POSTPONED – Intelligent Defence Series: The Fourth Industrial Revolution – implications for defence & security

**As the situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to develop and after discussions with our hosts BT and our principal sponsor BAE Systems, we have jointly decided, in the interest of public health and safety, to postpone this round table until the Summer/Autumn period.  We hope you understand our decision and once we have a better idea of how the current situation will develop, we will release more information.**


The UK is conducting a fundamental review of its defence and security positioning and is seeking to achieve a review that is better than those published in 2010 and 2015, and that in 2020 produces a budget that holds.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is proceeding at hectic pace and it has huge implications for politicians, officers and officials who have to make decisions in circumstances of the greatest complexity and uncertainty.  This Cityforum round table opens with a discussion by a group of academic authorities of what can be anticipated, or may conceivably happen, in the decade we are just entering.  There then follows a discussion by experts from defence and the corporate sector on the implications for policy, strategy and implementation.  The US assessments form a significant part of the agenda.

The Stratcom Commander, the Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, and a leading cyber strategist from the US then assess how the UK and its allies should prepare themselves to be secure whatever circumstances may prevail.  Cityforum has, at the request of the MOD, focused much attention on innovation, and in 2020, we propose to concentrate on how to make sure that it is managed in a way that maximises its impact.

Digitalisation of defence and security is a manifest priority and the third session of this round table looks at how to secure its seamless delivery.

The private sector has a major role to play in this particular discussion and corporate views from primes, medium-sized companies and SMEs, will feature throughout the day.  The global Britain aim is bold and the successful utilisation of the science and technology available to the country is of the most critical importance. If this national objective is to be realised, defence and national security has a critical role to play.

You can read the working agenda below:


Ms Heather Beeby

Maritime and Land UK Head of Strategy, BAE Systems

Professor Mark Briers

Programme Director, The Alan Turing Institute's Defence and Security Partnership and Professor of Cyber Security and AI, Cranfield University

Professor Paul Cornish

Chief Strategist, Cityforum

Professor Matthew Davidson

Director Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies, University of Bath

Professor Mischa Dohler

Fellow Royal Academy of Engineering and Chair Professor of Wireless Communications, King’s College London

Mr Charles Forte

Chief Information Officer, MOD

Ms Yvonne Gallagher

Director Digital and Innovation, National Audit Office

Dr Bryn C. Hughes

Technical Director, Dstl

Mr Toby Jones

CEO ACE (Accelerated Capability Environment), Home Office

Lieutenant General Robert A. Magowan

Deputy Commander, Strategic Command


To be confirmed

Central London, London, UK

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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.

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