We are in a new era of warfare where traditionally well defined notions of territory often no longer apply and determination and measures of threats or attacks to our nation, our people and our constantly changing way of life, can be difficult to ascertain and attribute. Information warfare is unceasingly with us and the digital tools which can be exploited to effect harm upon us are constantly evolving, as are the skills and tradecraft of those we must defend against or bring to heel. Today we must deal with hybrid warfare and that means harnessing our total strength in conventional, cyber and information warfare.
To gain advantage we must be faster, more incisive, more predictive and better informed than our adversaries. That necessitates bringing together many disparate information sources and finding and assimilating correlations that are relevant to the mission and which previously may not have been apparent or imagined. It means quantifying trust against information related to its origin, its communications routes, the security enforcements utilised and the opportunities for interference. Collect, connect, understand, decide; and all of this must be undertaken quickly enough and flexibly enough to maintain advantage as new things come to light and mission and/or political situations evolve.
To be prepared, we must all re-evaluate and improve our cyber resilience and enable and support ways of working that will ensure maximum gain can be taken from opportunities to collaborate. Within industry we have a responsibility to ensure our products and services can be trusted to operate and deliver as intended. That means addressing the whole capability life cycle, our people, partners and suppliers and architecting cyber resilience in from the start. None of us works alone and creating secure environments with those partners that can enable us to deliver maximum effectiveness, at pace, will be essential in ensuring we can each play our role in protecting the United Kingdom.
BAE Systems is well known for its Defence business, helping MOD to deliver operational capability at scale across the Front Line Commands of Maritime, Air and Land. But more than that….
Internationally our Applied Intelligence division helps governments protect their networks, handling data at a national scale and tempo. We provide threat intelligence to support HMG through our work protecting vital national and commercial infrastructure. Less widely known though and very relevant to the establishment of trusted all source fusion intelligence within the MOD, is the pedigree and reputation BAE Systems has in wider HMG.
In 2018, BAE Systems commenced a re-orienting of its business, placing emphasis upon helping MOD succeed in the digital age. One key objective being to ensure that those capabilities and lessons learned within our National Security business, can be leveraged to support Joint Forces Command. Better positioning ourselves to help JFC and the FLCs drive change to adapt to the evolving environment and ever more complex mission.
For over 30 years we have been helping HMG to keep us all safe by providing cyber, electromagnetic, data security and data management tools, skills and knowledge. But equally significantly, we are helping government transform how things are done, staying abreast of modern agile ways of working and finding ways in this high security domain to enable this country’s best talent to continue to utilise the latest high efficiency software development environments. Helping our clients operate securely, confidently and at pace.
Today MOD needs ever closer collaboration with its partners to provide the richness of data necessary to best inform decisions. BAE Systems’ responsibility in supporting Joint Forces Command is to provide all that it can with regard to tools, tradecraft, people, training and processes from both its Defence and National Security businesses to help MOD best evolve to gain and sustain Information Advantage in a highly dynamic environment. We recognise the essential need for close and secure collaboration within and external to HMG and will continue to work to enhance this.
Finally, we are harnessing the best cyber knowledge into our own processes and solutions to continue to proudly provide HMG with the best products and services it can buy, to ensure that when MOD must act, it can do so with confidence - connect, understand, decide and act.
BAE Systems are Event Partner for the 2019 Defence Spring Dinner, taking place at The Berkeley, London on Thursday 21 March. For more information, please see: https://www.techuk.org/defence-spring-dinner/defence_spring_dinner