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Future Forces Forum - an important event in the field of defence and security, Prague, Czech Republic

This October, Prague will traditionally become the venue of a meeting of domestic and foreign defence and security leaders on the occasion of Future Forces Forum (FFF).  The project consists of a compilation of events and activities at high political, military, security and expert level, supported by many national and international institutions.
Future Forces Forum
For the first time in its history, it will present not only elements of national capabilities, but also the ability to meet interoperability goals in different areas of defence and security. FFF will cover not only traditional topics, such as soldier’s equipment and protection, CBRN, Medical, Robotic, Logistics, Cyber defence, but also Hydrometeorological, Geospatial and GNSS. FFF also focuses on protection of critical infrastructure, counterterrorism, management of non-military crises and emergencies, CIMIC, importance and need to involve science, research and education in the field of defence and security.

FFF activities this year will culminate in the week from October 19 to 21 at PVA EXPO PRAGUE by a traditional international exhibition, a congress, three conferences, four workshops, and meetings of several NATO expert groups. The FFF participants will have the unique opportunity to meet experts from the whole world, industry leaders in the field of defence and security technologies, leading scientists, but also high-ranking government and army officials from NATO, EU and other partner countries.

Future Forces Forum 2016 includes number of events:

  • Future Forces Exhibition, 19 - 21 October 2016
  • World CBRN and Medical Congress, 19 - 21 October 2016
  • Future Soldier Systems Conference, 20 - 21 October 2016
  • Military Advanced Robotic Systems Conference, 20 - 21 October 2016
  • Future of Cyber Conference, 20 - 21 October 2016
  • CBRN Workshop, 20 - 21 October 2016
  • Medical Workshop, 20 - 21 October 2016
  • Geospatial, Hydrometeorological and GNSS Workshop, 19 - 21 October 2016
  • Logistics Capability Workshop, 20 - 21 October 2016
During the event, official NATO expert working groups' sessions will take place in 17 – 21 October 2016.

Among these groups are for example:

- Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Medical Working Group (CBRNMED WG) 
- Military Committee Medical Standardization Board (MCMedSB) Medical Material Military Pharmacy (MMMP)
- NATO Army Armaments Group (NAAG) Land Capability Group Dismounted Soldier Systems (LCG DSS)
- CCIEP - Combat Clothing, Individual Equipment & Protection
- C4I&SA - C4I & System Architecture
- SG/1 – Ammunition Interchangeability
- SCAG -  Soldier Capabilities Analysis Group
- POWER - Power and Connectors
- HBS TOE – Head Borne Systems  TOE
- W&S - Weapons & Sensors
- NLCSG- Non Lethal Capabilities
- SAS Panel

Leading representatives of international organizations have confirmed the participation:

  • General Petr Pavel, M.A. – Chairman of the Military Committee, NATO
  • Mr. Wolfgang Rudischhauser - Director WMDC (Weapons of Mass Destruction Non-Proliferation Centre), NATO
  • Mr. Paul Scharre - Fellow and Director for the 20YY Warfare Initiative, Center for a New American Security (CNAS), USA
  • Prof. Ronald C. Arkin - Regents' Professor & Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory, Associate Dean for Research & Space Planning, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Mr. Jamie A. Williamson - Head of Unit for relations with the Arms Carriers, International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, CHE
  • Mr. Mark Richter – Chairman of the NATO AC/225 LCG DSS (Land Capability Dismounted Soldier Systems), USA
  • COL Prof. Frederic Dorandeu, Ph.D. – Chairman of the NATO/COMEDS CBRN Medical WG, FRA
  • Mrs. Susanne Michaelis, Ph.D. – Officer (SMART ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT), Energy Security Section, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO
  • Mr. Cornelius Doraton – CL13 and CL15 Evaluation Analysis and Reporting Cell (EARC) Director, USA NATO International Standardization Program Representative, USA
  • COL Laszlo Csaba Tar – Head of Logistics Operations Branch, MLCC   
  • Dr. med. Walter Gaber -  Medical Director, Vice President Medical Services, Representative for Medical Affairs, Frankfurt Airport, DEU
  • Brigadier General Thomas H. Todd III, Deputy Commanding General of RDECOM
  • Mr. Tino Koster, Director for Defence Policy and Capabilities, NATO International Staff
  • MG Jeffrey Clark,  Director, Defense Health Agency Healthcare Operations Directorate
  • MG Roger Van Hoof, Secretary General of International Committee of Military Medicine
  • MG John W. Charlton, Vice Director for Joint Force Development, J7, US Joint Staff
  • Mr. Paul D. Rogers, Ph.D., Director of U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
  • Prof. Georg Gartner, former Director of International Cartographic Association
  • Mr. Ray Swider, Chairman NATO Capability Panel 2 (Identification and Navigation)
  • Prof. Wolfgang Reinhardt, AGIS GI research group, Professorship of Geoinformatic, Department of Applied Computer Sciences, University of the Bundeswehr Munich
  • Invited and confirmed participants of FFF are here
The Future Forces Exhibition will present the latest technologies in the field of armament and equipment of armed and security forces, means of CBRN protection, protection of critical infrastructure elements, robotic technologies and unmanned ground and aerial vehicles, defence against terrorism, cyber defence, and others. Organizers expect more than 8,000 participants, approx. 200 exhibiting companies, more than 1,000 experts and VIP guests from more than 60 countries.

More information, including the on-line registration, is available on

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