Rapid advances in technology have and will continue to shape the nature of military and security operations. Today, defence forces and security agencies have to deal with diverse and complex missions, ranging from counter-terrorism to cybersecurity and hybrid warfare. Innovative concepts of operation will be required. The development and sustenance of defence and security capabilities are correspondingly getting increasingly difficult and challenging. Deciding on the technologies to invest in and transitioning them quickly to the forces is no small feat. However, there are opportunities for collaboration.

The Singapore Defence Technology Summit or "Tech Summit" in short is a unique gathering of global thought leaders from defence, security establishments, industry, academia and think tanks to network, confer and collaborate in the development of defence and security capabilities.

Attendees will include:

  • Defence technology policy makers
  • National armament directors responsible for capability development
  • Chief Defence Scientists responsible for research and development
  • Chief Executive Officers and Chief Technology Officers from the industry
  • Thought leaders from academia and think tanks

Programme

Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on Defence and Security

Guest of Honour: Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Singapore

Time Programme
1800hrs

Cocktail Reception followed by Opening Dinner

Welcome Address by Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence, Singapore

Time Programme
0815hrs Registration Opens
0900hrs Welcome Remarks
0910hrs Keynote Address by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Singapore
0930hrs

Plenary Session 1 - Opportunities and Challenges for Defence and Security

Moderator: Dr Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; Director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, USA

Speakers include:

  • Dr Daniel Gold, Head, Directorate of Defense Research and Development, Israel
  • IGA Caroline Laurent, Director, Strategy Directorate, Directorate-General for Armaments, France
  • Mr Jan-Olof Lind, Director General and President, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden
  • Dr Brian Pierce, Director Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, USA
  • Mr Quek Gim Pew, Chief Defence Scientist and Future Systems & Technology Architect, Singapore
1130hrs Lunch
1330hrs

Plenary Session 2 – Technological Advancements and Disruptions

Moderator: Dr Anthony Tether, Former Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, USA

Speakers include:

1530hrs

Tea Break

1600hrs

Plenary Session 3 – Innovation through Collaboration

Moderator: Prof Low Teck Seng, Chief Executive Officer, National Research Foundation, Singapore

Speakers include:

1800hrs Networking Cocktail followed by Dinner
Time Programme
0900hrs

Breakout Session 1: Realising the Potential of Autonomous Systems

Moderator: Mr John Markoff, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Author of Machines of Loving Grace, USA

Speakers include:

  • Dr Nicolas Chapados, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Element AI, Canada
  • Robert Latiff, Consultant and Author of Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield, USA
  • Dr Robert W Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist, US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, USA

OR

Breakout Session 2: Finding the Terrorist in Big and Small Data

Moderator: Mr Cheong Chee Hoo, Chief Executive Officer, DSO National Laboratories, Singapore

Speakers include:

  • Prof Anthony Finkelstein, Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security, UK
  • Dr Kira Radinsky, Chief Scientist and Director of Data Science, eBay, Israel
  • Prof Neil Robertson, Founding Chief Technology Officer, AnyVision; Professor of Research for Image and Vision Systems and Director of Research for Data Science and Scalable Computing, Queen’s University of Belfast, UK
  • Dr Wu Shuang, Scientist, Head of Research in Singapore and Silicon Valley, YITU Technology, People’s Republic of China

OR

Breakout Session 3: Forging a New Cyber Security Paradigm

Moderator: Mr David Koh, Deputy Secretary (Special Projects) and Defence Cyber Chief, Ministry of Defence; Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency, Singapore

Speakers include:

  • Keith Alexander, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, IronNet Cybersecurity, USA
  • Mr Srinivasan CR, Chief Digital Officer, Tata Communications, India
  • Prof Stuart Madnick, John Norris Maguire Professor of Information Technologies, MIT Sloan School of Management and Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT School of Engineering; Founding Director of MIT's Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, USA
  • Mr Hudi Zack, Chief Executive Director, Technology Unit, Israel National Cyber Directorate, Israel
1100hrs Tea Break
1130hrs

Summary Plenary

Moderator: Dr Linton Wells II, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense and Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, USA

Panellists include:

  • Mr Peter Ho, Senior Advisor, Centre for Strategic Futures, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore
  • Mr Frank Kendall, Former Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), USA
  • Mr Rafi Maor, Former Chairman of Israel Aerospace Industries, Israel
  • Dr Thomas Philbeck, Head of Science and Technology Studies, World Economic Forum, Switzerland
1300hrs Lunch
1430hrs

Site Visits (choice of one)

  • Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE)
  • DSO National Laboratories
  • Littoral Mission Vessel
  • Port Operations Control Centre
  • Singtel's Future Now Innovation Centre
  • Smart Airbase of the Future
  • ST Engineering
  • Woodlands Checkpoint
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Organisers and Partners

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Strategic Partner
Diamond Partners
Platinum Partners
Event Organiser
Held In

Venue

Shangri-La Hotel
22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Preferential rates for guest rooms have been secured for Tech Summit attendees. Book directly through this link for stays between 27 and 30 June or contact the following if you wish to stay beyond the specified dates or in other room types:
Name: Ms Surhana Sayudi
Tel: +65 6213 4841
Fax: +65 6735 3257

Media

For media enquiries, please email media@dsta.gov.sg.

2 Jul 2018

OpenGov: DSTA Forges Partnerships to Boost Data Analytics, Digital Technologies and Defence Research

3D Printing Industry: DSTA, Airbus, and Boeing to use Additive Manufacturing for Aircraft Maintenance

MRO-Network: Singapore’s DSTA Working with Airbus, Boeing on Maintenance

30 Jun 2018

The Straits Times: As Tech Evolves, So Do Security Needs

Hankyung News: President of Samsung SDS Hong Won-Pyo Met with Singapore Prime Minister to Discuss Advanced Technologies such as AI, IOT for National Defence Applications

29 Jun 2018

The Straits Times: S'pore Signs Agreements at Defence Tech Summit

The Business Times: Singapore Inks MOUs with UK to Strengthen Air Force and Boosting National Security

The New Paper: S’pore Inks Deals with Britain, Aviation Firms to Boost Air Force

Lianhe Zaobao: Singapore and UK Extend Defence Technology Research Collaboration

Lianhe Zaobao: Teo Chee Hean Calls On Governments, Private Firms and Academia From Around the World to Join Hands Against New Threats Posed by Rapid Technological Change

Channel NewsAsia: Digital Triage and Data-Driven Decisions in Defence, This eBay Data Scientist is Doing Them All

TODAY: Experts Speak Out Against ‘Fear-Mongering’ Over Data Privacy Concerns

TODAY: Be Wary of ‘Low Tech’ Threats, Even as Disruptive New Technologies Dominate Headlines: Peter Ho

Pioneer: Readying Defence and Security to Meet New Tech Challenges

Power 98

Transcript of Power 98 News Report

29 Jun, 6pm and 7pm

To achieve Singapore’s vision of a smart nation, its people need to keep up with developments in the area of defence and security – Permanent Secretary for Defence Development Neo Kian Hong said this at a press conference at the closing of the three-day Singapore Defence Technology Summit.

Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) Neo Kian Hong:

“One is understanding the technology; second is understanding the policies and the regulations; and thirdly, it’s educating the people. You need all three pieces to move in tandem. Otherwise, if somebody is left behind, it will be very difficult.”

Mr Neo also highlighted the importance of the inaugural summit in the Asia-Pacific region.

Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) Neo Kian Hong:

“Shangri-La Dialogue talks about defence security policies, but when we look at this region, there is a gap in defence technology. So many of the participants, when we asked them ‘Why did you choose to come?’ and they said ‘Well, Asia is emerging’. And I think this is one reason.”

Notable areas of discussion among delegates include artificial intelligence, robotics, and the Internet-of-Things, and there are plans for future editions.

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Translated Transcript of Jia 88.3FM News Report

29 Jun, 6pm and 7pm

To achieve Singapore’s vision of a smart nation, its people need to keep up with developments in the area of defence and security – Permanent Secretary for Defence Development Neo Kian Hong said this at a press conference at the closing of the three-day Singapore Defence Technology Summit.

Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) Neo Kian Hong:

“One is understanding the technology; second is understanding the policies and the regulations; and thirdly, it’s educating the people. You need all three pieces to move in tandem. Otherwise, if somebody is left behind, it will be very difficult.”

Mr Neo also highlighted the importance of the inaugural summit in the Asia-Pacific region.

Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) Neo Kian Hong:

“Shangri-La Dialogue talks about defence security policies, but when we look at this region, there is a gap in defence technology. So many of the participants, when we asked them ‘Why did you choose to come?’ and they said ‘Well, Asia is emerging’. And I think this is one reason.”

Notable areas of discussion among delegates include artificial intelligence, robotics, and the Internet-of-Things, and there are plans for future editions.

