24 - 26 September, 2019 | Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Agenda Day 2

8:00 - 8:45 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

General Sir Richard Barrons, Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016) at Conference Chairman

General Sir Richard Barrons

Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016)
Conference Chairman

9:00 - 9:30 PROCUREMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Sir Simon Bollom - Chief Executive, DE&S
  • Identifying the roadmap for capability development : Modernise, Mobilise, Transform
  • Exploring advantages of disruptive innovation and pursuing the transformation imperative 
  • Mobilise: making the most of existing resources to augment lethality and to better protect security
  • Modernise: exploiting opportunities offered by modern technology to ensure retain strategic military advantage
  • Investing in a range of new ‘Spearhead’ innovation programmes to apply cutting-edge technologies to contemporary challenges
  • Transform: maintaining momentum on strengthening and modernising defence, creating financial headroom for modernisation and sustaining strategic advantage in a fast changing world by using modern business practices
Sir Simon Bollom, Chief Executive at DE&S

Sir Simon Bollom

Chief Executive
DE&S

9:30 - 10:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: ACQUIRING DIGITAL AGE TECHNOLOGY FOR DEFENCE AND SECURITY

General Sir Richard Barrons - Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016), Conference Chairman
  • Technology is developing at an increasingly rapid pace. How can defence procurement agencies ensure that commercial technology is leveraged and incorporated for defence applications?
  • How can the acquisition of innovation be accelerated to keep pace with technological development? How can procurement agencies improve dialogue with industry to develop capability quicker?
  • How can procurement agencies support innovation and delivery of MILTECH through collaborative experimentation with industry?
  • How can industry best support concept development and evolving end-user requirements? 
General Sir Richard Barrons, Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016) at Conference Chairman

General Sir Richard Barrons

Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016)
Conference Chairman

10:00 - 10:30 UK DEFENCE INTELLIGENCE POLICY AND OPERATIONS

Lieutenant General James R Hockenhull OBE - Chief of Defence Intelligence, UK MoD
  • Information as an Enabler and Effector
  • Delivering information advantage through actions on an adversary’s understanding, physical capability, will and cohesion
  • Exploiting data science techniques for Intelligence analysis 
  • Assessing developments in cyberspace and their impact on military capability
Lieutenant General James R Hockenhull OBE, Chief of Defence Intelligence at UK MoD

Lieutenant General James R Hockenhull OBE

Chief of Defence Intelligence
UK MoD

11:00 - 11:30 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:30 - 12:00 CYBER RISK AND OPPORTUNITY IN HARD AND SOFT POWER

  • Outlining the UK’s National Cyber Security strategy and cyber security programmes
  • Strengthening network resilience, enhancing detection of malware and intrusion to minimise vulnerability and protect IT infrastructure 
  • Corroborating offensive cyber capabilities to retain the competitive edge 
  • Understanding cyber domain convergence of intelligence, signals and Electronic Warfare (EW)
  • The advantages of integration: creating complete visibility at all command levels
  • Outlining steps towards information warfare dominance
  • Evaluating risks and opportunities of digitisation 
Air Commodore Tim Neal-Hopes, Head Joint User C4ISR & Cyber at UK Ministry of Defence

Air Commodore Tim Neal-Hopes

Head Joint User C4ISR & Cyber
UK Ministry of Defence

12:30 - 12:45 ADVANTAGE THROUGH INNOVATION: JHUB’S MODEL

Adrian Holt - Innovation Scout, jHub
  • Assessing jHub’s role in sourcing world-class technology and talent and connect ing them to military users
  • Evaluating effective funding and acceleration of pilots
  • Leveraging successful pilots to the the JFC Innovation Board to make strategic procurement and delivery decisions
  • Delivering capability into the hands of the user
  • Developing a balance between brevity and clarity in setting capability requirements 
Adrian Holt, Innovation Scout at jHub

Adrian Holt

Innovation Scout
jHub

12:45 - 13:00 DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS THROUGH EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION

Andrew Cunningham - Executive Director – Innovation, UK Defence Solutions Centre
  • Enhancing collaboration within the UK value chain and stimulating innovation from a wide array of solution-providers
  • Creating competitive environments to ensure that leading-edge capabilities are delivered to the armed forces 
  • Catalysing innovation collaboration by connecting technology developers with defence customers
  • Adapting commercial technologies for defence applications 
  • Facilitating international partnerships to stimulate collaborative experimentation  
Andrew Cunningham, Executive Director – Innovation at UK Defence Solutions Centre

Andrew Cunningham

Executive Director – Innovation
UK Defence Solutions Centre

13:00 - 13:30 MARITIME AUTONOMY ACCELERATOR AND NAVY X

Colonel Dan Cheesman - Chief Technology Officer, Royal Navy
  • Evaluating lessons learned from the Unmanned Warrior, Commando Warrior and Information Warrior exercises  
  • Harnessing dynamic, cutting-edge equipment at speed to outpace competitors and keep pace with technological development 
  • Transforming the way the RN procures technology and creating an environment which stimulates joint experimentation and prototyping between industry, military, and academia 
Colonel Dan Cheesman, Chief Technology Officer at Royal Navy

Colonel Dan Cheesman

Chief Technology Officer
Royal Navy

13:30 - 14:30 NETWORKING LUNCH


14:30 - 15:30 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION SESSIONS

Each roundtable will invite 10-15 participants to discuss the proposed topic. Round table leaders will be asked to summarise key points and report them to the conference organisers to publicise among the online community.   

