UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC) Capability Roadmapping is just one way the UKDSC gives the UK value chain a coordinated and coherent view of future defence export requirements. Experts analyse UK defence and commercial industry capabilities to identify Capability and Technology Roadmaps. This analysis of the UK value chain highlights where the UK has strengths to meet a customer’s needs, as well as areas that need development in order to win.
UKDSC roadmapping provides a clear understanding of current capabilities and their maturation, laying out a comprehensive landscape of the subject area. Identifying gaps and limitations in capabilities is an important stage of the analysis, because those gaps highlight strategic and opportunistic interventions that focus research and development (R&D) spend more accurately.
This roadmapping technique also helps stakeholders understand the relationships between multiple sets of information about a customer’s needs and the available capabilities . These relationships form ‘stories’ that provide an in-depth understanding of the problem space, and may help identify alternate plans to address the gaps.
The roadmaps identify tangible actions for the UK value chain to deliver. From larger actions, like adding export requirements to a UK procurement programme, to smaller ones, like initiating or re-scoping a lower-level technology programme. The more involvement there is from across the value chain, the higher the probability of winning the business:
With the UKDSC approach to roadmapping, and the solid analysis it provides, the UK value chain can confidently explore:
Wherever you are in the UK value chain, we want to hear from you. The UKDSC has established Communities of Interest (CoI’s) for a number of different workstreams:
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The UKDSC will continue to develop different workstreams, and below are 13 topics that are currently being reviewed. Please do get in touch if the topics below are of interest to your organisation.