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Team Defence Information Bulletin - October 2021

Team Defence Information Bulletin - October 2021

Thank you to everyone who visited the TD-Info stand at the recent DSEI 2021 Exhibition. It was great to be able to meet people once again and introduce many of our new Members into the Team Defence community.

Last week the MOD published the ”Data Strategy for Defence”, outlining how data will be used as an enabler for Multidomain Integration, the Digital Backbone and the Digital Foundry. TD-Info and MOD Defence Digital has also launched a series of Ask Me Anything” (AMA) webinars to enable anyone from across the defence enterprise to explore what the Digital Strategy means for them, how the digital backbone will transform the MOD. Read more about the AMA webinars and how to get involved below.

New Members - Welcome to Mott MacDonald who have joined as Lead Sponsors; Mott MacDonald open opportunities with connected thinking and help clients turn obstacles into sustainable infrastructure and development solutions.

We are also pleased to welcome Viasat; Viasat deliver secure defence communications across the globe.

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

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

“Ask Me Anything” Webinars
Last week, TD-Info and MOD Defence Digital jointly launched a programme of Ask Me Anything (AMA) webinars with a discussion on “Digital Strategy and the Digital Backbone” hosted by Maj Gen Tom Copinger-Symes, Director Strategy and Military Digitisation, MOD Defence Digital and Caroline Bellamy, Chief Data Officer, MOD. The webinar was a great success and is the first in a series of discussions being held over the next twelve-months. Register for the forthcoming free webinars using the links below:

• 12 October 2021 – Enabling Multi Domain Integration (MDI)
• 10 November 2021 – Agile Ways of Working
• 7 December 2021 – Data: Autonomous Systems
• 9 February 2022 - Cyber: Secure by Design & Resilience

F&RP Working Group (WG) – Input to Best Practice Workshop on Supply Chain Collaboration
The F&RP WG is holding a special event focussing on best practices on information sharing in the Supply Chain. The WG would like to hear from you if you (or a colleague) can share your experience of best practices in supply chain information exchange. The WG propose to select about 4 presentations to present to an audience from MOD and industry over Teams (or equivalent) in late November/early December. If you are interested, please email Kevin O’Reilly with a summary of your proposed topic (no more than 100 words) no later than 14 October 2021.

Def Sp Digital Twin Steering Group - Out Brief and Virtual Panel – 20 October 2021
The Def Sp Digital Twin Steering Group is briefing the defence community on the recent activities and output of the work streams that have been developing cross defence visions, vignettes and use cases, to map the landscape of Digital Twin projects and inform a development roadmap for implementation. The event will also outline the planned activities for the autumn/winter term and identify how to get involved. Richard Puttick, MOD Co-Chair, and Steve Penver, Industry Co-Chair, will be attending the event and leading a panel from across the defence industry; Steve has recently taken over the role of Industry Co-Chair from Alistair Donaldson (Rolls Royce). Please register to attend the briefing here.

Defence Support (Def Spt) Supply Chain Sub-Working Group (SWG) – 26 or 27 October 2021 (Date TBC)
The next Def Spt Supply Chain SWG will be hosted by 3D UK IRE at their Preston office on either 26 or 27 October (to be confirmed) depending on availability of venue. Spaces will be limited and issued on first come first served basis so please make sure to register as soon as possible. Further information on this Community is available on the TD-Info website here or by contacting Steve Green.

Defence Infrastructure Sustainability Industry Conference - 28 October 2021
TD-Info is delighted to be hosting the forthcoming Defence Instructure Sustainability Industry Conference on 28 October from 09:00 to 17:00. This will be a hybrid event held at the Tidworth Barracks and online using MS Teams. Major General Bobby Walton-Knight, DIO Director of Strategy and Plans, will be the keynote speaker for the event supported by Ministers and senior representatives from the MOD, industry, and academia. This virtual event is free to attend, either physically or online, by registering on the TD-Info website here. For more information, please contact Luca Leone.

Defence Fuels and Sustainable Energy Conference – 17-18 November 2021
TD-Info and MOD will be jointly hosting the Defence Fuels & Sustainable Energy Conference 21 on 17-18 November 2021. This will be a ‘physical’ conference held at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, with leaders from Defence Fuels, wider energy sector and academia providing updates on today’s challenges, current & planned programmes and develop thinking to inform the future energy transition.

Senior guest speakers include Lt Gen Richard Wardlaw, CDLS, and James Clare, Defence Climate Change & Sustainability Director, who will open the Conference and set the strategic context. This will be followed by responses from MOD Defence Fuels Strategy and Plans, and state of the nation reports from across the Defence Fuels Community. Day 2 will explore the wider energy transition, innovation, trend implications and opportunities moving forward.

Delegate tickets (£50.00 for both days) and Trade Stands (£250.00 including one delegate ticket) can be booked through the TD-Info website here. There is also the opportunity for Industry to Sponsor the event; for further information please contact Kevin Atkins. Note: delegate numbers are limited so please act now to secure your place.