14:30 - 15:30 FUTURE JOINT FORCE DESIGN: WHAT CAPABILITIES WILL BE FIELDED FIRST?

General Sir Richard Barrons - Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016), Conference Chairman
This round table will explore capability transformation at the joint level – assessing the impact of joint enablers and MILTECH on future force structure. It will invite participants to generate ideas and consider which technologies will be delivered and adopted first. The interactive discussion will run under the premise that there are no budgetary constraints to allow for creativity and wider exploration of the art of the possible in military capability. 

General Sir Richard Barrons, Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016) at Conference Chairman

General Sir Richard Barrons

Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016)
Conference Chairman

14:30 - 15:30 OFFENSIVE CYBER STRATEGY

James Arroyo - Director, Ditchley Foundation
Information operations and exploitation of social media influence for hybrid confrontation will be the main focus of this round table. While it is increasingly significant to minimise network vulnerability and enhance malware detection, developing offensive capability is essential to retain superiority against competitors in the grey zone. 

James Arroyo, Director at Ditchley Foundation

James Arroyo

Director
Ditchley Foundation

14:30 - 15:30 LONG-RANGE PRECISION FIRES

Near-peer competitors are employing sophisticated offensive fires, air defence systems, and enhancing their A2/AD strategy. Armies need to retain strategic overmatch and accelerate surface-to-surface fires capability and capacity at all echelons. This will require increasing range, precision, and lethality of fires systems. The main question centres around methods of enhancing attack, neutralisation, suppression, and destruction of targets using missile-delivered indirect precision fires. Will these be hypersonic weaponry or extended-tube artillery?

14:30 - 15:30 THE FUTURE OF SPACE-BASED CAPABILITY

Militaries now recognise space and cyber as separate operational domains. The rapid development and proliferation of space technology, led by a vibrant and diverse global industry, gives NATO and its partners new opportunities to enhance their individual and collective space capabilities.
This round table will scrutinise the role of space assets in multi-domain operations and facilitate discussion around ways to enhance allied space resilience, intelligence and decision-making in support of global security objectives.

14:30 - 15:30 INNOVATION AND FUTURE MARITIME CAPABILITY

Colonel Dan Cheesman - Chief Technology Officer, Royal Navy
Unmanned and autonomous capability in the maritime sector is promising – allowing for dispersed lethality and persistent presence in areas of maritime responsibility. As competitors are building capability, NATO navies and partners cannot afford to lag behind. Apart from the MUM-T concept, what disruptive technologies will be employed to retain the information advantage and reinforce naval presence? 
 
Colonel Dan Cheesman, Chief Technology Officer at Royal Navy

Colonel Dan Cheesman

Chief Technology Officer
Royal Navy

14:30 - 15:30 AGILE ACQUISITION FOR MACHINE-SPEED WARFARE

Adrian Holt - Innovation Scout, jHub
The interactive discussion will offer attendees the opportunity to examine different procurement models and approaches to infusing innovation into force structure. It will challenge the traditional bureaucratic procedures and assess the role of experimentation and prototyping in speeding up the delivery of capability to the Warfighter. The round table will examine case studies and the feasibility of smaller R&D budgets to drive innovation and will address commercial technologies and their integration into the defence enterprise.    

Adrian Holt, Innovation Scout at jHub

Adrian Holt

Innovation Scout
jHub

Unmanned and autonomous platforms are the future. The question remains how to integrate unmanned assets with legacy platforms, ensure effective information integration, manoeuvre, while adhering to safety regulations and AI certification. This round table aims to explore the future of remotely-piloted and autonomous technologies and the challenges associated with fielding them. It will invite participants to discuss unmanned payloads, autonomous PNT, and the role of the human in the OODA loop. 

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Riho Terras, Former Chief of Defence at Estonian Defence Forces

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Riho Terras

Former Chief of Defence
Estonian Defence Forces

14:30 - 15:30 SOLDIER LETHALITY


Tactical advantage remains significant, requiring greater situational awareness, lethality, mobility, and survivability at the lowest echelon. Building land capability for future, dispersed operations will depend on individual Soldier performance. This round table will address dismounted technologies and methods to equip the modern Soldier for urban operations and engagement with near-peer threats. 
Ensuring seamless connectivity in congested and contested environments is integral to combat effectiveness. As dispersed operations stretch communications to the breaking point, armed forces require newer and more sophisticated solutions. It is now timely to integrate common operating environments and work to advance information maneuverability to support operations in increasingly information-dominated battlespaces.  

