General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE,
DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017)
· Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) protection Vs. Active Protection Systems (APS)
· Future trends in survivability
· APS from drawing board to working systems; how developed are they?
· Soft kill vs Hard kill – different systems available and trade-offs; what are the effects on nearby infantry?
The current threat context can be defined by a multiplicity of new characteristics; cyber attacks, asymmetric warfare, terrorism at home and abroad, a resurgent Russia, the unpredictability of North Korea, a maturing Iranian nuclear capability, the numbers advantage of China and the clandestine operations of non-state actors. Arguably, we are only just beginning to adapt our forces to these new norms and the probable characteristics of the next war. What role can Command play in combating these threats and what responsibilities do vehicle operators have here?
The Vostok exercise mobilized a vast combined force, punctuated by an accelerated defence partnership between Russia and China that demonstrated the participants’ ability to deliver unprecedented combat mass and the logistical means to support it. What did we learn about the role of the approximated 36,000 armoured assets that took part in the exercise and how must NATO use its own assets to similar- or better- effect?
To enable a comprehensive breadth of debate and insight, both in a historic sense and with the required contemporary knowledge, this panel discussion will feature a selection of perspectives from our currently serving senior military leaders, alongside a selection of our retired greybeards.