24 - 25 September, 2018 | London

General Sir Richard Barrons

Former Commander, Joint Forces Command (2013-2016)
Conference Chairman

General Richard Barrons was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1977. He was appointed MBE in 1993, OBE in 1999, CBE in 2003, awarded QCVS in 2004 and 2006, and appointed as an Officer of the US Legion of Merit in 2009. He is an ADC to Her Majesty The Queen and was appointed KCB in 2013. He is the Colonel Commandant and President of the Honourable Artillery Company and is Honorary Colonel of 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.

He has completed a range of regimental duties in UK, Germany and worldwide on training. On operations he has served extensively in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan in UN, UK and NATO appointments. He has commanded units at Battery (B Battery, 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery), Regiment (3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, 1999, including Kosovo and Bosnia) and Brigade (39 Infantry Brigade, in Northern Ireland). As Major General he was Deputy Commanding General of Multinational Corps Iraq (Baghdad, 2008) leading on operations with the Iraqi Armed Forces. He was appointed Chief of Staff of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in April 2009 and, shortly afterwards, moved again to be Director Force Reintegration in HQ ISAF assisting the Afghan Governments efforts on Taliban reintegration and political reconciliation.

He was Assistant Chief of the General Staff (2010) covering the Strategic Defence and Security Review and Defence Reform exercises before promoting to Lieutenant General (2011) and taking post as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Strategy & Operations), the director of operations for UK armed forces. He assumed command of Joint Forces Command on promotion to General, 19 April 2013 and retired from that position in 2016.



12:30 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: HUMAN-MACHINE COLLABORATION FOR FUTURE URBAN OPERATIONS

·          Assessing Robotics & Autonomous systems priorities for the short, mid, and long-term horizons. How can we ensure gradual integration of autonomous technologies into the army structure? What are feasible objectives for the near-term?
·          What will the right soldier- machine balance be to maximise the relative advantages of both the warfighter and machine in a future fighting system? How likely is the integration of fully automated convoy operations?
·          How will RAS transform battle formations, maneouvre, and force protection?

2:30 PM PANEL DISCUSSION : UNMANNED SURFACE VESSELS FOR MULTI- LAYERED DEFENCE

·          Examining current trialling and experimentation to advance maritime capability. How can the maritime sector benefit from technologies offered by non-traditional suppliers?
·          Incorporating autonomous systems in the near-term. How will mobile autonomous navy teams transform ISR? How will algorithm-based technology improve battlespace awareness?
·          Introducing human-machine teams to conduct maritime interdiction operations. How will advancements in USVs affect littoral warfare, patrolling, and defence of territorial waters?

8:00 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: THE FUTURE OF AIR OPERATIONS: REGAINING THE COMPETITIVE EDGE

·          Examining current use of RPAs for ISR and situational awareness.
·          Offloading pilots’ cognitive workload to unmanned wingmen. How will autonomous wingmen transform modern combat formations?
·          Exploring the potential for autonomous air to ground combat missions. What is the potential for having a fighter jet pilot lead a fleet of autonomous combat vehicles?


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining General Sir Richard.

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