Minister for Defence, RADM(NS) Teo Chee Hean, graced the Reception Dinner for the Island Forum II this evening. Over the next two days from 16 - 17 Jan 04, about 40 delegates from Australia, India, Israel, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States will share perspectives on the theme "Information in Conflict".
The delegates will examine the different roles that information and information technologies play in conflicts. In particular, they will look at the emerging conceptual trends in the use of information technologies to enhance military capabilities. The discussions will draw on the rich and diverse personal experiences of the delegates, some of whom were closely involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The role of the media in international conflicts and the importance of information operations are also likely to be discussed.
The Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) hosted the first Island Forum in September 2002, with the aim of engaging eminent local and international thinkers and experts on emerging ideas and models of transformation in the military and industry. Designed as an informal forum, its small group setting proved conducive for senior officials of MINDEF and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), to meet and exchange views with thought-leaders from industry, the media, academia and other militaries. The Ministry has decided to regularly host the Island Forum because of the high quality of ideas and perspectives shared at the inaugural event.
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 modelled 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 political, military, economic and social impact.