Day Three (Thursday 16 September) focused on the most important aspect of defence – its people. As technology and strategic approach evolves, so do the skills required to implement them. Obtaining and retaining the correct skills to support current and future operational advantage is one of the most difficult challenges for leaders to address.
Every force faces the constant question of where the next generation of recruits will come from. Added to that is the necessity of forecasting the required recruitment profile of tomorrow, and the challenge of keeping suitably skilled actors within the industry.
The UK MoD and its Allies’ personnel leaders discussed their long-term visions for developing the next-generation of aviators, engineers and support personnel, to fully harness the potential that new technologies offer. For equipment suppliers, this was their chance to discover the considerable opportunities that an entirely new approach to training will provide, with synthetics, virtual, and augmented technologies at its core.
DSEI 2021 has worked in close partnership with a number of UK MoD Working Groups to develop this theme in accordance with the needs of the industry. There is a focus on the evolution of training requirements and technologies, particularly in the light of the evolving threat landscape.