Overseas Principle Support Provider (PSP) – Industry Briefing Day

26th November 2015

Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) intends to procure a multi-supplier Principal Support Provider Framework to deliver Construction Design, Project Management and Specialist Advisory Services in support of Capital Projects across its Overseas Estate and Operational Infrastructure Estate.

The Principal Support Providers will provide all necessary resource to deliver the framework across these two distinct estate areas and will, in respect of the Operational Infrastructure Estate, work closely with Military personnel both in the UK and deployed operational theatres.

The geographical scope will be (but not limited to) the following regions;

Cyprus, Gibraltar, Ascension Island, Falkland Islands – Permanent Joint Operating Bases (PJOBS)

Singapore, Kenya (BATUK), Belize (BATSUB), Brunei, Norway (Bardufoss) and

Canada (BATUS)

Middle East, the Far East and the Authorities Overseas Training Areas.

Nec3 Professional Services Contract (PSC) Option A with appropriate Z clauses will be utilised as this fits with the Authorities internal and wider requirements under the Government Construction Strategy (GCS).

The Authority has recently updated its procedures for delivering Capital Projects and works services through the development of an Integrated Projects Guide (which will supersede Volume 2, 3 and 4 of the current UK PSP Service Requirements) and the implementation of a Digital Plan of Work (Based on the RIBA Plan of Work 2013).  Both of these documents will be available at the Industry Briefing Day.

This Principal Support Provider Framework will be used in conjunction with an Overseas Capital Works Construction Framework which will also use the Nec3 Form of Contract. The Authority will procure single projects up to a value of £50m (ex VAT)

The Principle Service Providers will support the Authorities wider requirements for delivery against the Government Soft Landings (GSL) policy and achieving Building Information Modelling (BIM) level’s through project delivery.  This will be in line with any existing or expected mandate set by the Cabinet Office (Mandate GSL with BIM in 2016 for all Central Government Department Projects)

In connection with this procurement the Authority intends to hold an Industry Briefing Day on the 26 November 2015, to seek views and feedback on its proposals (in advance of the issue of the Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ))

Attendance is currently restricted to two representatives from each organisation, this may change depending on response.

Deadline for Registration Friday 20th November 2015

Contact: john.weir339@mod.uk

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Hestia: saving hard cash through Soft FM

DIOSoft facilities management services are essential to the everyday functioning of the Armed Forces and the wider Ministry of Defence. Here, MOD DCB features writer Gemma Gaughan provides an overview of Project Hestia, the Soft FM initiative launched by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to save on estate costs, drive efficiencies and provide a smoother contracting process.

Formed in April 2011, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is an operating arm of the Ministry of Defence responsible for all of the Department’s property and infrastructure requirements across its built and rural estate. As such it controls some 2400 square kilometres, about one per cent of the UK’s landmass.

The DIO ensures strategic management of the defence estate, optimising investment and supporting military capabilities. It also has responsibility for the majority of MOD infrastructure expenditure, management and delivery activities. The organisation is composed of several operating divisions covering Hard Facilities Management, Soft Facilities Management, Major Projects and Land Management Services.

In the past, Soft Facilities Management (Soft FM) cost the MOD around £250 million a year. Soft FM covers a variety of services including catering, cleaning, waste management, retail, leisure, and hotel and mess services. The DIO formerly provided Soft FM services throughout the defence estate via at least 80 contracts; a less than ideal way of procuring services.

In 2013, a document entitled Project Hestia was published to provide guidance on a new initiative being implemented by the DIO with the aim of harmonising the provision of Soft FM across the UK defence estate. Hestia’s main target was to reduce the number of contracts down to around seven regional contracts in a cost and efficiency saving measure. These regions were laid out as Scotland, North, Wales & West Midlands, East, South West, South, and South East. It is expected that the South region will be the first contract signed, with award provisionally set for 2017.

Hestia does not cover sites operated by Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) or the Defence Training Estate; housing sites which have Total FM contracts in place, such as MOD Abbey Wood and US Visiting Forces (USVF); or those sites with established Soft FM contracts in place that outlive Hestia.

In the current climate of tight government budgets and spending transparency, it is essential that Project Hestia can demonstrate that aggregated regional contracts are able to meet the modern estate needs of the Armed Forces. The tendering process has accordingly been refined to ensure that successful bidders have the right culture of continuous improvement and value for money ethos to be able to achieve this.

