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Defence Innovation Unit Recognised as an Innovation Leader

Maintaining the UK’s defence resilience and strengthening its warfighter capability requires a combination of incremental improvements in capabilities alongside exploring disruptive innovations, to enhance deterrence and intensify combat power. This is why the Ministry of Defence’s Innovation Unit has benchmarked itself against internationally established precepts, and assessed it’s progress over the past three years. Whilst the DIU is not directly responsible for defence operational capability, it does however, contribute towards the collective readiness effort.

The DIU leads on the innovation strategy and policy for the MoD, and, manages the Defence Innovation Fund (DIF). The DIU was rigorously stress-tested and validated using the IKE Institute’s Investor in Innovations Standard and Framework aligned to the ISO 56002 Innovation Management System, thus, assuring its innovation ambition and transformative approach in placing new innovations into the hands of users.

Will Green the Head of the DIU said:

"Having an expert team provide such a comprehensive assurance to the way in which our strategy has been constructed and executed is important to us. It provides us the confidence that we are heading in the right direction to make Defence ‘Innovative by Instinct’. In doing so we are seeking to ensure EVERYONE within the Ministry of Defence is part of that journey and has freedom to explore, experiment and contribute to the MoD’s overall innovation capability. We have already seen fantastic ideas and use-cases with real outcomes that have yielded operational benefit but are equally focussed on embedding the People and Process aspects to make this a repeatable and scalable endeavour.”

Prof Sam Medhat, Chief Executive of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange said:

“The DIU has demonstrated significant difference, supporting and driving how the MoD innovates. It’s formed a connective tissue that brings together an ecosystem of defence and government innovation entities to collaboratively horizon-scan, instigate and drive improvements in a systematic way. We have observed a consistent increase in the level of innovation maturity of the DIU over the past three years. The team continues to drive with great passion and enthusiasm, to make innovation truly embedded within the MoD’s DNA. Well done to the DIU team and those innovators.”

The Investor in Innovations assessment and validation was conducted by a Panel of senior industrialists from the Institute’s Innovation Council and selected leading academics.

News Release: Defence Innovation Unit Recognised as an Innovation Leader (responsesource.com)

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