Strategic Command vision explained during first RUSI Conference

Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey explained the government’s vision for Strategic Command at the first RUSI Conference.

James Heappey, new Minister for the Armed Forces, outlined the vision for Strategic Command during his speech at the RUSI Conference (Royal United Service Institute) in London. The minister also outlined how exiting the European Union will allow the UK to ‘redefine our place in the world’ across a number of sectors, including defence.

The Conference set out the ambition for Strategic Command, and attendees heard more about its enhanced responsibilities. The main focus of the speech was on adapting the military to cope with digital advancements.

James Heappey said: “It’s no longer enough to have a battle-winning edge in terms of fire power; there’s a responsibility to win the information battle.”

“It’s no longer enough to have highly complex systems; you need all of the data that comes from that system in order to get a better understanding of what the enemy is doing and what the opportunities are to exploit and win the battle.”

“And it’s no longer enough to just fight successfully in individual domains. Winning the fight of the future requires integration across land, sea, air, cyber and space. Strategic Command will give us that edge.”

As well as the Minister, senior leaders across defence such as Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd Royal Navy, Fleet Commander and Juliet Stuttard, Director People and Organisations, PWC UK, academics and industry representatives discussed Strategic Command’s priorities, which are critical to defence’s outputs. These include using disruptive technologies to counter threats, and encouraging integration across defence departments.

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Establishing a ‘zero trust’ approach to supply chain security

Writing for Defence Online, Rodney Joffe, Senior Vice President, Security CTO and Fellow Neustar and Chairman Neustar International Security Council discusses the importance of supply chain security

In October, international aerospace pioneer, Airbus, was forced to act after being hit by a series of cyber-attacks that targeted its suppliers. Thought to be Chinese state-sponsored, the attacks resulted in hackers gaining access to sensitive supply chain data. The end goal was to infiltrate the entire Airbus network, by pinpointing and compromising vulnerable third-party VPNs – a tactic that had potential to wreak havoc on not only Airbus, but also its multiple providers and customers.

At any given time, the threat of a third party cyber-attack is enough to evoke great concern amongst cyber workers, however, when national security and military documentation is at stake, the situation immediately intensifies. Unfortunately, these risks are not confined to the defence industry alone.

Supply chain security is becoming a leading concern globally, highlighted by recent research from the Neustar International Security Council.  When asked, nine in ten cyber security professionals, operating across a range of sectors, admitted they are worried about their third party suppliers getting hacked. While these worries may be unsurprising given today’s unsettled security landscape, more shocking is the revelation that only 24 percent of respondents admitted to feeling confident with the prevention barriers they have put in place to guard against these types of attacks.

A major reason for these concerns is that effectively securing a supply chain end-to-end is a complex and constantly evolving challenge, made even more complicated by the increasing uptake in digital transformation initiatives and the explosion of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. More third parties are connecting to an organisation’s network than ever before, and in turn, threat levels are dramatically rising.

With every new device and network adding endless access points for malicious actors, guarding against supply chain attacks requires adopting a “zero trust” approach, revolving around organisations questioning the security of their whole digital network, including that of the third parties they work with.

An increasing cyberattack surface

The growing risk around supply chain security is not without explanation. As more organisations undergo the process of digital transformation to meet the fast pace of change, they are increasingly dependent on third party service providers to support and drive innovation. Whether it be through deploying a cloud platform, automation solution, business intelligence tool, or even by outsourcing work to a manufacturer or software company as opposed to building in-house, the number of providers that businesses work with is only set to rise.

While relying on third parties is key for improving agility and streamlining processes, it also increases the number of digital links to an organisation, which in turn significantly increases the potential for risk. What’s more, the continuous explosion of the IoT poses similar questions around supply chain security. In most cases, these IoT devices have been built by third party manufacturers meaning that the companies actually using them do not have the knowledge of how they have been created or what security measures they have embedded into them.

As a result of this expanded attack surface, malicious actors are now finding alternative ways to penetrate networks. And, as demonstrated in the case of Airbus, third party access points are seen as a weak link for launching attacks.

