Major-General Marc Thys
Land Component Commander
Belgian Armed Forces
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?