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Innovation in Defence Research: Why we need it and how to get it

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  • UserProfessor Phil Sutton Director General, Science and Technology Strategy with the MOD
  • ClockWednesday 25 November 2009, 17:30-18:30
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The defence and security threats and challenges faced by the UK are greater than ever before. Whilst the old Cold War has long since ended, tensions remain and the threat from global terrorism continues to present major operational demands to the UK Armed Services. Furthermore there are potentially destabilising pressures associated with resource shortages as a result of climate change that could lead to a range of regional conflicts or even interstate wars affecting the UK and her allies. All this is against a background of growing public spending pressures to which research is not immune.

The lecture addresses the science, engineering and technology (SET) challenges faced by MOD , and shows why innovation, in various forms, is critical for success. In particular, attention is given to MOD ’s need for new SET research, addressing defence challenges in the short and longer timeframe, and to the role of universities in meeting this need.

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