Past event: Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation Conference

Delivering Capability for Machine-Speed Warfare

'Beyond current readiness concerns, we are at an inflection point where we can no longer afford to defer modernizing our capabilities and developing new ones without eroding competitive advantages of our technology and weapon system' - Gen James McConville, Vice Chief of Staff, US Army

Key NATO nations are prioritising disruptive innovation and increasing budgets for data management and digital technologies to transform ISR; C2; the manned/unmanned/autonomous mix on land, at sea, in the air and in space; and enable Synthetic Environments to train for multi-domain operations.

In response to this, and the huge success of last year's conference the world leading Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation Conference will return to London 24-26 September, bringing together 200-250 senior military leaders, government officials, tech and defence industry, research, War and Staff colleges and academia.

This breadth of attendance, and the personal interventions of the UK Vice Chief of Defence Staff, Commander Joint Forces Command and many very senior national military and NATO leaders, underlines the developing pace and significance of how Digital Age technology and method are fundamentally reshaping Defence and Security capability and operations.

This year's focus is to build on the discussions of last year, examining how the application of Digital Age technology transforms the delivery of 'full spectrum effects': aligning new military hard power with the whole range of soft power including cyber and social media; moving on to establish how acquisition structures and processes can (and must) be adapted to ensure that we are able to keep pace with industry's progression.

We had to stop registration early for last year's conference due to reaching maximum capacity. This year, we have allowed more space, expecting 250 attendees, but advise booking early to avoid disappointment. Roundtable discussions are also limited in space - find out more by downloading the agenda.

Benefits for the Military Community

  • Develop concepts of operation and establish requirements for the future operating system
  • Accelerate decision-making and enhance fully scalable C2 combat management through AI and big data analysis
  • Transform ISR at the joint and DOD levels through data collection, fusion, analysis, and visualisation
  • Integrate a manned and unmanned mix of capability for the tri-services
  • Enhance training for the future warfighter by establishing a single synthetic training environment and exploiting AR/VR

Benefits for the Technology Industry

  • Present your solutions to decision-makers, who are shortening their procurement cycles and accelerating integration of technologies from traditional and commercial solution providers
  • Gain first-hand insights into near, mid, and long-term development plans of NATO militaries to align your systems to capability requirements and secure future partnerships
  • Learn about how your organisation can benefit from defence innovation initiatives, focusing on military exploitation of SME and start-up technologies
  • Be the first to showcase your C4ISR and RAS solutions to Armed Forces' thought leaders, as they finalise requirements for the future Joint Force
  • Enhance your understanding of current experimentation, trialling, and R&D to inform budgetary decisions and develop winning business proposals

Meet the Speakers


  • General Sir Richard Barrons, Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016), Conference Chairman

2019 Confirmed Speakers

  • Sir Simon Bollom, Chief Executive, DE&S
  • General Patrick Sanders CBE DSO ADC, Commander, UK JFC
  • Lieutenant General James R Hockenhull OBE, Chief of Defence Intelligence, UK MoD
  • Lieutenant General Ferenc Korom, Commander, Hungarian DefenceForces
  • Air Marshal Edward Stringer CB CBE MA BEng RAF, Director General Joint Force Development & Director Defence Academy, UK MoD
  • Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Riho Terras, Former Chief of Defence, Estonian Defence Forces
  • Air Marshal (Ret'd) Sir Christopher Harper KBE, Former Director General, NATO International Military Staff
  • Major General Rob Magowan CB CBE, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Capability and Force Design), UK MoD
  • Major General Mark E. Weathering, Deputy Commander, Air Education and Training Command, US Air Force
  • Rear Admiral Andrew Burns OBE, Commander Maritime Forces, Royal Navy
  • Rear Admiral John F. "Oscar" Meier, Incoming Commander, US Navy Warfare Development Command
  • Rear Admiral Tateki Tawara, Director General C4I Department MSO, Japanese Defence Force
  • Major General Jim Morris, Director, Joint Warfare, UK JFC
  • Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harley, President, U.S. Naval War College, US Navy
  • Brigadier General David Anderson, Chief of Staff Readiness, Canadian Joint Operations Command
  • Brigadier Ian Langford, Director General Future Land Warfare, Australian Army
  • Air Commodore Tim Neal-Hopes, Head Joint User C4ISR & Cyber, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Brigadier Kevin Copsey OBE, Head Future Force Development, Directorate of Capability, British Army
  • Commodore Ian Annett, CIO and ACOS Information Warfare, Royal Navy
  • Brigadier Giovanni Gagliano, Incoming Pinerolo Brigade Commander, Italian Army
  • Colonel Dan Cheesman, Chief Technology Officer, Royal Navy
  • Colonel Sebastien de Peyret, Director of Army Battle Lab, French Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arnel David, SO1 Strategic Analysis Branch, Special Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff, US Army
  • James Arroyo, Director, Ditchley Foundation
  • David Tagg-Oram, Artificial Intelligence & Data Programme Director, Royal Navy
  • Adrian Holt, Innovation Scout, jHub
  • Melanie Rovery, Editor UGVs, Jane's
  • Andrew Cunningham, Executive Director Innovation, UK Defence Solutions Centre
Conference Day One - 24 September

Conference Day Two - 25 September

Workshop Day - 26 September

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Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington
4-18 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4LH
Kensington, London, UK


Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington
4-18 Harrington Gardens, Kensington,
London SW7 4LH
United Kingdom


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Event details
Organizer : IQPC EU
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-20473