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Feb
28
5:15 PM17:15

'Russian Approach to Strategy' by Carl Scott CBE AFC FRAeS

Carl Scott CBE AFC FRAeS

A personal perspective on the character of Russian Strategy.  The speaker served as UK Defence Attache in Moscow from 2011 to 2016, offering an opportunity to witness, and attempt to understand, a critical period in the evolving relationship between Russia and its Western neighbours.  The aim is to consider the character of that strategy and its delivery through the decisions to engage in Ukraine and Syria.'

 Carl Scott CBE AFC FRAeS served as a pilot in the Royal Air Force, departing the Service in 2016 as an Air Commodore, having spent 2011 to 2016 in the Russian Federation as the UK Defence Attaché.

Earlier service includes periods in the British Defence Staff in Washington DC; in HQ Land Forces, with responsibility for the training and conduct of operations for UK Battlefield Helicopter forces; in the Ministry of Defence’s Directorate of Overseas Military Activity with responsibility for UK activity in the Gulf Region, and as a member of the Strategic Planning Group which formulated the UK response to the events of 9/11. 

In 2006 he established the UK Joint Helicopter Force in Afghanistan, serving as its first commander.  He served ten years in Special Operations forces, and has travelled extensively in the Gulf region liaising with commanders of the Armed Forces of Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman and Yemen.

He was decorated with the Air Force Cross for gallantry in the air, and made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to the conversation on Russia.  He also holds the French National Defence Medal, Echelon D’Or.

He has served across the spectrum of conflict, in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.  He has lectured at the US National Defence University, the NATO Defence College, the Royal Danish Staff College, the Royal College of Defence Studies in London and the Higher Command and Staff Course at the UK Joint Command and Staff College. 

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Chameleon Wars: An Indian Perspective on The Changing Character of War
Feb
14
5:15 PM17:15

Chameleon Wars: An Indian Perspective on The Changing Character of War

Chameleon Wars: An Indian Perspective on The Changing Character of War

Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam (Retd)

Since independence from colonial rule in 1947, India's armed forces have played an important role in preserving the fabric of a secular, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nation-state that many predicted would not survive for long. After the US and Israel, no other democracy in the post WW-II era has had to employ force as a tool of statecraft that has spread across multiple genres of warfare that have ranged from conventional conflict in varied terrain under a nuclear overhang, to varied hues of sub-conventional conflict. In such a milieu, it is imperative to investigate and analyse the contemporary 'Indian Way of War Fighting' from a strategic and applied historical perspective.

Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam (Retd) is a fighter pilot-scholar-author who recently retired from the Indian Air Force after 36 years in uniform. He is an experienced fighter pilot and pilot instructor who has flown MiG-21s and Mirage-2000s. Among his notable command and staff assignments have been command of a Mig-21 squadron, Chief Operations Officer of a SU-30 base, command of large flying base and a stint as an Assistant Chief of Air Staff looking after Space, Concepts and Doctrine. He has been at the forefront of Professional Military Education in India’s armed forces and served as a faculty member at the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) and National Defence College (NDC). He has also served as part of the Indian Military Advisory Team in Zambia.

 A P.h.D in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras, India, he is a prolific writer, strategic commentator, and military historian and writes in the public domain for reputed journals, magazines and newspapers. He is the author of three books including the well-received ‘India’s Wars: A Military History 1947-1971’ that has been published in India by Harper Collins and has been recently published in the US by the US Naval Institute Press. His other books are titled ‘Reflections of an Air Warrior’ and ‘Wider Horizons: Perspectives on National Security, Air Power & Leadership.

He was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Asia Center to research and write the sequel to his book on war and conflict in contemporary India (1972-2015). He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Power Studies in Washington D.C, and a contributing editor at The Print, an online news and opinion platform. On his current sabbatical, he has lectured at Harvard, MIT, Georgetown, Emory, Georgia Tech, Air War College, NDU and the Carnegie Endowment and is slated to speak extensively on his work at war colleges and universities across the US prior to joining the CCW in January 2018 for the Hilary and Trinity Term. 

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'The Distribution of Power in Cyberspace: adjusting to the new seam of power competition' by Professor Richard Harknett (Cincinnatti) 
Jan
31
5:15 PM17:15

'The Distribution of Power in Cyberspace: adjusting to the new seam of power competition' by Professor Richard Harknett (Cincinnatti) 

What is the distribution of power in cyberspace? What defines it, shapes it and stabilizes it?  In examining these subset questions, this paper concludes that cyberspace should be understood as a new seam in global power competition. The manner in which cyber power is distributed will be a crucial variable in explaining the dynamics of 21st Century war, peace, and, most importantly, strategic behavior that sits between those two traditional categories.

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