Defence policy has exceptional importance in the light of a dangerous global political situation and the realignments the UK will have to make after Brexit.
Cityforum is developing with the support of The Chief of the Defence Staff and the active involvement of the Vice Chief a series of conclaves, studies and a concluding round table on Intelligent Defence and Smart Power which is to begin this Autumn and conclude in the Summer of 2018.
Cityforum has had extensive experience of working on defence issues in the past and we have a continuing interest in security. Professor Paul Cornish the distinguished analyst and adviser to successive Chiefs of the defence staff, is working with us on this programme in his new capacity as Chief Strategist to Cityforum. Marc Lee, Chairman of Cityforum led a recent study for the military on how developments in international finance and changes in the global distribution of economic power may affect the country’s defence and security in the decades ahead.
Five conclaves led by authoritative discussants from this country, the United States and Continental Europe are scheduled for the autumn of 2017 and the first five months of next year, with a major Round Table to conclude the project in July 2018. This will involve a report with recommendations to the MoD. It will be prepared for the Vice Chief who will participate in the July Round Table as well as the opening conclave.
Conclave 1: Non-stop trouble – 7 November 2017 (Royal Overseas League, London)
Conclave 2: The data tsunami – 11 December 2017 (RCDS)
Conclave 3: Re-articulating deterrence – 22 January 2018 (RCDS)
Conclave 4: International by design – 12 March 2018 (RCDS)
Conclave 5: The economics of force – 2 May 2018 (RCDS)
Each conclave focuses on what industry can bring to the table in terms of innovation, capability and agility, as well as on the strategic issues of most concern in the Department.
A final round table Interests and Power (12 July 2018 – RCDS) will draw on the conclusions from the five conclaves and attempt to establish what is the UK national interest and suggest the strategy and capability required in circumstances where traditional ‘steady as she goes incrementalism’ is unlikely to provide the nation with the security it requires. Intelligent defence and the deployment of smart power are achievable but without major changes they will not happen. Without a credible stance, any definition of smart power and the role of hard power within it will be impossible to determine.
Defence ambitions have frequently exceeded the available budget and another ‘black hole’ now confronts the UK. Pessimism over the economic outlook, and the collapse of Sterling in particular, here raised questions that are unlikely to be solved without a fundamental re-think of national requirements and of the role of defence companies and of other corporates in re-imagining what we should do, how we should do it and where we should do it.
Visit our Sponsorship page to see how you can work with Cityforum not only to sponsor this project in whole or part, but also become involved in developing the agenda. The conclusions and recommendations from this work should be of value to MoD in preparation for the next SDSR Review.
The agenda for the First Conclave can be viewed here: Agenda Conclave One as at 06.11.17
To be involved with this project on any level, as a sponsor or partner, or as a contributor, please contact the office on 01373 831900.
Visit our Sponsorship page to see how you can work with Cityforum not only to sponsor this project in whole or part, but also become involved in developing the agenda.
Chair - Ms Bridget Kendall
Ms Elisabeth Braw
Professor Paul Cornish
Professor Gunnar Heinsohn
Mr Stephen King
General Sir Gordon Messenger
Mr Asif Sadiq
Dr Liane Saunders
Tuesday 7th November 2017
London, United KingdomShow map
Who should attend?
Attendance to the conclaves are via invitation only - please contact Cityforum if you would like to be involved,