News story: Royal Navy takes command of Maritime Security Force

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  1. The Royal Navy has taken command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, an element of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) multi-national naval partnership which is designed to promote security, stability and prosperity across more than three million square miles of international waters.

    CTF 150’s principal mission is to disrupt terrorist organisations and their unlawful activities by restricting freedom of manoeuvre at sea. The Task Force has been combating terrorism by tackling the narcotics and weapons smuggling that funds terrorist activities.

    Its vessels also assist mariners in distress and undertake other humanitarian work as required. For the last four months, under the command of the Royal Australian Navy, CTF 150 has been working to deter terrorists and smugglers from using the seas as an avenue to finance crime and terrorist activity. There have been four drugs seizures led by HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Darwin.

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:


    The UK has one of the strongest navies in the world. Leading this important joint force underlines our commitment, both to working with allies to fight Daesh and to tackling terrorism across the region.

    Commodore Guy Robinson of the Royal Navy took command of CTF150 from Commodore Jaimie Hatcher of the Royal Australian Navy on Sunday in a ceremony in Bahrain. Commodore Robinson will lead personnel from nations including UK, US, Canada and Saudi Arabia.

    He said:


    I am hugely grateful for all the hard work done by our Australian and Canadian predecessors and look forward to building on the strong foundations that have already been laid. Through continued close co-operation with the CMF team we will ensure that our efforts contribute effectively towards the achievement of longer-term objectives.

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  2. Kent University and London Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) have combined to initiate a new study of homelessness among Veterans which is due to issue a first stage report at the end of August.

    The VAPC have commissioned Professor Helen Carr and Dr Ed Kirton-Darling of Kent Law School, University of Kent, to undertake research into provision for homeless Veterans across London. The work will build on existing research, in particular a University of York report, which highlighted the need for more evidence about the problem of homelessness among the Veterans’ community.

    Professor Carr said the new study would attempt to address some of the gaps identified in the York report and to produce a clear set of achievable guidelines with which to improve the circumstances of homeless Veterans in London.

    The research focuses on the following questions:

    1) to what extent is the local connection rule used by local authorities in London in relation to Veterans?
    2) how is vulnerability as a result of being in the services assessed by local authorities in London? As part of this, what evidence do local authorities seek in respect of individuals claiming Veteran status, and how are they assessed?
    3) what dedicated services are available for Veterans in London, including accommodation, and how do those services relate to local authority provision?

    The research will proceed in 2 stages, with an initial report expected to be published in the summer of 2016.

    Professor Carr said:


    We are very excited to be able to undertake this research for the VAPC and are keen to find examples of best practice in this area. We are also looking forward to exploring the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision on the meaning of vulnerability as part of this research.

    She added that one of the gaps identified by the York report was a lack of evidence on the ways in which local authorities’ discharge their obligations to homeless Veterans. For example, while rules could be varied in favour of homeless Veterans, crucially there was little evidence of how these rules were applied.

    Lynn Verity, chairman of London VAPC, said:


    We are delighted to be working with the Kent University Project Team. The information will be very valuable and may well allow us to raise issues of accommodation for ex-servicemen and women directly with the relevant local authority.

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  3. In an indication of the strength of our bi-lateral relationship with the US, the Minister joined US Deputy Defence Secretary Bob Work on a programme of visits in the south-east of the country.

    The Minister visited the US Marine Corp Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina where he met with RAF and Royal Navy personnel who are training on the new F-35B Lightning aircraft. As partners on the F-35 programme, the UK is working closely with the US. This allows UK personnel to train and learn alongside the US which was the first country to reach Initial Operating Capability in summer 2015.

    Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne said:


    This has been an excellent opportunity to see at first-hand how closely UK and US Armed Forces work together, and to discuss with Deputy Secretary Work how we can take that even further. The ability of British and American military personnel to work so well together, with common approaches, common understanding and, where appropriate, common capabilities is vital to both our nations’ security.

