Air Chief Mshl Sir Brian Burridge (Retd)

CEO Royal Aeronautical Society, UK


Time: March 3, 2020
Location: Serena Hotel, Islamabad
Event Type: Conference
Organized By: Team CASS

About Speaker

Sir Brian Burridge is Chief Executive of the Royal Aeronautical Society. His earlier career included 10 years with Leonardo, a global high-tech manufacturer in the aerospace, defence and technology sectors. During that time, he chaired the innovation hub of the Defence Growth Partnership.
Earlier, Sir Brian spent a full career as a pilot in the Royal Air Force holding a front-line command at every level in the Service, including the national joint command in the 2003 Iraq war. He also spent several years in the UK Ministry of Defence in policy posts and left the RAF in 2006 as Commander-in-Chief Strike Command.
Sir Brian read physics and electronic engineering at Manchester University and holds an MBA from the Open University and two honorary doctorates. Previously a research fellow at King’s London, he is now a visiting professor at the University of Reading.

Keynote Speaker: Emergent Technology: Force Multiplier or Fanciful Mirage?

Given that the term ‘threat’ is a combination of capability and intent, this delicate balance is being disrupted by the rapid advances in the technologies enshrined in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Of note, robotics, autonomous systems, big data analytics and artificial intelligence have now firmly entered the military lexicon: air power is already an early adopter. In addition, operations in the ‘grey zone’ are now a reality with sub-threshold interventions that are difficult to attribute and hard to deter, ranging from the dissemination of fake news to the ‘badgeless’ application of low-level military violence. In response to these complex challenges, the term military capability takes on a new breadth. This address will look at re-engineering the past had we been able to apply current data analytics in the 2003 Iraq war, then look at how the application of artificial intelligence is changing the nature of conflict in the coming decade before looking ahead to the arrival of quantum science. In all of this, we cannot ignore the legal and ethical dimension, but this too is changing as the ‘human in the loop’ becomes less prominent in the face of highly predictive machines. So, can we master these complexities or is this all a bridge too far?