The Air & Space Power Conference combines in-depth studies,
panel sessions and four Keynote addresses divided over two days
ASPC 2020 will open on the morning of 15 July 2020 with a series of in-depth studies examining how the Royal Air Force is addressing the need to achieve and maintain Information Advantage. The Conference will begin with an examination of the implications for air and space forces of this challenging new era, before exploring how personnel at RAF Marham are harnessing the innovative power of Regular and Reserve Servicemen and Women to maximise the potency of the game-changing F-35B Lightning. The ever-growing contribution of space to all forms of military endeavour will be examined in depth by the MOD’s newly appointed Space Director, Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth and Air Officer Commanding Number 11 Group, Air Vice-Marshal Ian Duguid. This will be followed by an insight into an operational commander’s perspective of how the principles of Information Advantage are being applied in the ‘close fight’. The morning’s final in-depth study will be delivered by the RAF’s Chief of Staff for Capability, who will give a unique insight into the Royal Air Force’s future capability developments across the full spectrum of its activities. These in-depth studies will set the stage for the remainder of the Conference, which will include keynote addresses by the Royal Air Force’s Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, and other senior UK and international political and military figures.
Speakers and Conference delegates will be able to engage in debate, which will centre around four panel discussions:
Panel Session 1: Information Advantage in an Era of Persistent Competition
In this opening panel session on Wednesday afternoon, panellists will explore the strategic landscape against which the competition for Information Advantage is being waged. The session will examine UK Defence’s Joint approach to the Information Advantage imperative, as well as different perspectives on the challenge, including assessing the role of propaganda in the digital space. Perspectives on securing Information Advantage from business and the Defence industry will further illuminate the breadth and scale of the contest.
Panel Session 2: Sharing Information – Synergising Inter-Agency Co-operation
The Conference’s second panel session will identify how air and space forces contribute to the achievement of Information Advantage, opening with a grand-strategic perspective followed by a historical perspective identifying the enduring lessons from the Battle of Britain (the 80th Anniversary of which coincides with the Conference). Air Officer Commanding Number 11 Group, Air Vice-Marshal Ian Duguid, will describe how the Royal Air Force is integrating its abilities across Service and national boundaries to drive operational synergies across all domains, whilst an industrial partner will reveal how it is addressing the need to share information accurately and quickly to warfighters in all domains.
Panel Session 3: An Information-enabled Next-Generation Air Force
A key objective for international Air Chiefs is to determine how best to define and develop the ‘airman and woman of the future’. In opening this session, a senior international Air Force officer will offer a perspective on the key attributes of the future air and space warfighter. Speakers from the British Army, industry, and a member of the Royal Air Force Video Gaming and e-Sports will provide their own perspectives on ensuring how the very best and most diverse workforce can be secured to deliver the essential Information Advantage capabilities that will be required of air and space forces in the future.
Panel Session 4: Putting Information Advantage at the Heart of the Next Generation Air Force
The Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Strategy), Air Vice-Marshal Ian Gale, will describe how the Royal Air Force’s latest initiative, ‘Astra’, is giving substance to the Service’s strategy of making information the lifeblood of the Next Generation Air Force. The MOD’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Dame Angela McLean, will speak about Defence’s approach to research in this important field, before looking at how industry partners are innovating new processes and technologies to keep UK and allied air and space forces ahead of their adversaries.
Confirmed speakers, panellists and Keynote addresses will be announced soon.
Wednesday 15th July 2020 (Day 1)
Thursday 16th July 2020 (Day 2)