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Warfighter Podcast

The Warfighter Simulation & Training podcast provides a glimpse into the fascinating future that is being built by militaries and government agencies around the world. The current convergence of emerging technologies brought together from key sectors will deliver an ever increasing force-multiplying benefit to the Warfighter, across all domains.

Recent Episodes

Ep. 008: Avoiding The Innovation Valley of Death

Jan. 24, 2023

This week Colin has been finding all the rust holes on his Landrover chassis, whilst Tom was playing with ChatGPT, and some other AI tools. The results are revealed later in the episode. This week the format changes slightly…

Ep. 007: Data Analytics on the Front Line

Jan. 12, 2023

Tom has Starlink problems and Colin is wondering if it was wise to install AI to control his garage door. Lots of exciting episodes planned, not least from our sponsor, Improbable. This week the Warfighter Podcast is joined …

Guest: Alan Roan
Education Series

Military Insider's Guide to Extended Reality (VR/AR/MR)

Dec. 31, 2022

This episode, continuing our Education series, Tom and Colin are joined by Ian Ferguson who is a QGI working at the Royal School of Artillery, teaching and advising on simulation and training matters for the British Army. Ia…

Guest: Ian Ferguson

Ep. 005: NATO Synthetic Training in the Multi-Domain Era

Dec. 21, 2022

Tom is recovering from the usual bout of seasonal flu, but still finds time to reflect on what a fascinating time it is for the M&S world. As this is the penultimate episode for the year it was a chance to look back on what’…

Ep. 004: Demystifying Artificial Intelligence

Dec. 7, 2022

Tom & Colin provide an update on their preview of the Improbable Defence Skyral platform, at their HQ in London. Colin has returned from I/ITSEC in Orlando and was able to see the Improbable Defence demo and provides a summa…

Guest: Chris Covert
Education Series

Understanding the Defence 3D Modeling Pipeline

Nov. 30, 2022

Tom & Colin introduce the first episode of Season 1's education episodes. This episode is designed to be referred to when you (the listener!) have a need to 'gen up' on 3D modeling. Specifically related to the defence indust…

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About the Hosts

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Tom Constable

Co-Host | Former British Army Officer

British Army Officer turned technology entrepreneur; In 2014 Tom deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, providing British rotary wing support (in close partnership with the US Marine Core Aviation Wing) to coalition forces.

Since leaving the military Tom has used his passion for taking business ideas and innovations from “zero to one” and has founded start-ups in the digital media and defense technology sectors. Most recently, as the Chief Product Officer at SimCentric, Tom has been the driving force behind combining, COTS, Virtual Reality HMD’s with the world leading open source Unreal Engine to provide point of need dismounted combat training solutions to Militaries and Governments worldwide.

*Click the YouTube icon below to see Tom in action on the BBC's technology program: BBC Click*

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Colin Hillier

Co-Host | Former British Royal Navy Officer

A graduate in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Southampton University, Colin previously served in the Royal Navy, and has over 17 years’ experience in the defence industry.

On leaving the armed forces, Colin joined Leonardo Helicopters, working on the assembly line supporting the build of AH-64, Merlin and Lynx aircraft at Leonardo Helicopters. From there he moved to the training division where he led the design, development, and implementation of advanced mission training systems. He was responsible for development of the EDA Helicopter Tactics training system.

Colin went on to establish the UK office for Bohemia Interactive simulations and became the group COO, working across the UK, Europe and North America offices. Colin left Bohemia in 2015 and now works with a number of training and simulation organisations in key leadership positions, supporting their growth in the UK, Europe and North America.