CONFERENCE DAY TWO - 11 February



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Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo

Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

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Charles Forte

Chief Information Officer
UK Ministry of Defence


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Dr Keith Dear

Director of Artificial Intelligence Innovation
Fujitsu Defence

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Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo

Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

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Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo

Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

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Natasha Gedge

jHub Chief Operating Officer
jHub, Ministry of Defence

10:30 - 11:30 ONLINE MEETINGS AND NETWORKING

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Air Marshal Edward Stringer

Director General Joint Force Development & Director Defence Academy
UK MoD

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Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo

Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

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Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo

Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

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Brigadier Dan Cheesman

Chief Technology Officer
Royal Navy

Richard Brookes

Director
IQPC

·         Technological advancements in the commercial sector are spurring innovation of organisational models in the defence enterprise. Although there are efforts to mitigate structural inefficiencies and drive experimentation, acquisition is largely rooted in outdated models. How can we foster a culture of innovation in defence? What is the right approach procurement of disruptive technologies? What should be done to create an innovation ecosystem, which would drive R&D and capability development?

·         The operating environment is morphing at an increasingly rapid pace. We have seen hybrid and disinformation strategies unfold in recent conflicts, underpinning the need to modernize capability and infuse disruptive innovation. What technologies will and should be fielded first? Which technologies will revolutionise the battlespace? What should the future joint force structure look like?

·         Technology is an enabler; however the human will always remain in the decision-making loop. How should training change to support innovation and adoption of disruptive technology? How can we improve readiness for multi-domain warfare? 

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Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo

Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

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Steve Beeching

Managing Director
Viasat Inc

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Dr Keith Dear

Director of Artificial Intelligence Innovation
Fujitsu Defence

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Kate Maxwell

Chief Technology Officer, Worldwide Defense & Intelligence
Microsoft

13:15 - 13:45 ONLINE MEETINGS AND NETWORKING

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Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo

Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

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Phillip Molle

Deputy Program Manager, Machine-Assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System
Defense Intelligence Agency

·         Data-driven decision-making at mission-speed is required for future multi-domain operations against near-peer opponents. A modern IT backbone, providing information to the point of need will be essential to retain advantage and employ data as a strategic asset. What cloud solutions are available for the delivery of an ‘always-on’ service and support for mobility and enterprise-scale collaboration? What role does industry play in establishing a single IT framework for the armed forces?

·         What will the standard blueprint for the cloud on which to design, build, and operate look like? How can we adopt a common technical architecture? How can industry work with the armed forces to increase platform scalability for large volumes of data?

·         What are some of the challenges in the adoption of a unified cloud infrastructure for data pooling and analytics? How can we ensure seamless flow of information to the point of need across classification levels? How can we strengthen network resilience to protect critical data and detect malware at speed? Will the cloud enhance tactical edge capabilities and guarantee uncompromised access to data in degraded environments? 

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Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo

Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

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Air Marshal Edward Stringer

Director General Joint Force Development & Director Defence Academy
UK MoD

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Phillip Molle

Deputy Program Manager, Machine-Assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System
Defense Intelligence Agency

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Andy Hickl

Data and AI Lead at Azure Special Capabilities, Infrastructure, and Innovation
Microsoft

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Gen (ret.) Tony Thomas

Former USSOCOM Commander, Venture Partner
Lux Capital Management

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Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo

Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

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Brian Raymond

Vice President of National Security
Primer AI

·         Cyberspace is recognised as a military domain and active battleground. Both near-peer opponents and non-state actors have demonstrated their willingness to employ offensive cyber tactics to obtain intelligence and destabilize the IT framework. How can we strengthen information and infrastructure security to prevent adversaries from gaining access to classified information? How can we increase the speed of malware detection and system recovery?

·         How can armed forces enhance risk management and implement a common, cohesive response across the MoD? How can we better educate the user and increase cyber awareness in Defence?

·         Cybersecurity is often an afterthought. How can we ensure that security by design? How can we increase our capability to anticipate, identify, and defend routine and more complex cyber attacks? What role does industry play in bridging IT gaps? 

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Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo

Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

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Christine Maxwell

Director Cyber Defence and Risk
Ministry of Defence

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Dick Crowell

Associate Professor
U.S. Naval War College

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Steve Beeching

Managing Director
Viasat Inc