    The F-35B Lightning is a 5th generation multi-role combat aircraft with advanced sensors, mission systems and stealth technology. Operating from land bases and our Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers, it will deliver a cutting-edge capability for the UK. Members of 617 Squadron, the RAF’s first F-35B Lightning Squadron, were able to show Mr Dunne around the aircraft and the training they have been doing.

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    Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, UK Senior National Representative, 617 Squadron, said:


    The opportunity to meet the Minister and spend a considerable amount of time showing him around the Squadron was a privilege. He was given a flavour of the entire spectrum of work here at VMFAT-501, highlighting the importance of the experience that these early 617 Squadron UK service personnel are gaining during their time here in South Carolina.


    We were also able to show the Minister some recorded video from recent missions which showcased the F-35 sensor suite and data processing.

    From Beaufort, the Minister flew to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, where he met RAF personnel who are maintaining and developing skills to deliver the UK’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft capability. As announced in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the UK will buy the Poseidon P-8 aircraft from the US. The Minister also had the opportunity to fly on board a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft manned by US Navy and RAF personnel.

    The Minister went on to US Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia for a visit to the Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic (SWFLANT), which provides support to the UK Vanguard Class and US Ohio Class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.

    In combination, these visits provided the Minister with a unique insight into how the US generates and operates its capabilities and the unrivalled value that the UK gains through collaboration with the US.

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  4. Their teams already support Tornado, Chinook and tri-service calibration equipment. The MOD is now looking for DECA to further expand their capabilities across all defence environments.

    For the Tornado programme, DECA undertakes tests and repairs in over 300 items, including the ground mapping and terrain following radar, the power supply for the automatic pilot and laser designators.

    In addition, the agency has provided significant savings to the MOD with “repair-not-replace” technologies, finding innovative ways of mending electronics and components, as well as reusing items that would otherwise require significant additional cost to find replacements for. For instance, Typhoon has benefited from DECA’s development of specialised Fibre Optic Cable repair capability, which assesses cable damage and reduces repair needs, improving aircraft readiness.

    Air Marshall Simon Bollom, Chief of Defence Materiel (Air), said: “DECA provides crucial support for a wide range of air platforms engaged on operations now and Tornado in particular. DECA’s support in repairing critical electronic items ensures our aircraft are maintained to the highest standards and available for operations.”

    Based in North Wales, DECA formed an executive agency owned by the Ministry of Defence in April 2015. It was officially launched to the defence industry in October by Minister for Defence Procurement (MinDP) Philip Dunne. Its Agency origins go back to 2000, when it was part of the Electronics and Components Business Unit of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency, latterly the Defence Support Group. The MOD strategically retained DECA when the rest of the group was sold to Babcock, ensuring access to its capabilities and through-life specialist maintenance, repair and overhaul pedigree.

    Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne said: “DECA is a world leading electronic and components business and a key agency supporting the MOD. We want its capability to become the UK’s avionics hub in Europe, and we are confident it has a bright future ahead, providing the MOD with highly valued skills and expertise.”

    As an in-house capability for the Ministry of Defence, DECA specialises in electronic and component maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade. It aims to deliver best value for money services that sustain the Armed Forces at home and during deployment. In addition, DECA is the MOD’s hub for all tri-service calibration and repair activity, as well as offering medical and dental services, cryptographic support and general engineering activities from their satellite site at Stafford and deployed locations around the UK.

    The Agency is now working with MOD and Industry to consider how DECA’s capabilities can be expanded to reduce the support costs on platforms such as the Typhoon under the Future State Operating Model and the F-35 Lightning II.

    DECA Chief Executive Geraint Spearing said: “The decision to retain DECA as an in-house capability has ensured the MOD access to our technical excellence. The MOD is looking to promote the full range of DECA capabilities across all Defence environments and in support of deployed operations and we look forward to working with together with customers, old and new, to ensure best value support solutions and services for Defence.”

    Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne for Desider

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  5. The University of Birmingham has used Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding to develop an experimental demonstrator for passive missile-borne radar (PAMIR).

    In the project, the university has looked at mobile communication and navigation satellite systems (Inmarsat and Iridium) to assess their power availability, as well as measuring the signal power density near the surface.