Besides reducing the number of current contract arrangements within Soft FM services, it is hoped that Hestia will also deliver contracts that are flexible enough to work with in relation to future defence needs and the greater focus being placed on customer needs; will introduce a simplified and effective procurement model that sits well with wider defence policy and initiatives; and will enable effective joint working with delivery partners and suppliers, rolling out projects in phases so that lessons can be learned as progress is made.

The contracts themselves are being designed by the Hestia team to be flexible in order to be able to respond to the emerging impact of wider change programmes on the future size and shape of the defence estate. The use of output specifications will allow DIO expenditure to be better controlled to ensure the new estate contracts are affordable and within budget.

Looking to the future, the project aspires to provide commercial opportunities through the procurement process for a vast array of potential prime contractors, sub-contractors and supply chain businesses across the UK and within the EU, regardless of size or specialisation.

Hestia hopes to open the supply chain up to SMEs, an ambition which should be assisted by the creation of regional Soft FM contracts, and the team will work with industry to seek options for the greater involvement of smaller and local businesses.

The staff for this ground-breaking initiative have been recruited from across DIO as well as the wider public sector and industry. The Project Hestia team thus hold a variety of professional qualifications and have the range of experience of both current DIO arrangements and contracting arrangements within other organisations required to deliver a successful outcome for all concerned.

For more information, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/defence-infrastructure-organisation

Minister starts construction of £83 million military logistics site

MOD SignMinister of State for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne MP has officially started construction work on a new £83 million military logistics centre in Donnington.

The state-of-the-art 80,000m2 building will store food, clothing, general and medical supplies and bring the military’s logistics, commodities and support services up to the standard of industry best practice. It will also deliver more efficient and effective processes across the supply chain through better storage and streamlined distribution, enhancing the level of support provided to the Armed Forces.

The Defence Fulfilment Centre (DFC), to be run by Team Leidos, will take around one year to build and house two warehouses covering an area the size of ten football pitches.

Team Leidos consists of Leidos, a US company, supported by its key sub-contractors Kuehne+Nagel and TVS Supply Chain Solutions.

Mr Dunne said: “I am very pleased to be able to mark the start of construction on the Defence Fulfilment Centre in Donnington which will help deliver the best support to our Armed Forces while ensuring value for money for the UK taxpayer, generating financial savings of around £500 million over the next 13 years.

“The Government is making a significant investment of £83 million in this state-of-the art, modern logistics centre benefiting both our Armed Forces and the local economy. This forms part of our ten-year £160 billion Equipment Plan, as well as our commitment to meeting NATO’s defence investment pledge.”

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ISS New Style of IT (NsoIT) Deployed

The Defence as a Platform (DaaP) vision is to Deliver Information Capabilities as a Force Multiplier and ISS aims to do this at pace.

The New Style of IT (NSoIT) Deployed programme was officially launched 7 Sep 2015. It is a key programme in the consolidation and coherence of systems that will evolve into a service based provision under DaaP (Deployed). It will build on work previously undertaken by the Operational Information Services Programme (OpIS) and that currently being delivered under NSoIT Base.

NSoIT Deployed is intended to rapidly deliver improved capability to the frontline and ensure that operational mission services work in a single information environment seamlessly across ‘Base’ and ‘Deployed’. The services under NSoIT Deployed will:

  • Be scaleable, allowing customers to meet the Operational Business Need (OBN)
  • Integrate with the wider Enterprise domain, and across mutli-national operations, to provide a Single Information Environment across Security domains
  • Leverage technological developments for the operational environment
  • Increase MoD’s commercial agility to utilise the wider market place including Small to Medium Enterprises.

An Industry event hosted by the Ministry of Defence is to be held at The Double Tree Hilton Tower Bridge, 7 Pepys Street, London EC3N 4AF. The date for this event is Thursday 22 October.

It is intended to provide Industry representatives with information on the DaaP vision, the operational context, the key challenges for both today and tomorrow, and how to engage for the opportunities arising from NSoIT Deployed.

If you would like to register you interest in attending this event please contact Andy Johnston at Andy.Johnston@techUK.org ASAP with the following details:



Job Title:

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Atos and Airbus sign strategic cyber security agreement

Evert Dudok-AirbusDS  Philippe Vannier-AtosAirbus Defence and Space, a reference player in the cyber security market in Europe, and Atos, an international leader in digital services, have agreed to join forces in response to the growing demand for cyber security solutions. The two companies have signed a strategic partnership agreement on research and development and the provision of a complementary range of products, services and solutions designed to counteract cyber attacks.

