Understanding & Influencing in Cyberspace
The UK Government spends over £30Bn per year on Defence. The MOD invests over half of thisbudget on equipment, works and miscellaneous stores and services ranging from, for example,tanks, ships and aircraft through to tools, clothing and window cleaning.The Defence Industrial Strategy
A recent study
describes MOD’s future military capability requirements and theinteraction between MOD and the defence supplier base. This strategy stresses the value MODplaces on engagement with a wider supplier base, including the academic sector and smallcompanies, to stimulate innovation and exploit technological advance for the benefit of UKdefence.
Advice / Assessments
Single SourceResearch andTechnology
Equipment andSupport for Operations
C o u n t e r T e r r o r i s m
Competition of IdeasGrand Challenge
ChallengeWorkshopsConsortia basedResearch andTechnology
Joint FundedResearch andTechnologyEquipment andSupport for Operations
Development of Solutions inOperations
found that research and development (R&D) accounted for approximately £2.6Bnof the defence budget. Approximately £2.1Bn of this is part of the equipment and supportprogramme. Approximately £500M is centrally managed as a Science, Innovation and Technology(SIT) programme. Figure 1 illustrates the transition from
and on to
, and lists initiatives in place to support each stage.
Figure 1 - R&D Lifecycle Model ("4 box model")
The Defence Industrial Strategy and MOD Innovation Strategy
emphasises the need for flexibility,agility and responsiveness in developing new technology and concepts to meet emergingcapability needs. The Defence Technology Plan, which was announced in Autumn 2007 andpublicly launched in February 2009, outlines the priorities and direction that MoD requires aresearch programme to deliver. This call forms part of the Human & Social Influence ResearchProgramme of the Cyber & Influence S&T Centre and will complement existing research activitiesidentified within the Defence Technology Plan (DTP) under the Cyber & Influence RDO.
Defence White Paper: Defence Industrial Strategy Cm6697, published December 2005
Maximising Defence Capability Through R&D, published October 2007
Ministry of Defence Innovation Strategy, published December 2007