Senior officials from the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will interact and exchange ideas with leading thinkers, top business executives and defence experts from India, the United Kingdom and the United States at the Island Forum 2009, which will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel from 6 to 8 April. The theme of this year's forum is Complex Networks, Risk and Resilience. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean officiated at the opening reception at the Asian Civilisations Museum this evening.
The diversity of international perspectives at the Island Forum offers useful insights and ideas to draw on for the development of Singapore's defence and military capability. The participants will discuss current and emerging security challenges and the importance of being vigilant to enhance network protection and resilience. The international delegates of Island Forum 2009 include Debora Plunkett, Deputy Director (Information Assurance), National Security Agency, United States; P. Anandan, Managing Director, Microsoft Research India; and Phil Venables, Managing Director and Chief Information Security Officer, Goldman Sachs. This year's Island Forum will also involve senior officials from other ministries such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts.
This is the fourth Island Forum that MINDEF has organised since 2002. In the previous forums, participants discussed Transformation - Experiences in the Military and Industry, Information in Conflict, and Transforming the Ecosystem - topics which are of particular interest to the SAF in an increasingly complex operating environment.