CONFERENCE DAY ONE | 16 SEPTEMBER


8:00 - 8:45 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

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Major General (retd.) Andrew Sharpe

Director of the British Army’s Centre for Analysis and Conflict Research
Strategy and Security Institute

9:00 - 9:30 EXPLOITING THE POWER OF ADVANCED ANALYTICS IN FUTURE WARFARE

Air Marshal Edward Stringer - Director General Joint Force Development & Director Defence Academy, UK MoD
  • Assessing the risks and opportunities of digitisation and information age technologies
  • Embedding common architectures, consolidating resilience, and creating trusted data for future operations
  • Designing CONOPs architecture for knowledge discovery from big data and future multi-organisational service networks
  • Exploiting the cyber domain and AI for accelerated and enhanced decision-making
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Air Marshal Edward Stringer

Director General Joint Force Development & Director Defence Academy
UK MoD

9:30 - 10:00 JOINT ALL-DOMAIN COMMAND & CONTROL

Major General John S. Kem - Commandant, US Army War College
  • Connecting incompatible data into a seamless network to achieve Multi-Domain C2
  • Overview of the US Navy’s migration to the share point cloud
  • Streamlining flows of information through cognitive assistants to accelerate data analysis
  • Developing algorithms to locate and prioritise targets, closing the sensor-shooter gap
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Major General John S. Kem

Commandant
US Army War College

10:00 - 10:30 DIGITAL & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FUNCTIONAL STRATEGY: BUILDING TRANSFORMATIVE CAPABILITY

Charles Forte - Chief Information Officer, UK Ministry of Defence
·          Establishing a trusted, effective, and efficient IT infrastructure
·          Creating a transformative digital capability that enables sustainable military and business advantage, that is secure, integrated, easy to use and delivered at scale and pace to the front-line
·          Exploiting game-changers to transform Defence outputs
·          Building the enabling Digital Backbone with multiple-classification cloud hosting and greater resilience to deliver an ‘always on’ service and support for mobility and enterprise-scale collaboration 
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Charles Forte

Chief Information Officer
UK Ministry of Defence

10:30 - 11:00 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

  • Identifying and deploying new game-changing technology to the modern warfighter
  • Managing data as a strategic asset and harnessing the power of digital in Defence
  • Instituting cohesion, integration, speed and adaptability to unlock the potential of advanced analytics
  • Creating multi-discipline teamwork and driving integrated outcomes for the joint force 
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Major General Tom Copinger-Symes CBE

Director Military Digitisation
UK Strategic Command

  • Building data literacy and creating a culture where data is leveraged in all decisions
  • Managing data as an enterprise asset and institutionalizing data governance
  • Implementing a data quality framework with quality assessment criteria
  • Integrating a risk-based data security approach based on sensitivity and user roles
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Brigadier General David Anderson

Chief of Staff Readiness
Canadian Joint Operations Command

12:30 - 13:15 INDUSTRY PANEL DISCUSSION: WHAT CAN SMEs AND THE COMMERCIAL ENTEPRISE BRING TO THE FIGHT?

Adrian Holt - Former Innovation Scout, jHub

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Adrian Holt

Former Innovation Scout
jHub

13:15 - 14:30 NETWORKING LUNCH

14:30 - 15:10 ENABLING THE GAME-CHANGING POTENTIAL OF DIGITAL IN DEFENCE

Air Commodore Tim Neal-Hopes - Head Joint User C4ISR & Cyber, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Releasing data from its siloes to and ensuring availability of information
  • Prioritizing cyber vulnerability investigations to mitigate the risks of cyberattacks and strengthen information and infrastructure security
  • Creating responsive cyber defence for resilience and agility
  • Educating the user and instilling cyber awareness throughout the defence community
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Air Commodore Tim Neal-Hopes

Head Joint User C4ISR & Cyber
UK Ministry of Defence

15:00 - 15:30 LEVERAGING AI/ML FOR ENHANCED DECISION-MAKING

Brigadier Ian Langford - Director General Future Land Warfare, Australian Army
  • Converting fused and synthesised information into actionable intelligence
  • Reshaping the enterprise in preparation for AI, machine learning, quantum computing, and the internet of things integration
  • Adopting emerging technologies and digitisation to defeat disinformation and alternate narratives
  • Instituting a digital network to the soldiers’ cognitive load and ensure data-driven rapid decision-making 
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Brigadier Ian Langford

Director General Future Land Warfare
Australian Army

·          Big or thick data? Employing multi-method approaches using thick and big data to empower successful strategies
·          Deficiencies of big data analytics: utilising an interdisciplinary social scientific approach to provide a comprehensive understanding of human behavior in conflict
·          Accounting for psychological, emotional, cultural variables in data-driven decision-making 
·          Improving cross-cultural understanding to enhance communications and achieve long-term mission success 
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Lieutenant Colonel Arnel David

SO1 Strategic Analysis Branch, Special Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff
US Army

16:00 - 16:30 AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

16:30 - 17:00 HARNESSING THE POWER OF BIG DATA TO ACHIEVE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS SUFFICIENCY

Colonel Alex Porter - Assistant Head of Strategic Concepts, Directorate of Capability, British Army
·          Understanding and the unlocking the potential of AI-enabled technologies for accelerated C2 and decision-making in urban operations
·          Assessing current operational challenges and requirements for enhanced data analysis, visualization, and management
·          Achieving data integration covering operational, administrative, corporate, and open data sources
 
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Colonel Alex Porter

Assistant Head of Strategic Concepts, Directorate of Capability
British Army

16:50 - 17:30 INTEGRATION OF BIG DATA WITH AI AND DEEP LEARNING

Mario Blokken - Head Permanent Secretariat, European Army Interoperability Center (Finabel)
·          Addressing the lack of national legislation for autonomous systems
·          Consolidating AI on armoured vehicles and improving information integration for MUM-T
·          Data assurance: ensuring data validation and reliability of deep learning systems driven by AI
·          Data protection: evaluating cybercrime, malware detection, and reverse engineering
·          Achieving network resilience in an IoT operating environment 
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Mario Blokken

Head Permanent Secretariat
European Army Interoperability Center (Finabel)

·          Innovation is largely driven by the commercial sector, outpacing the defence enterprise. How should militaries reform procurement to circumvent lengthy bureaucratic procedures and field game-changing technologies at pace? How should militaries approach experimentation to drive innovation into the hands of the Warfighter?
·          AI certification and integration on platforms remains to be a challenge due to the lack of a legislative framework to support autonomy. Integrating data on autonomous platforms is complicated by legal and ethical complexities, as the human has to remain in the loop of decision-making. What provisions need to be taken to simplify AI certification and ensure data reliability?
·          Information sharing is key to driving innovation. How can information sharing and collaboration between militaries, armed forces, academia, intelligence services, and the commercial sector be improved? 
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Major General (retd.) Andrew Sharpe

Director of the British Army’s Centre for Analysis and Conflict Research
Strategy and Security Institute

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Major General (retd.) Andrew Sharpe

Director of the British Army’s Centre for Analysis and Conflict Research
Strategy and Security Institute