    Initial tests have shown that the use of these 2 global satellite communications systems will make the radar system reliable. An experimental demonstrator and the processing algorithms and codes have been developed, along with 3 trials at UK coastal areas that prove the feasibility of the system.

    In the future, a passive guidance system could be developed with capabilities including detecting the target, and rough coordinate estimation by a passive radar operating from a moving platform. The system has the advantages of not activating electronic support receivers of the target and it doesn’t have the limitations of infrared or other electro-optical sensors.

    Dr. Marina Gashinova, Lecturer in Radar Sensors and Systems at the University of Birmingham said:


    The funding and support we got from CDE has allowed taking our research to the next level.

    Additional funding and defence industry partners are now being sought to progress the radar system.

    The University of Birmingham was first founded in 1900 as England’s first civic University. It comprises more than 6,500 staff and has students in excess of 28,000.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
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    Harwell Oxford
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  6. Through Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, Basingstoke-based SME ALLOTROPE Power Systems (a spin-out of MAST Carbon) has successfully demonstrated a process to produce a functioning pseudocapacitor (an energy storage device) using its high surface area carbon support technology combined with standard battery materials. The pseudocapacitor combines battery levels of energy density with capacitor rates of charging.

    Due to difficulties in production, the pseudocapacitor is currently under-exploited, despite its advantages for many applications. Now, ALLOTROPE Power Systems has been able to use a new design and production method that can translate the energy storing properties of traditional battery materials into a device capable of high discharge power.

    This opens the door to a range of novel energy storage devices, which offer an improved energy density over supercapacitors, with higher power capability than lithium-ion batteries. Potential uses could include the hybrid car sector, rapid-charge consumer items such as power tools, as well as offering new capabilities to space-based applications and uninterruptable power sources.

    Pete Wilson, Project Lead, ALLOTROPE Power Systems says:


    The funding from CDE allowed us to pursue a technological theory to the point of a successful proof-of-concept, which was otherwise beyond the capability of our organisation. Put simply, the funding has opened an exciting new opportunity in advanced energy storage.

    Next steps for the project include optimising materials to create a useable cell, which could offer real commercial viability through a unique matching of power and energy density, cycle life and cost.

    MAST Carbon was founded in 1995, specialising in applications requiring high-precision activated carbons. It has grown to 17 employees and collaborates on projects focusing on filtration, catalysis and energy storage. In 2008 MAST Carbon was brought into an EU FP7 program to advance supercapacitors as the energy storage buffer in hybrid vehicles. After the project, the group moved into MAST Carbon International to continue development and focus on commercialisation, from this, ALLOTROPE Power Systems was formed.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
    Fermi Avenue

    Harwell Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX


    Email [email protected]

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  7. Meon Technology Ltd has been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to research the use of microwire; a fine glass fibre with a metal core. This is an alternative to the current material used in ‘chaff’.

    Chaff is a radar countermeasure used by military aircraft to avoid detection or attack by adversaries. Aluminium-coated glass fibre is the most commonly used material for chaff. However this material does not disperse efficiently and there may be other ways of improving chaff performance.

    Through this project, micro-SME Meon Technology, alongside partners the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton and the University of Cranfield, has developed a microwire production process and a method to compare the efficacy of microwire and other materials as chaff.

    A new chaff material with better dispersion or radar cross-section could enhance the capability of UK armed forces to counter radar threats to air and naval platforms.

    Brian Butters, Director, Meon Technology Ltd says:


    CDE has been very supportive in assisting me to set up the research project and finding the necessary funding. While this project is looking at microwire for use in chaff, microwire also has numerous other applications. Such as in advanced composites, electrochemical sensors and very small wire conductors and electrodes, so there could be other benefits too.

    Meon Technology Ltd is located near Portsmouth, Hampshire. Founded in April 2012 it has just 1 employee.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
    Fermi Avenue

    Harwell Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX


    Email [email protected]

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  8. Through Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, PacTec has developed a prototype personal radio-locator system for the dismounted soldier. Known as the Squad Positioning Intelligence Network (SPIN), the system provides real-time 3-dimensional location information for all the nodes.

