Join us on 13-15 July as Farnborough International Airshow Connect, the world’s leading digital trade event for the aerospace and defense industries, returns for its second edition.

This innovative three-day event will connect industry, government and academia once more for an exciting line up of sessions and expert speakers that will spark debate, challenge perceptions and address the burning questions at the heart of aerospace and defense.

Enterprises around the world, especially in the Aerospace and Defense sector, are analyzing their business strategy to determine where best to make investments to drive innovation, enable operational efficiency, meet sustainability objectives, create competitive advantage and build overall resiliency across the value chain. Enterprise leadership is turning to advanced technologies such as the Digital Thread to unlock new value and integrate the organization, extended reality solutions to transform the workforce and increase product quality and next generation network such as Private Enterprise 5G to deliver seamless and ultra-reliable network connectivity for all assets across the connected ecosystem.

KPMG featured panels

Tuesday 13 July

13:30 – 14:30 BST

The combat landscape is changing quickly as technology advances. Our panel of industry experts will explore how a more connected and intelligent future battle space will look, and how the demands of future warfare will be dealt with and from technology to people and everything in between.


Jono Anderson, Principal, Strategy & Innovation, KPMG in the US

Mike Madsen, Deputy Director and Director of Strategic Engagement, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)

Raymond Li, FRAeS, Director Strategic Marketing - Air, Thales UK

David Rawlinson, Head of Business Development Intelligence Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare, BAE System

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Tuesday 13 July

15:30 – 16:30 BST

Security and prosperity on the Earth are becoming tightly linked to the security and defense of information and assets in Space. From the information collected and transmitted, the integrity of the electronics and power systems, the growing space-based infrastructure for on-orbit services, assembly and manufacturing, to the more traditional assets on the ground, security is a primary concern for the future space industrial base. Our panel of industry experts will explore cyber protection and defense of the future space industrial base.


Jono Anderson, Principal, Strategy & Innovation, KPMG in the US

Rick Ambrose, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Space

Scott Lee, VP & GM Payload and Ground Systems, Northrop Grumman

Jim Chilton, Senior Vice President, Space and Launch Division, Boeing

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Thursday 15 July

13:30 – 14:30 BST

The UK MOD published it’s Digital Backbone strategy in April 2021. The panel will explore what the strategy means for UK MOD and how UK Defense and broader industry should respond.


Martin Molloy, Partner, Technology Advisory, KPMG in the UK

Charlie Forte, Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Defence

Caroline Bellamy, Director Chief Data Officer, Ministry of Defence

Ben Hudson, Chief Technology Officer, BAE System

Matt Telling, Senior Director, UK Defence and National Security, Microsoft

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Farnborough International Airshow Connect 2021

Technology in the Aerospace and Defense Industry
Alan Peaford, Editor-in-Chief, FINN, interviews KPMG’s Grant McDonald, Global Leader, Aerospace & Defense about the future of AI and technology within the Aerospace and Defense Industry.

Adapting to change: How digitalization is shaping the Aerospace and Defense Industry
Alan Peaford, Editor-in-Chief, FINN, interviews Jonathon Gill, Head of Aerospace and Defense, KPMG in the UK about digitization and the future of defense strategy.

Spotlight session: KPMG in conversation with PTC


Brent Baker

Brent Baker, VP
Worldwide Federal Aerospace Defense and Energy, PTC

Greg Corlis

Greg Corlis,
Principal Emerging Technologies,
KPMG in the US

Ian Boulton

Ian Boulton,
Director, Technology and Platforms,
Aerospace and Defense, PTC

Jim Adams

Jim Adams,
National Aerospace & Defense Industry Leader, KPMG in the US

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