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Team Defence Information Bulletin - August 2021

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Team Defence Information Bulletin - August 2021

We would like to welcome two new members of the TD-Info Task Force team: Steve Worsnip is the TD-Info lead for the newly formed Multi Domain Integration Working Group (MDI WG) and Darin Tudor is working alongside Steve Green in the innovation area covering topics such as the implementation of the Digital Twin Roadmap.

Also, please remember to complete the Digital Twin online survey before the end of August. Your input will enable the Defence Support Digital Twin Community of Practice to compile a compendium of Digital Twin activity and projects across the Defence sector. The findings will be shared with National Digital Twin register and form part of the Defence knowledge base we are developing with the Centre for Digital Built Britain. For more details, please contact Steve Green.

New Members
Welcome to new Lead Sponsors Dataminr. Dataminr is recognized as one of the world's leading AI businesses. The company’s clients are the first to know about high-impact events and emerging risks so they can mitigate and manage crises more effectively.

Several new Corporate Members joined TD-Info last month: Motorola Solutions is a global leader in mission-critical communications and provides technology platforms in communications, command centre software, video security & analytics; Total IA specializes in the design, manufacture, and support of bespoke ICT, EMC, and TEMPEST equipment; and Optima Systems Consultancy offers a wealth of systems engineering and consultancy experience to support the defence industry.

Member Company Profiles
Further details of all the TD-Info Members is available on our website here. Simply click on a company logo to find out more information about the services and capabilities they provide.

Future Capability Group (FCG) Open Innovation Laboratory (OIL) Industry Engagement Strategy
Team Defence Information and KTN are supporting the DE&S Future Capability Group with industry engagements. The strategy is now published and can be downloaded here. FCG OIL will provide mechanism for early market engagements in novel technologies and solutions ahead of commercial competition across a range of future capability programmes.

Discussions are already underway around two future programmes which we hope t distribute in the next two weeks. One looking to create an agile dev ops capability and the second around architectural approaches for the integration and collaboration of in-service robotic and autonomous systems. For additional information follow our Group or contact Steve Green or Darin Tudor.

Future Events - Several notable events are coming up in the next few months:

Team Defence Vanguard (TD-V) Workshop – 5 August – Now Postponed Until Sept (Date TBC)
Unfortunately, the TD-V Workshop planned for 5 August has had to be postponed at short notice due to on-site Covid restrictions. It is hoped to re-arrange the event for Sept. Invitation is open to current and prospective members of the Vanguard; if you or your organisation would like to participate, please contact Luca Leone.

Launch of “Ask Me Anything” Webinars – 1 September
Following the successful launch of the Digital Strategy for Defence, TD-Info and Defence Digital are pleased to launch a programme of “Ask Me Anything” webinars. Over the next twelve-months, senior representatives from across Defence Digital, Front Line Commands, and Defence Industry will discuss the opportunities offered by effective exploitation of the key themes highlighted in the strategy, how it supports the strategic outcomes and answer your questions regarding the adoption of digital in defence. Please register for the webinars here; for further information contact Luca Leone.

DSEI 2021 – 14-17 September
TD-Info will be attending this year’s DSEI 2021 Exhibition at the Excel Conference Centre, London. Come and meet us at the TD-Info Stand (collocated with the ADS Stand) or email to pre-arrange a meeting with either Phil Williams or Andy Whatman.

Supply Chain Seminar 2021 (SCS21) – 20-21 October - Delivering Support Through Partnering in the Digital Age
Please put a placeholder in your diary for this year’s SCS21 event that TD-Info is jointly hosting with DE&S. We are planning a hybrid event to be held, in person, at the Thornbury Leisure Centre, Bristol and online via the Kahootz platform. Adrian Baguley, DE&S Director General Strategic Enablers and Deputy CEO, will be this year’s keynote speaker. There will be an opportunity to exhibit trade stands. Further details of speakers and how to register will be issued shortly. If you would like further information on SCS21 contact Leyton Lark; to sponsor the event or exhibit a trade-stand contact Sue Russell.

Recent Events - Several key Working Groups (WG) and notable events have recently taken place:

DI21 Presentations and Feedback
We hope you enjoyed DI21 and benefitted from our fantastic presenters and trade stands over the two days. A special thanks go to all our Sponsors and the presenters from MOD and Industry for supporting the event and helping make it such a success. We have had permissions to publish a number of presentations which can be found here, click here to rewatch Day 1 or click here to rewatch Day 2. These recordings will be available to watch until the end of August when the events page will close; after that date only TD-Info members will be able to access the material here. We welcome all feedback and have created a Questionnaire, available by clicking here, which will be open for you to complete until Friday 6 August.