    Running on a self-aware network (SAN) where all members of the SAN are aware of each other’s location, SPIN is designed to operate in buildings or GPS-denied areas. This is important as individual geolocation will likely form an integral part of next-generation military communication, navigation and command and control systems.

    In the future, the technology developed through SPIN could provide more reliable, secure and robust personal communication, navigation and situational infrastructure to support the soldier in the field.

    Further development of the technology will focus on personal awareness and direction-facing functions, coupled with voice and grid reference data for emergency response teams who need to be aware of their members’ locations at all times. Potential applications could include mobile search-and-secure tasks in urban warfare and anti-terrorist operations.

    Paul McCormack, Managing Director, PacTec, says:


    CDE support and financial assistance has provided industry-standard endorsement for our technology, it has ensured that our technology and expertise is visible and that our route-to-market has been greatly enhanced. In short, CDE has provided us with a Kitemark for our product.

    PacTec is a Northern Ireland-based micro-SME with key technology expertise in radio frequency and software / hardware integration.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
    Fermi Avenue

    Harwell Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX


    Email [email protected]

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  9. Bristol-based SME Riskaware has successfully demonstrated an approach for analysing the effect of a cyber-attack on a mission. This Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funded project developed a prototype called the Cyber Operational Mission Mapping, Visualisation and Analysis Tool (COMMVAT).

    The technology brings together a multi-layered, high-level mission resilience model and a detailed cyber-vulnerability model to provide an integrated approach to analyse and visualise the likely effect of a cyber -attack on a military mission. Results of the analysis are presented in a visual way to allow users to easily interact with and explore the data.

    COMMVAT could provide users and organisations with the ability to easily understand the probability and potential impact of a cyber-event so that cyber security measures can be focused.

    John Bishop, Managing Director, Riskaware says:


    CDE funding has provided us with the ideal platform to focus our diversification efforts beyond our niche defence markets. This has contributed significantly to the company’s growth and stability and is expected to form the catalyst for further diversification and growth in the cyber security marketplace.

    Riskaware is an independent SME with 24 employees. The company was founded in 1999 to provide experience and expertise to UK government primarily in the area of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence. Over recent years, Riskaware has combined its knowledge and expertise in CBRN defence to provide software solutions across a range of other industry sectors including cyber, intelligence, armour protection, health and transport.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
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    Harwell Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX


    Email [email protected]

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  10. With Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, QinetiQ has developed techniques to process data from a new type of compact commercial hyperspectral sensor, suitable for use on low-power computer hardware.

    These techniques enable a single camera to provide high-resolution hyperspectral data and full motion video, while reducing image degradation.

    A compact lightweight hyperspectral sensor package can provide additional information beyond conventional colour imaging, for both commercial and military applications. This type of sensor could also have applications in environmental observation, such as characterising land use and monitoring crop health.

    Philip Kent, Low Size Weight and Power Hyperspectral and Full Motion Video Electro-Optical Sensor Technical Lead, QinetiQ says:


    Funding and support from CDE has enabled the QinetiQ surveillance team to evaluate novel commercial hyperspectral sensing technologies and develop new techniques that will be beneficial to both the targeted persistent surveillance applications and other UK government funded activities. Involvement in this CDE project has also engendered useful new relationships with other organisations and companies.

    QinetiQ is a British defence, science and technology organisation. Founded in 2001 it has its headquarters in Farnborough, Hampshire and has approximately 9000 employees worldwide.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
    Fermi Avenue

    Harwell Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX


    Email [email protected]

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  11. Selex ES Ltd has been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to study and develop a lightweight wide-area infrared (IR) surveillance system.

    The system is for use with high-altitude pseudo satellites (HAPS), which are lightweight and solar powered with durations of days or weeks at a time.

    HAPS platforms must have very low size, weight and power loads. Selex ES has used novel materials and manufacturing techniques, and taken advantage of the low ambient temperature in the HAPS environment to reduce the amount of cooling required by the sensor. These measures combined enable a mid-wave IR camera with significantly lower size, weight and power to be produced.

