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Battle to help with roll-out of £800m MOD culture change won by Treehouse

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 23 September 2016 12:21

Battle to help with roll-out of £800m MOD culture change won by Treehouse

A battle to help deliver an £800 million culture change in how the MOD does business has been won by an innovative training company from Gloucestershire.

Launched by the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, the Defence and Security Accelerator will aim to “fundamentally change the way MOD does business”.

It will seek to encourage Government defence and security departments to collaborate with the private sector, academia and important allies to rapidly develop innovative solutions to our most pressing national security challenges. The initiative is backed by an £800m fund over 10 years.

And helping role it out will be the innovation and creative training company, Treehouse, based in Eastington, near Stroud.

It is a firm which already works with such household names as BAE Systems, MOD’s Counter Terrorism Unit and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, The National Trust, Twinings, Kraft Foods and Milklink.

“We are thrilled to be continuing our work with the Ministry of Defence. The past five years has seen a massive change in the way DSTL teams have adapted creative thinking skills to challenging problems and we are proud to have played a part in changing the way the MOD develops innovative solutions,” said Helen Westendorp, director of Treehouse, which has been working for the last five years with the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

“The new Defence and Security Accelerator will see incredible technological advances in our security systems and will support the development of futuristic technologies and smart solutions, such as: surveillance drones inspired by dragonflies, laser weapons, mobile robots that can inspect incidents involving chemical materials, sensors that use gravity to survey underground structures in minutes, and virtual reality helmets to practice calling in simulated air strikes.”

Mr Fallon, said: “This new approach will help to keep Britain safe while supporting our economy, with our brightest brains keeping us ahead of our adversaries.

Backed by a defence budget that will rise every year until the end of the decade, it will ensure that the UK maintains its military advantage in an increasingly dangerous world.”

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