Posted on 25 September 2014 in Defence and Security
A synthetic skin has been developed by Ministry of Defence (MOD) scientists which looks set to make the testing of chemical weapons for decontamination far more realistic.
Posted on 19 September 2014 in Electro Optics
According to a new report, the global electro-optics market looks set to expand dramatically over the coming few years as a result of a rise in the usage of such systems in surveillance operations.
Posted on 16 September 2014 in Electro Optics
A draft bill introduced recently by the US Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation chairman Jay Rockefeller has called for more funding for optics and photonic technology across the country.
Posted on 05 September 2014 in Electro Optics
The military are starting to realise that electro-optical (EO) imagery and infrared (IR) imaging are critical to operations.
Posted on 05 September 2014 in Cyber
A US Air Force cyber competition has come to the UK as a result of a new partnership between a US defence contractor and the UK’s Cyber Security Challenge.
Posted on 22 August 2014 in Defence and Security
The US military’s top ‘cyber warriors’ took part in a top secret war game exercise which saw a team of active-duty troops compete against several teams of reservists.
Posted on 21 August 2014 in Electro Optics
The SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014 exhibition takes place this week until today, Thursday 21 August 2014, and hosts 181 firms showcasing solutions in optical components, laser systems and more.
Posted on 13 August 2014 in Electro Optics
A new report has revealed that the global electro optics market is tipped to register a CAGR of 2.98 per cent to reach $14.03 billion by 2020.
Posted on 31 July 2014 in Electro Optics, Defence and Security
The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drone – market is expected to almost double worldwide in the next 10 years.
On-board technology, such as Electro-Optic/Infrared Sensors (EO/IR), will play a key part in the expanding demand from both defence and civil buyers around the globe, according to a new report.
Posted on 11 July 2014 in Electro Optics
More than 5,000 people attended a major six-day event focusing on the development of lasers and electro-optics for use in a range of sectors from medical therapeutics to computers.
Posted on 10 July 2014 in General
The British Government needs to learn from the private sector’s approach to cyber security, both in the way it tackles the issue and the data it protects, according to a sector leader.
Posted on 26 June 2014 in Defence and Security
The vulnerability of the US military to cyber attacks has been highlighted at a forum hosted by The Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare, at which discussions were held on the best way to improve resistance to such attacks.
Posted on 19 June 2014 in General
A new Cyber Defence Capability Assessment Tool is to be delivered by APMG International in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and its technology transfer company Ploughshare Innovations Ltd.
Posted on 05 June 2014 in Defence and Security
The US military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced that it plans to maintain its investment in cybersecurity and improve the focus of its research.
Posted on 29 May 2014 in Electro Optics
Ploughshare recently exhibited at SPIE DSS, held earlier this month at the Baltimore Convention Center, the annual engineering and scientific event on optics, infrared, imaging, lasers and sensing.
Posted on 22 May 2014 in Defence and Security
Current acquisition rules surrounding the buying and operating of programmes to fight cyber-crime are hindering the US military’s ability to respond at the speed needed to prevent such issues, experts say.
Posted on 07 May 2014 in General
Satellite communication terminals, used heavily by the US military, are vulnerable to cyber-attacks, according to a new report.
Posted on 01 May 2014 in Electro Optics, Defence and Security
This month’s ‘Deal Day’ will see the US Defense Department matched with small firms and entrepreneurs working on innovations that may be of use to the sector.
Posted on 24 April 2014 in Electro Optics, Defence and Security
A new research report has been released detailing predictions for the future of the electro-optic infrared systems market across the global military sphere.
Posted on 17 April 2014 in Defence and Security
The director of the US National Security Agency has urged Congress to pass new laws relating to protecting the country’s cyber assets.
Posted on 10 April 2014 in Electro Optics
This year’s SPIE Photonics Europe will showcase a range of technology transfer developments across the electro optics arena, all of which are helping to drive economic vitality across the region.
