‘Beyond current readiness concerns, we are at an inflection point where we can no longer afford to defer modernizing our capabilities and developing new ones without eroding competitive advantages of our technology and weapon system’ - Gen James McConville, Vice Chief of Staff, US Army
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 last year’s conference the world leading Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation Conference will return to London 24-26 September, bringing together 200-250 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 UK Vice Chief of Defence Staff, Commander Joint Forces Command 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.
This year’s focus is to build on the discussions of last year, examining how the application of Digital Age technology transforms the delivery of ‘full spectrum effects’: aligning new military hard power with the whole range of soft power including cyber and social media; moving on to establish how acquisition structures and processes can (and must) be adapted to ensure that we 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. This year, we have allowed more space, expecting 250 attendees, but advise booking early to avoid disappointment. Roundtable discussions and SME spaces are also limited – find out more by downloading the agenda below.