Security Studies Program Seminars

Exiting Normal: Emerging Disruptive Technologies and their Impact on Military Operations and Equipment

Organized by The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and GLOBSEC
 
 The Sasakawa Peace Foundation would like to invite you to an online discussion titled Exiting Normal: EDTs and their Impact on Military Operations and Equipment in cooperation with GLOBSEC (think-tank in Slovakia). 

  One of the transformational effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the acceleration of the digital revolution. The increased pace of digitization has had a disruptive impact on our economies and societies and has also affected the very foundations of security. Innovation in artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous systems, internet of things, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, material science and quantum computing are expected to create social transformations of an unprecedented scale. How are these technologies going to transform the military and security capabilities is not yet fully understood and needs further scrutiny. The capabilities they could provide may directly or indirectly affect the preconditions for peace, the nature of conflicts and how insecurity is perceived and managed. Monitoring their development is therefore instrumental to understanding the future of warfare and global security.

 From the development of next generation strategic nanotechnology weapons to the creation of unprecedented. With these new means of mass destruction quickly being integrated into military doctrine, international norms and standards may be slow to develop as international actors compete in shaping international standards that benefit their own interests. Consequently, their impact on strategies, procurement, policies, as well as operations cannot be understated and is concerning for all democracies.  

 In this Forum, we will explore what could be joint priorities and potential areas of collaboration between Japan and NATO allies that would address the challenges presented by emerging technologies, from the following perspectives.

• Which emerging technologies hold the greatest potential to be a true gamechanger on operations and in the theatre? 
• As technological innovation continues to accelerate, what is the best way to ensure allies and international partners don’t suffer from an increasing interoperability gap? 
• How can emerging security and defence technologies be incorporated into existing frameworks of ethics and rules? Are there specific technologies that should be prohibited?
• Looking to the future, it is the year 2040. How does technology help militaries achieve mission success and defend national interests?
Contact
International Peace and Security Department
E-mail: anpo-seminar@spf.or.jp
Tel: +81-3-5157-5209

For media inquiries:
E-mail: spfpr@spf.or.jp
Tel: +81-3-5157-5395
Register Closed

Description

16:00 Opening remarks by moderator
16:05 Briefing or short talk by each speaker
16:20 Discussion among all the speakers
16:50 Closing comments by each speaker
17:00 Q&A with the audience, closing remarks by moderator
17:15 Closing

Speaker & Commentator

Colonel Masahiro Shizu
Panelist

Colonel Masahiro Shizu

Chief Director, Innovation Driving Office for Emerging Technology, Japan Air Self Defense Force (Air Staff Office)

Profile

I have over 20 years of experience at the Japanese Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In my experience, I have been a member of the Joint Staff Office and the Air Staff Office as well as commanded units of the Japan Air Self Defense Force. Mainly in the past, I was part of the Defense Planning and Policy Department where I was responsible for acquisition of defense equipment and creating future military strategy, operational plans and capabilities. And I studied International Relations based on National Security as Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Most recently, I focus on Emerging and Advanced Technologies, DX, Innovation etc. for improvement of our mission capabilities.

Mr. Bonji Ohara
Panelist

Mr. Bonji Ohara

Senior Fellow, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Profile

Graduated from the National Defense Academy of Japan in 1985 and completed his Master’s program (area studies) at the University of Tsukuba in 1998. Joined the Maritime Self‐Defense Forces in 1985 and became a helicopter pilot. Stationed in China between 2003 and 2006 as a naval attaché. Became chief of the intelligence section, MSDF Maritime Staff Office, Ministry of Defense, in 2006 and commanding officer of the 21st Flight Squadron, MSDF, in 2009. Worked at IHS Jane’s from 2011 as an analyst and business development manager and joined The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research in 2013, and became the Director of Policy Research in 2016 before assuming his present position in June 2017. His works include Chugoku no gunji senryaku (China’s Military Strategy), Toyo Keizai Inc., Gunji taikoku: Chugoku no shotai (Military Power and the Truth about China), Tokuma Shoten, Nani ga senso wo tomeru no ka (What Stops War?), Discover 21, Inc., and co-author of Magari kado ni tatsu chugoku (China at a Turning Point), NTT Publishing, Bei Chu Shin-Reisen no Maku-ake - After Sharp Power- (Opening US-China New Cold War - After Sharp Power-), Tokyo Keizai Inc.

Dr. Stella Adorf
Panelist

Dr. Stella Adorf

NATO International Civilian, Head of Situational Awareness at the NATO Headquarters Situation Center

Profile

NATO Head of Situational Awareness and has served as the Chief Historical Advisor to the Command Group at NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) since 2017. From 2011 to 2013 she worked at the Legal Office and then in Strategic Plans & Policy at HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT).

Ms. Anna Knack
Panelist

Ms. Anna Knack

Deputy Lead of the Technology, Disruption and Uncertainty research workstream, RAND Europe

Profile

Deputy Lead of the Technology, Disruption and Uncertainty research workstream in RAND Europe. Her research focuses on defence futures, defence research and innovation ecosystems, and the impact of emerging technologies on the security threat landscape, capability development and defence equipment manufacturing. Anna has been in RAND for 5 years, producing analysis for the UK MOD Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; the UK MOD’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre; UK Strategic Command; UK Army HQ; the French MOD; the European Defence Agency; the European Commission; NATO and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group.

Mr. Brigien Suhaendra
Moderater

Mr. Roger Hilton

Security & Defense Fellow at GLOBSEC Policy Institute

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