In recent months, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has released several long-awaited documents that set out the future of strategy for defence and defence procurement in the UK which will shape the relationship between industry and government for years to come.
The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (IR), the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS), the Defence in a Competitive Age Defence Command paper, and the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) Corporate Plan together establish the direction of travel for defence spending and priorities, as well as indicating what role industry will have to play in helping the UK government achieve its defence and security objectives.
The Integrated Review
Amongst the IR’s broad and all-inclusive view of the defence and security landscape, one of the most relevant aspects for industry partnership is the use of a Business-Science approach to commercial ways of working within government. This includes using an “own-collaborate