Adopting a “zero trust” approach

To ensure a safe and secure supply chain, businesses must establish a “zero trust” approach with their providers. This concept is based on the fundamental realisation that there is no such thing as perfect security. Ultimately, an organisation could do everything right when it comes to cybersecurity – by deploying the correct protocols and tools for example – but they are only as secure as their third party suppliers.

“Zero trust” requires security and procurement teams to conduct a thorough risk assessment of their organisation’s supply chain from the outset. Its vitally important that this method is applied to every vendor connecting to the network, from service providers to the electronic devices used within the office including laptops and smart systems.

The importance of standards

During the auditing process, security teams should be making informed decisions based on tangible evidence before bringing an organisation into the ecosystem. This goes beyond a having an initial conversation with a potential supplier. It means ensuring that they closely follow an industry best practice cybersecurity checklist – and that this checklist is validated and authenticated. With this, companies need to pay close attention to industry accreditations and standards and verify that the supplier is adhering to these. If a vendor doesn’t have these standards, then it is more difficult to understand the risks.

Within the defence industry, governments across the globe are doubling down on supply chain security compliance, especially as hackers are now targeting industrial control systems through third parties. For example, in 2017 the US government launched its first cybersecurity executive order stating that all US federal agencies were required to use the National Institute for Cybersecurity and Standards (NIST) cybersecurity framework, and not long after supply chain specifications were added to this framework. What’s more, the US Department of Defence recently announced its cybersecurity enforcement model, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, meaning that the stakes of non-compliance are higher than ever.

While organisations should continuously adopt their own, always-on approach to security, only by conducting rigorous and ongoing assessment can they be confident that their suppliers take security as seriously they do. Ultimately, missed connections or weak links can cause lasting damage to an organisation’s bottom line, leaving no room for error.

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DPRTE: supporting the safety and welfare of our Service men and women

Camp Bastion grew from a bare patch of Afghan desert to the UK’s fifth busiest airport over the duration of Operation Herrick. The British base provided a transport hub, equipment support and life support for around 30,000 troops and civilians people at its height.

Supply chains linking factory floors in the UK to the workshop or accommodation tent brought in everything from batteries to chicken nuggets, spare parts to diesel fuel.

A water bottling plant run by civilian contractors produced millions of litres drinking water and Bastion’s hospital became famous for its standards of trauma care. For their downtime troops could enjoy entertainment and welfare facilities, gyms and even an education centre, with bus services to link up the 20 square-mile camp. Bastion even boasted a fully functioning TV and radio station.

Communications ranged from secure tactical radios to welfare phones linking troops to their families to a headquarters full of networked computers were also set up and maintained.

All of this effort was required to keep a single brigade of fighting troops operating in Helmand Province.

As for the other Armed Forces, every time a Royal Navy warship goes on patrol to the Gulf of south Atlantic or an RAF squadron deploys abroad for expeditionary training, the same effort goes into supporting Servicepeople.

Generals from Napoleon to Omar Bradley have been accredited with the quote: “Amateurs talk about tactics, professionals talk about logistics.”

Whether they are in a waterfront naval base, a regimental depot in Aldershot or abroad, people’s requirements don’t stop. Wherever they serve, from desert to arctic conditions, the everyday needs of our Service men and women are supported by industry, through the MOD procurement and supply chain.

DPRTE 2020

The Defence supply and support procurement sector in the UK is worth £20 billion industry a year annually. One of the most prominent defence procurement and supply chain event in the UK, bringing military logisiticians, procurement civil servants, global companies and SMEs together is due to happen on Wednesday, 1st April in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) is a one-day event offering an unrivalled opportunity for defence sector personnel to engage with organisations of all sizes across industry.

DPRTE Managing Director Simon Burges said: “This event is all about bringing buyers and suppliers together across the defence acquisition supply chain, dealing with anything from uniforms to education services provision, enhancing knowledge, sharing best practice and showcasing innovation.”

Dispelling an “arms fair” myth

The exhibition hall will host six zones: Equipment and supplies; Prime Contractor and Supply Chain; Technology and Innovation; Export and Business Growth, Procurement Skills and Infrastructure and Estates.

