‘As the world changes, so must we. We are responding with a bold and ambitious innovation initiative – to embed innovation across our organisation and transform the way we think and operate’
– Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence
Key NATO nations are prioritising disruptive innovation and increasing budgets for data management and digital technologies to transform ISR; C2; the manned/unmanned/autonomous mix on land, at sea, in the air and in space; and enable Synthetic Environments to train for multi-domain operations.
In response to this, and the huge success of the 2019 conference, the world leading Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation Conference will return to London 29 September - 1 October, bringing together over 350 senior military leaders, government officials, tech and defence industry, research, War and Staff colleges and academia.
This breadth of attendance, and the personal interventions of the DE&S Chief Executive and UK Chief of Defence Intelligence, and many very senior national military and NATO leaders, underlines the developing pace and significance of how Digital Age technology and method are fundamentally reshaping Defence and Security capability and operations. Warfare is now at machine-speed and armed forces need to accelerate the delivery of innovative technologies to the Warfighter to retain strategic overmatch in the Digital Age.
The 2020 Conference will continue the discussion on how the application of Digital Age technology transforms the delivery of ‘full spectrum effects’. It will foster debate on joint experimentation and accelerated procurement to align new military hard power with the whole range of soft power including cyber and social media. Welcoming perspectives form leaders shaping defence policy, it will assess how acquisition structures and processes can (and must) be adapted to ensure that armed forces are able to keep pace with industry’s progression.
We had to stop registration early for last year’s conference due to reaching maximum capacity. For 2020, we have allowed more space, expecting 350 attendees, but advise booking early to avoid disappointment. Roundtable discussions and SME spaces are also limited – find out more by downloading the agenda from the previous iteration of the conference below.