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PA OPINION

Exploiting technology innovation to deliver defence transformation

PA Consulting Group’s work in technology innovation represents a unique combination of industry expertise and engineering capability. At our global technology innovation centre, we develop bespoke technology solutions, adapt commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies and advise on best practice technology and intellectual property rights management. See our latest insight on the future of Software-Defined Radio (SDR) in defence.

We have been providing technology solutions to the UK Ministry of Defence (UK MOD) for over 15 years. We do not see ourselves as a traditional defence technology supplier so much as  a technical consultancy that brings a different perspective to the new challenges facing the armed services, which is all the more pertinent in an era when the nature of conflict is fast evolving but budgetary pressures remain unremitting.

A flexible approach to technology innovation  

As a technical consultancy rather than a manufacturer, we do not have an existing product line we are trying to sell. We can develop new products to fit the need, but our preferred starting point is to adapt COTS in novel ways so as to provide a rapid response at minimum cost.  Our ability to do so is based on the exceptional technical abilities and flexible thinking of our staff. In this way, for example, we saved the UK MOD £17m by using innovative procurement techniques to deliver an explosive device detection system.

We draw on our expertise of a broad range of technologies to exploit the latest innovations and developments already in use in the commercial sector. In many of these areas, the research investment required would otherwise dwarf that which can be afforded by even the best resourced defence departments. For example, we helped Identify future radio spectrum needs for the UK MOD.

Rapid delivery of new technology solutions

Our way of working, which stems from supporting commercial clients in an environment where time-to-market is crucial, makes us ideally suited to deliver solutions rapidly. We feel particularly at home in the world of urgent operational requirements, drawing on a pragmatic mix of in-house development and trusted suppliers.

Given our breadth of consultancy skills, we are able to explore each of the UK MOD’s Defence Lines of Development (training, equipment, personnel, information, doctrine and concepts, organisation, infrastructure, and logistics) to provide the right defence capability.

Our ethos is to work with the defence community as a partner, working closely to understand the benefits and penalties of trade-offs and delivering the most cost-effective technology solution within the constraints of available time.


To find out more about our technology innovation capabilities for the defence sector, please contact us now.

Contact the innovation team

Frazer Bennett

Frazer Bennett

Anita Chandraker

Anita Chandraker

Andy Katz

Andy Katz

Hsiu Mei Wong

Hsiu Mei Wong

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