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Modern Deterrence Conference 2019

29 May 2019, 9:30 to 17:00
RUSI Whitehall
In addressing the question of what civilian, political and military responsibilities in comprehensive defence against hybrid warfare should be, the conference will highlight existing solutions in different countries to establish best practice from global experience.

To deter modern warfare techniques and other emerging threats, Western countries need comprehensive defence strategies and plans. Given that hybrid warfare (also known as threshold or grey zone warfare) targets civil society as much as armed forces, defence and security postures cannot be a solely military responsibility. Comprehensive defence and deterrence, in other words, involve both the civilian, the political and the military parts of society.

But what, exactly, should the responsibilities of the general population, the government and the armed forces be? And how can the responsibilities be linked in a way that national defence really is comprehensive and minimises the gaps that adversaries can exploit? This requires a new approach that involves the government and armed forces working closely with the private sector and the wider population. Such an approach also harnesses the latent potential of Western societies’ private sectors and populations in meeting contemporary security challenges.

Speakers will include:

  • Kevin Brown, Managing Director, BT Security
  • Åsa Sundberg, CEO, Teracom
  • Antonio Missiroli, Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
  • Lise Fuhr, Director-General, European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO)
  • Angus Lapsley, Director-General, Strategy and International, UK Ministry of Defence
  • David Albritton, President, General Motors Defense
  • Hans Jürg Käser, Director of the 2019 total defence exercise, Government of Switzerland
  • Ruth Smeeth MP, UK Parliament Defence Committee

Delegate rates:

Standard £650 + VAT
RUSI Corporate Member £550 + VAT
Government £400 + VAT

Modern Deterrence members and partners receive complementary access to all Modern Deterrence events

To register for this event please click the 'Register Now button' above. For more information on the Modern Deterrence programme, please contact Elisabeth Braw,

Conference Manager

Allana Howard
Venue and Events Manager

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