This conference will bring together senior air force leaders, alongside policymakers and experts from the industry and think tanks, to discuss and debate optimal paths for the future. As an independent voice, RUSI offers a neutral and critical space to have these vital discussions, and provides for other members of the air power community to engage openly as an audience. Many countries – including the UK – are looking towards another round of defence reviews, with ever more being asked of force planners and budget-holders in the face of a deteriorating security outlook. Therefore, these timely discussions will help generate mutual understanding and ideas for how NATO countries can meet their defence and deterrence needs together.


09:00 - 09:25 Registration

Tea, coffee and other rereshments will be available for conference delegates during registration.

09:30 - 10:45 In Conversation: The Global Threat Trajectory

Michael Kofman, Senior Russia Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for Peace
The Course of the War in Ukraine, Russian Politics and Long-Term Threat

Dr Sophy Antrobus, Research Fellow, Freeman Air and Space Institute
RAF Challenges and Opportunities this Decade

Professor Justin Bronk, Senior Research Fellow for Airpower, RUSI
Military Trajectory in Ukraine and Implications for NATO Air Forces

10:45 - 11:10 Coffee Break

Refreshments will be available for conference delegates.

11:15 - 12:30 Turning the Ship Around - Refocusing on Warfighting

Chair: Professor Justin Bronk, Senior Research Fellow for Airpower, RUSI


Lt Gen. André "Jabba" Steur, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force
Reforging RNLAF’s Warfighting Edge to Fight Tonight and Tomorrow

Maj. Gen. Cezary Wiśniewski, Deputy General Commander, Polish Armed Forces
Rapid Acquisition and Force Readiness Growth to Bolster Deterrence

Air Cdre Blythe Crawford, Commandant, Air and Space Warfare Centre, RAF
Driving Electronic Warfare and C2 Transformation for the Royal Air Force         

Jonas Grönberg, Head of Strategy and Portfolio – Electronic Warfare, Saab AB
Rapidly Enhancing European Electronic Attack Capabilities

12:30 - 13:10 Lunch

Lunch will be provided to conference delegates.

13:15 - 14:30 Complementary Specialisation: The Nordic Air Forces

Chair: Matthew Savill, Director Military Sciences, RUSI


Maj. Gen Jonas Wikman, Chief of the Swedish Air Force
Swedish Air Force Specialisation Options to Complement Nordic Allies

Col. Søren Andersen, Director of Operations, Royal Danish Air Force
Danish Air Power and the Nordic Air Power Concept

Lt. Col. Jan Bjurström, Deputy Director Air Operations Centre, Finnish Air Force
Nordic Air Power on the Eastern Border

Royal Norwegian Air Force speaker (Name TBC)
Containing the Bastion on Europe’s Northern Flank

14:30 - 14:45 Coffee Break

Tea and coffee will be available for conference delegates.

14:45 - 16:00 Balancing Next-Generation Programmes and Force Modernisation

Chair: Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo, European Correspondent for Defense News


Lt. Gen. Richard Moore, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, US Air Force
Balancing Modernization & Current Operations

Maj. Gen. Vincent Chusseau, Chief of Capability Development, French Air Force
Rafale F4R, F5R and SCAF – the Future of the Armée de L’Air et de L’Espace

Richard Hamilton, Managing Director, Europe & International, BAE Systems Air
The Route to Combat Air Resilience

Amelia Gould, Managing Director, Helsing UK
Applying lessons from Ukraine to Rapidly Iterate Capabilities

16:00 - 16:45 Closing Keynote Address

Chair: Professor Justin Bronk, Senior Research Fellow for Airpower, RUSI

Speaker: Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Knighton, Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Air Force