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Defence / Defense Speakers

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 pretty minimal budgets.

 
 
 
 
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Kate Adie

Kate Adie - legendary Chief News Correspondent for BBC, Kate Adie is renowned for reporting major wars including the Gulf War, the Rwandan Genocide and the war in the former Yugoslavia.... [more]

 
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Bob Ainsworth

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]

 
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Dr Hans Blix

Dr Hans Blix served as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, 1981-1997, and is now Director General-Emeritus.... [more]

 
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Jean-Charles Brisard

Jean-Charles Brisard - expert in the financing of terrorism and money laundering in France, Switzerland, the UK and the USA and on terrorism and jihadi-linked activity.... [more]

 
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Alex 'Frenchie' Duncan

Alex 'Frenchie' Duncan - recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross - has piloted Chinook helicopters in over 1,000 hours of Afghanistan combat missions.... [more]

 
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Liam Fox

Liam Fox - highly experienced UK government minister most recently Secretary of State for International Trade. ... [more]

 
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Frank Gardner

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 dome... [more]

 
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John Hutton

John Hutton - leading European expert on public policy issues, demographic and economic trends, pension schemes and public health related to ageing population. ... [more]

 
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Mike Jackson

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. ... [more]

 
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Lord Mark Malloch-Brown

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]

 
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Eliza Manningham-Buller

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. ... [more]

 
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Dr Alan Mendoza

Dr Alan Mendoza is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Henry Jackson Society which advocates the view that supporting and promoting liberal democracy should be an integral part of Western foreign policy. ... [more]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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