brigade will rise to the challenge.

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The running and management of this event will be governed by any Covid restrictions that may remain in place at the venue and the numbers of attendees may be limited accordingly.

For further information and booking details please see the information below.  A version of the PDF can be downloaded here.

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Feb
24
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK Southern Chapter – February 2022 – Brigadier Dan Cheesman CBE RM, Chief Technology Officer, Royal Navy @ The Gurkha Museum
Feb 24 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK Southern Chapter Event.

With the last AFCEA Southern Chapter event at Spinnaker Tower back in early September 2021 fast becoming a distant memory, we thought that it was time for another get together!  We were planning to hold an event in mid-January, but the pre-Christmas arrival of Omicron forced us to hit the pause button.  With Covid restrictions now easing, we feel that we can finally launch our next event.  We are pleased to announce that next AFCEA Southern Chapter meeting will take place on Thursday 24 February at the Gurkha Museum in Winchester.  We are very fortunate to have Brigadier Dan Cheesman CBE RM, the Royal Navy’s CTO, as our guest speaker and his talk is entitled ‘The pace of change and the Royal Navy’.  There will also be an opportunity to have a short tour of the Gurkha Museum and to enjoy some delights of Nepalese cuisine, whilst settling into conversation with colleagues from the defence and security sector across the AFCEA Southern Chapter region.

Brig Cheeseman’s presentation will be ranging wide and deep across the modern Royal Navy and its embrace of technology in an exponential world. Topics will include the Integrated Review, digitisation, autonomy in all environments, novel weapons lethality, modularity (Navy PODS), new commercial models, Type 32, Future Commando Force, Future Maritime Aviation Force, augmented reality, additive manufacturing, quantum time and more.

The running and management of this event will be governed by any Covid restrictions that may remain in place at the venue and the numbers of attendees may be limited accordingly.

For further information and booking details, please see the information below.  A version of the PDF can be downloaded here.

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Mar
3
Thu
2022
AFCEA London Chapter – March 2022 – Air Cdre David Rowland – SRO for the Digital Foundry and Defence Artificial Intelligence Centre **TICKETS SOLD OUT** @ RAF Club
Mar 3 @ 18:00 – 21:00

AFCEA London Event

Our March monthly Chapter Meeting will be held at the RAF Club in Piccadilly on 3rd March 2022. Our guest speaker will be Air Cdre David Rowland – SRO for the Digital Foundry and Defence Artificial Intelligence Centre.  The title of Air Cdre Rowland’s presentation will be “Building Defence’s Digital Foundry and Artificial Intelligence Centre” and a brief abstract and bio will follow shortly.

The running and management of this event will be governed by any Covid restrictions that may remain in place at the venue and the numbers of attendees may be limited accordingly.

Mar
10
Thu
2022
AFCEA UK West Chapter – March 2022 – with CyNam @ Pittville Pump Room
Mar 10 @ 17:00 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

Our next in-person meeting will be held on the 10 March and will be in run conjunction with CyNam.  The topic will be “Ecosystems, Collaboration and Partnership:  What next for our thriving cyber-tech ecosystem?”

This is a free to attend meeting, which will be held at the Pittville Pump Room. E Approach Dr, Cheltenham GL52 3JE.

You can Register Here  for more information and to sign up for the event.

Apr
5
Tue
2022
AFCEA UK West Chapter – April 2022 – Colonel Mark Cornell, Asst Hd Army Digital Services, The Army Software and Analytics House, Army HQ @ Hub8 Brewery
Apr 5 @ 18:30 – 21:00

AFCEA UK West Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

Our April meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th April (please note the change of date to avoid the Easter break).  We will once again be back at the Brickhampton Golf Club and our guest speaker for the evening will be Col Mark Cornell, Assistant Head Army Digital Services, The Army Software and Analytics House, Army HQ.  The title of his presentation will be “Culture and Leadership in software development: the drive towards empowered teams”.

Please find the Calling Notice below, which you can also download a copy of here

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Apr
6
Wed
2022
AFCEA London Chapter – April 2022 – Air Cdre Michael Baulkwill – Combat Air Force Commander – RAF Club @ RAF Club
Apr 6 @ 18:00 – 21:00

AFCEA London Chapter – Face-to-Face Meeting.

Our April monthly Chapter Meeting will be held at the RAF Club in Piccadilly on WEDNESDAY 6th April 2022.  Please note that this is not our traditional first Thursday.

The format of the evening will differ slightly from the norm, which we hope will encourage even more discussion during the Q&A sessions and continue into the informal networking reception.

The main speaker will be Air Cdre Michael Baulkwill – Combat Air Force Commander – and the title of his presentation will be “Operations in a Complex, Denied and Degraded Air Environment”.  Given the current world events, this could, perhaps, be the most relevant presentation of the year so far.

Following on from the Air Cdre, there will be two short “TED” style talks, each reflecting the main speaker’s theme:

•             Wg Cdr Holly Smith – SO1 C4ISR Programmes at NWD

•             A speaker from Adarga

This meeting has been organised by our Emerging Leader (EL) sub-committee. However, all Members and Guests are welcome to attend. Please draw this to the attention of a more diverse cohort of staff within your respective organisations and help us to be more relevant to them.

The running and management of this event will be governed by any Covid restrictions that may remain in place at the venue and the numbers of attendees may be limited accordingly.

To register, click here for direct access to the booking form.  You will receive an automated confirmation email of your booking and Joining Instructions will be sent out a few days before the event.

On-line bookings for this event will close sharp at 17:00 – 1st April 2022.

Please note that booking fees for all face-to-face meetings in 2022 have been increased by £5 across the board.  Click here for conditions regarding preferential rates.  We will be honouring existing pre-paid tickets for those who have them banked.