A new Defence Diversification Agency is to be created to see that new military technology can be adapted for wider civilian purposes.
Last week’s Green Paper on defence diversification said the DDA will provide knowledge of what is available, encourage access to military research laboratories, stimulate the transfer of Ministry of Defence intellectual property rights, and seek partnerships to develop and adapt military systems for civil use.
The Government could also modify MoD contract conditions to oblige companies to license technology funded by the ministry to other firms. ‘We will welcome ideas on how this could be done,’ the MoD said.
The MoD hopes that the DDA will help overcome the tensions between industry and the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, which will share a base with the DDA at Farnborough in Hampshire.
The DDA will also create a database of opportunities for civil companies to benefit from defence technology.