Posted on 03 April 2014 in Defence and Security
The University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative (UDCSI) has confirmed that it is bolstering its efforts to resolve cyber issues facing corporate America with the appointment of a national security expert.
Posted on 27 March 2014 in
Photonics was named as a ‘key driver of innovation’ at last month’s Photonics Congress 2014, with experts predicting that the sector would enjoy an average annual growth rate of one-and-a-half times that of global GDP growth.
Posted on 07 March 2014 in General
The global laser industry looks set to grow by as much as five per cent over the course of this year, according to new research presented at a recent photonics event.
Posted on 28 February 2014 in Electro Optics
Funding of more than £6 million has been awarded to the University of Southampton so that researchers can bring silicon photonics to the mass marketplace.
Posted on 21 February 2014 in
A range of the most technologically-advanced aerospace and autonomous developments in the UK were showcased at the University of Southampton earlier this month, drawing representatives from the aerospace, marine and defence sectors.
Posted on 14 February 2014 in Defence and Security
The UK Government is keen to boost its photonics-based sensors for military applications and its Technology Strategy Board is due to make a call for related research proposals this month.
Posted on 07 February 2014 in
Photonics West, the largest photonics and laser event in the world is being held this week in San Francisco, California, and will bring together a range of exhibitors and innovators from all branches of the photonics community, including developers of biomedical optics and optical MEMs.
Posted on 23 January 2014 in Defence and Security
The global electro-optic market is set to expand hugely over the coming years, with US military forces set to spend £13.5 billion on electro-optical systems and technology over the next decade, new research has confirmed.
Posted on 09 January 2014 in General
Such is the increasing demand for optics and photonics applications in a range of sectors across the US that The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC) has confirmed new funding to encourage students to choose a career in photonics.
Posted on 06 January 2014 in General
Almost 3 in 10 of the world’s airports now use some form of biometric technology or computer-aided identification, a rise of 10 per cent on 2008.
Posted on 23 December 2013 in Defence and Security
Ploughshare CEO, Pete Hotten, presented recently at DPRTE, you can view and listen to the presentation on YouTube.
Posted on 20 December 2013 in General
A partnership has been announced between the US Army and General Motors (GM) to develop hydrogen fuel cells which will then be used to power military vehicles and GM cars.
Posted on 13 December 2013 in Defence and Security
An innovation that is successfully straddling the commercial and military markets is a mesh mat that was originally designed for beachgoers and is now being used by the Australian military in combat zones.
Posted on 06 December 2013 in General
Innovator and producer of tents and sleeping bags, Cam Brensinger, has shown how a product designed for the military can be ideal for commercial use too.
Posted on 29 November 2013 in Electro Optics
A pair of military wives have worked to turn surplus military materials into new fashion items such as handbags, as well as providing jobs for others in their situation.
Posted on 21 November 2013 in Defence and Security
The Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) has launched a new online platform aimed at tapping into soldiers’ expertise and seeking out innovative approaches to problem solving across the military.
Posted on 16 October 2013 in Defence and Security
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is moving ever more aggressively into biotechnology, as it helps to fund research including a new device for medical testing, in a bid to ensure that the US never falls victim to technological surprises.
Posted on 11 October 2013 in General
We have an Innovation Challenge this week - what can you do with our ‘Magic Hinge’?
Watch the video on YouTube to see it in operation…
Posted on 09 October 2013 in General
The United States military is committed to lowering its carbon footprint, and has been doing so in a number of ways, from new innovations to aggressive restructuring of the current energy output across numerous military energy efficiency initiatives.
Posted on 02 October 2013 in General
There is a huge level of crossover amongst the military and commercial spheres when it comes to the aerospace sector. While the military has always been keen to maintain the edge when it comes to aerospace innovation, the links to the commercial marketplace are never far away.
