Jonathan Russell

NATO United Kingdom

Mr. Jonathan Russell

Future Forces Forum Future Forces Individual Systems Congress (FFISC) - International Industry Day 2018 Future Forces Exhibition 2018

Chairman NATO LCG/DSS/HBS Head Borne Systems Team of Experts
Principal Scientist, DSTL


Ballistic and Fragmentation Protection: A NATO CCIEP and UK MOD View

Our protection is killing us – so how can we, as scientists, engineers and procurement officers, ensure that the balance between protection and overburdening the soldier is correct? And that robust scientific and relevant evidence is used to inform risk-based decisions relating to the protection vs burden trade-off?


This presentation will discuss the characteristics of ballistic and fragmentation threats, based on the NATO Combat Clothing, Individual Equipment and Protection (CCIEP) definitions, as well as an overview of what NATO is doing to counter these threats. The priority topics of CCIEP will also be discussed to demonstrate where research into these threat areas is being conducted.


In addition, the UK MODs recent and upcoming combat protective equipment projects – VIRTUS and PETREL - will be discussed, identifying where lessons have been learned from recent conflicts, to inform evidence-based decisions that shape the future balance of protection vs burden. This includes what research was required in order to provide sufficient evidence to change mind-sets and influence changes to legacy beliefs.

Curriculum Vitae

Jonathan is a Principal Scientist within the Physical Sciences Group at Dstl, Porton Down, UK.  He is the Survivability Lead and Dismounted Drotection Project Technical Authority for the Land Integrated Systems and Close Combat Systems Programme, where he is responsible for delivering VIRTUS requirements for physical protection and has recently been the technical partner to industry for the UKs power and data enabled helmet concept demonstrator.

He is an active member of the NATO Land Capability Group Dismounted Soldier System (LCGDSS) Combat Clothing Individual Equipment and Protection (CCIEP) group, chair of the Head Borne Systems Team of Experts, and chair of STANAG 2902 NATO Combat Helmet.

He is a subject matter expert in physical protection having joined Dstl in 2005, developing and analysing vulnerability and lethality concepts for UK land vehicles.  He has spent the last 5 years working in the dismounted protection domain, researching, developing and supporting UK MOD procurement programmes, and technical lead for INVICTUS – the programme board for VIRTUS.  Prior to this he was Dismounted Close Combat Science Gateway at DE&S Soldier Training and Special Programmes, responsible for coherence between research and procurement.

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