Embracing Sunrise Capability for Hybrid Warfare
'Some industrial age capabilities will increasingly have to meet their sunset to create the space for capabilities needed for sunrise. The trick is how you find a path through the night. We know this will require us to embrace combinations of information-centric technologies. But predicting these combinations will be challenging'
General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK MoD
Key NATO nations are prioritising digitisation, disruptive innovation, and the transformation of capability across ISR; C2; the manned/unmanned/autonomous mix on land, at sea, in the air and in space; and synthetic training for future multi-domain operations.
In response to this, and the huge success of the 2020 conference, the world leading Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation Conference will return on 9-11 February.
While COVID-19 has disrupted many traditional processes, including face-to-face meetings and events, it has also unleashed new opportunities in digitization. The DTDT Digital conference recognizes the strategic imperative to innovate through collaboration and provides a forum for knowledge sharing, network expansion, and international cooperation. Held online, it allows many more military officers the opportunity to participate, for free and without the burden of travel expense and lengthy TDY. The event will feature exclusive networking opportunities, including 1-1 meetings and closed roundtables to enable knowledge-sharing and new partnerships.
DTDT Digital will continue the discussion on how the application of Digital Age technology transforms the delivery of 'full spectrum effects'. It will foster debate on joint experimentation and accelerated procurement to align new military hard power with the whole range of soft power including cyber and social media. Welcoming perspectives form leaders shaping defence policy, it will assess how acquisition structures and processes can (and must) be adapted to ensure that armed forces are able to keep pace with industry's progression.
Benefits for the Military Community
- Achieve operationalisation and exploitation of disruptive technologies by hearing case studies and learning how to advance experimentation, prototyping, and R&D efforts
- Transform C2 and enhance decision-making by hearing briefings from the main military decision-makers, industry, and academia
- Revolutionise intelligence, unlock the power of AI, and achieve data-drive decision-making by meeting leading solution-providers of advanced software and data management technologies
- Multiply your force and adopt a manned-unmanned mix of capability for future multi-domain warfare by enhancing your understanding of what is in the art of the possible
- Advance hard and soft power for hybrid warfare by embedding innovation and learning how to accelerate procurement from non-traditional defence suppliers
Benefits for the Technology Industry
- Present your solutions to decision-makers, who are shortening their procurement cycles and accelerating integration of technologies from traditional and commercial solution providers
- Gain first-hand insights into near, mid, and long-term development plans of NATO militaries to align your systems to capability requirements and secure future partnerships
- Learn about how your organisation can benefit from defence innovation initiatives, focusing on military exploitation of SME and start-up technologies
- Be the first to showcase your C4ISR and RAS solutions to Armed Forces' thought leaders, as they finalise requirements for the future Joint Force
- Enhance your understanding of current experimentation, trialling, and R&D to inform budgetary decisions and develop winning business proposals
2021 Conference Chairmen
- Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo, Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support, U.S. Department of Defense
- Vice Admiral Alan Richards, Former Chief of Defence Intelligence, UK Ministry of Defence (2012-2015)
2021 Speaker Faculty
- Sir Simon Bollom, Chief Executive, DE&S
- Vice Admiral Nicholas W. Hine CB, Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff, Royal Navy
- Vice Admiral Pier Federico Bisconti, Chief of Staff, Italian Joint HQ
- Major General Mick Ryan, Commandant, Australian Defence College
- Major General Tom Copinger-Symes CBE, Director Military Digitisation, UK JFC
- Major General John Ridge, Director Strategy and Enterprise Services, Defence Intelligence, UK Strategic Command
- Brigadier General Richard Coffman, Director, Next Generation Combat Vehicle, U.S. Army
- Brigadier Dan Cheesman, Chief Technology Officer, Royal Navy
- Elisabeth Braw, Senior Research Fellow, RUSI
- Marcus Willett CB OBE, Senior Adviser for Cyber, IISS