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We are the catalyst for change in the Defence and Security community, helping our clients to transform performance and to achieve a safer world.

With over 70 years’ experience delivering defence and security-related assignments, we have a deep understanding of the complex and volatile security challenges facing the sector and a heritage of innovation and technology-enabled change.  This is why our clients recognise PA as a world-class strategic advisor and delivery partner. 

We combine unrivalled sector insight with specialist expertise drawn from different industries and geographies. This means the solutions we develop are both innovative and pragmatic.  

Whether you operate in the public or private sector, we can help to: 

  • increase the contribution of defence to national prosperity
  • strengthen national security to protect the public and save lives
  • promote innovation to maintain operational advantage
  • deliver greater productivity from the available resources
  • increase revenue, reduce costs and improve programme performance
  • address the technology, people, organisational and cultural aspects of change. 

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  • Delivering the Air Power ambitions of SDSR 2015: Time for a new focus on RAF innovationTo optimise its delivery of UK Air Power and meet the many challenges of SDSR 2015, the RAF must be willing to enhance its innovative capability and embrace new ways of thinking. 29/04/2016
  • The opportunity of BrexitIt is clear from our conversations with senior government and industry experts in the aerospace, defence and security (ADS) sector that the prolonged political and economic instability of Brexit will bring additional challenges to a sector that has already been tested by a long-term reduction in spending. 28/09/2016
  • Working together to deliver prosperity and securityFor the first time in a decade, the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) brings into focus the importance of global prosperity to national security, and the role that defence and security plays in bringing prosperity to the UK. 24/11/2015
  • Unlocking digital transformation within partnershipsPolice forces face some tough choices about the best way to access and share digital information and intelligence. 24/11/2015
  • Getting better value from complex system procurementRetaining control of internal interfaces opens up a range of commercial and engineering approaches that can help you get much greater value for money from your complex system procurement. 16/11/2015
  • Innovation as unusualOur research, spanning 15 countries and nine sectors, shows that organisations are losing money and missing out on valuable opportunities. Our survey reveals five 'innovation killers' that senior executives must address to stop their great ideas from leaking through the cracks. 15/06/2015
  • Innovate or suffocate: UK defence and its response to a disruptive worldFor UK defence to realise the capabilities and operational advantage it needs in this dynamic environment, it needs to change how it invests in and promotes innovation. This means targeting investment on where government can make the greatest impact and linking across military, civilian and academic sectors to drive and exploit innovations. It also means changing how Defence asks for what it needs and plans for evolving rather than stable requirements. 06/03/2015
  • Women in Defence UK: encouraging diversityWomen in Defence UK recently held a highly successful event, sponsored and hosted by PA, where General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff, was interviewed by PA's Angela Owen about encouraging diversity in the UK Army. 05/08/2015
  • Tackling the monopoly: how to negotiate with monopoly suppliers to release surprising valueUnderstanding how existing relationships have evolved over time and the psychology of monopoly suppliers will enable you to release surprising value. 13/10/2015
  • Driving change from within UK defenceThere are a number of myths that hold people back and, while there may be elements of truth underpinning these myths, accepting them in full constrains the thinking and confidence across Defence. The MOD must confront these myths to provide the driving force and momentum to exploit new freedoms and make the changes required. 18/02/2015
  • Innovation event 2014 - mind versus machineMore than 100 guests attended PA's tenth annual innovation event, held at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The event explored 'Mind versus machine: are we overlooking human factors in the race for innovation?' and looked in detail at how technology is changing the way we understand, interpret and experience the world around us. 01/12/2014
  • Countering serious and organised crime: getting the NCA off to a flying startAligning UK's SOC response with other major 'homeland' challenges – defence, terrorism and cyber security – increasing agility and improving results across the security landscape. 21/05/2014

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