The Agenda

The 2021 Defence Disrupted agenda took a fresh look at the world's defence and technology sectors. Challenging modern thinking we brought together leading minds to discuss, debate and reinvigorate in the drive to achieve practical change across these fast-moving sectors. 

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THE 2021 AGENDA

09:40-10:00

10:00-10:40

Panel Discussion: Data-Driven Defence

This panel discussion will explore how governments can use data to provide a real-time picture of logistics and personnel management. Delving into how data-driven technologies are transforming battlefield preparation and how governments can promote responsible development, use and governance of AI systems.

10:40-11:20

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Cybersecurity: new threats, new defences, new offences?

How is the cyber threat landscape to national security evolving in 2021? How can key allies implement coordinated response strategies to growing cyber threats? How can innovative technologies tackle emerging threats, including cyber attacks on critical national infrastructure, disinformation, and hostile interference in elections? These questions plus more will be answered by our expert panellists. 

11:20-12:00

Space - managing the new military frontier

Develop your knowledge on new space and satellite technologies mean for the defence community, including better communication, surveillance, reconnaissance and situational awareness. 

Track Two

09:40-10:40

Countering Disinformation 

How can governments and social media organisations work together to develop new approaches to tackling disinformation and hostile interference in elections, including using innovative technologies to identify and remove harmful content?

11:20-12:00

Influence through innovation: The history of defence disruption

Thursday 20th May

Track One

09:40-10:00

Opening Keynote: How is technology shaping the future of battlefield warfare?

10:00-10:40

This session will delve into how to up-skill military personnel so they are able to embrace the digitalisation of defence. We will also discuss how to encourage and inspire innovative and disruptive leaders and how to build an inclusive culture across the military, navy and air force.

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09:40-10:00

How to train cunning, curious and challenging military personnel

10:40-11:20

What are the technologies changing how medical expertise and supplies are delivered in conflicts?

Doctor by Drone: the digitisation of military medicine

11:20-12:00

The Startup Showcase brings together the most exciting innovators reprogramming the defence sector. The showcase invites them to pitch their innovations to new potential partners, investors and customers as well as giving the primes and Government access to the top innovators.

The Startup Showcase

Track Two

The Biosecurity Roundtable will delve into how biosecurity is addressed in national and international security planning and resilience implementation.

Biosecurity Roundtable

How can international allies work to strengthen relationships and national interests in a region critical to peace and global security? This session will also discuss how to encourage cooperation over confrontation with democratic maritime allies across the Indo-Pacific.

Examining the role of technology in engendering cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

Wednesday 19th May

Blue Track

09:30-09:40

Welcome from PUBLIC and Unbound

09:40-10:00

Keynote Address: The Future of Innovation in Defence

This fireside chat with the NATO Deputy Secretary General will explore the role of innovation in defence, as well as NATO’s priorities for technological advancements over the next 5-10 years.

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Speaker: Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General

10:00-10:40

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Data-driven defence: How software is eating defence

  • How can governments use data to provide a real-time picture of logistics and personnel management?

  • How are data-driven technologies transforming battlefield preparation e.g. battlefield simulation, digital twins?

  • How can governments promote responsible development, use and governance of AI systems in defence?

Panel

  • Alison Hawks, Co-Founder and CEO of BMNT Ltd (Moderator)

  • Lieutenant General Frank Leidenberger, Chief Digital Officer at BWI GmbH

  • Jacob Alexa, Deputy Permanent Secretary State of State for Defence , Director Programmes and Investments, Danish Ministry of Defence

  • Andrew McMahon, Founding Partner, Ridgeline

  • Joe Robinson, CEO Defence and Security, Improbable

10:40-11:25

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Cybersecurity: new threats, new defences, new offences?

  • How is the cyber threat landscape to national security evolving in 2021?

  • How can key allies implement coordinated response strategies to growing cyber threats?

  • How can innovative technologies tackle emerging threats, including cyber attacks on critical national infrastructure, disinformation, and hostile interference in elections?

