Strategic Aims

Our Vision

A trusted and impartial centre of defence expertise operating in the pre-competitive space, innovating to help shape and satisfy customer’s defence requirements through strong international partnerships and cooperative efforts.

We engage with international partners to develop a coherent view of their future requirements.

In so doing, we look out over a 15-year horizon to understand our customers’ long-term needs and use this to shape future capabilities, products and services that can leverage UK defence capabilities, technologies and skills.

In discharging these activities, we engage across the entire defence value chain. This includes the large international prime contractors, system, sub-system, support service providers, SMEs and academia. As an essential element of DGP our other key stakeholders are Government and ADS, the trade organisation representing the aerospace, defence, security and space industries in the UK.

Our Value Proposition

“A unique and impartial team positioned to further deepen the partnership between the UK Government and the defence industry to enhance international value and increase prosperity.”

About UKDSC 

Our Value Proposition

Our Strategy

Our strategy integrates our major goals and activities into a cohesive whole and provides a framework for our activities over the long term.

At the core of the strategy is supporting UK defence to develop opportunities with our national and international partners.

Our unique position in the pre-competitive space creates a supportive environment for open engagement with UK stakeholders and international customers. As a result of this approach, the UK defence enterprise can collaborate and innovate in a highly effective manner.

Our Core Pillars

Market Intelligence
Capability Alignment
Innovation & Investment

Market Intelligence

Developing superior customer understanding through objective evidence-driven, strategic market intelligence and analysis.

​Market intelligence is a fundamental aspect of strategic and investment decision-making. Our MIC aims to develop detailed research that improves the effectiveness of government and enterprise within the defence sector. Ranging from identifying trends, drivers and compelling propositions, to promoting collaboration (domestic and international), the MIC helps to identify leading edge tailored solutions.

Capability Alignment

Facilitating the alignment of UK and international future capability needs, and promoting international collaboration.

The UKDSC strategy activities are founded on market intelligence outputs and continued close engagement with UK stakeholders to determine how future UK technology and capability requirements align with those in international markets.  The strategic aim is to identify potential international partners and areas of commonality and synergy for possible partnering and collaboration in support of the prosperity agenda. The UKDSC uses operational analysis to inform its strategic assessment of these capability areas.

Building on this the UKDSC engages with the international customer, and participates in defence industrial dialogue, facilitating the Team UK concept and incubating and maturing capability propositions to the point where DGP member companies can take commercial decisions about proceeding on a Team UK basis.

Innovation & Investment

Improving the value of UK investment and innovation in the development of defence capability.

The UKDSC Innovation & Investment Team work at the intersection of MOD creativity, technology and Investment, collaborating with industry to develop innovative solutions to support defence capability.

We work with industry partners large and small from across the UK – Angel Investors, VC Investors and Private Venture funds to support co-investment in cross sector technologies supported by UKRI and the Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA).

On the journey to find cross sector applications for new technologies, the UKDSC leverages its wide networks and understanding of the competitive defence and industrial environments to help innovators overcome pitfalls and sharpen their focus on the feasible.

UKDSC Strategic Framework

Vision

A trusted and impartial centre of defence expertise operating in the pre-competitive space, innovating to help shape and satisfy customer’s defence requirements through strong international partnerships and cooperative efforts.

Mission

To enable the UK defence enterprise to succeed in international markets through strategic partnerships.

Market Intelligence

Developing superior customer understanding through objective evidence-driven, strategic market intelligence and analysis.

Capability Alignment

Facilitating the alignment of UK and international future capability needs and promoting international collaboration.

Innovation & Investment

Improving the value of UK investment and innovation in the development of defence capability.

Value Proposition

A unique and impartial team positioned to further deepen the partnership between the UK government and the defence industry to enhance international value and increase prosperity.

Communities of Interest

The UKDSC brings key parts of the UK Value chain together to respond innovatively and more cohesively to meet identified emerging needs.

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