Conference Day Three: Capability and Innovation


Industry morning

8:30 am - 8:30 am INTRODUCING THE FUTURE AMPHIBIOUS FORCE CAPABILITY AND INNOVATION DAY

As we have seen over the preceding two days of the conference, new and disruptive technologies have a vital role to play in enabling modern amphibious forces meet the A2AD threat; improve their C2/ISR capabilities and revolutionise their provision of training.

A perennial challenge for the modern force, however, is gaining access to these technologies – and learning how new technologies can be applied to the battlefield of tomorrow. The sessions in the morning will provide innovative SMEs with the opportunity to present their solutions to a panel of military decision-makers and experts.

The afternoon will be devoted to structured roundtable discussions focused on different areas of amphibious capability, each led by a subject matter expert or capability holder. These sessions will build upon lessons learned from the first two days of the conference, as well as the insight gained from the innovation morning to dig deep into the capabilities required for the Future Commando Force. Audience members will have the opportunity to select a roundtable of their choice ahead of time, to ensure they derive the maximum possible benefit from the afternoon.

Attendees will:
  • Understand the UK’s approach to innovation
  • Listen to innovative SMEs and non-traditional defence partners pitch their capabilities
  • Participate in focused discussion groups lead by UK Capability Leads
  • Network with the senior officers delivering the Future Commando Force

8:30 am - 8:50 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE


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Lieutenant General Sir David Capewell (Ret)

Former Chief of Joint Operations
British Armed Forces

9:00 am - 9:30 am ROYAL MARINES SCENE-SETTING INTRODUCTION

9:30 am - 10:00 am HOW THE UK IS ENGAGING WITH INDUSTRY PARTNERS TO ATTAIN ITS FUTURE COMMANDO FORCE

David Wotherspoon - Head of Innovation, UK Defence Solutions Centre
  • An overview of the role of UKDSC in relation to the Future Command Force, and industry engagement
  • The work done by UK DSC in engaging with industry partners and uncovering new solutions
  • Lessons and takeaways for international partners
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David Wotherspoon

Head of Innovation
UK Defence Solutions Centre

10:00 am - 10:30 am AN OVERVIEW OF THE iMAST PROGRAMME AND ITS IMPACT ON THE FUTURE OF RM TRAINING

Lieutenant Colonel Pete Williams - Head of the jHub, UK Ministry of Defence
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Lieutenant Colonel Pete Williams

Head of the jHub
UK Ministry of Defence

10:30 am - 11:00 am COFFE AND BREAK-OUT/NETWORKING SESSION

11:00 am - 12:30 pm TECH INNOVATION SESSIONS

Following on from our introductory presentations from UK military personnel at the forefront of industry and tech engagement, we are moving into the interactive tech and innovations sessions. Comprised of several rapid-fire tech presentations/demos, attendees are encouraged to ask questions and be curious – this part of the morning is essentially unprecedented as an opportunity for military and industry personnel alike to engage with each other, and uncover solutions that could revolutionise the amphibious operations of tomorrow.

Tech innovations are limited to 20 minutes each – 10 minutes to ‘pitch’, and 10 minutes of Q&A: we want to keep these sessions fast and agile, and get the floor open to discussion.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

Capability afternoon

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm CAPABILITY ROUNDTABLES

The afternoon of the Tech and Innovation day will be devoted to a series of roundtable discussions, each devoted to a specific topic pertaining to amphibious capability, and each chaired by a subject matter expert. Attendees will have the opportunity to select which roundtable they wish to take part in ahead of the conference and, on the day, they will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and insight in a dynamic and interactive setting. These roundtable sessions will help distill the insight gleaned from the pitches into actionable intelligence, and will help to further build a connection between industry and military participants.

Roundtable topics will include:

  1. Information Advantage/Exploitation
  2. Training and Simulation
  3. Wargaming
  4. Agile Defence Procurement
  5. Autonomous Maritime Capability
  6. Command and Control
  7. Lethality
  8. Littoral Maneuver - Ship to Shore Connectors
  9. Force Development and Structure
  10. Littoral Strike
  11. CUAS & Organic Air Defence
  12. Human Factors and Capabilities
  13. Organic Aviation
  14. Attracting Digital Natives - Recruitment in the Information Age
  15. Specialist Ships and Sea-basing
  16. Future Amphibious Assault Vehicles
  17. Logistics Solutions

4:00 pm - 4:00 pm END OF CONFERENCE DAY THREE