Panel

  • Jonathan Luff, Co-Founder CyLon, Co-Founder Epsilon Advisory Partners (Moderator)

  • Sir Julian King, Senior Advisor at Flint Global, Fellow of RUSI and the Oxford Internet Institute, Former British European Commissioner.

  • Chris Bailey, General Manager, Global National Security, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  • Maggie Feldman-Piltch, Founder and CEO, Unicorn Strategies

  • Rahul Powar, Founder and CEO Red Sift

  • Robert Hannigan, International Chairman of Bluevoyant, Former Director of GCHQ

11:25-12:10

Panel

  • Fabrice Pothier, Chief Strategy Officer, Rasmussen Global (Moderator)

  • Rafel Jorda Siquier, Founder and Chief Executive Officer - Open Cosmos

  • Cate Gwilliam, CEO and Co-Founder Geollect

  • Nicholas Nelson, Senior Technology Advisor - Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), Senior Fellow - Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)

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Space: managing the new military frontier

  • What do new space and satellite technologies mean for the defence community, including better communication, surveillance, reconnaissance and situational awareness?

  • How can key allies, including the UK, work together on international space-based intelligence sharing, within a shifting geopolitical landscape?

  • What do new platform and constellation models, including SmallSats, HAPs and Drones, mean for the future of global positioning systems?

  • How should we fund innovation in space technology for defence: has the DARPA model been successful in the US, and what can Europe learn?

12:10-12:50

  • Innovation as a mindset: how to embed innovative thinking in culture and behaviour 

  • How can we catalyse agile project management across defence?

  • How to accelerate decision-making to keep up with a rapidly changing defence landscape 

  • How can international government departments collaborate to drive innovation within defence

Panel

  • Priya Guha, Venture Partner, Merian Ventures (Moderator)

  • Charles Forte, Chief Information Officer, UK Ministry of Defence

  • Kristian Vengsgaard, Chief Information Officer, Danish Defence

  • André Rogaczewski, CEO, Netcompany

  • Clare Cameron, Director of Defence Innovation, UK Ministry of Defence

  • Rear Admiral James McLeod, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence

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Making defence innovative by instinct

12:50-13:30

Investing In Innovation

Panel

  • Alexander de Carvalho, Chief Investment Officer, PUBLIC (Moderator)

  • André Loesekrug-Pietri, Executive Chairman of JEDI, former Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, founder of ACAPITAL

  • Uwe Horstmann, General Partner, Project A

  • Nicola Bates, Boeing HorizonX Global Ventures, Boeing

  • Suzanne Ashman, General Partner, LocalGlobe

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  • What is the role of private investors in backing start-ups innovating defence?

Green Track

09:40-10:40

10:40-11:05

Common Mission Projects Student Pitches

11:25-12:10

How can the history of defence innovation guide us to the future?

Panel

  • James Rogers, Co-Founder, Council on Geostrategy (Moderator)

  • Major General Thomas Copinger-Symes, Director of Military Digitisation, Strategic Command

  • Kori Schake, Director of Foreign and Defense Policy, at the American Enterprise Institute

  • Dr. Keith Dear, Director Artificial Intelligence Innovation, at Fujitsu Defence and National Security

  • Lawrence Freedman, Professor Emeritus of War Studies, King’s College London

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Influence through innovation: the history of defence disruption

Panel

  • Hanna Johnson, COO, PUBLIC (Moderator)

  • Lyric Jain, CEO and Founder, Logically

  • Dr Bertie Vidgen, Research Fellow in Online Harms, Alan Turing Institute

  • Damian Collins MP, Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe, Co-Founder Infotagion podcast

  • Ram Puvinathan, Transformation Associate, PUBLIC

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New defence: countering disinformation

How can governments and social media organisations work together to develop new approaches to tackling disinformation and hostile interference in elections, including using innovative technologies to identify and remove harmful content?

