Executive Director - Innovation, UK Defence Solutions Centre
10.50 - 11.20
In a digital world, organisations developing solutions for the Defence Industry must be ready for one thing. Anything.
Dell Technologies comprises of a unique family of businesses including Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware, creating an industry leading edge to cloud IT portfolio.
As a leading provider of IT infrastructure to the UK Defence industry, the portfolio available from Dell Technologies, including being a leader in 20 Gartner Magic Quadrants, ensures that Defence organisations can develop systems, ready for anything.
Todays’ presentation offers a short, end-to-end perspective on Defence related IT infrastructure available from Dell EMC, enabling solutions for the defence of the future.
Greg Moore is an Enterprise Technologist with Dell EMC OEM, covering the EMEA region. Greg has been in the IT industry for over 30 years, with many technical roles across all aspects of the IT industry.
In his current role within Dell EME OEM, he promotes and enables collaboration between the seven Dell Technologies companies and the Defence Industry across the UK and the EMEA region.
The Dell EMC OEM team is a Global Engineering & Sales organisation, setup to enable customers to integrate the extensive portfolio available from Dell Technologies, into the operational platforms and solutions they develop for their customers. The OEM team also provides support for other Dell EMC teams, with expertise on creating solutions for operational environments across many industry verticals.
Greg also supports other verticals such as Industrial Automation, Marine, IoT, Space, Surveillance, Transport, Health & Life Sciences and Energy. This broad knowledge base enables Greg to offer customers the Defence Industry with insights & trends from across many markets.
11.20 - 11.50
Delivering a highly complex and strategic procurement project brings with it unique challenges. Dedicating sufficient time to planning and preparation and adopting robust approaches from a project’s inception, puts you in control and ensures costs and risks can be mitigated, whilst maximising value for money.
Engaging with the market early is of great value to stakeholders who are establishing project requirements and helps you identify the routes to market that are most likely to result in a value for money acquisition.
Drawing on our experience of working with public sector procurement project teams since 2001, we’ll share some of our learnings and the best practice approaches being adopted across MOD.
Innovation Partner, Defence and Security Accelerator
12.20 - 12.50
With the exponential growth of front-line intelligence sources available to analysts, along with the fusing of ‘Open Source’ data from the Cloud, competitive advantage for the commander must come from being able to fuse all data assets, draw insights and mobilise in near real-time.
As the largest Data Management and Storage provider to the US Army, NetApp has a long history of proven innovation in delivering Technology solutions. Join Greg Gardner, NetApp’s Defence & Intelligence Principal Architect to understand how we seamlessly weave a Data Fabric to create automated data delivery from ‘Edge-to-Core-to-Cloud’ providing you with tools and expertise to process and manage large volumes of distributed data.
Greg leverages his decades of government service and IT experience to provide his clients with all aspects of defense and intelligence focused support. Greg came back to the private sector from service as the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the Intelligence Community (IC). In that role, he assisted the IC CIO in developing the information management systems that enable our integrated, agile intelligence enterprise. Greg previously worked at Oracle Corporation where for five years he was Vice President of Homeland Security Solutions & Public Sector Strategy.
He also served a career in the United States Army, retiring in 2004 as a Colonel with 30 years of commissioned service. During his final military assignment, Greg was responsible for Joint Command and Control in the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Directorate of the Joint Staff. There he developed the prototype of the Joint Protected Enterprise Network (JPEN) that enables force protection information to be securely shared amongst Defense Department organizations. Greg’s military assignments include leadership positions in infantry, airborne, and ranger units and command of the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, and the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard).
His military staff assignments include service as Operations Officer, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division (Light) during Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama, G3, 25th Infantry Division (Light) in Hawaii, Executive Officer to the Commander in Chief, Pacific Command, and Chief of Staff, Ministry of National Security and Defense, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq.
