General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE,DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017)
General Sir Adrian Bradshaw has degrees in Agriculture (BSc Hons, Reading University 1979), Defence Studies (MA, King’s College London, 1991) and International Relations (MA, King’s College London, 2005). He has also been a Visiting Defence Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford (2011). He joined the 14th/20th King’s Hussars in 1980. As a junior officer he served in Germany, Northern Ireland, Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia and the Falkland Islands, first as a tank troop leader and Regimental Intelligence Officer, and then detached from his Regiment flying helicopters followed by a further troop-level command tour. He commanded twice at squadron-level, on armour with his Regiment and then detached with another unit, serving in Germany, the Americas and the Balkans. From 1994-1996, he commanded the King’s Royal Hussars (KRH), first providing the enemy force at the UK Armoured Training Area in Alberta, Canada, and then as Battlegroup Commander on operations in Bosnia. After command, he went on to the UK Higher Command and Staff Course, and served in Military Operations in the MOD. On promotion to brigadier, he went to 3rd (US) Army in Kuwait, planning for Land operations in Iraq. He then became Deputy Commander of US Task Force West in the Iraq region before Commanding the UK 7th Armoured Brigade in Iraq. After attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, he became a Component Director in the MoD, being promoted in post to Major General in Nov 07. In Mar 09, he took command of 1st (UK) Armoured Division based in Germany, training brigades for operations in Afghanistan. He has since attended the US Army Strategic Leadership Programme (Advanced) and the US Joint Pinnacle Course. He became Deputy Commander of ISAF in Afghanistan in late 2011 and Commander UK Land Forces in Jan 2013. He assumed his final appointment as DSACEUR on 28 Mar 2014-stepping down in Mar 2017. General Bradshaw is married to Sally. They have 3 children and enjoy gardening and lurchers. In addition General Bradshaw shoots, plays polo and sketches with watercolours.
9:45 PANEL DISCUSSION: CHALLENGES FACED BY LAND FORCE COMMANDERS NOW AND TOMORROW WITHIN A FULL SPECTRUM ENVIRONMENT
Full spectrum operations acknowledge that conflict involves more than combat between armed opponents. Land forces must defeat enemies while simultaneously shaping the civil situation. This can be accomplished through stability operations in foreign theatres, and civil support operations in the domestic environment. Furthermore, operations are now increasingly network-centric, and land forces need superior information and communications capabilities to respond to new threats and to work efficiently and seamlessly with joint and allied forces.
· Warfighting at the high end is getting more difficult as a result of advances by near-peer competitors, while the low end is moving towards enduring commitment. What is the right fleet balance to address these demands?
· What lessons can we take from recent land force operations to apply and prepare for the threats of tomorrow?
· How can forces train, and what is required to ensure soldiers are agile, adaptable and able to operate unilaterally or with multinational and civilian partners?
· What are the future security challenges and dilemmas faced by Land Forces, and what role can armoured vehicles play in addressing these challenges?
· How important are strong land forces for deterrence – and how is the land power narrative best communicated to political leaders?
We now live in a seemingly much more complicated world; cyber-attacks, asymmetric warfare, terrorism at home and abroad/ The Nation states’ monopoly on the use of force has been eroded and non-state actors have become increasingly powerful drivers of change.
To generate both a breath of knowledge and a depth of insight, the panel discussion will feature the most senior officers and strategic decision makers who are setting the long-term strategies on the future direction of land power and armoured capability
Aim: To investigate the balance of capabilities required within future Land Forces.
· To hear perspectives from very senior military officers regarding their assessments of national and collective capabilities required to meet expected future challenges in the LAND Environment.
· Subsequent discussion should take into account the range of military roles from War fighting, Counter Insurgency and Stabilisation to Peace Support and Humanitarian Assistance, and the Challenges presented by Hybrid and Ambiguous Warfare.
· Discussion will also consider the utility of Armoured Forces against the spectrum of requirements, and how they might contribute to an appropriately balanced Land force.