RUSI Land Warfare Conference 2014

Held annually on behalf of the Chief of the General Staff, the RUSI Land Warfare Conference is the UK’s pre-eminent gathering of the land forces community

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RUSI Land Warfare 2014 Conference Programme 

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Agenda

Day 1

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    Registration

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    Session One: Keynote Address

    Chair: Professor Michael Clarke, Director-General, Royal United Services Institute

    General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff

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    Session Two: Change, Continuity and Relevance

    What History Tells us of the British Way of War - Reflections on military learning and transformation, from the First World War to Afghanistan.

    Chair: The Rt Hon Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Vice Principal, King’s College London

    Speakers:

    Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford

    Harlan Ullman, Senior Adviser, Atlantic Council

    Professor Theo Farrell, Head of War Studies, King’s College London

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    Tea and Coffee

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    Session Three: The Future Landscape and Challenges

    Approaches to horizon scanning and planning for future operating environments in the military, cross-government and private sector.

    Chair: Peter Roberts, Senior Research Fellow in Sea Power and Maritime Studies, RUSI

    Speakers:

    Simon Thacker, Head of Strategic Early Warning, Cabinet Office

    Richard Fenning, Chief Executive Officer, Control Risks

    Lieutenant General Chen Yong, Assistant Chief of General Staff, People’s Liberation Army

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    Lunch

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    Session Four: Preparing for War?

    Consideration of the Army’s primary, war-fighting, purpose – challenges to force development, balancing of competing priorities and managing operational and political risk.

    Chair: The Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP

    Speakers:

    Julian Miller, Deputy National Security Adviser

    Lieutenant General Bruno Kasdorf, Chief of Staff, German Army Lieutenant

    General James Barclay III, Deputy Chief of Staff, US Army

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    Tea and Coffee

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    Session Five: Working with Partners to Generate Fighting Power

    Achievement of ‘critical mass’ through alliances and partnerships, contractor support to contingency operations and the deployment of sponsored reserves.

    Chair: Major General (Retd) Ian Copeland

    Speakers:

    Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, Commanding General, NATO LANDCOM

    Major General Per Ludvigsen, Commander Army Operational Command, Royal Danish Army

    Major General Riho Terras, Commander Estonian Defence Forces

    Richard McEvoy, Program Manager - Afghan National Police/MOI, DynCorp International

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    Drinks Reception: Launch of the British Army Journal

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    Speakers Dinner – by invitation

Day 2

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    Registration

    Chief of the General Staff’s Breakfast Forum: Junior Officers and RUSI ‘Under 35’ members – by invitation

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    Session Six: Keynote Address

    Chair: Professor Michael Clarke, Director-General, Royal United Services Institute

    The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Defence

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    Session Seven: Next Generation Land Capabilities

    Addressing the capability challenge, from the conceptual to current force, across Defence and industry, honouring the Land Equipment Programme.

    Chair: Lieutenant General Christopher Deverell, Chief of Materiel (Land)

    Speakers:

    Lieutenant General Mark Poffley, Commander Force Development and Capability

    Lieutenant General Michael Williamson, Acquisition Logistics & Technology, US Army

    Simon Fovargue, Vice President HP Defence

    Claes-Peter Cederlof, Vice President Land Western Europe, Saab

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    Tea and Coffee

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    Session Eight: Realising a Post-campaign Approach

    Ensuring resilience, flexibility and capability in a post-campaign British Army that stands ready to deliver whenever it is called upon.

    Chair: Professor Paul Cornish, Professor of Strategic Studies, University of Exeter

    Speakers:

    Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Carter, Commander Land Forces

    Air Vice Marshal Edward Stringer, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff

    Caroline Wyatt, Defence Correspondent, BBC

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    Closing Remarks

    General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff

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    Lunch

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