Seminar Programme

Seminar RoomFollowing on from a successful 2015 event, DSEI 2017 will once again feature sessions in each of the Zones – Air, Land, Naval, Security and Joint. Visitors enjoy free access to the Seminar Programme and will be able to see Ministerial and MOD Service Chiefs' keynotes, and topical presentations delivered by thought-leaders from international military, government, industry and academia.


The Global Platform of Choice

The DSEI 2017 Seminar Programme is designed and crafted by the industry. It engages fully between military, industry and academia within the defence and security community to address topics that matter.

2017 will see the global defence and security sector evolving to ensure the security of nations in a modern era of combat. Strategic approaches to contingency planning, agile expeditionary forces, whole force concepts, the expansion of intelligence platforms, and the strengthening of its skills base, has led to a revolution in renewed policies, technical innovations, increased competition and greater collaboration.

Air : Air Superiority

Air dominance and capability is at an evolutionary pinnacle in modern warfare. With the introduction of new platforms, upgrade of legacy platforms, enhancement of airborne ISR and extension of global mobility, the technology, training, procurement and support required to deliver these are challenging suppliers, squadrons and air forces around the world. The Air Seminar will address the issues that are currently engaging global air forces and their suppliers.

Proposed topics:

  • Developing a squadron of Fifth Generation fighter pilots
  • Platform upgrades and the secondary market
  • Interoperability of platforms and systems
  • Integrating capability, C2, doctrine and training
  • Airborne sensors and EW
  • Information optimisation
  • Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul & Upgrade (MRO&U)

Land : Modern Warfare on the Ground

Armies around the world are faced with an increasingly challenging environment which requires the modern soldier to be more agile and more capable, and infantries more tactical and adaptable. The Land Seminar will examine the government policies, army strategies and capabilities which influence the configuration of modern warfare on the ground.

Proposed topics:

  • Armies at high-readiness including the British Army Strike Brigades and AJAX
  • Projecting land power at distance with minimal logistical support
  • Future soldier
  • Dismounted soldier systems
  • Battlefield intelligence and support
  • Information dominance
  • Capacity building overseas

Naval : Maritime Agility & Efficiency

In today’s defence & security environment of joint and unpredictable, short notice operations, navies are adapting to enable the agility and efficiency required for rapid deployment at sea, while continuing to maintain its more traditional strategic responsibilities.  The Naval Seminar will delve into the maritime capability challenges for navies and the supplier community.

Proposed topics:

  • Agile navies and interoperability in the Joint space
  • Carrier and fleet support
  • The next generation of autonomous mine countermeasures
  • Ballistic missile defence
  • Rebalancing maritime air support and surveillance
  • Maritime autonomous systems
  • Amphibious forces
  • Counter-piracy, humanitarian and disaster relief
  • Maritime border security

Security : Cyber, Border & Gendarmeries

The modern security threat environment is varied and complex. Intensifying state competition, regional instability, civil unrest and the borderless realm of cyberspace have manifested a number of emerging global trends. The Security Seminar will consider the evolving threat picture and role of industry and government in reshaping security policy and propelling capability into the future.

Proposed topics:

  • Border security and monitoring
  • Cyber threat, security and capability
  • Signals intelligence
  • Supply chain security
  • Joint border security operations
  • Equipping a modern militarised police-force

Joint : Warfare in the Information Age & Joint Environment

Warfare in the Joint space is undergoing necessary and rapid transformation in response to the changing strategic environment. The modern forces structure of joint enablers has brought about a new approach to hybrid warfare and operational optimisation, altering the way in which information and intelligence is exploited to enable a more efficient and capable force. The Joint Seminar will look at how this dynamic environment is continuing to evolve at pace.

Proposed topics:

  • Harnessing big data and connectivity
  • Exploiting information in the commercial space
  • Electronic warfare and airborne sensors
  • Training and education
  • The modernising of allied forces
  • Advanced technical and operational capability in military medicine
  • Cyber defence and resilience
  • Autonomous systems and robotics
  • Info ops and shaping the electronic battlespace

Emerging Technology & Disruptive Innovation

In an increasingly competitive defence & security exports market, industry is being challenged to do more and do better in order to meet complex customer requirements. Outpacing competitors by creating new technology and bespoke, future-proof products at affordable prices has become a priority for both governments and industry. To stay ahead of the game, emerging technology and disruptive innovation are now the most important assets in the exports market. DSEI will explore current ideas and thinking emanating from this step-change across the defence & security sector.

Proposed topics:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Robotics and unmanned systems
  • Non-lethal weapons and effects
  • Laser and high-power microwave technology
  • Advanced materials
  • Wireless and smart technology
  • Miniaturisation
  • Virtual reality and gaming technology

People & Skills Day

While equipment and procurement is the traditional core focus of DSEI, the event in 2017 will expand its content to cover what is considered by many to be the most important capability of all – the People & Skills of the defence & security sector. Whether it’s inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals, training, retaining or supporting the work force, the seminar programme across DSEI on Day Four will be dedicated to this important element of the sector.

Proposed Topics:

  • STEM skills agenda
  • Modernising service personnel, regulars and reserves
  • Inclusion – equality and diversity in the military
  • Service personnel development, fitness/well-being and support
  • Developing a highly skilled military and industrial workforce as a national asset
  • Graduate and apprenticeship schemes
  • Technical skills gaps
  • Training, re-skilling and up-skilling and career development
  • Cross-sector career transition
  • Armed Forces commemorations
  • “DSEI is a landmark event presenting to the world the excellence of the UK defence and security businesses. We expect to welcome high level international delegations to take part in meetings with our strategic partners. For us in government it is hugely important, an important showcase, a stage for diplomacy, a platform for the international engagement. We are really looking forward to DSEI in September 2017.”
    Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement
    UK MOD
  • “I very much look forward to continuing my personal support to DSEI. It provides an excellent opportunity to explore the development of airpower capability, through engagement with the widest range of industry and international partners.”
    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC MA RAF Chief of the Air Staff
    Royal Air Force
  • “I much look forward to DSEI 17. We intend to build on the very positive experience of DSEI 15 as we construct the partnerships we need to deal with the complexity of the future operating environment”
    General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen Chief of the General Staff
    British Army
  • "DSEI 2015 was the ideal occasion for the Royal Navy to demonstrate its ambition to lead and win through technological innovation. The opportunity to meet with so many partners from academia, industry and overseas at DSEI is, as always, a really useful component of our engagement with the vital partners through whom we seek to deliver this innovation."
    Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
    Royal Navy
  • "DSEI 17 will offer Joint Forces Command the opportunity to report on our plans for the future, in particular on operationalising our Warfare In The Information Age concept. I am looking forward to it."
    General Sir Chris Deverell Commander Joint Forces Command
  • "DSEI is a highlight within the defence calendar, I use it to find out what the most recent developments are in every technological area affecting for defence. Without DSEI I fear this sort of interaction, information exchange and knowledge of developments across all domains would be lost. DSEI is an invaluable international biannual event .”
    Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP, Chairman, House of Commons Defence Select Committee
    UK Parliament
  • “DSEI is a fantastic showcase for defence companies where international buyers, sellers, developers, thinkers, educators and the trainers can all get together. The UK defence industry is looking to recruit more engineers, scientists and developers into 200,000 jobs and up to 10,000 apprentices within UK defence companies. DSEI is an excellent tool to highlight the challenges the industry face as well as showcase its capabilities domestically and overseas.”
    James Gray MP, House of Commons Defence Committee
    UK Parliament


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