    A number of alternative design options have been assessed and Selex ES is now hoping to take a design concept to the final prototype design, manufacture and test phase.

    Stuart Duncan, Head of Capability at Selex ES said:


    The CDE competition on lightweight surveillance was a good match to our strategic plan for future airborne EO (electro-optic) sensors. The execution of this project will reduce the risk on a number of key new technologies and give us a building block towards a potential persistent wide area surveillance system product.

    Selex ES is part of the Finmeccanica group. The company has recently been rebranded and the parts of the company relevant to this project are now Finmeccanica Airborne and Space Systems Division and Finmeccanica Land and Naval Defence Electronics Division.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
    Fermi Avenue

    Harwell Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX


    Email [email protected]

    Telephone +44 (0)30 67704236

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  12. Through Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, QinetiQ has developed a ‘software-defined multifunction LIDAR’ (laser radar) system. It can be configured and re-configured in software at mission run-time. This single LIDAR architecture can perform the role of multiple different instruments - eg 3D imaging, ranging, Doppler, communications - providing exceptional sensing flexibility.

    The system is very sensitive, making it ideally suited for high-altitude platforms (HAPS) where the duration of a mission may require multiple different sensing modes, and the platform needs a sensor of low size, weight and power.

    Software-defined multifunction LIDAR brings new operational capability to persistent surveillance platforms. For example, while conventional 3D mapping can discover a vehicle under camouflage netting, this LIDAR could also determine whether its engine is running and possibly the type of vehicle by using vibrometry mode.

    Brian Perrett, Security Products Business Lead, QinetiQ says:


    The CDE funding and support has helped us to bridge the gap between concept and demonstration of a novel LIDAR technology that we believe could have a significant impact on the electro-optic sensor space for high altitude platforms.

    QinetiQ is a British defence, science and technology organisation. Founded in 2001 it has its headquarters in Farnborough, Hampshire and has approximately 9000 employees worldwide.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
    Fermi Avenue

    Harwell Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX


    Email [email protected]

    Telephone +44 (0)30 67704236

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  13. Through Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, Muretex has developed a concept for improving training using wearable computing technology, such as Google Glass.

    The research has seen trainees wear Google Glass headsets, which connect wirelessly to a management system so that an instructor, monitoring the trainees in real time, can see what they see and issue immediate feedback and training prompts. Muretex’s system is designed to work across a range of wearable devices.

    This innovation creates a more efficient use of training time resolving problems faster and having greater real-time control over the training and performance. Ultimately it could increase training effectiveness, while reducing overall costs.

    Muretex hopes that with a collaborating partner the next phase of work will include improvements to the communications infrastructure and addition of virtual-reality headsets to allow an enriched training stimulus.

    Jon Platts, Owner and MD, Muretex says:


    The CDE funding has been instrumental in allowing a rapid prototype to be developed and proved. For us, as a micro-business, CDE funding has proved to be the perfect funding vehicle.

    Muretex was founded in 2003, has 6 employees and is a distributed company based in Lincoln with an office in the Bedford i-Lab. The company was founded by ex-RAF officers.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
    Fermi Avenue

    Harwell Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX


    Email [email protected]

    Telephone +44 (0)30 67704236

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  14. QinetiQ has been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to develop a proof-of-concept simulation for training individuals to communicate to audiences using social media.

    The environment blends scripted, simulated and real-world inputs to create an immersive information environment to reflect complex real-world pressures.

    The prototype, which can be run on a laptop, will provide an environment where the complexities of social-media settings can be represented, and the judgment and decision-making skills of participants tested and enhanced through innovative feedback.

    The simulation could provide a training platform for potential application in other similar spaces where decisions have to be made in complex information environments and with different audiences.

    Chris Ryder, Training Information Activities through Social Media Technical Lead, QinetiQ says:


    This CDE funding has provided an exciting opportunity to integrate innovative approaches for creating sophisticated synthetic training environments. When this is combined with cutting-edge techniques for providing in-scenario trainee feedback, it provides novel opportunities for accelerating trainee learning. The funding and support has enabled us to make a first step towards training that could support a range of applications. For example, for teaching social media marketing through to running more realistic crisis-management exercises in support of brand protection.

