Dstl launches new Exploration Division

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has unveiled a new Exploration Division which is set to identify and accelerate transformative technologies, systems, concepts and strategies for defence and security. The initiative will also reportedly increase Dstl’s ability to shape future generations’ equipment and strategy for the armed forces while continuing to support current operational requirements.

The new division will use AI and data analytics to scan the horizon for transformative technologies such as quantum sensing or quantum cryptography, neuromorphic computing as well as telexistence. It will incubate the most promising of these and will imagine entirely new systems to provide the UK’s armed forces and security forces with game changing capabilities to create strategic advantage over future adversaries.

In addition, the Exploration Division will draw on Dstl’s expertise in horizon scanning, systems thinking, wargaming, simulation, social science and operational research to explore novel tactics and strategies and driving the transition of good ideas into conceptual force design and anticipatory policy.

“Identifying novel concepts and accelerating research and development will bring future systems and technologies into service quicker and more cost-effectively,” said Professor Andy Bell, Dstl’s Chief Technical Officer. “This will enhance UK security by providing innovative and word-leading equipment to our forces, as well as transformative concepts of operation and strategies with which to achieve success.”

Involving suppliers and customers throughout this process will provide a safe space in which to challenge accepted plans, and is designed to provide the stimulus for wider innovation in Defence and Security. Dstl will find new things no one else has done before, prove their worth, and help customers deliver them, or manage the risk from them.



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