IDITSC Agenda Overview


Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Defence is hosting its inaugural International Defence Industry, Technology and Security Conference (IDITSC).

It will be held on March 2nd and 3rd 2022 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), UAE. IDITSC is a forward-looking, knowledge-based conference that addresses the latest in defence technology and defence technology security. It convenes leaders from the international defence industry, policymakers, leading technology researchers and academics as well as international defence technology security (DTS) experts.

Event Schedule
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Defence Technology Security

Technological innovation is at the heart of every transformation, diversifying economies and driving inclusive, sustainable growth. At the same time, the proliferation of advanced technologies, compounded by destabilizing actors and increasing security competition is making defense technology security (DTS) a primary national security priority.

A robust global DTS architecture that aligns incentives, institutionalizes standards, and builds trust, is critical to ensuring a safe world. Without this, these destabilizing actors are likely to generate a vicious cycle of unproductive competition, giving rise to intensifying security dilemmas, and ultimately conflict.

In this context, the continuous development of the global DTS ecosystem, which is constantly disrupted by emerging technologies, must come together to create a foundation for stability and peace. The ecosystem must align trusted allies on a set of policy and regulatory frameworks, including robust export controls and technology security procedures, to enable technology transfer and nurture collaboration.

The track addresses the latest developments in DTS international agreements, organizations and export control regimes. It offers a snapshot of DTS standards, laws, regulations and manufacturing practices across the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It examines the opportunities and challenges that disruptive emerging technologies pose to the DTS ecosystem.

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Robotics & Autonomous Systems

The pursuit of machine autonomy - the ability for a machine to independently act in an uncertain situation has become a core endeavor of the academic, scientific and corporate communities.

While fully autonomous systems are still in the works, human-operated semi-autonomous systems are quickly becoming a reality. The rapid increase in the autonomy level of machines have been fueled by the convergence of advanced sensor systems, powerful computing resources and innovative neural networks, which allow the systems to develop more accurate situational awareness.

The implications for the defense industry are significant. UxVs in air, navy and land domains will enable network-centric warfare. Human-machine teaming and next-gen equipment will augment soldiers’ abilities, while autonomous mechanisms will strengthen offensive and defensive capabilities. Beyond combat itself, ISR, cyber and logistics capabilities are just a few supportive areas that will be completely transformed.

The track provides an introductory context into RAS, discusses near- and long-term applications for national defense and security ecosystems, cybersecurity requirements and societal implications of RAS deployment. It reviews the latest technology advancements behind RAS and discusses how a national R&D ecosystem can be developed and supported.

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Over the course of the 21st century, countries around world have become increasingly dependent on the space-based infrastructure supporting technological devices that are part of every aspect of our lives; communication, navigation, transportation, and others.

The scientific ingenuity and economic opportunity of space exploration led to the proliferation of public-private partnerships, enabling new state and non-state entities to develop their own space capabilities, and private companies to drive the commercialization of space for civilian use.

The resulting high number of high-tech dual-use space objects, coupled with the absence of national borders in this domain, has prompted nations and militaries to redefine both their strategy and structure in the 21st Century space race. Nations are looking to protect their space-based infrastructure from emerging manmade threats such as anti-satellite weapons or jammers, as well as from persistent natural threats such as solar weather or asteroids.

Against this backdrop, the track discusses the new dynamics of military and commercial space activity from perspectives of both new and established players, including the UAE. It examines the science behind the dual-use of the space domain and reviews its manmade and natural threats. It also seeks to answer the question of what responsible behavior in orbit looks like and what form of regulations would hold actors accountable to this behavior.

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Quantum Technologies

For decades, scientists have been making discoveries and creating inventions that follow quantum principles. Now, at the onset of the second quantum revolution, they seek not only to follow them, but to unlock their potential for practical application.

The economic, social and geopolitical implications of quantum are staggering. In theory, the technology can break the most secure cryptography and solve complex logistical and optimization challenges within seconds. Healthcare, financial services, IT & telecommunications, energy and life sciences are among many industries that will be disrupted and completely transformed.

Within the defense and security context, quantum sensors will impact navigation, positioning and timing as well as ISR capabilities. Quantum computing will enable superior mission planning and logistics, pattern recognition and anomaly detection. Quantum communication could enable instant communication that can not be intercepted. The immediate implication will be on the cybersecurity ecosystem - whose inability to develop quantum-safe systems may lead to a serious breach of national security and infrastructure.

The track explains quantum principles and how they are being explored within the defense and security context. It discusses the threats that these technologies pose to nations and militaries in the future, and what collective efforts stakeholders at national level can take to transform a nascent quantum technology research ecosystem into a thriving one.

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Emerging Technologies

Global forces of change and an ever-evolving global threat landscape require the defense industry to continuously adapt, innovate and develop new technologies to counter emerging threats.

To prevail in the era of constant change, nations, organizations and defense entities are embracing a culture of disruption. People, the ultimate enablers of innovation, must feel supported and empowered to innovate - with new ideas, mindsets, concepts, and tools.

Innovation in national defense is cyclical in nature, where offensive advantage gained by an actor, is quickly countered by a defensive innovation that restores the balance. Therefore, defense players are always looking for faster, more accurate and more stealth technologies that minimize the negative impact of the disruption and give their soldiers the upper hand in combat.

The track offers a look at four types of such emerging technologies: hypersonic systems, directed energy, electronic warfare and biotechnology. It discusses their underlying developments, applications in defense, implications on national security and ways government entities and the private sector can work together to shorten the innovation cycle.

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming a global disruptive force that augments the depth, speed and accuracy of decision making, raising significant implications for society.

The rapid digitization of global systems, advancements in computing power and rollout of 5G network are just few enablers that are unlocking new possibilities for the evolution of data science and for the development of machine learning algorithms and neural networks - prerequisites for the ultimate creation of artificial general intelligence.

The future environment where human decision making is increasingly replaced by AI would mark a fundamental transformation of defense and security ecosystems on an operational as well as strategic level. Combat autonomy, precise capability planning, enhanced medical diagnostics and automated enterprise management are just a few areas to be impacted.

The track offers an introduction into the world of AI and evaluates recent trends, developments and applications. It spotlights data as the key strategic asset of the future that give nations that harness it a decisive advantage. It reviews the importance of both the hardware (IT infrastructure) and software and compute power (algorithms) for the development of AI capabilities. It also facilitates an in-depth discussion into the areas where AI can be deployed within the defense ecosystem and the benefits it offers.

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