Tech Data World (TDW) Integrated Support Event – 16-18 November 2021
TD-Info is co-sponsoring the 3-day hybrid TDW Integrated Support Event at Cadbury House, Congresbury near Bristol, and on-line from 16-18 November. Delegates joining from across the UK and International defence industry will join expert practitioners to discuss this year’s theme of how the new S-Series specifications is being adopted, and how they can support emerging technologies such as Digital Twin.

Further details of the event are available on the TDW website here; registration is now open here with TD-Info Members eligible for 15% discount by inserting the code TDI.

ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English® (STE) Training – 29 November to 2 December 2021
Ciaran Dodd is the UK’s representative on the Simplified Technical English (STE) Maintenance Group and Chair of the UK STE Working Group (WG); the next UK STE WG meeting is online and will be held on Thurs 7 October 2021 between 11:00 and 13:00 hrs.

Ciaran is also a recognised by the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) as a qualified ASD-STE100 Trainer and will be providing the next STE course (online) from Monday 29 November to Thursday 2 December 2021 (every day from 09:00 to 12:30). For information on how to join the UK STE WG or book a STE-100 Training Course please email TD-Info here.

Support Chain Seminar – 12-13 January 2022
Please note the new date for the next Support Chain Seminar event that TD-Info is jointly hosting with DE&S. We are planning a hybrid event to be held in person at Aerospace, Bristol, and online via the Kahootz platform. This year’s theme is “Delivering Support Through Partnering in the Digital Age” and Adrian Baguley, DE&S Director General Strategic Enablers and Deputy CEO, will be our keynote speaker. Further details of the agenda and how to register will be issued shortly.

If you would like further information contact Leyton Lark; to sponsor the event or exhibit contact Sue Russell.

Introducing the South-West Regional Defence & Security Cluster (SWRDSC)

The SWRDSC is the first pan-Defence and Security regional cluster in the UK. It forms a collaboration led by industry and academia with the support of government and its ministerial departments such as the MOD and its innovation directorate, and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). The cluster seeks to aggregate and raise the profile of regional defence and security capability to stimulate greater sector knowledge, business, economic growth, and productivity across the South-West region. SWRDSC complements the aims of TD-Info by adopting a ‘Team Defence’ approach to enable greater collaboration between UK industry, academia and Government, to develop the defence and security sector within the region.

Membership of the SWRDSC is open to traditional and non-traditional defence and security businesses, Higher Education and research institutions located across Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly, Dorset, and Heart of the South-West LEPs. For more information email and join here SWRDSC Membership.

Recent Publications of Interest

MOD Data Strategy for Defence
On 27 September, the MOD issued the Data Strategy for Defence, outlining the MOD’s vision for data, and sets the data outcomes to be achieved by 2025. It sets rules across Defence for data that will make sure that data is treated as a strategic asset, second only to people. Data will be used to help understanding and decision-making and make Defence more capable and efficient. The strategy also gives a structure for data leadership that unites all Defence organisations. The Strategy is available to download on the Gov website here.

ASD-STE100 Documentation
The latest Issue 8 of the ASD-STE100 was released 4 May 2021 and is available to download here.

Defence Supportability Design Brief
The Supportability Design Brief, written by Julian Dayment from the White Tree Group, addresses the question "Why is it so difficult to influence defence equipment design from a supportability and through-life cost perspective?". In his short brief, Julian offers an opinion about the challenges associated with influencing defence equipment design from a support perspective based upon his extensive experience working in defence equipment maintenance over the past 35 years. The Brief is available to download here. If you would like to discuss the subject further, please email the author Julian Dayment or Leyton Lark.

TD-Info Calendar of Events for 2021
We have a packed and varied calendar of events planned for the forthcoming months. Please check the TD-Info website Calendar here to confirm details and how to join as these are subject to change.

Non-TD-Info Events - The following events may be of interest:

BS202000 Standardization Management System Webinar – 6 October 2021
The MOD in conjunction with the British Standards Institute (BSI) are hosting a free Webinar on 6 October 2021, from 09.30 – 11.00, to promote Standardization Management and BS202000. If you would like to attend, please click on the link here.

British Computer Society (BCS) Lovelace Lecture – 12 October 2021
The BCS with be hosting this year's Lovelace Lecture comprising two talks given by the winners of the 2020 Lovelace medal. Talk One is given by Professor Ian Horrocks, University of Oxford, and titled "Knowledge Representation and Reasoning: From Foundations to Products"; talk Two is given by Professor Nicholas Jennings CB FREng, Imperial College London, titled "Multiagent systems: The Dream, the Reality". This is a free online event. Registration is via the BCS website here.

Team Defence Information and SWRDSC – 20 October 2021
The presentation provides an opportunity for SWRDSC members to hear from TD-Info - what we do and potential benefit to SWRDSC members. This will feature a presentation from Leyton Lark with an overview of Team Defence Information.

SWRDSC Security and Resilience Special Interest Group (SIG) – 21 October 2021
SWRDSC’s second security & resilience SIG event featuring talks from Brigadier Ed Butler, formerly of the British Army, on the threat from terrorism and Martin Hogan, CEO at Safe-Citizens, on their digital tracking technology for emergency responses.

Added: 1st October 2021