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Securing Competitive Advantage

4-5 June 2019


For the 2019 conference presentations, click here

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

This Year’s Agenda: Securing Competitive Advantage

Over the past decade adversaries have developed doctrine and capabilities specifically tailored to counter the western way of war. Acting below the threshold of direct armed conflict they have exploited the west’s binary view of war and peace. Through asymmetric warfare they have outlasted armies designed for winning decisive exchanges. With cyberattacks and electronic warfare they have threatened the precision of western systems; re-empowering states that can generate mass. From cover-agnostic high-lethality munitions, to the proliferation of anti-access area denial systems, new technologies are posing unprecedented challenges to western armies.

The result is constant competition between states, creating greater instability in contested environments, and a growing risk of major armed conflict. People start wars when they think they can win them, making it vital to secure demonstrable competitive advantages. But as publics become increasingly detached from military affairs, and budgets are cut, land forces need to be innovative and strategic in how they develop capabilities, doctrine, and interoperability both with allies, and across government.

This year’s Land Warfare Conference will explore the emerging boundaries of modern competition, and how land forces are adapting to them. Senior officers from around the world will discuss how they are innovating to operate in denied environments, and how they are modernizing. The conference will seek to understand the impact of information warfare on land forces, and the changing nature of alliances in an increasingly multipolar world.

This year’s conference will explore:

  • What are the key dynamics of constant competition shaping land warfare?
  • How can armies modernise while remaining resilient and scalable?
  • How must land forces operate in increasingly denied and dangerous environments?
  • How can land forces secure information advantage?
  • What are the trajectories of competing alliances?

Confirmed speakers:

Day One Keynote: The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP: Secretary of State for Defence
Day Two Keynote: Lieutenant General Mykhailo Vitaliyovych Zabrodskyi: Commander – Ukrainian Airmobile Forces

  • General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, KCB, CBE, ADC Gen, Chief of the General Staff - British Army
  • Ambassador Sarah MacIntosh, CMG, UK Ambassador to NATO
  • Giedrimas Jeglinskas, Vice-Minister for Defence - Lithuania
  • Lieutenant General Eric Wesley, DCG Futures Command - US Army
  • Lieutenant General (Retd) Terry Wolff, Director of the Near East South Asia Centre - National Defence University
  • Major General Kathryn Toohey, Head of Land Capability - Australian Army
  • Major General Charles Beaudouin, Director of Capability - l’Armee de Terre
  • Brigadier General Ori Gordin, Chief of Staff, Ground Forces - IDF
  • Brigadier James Martin, Commander, 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade
  • Professor Anne Applebaum, Director of ARENA - London School of Economics
  • Professor Nina Kollars, Associate Professor – US Naval War College
  • Dr Ronen Bergman, Author of Rise and Kill First
  • Dr Barbara Kunz, Research Fellow - CEFRA
  • Sharon Weinberger, Author of The Imagineers of War
  • Ed Williams, CEO of Edelman, UK

For booking fees and registration, please click here.