Channel NewsAsia: Chinese AI Unicorn SenseTime Signs MOU with 3 Singapore Organisations

IHS Jane’s: Singapore, UK Renew MOU on Co-operative Defence Research

Air Force Technology: DSTA and Boeing to Conduct Joint Research on Data Analytics

Singapore Business Review: DSTA Inks Deals with Airbus and Boeing for Tech and Analytics

Aviation Today: Boeing Developing Performance Analytics with Singapore Defense Agency

Defence Review Asia: Airbus and Singapore’s DSTA to Collaborate on Maintenance Activities

28 Jun 2018

The Straits Times: Singapore Signs Agreements with Britain and Aviation Firms to Strengthen Air Force, Boost Counter-Terrorism Measures

The Straits Times: Singapore Can Play Role to Advance Humanity, Peace: Ng Eng Hen

Lianhe Zaobao: Teo Chee Hean: Govt, Private Firms and Academia Should Collaborate to Manage Security Issues Brought About by Technology Revolution

Channel NewsAsia: Codes of Practice Need to be Established for New Technologies: DPM Teo

TODAY: Govts, Private Firms Need to Join Hands Against New Threats Posed by Rapid Technological Change: DPM Teo

Channel 8 News: Teo Chee Hean: Various Sectors Need to Strengthen Collaboration to Manage Challenges Brought About by Technology | Transcript

Translated Transcript of Channel 8 News, 28 Jun

As technologies brings new opportunities for governments and commercial companies, they also bring along new challenges. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean says that while searching for new solutions, governments, commercial companies and academia also need to strengthen collaboration to resolve the issues.

Commercially available drones are becoming more affordable and advanced. In light of this, they have been used by criminals to smuggle illicit goods and by terrorists to drop bombs. Speaking at the inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean says defence and security agencies around the world are barely keeping pace with such threats posed by technology. Thus, there is a need to share knowledge.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean: “Governments, industries and academia need to share strategies and knowledge. And we must start the conversation now to address governance and ethical concerns related to the use of these technologies.”

At the Summit, the Republic and the United Kingdom renewed an agreement for the next 10 years to conduct joint defence research and technology development. The Defence Science and Technology Agency, or DSTA, also signed two agreements. One was with Boeing to jointly develop a tool to analyse data from Singapore’s air force fleet for predictive analytics like smart maintenance. And another was with Airbus to pool their engineering expertise in areas like data analytics, virtual reality and 3D printing.

Channel 8 News Tonight | Transcript

Translated Transcript of Channel 8 News, 28 Jun

As technologies brings new opportunities for governments and commercial companies, they also bring along new challenges. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean says that while searching for new solutions, governments, commercial companies and academia also need to strengthen collaboration to resolve the issues.

Commercially available drones are becoming more affordable and advanced. In light of this, they have been used by criminals to smuggle illicit goods and by terrorists to drop bombs. Speaking at the inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean says defence and security agencies around the world are barely keeping pace with such threats posed by technology. Thus, there is a need to share knowledge.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean: “Governments, industries and academia need to share strategies and knowledge. And we must start the conversation now to address governance and ethical concerns related to the use of these technologies.”

At the Summit, the Republic and the United Kingdom renewed an agreement for the next 10 years to conduct joint defence research and technology development. The Defence Science and Technology Agency, or DSTA, also signed two agreements. One was with Boeing to jointly develop a tool to analyse data from Singapore’s air force fleet for predictive analytics like smart maintenance. And another was with Airbus to pool their engineering expertise in areas like data analytics, virtual reality and 3D printing.

Channel NewsAsia: Singapore Tonight | Transcript

Transcript of Channel NewsAsia Singapore Tonight, 28 Jun

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean has called for more collaboration to tackle security challenges posed by technology, with governments and commercial operators struggling to find solutions. He made the point at the inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit, which saw Singapore ink agreements with the UK and aircraft companies.

Commercially available drones are becoming more affordable and advanced. In light of this, they have been used by criminals to smuggle illicit goods and by terrorists to drop bombs. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean says defence and security agencies around the world are barely keeping pace with such threats posed by technology. Thus, there is a need to share knowledge.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean: “As economies become more integrated and connected digitally, governments, companies and academia need to form partnerships to better address issues that cut across sectors and national boundaries. The more interconnected we are, and the more we rely on key nodes and critical infrastructures, the higher the concentration risks. And these can result in not just a local disruption but potentially a system-wide or even a global one.”

At the Summit, the Republic and the United Kingdom renewed an agreement for the next 10 years to conduct joint defence research and technology development.

