Armed Forces Recruiting Programme PIN

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The Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s response to COVID-19

The latest report from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has been launched.

Within the report DIO revealed that in 2019/20, the organisation managed £3.3bn of investment in the Defence Estate enabling those who work within defence to live work, train, and deploy.

The organisation’s response to the pandemic was also detailed. DIO states that the COVID-19 pandemic will have an impact on the organisation for many months to come.

The organisation’s Chief Executive Graham Dalton has said:

“We continue to meet the challenge with great agility,y keeping defence sites open and operating, safe, legal and secure; people accommodated and fed and supporting and responding to Military Aid to Civil Authorities (MACA) tasks across the Defence estate.”


The Defence Infrastructure Organisation

DIO is part of the  Ministry of Defence (MOD).

As the MOD owns a diverse estate measuring 220,000 hectares and holds rights over a further 204,000 hectares, DIO plays a vital role in supporting defence, providing the Armed Forces and their families with a fit-for-purpose estate that includes accommodation.

The DIO has revealed that in 2019/20 the organisation managed £3.3bn of investment in the Defence Estate, enabling those who work within defence to live work, train, and deploy.


COVID-19 response

In the latest report released by DIO, the organisation reveals that:

“Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic the Accommodation Team responded to a range of requirements including the freeze on assignments, continued maintenance and housing projects, repatriation of service families from overseas and regeneration of moves.”

DIO has been working with the Chief Information Office to improved technology provision and support the defence workforce during the pandemic.

CIO services have enabled the DIO workforce to work more flexibly, remotely and collaboratively and maintain DIO contribution to Defence Outputs during the COVID-19 response.

Within the report DIO states that in 2019/2020 3844 laptops were distributed, ensuring that 100% of DIO’s UK population have MODNet laptops, which supports continuity under the Covid-19 lockdown. 2361 mobile phones and 175 iPads were also deployed to support even greater mobility of the workforce.


How your organisation can help

If you think your business might be able to help with the response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), register your details here.



Talking Tenders – Doing Business with Defence

The UK Ministry of Defence buys a huge range of goods, works & services annually: spend in Scotland increased for the fifth year running to £1.76 billion in 2018/19. This is up from £1.64 billion the previous year and an increase in per person spend to £320. Additionally, the number of Scottish industry jobs this supports has increased from 10,100 to 10,200.

In order to give businesses, especially Scottish micro, small and medium sized businesses, third sector organisations and supported businesses, a better understanding of how the MOD ‘lets’ contracts for works, goods and services, join the Supplier Development Programme on our Talking Tenders webinar entitled, ‘Doing Business with Defence’.

The webinar will cover:

  • Defence Procurement: key information and facts
  • Opportunities in the MOD’s defence supply chain
  • MOD procurement organisations and approach
  • MOD’s SME action plan and Tips for SMEs
  • Prompt Payment
  • Innovation within MOD

You can attend the webinar from the comfort of your own desk – the joining instructions and link will be emailed to you the day before this event.

To prepare, you can access SDP’s top tips on how to join a webinar, or alternatively please email if you have any further questions about the joining process.

The Ministry of Defence’s sustainable procurement goals

For years, the Ministry of Defence has been working towards its sustainable procurement goals.

The ‘Sustainable MOD Strategy’ was established in 2015 and runs until 2025; it provides clear direction as to how the MOD should address risks to the environment and propose more sustainable alternatives in its business activities.

In May 2020, the National Audit Office (NAO) released a report on the progress the MOD has made in meeting its environmental sustainability objectives. The NAO has found that, while the defence sector has made some progress, there remains room for improvement.


Defence procurement’s impact on the environment

The defence sector plays a crucial role in securing procurements that are sustainable. As the MOD spends almost £21 billion with industry every year, it is important that the organisation works collaboratively with its suppliers to champion greener initiatives and adopt more sustainable alternatives to traditional practices.

The NAO’s recent report examines how far the Ministry of Defence has embedded environmental sustainability in its estate management, procurement, governance and policy-making.

