Securing Operational Superiority
Through Defense Innovation: A UK Perspective

Philip Dunne MP
Minister for Defense Equipment, Support, and Technology
Ministry of Defense

Moderated by:
Steven Grundman
M.A. and George Lund Fellow
Atlantic Council

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The Atlantic Council is pleased to announce that Philip Dunne MP, the United Kingdom’s Minister for Defense Equipment, Support, and Technology, will give an Atlantic Council Defense-Industrial Policy address entitled “Securing Operational Superiority Through Defense Innovation: A UK Perspective”, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17th, at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters.

Mr. Dunne’s address will highlight the importance of allies and partners in ensuring technological superiority over potential adversaries. Drawing on the strong history of collaboration between the United Kingdom and the United States addressing complex problems by innovation, the minister will advocate the potential for the United Kingdom’s engagement in the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Initiative. A discussion and question and answer will follow.

Mr. Dunne was appointed minister for defense equipment, support, and technology in September 2012, a position with responsibility for delivering the MOD’s equipment and support plan, reform of defense acquisition, defense exports, science and technology, and space security. Mr. Dunne is member of parliament for the constituency of Ludlow in Shropshire, which he has represented since 2005. Before politics, Mr. Dunne had a twenty year business career in investment banking and is also the former chairman of a Venture Capital Trust.

The Defense-Industrial Policy Series is a platform for senior government executives in defense and aerospace to address the public policies that shape these industries’ markets. By engaging the perspective of government leaders about issues at the interface of defense ministries and industries, the series aims to cultivate a constituency for practical solutions to these problems.