A 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Greg also holds Master’s Degrees in Industrial Relations / Personnel Management from The Krannert School, Purdue University, Military Art and Science from the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and Strategy and Policy from the Naval War College. Greg earned a PhD in IT Management from Capella University (Dissertation: The Lived Experience of Smartphones in a Unit of the U.S. Army). He serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
Greg recently served as a Senior Fellow of the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and a standing member of the Cybersecurity Task Force. He previously served as a consultant to the Defense Science Board and as a Commissioner on the Federal Government’s Big Data, Cloud, and Technology Convergence Commissions. Greg was a member of the Presidential Transition Team from November 2016 to January 2017 focusing on IT and cyber related issues.
Industry’s gateway to accessing world-leading UK MOD innovations is the responsibility of Ploughshare Innovations. MOD invests significantly in Science & Technology research and is therefore interested in creating impact from its investment. Ploughshare helps to maximise this impact which, as this presentation will reveal, is much broader than financial returns.
James is CEO at Ploughshare Innovations, with overall responsibility for taking intellectual property developed for defence and security applications and exploiting it for civilian use by licensing or in the creation of new businesses. He champions and promotes Ploughshare’s vision and strategy, working with the Board to determine the strategy and provide the strong governance expected of a government company.
Through his leadership, Ploughshare has expanded its scope to encompass innovations developed across the UK government defence and security sectors.
13.20 - 13.50
Defence Contracting – How Suppliers Are Required To Protect MOD Electronic Data
Phil Blunden joined the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership in November 2017. The team are developing Information Assurance controls within the supply chain to cyber enhance security. Prior to his current role he spent five years as a Computer Security Analyst with Joint Forces Command. Prior to that he was in Information Management, mainly as customer lead in the delivery of applications for a new computer network. He also spent nine years supporting and developing applications for the army’s logistics environment, dabbling in dbFast, and FoxPro to .NET and SQL, whilst gaining a degree through the Open University. Prior to the MOD he worked for one of the private prison companies. He has also worked with the Prince’s Trust, is a school governor (again) and is actively involved as an Ally on the MOD’s LGBT Committee.
13.50 - 14.20
Artificial Intelligence has been slated to bring many benefits to the defence business. However, delivery of these benefits might not always be straightforward. This presentation examines some of the challenges associated with introducing AI-based systems, discusses some of the supporting enablers, and assesses how realistic the predicted benefits might actually be.
Head of Centre for Defence Acquisition, Cranfield University
Stuart Young joined the Royal Navy in 1977 as a Marine Engineer Officer and was educated to Masters-level at the Royal Naval Engineering College in Plymouth. In addition to operational appointments at sea, he has undertaken a number of acquisition-related posts in the UK Ministry of Defence. These included three years as the Defence Equipment Marine Engineer with the Defence Staff at the British Embassy in Washington, where he was responsible for liaison with the US Department of Defence on a number of key warship programmes. He was also the Electric Ship Programme Manager in the Defence Procurement Agency with direct responsibility for a major UK-French technology development programme. This subsequently led to the selection of innovative technologies for the propulsion systems on the Type 45 Destroyer and the Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carrier.
More recently he was a key member of the team developing the Defence Logistics Organisation’s strategic plan for achieving defence logistics transformation. This was followed by a period as Business Manager for the Defence Electronic Commerce Service, a Public-Private Partnership between the MoD and Capgemini to provide a range of e-business services to the MoD. In his final appointment in the Royal Navy he was the Assistant Director in the Defence Management and Leadership Centre at Shrivenham, where he was responsible for senior management development programmes, with particular emphasis on the development of acquisition skills to meet the requirements of the Defence Acquisition Change Programme.
Following his retirement from the Royal Navy in April 2008, Stuart joined Cranfield University as a lecturer in the Centre for Defence Acquisition, where he has a particular interest in the relationship between the MoD and Industry across the supply chain, performance-based contracting, the development of agile strategies for major acquisition programmes and decision making processes in projects and programmes. He is currently Head of the Centre for Defence Acquisition and is leading a comprehensive programme of education and research activities across the spectrum of defence acquisition and procurement.
Stuart is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is married to Alison and has two children, one a doctor and the other works for the United Nations in Jordan. In his spare time he is a keen dinghy sailor and dabbles in photography.
* Please note: all agendas are subject to change
1 April 2020,
Farnborough International Exhibition Centre,