Defence Science and Technology

Defence Science and Technology (DST) works under the direction of MOD’s Chief Scientific Adviser to maximise the impact of science and technology (S&T) for the defence and security of the UK. We commission MOD’s core research programme which is delivered by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), industry and academia.

What we do

MOD invests 1.2% of the defence budget in its core research programme to develop and sustain cutting edge capabilities for the armed forces, drive innovation and reduce costs.

In addition to commissioning this programme, on behalf of the armed forces, DST supports MOD’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) in all S&T matters to inform MOD’s wider decision making. Much of our research programme involves international collaboration with our close allies. DST manages these relationships and works to identify new collaboration opportunities.

Our main stakeholders are predominantly the armed forces through the Front Line Commands, senior decision makers within MOD HQ, Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and other government departments with whom we collaborate on wider security issues.

Who we are

We are a team of approximately 150 people based at 13 locations in the UK and a small number of staff in the USA and Australia. We are a mixture of science specialists and some defence generalists. We are led by Dr Simon Cholerton, Director DST, who reports directly to MOD CSA.

There are 4 teams within DST, each lead by a Deputy Director:

  • Dr Rob Sullivan, Head of Strategy
  • Dr Bryan Wells, Head of International and Strategic Research
  • Andrew Caldwell, Head of Customer Engagement
  • Dr Nicholas Joad, Head of Portfolio

Our priorities

Our priorities include:

  • delivering MOD’s S&T strategy
  • as custodian of MOD core research programme, to optimise the programme to meet the needs of our military customers, and maximise its exploitation
  • driving and enabling innovation in defence and security
  • promoting collaboration with our international partners on defence and security S&T matters

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Defence Science and Technology
Ministry of Defence

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