Future Capability Group Open Innovation Laboratory

The Future Capability Group (FCG) aims to provide Front Line Commands (FLC) and Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) with an improved and expanded delivery capability for innovation projects and novel or cross cutting technologies.

In achieving this the FCG recognise the importance of engaging with a diverse community bringing together problem owners (Desirability), solution providers (Feasibility) and financiers (Viability) from across sectors. FCG recognises that new capability isn’t all about the technology, it’s about the people and the processes which the capability is devised, acquired and operates in.

This FCG Open Innovation Laboratory (OIL), facilitated by Team Defence Information (TD-Info), will provide a mechanism for open collaboration and development of focused use cases with input from across Commands, industry sectors and academia.

‘Open innovation’ refers to the increasing embrace of external cooperation in a complex world promoting an information age mindset toward innovation countering the secrecy and silo mentality of traditional research labs.

This FCG OIL will provide a distributed innovation process based on purposively managed knowledge flows across organizational boundaries, using pecuniary and non-pecuniary mechanisms in line with the DE&S’s business model.

This activity acknowledges that open innovation is not solely firm-centric: it also includes creative consumers and communities of user innovators. The boundaries between the MOD and its environment have become more permeable; innovations can easily transfer inward and outward between Defence, across Sectors and between creative consumers, resulting in impacts at the level of the operator, pan-Defence, across sectors and throughout society.

At this stage it is not intended to create an extant working group but envisaged that FCG OIL will create a community contributing to activities that will vary depending on the specific mutually beneficial outcomes to be achieved. These could include:

  • Reviewing and providing industry input to strategy, policy and planning documents
  • Collaborative focussed workshops ‘ideating’ around specific problems and solutions
  • Providing briefings and early engagement on future commercial opportunities
  • Sharing knowledge through seminars covering the latest policy process, technology and operating models

The FCG OIL will not focus solely on the technology but overcoming the blockers to enable commercialisation of technology and new ways of working across Defence.

Future Capabilities Gp - Open Innovation Lab

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Future Capabilities Group Documents

Towards Self Sufficiency – Flyer09/Jun/2023
TD-Info Activity Chart15/Feb/2023
Support to Ukraine Innovation Fund01/Jun/2022
FCG Team Defence – Hydrogen Network Event, 16 Nov 22 – Output Report12/May/2023
Defence Operational Energy Conference 2023 – Day 1 Illustrations22/Mar/2023
API 4 RAS paper12/Apr/2023
20230704 – MoD – Millbrook Energy Security & Nett Zero – Case for Nuclear H210/Jul/2023
20230704 – Millbrook Workshop – TD6 Benefits and Challenges10/Jul/2023
20230704 – Millbrook Workshop – Future Energy Trial Battlefield Energy10/Jul/2023
20230704 – Millbrook Workshop – Battlefield Electrification10/Jul/2023
20230505 – Team Defence support for MOD DE&S Future Capability Group (FCG)- Activity Update09/May/2023
20230302-Session 5 Defence Operational Strategy – Operational Energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-Session 5 J Clare – Climate Change & Sustainability – Operational Energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-Session 4 OEC NATO ENSEC COE – Operational Energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-session 4 French Operational Energy Strategy – Operational Energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-Session 4 DoD Op Energy UK MOD – Operational Energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-Session 3 Operational Advantage & Resilience through Sustainability – BOEING – Operational Energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-Session 3 Aviation Sector Climate Change & Sustainability-AVM Lloyd – Operational Energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-Session 2 LR Global Maritime Influence – Operational energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-Session 2 GF Shore Power Presentation – Operational Energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-Session 2 20230227 Navy Def Operational Energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-Session 1 RR MR (V1.0) Operational Energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-Session 1 Duncan Engeham Fuel Agnostic engines, supporting the Net Zero landscape – Operational Energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-Session 1 – Battlefield Power MCP Brief-Brig Mike Fayers – Operational Energy Conference02/Mar/2023
20230302-Operational Energy Conference 2023 Presentations (Zip file)02/Mar/2023
20220729-API4RAS TASK FORM25/Jul/2022
20220729-API4RAS Call to Action29/Jul/2022
20220628-FCG HVM CoE launch V1.207/Jul/2022
20210728-FCG OIL Industry Engagement Strategy28/Jul/2021
20200113-Research Technology & Innovation Activities 2019 TD-Info Summary plus 202013/Jan/2020