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Tech biz must be more export-focused, says defence kit minister

DSEI 2017 Britain should ramp up exports of defence tech wares after Brexit - and this means more than the traditional guns ‘n’ spyware, according to defence procurement minister Harriett Baldwin MP. Speaking at the Defence Security Exhibition International (DSEI) yesterday morning, Baldwin highlighted the Ministry of Defence’s £80m-a- …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Sep 2017

Brit military scolded for being too selfish with sexy high-end tech

The UK Ministry of Defence needs to stop reflexively demanding rights to its suppliers' intellectual property if it is to attract more private sector tech innovators, according to the Royal United Services Institute. In a report published on Tuesday, RUSI, the government's defence and foreign policy thinktank, criticised the …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Jul 2017
RAF Tornado GR.4 flying down the Mach Loop in Wales

Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

Britain's Tornado fighter jets may soon be deploying with missile-jamming decoys on board after the MoD signed a £2.5m order with Leonardo-Finmeccanica. The BriteCloud decoys are about the size of a can of Coke and can be fired from the jets' flare dispensers. The electronic gizmo uses “powerful radar emissions” to draw enemy …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Sep 2016
Vladimir Putin

Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

Vladimir Putin's air force is flying strategic reconnaissance missions over the UK. Not only is the Ministry of Defence relaxed about it, they're even hosting the Russians in Oxfordshire. What's this all about? The UK and Russia, along with 32 other countries, are signatories of the Open Skies treaty. This was originally …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Jul 2016

MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

Exclusive Up to 831 members of Britain's defence community with high-level security clearances had their personally identifying information stolen when the Ministry of Defence's business networking organisation was hacked, The Register has learned. Although heavily redacted in places, correspondence between the MoD and Niteworks— …
RAF Chinook throws up dust cloud. Pic: MoD under Open Government Licence

MoD splashes £1.5bn on 10-year IT deal to 'keep pace with threats'

The Ministry of Defence has inked a ten-year deal worth £1.5bn with HP, Fujitsu, Airbus and CGI for IT and comms. The department estimates the mega contract will save £1bn over that period. However, the MoD is not known for having the best track record in delivering cost-efficient IT programmes. For example, the …
Kat Hall, 4 Aug 2015
New infantry kit modelled by British troops. Credit: MoD

So, does anyone in UK.gov actually know what G-Cloud is for? Apparently not

Updated Data centre supplier Ark has backtracked over the length of a G-Cloud deal with the Ministry of Defence - insisting the contract is actually for two years not ten, as it had originally indicated. Ark initially told us the deal is a "major consolidation and centralisation project" which will "generate significant savings to the …
Kat Hall, 11 Dec 2014
The MQ-9 Reaper drone in flight

British drones target ISIS for the first time

The RAF has launched its first drone strikes against Islamic fundamentalists ISIS, marking an escalation of Blighty's air war in Iraq. A British Reaper drone attacked a terrorist encampment near Bayji, north of Baghdad, where militants were planting improvised explosive devices. It then circled the area, providing real-time …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Nov 2014
New infantry kit modelled by British troops. Credit: MoD

MoD releases code to GitHub: Our Ideaworks... sort of

The Ministry of Defence is to consider making some of its more "sophisticated" software available online, having for the first time publicly released code onto open-source site Github.com. The web application "Ideaworks" was developed by the MoD'S Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) for work collaboration. A …
Kat Hall, 10 Nov 2014
Dom Joly

Guess what's missing from Ofcom's big MoD spectrum sale ... YEP, coverage obligation

Ofcom has opened a consultation (PDF) on plans to auction Ministry of Defence spectrum next year – but the watchdog has failed to include coverage obligations in the proposals, despite controversy over mobile "notspots". Bidders are being asked to comment on proposals for the auction of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz …
Kat Hall, 7 Nov 2014
Prison window

UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored

The Ministry of Justice is reviewing the current way back office functions are deployed, citing further cost savings as the reason for doing so – and not, as our sources state, because of departmental in-fighting. Under the Next Generation Shared Service Strategy (NGSSS) rolled out by the Cabinet Office last March, the plan …
Paul Kunert, 3 Mar 2014
British snipers practice with L115A3 rifles. Credit: MoD

MoD signs Microsoft mega licensing deal for 180,000 PCs

The Ministry of Defence renewed a three-year Microsoft Enterprise Agreement late on Friday with Software Box Ltd (SBL) for 180,000 seats in a deal that sources value at roughly £15m per year. SBL has held the Microsoft EA with the MoD for the past nine years and channel folk are not surprised the Large Account Reseller won the …
Paul Kunert, 1 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Pttow! Ofcom kicks hams out of MoD bands

Ofcom plans to kick radio amateurs from 105MHz of radio spectrum, and warn them off another 60MHz, so it can be sold off for 4G telephony. The spectrum belongs to the Ministry of Defence, with radio hams classed as "secondary users" who are tolerated as long as they don't interfere with MoD kit. But these days the MoD is being …
Bill Ray, 12 Jun 2013

Prince William 'day with my chopper' pics reveal more than intended

The UK's Ministry of Defence was obliged to reset user names and passwords following the publication of pictures of the Duke of Cambridge at work on a military base. Four of the 10 pictures, released by St James's Palace, showed Prince William at work at RAF Valley but failed to blur or disguise sensitive information in …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

BT to patrol MoD's cyber borders for another 7 years

The UK's Ministry of Defence will rely on BT to defend its electronic borders for another seven years, the company has announced, extending its existing arrangement. BT has been providing cyber security to the MoD for a while, and helped write the UK National Cyber Security Strategy as well as being a member of the UK Cyber …
Bill Ray, 6 Jul 2012
TomTom GO 550 Live

GPS spoofing countermeasures: Your smartphone already has them

Analysis There's suddenly a lot of panic about GPS satellite navigation spoofing, and BAE Systems among others would like to sell the military some tech to resist it. But in fact, most modern smartphones already have strong countermeasures against this sort of thing. UK-headquartered but largely US-based BAE's latest grab for …
Bill Ray, 4 Jul 2012
For Sale sign detail

HP loses MoD payroll and pensions deal to CSC

HP has lost the contract to supply pay, HR and pensions administration to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) for the UK armed forces. "HP will work to ensure a seamless transition of activities to the successful bidder, ensuring no loss of service to the thousands of people who depend on the service," HP said in …
The Register breaking news

UK forces offer to temporarily share some spectrum

The Ministry of Defence is offering shared access to some significant chunks of radio spectrum, though only until 2015 when it expects to sell it off properly. The chunks up for sharing include 80MHz of spectrum starting at 3500MHz, and 70MHz counting from 3410MHz. But not anywhere near the Olympics, and users will be expected …
Bill Ray, 8 Nov 2011

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