International Scientific Conference

“MILITARY STRATEGY COORDINATES UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF A SYNERGISTIC APPROACH
TO RESILIENCE IN THE SECURITY FIELD”

Romanian Military Thinking
Bucharest, 12-14 November 2020

CONFERENCE SECTIONS
 
INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY

      The relation between intelligence and the concept of (national and international) security is meant to explain and promote common defence policies, generated following the decisions adopted not only during the NATO Summits of the past decade but also at the European Union level. A new arms race, asymmetrical threats, cybersecurity or the impact of artificial intelligence on security are only a few of the aspects that have resulted in reviewing the priorities of international actors in the field of security and defence. The COVID-19 pandemic is the most recent challenge humanity has to face, and the scale of the crisis will undoubtedly have significant effects on security at the global level. The way in which the great actors will manage the effects of the crisis is a question to be answered. A debate in this regard may provide not only clarification but also subjects for analysis in terms of the less visible or more difficult to anticipate aspects.
 
Themes:
  • Consolidation of the national defence system resilience, at the strategic level;
  • Smart Power – a strategic model for the 21st century;
  • The place and role of the Military Strategy within the National Security Strategy of Romania 2020-2025;
  • Military strategy at the level of NATO and the European Union;
  • A possible NATO strategy: from the Atlantic to the global level, the role of the European Union;

Round-table discussions:
 
  • Consolidation of the national defence system resilience, at the strategic level;
  • The relation between economy and military strategy. National defence industry: present and future.
  
MILITARY THEORY AND ART
    
Within this section, the objective is to emphasise the complex interaction between theory and practice in the military field by referring to the main concepts and technologies that have led to the evolution of military strategy throughout time. The focus will be on the current technological revolution and on the adaptation of military actions in the context of the emergence and development of COVID-19 pandemic.

Themes:
 
  • Strategic Communication/Fake news and Information Warfare;
  • Military leadership in the Romanian Armed Forces: from the platoon level to the strategic one;
  • Military power in the 21st century. Fundamentals of military strategy in the case of small and medium powers;
  • Military actions in the 21st century. Influence of cyber operations;
  • Influence of multi-domain operations on military strategy;
  • Perspectives of modern war and armed combat;
  • Fog on the first day of crisis/conflict/war/epidemic.

Round-table discussions:
  • Strategic Communication/Fake news and Information Warfare.
 
 
 
DEFENCE RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
 
The pace of change as well as of the transformation entailed by the new revolution in military affairs has quickened lately, especially after the attacks on 11 September 2001. Although the essence of war has remained unchanged, the forms and procedures of military action, armed combat included, have evolved, depending on the features of the strategic security environment as well as on the forces, means, weapon systems, policies and strategies. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the conduct of military actions, having profound implications for resources management, education, and military actions organisation. 

Themes:
 
  • Military resources management in a time of pandemic;
  • Military education: perspectives of adaptation to the new reality;
  • Romanian Armed Forces development strategy in the 2020-2040 period;
  • Strategy for the development of military mobility and of the logistical system in the Romanian Armed Forces;
  • Development of capabilities for high manoeuvre in operations and for the engagement in asymmetrical operations.

Round-table discussion: Defence resources management and the forces mobilisation system in the 21st century. Territorial versus professional troops
 
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