Innovate. Scale.
Defend Freedom.

With digital innovation representing an essential measure of modern defence capability, the challenge now is one of adoption, integration and scale. This year’s programme dove into critical topics ranging from data-driven defence technologies to domain integration to cybersecurity & the threat of mis/disinformation.

Taking a practical approach to these discussions, Defence Disrupted 2022 not only delivered engaging debate & thought-leadership, but drove practical change - contracts, investment and new technology.
After a successful online event in 2021, the inaugural in-person edition of Defence Disrupted was held on 26th May 2022 at QEII Centre, London
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Our Themes for 2022

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Cybersecurity & Disinformation
In our modern battlefield, physical threats are exacerbated by cyber attacks & weaponised information. How can we equip ourselves with the tools to tackle these unique threats?
People & SkillsThe military has a proud tradition as a hotbed of innovation talent. How can we upskill personnel with critical digital skills while fueling this culture of innovation?
Data-Driven Defence
Data has become an essential strategic asset in defence. From building a digital backbone to leveraging AI in the battlefield & the back-office, how can we best exploit the power of data?
Sustainability & Resilience
Defence accounts for 50% of the UK central government’s emissions, representing both a huge responsibility & opportunity for impact. How can we green the defence sector while adapting to the imminent threat of a changing climate?
Breaking Barriers For Startups
Too many good ideas never make it past prototyping & pilots. How can we break down barriers for innovators to ensure defence buyers can find - and quickly scale - the smartest technologies?
Mircea GeoanăNATO Deputy Secretary General
Charlie ForteCIO, UK Ministry of Defence
Anita FriendHead of DASA
Nick ElliottCEO, Helsing UK
Caroline BellamyCDO, UK Ministry of Defence
Joe RobinsonCEO Defence and Security, Improbable
Marc WarnerCEO & Co-Founder, Faculty
Lt General Tom Copinger-Symes CBEDirector of Military Digitisation, UK Strategic Command
Rebecca WarrenSenior Policy Adviser -NATO, Polar Regions & Euro-Atlantic Security, Royal Navy
Lucia RetterResearch Leader in Defence & Security, RAND Europe
John-Orr HannaChief Intelligence Officer, CRISP
Puneet ChhabraCTO & Co-founder, ACUA Ocean
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Caroline Bellamy
CDO, UK Ministry of Defence
Anita Friend
Head of DASA
Lucia Retter
Research Leader in Defence & Security, RAND Europe
Alexandre Crépault
Commercial Strategy Manager at Climate X
Caroline Bellamy
CDO, UK Ministry of Defence
Mircea Geoană
NATO Deputy Secretary General

Defence Disrupted 2022 in numbers

In 2022 we had over 40 expert speakers join us, from officials, to innovators, to entrepreneurs.
Over 400 delegates from across the defence sector joined us in-person, with more virtually.
From leading panels, to deep dive roundtables, fireside chats, & startup showcases.

Sponsors for 2022

The Venue - QEll Centre

This year, we we're excited to convene a world-class group of defence leaders, innovators, policymakers and investors for a full day of in-person discussions, chats & workshops on 26th May at the QEII Centre in the heart of Westminster.

With limited in-person tickets allowing a return to face-to-face networking, we also live streamed the event to a global audience of defence attendees.

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Whether you are a warfighter, official, investor or industry leader, it is time to strengthen our commitment to engage with innovative digital technologies in defence - preparing us for security in the future while engaging with the real threats we face today.

Defence Disrupted 2022 was just one step in the right direction - now let’s get to work.


December 2, 2022

Innovators and the future of defence - Guest Blog - David Short

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April 27, 2022

Strategic Interventions to Counter and Curb the Spread of Disinformation

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