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SMi Group Ltd

Global Event Producing Company

The SMi Group is a highly Professional, Independent and Global event producing company that specialises in Business to Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and Training. We create and deliver events within Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors.

Our aim is to provide you with the highest Quality Events in Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors, which are timely, relevant and important to you and your company!

We pride ourselves on being connected to the best and most Knowledgeable Expert speakers in your business sector. We believe in bringing you together with your peers in order to Learn, Engage, Share and Network with the very best. We hold events in over 30 major cities throughout the world including London, Paris, Singapore and have welcomed over 200k participants from 80 countries to our events.

We are Experts in knowing Experts and have been bringing you this Expertise since 1993!

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Military Airlift and Rapid Reactions - 22/06/2016

Registration now open for the largest bespoke military airlift conference in Europe

SMi’s 17th annual Military Airlift and Rapid Reactions conference, taking place on 29-30 November 2016 in Florence, Italy will provide a comprehensive overview of strategic and tactical airlifts in Europe, along with presentations from further afield.

These topics will be addressed by the major militaries and the multinational commands and whilst the focus is mainly on airlift for military operations, the programme will also feature presentations on military logistics, humanitarian response and vertical helicopter airlift.

The 2016 speaker agenda features: (more speakers to be announced shortly)

Chairman for 2016:
Laurent Donnet, Programme Manager Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling, European Defence Agency

Host Nation Address from:
Brigadier General Achille Cazzaniga, Commanding Officer of the 46th Air Brigade, Italian Air Force

Military Speakers also include:

  • Major General Christian Badia, Commander, European Air Transport Command
  • Colonel Torgeir Aas, Commander of the Gardermoen Air Base, Royal Norwegian Air Force
  • Group Captain Elizabeth Purcell, Chief AMCC, NATO SHAPE
  • Group Captain Andrew Killey, Assistant Head of DSCOM, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Group Captain Martin Cunningham, Chief of Staff - Air Mobility Headquarters, Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • Michele Rega, Fixed Wing Officer, European Defence Agency

To view the conference flyer, visit

In addition, this event includes a post-conference site visit to the:
Pisa Air Force Base | 1st December 2016

Benefits of attending:

  • Learn how national strategic and tactical airlift capabilities are being enhanced with greater interoperability
  • Gain a regional understanding of the critical aerial refuelling requirement gaps across Europe
  • Discuss how emerging technologies will transform airlift operations in years to come 

Following on from the sell-out success of last year's event held in Spain, this year's highly anticipated conference promises to feature more international speakers and more presentations to keep you fully up to date with the latest military airlift advancements.

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