The full span of new technology and other innovations that make up the 4th Industrial Revolution will change very significantly how we live, work and play – and inevitably also how we fight. The future will be won by those who are able to innovate at pace to conceive, design, build and operate combinations of disruptive capability and method to maintain the most competitive edge in defence and security, both as individual nations and as alliances.

Emerging technology breakthroughs in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing and sensing, are transforming the civilian space and will profoundly impact national and international security, affecting the nature and likelihood of future conflict.

Individuals and small groups will increasingly be able to harness these technologies and join nation states in being capable of causing mass harm. At the same time, advances in technology will create the potential for nations to gain advantage, preempt adversaries, target them more precisely, and take action while risking fewer lives, and political capital.

Unlike previous transformations in defence and security, a great deal of this will be accomplished by combining and applying the technology created in the commercial arena. To expedite this vital work Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation will be held in London 24-25 October 2017 and bring together military leaders, defence capability planners, and leading commercial, academic and military technology exponents to explore: how the operating context for a Joint force will change out to 2030; how technology will advance; and how this could transform future defence capability and method. The aim is to build a common understanding of the imperative and the opportunity for transformation, and to arrive at some preliminary conclusions about the capabilities to pursue.

The distinction between war and peace is becoming increasingly blurred. Join us in London to learn more about harnessing disruptive technologies, or risk being disrupted.



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