The Refresh of the Defence Command Paper: Implications for British defence

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20 July 2023 at 08:15 09:45 BST

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.

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Keynote speaker

Dr Rob Johnson

Director, Secretary of State’s Office of Net Assessment and Challenge (SONAC), Ministry of Defence

Dr Rob Johnson is the Director of the newly established Secretary of State’s Office of Net Assessment and Challenge (SONAC) at the Ministry of Defence.  He was previously the Director of the Oxford Changing Character of War Centre and a Senior Research fellow at Pembroke College Oxford.  He has also advised and delivered direct support to government and armed forces in defence and security matters, including the United States, Europe and Australia.

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.


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