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RUSI Future Maritime Operations Conference 2010

07 July 2010, 7:00 to 08 July 2010, 17:00

About the RUSI Maritime Conference 2010

The new government has established a National Security Council and commenced the United Kingdom (UK) defence and security review. RUSI’s Future Maritime Operations Conference will examine emerging positions both from that defence and security review, in the context of the UK’s prevailing strategic, policy and financial circumstances, and from international partners.

Following an opening address from First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, the conference will look at how the UK manages its strategic interests within international frameworks, with comparative views from abroad. It will hear views on how UK defence supports other government departments and international partners in support of policy. It will look at how the Royal Navy works with its sister services in the joint environment across the spectrum of defence and security tasks from conflict prevention to high end warfighting.

Over the two days, the conference will provide military and civilian perspectives on how naval forces can be and are used in support of pan-Government objectives. The conference will inform defence and security policy makers responsible for planning the UK’s future naval and maritime capabilities, with the aim of ensuring maximum relevance, versatility and adaptability to achieve both operational flexibility and value for money. It will provide an early opportunity to inform the new government and parliament on issues relating to the maritime contribution to current and future British defence and security policy.

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2010 Speakers:

Nick Harvey MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope KCB OBE ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, UK Ministry of Defence

Air Marshal Sir Stu Peach KCB CBE, Chief of Joint Operations, UK Ministry of Defence

Vice Admiral David J Dorsett United States Navy, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Information Dominance) and Director Naval Intelligence, United States Navy

Major General Abhijit Guha, Deputy Military Adviser, Office of Military Affairs, United Nations

Rear Admiral Philip Jones, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff, UK Ministry of Defence

Air Vice Marshal Baz North OBE MA RAF, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, UK Ministry of Defence

Major General Andrew Kennett CBE, Director General Land Warfare, British Army 

Rear Admiral Peter Hudson, Commander UK Maritime Force and Commander European Union Naval Force

Major General F R H Howes OBE, Commandant General Royal Marines

Commodore Bob Tarrant Royal Navy, Director Naval Staff, UK Ministry of Defence

Captain Will Martin Royal Australian Navy, Naval Adviser, High Commission for Australia, London

Captain Bill Pflugrath United States Navy, Branch Head Irregular Warfare, United States Navy Fleet Forces Command

Commander Dave Harris United States Navy, Branch Chief Technology Innovation, National Maritime Intelligence Center

Commander Simon Sparkes Royal Navy, Empire Test School, Boscombe Down

Professor Michael Clarke, Director, RUSI

Sir Christopher Meyer KCMG, former British Ambassador to the United States of America, former Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, author and broadcaster

Vincent Devine, Head of Strategy Unit, UK Ministry of Defence

Vice Admiral Sir Anthony Dymock KBE CB, Maritime Surveillance Adviser, European Defence Agency

Lieutenant General David Leakey CMG CBE, previously Director General, European Union Military Staff

Chris Holtby, Deputy Director Security Policy, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Peter Lynch, Military and Maritime Intervention Cell, Serious Organised Crime Agency

David Robertson, Head of Maritime and Aviation Command and Control, United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA)

Tony Graham, Director Capital Ships, Defence Equipment & Support, UK Ministry of Defence

Professor Andrew Lambert, Laughton Professor of Naval History, Department of War Studies, King's College

Professor James Bergeron, Political Advisor, Headquarters Striking Force, NATO

Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Professorial Research Fellow in British Security Policy, RUSI

Professor Julian Lindley French, Eisenhower Professor of Defence Strategy, Royal Netherlands Defence Academy

Professor Geoffrey Till, Director, Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies

Captain Sam Tangredi USN Ret’d, Strategic Insight Ltd

Dr Andrew Davies, Director, Operations and Capabilities Programme, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra, Australia

Alan Johnston, Chief Executive Officer, BAE SYSTEMS Surface Ships

Dr Dennis Gilbert, Managing Director Strategic Development , Babcock, Marine Division

Muir Macdonald
, Managing Director, BMT Defence Services Ltd

Kevin McLeod, Engineering Director, BAE SYSTEMS Surface Ships

Eugene Morgan, Business Development Director, BMT Defence Services Ltd

James Fanshawe, Defence Adviser, Allocate Software plc



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