Ireland’s Defence and Defence Forces – Emerging Challenges and Opportunities

As part of its outreach programme, ARCO will host a panel discussion on emerging security challenges facing the nation and the Defence Forces, on Thursday 22 September 2022, in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, commencing at 1900hrs.

Registration is by Eventbrite, attendance is not confined to ARCO membership.

In light of the Commission on the Defence Forces and the subsequent response from government, ARCO will bring together a diverse panel from academia and the private sector to discuss the key security challenges we face as a nation but also those facing the Defence Forces as an organisation.

The event will also look at what opportunities the Defence Forces can take advantage of to bolster the nation’s security, and also potentially deliver major transformation in the organisation.

The panel will comprise of four speakers who will bring a unique perspective to the discussion:

  • Eddie Molloy. Independent consultant in organisation and management development since 1978. Previously a senior management specialist in Organisation Behaviour at the Irish Management Institute. Specific experience in Public Service reviews and transformation.
  • Caitriona Heinl. Executive Director, The Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy & Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin.
  • Puneet Kukreja. EY Ireland Cyber Leader who has serviced clients headquartered across the UK, Mainland Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, Mainland China and the broader Asia Pacific (APAC) region, where he has helped build and transform their Cyber & Cloud capabilities.
  • Niall Campion. Founder and Managing Director of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence (VRAI) – An Irish technology company delivering data driven Virtual Reality (VR) simulation training for high hazard environments. VRAI have worked with organisations like the Irish Defence Forces, the United Nations in Somalia, International Airlines Group (IAG) at Heathrow Airport and the Royal Air Force (RAF).

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