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TechWatch is our quarterly horizon-scanning technology publication. Today’s defence industry is ill-informed on which technologies might fundamentally disrupt it in the future. In order to adopt the very best innovations and processes in current and future operations, we need to keep in touch with developments in industries outside of our own.

TechWatch is a comprehensive assessment of technologies that will change the face of defence. Our experts study tech trends and developments, whilst also considering the practical applicability of them in our customers’ markets.

With a rich understanding of defence and national security, we are well equipped to guide you on where to place your technology bets for the future.

Our ninth edition: super-natural

In this edition we focus on radical thinking and methods; looking at a fundamental shifts in the way we create new technologies, taking inspiration from nature, not just from engineering. It’s also based on harvesting and exploiting new developments and opportunities. Innovation isn’t just about technology – but the way we work too.

We begin with 10 news items, covering topics such as new satellite navigation, the comeback of chainmail, and new displays that will be able to roll and fold like paper. Our first deep dive focuses on both synthetic and engineering biology, recognising their potential and the roadmap to reach it. Since they are still in their infancy within defence, we also delve into some exciting use cases specifically for defence. Our second deep dive looks at ‘generation-after-next’– a phrase often used in industry to focus on technologies coming down the line, rather than just the here and now.

Other highlights include:

  • Holograms that can be touched and felt
  • A Mercedes-Benz concept car that functions through ‘mind control’
  • Q&A with Dr Petra Oyston, Technical Fellow - Chemical, Biological and Radiological Division, from Dstl
  • Q&A with Dr Nick Joad, Director at Defence Science & Technology (DST).

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