Defence Space 2020 : Military Space: Mobilise, Modernise, Transform
Wednesday, May 20 @ 8:30 am - Thursday, May 21 @ 4:30 pm
An event every 2 years that begins at 8:30 am on day 20 of May, repeating indefinitely
Defence Space 2020 is the leading platform for all those who seek to influence emerging thinking on the UK’s military space capability and plans. Bringing together senior UK Government officials, industry, academics, and leaders in disruptive technologies from the UK and overseas, Defence Space is aimed at exploring the UK MoD’s ambitions in space, looking at the latest innovation, thought leadership and disruptive technologies in this vital domain. The two-day conference, held in central London, will see up to 400 delegates discussing future opportunities with like-minded colleagues from many nations with the aim of building resilience and exploring opportunity.
Keynote speakers will include the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Minister of Defence Procurement, Chief of the Air Staff and Commander UK Strategic Command. The Programme will also include senior leaders from the National Space Council, MOD Space policy, Capability and Operations with leaders from the United States Space Command and French Space Command sharing how they are responding to the changing context and highlighting the emerging themes for the future of military Space.
‘The second UK Defence Space Conference will be a timely demonstration of the UK’s ambition in the Space Domain: our future programmes; the opportunities as well as the challenges to our national interests in space; and a showcase for our world-class space industrial sector. Our inaugural Conference in 2018 was a huge success; the 2020 Conference will be even better’.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston CBE ADC
‘Faced with the evolving threats posed by grey-zone warfare, Strategic Command is tasked with providing the integration and coordination our Armed Forces need across all five domains to maintain national security; the hotly contested and congested Space Domain provides Defence with some unique challenges, but there are also significant opportunities that the UK’s space sector has to offer Defence, not only in countering the threat but also in redefining sub-threshold warfare. This conference provides a unique opportunity to discuss these issues in depth with global partners and allies.’
General Patrick Sanders CBE DSO ADC Gen, Commander of Joint Forces Command
‘Defence Space 2020 promises again to provide a springboard for the next phase of conceptual thinking, discussion and development of the UK’s approach to Space Power. Of particular importance as we move forward with Space is how emergent and disruptive technologies may play a part in the use of Space in the defence and security contexts, and the conference gives a strong emphasis to this debate. Future rapid deployment of Space capabilities, sustainable space, on-orbit manufacturing and servicing, pseudo space capabilities and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning all feature in the packed programme. Additionally, we will have excellent input from international friends and allies, to complement the strategic and operational views from the MOD and Front Line Commands. The Conference promises to be a stimulating and informative exposé of MOD’s Space Power direction of travel and I am delighted that the Air and Space Power Association is again delivering the event. See you at Defence Space 2020.’
Air Commodore (Ret’d) Mark Roberts CBE, Chairman, Air and Space Power Association