2017 Land Capability Conference:


'The Future of Robotics & Autonomous Systems in the Land Environment'

Land Capability Conference

The commercial and military use of Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) is no longer a future challenge, but one faced now.  Whether it be ISIS’s use of low-cost commercially available ‘drones’ or the unprecedented commercial investment into driverless technology and automated delivery, the challenge for all militaries is to understand how these developments affect current and future military capability.

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Disruption & Non-Traditional Industry

The inaugural Land Capability Conference at DSEI assessed how advances in sensors, robotics, computing and Artificial Intelligence are being experienced now and hold the potential for widespread disruption to military capability.  It explored how developments in RAS technology are now being driven by non-traditional industry; presenting both opportunity and risk for many established sectors.  The conference discussed the need for collaboration within the RAS domain whilst understanding how militaries are best placed to leverage commercial investment that has long eclipsed military spending.  The British Army used the conference as a platform to articulate its approach to RAS in the Land Environment (LE) and how it intends to seize the opportunities presented by this fast moving technology.

The Land Capability Conference brought together senior academics, military decision makers, key allies and industry leaders from across the defence and non-defence sector to present different views on these challenges and assess what needs to be done.  The event was an opportunity to inform, be informed and participate in lively debate with leading representatives in their field. 

Chief of the General Staff

“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

  • “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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