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14 - 17 September 2021

Excel - London

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Defence Leaders Webinars


Defence Leaders Webinars

Webinar 5

Meeting Skills Requirements for Modernisation

The Multi Domain Integration approach will need a wide range of skills supporting it, including a stronger focus on space and cyber domains. The panel will discuss what skills are required and the existing skill gap within both Primes and the Forces. They will also review approaches to bridging that gap, and what needs to be done to develop the next generation of skilled personnel.


Chloe Chambers, Head of Talent and Resourcing, BAE Systems

RAdm Paul Marshall CBE, Director Naval Acquisition and UK MoD Engineering Skills Champion

Professor Emma Sparks, Director of Programme Portfolio Delivery & Deputy Director Education, Cranfield University – Defence & Security


AVM Gary Waterfall (Retd.)

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Webinar 4

Choose to Challenge

A key theme for DSEI 2021  is the development of talent and key skills within the Defence industry. Ensuring diversity and encouraging retention is a vital aspect of this, and one which requires a better understanding of the incoming workforce’s concerns. To celebrate international women's day, this panel will outline their views on building and retaining a diverse workforce, before opening the session to questions from cadets and apprentices across the industry about everything from possible career paths to overcoming barriers.


Lt Gen James Swift

Sarah Wiseman

Dr Sue Metcalff


SLt Iona Erkhart

Flt Lt Sabrina Sheikh

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Webinar 3

Cyber Defence in a Fully Networked Force

DSEI's 2021 theme will be Integrated Response to Future Threats. Multi domain integration within the cyber space brings with it a host of factors that require consideration, including network capability and a resiliency that must be based in Secure by Design principles. This panel discusses the challenges to achieving fully networked MDI, from internal standards to the external threat landscape. MDI will require greater collaboration between civil and military sectors to overcome this, and the panel will consider what hurdles must be overcome to ensure an effective partnership.



Paddy McGuinness CMG OBE, former Deputy National Security Adviser

Air Marshal Phil Osborn CBE FRAeS (Retd.), Director, UDSS

Christine Maxwell, Director Cyber Defence & Risk, Defence Digital, UK MOD

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Webinar 2

Integrated Responses to Future Threats

Hosted by DSEI Senior Defence Advisor Air Vice-Marshal (ret’d) Gary Waterfall, the second panel in the Defence Leaders series explores integrated responses to future threats. The panel takes an in-depth look at what ‘multi-domain integration’ will mean for procurement, as well as the increased emphasis on the space and cyber domains.


Khalid Mahmood MP, Shadow Minister for Defence

AVM Gary Waterfall CBE, Military Advisor to Clarion Defence

Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive of Make UK

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Webinar 1

Science and Technology

Introducing the first webinar in DSEI's series of Defence Leaders Debates - “Science and Technology: serving defence and security in the next 10 years”. This webinar examines how defence can be made fit for the future, and the role of science and technology to  enable this – especially given the current global circumstances.


Gary Aitkenhead, Chief Executive of MOD DSTL

Dr Bryan Wells, Chief Scientist, NATO

Dr David Snelling, Program Director Artificial Intelligence, Fujitsu

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