Monday, 18 January 2021
Registration & welcome coffee
Welcome remarks by Lieutenant General Pierre Gillet, Commander, French Rapid Reaction Corps (RRC-Fr)
Session I “The strategic importance and added-value of collaborative combat”
The need to connect forces is nothing new but has been impacted by two major factors. On the one hand, today’s operations tend to involve smaller numbers of troops, who are geographically further removed from HQ. On the other, technological advances have radically changed this connection. From earlier concepts of network-centric warfare to today’s Federated Mission System, collaborative combat has been at the heart of transformation efforts for Armed Forces across the land, maritime, air and cyber domains. Collaborative combat based on information superiority gives forces a significant advantage in combat. This is true at national level, and even more so at international level: almost all military operations are today conducted in coalition, hence the need to connect men and systems.
How have various nations tackled the issue of collaborative combat, and can international bodies such as NATO or the EU support this transformation effort?
Visit of the Citadel
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Registration & welcome coffee
Session II “How data has impacted Command & Control: the issue of subsidiarity”
More information is an advantage only if correctly managed and shared. With shortened and multiplied OODA loops, the distinction between the strategic, operational and tactical can become blurred. Information must as a result be properly organised in order to be shared by and with the right recipients in order to keep operational efficiency and avoid the “everyone knows thus no-one knows” syndrome. How are military leaders adapting to this organisational challenge, and how far can technology offer solutions to a fundamentally human problem?
Session III "Optimising the use of data”
In addition to human and organisational issues, Big Data raises a number of technological challenges. It can for instance easily lead to cognitive overload at individual and group level and disrupt existing hierarchical and decision-making processes. The integration of data from ever increasing numbers and types of sensors, the security and integrity of data, its transfer, analysis, storage, display, and use in degraded mode in operational conditions all take on an additional level of complexity when international cooperation is involved.
What solutions exist, and how closely should Armed Forces and industrial players work to develop the tools needed for tomorrow’s collaborative combat?
Session IV "Case study: the SCORPION programme"
SCORPION is one of France’s most ambitious land modernisation programmes to date and marks a shift towards thinking land capabilities as one system. The system is built on the concept of collaborative combat and offers insights and lessons learnt for future modernisation efforts.
Session V “Thinking outside the box: capturing innovation for military uses”
Tradition defence procurement faces a series of challenges when it comes to new technologies. Its long cycles are ill-suited to increasingly rapid cycles of innovation, and cutting-edge innovation is most often found in the civilian sector. What models have emerged in defence ministries to ensure that innovation finds its way to Armed Forces and is adapted to their specific requirements?
End of conference