12:10-12:50

Israeli Defence Innovation: New Horizons

Thursday 20th May

Blue Track

09:40-10:00

Panel

  • Alexander de Carvalho, Chief Investment Officer, PUBLIC (Moderator)

  • Joe Lonsdale, Founding Partner, 8VC

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How to Build the Next Defence Unicorn: Fireside Chat with Joe Lonsdale, Co-Founder of Palantir

10:00-10:40

  • How to up-skill military personnel so they are able to embrace the digitalisation of defence

  • How to encourage and inspire innovative and disruptive leaders the across the military, navy, air force

  • How to build an inclusive culture where risk-taking is encouraged and mistakes are expected as part of learning and development

Panel

  • Elisabeth Braw, Resident Fellow at American Enterprise Institute, columnist at Foreign Policy (Moderator)

    Admiral Tony Radakin, First Sea Lord, Royal Navy

  • Liam Maxwell, Director, Government Transformation, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  • Lt Cdr Morgan (Mogsy) Long, Digital Service Owner for People & Training, Medical Services Officer, RN

  • Flt Lt James Kuht, Special Projects Lead, Cabinet Office

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How to train cunning, curious and challenging military personnel

10:40-11:20

  • How can we prioritise digital transformation in defence strategy? 

  • What are the key risks and opportunities of building digital capabilities in defence?

  • How can international allies work together to strengthen relationships and accelerate digitalisation in the industry? 

Panel

  • Nabil Lodey, CEO, Envitia (Moderator)

  • Angus Lapsley, Director General Strategy & International Security Policy & Operations, UK Ministry of Defence

  • Benedetta Berti, Head of Policy Planning, Office of the Secretary General, NATO

  • Major General Thomas Nilsson, Chief Information Officer, Swedish Armed Forces

  • The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP

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When defence strategy becomes digital

11:20-12:00

  • How will the advancement of AI impact on existing defence capabilities? 

  • How can we ensure the development of AI is open, collaborative and deliberate? 

  • What will the future hold for autonomous systems in defence?

Panel

  • Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-founder, CogX, Chair of AI Council, UK Government (Moderator)

  • Professor Peter Grindrod, Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford

  • Mary Haigh, Chief Information and Security Officer, BAE Systems

  • Sebastian Clauss, Member of the Management Board, Cyber Innovation Hub der Bundeswehr

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How close are we to the autonomous war?

12:00-12:40

What are the technologies changing how medical expertise and supplies are delivered in conflicts?

Panel

  • Maddy Phipps-Taylor, CEO, Eva Health Technologies (Moderator)

  • Marcus Stow, Innovation Advisor, jHubMed

  • Nadav Poplawski, Co-Founder and CEO, UNIQAI Systems

  • Lt Cdr Morgan (Mogsy) Long, Digital Service Owner for People & Training, Medical Services Officer, RN

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How is technology enhancing the medical chain on operations?

12:40-13:20

The Startup Showcase brings together the most exciting innovators reprogramming the defence sector. The showcase invites them to pitch their innovations to new potential partners, investors and customers as well as giving the primes and Government access to the top innovators.

The Startup Showcase

13:20-13:30

Closing Remarks

Green Track

10:00-10:40

  • How cutting-edge capabilities are accelerating in a region critical to peace and global security

  • How can international allies work to strengthen relationships and national interests in this region?

Panel

  • Dr. Keith Dear, Director Artificial Intelligence Innovation, at Fujitsu Defence and National Security (MODERATOR)

  • Rory Copinger-Symes, Director, Charlie Sierra Group (CSG)

  • Major General Suzanne Vares-Lum, Owner, Vares-Lum Indo-Pacific Consulting,

  • Dr. Joe Felter, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia

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The role of cutting-edge technology in the Indo-Pacific

10:40-11:00

  • Compared to many other parts of government, defence sees greater practitioner-led innovation. Why is this?

  • Why not change the system from within? 

  • Advice for aspiring defence innovators

Speaker - Richard Gill, CEO and Co-Founder, Drone Defence

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Entrepreneurship vs. intrapreneurship: Finding the best route to innovation

11:20-12:00

Modernising and improving defence procurement

Panel

  • Libby Valance-Bull, Senior Account Executive, Rebellion Defence (Moderator)

  • Camille Grand, Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, NATO

  • Lisa Gaisford, Managing Director of Government, Dcode

  • David Chinn, Managing Partner, Israel, McKinsey & Co.

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Buying smartly: how can investment keep apace with innovation?