The inaugural Island Forum was opened by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Dr. Tony Tan, this morning (13 Sep). The theme of this inaugural forum is “Transformation - Experiences in the Military and Industry”. It is being held from 12 to 14 Sep 02, with 35 participants from France, Germany, Israel, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Island Forum is a platform to discuss and evaluate emerging ideas and models of transformation impacting on the military and industry. Senior officials of MINDEF and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and leading local corporate figures will meet and exchange views with international thinkers and experts from diverse backgrounds, including the military, industry, media and academia. The three sessions of the Island Forum will examine the key trends in the defence and business arenas and their implications for Singapore; discuss the processes of early warning, strategy and change (including a panel discussion on the roles of innovation and technology in organisational change); and analyse the strategic and operational transformation of the security arena and the military.
Lending his expertise and experience to the Island Forum as lead consultant is Mr. Richard O'Neill, the President of the Highlands Group. The Island Forum is modeled after the Highlands Forum, which is an informal, cross-disciplinary group comprising leaders from industry, academia, government, the arts and professionals from a variety of fields. Sponsored by the United States Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Highlands Forum takes an active interest in information and information technologies and their impact on global and societal activities.