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The 5 Eyes Alliance – UK, USA, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand at SMi’s 23rd Annual Global MilSatCom Confex

28 September 2021

SMi Group reports: SMi proudly hosts presentations from all 5 eyes alliance from UK, USA, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand at this year’s Global MilSatCom Confex

Only five weeks remaining until SMi’s 23rd Annual Global MilSatCom Conference and Exhibition, taking place on 2nd to 4th November 2021 in London UK (with the option to attend virtually too) along with a Focus Day on 1st November 2021.

Hailed as one of the most important gatherings in the world for the military SATCOM community, Global MilSatCom will once again be an unmissable event.

Interested parties can register for this confex at
Take advantage of the early bird offer, register by Thursday 30 September 2021 and save £100.
This event is taking place in London, UK or attendees have the option to attend virtually with online portal access to the live event.

SMi Group are delighted to be hosting presentations from all five partners of The 5 Eyes Alliance and enable the kind of international collaboration that will safeguard our SATCOM capability for years to come.

The 5 Eyes alliance, comprising the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, is perhaps the most successful and comprehensive intelligence and signals alliance in the world today. While focused mainly on intelligence work, the 5 Eyes partners also boast a close military relationship that allows for unparalleled collaboration in sensitive areas. Due to many military space programmes being highly classified, SATCOM is one of the areas in which the 5 Eyes community works closest together; while there are ongoing efforts to broaden international collaboration, the 5 Eyes relationships underpins much of the most important work in MILSATCOM today.

Below are the key presentations from the 5 Eyes Alliance:

Skynet Update: Developments and Way Ahead For The UK’s Satcom Capability
• The key drivers for SKYNET – availability, coverage, flexibility and interoperability.
• How SKYNET 6 will shape SKYNET 7 – Progress towards an informed Ministry of Defence and outlining the balance between Owning MilSATCOM, Allied SATCOM
• Industry challenge: How can UK MOD be more innovative in the future for SKYNET?
Commander Jason Strutt, SO1 Space, Capability C4ISR, UK Strategic Command

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USSPACECOM: Delivering The Integrated Satcom Enterprise Vision
• Organizational Structure and new UCP mission
• The integration of all requirements collection, planning, allocation, and operational processes: SPACECOM as the global SATCOM bandwidth manager
• Improvements in flexible, responsive, and dynamically optimized communications through SATCOM management
Major General David Miller, Director of Operations, Training, and Joint Force Development (J3/7), US Space Command

Canadian Milsatcom Update
• Canadian Polar SATCOM project
• Tactical narrowband SATCOM status
• Future SATCOM for Canada
Mr Cameron Stoltz, Director Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces

New Zealand Tactical Communications Modernization
• New Zealand approach to Commercial Satellite requirements
• Future SATCOM capability
Mr Kirk Leech, SATCOM Product Owner, New Zealand Defence Force

Australian Defence Satcom System (ASDSS) Development Update
• The ASDS mission and progress so far to enable Joint C2 for deployed Joint Task Forces, and key goals for enhanced capacity and range
• JP 9102 mission systems program roadmap and timelines for narrowband, wideband, and ground segment requirements
• ASDSS needs capacity, connectivity, flexibility, interoperability, agility, resilience, supportability, and coverage
• International partnerships as a force multiplier: MOUs with the US and plans for any further leases/partnerships to provide continuity of service
Senior Representative, Australian Department of Defence

For the full speaker agenda and programme overview, please visit and register by 30th September to save £100.

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SMi’s 23rd Annual Global MilSatCom Conference & Exhibition
Conference: 2-4 November 2021 – London, UK or Virtually
Focus Day: 1 November 2021 – London, UK only

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