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
(Chaired by Air Vice-Marshal Ian Gale, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Strategy)
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 set out by the Deputy Commander of Strategic Command, Lieutenant General Rob Magowan), as well as different perspectives on the challenge, including assessing the role of propaganda in the digital space (Elisabeth Braw, RUSI). A speaker from Leonardo as well as business security expert Andrzej Kawalec will further illuminate the breadth and scale of the contest for information supremacy beyond the purely military sphere, including how companies are exploiting the opportunities that information sharing at speed presents, whilst defending against the threats posed by state and non-state adversaries in cyberspace.
Panel Session 2: Sharing Information – Synergising Inter-Agency Co-operation
(Chaired by Air Commodore Steve Thornber, Head of Operations, Defence Intelligence)
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 and pan-Govt perspective from a senior Civil Servant followed by a historical perspective identifying the enduring lessons of ‘Whole Force’ integration from the Battle of Britain, the 80th Anniversary of which coincides with the Conference (Dr Christina Goulter, King’s College London). Air Officer Commanding Number 11 Group, Air Vice-Marshal Ian Duguid, will describe how the Royal Air Force is integrating its information across Service and national boundaries to drive operational synergies across all domains, whilst a speaker from BAE Systems will reveal how industry is addressing the need to collaborate with multiple stakeholders to ensure information is shared accurately and quickly to warfighters and other partners (industry and business) across all domains.
Panel Session 3: An Information-enabled Next-Generation Air Force
(Chaired by Air Vice-Marshal Maria Byford, RAF Chief of Staff Personnel)
A key imperative for all international air chiefs is to determine how best to define and develop the ‘airman and woman of the future’ to meet the burgeoning requirements of an information-dominated future operating environment. In opening this session, a representative from a partner air force will offer a national perspective on the key attributes of the future air and space warfighter. Captain Steven Henry, (British Army BAME co-chair) will provide a perspective on 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. Finally, a speaker from technology innovator Improbable and a member of the RAF’s Video Gaming and E-sports Association will examine how developments synthetic technology and gaming can be adopted to supercharge military organisations’ information advantage.
Panel Session 4: Putting Information Advantage at the Heart of the Next Generation Air Force
(Chaired by Air Vice-Marshal Linc Taylor, RAF Chief of Staff Capability)
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 evolving approach to research in this important field, before representatives from Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman demonstrate how industry is integrating innovative processes and technologies in the air and space domains to keep UK and allied air and space forces ahead of their adversaries.
Further speakers, panellists and Keynote addresses will be announced soon.
Wednesday 15th July 2020 (Day 1)
Thursday 16th July 2020 (Day 2)