The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has opened an office within the Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) in MOD Sealand in North Wales, U.K.

The two Ministry of Defence (MOD) executive agencies have agreed to look at various new, innovative ways in which they can work together across a range of science, technology and engineering areas to make MOD equipment programmes more cost effective, more resilient for longer and better suited to the operational needs of the U.K. Armed Forces, in particular.

Dstl has set up a ‘pathfinder’ function within DECA’s main facility at MOD Sealand to begin planning for the rapid establishment of a joint Dstl/DECA collaboration team.  This will see staff from both organisations taking part in exchanges, apprenticeship opportunities, education, continuing professional development, ‘best practice’ benchmarking visits and inter-Agency networking.

Over time they intend to find new ways of working to support the U.K. Government’s Prosperity Agenda through collaboration with industry, wider government and the devolved governments of the U.K., as well as allied and partner nations.