On 24 January the UK MoD announced that agreement has been reached on integration of its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST). The move will improve the resilience of S&T support for British defence, policing and security organisations.
Starting this year and completing by 2020, the integration will involve moving CAST activities and staff to the main Dstl site at Porton Down. Dstl Chief Executive Jonathan Lyle commented: “Combining our capabilities will improve the science and technology support for the MOD and Home Office, and enhance the nation’s defence and security. Dstl and CAST already work closely together on key projects such as forensics, body armour and detection systems. We intend to continue to build on this existing close relationship to make the integration process a success.”
CAST Head, Andy Bell, added: “This development will enable a more joined-up, coherent approach to science and technology provision for security, policing and resilience in the UK. The move will mean that our customers have access to a wider range of scientific and engineering expertise across government, industry and academia, giving broader access to innovative ideas and solutions.”