RUSI Land Warfare Conference 2022

The RUSI Land Warfare Conference is the UK’s pre-eminent gathering of the international land forces community, hosted annually on behalf of the UK’s Chief of the General Staff.

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locationChurch House, Westminster | Online: C+

Overview

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has directly challenged the international order, leading to a reappraisal of notions of deterrence. Its repercussions have shone a fresh spotlight on the utility of land forces. Beyond Europe, the ‘Competitive Age’ emphasised in the UK’s 2021 Integrated Review is being realised, as the world copes with the aftermath of the lingering coronavirus pandemic, increasing pressure on the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific, stabilisation operations in weak and failing states across the globe, and the continuing deadly spectre of international terrorism.

Simultaneously, the increasing pace of technological change will bestow advantages to those armies that transform to operate and fight in the digital age, but threatens to eclipse those who fail to do so at a speed of relevance. Armies must not only adapt to a new technological reality, but also ensure that they have the right people in order to equip future missions with the appropriate capabilities, understanding, skills and posture.

The Land Warfare Conference 2022 will bring together allies and partners to discuss how armies are ensuring mission readiness while pursuing technological transformation.

Please note we are receiving a high volume of registrations for in-person tickets for the conference. If you would like to attend please email zivilek@rusi.org to register your interest. She will reply to confirm if a place is available for you.

Speakers

Speakers will include:

  • General Sir Patrick Sanders – Designate Chief of the General Staff, British Army
  • Oleksandr Danylyuk – Former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Ukraine
  • Major General Sharon Nesmith – Former General Officer Commanding, Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command (ARITC)
  • Dr Michael Knights – Jill and Jay Bernstein Fellow, The Washington Institute
  • Professor Anthony King – Professor of War Studies, Warwick University
  • Hon. Christine Wormuth – United States Secretary of the Army
  • Rory Stewart – Former Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom
  • Lieutenant General Alfons Mais – Chief of Staff, German Army

Speech transcripts

Agenda

Day One

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    Registration and Refreshments

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    Opening Remarks

    Speaker: Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General, RUSI

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    Session One: Keynote Speech

    Chair: Sir David Lidington, RUSI Chair

    Speaker: General Sir Patrick Sanders, Chief of the General Staff, British Army

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    Session Two: The Shifting European Security Paradigm

    Chair: Ed Arnold, Research Fellow, RUSI

    Speakers:

    • Nataliya Bugayova, Russia Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War
      Russia's Real and Projected Power
    • Oleksandr Danylyuk, Special Advisor to Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
      The Outlook from Ukraine
    • Dr Jack Watling, Senior Research Fellow in Land Warfare, RUSI
      Perspectives on European Security
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    Break

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    Session Three: The Utility of Land Power in Deterrence

    Chair: Maria de Goeij, Analyst, TRSS International, UK

    Speakers:

    • Major General James Bowder, D Futures, British Army  
      Winning the First Battle
    • Sam Cranny-Evans, Research Analyst in C4ISR, RUSI, and Dr Sidharth Kaushal, Research Fellow in Sea Power, RUSI
      The Role of Land Forces in a Tilt to the Indo-Pacific
    • Colonel Ed Werkheiser, US Army’s Futures and Concepts Centre, Army Futures Command
      Assuring the Second Battle
    • Brigadier Mark Pullan  and Brigadier Charles Grist, SHAPE, NATO
      NATO Land Forces
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    Lunch Break

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    Session Four: Ministerial Keynote

    Chair: Dr Rob Johnson, Director, Secretary of State's Office for Net Assessment and Challenge

    Speaker: The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence

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    Session Five: Talent Development - Identifying the Future Soldier

    Chair: Paul O'Neill, Director of Military Sciences, RUSI

    Speakers:

    • Major General Sharon Nesmith, Former General Officer Commanding ARITC, British Army
      Assuring the Future Workforce
    • Dr Christina Balis, Global Campaign Director, Training & Mission Rehearsal, QinetiQ, UK
      Transforming Talent
    • Lieutenant General Jennie Carignan, Chief Professional Conduct Culture, Canadian Armed Forces
      Setting the Right Culture

     

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    Break

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    Session Six: Closing Keynote

    Chair: Professor Michael Clarke, Former Director-General, RUSI

    Speaker: Honorable Christine Wormuth, US Secretary of the Army

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    Closing Comments

    Speaker: Dr Sarah Ashbridge, Research Fellow in Military Sciences, RUSI

Day Two

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    Registration and Refreshments

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    Opening Remarks

    Speaker: Dr Sarah Ashbridge, Research Fellow in Military Sciences, RUSI

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    Session Seven: Disrupting the Conventional Battlefield

    Chair: Fred Hargreaves, Director Strategy, Business Development & Sales, L3Harris

    Speakers:

    • Dr Michael Knights, Jill and Jay Bernstein Fellow, Washington Institute
      Learning from Adversaries' Disruptive Defence Innovation
    • Lieutenant General Sir Ralph Wooddisse, Commander Field Army, British Army
      An Asymmetric Army
    • Professor Anthony King, Chair of War Studies, Warwick University
      Urban Warfare and Positional Sieges
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    Break

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    Session Eight: Integrating for Complex Environments

    Chair: Beth McGrath, Global Industry Leader for Government and Public Services, Deloitte UK

    Speakers:

    • Bob Seymour, Vice President C4I and Cyber, Elbit Systems, UK
      Domain Symbiosis: It's Time to Adopt a Multi-Domain Digital Combat System Now
    • Major General John Collyer, Directorate of Information, British Army
      Army Digitisation
    • Rob Bassett Cross, CEO, Adarga, UK
      Integrated Alliances: Building a Winning Ecosystem of Tech Partners and Allies
    • Justin Bronk, Senior Research Fellow in Air Power, RUSI
      The Role of Air Support in Urban Land Operations
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    Lunch Break

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    Session Nine: Interoperability Amidst Transformation

    Countries are rapidly modernising their land forces with new C2 architectures and complex weapons. How can nations ensure interoperability for these systems, especially as coalitions become increasingly diverse?

    Chair: Dr Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director, RUSI

    Speakers: 

    • General Rajmund Andrzejczak, Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces
    • Lieutenant General Alfons Mais, Chief of Staff, Germany
    • Major General Emmanuel Gaulin, General Officer Commanding the 1st Division, French Army
    • Plus a special guest from Ukraine
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    Break

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    Session Ten: Persistent Engagement and Partnered Operations

        Chair: Kate Clark, Afghanistan Analysts Network

    Speakers:         

    • Rory Stewart, Former UK cabinet minister and parliamentarian
      The Political Dimension
    • Lieutenant General Carsten Jacobson, Retired Commander 1st Panzer Division, Germany, formerly  NATO ARRC Headquarters, Gloucester
      Civil-military Integration
    • Major General Colin Weir, Chief of Staff  Field Army, British Army
      Military Assistance
    • Colonel Dai Bevan, Commander Operation CABRIT, British Army
      Op CABRIT (Estonia)
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    Closing Remarks

    Chair: Peter Roberts, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI

    Speaker: General Sir Patrick Sanders, Chief of the General Staff, British Army

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