Key statistics in the report include:

  • The Department reported 830,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – a 42% reduction since 2009-10, which means it has achieved its Greening Government Commitments (GGCs) target for reducing carbon emissions.
  • 50% of the Department’s share of central government’s GGC reported greenhouse gas emissions in 2017-18 (carbon dioxide equivalent) came from the MOD.
  • The report also shows that 1.8 million tonnes of emissions from military activity such as operating defence equipment fall outside the scope of the GGC targets, and these emissions are reducing at a slower rate.
  • 9% reduction in the Department’s non-GGC greenhouse gas emissions since 2015-16 (GGC emissions reduced by 26% in the same period) (carbon dioxide equivalent).
  • 169 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) on MOD land (3.5% of Great Britain’s total). 48% of MOD-owned SSSIs are in a ‘favourable’ condition.

Although the MOD is on course to achieve some of its sustainability targets, it is struggling to improve its efforts on waste recycling, the use of paper and reducing domestic flights. The NAO  report states that:

“The MOD’s energy mix has not changed significantly over the last 10 years, and the Department has made little progress in increasing the proportion of its energy drawn from renewable sources.”

If you are interested in learning more about the MOD’s sustainability journey, download the full report here.

Work with the MOD

By working with the MOD, your organisation can help streamline effective procurement strategies and make environmentally conscious decisions.

Are you part of a SME business that wants to win work with the Ministry of Defence?

Our portal advertises tender and contracts opportunities valued over £10K. Gain access to the official source of MOD contracts by registering for free with Defence Contracts Online.

What DASA is doing to support the COVID-19 Response

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is a cross-body organisation established to help the UK Government access innovative ideas, equipment and services.

The organisation has played an integral part in the procurement of services required to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic. Gabriella Cox, DASA security competition lead, said:

“Innovation has never been more important as we play our part in the national effort against Coronavirus.”

Defence Contracts Online (DCO) is the official defence contracts portal for the Ministry of Defence – here DCO outlines DASA’s Coronavirus response.


Ambulance cleaning

At the end of March DASA announced that it was looking for partners that could supply rapid sanitising technology that would speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances, as it can take up to 45 minutes to clean an ambulance that has transported a patient suspected of having COVID-19.

The organisation announced at the end of April that more than 200 ideas were submitted in just seven days following the appeal.

DASA’s partner Dstl has so far seen good results from trials. Dstl scientist Steve Mitchell, who led the trials, has said:

“The trials have shown some really promising ideas ranging from fogging techniques, sprays, and using a decontaminant vapour to give a thorough and deep clean in the quickest time possible.”

Innovation fund

On the 8 April 2020 it was announced that DASA would launch a £1 million fund to fast-track innovation to aid the Armed Forces in the fight against Coronavirus, as the organisation wants to work with suppliers that can and support the national effort against Covid-19.

Director of Defence Innovation Clare Cameron said:

“Innovators and industry have stepped up to the plate with a remarkable response to the Coronavirus outbreak. This investment will unleash the power of innovation to rapidly help us in the national effort against Coronavirus.

“Coronavirus is not just a health emergency, but also one that affects many other aspects of the way we live. That is why £1 million has been allocated to launch this rapid response call today seeking the very best ideas from innovators.”

The first wave of applications closed on 15 April. However, DASA will continue to accept proposals after 15 April for consideration.


How your organisation can help

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DASA invests £1m to develop cyber security technology

On 27 April, the government announced that the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) will invest £1m into the development of technology that can predict and counter cyber attacks.

DASA is actively working with partners in both the public and private sector to proactively defend deployed UK military systems and networks from cyber criminals.


DASA keeping the UK cyber safe

This project, which is now in its second phase, aims to create a safer cyber future for everyone in the UK. In a government statement, Project Manager Rebecca Duncan said:

“Cyber security has been in an arms race for decades, with hackers continuously exploiting new vulnerabilities while developers race to patch them.

This DASA competition looks to get the UK ahead of these threats and better prepare us against – and even predict – future cyber-attacks.

As our understanding of adversaries and attack patterns improves, increased computing power and data growth to drive the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution with multiple new possibilities emerging to keep the UK safe and prosperous.”

The MOD wants to better anticipate and mitigate the impact of cyber attacks. Phase 2 of the project will support this as the MOD seeks to continue and enhance predictive approaches.