UK MOD Chief Scientific Adviser Prof Hugh Durrant-Whyte: “We are very interested in the area of maritime autonomy, so the ability to which we can bring machine learning, AI and robotics to the marine domain. We both have common problems in changing demographics in terms of the way we could crew ships, Singapore has done a lot of very impressive work in the area already. At the same time, we need to use those assets to protect trade routes and so on, and the UK has many years of experience of doing this.”

The Defence Science and Technology Agency, or DSTA, also signed two agreements. One was with Boeing to jointly develop a tool to analyse data from Singapore’s air force fleet for predictive analytics like smart maintenance. And another was with Airbus to pool their engineering expertise in areas like virtual reality. On display at the event was a new fleet management system developed by DSTA, which will help the Singapore Armed Forces track their military assets and optimise their performance.

DSTA Principal Engineer (Enterprise IT) Ho Chi Ming: "Our SAF defense systems are becoming increasingly complex to maintain and there's a need to better optimise our operating expenditure. Some of the system health data from our platforms can actually be used to develop predictive maintenance models to help us detect system failures early."

The platform is on trial, and the first phase of implementation will be completed by the end of the year.

Lianhe Zaobao: Singapore Can Promote the Exchange of Knowledge in Technology and Other Areas: Ng Eng Hen

Berita Harian: Eng Hen, Kerjasama Pemerintah, Swasta Dalam R&D Dorong Ciptaan, Teknologi Baru

(28 Jun) Suria: Kod Amalan Perlu Ditetapkan Bagi Teknologi Baru: DPM Teo

TODAY: Unconventional Threats a ‘Game-Changer’ for Militaries

The New Paper: Singapore Can Be ‘Safe Haven’ to Help Advance Peace: Minister

Pioneer: Building Collaboration to Boost Defence and Security Tech

OpenGov: DPM Highlights New Opportunities and Partnerships at Inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit

Xinhua: Singapore's Deputy PM Calls for New Partnerships to Address Security Issues

China Internet Information Centre: Singapore's Deputy PM Calls for New Partnerships to Address Security Issues

Vietnam Breaking News: Singapore Enhances Efforts Against Threats of Technology Development

Channel NewsAsia: AI Development Targets Graduate Jobs, Causes Polarisation in Labour Market: UK Official

TODAY: Facial Recognition, Detection Technology Helps Locate Lost Elders in Matter of Hours

IHS Jane's: Singapore Signs Digital Technology Accords with Boeing and Airbus

Connected to India: International community should come up with codes of practice for new technologies: DPM Teo

Global Times: Singapore's Deputy PM Calls for New Partnerships to Address Security Issues

Xinhua: Singapore Joins Hands with Aviation Giants in Exploiting Digital Technologies

IndraStra: Singapore's DSTA Join Hands with Global Aerospace Majors for Digital Technologies

The Diplomat: Singapore-UK Defense Relations in Focus With New Pact

Defence World: Boeing Signs Data Analytics Research Agreement With Singapore’s DSTA

China Economic Net: Singapore Joins Hands with Aviation Giants in Exploiting Digital Technologies

DevDiscourse: DSTA Inks Agreement with Boeing for Joint Research on Data Analytics

Defence Aerospace: Singapore and the UK Affirm Long-Standing Defence Technology Relations with Renewal of MOU on Cooperative Defence Research

27 Jun 2018

The Straits Times: Singapore’s Next-Frontier Defence Innovation

The Straits Times: Singapore Wants to be a Place to Contest Ideas, Share Perspectives: Ng Eng Hen

Channel NewsAsia: Huge Investments Being Made in Tech, But Security Remains a Concern: Ng Eng Hen

Channel NewsAsia: Huge Investments Being Made in Tech, But Security Remains a Concern: Ng Eng Hen | Transcript

Transcript of Channel NewsAsia Singapore Tonight, 27 Jun

The inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit kicked off this evening and some 400 delegates from 15 countries are here to exchange knowledge on military technology.

This three-day event, which is organised by Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency, aims to gather defence experts from around the world to network and increase Singapore’s access to new ideas. The theme for the summit is the “Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Defence and Security”. Now basically it will look at how technology is blurring the lines between our physical and virtual worlds. Some topics that will be discussed include the potential of artificial intelligence and the ethical implications of allowing machines to make decisions. Another topic would be how data can be harnessed to, for example, pre-empt terrorist attacks. Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen gave the welcome address at the opening dinner on Wednesday evening, but he highlighted the opportunity and risk that emerging technologies can bring.

