25 - 27 February, 2020 | Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington, London, United Kingdom

CONFERENCE WORKSHOP DAY

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm REGISTRATION & COFFEE

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm WORKSHOP A: RESOURCES AT ‘THE OPERATIONAL EDGE’: DELIVERING POWER TO COMBAT FORCES IN AUSTERE ENVIRONMENTS

As combat units become more manoeuvrable, in some cases smaller and equipped with more sophisticated capabilities at their disposal, the need for reliable power supplies becomes essential or order to complete objectives and make a meaningful contribution to the combined operation. Most agree that a defining aspect of future operations will be the challenging environments in which they will take place and the strain that this will put on the provision of key resources such as power will be huge.
 
During this workshop participants will have the opportunity to take part in interactive scenarios and group discussions on the planning and delivery of power to austere future combat environments from the strategic through to the operational levels against a well organised, well equipped and agile adversary.
 
Following this workshop participants will have the chance to gather as a group and discuss findings, shared challenges and solutions.
Dr Michael Ling, Project S&T Adviser, Deployable Force Infrastructure, Land Division, DST Group at Australian MoD

Dr Michael Ling

Project S&T Adviser, Deployable Force Infrastructure, Land Division, DST Group
Australian MoD

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm WORKSHOP B: APPLICATION OF DISTRIBUTED LEDGER TECHNOLOGY (BLOCKCHAIN) FOR LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY

This workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to better understand Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) /Blockchain and its applications within Defence and across government. A number of case studies from government, defence and the private sector will be covered as well as a run through of various proof of concepts that have been developed within Defence and the areas that have been identified as priorities for the application of this technology. In particular the use of this technology to secure the supply chain and provide assurance beyond reasonable doubt that material has arrived untampered with and as intended.
 
At its core Blockchain is an accounting system tracking the movement of value between users. Unlike traditional double-ledger accounting, there is no need for a trusted third party to audit and assure the transactions between users. This is achieved through a combination of peer-to-peer networks, consensus mechanisms and cryptography. As a result the Blockchain network is self-organising with members auditing all transactions in a decentralised manner. These transactions are grouped and stored in blocks and built upon each other, thus creating a chain of blocks. Because Blockchain is decentralised and secured through algorithms, capabilities previously unattainable are now possible. Blockchain has the potential to revolutionise how we transact with one another forever, from how we manage who uses our data to how we buy goods.
 
This workshop will include group discussions that examine these case studies to identify potential Blockchain applications in the attendee’s area of Defence. The feasibility of these potential use cases will be assessed, investigating the value they could create and requirements for implementation.
 
Following this workshop participants will have the chance to gather as a group and discuss findings, shared challenges and solutions.
Mike Feltham, Head of Innovation Exploitation, jHub Digital at UK Joint Forces Command

Mike Feltham

Head of Innovation Exploitation, jHub Digital
UK Joint Forces Command

5:30 pm - 5:40 pm CHAIRMAN'S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE FOCUS DAY

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General Sir Peter Wall