    QinetiQ is a British defence, science and technology organisation. Founded in 2001 it has its headquarters in Farnborough, Hampshire and has approximately 9000 employees worldwide.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
    Fermi Avenue

    Harwell Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX


    Email [email protected]

    Telephone +44 (0)30 67704236

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  15. A Downing Street spokesperson said:


    The Prime Minister met the Indonesian President Joko Widodo today at Downing Street.

    They discussed a broad range of issues, including co-operation on security and counter-extremism. The Prime Minister offered his condolences over the loss of life in the attacks in Jakarta earlier this year, and committed to continued counter-terrorism and counter-extremism support, including co-operation and advice from our police and security agencies. The Prime Minister and President agreed that as the world’s most populous Muslim-majority state, Indonesia had a vital role to play in countering extremism globally as the voice of moderate, peaceful Islam.

    They also shared thoughts on addressing other global issues, including anti-corruption and transparency where they agreed on importance of addressing these issues to ensure economic growth.

    They discussed how to strengthen the bilateral trade relationship, including through today’s agreement for Indonesia’s national airline to upgrade its aircraft to a new Airbus model with Rolls-Royce engines, in a deal worth nearly £1 billion to the UK economy. And they considered new commercial opportunities, such as in infrastructure, particularly around the 2018 Asian Games, and the creative industries.

    They discussed the positive progress on an ambitious EU-Indonesia free trade agreement, agreeing this held huge potential for both our countries, making it easier and cheaper for businesses to invest and trade.

    They also discussed the importance of respect for human rights, with the Prime Minister reiterating our longstanding and long-stated opposition to the use of the death penalty.

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  16. NSC has used Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding to provide instructors with an immersive view of a training environment and the performance of trainees.

    The Camberley-based small company has demonstrated the ability to extract data from wearable technology, store and undertake analysis using cloud-based technology, and present the relevant information to an instructor on a mobile device.

    The field-deployable lightweight system could be merged with other input data, such as exercise scenario preparation and social media.

    Future work includes the development of a core infrastructure that uses open standards to allow easy access to market for existing and new wearable technology.

    NSC will also look to take advantage of cloud storage and analytics; this will demonstrate capability to extract and present meaningful information from short-term and long-term data.

    The instructor software will also be developed to provide an immersive environment for effective instructor-led training.

    NSC’s Kevin Allen says:


    CDE funding has allowed us to unleash our innovative thinking in a dynamic and challenging problem space. We expect significant exploitation of our CDE successes on existing UK and international delivery programmes in the coming months.

    NSC was founded in 1991 and has 47 employees.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


    Building R103
    Fermi Avenue

    Harwell Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX11 0QX


    Email [email protected]

    Telephone +44 (0)30 67704236

    Alternative number +44 (0)30 67704237


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  17. Transmedia Storyteller Ltd has been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to create a real-time assessment and exercise-control tablet for instructors.

    The Connected Universal Assessment and Real-time Analysis Training Tool (CUARATT) significantly reduces the time to reach mission readiness, while personalising training.

    It can now take 3 days to design, implement, test and deploy an exercise that would have previously taken 2 months.

    Instructors automatically receive in-action recommendations based on current mission status and trainee performance – allowing them to increase or decrease exercise difficulty. Instructors can get trainee biometric information and mission status in real time, and can tag trainee performance and leave notes.

    Next steps are for the company to create a cloud-based exercise-control and assessment tool called TaPaaS – Training and Performance as a Service.

    Robert Pratten, CEO, Transmedia Storyteller Ltd says:


    Funding and support from CDE has transformed our company and opened new opportunities that were previously unthinkable.

    Founded in 2010, the company has 7 employees with its headquarters in London and staff in the USA and Spain.

    About CDE


    CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

    CDE is part of Dstl.

    Centre for Defence Enterprise


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  18. Do we have any vessels in CTF150? I thought for a second St. Albans, but that is 151!
     

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