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Confirmed Participants include:

  • Sir Brian Burridge KCB CBE, Vice President Strategic Marketing, Finmeccanica UK Ltd
  • Professor Michael Clarke, Director, Royal United Services Institute
  • Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Professorial Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
  • General Sir Richard Dannatt KCB CBE MC, Chairman, Royal United Services Institute
  • David Frost, Director of Strategy and Policy Planning, United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Rt Hon Adam Ingram MP, Member of Parliament for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
  • Dr Ian Kearns, Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institue
  • Major General Paul Newton CBE, Director General, Development, Concepts & Doctrine, Ministry of Defence UK
  • William Nye, Head, National Security Secretariat, Cabinet Office
  • Dr Andrew Rathmell, Director, Libra Advisory Group
  • Professor Trevor Taylor, Professorial Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
  • Sir Kevin Tebbit KCB CMG, Chairman, Finmeccanica UK Ltd
  • Professor Geoffrey Till, Director, Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies

Addressing the issues which will shape the forthcoming Defence Review, this RUSI conference will provide delegates with key insights into the strategic principles, national policy requirements and force structure choices underpinning UK thinking about its future defence posture.

Following the Government’s announcement of a Strategic Defence Review in the next Parliament – a process beginning with the publication of a Green Paper early next year – this programme will bring together a range of speakers to address the following themes in five specific sessions:

The Nature of Future Conflict

  • Likely directions of the nature of future conflict
  • Managing force structure and preparedness in an uncertain world

Critical National Interests and Managing Military Risk

  • Domestic security
  • Protection of citizens
  • Energy security
  • Sustainment of the economy
  • Dependence on the global security environment, including relationships with allies and alliances
  • If and why the UK has unique national requirements which may require military commitment greater than that required by other states

Conflict Prevention and Deterrence

  • ‘Smart power’
  • The military contribution to diplomacy
  • Precautionary, pre-emptive and proactive actions
  • The deterrent effects of conventional warfighting capability
  • Nuclear deterrence
  • The role of alliances and partnerships in conflict prevention, and the degree of increased risk this may permit the UK to take

The United Kingdom’s Role in the World: Public Perceptions and Expectations, and the Influence of the United Kingdom Electorate

  • The political envelope within which UK military forces will operate
  • Public perceptions and expectations of the UK’s international status and influence, for example in relations with the United States and Europe
  • Public perceptions and expectations of the future role of liberal intervention, including assent to intervention and wider war powers issues
  • Public perceptions of the military and its proper role, including the issue of casualty levels in public debate

Implications for Force Development

  • Significance of requirement for tasks of obligation
  • National autonomy versus dependence
  • Multinational (for example, NATO, US, and EU) contexts and appropriate UK contributions

Set against these themes, the conference will address the challenges raised specifically for the UK, especially in terms of the implications for UK preparedness, posture and risk management in the context of choices for a resource-constrained Government and Ministry of Defence.

A full programme will be available in due course.

For further information on the conference and programme, including speaking and sponsorship opportunities therein, please contact Dr Lee Willett, Head Maritime Studies Programme, at or on +44 (0)20 7747 2611.


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