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RUSI Land Warfare Conference

The conference will examine 'Using Land Power Decisively in an Era of Constant Competition’. The aim is to develop the Army’s understanding of how land power today can be applied, both in conflict and in deterring traditional and non-traditional threats.

Using land power decisively in an era of constant competition

The 17th RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) Land Warfare Conference will be held at Church House, Westminster on 27- 28 June 17.

Chief of the General Staff Gen Sir Nick Carter and the Defence Secretary will be keynote speakers and there will be many international military chiefs in attendance. World-renowned speakers are geared up to lead panel discussions.

The conference will bring together representatives from across the Armed Forces, wider government, non-governmental organisations, academia and defence industry as well as overseas delegates from the UK’s valued allies and partners.

Day one will open setting the context through an exploration of the conditions, circumstances and influences that affect the employment of land power and how armies are modernising to cope with this.  Focus will then switch to the impact of information warfare on the rules of war and the implications for how we fight. Understanding the cognitive effect of the 'information age' on current and future generations of soldiers rounds off the first day.

Day two considers the tactical application of land power through the composition of future combined arms operations – including fighting at scale to overcome anti-access challenges, fighting dispersed and decentralised and innovation in sustainment and building unit cohesion through training.

The conference is open to all Army personnel; however, given the theme that speaks to an age of warfare that the younger element of today’s Army will inherit, CGS is placing greater emphasis this year on junior attendance.

To that end, specific consideration for delegates should be given towards engaging the leaders of tomorrow who will inherit the challenge. A diverse mix of talent from the staff and practitioners will support constructive discussion at the conference.

Visit the RUSI website for the programme (link in right-hand panel).

For internal audiences, the programme, list of speakers and further details of the conference can be accessed on the Army Knowledge Exchange (AKX).

After the conference the AKX will also display much of the content.

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