Understand. Adapt. Overcome. Rarely has a conference strap-line resonated as much.
After consultation with the Royal Marines the decision has been taken to postpone the London Future Amphibious Forces conference until 18-20 May 2021 and host a day of online panel discussion on 1 December.
Chaired by Lt. Gen. Sir David Capewell these panels will focus on three challenges of current importance to the Royal Marines and Amphibious Forces more generally;
Connectors and countering the A2AD/CIADS challenge;
Challenges of C2 in a contested amphibious environment, and finally,
The complexities of Maritime special operations.
The UK is currently undergoing the Integrated Defence Review and the Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen. Sir Nick Carter, recently launched the ‘Integrated Operating Concept’, stating:
“some industrial age capabilities will increasingly have to meet their sunset to create the space for capabilities needed for sunrise. The trick is how you find a path through the night.”- Gen. Sir Nick Carter.
Agile forces such as the Marines will be at the vanguard, trailblazing this path through the night. Indeed, The Royal Marines formed the experimental ‘Vanguard Strike Company’ in July 2020. This online forum comes at a pre-decisional time for other developments.
This forum aims to contribute to this important work and help the Royal Marines, and indeed the other marine forces participating, attain advantage in an ever more complex and competitive operating environment. It will also be an opportunity for industry to be kept informed of the latest thinking as it evolves to ensure the defence industrial base is ready to provide the solutions required.