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Inside DSEI Issue 12 February 2017

Evolving capability, evolving workforce While equipment and On Day Four (Friday 15 September) of DSEI, militaries, governments, industry and academia are invited to join in discussions about the sector’s evolving workforce. It has been argued that the sector’s dedicated workforce should be viewed as a capability rather than a resource and that much of the cutting-edge technology emerging from the corners of the supply chain is only as good as the people who use it. However, the evolution of defence & security capability is outpacing workforce development. In an era of digital and smart technology, an ageing workforce is at risk of possessing skills which, without adequate recalibration through training, may become redundant. Yet the gradual loss of traditional skills that are still vital to manufacturing, for example, will undoubtedly impact areas, such as maintenance, which often depend on an engineer’s training, experience and dexterity. The increasing demand for brains that don’t just excel in, but can command cyberspace, is prevalent in finance, commerce and a plethora of sectors globally, making talent acquisition in this area extremely competitive for defence & security. Indeed, inspiring the next generation to pursue a career in any STEM field is challenging industry and governments on a global scale, and arguably has an impact on a nation’s ability to produce indigenous capabilities. On the frontline we are seeing women in combat roles for the first time and an increasingly interchangeable force of regulars and reserves, underpinning the need for diversity and adaptability in order to achieve force optimisation. Advances in frontline medical care supports the physical and mental health of servicemen. Their general wellbeing is becoming increasingly important not only for productivity but retention. In other areas of force development, the mental agility needed to operate smarter and faster systems and integrated platforms is redefining training and doctrine. procurement is the traditional core focus of DSEI, the event in 2017 will expand its content to cover what is considered by many to be the most important capability of all – the People & Skills of the defence & security sector. If you are interested in presenting at or sponsoring People & Skills Day please contact: Suminh Tham, DSEI Content Manager T: +44 (0) 20 7384 7789 / E: suminh.tham@clarionevents.com 22 PEOPLE & SKILLS DAY


Inside DSEI Issue 12 February 2017
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