However, one element of military procurement that visitors will not find at DPRTE is weaponry.

“What we are not is an arms fair,” explained Simon. “Over years there’s been a misunderstanding of what DPRTE is about, particularly by anti-war groups. You won’t see any weapons systems on display at DPRTE.”

“No-one supports war but when it becomes necessary for our Armed Forces to defend British people and interests abroad, they deserve the best support possible, whether that’s safe accommodation, suitable protective clothing or proper welfare facilities.”

Larger than ever – and growing

DPRTE is officially supported by key UK MOD procurement organisations including DE&S and DIO and some of the world’s largest prime contractors are expected to have a presence at the event as exhibitors and sponsors.

DPRTE 2020 is expected to be 50% bigger than last year, this growth being driven both by an increase both in visitor numbers and in the number of exhibitors’ stands and the exhibition’s footprint. More than 1500 delegates representing industry, academia and top UK MOD decision makers in the Defence sector.

Keynote speakers

There will also be a full programme of high-profile speakers at the event.

Keynote speakers include Ruth Todd, Commercial Director of the UK’s Submarine Delivery Agency, Andrew Forzani, Chief Commercial Officer for the UK Ministry of Defence and motivational speaker Colonel Tim Colins OBE are also being hotly anticipated.

DPRTE 2020 offers a unique platform for buyers, suppliers and service support providers of all sizes to engage across a range of interactive and educational features to enhance knowledge, collaboration and develop business opportunities.

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Government updates UK Security Vetting

The government has released updates to UK Security Vetting following months of consultation.

The government has released updates and revisions to UK Security Vetting (UKSV) guidance and information following a period of consultation. A hints and tips document for how to log into portals, including information on how to recover or reset usernames, passwords and pins or unlock accounts have been added to the guidance for subjects (applicants).

Hints and tips documents for completing security questionnaires have also been added to the guidance for subjects (applicants). These documents provide advice on how to complete some difficult sections forms which the government have identified as being a sticking point for users.

The key changes are:

  • the top 10 links at the top of the page provide quick access to the most commonly viewed guidance
  • the flow of guidance has been revised to provide a step by step journey through the vetting process
  • addition of 2 new pages; Existing clearance holders and Privacy and data protection.

A guide for how to conduct a Vetting Status Information check via sponsor portals has been added to the Guidance for sponsors section and a sponsor hints and tips document has been added to the guidance for sponsors section. Work is on-going and the government will update pages when necessary with the latest information.

UKSV is the single government provider of National Security Vetting (NSV). There are 3 security levels; Counter-Terrorist Check (CTC), Security Check (SC), and  Developed Vetting (DV) and UKSV is part of the Ministry of Defence.

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UK announces NATO contributions at Defence Ministers’ Meeting

Ben Wallace announced new NATO contributions at this years’ Defence Ministers’ meeting.

Ben Wallace confirmed the UK’s commitment to NATO contributions and their participation in future missions. Alongside the six other NATO members who are in the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) – Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – Mr Wallace signed a Readiness Declaration that commits the JEF to make an enduring and substantial contribution to NATO’s Readiness Initiative.

This contribution includes land capabilities as part of a UK-led brigade and in the maritime domain through a UK Carrier Strike Group. Mr Wallace also announced that this summer four RAF Typhoons will deploy to Lithuania where they will patrol NATO skies alongside allies as part of the NATO Air Policing mission.

Ben Wallace, Defence Secretary, said: “A Global Britain will continue to play a leading role in NATO, working with multiple Allies and contributing a range of capabilities, cementing the UK as a Tier 1 military power.”

“That was clearly demonstrated today with the declaration that the Joint Expeditionary Force will contribute to the NATO Readiness Initiative including through a UK-led land brigade and the UK Carrier Strike Group.”

Made up of northern European nations, the JEF’s prime interest is in Euro-Atlantic security with efforts focused on but not limited to the High North, North Atlantic and Baltic regions where it can complement the NATO deterrence efforts in the region. The Defence Secretary also announced that the UK would deploy four RAF Typhoon jets to Šiauliai Air Base this summer where they will contribute to the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission.

