DSEI 23 Full Programme


Accessing SMEs to accelerate innovation in the Royal Navy

14 Sep 2023
Naval Forum
Agile Acquisition & Rapid Delivery
Traditionally, procurement in defence has an absence of interaction with innovative startups and SMEs. Programmes like the ASW Spearhead aim to disrupt this procurement status quo, a particular example of this is Project CETUS. Through discussion with the Royal Navy, Submarine Delivery Agency, Future Capability Group and representatives from innovative industry segments we will examine how SMEs can be harnessed to aid defence and how defence can better work with industry.
Lieutenant Commander Andrew Witts MBE, Autonomy Capability Sponsor - Royal Navy
Commander David Gillett, ASW Spearhead Programme Director - Royal Navy
Mark Hyde, Autonomy Unit Team Leader - Submarine Delivery Agency
Mr James Morris, Assistant Head (Maritime) - Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) Future Capability Group
Mr Brett Phaneuf, Managing Director - MSubs
Mr Michael Tinmouth, Chief Operating Officer - ACUA Ocean

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