New defence college delivers the 'Technological Edge' for UK capability

13/09/2021
New defence college delivers the 'Technological Edge' for UK capability

From cyber operations to ordnance disposal (pictured right), and from disruptive technologies to information advantage: a new college launching today at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom is delivering innovative defence and security education to maintain strategic advantage through science and technology.

The Defence College for Military Capability Integration (DCMCI) trains the UK’s armed forces, as well as Civil Servants, international allies and industry partners, in the ‘technological edge’, leveraging the technology and information necessary to thrive in an increasingly interconnected, complex and ambiguous environment. 

Offering 170 courses, including 13 MScs in partnership with Cranfield University, DCMCI was established in 2021 to reflect the government’s intent to further integrate science and technology as key elements of national security and international policy.

Building on a proud legacy of long-established technical training at the Shrivenham site, the college is the Ministry of Defence (MOD)’s lead in cyber education and a centre of excellence for training-the-trainer. It also operates the MOD’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate scheme, helping to shape the next generation of talent.

Major General Andrew Roe, Chief Executive and Commandant of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, said:

"In the Information Age, the battlefield has transformed. With rapid and persistent technical and data-driven change, defence requires a different approach to counter emerging threats and exploit synergies across capabilities and functions. DCMCI provides the technological focus at the Defence Academy, training and educating specialists and leaders to meet the defence and security challenges of today, while anticipating those of tomorrow."

"We teach our students how, not what, to think, equipping them with the intellectual edge for success on operations and leadership in government," continued Major General Roe.

DCMCI is structured with two principal groups, each with a range of specialist schools, providing education and research opportunities including cyber and synthetic environments, alongside a range of combat technologies, explosive engineering, air and space, and the capability management systems.

To ensure its education reflects the growing pace of technology and innovation, the college maintains a wide network of academic, think tank, international and industry partners, and works closely within the government science and technology community, especially the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

DCMCI supports learners to build and refresh skills including through safe experimentation and use of synthetic environments to solve real-world problems. The college also capitalises on traditional teaching methods for strategic and tactical exercises. For example, the Defence Cyber School introduces and reinforces common techniques and procedures of cyber operations, while training in mechanics and intelligence briefings in a Dstl-created boardgame.

DCMCI Director Heather Goldstraw explained:

"Education and research communities work together to create the exploitation paths for science and technology investment, and we have a strong, proud history at the Defence Academy of leading the field in pan-domain technical training and education. DCMCI represents the next step in the evolution of our mission.

"As part of this DCMCI is establishing new, resilient and sustainable networks that combine the military, academic and industry expertise to reflect the latest thinking in future technology and capability priorities."

Major General Roe added:

"By joining up people, information and technology to generate military capability across the military operating domains and the Whole Force, DCMCI is supporting Strategic Command and wider defence to maintain strategic advantage through innovative and evolving training and education."

For more information visit the college page.