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


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

Cocktail Reception followed by Opening Dinner

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

Time Programme
0815hrs Registration Opens
0900hrs Opening Remarks
0920hrs Keynote Address by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Singapore
0940hrs Tea Break

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 Thomas Burns, Director, Strategic Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, USA
  • BG(Ret) 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
  • Mr Quek Gim Pew, Chief Defence Scientist and Future Systems & Technology Architect, Singapore
1210hrs Lunch

Plenary Session 2 – Technological Advancements and Disruptions

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

Speakers include:


Tea Break


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

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:

  • Mr Amir Husain, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SparkCognition and Author of The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence, USA
  • MG(Ret) Robert Latiff, Consultant and Author of Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield, USA
  • Dr Robert Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist, US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, USA


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


Breakout Session 3: Forging a New Cyber Security Paradigm

Moderator: Mr David Koh, Defence Cyber Chief and Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency, Singapore

Speakers include:

  • GEN(Ret) 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, Acting Chief Executive Director, Technology Unit, Israel National Cyber Directorate, Israel
1100hrs Tea Break

Summary Plenary

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

Panellists include:

  • IGA(Ret) Laurent Collet-Billon, Former Director General, Directorate-General for Armaments, France
  • 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 Thomas Philbeck, Head of Science and Technology Studies, World Economic Forum, Switzerland
1300hrs Lunch

Site Visits (choice of one)

  • Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE)
  • DSO National Laboratories
  • Gardens by the Bay
  • Littoral Mission Vessel
  • NEWater Visitor Center
  • 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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Event Organiser
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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