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2016 Conference Presentations

2016 Conference: The Importance of Adaptability

To read the full conference programme, please click here

2016 Overview

While the British Army is at its smallest for two centuries, the tasks assigned to it range ever-wider, from national resilience at home and countering terrorism overseas, to conventional deterrence against state threats through restoring the capability for war-fighting at scale.

The conference explored this ‘adaptability challenge’ through the following themes:

Uncertain Threats – uncertainties of state, non-state and hybrid threats

Theories and Practices for Adaptability – insights from historical, contemporary and private sector adaptability

Partnering for Adaptability  at home and internationally, whether military, cross-government, industry or civil society

Confronting the Challenge  perspectives from ‘the generation that matters’ 

Chief of the General Staff Keynote – force development for adaptability

2016 Presentations

Read Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence, Keynote Address

Read General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff, Opening Address 

Read General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff, Closing Keynote 

Read interview with Chief of the General Staff in The Times ahead of the conference


Other Presentations

Session Three: Unpacking the Deductions from Uncertain Threats

Lt Gen (Retd) Professor Sir Paul Newton, Director, Strategy and Security Institute, Exeter University

Session Four: Theories and Practices for Adaptability

Tim Harford, Economist and Author of 'Adapt: How Success Always Starts with Failure'

Kirstan Marnane, Senior Expert, McKinsey and Company

Session Five: Military Adaptation in Action

Dr Niall Barr, Reader in Military History, Defence Studies Department, Kings College London

Brigadier General (Ret) Dr. Meir Finkel, Head of Dado Center/J3/Israel Defense Forces (IDF)

Session Six: Partnering for Adaptability

Professor John Louth, Senior Research Fellow and Director for Defence, Industries and Society, RUSI

Dr Nic Anderson, Managing Director of Land, Babcock International Group

Lieutenant General Carsten Jacobson, Vice Chief of German Army

Lieutenant General Milosav Simović, Army Commander, Serbian Armed Forces

Major General William C. Hix, Director, Strategy, Plans and Policy, Office of  the Deputy Chief of Staff  US Army