In 2018 Cityforum, with the encouragement of the then CDS and the active support of the Vice Chief and DCDC, conducted a programme of conclaves, papers and a major round table on ‘Intelligent Defence and Smart Power’.
In the first half of 2019 Cityforum is mounting another programme of work in this field that will also seek to make a public value case for defence, just before deliberations on the next comprehensive spending review take shape. This round table is the first of two top level full day round tables which bookend four smaller conclave discussions. The intention of the project is to provide a report to ministers and officials who will be engaged in a CSR that falls in a particularly difficult period for those that have to engage in its navigation.
The Commander of JFC, General Sir Chris Deverell, has guided the planning of this first round table and will be keynoting the first session. The day will examine the question ‘what do we need to do?’ with major contributors from the military, defence and security officials, technology and business. In December 2017 MOD published its new Defence Industrial Strategy that called for an enterprise approach through strategy and architecture to address challenges such as big data, information assurance, agility and fiscal constraints. Information to fully support our armed forces to protect, understand, shape and effectively respond within the changing international environment. The agenda will assess what has been achieved since December 2017 and what is still required to deliver on this important transformational objective. The MOD works within a system that is reluctant to risk funds for development and is less than tolerant of the risk of failure. This poses challenges that may be difficult to overcome but are essential to effective transformation.
Innovation in defence beyond the information domain also features in the programme and what can be done for through life support is a significant agenda element. JFC is particularly interested in information advantage in the grey zone, a subject also covered in this round table.
Professor Paul Cornish
General Sir Chris Deverell
Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli
Air Vice Marshall Simon 'Rocky' Rochelle
Brigadier Sara Sharkey
Air Marshal Edward Stringer
Thursday 14th March 2019
One Whitehall Place, Whitehall Court, London, UKShow map
Who should attend?
Defence analysts and contractors, officials from relevant government departments and agencies, representatives from military and academia and companies wishing to engage in the changing climate for defence, both in terms of acquisition and power projection.