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Open call: Delivering agile command and control

Defence & Security
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The Open Call is one of the funding competition mechanisms DASA uses to find proposals that address challenges faced by government stakeholders. It gives bidders the opportunity to present their ideas to defence and security stakeholders at any time, without waiting for a relevant Themed Competition.

The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and/or security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, technology or service.

Whilst the Open Call welcomes a wide range of innovative ideas to solve problems faced by our defence and security customers, DASA is keen to share insight on specific topics of interest.

This specific topic of interest is “Delivering agile command and control”.


DASA submissions are welcome from the private sector, academia, individuals (i.e. sole traders) and public sector research establishments.  Two categories:

  • Emerging innovations for less mature innovations, typically £50,000 - £100,000 (3-10 month projects)
  • Rapid impact category is for innovations that are more developed, typically £100,000 - £350,000 (with a realistic prospect of achieving an impact within a 3 year time from project commencement)

Technology readiness levels:

  • Emerging innovations projects commence at TRL 2 or 3 to deliver proof of concept
  • Rapid impact projects re viewed as those which will deliver a technology model or prototype demonstration at TRL 6 or 7


Mission Command is a style of command historically used by the UK Armed Forces to plan and orchestrate operations effectively to achieve desired outcomes. Mission Command is essential to achieving the adaptability required to respond quickly to the complexity in the modern environment, allows delegation and operational awareness across all levels of seniority, and enables personnel to carry out missions with the maximum freedom of action.

In order to achieve a more agile Command and Control process DASA are looking for proposals which promote a shift from more traditional chains of command to more dynamic, lateral networks, with greater delegation of authority and allow exploitation of relevant information at speed.

DASA seek novel ideas that could be used by the UK Armed Forces to do one, or several, of the below:

  • Technology based data analysis e.g. use of machine learning
  • Collaboration between human and technology based decision making processes
  • Systems / processes to analyse and visualise real-time data
  • Merging in-house and commercially available information services to establish situational awareness

All proposals should be created with the aim of transforming military capabilities to be information centric, which will enable future forces and platforms to be designed around an information architecture to enable widespread access to and sharing of information.

All proposals should be created with the aim of increasing DASA’s ability to orchestrate activity, provide protection to military personnel and their equipment and in doing so, deter hostile action by our adversaries.

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