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Advantage through innovation: the Defence Innovation Initiative prospectus

This prospectus outlines the Defence Innovation Initiative, one of the important commitments in Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

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‘Advantage through innovation’ is the prospectus which outlines the Defence Innovation Initiative, one of the important commitments in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) sets out the challenge that defence and national security organisations face from a world of rapid and fundamental change which will see long term shifts in the balance of global economic and military power.

Advances in technology hold enormous potential for the United Kingdom’s security and prosperity whilst also posing risks as they become available to adversaries who may seek to use them against us. The global landscape has shifted with the private sector driving today’s rapid pace of technological, social and cultural change. Innovation is therefore important to maintaining our military advantage into the future. We must adapt to stay ahead and achieve our goal of maintaining strategic edge.

The prospectus sets out the MOD’s core principles of its approach to innovation, including links to other important defence themes such as ‘prosperity’ and ‘international by design’. It also establishes the important initiatives and opportunities the MOD will seek to take in its drive towards greater innovation as it focuses on 7 defence challenges.

Published 16 September 2016