Science and technology: Helping defence maintain its strategic

Science and technology: Helping defence maintain its strategic advantage

A defence expert has told how there will be a £800m boost for industry and academia in the next four years.

Speaking to DPRTE’s official media partner, Defence Online, Doug Umbers, Chief Operating Officer of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), welcomed the increase in funding around science and technology which he believes will lead to greater collaboration.

He said: “The level of our funding is going to increase by over a billion pounds over the next four years and we expect 80% of that money to go through industry and academia.

“Activity is going to increase which gives plenty of opportunity for all and what we need to have is a highly collaborative environment that allows us to deliver the impact that the science needs to have.”

Doug Umbers, Chief Operating Officer of Dstl

It comes as the Ministry of Defence (MOD) continues with its plans to place science, technology and innovation at the core of its ten-year strategy to exploit effective and efficient solutions to maintain battlefield advantage.

Significant investment in science and technology

Across all public sectors huge sums of money are being invested in science and technology.

For the MOD, this funding will help to achieve its ambitions to evolve and increase agility to meet emerging threats.

This includes bolstering the UK’s cyber capabilities as the Government strives to become a global science power, using research and development investments to grow industrial capability and create cutting-edge equipment.

The Government will invest £14.6 billion into research and development and science and technology – with £6 billion of that to spent over the next four years.

This includes an additional £1.1 billion specifically for science and technology and pull through activities – using it to influence new designs and capabilities for vital defence equipment.

In more good news for technology companies, Strategic Command will invest £1.5 billion over the next decade to build and sustain a ‘digital backbone’ to share and exploit vast amounts of data, through the cloud, and across secure networks that are resilient to cyber-attacks.

£60 million over the next four years will be used to develop novel weapons, artificial intelligence, synthetic/digital systems and space-based capabilities.

The increasing importance of Space to military operations will see £5 billion invested over the next decade in the Skynet 6 satellite communication programme.

This will be complimented by £1.4 billion allocated to the new Space Command, National Space Operations Centre, Space Academy and a UK-built Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance satellite constellation.

Don’t forget, the MOD has set an ambitious target that 25% of its procurement spend will go to SMEs in 2022, either directly or indirectly and recently published the Defence SME Action Plan outlining its ambitions to improve relationships with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Image of “Porton Man” taken at DSTL’s research facility in the UK.

Meet the MOD’s science, technology and innovation teams at DPRTE 2022

DPRTE’s Innovation and Digital Knowledge Transfer Zone will bring together some of the leading technology organisations to deliver sessions designed to keep you up to date on defence technology strategies and innovations.

While the Innovation and Digital Pavilion will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet with key organisations that can help and advise on potential funding options and bringing products and services to the market within a science and technology programme worth over £400 million a year.

Don’t miss your chance to meet with representatives from DPRTE partner organisations including Dstl, DASA and the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership.

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