Defence Speakers: defence in the twenty-first century is everything from nuclear deterrence to asymmetrical warfare. Whilst new technologies including cyber-warfare and drone and swarm capabilities look like becoming ever more part of the toolkit, at the same time ships, aircraft, and infantry and marine boots on the ground remain fundamental. Assets such as the Lockheed Martin F35 now come with a price tag of between $80m and $110m per aircraft. And a US Navy Ford Class aircraft carrier costs $13 billion. The challenge faced by nations is the affordability of advanced tech whilst dealing with threats from informal and non-state actors who are working on minimal budgets.
Bob Ainsworth is a former Defence & Armed Forces Minister. His experience within Whitehall is extensive, he speaks at both day conference and after dinner events with equal knowledge, enthusiasm and wit.... [more]
Frank Gardner was shot six times by Al-Qaeda terrorists in Saudi Arabia, and returning to work as a wheelchair user, Frank, 44, has become the country's most recognisable disabled journalist. A fluent Arabic speaker reporting for TV and radio on domestic and international security.... [more]
General Sir Mike Jackson GCB CBE DSO has had a distinguished career, serving in numerous high-profile and difficult roles requiring operational leadership, strategic insight and unfailing judgement.
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown - served as UK Minister of State for Africa, Asia and the UN, as Deputy Secretary-General, former Vice President at the World Bank & Chief of Staff, UN Secretary General.... [more]