Organised by Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited, the Future Force: Protection symposium is designed as a forum for discussion of the operational and technical challenges facing defence forces in the future on both the conventional battlefield and in Counter-Insurgency (COIN) campaigns.
The lethality of modern weapons, including unconventional weapons such as IEDs and, increasingly, CBR threats, means greater protection is required. Both front-line combatants and rear-echelon personnel, as well as civilian populations, are exposed to higher levels of risk. Traditional protective measures such as protected/armoured vehicles, hardened infrastructure and improved personal protection are only part of the answer. What role do factors such as Situational Awareness, generated and maintained through enhanced Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) empowered by emergent technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and ‘Big Data’, play in protecting a deployed force and civilian population? Required levels of protection are to a great extent a function of the force’s appetite for risk and casualties; what’s changing in this area? And what other factors are shaping the future battlefield for modern defence forces?
The Panellists will be asked to address emergent threats, emergent technologies and the enduring and joint Defence/Industry construct required to respond rapidly to these threats by harnessing and applying technology in an efficient and affordable way.
The Symposium will ask both panellists and audience members to examine more broadly the implications of evolving threats for operational and force planners out into the future, as well as for the industry base that will deliver and sustain future capabilities.
We want to encourage blue-sky thinking that takes people well beyond the conceptual and practical constrictions of current acquisition projects in Australia, Europe and North America, and provides an intellectual challenge to the audience.
One cannot ignore history and lessons learned from past operations, but these must not imprison the imagination. They must inform the future.
For further information:
Mr Jason Thomas
Executive Manager Business Development
Industry Defence Security Australia Limited