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Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall visit Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre

Prince Charles made a visit to Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall alongside the Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) to learn how the facility helps personnel injured in the Armed Forces. DMRC is the dedicated rehabilitation centre for the armed forces and began treating patients in October 2018, replacing Headley Court in Surrey.

The centre provides in-patient and residential rehabilitation for complex musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, including complex trauma and rehabilitation following neurological injury or illness. Prince William officially opened the rehabilitation centre in June 2018 and was the patron of the charity raising money for the complex.

Captain Alsion Hofman, Commanding Office of the DMRC facility, said: “It was a huge honour to be able to show Their Royal Highnesses around the Centre, introducing them to some of the patients and to many of the staff who provide them with superb care and support on a daily basis.”

The facility was the vision of the late sixth Duke of Westminster, Gerald Grosvenor, who started the project and was handed over by his son Hugh Grosvenor to the nation in June 2018. The planning for a civilian National facility is progressing through a business case process which could see the facility operating in 2023, subject to relevant approvals.

The Royal Party were shown around some of the therapy areas and observed patients undertaking gym rehabilitation sessions and occupational therapy. They also visited the purpose-built prosthetic workshops and heard from patients and staff about the broad range of clinical and therapy services available.

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DASA approves £1million military decarbonisation funding

DASA has approved £1million in military decarbonisation funding which will go to waste reusing technology.

DASA (Defence and Security Accelerator) has approved decarbonisation funding for projects recycling waste fuel and oils from aircraft. DASA – on behalf of the Royal Air Force – has awarded contracts to three universities and one engineering firm to develop the new technology to turn waste hydrocarbons into recyclable by-products such as water, organic residue for fertilisers, and CO2.

The contracts will build on the innovative concept of recycling waste hydrocarbons utilising microbes, which was developed by a small team from 47 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton. The team won the RAF 100 Engineering Competition in 2018 with their concept demonstrator, and the project was selected for further funding to develop the concept for the MOD.

Katy Violet, DASA Associate Delivery Manager, said: “DASA is proud to be working with the RAF on this important work. Innovation isn’t just about new kit, it is also about new and novel ways of doing things.”

“The results from this funding have the potential to transform the way the Armed Forces deal with waste hydrocarbons in a green way while saving money.”

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DASA: Official partner of DPRTE 2020.

As well as being used on military bases, it is intended the technology will be further developed into portable bioprocessing systems for overseas bases and operational deployments. This is the first joint competition run by DASA and the RAF.

The winning contracts have been awarded to:

  • The University of Sheffield has been awarded nearly £300,000
  • North Shields-based SME Northern Engineering Solutions Ltd – in collaboration with Northumbria
  • University – awarded nearly £330,000
  • University College London has been awarded around £200,000
  • Liverpool John Moores University has been awarded around £200,000.

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DOD releases budget proposal for the 2021 fiscal year

The US Department of Defense has released a budget proposal for the 2021 fiscal year after increasing military spending in recent years.

The Pentagon has released a budget proposal for 2021 based on the requested $705.4billion promised to the DOD. This budget resources four focus areas to build a more agile and innovative joint force.

he FY 2021 budget supports the irreversible implementation of the National Defense Strategy (NDS), which drives the Department’s decision-making in reprioritising resources and shifting investments. The Department’s FY 2021 budget aims to build a ready, agile, all domain joint force enabled by:

Nuclear Modernization ($28.9 billion). Investments include:

  • Nuclear Command, Control and Communications – $7 billion
  • B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber – $2.8 billion
  • COLUMBIA Class Ballistic Missile Submarine – $4.4 billion
  • Long-Range Stand-off (LRSO) Missile – $474 million
  • Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) – $1.5 billion.

In the Space Domain ($18.0 billion), investments include:

  • U.S. Space Force – $15.4 billion which includes:

– 3 National Security Space Launch (aka EELV) – $1.6 billion
– 2 Global Positioning System III and Projects – $1.8 billion
– Space Based Overhead Persistent Infrared Systems – $2.5 billion

  • U.S. Space Command – $249 million
  • Space Development Agency – $337 million.