Team Defence Information AGM and Council Meeting
The TD-Info AGM and Council Meeting was held on 22 June. Minutes of the AGM are now available for TD-Info Members to view here. For further details please contact Will Tuohy.

Sustainable Defence Support Sub Working Group (SWG) Feedback
TD-Info recently hosted a Sustainable Defence Support SWG meeting attracting around 80 online attendees with representatives from over 40 different companies and the MOD. Presenters included Matt Johns (an independent consultant who has advised across the public and private sectors) and Maurice Dixon (the RAF Astra Sustainability Lead). Feedback following the SWG has been extremely positive, clearly highlighting the importance of the Sustainable Defence Support SWG and value to be gained from close partnerships across the whole defence community.

As an example, the MOD is now engaged with the Director of Sustainability at Bristol Airport and learning from their efforts and progress to reach carbon neutrality by 2022. In addition, Neal Palmer from Rolls Royce has been applying knowledge gained from the SWG to his work on the FCAS programme where he is developing support and services (Air) for the 2030-2050 timeframe. He and colleagues are also developing a new capability in their modelling toolset that provides a Sustainability viewpoint for operations and the more traditional supportability elements. If you would like more information or join the SWG please contact Steve Green.

Ethics in AI Conference
On 26 May, TD-Info and techUK collaboratively hosted the Ethics in AI Conference. Lord Tim Clement-Jones opened the virtual event which included presentations by keynote international speakers from the MOD, industry, and academia on how AI is currently being used in defence and the key ethical issues associated with its application. The recordings from the event are now available to access here. If you would like more information on this topic, please contact Luca Leone.

Podcast with Lord Deben - the Strategic Implications of a Low-Carbon Military
Megan Wright, Senior Editor at Longitude, recently conducted interviews with MOD and industry representatives to discuss “how the Ministry of Defence can take a long-term strategic approach to sustainability and what role will transformation play in enabling the military to deliver on its net zero targets?” She was joined by Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change and former Secretary of State for the Environment, Major General David Southall, the Army’s Director of Basing and Infrastructure, and Howard Lungley, Principal Consultant and Sustainability Lead at Frazer-Nash. The podcast and supporting transcript are now available here.

Key Dates for August and September 2021
Please check the TD-Info website Calendar here to confirm details and how to join as these are subject to change:

  • 4 Aug – Knowledge Management Support Workshop
  • 5 Aug – Defence Support Digital Twin Community of Practice (CoP) – Multi Domain Operations
  • 5 Aug – Team Defence Vanguard Workshop
  • 13 Aug – Defence Support Digital Twin Community of Practice (CoP) – Supply Chain Optimisation
  • 19 Aug – Defence Support Data SWG Meeting
  • 19 Aug – Defence Support Digital Twin Community of Practice (CoP) – Multi Domain Operations
  • 19 Aug – Knowledge Management Support Workshop
  • 25 Aug – Team Defence Executive Team Meeting
  • 26 Aug – Supportability Case WG Meeting
  • 27 Aug – Defence Support Digital Twin Community of Practice (CoP) – Supply Chain Optimisation
  • 1 Sep – Launch of “Ask me Anything” Webinars
  • 2 Sep – Team Defence Strategy Group Meeting
  • 2 Sep – Defence Support Digital Twin Community of Practice (CoP) – Multi Domain Operations
  • 6 Sep – Industry Customers Engagement Forum (ICEF)
  • 6 Sep – DOTC(A) Data Exploration Programme Exploration Meeting
  • 8 Sep - Team Defence Information Council Meeting
  • 9 Sep – Supply Chain and Support Engineering Working Group (SCSEWG) Meeting
  • 10 Sep - Defence Support Digital Twin Community of Practice (CoP) – Supply Chain Optimisation
  • 14-17 Sep – DSEI 2021
  • 16 Sep – Defence Support Distribution SWG Meeting
  • 16 Sep – Defence Support Digital Twin Community of Practice (CoP) – Multi Domain Operations
  • 21 Sep – Trading Forum
  • 21 Sep - Supportability Modelling and Analysis Working Group Meeting
  • 28 Sep – Packaging for Equipment Acquisition and Support Meeting
  • 30 Sep - Team Defence Executive Team Meeting
  • 30 Sep - Defence Support Digital Twin Community of Practice (CoP) – Multi Domain Operations
  • 20-21 Oct – Support Chain Seminar 2021 - Delivering Support Through Partnering in the Digital Age


Forthcoming Events - Non-Team Defence-Info

Allan Webb is offering a wide range of through life support training courses identified here that are endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). For further details please email

Battlespace - TD-Info Members are entitled to a 20% reduction in subscription to the Battlespace defence electronics news service. For further details please contact Julian Nettlefold.


Added: 3rd August 2021