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As NATO updates its strategic concept and fundamental warfighting concept to reflect new geopolitical realities, the need to discuss the threats and opportunities posed by long-range strike capabilities is growing in importance.
The 2022 RUSI Missile Defence and Deep Strike Conference will delve into the ways in which long-range strike capabilities will impact deterrence and defence in the future operating environment.
Central to this discussion is the subject of integration, both in conceptual and technical terms. This will necessitate coordination of capabilities across the areas of strike, active defence and passive defence, as well as the technical integration of assets both within countries and across alliances.
The conference will bring together a group of practitioners and theorists to examine the range of attendant issues, from strategic questions surrounding stability and the coordination of alliance-wide capabilities, to operational and tactical considerations involved in both leveraging strike capabilities and defending the state against them.
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Registration and Refreshments
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Speaker: Dr Sidharth Kaushal, Research Fellow Sea Power and Missile Defence RUSI
Session One: The Threat Environment – Evolving Competitor Capabilities
Competitor capabilities – in terms of both strike and IAMD – are rapidly evolving, with significant ramifications for deterrence. At what stage of development are the capabilities of both peer and sub-peer competitors? What concepts of operations underpin their use and how will this impact deterrence?
Chair: Dr Sidharth Kaushal, Research Fellow, Sea Power and Missile Defence, RUSI
- Dr Uzi Rubin, Former Director, Israeli Missile Defence Organization
- Veerle Nouwens, Senior Research Fellow, International Security Studies, RUSI
- Major General (ret) Valeri Saar, Former Chief of Estonian Air Force
- Ivanka Barzashka, King’s College London
Session Two: Concepts of Operations and Capabilities
As alliances such as NATO update their warfighting concepts, how should these concepts and the national capabilities underpinning them adapt to a changing threat environment? What areas ought to receive priority with respect to restoring deterrence, and what does a theory of victory against adversary standoff entail?
Chair: Justin Bronk, Research Fellow, Airpower, RUSI
- Brigadier Robbie Boyd, Military Advisor, Chairman of the Military Committee, NATO
- Professor Julian Lindley-French, Senior Fellow, Institute for Statecraft
Session Three: Delivering Integrated Capabilities Across Alliances
The synergies between allies are an undoubted force multiplier in the area of capability generation. Yet leveraging these synergies requires effective coordination, from policy alignment to industrial cooperation. What are the opportunities and pitfalls facing countries attempting to leverage alliances and partnerships to generate integrated strike and defensive capabilities?
Chair: Paul O’Neill, Senior Research Fellow, Military Sciences, RUSI
- Radoslava Stefanova, Head, NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence Section
- John Baird, VP Homeland Defence, Raytheon
- Dr Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst, ASPI
Break and Refreshments
Session Four: Sensors, Data Architecture and the Digital Backbone of Strike and IAMD
Both strike and active defence are as good as the information systems that underpin them. Improvements in areas such as space-based ISR promise to revolutionise these systems, but also create new dependencies in terms of enablers. This panel will discuss both the emerging opportunities to achieve ever greater efficiencies in the effort to deliver information to war fighters, as well as the challenges of delivering it.
Chair: Julianna Suess, Research Analyst and Policy Lead, Space Policy, RUSI
- LTG Henry Obering, Former Director, Missile Defence Agency
- Jerome Dunn, Director, Strategic Mission Solutions, Northrop Grumman
- Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey, Commander, UK Space Command
Registration and Refreshments
Session Five: Combining Strike, Active Defence and Resilience into an Integrated Response
Defence is, by its nature, a holistic enterprise. Strike, active defence and resilience are part of a single integrated solution to the challenges posed by evolving competitor approaches. What organisational structures can align these lines of effort, and where should relative priority be placed among the three viable means of defence?
Chair: Dr Sidharth Kaushal, Research Fellow Sea Power and Missile Defence RUSI
- Rear Admiral Archer Macy, Former Director, JIAMDO, US
- Brigadier General Dr Meir Elran, Senior Research Fellow, INSS, Israel
- Dr Tom Karako, Director, Missile Defence Project, CSIS
Session Six: Offensive Choices and Deterrence
How should the offensive component of a campaign combining strike and defence be conducted? Do specific effectors, by their nature, impact deterrence, and how might this shape resource allocation? How should strike be integrated with non-kinetic means of disruption?
Chair: Dr Jack Watling, Research Fellow Land Warfare RUSI
- Major General John Mead, DCOS Plans, JFC Naples
- LTG Richard Formica, Former Commander, US Army Space and Missile Defence Command
- Sally Walker, Former Director, Cyber, GCHQ
- Sam Cranny-Evans, Research Analyst, Military Sciences, RUSI
Session Seven: Keynote Address
Chair: Professor Peter Roberts, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI
Speaker: The Rt Hon Ben Wallace, Secretary of State for Defence (TBC)