In the Cyberspace ($9.8 billion) Domain, investments include:

  • Cybersecurity – $5.4 billion
  • Cyberspace – Operations – $3.8 billion
  • Cyberspace Science and Technology – $556 million
  • In addition to the $9.8 billion, the budget funds:​
    – Artificial Intelligence – $841 million
    – Cloud – $789 million.

In the Air Domain ($56.9 billion), investments include:

  • 79 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters – $11.4 billion
  • 15 KC-46 Tanker Replacements – $3.0 billion
  • 24 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets – $2.1 billion
  • 52 AH-64E Attack Helicopters – $1.2 billion
  • 5 VH-92 Presidential Helicopters – $739 million
  • P-8A Aircraft  – $269 million
  • 7 CH-53K King Stallion – $1.5 billion
  • 12 F-15EX – $1.6 billion.

In the Maritime Domain ($32.3 billion), investments include:

  • 1 COLUMBIA Class Ballistic Missile Submarine – $4.4 billion
  • CVN-78 FORD Class Aircraft Carrier – $3.0 billion
  • 1 Virginia Class Submarine – $4.7 billion
  • 2 DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Destroyers – $3.5 billion
  • 1 Frigate (FFG(X))  – $1.1 billion
  • 1 Landing Platform Dock Ship (LPD) – $1.2 billion
  • Fleet Replenishment Oiler (T-AO) – $95 million
  • 2 Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) (Large) – $464 million
  • 2 Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ships (T-ATS) – $168 million.

In the Land Domain ($13.0 billion), investments include:

  • 4,247 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles – $1.4 billion
  • 89 M-1 Abrams Tank Modifications/Upgrades – $1.5 billion
  • 72 Amphibious Combat Vehicles – $521 million.

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Cloud-based connectivity critical to deterring future threats

Writing for Defence Online, Ken Peterman, President, Government Systems at Viasat discusses the need for innovation to tackle future threats

Information Networks are the Key to Military Success

Secure, assured and ubiquitous communication is integral to every military operation across today’s battlespace. It’s critical that the right information is delivered accurately, securely and in a way that cannot be disrupted or exploited by enemy forces.

The UK Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter emphasised at RUSI on 11 December 2018 that potential enemies had invested in a range of new methods and capabilities designed to exploit what they see as our weaknesses.  The range of threats now faced by UK means that we must recreate the innovation and ingenuity seen in wartime to succeed against cyber and electronic attack, space and counter-space weapons and low-yield nuclear weapons. Specialists, particularly those in the information sphere, will be in high demand.

Success Needs Smart Technology but More than That

UK military forces, along with the rest of UK Government, are facing budget cuts. The UK is facing defence budget shortfalls over the next decade of up to £20 billion but their malign impact has been reduced by modest uplifts in key areas. In a particularly positive move, the Modernising Defence Programmes initiative, still to be published in full, is expected to place a refreshing emphasis on three key positive approaches to change: an emphasis on speed of acquisition, a willingness to consider approaches which put modest capability into the hands of users and learn from doing this, and finally an emphasis on new and innovative contracting methods, without which the advantages of smart technology will not be exploited in full.

We are already seeing the benefits of this type of approach in the US (notably the Airborne and SOF communities) and in some parts of the UK Defence establishment. In these areas, thoughtful and innovative soldiers work closely with commercial engineers to embrace exciting new technologies and then then by their own operational knowledge and innovative skill, extend the use of these systems beyond the visions of their inventors.

Productive Impatience is growing in UK

All this has given great encouragement to the more impatient and innovative leaders in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) HQ, the three services and in Defence industry. The UK now has an opportunity to increase collaboration with private sector leaders to equip our forces with some of the most advanced communications and battle management capabilities ever developed, all this at a significantly lower cost to the end user and with no loss of integrity or security.

This approach makes best use of the commercial sector, which has benefited from accelerated technological advances in recent years. Perhaps the best examples of this dynamism are the development of the smartphone and of in-flight satellite broadband and near ubiquitous connectivity. Whilst growing progressively more sophisticated, the smartphone has continued to introduce easy to use cloud-based capabilities at a low cost. Some of these cloud-based applications, such as interactive maps, live HD video streaming and location sharing services, provide civilian users with more situational awareness than today’s UK warfighter receives from standard military commissioned equipment.

