Automation in defence: An evergreen flow of information

In any defence scenario, it’s critical the right information be available at the right time. The growth of the defence IoT has only exacerbated this, as has the adoption of OSINT and commercial sources. Users and systems are being inundated with data, with varying levels of assurance and quality. 

Automation can help with data processing and dissemination, and this can be eased by using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software that is supported and updated to maintain an evergreen solution. Data can be packaged in a way that doesn’t overload users. 

In this on-demand webinar, speakers from AFCEA and Hexagon discuss: 

  • The current UX with users who have firsthand knowledge 
  • How COTS software can provide an automated, evergreen solution 
  • Surprising examples of what is possible with the solution


Maj. Gen. Erich Staudacher, German Armed Forces (Ret.)

General Manager and Vice President EMEA, AFCEA Europe

Maj. Gen. Staudacher began his military career overseeing policies, concepts and business logistics and planning at the headquarter and ministerial levels. After his retirement, he joined AFCEA as the vice president of EMEA and general manager of Europe. He also serves as a member of the Clausewitz Society and Hexagon’s Geospatial Advisory Council. 

Richard Goodman 

EMEA Defence Lead, Hexagon’s Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial division

Richard Goodman leads business development for defence in EMEA. He has worked in the geospatial industry for over 25 years, with wide-ranging experience supporting different government and defence user groups and organisations. Richard helps customers evolve their use of digital geospatial data through management, delivery and workflows. 

Col. James H. Austin

AFCEA Kaiserslautern Chapter President, Chief, Theater Operations Division HQ USAFE/AFAFRICA A6O

Col. Austin is responsible for three branches, including theater network monitoring/tier 2 system services, theater contingency and exercise planning and theater integration for Air Component Battle Network and Radio Spectrum support to NATO and Africa. He previously served as the commander of the 608th Air Communications Squadron at Barksdale AFB.

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