Defence Science in the 21st Century - 'DISP Privatissimum’ for the RUSI Under 35 Forum

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The ‘DISP Privatissimum’ provides a small number of selected RUSI Under 35 Forum members and DISP invitees the opportunity to discuss key DIS topics with senior industrial, political and military decision makers. Reflecting on his/her experience, the guest of the evening shares his/her perceptions of current and future strategic trends in his/her area of expertise and examines the key drivers, challenges, opportunities and risks of his/her topic. The setting of the event is based on a high level of confidentiality, which allows for an intense dialogue between generations on pressing DIS related issues.

At the first ‘privatissimum,’ Dr Adrian Huggins will address the key challenges, opportunities and future outlook for defence science in a complex and uncertain strategic environment at the beginning of the 21st century.

Dr Adrian Huggins, who received a Doctorate from the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Surrey in 1995, is the Principal Engineer, Human Sciences, at QinetiQ Ltd, Farnborough. He has a broad experience in engineering, the management of product portfolios, the development of investment plans and the implementation of product development processes, working on a range of businesses including Crew Systems, Decision Systems and Aircraft Vehicle Concept and Structures. Currently, his time is divided between the Typhoon programme, business development tasks, technical sign off and review authorisation, and technical lead of a large MoD Sector Transformation programme for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Protection.

A drinks reception will be held at RUSI following this forum from 1915.

This event is open exclusively to members of the Under 35 Forum. The maximum number of participants for this event is 20. To find out more about the Under 35 Forum please visit

To attend this event, please register online using the "Book your place" button above.  If you have any queries, please contact John Hemmings, Under 35 Forum Co-ordinator, at or call +44 (0)20 7747 2637.

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