**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
Professor Mark Briers
Professor Paul Cornish
Professor Matthew Davidson
Professor Mischa Dohler
Mr Charles Forte
Ms Yvonne Gallagher
Dr Bryn C. Hughes
Mr Toby Jones
Lieutenant General Robert A. Magowan
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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.