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Daubeny Laboratory
Magdalen College, Oxford

Historically the UK has projected itself as a technological leader, demonstrating a capacity to lead in complex and innovate projects. Conquering technological feats such as supersonic commercial flight and vertical landing of fixed wing aircraft, which has secured an industrial edge for many years. However with an ever more constrained defence budget and with greater scrutiny on defence procurement creating an environment of risk aversion, does the UK have the appetite for Iconic Projects?

In this event we will be returning to first principles to establish what characterises an Iconic Project. This will then lead into a presentations from Mick Mansell, (Retired) Director Future Systems & Concepts, BAE System and Dr Simon Harwood, Director of Defence and Security at Cranfield University. Mick Mansell will discuss the value of Iconic Projects and disruptive technologies using the Harrier aircraft as a case study and reflecting on its role in securing a prime industrial role in the F-35 programme for the UK. Then Dr Harwood will use his extensive background that cuts across government, industry and academia, to discuss whether there is a need for Iconic Projects in Defence before commenting on the role in which each of us plays as part of the Defence Enterprise.

[Dr Simon Harwood bio:]

In true DEF fashion we will be encouraging participation and will be using a number of mediums to get the audience involved. We will also be holding Welcome Drinks from 1830 at the Old Kitchen Bar (see map below).


Agenda (Subject to change)

1900 -1910 Welcome & Icons Board

1910-1940 What is an Iconic Project? - Nick Colosimo, Strategy & Planning Executive and Technologist, BAE Systems (Audience Participation through Voting App)

1940-2010 Experience on Harrier: a UK Iconic Project - Mick Mansell, (Retired) Director Future Systems & Concepts, BAE Systems

2020-2050 Is there a need for Iconic Projects? – Dr Simon Harwood, Director Defence & Security, Cranfield University

2050-2150 The Role of the Defence Enterprise? Group Workshop – Audience Participation

2150-2200 Summary & Wrap-up

2200+ Drinks at the Turf Tavern

fascinating history here:

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