Forces Focus

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The Forces Focus is an opportunity for SMEs and non-traditional Defence suppliers to meet with Front-Line Commands, discuss their requirements and develop new ways of working that can help drive innovation for current and future projects. Forces Focus will offer sustained engagement and provide new perspectives and learning opportunities to crowd-source solutions for problems and roadblocks that hinder the development of key programmes and capabilities. Each FLC in turn will host a Forces Focus programme around a particular area of interest.

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Q2 2022 - Exploring Human-Machine Teaming opportunities for the RAF's future capability

Human Machine Teaming (HMT) is the effective integration of humans, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics into warfighting systems. Rapid technological advances in these areas will combine to enable HMT to transform the future battlespace by accelerating the speed with which systems, commander and warfighters can Sense, Decide and Effect. HMTs will revolutionise not only the equipment with which we fight, but how we fight across the spectrum of conflict and levels of command. 

It is therefore vital that the Royal Air Force starts now to develop optimised HMT, encompassing both current and future capabilities, to maintain operational advantage. The journey towards implementing effective HMT is complex and must be undertaken in partnership with industry so that knowledge and expertise can be shared between the supplier and customer. This event will start to develop a common understanding of the problem sets, opportunities and challenges to start delivering HMT concepts and solutions.

The Forces Focus is an opportunity for SMEs and non-traditional Defence suppliers to meet with Front-Line Commands, discuss their requirements and develop new ways of working that can help drive innovation for current and future projects. Forces Focus will offer sustained engagement and provide new perspectives and learning opportunities to crowd-source solutions for problems and roadblocks that hinder the development of key programmes and capabilities. Each FLC in turn will host a Forces Focus programme around a particular area of interest.

Challenge to Industry

The first step of each Forces Focus programme is a video by the hosting FLC. During the course of this video, they will explain the challenge they are currently facing and which they want input from industry to help solve.

Scroll down to watch Air Vice Marshall Lincoln Taylor's Challenge to Industry.

Live Roundtable Discussion

The challenge is followed by an in-person meeting of around 40 industry representatives. A series of roundtable discussions will focus on a particular aspect of the challenge. This allows the industry to get more details in order to propose useful solutions.

Date: 23 May 2022, London

Online Webinar

In the third month of the programme, participants are then invited to join a webinar during which the Front Line Command will share key insights from the live event discussions, look at the next steps and host a panel and Q&A session.

Date: 4 July 2022, online

Challenge to Industry

Watch Air Vice Marshall Lincoln Taylor's Challenge to Industry, as he invites innovators to meet and explore solutions to the RAF's current roadblocks.