Today, organisations are targeted by an increasing number of sophisticated attacks designed to steal sensitive information or intellectual property from them or to disrupt their operations. In this context, the security needs of organisations are escalating and require the most innovative security solutions.

To address this demand, Airbus Defence and Space and Atos – which benefits from the security expertise of Bull – have decided to complement their portfolios in order to provide a larger and more effective range of cyber security products, services and solutions.

By combining their respective expertise and R&D knowledge in Europe, the two partners will work on areas such as the development of security solutions for extended enterprises (group, subsidiaries and supply chain).

The partnership includes a worldwide distribution channel partner agreement. It addresses a broad range of businesses and industries including banking and insurance as well as the public sector, notably the defence market. Together, Atos and Airbus Defence and Space will have the opportunity to better benefit from the growing cyber security market, estimated to be worth $84 billion by 2016.

Evert Dudok, Executive Vice-President Communications, Intelligence & Security at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “This agreement paves the way for a highly innovative business model. Putting together our expertise will enhance our cyber security offer for governments, critical infrastructure and strategic industries and will also ensure a strong growth potential thanks to the international presence of Atos.”

Dstl adds to open source software

DSTLlogoThe Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is looking for collaborators for its latest software released into the open source domain.

The entity extraction framework – known as Baleen – can automatically extract information from unstructured and semi-structured text. It tries to identify and extract entities from the text, such as people, locations, organisations and dates.

Baleen has been under development for a number of years; Dstl is now seeking community contributions that can feed back into the software, improving the quality of the code and extending its capability.

There are similar projects already in the public domain, but Baleen provides an end-to-end entity extraction capability based on Apache UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture) which is becoming a widely used and accepted framework.

Dstl’s James Baker said he hopes the text analytics developer community will help develop the software further: “We are releasing the core framework and a number of components of Baleen onto Github.com for the community to use, adapt and improve. We hope suppliers, members of academia and individuals will help take this further and develop capabilities which we have not yet uncovered, as well as find a use for it in their own work.”

UK Armed Forces take part in biggest NATO exercise in over ten years

Exercise Trident Juncture, which began on 4 October, has seen armed forces from across the world come together to test the NATO Response Force (NRF) and other allied forces. All three UK Services – the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force – are involved.

More than 30 nations are involved in the five-week exercise, which is taking place in Italy, Portugal and Spain.

The UK and other participating NATO allies will commit 230 military units, 140 aircraft and more than 60 ships over the course of the exercise, drawing in a total of around 36,000 international troops.

Trident Juncture will put the NRF through its paces – with specific focus on how it responds to a crisis situation – demonstrating NATO’s readiness, flexibility and capability of responding to threats from any direction.

The two-part exercise, NATO’s biggest since 2002, will also ensure that NATO allies and partners can work together effectively.

Another important facet of Trident Juncture is to test the functions of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force – or Spearhead Force – ahead of it becoming fully operational next year.

The UK is committing around 2800 personnel to Trident Juncture, including an Army Brigade Headquarters and Battlegroup, three Royal Navy warships and aircraft including Typhoon fighter jets and helicopters.

Amphibious ship HMS Bulwark will take part in the exercise together with helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, which is the UK’s largest warship and the flagship for Trident Juncture.

DSEI 2015: the global defence market on display

F1_BAE (2)Defence and Security Equipment International is a major global event in the military and national security equipment sales calendar, and the recent 2015 show once again attracted thousands of visitors from both trade and the military to London’s ExCeL exhibition centre. MOD DCB features writer Paul Elliott was there to see what the global defence market has to offer.

It’s hard to put into words the sheer scale of Defence and Security Equipment International, the biennial trade fair held at London’s ExCeL exhibition and conference centre. Organised in association with the Ministry of Defence and UK Trade & Investment’s Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO), DSEI is the world’s largest fully integrated international defence exhibition featuring land, sea and air products and technologies. It’s simply colossal.

DSEI 2015, held from 15 to 18 September, was a who’s who of the global defence industry. All the main players were there as well as many innovative SMEs, and some new businesses you’ve probably yet to hear of. All manner of equipment and technology was on display and a variety of expertise and information-sharing opportunities were on offer at the conference’s many seminars.

True to form the biggest names in the defence marketplace made their presence known with enormous attention-grabbing stands. It was easy to feel dwarfed by the BAE Systems stand in particular, with its dramatic moving parts and numerous levels, or by the MBDA stand which resembled a block of high-end flats. Raytheon also took its share of floor space as did Saab, Lockheed Martin and Airbus Defence. The competition for stand marketing among the big players was as fierce as ever; heavy investment had clearly been made in an attempt to impress the industry at DSEI.

