Peter Stockel

Mr Peter Stockel

Dstl Chief & Technology Strategy Lead – Robotic and Autonomous Systems, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
United Kingdom

Peter Stockel is the Chief and Technology Strategy Leader for Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) at the UK MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). He sets the strategy for, and manages the technical direction of, Dstl’s Research, Development and Experimentation (RD&E) capability in RAS R&D for Air, Land, Maritime and Joint applications for UK Defence and Security.

With a career that spans over 35 years in the Defence and Security sector, he is an experienced senior technical leader specialising in R&D leadership and management, systems engineering and rapid prototyping, operational analysis and experimentation. Latterly he has been responsible for the design, leadership and delivery of a portfolio of innovative defence and security RAS projects including for battlefield logistics, ISR, CBRN and combat air, which have catalysed and enabled the UK Armed Force’s ambitions for the development and adoption of autonomous systems. Several of these projects achieved UK and World ‘firsts’ and incorporated highly successful international collaborations.

An Aeronautical Engineering graduate, Peter’s early career was in software systems engineering in UK Defence Industry, before joining the UK MOD in 1994. In his subsequent career with Dstl, Peter has enjoyed senior roles in the management and delivery of R&D, national and international research leadership, organisational change design and strategic relationship management, including several senior posts in UK MOD Head Office. He has received 3 commendations from the UK MOD Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) for his work and was part of an RAF team commendation in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours.

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