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Ep. 008: Avoiding The Innovation Valley of Death

This week Colin has been finding all the rust holes on his Landrover chassis, whilst Tom was playing with ChatGPT, and some other AI tools. The results are revealed later in the episode.

This week the format changes slightly as we are joined by two guests from the UK Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA) - Stacey Crump and Tom Adamson. Our guests give us an introduction to the work of the organisation and how they seek to foster innovation and technology that can not only be used to support defence, but also more widely across government and society.

A particular challenge in the field of innovation research and development is taking an initial idea and prototype to adoption by the mass market. This has spawned a number of papers and even a book on the subject. Our guests discuss the approach DASA has taken to try and address the problem, with a number of specific examples and strategies.

DASA is an organisation that funds innovative ideas from any organisation large or small, outside of the UK as well as from within.

As ever we are joined by our intrepid journalist Andy Fawkes from MS&T, who takes us through some of the more recent Training & Simulation developments in the news, including

  • Joint India & Japan air exercises
  • Continued problems with IVAS XR funding in the US
  • Heavy Weapons in Ukraine - the training burden and its implications


Tom's ChatGPT Challenge:



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Stacey Crump

DASA Partnerships and Impact Lead

Stacey Crump is the Partnerships and Impact Lead for the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). Stacey has a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked within Defence for over 20 years, operating in areas which include large scale transformation and innovation within Human Resources, Medical and Dental, Electromagnetic Spectrum sharing and digital for Defence. This has seen Stacey work with regulatory authorities, large and small private sector organisations, charities and at every level of Government.

In her current role Stacey leads three of the underpinning teams in DASA – Defence, Security and Access to Mentoring and Finance. The teams are heavily focussed on partnering, whether that is with colleagues in Defence and Security Government Departments or with the innovators who are funded via DASA’s competitions. Those partnerships set the foundation for Defence and Security organisations to address their toughest challenges and for close working with innovators to develop their ideas and evolve their business to become potential suppliers to Government.

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Tom Adamson

Innovation Partner

Tom is one of the Defence and Security Accelerators twelve regionally based innovation partners - tasked to find disruptive innovation for transformative effect across UK Defence and Security.

This team of Innovation Partners works with a diverse group of innovators throughout the UK and internationally, from academics and sole traders all the way through to higher tier suppliers. They are here to help those right at the start of the funding journey understand opportunities across the defence and security community and provide advice through the submission process for DASA’s various opportunities. They also help promote those opportunities within their respective regions.