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In previous decades, cutting-edge S&T has stemmed from defence research. As the pace of change has increased and technology has become more prolific, a shift has occurred and new products, services and business models increasingly arise from the wider world of commerce.

It is vital that defence and security organisations learn from global trends around us and combine them with domain knowledge to protect our national interests moving forward.

In partnership with Wired, our latest report looks at six areas of technology set to change our future. QinetiQ’s subject matter and technical experts provide an explanation at the end of each chapter.

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Transforming Defence blogs

Building on our report, hear from our subject matter and technical experts on each of the six science and technology trends in our mini blog series.

Transforming Defence: Brain Computer Interfaces

For a long time, the brain has been thought of a mysterious ‘black box’, but we are continuing to develop a better understanding of how it works. Neuroscience is a relatively new discipline, and Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) are playing a big part in its development and application.

Transforming Defence: Quantum Technologies

Quantum 2.0 technologies explicitly create, manipulate, read out and exploit quantum states of matter.

Transforming Defence: Programmable Materials

New materials, new uses: Programmable materials, although revolutionary, are not actually exactly new; work has taken place on them for the last 20 years. They are, however, advancing at pace, and they offer many possibilities in defence.

Transforming Defence: Edge Computing

Military forces need to operate in various austere environments with minimal infrastructure, making the use of information technology a challenge. What can we do with Edge Computing in the defence industry?

Transforming Defence: Biomimicry & Bioinspiration

True biomimicry attempts to mimic or copy nature in human-made things, and holds real value to future technologies and the way we function. However, what we see more commonly, at least for now, is “bioinspiration”.

Transforming Defence: Electromagnetic Interference

Defence has recognised electromagnetic (EM) interference and EM warfare as a threat (…and an opportunity) for well over a century.

Winning tomorrows battles: Science and technology strategy in the contested age
This report examines the defence science & technology strategies of Australia, UK, US, Canada and Germany; comparing and contrasting the priority areas in each geography and highlighting ways in which the industry can advance collectively.
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