The Cyber and C4ISR lessons drawn from the current war in Ukraine, new technologies and the disruption caused by them, and the new UK "Digital Exploitation for Defence and Deterrence" strategy provide a substantial background in the rapidly changing security environment in Europe. The conference aims to reflect the needs of this environment and its influence on defence IT and revised cooperation between industry and military by discussing:
The conference aimed to facilitate a fruitful exchange of ideas and gain insights from military leaders and experts from various nations, NATO representatives, and industry.
There were new strategies, policies, and approaches to allow us to compete, fight, and win, in the modern battlespace. We hope that the outcome of TechNet Europe 2023 offered a starting point for a new relationship between government and industry.
The two-day conference explored the "shocks" which are driving the rapid change we currently face in digitising our Armed Forces. The most relevant include lessons identified from the war in Ukraine and the ever-increasing speed of innovation in Defence IT, including Emerging and Disruptive Technologies. The Western Armed Forces no longer can afford to procure solutions and services the same way they did in the past when received products were already technologically outdated by the time they entered service or were delivered.
There are initiatives from many sides to expedite processes and to utilise the power of already established dual-use technologies as well as thought leadership from governments, academia as well as industry for the purpose of exploring new ways of responding to urgent needs in wartime, to field sophisticated technologies faster, and to enter into a new relationship between military and industry during the in-service and upgrading phase of the defence IT life cycle.
To this end, during the first part of the conference, we :
During the second part of the conference, we explored jointly between attendees from government, industry, and academia.