General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE,
DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017)
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.