Gp Capt Lyle Holt

Director Plan Jericho, Royal Australian Air Force


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

About Speaker

An F-111 Strike and Flight Test Navigator, Lyle possesses broad joint warfare and interagency support experience.

Lyle was appointed the inaugural Commanding Officer No 5 Flight in 2010 to raise the ADF’s first Medium Altitude, Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial System unit. He was promoted to Group Captain in May 2017 and appointed Officer Commanding No 41 Wing to deliver Persistent Air and Space Defence capabilities.

Lyle’s operational experience includes: planning and managing Australia’s C-130 combat airlift and aero-medical operations, assisting NATO’s military support to Afghanistan’s 2009 Presidential and Provincial Council Elections, multi-national air operations planning, and domestic interagency operations.

Staff appointments of note include serving as the Staff Officer to the Vice Chief of the Defence Force as well as Executive Officer to the Director General Operations, Headquarters Joint Operations Command.

Lyle is currently Director Plan Jericho, a disruptive innovation initiative whose purpose is to give the Royal Australian Air Force an edge to protect Australia from sophisticated and rapidly morphing threats.

TOPIC OF SPEECH: The Growth of Technologies

Exponentially advancing technological progress has been the hallmark of 21st century. The doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months is just one manifestation of the greater trend, bringing enormous benefits for advanced economies. Artificial intelligence, IoT, 5G, Nano systems, robotics, 3D printing, virtual reality, stem cell tech, block chain sciences etc. are only a few emerging technologies contributing to the emergence of a new “tech world order’’. While these technologies have benefits for mankind, their disruptive potential and military application also threatens the smooth functioning of the global system. The absence of a legal framework for control of disruptive technologies is another area of international concern. Moreover, the growth of technologies and introduction of the new weapon system is fast outpacing the development of corresponding legal and institutional measures. A study of the transformative element of new technologies can shed light on the effects of these technologies on national security. The presentation would aim to answer the following questions:

 What are the developments in new game changing technologies, and how are they affecting national security?
 What is the disruptive and military potential of emerging technologies?
 Is the world heading for a ‘new world tech order’ aimed at controlling key technologies?