European Defence and Security: New Challenges, New Choices

25 January 2010 - 12:00am to 27 January 2010 - 12:00am

Chatham House, London



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Chatham House's Annual Defence and Security Conference 2010 will examine political, strategic and commercial interests in the field of national and international security and defence.

Do we have the capacity to handle today's unconventional wars?

Are we striking the right balance between current priorities and future potential threats?

European involvement in complex coalitions and alliances demands a transformation of strategy, capabilities and politico-military structures. At a time of both strategic urgency and radical uncertainty, this event will examine political, strategic and commercial interests in the field of national and international security and defence. It will assess constraints and military expectations of the evolving defence debate, and will examine the opportunities for the commercial sector.

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Monday 25 January 2010

Session One
Security Challenges and Responses

  • What nature and level of security challenges are we facing?
    o Traditional challenges: the re-emergence of large power and regional rivalries; inter-state proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical technology and weapons; competition for natural and economic resources
    o New challenges: proliferation to non-state actors and groups; non-conventional terrorism (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear); managing failing and failed states; piracy; serious and organized crime; cyber-crime
  • What strategic postures and responses should be considered?
    o Afghanistan - the enduring model? Or managing uncertainty?
    o NATO: Article 5 Defence versus expeditionary commitments; military and/or civil security tasks
    o The role of deterrence in complex and unpredictable world, with asymmetric adversaries
    o New strategic concepts: knowledge-based security; collaborative, cross-border national resilience

Chair Sir Kevin Tebbit
Visiting Professor, Department of History
Queen Mary, University of London

Opening Keynote Addresses
William J Lynn III
US Deputy Secretary of Defense

The Baroness Neville-Jones of Hutton Roof DCMG
UK Shadow Security Minister

Dr Paul Cornish (on the record)
Carrington Professor of International Security
Chatham House

10.50 - 11.10 Refreshments

Chair Paul Cornish

11.15 Keynote Address (on the record)
The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP
Secretary of State for Defence, UK

Session Two
Optimizing Multilateral Relationships

  • European approaches: collective and individual, similarities and differences
  • Coalition approaches within Europe and beyond
  • The transatlantic link: developing NATO's New Strategic Concept
  • Partnerships outside the NATO area
  • Comprehensive approaches to security
  • Strategic relationships with industry

Chair Anton La Guardia (in principle)
Defence and Security correspondent
The Economist

The Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP
Member of Parliament
House of Commons

Dr Jamie Shea
Director, Policy Planning, Private Office of the Secretary General

Alberto de Benedictis
Chief Executive Officer
Finmeccanica UK Ltd

Panel discussion
Alberto de Benedictis

The Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP

Dr Jamie Shea

Ian Godden

A W (Sandy) Johnston
Assistant Head, NATO and Europe Policy
Ministry of Defence, UK

Dr Hans Pung
Director, Defence and Security
RAND Europe

Tomas Valasek
Director, Foreign Policy and Defence
Centre for European Reform

13.10 - 14.10 Lunch

Session Three

  • Striking the right balance between current priorities and future potential threats; between strategic agility and operational capability; between hard power and soft power
  • National specialization and balanced national force structures: to what extent can procurement objectives be coordinated within Europe and with the USA?
  • Information and knowledge transfer: how can interoperability be ensured, given technology exchange constraints?

Chair James Blitz
Defence and Diplomatic Editor
Financial Times

General Vincenzo Camporini, KGC
Chief of the Defence Staff

General Sir David Richards KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen
Chief of the General Staff
United Kingdom

Rear Admiral Jean Marc Brulez (on the record)
Head of Capability Division
Ministry of Defence, France

Lieutenant General Friedrich Wilhelm Ploeger (on the record)
Commander, German Air Force Air Operations Command (GAFAOC) and Combined Air Operations Centre 2 (CAOC 2), and Executive Director,
Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), Germany

15.30 - 15.50 Refreshments

Speaker Panel
Jane Cannon MBE
Group Managing Director
Lockheed Martin UK Information Systems & Global Services

Michael Kurth
Managing Director
Boeing Defence UK Ltd

Stephen Phipson
Group Managing Director
Smiths Detection

16.30 Discussion

17.00 End of Day One and Reception

Tuesday 26 January 2010

Session Four

  • What are the structures and organization required, both within individual countries (breaking down inter-departmental boundaries) and trans-nationally?
  • Concepts and strategies: how can these be better aligned across the European Union and the larger Europe?
  • Delivering programmes, given current budget and resource constraints: what plans are there for burden sharing?

Chair Carina O'Reilly
European Security Analyst and Editor
Jane's Information Group

Sir Bill Jeffrey KCB (on the record)
Permanent Under Secretary of State for Defence
Ministry of Defence, UK

Alessandro Pansa
Co-General Manager & Chief Financial Officer
Finmeccanica SpA

10.30 - 10.55 Refreshments

Session Five
Policy Options

  • Future directions for security and defence in Europe

Chair Dr Paul Cornish

Keynote Address
Robert Walter MP
President, European Security and Defence Assembly

Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP
Chairman, Defence Select Committee
House of Commons

Professor Alyson Bailes
Visiting Professor
University of Iceland

Robert Walter MP

Concluding Address
The Rt Hon Lord Ashdown of Norton-Sub-Hamdon
President, Chatham House

13.00 End of conference

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Our Defence and Security 2010 conference will offer a unique opportunity to network with senior representatives from business, government and academic institutions.

Our previous Defence and Security conference in 2009 saw delegates from the following organizations:

Australian High Commission
Booz & Co
Cabinet Office
Canadian High Commission
CRA International
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Embassy of Finland
Embassy of the United States of America
European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS)
European Union Military Staff (EUMS)
French Embassy
Fujitsu Services
General Dynamics UK Ltd
Good Governance Group (G3)
Government of Southern Sudan
HM Treasury
International SOS
Lockheed Martin UK
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Miller Insurance Services Ltd
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence (Romanian Land Forces)
Northrop Grumman Corporation (Corporate Headquarters)
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Royal United Services Institute for Defence & Security Studies (RUSI)
SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems (SELEX S&AS)
Society of British Aerospace Companies Ltd
Spanish Embassy
Sudan Embassy
Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV)
Thales UK
The Atkin Foundation
Transparency International (UK)