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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Kansas Street
Natick, MA 01760-5012

Contact: Jerry Whitaker -- Chief, Public Affairs Office
(508) 233-5340

Date: November 22, 2004
No: 04-45

International Soldier conference set for Boston

NATICK, Mass. -- The 2004 International Soldier Systems Center Conference (ISSC) will be held this year at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston Dec. 13-16.

ISSC 2004 is the fourth in the series of conferences jointly supported by the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center (NSC) and United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defense, Director of Defense Equipment Capability (Ground Maneuvers).

The focus is on cutting-edge Soldier system technologies presented in an international forum with the aim of making the allied soldier the best-equipped, best-clothed, best-fed and best-protected soldier in the world.

Parallel technical panels will address topics such as interoperability and systems integration, survivability, soldier power, soldier load, materials, clothing and textiles, anthropometrics and fit, and modeling and simulation.

Attendees will include representatives from NATO governments, research organizations, military personnel, academia and industry. Philip Brandler, NSC director, will host the conference, and the highlight will be the scheduled keynote speaker, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody.

"(These conferences) are beneficial because it's the only time you get this kind of focus. It's a one-stop opportunity to let you know what everybody else (among allied countries) is doing and leverage the technology for Soldiers," said Arnold Boucher, NSC's Business Development and Management Team leader.

He said he was concerned about interest in attending a conference in Boston during the winter, but more than 500 attendees are registered, and every one of the 45 exhibit spaces has been reserved.

In addition, a food safety workshop will run concurrently with the ISSC on Dec. 14. It will provide an opportunity for other government agencies, academia and industry to present information and potential solutions on their respective food safety initiatives, and to learn of others.

This workshop will focus on detection of technologies, innovative processing and preservation techniques, and intervention steps needed to protect our military's and nation's food supply from foodborne pathogens as well as the threat of bioterrorism.

Previous ISSC conferences were held in Bath, England, in November 2001; Orlando, Fla., in September 1999 and Colchester, England, in September 1997.

The National Defense Industrial Association is sponsoring the conference. For registration information, contact Ann Saliski at 703-247-2577 or

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This page last updated on 23 January 2004.