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2009 Defence Acquisition Workshop - Shrivenham 4

Informing the future of defence acquisition

The 2009 Defence Acquisition Workshop, also known as Shrivenham 4, provided over 100 senior defence leaders and influencers with the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing defence acquisition. Comprising both plenary sessions and syndicate workshops, attendees provided excellent insight and vision for the future direction of defence.

Taking place over two days, the workshop provided a confidential forum during which representatives from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), defence industry and other government departments discussed the key challenges in defence acquisition, with a particular focus on capability management, skills and resources and partnering and collaboration. The syndicate groups recommended positive and practical actions to address the issues identified. These have since been reviewed and selected to be carried forward by the MOD and NDIC (National Defence Industries Council).

In advance of the workshop, delegates were asked to complete a survey, which set out to determine how well Team Defence is currently performing. The results of the questionnaire were then used to inform the key themes of the workshop.

The 2009 workshop was the fourth in the series of Defence Acquisition Workshops, which are led by the MOD, and designed and facilitated by PA Consulting Group and the sponsor, BAE Systems. Feedback from the delegates confirmed the value of the workshop to the defence acquisition community, recognising the importance of the opportunity that the workshop provides, the quality of the syndicate sessions and the insight and inspiration from the keynote speakers. Moreover, there was a consensus that the Defence Acquisition Workshops must continue into the future in order to provide this unique, open and collaborative forum for the MOD and industry, and to shape the way forward for defence acquisition.


To request a copy of the 2009 post-workshop report, or to find out more about the Defence Acquisition Workshops, please contact us now.

To view the report from the 2008 Defence Acquisition Workshop, click here.

To view the report from the 2007 Defence Acquisition Workshop, click here.

Nick Newman
Defence and security
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Ritu Sharma
Defence and security
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