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14 - 17 September 2021

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DSEI Webinars


DSEI Webinars

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DSEI webinars connect you to global experts from the defence and security community. Join leading figureheads as they discuss some of the most pertinent challenges facing defence in our Defence Leaders Debates series. Delve deeper into the accelerating UK Space sector through our Integrated Space webinars. For more in depth analysis of specific topics, check out our In Conversation With... series,  featuring 1-2-1 discussions with DSEI First Advisor Air Vice Marshal Gary Waterfall (Retd.) and some of the most senior global voices from industry, military and government. 

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Upcoming Webinars

Integrated Space: Developing the HMG Space Enterprise

This webinar discusses government approach to developing an integrated space capability across all relevant departments, including how each stakeholders’ priorities both differ and relate to one another, and how government cohesion is being achieved to balance these priorities and barriers.


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Defence Leaders: Harnessing Innovation for Strategic Advantage

The Integrated Review and the Defence Command Paper put science and technology at the forefront of the Government’s record £24bn investment into Defence as it aims to create strategic advantage over its adversaries.

In an ever more competitive world, there has never been a more important time to embrace innovation.

A total £6.6bn from the Defence budget has been allocated for Research & Development, contributing in a major way to meet the Prime Minister’s ambition for Britain to be a Science Superpower.

But turning novel concepts or truly innovative technologies into capabilities is easier said than done. How will MOD approach turning ideas into real capabilities and cross the ‘Valley of Death’ that industry has encountered before?

Here a panel from across the MOD innovation landscape will talk through new approaches Defence is taking from forming new relationships, new opportunities for industry, and how it aims to make Defence more innovative.

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In Conversation With... Sir Simon Bollom

The overarching theme for DSEI'21 will be Integrated Response to Future Threats. Multi domain integration is not just about the military forces more closely aligning – it encompasses every part of the Defence industry, throughout the supply chain. Dstl’s 2020-2025 SME Action Plan set an ambitious target that 25% of its procurement spend will go to SMEs by 2022, but there are a number of challenges to achieving this. This session will discuss the need for sustainability throughout the supply chain, approaches to overcome barriers to entry for SMEs in order to access innovation, and the vital importance to accelerate digital solutions in order to deliver defence capabilities.

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Scouting For Medical Innovation: CORTISONE

Programme Cortisone addresses the need to record, manage and exploit all healthcare information generated by the Defence Medical Services (DMS) when delivering patient focussed healthcare. The vision for Programme CORTISONE is to deliver a sustainable, integrated, cohesive and enduring information capability that will fully and effectively support the delivery of evidence-based medical and dental health and healthcare outputs, in order to achieve the aim of the Defence Medical Services (DMS). CORTISONE will deliver an Ecosystem of Healthcare Information Services to enable better patient outcomes and contribute to DMS resource optimisation, to maximise the number of personnel fit for role for Defence.

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Webinar Series

Defence Leaders Debates

DSEI's Defence Leaders Debates are a series of online discussions featuring key figureheads and expert panellists from industry, governments and military. 

 Recent topics:

  • Bringing Technology and Manufacturing Technology Readiness Levels in Line
  • Meeting Skills Requirements for Modernisation
  • Choose to Challenge - Diversity, Inclusion & Talent in the Defence Industry
  • Cyber Defence in a Fully Networked Force
  • Integrated Responses to Future Threats
  • Science and Technology - Fit for the future threat landscape

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Bringing Technology and Manufacturing Technology Readiness Levels in Line

What are challenges facing equipment development, from the design stage through to manufacture and availability in service? How do key design requirements impact the manufacturing and the supply chain?

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In Conversation With... 

In Conversation With... connects the DSEI audience to a roster of high level speakers as they explore specific topics with DSEI's first senior advisor, AVM Gary Waterfall (Retd.)

Recent guests:

  • General Sir Richard Barrons KCB, CBE, Co-Chair, Universal Defence and Security Solutions 
  • Lt Gen Richard Nugee CBE, Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy Lead, Ministry of Defence
  • Air Vice Marshal Harv Smyth OBE, DFC, the UK's first Director of Space
  • Tony Smith CBE, former Director General, UK Border Force
  • Mark Goldsack, Director, Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO)
  • Sir David Lidington KCB, CBE, Chair, RUSI

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General Sir Richard Barrons KCB, CBE, Co-Chair, Universal Defence and Security Solutions 

This conversation with the former Secretary of State for Justice discusses the integrated review and its implications.

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Integrated Space

Integrated Space is a series of space-themed webinars featuring discussions with senior members of the UK MOD, UK Space Agency, industry and academia.


  • The Roles of Stakeholders in Skills Development

  • A National Framework for Space

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The Role of Stakeholders in Skills Development

The current state of skills in the space sector. What the needs are of the space sector? What the gaps in skills are between those available and those needed?

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