The Army Challenges Itself to be Ready for the Future

The Army is bringing experts from industry and academia together to predict and prepare for how the Army will fight in the future.

The Army is bringing experts from industry and academia together to predict and prepare for how the Army will fight in the future.

This conceptual approach is part of a programme known as AGILE WARRIOR – which examines current and emerging threats, trends and opportunities. These will help identify innovative kit and creative approaches to the challenges facing Land Forces.

The Future Land Challenges symposium 2021 runs from 20-22 April in an online format. The annual event brings together our Allies, Partners Across Government, industrial partners, research analysts, academia and think tanks, to look into the Future Operating Environment, Land Special Operations and Urban Operations.

The aim is to bring a series of questions to the group, such as: ‘What is “Shadow Warfare”?’ Or ‘what is the impact of the “Russian Way of Warfare”?’ ‘How do we prepare military forces for urban warfare and why does “Irregular Warfare” matter?’

The future battlefield will be different, it will be hugely impacted by climate change; it will become ever harder to conceal ourselves, and weapons will have the ability to destroy with ever greater accuracy, range and precision. The future Army will be more agile, more integrated and more expeditionary.

Land Forces, with people at its heart, must strive to think and operate in novel and creative ways. Underpinned by information advantage, Land Forces will have to operate with agility over greater distance, amongst people, and more often in an urban environment.

The thought-provoking and challenging outcomes of this webinar will take the form of a set of problem statements. These problems will feed into the future work of the Agile Warrior programme and the wider Research and Experimentation programmes.

They will be explored in more detail through war games, workshops and seminars with the eventual aim of enhancing the modernisation and transformation of the British Army under Future Soldier.