Lieutenant Colonel Arnel David, SO1 Strategic Analysis Branch, Special Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff at US Army

Lieutenant Colonel Arnel David

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

The land domain is an intrinsically more complex operating environment than the airspace, with austere terrains aggravating the fog of war. This round table will focus on optionally manned, unmanned, and autonomous UGVs and UASs and their role in future operations. Assessing current experimentation, it will delve into the challenges of information integration and the implementation of interoperable software for unmanned platforms. 
Brigadier Ian Langford, Director General Future Land Warfare at Australian Army

Brigadier Ian Langford

Director General Future Land Warfare
Australian Army

14:30 - 15:30 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & MACHINE LEARNING: C4ISR APPLICATIONS

David Tagg-Oram - Artificial Intelligence & Data Programme Director, Royal Navy
There is a lack of clarity on the current requirements, as armed forces have limited experience with AI/ML technology and its defence applications. This round table will explore collaborative experimentation with industry to implement networked solutions, overcome certification and interoperability challenges, and create a common open architecture for future operations. Addressing real-time imaging and data visualisation, the round table will address accelerated decision-making and C2 in the Digital Age. 
David Tagg-Oram, Artificial Intelligence & Data Programme Director at Royal Navy

David Tagg-Oram

Artificial Intelligence & Data Programme Director
Royal Navy

Armed forces need to retain high readiness for multi-domain operations. The training framework needs to support wargaming and readiness for high-intensity operations. Developing a single interconnected training system with high-fidelity simulation will be key to enhancing overall readiness for battle in complex operational environments. This round table will scrutinize the SSE/STE and assess AR/VR potential. 

Air Marshal (Ret'd) Sir Christopher Harper KBE, Former Director General at NATO International Military Staff

Air Marshal (Ret'd) Sir Christopher Harper KBE

Former Director General
NATO International Military Staff

14:30 - 15:30 CLOUD COMPUTING & DATA STORAGE

Ensuring mission success in operations of today and tomorrow will depend on the ability to process large volumes of data and enable timely, data-driven decisions. Cloud architecture has the potential to empower the modern Warfighter with the critical data by providing an easily accessible, secure, network-based storage. This round table will investigate cloud advantages, information security, network resiliency, and data transparency.

As the volume, variety, velocity, and veracity of data is rapidly evolving, militaries require big data analytics to accelerate complex decision-making. Developing algorithms for the extraction of actionable intelligence will be crucial to winning in hybrid warfare, and staying a step ahead of adversaries. Turning fused and synthesised information into intelligence has to be achieved, however how will armed forces move away from their inherent slowness in the acquisition of MILTECH, blockchain, and big data solutions? 

Air Commodore Tim Neal-Hopes, Head Joint User C4ISR & Cyber at UK Ministry of Defence

Air Commodore Tim Neal-Hopes

Head Joint User C4ISR & Cyber
UK Ministry of Defence

14:30 - 15:30 INNOVATION AND FUTURE AIR CAPABILITY

Implementing RPAs, integrating human-machine teaming, and enhancing stealth and lethality of platforms is desirable. This round table will explore capability development in air and space, focusing on the roadmap for development of 6th generation aircraft. 

14:30 - 15:00 AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

16:00 - 16:30 WINNING IN HYBRID CONFRONTATION AND CONFLICT

James Arroyo - Director, Ditchley Foundation
  • Analysing hostile disinformation activities, information warfare strategies, and their countermeasures 
  • Building soft power to adapt capability for hybrid confrontation 
  • Assessing the role of technology in enabling influence and disruption in the cognitive domain
  • Exploiting the potential of data, connectivity, and AI in offensive cyber and skilled social media activity
James Arroyo, Director at Ditchley Foundation

James Arroyo

Director
Ditchley Foundation

16:30 - 17:00 CLOSING KEYNOTE: PLANNING, FUNDING AND DELIVERING DEFENCE AND SECURITY TRANSFORMATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE

General Patrick Sanders CBE DSO ADC - Commander, UK JFC
  • The Transformation Imperative: ensuring modernisation  to retain advantage in the Digital Age
  • Posturing the armed forces for the future operating environment
  • Planning, funding, delivering capability to the modern Warfighter 
General Patrick Sanders  CBE DSO ADC, Commander at UK JFC

General Patrick Sanders CBE DSO ADC

Commander
UK JFC

17:00 - 17:30 CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE DAY TWO

General Sir Richard Barrons - Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016), Conference Chairman
General Sir Richard Barrons, Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016) at Conference Chairman

General Sir Richard Barrons

Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016)
Conference Chairman