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Transforming defence through new and disruptive technologies

Transforming defence through new and disruptive technologies

This exclusive article dives into the strategies of the UK and the US to leverage disruptive technologies and retain a tactical edge against potential adversaries. Created ahead of this year’s Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation, it looks at how both countries are leveraging new technologies to retain a competitive advantage against potential adversaries in future conflicts

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United Kingdom: Modernising defence

While the UK defence will receive an additional £1.8 billion investment, the Modernising Defence Programme report, released in December 2018, sets out three broads aims:

- To invest in enhancing readiness and availability of a range of existing platforms 

- To modernise and embrace new technologies to keep NATO’s technological edge over potential adversaries

- To change the way the MoD does business and runs defence

United States: Head in the cloud

The US on the other hand is focusing on cloud computing and its utilisation of big data and AI as laid out in its Cloud Strategy, as it is seen as a transformative technology and a crucial component of the DoD’s future global infrastructure. It is in this effort that the DoD is looking for an extensible and secure cloud environment that will replace today’s disjointed and stove-piped information systems. 

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United Kingdom

The release of the MDP coincided with the launch of the new Defence Transformation Fund (DTF), with £160 million budget earmarked for its first year, and likely to increase in the future. In March 2019, it was announced that £66 million of the fund had been committed to…

United States

In recent years, US defence priorities have shifted focus to concentrate on long-term, strategic competition between nations including “near-peer” competitors. These, as the 2018 US National Defense Strategy (NDS) lays out, are what the US considers…

Trends Report 2018

Trends Report 2018

Defence IQ have created this Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation Trends Report 2018 which outlines the key conclusions drawn from the inaugural conference as well as  expert recommendations for future decision making.

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Built with expert insight from:

  • General Sir Richard Barrons, Former Commander Joint Forces Command (2013-2016), British Army
  • Colonel Dan Sullivan, Chief of Staff MCWL, Deputy Director, Future Directorate, US Marine Corps
  • Captain Toshiyuki Iwanami, Executive Director Institute for Future Warfare Studies, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Staff
  • Vice Admiral Duncan Potts, DG Joint Force Development & Defence Academy, UK MoD
  • Commander Fredrik Borgmann, Department for Defence Policy and Long Term Planning, Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence
  • Rear Admiral Paul Bennett, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Capability), Royal Navy
  • Rear Admiral Thomas Jugel, Director, Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning
  • Lieutenant General Jerry Harris, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, US Air Force
  • And many more!

The Future Of Warfare: Robotic And Autonomous Systems Strategies

The Future Of Warfare: Robotic And Autonomous Systems Strategies

This article provides a snapshot of the US Army’s Robotic and Autonomous System's (RAS) Strategy and how it will come into play in the short, medium and long term in order to assist forces in defeating enemy organisations, controlling terrain and consolidating gains. 

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The US Army Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Strategy demonstrates how the integration of new technologies will help ensure victory over increasingly capable enemies, aiming to commit time, talent, and resources now to position the US Army for victory in future conflicts.To overcome future challenges, the Army must seize technological opportunities for RAS development; execution will require leaders to be open to new ideas and encourage bottom-up learning from Soldiers and units in experimentation and warfighting assessment. 

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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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.