Agenda Day 2
8:00 - 8:45 REGISTRATION & COFFEE
8:45 - 9:00 CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS
9:00 - 9:30 PROCUREMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE
- 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 BollomChief Executive
10:00 - 10:30 DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
10:30 - 11:00 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING
11:00 - 11:30 CYBER STRATEGY AND INFORMATION OPERATIONS
11:45 - 12:00 DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS THROUGH EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION
12:00 - 12:30 ROYAL NAVY AND THE PACE OF CHANGE
12:30 - 14:00 NETWORKING LUNCH
14:00 - 15:00 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.
14:00 - 15:00 1: FUTURE JOINT FORCE DESIGN: WHAT CAPABILITIES WILL BE FIELDED FIRST?
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.
Lieutenant General Sir Mark William Poffley, KCB, OBEDeputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Capability) (2016–18)
UK Ministry of Defence
14:00 - 15:00 2: AGILE ACQUISITION FOR MACHINE-SPEED WARFARE
Adrian Holt Innovation Scout jHub
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.
14:00 - 15:00 3: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & MACHINE LEARNING: C4ISR APPLICATIONS
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.
14:00 - 15:00 4: OFFENSIVE CYBER STRATEGY
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.
Colonel Ian LargeOF5 GBR Head Cyber Defence
NATO JFC Brunssum
14:00 - 15:00 5: VR/AR, SIMULATION, AND WARGAMING
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 KBEFormer Director General
NATO International Military Staff
14:00 - 15:00 6: 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.
14:00 - 15:00 7: ROBOTICS & AUTONOMY
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.
Professor Mart NoormaScience and Development Director
14:00 - 15:00 9: GENERATING ACTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE FROM AI
Jason Atlas CTO Adarga
Jason Atlas CTO Adarga
AI is the buzzword of the day and will be raised in many of the other roundtable discussions. This roundtable aims to cut through the hyperbole and focus on how AI supports and enhances human ways of thinking and working. As humans we rely on language to communicate, understand information and help us make decisions. For a machine to deliver valuable insights, the AI needs to incorporate both human language and machine generated data. How might AI transform the traditional OODA loop to help generate truly dynamic and actionable intelligence?
14:00 - 15:00 10: 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.
14:00 - 15:00 11: NETWORK RESILIENCE
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 DavidSO1 Strategic Analysis Branch, Special Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff
14:00 - 15:30 12: INNOVATION AND FUTURE MARITIME CAPABILITY
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?
14:00 - 15:00 13: INNOVATION AND FUTURE LAND CAPABILITY
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.
14:00 - 15:00 14: 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.
Air Marshal (Ret’d) Graham Stacey KBE CBChief of Staff (2015-2018)
NATO Allied Command Transformation
14:00 - 15:00 15: BIG DATA ANALYTICS
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?
14:00 - 15:00 16: BLOCKHAIN APPLICATIONS FOR DEFENCE
This interactive discussion will offer attendees the opportunity to better understand Blockchain and its applications within Defence. It will run through proof of concepts that have been developed within Defence and also relevant use cases being investigated by industry. The round table will 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.
Mike FelthamHead of Innovation Exploitation, jHub Digital
UK Joint Forces Command