Posted on 23 September 2013 in Defence and Security
Wearable computers are no longer confined to science fiction movies – rather they are now a realistic option for use across both the commercial and defence sectors.
Posted on 16 August 2013 in Defence and Security
An explosive detection kit no larger than a cigar box, has been developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and is now to be launched in the US to assist with the fight against terrorism.
Posted on 17 July 2013 in General
Whilst the focus is almost always on the commercial development and marketing of a product, Government research and a set of ideas contributed by the public are often behind so many of the inventions that we now take for granted.
Posted on 12 July 2013 in Electro Optics, General
A female army intelligence officer is making a splash in the fashion world by recycling discarded army supplies into trendy bags.
Posted on 21 June 2013 in Defence and Security
A conference aimed at highlighting and encouraging innovation in the military sector is to be held in Chicago in October this year.
The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF2013) will be hosted by and aimed at young, emerging military leaders. Held at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 12 to 14 October 2013, the event will aim to promote innovation within the military as well as collaboration with civilian partners.
Posted on 06 June 2013 in Defence and Security
A recent study commissioned by the US Air Force, has revealed that active licensing agreements between the Department of Defense (DOD) and US industry partners have been responsible for major new economic activity and widespread job creation
Dstl: ploughing into the transferable technology market
Posted on 29 May 2013 in General
The MOD Defence Contracts Bulletin recently interviewed Pete Hotten, CEO of Ploughshare Innovations, about the vital role technology transfer can play in strengthening both national defence and economic performance, for full article
Posted on 26 April 2013 in Defence and Security
A solar-powered refrigeration cooler, invented by a US high school freshman, could potentially have military applications
Posted on 12 April 2013 in General
A device designed to deliver oxygen to troops without the need for electricity now looks set to have a wider use and could help save children in the developing world.
Posted on 05 April 2013 in General
Developments in the robotics field could lead to new medical and military technology, researchers have revealed.
Posted on 02 April 2013 in Defence and Security
The military is using virtual worlds, such as those seen in Second Life, in an increasingly wide range of ways
Posted on 21 March 2013 in General
A large hybrid airship that was designed by a British company for the US Army is currently developing commercial applications for its transport technology.
Posted on 08 March 2013 in General
The European Space Agency (ESA) programme is offering global firms the opportunity to make use of space technology to advance their own medical product offerings.
Posted on 06 March 2013 in General
A new lightweight, shock-absorbing training shoe has been released by military technology firm Skydex Technologies, aimed at both the military and commercial markets.
Posted on 22 February 2013 in General
The US Department of Defense has committed to developing smartphones with Smart Mobile Identity (SMI) technology, allowing physical features such as fingerprints to be scanned in order to verify the user’s identity.
Posted on 14 February 2013 in Defence and Security
The University of Massachusetts Lowell has announced it is to launch a new initiative aimed at developing innovations designed to improve the safety of troops.
Posted on 07 February 2013 in Defence and Security
A diagnostic tool which could protect soldiers from bioterrorism is amongst the inventions that are being developed as future commercial projects by Arizona State University.
Posted on 23 January 2013 in Cyber
BBC Radio 4’s Quentin Cooper recently interviewed DSTL’s programme leader for support to operations, Nick Barrett, about his role on the front line. The BBC’s Material World programme was keen to find out more about the role of defence scientists who follow troops on deployments and Nick was happy to give listeners an insight.
Posted on 11 January 2013 in General
On 3 January 2013, President Obama revised the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which, since 1999, has classified satellites as weapons.
Posted on 04 January 2013 in Defence and Security
A Canadian camouflage specialist has invented a cutting-edge material that could make soldiers invisible, by bending light around them. The new technology could also have some commercial applications if it works as the creator describes.
Posted on 17 December 2012 in Defence and Security
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has held its inaugural ‘Marketplace’ event to try to stimulate more relationships between small and medium sized businesses looking to design products for the armed forces that could have commercial applications.
