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Kingston Conference on

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The Kingston Conference on International Security (KCIS) is a leading international event featuring high-level security and defence experts from Canada and abroad. Held in Kingston, Ontario, the conference is co-organized by the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University, the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre, the US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute and the NATO Defense College. The partners jointly identify thematic priorities each year, following a careful analysis of emerging trends. The program is developed with the military community in mind and examines the implications of international security trends for the armed forces of Canada, the United States, as well as NATO allies and partners. 


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The 2017 edition of the Kingston Conference on International Security examined how best to advance soldier performance to maintain a competitive advantage. Achieving sustainable outcomes in operations relies on sound military strategy and weapons, but also on individual service members performing effectively across multidimensional roles. Looking to the future, senior military leaders and defence officials strive to develop ‘Super Soldiers’ understood as the enhancement of critical skills, from physical and cognitive abilities, to social, cultural and ethical understanding.  

The conference asked the following questions: How do we anticipate individual soldier enhancements required to maintain a competitive edge at the individual level of performance? How can military leaders develop soldiers to ensure unity of purpose, optimal physical and cognitive performance, resilience, and ethically applied fighting spirit? How can the armed forces balance military effectiveness with a stated commitment to reflect society’s values and norms?  Panels discussed how to enhance citizens into super soldiers, the processes, and the ethical and moreal implications of developing super soldiers, who must later transition back to being citizens when the mission is complete.

2017 Sponsors

2017 Sponsors: Calian Training, QIAA, CIMVHR

 

KCIS Sponsors: Canadian Army, Centre for International and Defence Policy, Strategic Studies Institute-USAWC, NATO Defense College
KCIS is a partnership between the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen's University; the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre; the Strategic Studies Institute at the US Army War College; and the NATO Defense College, Rome.