DASA has granted funding to the following organisations:

  • RiskAware Ltd which has been awarded around £450,000 in collaboration with the University of Southampton
  • decisionLab which has been awarded nearly £240,000 in collaboration with DIEM Analytics and Actica
  • Montvieux Limited which has been awarded nearly £250,000


During the first phase of the project nearly £1m in funding was granted, bringing the total funding to about £2m.


Find opportunities with DASA and the MOD

Are you part of a SME business that wants to win work within the UK defence marketplace?

Our portal advertises tender and contracts opportunities valued over £10K. Gain access to the official source of MOD contracts by registering for free with Defence Contracts Online.

Coronavirus: Defence Updates

The Ministry of Defence has announced some new information and guidance for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Letter from Jim Carter, Commercial Director Supply Chain: Covid-19 Guidance to Defence Industry suppliers


Defence Procurement Policy Note 01/20 Responding to COVID-19


Defence Procurement Policy Note 02/20 Responding to COVID-19


Covid-19 Defence Furlough and Interim Payment Policy Note


DPRTE 2020: New Date Released

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE 2020) has been re-scheduled to take place on 3 September 2020; the event will remain at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Grow your business at DPRTE

DPRTE is a must-attend event if your business is looking to grow its defence client base. The defence marketplace in the UK is worth over £20 billion a year, with lucrative opportunities available for both new and existing suppliers.

Not only can suppliers strengthen ties and communication with the Ministry of Defence and its prime contractors, but there are also numerous opportunities to learn at the event’s various dedicated Knowledge Transfer Zones.

What’s going on at DPRTE 2020

The 2020 event will bring together over 1500 key defence industry decision makers. Supported by the Ministry of Defence, DPRTE provides a unique platform for both buyers and suppliers across the supply chain to engage within a strong range of interactive and educational features, including:

  • DPRTE Product Showcase Exhibition (featuring over 100 suppliers)
  • Live Keynote Arena, featuring talks from industry leaders in defence, including the MOD and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
  • Five Knowledge Transfer Zones: Supply Chain and Partnering, Infrastructure and Estates, Technology and Innovation, Procurement Skills, and Doing Business with the US DoD
  • Six Networking and Collaboration Zones: unique areas offering buyers and suppliers the chance to engage with key personnel and organisations representing a range of diverse sectors

Keynote Arena

As always, there will be an impressive line-up at the Live Keynote Arena for DPRTE 2020. These sessions will be led by some of the defence sector’s most influential leaders and speakers.

The 2020 event will include a range of talks covering a number of important subjects, from supporting the wider defence supply chain, to innovative techniques for procuring defence medical supplies, to the evolution of technology within counterterrorism, among others.

Commercial Strategies Ltd CEO and former Ministry of Defence Commercial Director, Les Mosco will once again be chairing the arena. Mr Mosco will welcome Chief Commercial Officer at the MOD, Andrew Forzani to open the sessions with a keynote address.

Dstl’s Division Head, Defence and Security Analysis, Rob Solly will be next up. This session will focus on the key role agencies play in exploiting technical innovation when contributing to the UK’s defence and security.

Fayola-Maria Jack, Head of Defence Commercial, Air and Jonathan Pollock, Navy Command Deputy Director Commercial also have a slot. Not to be missed, delegates can expect a highly engaging roundtable discussion on communicating with the Front Line Commands.

This is just a selection of the speakers appearing at the event; for more information, view the DPRTE pre-event planner. 

Global opportunity

Protecting territory and keeping citizens safe are key priorities for all nations across the globe.

Global trends such as shifting balances of power, rising nationalism and the emergence of new digital battlefields are redefining the geopolitical landscape.

This ever-evolving political and security environment is creating a stimulus to increase investment in defence and the requirement to spend more effectively as nations look to protect their own interests.

Joining the UK MOD at DPRTE 2020 are the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the Australian Government – which gives delegates a chance to network on a truly global scale.

Gateway to the defence marketplace

DPRTE has been successfully supporting the defence procurement market since 2012, and will continue to do so for many years to come, enabling buyers and suppliers across the defence sector and wider supply chain to collaborate and streamline their future procurement strategies together.

If you are interested in meeting defence procurement experts from across the world, join over 1500 delegates at DPRTE 2020 on 3 September.

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