The changing character of naval warfare

Our Geostrategy Forum convenes and connects prominent stakeholders for monthly breakfast discussions on key geostrategic issues and foreign, defence and international trade policy matters. A keynote speaker discusses a prominent topic before invited guests exchange their views and ideas in a roundtable format.

The Geostrategy Forum takes place once a month at the In and Out Naval and Military Club. Events are by invitation only and take place strictly off the record.

Keynote speaker

R. Adm. Robert Pedre

Commander, United Kingdom Strike Force

Rear Admiral Robert Pedre is the Commander United Kingdom Strike Force. Selected for promotion to Rear Admiral in 2021, over his extensive career he has held a number of roles in the Royal Navy. In his early career as a Commander, he joined HMS Cumberland as the Executive Officer and Second in Command, which included a 7-month operational deployment to the Middle East. His command of HMS Richmond in 2012 included an operational deployment to the South Atlantic and Defence Engagement visits to 5 continents. As Commander of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship HMS Ocean in 2016, his role featured deployment to the Arabian gulf and Eastern Mediterranean deployment. As Deputy Commander United Kingdom Strike Force in 2022, he supported planning for NATO’s largest Arctic exercise in 30 years. In his role as Commander Littoral Strike Group, he was involved in the inaugural Littoral Response Group deployment to the Mediterranean, Black Sea and North Africa, and command of post-Brexit maritime security.

Honorary chair

Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter OBE

Honorary Chair, Geostrategy Forum

Dr Carl Hunter OBE is Chairman of Coltraco Ultrasonics, a high-exporting advanced manufacturer. He is also: Chairman of the British Exporters Association; Director-General of the Durham Institute of Research, Development and Invention; Director of the Centre of Underwater Acoustic Analysis; Professor-in-Practice at Durham University Business School; Visiting Fellow of the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre; and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.


In and Out Naval and Military Club

4 St James’s Square
London,SW1Y 4JUUnited Kingdom
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