About Team Defence Information
As of the summer of 2017, our member organisation rebaranded to be Team Defence Informaton. However, note that we are ‘UKCeB, trading as Team Defence Information (TD-Info)’. Hence, any payments are still to 'UKCeB' which is our former name. Our new tag line for Team Defence Information reinforces this: collaborating and optimizing the value from business information working across Team Defence.
NB: Our non-for-profit membership organisation, with over 130 member organisations of all sizes, is in process of transformation to our new identity, Team Defence Information, announced on 27 April at our Defence Information ’17 Event. For business purposes, we will use the names TD-Info and Team Defence Information, although we will be ‘UKCeB trading as Team Defence Information’.
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By joining Team Defence Information (TD-Info for short), you are part of a unique organisation, a trusted forum where Industry and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) work together to accelerate adoption of secure information sharing capabilities and practices across the Team Defence Supply Chain and Support Network. Members have a common interest in value-enhancing solutions for Secure Collaboration - ‘End-to-End & Through-Life’. As our new tagline states, we are about “collaborating and optimizing the value from business information working across Team Defence”. TD-Info reports to the Defence Suppliers Forum.
As a company involved in defence, you will appreciate the need to communicate securely and share information in compliance with relevant policies and procedures. This is a significant challenge of itself. How do you also ensure that information flows efficiently and effectively to those that need it, in a timely yet auditable manner? There are many possible solutions - but will yours be interoperable, reusable and agile? These qualities let you avoid the additional cost burdens associated with using, bespoke, non-standard and ‘locked-in’ methods of information exchange.
The digital revolution is transforming business models and ways of working in defence, as everywhere. Digital by Default is a commitment throughout Government. And organisations are responding to the transformative power of the ‘Nexus of Forces’ (social media, mobility, cloud and information analytics or Big Data), the Internet of Things (IoT), Digital Twin, Block Chain, etc.
TD-Info helps you make sense of these transformational changes, addressing coherence and working on pragmatic solutions. The mature governance structure includes the Joint Information Group (JIG) and the Defence and Industry Support Chain Optimisation Strategy Board (DISCOG).
Via the JIG, TD-Info activities support the Defence Suppliers Forum, the 'major conduit for MOD-Industry relationships', chaired by the Secretary of State.
‘Team Defence’ is a shorthand reference for organisations that collaborate securely across the Defence enterprise to achieve End-to-End delivery of materiel and services, including support through-life. Team Defence is holistic and includes Users (e.g. the MOD, Allies, Other Government Departments and contractors) and Industry suppliers . The latter spans multinational prime-contractors and niche Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), securely collaborating across the Defence supply chain and support network.
The role of Industry in Team Defence is broadening as it undertakes a greater share of running operations on behalf of the MOD. Through a need to drive efficiency, both Industry and the MOD are interested in standardisation and use of so-called ‘Common Off The Shelf’ or COTS technology products. With its Team Defence construct, TD-Info promotes awareness that (‘embedded Industry’) suppliers are often ‘co-Users’ with the MOD of Information & Communications Technology (ICT) products and services. Hence, the TD-Info promotes shared understanding of good practices and facilitates a range of holistic Team Defence contributions in areas such as requirements specifications, scenario planning and policy development.
TD-Info facilitates activities to exploit the business benefits from adopting improved ‘common good’ capabilities for Team Defence. The focus is around the business requirements for secure collaboration.
Enabling technologies, policies, processes and standards need to be in harmony to enable straightforward and cost-saving methods of interworking. Examples of TD-Info areas of ‘common good’ include Email, Identity and Access Management, Collaborative Working Environments, competences and professional qualifications.
TD-Infobrings together organisations in the defence Supply Chain and Support Network - along with the MOD, to advance understanding of secure collaboration capabilities. Members work to coordinate in-step adoption of capabilities across Team Defence in a manner that maximises the value of investments.
This consensus approach includes development and use of common standards and processes and exploitation of mutually beneficial enabling technologies. Such work can have an enterprise-wide impact that delivers huge benefits and savings.
Here are a selection of TD-Info activities and achievements:
- Industry Customer Engagemetn Forum (ICEF)
- Secure Information Sharing (SIS) Programme
- Fostering Standards Development & Adoption - e.g. DefSTAN
- Secure Information Systems (SIS) User Requirements Document – Joint MOD/Industry
- IdAM – demonstration of Identity & Access Management
- SEEOTI – Signed & Encrypted Email Over the Internet Demo
- DQAT – Create & Promote of Data Quality Assessment Tool
- Web-based secure access to Collaborative Work Environments
- Green Box – Early Industry Consultation on Requirements
- LCIA - Logistics Information Coherence Architecture created
TSCP - instrumental in Transglobal Secure Collaboration Project
Development of Professionalism in Support
- Team Defence Perspective – not just MOD or industry
- Annual Good Practice Market Place & Excellence Awards
TD-Info is a ‘self-help’ organisation whose challenging work harnesses the contributions of membership organisations for the common good. A diverse membership, comprising Industry and the UK MOD, supports a unique ‘Team Defence’ perspective that recognises the need to handle valuable information securely across organisations and international boundaries and amongst parties that at times are collaborating and at other times are competing.
TD-Info operates as non-profit distribution body comprising more than 100 member organisations (and around 600 registered active website users) including Defence & Aerospace companies (see list of Members), suppliers of ICT products and services, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and related Trade Associations techUK and the ADS Group. Some members have Lead Sponsor status which entitles them to participate in governance and formulation of strategy. Many members are companies that are subcontractors and/or are SMEs providing niche products and services. Whilst by no means exhaustively representative, the TD-Info provides a collective ‘Voice of Industry’ - for instance in consultations with the MOD.
TD-Info has a non-partisan role in bringing together the right people to address issues of common value and concern in a ‘neutral’ forum. It is a torch bearer for the use of global Standards and promotes practical initiatives such the secure communications tools emerging from the Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program (TSCP).
As a catalyst for change, TD-Info was instrumental in the start of TSCP as well as other initiatives involving consultation across the Defence industry. For instance, the unusually-named ‘Green Box’ activity operates within the MOD Supply Chain Information Services (SCIS). It is a joint MOD/Industry activity that reviews MOD requests for services in order to provide early expert guidance on requirements that are often complex and affect multiple suppliers. This provides confidential, neutral multi-Industry input to benefit the ‘intelligent buyer’ at an early stage of requirements specification.
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