“The British Army has a long tradition of being at the forefront of innovative technology – last year’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the tank is a good reminder. Today, it is difficult to remember a time when the strategic context was more complex or dynamic. The defining condition seems to be one of instability. The pervasiveness of information, connectivity and accessible technology offer new tools to more actors. It is also changing the character of conflict. Adaptation, innovation and agility will be vital if we are to face the unpredictable threats of the future with confidence. And it will be innovation that delivers the value for money and productivity we need to deliver military outcomes in the current fiscal climate.
This year’s DSEI Land Capability Conference gets to the heart of a potential game-changer: Robotics and Autonomous Systems. In combat we face the threat of increased lethality and sophistication, an accelerated pace of operations and an erosion of our traditional military advantage. Harnessing the opportunities brought by understanding and teaming Robotics and Autonomous systems is the path to an efficient, expeditionary and autonomy-enabled lethal force. We welcome your help in shaping the future of the British Army and look forward to working together in a new collaborative relationship.”
General Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of the General Staff