Addressing the challenges non-traditional partners and SMEs face when providing technologies for defence

Addressing the challenges non-traditional partners and SMEs face when providing technologies for defence

In this exclusive article, written with insights from Stuart Young, Head of Cranfield University’s Centre for Defence Acquisition, we discuss the challenges of non-traditional tech providers working with the defence industry.

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Introduction

The introduction of new technologies has dramatically changed the way that armed forces work, both in combat and in business. As the defence sector aims to become more digitalised, automated and agile it is increasingly turning to non-traditional defence partners and SMEs to bridge the technology gap in defence supply. “There is a great desire on the part of customers to source technology from a much wider range of industries in order to constantly drive innovation and advancement in technology” said Stuart Young, Head of Cranfield University’s Centre for Defence Acquisition, UK when Defence IQ sat down with him ahead of the Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation conference.

A key step in the movement towards encouraging SMEs and non-traditional partners to engage with the defence sector is the establishment of the UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC) which aims to respond to the international need for innovative and bespoke world-class defence solutions. However, promoting partnerships between the defence industry and smaller organisations is challenging due to a number of different factors. Both sectors will need to adapt in order to form successful and lasting business relations.

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