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen:

“The Singapore Armed Forces has also begun our journey in the deployment of artificial intelligence. For example, unmanned watchtowers watch over key installations here like Jurong Island, a petrochemical hub. These unmanned watchtowers combine inputs from a range of sensors, utilise machine learning to improve their ability to detect and identify threats, and cue operational responses. How do we ensure that new technologies do not undermine our collective security?”

Almost 40 international experts will lead a series of plenary and breakout sessions throughout the event.

Channel NewsAsia: Singapore Tonight | Transcript

Transcript of Channel NewsAsia Singapore Tonight, 27 Jun

The inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit kicked off this evening and some 400 delegates from 15 countries are here to exchange knowledge on military technology.

This three-day event, which is organised by Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency, aims to gather defence experts from around the world to network and increase Singapore’s access to new ideas. The theme for the summit is the “Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Defence and Security”. Now basically it will look at how technology is blurring the lines between our physical and virtual worlds. Some topics that will be discussed include the potential of artificial intelligence and the ethical implications of allowing machines to make decisions. Another topic would be how data can be harnessed to, for example, pre-empt terrorist attacks. Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen gave the welcome address at the opening dinner on Wednesday evening, but he highlighted the opportunity and risk that emerging technologies can bring.

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen:

“The Singapore Armed Forces has also begun our journey in the deployment of artificial intelligence. For example, unmanned watchtowers watch over key installations here like Jurong Island, a petrochemical hub. These unmanned watchtowers combine inputs from a range of sensors, utilise machine learning to improve their ability to detect and identify threats, and cue operational responses. How do we ensure that new technologies do not undermine our collective security?”

Almost 40 international experts will lead a series of plenary and breakout sessions throughout the event.

Channel 8 News: Inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit Kicks Off | Transcript

Transcript of Channel 8 News, 27 Jun

The inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit has kicked off. Some 400 delegates from 15 countries gathered in Singapore to exchange knowledge on military technology. The theme for the summit is the “Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Defence and Security”. Speaking at the opening dinner, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen highlighted the opportunity and risk that emerging technologies can bring. The three-day summit is organised by the Defence Science and Technology Agency.

TODAY: Public and Private Sector Partnerships in Defence Technology Throw Up ‘Tough Questions and Moral Dilemmas’: Ng Eng Hen

Xinhua: Singapore Hosts Defence Technology Summit to Advance Peace, Enable Progress in Humanity: Minister

China Internet Information Centre: Singapore Hosts Defence Technology Summit to Advance Peace, Enable Progress in Humanity: Minister

Berita Harian: Pelaburan Besar Dalam Teknologi, Tapi Keselamatan Tetap Satu Keprihatinan: Ng Eng Hen

25 Jun 2018

The Straits Times: Defence Tech Summit Starts This Week

Lianhe Zaobao: Experts Gather at Singapore Defence Tech Summit to Discuss Iimpact of Fourth Industrial Revolution

Channel NewsAsia: Singapore Tonight | Transcript

Transcript of Channel NewsAsia Singapore Tonight, 25 Jun

The inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit will be held over three days starting this Wednesday at Shangri-La Hotel. Over 400 policymakers, industry experts and academics from 15 countries will meet to discuss new opportunities for military technology. The theme of the summit is the impact of technology on defence and security, and 38 global experts and luminaries are expected to lead a series of plenary and breakout sessions over the three-day conference. Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will be delivering keynote addresses at the event. The Defence Science and Technology Agency says it hopes the summit will spur further innovation.

DSTA Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) Hor Gar Yin: “Artificial Intelligence is a new area, data analytics, as well as robotics, so most of these technology can help us to reduce manpower to be able to sift data from massive databases as well as to help in analytics to better our support for systems that we deliver to the SAF.”

Channel 5 News | Transcript

Transcript of Channel NewsAsia Singapore Tonight, 25 Jun

The inaugural Singapore Defence Technology Summit begins on Wednesday at Shangri-La Hotel. Over 400 policymakers, industry experts and academics from 15 countries will meet to discuss new opportunities for military technology. The summit’s theme is the impact of technology on defence and security. Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will be delivering keynote addresses. The Defence Science and Technology Agency says it hopes the summit will spur further innovation.

DSTA Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) Hor Gar Yin: “Artificial Intelligence is a new area, data analytics, as well as robotics, so most of these technology can help us to reduce manpower to be able to sift data from massive databases as well as to help in analytics to better our support for systems that we deliver to the SAF.”

23 Jun 2018

Senang Diri: DSTA Organises First Technology Summit for Key Players in World’s Defence Technology Arena

Lianhe Zaobao: Singapore’s Next-Frontier Defence Innovation