Defence secretary announces £800m innovation programme
07 December 2015
Defence secretary Michael Fallon has announced an investment of around £800 million in technical innovation over the next ten years to meet future threats.
The Defence innovation initiative builds on an agreement with the US Secretary of Defence earlier this year to strengthen collaboration between allies in the area of innovation.
The intention is to establish new bodies, including the Emerging Technology and Innovation Analysis Cell (ETIAC) to understand the implications of potentially game-changing technologies, and a new hub to fast track innovation to deal with present threats. Mr Fallon wants these bodies to work closely with the private sector and the universities.
"As the threats we face grow, it is vital that we harness innovation," said Michael Fallon during a visit to Rosyth to view progress on the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. "By using our rising defence budget to create a new fund backed by £800 million of new investment, we will ensure that we stay ahead of our enemies. I hope and expect Scottish companies will be heavily involved in this initiative."
In October, the Defence Secretary agreed with US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter that the MOD and US Department of Defense would work together on a combined approach to innovation, from technology and operational concepts, to war games and talent management.