The Singapore Defence Technology Summit (Tech Summit) is a unique gathering of global thought leaders from government, industry, academia, and think tanks, to network, confer, and collaborate in the development of defence and security capabilities.
- Defence technology policy makers
- National Armament Directors and Chief Technology Officers
- Government Chief Technology Officers
- Chief Executive Officers and Chief Technology Officers from the industry
- Thought leaders from academia and think tanks
Recently, the world has witnessed unprecedented disruptions originating from diverse areas such as technology, geo-politics and health, and these have rippling effects because of the deep, interdependent linkages in the world today. We have seen first-hand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the economy, exposed vulnerabilities in supply chains, military operations, and accelerated the pace of digitalisation worldwide.
Tech Summit 2021 will examine the impact of recent disruptions to government organisations and industries, postulate new disruptors and vulnerabilities, discuss how to organise themselves for future disruptions, and perhaps even seize unexpected opportunities for growth.
Tuesday 12 October 2021
- 7:30PM SGT (UTC+8) Opening Dinner & Welcome Address by Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence (Singapore)
Wednesday 13 October 2021
- 8:00PM SGT (UTC+8) Keynote Address by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies (Singapore)
- 8:30PM SGT (UTC+8) Plenary 1: Tackling Disruptions: Questioning Your Assumptions
Defence technology planners have traditionally adopted a core set of planning assumptions and programmatic processes to deliver capabilities to armed forces. Are the traditional planning norms and processes relevant to deal with the asymmetric threats and disruptions of today and tomorrow? For example, how do organisations deal with unpredictability, emerging technology and disruptors, and address the need for speed-to-market and adopt fast-moving technologies? How do we build resilience and security in critical digital systems amidst the disruptive trends of commercialisation, cyber vulnerabilities and global supply chains? This session will discuss the implications of disruptions on technology and capability development.
Thursday 14 October 2021
- 8:00PM SGT (UTC+8) One-on-One Dialogue
- 8:30PM SGT (UTC+8) Plenary 2: Beyond Terrorism, Cyber and Pandemics: What’s Next?
Terrorism, cyber threats and the COVID-19 pandemic have upheaved the world we live in. Beyond these, what are the possible disruptors appearing over the horizon, and what are its implications for government organisations and industries? This session will examine the interplay of technology and the environment, hypothesise the next major threat vectors, and how to uncover and anticipate them.
Friday 15 October 2021
- 8:00PM SGT (UTC+8) Plenary 3: The Government-Industrial Ecosystem: Turning Challenge into Opportunity
Today, there are nimble start-ups and agile organisations that are able to pivot quickly to changes. This plenary will examine companies and industries that have successfully navigated their way through recent disruptions, created niche opportunities in a challenging environment, and then discuss how governments and defence technology establishments can partner effectively with them. This session will discuss new partnership strategies for defence establishments, industry and start-ups in the face of disruptions.
- 9:00PM SGT (UTC+8) Summary Plenary
This session will fuse the observations and findings from the plenary sessions and examine strategies that government organisations, industries and technology start-ups could adopt to build confidence and resilience in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment.
Day Programme includes: Virtual Tech Sharing Sessions, Virtual Tech Demo Sessions, Virtual Tech Showcase, Networking and Meetings
moderators & speakers
Mr Patrice CaineChairman and CEO, Thales Group (France)
Dr Emmanuel ChivaDirector, Defence Innovation Agency (France)
Mr Chng Kai FongManaging Director, Economic Development Board (Singapore)
BG Kelvin FanChief of Staff – Joint Staff / Singapore Armed Forces Inspector-General (Singapore)
Ms Elizabeth HengDirector Technology Strategy and Policy Office, Ministry of Defence (Singapore)
Dr Naveed HussainChief Technology Officer, Vice President and General Manager, Boeing Research & Technology (USA)
Dr Sungwoo HwangPresident and CEO, Samsung SDS (South Korea)
Dr Irit IdanExecutive Vice President for Research and Development, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (Israel)
Dr Hao LiCEO and Co-Founder, Pinscreen (USA)
Dr Sean McFateProfessor of Strategy, Georgetown University and the National Defense University (USA)
Prof Tanya MonroChief Defence Scientist, Department of Defence (Australia)
BG David NeoDeputy Secretary (Technology) and Future Systems & Technology Architect, Ministry of Defence (Singapore)
Mr Ravi PanditCo-Founder and Chairman, KPIT Technologies (India)
Dr G Satheesh ReddySecretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation (India)
Dr Will RoperCEO, Volansi / Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USA)
Mr Raghav SahgalPresident of Cloud and Network Services, Nokia (Finland)
Mr Kusti SalmPermanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence (Estonia)
Mr Mike SewartGroup Chief Technology Officer, QinetiQ (UK)
Prof Yossi SheffiElisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems, Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (USA)
Mr Ravinder SinghGroup COO, (Technology & Innovation) and President (Defence & Public Security), ST Engineering (Singapore)
LTG Thomas H. Todd IIIDeputy Commanding General, Acquisition and Systems / Chief Innovation Officer, United States Army Futures Command (USA)
Mr Patrick TuckerTechnology Editor, Defense One (USA)
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Hear from Past Participants
Mr Siim SikkutChief Information Officer,
Government of Estonia
Mr Tim HwangFormer Director,
Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative
Dr Hong Won-PyoFormer President and Chief Executive Officer,
Samsung SDS, South Korea
Vice ADM Arie Jan de WaardNational Armament Director and Director,
Defence Material Organisation, The Netherlands