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 embarked on a second programme of work in this field that, among other things, seeks to make a public value case for defence, just before deliberations on the next comprehensive spending review take shape. This round table is the second 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 Comprehensive Spending Review that falls in a particularly difficult period for those that have to engage in its navigation.
The first ‘Intelligent Defence – Maximising Smart Power and Public Value’ round table asked the question ‘what do we need to do?’; the second round table will examine the question ‘how can we do it?’ and will include major contributors from the military, defence and security officials, technology and business.
Key themes include:
– The military contribution to fusion of effort and delivery of effect
– What degree of fusion is achievable?
– The experience of allies and of the NATO Alliance in delivering fusion of effort
– The challenges to politicians
- Building engagement and the will to contest as the nature of conflict changes
– Military leadership in the next decade
– Recruitment, retention and community engagement
– The national will to fight and the build-up of public engagement
– The law and the soldier
- The rising priority of homeland protection
– Meeting the challenges to the military
– Military aid to the civil power
– What works?
– The contribution of industry
- How to gain the most benefit from the human resources available to UK defence
- Maximising capability for intelligent defence
- Intelligent defence, smart power and the successful pursuit of the national interest
– Gaining and maintaining information advantage
– New situations and new thinking
– The communications dimension of smart power projection
– Understanding and meeting the demands of information warfare
– Making our alliances and relationships work to best effect – UK/USA/Europe
Brigadier Kevin Copsey
Professor Paul Cornish
General Sir Jack Deverell
Mr Steven Kay QC
Mr Edward Lucas
Ms Madeleine Moon MP
Mr Conrad Prince CB
Mr Francis Tusa
Thursday 11th July 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.