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Specialist conference and keynote speakers on defence issues.
Defence in the twenty-first century encompasses 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 pretty minimal budgets.
Eliza Manningham-Buller headed MI5 from 2002 to 2007, leading the organisation though substantial change in the wake of 9/11 and the growing threat from Al-Qaeda. MI5 doubled in size, opened eight new offices and altered its approach to the professio... [more]
Patrick Mercer has a reputation as a lively and uncompromising British conservative politician, whose fascinating career experiences and robust political engagement on security and anti-terrorist issues make him a formidable, direct no-nonsense speak... [more]