Defence Intelligence has always played a crucial role within the Ministry of Defence and today the situation is no different. This year’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy describes the government’s vision for the UK’s role in the world over the next decade. The supporting Defence Command Paper, Defence in a Competitive Age, explained the role Defence would play in this and highlighted the absolute centrality of our need to understand the threat. The Integrated Operating Concept explains how Defence will continue to fulfil many of its traditional tasks, whilst also taking on new tasks. Persistent engagement overseas, utilising our global footprint, whilst protecting our homeland, will underpin Defence’s contribution to Global Britain. All this will rely on a truly integrated force, across all Domains and alongside our partners and Allies. We cannot do this alone and we recognise we need to utilise every advantage offered to us. Industry has a key role to play, providing capability, advice and support as we move towards our mutual future goals.
This Defence Intelligence Industry Day is an opportunity for Defence Intelligence to share its vision and direction of travel with as many potential future partners across Industry as possible. Chief of Defence Intelligence, Lieutenant General Sir Jim Hockenhull, will open proceedings, as he describes the journey he is taking Defence Intelligence on. Other speakers will talk to our likely future intent in such spheres as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, the exploitation of Mission Data, Open Source Intelligence and our burgeoning work in the Cyber and Electromagnetic Domain. We will describe the Defence Intelligence Pillar and how we hope that its pre-competed contracting will make it easier for Defence and Industry to integrate seamlessly. We want to tell you where we think we are going, the type of capabilities we think we will need over the coming years and where we want Industry to help us with our thinking, our planning and developing our processes. There will be opportunities throughout the day for networking with Defence Intelligence’s senior leadership team and the key points of contact for future interaction. Physical attendance (assuming COVID restrictions continue to lift as anticipated) will be capped and limited to one person per company to ensure we reach as wide an audience as possible, but the day’s events will also be streamed so others can join us virtually.