The new Ministry of Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2017 is welcomed by the PLG. The concise review identifies the critical role science and technology plays in current and future defence and security. Many of the key enablers identified in sensing, quantum technology, novel materials, autonomy and more are underpinned by photonics innovations.
The importance of upstream integration of science and technology into defence policy for accelerating adoption is emphasised alongside the importance of downstream acceleration of relevant innovation from a research portfolio making up 1.2% of the defence budget. There is greater emphasis on supporting early stage disruptive technologies, increasing UK capability and bringing new small and medium sized companies into defence and security supply chains.