Posted on 11 December 2012 in General
How the department’s innovations have helped to make the concept of the first AIDS-free generation a reality.
Posted on 11 December 2012 in General
The first mind-controlled prosthetic leg, originally developed for the US military, is being widely welcomed into the civilian market, helping those who have lost limbs to walk, climb and play sports again.
Posted on 20 November 2012 in General
The ongoing innovation in the bone conducting headphones market illustrates how technology developed primarily for use by the armed forces can prove popular and beneficial to civilian consumers.
Posted on 13 November 2012 in Defence and Security
The US Army Research Laboratory’s liquid body armour, for use inside Kevlar vests, means much lighter, more flexible armour that could particularly benefit female soldiers.
Posted on 02 November 2012 in General
One of the most promising new vaccine development projects being led by military researchers is to treat breast cancer and the trials have produced some very encouraging results so far.
Posted on 26 October 2012 in Defence and Security
A recent report from the European Commission (EC) and support from police minister, Damian Green, suggests that law enforcement agencies and commercial enterprises could soon be regularly using military-style drone technology.
Posted on 19 October 2012 in Defence and Security
The families of football players all over the US are welcoming new helmet modifications that use military-grade concussion reduction technology (CRT) to reduce the severity of head injuries suffered by sports men and women.
Posted on 10 October 2012 in General
Materials developed for military use can have some extremely valuable benefits to sportsmen and women, once licensed for commercial use. A great example is the new Connect Power Control (CPC) material used by Prologo in their latest saddles and gloves for cyclists.
Posted on 03 October 2012 in Defence and Security
The global market for infrared (IR) imaging is growing all the time and some developments have the potential to save millions of lives. However, the US’s decision to review export laws on such technologies could threaten the commercialisation of military-developed IR innovations across the Atlantic.
Posted on 25 September 2012 in Defence and Security
A US investment company has signed ground-breaking agreements with a number of state-run technology development centres, forming the first public-private partnership aimed at commercialising the Defense Department’s research and development resources.
Posted on 19 September 2012 in General
Increasingly, private sector companies are closely following the innovations and breakthroughs being made in public sector research, crossing international boundaries to look for new solutions to commercialise and bring to market.
We came across an interesting example with the Health Protection Agency (HPA)
Posted on 13 September 2012 in Defence and Security, Cyber
The Defence Management Journal (DMJ) are running a very interesting article following an interview with Graham Farnsworth from Dstl’s IP Group, highlighting the value of the Intellectual Property that Dstl produces and Ploughshare manages commercially.
Definitely worth a read: ‘Serve and Protect’
Posted on 08 August 2012 in
Super Bainite Steel was recently profiled on thenakedscientists.com you can listen, probably better than watching, to the podcast on:
Posted on 20 June 2012 in Electro Optics
Yesterday I was delighted to be able to present at a Materials KTN event entitled “Commercialising Hidden Technologies”. The event focused on uncovering research that was developed for defence and security but had uses in other markets.
Posted on 24 May 2012 in General
Imagine being able to complement your R&D department and effort with the output of over 2500 scientists.
The requirements of the Ministry of Defence range across a variety of sectors and something once developed for a clear defence purpose can deliver new opportunities for companies in civilian applications and sometimes in quite diverse areas to their origins.
Posted on 24 May 2012 in Defence and Security
What seems like a counter intuitive development is part of a new armour system developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and licensed to Tata Steel UK by Ploughshare Innovations.
Posted on 10 May 2012 in Cyber
Meeting the demands required for military equipment and support could definitely be considered to be driven by the expression ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. Meeting this need is the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Ministry Of Defence’s Science and Technology experts. The resulting pool of innovative technology is being made available to a wider audience by Ploughshare Innovations.
Its company title and ethos is inspired by the Biblical reference in Isaiah 2:4 of ‘turning swords in to ploughshares’ but Ploughshare has brought this up to date in providing technology transfer services to industry for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), find out more…