Foreword from the Head of DASA
On behalf of Anita Friend and myself, I am pleased to welcome you to Innovation for a Safer Future: DASA Strategy 2021-2024. We are both extremely proud of the staff at the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the work they have done to put DASA on the map, helping Government find solutions to pressing defence and security challenges by connecting them with the best Innovators across the UK and, increasingly, from abroad.
The concept of an accelerator for UK defence and national security was established in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) leading to DASA’s formation. We have recently marked our 4th anniversary. DASA finds and funds exploitable innovation for UK defence and security quickly and effectively while boosting UK prosperity. We are part of the Defence Innovation Directorate in the Ministry of Defence and are co-located with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down. We are proud to have staff who live and work in every region and nation of the UK. By working locally, supporting and advising innovators of all shapes and sizes, we provide a critical link to pull through innovation to help the Ministry of Defence, Home Office, Department for Transport and other parts of Government keep this country safe by staying ahead of the threats we face.