Small businesses are the core of the defence supply chain and they were also strongly represented on the floor at ExCeL. Attendees taking the time to stop by the more modest SME stands were privileged to discover a showcase of spectacular technology solutions, confirming that innovation is thriving within the UK value chain in particular.

It’s important to emphasise that DSEI isn’t all about armaments – for example, fantastic dual-purpose technology was to be found everywhere at the event. Virtual Reality, which is probably more commonly associated with the gaming world, was prevalent throughout the exhibition. One of the more impressive virtual solutions on display was offered by BMT Group. At the BMT stand delegates could wear a cutting-edge Oculus Rift headset and immerse themselves in the company’s F35 Lightning II flying simulation environment. As the fighter ‘took off’ you had the sensation of your body rising in the chair. Likewise in their Chinook VR simulator, you felt you could reach out and physically touch the frame of a real helicopter, so convincing was the immersive experience. It is very easy to grasp the training opportunities presented by such technologies and why the MOD and defence businesses have been showing a healthy interest in developing VR solutions.

One interesting sight on the DSEI exhibition floor was an exhibitor wearing a body thermal suit in an ice bath. White Glacier’s immersion suit attracted much attention; the image of grown men floating around in bright orange suits with their ties protruding from their necklines will assuredly be a long-lasting one. It was, however, another example of the diversity of the defence supply chain and the variety of products pioneered by the industry. Aside from the novelty of the White Glacier stand, their Arctic 25 protective suit is setting new standards in maritime safety and hypothermia protection. It shows that style can also have substance at events where every exhibitor is competing for attention.

The Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) was also clearly visible on the exhibition floor, although it’s a name that some in defence may not be overly familiar with. DECA is an executive agency sponsored by the MOD and was formed in April 2015 from the air division of the Defence Support Group, which was retained when the rest of the group was sold to Babcock International. DECA was strategically retained to provide MOD with assured on-shore access to an avionics capability as well as through-life specialist avionics maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and obsolescence management capability for the future support of UK defence. MOD ownership maintains DECA’s unique position with IPR/ITAR neutrality and Government to Government market access and maximises opportunities for achieving ‘best value for defence’ through focusing on delivery, cost reduction, quality and efficiency on in-service and future platforms. Their appearance at DSEI gave businesses the perfect opportunity to engage with a resource that they may not previously have been aware of. DECA is certainly keen to lay out routes where they can work with businesses in defence.

DSEI is always keen to showcase the very best the UK defence supply chain has to offer. Built by a variety of defence businesses, the Bloodhound land speed record attempt vehicle is in many ways emblematic of UK industry’s capability, with the vehicle again a star attraction at DSEI 2015. Another iconic platform was docked outside ExCeL in the Royal Victoria Dock. HMS Iron Duke was built in 1993 but is still operating and contributing to the UK’s naval capabilities. The warship has been involved in illegal drugs interception, sea patrol and humanitarian efforts. Tours of HMS Iron Duke could be booked at the event for those keen to see what an active Royal Navy ship looks like on the inside. Lieutenant Commander Paul Laidler was our guide as the inner workings of the vessel were displayed to an appreciative group of delegates. On the bridge and in the command centre, the latest defence tech is visible everywhere. Seeing equipment on a stand is one thing; seeing it in its intended setting offers a whole new understanding of how equipment is designed and operated.

Elsewhere, the latest announcement by the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) was well attended, with representatives from throughout the defence industry listening with intent curiosity. Along with the launch of the new DGP prospectus and policy statement Customer Ready, the inaugural DGP Innovation Challenge winners were also announced.

With DSEI having drawn to a close for another two years, the defence supply chain will be looking keenly towards the next big event in the defence procurement calendar. 16 March 2016 sees the fourth edition of Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) take place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, with senior defence buyers and procurement professionals as well as high-profile partners from both industry and government coming together to facilitate networking and knowledge sharing on the day.

The defence and security industry is one of tremendous breadth and depth, as the stands and displays at DSEI 2015 amply demonstrated. While it was easy to be swept up on the day in the whirl of business, marketing and spectacle found throughout the event, nonetheless every attendee is sure to have left deeply impressed by the range of innovation, ideas and solutions on display and confident that the industry will only go from strength to strength.

For more information, visit: www.dsei.co.uk