Ruto Presides Over The Commencement Of KDF's Formation Commanders' Conference

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Kenya's President William Ruto, on October 18, 2022, presided over the official opening of the Formation Commanders Conference (FCC) in Nairobi.

The FCC brings together senior officers from KDF Formations annually and provides a platform for sharing ideas and perspectives on diverse security issues impacting Kenya's National Defence and Security.

As such, the principle objective of the event is not only to enhance Commanders' grasp of the dynamic nature of the operating environment but also, to help build synergies between defence and other socio-economic sectors to enable the transformation of KDF into a mission-ready force that is best suited to execute its mandate in the contemporary world.

This year's FCC is themed: "Defence and Security in the 21st century: implications of rapid technology, revolution on military capabilities."

In his address, Ruto underscored the integrity of the subject matter at a time when we continue to confront multi-faceted threats to our national, regional and global security.

"During the conference, you will discuss the state of Defence and Security in the 21st century with a particular emphasis on the impact of rapid technological revolutions on military capabilities," said the C-in-C.
"The rapidly changing technology landscape is redefining warfare and national security. We must leverage technology to effectively and quickly counter special threats like terrorism and cybercrime that cannot be dealt with in conventional military ways," said the President.

"Kenya and the broader East Africa region continue to experience security challenges emanating from criminal and terrorist networks, which exploit ungoverned spaces along our borders," the President added, noting that this has brought home the need to harmonize the geopolitical spirit of cooperation with the geo-strategic spirit of competition.

This responsibility, he added, are grounded on the understanding that Kenya's stability is inextricably intertwined with the state of security in the region in the context of prevailing global undercurrents.

In his remarks, Chief of Defence Forces, General Robert Kibochi, observed that the conference seeks to review the implications of the rapid technology revolution on military capabilities.

"This conference focuses on how technology-based weapons, including cyber, drones, social media, and artificial intelligence, are redefining modern conventional and asymmetric conflicts," he said.

On the sidelines of the conference, the President commissioned the newly constructed Moran centre – an ultra-modern Cyber Command Centre meant to assist KDF in securing the cyberspace war domain, pointing out that the ideal defence force for the 21st century is dynamic, effective, and responsible for contemporary threats.

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