The innovation challenges facing the British Army


Ruth Vaughan, Futures Lab Command Lead (Land)

British Innovation Challenges

The context in which the British Army operates continues to become ever more dynamic and complex. To meet the challenges of the future, the Army recognises the need to engage in early and frequent dialogue with wider industry and academia to make better informed decisions on the rapid adoption of innovative technologies.

As the Army seeks to modernise and transform at the pace of relevance, Futures Lab this year will see innovation challenges surrounding:
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Increased Electrification and Hybrid Drive
  • Novel Sensors and Effectors
  • High Value Manufacturing
  • Use of Data
  • Synthetic Environments and Digital Twins
  • Live Experimentation

We welcome Small and Medium Sized companies (SMEs), academic institutions and organisations from both defence and non-defence sectors to better inform defence decision making.

If you believe that your subject matter expertise could enable rapid innovation and improve decision support, we strongly encourage you to join our growing network. If you want to find out more, email

Relevant Links 

Agile Warrior Quarterly


Future Operating Environment

Army Experimentation and Innovation

Contemporary Military Thought