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14 - 17 September 2021

Excel - London

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Land Capability Conference

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Land Capability Conference

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10:09
  1. Session 1: The Future Starts Now - Delivering Decisive Advantage
    Land Capability
    101 mins
    • Land

    The obsession with predicting the future is a very human weakness. But in spite of our unceasing efforts to the contrary, we rarely find anything more than what Peter Hennessy (Distilling the Frenzy, 2012) described as the ‘thin wisps of tomorrow’[cut]. Moreover, a decade after General James Mattis declared that the US military “must avoid being dominant and irrelevant at the same time”, the debate on how to deliver decisive advantage in emergent and novel conflicts is no nearer a conclusion. How do we decide which of Hennessy’s ‘wisps’ will be the most significant, and how do we learn to live with uncertainty in a world where we may only get one chance to get our response right?

    Chairman: Michael Rowe, Principal Consultant, Frost & Sullivan

10:10
  1. Land Capability
    20 mins
    • Land
    • Strategic overview. • The world has changed and our adversaries have watched and learned from decades of conflict. • Adversaries use both political and physical means to functionally separate the jo ...
10:30
  1. Land Capability
    15 mins
    • Land
10:45
  1. Land Capability
    15 mins
    • Land
    The presentation will provide an overview of the key drivers of change that will shape the future world and its broader security implications, including a changing character of conflict and persistent ...
11:30
  1. Land Capability
    20 mins
    • Land
11:50
  1. Morning Break
    30 mins
12:19
  1. Session 2: Centrality of the Land Domain-The British Army Perspective
    Land Capability
    56 mins
    • Land

    In today’s global strategic military environment, peer adversaries to western democracies seek advantage in the grey zone, where competition is constant through hybrid means.  As such, western allies are now challenged to consider how Land forces demonstrate greater utility in non-war fighting activity as well as keeping their edge in war fighting at scale; this activity stretches across the spectrum of military effect, explained as ‘secure, engage, contest and fight’.  As the character of warfare continues to change, we must ensure we keep up by remaining agile and adaptable as we enter a significant technological transition.  We must unlock the potential of artificial intelligence, data analytics and machine learning; understand how we conduct command and control of autonomous robotic systems; but most importantly, not lose sight of our unique selling point as practitioners of dismounted close combat.

    Chairman: Lt General (Retd) Sir Graeme Lamb KBE, Former Commander Field Army, British Army

13:00
  1. Land Capability
    15 mins
    • Land
13:15
  1. Networking, Exhibition and Lunch
    60 mins
14:14
  1. Session 3: Operational Advantage - Collaboration with Industry
    Land Capability
    76 mins
    • Land

    As technology advances rapidly, both Industry and the Army have a challenge to keep up. When this technology is then weaponised by adversaries and applied against our national interest, the threat dynamic also evolves, making the challenge more acute. The Army has determined that the most appropriate mechanism to meet these twin challenges is to forge a much closer partnership with Industry. By engaging more often, cohering research and development and enacting a more agile acquisition approach, capability development will be accelerated. With modernised, up to date technologies in the hands of users, innovation, adaptation and agility will follow, setting the conditions for Operational Advantage. Our panel will discuss how this relationship can benefit both parties, identify blockers and hurdles and consider if this ambition is realistic.

    Chairman: Dr Simon Harwood, Director Defence & Security, Cranfield University 

14:30
  1. Land Capability
    15 mins
    • Land
    The Army is embarking on an ambitious journey to modernise its equipment fleet and change the way it operates in this volatile, complex, ambiguous and uncertain world. As a result, the Army is acceler ...
15:15
  1. Land Capability
    15 mins
    • Land
15:30
  1. Afternoon Break
    30 mins
15:59
  1. Session 4: Secure, Engage Contest and Fight – Collaboration with Allies and Partners
    Land Capability
    61 mins
    • Land

    The shift from a unipolar to a multi-polar world following the end of the Cold War has witnessed an explosion of multi- and bi-lateral alliances that cross both political and cultural boundaries. While many will remain solely political in nature, those alliances that aspire to place their armed forces together on the battlefield must first overcome many technical and doctrinal challenges. Is there a choice to be made between interoperability and resilience? If we build and buy the same equipment, does our manufacturing chain become our Achilles’ heel? The panel will examine each of these problems in an effort to understand the complexity of interoperability in the 21st century.

    Chairman: Rob Murray, Head ISR, Land and Maritime, Defence Investment, NATO International Staff 

16:15
  1. Land Capability
    15 mins
    • Land
    The successful application of land power is predicated on the ability of Armies to integrate seamlessly in peace and in war. Interoperability is now a fundamental component of readiness and a critical ...
16:30
  1. Land Capability
    15 mins
    • Land
16:45
  1. Land Capability
    15 mins
    • Land
17:45
  1. Networking Drinks Reception
    75 mins

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