We have the ability to bring the same cloud-enabled civilian technologies to life for military forces rapidly, securely and effectively and to stay ahead of evolving threats. Key people in the UK Defence community now see this and are determined to change the acquisition model to achieve it. The forces of reaction have not given up, but are considerably weakened not only by the obvious capability and cost benefits of this approach, but by the clear example of the success of the commercial mobile IT model.

It is encouraging that the old perception that ‘bespoke is better’ is now increasingly seen as leading Defence systems down a blind and expensive alley. This fact is increasingly clear to the more perceptive UK Defence leaders, who spend a good deal of time studying the achievements of the more dynamic elements of the US military with COTS (Commercial Off the Shelf) and KOTS (Kinda Off the Shelf) technology. They are not slow to talk to the commercial firms that make this possible.

Another benefit is that the use of commercial systems sold and upgraded across the Western world helps to make Western coalition interoperability a default condition.

Emerging Technologies

The traditional procurement process of tweaking every bespoke piece of equipment can take up to 7-10 years. This procurement model never really worked well but no-one saw how to escape it. The path is now clear. The rapid pace of private sector innovation, reduces cost, improves resilience, improves collaboration with leaders in the commercial sector, enables greater security tailored to the needs of the operation and speeds up the upgrade cycle to near commercial rates.

For example, today’s commercial high-speed, secure global satellite communications (SATCOM) networks, like Viasat’s Hybrid Adaptive Network concept, present the UK military and its allies with a opportunity to access new and emerging cloud-based capabilities that will improve tactical communications and redefine the nature of modern warfare. As shown by Viasat at this year’s Association of the United States Army conference, these cloud-based connectivity solutions are available today; and with near-peer adversaries also pursuing similar emerging technologies, it will be critical for the MoD and its allies to move quickly to deliver cloud-based solutions in order to maintain tactical edge needed to deter these future threats.

Pulling Technology, Operations and Contracts together

These advantages are now, ours to embrace and it is heartening to see that at a high level the UK Government as a whole and the UK MOD in particular are both encouraging those dynamic individuals, previously seen as maverick, to be heard. This gives them the top-cover to encourage the use of systems that embrace the latest battle-winning technology, ensure that it is tailored to specific operational needs and use innovative contracting methods that enable them to upgrade it easily and frequently.

With progress at this rate, it will not be long before a brigade in contact with the enemy will have as much network connectivity as a teenager’s bedroom.


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Dstl to look at increased SME spending

Dstl is expected to highlight increased SME spending this year at Venturefest 2020.

Dstl Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead will explore recent increases in SME spending when he speaks at this year’s Venturefest. This year (2019/20) Dstl has already committed to spend £41 million on research directly with SMEs, up from £38 million last year.

Dstl places around 26% of its outsourced research with SMEs and the aspiration is to continue to increase this percentage. At Venturefest Dstl will be exhibiting some of its work with industry, such as a scale model of the MAST (Maritime Autonomous Surface Testbed) boat.

Gary Aitkenhead said: “This will be my first visit to Venturefest and I am looking forward to discussing how Dstl can work even more closely with SMEs and businesses in the region.”

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Dstl: Official partner of DPRTE 2020.

There will also be a Dstl talk on the innovative development of synthetic biology for the sustainable manufacture of products, such as medicines, materials, foodstuffs and fine chemicals, to meet the present and future needs of society. Dstl and DASA (Defence and Security Accelerator) representatives will be available to discuss collaboration and funding opportunities and Dstl’s Searchlight initiative to attract non-traditional suppliers to work with the defence community.

Venturefest will be held on Friday 27 March at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton and was developed by Carswell Gould, Solent LEP, Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network, University of Portsmouth, Southampton City Council, Solent University, The University of Southampton, Portsmouth City Council, and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The event aims to bring together suppliers and industry as well as showcasing the latest technology and features workshops, guest speakers, and demonstrations, tickets are available at

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